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Letters to the Editor Friday, July 2


OK to teach your kid critical race theory?

I note that the governor of the state of Washington signed into law a bill that mandates teaching of critical race theory in public schools in that state, while the governor of Florida has banned the teaching of critical race theory in public schools in Florida.
In which state would you rather bring up your children or grandchildren?
William Malec

Grateful, surprised by employee’s action

This is a public thank you. Being “of an age” I recently gave up driving. This placed many challenges before me. Then I discovered grocery delivery.
My first one was like magic, everything I ordered. My second, a few weeks later was a total nightmare. Many items were missing, many substitutions were not acceptable.
I phoned Hannaford, was connected to a young lady, “Lauren,” who was an angel. She patiently went through my list saying she would “call me back.”
I doubted that this would happen. She did, went through my list again – she was so patient and helpful. Two hours later, two bags arrived on my porch, with all of the missing items – plus a gift certificate.
I commend you, Lauren, and want you to know how much I appreciate your help.
Instead of canceling my future orders, I will remain with Hannaford. You did the right thing!
Florence Townsend

Trump looked out for the ‘forgotten man’

When Obama was president, he forced me to buy Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), which was not affordable for me in 2015, 2016.
I could not afford to pay the $1,200 monthly premium for health insurance. I lost my freedom of choice. My annual retirement income is $12,000. It was cheaper to pay the $200 fine that Supreme Court Justice Kennedy said was a new federal tax.
When Donald Trump became president, he made an executive order that eliminated the fine.
In 2018, President Trump made a new federal tax law for the first time in 50 years, increasing the standard deduction. For the first time in my life I didn’t have to pay any federal income tax.
President Trump said he would watch my back — “the forgotten man will never be forgotten again.”
I have no computer, no cell phone, no prestige, no power, no connections, no money.
I can barely pay my medical bills, taxes or utility bills. I’m the forgotten man President Trump spoke about in his Inauguration Day speech.
President Trump worked for me for four years for free, taking no salary. Trump leads by example. Why can’t the New York Legislature, Cuomo and Niskayuna school Superintendent Tangorra go without a salary for four years to help cut the $100 billion they overspent?
Thank you, President Trump, for caring about me. I’m so thankful and full of gratitude for what you did for me. Please remember Thanksgiving is every day, not one day in November.
Fred McGillicuddy

If men had babies, rules would change

Here are three things we can count on for sure: death, taxes, and the fact that, if it was men that had the babies, no one would dare tell us what we could or could not do with our own bodies.
Frank Palmeri

Thugs, don’t mess with Saratoga County

Let this serve as a public notice.
A few years ago I passed a guy looking at his truck that had just been hit on Northline Road.
At first, I thought of a deer until I came up to the stop sign on Middleline Road and saw a car on its side and a sheriff holding her gun on a guy on the ground.
There were unmarked police, state police etc. more than you could ever imagine speeding to back her up. He was the bank robber of Trustco on Route 50.
Also a few years ago, a friend who had a repair shop on Route 9 in Malta said he had quite a show in front of his shop.
Two Albany thugs took a lady’s handbag at gunpoint in the Price Chopper parking lot.
The escape from the scene was met by state and county police in a circle around the stopped car.
I assume these hoods are in some state pen wondering what ever were they thinking coming to Saratoga County.
To the thugs (wherever they are from), you will be held responsible for your actions.
We support our police, they are good people always with a smile and a willingness to help.
Just remember the definition of a tough guy is a nice guy who says, “I don’t think so.”
We are a nice place to live, don’t test us.
Eric Smassanow
Ballston Spa


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LOUIS RESTIFO July 2, 2021
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My idea of the big picture, perhaps I’m all wet:

It is my firm belief that we humans (Homo sapiens), are close to being doomed as a species. The saddest part is that it will be a situation of self destruction, unless our demise is the result of some sort of an unstoppable cataclysmic event.

I believe we’re not evolving fast enough to understand that our survival is a situation of leveling the playing field for ALL and working in unison for the common good of, again I will say, ALL. That includes addressing and stopping racism, bigotry and stopping all forms of supremacy, extreme financial included. The entire planet must get on board.

It is no longer a situation of survival of the fittest. Unlike animals in the wild, strength and cunning should not be the determining factor as to who survives or becomes privileged. Especially so when being on the top of the totem pole is at the expense of those below you as well as the planet itself. It is my belief that that’s what is playing out on our fragile planet right now.

Greed and indifference to others starts and is obvious to me at the lowest levels; elementary school playgrounds as well posts on this forum. It works it way to top corporations and politicians that are ok with, and certainly not addressing fast enough, the burning fossil fuels and other climate change issues. That’s just one example. Anything is ok as long as it’s lining someone’s pocket. World War III may about who gets clean air and water.

I don’t believe our world can survive if it’s about people as individuals or people as a country. It must be all inclusive. That’s why people like the other guy scare the hell out of me.

Joseph Vendetti July 2, 2021
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I know racism exists!! When I travel with my family I see it. I’ve seen and heard it unfortunately from my own relatives, from business colleagues.

Definitely real story. Pointing out some ignorant law enforcement officers, or mechanics or teachers or doctors – how is that systemic racism?

ChuckD July 2, 2021
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So you believe systemic racism is dead?
“CRT” is just there to make Whites feel bad?
I’m sure Police Chief Campo would be described as an upstanding member of the community:
SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio — Police Chief Anthony Campo resigned Tuesday following an incident in which he left a “Ku Klux Klan” sign on a Black officer’s desk, Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring said.

The incident in question, which happened Friday, was captured on surveillance video inside the department’s booking area.

Campo, who has been with the department for 33 years and served as chief for eight, is seen in the video walking into a room with a piece of paper in his hand that says, “Ku Klux Klan.” He walks to a desk and places the note on a yellow jacket laid out to resemble the infamous hood and robe synonymous with the American hate group.
But I’m sure it’s fake news.

Florida2015 July 2, 2021
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Not speaking to flooding, but what about in Texas, Alabama, Louisiana when many refineries and chemical plants are located. Did they come first or were the residents there first. Mostly black and poor whites who should be included in this group.
What about in Albany when the Empire complex was built. It didn’t displace anyone from upper Madison Avenue. Many interstate highways were built thru minority neighborhoods for a reason. In my opinion this was and is part of the systematic racism that we all speak about along with all the other examples that is now being addressed by some, not all.

saints88 July 2, 2021
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Fred M. I think you aren’t telling us all the facts here. If your income truly was 12,000 a year, you would probably qualify for some form of Medicaid and if not ObamaCare is based on income so I really have to question that your premium would have been 1,200 a month. I happen to know many low income citizens that are not age eligible for Medicare and depend greatly on their ObamaCare coverage.
Furthermore,besides your very slanted view on Healthcare coverage , Trump’s actions on January 6th are completely inexcusable and repulsive as the man belongs in prison!

Joseph Vendetti July 2, 2021
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I have no knowledge of the poverty or lack of poverty around areas that flood. I find that quite interesting. Does the Stockade in Schenectady fall into the poverty category?

Bill Nechamen July 2, 2021
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Mr. Smassanow: I find it amusing that here in Schenectady and also in Albany many people say that crime comes from those bad people in New York City who come north to infest our communities. Now in Saratoga County, crime is committed by those bad people from Albany (perhaps with dark skin?) who come north to infest our communities. The truth is that there are criminals in all communities.

Florida2015 July 2, 2021
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Raymond Harris,
Here is FG,s answer to your praise of Biden.
Trump’s Sarasota rally still on despite report DeSantis wants it canceled due to Surfside

Editorial in Sarasota Herald Tribune this morning. Any bets which way appearance by FG will go?

LOUIS RESTIFO July 2, 2021
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Politically speaking, two types of people absolutely amaze me: The ones like like Fred McGillicuddy that don’t realize donald trump is a total scumbag and the others that realize it but don’t care.

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Well, part one of the Trump fraud case was revealed yesterday. I was a little surprised that the fraud scheme only goes back 15 years, unless the prosecutors didn’t have the records before then since Donnie learned to be a crook from his farther Fred. I suspect round two will focus on Trump’s banking and insurance fraud that should exceed the $1.7 million in round one. I hope the Trump children are charged, too. All Donnie could muster in response is that the investigation is a “witch hunt”. He needs a new response repertoire.

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I was very proud of President Biden for spending a yesterday afternoon with the rescue and recovery team and the grieving families at the condo collapse area in Florida. He shows genuine empathy and can relate to people better than most. He was also gracious to the republican governor and two U.S. senators. It’s a giant change from the snarky Trump who all he could do when Puerto Rico was devastated by a hurricane was throw paper towels and then criticize them for poor financial management.

Zachary July 2, 2021
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Matt July 2, 2021
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There was no bill mandating the teaching of “critical race theory” in Washington schools.