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Letters to the Editor Friday, April 1


State must push energy efficiency

This is an open letter to Gov. Hochul and New York legislators:
I mentioned to my wife that the climate crisis is the number one issue for humanity. She corrected me, saying the number one issue is what it has always been — namely for all of us to be compassionate, considerate and caring. She’s right, of course, as always. With number one in place, all else will fall into place OK.
I write as your constituent urging you to include Part EEE of S.8008A in the state budget.
This legislation will help curb carbon emissions by enacting stronger appliance energy efficiency standards and building codes.
The proposed energy efficiency standards are estimated to save 17 million tons of CO2e, equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 3.5 million cars.
In 2019, New York passed the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), legislation that set aggressive emissions reduction goals. The plan is a bold vision – but it is meaningless without bold actions.
An alternate plan is to start building skyscraper apartments in upstate New York, because National Geographic predicts 80% of New York City will need to be abandoned during the lifetime of my grandchildren.
Lawrence A. (Lon) Penna

More from Scotia and Glenville – The Daily Gazette

Writer ignored facts about U.S. and war

This a response to Art Henningson’s letter (“Conservatives don’t back foreign wars”) in the March 26 Gazette. His letter is full of errors and unfounded conclusions.
Right up front, the disastrous Iraq War in 2003 was started by a conservative President George Bush. This war killed thousands of Americans and cost $2.5 trillion. The justifications for this attack were all false. What did it accomplish? Trump probably was referring to this tragedy when he stated, “no more stupid wars.”
The real winner in this situation was Iran. We had taken their chief enemy out and now it became stronger and more belligerent. How this will play out is yet to be determined.
The letter I’m referring to also tries to blame Democrats for all the wars we fought in the last 100 years. This is how FOX wants to frame everything. Evil Democrats versus good Republicans.
All the wars we fought were rooted in problems that played out over decades. For example, the Vietnamese people had been fighting for their freedom since the end of World War I.
I can remember, as a young Republican, Nixon criticizing Kennedy for not being more aggressive in Vietnam. Kennedy had a mess on his hands.
Eisenhower and Nixon had escalated the conflict by sending “advisers” and weapons to a corrupt South Vietnam government in the 1950s. Saying Kennedy started the war ignores the facts.
Michael Grygus
Clifton Park

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Elect Zeldin to fix New York’s messes

New York has become an overtaxed cesspool of corruption and we need a drastic change. Congressman Lee Zeldin is running for governor of New York to make that change.
Lee is a well-rounded lifetime New Yorker and war veteran, who has served our country in military intelligence and New York state as an accomplished attorney, senator and congressman.
You can read more about him and his accomplishments at If you have any questions, please go directly to the source and phone or email his office. They will be happy to get back to you with the correct answers.
It’s time to send a message to officials who abuse their power in office and use our taxpayer money as their own personal piggy bank.
We don’t need to vote our party, race or religion. We need to vote for the person who is going to fix this mess, hold officials accountable and do what is best for the citizens, state and city of New York.
Please New Yorkers, do your own research and vote wisely. Our future and our children’s future depend on it.
Fran Gully

Schenectady Muni price hike too much

I’ve been thinking about the 50% membership hike at Schenectady Municipal Golf course for the 2022 season.
Being a committed member for a number of years, the 50% increase ($1,200 to $1,800) for non-resident seniors gave me a great sense of sticker shock.
Think about this: If your contractor raised his quote by 50% from one year to the next by 50% , you would likely look for another contractor. If your grocery store increased prices 50% from one year to the next, you would likely shop elsewhere.
Any increase of 50% for anything would likely prompt anyone to seriously question such.
Look, Schenectady Muni is a great course. The staff is tops, the course maintenance is superb.
The rate increase of 50% in one year is excessive. One might consider new memberships versus current memberships and adjust the increase accordingly.
Do I really expect this to get serious consideration? Not likely. It is a most unfortunate slap in the face to former members. Just my two cents.
Ramon Rodriguez

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ChuckD April 1, 2022
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For all the righties hell-bent on punishing Joe Biden (mostly for their own failings) for mishandling the economy. There is a world outside your gated (real or virtual) communities:

Inflation is a world-wide problem (just as gas prices are)

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in Europe soared to another record, according to new EU figures released Friday, in a fresh sign that rising energy prices fueled by Russia’s war in Ukraine are squeezing consumers and adding pressure on the central bank to raise interest rates. Consumer prices in the 19 countries that use the euro currency rose by an annual rate of 7.5% in March, according to the European Union statistics agency, Eurostat.
The latest reading smashed the high set just last month, when it hit 5.9%. It’s the fifth straight month that inflation in the eurozone has set a record, bringing it to the highest level since recordkeeping for the euro began in 1997.
Rising consumer prices are a growing problem around the world, making it more difficult for people to afford everything from groceries to their utility bills. Spiking energy costs are the main factor driving inflation in Europe, with those prices surging 44.7% last month, up from 32% in February, Eurostat said.
Oil and gas prices had already been rising because of increasing demand from economies recovering from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic. They jumped higher after Russia, a major oil and gas producer, invaded Ukraine, on fears that sanctions and export restrictions could crimp supplies.

christopher S. April 1, 2022
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Absolutely eye opening documentary about the election and Jas 6th Flynn. ,Byrne and
Powell feature prominently and continue their work today

christopher S. April 1, 2022
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RAYMOND HARRIS April 1, 2022
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Here’s a question to ponder: if it was okay to take out terrorist Osama bin Laden, why isn’t Putin fair game?

christopher S. April 1, 2022
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As Anthony Santos outlined earlierGood economic news today from AP:

The Associated Press reports:

“America’s employers extended a streak of robust hiring in March, adding 431,000 jobs in a sign of the economy’s resilience in the face of a still-destructive pandemic and the highest inflation in 40 years.

The Labor Department’s report Friday showed that last month’s job growth helped reduce the unemployment rate to 3.6%, the lowest level since the pandemic erupted two years ago.

Despite the inflation surge, persistent supply bottlenecks, the damaging effects of COVID-19 and now a war in Europe, employers have added at least 400,000 jobs for 11 straight months.”

let’s all have a great day as God has Blessed America!

D Wayne P. April 1, 2022
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Biden also said “we can take advantage of the next generation of electric vehicles [so] that a typical driver will save about $80 a month from not having to pay gas at the pump.” Joseph Venditti stated “Yesterday I filled our Ford Lightning with 55kW of energy a fast-charge station downtown, cost $42.45 Was averaging 38kW/100 miles, so bought 145mile range.” My gas tank is 14.5 gallons and when I fill it I get about 530 miles +-. So if gas does go back down one day to 2.90 a gallon, it would cost me $42.05 to get 530 miles. it would cost Joe Venditti $152.82 to drive 530 miles. Maybe Joe or someone else can tell me where Im wrong.

Florida2015 April 1, 2022
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Guy, Re reading my post maybe not clear I am agreeing with you about Mr Grygus letter and my remarks were about Art Henningson’s letter (“Conservatives don’t back foreign wars” rewrite of history. Need second cup of coffee maybe.

D Wayne P. April 1, 2022
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I think the White House needs to hire an interpretor to stand beside him during his speeches. “If your home is powered by safer, cheaper, cleaner electricity, like solar or heat pumps, you can save about $500 a month on average,” the president said. What he actually meant was $500 yearly. How long would it take to recoup the upfront costs of installing the “safer, cheaper, cleaner electricity? Heat pumps at $7K, solar $20K = $27K. So you’ll save 500 a year but $27K to set your home up with the equipment, the pay back on that is 54 years. Maybe someone is stronger at math than I am but that’s what I come up with.

Florida2015 April 1, 2022
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Guy, Re: Michael Grygus LTE. When Republicans are accused of trying to rewrite history, and you see this it removes all doubt. Not saying Democrats are blameless as Johnson had a choice in VN, but come on.
Which leads one to say I’d like to see people who engage in political discussions be educated in current events and history enough to separate fact from propaganda.
If nothing else its called Goggle before you type.

Guy Varoma April 1, 2022
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Michael Grygus great factual letter….But I’m sure some will remain willfully ignorant to the facts you stated. I hope one day they will have an epiphany and see the light.

Zachary April 1, 2022
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Zero response to Hochuls obvious move to enrich herself.

ANTHONY J SANTO April 1, 2022
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This article from the Daily Beast reveals who Virginia Clarence really is and is more evidence backing up how incompetent and corrupt Trump is:

“Years before she became one of then-President Donald Trump’s most prominent coup supporters, Ginni Thomas was already notorious in his West Wing for, among other things, ruining staffers’ afternoons by working Trump into fits of vengeful rage.

“We all knew that within minutes after Ginni left her meeting with the president, he would start yelling about firing people for being disloyal,” said a former senior Trump administration official. “When Ginni Thomas showed up, you knew your day was wrecked.”

Ever since she became a welcome guest at Trump’s residences, Thomas—an influential and longtime conservative activist, and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—had perfected a proven formula of enthralling and manipulating the president’s emotions and mood. On multiple occasions throughout the Trump era, Thomas would show up in the White House, sometimes for a private meeting or a luncheon with the president. She often came armed with written memos of who she and her allies believed Trump should hire for plum jobs—and who she thought Trump should promptly purge—that she distributed to Trump and other high-ranking government officials.

The fire lists were particularly problematic, as they were frequently based on pure conjecture, rumor, or score-settling, where even steadfastly MAGA aides were targeted for being part of the “Deep State” or some other supposedly anti-Trump coalition, according to people who saw them during the Trump administration. The hire lists were so often filled with infamous bigots and conspiracy theorists, woefully under-qualified names, and obvious close friends of Thomas that several senior Trump aides would laugh at them—that is, until Trump would force his staff to put certain names through the official vetting process, three sources familiar with the matter said.”

Florida2015 April 1, 2022
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Didn’t open, but the headline pretty much tells you where the article was going.

Reading several books on our country’s history lately and a very strong theme thru out is various regions and how they played into settlements in the US. Remember the Pilgrims came her to escape religious prosecution. Reading the period of the 1800 after Civil War, the Gilded Age , robber barons and labors struggles for the working class, which didn’t end till WW2. Religion and money runs thru out this whole era, as a excuse for labor wanting fair wages, hours etc, to religion by labor against the ruling class. And be sure we had a ruling class very much like today. Religion and money still or problem in American politics.

“You meet it every walk of life It speaks thru the press,gives zeal to the bar, gets the attention of the bench, organizes the the influence which surround our legislative bodies and courts of justice,determines who shall be our Senators, how our legislators shall be organized and preside over them, it is imperial in political intrigue and pervades every community from the center of every community of the Republic”

Sound familiar? Said in 1892 by Presidential candidate James Weaver from Iowa

Doug Hampton April 1, 2022
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Excellent letter by Michael Grygus. I hear this comment by my R friends all the time that Dem’s historically start wars. It’s the most ridiculous thing ever. Rather than take each war one by one they love to broad brush things. Are we going to criticize FDR for getting us into WW 2 ? Grygus used Viet Nam as a good example. Technically Kennedy did get us in the war officially even though there had been some fighting going on under Eisenhower. We could blame so many for this escalation and our overall involvement. I don’t hear anyone criticizing Bush Sr for Desert Storm and nor should they. Point is that each war should be evaluated on its own and not used to castigate either party.

LOUIS RESTIFO April 1, 2022
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Hopefully this article from the Washington Post can be opened.

Extreme doesn’t seem so extreme any more. Four million followers.

RAYMOND HARRIS April 1, 2022
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I think the Zeldin letter was an April Fool’s joke. Is this the same Zeldin who supports Trump and voted, like Stefanik, to overturn the lawful election of Joe Biden? Just what New York needs, an undemocratic treasonous governor.

Whoville April 1, 2022
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I don’t trust anyone that says “do your own research”. “Research” usually entails going to the websites that already fit your current viewpoint and rejecting articles that challenge your views.

Zachary April 1, 2022
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Ramon Rodriguez, The reason for the increase was that there were too many passholders. People were complaining that they could never get a tee time. People were abusing it and using it for multiple leagues. I have been a passholder for years and I’m happy that they did it. Like everything, some people will take advantage and screw it up for others.

Zachary April 1, 2022
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Imagine if you will, a governor that approves tens of millions of dollars in tax money for a new NFL sports stadium. Imagine if her husband was going to make even more money off that sports stadium, would that be illegal? Evidently not in New York with Governor Hochul.

Joseph Vendetti April 1, 2022
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Agreed we got solar panels about 7 years ago, got blown in insulation in our attic, replaced our old windows & doors with high efficiency and just got an electric vehicle.

Yesterday I filled our Ford Lightning with 55kW of energy a fast-charge station downtown, cost $42.45 Was averaging 38kW/100 miles, so bought 145mile range.

My old diesel got 21 mpg, those miles would have consumed 4.76 gals. At $5.50 gal that’s $26.18 Its still almost 1.6x more expensive to fill my electric vehicle now. The same charge if I charge at home will cost the same on my national grid electric. I didn’t include the $900 cost that we purchase the home charging system w/install.

Happy to do our part – but how many american citizens will spend $25,000 on solar panels, $7,000 on insulation, $12,000 on new windows & doors, $65,000 on a new electric vehicle?

The new high efficiency appliances – frig, oven, microwave and dishwasher will run around $4,250 for all four.