Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Sunday, May 2

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Garrow took joy and innocence from many

I don’t need a new book or an old book on the brutal murders committed by Robert Garrow.
Growing up in the Capital Region, I remember these senseless killings as if they happened yesterday.
The people of the Capital Region will never forget his name or his story because of the viciousness and brutality of his actions and because he stole the innocence of an entire generation.
More than that, he stole the beauty and peacefulness of the Adirondacks from us for a long time and replaced it with fear and anxiety.
He took the simplicity and the joy out of camping and being one with nature. He invoked a sense of paranoia in all of us.
No words can explain the anger and the sadness that I still feel about the Garrow murders, about the loss of innocence, about the torture his victims had to endure, about the pain the families of his victims have to carry for the remainder of their lives.
Garrow was obviously a sick, weak man going so far as to fake paralysis when shot by police. Why? I can only imagine that is because he never had to pay the full consequences of his actions.
Robert Garrow should have been in jail for 20 years for rape, but only did seven, because of “good behavior.”
Maybe we should ask his victims’ families if Robert Garrow’s “good behavior” made a difference for them. The red flags were there — when will we learn?
Josephine Davis
Schenectady

Vaccinations are part of our civic obligation

When we live together in a community, we have a social contract to do things that benefit the community.
During a pandemic, getting a vaccination is an obligation.
If you do not, you are providing a home for Covid SARs2 (Coronavirus) to mutate and become more infectious and, potentially, more lethal.
Vaccinations do not cause autism and the messenger RNA vaccines will not change your DNA.
The part of the sunlight spectrum that is most dangerous to the virus, and all life, is fortunately, blocked by our upper atmosphere, so don’t count on staying out in the sun to combat the virus unless you also want to get skin cancer.
Decisions about getting a vaccination should be based on science not pseudoscience or a lot of the nonsense lurking on social media.
Smallpox has been wiped off our planet because of vaccinations.
People rushed to get the polio vaccine when they saw what life looks like in an iron lung. If you are not vaccinated, be a good citizen and get the jab or two jabs.
There is no excuse now since the vaccine is very available in our community.
Joan Wagner
Saratoga Springs

Trump’s legacy is one of irresponsibility

In response to Richard Colyer’s April 25 letter (“Far left Democrats are eroding our rights”), facts are difficult things to ignore when making decisions that affect you and your family.
You can either be a realist or idealist.
For example, when speaking about the accomplishments of former President Trump, we can see that less than 400 miles of wall have been built or replaced; Mexico did not pay the $15 billion to accomplish that (source: The Texas Tribune).  Please keep in mind the border is a total of 1,954 miles.
Obamacare was not repealed or replaced. North Korea and Iran are building nuclear weapons, and there is no China trade deal.
The deficit has skyrocketed, race relations have worsened, the pandemic was out of control with the United States as the epicenter of this global health crisis, and we are just now getting our country’s crisis under control after four years of Trump’s “Warp Speed” that allowed over 400,000 of our friends and family to die.
If you believe this track record of the last four years is fine for you, may I suggest that a country where their populace means nothing to the people in control might better suit your needs.
Our government was designed to be responsible for the safety and welfare of all citizens, not just those who are registered Republican. The preamble of our Constitution is clear on this fact.
Linda Walczak-Ford
Mechanicville

 

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11 Comments

William Marincic

Linda Walczak-Ford The border crisis is out of control, illegal immigration and border crossings are up over 700% under Biden so let’s talk about President Trump doing such a terrible job on the border again. Under President Trump we had a vaccine in six months time not just one vaccine three vaccines and Biden just finished his hundred days in office. Finishing his hundred days in office means that now he can take claim for shots going in the arms of people. Did you know it takes roughly 100 days to develop ship and administer a vaccine so the first hundred days of President Biden‘s administration every one of those shots were President Trump shots. Did you know that right now the cartels are gang raping children as young as eight and nine years old, they are using them in child porn films and even snuff films. That’s Biden‘s legacy. But let’s talk about how bad President Trump is again. I have yet to see a letter to the editor on what a great job Biden is doing, just how bad President Trump was.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Three great letters today! Thank you Josephine Davis, Joan Wagner and Linda Walczak-Ford.

I also thank the Gazette for publishing back to back letters that stress the importance of getting vaccinated.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Totally agree Louis, especially Linda Walczak-Ford’s letter. There are many more examples of Trump’s ineptness, but I realize she had to select the top ones due to space.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Interesting article in the Gazette today regarding a 20-year veteran teacher in NJ who was suspended from two teaching positions because he told his students that George Floyd should not considered a “hero” since he resisted arrest. Sounds like Fred B. and others. The teacher did this during a lesson on climate change! When four students objected to the teacher’s mischaracterization of the Floyd ordeal and Black Lives Matter movement, they were given an essay assignment to explain why Black lives matter. The other students were not given this assignment. The case is being investigated and will likely end with the teacher being fired from one or both of his teaching jobs.

FRED BARNEY

George Floyd chose to gamble with his life. First by taking drugs and second by resisting arrest. The actions of a person with a drug addled bring are foolish not heroic.

If BLM we would see locals turning in drug dealers. In this context not that Floyd’s family did not turn in his dealer.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Fred: Like Rush Limbaugh’s drug addiction problem that lasted for years.

I wonder why Trump Awarded Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and not George Floyd. 🤔

FRED BARNEY

“…we are just now getting our country’s crisis under control after four years of Trump’s “Warp Speed” that allowed over 400,000 of our friends and family to die.”

You have ignored the possibility that the Democrats could have directed their efforts at Covid – 19 leadership

Plug in “How many Republican voters have left the party” to your favorite search machine. I did, but there was just too many to list.

One typical result:

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In the days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the phone lines and websites of local election officials across the country were jumping: Tens of thousands of Republicans were calling or logging on to switch their party affiliations.

In California, more than 33,000 registered Republicans left the party during the three weeks after the Washington riot. In Pennsylvania, more than 12,000 voters left the G.O.P. in the past month, and more than 10,000 Republicans changed their registration in Arizona.

An analysis of January voting records by The New York Times found that nearly 140,000 Republicans had quit the party in 25 states that had readily available data (19 states do not have registration by party). Voting experts said the data indicated a stronger-than-usual flight from a political party after a presidential election, as well as the potential start of a damaging period for G.O.P. registrations as voters recoil from the Capitol violence and its fallout.
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Why can’t any Republican come on this forum and help us try to understand their “winning” strategy?

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