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Letters to the Editor Friday, Nov. 12

PHOTOGRAPHER:

APA must step up to protect Adirondack Park

I thought the purpose of the Adirondack Park Agency was to protect and preserve our spectacular Adirondack Park.
According to The Gazette Nov. 5 article (“Big housing development proposed for a small Adirondack town,”) the APA is considering a large-scale housing development in the town of Jay, with its covered bridge, sparkling streams and wetlands. No!
Mary E. Siegel
Schenectady

Consider problems with going green

Joe Biden’s quick departure from Afghanistan, the problems at the southern border and the closing of the XL pipeline gives one the impression that Biden acts first, and thinks later.
At the height of the covid outbreak, we saw air and auto travel diminish by nearly 80%. I read no articles stating greenhouse gases or global warming were diminishing. However, we are quick to blame global warming on climate disasters. Who is monitoring the science?
Problems with going green: California went green too quickly and had customers shut off air conditioners during a high-demand heat wave. The EU placed windmills along the shoreline, only to find the amount of wind energy expected did not reach expectations, causing major power outages.
It’s nice to think of green energy, but the reality is, it is not a reliable or a predictable source of energy. No green power system should be without a fossil fuel backup. Natural-gas-powered GE turbines are a proven, reliable source under heavier loads. Why kill such a perfected system?
By allowing forests to flourish and using CO2 free, nuclear power plants, plus doing research on liquefaction storage to convert CO2 to O2, we can solve the CO2 problem. All we need is more precious time.
Vince Alescio
Clifton Park

Republicans don’t need Trump to win

Republican candidates don’t need Trump to win. I think Glenn Youngkin’s election for governor of Virginia proves a few facts.
Youngkin distanced himself from Trump during his campaign and won. I think it would be wise for the Republican Party to follow his lead and run on the issues, rather than rehashing that the last election was rigged.
I really think the majority of Americans are tired of Trump and would not vote for him if he were to run. I am sure that the Republicans have qualified candidates that would run.
Bob Kennedy
Ballston Lake

Find alternate spot for Liberty statue

The Statue of Liberty is majestic in New York Harbor; the 8-foot Miss Liberty in Schenectady is a poor reproduction. Her face looks like a doll’s, not a replica of the magnificent, imposing countenance of the original statue.
Liberty Park has been transformed into a place that symbolically and aesthetically represents what we want our beautiful city to be, welcoming diversity.
The statue, given by the Boy Scouts almost 75 years ago, is a wonderful part of our past, but it does not convey the strength and hope for millions of immigrants represented by the original statue.
Perhaps our Miss Liberty should be honored by being in or on the grounds of the Schenectady Historical Society rather than looking like an afterthought in the new Gateway Plaza.
Another possibility might be in our beautiful Central Park, a place where a great many local citizens, including recent and not so recent immigrants, enjoy all it has to offer.
Janet Olin Altschuller
Niskayuna

 

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Florida2015 November 13, 2021
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Ray, Your post of the released recording from FG about Pence and Williams answer should tell everyone of clear mind and CONSCIENCE what the need to know about both of them.

Florida2015 November 12, 2021
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William Marnic, That’s your answer, the dust bowl? Guessing you didn’t read the article and went looking for a whataboutism instead. Comparing the dust bowl to West coast wild fires,and droughts, mid country floods,Gulf and East coast hurricanes. Try again for a researched factual answer from the right side of the political spectrum about what is going on with the climate. I know it will be Biden and Democrats fault when you get your property insurance bill so you don’t need no research to know why.

William Marincic November 12, 2021
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In a late Thursday night revision to President Biden’s social spending package, Democrats included a provision that would raise the itemized deduction cap for state and local taxes (SALT), a move analysts argue will only benefit high-income earners.

Helping their wealthy donors!!!! Hypocrites!!! Trump had the SALT cap at 10K and took heat while these dems have the cap at 80K

Joseph Vendetti November 12, 2021
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I’ve been in aruba prepping for a project and one of taxi drivers asked me – do we in US mandate all US citizens to get vaccines? Or just health care workers and airline employees? Then he said – do we mandate people that receive “benefit” to get vaccinated? I said what is benefit? He said ppl on gov’t or state pension? Or unemployed? Or ppl unable to work for disability or mental health reasons?

So I am pro vaccine – but it got me thinking why aren’t we mandating everyone to get vaccinated?

RAYMOND HARRIS November 12, 2021
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Hot off the wires:

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has been under tremendous political pressure to indict Bannon since the House referred the Trump ally to the Justice Department for contempt on October 21.
Without an indictment, critics have said, there’s doubt over how much power the House January 6 committee has to compel cooperation from former White House and Trump administration officials.

Others to follow.

RAYMOND HARRIS November 12, 2021
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When thinking about Donald Trump, it’s always important to remember that a) he cares only about himself and b) he is utterly incapable of remorse.

Both of those traits are on display in a recorded answer that the former president gave to ABC’s Jon Karl when asked about the January 6 riot and — in particular — the chants of “Hang Mike Pence!” from some in the crowd.

“Well, the people were very angry,” explained Trump, before adding that “I thought (Pence) was well protected and I had heard that he was in good shape.”

Which is easy for Trump to say! He spent the entire afternoon of January 6 — as rioters were overrunning the Capitol, constructing a gallows outside the building and ransacking various Congressional offices — ensconced in the White House watching the proceedings on TV.

(Trump also, not for nothing, resisted pleas to send a tweet telling the crowd to disperse. And, when he eventually did record a video with that message, he told the mob that “we had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it especially the other side.” He added that “we love you, you’re very special.”)

What Trump’s interview with Karl makes clear is that he had absolutely no problem with people chanting to murder his vice president. In Trump’s eyes, this was a reasonable response to the fact that people believe the 2020 election had been stolen from him. They, of course, only believed that because Trump and his allies lied about (nonexistent) voter fraud and ballot irregularities for months after the election.

In Trump’s world, whatever his supporters feel is justified. They felt angry. They chanted that they wanted to hang the vice president for not taking part in Trump’s lie. How can he possibly say that what they did was wrong? After all, as he said, “the people were very angry.” Might makes right!

William Marincic November 12, 2021
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Florida, there are just as many disasters. The Dust Bowl,
Prior to the early 1930’s, the Great Plains was a farmer’s paradise. Rising demands for wheat spurred settlers to plow much of the southern plains’ grassy soil to meet this need. The land was eventually exposed to erosion, since grass and tree roots that had held the moist soil in place during dry times were replaced by cash crops. A decade-long drought transformed the loose topsoil into dust, which windstorms swept up and blew eastward, darkening skies as far away as the Atlantic Coast. With most of the area’s crops decimated, a third of the farmers turned to government aid, while around half a million Americans were left homeless.

https://www.livescience.com/11365-10-worst-natural-disasters.html

Florida2015 November 12, 2021
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William and Fred, Here is a fact or two for you about the impact of climate change. You thoughts? Ones we know what your talking about please.
https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/beyond-data/2010-2019-landmark-decade-us-billion-dollar-weather-and-climate
Not only increasing insurance costs, but helping to fuel building replacement costs and infrastructure costs for the damage, but also for new housing, business and infrastructure and anything new needed to keep our country going foreword. Both segments are competing for the same materials and labor. I would bet just in residential buildings alone in the 10 of thousands lost in floods, fires,and hurricanes So I guess we should wait and see if China responds, or ask them to pay for this for us?

ChuckD November 12, 2021
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“I hate to lose,” he told reporters. “But I’m also someone who believes strongly in our republic and our democratic processes. Enough votes have been counted.”

Republican Jack Ciattarelli formally concedes to NJ Gov. Phil Murphy. He says his campaign team told him yesterday he could not overcome Murphy’s lead. “And so, I called Governor Murphy today and congratulated him on his reelection and wished him well.”

There’s no widespread fraud, he says.
Ciattarelli flatly says that there is “no proof that this election was stolen.”
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This comment is NOT to gloat about a Rep loss, it is about a demonstration of how a Republican can react sanely and with civility to the realities of politics in a democracy.

Meanwhile, in a DC jail holding more than 30 rightwing, White snowflakes who couldn’t act civilly to a loss, the lawyer for Oath Keepers leader Kelly Meggs in a recent court filing urged “the executive/administrative functions of the Court to officially explore with the Bureau of Prisons and the Congress whether any of the trillions of dollars of infrastructure spending may be already allocated or re-programmed under the Impoundment Act to repair and upgrade the D.C. Jail facilities.”

Some say they’re demanding a cold keg of Yeungling once a week. And MAGA beer mugs. Sadly they’re not aware the bill hasn’t even been signed yet.

ChuckD November 12, 2021
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Bob Kennedy, I hope you’re right. I think we’ve seen the fault lines growing in the Trump-Republican world; there have been noises of a return to a more centrist, less destructive sensibility. It’s still a White Christian male world there, but with at least an acknowledgement that we need to keep this country running and not have to deal with a Presidential pants-wetting, cry-baby.

We’ve been fortunate to witness how Democrats have handled internal differences, and electoral losses. If Republicans could now wake up from their authoritarian dreamworld and come into the 21st century, this country might become great again.

DIANE & ARTH HOMBACH November 12, 2021
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Florida & Lou…… FACTS are hard for those folks.

Florida2015 November 12, 2021
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LOUIS RESTIFO, Have you noticed that when we post links to refute or goodness a fact check, the poster of the false information hardly or never responds? Guess they have no answer to the truth or the simple google search refuted there letter or post.

LOUIS RESTIFO November 12, 2021
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Well, the absolutely great news about the continuation of burning fossil fuels is that it certainly won’t be a problem for humans in the future; With climate change and pollution it won’t be long before we become extinct. Problem solved.

LOUIS RESTIFO November 12, 2021
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Vince Alescio, “At the height of the covid outbreak, we saw air and auto travel diminish by nearly 80%. I read no articles stating greenhouse gases or global warming were diminishing. However, we are quick to blame global warming on climate disasters. Who is monitoring the science?”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/coronavirus-shutdowns-have-unintended-climate-benefits-n1161921

Joseph Vendetti November 12, 2021
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My company is abating and demolishing two fossil power plants south of Odessa TX – we have a combined 120 +/- workers on site. Over the last 6 or so months are superintendent, safety officers, and project managers have had to set up night cameras and motion sensors because of the break ins to job trailers, boxes, etc –

Watching this footage – we have a serious issue in this part of the country. It looks like the end of a concert at SPAC with thousands of individuals walking thru our work areas at night. Some stop – break in to trailers and get food, water, some hand & pneumatic tools stolen,

If this is happening near odessa I can’t imagine the #\s closer to the border.