Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Monday, March 15


Looking forward as Wall leads reforms

Niskayuna, like other municipalities in New York state, has been engaging in meaningful conversations about how to reform and reinvent policing in response to the Governor’s Executive Order 203.
Volunteering for Niskayuna’s Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative allowed me to meet Niskayuna residents, its police officers and Police Chief Frances E. Wall.
We worked together on the thorny issues of civilian oversight, use of force and officer burnout in the face of understaffing.
I had never met Chief Wall before, but knew that as a woman in a male-dominated profession, she had faced obstacles in her career, and that she was recently asked to lead in the wake of scandal.
She took on a department where basic leadership tasks like annual personnel evaluations and data tracking had not been performed in years, something confirmed by the recent CNA audit.
During the process of the Collaborative’s work, she expressed a commitment to increase diversity among the ranks, welcomed civilian oversight, and insisted on better training opportunities for her officers.
Niskayuna has a hard-working police chief in Wall who seems equipped to undo the effects of years of laissez faire leadership.
As a Collaborative volunteer, I look forward to seeing how Police Chief Wall will work with the town and its residents to follow through on the recommendations that we made in collaboration with her.
Aliya Saeed


Hold accountable all behind Capitol siege

The following tale of two countries should serve as a caution to our nation.
In Myanmar on Feb. 1, the military seized control of the country following a general election which Ms. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won.
The armed forces were demanding a rerun of the vote, claiming widespread fraud.
The election commission said there was no evidence to support these claims. The coup was staged as a new session of parliament was set to open.
The military takeover continues.
In the United States on Jan. 6, Donald Trump urged his supporters to seize control of the country following a general election that Joe Biden won.
Donald Trump wanted to overturn the election results, claiming widespread fraud. Christopher Krebs, who led the federal government’s efforts to secure the 2020 election, said there was no evidence to support these claims.
The attempted coup was staged at the U.S. Capitol as Congress was meeting to certify the election results. Fortunately, the insurrection was repelled.
We “dodged the bullet” this time, Myanmar was not so lucky.
If we want to prevent a “next time,” we must hold all of those responsible for the January insurrection accountable.
This would include Donald Trump, all citizens who attacked the Capitol, and all lawmakers who persisted in claiming that the election was “stolen” from Trump.
We need to demonstrate that we are still a nation governed by the rule of law.
Don Steiner


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Thank you Don for reminding us of just how close we came to our democracy slipping away just two short months ago. Seems the GOP is engaging in collective amnesia, and trying to rewrite the events that we all saw with our own two eyes. Jan 6th is another “Never Forget” moment in history; when one party decided its own grip on power was more important than the institution of democracy in which our nation was founded. May we never forget that the supposed party of the rule of law orchestrated, encouraged, and is now try to excuse, an armed insurrection against our own government. For shame!


Biden is off to a great start. Read Carl Leubsdorf’s commentary in the Opinion section for an excellent summary. Should be required reading for Trumpsters.


Ray seems to have forgotten about the importation of the Cartel members and possible new forms of the virus. Or, perhaps these are the achievements that he refers to.


Yep, so the evolution of the virus mutations is Joe Biden’s fault. I guess he forgot to recommend bleach treatments to prevent that from happening.


That’s right Fred. Biden has hired 500 cartel members to guard the border and screen migrants for the virus. Pretty clever, eh?


Fred…… BLM did not storm our Capitol, kill police or try to “hang Mike Pence” or hold off help as the insurrections tried to destroy our very democracy…… we have eyes and ears, obviously you don’t.

Yes, thank you, Matt & Don, excellent comments.


Great letter Don, yes we must hold “ALL” involved in the January 6th insurrection accountable. The erosion and possible loss of democracy in this country is at stake.


Diane & Arth, Fred doesn’t listen or reason.

For the third time I will copy a post I wrote regarding comparing BLM protests to the January 6 interaction:

Comparing “the assaults, arson and looting in Washington last summer” to the January 6th storming of the capital it’s so far off base it’s pathetic. I’m sick and tired of you and people like you continually making that comparison.

The Hundreds of thousands of people that were continually marching from coast to coast this past summer, we’re doing so because of the gross injustices that were happening to Black people. Remember the murder of George Floyd? – Yes there was looting and fires were set, that activity was a terrible byproduct of the peaceful protest marches that criminals capitalized on. – It appears Trump, Fox and people like you, Fred, made that the main focus, completely disregarding why people of all walks of life were marching in the streets.

The February 6th storming of the capital where approximately 30,000 staunch Trump supporters, incited by their fearless leaders’ lies, assembled there solely in an attempt to overthrow the election results, as well as inflect harm or kill political leaders.

Comparing the two events is ludicrous but so typical of the reasoning of the alt-right.

If you want to make a comparison of the two events, why not try looking at how Trump reacted to both of them.

During the BLM protests he brought in the national guard, use teargas and pepper spray to get people off the street so he could do a photo-op and hold a Bible upside down.

When people were getting killed and the criminal desecration to our capital was happening, like none seen in centuries, he sat there and watch television relishing the moment for three hours.


Fred, when reading your comments the following quote is so obviously appropriate.

“The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.” — O. W. Holmes.

William Marincic

When conservative content is squashed you have what you have here, a bunch of liberals telling lies and patting each other on the back.

William Marincic

What lies, how about Trump wasn’t responsible for the vaccine or how about Trump is responsible for the absolute humanitarian crisis we now have on our border. Our border was secure before Biden


He never has facts to back up his bluster. It’s almost like an automatic response that he copies and pastes. No substance.


Another appropriate quote for Fred and people like him:

“The bigot for the most part clings to opinions adopted without investigation, and defended without argument, while he is intolerant of the opinions of others.” — Charles Buck.


Lou contends that I am bigot because I take issue with the mealy mouth rationalization for racial prejudice known as government mandated diversity programs. If my arguments are flawed refute them!


It is a form of compensation for personal and financial inequalities and crimes committed against individuals as well as groups of humans that are promoted by people like you. – If you’re so concerned with municipality spending money perhaps some additional police training would have saved Minneapolis $27 million that went to George Floyd’s family!

If you want the truth about “BLM violence”, it simply takes a search on:
white supremacist instigate BLM violence

If you are of the belief that the non-White people are the cause of the violence and you won’t look at the evidence otherwise, then you are not interested in the truth and you are a racist and you have no credibility to participate in online debate.

(here’s hoping this gets posted. A longer version with examples and links doesn’t seem to go through)


Those roads ARE PUBLIC ROADS! Did the murderous thugs who stormed the Capitol on 1/6 have a “permit” to destroy property and threaten the lives of those with whom they disagreed, while trying to overthrow the results of the duly elected new president?


Don’t forget knee on the neck for nine minutes training, too. Bad cops have plenty of “tools” at their disposal to kill people of color.

William Marincic

Don Steiner please post the speech or the statement where Donald Trump said to siege the country or siege Congress. You people just continue on and on and on with the anti-Trump, how about some pro Biden messages, there’s got to be something wonderful he’s done already, I mean after all he’s taking credit for President Trumps Covid response and he’s blaming President Trump for the crisis he created on the border. Not to mention the tens of thousands of jobs he has cost the country and the rising gas prices.

William Marincic

The Washington Post made a massive correction Monday to a January report about a phone call between then-President Donald Trump and Georgia elections investigator Frances Watson, admitting it wrongly attributed multiple quotes to Trump based on an anonymous source.


Fred, your snide remark about Frances Wall, Niskayuna’s chief of police, and her wanting to create diversity in the ranks, is just plain racist, misogynist, and otherwise idiotic.
I’m betting you’re one of the 41% of the misguided Repubs who are refusing to get the covid vaccine. Am I correct? Bet you don’t dare respond!


Earlier post from Fred I can’t let slide:

March 15th, 2021
“… she expressed a commitment to increase diversity among the ranks,”

This a fine goal if she expects to breed them. I think knowing when to use a gun and when not is is more important than establishing breeding stock.

Breeding has absolutely no relevance to increasing human racial diversity within the police.

“Animal breeding is a branch of animal science that addresses the evaluation (using best linear unbiased prediction and other methods) of the genetic value (estimated breeding value, EBV) of livestock. Selecting for breeding animals with superior EBV in growth rate, egg, meat, milk, or wool production, or with other desirable traits has revolutionized livestock production throughout the entire world.”

Perhaps the following is what was in Fred’s mind:

“The breeding of enslaved people in the United States was the practice in slave states of the United States of slave Owner’s to systematically force the reproduction of enslaved people to increase their profits.It included coerced sexual relations between enslaved men and women, forced pregnancies of enslaved people, and favoring women who could produce a relatively large number of children.[1] The objective was to increase the number of slaves without incurring the cost of purchase, and to fill labor shortages caused by the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade.”

Deb Haaland, Native American woman, confirmed as Secretary of the Interior, formerly The Gas and Oil industry Handpuppet

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