Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Nov. 23


Repair train tracks on Burdeck Street

About a month ago, there were three CSX guys at Stewart’s on Burdeck Street. I asked them if they were here to fix the railroad tracks on Burdeck Street and the one guy said yes and they would be there doing it for eight days.
Well, that has not been done, and if you go over the tracks you feel like a bobble-head doll. It is getting worse, and eventually someone’s car or truck is going to lose something. I am hoping someone from the town of Rotterdam or the county will do something about it very soon before winter sets in.
Nicholas P. August, Jr.

Series shows a long road still lies ahead

I want to say thank you to Mike MacAdam for his article (“No gray area in Kaepernick’s ‘Colin in Black & White’”) in the Nov. 18 Gazette sports section, about Colin Kaepernick’s just-released autobiographical series, “Colin in Black & White.”
Every day, another story, sadly, shows why Kaepernick and the rest of us have to continue to kneel.
Diane Sanders Hombach

Officials must put citizens’ needs first

I fully understand that political parties have various opinions on legislative issues. However, I thought that elected officials, whether Democrat or Republican, were elected and put into office to uphold upcoming legislative issues that would benefit the American people who put them into office.
It appears to me that the case today is that far too often, whether you’re an elected Democrat or Republican, that you dare not stray from staying aligned with your party on issues that will benefit the entire population of the United States.
Far too often, when votes are cast either in the House or the Senate, if the proposed legislation is from the Democrats or the Republicans, neither party will stray from their political constituents, lest they not be able to be re-elected come election day.
Isn’t it time that our elected officials start upholding what they were elected to do, enact legislation that is best for the American people and stop the political wailing?
Joe Rowny
Ballston Spa

Guidarelli plans to stay involved

This is in response to the online article on Nov. 4 (“Election 2021: Republicans expected to regain majority in Rotterdam.”)
It was stated in the article, “As for the future, Guidarelli said he’s not sure whether he’ll run for office again or even attend future board meetings.”
I want to clarify that I will indeed be attending future board meetings. As anyone who knows me knows, this is something I will certainly do.
I would like to say again, congratulations to the victors. I would also like to say “Thank You” to everyone who supported me and our team. We worked hard and feel we ran a good, legitimate campaign. I would also like to thank the parties who got behind us and permitted us to display their brand.
It has been an honor and privilege to have served on the town board and I will truly miss my fellow board members and staff.
I look forward to a bit more time with family and friends.
Joseph Guidarelli.

Benson cartoon on video went too far

Cartoonist Chris Benson’s caricature you ran in the Sunday Nov. 21 Opinion section was uncalled for.
We’ve read about Congressman Gosar’s video. That was enough. I’m extremely disappointed in your editorial choice.
Jerry Boehm


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Joseph Vendetti


We should take a knee for the millions of women & children working in Chinese sweat shops for 14 hr days for .05 cents per hour to make Nike shoes & clothes. A corporation with international status that is allowed to harbor billions off shore & not pay US taxes on.

Mr Kaepernick doesn’t seem to concerned about their human rights or mis-treatment? Seems hypocritical doesn’t it? Or when Mr Kaepernick wears Nike clothes and a Fidel Castro shirt. A reminder Castro murdered his own people, hunted down people of the LGBT community and imprisoned them. So are we just turning a blind eye to human rights outside of the US?

I myself thought it would have been a great platform to bring up all human rights issues since audiences would be so vast.

1> reality of slavery: Tonie All slaves and slave owners are dead. Since males have to register for the draft slavery is still socially acceptable.

2>Redlining: Is the practice of assessing some areas as unprofitable to make housing loans.

3> Systematic racism: Systematic racism is the practice of holding White cops responsible for the deaths of Blacks who chose to resist arrest.

4>There is a no right to free speech at your employer’s expense. Kneel all you want on your own dime!


We live here William and if our country has the moral authority to criticize the practices you mention those criticisms are more effective. The consequences of slavery and discrimination in our past continue to adversely impact Americans of color. To acknowledge this historical truth and fight against its negative impacts makes us a more moral, influential and a stronger country. Not all Muslims engage in slave trade and not all such people are Muslim. The best way to impact mistreatment of workers in China is to not buy the products of companies that exploit labor and the U.S. companies that import and sell them. Are you as concerned about farm workers who are mistreated in America? Probably not, as so many are exploited foreign workers, many illegal, in your view. The fact that you have some African genes does not make your racial views any less repugnant. Bigots come in all shades. Lastly, criticizing practices, laws and policies in America does not preclude one from criticizing laws and policies elsewhere in the world.

Mr. August, you must be new around here.
Just kidding, but I’ve been crossing there, and Putnam Road regularly for the past 15 years or so and CSX has shown, there and elsewhere around the Capital District, they don’t much give a hoot. The Putnam Road crossing has been redone at least three times. Each time they let it degrade to the point where wood splinters and other shrapnel are causing a hazard. It’s then ultimately repaired to a point where even the pickups and SUVs have to tiptoe over it. The posted 30mph speed limit is way too fast.
The Burdeck Road redo a couple years ago fixed a botched redo years prior that introduced a pronounced speed bump where none should’ve been. The most recent seemed to smooth it out, but I haven’t been over it in a couple weeks.
There are other examples around here where they showed a pretty poor work ethic and standard of workmanship. It’s like the whole railroad crossing thing is new to them.

The RR crossing on Freeman’s Bridge Road is another example of a poorly maintained crossing that has the potential to wreck the steering, alignment and braking systems of cars. Repairs to these systems are not cheap.

Jury Awards Millions in Damages for Unite the Right Violence

In a mixed verdict, a jury awarded more than $25 million in damages Tuesday against white nationalist leaders for violence that erupted during the 2017 Unite the Right rally.

After a nearly monthlong civil trial, a jury in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville deadlocked on two key claims but found the white nationalists liable on four other counts in the lawsuit filed by nine people who suffered physical or emotional injuries during two days of demonstrations.
The verdict is a rebuke to the white nationalist movement, particularly for the two dozen individuals and organizations who were accused in a federal lawsuit of orchestrating violence against African Americans, Jews and others in a meticulously planned conspiracy.
NBC News Chicago


William, I am genuinely pleased that you agree. Now, join the struggle fought by brave people of color from Frederick Douglas, through Martin Luther King, and Al Sharpton to fight for full equality for all Americans regardless of racial, ethnic, or religious background. Having so many Black relatives and having Black ancestors yourself, you must be aware that skin color is no more important than eye color. Join us in pointing out how killing Black people by vigilantes, as is the obvious case in the current trial going on in Georgia, is so very wrong.


Anthony, don’t be fooled. That one sentence was just a drop in the bucket regarding his true attitude toward racism and White supremacy.
He’s a Trumpian follower/loyalist through and through. Apparently you haven’t heard his views on climate change, LGBQT rights, immigration, the rule of law in regards to democracy, and various conspiracy theories. – Chain yourself to a chair and watch Fox News???? for a solid 24 hours and you’ll get a better handle on his complete mindset.

William Marincic

Restifo I have a very close Trans relative so what are my thoughts on LGBTQ+? As far as immigration I’m the product of legal immigration anyone that is not here legally should be removed, we have laws for a reason. And while we’re speaking of laws the Supreme Court ruled that Biden’s tenant mandate was illegal yet he thumbed his nose at the supreme court and allowed tenants to not pay their rent while many landlords had to file bankruptcy and lose their property. The Democrat party is the party of illegal actions. You prove it over and over again.

William Marincic

I have no problem condemning racism, but let me ask you a question speaking about that Aubrey trial. Black Lives Matter came out and said that if they are found guilty that they are going to attack white people and destroy cities. Will you condemn the statements by Black Lives Matter and the black panthers?

The following quote is from the video in the link. About 5 minutes long. Seems current given posts today.

The parallels between those 1930’s lefties the Nazis and today’s lefties are just too obvious to overlook.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer argues that stupid people are more dangerous than evil ones. This is because while we can protest against or fight evil people, against stupid ones we are defenseless — reasons fall on deaf ears….

Facts that contradict a stupid person’s prejudgement simply need not be believed. When they are irrefutable, they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person is self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack. …

Stupidity is in essence not an intellectual defect but a moral one. There are human beings who are remarkably agile intellectually yet stupid, and others who are intellectually dull yet anything but stupid. The impression one gains is not so much that stupidity is a congenial defect but that, under certain circumstances, people are made stupid or rather, they allow this to happen.

People who line in solitude manifest this defect less frequently than individuals in groups. And so it would seem that stupidity is perhaps less a psychological than a sociological problem.

So true. View it all.

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