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Letters to the Editor Friday, Aug. 27


Unvaccinated not to blame for new cases

As the head of a religious denomination that does not believe in invasive medical care, including vaccines, I am well aware many of the unvaccinated are being blamed for the spread of covid. They are not.
Those refusing to wear masks and distance themselves are.
Vaccines do not keep you from getting covid or spreading it.
The proof is clear: 64% of America is fully vaccinated and the new case numbers daily are at a six-month high. Once again ICU beds are scarce to find.
The rights of those with sincere religious exemptions are guaranteed in law. We are protected from discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
Members of our church will not be vaccinated. We trust in God, not a government desperate to reopen the economy or big pharma looking for a new expensive maintenance program to sell.
Rev. Nikolas Kaiser
The writer is head of the Benedictine Church in Schenectady.

Grateful to city help with baseball camp

In the Aug. 17 Daily Gazette published an article (“Baseball camp a hit”) telling the story of a baseball skills camp conceived and developed by the Schenectady Ole Timers Baseball Club (SOTBC), a group of people devoted to preserving the rich heritage of baseball in Schenectady.
I am happy to report we concluded a very successful two-day camp enjoyed cost-free by more than 50 youngsters ages 7 to 12 as part of our efforts to reinvigorate youth baseball in Schenectady.
We are most appreciative of the excellent coverage given the camp by your newspaper. However, I feel your readers should have been apprised of one additional item, that being the critical role played by the city and Mayor Gary McCarthy.
With the mayor’s active support, the city has welcomed the camp to use the beautiful and newly refurbished Buck Ewing A Diamond in Central Park and has extended the city’s insurance coverage for the event. Without that help, this wonderful opportunity for our kids would not be possible.
SOTBC and the city of Schenectady have now completed two years of our five-year commitment to a program designed to keep baseball alive in our community.
I encourage all parents of kids who want to “play ball” to watch for the announcement of next year’s camp.
Don Blaha
The writer is president of SOTBC.


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Trump is yesterday. Biden is today. Why not extol the merits of the man of today? Surely you can find some to counter balance his foreign policy short comings.


If Trump is yesterday, why is he still the leader of the GOP? Sorry, he still there and still the target. BTW – Biden is doing a great job.


I agree that from your point of view Biden has done is great job. I especially like how he managed to provide the Tailband full functional military bases with out having to put that transfer of assets in the foreign aid budget.

Bill Nechamen

You realize of course that it was Trump who made a deal with the Taliban, which included releasing 5000 Taliban fighters from prisons in Afghanistan? You realize of course that it was Trump who “negotiated” the end of U.S. involvement without bringing the Afghan government into the negotiations. While I agree that Biden should have been evacuating allies months ago, the disaster at the end of the involvement was set up by Trump.


When you and your unvaccinated followers are lying in a hospital bed gasping for breath and begging for Modern Medicine to save you, I hope those ‘rights’ bring comfort in your last hours.

“Rah! Rah! Siss-Boom-Bah! I love cops and that’s no lah!”

Marincic, every White nationalist, White supremicist, openly racist group in the US and the Republican Party is firmly behind your Trump. As you clearly are. I think we can assume you’re a sympathizer which makes your criticism of BLM in general pretty lame.

And, I guess it needs to be said, that my criticism of you and your …uh…people, is not acceptance of the BLM activities the DG reports here. Got it?

William Marincic

I see the city Democrats crashed the police and fire community output meeting last night to help children and seniors. Every Democrat that post in this paper is just as responsible for BLM as BLM is for itself. I imagine the local black lives matter contingent thought that they were doing something great, they got their five minutes of fame, they had to video tapes of themselves cursing and hurling expletives at the police officers who were helping local kids in the community. Real heroes they were, their actual legends in their own minds.


William: Would you say thats as infamous as Derek Chauvin’s 9 minutes and 29 seconds of “fame”?

And for the record, I by no means condone or find that kind of behavior acceptable. That’s because I’m a Democratic and, and unlike you, am willing to admit when an individual or group, regardless of being left or right, crosses a line they shouldn’t.

As far as being a legend in your own mind, for so many alt-right Republicans that’s an impossibly because for that to happen having a mind is necessary.

Oh no Lou, if ALL Republicans are white supremists, then all Democraps support BLM and their antics. You can’t have it both ways.

Doug Hampton

I guess we have a different God because mine told me to get vaccinated! Good Luck with your defiance of good old fashioned science!

Joseph Vendetti

Rev Kaiser:

Your medical degree is from where? Your nursing degree? I suggest you leave the science to the experts.

If you and your flock want to not vaccinate- don’t!! But stay in some isolated wooded area and don’t shop, go for gas, ice cream, hospital, or any other public area.

Shame on the Gazette for posting your letter!!

I’d like to know more about the “Benedictine Church of Schenectady”.
The searching I did turned up a house on a Schenectady side street.
Not saying it sounds sketchy, but…
Seems to me a legitimate house of worship would have a web presence.
I stand corrected if I missed something.

Guy Varoma

The Unmasked and the people who don’t social distance are the unvaccinated for the most part ! These religious zealots do more harm to a community than help it. Taking the Covid shot is the Christian thing to do …These religious zealots should be thanking Jesus that he sent these brilliant scientists to save them from their ignorance. I suggest people to start unscrewing their MAGA hats a little and let some intelligence in.


And what about those of us that have no God, and do not believe in false or fictitious promises of eternal bliss or hell. How about just being the best person you can be for the precious blink of time we have in what can be a wonderful existence.

“For those of you that believe things still happen after you die, you’re absolutely correct, lots of things happen after your death but none of them include you.”


Rev. Nikolas Kaiser – Hate to break it to you, but evangelicals and a large percentage of other republicans ARE the reason that the pandemic continues. I have a couple of questions for you and your flock: When you come to a stop sign or light, do you ignore it and just keep driving since God will protect you? When you need hospital care, do you refuse medication and other health services because God will protect you? Have you volunteered to help people in Africa with Ebola because God will protect you? I suggest that you and your flock stay home and pray for all those people who you likely infected already or will infect if you go out in public.

Doug Hampton

This original letter just shows me once again how people can make statistics do whatever they want. If you use the total population as a base line ,which you should to be fair and accurate, the number of vaccinated people goes from 64 to 49%. So that immediately destroys Reverend No Science’s assertion that the unvaccinated aren’t a big part of the problem. Furthermore, how do we know that the unvaccinated are wearing masks? There is no way for sure is the answer!

What we do know is that the unvaccinated currently account for roughly 92% of those hospitalized. Please help me understand how that means that the unvaccinated are not those responsible for the ongoing spread of the pandemic?

Joseph Vendetti

The % of unvaccinated are the ones in the ICU and overwhelmingly health care professionals. Vaccinated may get Covid – I did, maybe it was delta, maybe in was a breakthrough, but my wife and I were able to sit home & recuperate from a bad head cold without burdening the strained system.

I am truly saddened that in the 21st century, in arguably the most developed nation in the world, we read about this kind of thing:
Nearly two weeks after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, a beloved Kentucky pastor has died from the virus despite desperate prayers from his congregation asking the Lord to restore him “back to his normal self.”

Center Point Church in Lexington announced the passing Thursday of Senior Pastor Tim Parsons in a statement posted on Facebook.

“We are saddened by the loss of our beloved Lead Pastor, Tim Parsons,” the statement reads. “He was loved by many and he leaves an impactful legacy in the lives of thousands of people. We are grateful that he is now in the presence of the Savior he loved so deeply and proclaimed so passionately.”

Parsons’ health rapidly deteriorated after he was diagnosed with the virus on Aug. 9. He was hospitalized a few days later. Congregants prayed earnestly for God to restore the pastor in an online service last week. A day before Parsons’ death was announced, the church embarked on a period of prayer and fasting. They pleaded with God for his healing and a list of other needs.

He leaves behind his wife, Susan, and their three children.

James Prendergast

Were the prayers not heard because of the mask mandates. The infamous & disgraced Rev. Jim Baker came out this week stating that God cannot hear the peoples prayers through their masks. “Ignorance is a choice in today’s world”


Besides statements from the likes of the good reverend and the pastor in Kentucky this is what has to be fact checked to the on line crowd who get there “news ” and information.

My grandson showed me a on line video about Queensland, Australia that was presented as building a quarantine compound for newly arrived tourists that is a goverment internment “camp” for un vacated people. Actually it is a safe place for everyone to quarantine for 10 days so they didn’t infect the locals, that he believed was an example of goverment control over the population . This is what happens on line every minute, every day.

Have you looked under your bed, florida?
Many are saying..not saying it’s true, just that many say that’s where the commie socialists are hiding. Just an FYI.


ChuckD, This being the state with the most arrested for the 1/6 assault I check under my shrubs and under the bed every night. They guy carting off the House Speakers lectern is from next town up and few proud boys from down in Sarasota. And of coarse the Arizona CYBER NIGGA is from Sarasota

Social media will be the downfall of this younger generation for facts and truths. Also a few on here who could learn to research and then THINK before posting some of the most as-sine comments imaginable, and worse think there are fact and truth because it was on YouTube. Good grief as you like to say.

Daniel Darling, senior vice president of communications for the National Religious Broadcasters, was fired Friday (Aug. 27) after refusing to recant his pro-vaccine statements.

(RNS) — The spokesman for a major evangelical nonprofit was fired for promoting vaccines on the MSNBC “Morning Joe” cable news show, Religion News Service has learned.

Daniel Darling, senior vice president of communications for the National Religious Broadcasters, was fired Friday (Aug. 27) after refusing to recant his pro-vaccine statements, according to a source authorized to speak for Darling.

During a broadcast on Aug. 2, Darling, an evangelical pastor and author, told host Joe Scarborough about how his faith motivated him to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Darling described the vaccines as an amazing feat of discovery by scientists, some of whom share his Christian faith.

Darling said he was proud to be vaccinated.

“I believe in this vaccine because I don’t want to see anyone else die of COVID. Our family has lost too many close friends and relatives to COVID, including an uncle, a beloved church member and our piano teacher,” Darling told Scarborough.

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