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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, March 2

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Why didn’t bridge have more clearance

Regarding the commercial trucks striking the Glenville Road railroad bridge, I seem to recall this bridge being rebuilt a couple of years ago.  To my amazement, trucks are still hitting this bridge.
Why didn’t they resolve this issue when they built the new bridge? I would think they could either raise the bridge above the road below or lower the road below the bridge to give greater clearance and solve this problem.
Frank Felts
Schenectady

Impeachment was about hating Trump

U.S. Congress members swear an oath when they assume the duties of the office. That oath includes the words, “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States…I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; …I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”
Relative to impeachment, the Constitution states: “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” This does not address private citizens.
How, then, can we account for all Democrat senators and seven of the Republicans voting in favor of an “impeachment” against Donald Trump, a private citizen?
The Senate Democrats, including New York’s Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and seven Republicans, lack integrity, having violated the oath of their office.
That they held the “impeachment” knowing they couldn’t get a conviction demonstrates their hatred of Trump and his supporters, contempt for the Constitution and disregard for your tax dollars.
If you’re curious why President Trump spoke at the Jan. 6 rally in D.C. (which he did not organize) or why some Republican senators opposed outright acceptance of the Electoral College results, watch the video “Absolute Proof” at michaeljlindell.com.
Also, why is the U.S. Capitol still surrounded by thousands of National Guard troops and a permanent fence topped with razor wire? Because the leftists intend to take everything they want.
Daniel J. Nosek
Glenville

Need perseverance on covid vaccines

Along with many space enthusiasts, I watched anxiously as the Perseverance explorer executed a precarious, yet precise landing on Mars Feb. 18.
The talent and ingenuity on display by so many dedicated folks made me wonder. How can a country able to navigate a spacecraft almost 300 million miles to a pinpoint controlled landing be so stymied trying to set up a universal, priority-based covid vaccine appointment schedule?
Like thousands of others, I have been thoroughly frustrated while repeatedly navigating myriad questions on various websites, trying unsuccessfully to secure an appointment. Apparently, we’ll all need much more perseverance here on Earth as well.
Michael Davi
Niskayuna

GOP does best to avoid accountability

In essence, 43 senators voted to avoid, in the most cowardly manner, the domestic terrorists’ intent to hang Mike Pence and if possible, shoot Nancy Pelosi. If the mob took out Sen. Grassley, where would we be this morning?
We would be watching a triumphant “not former guy” wielding his newfound power with reckless abandon.
They stuck together. Willingly they hid behind their knowingly  incorrect interpretation of the Constitution, ultimately fearing to hold their sociopath leader to any sense of accountability.
They have set the tone for a future demagogue to come along that actually has a brain and has learned he/she can accomplish what the other guy could not.
Nor do any of the 43 senators seem to want to assign any accountability to Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, who blatantly led the charge with several others to refuse to certify a free, fair and honest vote.
The 43 scream for the First Amendment rights while GOP leaders at home work overtime to censor the magnificent seven senators who had the courage and vision to vote to impeach.
Mike Ball in Pennsylvania said, “We did not send him (Sen. Toomey) there to vote with his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing.” Huh?
Next up: The GOP in some states will try to suppress the vote. Obviously, they only correctly interpret the Constitution when it meets their momentary need. Accountability is not always easy; the road to hell is.
Kevin Crampton
Glenville

 

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31 Comments

FRED BARNEY

One can not help be impressed by the minds that find government mandated diversity acceptable be find Dr. Seuss racist.

William Marincic

Another day of anti-Trump letters but no pro Biden letters about what a great job he’s doing. Fuel prices again went up overnight, jobs were lost, illegal aliens without vaccinations are coming across our border with who knows what disease and we went from America first to America last. Aren’t you all happy that Joe Biden is president, we were happy when Trump was President. I wonder what changed?

RAYMOND HARRIS

Bill M., as Ronald Reagan would say, “There you go again” for misleading others. You make it sound like Trump controlled the fuel markets. I would think you know that’s not true. A little research would tell you that experts attribute the gas price increase to a several factors, including increased demand and not enough oil production. “Prices are going up significantly not just because demand is up, but because Opec has cut production in the last 12 months because of the pandemic,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. There are six primary reasons why prices are up and will go higher over the next several months:
1. Crude oil prices are surging
2. Harsh winter has been tough on refineries (Inept Texas is a good example)
3. The pandemic also knocked out refineries
4. Vaccinations are expected to boost travel
5. Stimulus checks will drive up spending — and prices
6. Summer will bring pricier gasoline blends

William Marincic

Come on Ray, even you should know better, gas hung around the $2.10 range for over two years, as soon as Biden was elected and he cut Keystone it started going up. We didn’t have to buy from OPEC, we WERE energy independent under Trump, remember. It was a pretty mild winter again this year so that’s untrue and I never heard about the pandemic knocking out refineries, that’s a new one. Just keep towing the Biden line of lies.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Bill, I know you are used to being lied to on a daily basis, but Biden hasn’t lied. He didn’t provide the research information I used. Nice try.

Martha Bencic

Got plans for the 4th, Bill, or did you learn your lesson? They’re looking at money trails as well. Hope you only used cash!

geri krawitz

coumo deserves to be reprimanded but not for the frivalous me too accusations.
this makes a joke of real problems. he asked to kiss me at a wedding does this really rise to the level of harrasment sending the elderly to infect others that is a reason to go after him, not the nonsense of so called womens abuse. more fascism

Great letter Kevin. I’m just a simple guy, but it would seem fairly obvious that if a President falsely told his supporters that he won the election despite his court challenges indicating otherwise, falsely told them that the Vice President could undo the will of 81 million voters by simply waving his hand, incited a crowd to storm the cornerstone of our democracy that killed and maimed police officers, and then continued to perpetuate all of those lies, that would be grounds for impeachment. Politicians shouldn’t be held to a lesser standard than ordinary citizens, and they shouldn’t be put on pedestals by those they’re supposed to be serving.

geri krawitz

and yet you hold democrats to a different standard. did you feel the kavanaugh protests were out of line? did you feel the riots and thievery in chicago new york portland seattle st louis were out of line when democratic governors said all peaceful when one could see businesses homes and cars burning.
should we censor dr. seuss whether you like him or not, who has not created dissent but amusing stories for children based on a group who sees racism everywhere.
should we allow a damaging book from hunter to be published (of course a ghost writer) apparently excusing hismself or not evne mentioning his foul deeds
i am sure book burnings are in our future since free thought is not

FRED BARNEY

Do you hold the same view about the politicians that gave the Black Lives Matter rioters a pass? If we accept rioting for racial justice since as a country we have divergent views on the matter we are in for more problems.

FRED BARNEY

Matt you would have a reasonable point if the same effort that that went into investigating the merits Steel dossier went into investigating election fraud claims. The custom among the thoughtful is that conclusions follow investigation

I’m pretty sure you don’t know what a “dossier” is without looking it up.

I’m very sure you don’t know that “steel” is actually Michael Steele, nor do you know what his credentials are for preparing a “dossier”, nor do you know why.

I’m very sure you don’t know that this dossier was unfinished and raw, unverified data when it was leaked (not provided by Steele) to BuzzFeed. Yet, some of it has been corroborated (proven true).

I’m certain you are not the “thoughtful” person you may think you are based on the half-baked “propositions” and questions you pose here.

This is not intended as an insult, just an observation. I’m sure you’re nice guy in person.

Joseph Vendetti

Geri:

The 3rd accusation along with video of the Governor eating a sausage sandwich with young female reporter are disturbing, cringe worthy, and tells me this man has no regard for his boundaries.

Accuser 1 & 2 – those are blatant workplace harassment and the Governor as a NYS employee, Lawyer and law writer knows that.

The nursing home situation is turning what possibly started out as a policy error (sending Covid patients into nursing homes) into a premeditated money grab. Covid patients garnered more reimbursement then just healthy patients, immunity was granted not once put twice (2nd time buried in budget bills – so he involved the legislature), then he accepted million in donations from nursing home executives after increased profits by $119 million per quarter and 6000 more residents died. At this point the act could be criminal.

Add in that the administration hid statistics from the DOJ, FBI, and NYS legislators – lying to federal authorities is a crime, sending false data is obstruction, sending threatening messages to Assembly members is trying to intimidate witnesses.

If anyone thinks this is just a one time issue the Governor was able to bob & weave around the Buffalo Billion scandal, around multiple JSCOPE issues, etc. This behavior is ingrained in him and the people that work for him.

BILL WEMPLE

The bridge was the same Height after rebuilding it as it has been for last ~100 years with no apparent issues. Just the Width was changed really. To raise the bridge would require elevating the railroad bed a couple MILES in each direction costing multiple millions and closing this critical railway for probably a year. Lowering the roadway would put it below the water level of the Indian Kill creek nearby which would probably flood it all the time. Perhaps they should just restore it to the same old single lane and all this bridge nonsense would stop?

RAYMOND HARRIS

Daniel N., your proof is a Mike Lindell video? That explains you being delusional, too. You might want to read Kevin Crampton’s letter to educate yourself.

geri krawitz

kevin crampton letter is that of a mna who has his own interpretation of the constition.
not freedom of speech and action for all but only for those he supportsthank you biden for your greatest gifts
hunter
book banning
letting the illegals in
basically do nothing but disparage republicans
next to winston churchill president trump was a leader who most cared about people and honesty

Delusion and delusional are clinical terms, and that’s what best describes believing lies originating from the former President. You may be tired of being called “delusional” but most would suggest maybe you need to reevalute your judgement.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delusion

Definition of delusion

1.a : something that is falsely or delusively believed or propagated under the delusion that they will finish on schedule delusions of grandeur.

1.b psychology : a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary the delusion that someone was out to hurt him also : the abnormal state marked by such beliefs.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Thanks. I’m very close to a retired clinical psychologist who pegged Trump and his supporters as delusional long before he was president.

For the benefit of some commenters who seem unable to fully understand a story before passing it on as “news”, I’ve done 15 seconds of homework for them. No, Democrats did not “ban” Dr. Seuss:

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https://apnews.com/article/dr-seuss-books-racist-images-d8ed18335c03319d72f443594c174513

BOSTON (AP) — Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.

The other books affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”

The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company, which was founded by Seuss’ family, told AP.

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” it said.

In “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” an Asian person is portrayed wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks, and eating from a bowl. “If I Ran the Zoo” includes a drawing of two bare-footed African men wearing what appear to be grass skirts with their hair tied above their heads.

BILL WEMPLE

OK, so publishers could’ve edited the pictures, and any supposed offensive text, and re-published these Seuss books rather than completely pulling them off the market forever. I guess I’ll hold onto my copies I bought for my son years ago, and he can sell them for a nice profit later on, since they’re now out of print and much more valuable. Thanks Seuss Publishers! I can think of so many other books far more offensive than Dr Seuss’ works that are still in print.

It looks like the Dr. Seuss Company itself made the call.
But I keep them all on the same shelf as my other books causing the downfall of civilization: Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Those are right above my more grown-up books tearing apart American culture like anything by Vonnegut.

LOUIS RESTIFO

The hypocrisy is incredible on multiple levels.

Let me be clear that at this point I am not attempting to defend Governor Cuomo. Let the chips fall fall where they may regarding allegations against him, and for that matter any politician, Republican or Democratic. But…. Republicans are ready to tar, feather, and drag Cuomo down the steps of the capitol building at the empire State Plaza and throw him in the Hudson River. – Let’s give him a “fair” trial and then hang him!

Is Hunter Biden clean as fresh fallen snow, probably not. Republicans are STILL screaming, “huge scandal dirty money” let’s get out the tar and feathers again.

Hillary and Bill Clinton, Blah, blah, blah, blah. Tar and feathers!

“And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the p- – – y. You can do anything.” – Just locker room talk, right?

130K in signed hush money checks to stormy Daniels. What’s with these checks Mr President ? “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael’s my attorney.” Guess who’s doing time?

Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, has been accused of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, including non-consensual kissing or groping, by at least 25 women since the 1970s… “They’re all liars, they’re all lying.”

Steve Bannon, Corey Lewandowski, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Rudy Giuliani. Additionally Roger Stone, One of six Trump Associates cnonvicted under the Mueller Probe” All good guys, right?

Come on, and through all this there is not one mention of any culpability on the part of Trump on these posts from Republicans. That’s where the hypocrisy comes in to play, only Democrats politicians are bad people or criminals.

Let’s hold everyone to the same standards!

Getting hungry, think I’ll have some green eggs and ham for lunch.

Hah!
Nice comments Lou. Love your sign-off.

I’ve said several times I’m lukewarm on Cuomo. He’s done some truly great things for NY. Not the least of which is his mandated police reforms, a direct response to the summer’s social unrest over clear, profound systemic race (and other) problems in law enforcement. The order was swift and decisive to each jurisdiction in NY: come up with reviews and revisions of your police by April or lose your funding. Schenectady will very much benefit from this, if news is correct.

For better or worse, politics is tough in NYS and those that master it aren’t always the most virtuous. Anyone who’s driven the parkways or visited the shore on Long Island can thank Robert Moses. They’re beautiful and holding up well over time. They also effectively and intentionally prevent those that might take public transportation out to Long Island’s nice White beaches from soiling them with their unwashed presence. Moses was a scoundrel and a racist thug.

And let’s not get started on Rockefeller’s legacy and his ability to make whole ethnic neighborhoods disappear in Albany. Nice marble though.

If the esteemed and impartial Ms. James uncovers real dirt on Cuomo, he should pay the price. But as I replied elsewhere, the stack of benefits Cuomo brought to NYS far, far exceeds the former President’s “gifts” to the USA. In truth he’s in the negative territory having attempted to violently overthrow the US government. All the Cuomo broohaha needs to viewed through the foggy filter the Republicans would have us look through that filters out their own failings.

Note to Republicans: Notice and learn how Democrats handle real scandal within our ranks. We look into it honestly and deal with it transparently. Why can’t your party evolve?

CYNTHIA SWANSON

Chuck D: as someone who agrees with you nearly all the time, I must correct you regarding the Steele Dossier. His name is Christopher Steele, who is a former intelligence officer with Britain’s MI6. Michael Steele is the former NRC chairman and part of the much admired Lincoln Project.

As I understand the research, much of the dossier was verified, but not the “golden showers” part.

Keep up your good comments!

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