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Letters to the Editor Saturday, June 12

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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?
Vince Dacquisto
Niskayuna

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.
Cynthia Swanson
Niskayuna

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.
Geraldine Krawitz
Saratoga Springs

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.
Terry Tetlak
Rotterdam

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.
Chad Putman
Schenectady

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.
Lesley Montenaro
Amsterdam
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.
Nancy Leffingwell
Schenectady

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.
John Courter
Schenectady

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
Schenectady

 

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.
Renee Litz-Taylor
Schenectady

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?
David Childs
Johnstown

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.
Mickie Baldwin
Schenectady

 

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.
Ryan Law
Albany
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!”
Cathy Severino
Schenectady

 

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.
Patricia Pytlovany
Glenville

 

 

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LOUIS RESTIFO

Don’t know if you’ve heard this before but I’m sharing the following because it certainly gave me a chuckle when I read it:

This is the best, most interesting English lesson I have had this year.

Did you know “listen” and “silent” use the same letters? Do you know that the word “racecar” spelled backwards still spells “racecar”?
And that “eat” is the only word that if you take the first letter and move it to the last, it’s spells it’s past tense “ate”?

Have you noticed that if you rearrange the letters in “Donald Trump,” and add just a few more letters it spells: “I am the most ignorant, dispassionate, arrogant, greedy, indifferent, stupid, self serving, grossly incompetent, hypocritical, detached, emotionless, callous, dispassionate, reckless, narcissistic sexist, irresponsible, thoughtless, inattentive, impetuous, Xenophobic, misogynistic racist man alive.
How weird is

Mr. Harris hissy fit? Sorry that’s what the TDS democrats have. Did you know that if you take the last four letters from Democrats you get RATS, but if you take the last four letters from Republican you get I CAN?

LOUIS RESTIFO

Well Zach, there certainly are some peculiar twists in various words referencing the two major political parties. A perfect example: “Left” is actually right and “right”is definitely wrong.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Last time I checked the Republicans didn’t have, Congress the Senate or the White House. So who’s left? (behind)

LOUIS RESTIFO

Zachary: Whenever someone posts facts proving trump’s criminal activity, White supremacist beliefs, incompetence, lying, ignorance or stupidity, your great defense, when actually there is none, is to blurt out “trump derangement syndrome”. Please remember when using the words trump and any form of deranged in a sentence the rule that applies is deranged should always refer to trump’s obvious mental instability. Two example sentences: 1) Yes, donald trump most definitely has a deranged personality. 2) Of coarse donald trump is mentally deranged.

Extremely disturbing that this paper would choose to publish Ms. Krawitz’s letter. I support the free expression of anyone and for them to have their views published. But her implication that we funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan to support biological warfare is not based in fact, or reality. And this paper’s publishing of this view lends credibility to it. I understand the paper’s desire to lend equal column inches “to both sides”, but shouldn’t do so when those “sides” consist of one side in reality, and one in an alternate universe.

Matt Dr. Fauci’s emails state that he knew the money was going to be used for gain of function research even though the money was earmarked for studies not related to gain of function read the story that I posted in the New York post.

The National Institutes of Health earmarked $600,000 for the Wuhan Institute of Virology over a five-year period to study whether bat coronaviruses could be transmitted to humans, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci told lawmakers Tuesday

https://nypost.com/2021/05/25/fauci-admits-nih-funding-of-wuhan-lab-denies-gain-of-function/amp/

No. Your source is not accurate and you’re not doing due-diligence to get at the truth. Again. According to FactCheck a US-based organization received $3.7M and only $600K went to the Wuhan lab. Yours and the rest of your dim-witted friends’ attempts to subvert our country’s attempts to fight this virus will be noted by historians:
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At issue is whether the National Institutes of Health funded research on bat coronaviruses that could have caused a pathogen to become more infectious to humans and, separately, if SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 — transferred naturally from bats to humans, possibly through an intermediate host animal, or if a virus, a naturally occurring one or a lab-enhanced one, was accidentally released from the Wuhan lab.

There are a lot of unknowns, speculation and differences of opinion on these topics. But let’s start with what we do know: In 2014, the NIH awarded a grant to the U.S.-based EcoHealth Alliance to study the risk of the future emergence of coronaviruses from bats. In 2019, the project was renewed for another five years, but it was canceled in April 2020 — three months after the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in the U.S.

EcoHealth ultimately received $3.7 million over six years from the NIH and distributed nearly $600,000 of that total to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, a collaborator on the project, pre-approved by NIH.
https://www.factcheck.org/2021/05/the-wuhan-lab-and-the-gain-of-function-disagreement/
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ChuckD, who runs the NIH, Robert Fauci who signs off on these grants so he would have a reason to cover up that the virus came from the lab. There is ZERO evidence that this was an animal-to-human transmission as the markings of this virus are man-made. CNN is wrong again, sorry.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Hey wiz kid, Dr. Fauci is not the NIH Director. Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., was officially sworn in on August 17, 2009, as the 16th director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

I’m still waiting for your other than NY Post reliable source for your information.

(Thanks Ray, been a busy day)
A nation thanks you and your club members for all the good you’ve given to help with this crisis.

/s

So, you’re wrong.
The big question is can you own up to it?
My money’s on “No”.

Even though numerous “stooges” here and elsewhere readily admit a mistake occasionally, you won’t, because you’re the Queen of the Comment Section who shall never admit error!

Mr Dacquisto you made a mistake in your letter you must’ve been speaking about the Democrats. The Democrats are trying to remove the filibuster and have one party rule to push through their ultra left radical policies including packing the court so that when they do push through their ultra radical left wing policies they have the supreme court to shoot down any dissent. The Democrats are trying to destroy democracy not the Republicans, get it straight.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Zach, so what about the one party rule in all the red states passing laws to suppress and overturn votes? When the GOP had control of the Senate, they got their way every time. So if the Dems need to kill the filibuster to protect voters’ rights and reform policing, they should do it.

BTW – what does “ultra radical left wing policies” mean? Try explaining yourself instead of using GOP playbook terminology. “Where’s the beef?”

Ms Krawitz, your common sense comments in this section are sorely missed. Because people like you and others who really don’t comment anymore are gone I had to take up and start posting here, otherwise you have a leftist sounding board. Prepare for the abuse that you will see in today’s letters from the five stooges.

LOUIS RESTIFO

When referring to people that rely on fact, science, truth, logic and common sense as the “five stooges”, that suggests you have similar mental capacity to that of “Knucklehead Smiff”, the ventriloquist Paul WInchell’s wooden head dummy.

I assume the “five stooges” you were referring to were Matt, Ray, Chuck, jclark and me. Some other “stooges” you didn’t include are Florida, Cynthya, Martha and now apparently Annie and Guy. Looks to me Mr. Smiff that there at least 10 of us “stooges”.

Don’t put me in with the stooges, I check facts on both sides and my OPINION changes, since both sides come up with new ‘truths’ seemingly every day.

William Marincic

Geraldine Krawitz It’s nice to see you back but as you can see the heat from the left has already started. This is what they want to do what the filibuster and this is what happens with big tech. Imagine if these guys, Matt, Lou, Ray, and the rest of them were running the paper you would have no say just like you have with Facebook, Twitter, and the rest. But don’t worry in 2022 we will take the House and the Senate and things will change for a big tech.

C’mon Marincic, you’re holding back. If your going to recite the talking points and keywords, you can’t leave out the Italians and their space weaponry they used to flip votes, the Jewish space lazers, the bamboo fibers in the Chinese fake ballots, and that tRump can’t figure out how to put his pants on right.
And a galaxy of other reasons you deserve to have won.
Oh, and lets not forget Gomert’s ligjtbulb moment to suggest we move the Earth.

Bill Maher decribed you guys perfectly last night, he said you have “progressophobia,”

Maher began by diagnosing the left with “progressophobia,” a term he defined as “a brain disorder that strikes liberals and makes them incapable of recognizing progress.”

“If you think America is more racist now than ever, more sexist than before women could vote and more homophobic than when b—j–s were a felony, you have ‘progressophobia’ and should adjust your mask because it’s covering your eyes,” Maher told his viewers.

Assuming you’re being honest in your recital (which would be unprecedented) it’s stark contrast with how you all deal with self-criticism, isn’t it?
Why, yes it is. In truth, righties handle criticism like third-graders. Cancel! Cancel! Cancel!!!

So no worries from me, and probably most liberals whatever he said about us. We listen, we process and we move forward. We progress.

Righties jump up and down and stamp their little feet, and wave their pudgy arms and howl like monkeys. Then comes the flinging of poo. And apparently think that’s a winning strategy.

FRED BARNEY

We have been told this inflation is temporary. To evaluate this claim one should look at the long term trend in housing prices. One should also look at the Democrats’
plan to pay for programs by continuing to print money. Both points support the opposite of the claim of temporary nature of of this inflation.

Does temporary nature of inflation mean that inflation will cease or does it mean that it will decline to the pre-Biden level?

RAYMOND HARRIS

For those Trumpians desperately looking for issues to blame Biden, here’s the latest outlook on fuel oil and gasoline prices this summer. According to the NYT, “Fear of skyrocketing oil prices this summer can now be put to rest. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allied producers like Russia (also known as OPEC Plus) met on Tuesday and, within half an hour, decided to stick with a plan to increase oil production throughout June and July. The group is still recovering from sudden huge cutbacks in fuel consumption during the pandemic, but is apparently confident enough in the recovering global economy to meet rising growth in demand and keep prices steady.”

For those Trumpians who previously scoffed at the supply and demand argument I made regarding gas prices rising earlier this year when Biden took over and not the killing of the unnecessary Keystone Pipeline which was only benefitting a Canadian company and other countries, you’ll have to search for other issues to disagree with our popular, experienced intelligent president.

Mr. Harris, before Biden we didn’t need to worry about OPEC as we did in the 70s because we were energy independent under Trump. Wow, just wow.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Cynthia: I appreciate you expressing your opinion in an editorial. Some people are leery of the exposure.

Although I’m not very familiar with Niskayuna politics, I certainly can agree that the vast majority of Republicans, at all levels, holding political positions wallow in their own personal swamps that are connected to the big one by various tributaries.

Thanks for the sign, I know exactly what you were talking about at that intersection.

Afrocity Brown said tell me one things that the Democrats have done for Blacks that does not involve entitlements, lowering standards, or any other measure that proves we are nothing more than a weak race who cannot and will not ever be able to contribute to society in a positive manner that does not involve the government. No truer words have never been spoken.

There. In one lucid statement by one of the Browns, it’s plainly clear why minorities are rushing, stampeding even, to register as noble Republicans!

For once you are right. Between the “Walk Away” movement and the low African American unemployment from Trump they are leaving the democrats plantation in droves. The DNC took advantage of the African American community and many are finally seeing exactly what you are. Another benefit to the Republicans is the Democrats critical race theory, according to that CRT you are telling them that minorities can never get ahead, that white people no matter what will always be the leader so why even bother. African American mothers are going to school boards and telling them exactly how they feel. I love watching those videos there’s nothing better than watching them stand up for what’s right. The Republican party started to end slavery and we continue to be the non-racist party in this country.

You sir are in way over your head.
That was sarcasm. No one is rushing to the Reps and very little one could call “noble” remains of your party.
Facts tell the story, not delusions.

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