Special interests are still corruptive
Reports of the failed coup of the Saratoga County Working Families Party by the GOP leading up to the recent primaries is just the latest episode in the nauseating history of corrupt, egotistical louts promoting their greedy special interest groups under the guise of acceptable politics.
While reporting for this newspaper decades ago, I researched how Schenectady’s unionized police and firefighters, with their spouses, families, relatives and friends (maybe even the family pets) quietly registered as Conservatives. They soon invaded a county Conservative Party meeting and wrested control of a party that has and continues to decide local elections.
My fruitful interviews with three “valid” Conservatives and others confirmed that and more.
All were too frightened to go “on the record,” so the proposed article was shelved, as Gazette policy at the time banned quoting anonymous sources.
One member said he was soon retiring to Florida, but didn’t want to arrive in a coffin. An outspoken Glenville member maintained a police car would “escort” him when he entered Schenectady.
This corrupted county Conservative Party offered its endorsements to the highest bidders (read: majority city/county Democrats) and got, in return, lucrative contracts, benefits and do- and know-nothing jobs.
Democrats eager to retain power continue to sell their sketchy souls to Conservatives and force taxpayers to foot the bill.
Years of working around and in government confirm this putrid political system is the sickening norm perfected and practiced by arrogant, obnoxious dregs of society.
No need to list age; Legal ads incomplete
What was the point of publishing Barbara Glaser’s age in the June 15 article (“Conservation group honors Barbara Glazer”) honoring her as Conservationist of the Year? What significance does it have to either the award or the article?
Also, the LLC notices in the legal section of The Gazette, in almost all cases, there is no mention as to what type of business the notice is for or where it is located. Most list 90 State St., Albany, as the location for service to be made, and nothing more.
America needs less of corporate greed
In response to Vince Alescio’s June 20 letter (“Wealthy contribute to economic vitality”), wasn’t it Jesus that said, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me”? (Matthew 19:21)
In our current system, Facebook, Google, Netflix and Amazon (and the top execs themselves) pay zero or very little income tax because of government loopholes and rich lobbyists like those Jesus got rid of in the temple (John 2:13-16, if you’re a reader).
Those of us in the middle and lower classes pay 24% of our income, while capitalism breeds people like Jeff Bezos and Donald Trump by slaving off the backs of all of us for starvation wages and off-shoring jobs overseas while paying almost nothing in income tax.
Cuba and Venezuela are nowhere near socialist or even close to any definition of the word. The only reason they are suffering is because of our interventions and our sanctions on their countries (and the rest of South America) that put a stranglehold on their medicine and supplies.
If these companies were indeed giving back trillions of dollars every year like you claim, our infrastructure would be way better than a C-, and multiple different parts of the country wouldn’t have to drink lead-contaminated water.
America has become a den of thieves, and Jesus would be ashamed of what it has become.
We don’t need more greed. We need more humanity.
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