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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Dec. 7

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Look deeper into the abortion debate

The Supreme Court’s debate on a 2018 Mississippi 15-week abortion ban revisits the federal government’s authority to regulate abortion.
The procedure has been ingrained in society, with the debate pivoting to financial liability including over the funding of contraception, as in the 2020 case Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania.
The stated goal around the time of Roe v. Wade to make abortion legal-but-rare has since devolved into opponents proposing limited and arbitrary regulations under the guise of science and compassion.
A more compelling scope is the dignity of those involved:
Though changes to a woman’s body following birth have been cited by proponents, the psychological damage of ending a life is just as evident.
Pregnancies are not always intended, but the root cause is the dehumanizing hookup culture now being taught as early as elementary school.
Though social media has decreased teen pregnancies, the ideal of going off to college with birth control causes men in particular to be less likely to challenge authority.
Dreams are rendered impossible without a willingness to jeopardize one’s own standing or even to recognize a calling.
The most basic of these, family and service to society, have been deemed undesirable by the very things made to facilitate them.
Stephen Dansereau
Albany

Help libraries to stay open longer

The library has always been a great resource for my children and me during our time in Schenectady, when we moved here in 2014. It’s where my son went to meet with his tutor when he was struggling with math in eighth grade. The librarians and staff could not have been nicer to us, and we have been going to the central library ever since.
I have been hearing that the library hours in the Electric City could be decreasing yet again in 2022. Our librarians and staff in this city have been tenacious throughout this pandemic, providing virtual children’s programming, remote reference online (I actually utilized this when my child was home from school learning remotely.) and have even been doing curbside pickup throughout this pandemic. Where patrons could request a title, and even if you couldn’t safely browse, the staff at the library always made sure we were 100% satisfied and had the resources we needed.
You would think our county legislature would give the library more assistance and credit where credit is due.
I am asking for our libraries to remain open — more hours since the summertime has been wonderful. We need to keep it that way.
The county legislature is voting on its 2022 budget next week and I am hoping legislators give the library more assistance. We can’t continue to expect everyone in this city to do more with less. Hopefully next week, we will find out some good news.
Nina Lowry
Schenectady

Grateful for return of wallet from school

Recently my neighbor, Ben, and I attended the Schenectady versus Scotia-Glenville basketball game.
The next morning I realized my wallet was missing. Yes, it fell out of my pocket at the game.
Never expecting to see my wallet again, I called credit card companies and planned on going to the DMV to get a new license.
I also called the school to see if someone there could search for my wallet.
I provided my information, and that evening received a call from a wonderful woman in the athletic department stating that they found my wallet. She said to pick it up the next day and bring identification.
The wallet was intact with all cards and cash.
Schenectady High School has received bad press sometimes over the years. I wanted to relay this positive experience I had.
Yay! Schenectady High School!
Ernest E. Walton, Sr.
Schenectady

 

 

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It’s a damn shame the best any Republican can summon up now is how they again gamed the system to get their way:

“A lot of people say to me, how you survived is one of the most incredible things,” Trump told Fox News host Mark Levin in an interview that aired Sunday night.

“Don’t forget, I fired Comey. Had I not fired Comey, you might not be talking to me right now about a beautiful book of four years at the White House, and we’ll see about the future. The future is going to be very interesting,” Trump continued.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting: ​“During the first two years of Reagan’s presidency, the public was giving President Reagan the lowest level of approval of all modern elected presidents. Reagan’s average first-year approval rating was 58 percent – lower than Dwight Eisenhower’s 69 percent, Jack Kennedy’s 75 percent, Richard Nixon’s 61 percent and Jimmy Carter’s 62 percent.” At the end of his second year, (remember the Reagan recession?) Reagan’s approval rating was 41 percent; after the Iran-Contra scandal was revealed, Reagan’s approval rating stood at 46 percent. His approval rating for his entire presidency was lower than Kennedy’s, Eisenhower’s and even Johnson’s, and at times he was one of the most unpopular presidents in recent history.

DIANE & ARTH HOMBACH

Dear William
You know what….. vasectomies are reversible. Why not just make all men get them? And if they’re truly ready to be a father they can undo them
What’s that? You have a problem with this? Yes, you are right, it’s wrong to regulate mens bodies like that.

William Marincic

Diane, African-American girls are the number one population of females getting abortions. 26,644 in 2017. What are you doing to help them?

LOUIS RESTIFO

I thought you “quit responding to any of them, they don’t have a clue.” I believe Diane to be part of our clueless group. Diane, I assume you’re as clueless as Ray, Chuck, Anthony, Doug, Matt, and the rest of us ill-informed foolish liberals.

FRED BARNEY

Matt has provided us with an other worldly reply: What is at issue is the requirement that an abortion take place within 15 weeks of conception.

It’s not about that, Ray.
It’s about, “god says you women just need to keep your legs together and behave and we wouldn’t have this problem!”
But they would never say it.

Quite relevant actually Fred. The law makes no exception for rape or incest, and Mr. Dansereau mused about the psychological damage to a woman from undergoing an abortion, yet failed to consider the psychological damage of forced birth.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Diane and Garth, What a pertinent argument! The operation on men would be far less invasive and dangerous, and would have far less impact on their lives. Take it a step further; we could give vasectomies to all male children and they could have them reversed when they wanted to be fathers. I suspect the members of the ever-angry, illogical, clueless right are red faced with anger as they try to figure out how to explain a forced pregnancy is more acceptable than a forced vasectomy.

FRED BARNEY

Matt has provided us with an other worldly reply: What is at issue is the requirement that an abortion take place within 15 weeks of conception.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Abortions are a method for all women regardless of race, religion, color or ethnicity to end an unwanted pregnancy. To keep them safe and legal is the best way to protect all women from back alley butchers. Poverty and despair is often a factor in unwanted pregnancies. Publicly funded child-care centers, improved subsidized housing, living wages, more investment in inner city schools, sex education etc. would help reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.

William Aiken

I know women who carried their pregnancy to birth, then gave the child up for adaption. Those who were given a chance at life as a result are eternally grateful their mother didn’t choose abortion. Adaption is the most humane option. Yet, I never hear progressives consider it as a possible answer.

ANTHONY J SANTO

You have never heard progressives talk about adoption as an alternative to abortion? That is hard to believe but wait a minute, I forgot you live in an information vacuum. Of course pregnant women are aware of this option whether told or not. However pregnancy can be physically and emotionally difficult, particularly for young women and victims of rape and incest. Keep abortion safe and legal for all women; by definition they are the one’s most affected by the possible emotional and physical problems associated with an unwanted pregnancy.

William Aiken

NIce try Anthony. But you can’t simply reverse the age old debate on abortion saying that Progressives now suddenly see adaption as a viable option, when they have fought against it, in favor of abortion, while all along adaption has been a staple of the pro-life movement since Roe came out in 1972.

It’s called ‘pro-choice’, not ‘pro-abortion’. Give the woman the CHOICE to keep the child, give it up for adoption, or terminate the pregnancy. That has been part of the the pro-choice movement since forever. Provide one shred of evidence that those in favor of choice simultaneously fought against adoption in favor of terminating the pregnancy.

Go ahead, William. Tell us where you seen or heard Progressives have fought against “Adaption (sic)” in favor of abortion? I look forward to hearing your source.

You are smart enough to have the proof to back up your statements, right? Out here in public you need to be able to back up your declarations. You can’t just blurt out anything you want, any time you want else you lose credibility and just sound like a crank. You don’t want to be viewed as just a crank, do you?

So please, where have you seen this, that Progressives have fought against adoption in favor of abortion?

ANTHONY J SANTO

There is nothing sudden about progressives seeing adoption as an alternative to abortion. We just believe it is a decision to be made by the pregnant woman, not the state and certainly not you. There may be many reasons a woman may not want to go through the ordeal of an unwanted pregnancy. Try to figure them out for yourself. Or, is that too far above your abilities?

FRED BARNEY

Has it occurred to you that the husband should have a say in the matter?

This is the most troubling thing about you people: you apparently carry around these myths and falsehoods in your noggins, and you reinforce them to each other by repetition and not looking outside your comfort zone, and not being curious enough to want to fully understand them.

You clearly show that here by stating that Progressives would prefer abortion to adoption. An absolutely groundless, and libelous claim. No rational person, left or right, wants abortions. And calling yourself “Pro Life” does not bestow a monopoly upon you for advocating for a child’s life, and most certainly does not point to others as being “Anti Life”.

You also show that by buying into the myth that our elections can’t be trusted (just because you really feel you should win), you also show that by believing all Americans should follow a Christian god… or your vision of it. America, one big Melting Pot… but under your god.

And then to protect your beliefs you turn everything around to try to make the rest of the world guilty of this. The majority of America can see this, it’s no secret what’s driving you, but tragically you’re the only ones who can’t.

William Marincic

“Simple morality dictates that unless and until someone can prove the unborn human is not alive, we must give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is (alive). And, thus, it should be entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

–RONALD REAGAN

“Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re preborn, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re f***ed.”

-GEORGE CARLIN

LOUIS RESTIFO

I know a few Fox watching alt-right Republicans that give themselves “the benefit of the doubt and assume” they’re alive, when in actuality they’re brain dead.

FRED BARNEY

“Trans swimmer leaves rivals in her wake, shatters new Ivy League records”

Remember when we tried to help people with delusions rather than humored them? If the Democrats really want to get rid of female sports they should be upfront about it and ban them as a remnant from our sexist past!

William Marincic

“One day, a pretty, fresh-faced young lady – intelligent and sincerely concerned – asked me if abortion wasn’t preferable to making a young, unmarried girl have a baby she didn’t want and which would, therefore, grow up unloved and probably turn out to be a criminal. I gave an answer which apparently she hadn’t considered. I told her there were literally millions of people in this country who wanted but could not have children and who waited eagerly, sometimes for years, to adopt the baby she had described”.

–RONALD REAGAN

LOUIS RESTIFO

You open minded, intelligent individual, I believe you should perhaps find yourself a boyfriend attempting getting pregnant, and in the event there is some divine intervention and you do become blessed with child, bring it to full term and teach your sacred offspring all about God’s will and Christianity.

FRED BARNEY

You might want to consider what Judaism says about the right of a wife to kill her husband’s unborn child. If you have trouble finding advice on this point let me know and I will give you helpful directions to a teacher.

Meanwhile, modern day Republicans rally around this:

~~~~~~
Donald J. Trump: You know and …
Unknown: She used to be great. She’s still very beautiful.
Trump: I moved on her, actually. You know, she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it.
Unknown: Whoa.
Trump: I did try and f___ her. She was married.
Unknown: That’s huge news.
Trump: No, no, Nancy. No, this was [unintelligible] — and I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping.
She wanted to get some furniture. I said, “I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.” I took her out furniture —
I moved on her like a b____. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t___ and everything. She’s totally changed her look.
Billy Bush: Sheesh, your girl’s hot as s___. In the purple.
Trump: Whoa! Whoa!
Bush: Yes! The Donald has scored. Whoa, my man!
[Crosstalk]
Trump: Look at you, you are a p____.
[Crosstalk]
Trump: All right, you and I will walk out.
[Silence]
Trump: Maybe it’s a different one.
Bush: It better not be the publicist. No, it’s, it’s her, it’s —
Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
Bush: Whatever you want.
Trump: Grab ’em by the p____. You can do anything.
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Yes, you’ve truly evolved, Republicans.

ANTHONY J SANTO

“My father would have been ashamed of this Republican party. He would have been embarrassed and ashamed that a president of the United States was as incompetent and traitorous as the man occupying the White House now.”
__Ronald Reagan Jr. said this during the presidency of Donald J. Trump; he certainly knew his father better than any of us and loved him more.

Doug Hampton

A couple of things….I know NOBODY that is pro abortion. Abortion is a sad and awful procedure for anyone to have to go through. Let’s make that clear. Secondly adoption is how you spell the word (o not a). Although it’s not what you said, I do agree that in general there should be a greater emphasis on the choice of adoption. It doesn’t get the attention it should and the red tape here in America needs to be eliminated. At the end of the day, as awful as abortion is, it has to be the decision of the women not the government. Remember good old Barry Goldwater….Father of Conservatism….read his biography….before his death he changed his mind and said that government has no business controlling reproductive rights. Check it out if you ever put down your Ronald Reagan books.

William Marincic

“Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing”.

–RONALD REAGAN

FRED BARNEY

People do not want sound education. If they, did you would see teachers staying after school to help students with their homework

Doug Hampton

Fred….you can’t be serious! First of all virtually everyone indeed does want a sound education Secondly I spent some time in the classroom and have a ton of teachers in my family and many friends that teach. I don’t know of any good teachers that don’t stay after school or make some arrangements to assist students. You have made many silly and ignorant comments on this forum but this one takes the cake! You couldn’t be more wrong.

William Marincic

Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

God

LOUIS RESTIFO

Worth asking again:

“Is man only a blunder of God, or is God only a blunder of man? ”
Nietzsche

By the way Fred , who is God?

ANTHONY J SANTO

The most common form of pregnancy loss is spontaneous miscarriage. Best medical estimates are that 26% of pregnancies end as a result of such unplanned miscarriages. The God who put “thee in the belly” is responsible for more aborted pregnancies than anyone else. By the way no fertilized egg would develop in that case, since it would be dissolved by “belly” acids.

LOUIS RESTIFO

“In 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision concluded that women have a constitutional protected right to safe and legal abortions. That landmark decision wasn’t the beginning of women having abortions; it was the end of women dying from abortions.”

Jan Schakowski

Hey Willy…Ronald Reagan signed The 1967 California abortion law into into law..He claimed to be Pro Choice as well as his wife ….By the way Willy Happy Holidays

Doug Hampton

Good point. The problem is that being pro life as a Republican Presidential candidate is a litmus test. It’s an unofficial requirement in order to run as an Republican. See Donald Trump as proof of that. Very sad but I guess that’s politics.

William Marincic

“Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and Hell where they already have it”.

–RONALD REAGAN

ANTHONY J SANTO

This is irrelevant if you don’t believe either place exists except within the frenzied minds of those so frightened by the specter of death that they take comfort in such fantasies or in the mind of a mediocre ex-president with a brilliant son. The rest of us are trying to create conditions in the world we know that will make life as comfortable and fulfilling for as many as possible. And you can quote me on that.

LOUIS RESTIFO

It’s the placebo effect. Nothing there but apparently it makes them feel better and that’s all well and good until they use God and religion for hypocritical manipulation. An additional problem being they keep trying to shove their sugar pill down everyone else’s throat. Ask the ‘unreached’ Indigenous people in the Amazon. The Christians brought, along with ‘God’, smallpox and malaria to Brazil’s tribes.
God is good!

Why go to the Amazon, when first Canadians, now Americans are uncovering (literally) hundreds of indigenous North American children who died in the care of “reeducation” boarding schools. Schools meant to bring them into the (ahem) loving embrace of a loving Christian god and apparently, savior.
The world awaits yet another apology from The Church, to go along with the other atrocities they’ve committed against children.

William Marincic

“ Without God, there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience… without God, there is a coarsening of the society; without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure”.

—RONALD REAGAN

William Marincic

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Revelation 21:8

LOUIS RESTIFO

Obviously you can’t think for yourself because you’re you keep quoting a racist, senile man who kept acting after he became became President, and was confusing old movie scenes with reality. – And now you’ve started to quote the largest book of fiction ever published. A book with thousands of versions that can be interpreted any way one wishes.

Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
see his banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!
~~~~~~~~
Yeah, that’s brings back memories…

ANTHONY J SANTO

“And all liars”? Well then, you’ve condemned yourself. By the way, your Reagan quotes, as Louis said, the ramblings of a senile man, deserve a giant “YAWN”. Start thinking for yourself Bill. You are becoming more and more pathetic and giving the rest of us a really good time, with the exception, of course, of sad old Barney. At least in the lake of “fire and sulfur” we will all have stimulating conversation among thinking people, while the brain-dead gaze upon the vision of god as the eternal seconds click slowly by.

)))))))))))BREAKING NEWS!((((((((((

A 10-month-long review of Wisconsin’s 2020 election conducted by a conservative group in the state found no signs of widespread or significant election fraud, according to a new report of its findings, further disproving continued baseless allegations of election fraud as the battleground state undergoes a contentious partisan election audit.

Despite claims on the far right that link election fraud to voting machines from Dominion Voting Systems, WILL found “no evidence of significant problems with voting machines” and noted Democrats performed “worse than expected” in areas that used Dominion machines.

“There was no evidence of widespread voter fraud. In all likelihood, more eligible voters cast ballots for Joe Biden than Donald Trump,” WILL’s report concluded. “We found little direct evidence of fraud, and for the most part, an analysis of the results and voting patterns does not give rise to an inference of fraud.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2021/12/07/wisconsin-conservative-group-finds-no-evidence-of-widespread-fraud-in-2020-election/

I’m sure it did, Anthony. It more deeply reinforced how the nefarious Deep State has infiltrated our world.
That’s how it works for them; any challenge, ANY challenge is another chance to show how victimized they are, yet heroic and steadfast in their cause…whatever it is.

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