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Letters to the Editor Thursday, July 22


Keep us informed on hospital merger

I recommend The Daily Gazette help keep the residents of Schenectady fully informed of the ongoing process whereby Ellis Medicine is transforming to Ellis Catholic Medicine.
Trinity Health owns St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP), and Ellis Medicine is merging with SPHP. Trinity Health and St. Peter’s policies and medical practices are governed by the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) provided by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
This means the institution provides (Catholic) spiritual care, or care guided by Catholic doctrine.
The bishops’ Catholic doctrine guides policy and practices with regard to the “beginning of life,” which according to Catholic doctrine is the moment of conception (anti-abortion, anti-contraception, and “pro-life”).
End-of-life care to a person in a persistent vegetative state will be guided by Catholic doctrine. Non-doctrinal guidelines guaranteed by the First Amendment are accessible only if the patient can afford and manage a transfer of care.
I have no objection to the Catholics of Schenectady having their own hospital, but I am not Catholic, and I also would like to have a hospital — one guided by the freedom of religion guaranteed in the First Amendment.
Greater detail is available at online searches for “Trinity Health” and “ERDs.”
John M. Medeiros

Barber robin photo was life-affirming

I must take this moment to commend Peter Barber for his amazing capture on the front page of The Gazette Local section on July 15, a male robin feeding his young.
What a perfectly beautiful affirmation of life. What a wonderful affirmation of your talent!
Janice Evans Thompson

Coverage of racing wrongs appreciated

Thank you for your paper’s coverage in the July 19 Gazette (“Activists protest horse racing”) of the protest by Horseracing Wrongs at the Saratoga Racecourse.
As one of the protesters, I appreciated seeing this on the front page. I also greatly appreciated the time your reporter spent at the event, and interviewing Patrick Battuello and Ms. Harris.
I am hopeful that sharing facts about the inherent animal cruelty and inevitable death of horses in the racing industry will reach many of your readers and that they, too, will begin to see horseracing for what it is, not a sport or entertainment, but an industry that exists solely to make profits off the backs of horses and one that would not continue in New York without millions of dollars in subsidies.
Keep up the good work.
Ellen Collins

Stefanik stands up for American people

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik fights to serve both the American people and those who reside in New York’s 21st District.
Stefanik is a strong advocate for strong national security and supports the men and women in blue. She is proud to represent her many constituents who have so bravely and honorably served our country and works diligently to deliver the benefits they deserve. Stefanik recognizes that agriculture is the backbone of the 21st District and works to support local farms and farmers by reducing overburdensome regulations and expanding trade opportunities. Elise Stefanik understands the value of hard work when it comes to growing and running a small business, thus working closely with local small businesses to support and empower them through reducing overregulation and reforming the tax code.
We need more Republican women like Stefanik to show up and represent the values of the party. Through her immense efforts with E-PAC she has brought more Republican women into office, breaking a record. Thanks to both the financial support and campaign support E-PAC offers, more Republican women won their races. The future of Republican women starts now thanks to the hard work of U.S Rep. Elise Stefanik and E-PAC.
Ava Coogan



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I continue to see the same old Democrats posting in the comment section about the Covid 19 virus increasing around the country. I don’t see them saying anything about Joe Biden allowing 1 million undocumented immigrants into this country so far this year a 500% increase with no knowledge of their medical status or if they’ve had a vaccine and we can pretty much guarantee that they have not had a vaccine. News agencies around the country are reporting that these Migrants are being transported all around the United States and dumped into towns and cities. When are you going to address that health hazard? I would guess never because Democrats never address the failings of their party which are many.

Shocking words of support for Congresswoman Stefanik coming from *checks notes*, a Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Stefanik.

Elise Stefanik fully supports the previous President and the belief that it just “feels” like he should have won, and Elise Stefanik supports attempts to reverse the election results illegally.

She has clearly stated these positions and is a traitor to our country.

The Adirondack Almanack
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
OPINION: Elise Stefanik Is Lying To Us
by Peter Bauer

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is lying to us. There’s no other way to say it. Her preferred candidate lost the presidential election and now she is trying a variety of maneuvers, unseen in modern American political life, to undo the November 2020 presidential election. Elise Stefanik is willing to lie and cheat to steal this election away from Joe Biden.

On Sunday January 3rd, Congresswoman Stefanik released a video than ran 1 minute and 50 seconds to explain why on January 6th she will object to the votes of the Electoral College, certified by the states, that show Joe Biden lawfully won the presidency. Her video is amazing because in it she packs in five major lies. Real whoppers. In this video Elise Stefanik looks straight into the camera and with a big smile on her face she tells lie after lie. That’s a lot of deception in just 110 seconds.


Interesting to read some of the pro FG and ES support at the time , and now see what is coming out about what FG and and his criminal mob were doing while insurrectionists were ransacking the Capitol and assaulting the “support the blue per ES” police who were defending the capitol. Wonder if they are still waiting for the mountain of evidence mentioned so many times? Probably coming in the Arizona “fradit” findings.

Hey, the “mountain of evidence” was presented and according to them, rejected by the courts on “technicalities”.
Of course, the “techinicalities” were that is didn’t qualify as “evidence”.

Thousands, “THOUSANDS!” of pages of affidavits. THOUSANDS of pages of ‘I just feel something was wrong’, or ‘I just know he should’ve won’, or ‘didn’t you see the size of his rallies!?’.

Right, evidence.

It didn’t start with the gas chambers. It started with one party controlling the media. One party controlling the message. One party deciding what is truth. One party censoring speech and silencing opposition. One party dividing citizens into “us” and “them” and calling on their supporters to harass them. It started when good people turned a blind eye and let it happen.

No, we’re watching you all, very closely. We know our history, we paid attention in school and learned critical thinking skills.
Hopefully one day one of you all will clear the fog enough to ask why you didn’t.

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