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Letters to the Editor Friday, June 11


Answer basic questions on conception and abortion

Questions I have on abortion:
Do you know anyone walking on Earth that was not conceived? If not, doesn’t that mean that life as we know it on Earth begins with conception? When two consenting people commit an act that causes conception, aren’t they responsible for that life? Does anyone have the right to take a life once it has begun?
Bernard Burns

Restore statue to rightful location in Gateway Park

Schenectady’s Lady Liberty monument’s 71-year community history is still being disrespected by City Hall.
When it was originally removed so that Gateway Park could be renovated, we, the public, were promised that an appropriate new location would be found.
This has not been done. The city has condescended to place our Lady at the corner of Union Street and Erie Boulevard, an inauspicious location. There isn’t even a plaque identifying its origin.
Much has been done to the city’s credit to revitalize our downtown; this includes Gateway Park. The revitalized park looks very nice and can be a walking destination. But it lacks a central focal point. Our Lady Liberty can be that focal point.
We propose to the mayor that Lady Liberty be restored to Gateway Park with the reconstruction of the star podium base and returning the Boy Scout dedication plaque. As of this date, we have received no reply.
Now as to cost: The city is to receive $40 million in COVID relief aid, plus a $10 million grant from the state for downtown redevelopment. Therefore. there is no problem using some of these funds to restore our Lady Liberty to Gateway Park.
The mayor and City Council owe us a clear and concise explanation as to why they are not restoring our Lady to Gateway Park or telling us that they are honoring our request and providing a reasonable restoration timeline.
Lance R. Jackson

Allegations against priest can’t possibly be accurate

Allegations of a supposed crime levied against Father Jeffrey L’Arche have appeared in the news lately.
Mr. Robert Iwan’s June 8 letter to The Gazette (“We’re innocent until proven guilty in U.S.”) stated the case so eloquently, that “the integrity of our justice system is crucial to ensure a fair trial.”
Those of Father Jeff’s parishioners and those of us who have known Father Jeff through the years will tell you that what he is being accused of cannot be credible.
The real crime here is the case against Father Jeff being made publicly. Let’s not be so quick to cast the first stone. And for the Diocese of Springfield to make those statements saddens me.
Yes, there are victims out there and they have the right to accuse. Father Jeff has supporters, too, who are praying that he will be proven innocent of these charges.
Lucille DeSimone

Libertarians offer support for more peaceful America

It has been one year since the tragic death of George Floyd.
If you watched with horror as the state murdered a man in the street, please don’t let your outrage turn into complacency.
There is still much work to be done in order to ensure that this never happens again. Join us in our commitment to criminal justice reform to bring about a more peaceful America.
Libertarians support:
– Ending the War on Drugs.
– Ending civil asset forfeiture.
– Ending qualified immunity.
– Ending prosecution for all victimless crimes, including drug possession and sex work.
– Ending the militarization of police.
– Abolishing the death penalty nationwide.
– Requiring police officers to wear body cameras and have them switched on at all times.
If you would like to see these ideas become reality, please join your local Libertarian Party at its next monthly meeting. In Fulton County, it is June 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Paul Nigra Center, 2736 NY-30 in Gloversville.
Brandon Lyon
The writer is chairman of the Fulton County Libertarian Party.



Support candidates with fresh views

I encourage all city of Schenectady Democrats to vote in the primary election. June 22 is the official day, while early voting runs June 12 to June 20 allowing more opportunity to vote.
Weekend and weeknight voting makes planning easier for busy folks with difficult schedules. For hours and locations, call 518-377-2469 or visit
In my opinion, the City Council needs some fresh viewpoints.
Carl Williams is an exceptional candidate for City Council. He served 11 years in the military and is currently a first lieutenant in the New York ANG. Carl has an MBA from Clarkson University and is an administrator at Albany Medical College. As a candidate, he is focused on property tax relief; clear, safe roadways; public health and post-covid recovery; as well as neighborhood revitalization. Carl promises to prioritize services for veterans, seniors and youth and quality after-school opportunities to support working families.
I’ve seen a lot throughout my years in Schenectady city politics and I don’t offer my support casually. When voting, please consider Omar McGill for county Legislature, District One, and Marion Porterfield, Damonni Farley and Carl Williams for Schenectady City Council.
Leesa Perazzo


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Brandon Lyon I’m an Independent and have been my entire life. I don’t believe in any of those things that you say are libertarian ideas. I believe in qualified immunity, I believe in stopping illegal drugs anyway we can, I don’t believe in abolishing victimless crime’s like drug dealing and prostitution, I believe we should have death penalties in every state for crimes that deserve the death penalty and there are many. I don’t know where you get your libertarian ideas from but most libertarians side for the most part with Republicans. The libertarian have great ideas like ending the IRS amongst others but what you are proposing is the reason the Libertarian party really can’t move forward.

And so we can conclude that you feel you have a monopoly on “libertarian ideals”.
Got it, and good luck with co-opting all the other “ideals” you think you own.

Guy Varoma

From yesterday: It’s funny how Trump supports flash an IG report that goes in Trump’s favor. But when an IG report doesn’t go in Trump’s favor …They call the IG a liar , a member of the deep state ..or fake news ….I don’t think even Jim Jones got such dedication from his cult ….I hear they might rename Mar-A-Lago and the area around it Trumptown


45 constantly pressured officials to break the law (GA–find him ONE more vote than needed, for example). 45s DOJ, that he called “HIS,” subpoenaed data from congress members of the Intel Committee and put gag orders on reporters. The WH lawyer, McGahn, was told to mislead Mueller, and 45 lied about pressure to fire Mueller (Saturday Night Massacre). McGahn and others were kept from testifying, and he got Barr for the cover up just in time. Before Barr, 45 said…”This is the end of my presidency…I’m f**ked” because he knew he was GUILTY.

45 just sent Putin his “warmest wishes” as he taunted and insulted Biden (and undermined democracy yet again) before his meeting with Putin. Our Founders would be mortified by 45, although they anticipated someone like him. But they never could have imagined the dereliction of duty among Republicans ignoring our checks and balances, which ultimately led to the attempted coup on Jan 6.

I wish it ended there, but unfortunately, 45 is still at it and will never stop. Jan 6th was a dress rehearsal and he’s gearing up for another attempt to overthrow our democratic republic. Anyone that doesn’t believe 45 is a traitor needs to have his head examined.

The actual quote is;
Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin—don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards!” Trump wrote in a statement Thursday.
For the record unlike the Democrats when Trump was President I wish Biden well in this meeting and hope that he represents America well. I’m an American first and I always want to see us be successful. On a side note, I don’t think Biden can stand up to Putin who is a pro who was trained by the KGB, Putin is not only smart but ruthless.


Are you implying that Trump stood up to Putin (like in Helsinki)? Putin “owned” Trump probably because Trump wanted a hotel and more in Russia. Biden has already stood up to Putin and did so even when he was VP. Biden will do fine in his meeting with Putin, though one cannot expect Putin to take lightly any criticism, especially publicly.


Zachary–what a twisted viewpoint! You are too partisan to see that 45 was referring to his childish nickname “Sleepy Joe” and siding with the ruthless dictator that 45 wants to become! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? I accidentally said “wishes” instead of “regards,” but it means the same. Did 45 wish HIS own president well? NO, once again sucking off Putin–a “strong man” whom he admires. Answer this–Do you want a “democracy” and a “president” like Putin?

jclark, Trump, like most people with a brain knows that Biden is no match for Putin. Biden is cognitively impaired, you can look into his eyes and see it. Trump looked up to strong leaders because he was a strong leader. Trump was America first. Please tell me what’s wrong with America first? I’ll wait.


Zachary has no idea what real strength is. Locking up anyone who disagrees with you like what he’s doing to Alexei Navalny? How about poisoning/murdering foes? Invading nearby lands breaking international laws? Is that your idea of strength? 45 and Putin are lying, corrupt THUGS. 45 wants to be an American Putin so he can get away with what Putin does. Authoritative leaders like Kim Jong Un and Putin played 45 like a fiddle, and he was a total EMBARRASSMENT.
For being so-called “cognitively impaired” Biden is successfully dealing with numerous issues and has more than a 3rd grade vocabulary like drumpf.
America is first when we LEAD, not retreat from the world. We are a global community and thank God Biden is re-engaging and restoring ally relationships ruined under 45.
Again…Do you want a “democracy” like Russia and a president like Putin?? That’s what 45 wants, so get your head out of your arse.


Zachary–Stop LYING! When has 45 EVER said anything positive about Biden, or practically ANY democrat? As a matter of fact, 45 was impeached for pressuring Ukraine with our tax dollars to go after Biden. 45 also called for Biden to be jailed 2 weeks before the election (very Putin-like). But you twist like a pretzel defending the indefensible. I hate parents that act like you where their “baby” is never wrong.

By the way–Biden predicted a year ago that 45 was going to try to steal the election, and so he has(is) as he claims “Stop the Steal. 45 is always projecting.

jclark, impeached? What a joke, a partisan kangaroo court by the do-nothing democrats. Trump was doing his job and Biden is squashing the investigation on Hunter. I see you forgot about Hunter but trust me, in 2022 we will be putting Hunter and Joe back in the spotlight with their shady deals.

Wheee! Love to rehash those well-worn mantras, eh? Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, it just feels good to spew it out there.
But not true.


Thanks for the laugh Zach, When I hear the words “Putin, trump, don’t fall asleep” and “warmest regards” in a sentence, a few more relevant words come to mind: Hookers, water sports, video and blackmail.

Mr. Restifo I see you are still supporting that proven lie. How many investigations by the democrats which say the opposition research from Hillary on Trump was a lie.

Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier
The Washington Post’s Adam Entous looks at the role that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC played in funding the research that led to the Russia dossier. (Video: Bastien Inzaurralde, Patrick Martin/Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
By Adam Entous ,
Devlin Barrett and
Rosalind S. HeldermanOctober 24, 2017
The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.

Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.

After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Unlike tRump. Biden will keep his pants up for Putin.

“HELSINKI — President Donald Trump said he addressed Russia’s interference in the U.S. 2016 election and that President Vladimir Putin was “extremely strong” in his denials.

“I have president Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be,” President Trump said, standing at podium side-by-side with the Russian president during a joint press conference Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

He continued: “So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”


The locals want to call it the Trump Dump! They don’t want him there as much as we don’t want him in the country.

Bernard, I take it from your letter that you believe there should be exceptions to ending abortion, such as rape and incest, since those are not “two consenting people”, and that you also oppose the death penalty since no one has the right to take a life once it has begun.

Questions I have on for Bernard Burns:

Have you ever delivered a child?
If your gender follows that of your name, Bernard, I’m pretty sure not. Therefore I’m pretty certain you, nor I, have much say in the matter.
But of course that hasn’t stopped good Christian Men from imposing their ignorant “opinion” on others of the opposite gender, has it?

My opinion: I honestly don’t know when life “begins”. It’s unfortunately not a clear-cut as death (which often isn’t that clear-cut either). But I do know that giving birth is a seemingly miraculous event and is not in my genetic make-up, therefore I have no right to impose whatever I think about it on a woman, and I don’t think any male does.


Matt & Chuck–good points. Bernard thinks this complicated issue is simply clear cut. Our society needs to deal with the fact that unwanted pregnancies will always exist. One reason Roe v Wade was put in place was to protect females from being maimed or killed since some were going to have an abortion whether it was legal or not. Another was protecting the rights of females…can the gov’t force you to carry a pregnancy to term? How about a 12 year old raped by her father?…which is more dangerous than having an abortion…what about HER life?

It doesn’t really matter whether you are “pro-choice or pro life.” I side with the politicians and organizations that promote PREVENTION over PUNISHMENT.


So you think that every pregnant woman because she choose not to take the mourning after pill can kill the child she is carrying. I concede your point for all virgin pregnancies’ that are not the result of divine intervention


Extremely wealthy individuals and large profitable corporations pay nothing. Upper-middle class, middle-class, lower-middle, poor along with medium and small business bear the full brunt of taxation. – Must sound pretty good to you because that’s what you voted for.


You failed to answer the question: What do you think constitutes a fair system of taxation?

Taxes collected from corporations are paid with the owners money? So what is being called corporate taxation is in reality a tax on corporate owners


I have an idea for a fair system of taxation – the poll tax. In a world where everyone has the same rights and responsibilities it fair that everyone has exactly the same responsibilities to support the government. Alternatively, induvial votes are proportional to the amount of tax that you pay . THUS THOSE WHO DO NOT PAY TOWARDS THE RUNNING OF THE GOVERNMENT HAVE NO SAY IN ITS ACTIONS.

Every single one of the falsehoods, distortions and outright lies you little rightwingers think you can pass in public are like shooting fish in a barrel to knock down.
Every single one.
Normal people would try harder to check their facts before removing all doubt they were ill-informed. But you’re the Chosen Ones, aren’t you?

Predictably, it doesn’t look good for your cited writer, Gapsparino:

Wikipedia –
Gasparino has been touted as a “Pulitzer Prize nominee” in his bio from Fox Business, which said he was “nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting” in 1992, when he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. The same claim is made by his agents at the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, and on the website of his publisher, Simon and Schuster. In a promotional video in 2008 for CNBC, his former employer, Gasparino declared, “I am: a writer, son of an ironworker, son of New York, Golden Gloves prospect, a Pulitzer Prize nominee…” In 2012, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Bill Dedman of NBC News pointed out that Gasparino had been one of hundreds of entrants in the Pulitzer contest and had never been one of the nominees, which are chosen by Pulitzer juries.The Pulitzer Prizes board warns entrants against claiming to be nominees: “Nominated Finalists are selected by the Nominating Juries for each category as finalists in the competition. … We discourage someone saying he or she was ‘nominated’ for a Pulitzer simply because an entry was sent to us.”Gasparino initially responded to NBC, “I was nominated by the wsj sir.” Later that day, Fox changed his bio, saying that his work “was submitted for the Pulitzer.”


Since you do not accept economic theory or the evidence of the history of governments that tried to support them selves by printing money, I suggest you look at the price of gas to day and its price last November.


Chuck, I commend you for recognizing and acknowledging the 1 out 1,000 statements posted by Fred that may have some validity.


Depends what you call a success. In the longer the printing of money has hurt the country that has tried it. In the short term printing money when their unemployed resources and little foreign trade has raised GNP. However since the dollar has been used as resave currency our policy actions run the risk of lessening its reserve status. As this happens printed dollars will find their way back to the country and this will result in inflation

Whatever. I’m not an economics guru, like you.
What I do know is coming off the worst financial crisis this country’s ever faced, 6 months in is the wrong time to assess. If you really were an economics guru you’d step back and wait. But your simplistic theory betrays your simplistic agenda.
And that’s not a dodge, or deflection, or whatever your masters are telling you to say. That’s my rebuttal to your word salad of economic theory.

Darn it! Seems the entire world hates you now, tRumpers. Can’t understand why.

America’s Image Abroad Rebounds With Transition From Trump to Biden

The election of Joe Biden as president has led to a dramatic shift in America’s international image. Throughout Donald Trump’s presidency, publics around the world held the United States in low regard, with most opposed to his foreign policies. This was especially true among key American allies and partners. Now, a new Pew Research Center survey of 16 publics finds a significant uptick in ratings for the U.S., with strong support for Biden and several of his major policy initiatives.

Pew Research

ChuckD, thats because they can walk all over Biden where Trump held them accountable and made them pay. I guess they didn’t ask the President of Guatemala.


Simple, greedy, self serving narrow minds don’t understand that that America and our allies are a team that must work in cooperation for the greater good of the entire world.- Like the basketball player that doesn’t pass, keeps shooting and missing, trump’s way of playing ball will result in the the loss of the world game of democracies vs dictatorships.

It’s a partisan witch hunt!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yet more voter fraud, and predictably it’s again by a Republican:
According to a report from Alaska Public Media, former Alaska State Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R) is facing four new counts of voter fraud related to the 2018 election with officials pressuring a former aide of hers to testify against her.

LeDoux, who ran for the U.S. House seat held by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) in 2008, previously held the state House seat now occupied by Rep. David Nelson (R) and faced previous accusations over voter fraud that lay dormant due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, Ledoux is facing new charges after the FBI participated in the investigation.

“I have been through a lot of fact checks, and I cannot recall a check favoring the right half of politics that’s been reversed,” the conservative Media Research Center’s Tim Graham told Fox News. “This pattern of fact checkers having to walk back their supposedly all-knowing rulings underlines how eager they are to solidify Democrat narratives and undermine conservative journalism.”

Nice. Citing an opinion writer who’s never published anything positive about the left.
Better find your critical thinking cap!

William Marincic

Zachary, this is why I support the police. These fools believe the “Thin Blue Line” means covering up for other cops but the thin blue line means the line between anarchy and peace. The line that protects your family as you sleep. The line that runs toward gunfire and danger, not from it. I back the Blue.

My heart and all my respect goes out to LEOs in this situation. I could not do this.

It’s a shame you bring out the “defund the police” banner to wave in everyone’s face. That idea has no bearing whatsoever on this, unless it would provide psychological crisis services where it’s obviously needed. Cops should not be expected to be every solution to every social crisis. That’s what “defund the police” (which I think is poorly worded) is about.

That said, “This offender had no regard for their position as police officers. No regard.” could easily be applied to those who feel the rules and the Constitution don’t apply to them when they lose elections. But I digress…

Well, that’s science.
And as we all know by now, by the screams from the forest, science is a librul plot!
God and Jesus and tRump will show us the way (but not in that order)!


Sometimes puzzle like things loop around in my mind when I see certain words in text, such as “tRump” and “science”: trump equated to “con” and I connect that to science and get conscience then, hmmmm…
Conscience, trump is lacking one. Then it bounces to trump being a science con. – Just thinking out loud, no relevance to anything above.

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