Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Thursday, April 22


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.
Mark LaJuene
Ballston Spa

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.
Peggy Dagostino


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.
Roger Feuerstein
Saratoga Springs


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” 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 ”

Sounds like the BLM group!


“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 ”

Thanks Fred, for giving us your spot on view of the 1/6 /21 Insurrection.


I read in the Gazette today that Glenville town supervisor and chair of the Schenectady GOP Chris Koetzle endorsed Congressman Lee Zeldin of LI for the governorship. Zeldin, along with Stefanik, fully supported Trump and voted to overturn the presidential election following the insurrection on Jan. 6. Koetzle, who likes to portray himself as a bi-partisan problem solver, tipped his hand big time by showing he is really a right-wing Trump supporter, no longer in disguise. One of the reasons he likes Zeldin was that they both support home rule which sounds good, but he was targeting the State’s 2% tax cap. Is that because he wants to raise taxes above the 2% which keeps localities in line? When he runs for reelection as town supervisor this year, keep this all in mind.


To Mark LaJuene;

You are all wrong about DJT best president ever. He was worst president I ever seen my life. He is one of the worst president in America history ever. You got all wrong information from different bad sources. You are so blind and deaf whatever DJT’s mouth came out to public media. He lied to American people in many times. I could not believe whatever he said came out mouth. It was crazy and still crazy as now. It was so terrible to hurting a lot of people in America. Finally, we got a good relief president from DJT’s mess our country. DJT did not care you at all. DJT is all care about himself but no else. He is damn so hypocrite to everyone who were fool just like you. He will never come back as president again. American people will never trust him again. Think again, Mark.

Yes Louis. You should “should stop watching the Democrat-controlled evening news”, and instead turn on the tRump-controlled news for the FACTS.

There you’ll be happy to learn the pandemic is a total fraud (tell the people of Brazil that) and there are numerous cures for it anyway, like Benedril, or hydroxychloroquine, sitting on UV-C lights (in the nude, I suspect?). I thin Mike Lindell, tRump’s other right-hand man, has them for sale on his site.
You’ll also learn about those black terrorists, BLM, the real domestic terrorists (not the ones attacking the Capitol, they were Patriots! and they were BLM/Antifa anyway, which explains why they all took selfies of themselves and each other).

It’s a crazy mixed-up world in the FACT-based news, but better to go with how you FEEL about everything and find solace in the company of others who think they’ve finally found the One Who Would Be King, tRump. They and only they know what’s best for us.
C’mon Lou, get with it!


The extreme right extension of the Republican Party and any parallels within other nations sure has created a sad state of affairs.

The ignorance and indifference to all and anything but their misguided agendas are the potential makings of an eventual global catastrophe. The irony being that they will also be forced to drink their poisonous brew.

Sorry about the length, but it’s a legal document that Americans concerned about their country’s security should be aware of.

And even though I’m not a lawyer, I’d say that if you announced to a certain newspaper forum (aka, the public) that you were aware of special plans for January 6, 2021 prior to that date, the authorities might want to speak with you concerning possible conspiracy charges. This is not a game. This is not a TV show.

400+ charged with another possible 100 to go.

The United States of America hereby moves this Court for a 60-day continuance of the above-captioned proceeding, and further to exclude the time within which an indictment must be filed under the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3161 et seq., on the basis that the ends of justice served by taking such actions outweigh the best interest of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial pursuant to the factors described… In support of its motion, the government states as follows:

Defendant is charged via complaint with offenses related to crimes that occurred at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. In brief, on that date, as a Joint Session of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate convened to certify the vote of the Electoral College of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, members of a large crowd that had gathered outside forced entry into the U.S. Capitol, including by breaking windows and by assaulting members of law enforcement, as others in the crowd encouraged and assisted those acts. Scores of individuals entered the U.S. Capitol without authority to be there. As a result, the Joint Session and the entire official proceeding of the Congress was halted until the Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police Department, and other law enforcement agencies from the city and surrounding region were able to clear the Capitol of hundreds of unlawful occupants and ensure the safety of elected officials. This event in its entirety is hereinafter referred to as the “Capitol Attack.” The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence. Over 400 individuals have been charged in connection with the Capitol Attack. The investigation continues and the government expects that at least one hundred additional individuals will be charged.

While most of the cases have been brought against individual defendants, the government is also investigating conspiratorial activity that occurred prior to and on January 6, 2021. The spectrum of crimes charged and under investigation in connection with the Capitol Attack includes (but is not limited to) trespass, engaging in disruptive or violent conduct in the Capitol or on Capitol grounds, destruction of government property, theft of government property, assaults on federal and local police officers, firearms offenses, civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, possession and use of destructive devices, and conspiracy. Defendants charged and under investigation come from throughout the United States, and a combined total of over 900 search warrants have been executed in almost all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the response to the Capitol Attack, which included officers and agents from U.S. Capitol Police, the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Secret Service, the United States Park Police, the Virginia State Police, the Arlington County Police Department, the Prince William County Police Department, the Maryland State Police, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Prince George’s County Police Department, and the New Jersey State Police. Documents and evidence accumulated in the Capitol Attack investigation thus far include: (a) more than 15,000 hours of surveillance and body-worn camera footage from multiple law enforcement agencies; (b) approximately 1,600 electronic devices; (c) the results of hundreds of searches of electronic communication providers; (d) over 210,000 tips, of which a substantial portion include video, photo and social media; and (e) over 80,000 reports and 93,000 attachments related to law enforcement interviews of suspects and witnesses and other investigative steps. As the Capitol Attack investigation is still on-going, the number of defendants charged and the volume of potentially discoverable materials will only continue to grow. In short, even in cases involving a single defendant, the volume of discoverable materials is likely to be significant.


As justice was served to Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, we can only hope that justice will again be served. This time to donald john trump, the undeniable instigating keystone of the afore described “Capital Attack”.

Because of his wide range of criminal activity, I do believe trump’s day of reckoning, in one capacity or another, will eventually come home to roost.

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