Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Friday, Aug. 13


Hochul should focus on shared services

The Sunday Aug. 8 Gazette published Carolyn Thompson’s article (“Hochul moves into spotlight as scandal roils Cuomo’s reign”) wherein Honorable Hochul’s advocacy for job training in Utica, manufacturing in Rome and downtown revitalization in Cazenovia were mentioned.
Since Honorable Hochul has county government experience, I hope her administration of our state government distribution of federal funding will enhance County Shared Services plans’ coordination of essential services and infrastructure projects.
The need for coordination of municipal and school district services — such as public health and safety, career and technical education, apprenticeships, job training and employment — will benefit businesses, workers and families renovating our 21st Century communities.
In addition, Will Bunch’s opinion column on the same day, (“What took so long?”) suggests “the global pandemic forced the government to take the economic struggles of the poor and the lower middle class more seriously.” And “a real safety net can improve daily life, especially for children” of “beleaguered working-class folks.”
It seems Honorable Hochul has a chance to use federal monies and to improve state government human rights’ policies, among county programs to magnify our neighbors’ spirit of “the public good.”
Michael McGlynn

Don’t back banks that fund pipeline

Line 3 is a pipeline under construction that if completed will transport tar sand oil from Canada to the United States through Minnesota.
Tar sand oil is one of the most carbon intensive forms of energy and fuels climate change twenty times the rate of conventional oil.
As a result, Line 3 would serve as the equivalent of 50 coal-fired power plants. Tar sand pipelines have also been ruptured hundreds of times in the past 10 years which have spilled over a million gallons of oil and polluted rivers and wetlands threatening wildlife and nearby communities.
The construction also violates the treaty rights of the Anishinaabe Peoples as Line 3 would run directly through their land and poison their water supply and numerous watersheds used to grow wild rice, which is a centerpiece of Anishinaabe culture.
With construction potentially being completed as early as the end of this month and President Biden being unwilling to use his power to revoke Line 3’s permit, it’s up to we the people to ensure that this destructive pipeline is shut down.
Among the banks funding Line 3, three of them have branches in the Capital Region: JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and TD. Give those banks a call and demand that they stop funding Line 3.
And if you are a customer at any of those banks, I urge you to cancel your account with that bank (and post about why on social media).
Do not be complicit in environmental and indigenous destruction.
Matt Oill


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Matt Oill The nation’s more than 2.6 million miles of pipelines safely deliver trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of billions of ton/miles of liquid petroleum products each year. So what would you do, drive it by truck? Here is another question for all of you lefties because you’re not Democrats in realization you’re just lefties. The question is why is Biden asking OPEC for more oil when we have and had oil independence under President Trump? I don’t want any ridiculous deflection I want to know what you lefties say about Biden shutting down jobs in America and buying oil from our enemies in the Middle East.

Since the 1970s we have imported millions of barrels of crude oil per day, a good portion of it from the Persian Gulf. That hasn’t changed, and was true under President Ford, as it was under Donald Trump, as it is under Joe Biden. Let me repeat: the US was importing oil from the Middle East under Donald Trump. That’s a fact. But don’t take my word for it, just click the link…


Excellent editorial from the St. Louis – Post Dispatch in the Opinion section today. It provides more detail than my poll yesterday between Gov.’s Abbott and DeSantis as to who is the stupidest governor today. They thrown in Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri and Kristi Noem of South Dakota as other example of poor leaders who don’t care about the ever spreading Delta virus and overrunning their hospitals with virus cases. The paper comes to the conclusion that DeSantis is the worst for outlawing not letting local officials and school boards mandate the vaccine and wearing masks to protect children where necessary. DeSantis doesn’t care who dies, just like his mentor Trump and his followers who he is trying to impress. I hope the citizens of these states remember how destructive and dictatorial they are when they seek reelection.


Not a word about the Democrats’ man – Como. How about a word on no crisis at the southern border Biden. Your party has a problem . I suggest that you deal with it,

Doug Hampton

Are you serious? Both parties have issues of course, Cuomo just the latest for the Democrats but nothing even compares to the grip that Trump has on the Republican Party. Cuomo has already been replaced, Trump continues to control the R party. You are literally being held hostage by a guy who belongs in prison and may just end up there. There is so much negative that could be said about Trump but I will be brief…..Jan 6th….mic drop!….

Mr. Hampton, Biden, out of control spending, southern border, rampant crime and murder, gas prices, inflation, gas shortages coming, approval rating dropping like a rock in a pond. If anyone is going to prison it will probably be Joe and Hunter Biden. mic drop!!!……


Zach, pick one on your list and provide a full explanation with real facts. BTW – Biden’s overall approval is over 50%, a level Trump did achieve in four years.

Doug Hampton

Great try there Zachary. Not one of the things you mention comes even close to Jan 6th. This is an unprecedented event in our nations long history. All the things you mentioned are issues that have happened before and we work our way through it. What happened on Jan 6th is way over the line for any political party and consequences are required. If you don’t see that then you are either blind to the actions taken or you approve of what took place. Your comments are partisan at best but really just a reflection of watching the drivel coming out of FOX news. You really have added nothing new other than more right wing BS!


Is their any evidence that she told her boss that if he did not straighten up he would be in real trouble? Ray citizens want elected officials of good character!


… and Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marjorie Taylor Green, Matt Gaetz, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan and a host of other GOP lackeys.


You’re absolutely unbelievable Fred. Just like you blamed George Floyd’s relatives, not Chauvin for Floyd’s death, now you’re trying to blame Cuomo’s behavior on Hochul. ~ Kind of like me blaming your ignorance of so many facts on your relatives for not educating you.


Family is supposed to look after each other. Friends are expected to look out for each other. Part of citizenship involves trying to see that bad behavior does not get out of hand.

With respect to George Floyd’s family they got millions for their failure to straighten George out. If they were successful they would have gotten nothing.

With respect to trying to blame Cuomo’s behavior on Hochul I suggest that read what you chose to comment on! Deceit people are expected to try to keep bad behavior from getting out of hand. Her failure in this matter tell the reader something about the new governor’s character

Fortunately we had the Republican Party, the Law and Order Party, to step in to prevent then-President Trump from impeding the pandemic response, or encouraging a violent insurrection, or not accepting the rule of the laws and courts in our country to clear the election results.

They did, right? Fred?


The United States population is getting more diverse, according to new data from the 2020 census that offers a once-in-a-decade look at the makeup of America.
Over the past 10 years, people who identified as Hispanic, Asian or more than one race accounted for larger shares of the population, the data shows. Diversity is rising in almost every county. The overall U.S. population, though, grew at the slowest rate in nearly a century.
William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, described the data as “a pivotal moment for the country.”
“We have people of color who are younger and growing more rapidly,” he told The Times’s Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff. “They are helping to propel us further into a century where diversity is going to be the signature of our demography.”

As Louis pointed out yesterday, the white population is in decline. It helps explain why they are so desperate to hold onto power by any means possible: cheat, lie, suppress, badger, kill, etc.

Hey Fred, did you note the key word above: diversity? Better get used to saying that word in a positive vein.


The Democrats promotion of tribalism will allow us to receive the same benefits that it has provided the Africans and the NAZIS


DeathSantis may be realizing he overstepped just a little.

Also a RUMOR state will provide Regergon drug treatment for covid patients in need.
Several hours for a drip, several hundred dollars per dose,vs mandates
Smarter than free vaccine and dollar so for mask I guess. Maybe Ron Paul and him have invested in drug maker.

Have Joe and Kamala resigned yet? Anyone heard?
It’s supposed to be today!

“The morning of August 13 it’ll be the talk of the world, going, ‘Hurry up! Let’s get this election pulled down, let’s right the right, let’s get these communists out, you know, that have taken over,'” (Trusted Trump advisor, MyPillow CEO Mike) Lindell told Brannon Howse in early July.


For those who think Biden supports open borders, here is the latest summary report:


The US has encountered an “unprecedented” number of migrants illegally crossing the border, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says. In July, US Customs and Border Protection apprehended about 212,600 people, an unusual uptick from the prior month, given that apprehensions usually dip during the hot summer. That figure marks the highest monthly number of migrants detained at the US-Mexico border in two decades. The Biden administration has taken a series of actions to crack down on the flow of migrants, including increasing personnel around the border, bolstering medical staff, resuming a fast-track deportation procedure for migrant families and setting up flights for migrants to other parts of the border for processing or to the interior of Mexico to dissuade them from trying to cross again.


If you haven’t heard: Big trouble for Big Lie peddlers. Three major defamation lawsuits from Dominion Voting Systems against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and the right-wing lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani will move forward toward a trial, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

>>>>>BREAKING NEWS!!!<<<<<<<<<
Florida Gov. Ron ("Mini Me") DeSantis has canceled a planned appearance at a fundraiser in Nevada this weekend as COVID-19 hospitalizations once again hit a new record on Friday.

As reported by Politico's Gary Fineout, DeSantis was supposed to be "the main attraction at a well-known GOP political event that attracts thousands of conservatives," but will now stay in Florida to monitor a tropical depression that forecasters believe will become a tropical storm.

Many are saying he will monitor the situation from his command post at The Villages.

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