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Letters to the Editor Thursday, March 25

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Even with vaccine, still follow protocols

I just got my second and last does of the covid vaccine.
I must say that for the first time in a year I feel that a burden has been lifted and feel a sense of relief and protection.
We will still hunker-DOWN and mask-UP till all ends well.
As Nike says, ”Just Do It!”
It’ll be a “shot in the arm” for us all.
Carole Anne Frank
Burnt Hills

Unwanted advances only bad if repeated

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been under attack by a number of females who claimed he sexually harassed them, but not one has identified that this happened repeatedly.
It appears as though the governor, by his own admission, may have flirted with women as many, many men do, but quickly shut his flirtations down when they were not reciprocated.
Thus, if you read Webster’s Dictionary’s meaning of the word “harass,” you will find it says “to attack repeatedly.”
Therefore it is ridiculous and a waste of New Yorker’s state tax money to investigate something that is clearly not within the meaning of the word harass, as the governor did not REPEATEDLY flirt with these women as they themselves have indicated.
Please government officials, can’t we find other areas more worthy of spending the state’s tax revenue on and make New York residents proud?
Joseph W. Bezak
Hagaman

Use of identifiers only serves to divide

The media continues to use racist terms like Asian Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans and Anglo Americans.
These words separate people. Why aren’t we all Americans?
Mary Winters
Schenectady

 

Why let repeat offenders go free?

Regarding the article (“New York man busted three times in a single day”) in the March 18 Gazette: What is wrong with our system if all you do is give them an appearance ticket? Why bother and stop him at all if you are not going to arrest him?
Maybe the next time you come across this person, he would have killed someone if he were driving impaired. Also what happens when he doesn’t show up for his three court dates? Give him another ticket?
There is something very wrong with this system, and I hope our politicians will change it.
Karen Thomas
Schenectady

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18 Comments

Joseph Vendetti

Mr. Bezak:

I guess we are all thankful that you didn’t author the language in NYS or Federal Sexual harassment bills.

This is what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace sir!

Sexual harassment may be verbal, visual and/or physical, including:
• Sexually offensive remarks or jokes;
• Unwanted touching or groping;
• Coerced sex acts;
• Requests for sexual favors of a sexually suggestive nature (e.g.,
asking employee to dig coins out of a supervisor’s pants pocket);
• Displaying pornographic images;
• Comments (either complimentary or derogatory) about a person’s
gender or sexual preferences;
• Sexual gestures (e.g., pantomiming sex acts).

I agree we don’t need to have a waste of taxpayer money since Governor Cuomo admitted to off color remarks & comments about sexual preferences.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Joe, You and so many Republicans continue to castigate Cuomo for alleged sexual harassment accusations against him. Under your assumption of his guilt you have more than once indicated it’s a waste of tax payers money to investigate. He should resign. You said it it again today: “I agree we don’t need to have a waste of taxpayer money since Governor Cuomo admitted to off color remarks & comments about sexual preferences.” This past Monday the 23rd: “Ok – so he has admitted it. Why do we even need to waste millions of tax payer dollars on an investigation???”

Whether or not I agree or not is Irrelevant and by no means am I attempting to defend him. I’m just wondering about a few things.

What’s your take on the more than 25 sexual harassment allegations against Donald Trump and him blatantly admitting to his sexual harassment behavior? e.g. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. 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.”

Were you looking for Trump’s resignation back then or did you vote for him again in 2020?

Joe, thank you for posting how harassment *in the workplace* is defined. Mr. Bezak, frankly you sound like a Cuomo apologist.

But to both, the ongoing investigation by AG James is warranted because the accusations need to be respected. They may have substance, in part or in total, but right now all we have to go on is the toxic media (social and otherwise) environment we’re surrounded by. The charges are numerous and the motivations of some may be a factor. We don’t know, and we need to know.

William Marincic

Even if Cuomo is impeached or he willingly leaves we are still in dire trouble as a state because more than 50% of you New Yorkers all of them are mostly down state will again elect a very liberal governor who controls us like we are subjects. We have lost our representation not only in the state but in the federal government.They no longer represent us they represent themselves and special interests. We know this because why else would someone spend five or $10 million of their own money for a job that pays less than $200,000.

Couldn’t agree more Bill. Republicans only represent the special interests of the gun lobby, insurance companies, and corporations, and fail to meet the needs of the people they represent. How else could you explain why the overwhelming majority of Americans support stricter gun safety laws, Medicare for All, and making corporations pay their fair share of taxes, yet time and time again the GOP in Congress vote against these popular measures?

LOUIS RESTIFO

Matt, since you opened the door regarding gun control:

I have a hypothetical question for hard core Second Amendment advocates and ardent supporters of the NRA ( of which some have made posts on this line) : You have a choice to implement tougher and more restrictive national gun control legislation or your children become a statistic in a mass shooting, which would you choose?

The parents of the dead children from Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Santa Fe High School, Umpqua Community College, Red Lake Senior High School, Oikos University, West Nickel Mines School, North Illinois University, Santa Monica College, Marysville Pilchuck High School, had no choice.

In 2016, Trump lost the popular vote by 2,868,686 votes.
In 2020, Trump lost the popular vote by 7,061,234 votes.

If there is a better poll than the official popular vote counts that show Republicans are the preferred choice for leadership please produce it, or accept Americans prefer to have Democrats in charge, serving and protecting the American people. Democrats also come with some warts, but nothing like what the Republicans bear. There are currently four from Trump’s cabinet under investigation, as well as Trump himself who has twice been impeached. Your criticism of Democratic leadership is laughable, at best. And you have not “lost your representation”.

You have repeatedly ignored requests to account for your whereabouts on January 6th, while seeming free to spout all your other Trump blather, so it’s safe to assume you did participate and to you it doesn’t matter what the American people want anyway. It’s what you want that matters.

FRED BARNEY

Lou you have ignored two important points.

1. Hitting on your subordinates shows extremely bad judgement.

2. Given the death his decisions about nursing home patients why is he still employed by the state?

LOUIS RESTIFO

Fred answer the same question:

What’s your take on the more than 25 sexual harassment allegations against Donald Trump and him blatantly admitting to his sexual harassment behavior? e.g. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. 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.”

Were you looking for Trump’s resignation back then or did you vote for him again in 2020?

LOUIS RESTIFO

Stop diverting and deflecting topic. Pease stick to the sexual-harassment issues that was initially brought up by Joe. My contention is what’s good for the goose ( Cuomo) is good for the gander (Trump).

Im not going comment on hundreds of specific instances of what I believe are Trump’s Lack of ethics, lack of moral character as well as excessive lack of law abiding behavior.

Joseph Vendetti

Lou

I’m a registered Democrat.

Trump actions were despicable (the audio of saying grab women by the P!!-“. Total pig. Only thing I thought trump did positive was taxes.

CYNTHIA SWANSON

Breaking news: Republican Georgia Governor is about to sign the bill restricting voting in that state, once more proving that Republicans can’t win elections without voter suppression. So afraid of ‘the other’ voting. Disgusting and so hateful.

William Aiken

By restricting voting do you mean having to show a photo ID to vote? Please explain just how is the GOP restricting voting in Georgia?

CYNTHIA SWANSON

– Limiting voter drop boxes
– making it a crime to offer food or water to people waiting in line to vote
– ID for absentee ballots
– STate officials will take over local boards of election
– the Secretary of State will no longer be chairman of the state election board
– state officials now will have the power to prevent counties from certifying election results.

Is that enough suppression got you, William?

What’s other countries do you need to pack a knapsack, seating and a raincoat just to vote?
Maybe next they’ll forbid cars within 2 miles of polling?

CYNTHIA SWANSON

Thanks, Chuck. I just don’t understand why Repubs are so afraid of letting everyone vote. Could it be that they have no policies worth voting for?!

Florida2015

Walter Marinic
Your question who would spend $10-20 million for a job paying $200.000?
This is how it’s done in Florida
Scott spent a record $63.6 million of his own money on his campaign to oust Nelson and turn the Florida Senate delegation all red, according to his most recent Federal Elections Commission report.

That’s more than three quarters of his entire fundraising haul for the cycle of nearly $85 million.

When he jumped into the race in April, Scott indicated that no personal check would be too large to write for his campaign.

“I’m going to do whatever I can to win this election,” he said at the time.

It’s not the first time Scott has shelled out big bucks to boost his own political campaign. The two-term Florida governor spent roughly $75 million of his own money to win election to his first term in 2010.
Wonder what his motivation is?

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