Biden makes peace, but at what price?
President Biden should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his actions in Afghanistan.
His single minded pursuit of withdrawal, regardless of possible consequences, ensures “peace for our time.” His willingness to abandon American citizens, allies and friends has set the gold standard on how American and other countries should react to red lines.
He has stopped the civil war in Afghanistan and enabled a government to be installed which believes the 11th century was a great century concerning women rights, justice and individual freedom.
The deference of our military and state department to the Taliban instructions is directly attributable to Joe Biden as the buck stops there.
Joe Biden should have invited the Taliban to attend the New York City 9/11 ceremonies to jointly mark the end of 20 years of conflict and to solidify his credentials for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Consider what kind of America we want
When this country was founded, the desperate people fleeing religious persecution in Europe boarded boats with a chance that they might survive the journey to freely practice their beliefs without prejudice or fear of prosecution.
Individually by their combined focus made our country what it is today.
Unfortunately today the United States has devolved into the secular abyss from which our Founding Fathers fled. There was a unifying goal to make the New World a better place for all.
Read the words written by those brave souls that focus on “We the People…” not headlines “here are my rights.” Look in the mirror and see if you are WE or a me and ask yourself if you want to be from America or Texas.
Better decisions come from free discussion
Since when is it OK for City Council members to use the resolution process to denounce the views of a city resident with whom they disagree, as Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas and John Polimeni recently attempted to do as reported in the Sept. 8 Gazette (“Council committee declines to denounce comments”)?
Justifying their resolution because the city resident is a member of the school board does not make their actions any more acceptable.
Representative bodies, such as the City Council, make better decisions when matters are openly discussed and a range of voices are encouraged.
Yet, Zalewski-Wildzunas and Polimeni’s action sends the message to school board members – and county legislators, state legislators and other elected officials – that they need to keep their mouths shut when it comes to issues under the City Council’s jurisdiction.
Or perhaps it is only the views of those they oppose that Zalewski-Wildzunas and Polimeni wish to silence?
The city would be much better served if council members spent their time debating the merits of policy initiatives rather than attacking another public official.
State should lower threshold for DWI
The covid pandemic has impacted just about every aspect of our daily lives.
At the same time, unfortunately, it hasn’t slowed the carnage created by drunk driving.
Since 2000, the nation’s DWI fatality rate has stubbornly remained around 10,000 annually. Drunken driving is a preventable crime.
There’s an Assembly bill, A9179, and Senate bill, S131, that would lower the BAC (blood alcohol content) from 0.08 % to 0.05% in New York state.
Utah, along with dozens of other places, has passed laws to lower the legal BAC. The results: lower DWI deaths and injuries. In 2017, Utah passed a 0.05 BAC and witnessed a 70% and 30% reduction in deaths and crashes, respectively. Their DWI rates have remained significantly low.
While DWI tougher laws have been passed, the death rate hasn’t changed in over 20 years. Lowering BAC to 0.05 takes a proactive approach proven to saves lives. It gets the driver to consider their sobriety before they get behind the wheel. Considering that a person begins to lose their peripheral vision at 0.02, no one is safe sharing the roads with drivers operating with a 0.05 BAC.
I can say with confidence that 0.05 is the vaccine for drunken driving. The data proves it. We just need to urge our Assembly and Senate to support A.9179 and S.131. The next time you read about the latest DWI tragedy, pick up the phone, call your representatives and tell them to do the right thing. You can make a difference.
The writer is president of Remove Intoxicated Drivers.
Real patriots would dump Trump loyalists
Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn has hit a new low in his grab for political power.
Knowing his fate is tied to Trump’s approval and support, he recently stated he would reluctantly take up arms against his fellow citizens if elections continue to be rigged. This pathetic attempt to please Trump by calling Biden’s election rigged has been shown to be unfounded by every Republican Secretary of State and dozens of court cases.
Even Trump’s fawning Attorney General William Barr said the election results were accurate.
But the big lie that Trump actually won continues to be promulgated among Trump cultists, including many Evangelical Christians, White Supremacists and authoritarian Republicans. Cawthorn has joined the ranks of mad Rudy Giuliani, revolting Steve Bannon, and the drug-addled pillow salesman Mike Lindell.
He is threatening political violence if Republicans don’t win in the next congressional and presidential elections. If Republicans were real patriots, they would vote to expel Cawthorn, Greene, Gosar, Gaetz, Gomer and other Trump worshiping misfits.
Anthony J. Santo
Niskayuna residents aren’t just Democrats
As a former Niskayuna school board member and current board of directors member with a local community organization, I know from experience that there are many benefits to working in a board setting that represents diverse views, including those from different political parties.
I especially see the need for this diversity on the current Niskayuna Town Board, which is stacked with Democratic members that have served multiple terms. They are entrenched and completely intolerant of any member who doesn’t fall in line with what Democratic leadership dictates. And as we have seen over the last few election cycles, they are openly hostile to our current Republican supervisor. Why? Just because she’s a Republican?
Niskayuna is made up of Republicans, conservatives and a lot of others who aren’t registered with any party, too. Not just Democrats.
With the election season upon us, I expect we will see more ugly campaigning against the Republican candidates. The Democrats would do well to remember that they are not deciding partisan issues at the town board level and that regardless of party affiliation, we are all neighbors — even during election season. Perhaps a change is the best way to get that message through.
Story placement has impact on news bias
On page A9 of the Sept. 3 Daily Gazette in one of the largest headlines I have ever seen: “Nation divided over law,” the page devotes half the space to those who support the new Texas law, and half the space to those who don’t.
The whole page gives a completely wrong impression of where Americans stand on this issue.
According to a Gallup poll from June, only 32% of Americans wanted the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision overturned, while 58% of Americans opposed overturning it.
I suggest that editors at the Daily Gazette pay attention to not only the accuracy of the facts that they print, but also to how the story appears in the newspaper.
Time to restore GOP majority in House
President Biden went on national television and proceeded to blame his predecessor for the disaster of our withdrawal from Afghanistan, and then took credit for how great a success it was.
This after lying to the American public about the threat of the Taliban takeover, not to mention the fact that they’re now in possession of billions of dollars’ worth of Pentagon weaponry and equipment.
Biden is telling us that what we’re seeing with our own eyes isn’t actually happening. I thought once Trump was gone, so too would be the gaslighting from our leaders. I thought wrong.
Where’s the accountability? Our Congressman Paul Tonko, who had constituents stuck in Afghanistan, is totally missing in action. His last tweet on Afghanistan was over a week ago and it was him praying for our troops and allies — something he himself has said isn’t enough during prior crises. We need real leadership and accountability, not gaslighting and hypocrisy. We need a Republican House of Representatives so we can restore checks and balances and bring real accountability to Washington.
I’ll be voting for Paul Tonko’s opponent, Liz Joy, next November and suggest other independent-minded voters in the Capital Region do so as well.
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