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Letters to the Editor Friday, July 9


Schn’dy needs to change its priorities

Last night, July 4th, in Schenectady, 20 feet from my front porch, professional-grade fireworks presented by bleedin’ amateurs, watched by a mob of 50+ people, from 9-10:30 p.m.
Tons of cars with doors open and music blasting, eating, dancing, general partying on a normally quiet street.
No, I am not afraid, and I don’t have pets to worry about. And the performers even cleaned up most of their messes — of course not the stuff that landed on my roof, or on our cars or in the gardens in front and back. But the street looked almost passable the next morning.
Several phone calls to the ever-protective (though it’s not quite clear protective of what) Schenectady Police Department met with zero results.
Compare this lack of response to being parked on the wrong side of the street, where you get a ticket within five minutes of leaving your car. Priorities for sure!
Once again, brazenness wins the day, and where exactly do my tax dollars go? Is all of it needed to prop up downtown, or can we please start allocating some of my hard-earned money to keep me and mine safe and improve ALL neighborhoods.
Anne Heupel

Grateful for help of Glenville officer

Thank you to Glenville’s finest, Officer Meredith Kaiser, for going above and beyond the call of duty on June 14 when a car took down a tree and chain link fence and came to rest a distance from the road.
She stayed to the bitter end when the car finally was towed out and on its way. Thank you sincerely.
Margaret Hohenstein

Get lead, all toxins out of environment

I agree with The Gazette’s June 29 editorial (“Tougher lead standards welcome”) endorsing legislation awaiting Gov. Cuomo’s signature that would lower the threshold for action on lead contamination from 15 to 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood, increase lead testing in schools, and provide state funds for school districts to make repairs and upgrades to achieve the enhanced standard. A standard of one microgram per deciliter would be even better.
Lead poisoning is one of the scourges of civilization. No exposure is considered safe. Lead exposure makes us less intelligent than we would otherwise be and causes many health problems.
The state government operated a filthy trash incinerator in downtown Albany for 12 years until malfunctions increased awareness and forced closure in 1994. Lead emissions were high and poisoned nearby residents, including children.
In Hudson Falls, a 30-year-old solid waste and who-knows-what-else incinerator operates on the Hudson River bank in a residential neighborhood. Mercury, lead and many other poisons are emitted. I defy anyone to stand under the belching smokestack and say it is safe. At times, emissions blow toward Glens Falls or Lake George.
Although the state government has long had a solid waste hierarchy with incineration and landfilling at the bottom, there is little progress in implementing healthy alternatives. Minimizing waste generation and perpetually reducing our economy’s toxicity, should be priorities. Reuse, composting, repair, and recycling can provide many good jobs.
Tom  Ellis



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William Marincic

Anne Heupel The city of Schenectady hires basically meter maids to drive around the city and look for illegally parked cars. These are not police officers they are city employees. Many of these people are driving retired police cars and that’s why you believe that the police but they aren’t.


“The Darwin Awards are a tongue-in-cheek honor originating in Usenet newsgroup discussions around 1985. They recognize individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by selecting themselves out of the gene pool by dying or becoming sterilized via their own actions.”

The latest recipients are the unvaccinated people dying of COVID-19: “In the US counties with the highest Covid rate less than 40% of the people are vaccinated.” Not surprisingly the vast majority are in red states. 99.5 percent of new deaths due to COVID occur in unvaccinated people.

I believe the bigger issue than the deaths of these people who choose not to get vaccinated is that the unvaccinated become breading grounds for new variants putting us all at risk again. Unbelievable stupidity – and Fox (not the news) does nothing to encourage people to get vaccinated, contrarily, they continue to badmouth Dr. Fauci. – You can’t make this kind of crap up.

These anti-vaxxers additionally are the largest demographic of people who buy into ridiculous conspiracy theories and deny global warming/climate change. – Republican who voted for the other guy??? Help!


In all likelihood, I will be canceling a planned trip to New Orleans in the Fall since Louisiana is one of many red states that has a low vaccination rate and increasing Covid-19 Delta variant cases. A congressman from Mississippi has been complaining to the republican governor that four of his counties have NO vaccination sites. The republican governor of West Virginia, who has done a commendable job of getting his citizens vaccinated refers to his fellow red state governors as running a “death lottery” for not pushing to get their citizens vaccinated. Although my wife and I are both vaccinated, we will not venture into places where Covid-19 is on the rise. BTW – a vaccinated couple in Colorado contracted Covid-19.

Unless these stupid people, mostly republicans refusing to get vaccinated because their leaders and right wing media like Fox bad mouth the science and Dr. Fauci in particular, the situation is only going to get worse. There should be a requirement that you must be vaccinated to enter large gathering places. Glad to see St. Peter’s Hospital is now requiring all their employees get vaccinated in the next 60 days. Other private employers should do the same, followed by government agencies if necessary.

If the mortality rate of COVID-19 infection were substantially higher that roughly 3%, this would be a problem that would quickly fix itself. Possibly one of the new variants will get the job done.

Mr. Restifo please post an article where Fox News tells you not to get vaccinated. I watch it every morning and they encourage vaccinations so unless you show me a clip of someone on Fox News telling you not to get vaccinated you are spreading lies


Zach, the probably with Fox is that it is inconsistent. Here’s an article that explains it:

“If you’re a Fox News fan, your opinion of whether you should get the coronavirus vaccine may depend on when and whom you watch.

On his 8 p.m. show, opinion host Tucker Carlson has consistently derided efforts to promote vaccination. “Almost 4,000 people died after getting the covid vaccines,” he warned last week, implying causation where experts say there is none, and relying on self-reported and unverified data from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System.

But elsewhere on the schedule, many other Fox commentators have talked up the benefits of vaccination — sometimes clashing with their own colleagues on air.

“There is so much freedom,” Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt said during a segment on Monday morning, telling viewers that she and her two co-hosts have been vaccinated. “I will tell you when I got it, it was just like, ‘Okay, now I know I’m not going to get [the virus]. I’m not going to die from it if I do get it.”

Her co-host Steve Doocy said getting vaccinated was “a relief,” adding that “it’s the people who have not gotten the shot, which, ultimately, they’re the ones who are in peril.”

But a third co-host, Brian Kilmeade, appeared to defend those who have chosen not to get vaccinated. They are “making their own decisions,” he said. “If you don’t choose it, that’s okay.”

Meanwhile, Fox News anchors such as Bret Baier, Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer have posted photos on Instagram of themselves getting a shot. Harris Faulkner, who hosted a town hall meant to “debunk common myths” about the vaccine, told viewers in a public service announcement in February to get it if they can. And last month, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume said that he was fully vaccinated and urged “everybody to do that.”

Zach, Tucker Carlson draws the most listeners on Fox and can influence his braindead audience. You don’t hear differing “opinions” and “advice” on other stations like CNN and MSNBC.

Easy to say as Fox changes their collective tune. How during Prime Time? How about your boys Hannity, or Carlson? That’s when most watch. Why do you all continue to deny reality?

Whether Republicans Get Vaccinated Has A Lot To Do With If They Watch Fox News …Or OANN

“We found a similar gap in Republicans’ willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Overall, Republicans were among those most likely to say they’re hesitant or resistant to getting vaccinated. But 58 percent of Republicans who get their news from mainstream outlets and 54 percent of Republicans who get their news from Fox News said they had either already received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or would get vaccinated as soon as possible. Just 32 percent of Republicans who get their news from far-right news sources said the same. What’s more, 32 percent of these Republicans said they would refuse the vaccine, versus 11 percent of Republicans who get their news from mainstream outlets and 16 percent of Republicans who get their news from Fox News. That said, all three groups of Republicans expressed similar levels of hesitancy about getting vaccinated — 31 percent of mainstream news Republicans and 29 percent of Fox News Republicans said they weren’t sure if they’d get vaccinated, compared to 37 percent of far-right news Republicans who said the same.”

“There is so much freedom,” Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt said during a segment on Monday morning, telling viewers that she and her two co-hosts have been vaccinated. “I will tell you when I got it, it was just like, ‘Okay, now I know I’m not going to get [the virus]. I’m not going to die from it if I do get it.”

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