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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, Nov. 17


Don’t bank on trees to rescue climate

Recent news has been dominated by the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. Rising temperatures are a serious threat. The reality is recognized. Drastic action is needed.
The major cause is increasing CO2 in the atmosphere. It results from the recent human activity of burning fossil fuels in the form of coal and oil and natural gas. More than half of the CO2 produced since the start of the Industrial Revolution remains in the atmosphere.
An increase from 310 ppm in 1959 to the present 415 ppm has been recorded on a volcano top in Hawaii. It is called the world’s most important graph. It was initiated by geologist Charles Keeling. It also shows a yearly sinusoidal variation due to seasonal growth and decay of vegetation.
A much-touted method for reversing atmospheric CO2 is to plant trees. This helps initially.
During the growing process the leaves extract CO2 from the air by solar activated photosynthesis.
The resulting wood of a tree is 50% carbon. However, when any vegetation dies or burns, most of the carbon returns to the atmosphere as CO2.
While trees can improve quality of life, they are ultimately carbon neutral. Any near-term benefit becomes a future liability.
Energy from solar and wind energy are positive alternatives.
Electricity-produced can power vehicles, heating, cooling and most other needs. Thus, valuable and limited land may be better used for solar panels and wind turbines rather than trees.
Frank Wicks
The writer is an emeritus engineering professor at Union College.

Beware lame-duck board in Niskayuna

Congratulations to our newly elected town officials, Jaime Puccioni, Jessica Brennan and Jason Moskowitz. Niskayuna residents clearly voted for change.
We have grown weary of the chaos, conflict and lack of transparency that is the signature of the current town board.
While positive change is coming with the newly elected members, we should be concerned with the actions of the now, lame-duck board.
This board continues to operate with complete lack of transparency. At the Nov. 4 special town board meeting, residents rang alarm bells regarding the town’s 2022 budget.
Unlike other local municipalities, the town board will not be using one-time federal ARPA monies to lower our taxes or replenish, hard-hit reserves.
In fact, they are not providing any information about how the federal funds (over $1 million) will be spent.
Additionally, this lame-duck board is thwarting the traditional six-month probationary period for high-level appointed officials. On the agenda for the next town board meeting on Nov. 18 is a resolution appointing a permanent police chief.
This permanent appointment is being made well before the six-month probationary period has run. When and at what meeting was this decision made to eliminate the traditional probationary period? This issue was not discussed at any Public Safety Committee meeting.
What else might this lame-duck board attempt to do on their way out? The voters have spoken.
Let us not allow these welcome departures to cast shadows that will remain any longer than is required.
Sunny Lee


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Democrats unquestionably support civil rights, including those of the incarcerated. Democrats are rewarded with those incarcerated voting for them. This is only logical, unless you feel the incarcerated are to be permanently shunned, or you tend to see them as easily bullied. “Let he who is without guilt…etc.”. I believe that’s Christian in origin.
To make the point you fail to make, look at my posting of what PolitiFact found about indicted politicians and how Republicans far, far outnumber others for indictments. I reposted it so won’t yet again. It’s likely you never processed it anyway.

Why are Republicans so opposed to civil rights?

William Aiken


Trump colluded with Putin to steal the 2016 election
Jussie Smollett was mugged by MAGA supporters
Trump called Nazis fine people at Charlottesville press conference
Nick Sandman dissed a Native American Indian
Trump encouraged those inflected with Covid to drink bleach
Border agents whipped undocumented immigrants crossing the border
Andrew Cuomo was America’s greatest governor
Anyone who suggested the pandemic started in a Chinese laboratory was a racist.
Kyle Rittenhouse is a domestic terrorist

Besides these stories having been based on lies reported by the media, what else do they all have in common?

William Aiken

The WAPO, NYT, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC & NPR hold a monopoly on fake news. The corrupt reporters at the NYT and WAPO won pulitzer prizes for their reporting the Russia Collusion Hoax. If Pulitzer had any integrity they would rescind these awards in light of the recent evidence unearthed in John Durham’s investigation. The details of the indictments prove in was actually Hilary Clinton’s campaign that colluded with Russia.

Aiken: an indictment is an accusation; it isn’t a verdict. As the saying goes “a prosecutor can get an indictment against a ham sandwich”


November 16th, 2021
William Marincic quote:
“you’re the party of lying thieves, criminals, drug addicts, prostitutes, rioters and looters.”

“Lying” – trump lied more than 30,000 times during his presidency.

“Thieves” – Trump (bogus) University. Evil Orange settled for $25 million that he basically stole. – Evil Orange still owes $ millions to contractors he stiffed, including some who built Taj Mahal casino. – Immigrant workers he never paid for overtime.

“Prostitutes” – Stormy Daniels

“Criminals” – 11 Trump associates have now been charged with crimes.
Steve Bannon, Tom Barrick, Elliot Broidy, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Rick gates, Paul Manafort, George Nader, George Papadopoulos, Roger stone, Alan Weisselburg. And that doesn’t include the mob boss himself.

“Rioters and looters” – – January 6, 2021. No more need be said in that department.


William Aiken

Louis of the 30,000 lies by Trump, can you cite, what in your opinion is the most egregious one? I’m sure since you keeping tally of his lies, you can identify which lie was the most consequential of his Presidency. Obama passed his signature piece of legislation, the ACA by repeatedly and intentionally lying that you could keep your doctor, keep you plan. Without those lies, the ACA never would have passed.


This is a list of lies and just one subject; the pandemic. Cost to America was hundreds of thousands of lives. In all likelihood it cost Trump a second term.

In the event you do not know how, or do not want to open the link, I copied only the beginning of it. The list quite long. Please remember this is on one topic only.

When: Friday, February 7, and Wednesday, February 19
The claim: The coronavirus would weaken “when we get into April, in the warmer weather—that has a very negative effect on that, and that type of a virus.”
The truth: When Trump made this claim, it was too early to tell whether the virus’s spread would be dampened by warmer conditions, though public-health experts and epidemiologists were immediately skeptical of Trump’s comment. But the spring and summer have passed, and the pandemic is still raging.

When: Thursday, February 27
The claim: The outbreak would be temporary: “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle—it will disappear.”
The truth: Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned days later that he was concerned that “as the next week or two or three go by, we’re going to see a lot more community-related cases.” He was right—the virus has not disappeared. When: Multiple times

The claim: If the economic shutdown continues, deaths by suicide “definitely would be in far greater numbers than the numbers that we’re talking about” for COVID-19 deaths.
The truth: More than 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. But the number of people who died by suicide in 2017, for example, was roughly 47,000, nowhere near the COVID-19 numbers. Estimates of the mental-health toll of the Great Recession are mixed. A 2014 study tied more than 10,000 suicides in Europe and North America to the financial crisis. But a larger analysis in 2017 found that although the rate of suicide was increasing in the United States, the increase could not be directly tied to the recession and was attributable to broader socioeconomic conditions predating the downturn.

When: Multiple times
The claim: “Coronavirus numbers are looking MUCH better, going down almost everywhere,” and cases are “coming way down.”
The truth: When Trump made these claims in May, coronavirus cases were either increasing or plateauing in the majority of American states. Over the summer, the country saw a second surge even greater than its first in the spring.

When: Wednesday, June 17
The claim: The pandemic is “fading away. It’s going to fade away.”
The truth: Trump made this claim ahead of his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when the country was still seeing at least 20,000 new daily cases and a second spike in infections was beginning.

When: Thursday, July 2
The claim: The pandemic is “getting under control.”
The truth: Trump’s claim came as the country’s daily cases doubled to about 50,000, a higher count than was seen at the beginning of the pandemic, and as the number continued to rise, fueled by infections in the South and the West.

When: Saturday, July 4
The claim: “99%” of COVID-19 cases are “totally harmless.”
The truth: The virus can still cause tremendous suffering if it doesn’t kill a patient, and the WHO has said that about 15 percent of COVID-19 cases can be severe, with 5 percent being critical. Fauci has rejected Trump’s claim, saying the evidence shows that the virus “can make you seriously ill” even if it doesn’t kill you.

When: Monday, July 6
The claim: “We now have the lowest Fatality (Mortality) Rate in the World.”
The truth: The U.S. had neither the lowest mortality rate nor the lowest case-fatality rate when Trump made this claim. As of July 13, the case-fatality rate—the ratio of deaths to confirmed COVID-19 cases—was 4.1 percent, which placed the U.S. solidly in the middle of global rankings. At the time, it had the world’s ninth-worst mortality rate, with 41.33 deaths per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University.

When: Multiple times
The claim: Mexico is partly to blame for COVID-19 surges in the Southwest.
The truth: Even before Latin America’s COVID-19 cases began to rise, the U.S. and Mexico had jointly agreed in March to restrict nonessential land travel between the two countries, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection says illegal border crossings are down compared with last year. Health experts say blaming Mexican immigrants for surges is misguided, especially when most of the individuals crossing the border are U.S. citizens who live nearby.

When: Multiple times
The claim: Children are “virtually immune” to COVID-19.
The truth: The science is not definitive, but that doesn’t mean children are immune. Studies in the U.S. and China have suggested that kids are less likely than adults to be infected, and more likely to have mild symptoms, but can still spread the virus to their family members and others. The CDC has said that about 7 percent of COVID-19 cases and less than 0.1 percent of COVID-19-related deaths have occurred in children.

When: Thursday, August 27
The claim: The U.S. has “among the lowest case-fatality rates of any major country anywhere in the world.”
The truth: When Trump said this, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and India all had lower case-fatality rates than the U.S., which sat in the middle of performance rankings among all nations and among the 20 countries hardest hit by the virus.

When: Thursday, August 27
The claim: Trump “launched the largest national mobilization since World War II” against COVID-19, and America “developed, from scratch, the largest and most advanced testing system in the world.”
The truth: These claims are incorrect and misleading. The federal government’s coronavirus response has been roundly criticized as a failure because of flawed and delayed testing, entrenched inequality that has amplified the virus’s effects, and chaotic federal leadership that’s left much of the country’s response up to the states to handle. Trump vacillated on fully invoking the Defense Production Act in March, set off international panic when he mistakenly said he was banning all travel from European nations, and was slow to support social-distancing measures nationwide. Widespread use of the DPA was still rare in July, despite continued shortages of medical supplies.

Another claim: Trump celebrated a gain of 9 million jobs as “a record in the history of our country” and said that the United States had experienced “the smallest economic contraction of any major Western nation.”
The truth: The country did gain 9 million jobs from May to July—after losing more than 20 million from February to April, during the pandemic’s first surge. And more than a dozen developed countries have recorded smaller economic contractions than America’s recession.

When: Multiple times
The claim: America is “rounding the corner” and “rounding the final turn” of the pandemic.
The truth: Trump made these claims before and after the country registered 200,000 coronavirus deaths. As the winter approaches, the number of coronavirus cases is increasing in almost every state; in the last week of October, cases rose faster than reported tests in 47 of the 50 states, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

When: Multiple times
The claim: The media is overblowing fears about the virus ahead of Election Day.
The truth: There is no media conspiracy to hype up the virus threat. Cases and hospitalizations are rising across the country, and America set and broke multiple daily case records during the last week of October, nearing 100,000 cases in a single day on Friday.

William Aiken

Most of the documentation you cite here are predictions, which the media spun as lies and you have bought into them. I just asked for the worst example and you unloaded the media’s archive. What’s Trump’s worst lie? Do you have an answer?


Yep, whatever you say.

And chickens are mammals that have lips, four legs, and shells.


You’re wasting my time, I’m going to watch some paint dry, it’s more satisfying then attempting to enlighten you to ANYTHING other than the preconceived beliefs your mind has embedded in it.

William Marincic

So as usual Lou you copy pasted and deflected. Bravo, you are 80 for 80.


I copied pasted facts! Facts that Aiken, as well you doubted. Bravo, you’re 0 for whatever you post.


You are mistaken. Zero folks lost their Dr when ACA went into effect 1/1/2010.
Unless your employer canc your employer based health insur, you kept your coverage an your Dr. if you did not have employer based coverage you still kept your physician, if you had one. What ACA did do was offer affordable health insurance coverage and docs to the millions in our country who did not have health insur.
I didn’t lose my health plan or dr an I bet neither did you.

William Marincic

Other than them being lefties targeting republicans like Lois Lerner did and now Meritt Garland is doing the same thing I guess nothing, right?

William Aiken

The commonality is fake news only goes in one direction; to damage conservatives, law enforcement, Trump and his supporters. The media understands a fake story will garner more attention than a reaction that may follow. If there’s a reaction at all.

William Aiken

These explanations from the website you listed omit how its the media, who intentionally misreport stories to support furthering the Democrat’s agenda and to do to damage Donald Trump. This aspect is by far the biggest motive behind fake news. It’s the reason these fake narratives only go in one way.

Who are the authors? They may be:

Someone wanting to make money, regardless of the content of the article (for example, Macedonian teenagers)
Satirists who want to either make a point or entertain you, or both
Poor or untrained journalists – the pressure of the 24 hour news cycle as well as the explosion of news sites may contribute to shoddy writing that doesn’t follow professional journalistic standards or ethics
Partisans who want to influence political beliefs and policy makers
The technological ease of copying, pasting, clicking and sharing content



“Today in the context of increasing calls for racial justice, cycling — as a leisure activity and as a way to get around — appears to have a diversity problem. USA Cycling recently revealed that its membership was 86 percent White, 83 percent male and 50 percent middle-aged. Beginning in June 2020, Bicycling magazine gave space to Black cyclists who testified to the racially exclusionary nature of cycling. The magazine also revealed a study of police data showing that Black cyclists are stopped up to three times as often as Whites, and it reported on a recent case from Texas, in which a White man beat a Black cyclist while hurling slurs at him.”

“With the appointment of former NBA star Reggie Miller to Cycling USA’s Board of Directors and increasingly prominent activist groups such as Atlanta’s Civil Bikes, Black cyclists are leading the way in having cycling address its racial problems.”

“These problems are long-standing. From the beginning of the bicycle revolution in the 1890s, White Americans worked to stop Black men, women and children from riding bicycles. This was especially true in the South.”….

Another one of hundreds of of reasons, that boil down to one (racism) as to why there is a BLM movement. The “legitimate” organization is not saying that White or any other human’s lives don’t matter, what they’re saying is Black lives are EQUAL to ALL others and should be recognized as such by every aspect of humanity. Period.

If you don’t like the BLM movement stop being a racist and it will eventually just be a chapter in history.

William Marincic

ChuckD what’s the matter am I not Black enough at almost 12%. You might want to read below.

One-drop rule

The one-drop rule is a social and legal principle of racial classification that was prominent in the 20th century in the United States. It asserted that any person with even one ancestor of black ancestry is considered black. This concept became codified into the law of some states in the early 20th century. Wikipedia


“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther king Jr.

The color of your skin or the percentage that you are Black, White, Asian, or any race for that matter means nothing regarding your position in humanity….Unless possible if someone is a racist and believes race has some sort of significance whereas all are not equal.

William Marincic, I judge you only by the words you post on this forum. – I could not care less what you look like or what race you are, that has, or at least should have, absolutely no significance to anything any of us are talking about.

I’m also willing to bet no one else cares what percentage of what you are, so you’re probably more credible if you stop talking about it. Understand?
Of course not!

Lets all see if we can give William credit for filling this space with what he considers debate with Himself. No one answer him and lets see how he does. Bet if no one answers him, he will take the other side and answer himself.

William Marincic

Too late Florida you answered. Thank God your governor is saving Christmas in the right to work state of Florida. Liberal Californication can’t do its job but then again you have Pelosi nephew as governor.

Louis and Florida: The post regarding cycling and racism is nonsense. Is it saying that any activity that has more than 50% white participation is racist? Maybe some people just like some activities more than others. Some people like classical music and others like rap. Does that make either racist?

November 17th, 2021
This has to be the single most absurd thing you keep posting. Re: William
I think your close with that statement. My guess give him a little more time and he will outdo himself sooner than later.
fredsmith, I didn’t post my name with Louis on the cycling post he did. So pay attention. Haven’t said that I agree with Louis on everything because he uses the truth and fact methods for his postings. Please don’t become part of Williams echo chamber, try some original content for your posts.

The whole Retrumplican movement is so monolithic. You don’t need to be mindreader to figure the motives out. It’s about calling attention to themselves, and a deep-seated sense of racial superiority. As any psychologist will know, both are signs of inferiority complex. And with trump and a complicit fake-Christian leadership, they got permission to act out on it.

Responding to the outrageousness just feeds them, which just further marginalizes them. And somehow they see that as a winning strategy.

So what constitutes a cult? Eichel listed several factors:

“Beware of any kind of pressure. That’s probably the single most important advice I can give anyone. Any kind of pressure to make a quick decision about becoming involved in any intensive kind of activity or organization.”

“Be wary of any leader who proclaims him or herself as having special powers or special insight. And, of course, divinity.”

“The group is closed, so in other words, although there may be outside followers, there’s usually an inner circle that follows the leader without question, and that maintains a tremendous amount of secrecy.”

“The group uses deceptive means, typically, to recruit new members, and then once recruited will subject its members to an organized program of thought reform, or what most people refer to as brainwashing.”

“Typically cults also exploit their members….mostly financially. Within the group, they’ll exploit members financially, psychologically, emotionally and, all too often, sexually.”

“A very important aspect of cult is the idea that if you leave the cult, horrible things will happen to you. This is important, and it’s important to realize. That people outside of a cult are potential members, so they’re not looked upon as negatively as people inside the cult who then leave the cult.”

The worry, says former Republican National Committee communications director Doug Heye, is that the party is heading to a place in which “we don’t have to accept elections and policy doesn’t matter, like penalizing people voting for an infrastructure bill.” (Not to mention the fact that Trump himself was gung ho in 2019 for a $2 trillion measure until he walked out because Democrats wouldn’t halt their investigations of him.) And the question, Heye adds, is “How do we get past this?”

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