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Letters to the Editor Thursday, Nov. 11


Thank you, vets, for all you’ve done

No work today, get to play, a nice “break in the week holiday,”
Catch a sale, catch a nap, do whatever I want throughout the day,
With all the different generations, some lack the understanding of why,
We take today to remember the brave, who gave their lives with pride…
This poem is just one example, of our freedom of speech,
We’re allowed to pursue our dreams, and attain what’s in our reach.
We’re free to come and go as we please, and live by our beliefs.
We’re allowed to make our own decisions, with little say or grief…
I’ve never served for our country, so I can’t say what it must be like,
But I do know how good it feels, to sleep safely at night,
I’m able to do so because of our great nation, and the principles we uphold.
These principles are constantly reinforced by our serving veterans young and old…
I personally want to thank you, for everything you’ve done,
Your commitment, self-sacrifice, and the protection of our young,
I’ll never be able to thank you enough for the freedom you’ve given me today,
Please know you’re in my heart, and thoughts, each night when I kneel down and pray…
God bless you and this great country always…
Kevin Teaney

Ensure protection of our Constitution

Who do we honor and why?
Americans who gave their lives and served our country for the fundamental principles of democracy.
A country that embodies the peaceful transition of leadership. We have all honored and experienced this principle until the last presidential election.
I am extremely sorry that my grandchildren were unable to appreciate what has been the cornerstone of our democracy.
I wish we could somehow erase that terrible insurrection from their minds.
Let’s join together, Americans of all political tendencies, never let anyone hold the coveted office who would deliberately wreck the Constitution of the United States of America.
M. Thomas Porter
Saratoga Springs

Why do drivers still keep hitting bridge?

What are those truck drivers with the big trailers thinking of? Can’t they read? How many more times is the bridge in Glenville going to get hit?
The one who owns the bridge should sue the company and driver who hires them.
How hard is it to measure the height of the trailer to make sure of the height? Maybe they should have a big sign in their rig telling them not to go under the bridge when it says 10-feet.
As for the cargo ships, why not bring the National Guard? I’m sure they can get the ships unloaded and back to normal.
James Maxfield

Elect officials who will address climate

In the early 1900s, we went from horse and buggy and kerosene lighting to gasoline autos and electricity in about 20 years.
Not only was this most convenient, but automakers and oil companies made huge profits.
Today, both humans and other planetary life are facing an existential crisis in global warming/climate change.
We have the technology to convert quickly to clean, renewable energy, and we can, just like we converted in the early 1900s. But we don’t. Why? Because the fossil fuel companies don’t want to give up their profits, and they delay our conversion by buying off our congressmen to do their bidding, and because it is considered “inconvenient.”
Well, it’s also “inconvenient” to realize that without this conversion to clean energy, your children and grandchildren might well die prematurely due to natural disasters caused by climate change.
How can we effect this change?
By voting in politicians who recognize that climate change is real and is human-caused, and who intend to do something about it. Personal conservation is great and helpful, but for the necessary rapid change, we need both government and industry on board with us.
Jahnn Swanker-Gibson

Act now to stop Duanesburg project

On Nov. 18, the Duanesburg Planning Board is expected to decide on the addition of four 53-feet containers of lithium-ion batteries at Oak Hill Solar.
The 65-acre project is sited on a principal aquifer. The height of 43,500 motorized tracking panels has increased from 8.5 to 14.5 feet. At the Oct. 21 meeting, experts spoke about lithium-ion battery energy storage and possible PFAS contamination from anti-reflective coatings. Amp’s application can be reviewed at
The project is opposed by all adjacent landowners due to risk of explosion, fire, stormwater damage, towering industrial views and lack of visual screening.
The nearest home, 530 feet east of the shared property line, has been omitted or unidentified in project documents since 2018.
The Visual Maintenance Agreement, approved by the town board in June, is not filed with the county clerk as required.
The project does not have a Common Driveway Access Agreement. The Decommissioning Fund may be $200,000 short due to the disposal of hazardous material. Schenectady County has not weighed in because it is a “local issue.”
On Oct. 20, the project recorded two mortgages totaling $29,325,235 with the county clerk. The county received $366,770 in combined filing fees. A building permit has not been issued.
Duanesburg taxpayers may be stuck with the environmental risk and diminished property values while others profit.
Attend the Nov. 18 Planning Board meeting. Submit your comments to the board at [email protected].
Duanesburg deserves better!
Susan Biggs

Lady Liberty could go in Central Park

The Harriet Tubman Memorial is free-standing. It can be viewed from all sides. Such is not the case with the city of Schenectady’s Statue of Liberty. The background wall is a distraction.
I support the position of the group that wants to return Miss Liberty to her original site.
The Oct. 29 Gazette editorial (“Compromise on statue’s location?”) suggested a compromise may be considered.
My idea is to put the Statue of Liberty in Central Park across from the Rose Garden.
The area gets many visitors and a lot of foot traffic. The statue would add much to one’s sense of patriotism, as well as appreciation and beauty in nature. Just a thought.
Mary B. McClaine


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Do you know as fact that my name is not Hooligans or are you just grasping at straws. I notice that my name became your focus rather than the substance of my post. So why don’t you enlighten us as to your service to this nation, your contributions to social justice.

Just sayin’ but contributing to ‘social justice’ is in no way comparable to serving in the Military. Social justice is pure fantasy so that guilty whites ‘feel’ good about themselves. Dying in combat is real.

Reuters unmasks Trump supporters who terrified U.S. election officials

In Arizona, a stay-at-home dad and part-time Lyft driver told the state’s chief election officer she would hang for treason. In Utah, a youth treatment center staffer warned Colorado’s election chief that he knew where she lived and watched her as she slept.

In Vermont, a man who says he works in construction told workers at the state election office and at Dominion Voting Systems that they were about to die.

“This might be a good time to put a f‑‑‑‑‑‑ pistol in your f‑‑‑‑‑‑ mouth and pull the trigger,” the man shouted at Vermont officials in a thick New England accent last December. “Your days are f‑‑‑‑‑‑ numbered.”

The three had much in common. All described themselves as patriots fighting a conspiracy that robbed Donald Trump of the 2020 election. They are regular consumers of far-right websites that embrace Trump’s stolen-election falsehoods. And none have been charged with a crime by the law enforcement agencies alerted to their threats.

They were among nine people who told Reuters in interviews that they made threats or left other hostile messages to election workers. In all, they are responsible for nearly two dozen harassing communications to six election officials in four states. Seven made threats explicit enough to put a reasonable person in fear of bodily harm or death, the U.S. federal standard for criminal prosecution, according to four legal experts who reviewed their messages at Reuters’ request.

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