Trump, sycophants must be stopped
Donald Trump’s “Big Lie,” i.e. the election was stolen, instigated a violent insurrection, the worst assault on our Capitol and our democracy since the Civil War.
But it has now metastasized.
Trump-inspired state legislatures across America have passed laws to seriously restrict minority voting, and – shockingly — to allow state legislatures to overturn elections. This clear attempt to undermine the essence, the lifeblood of our democracy, must be a wake-up call for all Americans.
Trump’s 30,000 lies fatally, and methodically, devalued truth with very serious consequences for America.
Truth matters, truth really matters. Truthfulness is the foundation of trust and security in all aspects of our culture.
The search for truth is the genesis, the purpose of our justice system. Honesty is the cornerstone of all personal relationships.
Finally, the search for truth and meaning is the core of all religious pursuits. Without truth we have only chaos, paranoia and fear. Our democracy is fragile, it is in peril.
Now Donald Trump and his cult of sycophants want to replace our precious democracy with his authoritarian government. He must be stopped.
Do we care enough to save our democracy?
McGraw operates in an ethical manner
Denise Murphy McGraw gets things done ethically. When DOT, in its infinite wisdom, prohibited the left-hand turn from Balltown Road onto Route 7E, the next left turn was Hexam Road, a quiet residential street with many young children. Heavy traffic ensued immediately, and watching a huge tractor-trailer trying to negotiate a turn onto St. David’s Lane at the top of Hexam was frightening.
I noticed there was no 7E left turn sign at the intersection of Balltown and Union Street. I contacted Ms. McGraw at the suggestion of Assemblyman Phil Steck’s office. She came to my house; I explained the problem and suggested the simple solution of the sign. It took a few months, but eventually, I was emailed a picture of the new sign.
The remarks by the Moskowitz men in the June 3 Gazette article (“Town Board member accused of ethics violation”) “better follow the chain of command” and “fall in line” as though the Republican supervisor were a dictator, are beyond the pale, although certainly typical of Trumpian cult followers.
Denise is being targeted because she’s effective and a Democrat. The Moskowitz men swim in the same swamp as other Republican Trumpers. I’m sure they’ve never done anything untoward in their lily-white lives.
Can’t wait for next GOP administration
Our country is lost and will be in shambles until the next Republican president and Congress.
The covid coverup includes Dr. Fauci admitting that $600,000 of U.S. grant money, but in reality $3.7 million, was given to Wuhan Institute of Virology for gain of function research.
What else could it be but biological warfare. But this administration is so afraid of China that they will capitulate.
Their wokeness has come up with an even better solution to book burning with cancel culture.
Freedom of speech is only for those we agree with and allowing the feckless owners of Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter to set the agenda of proper freedom of speech.
Proud to support Litz for town judge
I’ve met Judge Ken Litz, candidate for Rotterdam town judge, and I’m impressed. Judge Litz is well qualified for the position after being our town judge for nearly 32 years and a respected attorney with a private law practice in Schenectady County for nearly 42 years.
He has earned a reputation of fairness and received endorsements from many political parties including the Democrat Party.
When asked about his opponent, he displayed the utmost of respect and courtesy for him as well. That speaks volumes for Judge Litz’s character and respect for others and the court.
Ken Litz has also been a longtime volunteer in our community, where he has spent nearly all his life. His finding time for others while running his family’s law practice, heading the Justice Court department for Rotterdam, and raising five daughters (now with 12 grandchildren) that he and his wife Marie have speaks to his priorities and dedication.
I hope everyone takes the time to learn about all of the candidates on the ballot and vote for candidates with the best experience and qualifications. As a parent, I am proud to support Judge Ken Litz for Rotterdam town judge and hope you do as well.
Council member has too many conflicts
Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas has been a Schenectady City Council member since 2016; a fact noted on her Berkshire Hathaway commercial and residential real estate agent profile.
Her profile also boasts her current board member and treasurer status on the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority, a public benefit corporation tasked to coordinate economic development activities in Schenectady County with a focus on downtown Schenectady.
According to its website, Metroplex statute allows the “Authority to design, plan, finance, site, construct, administer, operate, manage and maintain facilities within its service district.”
As of June 2, Karen’s real estate profile listed seven “active” commercial listings in the city of Schenectady and highlighted nine “recently sold” commercial properties in the city.
In short, we have a City Council member profiting from the sale of commercial property in the city while potentially benefiting from the power that comes with a seat on the Schenectady City Council and Metroplex Authority.
This Democratic primary election season (June 12-22), registered Democrats in the city of Schenectady have an opportunity to call out this clear and apparent conflict of interest by removing Karen from the City Council. Rather, let us vote for Damonni Farley instead.
Cancer screening kit can be used at home
June is Men’s Health Month.
If there’s one thing we hear from health care providers, it’s that men don’t really like to go to the doctor.
Due to COVID-19, men may also be unsure if it’s safe to go to their healthcare provider’s office. But routine care, like getting checked for colon cancer, is too important to skip.
The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady Counties wants men ages 50 and older to know that the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kit is a yearly colon cancer screening that can be done at home.
The kit is quick, easy and safe. It can be mailed home and when completed, mailed directly to a lab for processing. If the FIT kit shows something abnormal, the healthcare provider will order a colonoscopy to find out if there is or isn’t cancer.
For men aged 50 and older that don’t have insurance, the CSP can provide free FIT kits. The CSP can also cover the follow-up test (colonoscopy) if it’s needed and help get access to treatment.
Call your healthcare provider or the CSP of Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady Counties at 518-770-6816 to get more information about colon cancer screening and the take-home FIT kit.
The writer is health education promotion coordinator of the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady Counties.
No justifiable reason for article on sheriff
I’m writing in regard to the article (“Link between sheriff, troubled officer had tragic start”) published on June 6.
So, instead of The Daily Gazette just reporting on the court proceedings of a former sheriff’s deputy charged with an alleged DWI, the article brings up the memories of a terrible tragedy that destroyed a family and altered the lives of two little boys forever.
With absolutely no regard for the pain and anguish this would bring to those who have spent a lifetime trying to heal from, the article is absolutely irrelevant to the subject.
Please tell me what the point of bringing up a tragedy in this man’s childhood by interviewing the DA, his past chief of police, a professor of philosophy and his step-father (the sheriff) would be?
Are you serious? There was absolutely no reason to go digging for dirt on the man who has clearly loved and raised amazing children, including two sons that followed in his footsteps in law enforcement.
What’s your agenda? I believe what you were trying to do but failed miserably was to act sympathetic by relating a horrible incident that happened when Dan was a year old to his DWI charge.
Deep down, you were just trying to publish a juicy story. Please, just stick to the story at hand.
McGraw needs to be replaced in Nisky
It’s time for change on the Nisky Town Board. At the last Niskayuna Town Board meeting, Councilwoman Denise McGraw voted in favor of a resolution to hire seasonal employees at the town pool. One of these employees happens to be Councilwoman McGraw’s daughter, and by not abstaining from this vote, the councilwoman has clearly, once again, violated the town’s Code of Ethics.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, she then asked the town clerk to change her vote to abstention, which the clerk stated she could not do.
According to The Daily Gazette’s June 3 article (“Town Board member accused of ethics violation”), when Town Board candidate Jason Moskowitz announced he would file an ethics complaint with the town, the councilwoman stated it was just another example of the Moskowitz family being out to get her.
Are they really out to get her? Or are they just simply pointing out the facts? Facts that residents should remember when it’s time to vote.
Proposal to feed all children goes too far
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Councilwoman Debi Rose met to discuss food distribution, nutrition, and supporting the local community. These are important and should be discussed. It’s what the senator, along with Bernie Sanders (D-VT), are proposing that is alarming.
They are proposing the Universal School Meals Program Act. This bill would permanently guarantee breakfast, lunch and dinner to all students — without demanding proof that they meet income eligibility to qualify, according to the bill summary.
Sen. Gillibrand wants to take away all parental responsibility in feeding all school aged children.
This is insulting to those parents that take great pride and sacrificing at times to raise their children.
There are millions of parents that can feed their children all three meals much better than any government program. For those that truly are in need we must help them.
This meals act is unnecessary, an encroachment of the family, and awfully expensive.
Sen. Gillibrand’s socialist agenda is openly blatant here and must be resisted at all costs. Community non-profits, churches, and hundreds of organizations are better suited to step up and feed the hungry.
William D. Wilday
Judge will abide by campaign sign rule
As primary Election Day quickly approaches, I ask for your support for my father, Judge Ken Litz, who is seeking re-election as Rotterdam town justice.
The town of Rotterdam has a law prohibiting the placement of political signs prior to Sept. 1 of the year of a primary or general election (Town Code Section 270-151.1).
Although this law may be outdated and may not reflect the current election calendar, given that the primary election is to be held on June 22, it does not change the fact that it is still the law and must be followed by all whether we agree with it or not.
As a sitting judge, my father believes that it is vital that our laws must be followed and applied equally to all.
It is even more important that those running for an elected position be held to at least the same standard, if not higher, by virtue of their position of trust and leadership.
Accordingly, Judge Litz will not be placing any political signs in the town of Rotterdam prior to the June 22 primary election relative to his re-election campaign for Rotterdam town justice unless, and until, authorized by the town of Rotterdam.
Shootings may spur new Albany moniker
Thirty years ago The Gazette ran a memorable banner headline, “Little New York” after the multi-department drug raid in Schenectady.
Should not Albany be as equally honored as “Little Chicago” following its preponderance of drive-by shootings?
Sheriff’s article was suitable for tabloids
The June 6 article (“Link between sheriff, troubled officer had tragic start”) in The Gazette which attempted to sensationalize the family of Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino was trash — tabloid fodder.
Not one of us knows what any family has gone through at any given time and for you to try to piece together a story making inferences and assumptions was in extremely poor taste.
Surely there are other topics to research and print especially as we are coming out of the pandemic.
The Daily Gazette can do better.
Change retirement to diversify State Police
Retirement parity is key to diversifying state law enforcement Agencies. The Gazette’s recent article, “Still on the farm: NY State Police struggles to diversify” highlights the difficulty in recruiting and retaining diverse officers.
The Police Benevolent Association of New York State (PBANYS) has embraced this challenge and is doing all it can to recruit and retain officers who represent our state’s diverse population.
Our officers are among the finest trained in the state of New York.
As a result, PBANYS members are frequently poached by municipal police agencies – particularly our minority officers. In addition to diversifying their ranks at the expense of PBANYS agencies, municipalities save on average $125,000 in training costs. A great deal for the municipality, but a raw deal for the taxpayers of New York state.
Why do PBANYS members transfer to municipal agencies?
Our officers currently work under a 25-year retirement plan, while 97% of other police agencies provide a 20-year retirement benefit.
One recent example of this includes a minority SUNY Police lieutenant who left after 13 years to become a patrol officer with a municipal agency. This “demotion” provided an immediate $20,000 pay raise, a scheduled $20,000 bump and a 20-year retirement plan.
An important step to maintaining and enhancing the diversity of PBANYS member agencies is to pass a 20-year retirement to provide our officers with parity so they are not forced to choose between the job they love and the financial security and welfare of their families.
The writer is president of the PBANYS.
Protesters turn out to stop the violence
A while back, I submitted an article regarding the gun violence going on in the streets of the Capital Region, suggesting that protesters for BLM should also focus on protesting in the areas where the shootings and killings were happening.
It was gratifying to see that 100 people marched and drove through the neighborhoods in Albany where the violence has been, chanting “No Justice, No Peace; Get these guns off our Streets!” Kudos to the Capital Region Care Coalition for organizing the march. Much more work has to be done but it’s a first step to send a clear message to the community to “Stop the Violence!”
Cartoons difficult to read in e-edition
As a reader of your online edition I have to say that for the most part it’s very good. No ink stains on my hands, easy to download and read at my convenience, and of course, the local news content.
I do have one major complaint.
I cannot read the cartoons in the editorial/opinion section. I don’t know why but I’m guessing it’s because of the resolution.
Please make them a higher resolution for clarity.
That should not affect the size of the newspaper when it’s printed in pdf format.
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