Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Friday, May 21


Stefanik and Trump are unfairly targeted

“Who is the real Elise Stefanik?” was Sara Foss’s headline in the May 16 Gazette.
The media and the Democratic Party have tremendous difficulty with this because Stefanik did not initially support Donald Trump but changed her mind and now supports him.
Elise Stefanik is a perfect example of why Donald Trump was successful.
Trump, like most Americans, has his own personality — a personality that can be challenging.
Once you set his personality aside and begin to understand how he thinks, it is easy to change your thoughts on him.
Trump spent his entire term in office fighting off the Democrats’ and media’s attack on him about the Russians.
It’s strange that they have no interest in Joe and Hunter’s corruption. Trump hatred is eccentric and drove the news headlines for over four years.
Trump made excellent improvements for America.
A border that was fairly secure and negotiated peace in the Middle East — items that the media and hard-core Democrats have a difficult time with, but many Americans and Elise Stefanik do understand.
Three items that the current administration has destroyed.
The majority of Republicans understand Trump and support him.
Stefanik actually understands her constituents and represents them competently.
Elise Stefanik is an excellent representative of the North Country and Liz Joy will be a perfect representative of the Capital Region, because she also understands her constituents.
We have had enough lousy representatives who only do what party bosses tell them to do.
Norm Miller

Consider pot’s effect on mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness month, so it’s the perfect time to consider the effects of marijuana use on mental health.
With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana, many people have intentions to start using marijuana and its derivatives for the first time, or to up levels of current use due to the new legality of the substance.
Marijuana is already the most used psychotropic drug in the United States after alcohol.
As with any substance, it is essential to understand the possible side effects of consumption and to make educated choices that focus on maintaining holistic health.
Did you know that marijuana has increased in potency greatly, which puts returning users at risk for overuse and negative symptoms? Furthermore, adolescent cannabis use is associated with an increased risk for psychosis later in life, and in many cases, cannabis induced psychosis persists even after the marijuana is withdrawn.
While cannabis can be used to combat certain illnesses and mental health conditions, in dispensaries people who do not have medical training are offering medical advice regarding cannabis use that may be harmful to individuals who have not consulted with a medical doctor before using cannabis.
Before you choose to risk psychosis or impaired memory (a common symptom of regular marijuana use because marijuana alters the hippocampus — the part of the brain that controls memory formation and processes information), be sure to consult with your doctor and to consider other healthy alternatives such as exercise and meditation to boost your mood.
Dakota T. Torales Maxwell
The writer is a prevention coordinator at the New Choices Recovery Center.


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Joseph Vendetti


John 8:7

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.

Remember that whether you are talking about Biden, Trump, Republicans or Democrats, Liberal or Conservative- lets all try and be nice to one another, compassionate to those less fortunate, stop and hold a door, say please and thank you more often – we can all do our part and make this world and our short lives better for one another.

Thank you Mr. Vendetti, I do enjoy the truth in scripture. As a matter of fact I had to post a couple pieces of scripture in yesterday‘s letters.

Norm Miller, I totally agree sir. I’m pretty sure the three stooges will be here shortly after they get out of bed to tell you you’re wrong.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.


Yes you did Zachary and this was my reply:

May 21st, 2021

Old Testament, New Testament,
King James Version, New International Versio, New Living Translation, Christian Standard Bible, New American Standard Bible.

“There are more than 2500 translations in hundreds of languages. There are about 6000 languages in the world. There’s one new translation produced every 10 days.”

Interpreted them any way you want to accommodate your preconceived beliefs ideas and desires.

Again I say, I’m disenchanted with the religious sector who claim to love God but don’t always love people.

The bottom line is I care about Black people, I care about Gay people, I care poor people, I care about oppressed people. The people I don’t care about are the people like you who don’t seem to care about other people.- I’m done wasting my time playing your foolish game.


Joe: “lets all try and be nice to one another”

Zachary: “Thank you Mr. Vendetti, I do enjoy the truth in scripture”…… “I’m pretty sure the three stooges will be here shortly” (How mature)

“you associate our former President with “childish” words like trumpian”

I’m fine with you calling Chuck, Ray, and me “the three stooges,” as long as you’re ok with me calling you a hypocrite. A “religious” one at that.


As well as Florida2015, Martha, Diane, jclark124 and Robert Jewell, who’s spot on input I miss.- I wonder if he’s doing ok. If you’re out there Robert and there’s anything you may need, there’s a good group of stooges here that I’m sure are willing to help.

It’s a movement!
And as a wise modern-day philosopher is known to say:
“We all need one, every day!”

Hey Zach, count me as an ex-Christian. But I’d like to know what your holy book says about self-righteousness. There’s a reason Dana Carvey’s “Church Lady” was such a hit for its time.


Zachary: You called me out regarding plagiarism when I posted the list of trumps name calling without acknowledging Wikipedia.

Look at the last sentence of your above post.

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

No quotation marks around it. Did you make up that bit of wisdom or were you plagiarizing Benjamin Franklin?

William Marincic

The CDC changed it’s mandate and as of Wednesday Cuomo said you did not have to wear masks in New York State. The CDC still said we have to wear masks on planes even though prior the CDC said that the air that is being filtered on the airplanes is cleaner than it is in a restaurant. So why don’t we have to wear masks in a restaurant and why do we have to wear masks on the plane? Where is follow the science? Here’s what I will say, Wednesday I turned around and walked out of a Hannaford store because they made me wear a mask. I will not shop and give business to any store that requires a mask. Follow the science unless the science doesn’t fit the liberal agenda.

Hey Marincic, why don’t you talk about how things are going in AZ? Did they find out why you all lost there yet?
How about the will of the people, and law and order?

“We have had enough lousy representatives who only do what party bosses tell them to do.”

Well Trump is now the GOP party boss and he is telling everyone what to do, which is to parrot the lie that the election was stolen. Those that challenge that idea will soon find themselves out of power. Just ask Liz Cheney.

“Elise Stefanik is a perfect example of why Donald Trump was successful.”

Trump was successful?? That’s news to me. As the head of the Republican party, he single-handedly helped the GOP lose control of the House in 2018, and lose control of the Senate and the Presidency in 2020. If that’s your definition of success, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.


Norm–Maybe 45 was targeted because his team had over 150 contacts with Russians, shared polling data, among other nefarious acts, one being 45 giving Russians sensitive info right in the Oval Office. 45 believed Putin over US intelligence. Those orbiting 45 all went to jail…Manafort, Stone, Flynn, Cohen, Bannon, Gates…but 45 is innocent, right? Hillary was the one unfairly targeted with 33 Benghazi investigations costing 7 million…45s administration went after her, too, with no results…but the damage was done.

Stefanik is a sell-out, nothing but another cult member. No one in 45s cult can think or act on her own–they must bow down to the Dear Leader and believe everything/anything he says.
No matter what “good” things you perceive 45 as doing, there has never been a more corrupt, pathological lying, traitor in the White House. He will go down as the Insurrectionist president–who whipped up domestic terrorists to overthrow a free and fair election. If you want an American Putin, then keep supporting 45.

jclark everything you said is untrue. Biden cancelled the Keystone pipeline while people in his administration acknowledged that pipelines are the safest way to move the oil after the hack on our other pipeline.
From NBC

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has decided to waive sanctions against the company overseeing the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, despite bipartisan opposition in Congress and appeals from Eastern European governments.

Republican lawmakers immediately accused the administration of handing Russian President Vladimir Putin a major political victory. Democrats urged the White House to reconsider, and the Kremlin called the news a “positive signal.”


The Keystone pipeline did nothing for our energy needs. It carried dirty Canadian tar sand fuel to the Gulf Coast to be shipped overseas. The few thousand temporary jobs will be replaced with well paying alternative energy projects as part of Biden’s climate plan. Also, the pipeline was cutting across indigenous land which Trump and GOP governors ignored and didn’t respect. So there are many reasons to ditch the pipeline.

Please back up your words and tell how what he said is untrue, rather than just convulsing over it with a childish shriek.
How is what he said untrue?

ChuckD I have a better idea, why not back up your statements with verifiable facts, I don’t have time to prove you wrong. I said it’s untrue, prove me wrong or go away.

Uh, no. Of anyone here, I’m probably most guilty of providing neutral sources for my claims and disclaimers. Go back through my history of comments, if it really means something to you.
I suggest the mature thing to do would be call jclark out on their specific claims and ask for the proof. Reflexively screaming out, “everything you said is untrue” without your own proof is evidence you’re reasoning is bankrupt.
It goes both ways.
Again, this isn’t Facebook.


Chuck, don’t let him suck you in, you’ve already backed up your statements with verifiable facts over and over and over again. He’s pulling an “I heard on Fox and that’s all I know” dumb twisted Fred game with you.

Unless they start providing verifiable sources for their stoopid accusations and assumptions, this all just variations on the same theme. Whether it’s Marincic, Barney or Zachary, it all appears to be a continuation of what we saw play out on January 6th; a poorly educated mob who feel seeing themselves on the internet is somehow empowering. Empty words meant more to draw attention.
I’m genuinely sad for their lack of self-esteem.

This is why you people get picked on; the story is almost always more nuanced than you seem capable of grasping, yet there you are, with your hair on fire, your mindless tongues awaggin’ and your ship asinkin’.
But hey, stick with your “winning” strategy.

“Our opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is unwavering. ”
Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State
May 19, 2021


Norm Miller – Do us a favor and tell us what this means: “Once you set his personality aside and begin to understand how he thinks, it is easy to change your thoughts on him.” Do you mean how he thinks about himself (though he tells you that he the smartest man in the room and you should be loyal only to him otherwise he will hate you?)?

“It’s strange that they have no interest in Joe and Hunter’s corruption.” That includes Trump’s own pet AG Bill Barr who must have known there was nothing to the allegations so he didn’t charge the Bidens with anything.

“A border that was fairly secure and negotiated peace in the Middle East.” Trump felt the border a mess that Biden has to clean up. Trump wasted billions on a partial wall that gets breached every day. His Middle East successes were minor. He never got anywhere in the current Israeli- Palestine conflict and actually enflamed the situation by moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. He screwed up the Iran deal (instead of renegotiating it) and now they are on their way to nuclear capability.

We all see what Stefanik is up to. Since Trump doesn’t have a prayer getting elected again with less GOP support and being incapable of expanding his base, we all hope that Stefanik goes down with him.

Matt and JClark covered the rest. So, Norm, Joe and Zachary, take off your Trump prescription glasses and realize that Trump’s failed leadership almost sunk the country and following him is very foolhardy.


After reading Norm Miller’s letter, then reading the opening line of Dakota Maxwell’s letter: “May is Mental Health Awareness month,” I thought, what a perfect fit.


William Marincic, Please read this quote and apply it to your opinion of the CDC.
“Science is not the truth. Science is finding the truth. When science changes its opinion, it didn’t lie to you. It learned more.”
As far as going into a business and if they have a mask up policy please respect there choice as a Private business. A Republican talking point I believe. Maybe they are concerned about there employees health not knowing if everyone who says they are vaccinated is vaccinated.
Here in Florida this is and has been issue for awhile, so I have decided (since I have been vaccinated since Jan) to respect the decision of the business and respect the people who work there. If I worked at Hannaford and you came in un masked I fully support your choice to leave as it may help me and fellow employees stay safe for another day.
Lastly planes, trains, buses fall under Federal jurisdiction because of inter-sate travel and they have not been changed. Probably for the same reason I explained in my reply earlier . My son law (fully vaccinated) travels by air most every week and fully understands why this mandate is still in effect.

Florida2015 let me get this straight. The business might be worried about its employees if unvaccinated people don’t wear a mask. Two points….If your employees wear a mask and masks work what’s the problem? Point two, if your employees are concerned about the Covid virus they will get vaccinated. BTW I saw a video of Nancy Pelosi and dozens of Democrats at the White House all unmasked and in a crowded room, didn’t she say if you are in Congress without a mask it’s a $500 fine? Did Biden lift the mask on federal property rule? Rules for thee but not for me.

Hi Norm,
I like a President I don’t have to hide my children from, or explain his bad behavior. Or explain why so many adults such as yourself don’t seem to care about character.
Like most parents, that means a lot to me. It means the President, and our country, has morals.


More inappropriate trump like name calling, how mature. – Post it on Facebook, if you’re looking for thumbs up.

See that’s your problem, you refuse to acknowledge what Biden is. You talk about Trump while ignoring Biden and let’s not get started on Hunter. You turn a blind eye. That’s not name-calling, that truth calling.

What in your crazy world do you have to go on to make such a disgusting accusation.
How in the world can you deflect from Trump cheating on his pregnant wife, paying off at least one hooker to keep quiet, and let’s not go into the tape revealing his sickening attitude toward women because it’s been heard far and wide.
Seriously Zachary, put up or shut up.


Mr. Miller, Your thoughts?
As to Trump- I have never seen him as a republican. I found no evidence of conservatism in his past, but consider him an opportunist. As such- that explains why he has no problem with dividing the republican party on itself. He will take whatever and whoever for support, as long as it gets him what he wants. Lying- no problem- all he cares about again is getting what he wants. Sure- he did a few things- however he had close direction as well from members of the republican party who cared more about winning and whether the winner said the right things. Last thought- he continually ragged on Hilary Clinton- but in the ’90s he was an active democrat and a very visible supported and donor to Bills campaign.

Miller letter:
“…who only do what party bosses tell them to do.”

The utter neurotic hypocrisy of this statement is stunning. Simply stunning. Spoken while millions march in lockstep, frightened that anyone who steps out of line will be destroyed, either in social and mass media, or…worse. That’s the sum total of your modern Republican Party.

Pot, meet kettle…


Zachery, I believe you missed my point. If a business has decided to require masking to protect there employees I was suggesting to Mr Marincic if he is not happy with this as it’s a private business he made the right choice in leaving. I follow the door postings here as to whether to wear a mask into a business. If they feel they should protect there employees by requesting masking from potential customers it’s my choice to proceed or not. This should not be the hard choice you seem to want to make it. Respect for the business policy and there employees. A lot of people for many reasons are not vaccinated yet so be safe, it’s on you if you have not and don’t wear a mask when appropriate. Pelosi runs a very tight ship so I will “assume” here that those folks were vaccinated and she determined it was safe to be unmasked. I will defer to you on Federal guidelines on inter state travel, but since I piked up my son-in – law today at airport he was masked. As I don’t follow any organized religion your quotes are lost on me. Sorry
From a legitimate fact checking site a link to pipeline story.

Mr. Restifo It’s people like you why people like me (independent) mostly vote with the Republicans. By the way I ran into someone last night at a dinner party who has known you for 40 years. He didn’t have anything good to say about you I won’t repeat it here but you really are exactly who I thought.


Atta boy Zach, now you’re adding a new angle to your repertoire of child like insults by making them second hand. It may have been more effective had you said “He didn’t have anything good to say about you” then added “Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah.”

I’m sure you were the hit of the party, quoting Bible Scripture alternately with name calling insults thrown at the the other people attending the dinner.

Mr. Restifo, no childish and no second-hand insults, as I said this person knows you quite well as you know them quite well. Just a statement that obviously troubles you.


Louis, What was I thinking? Common sense, critical thinking, checking facts vs YouTube videos doesn’t work here either.


Obviously you have no grasp as to what secondhand means.

Furthermore your “statement” absolutely does not trouble me, I consider the source. What troubles me is that to large a percentage of the world is comprised of people, who like you, lack moral character.

Now like the good hypocritical Christian that you are I suggest you go back to Twitter, Facebook and kicking your dog.

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