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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Nov. 2

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Mankind will get what it deserves

As I follow climate change dialog and witness environmental destruction, beginning in the greater Capital Region, I can’t help but trust surviving species will fertilize and irrigate the grave of mankind in a style befitting the legacy of the most savage creature ever to walk the earth.
If history is any indicator, the odds are great that greed, hubris and politics will run out the clock ahead of noble efforts and good intentions.
Mark Rahn
Scotia

Anti-Biden cartoon went over the top

The Oct. 27 Gazette printed a Gary Varvel “cartoon” with a character saying, “Let’s Go Brandon.” Do you have any idea what that phrase means? Look it up….it is a popular euphemism for “F…Joe Biden.” This is even more disgusting than Varvel’s past work. What is wrong with The Gazette editors that this profane garbage is given space in our newspaper? It is past time to dump Varvel’s work for good.
Jane Capello
Saratoga Springs

America’s only hope is Republicans

We are presently experiencing a crossroads. One of the roads is the one President Biden, his fellow Democrats and his administration are traveling. That road leads to socialism.
The other road is the one that we, as Americans, have traveled for the last 240 years. That road is paved with the Constitution — freedom, capitalism, limited government, etc. That road is being stopped with a “road closed” sign.
The road is being closed due to Biden’s critical race theory, cancel culture, out-of-control inflation and gas prices making everyone poorer, people being paid not to work, people losing their jobs for refusing the vaccine mandate, and increasing the tax burden. Our only hope is that the Republican Party wins control of Congress in 2022.
Richard and Wanda Colyer
Schoharie

High River will be good for everyone

Agriculture has played a major role in the town of Florida’s economic well-being.
It goes without saying these are challenging times for our economy and rural lifestyle. That is why our family farm, Dabar Farm, LLC, has signed on to be part of the High River Energy solar project.
Since we inherited our property twelve years ago, we struggle to hold on to it. NextEra offers a way to let us keep our property, keep the land base sustained for farmland, and provide opportunity for future generations.
We need to reach 100% clean energy within the decade or Earth’s temperature will rise resulting in horrifying costs to humans, animal life and economic security.
Regarding complaints about views from the homes being disrupted, the project will have vegetation planted and maintained by NextEra. As a landowner, we have the right to develop our property as we choose. I am sure back in the day when power and phone lines were strung across the countryside, there was the same reaction.
In closing, High River is expected to provide millions in revenue to the county, town and school district to invest in infrastructure, additional service and resources for the residents.
There will be opportunities for local businesses to supply materials, employment for jobs during construction, and three or four positions for over 20 years.
High River will allow us to sustain our land and keep it in our family for generations to come.
Diane Kutnicki
Amsterdam

 

 

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Joseph, the problem with that is the gop constantly throws out vague terms that they claim are “issues” and the candidates push lies (mostly culture clashes, not true policies). I’ve been witnessing interviews with voters in Virginia that are against CRT and they can’t even explain it. They don’t know that CRT is not even taught in their state!
Can Richard and Wanda Colyer even explain CRT or Socialism? Do they even know that extra money for unemployment stopped the beginning of Sept and it was because of the pandemic?

Doug Hampton

First I totally agree with Joe in that one should vote for an individual and not a political party. I also agree with jclark in that I think most people truly don’t understand either Socialism or Critical Race Theory. Medicare and Social Security for example are both very popular but can easily be put in the Socialistic category. Point is that Socialism is not as cut and dry as the right would have one believe. Regarding CRT, I confess that I wish that I had a better handle on it than I do but the racial divide in our country is still quite profound and we just can’t brush it under the rug as many would like. We do need to teach American History in a far more comprehensive manner, one that hopefully will lead to a better understanding of what really happened, but not in a confrontational manner.

William Aiken

“They don’t know that CRT is not even taught in their state!”

Really jclark? this link is proof that leftists Dems will lie for political gain and never pay a penalty for it. You may want to fact check any claim by a Dem before you parrot it.

https://wset.com/news/nation-world/documents-reveal-mcauliffe-pushed-virginia-schools-to-teach-critical-race-theory

A leaked document appears to show the Virginia Department of Education encouraged public schools to “embrace” critical race theory (CRT) while Democrat Terry McAuliffe was governor.

McAuliffe, who is running for Virginia governor again this year, recently claimed critical race theory has “never been taught in Virginia,” and criticized those concerned about critical race theory for promoting a divisive “dog-whistle.”

LOUIS RESTIFO

Critical race theory is a subject ALL Americans should become educate on and should be taught in all schools.

“Knowing the illness is half of the cure.” ~~ Knowing and acknowledging the history, as well current aspects of our existing racism is imperative for resolve. Racism must be hit head in an effort to work toward eliminating it, so as to attain EQUALITY FOR ALL MANKIND.

Anyone who doesn’t agree with this, I personally believe to be a racist and is playing a part in contributing to social injustice and human inequality, a dark aspect of America.

Everything in life is not about “me” and money. We’re ALL in this together, Black, White and Brown.

William, what I found is that CRT is NOT taught in VA schools, and the only sites about McAuliffe pushing it is from conservative (right) websites. Apparently, Youngkin was the one that said at a rally that it was being taught.

As far as F**ker Carlson, listen how he fawns over the Hungarian Authoritative leader: BUDAPEST — It’s been a meeting of conservative fellow travelers: a jovial host — who heads an authoritarian government bent on targeting liberal institutions, including universities, the judiciary and the media — and his American guest exchanging grins.
In a week in which he broadcast nightly from Budapest, the American talk show host Tucker Carlson posed for pictures with and interviewed Hungary’s authoritarian leader, Viktor Orban, and took a helicopter to inspect a Hungarian border fence designed to keep out migrants.
The visit by Mr. Carlson, the top-rated host on the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News, bolsters Mr. Orban’s mission to establish Budapest as an ideological center for what he sees as an international conservative movement.
For Mr. Carlson, the Hungary trip was an opportunity to put Mr. Orban, whom he admires, on the map for his viewers back home, a conservative audience that may be open to the sort of illiberalism promoted by the Hungarian leader. On Wednesday’s show, Mr. Carlson praised Hungary as a “small country with a lot of lessons for the rest of us.” NYTIMES

William, given that there’s obviously a huge divide over this subject called Critical Race Theory, and given that it’s been defined here several times, could you please give your definition of it, and what exactly bothers you about it? You folks who are troubled by this subject, you’re in the minority so you obviously see something there that others don’t.
So I’m asking, respectfully, what is CRT to you and what parts of it bother you?

William Aiken

I object to dividing people into categories of victims and oppressors based on skin color, which is the basis for identity politics. CRT gurus Ibram X. Kendi and Ta-Nehisi have become quite wealthy preaching this divisive message. There’s a connection between identity politics that divides people into groups and the premise of CRT. Teaching children that they are a victims is akin to child abuse. It ruins them. These points I raise will come to fruition, today when parents in VA go to the voting booth. Its a concern that resonates with Parents and its motivating the public to vote Republican.

You can be dismissive, for my not offering you a text book definition. But that would be a mistake. The issue of educating our kids will be the club that the GOP beats Dems into submission in 2022. This governor’ s race in VA has turned the tables on education. After years of Democrats dominating the classroom, the issue is now owed by Republicans.

So I gave you an honest opportunity to describe how you understand it, and you in return gave what appears to be a Republican candidate’s stump speech. I honestly reached out to you in a civil manner and you would not take the time to offer *your* opinion on it. Who’s insulting who? You seem pretty literate. What’s preventing you from doing some research of your own? Laziness. Intellectual laziness.

You, and all your noisy, belligerent, uneducated cohorts (a significant minority of the US population) are mistaken and simply buying into someone else’s agenda. You are very much mistaken about what Critical Race Theory is and you’re just (once again) playing the victim in this.

I, and I believe most people, will let the oppressed say when the oppression’s over. Or do you have a problem with that too?
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And I guess you think that as goes Virginia, so goes the country? You sound desperate for a victory.

LOUIS RESTIFO

“Teaching children that they are a victims is akin to child abuse. It ruins them.” ~ How about not sticking your head in the sand and get on board with educating “children” to American history, indicating that people WERE divided into “categories” and Blacks were not considered as equals and still are not by so many White supremacists. ~ Racism is alive and should be a eradicated by any means possible. Period! ~ Apparently you don’t understand or care about that perhaps because you’re a privileged White male and enjoy the unfair advantage.

LOUIS RESTIFO

“Our only hope is that the Republican Party wins control of Congress in 2022.” ~ Richard and Wanda Colyer, I agree, as long as you’re hoping for the demise of America and democracy as we have known it for the past 234 years.

Greed, racism, power, lack of compassion and indifference to fellow humans with total disregard of consequence to everyone and everything, including Mother Earth (climate change) is what the new world order of the alt-right is pushing for, and the saddest part is the vast majority don’t realize what they are being brainwashed into backing.

All are children will be paying the price for this insane movement. 😢

DIANE & ARTH HOMBACH

Thank you Louis…..

“they” have no idea what “they” are talking about. Critical Race Theory is not taught in any elem, middle or high school in our USA, period.

If people attacked White Supremacy like they are attacking CRT there would be no need for Critical Race Theory.

Doug Hampton

And it is all predicated on fear and FOX plays on that each and every day. Anyone who doesn’t see through their game plan either likes it as it is presented or they are unwilling and/or unable to see this for what it is.

Mr. Hampton, I would say that Fox has been more right on every issue than CNN or the MSM. Biden was elected as an alternative to Trump because he told people that he would unite America, he can’t even unite his own party and his party could care less as they continue to embarrass him including the world stage where Biden is touting his Green Deal and the same day as his G20 speech Joe Mancin said he is not supporting it. Biden like Obama is on an apology tour while everything he touches turns to crap. Biden is the epitome of a dumpster fire.

Doug Hampton

Oh is that what your completely unbias scoreboard says! First of all that was not primarily why Biden was elected. That was a nice try though. Biden was elected because first the Democrats came together during the D primaries and made a realistic conclusion….that despite their differences (that part you are right on) they all threw their support for Biden because they wanted to win. I have said on this forum numerous times that the enthusiasm for Trump was and is greater than the Biden voters. The real reason Biden was elected was Trump’s handling of the Corona Virus was a complete disaster. If he had just been honest with the public about it’s potential danger and all that along with it , despite 2 impeachments ,he would still be the President today. Unfortunately for you and tyour fellow Trumpsters, Trump wouldn’t know the truth about anything if it came and bit him on the nose! You are correct , however , that because all the moderate Republicans have left the party that the R party is smaller but more unified and the D party ,although bigger, has a bigger tent ,
consequently more disagreement has been the result. I think that is inarguable. I am not trying to be right or even keeping score but my point is that FOX operates from a position of fear. I know you don’t like Biden, and that’s okay , but your last 2 lines tell me nothing other than what channel you watch. I suggest you ask yourself what it is you are afraid of and just explore how you came to think how you do. That’s all. Oh and one last thing , Joe Manchin (not Mancin) is a Democrat in a very Republican state….that’s all pure politics as he wants to hang on to his very lavish houseboat just a little bit longer. I know that FOX spun it totally differently! Be well Zachary

William Aiken

“Trump’s handling of the Corona Virus was a complete disaster.”

Without Trump’s Operation Warp Speed there would still be no vaccines. Also, 45 took a lot of heat for closing travel with China, which saved countless lives. Biden ran on the premise that he could bring the country together. Biden refused to give any credit to his predecessor for producing the vaccines. He missed a great opportunity to unite the country and failed to deliver his biggest campaign promise.

Biden claimed Trump for responsible for every single Covid death. Now the number of Covid deaths under Biden’s presidency has surpassed covid deaths that occurred under 45.

Florida2015

William Aiken, Maybe this will help you understand how wrong your STRONG defense of you favorite commentator on Fox at 8 pm. From the company he works for own attorneys. Hardly truth to power. And have you ever watched any of his interviews when guest strays from what he wants to talk truth about and they want to tell the actual truth?
https://www.npr.org/2020/09/29/917747123/you-literally-cant-believe-the-facts-tucker-carlson-tells-you-so-say-fox-s-lawyer

In case you don’t want to read the link here is the head line, and it’s from NPR who has no agenda of being left or right leaning.
You Literally Can’t Believe The Facts Tucker Carlson Tells You. So Say Fox’s Lawyers

Florida, what did you expect defense lawyers to say? It was one case and Fox won. If you want to be fair,
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nativeamerican/cnn-hit-with-275-million-defamation-suit-by-kentucky-student-idUSKBN1QU0BY

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/07/media/cnn-settles-lawsuit-viral-video/index.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2019/12/06/fox-nbc-cnn-all-hit-with-high-profile-lawsuits/?sh=3ccce0fa2e7a

https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/alan-dershowitz-cnn-lawsuit-libel-1234771016/

https://www.courthousenews.com/devin-nunes-makes-good-on-pledge-to-sue-cnn-for-libel/

https://www.foxnews.com/media/trump-campaign-sues-cnn-false-defamatory-statements-millions-damages

Oopsy, you’ve posted a boatload of nonsense, again:

reuters.com/article/us-usa-nativeamerican/cnn-hit-with-275-million-defamation-suit-by-kentucky-student-idUSKBN1QU0BY
cnn.com/2020/01/07/media/cnn-settles-lawsuit-viral-video/index.html
– Both of these are the same thing. Settled by CNN out of court for an undisclosed sum.

forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2019/12/06/fox-nbc-cnn-all-hit-with-high-profile-lawsuits/?sh=3ccce0fa2e7a
– Nothing here impugning media outlets, just the lawsuits which anyone can file.

variety.com/2020/tv/news/alan-dershowitz-cnn-lawsuit-libel-1234771016/
– Unsettled yet, as far as I can tell.

courthousenews.com/devin-nunes-makes-good-on-pledge-to-sue-cnn-for-libel/
– “The lawsuit seeking over $435 million in damages was rejected by U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who said the California Republican failed to request a retraction in a timely fashion or adequately state his claims.”

foxnews.com/media/trump-campaign-sues-cnn-false-defamatory-statements-millions-damages
– A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit President Donald Trump’s campaign had filed against CNN for a 2019 opinion piece about former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling.

Florida2015

William Aiken,
To save you some embarrassment, (if that’s possible) I’m letting you know anytime you reference Tucker Carlson as your source or a statement you think is the truth and him as the source I am going to re post what I posted above. It took longer to type the request in than google to bring it up. It was the top of the page followed my many more references to the same law suit where Fox lawyers made that statement. Try harder for better sources.

I imagine Republicans are issued laminated wallet cards with the list of Liberal grievances that they can whip out and recite whenever things get tough in their worldview (such as it is).
Laminated of course because of the spittle that inevitably flies as they intone their mantra.
Certainly the Colyers of Schoharie have theirs at the ready!

Florida2015

Zachery, Thank you for the links. As your links point out for ALL media there is a difference between opinion and facts. For any one to say a commentator or reporter today is truth to power is missing CRT skills (Can’t Really Think)
No one should expect especially in the partisan politics of today there favorite network to be broadcasting the absolute truth. Lets not forget all the talking heads on the night time prime time shows (and they are shows) are paid very highly for the viewers they bring in. That does not guarantee truth to power for any one host. Anyone who believes that of any of them on any network is being grossly mislead and it shows with statements William made about Carlson. He is a lot of things but a truth teller he is not as the lawyers stated. It’s like believing what you see on twitter or fb without facts to verify it. I believe you certainly are not in that category nor am I. Have a good evening.

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