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Letters to the Editor Saturday, March 13


Emperor Cuomo must leave throne

As Caesar ruled Rome, Cuomo figures New Yorkers are “my subjects” and should do as I say not as I do.
After all, I am the great and powerful governor placed in this powerful and “dignified” position by being duly elected. You placed me here to do as I please and not be held responsible for my actions for I am above the law, right? You put me here and now must be “subjected” to whatever “eye” see fit to bestow on my “subjects.”
Give him a break. Snap his term and make him leave by resignation or whatever means possible. Who wants an official in office who can’t even control his hands or actions. And what has he been up to and not been caught at yet?
John Lennon

Censoring Dr. Seuss is crossing the line

Are you kidding me? Are we really stopping the publication of Dr. Seuss books because they are deemed by some to be offensive? Who in particular are these books offending and when will this ridiculous movement cease?
We allow extremely offensive music that threatens police and degrades women with vile language and repulsive video from so-called musical “artists,” but a series of children’s books that taught many how to read is unacceptable in today’s society.
In my opinion, if that’s allowed, I believe we have lost our way.
Dave Bouck

Great experience at casino vaccination

There have been many negative experiences regarding the scheduling of appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and many have been frustrated, including me.
However, when the Schenectady County Health Department announced they would have 1,000-plus shots available at Rivers Casino, I registered immediately and got appointments for my wife and myself.
The whole process was very well organized. There were several signs to get into the parking area, lines were not really long (less than 100), and security guards were very efficient in directing. We were 20 minutes early for our appointments, so we were directed to wait in the casino. I’ve never been there; it’s quite a place but not for me (not a gambler).
Everything moved along quite quickly, and everyone along the way was very helpful, concerned about our welfare and professional. I commend all the paid staff and volunteers for doing a great job in getting more than 1,000 people vaccinated in a short time.
I congratulate SCHD on a job well done and we look forward to a similar experience in three weeks.
Robert Means

Learn from history to improve world

Thank you, Peter Huston for an excellent contribution to the opinion section (“With local history, take the bad with the good”) in The Gazette on March 6 regarding taking the bad with the good. This is not a perfect world. We all have skeletons in the closet. Rather than hide or remove our history, we need to learn by it, and use it to make all things better in this world.
Sue Penny

Why did accusers wait to come forth?

Give me a break. I’m not saying that Gov. Cuomo is without fault. But I would like to know why the women accusing him didn’t come forward until now. It kinda makes me think that they are lying. He’s apologized. Let he or she without sin cast the first stone. Let’s move on to more important things.
Mary Jo Garofalo Venditti

Promote Stockade as a tourist attraction

I couldn’t agree more with David Lucier in his Feb. 28 column (“How do you say Schenectady?”) regarding the distinguished and varied history of Schenectady. I would go so far as to say that before the arrival of General Electric and Alco, Schenectady had already experienced a notable history.
Not only that, we have the evidence of our history in the Stockade Historic District.
The Stockade, as Schenectady’s birthplace, has survived floods, fires, assaults, urban decay and municipal neglect.
Many of the people who live in the Stockade do so because they recognize just how special and unique this area is.
Many work very hard to protect Schenectady’s heritage as it is embodied in the Stockade.
The city and county have never fully recognized the potential of the Stockade as a tourist attraction.
There is a viable market out there that would love to visit the Stockade (and Schenectady) if they only knew we existed.
When residents ask for help in maintaining the Stockade, the city views it as just another Schenectady neighborhood and, in many ways, of course, it is.
But it is also a potential tourist gold mine, which if properly maintained and protected, could boost Schenectady’s place as a tourist destination beyond what it is today.
The Stockade is old, fragile and irreplaceable.
Let’s work together to promote one of the city’s treasures and part of our distinguished history.
Suzanne S. Unger
The writer is president of the Stockade Association.

Why do Republicans take the hit in history

Our country’s mail delivery has been slow. Our public transit system is expected to take years to recover. Our life expectancy has been going nowhere for years.
Old nuclear plants continue to put us at risk. There are questions about future supply of palladium, gallium, and indium among others.
Leadership that is failing tries to distract us from the failures. These issues deserve more attention.
Other than the likely case of John F. Kennedy and to a much lesser degree Bernie Sanders, Republicans have been victims. You can vote Green Party, and still realize this.
The horrors of Waco caused little damage to the Clinton administration. Harry Truman is popular today despite basically destroying much of Korea. Meanwhile, Watergate hurt Richard Nixon tremendously.
The events of Jan. 6 may affect 2024. Extra security should have prevented this. The Secret Service didn’t do its job. Had John Hinckley Jr. had a better aim, Ronald Reagan may have died.
Recessions and Depressions? Republicans suffer there too. Herbert Hoover feeding Europe twice is minimized today. Richard Nixon creating the EPA and Endangered Species Act is also mostly forgotten.
The question is why do bad things happen when Republicans are president far more often than Democrats?
We’ll never hear an honest answer, and I don’t think Democrat voters want to know the answer, either.
Colin Yunick

Show more respect to women in leadership

In response to the Feb. 25 article (“Livingston Energy Group helping pave the way for electric vehicles, charging stations”) in The Daily Gazette about a trip that a Schenectady company took to Abu Dhabi:
It was said that the owner of the company was shocked that UAE’s minister of state was a woman, explaining that it’s something you would expect to see in Western cultures but not there.
First, even in Western cultures, we see qualified women struggle to hold leadership positions. And when they do, they confront the stereotypical concepts portrayed in this article regularly.
Men are too often distracted by women being smart (whoa!) to focus on what they have to offer. The way this experience was quoted makes his shock appear exceedingly degrading, so surprised a woman could hold such a position that it took away from the article’s purpose entirely.
Further, this man goes on to explain that while they were “jetlagged and drinking coffee,” she knew English very well and “knows all the answers,” as if English is not one of, if not the most, commonly spoken languages around the world.
While we should celebrate women of all backgrounds in leadership positions, rhetoric such as this is beyond demeaning. Why not discuss her credentials or ideas or suggestions?
If she is holding such a position, we already know she is qualified.
How Sarah Al Amiri was discussed entirely took away from the vast knowledge she evidently has, and it was disappointing that this is what he gained from that experience.
Alessandra Grammatica

Paper should follow its policy on insults

I could not help but notice in the print Letters to the Editor your headline for the first letter in the March 4 edition (“Time to get rid of idiot Gov. Cuomo”) contained the word “idiot” in the headline, a word used by the author of the letter.
And then on the next page after all of the print letters an admonishment from the Opinion Editor that online commentor’s must meet certain standards, including not name calling, or face having their comments deleted and ability to comment removed. Am I the only one that finds this hypocritical?
Wes A. More
Editor’s Note: The policy is designed to discourage writers from disparaging one another so people don’t feel intimidated into not writing. But your point is taken, and we’ll follow it more closely for all individuals. Thanks for raising it.

Don’t put off testing for colorectal cancer

I had to put off a lot of things over this past year, but getting screened for colorectal cancer didn’t have to be one of them.
Colorectal cancer screening can be done using stool-based tests you do in the privacy and safety of your home. You can get one from your doctor. And if you’re uninsured like me, you can get one from the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady Counties.
The CSP gave me a free test called FIT (fecal immunochemical test). This test was easy to do, and after it was done, I sent it right to the lab. My test came back normal, so now I’ll just do the test every year to make sure I’m still healthy.
But, if there ever is a problem, the CSP will pay for more testing and help me get treatment if I do have cancer.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and I feel strongly about sharing the message to get screened for colorectal cancer.
It feels great to know that I’m good to go for another year, and if I’m still uninsured I can go back to the CSP. With regular screenings, colorectal cancer can be prevented and is highly treatable if found early. There’s no reason to put this off.
The CSP also provides free breast and cervical cancer screening. The wonderful CSP staff are ready to answer any questions.
Call the CSP at 518-770-6816 to see if you’re eligible.
Andrew Montenaro

Hometown prepared for Ellis dental shift

I am responding to the Feb. 21 column by Sara Foss (“Ellis Dental Clinic slated for closure”) with Hometown Health slated to take over the program:
There is no disputing the good work that this branch of Ellis has done over the years.
However, Hometown has been performing dental services since the 1980s. A few quick facts: Hometown has a staff of 12 dentists and hygienists. This also includes an oral surgeon. Hometown had over 22,000 dental visits, both routine and emergency in 2019. Ellis currently has a staff of five with four dental residents.
In 2019, Ellis had 14,000 dental visits. Hometown Health provides primary health care, dental and behavioral health care without regard for one’s ability to pay.
If you can be enrolled in Medicaid they will assist in that regard. Other insurance is accepted as well. And for those who are uninsured including undocumented individuals they are welcome as well with payment on a sliding scale according to ability to pay.  No one is turned away at Hometown Health.
As to the takeover of the Ellis Dental Clinic, Hometown is well prepared for this and would assume all the Ellis staff that wants to join Hometown.
Additionally, the hope is that the space currently located on the McLellan Campus will be utilized until a new site can be found to consolidate the two programs.
In short this is a great opportunity for the community offering low-cost, high-quality dental care.
William Faubion
The writer is a board member and past board chair of Hometown Health.

State must take next step in climate fight

If one were to visit the website, the first bold statement that would catch his or her attention would be “Climate change is a reality. New York is fighting it.”
Certainly, New York demonstrated to the world that it took climate change seriously when Gov. Cuomo signed into law the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act in 2019.
The website even states that “New York is committed to the most aggressive clean energy and climate agenda in the country.”
But if New York is really serious about fighting climate change, the next step is to pass the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA).
The core of the CCIA is to make polluters pay for the toxic mess they have created.
When passed, it will raise up to $15 billion per year that would be invested directly into our local communities. These funds would be used to create green jobs and infrastructure. That means building wind turbines and solar arrays, upgrading the electric grid and more. It will provide grants to directly address issues created by switching our energy needs to more sustainable sources such as job training for effected workers.
It also provides grants to communities to support community-led planning for the needed changes and direct assistance to low and moderate income families to reduce the financial burden of increased energy cost.
It’s time for the Senate and Assembly to pass the CCIA and fund the necessary work to mitigate the damage done by climate change.
Bill Brooks

State shortchanges mental health care

New York state has a shameful relationship with mental health services. In the 19th century, mental illness was viewed as a moral failing.
In the 20th century, mental illness was considered untreatable, so custodial care, basically warehousing, was prioritized.
Those with psychiatric needs lived in poorhouses or prisons until the shift to institutions and asylums was established, and we all know how that worked out.
Dedicated state-run psychiatric centers emerged with both outpatient and residential options.
Fractures in the delivery of mental health services in New York hastened with closures of state psychiatric centers starting in the 1980’s. Every closure, enlarging the fissure. Every cut, more people falling through the cracks.
Mental health care in New York is fractured and will not survive further budget cuts like those currently proposed. Shuttering psychiatric facilities and choking off access to services is ill-conceived, draconian and immoral.
At Capital District Psychiatric Center, employees have long struggled with staffing shortages and mandated shifts that make the job untenable for some.
At a time when covid has pushed many to the brink and the need for mental health services is greater than ever, the idea of more facility closures shows a shocking disconnection with the reality that me and my co-workers live every day.
One hopes state legislators will stop piling on and consider the mental health needs of residents and the beleaguered mental health workers trying so hard to make a difference.
Dwayne Parsons
The writer is CSEA President, Capital District Psychiatric Center.

Treat Cuomo scandal the same as others

What’s good for Spitzer is good for Cuomo.
Monica Finch

Don’t fall for Trump’s gun seizure rhetoric

In response to Anthony Carota’s March 4 letter (“Don’t take away our right to bear arms”), I must clarify certain facts.
The state militias that served as well-regulated defenders of our Constitution until 1916 were not that well-regulated.
The act of 1916 transformed the militias into the National Guard. The Guard, I’m embarrassed to say, was under the command of Donald Trump on the day insurgents stormed the U.S. Capitol.
I have many guns; they are not weapons, nor are they arms. I have not had call nor reason to use any weapon to defend my person or property. Weapons vis arm can be a knife, baseball bat, tire iron or any object used to cause harm. In a perfect world, we would not need weapons.
Let me be clear: No logical person will equate sporting guns, be they shotguns, rifles, handguns or air rifles, as arms or weapons. Many politicians of all parties own guns. Remember the word “regulated” from the Second Amendment.
Anthony, if you are armed, that means you are afraid. Please stop listening to political rhetoric before you become a pawn in Donald Trump’s plans to become the United States’ first dictator.
I’m 72 years old and thought I’d seen everything. Democracy is at stake here. Nobody wants your guns.
Jeff Pelky


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Mr. Lennon, The difference in character between Republican and Democrat politicians is exposed by their behavior when one of their own is involved in a scandal or possible crime:
With allegations of possible sexual harassment against “Emperor Cuomo”, the majority of his own party including Schumer and Gillibrand are calling for his resignation.
The allegations against Cuomo are dwarfed by the allegations against King Trump and yet no Republicans denounced or condemned his behavior. They ignored and condoned it. What does that tell you?


1> Being accused is sufficient to establish guilt? Or perhaps a fact that those who are in know have faced up to reality

2> Notice that lying about nursing home deaths to protect the governor’s book deal to protect his book deal would at least rate a mention by those who want the governor to resign. Or it could be that lying is acceptable among the resignationists.


Off-topic, but just received my first shot of vaccine this morning. Hope both of you are registered and will be getting this valuable protection soon!


Got my 2nd Pfizer shot three weeks ago. It’s been a long time coming and it certainly gives me a sense of relief but we must realize it isn’t a 100% magical fix. Beyond others, my main concern is the 30% of the population that definitely will not or are undecided about getting the vaccine. This gives the virus the opportunity to mutate into new variants within that segment of the population. If that happens, the possibility of continually getting booster shots into hundreds of millions of people can become a logistical nightmare. Additionally consider more deaths etc. – We should ALL follow the science and strive for herd immunity in an attempt to control the merry-go-round ride of new variants.


Dave Brouck…the decision to not re-publish 6 Dr Seuss books was not made by any “we stopping publication” but by the Seuss Foundation which is run by the author’s family and controls his collection of his books. They own the books and we have absolutely nothing to say about a private decision. Stop listing to the rants.

And thanks to Fox News and all their parrots repeating their “cancel culture” mindless mantra, NPD BookScan reports quadruple sales the first week of March compared to the week before.

Thanks patriots!

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