Hochul is governor for all New Yorkers
Newly installed Gov. Kathy Hochul got off on the wrong foot with millions of upstate New Yorkers by stating that she is the head of the Democratic Party in New York.
I would like to remind her that she is the leader of ALL New Yorkers, not just Democrats or New York City residents.
If she wants to stay in power, she’d better start acting in all our best interests.
After enduring years of corruption and profound disrespect from Andrew Cuomo (“that’s not who New Yorkers are…”), it’s time to remove his stain. Start by reopening the Indian Point nuclear power station, producing power where it is needed. Without it, New York can’t currently meet its duties under federal Clean Air requirements.
Recognize that nuclear power is a viable source of zero carbon/greenhouse gas power. Support gas-fired combined cycle power plant projects (New York just denied two air permits) as these are the second best option to replace older, dirty plants. Climate change efforts can come at a proper pace, not in one step that hurts so many folks.
Just as “No Farms, No Food” applies, so does “No Pipelines, No Power.” Reinstate the pipelines we need for natural gas to replace coal and oil-fired power plants and home heating systems. Remove the Safe Act. Castrating legal gun owners does nothing to stop the pandemic of gang-related drug violence in our cities.
While you’re at it, fix the St. Clare’s pension fund and restore the Tappan Zee bridge’s name.
Show appreciation to delivery people
I would like to say thank you to all of our U.S. Postal Service workers and all other delivery people. I realize it is not a perfect system or process. I recognize the fact that the Postal Service and other rates continue to climb and sometimes deliveries are delayed. But I also realize that this is not the fault of the delivery people.
These people work tirelessly on the days when many of us reside indoors and take for granted that we will receive a delivery regardless of the undesirable, horrible weather. Think about that day when it rained all day. Yes, they were out there delivering your stuff. Do you remember the day that the temperature never got above 15 degrees all day? They got your mail to you on that day, too. What about the snowstorm that dumped two feet of snow overnight? They were out there trying to deliver you mail and packages the very next day.
I could go on and on about how much I appreciate the delivery people that endure the difficult circumstances and still manage to get the job done. I do not see these people every day, but when I do, I remind them that they are appreciated.
They work very hard every day to overcome the obstacles placed in front of them. Give them a shout-out when you see them to remind them that they are appreciated.
Voters could return Biden if he was a car
You know, all you folks that voted for Joe Biden in 2020 — had he been a car, under New York State vehicle law, you could’ve returned him for being a lemon.
Gerald V. Marmuscak
Honest people will be richly rewarded
While walking on Upper Union Street recently, I dropped my wallet. After searching and backtracking, I made the necessary notifications. I dreaded calling the DMV. I went to bed praying to St. Anthony, hoping the money would be spent wisely.
My daughter called me in the morning. Someone had found the wallet. A person named Willard had found it on the opposite side of the street. Among the paper thrown out, he found a card that contained my daughter’s contact information. Only money was taken.
The Seventh Commandment says, “Thou shall not steal.” Since I dropped the wallet, I question if he is a thief. God will be the judge.
Money, ID, and plastic are needs of this finite Earth. Good deeds, loving and forgiving our neighbor are some of the pathways to eternity. On the final judgment day, the consequences and the impact on others is reviewed. The thief will get a pass.
My Good Samaritan Willard will be eternally rewarded. Willard and his wife were my blessings that day. Willard refused my offer of a reward. He told me to donate it to my church. I did.
Ironically, if the thief had notified me, I would have given him a monetary reward larger than what was in the wallet.
People who want to vote will find a way
Who are you to question the voter’s choice to reject these proposals on last week’s ballot?
I believe we have the right to choose, and that is what the voters did. Because it’s not your opinion, that doesn’t make it wrong.
I’m a firm believer that Election Day, with 15 hours of polling time, defeats the excuse, “I can’t get out of work,” song and dance. It’s the lazy man’s tall tale.
And if we’re not out of town or disabled for a legitimate reason, then I see no need for absentee ballots. This system has worked for a long, long time without having to cater to every crybaby. If you want your opinion counted, you’ll make the effort.
Biden needs to get control of border
What a disaster — this administration is paying $5 million a day to the contractors to “not” build the wall?
Billions of dollars of wall materials are laying waste at the abandoned construction sites that we have already paid for. Without the wall, there is no control of our southern border.
Clearly, we must stop the tragic illegal immigration. The chaos at the border is harmful to the immigrants, the border state residents and the states that the undocumented immigrants are being flown to.
Biden’s immigration policies are harmful and are burning substantial taxpayers’ dollars.
Have they lost their minds?
With all this going on, there is no sense of urgency to get control of our border by the Biden administration. Now we are told Biden wants to pay undocumented immigrants compensation around $430,000 per person where a parent and child were separated at our border. These immigrants have broken our laws and put themselves and their children in this perilous situation. The wall and intelligent, controlled immigration policies would put a stop to these terribly inhuman conditions.
President Biden and his administration are proving to be grossly incompetent. He needs to wake up, do his job, and get control of our southern border — now!
Tribute to veteran much appreciated
I would like to thank The Gazette for running a picture of the “veteran salutes” in the Nov. 8th edition of The Gazette under Capital Region Scrapbook Nov. 11, 1981.
That veteran was my father, Edmund Baranowski. He was a proud veteran who served in World War II as a staff sergeant in the army. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his bravery. He was commander and past commander of the AMVETS Post 357 and was active in many veterans’ organizations. My husband, Ed, and son, Joe, enjoyed many holiday events with my dad at Post 357. The last words he spoke to me before he passed away was “Remember to display the flag,” and we do that every day.
Cynthia (Baranowski) Morrison
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