Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Tuesday, May 25


Illustrator presents complex issue fairly

Responding to the May 13 article (“Local illustrator talks about his research and work on graphic novel ‘The Black Panther Party’”) in The Gazette, I took the opportunity to meet local artist Marcus Kwame Anderson at the Open Door Bookstore.
His talents have been displayed in the quirky comic “Snow Daze.”
His latest work is in the timely book, “Black Panther Party,” authored by David Walker, an award-winning writer, filmmaker, journalist and educator.
It presents a balanced and complicated history, including the good and bad.
The 180 pages of comic style illustrations by Marcus Kwame Anderson bring events and people to life. It includes young Black Panther founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, along with long-time FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who created a controversial Counterintelligence Program to discredit, disrupt and repress people and groups considered a threat to national security.
One tragic result was the December 1969 predawn storming of a Chicago apartment by law enforcement. Their 90 gunshots killed the sleeping 21-year-old Fred Hampton and follower Mark Clark. Several others were wounded. Despite doing no shooting, the survivors were charged with attempted murder and imprisoned on $100,000 bail.
Fred Hampton had been chair of the local Black Panther chapter. He also founded a multi-racial Rainbow Coalition.
“We say you don’t fight racism with racism, we will fight racism with solidarity” had been his organizing principle. A few days after he was killed by the police, a fatherless son was born.
Frank Wicks

St. Clare’s workers needed protection

When the topic of the St. Clare’s Hospital retirees is mentioned to me, my opinion would be a good, sound judgment reply.
When Congress enacted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in 1974, lawmakers intended to protect pensions. Problems developed years later with loss of anticipated benefits for countless pensioners, which were caused by church exemptions in some cases.
I feel that Congress could have acted to amend the church plan exemption, or states could have acted on their own to regulate the church plans.
Absent such protective measures, countless current and future retirees would be left exposed to financial instability.
If this was done when the problems came about, then the beloved St. Clare’s Hospital retirees would have never endured the problems they are going through now.
Walter “Neal” Brazell

Protect yourself from skin cancer

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending more time outside. Whether it’s to exercise or start a hobby like gardening, Mother Nature has become the new gym and our backyards/parks the new meet up places.
The Cancer Prevention in Action (CPiA) program wants to remind everyone when spending time outside you need to protect your skin against cancer.
Melanoma is the deadliest type and is mostly caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays come from the sun or indoor tanning devices. Nearly 4,000 New Yorkers get melanoma each year.
Men, especially men older than 50, are at higher risk for melanoma because they’re more likely to work outdoors.
Good news: About 90% of melanomas can be prevented. Follow these simple steps to lower your risk of skin cancer while enjoying the outdoors: Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with a 15 SPF or higher.
Apply 15 minutes before going outdoors and again after swimming or sweating. Wear a wide brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants when possible. Wear sunglasses that block UVA/UVB rays. Avoid direct sun from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Follow these tips on cloudy days, as clouds do not block UV rays.
The CPiA program works in local communities to raise awareness about skin cancer and the dangers of indoor tanning.
We provide education and help community partners to adopt policies that promote sun safety and prevent skin cancer. CPiA works with schools, daycares, businesses, municipalities, and more.
For more information about CPiA visit or call 518-770-6815.
Kelsey Carpe
The writer is health education promotions coordinator, Cancer Prevention in Action Program of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.



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Joseph Vendetti May 26, 2021
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Zach – wow!!!! I don’t know if their is a blog penalty box or jail but you certainly earned some time off the air to think about what your just typed.

Florida2015 May 25, 2021
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Zachary, Did you miss the story where the Newsmax commentator was trashing OAN and Fox as not being right Wing enough? Much like the Republican Party who is eating there own.
I did miss you had cited Reuters ,so glad to see your looking at other reputable sources. Keep doing that fact checking. Let me know if you need some more sites to check stories.
Have to have several here as this is the land of DeathSantis and a Republican run state.

Joseph Vendetti May 25, 2021
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Hate to keep doing this to you but we are doing asbestos abatement & demolition at 3 separate power plants in TX. My work force is darn near 75-80% latino and we have been visited by 8 officers from ICE over the last 3 weeks.

We’ve had zero issues and all of our workers are legal and have no issue complying – but guys are in full tyvek suits, respirators, and inside a containment – so they have to decon (shower) out, redress, all come to the three lunch trailers and show IDs, etc. I understand they are doing their job, wish they would show up at 4-430 am when our guys are coming in, go thru our safety meeting then do the checks – just a major pain when they are already in containment.

So assuming ICE isn’t just checking my jobs, assuming they are pretty busy all over our Northern and Southern borders.

LOUIS RESTIFO May 25, 2021
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Well, obviously posts have been removed as they were considering inappropriate, of which I agree many were, certainly some of mine include.

Because of the possibility of my privileges to comment being revoked I intended to respond to some posts that I believe to be racist, stupid, uninformed etc. in a different manner or not at all.

Zachary May 25, 2021
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ICE under President Biden is an agency on probation. The new administration has rejected calls from some Democrats to eliminate the agency entirely, but Biden has placed ICE deportation officers on a leash so tight that some say their work is being functionally abolished.

Washington Post

Florida2015 May 25, 2021
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Ray, joe, Louis,
You guys aren’t fair. Zac quotes Fox, you guys do Reuters, AP and legitimate fact check sites, Com on give the guy a break, so he can live in that Kelly Anne and Rudy world. Truth isn’t truth, alternate facts remember those?

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Joe, you are spoiling his conspiracy theory.

Joseph Vendetti May 25, 2021
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Geology isn’t my bag but from just doing a quick internet search – unfortunately for the US – we don’t have many Colbalt or Lithium deposits (Mines) within our borders.

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Want to know why Democrats think Republicans are stupid, read this:

A majority of Republicans still believe Donald Trump won the 2020 U.S. presidential election and blame his loss to Joe Biden on illegal voting, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

The May 17-19 national poll found that 53% of Republicans believe Trump, their party’s nominee, is the “true president” now, compared to 3% of Democrats and 25% of all Americans.

About one-quarter of adults believe the Nov. 3 election was tainted by illegal voting, including 56% of Republicans, according to the poll. The figures were roughly the same in a poll that ran from Nov. 13-17 which found that 28% of all Americans and 59% of Republicans felt that way.

A Democrat, Biden won by more than seven million votes. Dozens of courts rejected Trump’s challenges to the results, but Trump and his supporters have persisted in pushing baseless conspiracy theories on conservative news outlets.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that 61% of Republicans believe the election was “stolen” from Trump. Only about 29% of Republicans believe he should share some of the blame for his supporters’ Jan. 6 deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Still, 67% of overall respondents say they trust election officials in their town to do their job honestly, including 58% of Republicans, according to the poll.

Zachary May 25, 2021
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It looks like Biden is now giving the big middle finger to American miners and in doing so he is helping his son Hunter’s boss in China.

U.S. President Joe Biden will rely on ally countries to supply the bulk of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and focus on processing them domestically into battery parts, part of a strategy designed to placate environmentalists, two administration officials with direct knowledge told Reuters. From Fox News.

You see the difference is simple, in the U.S. we have laws and regulations. You cant use children as young as four or five years old to dig Cobolt and rare earth materials so U.S. mines are more expensive. Follow the money. What a joke this whole administration is. God help us.

Joseph Vendetti May 25, 2021
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Trying to figure out how/why Jamaica Miles feels the new law/penalty portion of the long standing law that bans ATVs & dirt bikes on City Streets will “further criminalize youth” and “penalize the poorer community”?

Licensing, registration, & insurance on motorized vehicles is in place for the entire population. There has been one accident on Cutler Street with an ATV traveling at a high rate of speed going the wrong way that resulted in a fatality and another serious accident on the corner of Nott Terrace & Eastern that resulted in a serious injury. They are banned from asphalt surfaces for a reason – 1.) tire construction lacks surface area contact that makes stopping on paved roads much slower then regular cars and motorcycles & 2.) no brake & turn signals which makes them more difficult to see at dusk/dark

Is she suggesting just turning a blind eye to this dangerous and criminal activity? Or just giving youth a pass on all outlawed and bad behavior? I have to disagree with correlating this to “poorer” community since most of these ATV’s & dirt bikes are valued in the thousands of dollars. These groups aren’t using these vehicles to go to school, work, market, or library – if you have seen them they are traveling in tight packs doing reckless tricks and stunts, some driving up on crowded sidewalks with helmet cameras and then posting the videos.