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?
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.
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.
– 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.
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 voteschenectady.com.
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.
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