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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, Oct. 6


Merger threatens end-of-life comfort

This proposed merger between Ellis Medicine and St. Peter’s Health Partners greatly concerns New Yorkers like me who advocate for improving and expanding end-of-life care options.
As your Sept. 17 article (“One woman denied is unacceptable”) notes: “St. Peter’s Health is part of Michigan-based Trinity Health, which … conforms to the U.S. Conference of Bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.”
These directives specify: “In principle, there is an obligation to provide patients with food and water, including medically assisted nutrition and hydration for those who cannot take food orally.
“This obligation extends to patients in chronic and presumably irreversible conditions (e.g., the ‘persistent vegetative state’) who can reasonably be expected to live indefinitely if given such care.”
In direct contrast, studies show most people want to die at home, without pain, and surrounded by loved ones, not kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.
In my experience advocating for terminally ill New Yorkers, they are desperate for end-of-life care that eases their suffering and allows them a more peaceful, natural death.
Denying these legal options —like voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, palliative sedation, and withdrawal of care — will prolong the dying process and cause incredible suffering.
The proposed new Ellis/St. Peter’s Health Partners System would put physicians and other healthcare providers in the untenable position of having to explain to patients why they are being denied care that would give them comfort and peace.
It is not only alarming — it’s nothing short of unconscionable.
Corinne Carey, Esq.
The writer is New York State director of Compassion & Choices.

Vote for Spa Dems to move city ahead

How important is it to vote on Nov. 2? Local elections have a huge impact on your day-to-day life affecting your local schools, roads, land-use, environment, and businesses.
They resonate towards the entire nation and in return, your local officials have affected them.
Local candidates often rise to state, even national office. In January, some of the local Saratoga County Republican committee went to the Jan. 6 protest in Washington, in which insurrectionists attempted to disrupt the certification of our national election process. Five people were killed.
Recently, they attempted to locally sponsor Scott Presler, an anti-Muslim speaker and “insurrectionist” who is being investigated by the U.S. Select Committee on the Jan. 6th Insurrection.
Mr. Presler promotes the big lie about the election being stolen. By inviting Mr. Presler, our Saratoga County Republican Committee has condoned this dangerous rhetoric.
Local mayoral candidates claiming to be independent, but endorsed by the Republican committee, are too close to this activity.
I believe a two-party system as healthy discourse on local issues moves us forward. This isn’t happening right now.
Row A Democratic slate of experienced candidates include Ron Kim, Jim Montagnino, Minita Sanghvi, Dillon Moran, Domenique Yermolayev, Tara Gaston, and Shaun Wiggins. Learn more at
Pat Tuz
Saratoga Springs
The writer is chairperson of the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee.


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Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Florida2015 October 6, 2021
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I would bet a lot of the French would agree with you about now, and a few other things Catholic Bishops should have no opinion on to boot.

Fred, As always you missed my point about the people making $10 per hour. Please tell me how much you think they should have to pay in federal taxes after rent,food and a few other basics. What world do you live in?

Joseph Vendetti October 6, 2021
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I don’t believe these men and women are any party. They appear to be drug addicted, jobless, showerless, – I don’t know their cause besides stumbling and begging and if you don’t offer some money – they get violent and agitated.

Frankly looks like videos and pictures I saw from Woodstock.

All the craft beer places we used to hit are closed with bars & wires across windows.

I hope other cities aren’t experiencing that!

BILL WEMPLE October 6, 2021
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Hmm, not one response to the two letters submitted to the Editor today, just same old tiresome arguments each day from usual suspects.

Florida2015 October 6, 2021
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Fred, I’m going out on a limb here not having exact numbers. Are you trying to tell us a understaffed IRS should try and collect and process taxes from individuals in the millions? Sometimes individuals owing or needing refunds for a few hundred or less dollars?
Your theory is right that taxes corporations pay are passed down to the consumer of there goods. But lets say you buy a $50,000 dollar boat or car, and I don’t.
Yes you will help or should help pay that company tax burden with your purchase. By your reasoning they should not have to pay taxes, but me who didn’t make any purchase from them should pay taxes so they don’t have to? And companies who report profits in the millions and billions would not have to pay? What???
Lastly for people let’s say here in Florida who make $10.00 per hour(our new minimum wage) and have just basic expenses like food, rent and car expenses to cover, what amount do you think they should pay so these big corporations don’t have to? Stop posting this theory. we already have the biggest corporations not paying taxes, lets try and go the other way so they do pay there fair share at least.

FRED BARNEY October 6, 2021
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The Democrats with their desire to tax corporations are promoting a considerable waste of money. Corporate taxation involves a considerable public cost of collection. It also involves a considerable expense in trying to avoid paying it. This social waste could be avoided by facing the fact that in the end all taxation falls and individuals, and thus, with great transparency, the equivalent of corporate taxation could be collected via the federal income tax.

FRED BARNEY October 6, 2021
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The supreme court is supposed to decide if a law is consistent with the constitution.
This is done by asking if the law is consistent with the intent expressed in the document. Thus it cannot be fairly said that the court is either liberal or conservative.

RAYMOND HARRIS October 6, 2021
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The sub-headline to the Facebook whistleblower lead story in the Gazette today is a metaphor that reflects the difference between Democrats and republicans. “Company puts profits over people, whistleblower says”. While republicans care only about companies making profits (which will eventually trickle down to the people, a failed GOP concept), Democrats care about people first since if they are well cared for, they will spend the money they earn and everybody prospers, especially businesses. So when I listen to republicans all of sudden denounce Biden’s Build Back Better investment that they assume will increase the national debt, despite the proposed tax increase on those making over $400,000 and large corporations that will offset the cost, I shake my head in disbelief. Trump and the GOP increased the national debt $8 TRILLION over his four years due to the tax cuts for the rich and overspending on nothing tangible for the general public. For 96% of us, voting republican is against your own interest. Be a Dem and prosper.

Joseph Vendetti October 6, 2021
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Totally off any topic – but I’m just leaving Portland OR (had to visit for large demolition project).

Extremely scary what this once beautiful vibrant city & outskirts have become. I don’t know the dynamics but last time I visited (6 yrs ago) we could do craft beer crawl, shop, etc – that is all gone, replaced w/tents, occupied by I don’t know what.

Pretty scary