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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Oct. 26


Do what you can to end the covid crisis

Mask not what your country can do for you, mask what you can do for your country! I’m paraphrasing JFK’s inaugural speech. Yes, masks and vaccines are what we can do for our country to try to end this terrible covid scourge.
The sight of over 730,000 white flags on the National Mall commemorating lives lost (each with a pitiful story) makes it heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, tears-inducing and incredibly sad. Let’s please get together and MAKE AMERICA WELL AGAIN.
Carole Anne Frank
Burnt Hills

Firefighters, cops don’t have desk jobs

I’d like to respond to Bill Denison’s Oct. 21 letter (“Police pay should consider taxpayers.”) Mr. Denison is disputing the fact that police and firefighters can get full retirement by working only 20 years. He said that state workers have to be 55 years old or work 30 years. You can’t possibly compare a state worker to firefighters and police. I am a retired state worker. I didn’t have to wear a heavy suit, carry all sorts of equipment on my back and run into a burning building.
I didn’t have to wear a heavy bulletproof vest and chase after criminals while being shot at. I sat at my desk and did my work.
Occasionally, I’d get up to file (just so I didn’t develop a blood clot from sitting). I worked hard at my desk, but my work certainly was not strenuous. My point is this — I can’t see firefighters or police doing the things they do at 55 years old or even late 40’s. I do agree with Mr. Denison about all of the overtime being allowed when determining the amount of pensions. I think this has been changed, but a lot of people are still grandfathered in.
Lorraine VanDerWerken

Return Lady Liberty and clean her up

I frequently pass the local Statue of Liberty where she has been placed by the railroad bridge. I wholeheartedly agree with James Wilson’s Oct. 9 letter (“Mayor should return Liberty to her home”) recommending that she be returned to Gateway Park, and I would add that she needs a thorough cleaning in the process.
In addition, I believe that all candidates for City Council should be asked to support this proposal.
Joyce M. Cockerham

Republicans are hypocrites, cowards

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) will not force the women of Texas to be vaccinated against covid, but he is forcing the women of Texas to carry a pregnancy to term, even if the pregnancy is the result of a rape. What a hero!
The GOP touts itself as the guardian of the freedom and liberty of the individual unless, of course, that individual is a pregnant woman.
Republicans cherish innocent life in the womb, but have total disregard for innocent life when it is collateral damage. Remember Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq?
You are colossal hypocrites worthy of contempt.
Why don’t each of you pro-life Republicans make a genuine commitment to your cause and adopt a child? Just one more question I pose which will go unanswered by the cowards on the right.
Paul Sator

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Carole Anne Frank–For weeks, I’ve been saying wearing masks and taking the vaccine are our duties as Americans, and thought of JFK just like you mentioned. We need to stop being divisive and come together as Americans! Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ve come together for 20 years, since 911…so not sure if it’s possible anymore.


Come together with so many racist, illogical, indifferent, non-science believing, inflexible self serving individuals? Good luck!


Paul Sator you should read a bit about the law you chose to criticize. All the law does is put a premium on not using the mourning after pill!

Many females who are raped do not even report it or go to the hospital. What do you expect a 12-13 year old raped by her own father to do? She wouldn’t even know what pregnancy is or what to do about it. The gov’t is forcing her to carry and bear her own brother or sister!
It doesn’t matter how you feel about abortion–it MUST remain legal to protect females from botch jobs, sepsis, even death including suicide. Illegal abortion only drives it underground.
So if you truly are anti-abortion, then you should be supporting candidates/programs that help females from getting pregnant in the first place, expand healthcare and clinics instead of shutting them down, and encouraging rape victims to come forward.


Not reporting a crime facilities future crime. Just think how much better the world would be if child molestation was reported soon after it happened. Now we have people seeking financial compensation from the innocent for a crime that should have been reported.


Thanks to the Daily Gazette for printing the entire St. Louis Post Dispatch’s editorial on guns confiscated at airports that I referenced yesterday. I forgot to add the link, but seeing the entire article in the newspaper today is better.

Also noted in the newspaper today is Doyle McManus’ excellent column on Trump running for president again to stay out of jail. All Trump’s sucker contributors are just feeding the beast that could care less about them or the country, just himself. But I hope McManus is wrong and that the law will catch up with the crook before 2024.

From Heather Cox Richardson 10/25/21:
“Caravans” of migrants to our southern border are once again headline news on Fox News…whipping up fears of immigration is standard for authoritarians trying to convince followers to support the loss of civil liberties in order to promote law and order. One of those who rose to power is Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, a figure those on the right are championing these days. Tucker Carlson broadcast from Hungary appreciatively earlier this year, presenting Orbán’s government, which has systematically dismantled democracy, as enviable. The American Conservative Union is planning to have its 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Hungary, as well.
Today, the GAO reported that actions of the Trump administration had undermined U.S. goals in the Northern Triangle countries that are currently driving immigration to the southern border. Since 2008, the U.S. has funded development projects in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to promote economic development, provide security, and combat corruption. This investment was designed, in part, to slow the movement of immigrants escaping the violence and economic dislocation of the region to the U.S. border.
In March 2019, the Trump administration abruptly halted promised money, and that freeze continued until June 2020. Today’s GAO report documented how that suspension hurt 92 of the 114 projects underway under the control of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and 65 of the 168 projects operating under the State Department.
Migration to the border soared, right before the 2020 election.” ALL BIDEN’S FAULT, right?


“Caravans” of migrants to our southern border are once again headline news on Fox News…whipping up fears of immigration is standard for authoritarians trying to convince followers to support the loss of civil liberties in order to promote law and order.”

Jc what is important is for any country to have secure borders.

Yes, under Obama, border crossings were at a 50 year low…that’s what 45 inherited. Then 45 traumatized babies and children away from their parents on purpose with no way to reunite. In 2019, almost a million migrants came to the border…under 45.

Martha Bencic

Once upon a time, a bunch of whackjobs from the Westboro Baptist Church showed up in Albany for one of their stunts. If I recall correctly, EVERY news outlet in the Capital District chose not to cover their antics/ amplify their sick messages.

That was the right stance to take and I wish this paper would take the same stance when someone pulls a political stunt in front of the governor’s mansion in order to get free media exposure.

William Marincic

Bencic and the Patriot Guard Riders which I am a part of block the view from the family of the deceased soldiers from WBC and use our motorcycles to drown out their chants, but we defend their rights to protest, we may not like what they are saying but they have a right to say it.

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