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Letters to the Editor Thursday, Oct. 14


Kim, Montagnino back safe Saratoga

Saratoga Springs, like all American communities, must improve police transparency and accountability.
Under the governor’s executive order, our city’s Police Reform Task Force made significant evidence-based recommendations.
First, “defunding the police” wasn’t advised and is totally unacceptable. Democratic Mayoral candidate Ron Kim (a former Public Safety commissioner who resisted police cutbacks) and Public Safety candidate Jim Montagnino, know this better than anyone.
They understand how important it is to have a fully funded professional police force that everybody can be proud of, regardless of color or ethnicity.
Second, no more “Darryl Mount”-type incidents. It’s unknown if there was police misconduct in this case. Yet, the defensive response to Darryl’s injury and death opened the door to all sorts of theories. Nothing erodes faith in our police more than such confusion.
At minimum, we are entitled to transparency, especially when human life is involved.
Ron Kim and Jim Montagnino favor what the task force recommended, a civilian police review board whose mission is to look objectively at controversial situations. Independent review means accountability, credibility. Kim and Montagnino are committed to a safe Saratoga Springs for everyone.
Sharon Boyd
Saratoga Springs

Niskayuna board lacking credibility

With respect to John Della Ratta’s Oct. 2 letter (“Niskayuna delivering transparent gov’t,”) I have to ask: how gullible does he think we are?
No one has suggested that the town’s “plan” to cut 4% from the budget was a secret. The state  comptroller said that it was improper and resulted in the board adopting an unbalanced budget.
And Mr. Della Ratta’s assertion that the town cannot release details of investigations in violation of HR policies or law to satisfy “prurient” interests is the most absurd of all. The town has done so twice this year.
Most recently, the town released the contents of an anonymous email accusing the deputy chief of police of misconduct without holding a hearing to determine whether those allegations had any basis.
Finally, we just learned that for more than a week, Mr. Della Ratta attempted to conceal the fact that he was arrested for DWI.
Transparency in government?
The hypocrisy is palpable.
This board’s mismanagement has already cost Niskayuna in terms of its credibility, reputation, and actual dollars. I don’t know how much of the town can be salvaged or restored, but neither is possible with this town board.
Barbara Pidgeon
The writer is a retired Niskayuna Justice Court clerk.

Freight train crews are unsung heroes

To the unsung heroes of the pandemic: not once during the pandemic have I read or watched or listened to a story where a nod to or an ode to or a thank you was given to our freight train system and its rail workers.
While truckers (essential, thank you) can haul one to four shipping containers, freight trains are capable of hauling hundreds of shipping containers in one run or the equivalent of miles of shipping containers.
Like truckers, freight trains and rail workers didn’t stop moving during the pandemic, there was no working from home, they did what they always do: delivered! They, too, have been front-line workers, essential to our survival, essential in keeping the country moving.
Next time as you watch those rail cars pass you by or when you hear that train whistle, remember how lucky you are and take a moment to imagine the goods that freight train is hauling — toilet paper, lumber, fuel, corn, auto parts — the essentials of everyday life. I am thankful for our freight trains and their rail workers, may God bless them and keep them safe.
Stephanie Harris



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DIANE & ARTH HOMBACH October 15, 2021
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I bet Fred won’t be sending back his ss increase.

PS……as a result of 2 of my recent letters to the Gazette opinion page:

To the COWARD who continues to send unsigned, zero return address, nasty racist letters to my home about my letters…… I’m taking all your letters to the Schdy Police Dept tomorrow.

ChuckD October 15, 2021
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“If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ’22 and ’24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.”

ChuckD October 14, 2021
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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew G. McCabe, fired by the Trump Dept. of Justice after a Trump temper tantrum, has been made whole having had this pension restored, with $200,000 back pay, and the idiotic firing expunged from his record. In addition he will receive the cuff links given to senior executives and a plaque with his mounted F.B.I. credentials and badge,
The emperor-wannabe continues to be exposed as a fraud and broken individual.

RAYMOND HARRIS October 14, 2021
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News Brief: Five people were killed and two were injured in a bow and arrow attack yesterday in Norway. A 37-year-old man has been arrested and charged, and he is believed to have acted alone. Authorities said it’s too early in the investigation to have figured out the suspect’s motive. The attack came on the eve of a new government after last month’s parliamentary elections unseated the long-ruling Conservative Party. Police officers across Norway have now been ordered to carry firearms as a precaution — a rarity for the country.

What really caught my eye was the very last sentence (“firearms as a precaution – a rarity for the country”). Just envision if we outlawed guns in the U.S. like Norway and other civilized countries around the world, we would only have to worry about bows and arrows and not hi-powered arms that Americans tote around all the time killing each other over parking spots, noisy neighbors, etc.

Florida2015 October 14, 2021
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jclark124, Fred is a follower of the other CRT. Can’t Really Think.

William Marincic October 14, 2021
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A couple days ago the usual lefties, ChuckD and Lou attacked Joe Vendetti because he has guns. Joe V stated that if people want to kill they will find a way. Well, in today’s headlines on Fox was this.

The deadly bow-and-arrow attack carried out by a Danish suspect in a small Norwegian town yesterday that claimed the lives of five people “currently appear[s] to be an act of terrorism,” Norway’s national security agency announced Thursday.

The suspect – a Muslim convert who was previously flagged as having been radicalized, according to police – is accused of having shot at people in a number of locations in the town of Kongsberg on Wednesday evening. Several of the victims were in a supermarket, police said.

FRED BARNEY October 14, 2021
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“My God people, let’s all as Americans, stop this nonsense…”

Given the Democrats’ critical race theory I find it to be unreasonable for one of them support the notion of the racial libel notion of Americans.

FRED BARNEY October 14, 2021
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The people on social security are getting a 5.9% to help them deal with the effects of the Biden prosperity. This should help them, in an attempt to maintain their standard of living, to afford enough gas to get to the food pantry and the salvation army.

LOUIS RESTIFO October 14, 2021
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Again not on topic with today’s letter, but certainly ongoing top news. ~ The House select committee’s investigation of the Jan. 6 attack.

I am absolutely repulsed by ANYONE defending, or even being complacent regarding Donald John Trump’s egregious coup attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election.

My God people, let’s all as Americans, stop this nonsense, accept the fact that that trump LOST the election and realize by not acknowledging that fact you are a part of an effort to destroy American democracy.