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Letters to the Editor, Thursday Nov. 25 Happy Thanksgiving!


Make city and county more bike-friendly

Schenectady city and county have a long way to go if they want to be bicycle-friendly places that make residents and visitors feel welcome and safe.
An important step in that direction is a comprehensive new signage and wayfinding plan made public last week.
It’s an excellent plan, and Schenectady County and Metroplex Ray Gillen — who saw the need, funded the plan and found the right consultant to draft it — deserve a big thank you.
While there is still precious little bike infrastructure, such as bike lanes, in Schenectady, there is a very nice, heavily used trail — the Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail (part of the larger Empire State Trail).
Schenectady is one of only a few cities in the state where the trail doesn’t just go near the city, but through it.
But there are few signs to let you know you are on it, or where you are on it, or how to behave on it, or where nearby attractions are.
The plan thoroughly and intelligently addresses all those things.
The public comment period is open until Dec. 31.
My organization, Cycle Schenectady, will be commenting favorably, while offering a few ideas to make the plan even better.
We encourage all cyclists and would-be cyclists to read and comment on it.
Here is the link:
Art Clayman
The writer is president of the bicycle advocacy group Cycle Schenectady.

Spread the habit of showing appreciation

Giving thanks is an expression of appreciation, and if often used, catches on with most people. Such habits could be a good thing.
Paying it forward when it is possible; holding a door for someone who did not expect the gesture; saying, “Nice job!” to someone who has just done you a service while smiling.
Those are the things that are remembered and that tend to be imitated by humans.
As a resident of Saratoga Springs, it is hard not to notice that our city’s Public Works, Safety Department and other city workers are doing an outstanding job. Christmas and other holiday decorations are in plain view. Streets are clean and for the most part not obstructed by those who tend not to express the positive.
Such things leave you with the desire to say, “Happy Thanksgiving,” don’t they?
Allen R. Remaley
Saratoga Springs

Act with urgency to address climate crisis

The climate conference news from Glasgow is distressing.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres succinctly stated that “promises ring hollow when the fossil fuel industry still receives trillions in subsidies…or when countries are still building coal plants.” (As reported in the Nov. 12 Gazette “U.N. chief: climate change goal is on ‘life support’.”)
The global community seems incapable of confronting this disaster. Yet, this dismal impasse is an opportunity for New York state, led by Gov. Kathy Hochul, to show leadership by enacting the Clean Futures Act, which would prohibit the development of any new electric plants powered by fossil fuels, and the Advanced Clean Trucks rule, requiring manufacturers to sell an increasing number of zero-emission trucks beginning in 2025.
The climate crisis is real and requires urgent action. The world has already warmed 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees F).
We can’t let greed and corporate lobbyists ruin the lives of our children and grandchildren.
Our federal representatives should also give full-throated support to the climate features of the Build Back Better Bill.
The UN’s sobering assessment of COP26 is yet one more reminder that the climate is in crisis.
Our job as citizens is to keep reminding our legislators, in both Washington and Albany, that they must persist in addressing this crisis and act with the required sense of urgency.
Lois Porter


Focus on the action, not on yourselves

Broadcasts of football and baseball games should utilize personnel who actually cover the action on the field instead of pontificating about their own accomplishments.
To see how good A-Rod and the Manning brothers were need only watch their broadcasts.
But what’s happening on the field?
William Haas
Frank Myers
Brian Fitzpatrick


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William Marincic

Lois Porter The United States of America is already doing more than its fair share. When is this administration going to hold China accountable for anything, I doubt ever since Biden is in their back pocket. Countries like China, Vietnam, and India are the greatest polluters not only of the air but I have our oceans.

“My people came to me, (Director of National Intelligence) Dan Coats came to me and some others saying they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said. “I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

William Aiken

Yesterday, Scott Adams, creator of the cartoon strip, Dilbert, showed why he’s such a shrewd culture critic. He tweeted this observation:

The Fine People Hoax is the tent pole hoax that makes all the other mainstream hoaxes seem plausible to the Left. But the Rittenhouse case acts like a Rosetta Stone, allowing many on the Left to see the Fake News/Democrat industrial complex for the first time.

The purpose of the Rosetta Stone is to better understand how historians unlocked the code of the hieroglyphics. The Rosetta Stone is a stone with writing on it in two languages (Egyptian and Greek), using three scripts (hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek).

President Trump’s lowest approval rating of his Presidency came in Aug of 2017. It was fueled his edited Fine People comments on the Charlottesville protests. Then Candidate BIden put out a campaign ad linking the Fine People’s Hoax to a portrayal of Kyle Rittenhouse as a white supremacist. None of which was true. Rittenhouse’s attorneys will include the Fine People’s hoax as part of discovery in their lawsuit to hold Biden accountable and illustrate his pattern of divisive lies based on race.

I predict the Fine People’s Hoax will completely debunked once and for all with a legal ruling by the courts in Rittenhouse’s upcoming lawsuit. Then finally there will be some accountability for Biden’s intentional exacerbation of race relations in the country.

Published Aug. 18, 2020
Updated Nov. 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — A sprawling report released Tuesday by a Republican-controlled Senate panel that spent three years investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election laid out an extensive web of contacts between Trump campaign advisers and Kremlin officials and other Russians, including at least one intelligence officer and others tied to the country’s spy services.

The report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, totaling nearly 1,000 pages, drew to a close one of the highest-profile congressional investigations in recent memory and could be the last word from an official government inquiry about the expansive Russian campaign to sabotage the 2016 election.

It provided a bipartisan Senate imprimatur for an extraordinary set of facts: The Russian government disrupted an American election to help Mr. Trump become president, Russian intelligence services viewed members of the Trump campaign as easily manipulated, and some of Mr. Trump’s advisers were eager for the help from an American adversary.

The report portrayed a Trump campaign that was stocked with businessmen with no government experience, advisers working at the fringes of the foreign policy establishment and other friends and associates Mr. Trump had accumulated over the years. Campaign figures, the report said, “presented attractive targets for foreign influence, creating notable counterintelligence vulnerabilities.”

(Oh right, Fake News, fake Republicans, and fake anything Retrumplicans don’t agree with)

It’s called context, William.
As an ardent supporter of Donald Trump, who was twice impeached (regardless what you think about that), and who is now the subject of over twenty criminal investigations which may include treason (regardless how you view those), your criticisms of Joe Biden, while legitimate, should be seen in the context of your stated political stance.
If you’re not able to call out Trump, you really have little ground to stand on criticizing who beat him.
That’s all.


As I think about the Rittenhouse case, I want to give thanks to our NYS Safe Act that helps keep such inappropriate high-powered weapons of war off our streets. As I’ve said before, there are too many guns in the hands of good and bad people that makes us less safe. Just look at the daily shootings at malls, grocery stores, etc. especially in red states with lax, open carry gun laws. Such states provide the opportunity to buy such weapons that are transported to states like ours. Congress needs to step up and ignore the gun lobby. Most gun owners support various forms of gun control like universal background checks, outlawing ghost guns, etc.

Joseph Vendetti


The NYS safe act isn’t doing anything to impact gun crime in the State. More murders from 2018 thru today in the same sample the three years before.

As I have said before – legal gun owners do want stricter background checks, I would even go into things that violate HIPA and keep guns out of hands of people suffering from mental diseases.

I know he was carrying an AR but modified ARs are allowed under safe act – limits shots to 7 which he only used about that to kill 2 ppl. No flash suppressor, no extend stock, .

Whatever you think about the SAFE act, remember that it came about immediately after arguably one of the most atrocious, monstrous gun-related incidents this country has seen, Sandy Hook.

Something needed to be urgently done, and still does. And no “responsible” gun owner or their representative organization was going to do anything other than tell the American public ‘now was not the time to talk about it’.

The “responsible” gun owner community has been completely AWOL throughout this nightmare unique to America, so consequently you get flawed legislation like SAFE which then becomes a convenient punch-dummy for right wingers and Republicans (one in the same).

If you really care about anything other than your guns, tell your legislator, tell whatever passes for the NRA now. But for now all you “responsible gun owners” look like cartoon characters, tragically tone deaf parodies and you can spare us your selfish lamentations about your highly dubious “second amendment rights” andself-defense.

William Marincic

Joe exactly, instead of having a pistol grip it has an extended stock that comes down to be just like a pistol grip, also you can’t have a high-capacity magazine and you have to have a magazine lock but other than that it’s the exact same gun. The safe act only stops legal gun owners from having the type of gun they want.

Fred Stop talking about common sense things and it will only go over their heads anyways.

I find it important to try to promote community wellbeing. Whether my efforts show any effect in this column is not a matter of my concern.

Joe, Ray, What Ray said is what is needed, and both correct about legal gun owners.
Congress needs to step up and ignore the gun lobby.
Just a small example. Florida passed laws after Parkland School shooting, raising gun purchase age to 21 from 18. Sounds sensible? NRA suing state with already lax gun laws to overturn them. Not a favorite of Fed interference in a lot things, but seems states today do laws not always based in common sense as William says leftyies don’t have. Have to disagree William as both sides fall into this category. How about a few new proposed laws for voting if state legislatures don’t like results they can overrule the voters??
Florida passing state mandates against Federal mandates re guarding vaccines, has some of highest covid death counts, where is common sense in this? Many more on both sides for sure.

Joseph Vendetti

Term limits will reduce lobbyist strength and make politicians answer to the electorate and do whats right instead of padding campaign accounts for re-election.

One more to blame both sides. Florida has been a developers dream forever. Now we are spending billions of State and Federal dollars for things done when Democrats and Republicans were in charge. Billions to fill in drainage canals built to drain land for development. Raise roads because of tidal flooding and development to close to shore. And the best,a couple decades to go on restoring the Everglades that were almost ruined from draining and filling in land north of it. This is only one State. So that common sense William has a long way to go on both sides.

Such things leave you with the desire to say, “Happy Thanksgiving,” don’t they?
Allen R. Remaley
Saratoga Springs

This just in, and it could make for an extra special Thanksgiving for Retrumplicans everywhere!!!!

Republican Arizona state legislator Wendy Rogers has broken wind..I mean.. news in an open letter signed by 186 conservative legislators from 39 states that calls for a 50-state audit of the 2020 presidential election. If fraud is uncovered, the U.S. House of Representatives should decertify the victory of President Joe Biden, the letter states!!!!!!!

Keep those sworn affidavits coming patriots!

Some are saying Biden and Pelosi and Harris and Schumer and all the rest of the dirty Liberals could be in Gitmo by Christmas, and their Trump will once again reign!

Oh, the tingling excitement is palpable!
Once again we can be free of this tyranny and have a Christmas!


Glad I read this before dinner, because if I read it after, not sure if I would be able to to keep the turkey down.

“Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has introduced a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal — the legislative branch’s highest honor — to Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who last week was found not guilty of homicide and other charges related to his fatal shooting of two men during a protest against police violence last year.
Greene introduced a bill Tuesday to give Rittenhouse the award. While the bill’s full text was not immediately available, a summary states that the measure would “award a Congressional Gold Medal to Kyle H. Rittenhouse, who protected the community of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot.”

This whack job’s title should be, United States representative of insanity. – This is the kind of person Republicans vote for to maintain and promote their political values and beliefs, what can they possibly be thinking?🤔 Perhaps they want a turkey every day, not just on Thanksgiving.

So, you think White people should not be praised for doing the job the police refuse to do. What we should be concerned about how some individuals reached the conclusion that they could attack someone who is carrying a gun!

William Marincic

Lou absurd? We stopped using the R word and T word decades ago, where have you been or do you still use those words is what your telling me?

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