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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, March 30

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Flood control needs multiple approaches

Kudos to the New York State Canal Corporation for recognizing that managing the Erie Canal System, including the Mohawk River, must consider all uses of and threats from the river as noted in the March 21 guest column (“Preserve canal’s legacy by letting it work for communities.”)
The use of ice-breakers and growing attention to dam operations can reduce flood risk.
There’s no one silver bullet that can eliminate flood damages. No matter what the Canal Corporation or the state does to reduce flood risk on the Mohawk or any river, a risk of flooding remains. That risk will continue to adversely affect low-lying neighborhoods, such as the areas of Schenectady’s Stockade that are close to the river.
The responsibility to reduce flooding and maintain property values in nearby communities lies not only with the state, but with local municipalities and property owners. We shouldn’t be building in flood-prone areas. We should be working to elevate, demolish or move at-risk structures so that the remaining structures are safe from flooding.
As much as we try, we cannot completely control our rivers.
Mark Twain wrote about the Mississippi but it’s true for all rivers: “… ten thousand River Commissions, with the mines of the world at their back, cannot tame that lawless stream, cannot curb it or confine it, cannot say to it, Go here, or go there, and make it obey; cannot save a shore which it has sentenced; cannot bar its path with an obstruction which it will not tear down, dance over, and laugh at.”
William Nechamen
Schenectady

Georgia engaging in voter suppression

I have been following the voting situation in Georgia closely.
Their election procedures and security are ostensibly in question. I cannot readily understand what the problem is.
I would argue that Georgia actually has a pretty good handle on how to run an election. They were forced to recount ballots, and each time they did so the end results were the same. That says to me that they’ve got a good system.
The only conclusion I can draw, therefore, is that Georgia is indeed trying to keep people from voting. The highly inappropriate measures under consideration are clearly intended to decrease the number of people who will be able to vote.
I should think that Georgia’s get-out-the-vote efforts prior to the 2020 election would be an example to each state. A combination of footwork, mailings and other methods led to an election where the turnout was extraordinary. Well done, I say.
It is against all this country believes in to try to impede anyone’s right to vote. We cannot change the rules just because we don’t like the outcome of an election. I think we would all be better served by trying to emulate Georgia’s efforts prior to the 2020 election. I think Georgia got it right.
Martha Meskutovecz
Glenville

Without test, legal pot is irresponsible

In the 20s and 30s, the government attempted to shield the people from gambling and alcohol. Now they are in a stampede to legalize marijuana for the revenues it will generate.
In the true sense of a bureaucracy, they now advance their agenda over what is best for the people.
Without a test of whether a driver is impaired under the influence of marijuana, this is sheer irresponsibility on the part of the law makers who vote for this.
Rick Green
Ballston Lake

Florida’s openness attitude backfires

As the old saying goes, “you can’t have it both ways.”
The state of Florida is now finding out that it’s hard to put the genie back in the bottle after you’ve let him out.
For the past few months, the Florida Tourism Bureau and the governor have waged a multi-million-dollar advertising barrage to get anyone and everyone to come to Florida and party.
They touted Florida as a wide-open state with no uncomfortable masking or social distancing rules to spoil the tourists’ good times. To hell with regulations, Florida is the anti-pandemic capital of the country.
What they have now is tens of thousands of tourists literally going wild in the Sunshine State.
They are drinking, fighting with each other and attacking both law enforcement and the businesses that so desperately wanted them to “come on down and party.”
Miami Beach looks like one large Old West saloon after cowboys are in town after a cattle drive.
Now the politicians and businesses are begging the cops to send the tourists back to where they came from. Apparently serving massive amounts of alcohol to people and trusting them to behave wasn’t such a great idea.
I’m sorry but it’s tough to generate much sympathy for the businesses or politicians. The only ones that I do feel sorry for are the police and full-time residents who live in a state governed by idiots.
John Angilletta
Scotia

Glenville overpass issues never ending

The Glenridge Road overpass conversation is a merry-go-round ride that never stops and has been going on for at least three decades, if not longer.
You can’t raise the bridge; the railroad company won’t pay for it. You can’t lower the road; the creek will wash it out every year. You can’t divert the creek, that would be a headache for the homeowners there and all who commute by.
Even though people hated the single lane with traffic light and alternating traffic pattern, all commercial vehicles knew to stay away from it — they knew they couldn’t thread that needle. The only thing we had to put up with was the occasional stuck travel trailer or knocked-off air-conditioning unit in the road. Fast forward to today and we have a whole new conversation: how to stop trucks from hitting the overpass.
Signs clearly don’t work; these drivers don’t read. Flashing signs at the hilltop didn’t work either (you know…that whole reading thing).
Can we lower the weight limit while still allowing school buses and UPS/FedEx trucks? Can we install solar flashing lights on the eastern side of the bridge?
There’s also the matter of who pays for cleanup. Why is Glenville not getting reimbursed by the trucking companies or their insurance companies?
This expense should NEVER be the responsibility of the local taxpayers, not one cent.
Ellen Russo
Niskayuna

 

Change culture by enacting term limits

On an almost daily basis my state representative in the Assembly calls for Gov. Cuomo to resign, and just about every other one of his Facebook posts mentions impeaching the man in Albany. The tough talking assemblyman has also demanded that the book writing governor have his Emmy taken from him. None of this seems to be working, and at this point in time I think the governor will probably finish his term. There are many in the State Legislature on both sides of the aisle calling for an end to Cuomo’s run. This all sounds good, but it’s really nothing more than politicians playing their political games. Has anyone of these self-serving politicians ever called for term limits in New York State? A governor should be given two terms and then shown the door, just like it is for a president. There also should be term limits on all of the leadership positions in our State Legislature. If these were in place right now in New York, it’s quite possible that we might be in a little better shape around here. The state lawmakers could work together and try and get term limits passed for the betterment of the people of New York, that is if they truly cared about the people they represent, but they don’t. What they truly care about is their political party and keeping their well-paying part-time gig. Every so often the names may change in Albany, but never the culture.
Jerry Fiore
Summit

 

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William Marincic

Martha Meskutovecz Please tell me how Georgia is engaging in voter suppression? Are they telling people that they cannot go to the polls and vote, no. Are they telling people that they cannot request an absentee ballot and they don’t need a reason to request it, no. Are they telling people that they cannot buy peoples votes and that they cannot go canvas for votes in places like nursing home, yes because that’s a good thing. There is no voter suppression please get the facts before you make these broad statements that are untrue. As Americans we deserve to know that our elections are fair and that people are not buying votes and that each person who is voting is the person that should be voting, all of those things are what we need. Some countries you need to give them a fingerprint to vote we are not there yet but if we continue along this road it won’t be that many years before that’s the way we have to vote as well.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Why else would Georgia and most red state legislatures want to change their voting systems that worked so well in 2020 unless they didn’t like so many people voting; ergo, voter suppression?

You know Bill, they used to tell black people they could vote, but then made them pass a literacy test or pay a poll tax in order to actually exercise that right. There’s a difference between telling people they’re legally allowed to vote, and the roadblocks put in the way to prevent that from happening. In order to get a Georgia Voter ID card, you have to go to a DMV and bring your Social Security card, Birth Certificate or Passport, two documents showing your address, a signed affidavit, a marriage license if your name changed, and evidence that you are a registered voter. All of that just to be able to exercise your constitutional right to vote when there is NO evidence of voter fraud. Our voter turnout pales in comparison to European countries, we should be encouraging people to vote, not discouraging them by making them jump through all sorts of hoops and expenses to do so.

Yesterday you seemed to gave credit to Lou for accepting he had benefited from the former President’s (the one who still doesn’t accept he lost and is a loser) tax policy. You noted his “honesty”.
It is sickening to hear you, or your spiritual leader or any of his other stooges utter the world “honesty”. The very essense, the tie that binds you all, is a lie and most in the US and around the world can see it’s a lie.

The only thing you want to secure is white power. Pure and simple. Maintain white power at any cost, including our democracy. You ought to man up and just be open about it instead of being such a ham-handed hypocrite about it. Every day we read about another one of you acting it or speaking it out loud.
You wonder why you can’t have rational dialogue, it’s because you reek of racism and sedition.

Marincic, you know the New England Minutemen, right? Sure you do.
Here’s a couple of their play soldiers who frankly haven’t gotten the celebrity status around here they deserve. They’re on your side, stand up for them.
Find more in the T-U site.

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TROY — A former U.S. Army drone operator and alleged militia member pleaded guilty Monday in Rensselaer County Court to possessing a “ghost gun” loaded with live ammunition during a peaceful local Black Lives Matter demonstration in June.

Noah Latham, 23, of Leominister, Mass., became the fifth man believed by law enforcement to have ties to the New England Minutemen to plead guilty to charges stemming from their actions on the day of the demonstration.
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It is peculiar Martha isn’t it, that after an election that was touted by Republican officials as the most secure ever, and after the Democrats followed all of the election rules set by the Republican Georgia legislature, and after the Georgia Republican Secretary of State refused to overturn the election results despite direct pressure from the President of the United States because of lack of any evidence whatsoever of improprieties or fraud, yet still the Democrats beat the Republicans at the ballot box. The Republicans’ response as politicians wasn’t to try and figure out how they can appeal to more voters, but to keep the ones that didn’t vote for them, from voting in the next election. Any rational person can see that this is cheating, plain and simple, with the politicians trying to pick their voters, and not the voters getting to pick their representatives. Despite all the bluster about widespread voter fraud and security issues from some Republicans, they are still yet to provide any actual evidence of it to maker their case for the need for this type of draconian legislation and pure power grab. SAD!!!

FRED BARNEY

To better ensure the security of absentee ballots, the law requires that voters provide a driver’s-license or state-ID number to apply for a ballot and one of those numbers (or the last four digits of a Social Security number) when returning the ballot.

Why do you have a problem with this?

RAYMOND HARRIS

Since Georgia didn’t experience any problems, there was no need to change what was working. Your turn to answer my question.

LOUIS RESTIFO

In regards to Ellen Russo’s letter about truckers continually hitting the Glenridge Road overpass:

Why not set up a high vehicle warning system similar to fast food drive through order stations or entrances to car washes? Just make it more sophisticated:
If a vehicle hits the hanging warning system it could set off flashing lights, an alarm or perhaps a voice could shout “Pay attention moron you’re about to hit the overpass!”

RAYMOND HARRIS

Why not just close it to trucks and make them go over Freedom’s Bridge and stop trying to manage these idiots? I fear destroying the wetland to accommodate a truck turnaround that only works on one side of the railway anyway. For the most part, Glenridge Rd. is a residential area so who needs these large trucks?

RAYMOND HARRIS

It has been refreshing not to have to listen to Trump on a daily or even weekly basis. But when he does speak out and the press gives him some “air”, he reminds us how incompetent and dangerous he was. Take yesterday when he commented on the CNN special interview with Drs. Fauci and Birx among others about working with Trump during the pandemic. This is what Trump said: In a lengthy statement, Trump accused both of his former colleagues of being “self-promoters.”

“Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned,” Trump said. “They had bad policy decisions that would have left our country open to China and others, closed to reopening our economy, and years away from an approved vaccine—putting millions of lives at risk.”

While I could tell that Fauci and Birx were not really willing to throw in Trump totally, Trump is admitting that his decisions worsened the pandemic that has led to well over 500,000 deaths in the U.S. It was Trump who wanted to play down the pandemic (“it will just disappear”; “we’re rounding the curve”; etc.) and open up the economy because he was singly focused on getting reelected not save people. He might have cut off travel from China (but not totally), but left travel from Europe wide open which led to the major spike in cases in NY, NJ and other east coast cities.

Trump needs to just stay at Mar-a-Lie-Go and play golf and leave us all alone.

FRED BARNEY

Trump required those seeking asylum to do so in their country. Biden eliminated that requirement. This of course, if you are Democrat, means that Trump is responsible for the crises at the Southern border.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Fred, try to stay on topic (i.e., Trump’s mishandling on the pandemic that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths).

FRED BARNEY

1> Why are you blaming Trump for mishandling the pandemic when you know that there 50 state governors who should be given credit. Surely you have heard of Como’s mishandling the nursing home death analysis.

2> If you do not wish to listen to Trump do not!

3> I pointed out that life is a bit more complex than it appears to you – that is on topic

RAYMOND HARRIS

You don’t see Biden dumping the federal government’s responsibilities for managing the pandemic on the 50 governors. That’s what leadership is, unlike Trump who washed his hands of such responsibility.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Ray, your efforts in responding to Fred’s posts in an attempt to inform him of the actual facts regarding the topic at hand, are analogous to watching a never ending buffering circle spinning around while trying to download data. Nothing happens.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Ray, you suggested that Trump needs to just stay at “Mar-a-Lie-Go” and play golf. I think more appropriately he should put on an orange jumpsuit to match his face and go to the big house where he belongs.

RAYMOND HARRIS

New York’s highest court Tuesday dismissed Donald Trump’s appeal of a defamation case against him by a former contestant on his reality-TV show “The Apprentice,” on the grounds that Trump’s arguments are no longer valid since he is no longer president.

The decision from the New York Court of Appeals puts back in motion the lawsuit from Summer Zervos, who says Trump defamed her in 2016 when he called her a liar after she accused him of sexually assaulting her years earlier.

“Now a private citizen, the defendant has no further excuse to delay justice for Ms. Zervos, and we are eager to get back to the trial court and prove her claims,” Zervos’ attorney Beth Wilkinson said in a statement.

Zervos claims Trump groped her in a hotel room in 2007. Shortly after she went public with her allegations, Trump said the women who have made allegations of sexual misconduct against him are “liars,” and he has threatened to sue them.

William Marincic

Sounds like his word against hers unless she has some secret video of it. Hundreds of rich men and women get accused of sexual misconduct each year. It’s usually a money grab. Just like the case of Roy Moore, where are his accusers today? All gone, he actually went to court to sue them for defamation. It was a democrat hit job, period.

I think Michael Cohen would offer a different opinion.

Hmm, I cannot find any sign of Moore suing the girls for defamation. But he did file suit against Sacha Baron Cohen when Cohen “disguised as Israeli anti-terrorism expert Erran Morad, demonstrate(d) new ‘technology’, supposed developed by the Israeli Army to identify pedophiles. Moore walked out of the interview after the device repeatedly indicated he was a pedophile”

Heh. Yeah, he’s innocent. Sure.

FRED BARNEY

“Schenectady schools face special challenges on top of it all to overcome poverty, poor attendance, low graduation rates and floundering test scores.”

Just think how much they would have to pay teachers if they demanded that they produce results!

On a positive note I suggest that teachers have to stay after school to help their students with homework.

Joseph Vendetti

William

While I agree we need voter IDs & validation that the person that is casting the vote is in fact that person – GA went too far – cutting down number of voter drop boxes, shortening cut off times for registration, changing around who can certify the elections. It is voter suppression

Florida2015

John Angilletta-
Check out Manatee County, Florida county commissioners and how we do the Governor’s VIP pop up locations for connected donors and county commission chairperson.
Do Not confuse them with the real county workers who are doing the vacations and doing a great job within the system serving everyone.

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