Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Thursday, May 6

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Statehood for D.C. is unconstitutional

Regarding legislation shrinking Washington, D.C., to a handful of federal buildings and creating a 51st state from the remaining area, Democrats are using an unconstitutional scheme to rig congressional elections and gain two additional U.S. senators from a constituency which voted 92% for Biden.
Granting statehood violates the U.S. Constitution’s Article IV, Section 3, which says that any new state created from the territory of an existing state requires that state’s permission to come into existence.
Since D.C. was created from Maryland, a change in its status also requires Maryland’s permission, which hasn’t happened.
Also, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17, of the Constitution makes the entire existing U.S. capital a district directly under Congress’s control.
It says that Congress shall have the power “To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States.”
Finally, D.C. statehood violates the 23rd Amendment, which, in allowing D.C. three electoral votes, recognized D.C. as a small existing seat of government, and thus a constitutional amendment is required to change the existing capital’s status in any way.
Because America is a federal and constitutional republic, not a democracy, the Founding Fathers recognized the importance of a capital beyond the confines or influence of any state. Thus, D.C cannot be located within the new state.
If the Senate doesn’t stop statehood, the Supreme Court must.
Robert Dufresne
Rensselaer

Request a ballot, then vote for Saeed

May 11 is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the Niskayuna school board election if you want your ballot mailed back to you.
As a parent of students, I encourage everyone to vote. Those who are not comfortable going out because of covid should know that they can vote by mail this year.
To request an absentee ballot, please email or call the district.
I also want to endorse Aliya Saeed as the kind of strong, independent candidate who I am excited to vote for. I have admired Aliya for many years as a community volunteer.
Aliya is a physician and board-certified psychiatrist and past president of the local American Psychiatric Association chapter, the leader of a local student internship program focused on public service, and the kind of advocate we want in our corner. She will help the board keep focused on mental health as we emerge from covid isolation.
She has an eight-point plan to increase transparency for the annual budget process and experience providing oversight for a capital project. Join me and vote for Aliya Saeed by mail (you must request a ballot) or on May 18 at the high school.
Susan Polsinelli
Niskayuna

Strong conservative women maligned

In a recent Letter to the Editor, “Joy and Stefanik are lap dogs; Wait on Cuomo,” the author took an opportunity to malign two strong conservative women while defending a man that has been accused by no less than 10 women of sexual misconduct.
Firstly, Mrs. Joy had absolutely no role in the events at the Capital on Jan. 6th. All Mrs. Joy did was attend a rally for the sitting President of the United States, along with hundreds of thousands of other peaceful Americans, and was not even aware of the violence, or that Capitol doors had been breached until late afternoon.
She learned of it as she and a friend walked to the bus station to head back home. She also gave multiple interviews to local reporters from the bus that day.
Moreover, Rep. Stefanik’s vote not to certify the election is hardly outside the norms of our Republic. Since 2000, every time a Republican has won the White House, Democrats have voted not to certify the election results, yet those times were not seen as an attack on democracy? What is really appalling about the author’s rant is that he decided to compare two honorable women, whom he happens to disagree with and dislike, to dogs! He should have been comparing his buddy Cuomo to the pig that he is!
Lisa DeGroff
Albany

 

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9 Comments

William Marincic

Today saw two fact filled cognizant letters. Soon we will see the usual liberals attack these two letter writers with insults.

What do you propose then Robert to allow the residents of DC representation? This country was founded on the principle of “no taxation without representation”, yet here we are hundreds of years later, where American citizens don’t have a voice in Congress. DC has more residents than Vermont or Wyoming, but don’t have a single Senator or US Representative given a vote in Congress. Should we stop taxing the residents of DC, or give them a voice?

William Marincic

Matt according to DCs own website;
Thirteen Members make up the Council: a representative elected from each of the eight wards; and five members, including the Chairman, elected at-large. Thery represent the citizens

RAYMOND HARRIS

Sorry Lisa DeGroff, but you obviously don’t understand what the slang term “lap dogs” mean when it comes to Stefanik and Joy. If there is a alpha lap dog, it’s Stefanik. She is so devoted to her master Trump that she lies too. She has not denounced Trump’s Big Lie regarding the election and even tried to overturn the election for him. She joined in on frivolous lawsuits against other states that Trump lost. She has not denounced the Jan. 6 insurrection. She has not spoken out against racism either. All these items (and there is probably others) just to impress Trump, arguably the worst president in modern times, so that she can be in his good graces. Now she will be elevated in the new BLIP (Big Lie Insurrection Party) that used to be the GOP.

As for Joy, what she ever done to run against the powerful and successful Tonko? She’s another Trumper who didn’t denounce the Jan. 6 insurrection, but was there to cheer on Trump and has not admitted that he provoked the uprising. If she wants to get into politics and work her way up, start as an animal control officer.

As we’ve now come to expect, another tRumper has been dishonest in trying to make their point. For the record, here’s Article IV, Section 3 in its entirety since Mr. Dufresne appears to think his interpretation (or whatever mouthpiece he got it from) should be good enough for everyone:

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Section 3.

New states may be admitted by the Congress into this union; but no new states shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress.

The Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to prejudice any claims of the United States, or of any particular state.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articleiv

LOUIS RESTIFO

The irony in the plight of Lisa DeGroff and people like her who stand up for, defend, support, and back politicians like Stefanik, Joy and most assuredly trump should take the following quote to heart:

“I was so busy trying to protect you that I couldn’t see I needed to be protected from you.”

Joseph Vendetti

Matt:

James Madison made a compelling argument that he didn’t want the residents of DC beholden to the Representatives thus created the district.

Even more compelling is being taxed without a representative in Congress.

While the do have electoral votes they don’t have a true voice in our US process.

I myself would like to see a referendum on the matter put to the people that live in DC. A.) continue to live with no representation and residents pay zero federal taxes or B.) continue to pay taxes and have the proper number of congress people and 2 US Senators

If they vote B – then the people have spoken and an amendment to the US Constitution should be drawn up and passed (overwhelmingly) – so our Supreme Court doesn’t have to waste its time with any arguments.

I don’t have the legal chops to understand the mechanics of admitting a new state, but I completely agree a referendum is a great way to proceed.

Sadly, what passes for “Republican” would never go along it though. Allowing so many possible Democrats (read: People of Color) more power in their government just would not fit with their plans for Making America Great Again.

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