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Letters to the Editor Saturday, March 6

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Cuomo, windmills share common trait

Question of the day:
What do Gov. Cuomo and old fashioned windmills have in common?
Answer: It’s fun to watch both twist in the wind.
John Robitzek
Esperance

 

Long way to go for an America as one

Dr. John Metallo, you’re half right in your Feb. 22 letter (“We need to think of America as one.”)
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I have a dream that…my daughters will one day live in a nation [and] not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Then, a fellow, white American shot and killed him because of his skin color.
You said, “stop with the firsts, One caucus, one America, Duh!”  It’s never been one America.
At 244 years young, America had its first female and first person of color, Kamala Harris, as vice president.
Barack Obama was America’s first Black president, after 232 years.
Why aren’t these positive/momentous demonstrations of our Great American Experiment?
You said, “What have we done? Separate by skin color?” No, we started and remain separated by skin color; that was the Founding Fathers’ original plan.
See U.S. Constitution. Three-fifths Compromise, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787.
That’s where Northern and Southern delegates said three-fifths of the slave population counted for determining taxation and House representation.
The enslaved were Black. Color counted, front, center, and primarily. Skin color today: COVID-19 lowered the life expectancy of white Americans by one year; Black Americans by three; Infant mortality rates per 1,000 live births: white 4.7, Black 11 (same as Mexico); Maternal mortality rates per 100K live births: white 14.7, Black 37.1 (Mexico is lower); Median family net worth: white $171K, Black $17K.
It’ll be almost 150 years before Black America will be free for as long as enslaved here.
I’ll miss that first, a first for the ages and America.
Dr. Robert A. Sanders, LP.D.
Milford, Conn.
The writer is a native of Schenectady and a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School.

 

 

 

ID should be required for people to vote

I bought some cough medicine the other day and I had to show my ID. The last time I flew, I had to show my ID. I’m older now, but at one time I had to show ID to buy beer. One has to show ID to register for welfare or food stamps.
Yet the Democrats still claim it is racist and suppresses votes to ask to show an ID in order to vote.
In his Feb. 12 letter (“Don’t let GOP take your right to vote”), every example Mr. Lewis gave was how to steal an election. For instance, ballot drop boxes are not monitored; anyone can cast as many ballots as they can get their hands on. The fact that millions of ballots were sent out, without being requested, makes drop boxes targets of those seeking to steal my vote.
Mr. Lewis, the next presidential election is almost four years away. If voting is that important to a person, they have plenty of time to get an ID. Democrats have been fighting voter ID forever. I wonder why?
Dave Edwards
Halfmoon

Current nicknames serve Sch’dy well

So Neil Golub wants to change the city of Schenectady’s nickname from “The Electric City” to “Metro?”
“The Metro,” “Metro City” or whatever type of metro isn’t exactly clear from anything that I’ve read.
Paris, France, calls their subway “The Metro.” Atlanta, Ga., has a metro area. Many of the larger American cities have some kind of metro association.
But to think of metro in any respect when describing or nicknaming the great city of Schenectady is counterintuitive.
Schenectady already has an excellent nickname. “The City that Lights and Hauls the World.” Or more recently “The Electric City.” Now these make sense.
These nicknames represent energy and science. What better way to describe this wonderful city? Schenectady may not haul the world now that the ALCO is long gone. But General Electric still maintains a sizable presence. And Metroplex has done a whole lot to keep Schenectady vibrant and relevant.
But I hope that city leadership didn’t pay thousands of dollars to some consulting firm to come up with a new nickname that Schenectady doesn’t need and won’t result in any improvement in the life of the residents. And one that doesn’t make sense.
Keep Schenectady electrifying.
Michael Stella
Saratoga Springs

Covid relief bill is no relief for higher costs

Congressman Tonko, I want to thank you for voting for the COVID-19 relief bill. I’m sure most New Yorkers are very pleased spending $100 million on the Bart System in San Francisco, $35 billion for subsidies to assist with the Affordable Care Act, $1 billion for farmers, $30 billion for transit systems, $150 million for a bridge, Much of this bill has nothing to do with COVID-19. This bill is over 600 pages. Did you even read it?
Also thank you for supporting Biden, stopping the Keystone pipeline, since the order was signed, gas has gone up 70 cents per gallon, and there are predictions that gas may reach $4 or $5 per gallon. Killing the oil drilling licenses on federal land has cut 48% of New Mexico’s revenue, 40% on North and South Dakota’s revenues.
This has been a great two months for the people of the Capital District and I’m 100% sure it will get much worse before it gets better. Again Mr. Tonko, thank you for cutting my revenue. COVID-19 has stopped me from traveling. Now your decisions will stop me from traveling because I can’t afford the gas.
Gary Fox
Schenectady

Hope for less space in theater listings

When the pandemic forced movie theaters to close, I was amused by The Gazette’s seeming cleverness in reformatting its listings so that each and every line of text was “socially distanced” from the next.
As theaters begin to reopen, however, I hope your listings will once again return to being readable.
Paul Kazee
Schenectady

Dems want to cancel favorite publications

Unlike the Democrats, who spent four years filled with hate for anything or anyone that did not agree with them, I have really remained silent. Biden won and I respect that.
If you notice, it seems the conservatives have more respect than the left. This cancel culture is totally out of control. Now the best — they want to cancel Dr. Seuss because of racial undertones. You have got to be kidding me. I read these books for years to my children and they learned to read with these books.
Never did I feel that it was racist. I deeply resent this, and I certainly hope that you Democrats start opening your eyes.
Susan Tucci
Scotia
Editor’s note: The company that produces six books in question made the decision last year to discontinue their publication due to racist imagery.

Trump articles on lies not worth reading

The entire page three of the March 1 Daily Gazette was devoted to Trump “LIES”: “Trump calls for GOP unity, repeats election lies,”; “AP fact check: Trump clings to his election falsehoods.”
One might wonder if any minds are changed by politically correct media rubbish like the two long AP articles. Obviously not mine, as I personally did not bother to read them, though still label them rubbish based on 94 years of experience.
Clyde Maughan
Schenectady

Allow all sides to express their views

As a war veteran I am appalled at radicals on both sides of the aisle and political beliefs who demonize those with opposing views for their own gain and satisfaction.
For myself, I kneel for God and pray for my country.
Calvin Moore
Argyle

Capitol insurgent was known to NYPD

On Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., there were a number of criminal acts committed during the insurrection.
Trump supporters destroyed government property and injured 140 Capitol police during their riot. One Capitol policeman had his eye gouged out by a rioter with a flagpole; it displayed the insignia of the Marine Corps. There was a video, of course.
For seven weeks, the FBI looked for the attacker. They put out wanted posters online headlined “Assault on Federal Officers and Violence at the United States Capitol.” And on Feb. 23 they got him.
He was arrested near his home in the Hudson Valley. He had indeed served as a Marine, and he was also a veteran of 20 years in the NYPD.
My question is how could a clear photograph of this guy on an FBI BOLO (Be on the Look Out) go unnoticed? He must have been recognized by dozens of New York policemen from his 20 years of service, and they all should have seen the FBI alerts. But no, not a word.
They knew Thomas Webster, who had brought a gun and bullet proof vest with him to the rally, and they said nothing. Nearly 20% of the arrested insurrectionists were police or military veterans.
What this says to me is that there’s something fundamentally wrong with this country when police and veterans injure and kill other police at the nation’s capital over political conspiracies and lies, and then stay silent rather than help in the investigation.
Who can you trust?
Paul Donahue
Niskayuna

Why no face masks in Glenville market

It is so nice to see you can go to the supermarket and stores in Glenville and not have to wear a face mask. I’m over 65 with health issues and can’t even get an appointment for the covid vaccine. But I can go to the market and pick up a half gallon of milk and maybe a case of covid. Maybe then I wouldn’t need a vaccine.
John Beranek
Burnt Hills

GOP should model Dems, get over loss

I remember a time not long ago – 2016 – when we had a presidential election. The Republican candidate lost the popular vote by some 3 million votes but still won because of the Electoral College.
Democrats, who obviously weren’t happy, were told to get over it. And get over it we did. Life went on and we endured.
In 2020, we had another election. This time, the Democratic candidate won the popular vote by 7 million votes and won the Electoral College. Did the Republicans follow their own advice and get over it? No.
Since that time, the country has had to endure protests and riots and a failed coup attempt. Now we hear of another planned demonstration this month and a plan to blow up the Capitol during President Biden’s first major address to the country. And many states are attempting to enact legislation which would severely limit access to voting.
What happened to get over it? The Republicans can take a lesson from the Democrats. Don’t whine, blow things up or try to keep voters from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Work honestly and above board. Make plans for 2024. It’s what we did.
Ed Meskutovecz
Schenectady

Biden’s empathy is a welcome change

Did you watch President Biden’s recent talk in memory of the half million Americans who have died from COVID-19? If not, it is still available on the internet on several sites, including NPR and CNN.
If you did, you heard a true leader whose sorrow is genuine, who sincerely understands the grief of loss felt by the families and loved ones who lost grandmothers and grandfathers, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, children and friends. Biden has been there.
He understands because he, too, has experienced great personal loss, having lost his first wife and daughter and then his son, Beau. He knows the pain of having that “empty chair at the table.”
There could be no clearer evidence of the difference between this president and his predecessor, who has not expressed one single word of condolence (except for Rush Limbaugh) throughout this year-long epidemic he said would end last Easter.
The election of Joe Biden was a victory of empathy and compassion over insensitivity, of truth over lies, of science over conspiracy theory, of morality over evil, of love over hate.
Linda C. Lewis
Scotia

John Lennon’s words a guideline for peace

Many people have preconceived notions of how they want or presume the world should be. Their views are not necessarily on the surface; they may be hidden somewhere in a corner of their subconscious.
A seed cultivated in limbo is planted somewhere in a dark crevice of the internet and grows into venomous words and lies. As a result, you have an awakening of the evil that rests on the shoulder of so many of us. Reason is lost and at any cost. Our way is the absolute right and only way of thinking and doing.
Nothing seems to matter, certainly not compassion and understanding of what someone else’s plight in life may be. The words money, power, greed and indifference come to mind. The idea that “all men are created equal” most assuredly seems lost.
We all come from the same starting point. There is no application in the womb. Like it, believe it or not, we’re all made of the same “stuff” and should act accordingly.
“Peace, Love & Truth” is a compilation album of songs written and sung mostly by John Lennon. It was released in 2005, 25 years after his death. Perhaps we should listen to some of the songs on that album in an attempt to understand and contemplate their meaning before so freely engaging in diabolical thoughts, words and actions.
“Imagine all the people living life in peace. … And the world will be as one.”
Louis Restifo Sr.
Burnt Hills

New York should pass Aid in Dying Act

The right to die peacefully and free of pain is presently denied to New Yorkers. Physician aid at the end of life, known as Medical Aid in Dying, is now legal in 10 U.S. jurisdictions: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Montana, Maine, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.
This means that about 20% of Americans have access to this relief at the end of their life, if they want it. It is time for New Yorkers to have this right. The Oregon law has been in effect for over 20 years and there have been no instances of abuse.
New Yorkers with a terminal illness do not have the option of a prescription to help them have a pain-free death. Aid in dying legislation would allow qualified, terminally ill adults who reside in New York to legally obtain a prescription from their doctor for medications which would allow them to end their life peacefully and at a time of their choosing.
Recently, the Medical Aid in Dying Act, A4321, was introduced (again) in the state Assembly. Urge your state Assembly member and your state senator to support Death with Dignity legislation for New Yorkers.
Eleanor Aronstein
Schenectady

Forgiving college debt not necessary

Should we forgive student debt? It sure seems like we should. After all, it totals about $1.6 trillion spread over 45 million people. That $1.6 trillion is an eye-catching number and is commonly used online as “click bait” to get you to read their articles.
But for the individual writing the check each month, the numbers are far less frightening. According to Forbes, the average student debt is $32,731, with a monthly payment of $393.
But the median debt is only $17,000, with a payment of just $222, which is about twice the average cell phone bill. That median debt means that half of those 45 million owe less than that and about two-thirds owe $25,000 or less.
I can borrow $20,000 and take it to a Honda dealer to buy a brand new Civic for about $22,000. My monthly payment over five years? About $370.
While $1.6 trillion is a lot of money, a typical student loan falls somewhere between a cell phone bill and a car payment. Investing in one’s education is a far better choice than investing in a car.
So, should we forgive student debt? I don’t think so.
Jim Fogarty
Schenectady

It’s time to demand more accountability

Fellow citizens, it is high time we the people demand accountability from the political class. Let’s start with Joe Biden.
Why is he exempt from public scrutiny? The same person that said there are “things you can’t do by executive order unless you are a dictator. We’re a democracy, we need consensus,” signed more executive orders in his first three days of his presidency than his four predecessors combined.
This included killing the Keystone pipeline with the stroke of a pen, eliminating many potentially high-paying jobs and putting America’s energy independence in jeopardy. Why were claims of sexual harassment from Tara Reade marginalized and largely ignored? Why aren’t the Biden family financial ties to Ukraine and China under public and federal scrutiny?
Why does Kamala Harris get a free pass for her comments on protestors last year? What about Nancy Pelosi, arguably the most divisive Speaker of the House in recent history? The same person who ripped up the State of the Union Address, who sat on economic relief for months and impeached President Trump twice for political gain?  How come Chuck Schumer can make threatening statements about Supreme Court justices with no repercussions?
Last but not least, there’s Andrew Cuomo, the man who would be king. The consummate bully who abused his powers, failed to protect our elderly, killed small businesses, and trampled our constitutional rights. His impeachment and removal from office is long overdue.
Tony Galea
Duanesburg

Tonko backs many progressive policies

Allow me to give you some (there are many more) actual abbreviated policy positions that come from the most progressive person in the U.S. Congress: 1. Late-term unrestricted abortions; 2. $1 trillion in non-COVID related pork in the $1.9 trillion “COVID-19 Relief Bill; 3. No voter ID requirements; 4. No requirement to review and update voter registration rolls; 5. Slave reparations; 6. Men allowed to compete in women’s sports. If you guessed this person was San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi, you would be correct. Did you know you would also be correct if you chose Paul Tonko?
Next election, let’s send him to San Francisco.
James D. Carangelo
Rotterdam Junction

Gazette should use unbiased articles

Mr. Reed’s Feb. 27 letter (“Don’t blame Texas outages on renewables”) is well written and well taken. However, it fails to note that The Gazette has based its Texas power problem reports on AP articles — all of which are heavily biased towards completely ignoring or arbitrarily playing down the impact of renewables on the situation.
I have, as the saying goes, “no dog in this fight” nor am I biased against renewables. Rather, what I am biased against is biased reporting.
For example, on Feb. 16 the Gazette published an AP article entitled “Millions in Texas Lose Power” which made no mention of the fact that (according to ERCOT’s widely available report) approximately 48% (over 12,000 MW) of the wind generation was unavailable at the time.
In fact, the AP article didn’t even say that any renewables were out of service at all. Pray tell, how could it be that such an easily obtainable and especially vital fact go unpublished except for it being due to the inherent bias of AP to purposely omit it.
I am a 55-year long power industry consultant who worked at ERCOT as an independent adviser way back when they were first setting up their current format — and as a matter of personal interest I have been following their activities in detail since then.
Thus, I hope The Gazette will step up its efforts to make sure the articles it publishes are complete and balanced — because the AP stuff certainly isn’t.
Richard Felak
Niskayuna

Congress must pass critical reform: H.R.1

Our democracy needs an overhaul: a big one!
For a while now, our democracy has been plagued by so many issues. Decisions are made oftentimes by special interests rather than the people and their duly elected representatives.
New barriers to voting are put up all the time, making it harder or more expensive for voters to cast their ballots.
Our politicians (both red and blue) engage in partisan gerrymandering so that they pick their voters and not the other way around.
Our elected officials often make profits off their political power and the decisions they make. It’s not hard to see how all this can lead to huge problems.
The passage of the For The People Act (H.R. 1) is critical to help rebuild some of the core pillars of our democracy. H.R. 1 protects and strengthens our right to vote by improving voter access, promotes the integrity of our elections, and ensures greater election security.
It gets big money out of politics by guaranteeing disclosure of dark money, empowering citizens’ voices by matching small political donations, and strengthening election oversight.
It cleans up our government with anti-corruption and pro-ethics measures.
We need our elected representatives to push to enact this essential legislation immediately. This is a non-partisan issue.
The bill is widely supported by Democrats, Republicans and independents and across the general population. It’s time for our Congress to pass and sign into law these bold and common-sense reforms to heal our country and fix our broken democracy.
Andrew Gill
Guilderland

Author pegged the GOP many years ago

Over 50 years ago, H. L. Mencken got it right. “In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.”
Vincent Aceto
Clifton Park

Dems get best terms on migrant children

Wanna see a magic trick?
Obama put illegal migrant children in ‘facilities.’ When Trump did the same, the facilities became ‘cages.’ And abracadabra and presto, under Biden they again become ‘facilities.’ Ta-da!
Dr. Arthur Salvatore
Malta

 

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Gary, were you able to afford to travel in 2019, when gas was just as high, or is it only now that Biden is president that it’s too expensive? Thanks to Rep. Tonko and congressional Democrats, you’ll soon be receiving a stimulus check to help you out, no thanks to the Republicans. So, enjoy your Dem Dollars, and happy traveling!!

William Marincic

Matt I didn’t get the first stimulus check the second stimulus check or am I going to get the third stimulus check but you know what, I’m gonna have to pay for it with higher taxes just like I’m paying for higher gas prices and just like I’ll be paying for illegal aliens that are pouring across our border.

FRED BARNEY

Matt you passed over the lack truth in labeling of the contents Covid – 19 relief bill.

What is the point of being able to vote if the government short changes us on the truth?

Ed, do you mean Republicans should spend all their energy on impeachment hearings based on hate for an individual instead of running the country for the next 4 years? That seems to be what the Democrats did.

FRED BARNEY

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I have a dream that…my daughters will one day live in a nation [and] not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Charactor can not be seen it is inferred from actions. For example when we see someone gamble with his life by resisting arrest charactor assessments are made. Likewise when people blame the police for the deaths of those who choice to gamble with their life assessments are made about the charctor of those who think that police should risk their well being from those who chose to break the law.

FRED BARNEY

Editor’s note: The company that produces six books in question made the decision last year to discontinue their publication due to racist imagery.

Should be revised to read: The company that produces six books in question made the decision last year to discontinue their publication due to imagery that was interpreted by some to be racist.

Thankfully Sue, the world no longer relies on white folks deciding what is or isn’t racist, so thanks for your opinion, but no thank you. Dr. Seuss Enterprises itself decided to stop publishing those books after admitting many years ago that some of the imagery was offensive and racist. They weren’t “cancelled”. You’re still free to read those books to your family, the government isn’t going to bust down your door and burn them. Millions of people out of work, a sinking economy, and this is the stuff people choose to be outraged over??

DIANE & ARTH HOMBACH

Fred, what part of the founding of America did you miss? In 1770s Great Britain, the law breaking authority bucking Founding Fathers’ of the USA where in life considered Terrorists, now we say they were mostly (Native Americans, early Chinese and Enslaved African treatments are the horrible exceptions) the great champions of the rule of law.,, and balancing the pillars of physical security and rights/liberty found in the US Constitution.
So, are you a Red Coat several centuries removed, would you renounce your allegiance to the USA and become a Confederate, or storm the US Capitol to defeat the US Rule of Law in 2021? Being on the right side of moral acts in the face of immoral authority and oppression is the American way. #BLM.#Defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

FRED BARNEY

I s this in response about my comment of the impossibility of judging people by their charactor. Since charactor is inferred from individual interpretation of actions I find it more productive to look at actions and avoid generalizing from individual actions to charctor.

I do contend that resign from civil society by resisting arrest and expecting civil treatment does not reflect a lot of fore thought.

As for your question you should remember that governments, including our own, take a dim view of not paying your taxes

LOUIS RESTIFO

Just read an article about Amanda Gorman, the youngest (22 years old) poet laureate to read her work at an presidential election inauguration.

For me, the highlight of Biden’s inauguration were her words spoken while standing at the podium. She is a beautiful, vibrant, articulate, intelligent, inspirational young woman. Amanda is also black.

She indicated that a security guard recently followed her, told her she appeared suspicious when approaching her building. She showed him her keys buzzed herself in. There was no apology.

I believe so much of the division between American people today is as simple, and obvious as black and white, both figuratively and literally.
White supremacy is real, voter suppression for people of color is real, bgotry is real, racism is real.

The difference in the storming of the capital and the Black Lives Matter movement were again as obvious as black and white, both figuratively and literally. One cause was fighting for equality for all, the other was fighting for white supremacy and forceful control.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Your comment proved my very point. Government mandated programs are implemented to level the playing field for minorities and people of color who who are not considered as equals by white supremacists racist and bigot’s. If the shoe fits wear it!

FRED BARNEY

So , you are comfortable with the racism that helps the people you like!

RAYMOND HARRIS

John Robitzek – Windmills don’t twist in the wind and neither is Cuomo. If you are to submit something, at least sound half intelligent.

FRED BARNEY

You apparently missed the governor’s second apology. Also you apparently missed the governor’s attemp at writing a book about how government under his leadership kept down the Covid – 19 nursing deaths.

Soon Martha, soon.
300+ in custody or under indictment and more to come And frankly if they rounded up every person connected to the Oath Keepers, I wouldn’t flinch. Patriot frauds, every one.

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