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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, July 7

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Tired of negativity directed at police

I sympathize with the police departments across our country.
Why would you want to protect and serve if you will be scrutinized for every move that you make? I am sick and tired of the stereotyping that is taking place in this country, and it needs to stop.
Not every police officer is a bad police officer, yet they all keep being “lumped” together, regardless of their disposition.
For those “clamoring” to defund the police, maybe the police should not answer your call when and if you need them and dial 911.
Robyn Stultz
West Charlton

Children need access to a moral compass

I used to have a little sign on my refrigerator, “Just Because You Can – Doesn’t Mean You Should.” It was a reminder for everyone in my household to live together with respect and a moral compass. As a parent and grandparent, I hope respect and the moral compass taught inside my home carries outside as well.
On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a teen’s vulgar speech on Snapchat is considered free speech and the school had no right to punish her.
The teen’s parents were party to the lawsuit, which, in my mind, means they supported the vulgar and disrespectful speech their daughter used in her Snapchat post.
People will often apologize to me for letting out a swear word when they find out I am a bishop.
I respond by telling them I was in the army, so no offense taken. Also, I’m known to let out a few cuss words when I stub my toe or hit my head on the cabinet.
I always hear my mother’s voice in my head, “Anthony Wayne! Don’t ever say that word again!” I wonder what voice the teen in the lawsuit will hear later in her life?
Also, since Pew Research shows that the Capital Region is one of the least religious areas of the United States, just where do families get help to be grounded in respect and morality? Hopefully not Snapchat.
Bishop Tony Green
Albany

Simpkins earned place in local history

I was so gratified and pleased when I read the article (“City honors community leader Walter Simpkins”) in the June 30 Gazette.
His authentic activism, infectious enthusiasm, unflagging organizational and educational skills, his empathy, humor and refusal to recognize obstacles, and his unsurpassed dedication to improving the quality of life for all Schenectady citizens make him a local institution to be treasured.
I might add to the wonderful piece that Mr. Simpkins, along with Marsha Mortimer, Gretchel Hathaway, and students from both the Schenectady school district and Union College, was instrumental in helping to revive interest in the historical contributions of Schenectady’s 400-year-old African-American community.
And Walter always seems to be everywhere at once. Some years ago, I had the pleasure of introducing him at a Juneteenth celebration held at Vale Cemetery’s newly renovated Ancestral Plot, formerly called the “Colored Plot.”
In fact, I was not even aware of the significance of Juneteenth until Walter told me all about it. I said to the audience: “When the Vikings landed in North America, Walter was already there. When Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific, Walter was already there. When Sir Edmund Hillary reached the top of Mt. Everest, Walter was already there. And when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. … Well, I don’t have to tell you who was already there with a big smile on his face!”
Everyone present knew what I meant.
May every Schenectady day be Walter Simpkins Day.
Neil Yetwin
Schenectady
The writer retired from the Schenectady High School Social Studies Department.

 

 

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17 Comments

Joseph Vendetti

Robyn:

You just scratched the surface!

2019-2020 will be known in NY as the year we turned the criminal into the victim.

Cashless bail for violent criminals; non-enforcement of petty crimes; defunding the police; eliminating the anti-crime unit; parole for cop killers, child rapists, murderers and depraved violent criminals. That is why we have a rise in crime and shootings in NYS (don’t know what policies may have changed in IL, CA, MI & OR – to account for their rise in violent crime).

RAYMOND HARRIS

Joe, while I agree that bail reform may have gone too far, as part of the New York State Fiscal Year (SFY) Budget for 2019–2020, passed on April 1, 2019, cash bail was eliminated for most misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges, “including stalking, assault without serious injury, burglary, many drug offenses, and even some kinds of arson and robbery.” The law went into effect on January 1, 2020. Judges can set bail based on the defendant’s criminal history and other circumstances.

To answer why there is a rise in crime in several states, there are several factors well beyond bail reform. My simple answer is that there are too many guns on the streets, most often coming in from states with lax guns laws.

William Marincic

Robyn Stultz You are 100% correct, when asked about it yesterday the White House response through Jen Psaki was that it’s because it’s summer and because of the holidays. I have a newsflash for Joe Biden and his people, it’s because of you, it’s because of the democratic policies, it’s because of defund the police, it’s because of bail reform, it’s because you don’t hold anyone accountable except the people that uphold the law. The only people that are scrutinized are the police not the criminals. What did you think would happen? I’m lucky enough to have about 100 phone numbers in my phone of current and former police officers, throughout the years I have never known a single one of them to be a racist or a criminal or out to get anyone. Every single one of those officers has the patience I wish I had.

Btw, Marincic:

US$350,000,000,000

That’s how much the Republicans defunded law enforcement by voting against the American Rescue Plan. America thought the Republicans were the law and order party. But it seems they’re the New Hypocrisy PArty

“You got alot of splainin’ to do, Lucy.”
(BTW, any of those cops ever return your calls?)

Either we need the police to protect and serve the population, or everyone gets to carry a gun because “when it’s a matter of seconds, the police are only minutes away.” But you can’t have both.

LOUIS RESTIFO

The current issue with cops is not about recognizing the good ones of which there are many, everyone knows this. The issue is about recognizing and stopping the bad corrupt, racist ones from being hired and or remaining in law enforcement.

This is about Blacks, justifiably so, being sick and tired of the racial profiling that seems apparent everywhere in America’s law enforcement and rampant in many police departments.

Not addressing and taking hard action against racism in law enforcement and attempting to sweep it under the rug by people of the same mindset as those who are against CRT in education is the issue. This is about White supremacists and deniers of systemic racism who don’t recognize that George Floyd’s life mattered as much as Derek Chauvin’s. It’s about equality for all.

FRED BARNEY

Lou how do you distinguish allocating law enforcement resources to where the crime is from racial profiling?

To end racism in police departments I would allow those who had no misdemeanor or felony convictions to take the civil service exams and then take those who had the highest scores.

LOUIS RESTIFO

“For those “clamoring” to defund the police, maybe the police should not answer your call when and if you need them and dial 911.”

Just wondering if Robyn feels those “clamoring” obout their right to not be vaccinated should be denied health care after contracting COVID-19.

FRED BARNEY

People who chose to gamble with their life and not take the shot should not expect that the community should accept the cost of their choices. The same argument applies to drug abuse!

LOUIS RESTIFO

Regarding these anti-vaxxers there is so much more at stake than just the financial cost related to the possibility of their contracting COVID-19. It’s also about the immense pressure and stress put on health care providers as well as the Russian roulette they’re playing with the lives of other people regarding new variants etc.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Then:
“By the way, just so you know, I know more formulas, I know more about tax abatements, I know more about taxes than any human being that God ever created,” Trump said in March 2016.


“I know every form of tax — believe me — from the [value-added taxes] to the fair tax to — every single form of tax,” he said in August 2015.
That same month, Trump claimed, “Look, nobody knows the tax code better than I do. Okay? I know it better. I’m the king of the tax code.”


Trump added in May 2016: “I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world. Nobody knows more about taxes.”
That same month: “Nobody knows more about taxes than I do — and income than I do.”

Now:
“They go after good, hard-working people for not paying taxes on a company car,” Trump said Saturday night at a rally in Sarasota, Fla. “You didn’t pay tax on the car or a company apartment. You used an apartment because you need an apartment because you have to travel too far where your house is. You didn’t pay tax. Or education for your grandchildren. I don’t even know. Do you have to? Does anybody know the answer to that stuff?”

From article in today’s Washington post.

What a stand up guy.

Clearly the Republicans’ path to victory is far too sophisticated for mere mortals to grasp.
Or they really are as foolish as they look…
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Back in February, GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a list of demands for a potential 9/11-style bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Shockingly, the proposed bipartisan commission that emerged in May with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s blessing basically checked all of McCarthy’s boxes—a clear bid to gain Republican buy-in for a serious bipartisan inquiry into the most violent attack on the U.S. seat of government since the nation’s founding.

But sensing the danger of a credible investigation into the Trump-inspired insurrection, McCarthy quickly turned on the Jan. 6 commission, dismissing it as too partisan and narrowly focused. After all, it might uncover the truth, which would be … well … horrific. Donald Trump issued his own statement that same day demanding GOP consideration of the commission end “immediately.” The one-two punch helped to torpedo GOP support for the commission, which ultimately failed in the Senate.

True to his brand, McCarthy had ably backed himself into a corner of his own making. The GOP collapse in support for the bipartisan commission effectively left Pelosi with one viable option going forward: forming a Democratically controlled select committee. And so she did, giving McCarthy an opportunity to select five GOP members to join Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who already accepted Pelosi’s invitation for a committee seat. And that has left McCarthy with pretty much no good options.

With the help of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, McCarthy made the committee so toxic that roughly zero serious Republicans (a nearly extinct breed) want a seat on the committee. Why? Because like it or not, they all know the Republican Party is now fully, 100% committed to a cover-up campaign that gaslights Americans about what really happened on Jan. 6, who was responsible, and whether the GOP itself bears at least partial blame for the homegrown terror attack on our democracy.

What that leaves for McCarthy are unhinged, reality non-adjacent GOP attention seekers like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who are jockeying for a seat on the committee. Naturally, that would only amplify their unbelievable stupidity and the fact that the GOP owns them and has proceeded to elevate their platform. MTG won’t be winning back any suburbs for Republicans in 2022, and even someone as daft as McCarthy knows it.

Of course, Pelosi still obtains veto power over McCarthy’s picks, so he might simply decide to nominate the worst of the worst (i.e., MTG, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, etc.) and then pillory Pelosi’s supposed partisanship when she ultimately rejects them (which she would).

In essence, McCarthy’s not so good/very bad options have left him at a “crossroads,” as Politico put it. He could have had an evenly split commission with coequal subpoena power and the ability for Republicans to block any subpoenas they deemed too threatening. The commission also would have issued its findings by the end of the year, marking a finite and relatively short window for the probe. Instead, McCarthy opted for a crap sandwich in which GOP powers have been greatly reduced and the inquiry will extend into next year. The mainstream press seems to have caught on to McCarthy’s dilemma, though it hasn’t quite absorbed the fact that this is a disaster of his own making.

We at Daily Kos, however, would like to congratulate McCarthy on his fire-ready-aim strategy. The forethought was, well, stunning, if not entirely predictable.

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