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Letters to the Editor Thursday, June 10

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Speak out tonight on new solar law

Tonight (June 10) at 7 p.m., the town of Duanesburg will hold public hearings for the Solar Energy Facilities Law, Local Law 1 of 2021 and for the Commercial Event Venues Law, Local Law 2 of 2021.
Local Law 1 will repeal and replace the solar law adopted in 2016. September 19, 2019, the Planning Board approved a controversial Special Use Permit for Eden Renewables’ construction of two 5-MWac solar arrays covering 65 acres at 13590 Duanesburg Road.
In January 2020, a six-month solar moratorium was adopted.
The draft solar law fails to provide communitywide notification. The 2001 Telecommunications Facilities Law requires a 32 square-foot notification sign be erected at the proposed site at time of application. The draft solar law also does not restrict size and number of solar power plants. This may allow residential parcels to be completely surrounded by multiple solar facilities.
Because a separate battery storage payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement is not required, the town may lose revenue.
The draft solar law does not include checks and balances with the Town Board. The largest land use in the town, most expensive construction project, and possibly largest tax revenue source should also have Town Board approval to avoid any appearance of impropriety.
Please request copies of the proposed laws and submit written comments to the town clerk at: [email protected]. Speak at tonight’s virtual public hearing by logging into Zoom as described on the town website duanesburg.net.
Susan Biggs
Quaker Street

Giuliani singled out for unfair criticism

Albert Einstein was not only a famous mathematician but also a scientist who used thinking or thought experiments. As if what happens if “such and such” were to occur. What would the outcome be and why.
Even though my IQ is about 200 points less than Einstein’s, which puts me into the class of a knuckle dragging right wing ultra conservative, I still can have “thoughts.” My latest thought is what would the outcome have been if instead of Mr. Giuliani going to Perreca’s, someone of color or one of the other ultra-protected minority groups now labeled LGBTQ+ tried this same tactic.
Would the outcry have been as great? Would there have been any outcry at all? Would The Gazette write an editorial about it? The thoughts go on and on.
My thought is that prejudicial issues work both ways.
Bob Nicolella
Scotia

Wishing Foss best on her new venture

I write with a sad farewell to Sara Foss.
Her intelligent and well-written column will be missed by many.
She has presented a needed clarity on many issues, leading the reader through her thought processes of pros and cons.
At the same time, I wish her well in her “realigning” and future career steps as she also enjoys family and friends.
We all can understand “a time to say goodbye,” the pain of loss, the walk toward something new.
All the best, Sara.
Vaughn Nevin
Slingerlands

 

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LOUIS RESTIFO

Zachary you are constantly accusing people that are postings fact combined with logic and common sense on this forum of “lying” and “Deflecting” when in fact it is you who blurts out whatever deranged inaccurate thought comes to mind. Before you accuse someone of being a liar on a public forum get your facts straight so as to not look a fool.
Yesterday on two separate posts you called me an “absolute liar” with a taunting request for proof of my statement.

If anyone is inclined to do so please refer to yesterday’s line to verify I presented him with fact, clearly indicating what I posted to be truth.

Zachary why do you keep “deflecting” and not provide facts to backup what you say? Apparently the answer is because you don’t expect to be held to the same standards you demand of others.

Guy Varoma

What Trump has taught people is that if the facts go against him/hers statement, is to lie …When you show the person the facts ..Lie even more …..And if that doesn’t work they say “But Obama did it too” These Trump voters will never go against their Cult leader Trump..The Republican party and their voters have no shame and don’t care how ignorant they look …

Here is the facts from your post. Now stop lying.
“We found that the Park Police made the decision to clear the park of protesters in order to install an anti-scale fencing to protect the park and U.S. Park Police officers during those protests,” Greenblatt told NBC News. “We did not find evidence that the Park Police officials made that decision in order to permit the president of the United States to visit the park, or for a photo op at the St. John’s Church, across the street.”

Big tech and fact checkers lied to us about lab-leak theory, Hydrochloriquine, and Layfeyette Square. What else was Trump right about?

jclark124

Annie–not much! He’s on record with over 30,000 lies/misleading statements only while he was president. 45 is a serial LIAR, and the things you claim are true are NOT…unless you listen to far right media. There was not sufficient evidence that hydroxychloroquine worked to prevent Covid. 45 said he was taking it and was at death’s door infected with Covid!
There was no reason to use flash bangs, rubber bullets, and gases on those peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square!

FRED BARNEY

If you do not accept law enforcements instructions you have chosen to gamble with your well being. That is to say you have voluntarily accepted the possiblity of lose of well being. Are you in favor of all police commends meant to be suggestions?

William Aiken

Yesterday, the Inspector General report detailed a year long investigation of the events of June 1, 2020. The report debunked the media narrative that President Trump ordered the tear gassing of peaceful protests so he could pose for a photo op. The report also cited how 49 law enforcement officers were injured during the “Peaceful” protests. When you have the chutzpah to characterize violent riots as peaceful protests your credibility is on par with a media which the public no longer trusts with a lower approval rating than Congress.

This hoax was reported by the media as fact for months. Yet, there will be no penalties or apologies from reporters, who have lost their way after the 2016 election. The IG’s report proves once again that our media conduct themselves as partisan activists, not the journalists they claim to be.

LOUIS RESTIFO

William Aiken if you want credibility answer my may 28th question
regarding a commission to investigate the 1 / 6 / 21 insurrection after your post of that day!

William Aiken
May 28th, 2021
Yes, I did read those questions from Just Secure, a leftist, Trump hating website. I don’t find them creditable. Just as you would dismiss source from the NY Post or Fox news.
I was hoping you could say what you hope a commission would uncover in your own words.
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How about some answers and closure for Gladys Sicknick, the grieving mother of fallen Officer Brian Sicknick.
So tell me William, would you want more answers if this was your dead son? Still waiting for an answer on that one.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Annie, In regards to Lafayette Square being cleared, yes protesters we’re going to be moved so fencing could be installed, but as sure as the sun rises trump scheduled that bogus upside down Bible photo op to promote havoc, chaos and confusion for the people protesting the recent murder death of George Floyd as well as the police.

LOUIS RESTIFO

ZACHARY
My original post from yesterday:

LOUIS RESTIFO
June 9th, 2021
Some points of interest that are excerpts from the newly released report.
“But Greenblatt found that the Park Police had the authority to clear the park, and decided to do so — in consultation with Barr — hours before anyone knew Trump planned to make an appearance.” …. but did find that Attorney General William Barr urged officials to speed up the clearing process once Trump had decided to walk through the area that evening.” ~~~
So the moron-in-chief could hold a Bible upside for a ridiculous P.R. photo op and create additional problems for the BLB people protesting the 6 day old MERDER of George Floyd.
Plain and simple regardless of anything 99 percent of trumps actions reek of scum bag.
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YOUR RESPONSE :
Zachary
June 9th, 2021
Mr Restifo. You just can’t stop lying can you, wow. That is not what the report said it said no such thing it exonerated AG Barr . Wow you’re nothing but an absolute liar. Come on show me the excerpt that says that in that report please.
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MY RESPONSE to you short of the snide remarks. I assume Mr Mahoney removed my original post along with 6 or 7 others because of apparent inappropriate comments.

The following is a report from NBC News that was put on line at 1:32 PM yesterday.
Please read between the asterisks I added to show the exact copy I quoted from.

PLEASE READ BETWEEN THE ASTERISKS I ADDED THAT SHOWS THE EXACT COPY I POSTED PROVES MY POST WAS FACT NOT LIES.

June 9, 2021, 1:32 PM EDT
By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON — When federal police officers violently cleared protesters from the city’s Lafayette Square in June 2020, they did it so a contractor could install fencing — not to let President Donald Trump hold a photo opportunity at a nearby church, an investigation by the Interior Department’s inspector general has found.
That finding, published Wednesday, is likely to surprise many critics of Trump, who have long asserted that the president or his attorney general ordered the operation to pave the way for an act of political theater. That is also the central allegation of a federal lawsuit by Black Lives Matter against the Justice Department.
The report found no evidence of that,***********************************but did find that Attorney General William Barr urged officials to speed up the clearing process once Trump had decided to walk through the area that evening.”***************************************
The inspector general, Mark Greenblatt, identified problems with the clearing operation, including the likelihood that many protesters did not hear police warnings to disperse before the police moved in.
And he found that the firing of pepper balls by Bureau of Prisons officers was “inconsistent with the guidance” by the incident commander. Investigators couldn’t determine why the Bureau of Prisons officers were there, but they arrived late and missed the operational briefing, the report says.
The report adds that the law enforcement agencies at the scene did not coordinate well, and that the U.S. Secret Service began advancing on protesters before the Park Police had a chance to warn them to disperse.
The report found that Washington, D.C., police, one of several law enforcement agencies on the scene, fired tear gas at protesters, and that the use of gas was a surprise to the Park Police, which was leading the operation.
*********************************************************************************But Greenblatt found that the Park Police had the authority to clear the park, and decided to do so — in consultation with Barr — hours before anyone knew Trump planned to make an appearance. **************************************************************************
“We found that the Park Police made the decision to clear the park of protesters in order to install an anti-scale fencing to protect the park and U.S. Park Police officers during those protests,” Greenblatt told NBC News. “We did not find evidence that the Park Police officials made that decision in order to permit the president of the United States to visit the park, or for a photo op at the St. John’s Church, across the street.”
In a letter accompanying the report’s release, Greenblatt said, “The evidence established that relevant (Park Police) officials had made those decisions and had begun implementing the operational plan several hours before they knew of a potential presidential visit to the park, which occurred later that day.”
Greenblatt also found that Barr’s physical presence in the park had no impact on the decision to clear the park. Widely circulated video shows Barr entering Lafayette Square after 6 p.m. with his security detail and other White House staff members.
However, according to the IG report, the Park Police operations commander told investigators Barr asked him why the crowd was still on H Street and said he thought they would be gone by that point.
“Are these people still going to be here when POTUS comes out?” Barr is quoted as saying, using an acronym for President of the United States.
The commander said he not known until then that Trump would be coming out of the White House and into Lafayette Square.
He said he replied to the attorney general, “Are you freaking kidding me?”
The IG investigation took no position on whether the Park Police made a good decision by deciding to clear the park — only that the decision was lawful and consistent with policy.
The report says protests on May 30 and 31 “were mostly peaceful during the day,” but that “acts of violence increased in the late afternoon and evenings,” and that “officers reported that some protesters threw projectiles, such as bricks, rocks, caustic liquids, frozen water bottles, glass bottles, lit flares, rental scooters, and fireworks, at law enforcement officials.”
A total of 49 Park Police officers were injured during the protests from May 29 to May 31, including one who underwent surgery, the report says.
Historic statues in Lafayette Square, were vandalized with graffiti, and on May 31, the park’s comfort station was set on fire, the report says. A fire was also set in the basement at St. John’s Church on May 31, and nearby stores and businesses were looted, the report adds.
On May 31, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered an 11 p .m. curfew, finding that “in the downtown area of the District of Colombia, numerous businesses and government buildings were vandalized, burned, or looted. Over the past nights, there has been a glorification of violence, particularly in the later hours of the night. … The health, safety, and well-being of persons within the District of Colombia are threatened and endangered by the existence of these violent actions.”
But the Park Police commander and the acting chief of police told investigators that the curfew was ineffective in stopping the unrest in Lafayette Square, the report says.
MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake — who was on the scene as police began to clear the park — reported that the protests were largely peaceful until police moved in.
“It was by far the most peaceful day of protest that we’ve had in D.C. since Friday night,” Haake reported.
“We had mounted federal police coming down H Street from east to west, clearing people out of the street. In front of them, they were using flash bangs, tear gas,” Haake added. “All while I was listening to the president of the United States speak about law and order, I was watching people fall down as they ran, I was watching people get pushed aside by police forces.”

LOUIS RESTIFO

Zachary
June 10th, 2021
Here is the facts from your post. Now stop lying.

Read between the asterisks and say I’m lying.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Bob Nicolella: In reference to your letter relating to Andrew Giuliani’s unwanted visit to Perreca’s bakery, as well as your comment “Even though my IQ is about 200 points less than Einstein’s, which puts me into the class of a knuckle dragging right wing ultra conservative, I still can have “thoughts.”

“The maximum IQ score assigned by the WAIS-IV, a commonly-used test today, is 160. A score of 135 or above puts a person in the 99th percentile of the population. News articles often put Einstein’s IQ at 160, though it’s unclear what that estimate is based upon.”

If the above is fact, at by your own admission, that puts your IQ at a negative forty (-40), which is probably spot on.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Zachary
June 10th, 2021
Here is the facts from your post. Now stop lying.

Read between the asterisks and say I’m lying.

One more little tidbit it seems that hydroxychloroquine really does work and Trump was right again check out that little piece. How many thousands of people could’ve been saved that were on respirators and died because the media and Democrats made fun of the fact that Trump said that this is a viable treatment. More blood on your hands.

This is the kind of bad information that can kill people, and that’s not being overly dramatic.

For the record…

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From the FDA:
FDA cautions against use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems

Does not affect FDA-approved uses for malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis
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July 1, 2020 Update: A summary of the FDA review of safety issues with the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is now available. This includes reports of serious heart rhythm problems and other safety issues, including blood and lymph system disorders, kidney injuries, and liver problems and failure.
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June 15, 2020 Update: Based on ongoing analysis and emerging scientific data, FDA has revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) to use hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat COVID-19 in certain hospitalized patients when a clinical trial is unavailable or participation is not feasible. We made this determination based on recent results from a large, randomized clinical trial in hospitalized patients that found these medicines showed no benefit for decreasing the likelihood of death or speeding recovery. This outcome was consistent with other new data, including those showing the suggested dosing for these medicines are unlikely to kill or inhibit the virus that causes COVID-19. As a result, we determined that the legal criteria for the EUA are no longer met. Please refer to the Revocation of the EUA Letter and FAQs on the Revocation of the EUA for Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate and Chloroquine Phosphate for more information.
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And from the Mayo Clinic:
Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat malaria. It is also used to prevent malaria infection in areas or regions where it is known that other medicines (eg, chloroquine) may not work. Hydroxychloroquine may also be used to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) in certain hospitalized patients.

Using this medicine alone or with other medicines (eg, azithromycin) may increase your risk of heart rhythm problems (eg, QT prolongation, ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia). Hydroxychloroquine should only be used for COVID-19 in a hospital or during clinical trials. Do not take any medicine that contains hydroxychloroquine unless prescribed by your doctor.

FRED BARNEY

May 2021 Consumer Price Index Shows Fastest Inflation Since 2008

When you print money that is what happens. When you print more money you get more inflation. All hail the Democrats new America!

jclark124

Fred, we have a red hot economy coming out of this pandemic–that’s why we are seeing price increases right now–most likely temporary. Print money? Look how many trillions 45 added to the debt before the pandemic–during a healthy growing economy he inherited from Obama.

jclark, DUH? People have been locked down for more than a year, business is reopening across the country, that’s why there is a red hot economy. If an actual Monkey was president we would still have a red hot economy only better because we wouldn’t have the inflation caused by the Biden administration.

jclark124

Zachary,calm down. My point was not to give credit to Biden for a red-hot economy–just saying that is one explanation for temporary inflation. But since you brought it up, Biden is credited for an AMAZING job using all the levers of government to get the vaccine out…which, in turn, led to a quicker red-hot economy.

jclark I believe it was Mr. Marincic that said that it takes about 100 days to manufacture and get a vaccine in someone’s arm, that means that most of these vaccines are still under President Trump, that’s who the thanks need to go to.

jclark124

Zachary–Is Mr. Marincic the expert? 45 had NO PLAN to distribute the vaccine. He ordered Warp Speed (exhausting!), but failed in the covid response since he refused to grab the bull by the horns, instead leaving governors/states to scramble on their own.
Biden immediately doubled the rate of shots using the DPA, bought additional doses, lined up enough vaccinators, created mass vaccination sites, and set measurable goals–which he exceeded.
45 was constantly winging it with no detailed plans, just like he ran his businesses into the ground.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Not even close. You didn’t post anything where I challenge you to. Apparently you don’t know what directly above or directly below means.
Reread, attempt and fail again.
Or put up a new post DIRECTLY ABOVE this with your new post with nothing between the two posts.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Or post something directly between these two back to back posts if mine.
Please try. I’d like to see you fail again.

Obviously if you want something to be fact even when it isn’t, your mind interprets it as fact and you push the lie. Just as you believe you put a post where asked to and you didn’t, but claim you did.

FRED BARNEY

With our commitment to printing money foreign governments are losing faith in the desirability of the use of the dollar as a reserve currency As this happens the printed dollars find their way back. This of course results in an increase demand for business properties and goods. In short 124 has neglected the tole the country has played in foreign n trade others who have chosen the dollar as a reserve currency

Some say the inability to work with basic sentence structure precludes them from preaching economic theory. You posts seem to prove that.

FRED BARNEY

Some people say that those who insist that the border is closed have a tenuous grasp on reality.

History support view that the commitment to printing money results in consequences that citizens find undesirable

LOUIS RESTIFO

I Apologize for putting up so many posts in the wrong area. When the line on this blog Is extended it appears to be difficult to get a response directly below the post where you would like it to be.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Do you think the longer the line gets the more difficult or impossible to place a post exactly where you want it?

LOUIS RESTIFO

Check out the first sentence from one of your earlier post:

Here is the facts from your post. Now stop lying.

Perhaps you should have “asked-a-six year old for help” with your grammar.

Should have been: Here a-r-e the facts from your post.

LOUIS RESTIFO

And furthermore if I believed a 6 year old could help me with something I wouldn’t hesitate to ask for it. Especially so if my only other option was you.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Zachary, I assume you would you never ask anyone for help because you’re very smart, very, very smart, kind of like a very stable genius. Why a six year old for help? Unless of course you’re unable to post something directly above this, or anywhere else I proposed you try.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Not even close Zachary. In addition to not being able to post in the spot as requested, apparently you can’t read because you think you accomplish what was asked.

LOUIS RESTIFO

As usual you don’t know what you’re talking about. Prove me wrong by posting something new directly under my earlier post that read:
LOUIS RESTIFO
June 10th, 2021
I Apologize for putting up so many posts in the wrong area. When the line on this blog Is extended it appears to be difficult to get a response directly below the post where you would like it to be.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Enough nonsense in dealing with a nonsensical kind of guy. Some reality:

“Only in our anti-truth hell scape could Anthony Fauci become a supervillain”
No need for more copy from the report, that headline says it all.

The far right GOP political faction is such a danger to our fragile democracy. Just read so many of the posts on this blog and realize that they are generated from some of our country‘s political leaders and Law makers. It’s all so pathetically sad. 😢

Mr. Restifo, Fauci said “If you attack me you attack science” PULLLLEASE!!!! Fauci is way to political and science is ever-changing. He was wrong about many things he should be a man and say he was wrong and that’s it. He also according to his emails told friends one thing and the public another. He also is way too close to China and he defended the WHO who is in bed with China. Many scientists and physicians are coming out against him and the conservative media is the only ones reporting on it, the truth anyways. Finally, this is all of Fauci’s own making, he never met a microphone or camera that he didn’t like. He put himself out there as the smartest guy in all of science and he was wrong about most of everything he said.

Biden and the democrats talk about racism yet not a word from the liberal MSM about Hunter Biden throwing around the “N” word. I can only imagine if there was an email from Don Junior or Eric Trump using the ‘N” word multiple times. It would be on the front page of every liberal paper in the country and run 24 hour news cycles for a month.

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