Cuomo, Spitzer let arrogance sink them
If the perverted transgressions of Eliot Spitzer weren’t enough to besmirch the office of governor of New York for decades to come, along comes Andrew Cuomo to seal the deal.
Eliot was known for his abuse of power while in office. It was his way or the highway, and Andrew is known for his arrogance.
His Queens accent pegged him as not of this planet every time he opened his yap. Both are men of profound privilege, but both are dazzling dumbbells who self-immolated when they flew too close to the sun. Why?
Because wealth bestows privilege, power and the kind of hubris that lands rich frat kids in jail for drunk driving or sitting governors on the front page of the daily rag for grabbing the secretary’s breast or hiring a hooker.
But there’s more at work. Specifically, the crimes are relatively trivial in comparison to what these men stood to lose. So what led them to take such an outlandish risk?
Easy: they consider themselves above the law. And they didn’t think they would ever get caught, which puts them squarely in the camp of most mobsters.
Somehow, our society has managed to create monsters of the men we have chosen to lead our nation. It’s a shame because both Spitzer and Cuomo at times showed exceptional political talent, and, but for their colossal personality failures, could have matured into great American politicians.
But, like Icarus, it wasn’t to be.
And the solution is simple; elect women.
Things have gotten worse after election
On Jan. 1 the United States was energy independent, but sadly no longer. I note that this week the United States is pressuring OPEC to increase oil production.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average gas price in the United States in Dec. 2020 was $2.242 and in July 2021 it was $3.326; an increase of 48%.
Border patrol apprehensions of undocumented immigrants on the southern border in Dec. 2020 were 74,000 and in July 2021, 210,000 — an increase of 184%.
I wonder what changed? Why, the administration changed, and control of the Senate changed, of course.
William F. Malec
Make the wise, safe choice on vaccines
Ninety-nine percent of people dying from Covid-19 are unvaccinated. It’s your choice to not get vaccinated. Duh.
Why not consider split school sessions
I grew up in central New Jersey, near Staten Island, in the 1950s and ‘60s.
At that time, there were large “migrations” from the urban cities to the nearby suburban towns.
Some schools were faced with significant overcapacity.
As a solution, some systems went with split sessions; half of the students in a morning session, with the other half in an afternoon session.
I also witnessed this in one of the Caribbean nations while on vacation.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have not seen, heard nor read that this option has been considered. Admittedly, I don’t have any children in K-12, only grandchildren.
It seems to be a viable alternative and I am surprised it, apparently, has not been implemented.
Board should vote against battery plan
I urge the Duanesburg Town Board to vote against adding four 50-foot containers of lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems to the solar arrays on the westernmost edge of our town.
The concerns of explosions, brush fires, toxic fumes harmful to residents, firefighters, wildlife and the environment are legitimate issues that have been brought to your attention and should be strongly considered in your vote on Thursday Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Duanesburg Town Hall.
Leonard M. Van Buren
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