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Letters to the Editor Thursday, Nov. 4


Best site for Liberty is original location

I read The Gazette Oct. 29 editorial (“Compromise on statue’s location?”) with great concern.
When one reads the Gateway Plaza Implementation Plan and walks the current renovated site, in my humble opinion, the enlarging/opening up of the space in Liberty Park/Gateway Plaza and having made the area more “walkable” only reinforces the call of the Plan to return Lady Liberty to her rightful original location, it is the best and right thing to do. State Street may be wide but not unwalkable, I see SCCC students doing it all the time.
It became clear to me that when the mayor gave away the Lady Liberty Boy Scouts plaque, he intended to scrap our Lady.
This was mentioned in a prior Gazette article or editorial saying that a former Boy Scout agreed to take the plaque and save it.
I, however, do not recall the article date, author or name of the Scout. I’m sure a little searching will uncover the article.
There is no better site in Schenectady for our Lady Liberty — City Council, return our Lady Liberty to her proper and rightful location back in Liberty Park!
I am a former Scout who raised money for Lady Liberty and was at the dedication in 1950.
Lance R. Jackson

Find alternatives to leaf blowers

One of the things I do not love about the fall season is the sight and sound of gas powered leaf blowers.
In addition to the noise they create, they are so bad for the environment that some towns have banned their use.
Because they have a two-stroke motor, all of the emissions go directly into the air, including particulate matter. It’s hard to believe, but using a leaf blower for just 30 minutes is equivalent to driving 3,900 miles in a pickup truck.
But there are alternatives. the obvious one is to use an old fashioned rake. It’s great exercise for those who have the stamina and time. Or don’t rake at all — use a mulching lawn mower and allow the mulched leaves to fertilize the grass. If one absolutely has to use a leaf blower, electric and battery-operated versions are much better options.
Vicki Michela

Need help dealing with CPAP company

Pandemic news has obscured other significant news stories including the recall of millions of CPAP machines and respiratory medical devices by the manufacturer, Phillips Resperonics.
I’m one of over 25 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea who use a CPAP machine to get a restful and safe night of sleep.
The problem with over 4 million medical devices made by Phillips was only publicly identified by company press release in mid-June. I learned about my dangerous machine accidentally in July from an independent CPAP supplies dealer. In August, an undated letter from Phillips detailed the dangers of certain of their devices and promised to resolve the problem.
The company said it would either replace or repair the affected devices within one year. That leaves hundreds of thousands of users hung out to dry.
It’s been five months that users have struggled with sleep and/or the decision about continuing usage of their dangerous devices. Neither Medicare nor local private health insurance companies have been prominent in advocating for a speedy resolution.
Media outlets have made passing mention of the problem.
I have gone from being initially alarmed to being very angry. The only entities that seem to be active are a handful of law firms developing several class action lawsuits. I am tired of dealing with a serious health problem without any real assistance from the responsible parties. I am just plain tired; it happens when you have untreated sleep apnea!
John Kucij


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Mr. Jackson, thank you for your letter.

To date there must have been 15 to 20 Gazette editorial letters written, ALL complaining about Lady Liberty’s current location and strongly recommending her being moved back to where she belongs…Liberty Park.

There have been scores of comments on this forum, again ALL calling for her to be moved back to her original home. Other than Gary McCarthy I know of no one who approves of her current, Inappropriate location.

Mayor McCarthy being so stubborn in regards to not returning Lady Liberty to her original and appropriate location certainly does bode well with the people of Schenectady that he is serving.

Did you hear that?

That silence…
– so?

I guess Republicans did well in the elections, otherwise the news and blogs and social media and eventually the courts would be filled with the shrieks of “no fair!!!” and “We’re suing!!!” and “It’s a conspiracy!!!” and “recount the votes!!!”

Democrats know how to be grown-up about it.

Time to grow up and stop blaming an entire segment of citizens for everything you don’t like in life. Republicans won because enough is enough. The only surprise is you didn’t mention Trump.

…sez a person who likely sides with a Republican led demographic that sees all our societal ills as a Liberal/Democratic plot. A demographic where many think a “Deep State” conspiracy robbed them of a King Trump, where many think Democrats eat and sell babies, where many say the insurrection of January 6th was overblown, where many still await a “Great Awakening” to purge the country of the Liberals.

Too presumptuous? More so than you?


Overall, the GOP didn’t do that well. For example, for the first time in 40 years, the opposite party to the president in office didn’t win BOTH the VA and NJ governor races. They only took VA. Dems won a ton of mayor races, too. I’m very surprised that the dreaded “liberal media” didn’t pick up on this historic achievement. And since Annie is looking for a Trump dig, he had nothing to do with VA as he proclaims (how many lies does that make?). If he had campaigned for Youngkin, the guy would have lost! Happy now Annie?


What are you talking about Chuck?

If it’s the Virginia gubernatorial race the Democratic McAuliffe won, it was a landslide. Youngkin got his butt kicked. We just need to find 79,290 votes and prove the election was rigged, rigged, rigged.

We’ve all got to head to Richmond and have a peaceful protest. We can’t stand still and do nothing about this fixed stolen election. Get your animal horns, war paint, bear spray and spearheaded flag, then we’ll attempt to hang somebody in our peaceful protest. How about we set this up for 1/6/22 ? /S of course. We’re not Republicans.


The Opinion page today has some great stuff. Both Gazette editorials were excellent, especially removing political signs which I’ve always found to be lawn litter. Who cares who you are supporting. I don’t decide on my selections based on others’ preference. Do you really think it influences others? The repost of the Charlotte Observer’s call for airlines to pay for mass cancellations that can screw up taxpayer’s and business travel plans after receiving $50 billion government extra subsidies. Howard French’s call to replace confederate statues with Black heroes is a great idea, too.

But my favorite letter today was Vicki Michela’s call to ban gas powered leaf blowers which are one of the most annoying pollution toys used by homeowners and landscaping companies. She mentioned that some towns have banned them. I’d love to know where so I could try to get them banned in Glenville. Leaf blowers and the Air National Guard’s routine low flying planes every four minutes in a go-cart pattern that are not only very loud, but are polluting our environment, too.

Just to second this, and third Ms. Michaela, I’ve got more leaves here than…well…you can shake a stick at (sorry).
I’ve been using an EGO electric blower and string trimmer for two years now and I’ll never go back to gas (and oil mixing, and carburetors, and exhaust, and noise, and arms left in a palsied state for 45 minutes).
I read that California has banned the sale of gas small engines (NOT the use of, just the sale of) starting in a couple years. A smart move, electric is ready for commercial prime time.

“Definitely not going to jail. Sorry I have blonde hair white skin a great job a great future and I’m not going to jail. Sorry to rain on your hater parade. I did nothing wrong,”

Sadly, the proud and confident Jenna Ryan, who flew to the insurrection on a private plane, and once a part of the mob violently breaking into the Capitol intending to disrupt the election certification in support of the loser Trump, seized the opportunity to promote herself as a ‘Realtor who’ll fight like hell for you’, sadly Ms. Ryan will be sent to jail, for 60 days.
It’s hoped she gets a better understanding of what freedom really means.

This just in. Breaking News!!

In an interview with WUSA 9, Ms. Ryan accepts full responsibility:

“I’m disappointed that I’m being used as an example in my incarceration,” she said. “Because I’m a public person and I have a… Twitter account, I’m being punished for that. Because the media was doing what y’all are doing right now, I’m being punished for this! And it’s actually causing my incarceration and I think that is a travesty!”

What fairytale world do you live in? I actually do not know anyone who believes what you and your friends are spewing. Every demographic has their splinter groups, but to blame everyone even if they knew nothing, well, that just doesn’t feel right to me. And, of course, you had to throw in Trump. He’s gone. Biden is President. People think for themselves and if they don’t like the way things are going, the only way to change it is by voting. And they did.

Trump is the leader of the GOP. His name is right in their written platform which you can find on the GOP website.
You wish he was gone.

Btw, whether you know them or not, you’ve got all the kooks and Christian White supremacists on your side,
Go figure.

Replying only to acknowledge your less-than-imaginative response. We’ve addressed those groups and their actions many times here, and via leaders in the Black community. It’s your choice to be dishonest about it.

As a community service, I’ll again recommend reading up on “the umbrella man of Minneapolis”. The tip of a sick iceberg:

RICHMOND, Va. – Riots in downtown Richmond over the weekend were instigated by white supremacists under the guise of Black Lives Matter, according to law enforcement officials.
Protesters tore down police tape and pushed forward toward Richmond police headquarters, where they set a city dump truck on fire.
Police declared the event an “unlawful assembly” and ordered people to leave, later deploying tear gas. Six people were arrested. The mayor of Richmond thanked the Black Lives Matter protesters he said tried to stop the white supremacists from spearheading the violence.
WSLS 7/20/2020
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s acting homeland security chief on Wednesday acknowledged that white supremacist extremists played a role in this year’s urban violence in the United States, a revision of the administration’s public descriptions of the political motivations of violent protesters.
Reuters 9/9/2020
Man who helped ignite George Floyd riots identified as white supremacist: Police
A masked, umbrella-wielding man accused of helping incite riots and looting in the aftermath of George Floyd’s police-involved death has been identified as a member of a white supremacist group that aimed to stir racial tensions amid largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protests, according to police.
ABC News 7/29/2020
Myron B. Pitts: DHS ID’s White supremacists, not Black Lives Matter or Antifa, as greatest threat
You probably have heard a lot about “Antifa,” Marxists and anarchists these days. How much you have heard likely depends on how much of your day you spend on social media or conservative platforms.
According to some, these forces lay at back of the protests led by Black Lives Matter. We are darkly warned the actual goal of this social justice movement is to undermine the United States.
You should know, however, that the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security is more worried about a different set of actors. Namely: White supremacist and far-right groups, which often form into armed militias.
The Fayettville Observer 9/12/2020
Rightwing Violence: White Supremacist groups found behind most of this year’s domestic terror attacks
White supremacists and other rightwing extremists have been responsible for 67% of domestic terror attacks and plots so far this year, with at least half of that violence targeting protesters, according to a new analysis from a centrist thinktank.
The report found only a single deadly “far-left” attack in 2020, the shooting of Aaron Danielson, a rightwing activist, by a self-described “anti-fascist” during a protest in Portland this August. Experts on extremism said this was the first killing linked to an anti-fascist in the United States in 25 years.
Violent rightwing actors were responsible for 41 politically motivated attacks and plots this year, while “far-left” actors were responsible for 12, according to analysts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), who have assembled a database of domestic terror attacks going back to 1994.
The Milwaukee Independent 11/10/2020


ChuckD, It, amazing how alleged smart people like Ms Ryan think what they did was ok? Her statement could cover millions of people in this county, no one is responsible for there actions anymore. Thought Republicans valued personal responsibility and freedom? Wasn’t it her choice to be on twitter and go to DC and then be on twitter again? Did I miss something?

Why would someone post a question of who is Jena Ryan and I don’t care, just because they stormed the Capitol to stop a election. Goes to my first statement.

Time was, maybe you remember, the Republicans were the “Law and Order” party, and the “Family Values” party.
Those were the days….

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