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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, July 27


Keep the focus on Saratoga Springs PD

Regarding your coverage of the July 14 protest in Saratoga in the July 16 Gazette article (“Police charge five after protesters block Broadway”).
Firstly, It is important to note that you stated as fact that Darryl Mount died due to a fall from scaffolding when injuries were limited to blunt force trauma to the face with no broken limbs or internal injuries to the torso,
That, according to a second autopsy done by a private medical examiner who isn’t on the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s payroll, is consistent with an assault, not a fall.
One of the points of these rallies is to keep attention on the fact that the SSPD never even conducted an internal investigation into the matter before they swept it under the rug, so that is an important thing to make clear.
To be clear, the main reason for this protest was John Cantone’s recent public statement that BLM was bringing gangs to Saratoga and his promise to use his family’s 130 years of connections to quell the violence caused by it.
SSPD says they don’t have systemic racism. But then the assistant chief of police comes out and essentially screams I think all persons of color are gang bangers and will use all of my white privilege to suppress the fight for racial justice… and follows it up with harassing stops and searches for weapons that don’t exist.
Not a good look, SSPD.
Phoenix Masters

CRT ideas deserve to be condemned

Glenn Sacks’ July 12 column (“Schools have an obligation to teach students about racism”) rejects criticism of Critical Race Theory [CRT] teaching in our schools as “feverish condemnation from conservatives.” This note was sounded by The Daily Gazette’s Zach Matson in his June 19 article (“School officials defend inclusion policies”) characterized CRT as “…a major boogeyman among conservatives and some parents.”
Mr. Sacks is doing what advocates of CRT have done, namely, make it appear that America’s history of racism has never been effectively included in U.S. history instruction.
On the contrary, it has been a significant part of instruction; it hasn’t, however, been used to characterize ALL aspects of American culture as the “legacy of racism.” This characterization informs us that to “teach students about racism,” is to teach CRT.
These CRT ideas deserve “feverish condemnation.”
White children are to be taught they enjoy “White privilege” and oppress their fellow students of color by their mere presence.
Children are to be taught that due process, colorblindness and equality before the law are concepts developed by Whites to maintain their privileged position. They’re also to be taught that an equitable society cannot have differences in wealth by race, so wealth must be redistributed by the government.
Further, students must learn that any disparity in school disciplinary actions or enrollments (i.e., tracking) is ipso facto evidence of implicit bias on the part of administrators.
CRT’s contribution to improving race relations is to tell children that the color of their skin determines their destiny, not the content of their character, as Martin Luther King Jr. had it.
Richard A. Evans
Burnt Hills

Deal with St. Clare’s before merging

Before Ellis Hospital contemplates a merger with St. Peters, clean up the St. Clare’s pensions lost with the last merger.
The Catholic Church and New York state have unfinished business.
Rick Green
Ballston Lake



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Zachary July 27, 2021
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Oh yeah also we didn’t have inflation like we have today, we had low prices in the grocery store, we had low prices in the automobile industry, we had low prices in the lumber and housing industry, all under President Trump all screwed up by President Biden. Biden has totally screwed up this country in every possible way, I don’t know if I should be shocked or impressed that someone could screw this country up so fast

ChuckD July 27, 2021
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There is no other explanation for the fears expressed by the likes of Richard A. Evans of the dreaded “CRT” than that they are desperately trying to hold on to their racial privilege. None.
Critical Race Theory IS NOT what any of the pearl-clutchers on (pick your favorite alt-right information outlet) is telling you and it’s clearly you who lacks the critical thinking skills to make that distinction. I would suggest “right-thinking” Christians take a closer look at what their bible teaches about humility, if you can get over your own self-righteousness.

I will offer how the American Bar Association defines it, if only for a truthful counter to the racist angst since I don’t think any believers of the disinformation will bother to try to understand.

A Lesson on Critical Race Theory
by Janel George
CRT is not a diversity and inclusion “training” but a practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship. Crenshaw—who coined the term “CRT”—notes that CRT is not a noun, but a verb. It cannot be confined to a static and narrow definition but is considered to be an evolving and malleable practice. It critiques how the social construction of race and institutionalized racism perpetuate a racial caste system that relegates people of color to the bottom tiers. CRT also recognizes that race intersects with other identities, including sexuality, gender identity, and others. CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past. Instead, it acknowledges that the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.

FRED BARNEY July 27, 2021
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One should give the Democrats credit for the benefits for the benefits of the defund the police movement that we now see in major cities.

LOUIS RESTIFO July 27, 2021
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Every American should be watching the hearing regarding the 1/6/21 “ peaceful protest” at the Capitol, then judge the people inciting, participating and covering up the that horrific event.

Zachary July 27, 2021
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Bidens 1994 crime bill.

Biden reveled in the politics of the 1994 law, bragging after it passed that “the liberal wing of the Democratic Party” was now for “60 new death penalties,” “70 enhanced penalties,” “100,000 cops,” and “125,000 new state prison cells.”

The law imposed tougher prison sentences at the federal level and encouraged states to do the same. It provided funds for states to build more prisons, aimed to fund 100,000 more cops, and backed grant programs that encouraged police officers to carry out more drug-related arrests — an escalation of the war on drugs.

William Marincic July 27, 2021
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Phoenix Masters That’s not what the Chief said.