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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, May 5

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Education must include critical race

Regarding Shirley Guidarelli’s April 19 letter (“Let’s do something about what’s wrong”) in The Daily Gazette, I will fight to the death in support of everything you hate!
Every reading, writing and arithmetic lesson from pre-K through high school senior year must include critical race theory as its content.
Joyce M. Cockerham
Schenectady

Bishops lack moral status to criticize

Regarding The Gazette April 29 article, “Catholic bishops threaten Biden’s Communion:” Are you kidding me?
With the disaster of a track record in covering up their pedophile priest culture that resulted in the closure of countless churches, the CCB should worry more about attracting new parishioners rather than trying to take a higher moral ground. Quite frankly, they can’t pass the smell test.
The CCB should build on the fact that President Biden continues to practice the faith rather than trying to make a political statement. Let’s see, “Separation of Church and State.”
Having been brought up Catholic and understanding the hypocrisy the hierarchy continues to dish out makes me have less faith in the leadership than the little I already have.
Free will is one of the cornerstones of the religion. What we believe and act upon are personal choices, not to be criticized or commented on by those that preach it’s OK unless they disagree with it. If President Biden or any other Catholic elected official wants to receive communion, that’s between them and their own conscience, not from a bunch of church leaders that don’t like their politics.
Maybe the CCB should use the old adage of KISS (keep it simple stupid) by modernizing the “Ten Commandments” and try to redeem what goodness can come from the Catholic Church.
Threatening to deny communion because of what a politician believes has nothing to do with religion. It’s an attempt at exerting their power based upon a moral ground they already lost.
Bob Belive
Glenville

 

Give us all a greater voice in decisions

Americans are tired of the rich getting richer, hiding their money offshore and paying no taxes.
It falls on the little guy, and we have to beg Washington for help.
It’s time for the people to have a “real” say in where the money comes from and where it goes.
Lawmakers should have 90 days to bring a bill up for a vote. If they can’t get it done, it goes on the ballot in November for the voters to decide.
Like the infrastructure bill, bridges in this country are literally falling down, countless miles of antiquated pipes are failing on a daily basis, the water in Flint, Mich., is poisoning people, the power grid in California has caused fires and death.
Voters should decide where to spend money. The people who run our lives have liberal compensation packages that they”gave themselves. Let people decide when and if county, state and federal employees get a raise. I would love to raise my Social Security check.
Jan. 6 shows how divided this country is. “A house divided will fall.” Putin’s dream is coming true. Republicans are crying that Democrats are going to pack the Supreme Court, yet they wouldn’t give President Obama’s choice a hearing because it was an election year.
They rammed through a third justice just before the election.
The current Republican Party is in critical condition and yet they still idolize the man who inflicted what could end up being a fatal wound to the GOP.
Kenneth Kimball
Schenectady

Stefanik can lose, have her own Big Lie

It is my understanding Elise Stefanik is considering running for governor in the next election.
I think she should, so after she gets defeated, she can say that the election is rigged, and she can have her very own Big Lie and dress it up in pretty little Republican clothes.
Jeffrey Murtagh
Duanesburg

 

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35 Comments

William Marincic

Joyce M. Cockerham, really? Why? What good would it do? You do know that’s reverse racism, this country has never been less racist and people like you are attempting to turn neighbor against neighbor and divide us as a country. I would never have thought that our country would be the way it is today with everyone a victim and everyone offended at everything. Thank God that we are not depending on this generation to go to war and defend our rights like the kids had to in 1942.

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.
D.H. Lawrence

Please, PLEASE, provide one scholarly article that discusses ‘reverse racism” as anything other than a myth.
Do you not realize how stupidly self-entitled you sound?
And yes, you’ve got “racist” written all over you.

FRED BARNEY

Chuck I believe Bill has the race based mandated diversity programs. To find out about these programs you need only read this paper. I hope this note helps.

I’m very familiar with our society’s efforts to bring equity to all citizens.
I’m not familiar with which episode of Hee Haw “reverse racism” first appeared in.
Thank you for your very helpful post.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Fred Theres nothing you can say that helps anything relating to politics, racism or bigotry, other than what not to say.

FRED BARNEY

So you are believer in the existence of good and bad racism. Can you name one society where the practice of good and bad racism has resulted in anything other than social disintegration? Hee Haw? I suggested that you read the paper that you subscribed to.

FRED BARNEY

Your response provides vindication for my theory that the Democrats are the party of ill-mannered racists. As for racism I note that none of the anti-racists have taken issue with George Floyd’s family for failing to deal with his drug problem. After all it quite possible he would be alive if they had done their duty to a family member. One should also fault the police for not following up on the passing of counterfeit money charge. It is possible that the charge was made to rid a business establishment of a drug addled customer

I know, I know.
But each post is like a mini trainwreck and you want to run to see of you can assist any survivors and deal with the damage, and you find out it’s just another trainload of manure but it’s too late and you’ve already stepped in it and hit “Post Comment “.

William Marincic

Chuck. I’m 7.8 Nigerian. (Black). I’m more than 5% which means I can legally call myself Black. My Sister is Black, I have Black and Hispanic Grandchildren that I love just as much as my White Grandchildren. Stop, you sound foolish. Are you trying to prove how “Woke” you are?

“Thank God that we are not depending on this generation to go to war and defend our rights like the kids had to in 1942.” Yeah, people can’t even put on a mask in public in the middle of a deadly pandemic without throwing a fit. We’re in a war against a virus, and people can’t even be bothered to put a tiny piece of cloth over their face. Thank God we’re not asking them to sign on the dotted line to put their lives at risk to defend our freedom. The previous generation sacrificed a lot for America and Americans, and today’s “patriots” can’t even do the smallest thing to protect our most vulnerable citizens without crying about their “rights”.

William Marincic

Funny you wanna talk about masks, school districts in California said they’re not even going to open in September. Joe Biden walks around the White House grounds wearing two masks outside alone, yet Joe Biden and his wife are sitting taking a picture maskless with frail elderly Jimmy and Rosalinda Carter, the hypocrisy is deafening.

LOUIS RESTIFO

William you sound like a broken record you say the same dumb stuff over and over.
“this country has never been less racist”

That’s like saying I used to beat my wife 10 or so times a week now now I’m down to only 4 or 5 times a week. It “has never been less”, isn’t that great?

Bill, You are unbelievable!

Some say he’s really a primitive AI bot planted here by the DG editors to keep things stirred up. Clearly it’s a low-budget operation.

Joseph Vendetti

Joyce:

I am not for or against CRT – really first I have started exploring it. Anyone with half a brain realizes there is still racism in America & the world.

I asked my two African American sons about CRT via text – who are both college educated and have fantastic careers. They said “its a way to divide us dad – white and black”. My white son who is a teacher told me “they are exploring it” currently at his school. I reached out to my daughter who is a white nurse but no response as she was working a 12 hr shift last night and my other daughter hasn’t responded either.

In the Boston College Law Review, Jeffrey Pyle argues that CRT undermines confidence in the rule of law, saying that “critical race theorists attack the very foundations of the liberal legal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism and neutral principles of constitutional law.”

One foundation of CRT says “law is primarily racist” – I would point out that cities that have some of the highest percentages of minority officers & where departments are commanded by minorities have some of the highest incidences of minority police shootings & minority arrests. Also, those same communities tend to have a central figure (mayor, city manager, supervisor) that is minority, as well as legislative body that has a high percentage of minorities. Further, in those communities they have higher % of minority judges and district attorneys. So we are to believe that minorities are being racist to their own race? Or they are just arresting & convicting the people (black, white, etc) that are committing crimes?

CRT also suggested that all governance (zoning, housing codes, criminal, etc) and laws were meant to raise up whites and subjugate all other races. If that were accurate why would asian Americans tend to rank higher on test scores, small business start ups, saved wealth and be the least likely to be arrested & incarcerated of all races? Also, why would some of the poorest communities in the Southeast in Mississippi, Alabama & Louisiana as well as several in middle America be primarily all white?

Interested in seeing what everyone else thinks?

LOUIS RESTIFO

I think I would like to hear directly from your two “African American“ sons, rather than get your interpretations of their true opinions. This all being without the possible pressure from dad about what they think he may want to hear.

Joyce, Joseph,
I won’t touch this. I did read the Boston College piece the other day, I’d never heard of it until some of the rightist pols and screaming heads started spouting it, and then their compliant lapdogs, here and elsewhere picked it up trying to sound edumacated. I’ve got nearly ten years of higher edumacation and I found it too deep in the academic weeds to get through. Other sources were similar.

That’s when I decided this was yet another banner for a bunch of white-supremacist primals to wave and distract from the void that is their contribution to this country.

Tom Minnick

Yesterday, President and Mrs. Biden visit the Carters indoors, cheek to cheek without masks. Then they exit to the outdoors and put on their masks. Why can’t President Biden follow the science? What a complete lack of leadership.
Tom Minnick, Ballston Lake

I’d like to pursue your point, I do think the administration has not been clear, in a clumsy way of promoting the precautions.
But you then show by your last two sentences that your not interested in being rational about it. Too bad.

Bill Nechamen

The Bidens were following CDC guidelines that vaccinated people can visit with other vaccinated people indoors without masks. As for wearing masks in public, the virus is still with us. Unlike the previous guy, Biden is sending a consistent message to the public that masks and social distancing are still necessary in public. And while it is not necessary under CDC guidelines to wear a mask outdoors when social distancing is possible, such as taking a walk for example (and I carry a mask but do not wear it unless I cannot socially distance when taking a walk), he is sending a message and leading by example. The previous guy sent the wrong message and that lead to hundreds of thousands of excess deaths, and a minority but still significant portion of the population being unwilling to take precautions or get vaccinated.

All well and good. In our household we’ve taken the science very seriously right from the beginning and by the end of this week we’ll all be fully vaccinated.
But obviously a significantly large fraction of the population hasn’t gotten the message, or has gotten confusing messages. That’s mostly due to the previous President’s reckless handling of the situation that I’m sure caused many, many deaths (far, far more than you could pin on Cuomo, if you could pin any on him). But when I watch the news I see some reporters wearing masks when they clearly need not, and I see politicians (compliant politicians) wearing masks when they need not.
Further, I see people on the street, and in cars, in situations where they would be no threat to anyone if infected, where social distancing is clearly a non-issue, wearing masks.
What I don’t see or hear is a unified, easy-to-understand meme, or graphic or whatever that makes the mask wearing easy to understand. I often wonder why they don’t enlist good comedy writers, or marketing specialists to formulate a message.
Vaccination promotion has been pretty good and pretty extensive, but the social guidelines, including gatherings, has been a mess.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Good News Flash: Facebook can keep blocking former President Donald Trump from using its platform, the social network’s court-like Oversight Board said Wednesday. The landmark move affirms the company’s decision to suspend Trump in January after the US Capitol riots. However, the board said Facebook must review the decision within six months.

“Within six months of this decision, Facebook must reexamine the arbitrary penalty it imposed on January 7 and decide the appropriate penalty,” the board wrote in its decision. “This penalty must be based on the gravity of the violation and the prospect of future harm. It must also be consistent with Facebook’s rules for severe violations, which must, in turn, be clear, necessary and proportionate.”
The board also criticized Facebook for having made the suspension indefinite. “In applying a vague, standard-less penalty and then referring this case to the Board to resolve, Facebook seeks to avoid its responsibilities,” the decision said.

LOUIS RESTIFO

“Ray has anyone been banned for their promotion of BLM riots?”

Fred, the only people that are promoting BLM riots are the extreme right racist, white supremacist, wingnut groups. I finally agree with you, in that their efforts to incite riots, should be federally investigate it and then banned.

LOUIS RESTIFO

I need an editor, some of my punctuation and words are all over the place but I I’m sure my point is getting across. To many things going on at the same time. 🤪

Based on what I was hearing, it didn’t sound like FB had the stones to ban him. So glad to hear it.
Maddow covered this very well last night, diving into the process behind what it took for FB to initially take action. Apparently they faced a dilemma when, in trying to eliminate all the false information they were finding, they found most of it coming from Republican-leaning sources.
Who would’ve thought the Republicans might be the source of most fake news?
So in trying to come to terms with the problem they were also almost shutting down one political party, on their platform anyway. That was one reason, she says, it took so long to shut down the former President’s harmful influence.

As we all ask ourselves, what do you do when almost half of the electorate has gone off the rails into some kind of cult-like world?

“Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States ”

Claims the single-term, twice-impeached, serial rule-violator, and soon-to-be-indicted former President, clearly unaware that a private corporation has no obligation to permit any hack to spew false information and foment hate and unpatriotic behavior.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Bob Belive, Spot on letter! The Catholic Church seems to be working from the same biblical book of hypocrisy that assists with guidance to the Republican Party.

Jeffrey Murtagh, we got some GREAT news this morning when the tRump itself came out in support of Elise’s Big Political ambitions. Her …whatever-kissing…paid off! I can just feel the Republicans are going to surge back to dominance and provide Americans all the solutions needed to Make America Great Again!™

(yeah…and a big /S to go with that)

LOUIS RESTIFO

Hopefully their big backhoe mouths will be useful for one thing; being instrumental in the digging their political graves.

Do you think she’ll finally provide comment on how she and many of her GOP colleagues were able to overcome the “massive voter fraud” that caused President Trump to lose, but allowed them to win in their respective districts? We still weren’t provided an explanation on how that was possible. Inquiring minds would love to know!

LOUIS RESTIFO

“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into… the Twilight Zone.”
― Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone:

Joseph Vendetti

Chuck:

Agreed language and academia was thick.

I was very interested in the blossoms from this CRT tree that have come in new schools regarding Jewish individuals, females, latinos, asians, etc

Texas Republican congressional candidate Michael Wood:
“I think I was in a difficult spot, like a lot of conservatives were,” Wood said about why he voted for Trump in 2020. “And I wonder if I wasn’t too myopic and small-minded focusing on judges or tax cuts or Israel and maybe I should have taken a step backwards and taken more seriously the — what other people were saying about him, the would-be autocrat and whatnot. I will say that after I voted for him, immediately he did everything he could to make me regret it. Leading up to Jan. 6 and including the big lie.”

He went on to say that he agrees with George W. Bush’s assessment about the GOP not having any real ideas or policies..

“I think that we are a party of grievance right now,” Wood continued. “I don’t know what we stand for. Owning the libs. We don’t like baseball or Coke or NASCAR or Hollywood or academia. We don’t like anything. We’re just a grievance party that hates a good hunk of America and then call ourselves patriots and this is just a dead end. We won’t win elections that way and not going to put in to place the sort of conservative reforms we want that way and then at the fringes there’s a real risk of political violence which keeps me up at night. We saw that on January 6 and I hate to say it but it can get worse than that. And we have a lot of work ahead of us.”
https://youtu.be/_oaYaPP4Rio

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