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Letters to the Editor Monday, Sep. 13


Provide more info about Spa City UDO

I have never written a letter to the editor before, but I am writing today because I am worried.
As a resident of Saratoga Springs, I have been trying to understand how a document called the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) will affect the future of our city.
I know this document is filled with important information that affects our quality of life, including the density of development, landscaping of streets, protection of our waterways/ wetlands and planned development in our greenbelt.
After having attended meetings and workshops, I still am unclear how the UDO will impact our vision of the “city in the country.”
But it does appear that our city is going to grow and “the country” is going to shrink. What can we do to change this outcome?
Because this document is complex and there appear to be gaps regarding important issues in public hearings thus far, I urge our City Council to try again to explain the impact of the UDO by showing a side-by-side comparison of the current zoning ordinances versus the proposed changes outlined in the UDO.
We have a great responsibility to protect “our city in the country.”
I urge all residents to get involved before it is too late.
The final draft of this document will be published on Sept. 14 and public hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 21, and Tuesday, Oct. 5.
It is important we get this right. The future of our city depends on it.
Ellen Downing
Saratoga Springs

Ask why kids must always wear masks

I’ll start off by saying I believe masks work to some degree.
Parents all over the country have been pleading with school board members to unmask their children.
I have school-age grandchildren and agree with the parents who want this. This is how I would approach it.
I would contact Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office — she mandated mask wearing in schools — and the local politicians that represent you and your school district, who work for you and are paid by your tax dollars, asking them why you and your children can go into a restaurant with a mask on and as soon as you’re seated, you’re allowed to take the mask off.
Why can’t children, after they are seated at their desks, take their masks off? What’s the difference?
Joanne Hwaszcz



Put attention where it’s most needed

Millions of American citizens are manipulated by the Republican Party to focus the public discourse on female sexuality.
Jesus made reference to this form of tyranny when he called the scribes and Pharisees “blind guides who strain the gnat and swallow the camel.” [Matthew 23].
In a benevolent republic, the leaders inform and educate the populace.
In a corrupt republic, the leaders deceive and manipulate the populace. Our entire nation should be united in working to control climate change and promote economic justice.
Instead, our “blind guides” revive the ignorant motivations of the Salem Witch Trials in modern terms, proclaiming abortion law as the means to control free women who threaten the hierarchy of insecure men.
The cost of rejecting science and provoking infantile emotionalism is that the things that need to be done are left undone.
Even now, while the ice melts and the atmosphere heats, Americans are moving to those cities that are expected to experience extreme heat, flash floods and long-term drought.
The offense of exploiting ignorance as the means to control the people was described by Jesus as “blaspheming against the Holy Spirit,” and as a sin that is not forgivable.
This interpretation supports the viewpoint that Jesus taught science, and it is not a Creator God but rather Mother Nature who is unforgiving.
John M. Medeiros


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In a joint statement, Assemblymen Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, and Phil Steck, D-Schenectady said: “We strongly oppose putting state funding toward a charter school in the City of Schenectady. Schenectady has the most diverse School Board in the history of the City. We have confidence that the School Board will ensure a fair and equitable education for all students so that Schenectady will once again be a leader among all public schools in the nation, as it was years ago.”

At one time education quality was judged by student achievement. To make their case the assemblymen needed only to have documented the current Schenectady students achievements. Perhaps these would not support their view


Joanne Hwaszcz: Glad you realize masks “work to some degree.” Certainly mask wearing is not a 100 % guarantee of preventing the spread of the COVID virus, but it significantly reduces the chances.

The difference with children in school and restaurants is substantial. Shenendehowa has 9,800 students, of which approximately half are under 12 and therefore unvaccinated. 4,900 unvaccinated people in a close proximity to each other for seven hours is an out of control breeding ground for the virus. Masks wearing will substantially lower the risk of spreading the virus.

In restaurants, unvaccinated children are few in numbers and, for the most part, in a close proximity only to the people at their table. The amount of time in a restaurant is about an hour and half not seven. Additionally considering that it is impossible to eat with a mask on.

I am of the opinion of wearing a mask when in a close proximity to people whenever possible and get vaccinated.

Well said Louis. Combatting the virus has always been a balancing act between health and the economy. If you ask the question the other way around, one can clearly see that not every scenario in reducing the spread has a simple solution: If children are required to wear masks in school throughout the day, why aren’t restaurant patrons required to do the same?


In advance of potentially Insurrection 2 planned for Sept. 18 in the nation’s capital, former president George W. Bush had some choice words about the Jan. 6 MAGA insurrectionists during a speech on 9/11. The press recorded it like this:

“Few Americans expected wisdom from former president George W. Bush on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Even fewer expected wisdom on the current state of our politics. That is nevertheless what we got from his remarks in Shanksville, Pa., today.

In perhaps the most important words spoken in his political career, Bush in his remarks at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 drew a straight line between the 9/11 terrorists and the 1/6 terrorists. “We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within,” he said. “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit.” He added, “It is our continuing duty to confront them.” Bush’s words were an indictment not only of the violent MAGA insurrectionists but also, implicitly, of his party that coddles them and the leader whom the 1/6 terrorists wanted to install by force.”

Well said Mr. Bush.

“children of the same foul spirit”
True words.
But Mr. Bush conveniently skips over his critical role.

I always recommend the PBS documentary Frontline, but I double-endorse their latest edition where they draw a straight line from the attacks of September 11th to the attacks of January 6th. In the words of Ben Rhodes, “the January 6th insurrection was the logical endpoint to the 9-11 era”.


Here’s the latest on a likely MAGA supporter:

News Alert: Capitol Police arrest man with bayonet and machete near DNC headquarters

US Capitol Police say they arrested a California man who had multiple knives in his truck, which had a swastika and other White supremacist symbols painted on it, near the Democratic National Committee headquarters early Monday morning.

Looks like yet another loss for the tRump-humpers in Cali. Anyone getting tired of all the losing yet?
I posted my prediction last Wednesday and i just want to point out that Elder and others seem to have already accepted their fate and are gearing up for the lawsuits to come.
What ever it takes to “win”!

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