Nisky owes thanks to Chief Fran Wall
The citizens of Niskayuna owe a debt of gratitude to Police Chief Frances Wall, not only for her decades of devoted service to our town, but also for her honorable service to our country as a U.S. Marine.
Fran Wall is a highly principled, intelligent woman who has given her all to our community.
Her honesty, integrity, strength, commitment, empathy, and human compassion are assets which have benefited us all. May the goodness she has shared with us over the years come right back to her during her retirement.
Thank you, Fran Wall!
Fair and professional Litz earned 9th term
I am writing to urge all Rotterdam voters to support and vote for Judge Kenneth P. Litz in his bid for a ninth term as Rotterdam town justice.
In evaluating a judicial candidate, one should consider an individual’s professional ability, character, independence, integrity, reputation for fairness, lack of bias and temperament, including courtesy and patience.
Judge Litz is and has been a highly respected member of the legal community throughout his nearly 42 years of practice.
During his nearly 32 years as Rotterdam town justice, he has earned and been known for a reputation for outstanding professional ability, a high work ethic, excellent judgment and breadth of experience for his position.
He is admired and respected for characteristics necessary for any judge to possess, those being, honesty, integrity, good character, distinguished judicial temperament, courtesy, patience, independence, impartiality and respect for all participants in the legal process.
The citizens of Rotterdam and anyone who has dealings with the Rotterdam Town Court deserves and need to have Judge Ken Litz as Rotterdam town justice. Please vote for Judge Litz on Primary Day, June 22.
Get ‘Democratic Party’ name correct
I am a member of the Democratic Party, but I occasionally read or hear references to something called the “Democrat Party.”
There is no such thing as a “Democrat Party,” where the “ic” has been sliced off.
Of course, it is correct to say that individual members of our party are Democrats.
I first became aware of the incorrect term “Democrat Party” years ago.
I believe its use started with right-wing AM radio commentators to suggest that the Democratic Party did not subscribe to democratic values.
As far as I know, it certainly does.
In any case, using that incorrect term makes about as much sense as calling the Republican Party the “Republic Party.”
Racism underlies far right extremism
I believe the modern day great American political divide established its exponential growth period beginning in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president.
His being Black triggered the awakening of the underlying racist, bigoted White supremacist beliefs of so many who are terrified over the “Browning” of America.
Only because of that movement, pushed along with the money-making misinformation spewed on Fox, Facebook and other news and social media outlets, would an ignorant criminal fool the likes of Donald Trump get elected president.
Once the new extreme right GOP political faction realized the ease with which tens of millions can be, not unlike sheep, marched over a political cliff, their evil, lying, fascist agenda kicked into a higher gear.
And that great push, my fellow voting Americans, is how so many radical right politicians at all levels from mayors to senators and congressmen are gaining political positions.
But not to worry folks, the only thing at stake is democracy.
Louis Restifo Sr.
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