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Letters to the Editor Sunday, Sep. 26


We must all think before taking action

It has been 20 years since terrorists commandeered airliners and piloted them into buildings in New York and Washington.
People of goodwill throughout the world shared our grief about the innocent deaths and destruction.
Unfortunately, our country’s response became an even bigger disaster. It was stoked by often irrational fear and false alarms about weapons of mass destruction. Most citizens supported regime changing invasions in Afghanistan and then Iraq.
Many citizens also accepted use of torture and long-term detention of suspects at Guantanamo. It has caused loss of good friends and created more enemies.
It has probably been used for recruiting by groups hostile to our country.
Our misguided 20-year “War on Terrorism” has caused an estimated million deaths and cost trillions of dollars.
It has caused an epidemic of stress related mental problems and suicides of our multiply deployed service men and women.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia. Others were from the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Egypt. These are countries the United States considers to be allies.
Common sense response would be defense rather than offense.
The 9/11 attacks could not have happened if the cockpit doors had been locked. They have been locked afterwards. A 9/11 type attack can never happen again.
A lesson for the present and future generations is to do more critical thinking before acting.
It is the best safeguard against a repeat of our country’s disastrous response to the 9/11 attacks.
Frank Wicks

Saratoga Springs needs Montagnino

Jim Montagnino, Democratic candidate for Saratoga Springs Public Safety commissioner, has 33 years of service in our criminal justice system, both as prosecutor and court attorney. He has seen it all from both sides of the bench.
Jim’s deep respect for the law underlies his strong conviction that it must be administered fairly and in a non-partisan manner.
We have just seen the current commissioner engage in politically motivated arrests of peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators, generating a lot of publicity for herself.
The allegations were on the level of a traffic ticket.
When asked to comment, Tracy LaBelle, Jim’s Republican opponent, had no immediate reply. Jim issued a statement that criminal procedure law authorizes the issuance of a summons in place of an arrest warrant in such situations.
Remembering that those charged reported to the police station voluntarily without any threat of absconding, why wasn’t normal procedure followed? Why were they handcuffed and locked up?
What is required to tone down the animosity is a public safety commissioner who respects the office and enforces laws appropriately.
Jim Montagnino is exactly what we need during these turbulent and polarizing times.
Alice Smith
Saratoga Springs

Column and headline were inappropriate

The headline of Carl Strock’s Sept. 19 guest column, “Lost in Translation: Hard to sympathize with Saratoga BLM protesters, but 2013 death of Black man deserves an impartial investigation,” encapsulates one of the problems with the piece.
While this headline may be an editorial decision, its structure, like the structure of the piece, curiously places the “bad” behavior of the protesters over the criminally questionable behavior of the police.
Mr. Strock’s reprimands over “vitriol” and “aggressiveness” are symptoms of “white fragility,” an expression often derided, yet telling. Is Strock more offended by bad language than by bad deeds of institutions? Are his sensibilities offended?
ffective protests cannot be quiet and mannerly. Racist and inequitable treatment is an affront that must be fought, whether by law or by bullhorns, not by saying “please, let us in.”
I would expect a writer such as Strock to be more thoughtful in his social analysis.
His scolding column has more of the feel of Ms. Manners (Judith Martin), yet even she would deem his chastising as boorishly inappropriate.
Siu Ng


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Racist and inequitable treatment is an affront that must be fought, whether by law or by bullhorns, not by saying “please, let us in.” Siu Ng Schenectady

Being against racism means that race based policies are unacceptable. That would require an end to diversity programs and have university admissions turn on test scores. Alternatively racism is acceptable if it helps my tribe. Trying to have it both ways is not a viable option!

Ms. Ng’s letter demonstrates the reactionary tendency that’s only exacerbated social tensions (that’s amplified by social media). If only we could stop expecting the insult, and then breaking it down into either “A” or “B” to support our reaction.

I did not read Mr. Strock’s headline the way she did, at all, and I’ll support the civil rights movement to the end, as I have since the 60’s. Protest and civil disobedience is integral to the health of our nation.

But using the firehose approach where you disrupt everything
-even the established processes where reasoned judgement is supposed to be meted out (which admittedly doesn’t always happen),
-even when you disrupt efforts to heal wounds and insult families you’re ostensibly representing with obscenities and provocation for photo ops is not productive and only hurts the cause.

That needs addressing too, and if you can’t take the criticism, if you’re on some self-righteous trip for the sake of drawing more attention to your self than your cause, you need to be called out too. I protest fake protesters!

I’ve attended too many demonstrations, of causes “Right” and “Left”, that became stage appearances for individuals looking for their 15 minutes of fame; more about ‘look at me’, than ‘hear our cause’.

William, from yesterday’s remark about Biden owning his decisions…please look up “Biden takes responsibility for Afghanistan and treatment of Haitians,” for example.
Yes, Biden did inherit cruel policies and dismantled programs that needed to be put back together, but he kept Title 42, didn’t he. He’s taking heat, but owning it. (And the border is closed except for unaccompanied children…unlike 45 who purposely traumatized them).

When in our lifetime have we lacked a peaceful transfer of power where Biden’s administration was kept out…during a pandemic no less! When Obama was elected, Bush worked with him to stabilize the economy before taking office, for the good of the country. 45 is a lying, vindictive, p*ssy who isn’t man enough to admit he lost…even while Americans were dying!
Biden was working and planning out of his house like millions of Americans, modeling appropriate behavior during a pandemic. Then closer to the election, he held successful drive ins that were a clever way not to spread disease–unlike 45 who drove up covid cases!

Biden regularly holds press briefings where he tells us about a situation, gives background information, and explains why he makes the decisions he does…without making crap up. He’s not good at winging it perhaps, but still communicates thoughtful, informative responses…because the words of a president matter…whether you agree with his stance or not.

William Marincic

Jclark, are you kidding me? Biden had to dismantle trumps policies, like what the southern border where we had to remain in Mexico policy where they could ask to come in from there without flooding or border? The Supreme Court even ruled that the remaining Mexico policy is legal and needs to stay but Biden and his criminal operation is going against what the Supreme Court said and is continuing to allow hundreds of thousands of illegals to flood our country full of diseases. i’m just curious JClarke why don’t you tell me what good it does to allow hundreds of thousands of illegals with no jobs, no money and no one to take care of them into our country, tell me what good it is for America, why you support it, I’m waiting to hear your answer. And not just your answer I’m waiting to hear the same answer from ChuckD, Ray Harris, and Lou Restifo, if you have the guts then you’ll answer that question why it’s a good idea to let hundreds of thousands of broke and sick illegals into our country.

You don’t get an answer because it’s a fabrication and we don’t believe in fabrications. And we know your “hundreds of thousands of broke and sick illegals” really means in your hearts, “hundreds of thousands of broke and sick Blacks and Browns” (or likely less complimentary terms). Because you all are hot on this whole “replacement theory” now. You understand we can all tune in to Carlson if we want, right?

There’s your answer.

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