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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, June 1


Be grateful and work for good of all

With all the anti-Biden versus pro Trump letters, I think it is time for a time out.
Yes, there are many faults with America, but I do not see anybody running away from here. Let us be grateful for what we have.
To quote Lincoln, “America, the last best hope for earth.” Let us work together for the betterment of all instead of trying to score political points.
Who knows, perhaps we will all sleep better at night.
James Lechowicz

Call for Syed to step down is not political

The Gazette’s May 27 article (“Two residents call for town supervisor to resign”) about the request that Niskayuna Supervisor Yasmine Syed step down since she is not running for re-election and moving to Syracuse. I was one of the individuals requesting this.
My reasons had absolutely nothing to do with politics and it is outrageous for her to suggest this.
On numerous occasions, I have expressed concern that she has twice developed a budget using the fund balance because revenues were overestimated, and expenditures underestimated.
This causes a deficit. Will she use the fund balance again?
Where is the accountability? Syed will not be in the town. Except for contractual raises, raises and hiring of new staff should not happen under these circumstances.
However, they are still happening. Let us not forget that she inherited a strong fiscal budget with a fund balance.
I also strongly disagreed with how she handled the Sebesta fiasco.
It was the worst example of personnel management. She also recommended an investigation of the matter. This cost the town $100,000 plus and produced a “nothing” report. She denied him his vacation pay and then had to give it to him. On a lesser note, our roads were not plowed well this winter.
My statement had to do with accountability. A word some politicians do not like. I care about our taxes.
This town cannot afford a deficit. The taxpayers can’t afford it. The fact, she is a Republican has nothing to do with the issue. It is her management skills I question.
Linda Rizzo


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Joseph Vendetti

Mr. Lechowicz – very true.

Lets all try and be part of a solution not add to things we don’t like. Frankly Shame on myself, I’m just as guilty as doing that these past months – so going forward I am going to try and offer solutions instead of just pointing to views.

America is the greatest place on earth and let us remember that.

Guy Varoma

I have said this to myself also ….I try to understand the thought process of other people. But I have found it is one sided for the most part ….I have never seen in my years how people will lie, cheat and steal for Trump without wavering one bit ….That is a danger to America …I have heard them say it’s fakes news, then change their stance to If he did do it it’s not against the law. ..I have never seen anything like it

William Marincic

Until we have term limits for Congress we will continue with the same old same old.
America made a mistake in 1947 that when they put term limits on the president they should’ve also done the same for Congress.
. Congress approved the Twenty-second Amendment on March 21, 1947, and submitted it to the state legislatures for ratification. That process was completed on February 27, 1951, after the amendment had been ratified by the requisite 36 of the 48 states (neither Alaska nor Hawaii had yet been admitted as states), and its provisions came into force on that date. Wiki


William–the dems are trying to pass the H.R.1 bill that addresses voter access, election integrity, election security, political spending, and ethics for the three branches of government. It would establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions to deal with gerrymandering. Then maybe, actually the PEOPLE could decide to keep one in office. I have no problem with seasoned statesmen/women staying in office if they’re doing a good job, but would like their benefits reduced.


James Lechowicz–How wonderful that would be…however something dramatic has happened in America. We used to be able to agree on FACTS and build consensus, but no more. Social media, and far right/left cable channels have programmed their viewers to believe what they’re pushing like never before. I believe 45 exploited this and continues to push LIES that imperil our nation. We used to gather around Walter Cronkite, and patriotic gop members forced Nixon out of office when we all knew the difference between right and wrong. That’s gone now, and it really frightens me.

Jclark. The difference between Walter Cronkite and the news today is Walter Cronkite read the news and allowed us to form our own opinions. No new sources like CNN allow Jim Acosta, Jake Tapper and the rest of them to make the news they want to be part of the news they want to be the story they want to make the news fit their agenda, and their agenda is far left. Take for instance President Trump said that the Covid virus came from a laboratory in Wuhan China, the far left and main stream media said that was not true they made Trump out the be a liar and look what, It came full circle, now the main stream media and the left is actually saying that the virus probably came from the lab. What changed?

Please provide evidence that the main stream media and the left are saying that COVID-19 PROBABLY came from the lab. Latest I’ve heard is that it is POSSIBLE that it came from the lab in Wuhan, which is why the Biden administration asked that it be investigated. There’s a world of difference between saying something is possible, and looking for evidence to support the claim, as opposed to saying, like Trump did at the VERY BEGINNING of the pandemic, that it definitively came from the lab in Wuhan. Looks like you’re the one looking for the news to fit your agenda and validate Trump’s claim. Even if it is determined that the virus definitively leaked from the lab, it was still reckless for Trump to make that claim at the very beginning of the pandemic with no supporting evidence. But he was looking for someone to blame for his failure to act, so it’s no surprise. He’s done that with every crisis he faced in office.

The news media, in its zealous policing of the boundaries of the permissible, insisted that Russiagate was ever so true but that the lab-leak hypothesis was false false false, and woe unto anyone who dared disagree. Reporters gulped down whatever line was most flattering to the experts they were quoting and then insisted that it was 100% right and absolutely incontrovertible — that anything else was only unhinged Trumpist folly, that democracy dies when unbelievers get to speak, and so on.

To support your point that “now the main stream media and the left is actually saying that the virus probably came from the lab.”

From your source:

“Now the media is filled with disturbing stories suggesting that Covid might have come — not from “populism” at all, but from a laboratory screw-up in Wuhan, China.”

See those words “suggesting” and “might”? Know what they mean? Your statement makes it conclusive, your supporting source only suggests.

That’s either ineptitude or dishonesty, on your part.

No. Not going down your rabbit hole of darkness and confusion.
You were asked a question.
You made a statement and provided a source.
Your source clearly doesn’t support your response to Matt.
You lose.
Good day, sir.


Zack, funny how you left out faux entertainment, F***er Carlson, Newsmax, OAN, etc constantly sticking up for 45 no matter what, and spreading lies. I said in my previous statement, far LEFT and RIGHT. OK, so 45 said it started in a lab and some media refuted that. The difference is that Biden is pushing for an investigation and dems are not AFRAID to get to the truth (like gop arse kissing members). For example, I stuck up for Cuomo at first and enjoyed his news conferences, but when I learned new information, I acknowledged it–get rid of him–I don’t care—because I’m not in a CULT.

We knew that Asian Americans would be at risk, but we had a president using schoolyard rhetoric, “Kung Flu” “China virus” etc. even after praising China! He recklessly put OUR own Americans even more at risk. Whatever “good” he did is nullified by his outrageous, dangerous behavior…which continues to this day.
Yes, we now have many more Opinion channels, but the far right tell most of theirs based on lies.

I can’t say it better than what Matt and jclark have already said. Your comments are example #1 of the problem, and it doesn’t afflict both sides. Your comments simply aren’t honest.

Take a look back at the exchange between florida and I yesterday, carried over from the day before. Very critical of the Dems. They have failed at what they should be most proud of: inclusion. And that criticism is healthy. That’s how the Party gets better. No one is condemned, no one is eviscerated, or publicly shunned. The Party (hopefully) learns from the criticism and gets stronger.

On the other hand we need not look any further than Lynn Cheney, or other John McCain or other prominent, respected Republicans to see how the Republicans handle criticism. You’re running out of feet to blast holes in with your condemnations of your own members. Don’t you know how to give and take criticism? How can you ever hope to improve? It appears to everyone that the only thing you’re working on is gaming the electoral system and denial. Meanwhile tens of thousands have left your Party.

Writer James Lechowicz well sums up what most Americans probably feel, certainly me. But as long as people make disingenuous, dishonest statements like yours and others here and all over the internets (which you’re simply parroting from your “news” sources), some of us feel a need to try to keep the record straight.

It’s funny how constitution attorneys like Leo Terrel, Candace Owens, and other African Americans are insulted by liberals pushing the theory that African Americans are too stupid to be able to get an identification card in order to vote. You all seem to have a problem with making sure our elections are fair. Biden like Obama will go down in history as a fool with his “America is racist” platform just like Obama did on his “apology” tour.

Right, I’m not going to play Whack-a-Mole with you. It seems like all you all have to fall back on when cornered for your lies.

But I will (this one time) point out that Candace Owens is Communications Director at the conservative Turning Point USA, and she claims the “Southern Strategy” is a myth. It is not and it’s documented.
And here you can see civil rights attorney Leo Terrell take her apart:

So it would appear you’ve got your information a bit confused.

ChuckD and I will point out to you (this time only) what difference does it make that Candace Owens a Black Conservative works for Turning Point USA. What do you have to say about Leo Terrel?

According to Washington Blade Americas LGBTQ Source;
Charlie Kirk, a 25-year-old rising star in the conservative movement and founder of Turning Point USA, said via email to the Blade, gay people with conservative ideology are more than welcome in the movement.

Kirk said. “We celebrate patriots like these regardless of whether they’re gay or straight, black or white, male or female, rich or poor, tall or short. We’re so grateful for their leadership and for inspiring so many others in their own journeys in what has really become an all new conservative movement.”


Zachary–Yes, voter fraud exists…it’s about 31 out of a BILLION. Texas had ONE possible example. Some guy used his dead mother’s vote for 45. ID cards? So if you misplace your card you can’t vote? This is not about “fair elections!” If you believe this past election was not free and fair, then you can’t believe ANY previous election results, since this was THEE most secure having the most paper ballots to audit/recheck. By the way, I don’t hear any republicans who just got voted in complaining about THEIR own election–only 45s. Biden never said we are a racist nation–but acknowledges that there still is a dangerous rise in white supremacy/domestic terrorists, and a need for all Americans to be treated equally. (Check out the incidents of a white person taking over a black person’s open house, and the offers coming in at thousands more, for example).


Fred–Acknowledging the atrocities that occur(ed) to African Americans in this country is not racist. They lost so much generational wealth by white supremacy and deserve reparations and respect. Trying to correct previous wrongs to level the playing field now isn’t racist, either–it’s justice. Watch the documentaries about the Tulsa Massacre 100 years ago, then get back to us.


Race based policies are by definition racist. If you feel guilty you should pay. To insist that others should pay for the guilt that you feel is to treat others as commodities to be used for the greater good. I am against treating others as commodities


My God man, you just don’t get it, or worse yet perhaps you do…Willful ignorance.

Racism, bigotry and hate crimes have been and still are targeted indiscriminately at people simply because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, as well as other reasons such as being homeless.

Jackie Robinson wouldn’t have been booed, spat on and harassed by fellow Major League Baseball players had he been white. – Emmett Till wouldn’t have been murderer had he been a 14 year old White boy that whistled at a White girl.

Matthew Shepard wouldn’t have been beaten and tied to a fence, then left to die had he not been gay. – 49 people were killed, and 53 injured, in a shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub in 2016. They were murdered simply because they were gay.

This year “murder charges have been filed against a man accused of killing three homeless people near Los Angeles-area encampments.” The killings weren’t a personal issue, it was just about the people being homeless.

Antisemitism is the hostility hatred and prejudice against a people because of their religion. The Holocaust was the killing of six million people simply because they were Jews.

Racism, hate crimes, and bigotry are quite prevalent and very much alive today and sure as the sun rises every morning, George Floyd would not have been killed by Derek Chauvin had he been a 46 year old White Man.

You, Fred Barney along with Zachary, William Aiken, William Marincic, Derek Chauvin and people like trump are perfect examples why issues regarding bigotry and racism still exist. If you want BLM to go away start treating ALL people equally.


You have it backwards. Todays decedents of slaves have more wealth and a higher life expectancy that the their counterparts in formally slave exporting countries.


OMG, of course African Americans are better off than 100 years ago. Man, you sure can twist yourself into a pretzel! The point is that they would have been FAR BETTER OFF if they were treated equally. A loss is a loss! Stop acting stupidly.


There has been a huge difference in the administration’s of Obama, Biden and the corrupt trump criminals. How in the name of God are we supposed to “work together” when dealing with people like:
Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Nader, George Papadopoulos,
Rudy Giuliani. All indicted and most so far found guilty of crimes while covering for the leader of the pack, donald John trump.
These people are only the tip of the iceberg laden with lies, corruption, deceit, and blatant criminal behavior by so many of today’s Republicans and their associates.
“Come together” you say.

Joseph Vendetti

Fingerprints, eye recognition- we have all this technology why wouldn’t we want to incorporate it in voting, medical insurance, welfare, etc – why wouldn’t we want to invest in getting all of our citizens some form of valid ID system that is reliable?


Perhaps because trump would suggest gouging out eyes and cutting off fingers to get additional votes and his insurrectionist followers would comply.

Mr. Vendetti I’m going to go out on a limb and say literally anyone who cares enough about voting in an election has identification. The left always says it disenfranchises the poor and minorities if we ask for voter ID. What an insult to the poor and minorities, like they are too stupid to have ID.

The founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently released a video in which he called out the group’s “ugly truth,” by which he meant their positions on family and education.

“In 2015, I was the founder of Black Lives Matter in St. Paul,” said Rashad Turner, who now leads the pro-school choice group Minnesota Parent Union.

“I believed the organization stood for exactly what the name implies – Black lives do matter. However, after a year on the inside, I learned they had little concern for rebuilding Black families,” he added.

“And they cared even less,” Turner added, “about improving the quality of education for students in Minneapolis. That was made clear when they publicly denounced charter schools alongside the teachers’ union.”


Just keep on sending your money to the two cleanest organizations in America: The trump campaign fund and Wayne LaPierre’s NRA.

Mr. Restifo there you go deflecting again, not commenting, not answering you don’t know how because you don’t have a mind of your own.

Here is your President yesterday. Don’t tell me he doesn’t have dementia because if not then he is just a straight-up pervert.

The Commander-in-chief, 78, went off-script to point out the ‘elementary school- aged’ girl as he delivered an address at Joint Base Langley-Eustis ahead of Memorial Day.

‘I love those barrettes in your hair, man,’ the President said to the girl, who was sitting at the side of the stage ‘I tell you what, look at her, she looks like she’s 19 years old, sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed,’ Biden bizarrely continued.
From Daily Mail, Fox, and others


At least he doesn’t declare he can do what he wants”cause you know your famous” from the famous Access Hollywood tape.
Group up for petes sake. You can play this game all day long if you want.
Check this link out about TFG and let us know what you think? Long read as it covers four years of TFG. Biden has a long way to go to match this manifest.

There you go deflecting again. It’s hard to be a Democrat isn’t it you can’t tell the truth you have to except pedophiles. What if he said that about your 14-year-old daughter I guess that would be OK because he’s Joe Biden right? Would you leave your 14-year-old daughter alone with him? I bet you would.


Grow vs group sorry .
Biden is infamous for some of his gaffs and some were creepy, especially if judged in today’s environment. But in almost 50 years in politics as I said will never match TFG if you read all the way thru, it was four very long years.

Mr. Restifo you are confused as usual because Donald Trump threw Jeffrey Epstein out of Mar-a-Lago because he attempted to pick up one of his young hostesses. Facts matter. Keep deflecting, you seem to enjoy that. By deflecting you never have to look at the truth.

“For God & Country Patriot Roundup” in Dallas! Goin’ on now!

Do you think they’ve got the sacred golden idol of tRump there? Wouldn’t be complete without it!

I guess the country will tell us who they agree with in 2022 is it the soft on crime, criminals on the street, defund the police, Democrats or is that the law and order Republicans?

Michael Eisenberg

Like the Republicans who stormed the capitol on Jan 6 and injured over 150 Capitol police officers?

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