Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Aug. 3


Biden methodically fixing Trump’s mess

After reading Art Pagano’s July 29 letter (“Are you better off under Biden so far?”), I am dumbfounded.
There are many complications yet to be dealt with and I would describe the progress made in the first six months to be methodical.
There is a difference that I truly appreciate in that our highest-ranking generals in the military forces have not had to make contingency plans for a temper tantrum leading to insurrection or world destruction.
It amazes me that so many cling to the image of a tall, blond-haired, White man with no moral compass whose only claim to fame is a two word phrase “You’re fired.” Sometimes things need to be fixed, not destroyed.
Calvin Moore

Minimum sentences not answer to guns

I write in response to your July 28 article (“Councilwoman wants stiffer gun sentences”) noting that Councilwoman Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas was seeking endorsement for a plan to increase minimum sentencing for firearms charges.
While I laud Ms. Zalewski-Wildzunas for seeking a way to bring the problem of gun violence under control, there’s little evidence that longer prison sentences act as a deterrent.
Do robbers with guns really ponder sentencing guidelines before they act? The United States already has the world’s highest per capita incarceration rate; nearly 10 times that of Germany and many other nations in Europe. This comes at an enormous financial cost. In 2015, it was reported that New York spent $69,335 annually per inmate. This is funded by the taxpayer and limits public investment in education, infrastructure, healthcare and other programs.
We must acknowledge that the real problem is the easy availability of firearms.
In the United Kingdom, possession of firearms is strictly regulated, and a landmark study published 20 years ago concluded that while New York City and London had similar rates of property crime and assault, those occurring in New York City were 54 times more likely to be deadly. Quite simply, an assailant with a gun is far more dangerous than one brandishing a tire iron.
I would be the first to agree that meaningful gun reform will not be easy, but I think we need to be cautious about what can really be achieved by increasing minimum sentencing, as the legacy of the Rockefeller Era Drug Laws should remind us.
Kevin Decker

Biden accomplishes a lot of negatives

This is a list of accomplishments of Biden: inflation up, illegal immigration up (open borders), overspending, First Amendment, Second Amendment, socialism, crime, riots, murder – all up, defunding police, double standards, causing racism, teaching critical race theory, drugs up because of open border, taxes up, pipeline shut down causing gas to go up, solar fields, antifa, Marxism, paid to stay unemployed.
This is the short list. There are many more things. How do you like Biden now?
Charles C. Browne

Stefanik inspires the women of GOP

It is a really exciting time to be a woman in the GOP, largely thanks to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who has paved the way for women to get involved with politics and run for Congress.
Stefanik launched E-PAC after the midterm elections in 2018 in order to boost Republican women in Congress. Her committee promoted more than two dozen candidates and donated $415,000 to women in the GOP. As the third highest-ranking Republican leader in the House, Stefanik is leading the fight to fire Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who have done nothing but waste taxpayer money and divide this nation. Pelosi should be investigated for not securing the Capitol on Jan. 6 and Stefanik continues to press for needed answers that all taxpayers deserve.
We need leadership like this in New York’s 21st district. Stefanik is a natural leader and has largely contributed to the record number of Republican women running for Congress in 2022. I look forward to seeing many more Republican women in office and will continue to support Congresswoman Stefanik.
Meg Messitt

Protect fliers from unruly passengers

I see on the TV the unruly behavior of some passengers in the plane which is annoying to other passengers. I wonder how much alcohol consumption is contributing to this.
It’s safe to serve one or two drinks, but not more than that.
It is inconvenient to the FAA to change routes and land in a different city. Prevention is better than cure. Other passengers are to be protected, also the pilots.
Mercy Premsagar, MD


Online letters

Commenters to online letters who fail to follow rules against name-calling, profanity, threats, libel or other inappropriate language will have their comments removed and their commenting privileges withdrawn.

To report inappropriate online comments, email Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion


Calvin Moore, sure he’s fixing things with out of control inflation, prices of used cars up 50%, everything in the grocery store is up at least 10% if they even have it. Gas prices $1.25 a gallon more than when President Trump was in office, lumber through the roof, the southern border totally out of control, with Thousands of Covid cases coming through every week which is causing the Covid crisis and the Southwest border area of the United States. The governor of Texas stated yesterday that American citizens are fighting for ICU beds in Texas with illegal immigrants that are bringing the Covid disease here.


“The governor of Texas stated yesterday that American citizens are fighting for ICU beds in Texas with illegal immigrants that are bringing the Covid disease here.” – Thank you Zachary for acknowledging the stupidity and ignorance of Greg Abbott.


Also, the rest of your assessment of our current situation has nothing to do with Covid, or trump’s gross mishandling of the pandemic and everything associated with it. Hear what you want, see what you, believe what you want. Nothing else matters.

Again I ask, Zachary, please prove you’re not a racist.

Federal judge temporarily blocks Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to pull over vehicles with migrants, which drew racial profiling concerns

The U.S. Justice Department sued Abbott and Texas after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland called the order “dangerous and unlawful.”

by Reese Oxner Aug. 3, 2021 Updated: 1 hour ago

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Gov. Greg Abbott and the state of Texas from ordering state troopers to pull over drivers transporting migrants “who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19.”

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone granted a temporary restraining order against Abbott’s move, meaning it will be blocked while the case continues to unfold. The U.S. Justice Department sued Abbott and Texas on Friday, a day after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland threatened to take legal action if Abbott didn’t rescind his order, calling it “dangerous and unlawful.”
Source: Texas Tribune


Abbott issued the order saying that migrants are responsible for the spread of COVID-19, but statistics from ICE and DHS don’t support the claim.

As Aaron Reichlin-Melnick of the Immigration Counsel has explained, every migrant gets a COVID test when coming into the United States. Those tests account for 1 percent of all positive tests in Texas, meaning that 99 percent of the positive COVID cases in Texas are among people other than migrants coming over the border.

Calvin Moore–yes…so much destruction left behind from 45 to correct. The most important is to put the USA back on top as an envied democratic republic that strives to be “of the people, by the people, for the people” which 45 and his cult followers are eroding at an alarming rate.

Charles Browne lists so much false, ignorant information, but a couple points. ANYONE is better than the Insurrectionist President that started election cheating in Ukraine, refused a peaceful transfer of power, led a violent coup attempt, and continues the Big Lie which would lead to a “fixed” electwh…the very thing he falsely claims happened to him. 45 will go down in history as thee most corrupt president in history (12 of his men are FELONS so far), responsible for hundreds of thousands of covid deaths due to his incompetence (and a worse economy because of it), purposely traumatizing children at the border with no way to reunite, and promoting white supremacy and domestic terrorism.
A major part of Biden’s work is to get Americans vaccinated (which 45 bungled), which would alleviate many of the issues you listed above. The gop presidents tend to leave us a huge mess, which the dems have to clean it up–but get blamed, of course.

Med Messitt–Speaker Pelosi is not responsible for Capitol Police, so stop spreading that lie! “The Capitol Police Board is made up of the House and Senate sergeants-at-arms, as well as the Capitol architect. The Capitol Police chief serves in a non-voting capacity on the board, according to the Capitol Police website. Pelosi was not a chair or administrator of any committee supervising the Capitol Police at the time of the insurrection. She’s not listed on any of those committees’ websites today, either.” Washington Post and many other sites.
Stefanik spoke out against 45 on many occasions and voted with him only 78% compared to Cheney’s 93%, but “turned” to the cult for a position of power. Barbara Bush was astounded that women could vote for someone like him and called him the “epitome of greed.” If you truly are a respectable republican woman, you would be listening and backing Liz Cheney, someone I disagree with almost entirely on policy, but a true American following the Constitution and the Rule of Law instead of a cult leader who will do and say anything to be relevant.

Ms. Messit,

Your words:
“I feel that the current political climate is full of anger and hate. There is a lot of intolerance for people with different political beliefs. Political diversity is often unwelcomed, and we should respect people with different political beliefs,” she said.

On what it means to be a Republican, Messitt said, “we believe that there are equal rights for everyone.”

“People look at each other and if they hold a different political belief then they don’t like that person and judge them because of their differences. So maybe instead of thinking that way, we should listen to them and hear their side and even though you don’t agree with them, you can still be friends with them. I feel there should be more acceptance for political diversity,” she explained passionately.

So you then accept that Republicans lost the Presidency, because surely you believe in the judgement of our courts of law, who throughout our country verified the results of the election. Right? Well, do you?

“the current political climate is full of anger and hate. There is a lot of intolerance for people with different political beliefs”

No, there isn’t, as evidenced by the various opinions allowed within the Democratic Party, as evidenced by Joe Biden’s attempts (while heavily criticized) to bring Republicans into the process of repairing our country.
There is anger and hate for those who cannot accept the results of the last election though. That’s not about political differences. that’s about whether Democracy will continue to guide our principles. That’s not intolerance for another political view, it’s about resistance to a groups’ attempts to negate the will of the majority of the American people. Please take some time to consider that, since you seem to want to “listen to them and hear their side”.

Your Ms. Stefanik doesn’t. She may say, like the many on the losing side, that they now want to “secure the election” and ‘restore peoples’ faith in the election system’, but most of America knows what that really means: they want to better ensure their political success. Even many Republicans know this.

Your Ms. Stefanik is not the patriot you may wish her to be, despite what you may believe she’s done for women. Certainly not for patriotic women who trust our laws and courts and don’t veer off to wild, nonsensical theories when they don’t get their way. That’s not how Democracy works.

One other thing: as I’ve tried to instill in my own children, as someone who’s been on the internet since nearly its beginnings, what you put on the internet is forever. Consistency is everything, even if it means you consistently openly accept you’ve changed your mind.

Joseph Vendetti


How ugly is this? In at least one case, the 165-page report said the third-term Democratic governor and his staff retaliated against a former adviser after she publicly aired allegations of sexual harassment last year.

Ugly as hell. I say let the process play itself out. And compliments to Ms. James who shown herself to be worthy of her title.

I’ll also say that any Republican who starts screaming about it looks like someone who scolds everyone else about fire prevention while their own house burns to the ground.

Joseph Vendetti

Yes where there is smoke there is usually fire. But the investigation is concluded and Cuomo is saying he won’t resign and James had a clear agenda???

I really truly believe looking at most of these men in power – Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Andrew Cuomo, Elliot Spitzer, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton – all were enabled by power, positions, money that allowed and continues to allow them to mistreat people on all levels.

We can’t have a female Governor in NY fast enough and hopefully one in the White House as well.

>>>>>BREAKING NEWS<<<<<<<<
Trusted advisor to the previous President, Mike Lindell, has announced his August date for President Biden and Vice President Harris to resign and hand over the office to rightful Emporer tRump will now have to be adjusted to possibly September to give his Cyber Symposium on the Chinese corruption of our election time to happen, and for the Supreme Court to take up his challenge.

Reached for comment Monday, Lindell admitted that his August timeline—which he had already suggested was elastic—might now be further delayed.

"We’ll be bringing our findings to the Supreme Court in late August or early September, some time after the cyber-symposium ends, and it proves it was an attack by China,” Lindell told The Daily Beast of non-existent election fraud, and an upcoming event devoted to the same. “When I gave my prediction about August, and that was several months ago, that was an estimate at the time. But it took so long to get this symposium set up. However long it takes for the Supreme Court to take it up and decide on this, I can’t predict that. I’m not the Supreme Court.”

Lindell previously based his prediction on a timeline that involved bringing pro-Trump cases before the Supreme Court in July. Those high-stakes cases never materialized.

William Marincic

If you believe in the science of masks but not the science of life beginning at conception, then you do not believe in science. You believe in political ideology.

Leave a Reply