Get the facts before trashing Trumpers
Regarding Mr. Restifo’s April 11 letter (“GOP talking points are preprogrammed”), perhaps he should stop watching the Democrat-controlled evening news and research the facts before he talks like a typical sufferer of Trump-syndrome.
Chatty Cathy knows more about being a leader than Mr. Potato Joe (I won’t answer questions) Biden. Trump was and will be again, the best president this country has seen in many, many decades.
Need explanation for committee move
At a recent Schenectady city Finance Committee meeting, in an inexplicable move that screams for justification, City Council president Mootoveran removed Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas from the committee (and also removed her as chair of the Planning and Development Committee) and replaced her with Marion Porterfield. He did this without comment, saying he would respond at a more appropriate time.
Councilwoman Carmel Patrick hit the nail on the head in her sharp rebuke of Mootoveran when she called the decision “irresponsible and questionable.”
These are not equally qualified women, ladies and gentlemen. Zalewski-Wildzunas has 32 years of professional experience in budgeting and finance and is the only council member with professional experience in real estate development. I don’t think the same can be said of Ms. Porterfield. Above all, how can this move be made without justification?
City residents will be far the worse for the lack of Zalewski-Wildzunas’ expertise and dedication. Bad move, Mr. Mootoveran. You owe us an explanation.
Richard H. Ferro
Editor’s Note: Since this letter was written, Ms. Zalewski-Wildzunas’ membership to the Finance committee was reinstated, but her chairmanship to the planning committee was not.
Rotterdam: Address ATVs and dirt bikes
Rotterdam should follow Albany’s effort and take steps to stop dirt bikes and four-wheelers on streets and school property.
The use of dirt bikes and four-wheelers on the streets of Rotterdam and the land of Mohonasen is out of control once again.
Helderberg Avenue, Mohonasen’s access road and field, are used as a racetrack for these vehicles and it is only a matter of time before an innocent student, dog-walker, runner or family of four out for a drive are going to be injured.
Police and school officials are aware of this. It’s been going on for years. Odds are that something horrible and preventable will happen. It’s just a matter of time.
Let our leadership know what we want
After reading Polly Windels’ April 17 letter in The Gazette (“What’s wrong with being anti-fascist?”), I did some reading on antifa to find out what it was.
As far as I can determine, antifa is an unstructured organization of people who have basically anti-right wing tendencies (like opposition to White supremacy) and are convinced that resorting to violence is the only way, and the best way to eliminate this problem.
Antifa proponents believe that societies will never act to correct a wrong until they are confronted with mass violence, which is incited against this wrong. To them, the “rule of law“ does not apply.
Furthermore, protests are useless unless violence results.
Unfortunately, current events lead me to believe that the world is well along the way to mass violence. That is troubling.
Even though Polly can’t get a national membership card, if she truly subscribes to antifa philosophy and methods, she can send her money to, and sign up with, local groups in New York City, Atlanta, Minneapolis or Portland, Oregon. More than ever, we have to let our local and national leaders know what we want. We must hold them responsible for what they do.
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