Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Aug. 10


Where does Cuomo go after he leaves?

So, now that the state AG’s report on “Governor” Cuomo is out for the public to read in its entirety, most of the state’s elected representatives are finally calling for him to go.
The question now arises as to where he will go once he is removed, either forcibly by uniformed officers or willingly from the Executive Mansion and all other state offices, as I doubt he will.
I have an answer for that though.
All he has to do is call 561-832-2600 and ask for the reservations desk at the Mar-A-Lago.
I’m sure they have room for one more failed political career hack.
If he’s real nice and asks to speak to Donald, I’m sure he can get the Bridal Suite and the two of them can go over their joint re-election campaign together. I can see the banners now… Trump – Cuomo 2024. Who else ya gonna call ?
Jason Bare

School staff should have to be vaccinated

Schools are getting ready to open, so it is already late in the game. ALL teachers and staff at every school should have to be vaccinated.
No elementary school child can yet be vaccinated against covid, nor can most middle school children be.
There are probably hundreds of high school students in the area who can be but have not yet been vaccinated. It is for the safety of themselves AND the community and the children whom they serve that teachers and staff present themselves as those who cannot as easily spread the virus.
It is imperative that just as medical centers and places where seniors live have demanded their staff be vaccinated, that those caring for our youngest also have this demand placed on them. Public health is a responsibility of each and every one of us. Superintendents, do your job and make this a rule.
Sally Magid

Schenectady needs to fix its Wi-Fi situation

Schenectady Wi-Fi is a failure. Bring any device like a smart phone in range of Schenectady wireless and that device will lock onto Schenectady Wi-Fi. At that point, you are able to access NOTHING. Case in point: Try to park in and around City Hall. Open the Passport app on your phone. Enter the zone number of the parking lot you are in: “Internet failure” message appears.
Of course the failure is because your device latches onto the nearest signal, which is the non-functional Schenectady Wi-Fi.
While volunteering at a site in Schenectady, I cannot access any internet connections (mail, internet search, etc.) because the Schenectady Wi-Fi doesn’t work.
I recall the great fanfare with which city officials launched the city-wide access to the internet.
Perhaps one of those officials should try to use said system.
Larry Lewis

Don’t put off health visits for your kids

In 2020, there were 1 million less HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine doses given in the United States, as compared to 2019.
COVID-19 caused many parents to delay regular health care visits for their children. In fact, data show a 71% decrease in healthcare visits for children ages 7 to 17 years old during 2020.
The HPV vaccine is highly effective at preventing certain cancers, such as cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and cancers of the mouth and throat. The HPV vaccine is given to boys and girls beginning at age nine and through age 26. If you’ve had to put off your child’s vaccinations, talk to your health care provider about getting them back on your calendar.
The Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) works to increase HPV vaccination rates in children in order to prevent cancer in adulthood. CPiA is helping New York get back on track with HPV vaccination and other ways to prevent cancer.
To learn more about the CPiA Program go to or contact us at 518-770-6815. CPiA is supported with funds from the State of New York.
Kelsey Carpe
The writer is health education promotions coordinator, Cancer Prevention in Action Program of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.


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Joseph Vendetti August 11, 2021
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There has been defunding of the police – NYC, Los Angles, Portland, Minneapolis-

Starting teachers in Schenectady are at $44k per yr, avg teachers are making $71,000, teachers near the end of their career are over $100. With a part time spouse – thats a $150k-$200k house with car in suburbs. Thats for 180 day school year. Most teachers I know – paint, work at the track, landscape in summer. Plus great benefits thru teachers union. Yes I think its a noble and profession you can support a family of 5.

Redistribution of wealth is wrong in my mind. People in this country can make as much or little as possible. Tradesmen, craftsmen, hairdressers, people that don’t need a College education to make money and make a good life! Laziness is no excuse for wage disparity

Joseph Vendetti August 11, 2021
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July inflation down slightly.

The democratic senator from WV said he is concerned what these massive spending bills will mean for our children and grandchildren as well as spending spree already into a hot economy (that has 7.2 million job openings).

I’m in NV doing a project and fuel is close to $4.75 per gallon, CA its $1.2 more. I understand this to be a driver to move to electric or zero emission vehicles which is a good thing but because of limited amount of battery materials we can’t move to 1/2 of all US cars/Vehicles to electric until 2030. I would prefer a similar program when I jumped on solar panel bandwagon- they didn’t make natural gas and electricity more expensive they just made panels more affordable.

Joseph Vendetti August 11, 2021
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Chuck – I don’t support republicans or democrats or Trump. They don’t care about us. They care about being re-elected. Everything in their being is about re-election. So that is why an infrastructure bill is filled with so much crap outside infrastructure. The local little leagues, Kiwanis clubs, butterfly enthusiasts should fund raise on their own instead an omnibus bill that has funding for their causes. When I was a kid if our babe ruth team needed a new dugout – they passed a can at games, when we had enough, moms and dads spent a saturday laying block. These days a politician gets a photo up and gives the league a check, the league needs to follow bidding protocol, solicit 3 bids and a dugout gets built for 10x the cost 20 weeks later. The reason the dugout gets vandalized and will need to be fixed again and again is because no one has any vested interest in it. Take this scenario and multiply it by 50,000 and we have $100-$300 B of pork in bills. Not to mention the global pork – money for Wuhan labs? Isreal weapons, Pakistan roads – the lists are endless.

Not one argument or qualm for monies spent on real infrastructure- bridges, roads, buses, electric charging stations, internet improvement, replacement of water treatment, lead pipes, etc.. Instead we are funding deer birth control & little league new fields as massive amendments.

We have turned into a society of looking and demanding handouts for things we should be paying for.

Joseph Vendetti August 10, 2021
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Somehow for the 1st 172 years of our republic we lived by the gold standard & didn’t deficit spend but provided roads, bridges, fueled the largest industrial revolution, fought several wars, etc.

You can have a balanced budget & borrow as long as you have revenues to cover the borrow payments & reduce debt. Deficit spending is never paying even the principal off and continuing to just refinance with a different debt instrument & spend on new things.

I’m just amazed that only republicans did bad things in your eyes?-

ChuckD August 10, 2021
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It appears GB has it’s own hands full with the anti-life loon squads as we do:
Confused anti-vaccine protesters stormed what they thought was a major BBC building on Monday, apparently unaware the corporation largely moved out almost a decade ago.

Rather than target the BBC’s news operation, which they hold responsible for promoting Covid-19 vaccines, a handful of protesters gained access to Television Centre in west London, which is now predominantly rented by ITV to film its daytime shows such as Good Morning Britain and This Morning.

The circular building was vacated by the BBC in 2013 and has since been converted into flats and a private members’ club.

Joseph Vendetti August 10, 2021
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The US went off the Gold Standard in or around 1970/71 – same year when we started deficit spending. Every budget in the last 50 years has incurred debt. That is 6 republican & 5 democratic presidents – both parties over spend.

Ray – Ronald Reagan tax cuts & George Bush tax cuts actually resulted in raised revenue while Trumps tax cuts reduced tax revenue contributing to deficit. The Reagan and Bush cuts also included down into the middle class while infused money into the economy while corporate tax cuts allowed more international and foreign corporations to harbor money off shore. So I am really not for or against the term “trickle down economics”. I stated before Trumps tax cut benefitted my business slightly and I paid much more (5 digits) while he was president.

Both parties are guilty of over spending, creating tax loopholes and responsible for the demise of the US dollar.

William Marincic August 10, 2021
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Democrats are taking charge of the next generation of sheep.

Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Democrat, signed a bill last month with little fanfare that drops the requirement that high school students prove proficiency in reading, writing or math, before graduation, a report said.

jclark124 August 10, 2021
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Joseph V–yes, it’s a problem but we’re in a situation now where 45’s administration added 7 TRILLION to the debt–but for what? 2 Trillion went to the tax cut lining HIS pockets along with his cronies. What I see being offered under this administration is investment in the middle and lower classes while appropriately taxing these greedy billionaires. More ordinary Americans working at decent paying jobs means more taxes going in. What do you suggest gets cut?

Joseph Vendetti August 10, 2021
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All the talk on TV is infrastructure talks and new fiscal year budget –

Understanding Fiscal cliff

US Tax revenue (all sources)
Fed Budget – $3,820,000,000,000
New Debt –
National Debt
Budget Cuts

Lets remove 8 zeros and pretend this is our (your) household budget

Revenue – $21,700
Family Spending – $38,200
Credit Card Debt – $16,500
All CC Balances -$142,710
Total cuts – $38.50

Got It?

If you don’t

Here is another way of looking at Debt Ceiling –

Lets say you come home from work and find there has been a sewer break in your neighborhood. Then you find out your home is filled to the ceiling with sewage. What do you think you should do? Raise the ceilings? Or remove the sh*t?

When is enough? What is enough?

Zachary August 10, 2021
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Sally Magid Don’t count on it, the teachers unions refuse to allow it and they would prefer all the teachers stay home and the ones that have to go to school wear masks and force your kids to wear masks.