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Letters to the Editor Saturday, April 2


Russian people will bear guilt of war

The extreme killing and destruction in Ukraine will soon be followed by a deep wound of shame and humiliation for the people of Russia.
The Russians suffer from a bad habit of tolerating dictatorship and government control over public information.
Soon, they will hear and see the truth and they will be burdened with the profound guilt of being held responsible for the insane use of their military forces to murder civilians and destroy homes.
It is fair to hold the Russian people responsible because they have persistently refused to do the work that is required to maintain democratic control over government power. Now the whole world is faced with the threat of nuclear bombs in the hands of a frightened schizophrenic.
Russian society will carry this guilt for decades. How would we feel if we suddenly discovered that our trusted government bombed civilian homes in Canada or Mexico? What the Russians have done in Ukraine is like my neighbor saying to me: “We are old friends, and we belong together, therefore I will burn your house to the ground – with you in it.”
This is nothing other than insanely violent revenge.
The Russian Army has put on display its ability to kill women and children and demolish homes, but not so good at fighting other soldiers. As the cruelty of Russian violence unfolds, the world weeps in disbelief.
John M. Medeiros

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Push for energy independence bill

I agree with several points made in the March 24 Gazette editorial (“Suspend gas tax at pump, not by check”) concerning the fairness of the plan to temporarily suspend the state tax on gasoline sales in New York.
The average price of gas in the region is as high as I have ever seen and is hovering at $4.309 a gallon. Something needs to be done beside calling energy company CEOs before Congress to complain about passing along the cost of production to consumers.
There is another plan before Congress that could help reduce energy prices across the country, not just in New York, and reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil and gas.
Congress should pass HR6884 “American Energy Independence Act of 2022.” Surprisingly, our local U.S. representative, Paul Tonko, is not a cosponsor of the bill. There is a similar bill before the Senate, S3714.
If Congress wants to help Americans spend less and the pump and on home heating, it must send these bills to the president’s desk. If you are struggling with the high cost of fuel, message @RepPaulTonko and ask him to co-sponsor HR6884.
Dominic Fulgieri
Burnt Hills

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Zeldin showed he’s no friend of police

The Republican Party’s leading candidate for governor, Lee Zeldin, is running on an agenda of “law and order” and his supposed support for police officers.
Don’t believe it. Just look what the candidate did on Jan. 6, 2021.
On that day, an insurrectionist mob stormed the U.S. Capitol seeking to overturn the freely and fairly decided 2020 presidential election. This mob attacked the police officers defending the Capitol, and some of these officers later died.
The mob then broke into the Capitol, ransacked congressional offices and threatened further violence against those doing their constitutional duty to certify the election.
What was then-Congressman Zeldin’s response to these criminal acts at his workplace, acts which undermined the Constitution and the rule of law? He publicly voted against the police officers who had defended the Capitol.
Supporting the mob, he voted to reverse the election and install his preferred candidate, the one who lost.
If candidate Zeldin wants to prove his support for law enforcement and, more importantly, for truth, he should publicly apologize to the Capitol police officers who were attacked on Jan. 6, 2021, and their families.
Otherwise, he is just another insurrectionist.
Michael Moore
Clifton Park

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Grateful for support of youth athletics

COVID-19 has had an impact on nearly every aspect of our communities, including youth sports leagues.
Games and seasons were canceled, and organizations missed out on opportunities to strengthen and improve their programs.
Our league, Scotia-Glenville Youth Softball, lost its entire spring and summer 2020 seasons.
The fact that we are back and poised to have one of our biggest seasons ever in terms of participation is due to the businesses, families and community partners who have rallied to support us.
This includes the Scotia-Glenville Central School District, whose partnership makes the use of our fields possible, and Glenville town Supervisor Chris Koetzle and the Town Board for the “Youth Leagues for Parks” grant program.
This town initiative designated federal dollars for grants to youth sports programs to improve parks and recreational facilities in Glenville. The innovative and forward-looking grant program allowed us to invest in some badly needed field maintenance equipment.
There are so many benefits to youth sports for our children.
As we prepare to open the season, we want to say thank you to everyone in our community who helps make it all happen. Play ball!
Matt Leon
Jaime Riegel
The writers are the president and vice president, respectively, of the Scotia-Glenville Youth Softball League.

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‘Brandon’ flags reveal immaturity

I’m assuming that most people who display flags or signs publicly do so to get their opinions known.
There are times when the number of United States flags grow —election season, military holidays and other occasions and that makes sense.
What doesn’t make much sense to me are the “Let’s Go Brandon” flags.
What these banners tell me is that the owner is most likely a male, stuck in his mid-teens, who thinks he’s pulling a fast one —cursing out the president with a puerile meme.
Sadly he also thinks that it’s funny to curse out our president and sees no irony in the flag he so proudly waves alongside his Brandon banner.
What’s pathetic is that most of these flags are being flown in ways that defy flag etiquette.
Often tattered by the weather, they are neither protected from the climate nor lit at night, as required. These displays are neither patriotic nor mature.
They insult the president and the flag while claiming to be red, white and blue to the core. They are not real men. They are boys who will never grow up, and we all know where they live now.
I’m embarrassed for their children who are growing up without responsible adult parenting.
Polly Windels
Ballston Spa

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St. Clare’s retirees owed accountability

The St. Clare’s Hospital retirees are missing out on receiving a pension check each month, without the worry of working like they all have to do now.
The hospital took away the life that they were supposed to give to the retirees.
These wonderful, loyal, caring retirees have been left to live a life of torture at the hands of the hospital, the Albany Catholic Diocese and the state of New York.
If the people mentioned did their jobs properly and thought of all the retirees, the pensions would have been saved like it could have been.
All 1,100 loyal caring healthcare workers’ lives would have been able to be lived without the hospital’s worst case of abuse in history. All who are mentioned should share the blame and should be held accountable.
Walter “Neal” Brazell

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Accelerate pace for energy independence

The reason for the surge in gas prices is related more to Wall Street than politics.
For the last 10 years, the energy sector has been the worst performing in the S&P 500. During that time, major oil companies invested massive sums of money to increase oil production.
During covid, big oil and gas shifted their investment from production to profits and dividends.
In the first nine months of 2021 the largest oil and gas companies made a combined profit of $174 billion and paid out to shareholders $36.5 billion.
The Biden Administration is not restricting drilling. In January, overall U.S. crude production was up 100,000 barrels per day from the previous month. Since Biden took office, 2,400 drilling permits have been approved. At this pace, oil and gas permit approvals will surpass any year under the Trump Administration.
Meanwhile, despite being on a war footing, 60% of federal land use permits are not pumping crude and 9,000 approved drilling permits are not being utilized by big oil. Once they decide to increase drilling and production it will take at least six months for consumers to see any impact on gas prices.
Now that powerful oil companies are putting profits ahead of production, high energy costs are here to stay. The best way to end this recurring cycle of escalating energy costs and to save our planet is to speed up our transition to clean energy. Only then will we enjoy lasting energy independence.
Bob Karandy
Burnt Hills

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Publish articles for non-liberal readers

I realize you are basically a liberal based paper. How about doing the other half of your readership a favor by reporting (and following up on) other happenings in the world.
I have never seen any mention of this list of articles in your paper.
Biden’s laptop; it is real and contains factual info about Joe and Hunter. Read the New York Times article(s) on this one. John Durham’s preliminary release on Hillary’s actions regarding the debunked Trump/Russia collusion. Why our southern border remains open. The real reason(s) Cuomo was let off the hook on the nursing home deaths and assault of women he came in contact with, are there really that many gutless prosecutors in New York state? What is the status of the Americans (et. al.) left behind in Afghanistan? What about the ineffective mayor of New York City?
Please no more of Biden’s call for the United States to fight for democracy in Ukraine. Zelenskyy just outlawed all parties (except his) in Ukraine. We call that a dictatorship.
Why can’t you (The Gazette) stand up and request an unredacted/unedited release of the Biden/China call to be released to the media immediately? Be what Biden is not — a leader.
The last Biden slam I’ll offer is his nominee for the Supreme Court. He said (and I quote) “he would only support a Black female for the post.” Isn’t that considered a racist position?
Jim Banagan
Clifton Park

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Judge’s critics fueling racism and sexism

True to his promise, President Joe Biden has nominated an African-American woman, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
Her nomination has been met with cries of discrimination by many on the right, who believe President Biden should have considered other qualified judges, not just those who are African-American women.
These complaints fail to consider the history of oppression and racism that African-Americans have faced in this nation since its inception.
The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow have led to African-Americans being disproportionately impacted by poverty, police violence, incarceration, inferior access to healthcare, and racial profiling. For Black women, these issues intersect with misogyny and sexism.
A judge since 2013, Jackson graduated from Harvard Law School and has clerked for Justice Breyer.
If confirmed, Jackson will also be the first former public defender on the Supreme Court.
Though several Republicans acknowledge her impressive credentials, media figures such as Tucker Carlson have doubled-down on the hate. When Carlson asks for Judge Jackson’s LSAT scores, he shows his true colors. I cannot recall Carlson or anyone else in the media demanding to see the LSAT scores of Justices Brett Kavanaugh or Amy Coney Barrett. Why treat Judge Jackson differently?
Judge Jackson is clearly qualified and will be a meaningful and important addition to the Supreme Court. Her critics perpetuate the racism and sexism ingrained in American institutions and society, both of which we must abandon if we insist on being the beacon of freedom and opportunity.
Sarah Chaudhry

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Categories: Clifton Park and Halfmoon, Letters to the Editor, Opinion, Rotterdam, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Scotia Glenville

LOUIS RESTIFO April 3, 2022
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Arguing with them is like arguing with me when I say the following;
I know it to be indisputable fact that the earth is flat. Nothing anyone can say or do will ever convince me otherwise. End of story.

I posted that sentence the other day and I’m obviously reposting it today.

I’d rather watch paint dry.

Florida2015 April 2, 2022
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D Wayne P.
April 2nd, 2022
We have the same problem here, BUT our Republican controlled state has decided because so many tourists come here they should not benefit from a gas tax break now. BUT what they have decided to do at the Governors request is give one state wide in October. I think that is the month before elections right? So be patient you may get tax break before I do.
As a aside check out the home insurance coming crisis here. Many companies are leaving or dissolving there policies. As a result the last choice company is called Citizens Property Insurance run by the state. They are having to write about 5000 policies a day coming in because of companies leaving or raising rates sometimes 100 % on home owners. If we were to have a catastrophic hurricane this season there is not enough monies in the CPI company to cover loses. Guessing you as a NY taxpayers to the Feds will have to cough up to help cover it. But hey we have Don’t say gay law so we are good. The special session called for by Gov in April is to justify his veto of the gerrymanded maps he wants that will eliminate two minority congress districts .
Ask me again how much Republicans care for there “subjects”.

Florida2015 April 2, 2022
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Least we forget, this county was founded by slave holding white men and the founding documents were written without the following inhabitants having NO representation or even recognition. Native Americans, women and of course slaves to name a few . Sometimes I wonder if we have come as far as some think we have after reading some posts. I would not at all be surprised to see a post like there here, if that’s the conservative/rep view, glad I left the party in 2015.

I have noticed a few posts from certain RW’s on Saturdays with quotes from Bill Mahar knocking the Democrats and libs, and most are true that get used by FFF and promoted on here. Last night he said FFF should change the channel then proceeded to review some Republicans in Congress and especially some of the new candidates running and it was not pretty. If you have access on youtube or HBO his new rules segment is worth your time. So those that post knocks to libs from him come on be fair and give us link to Fri new rules and review of the Republican candidates.

D Wayne P. April 2, 2022
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ALBANY— The high cost of fuel is hurting vulnerable residents across New York, many of whom are struggling to pay their bills or cutting trips to the grocery store as New York lawmakers negotiate behind closed doors whether to suspend taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel as a way to help.

Democratic controlled state and Democratic controlled Government. Oh but Trump………..

ChuckD April 2, 2022
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“So we pray. Father in heaven, we firmly believe that Donald J. Trump is current and true president of the United States,”

“Bless and protect him and his family from any physical, spiritual attacks and may his voice still the people to righteous action to bring godly men and women into elected office, in Michigan and across America. We declare that he will be back in office soon — very soon — in Jesus’ name,”

– Opening prayer at today’s Trump campaign rally, Washington Township, Michigan

So which Republican here wants to address this? Zachary? GAETANI? Crisci? D Wayne?

Your silence will speak volumes…

christopher S. April 2, 2022
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I guess some of us like the truth some dont a Hilary clinton thing?- simply not true

Florida2015 April 2, 2022
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Not knowing who you and seeing a reference to running for NYS controller, I googled your name. The first heading in your biography was listed as your General Philosophy.

I looked but did not a see any mention of your philosophy in the information as having such strong feelings about slavery you expressed for happening for centuries, so get over it. Or for Democrats being responsible for on going issues in American with race etc. Did I miss that part or did you just not post those thoughts since you were running for office? Did your post reveal the real you?

Guy Varoma April 2, 2022
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And you want to be Comptroller of NYS? A conspiracy theorist. I think not

JOHN GAETANI April 2, 2022
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Sarah Chaudhry, are you serious? People like you want to try to make us believe that people from Africa are the only ones that ever suffered slavery. Slavery is the oldest profession of human kind. Since the beginning of human life there have been slaves. There still are slaves today. This country eliminated and outlawed slavery in 1865.

Black people don’t have a monopoly on being slaves and being discriminated against. African peoples have enslaved people forever and still do today. Black women suffer
misogyny and sexism at the hands of black men mostly. Black poverty is not the result of the 19th Century slavery but of the 20th Century oppression by white liberals who created things like The Great Society which actually is a form of serfdom.

Black people who suffer incarceration only have themselves to blame. Same for inferior access to healthcare if that actually exists. I will give you police violence and racial profiling but those are only a result of blacks not taking care of themselves.

Yes, this country was racist and there are still pockets of it everywhere. But you know what it is a long way from 30 years. You act like this country is the only country that has these issues. I assure it is not.

JOHN GAETANI April 2, 2022
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Jim Banagan, great letter. You beat me to it. I would like to just add that The Gazette should retract all the stories about President Trump’s lies. I believe the NYT or Washington Post said it was around 30,000. This includes “The Big Lie”and the lies that the President orchestrated the January 6th protest

The actually Big Lie is that there were not any fraudulent and illegitimate votes or illegal voting done. Evidence is coming out daily of that but of course this paper doesn’t have the guts to print any of that.

Then there is the omissions that this paper and all the other MSM outlets have made. Most notably the Hunter Biden laptop during the 2020 campaign. And the huge lies from the government’s so-called heath experts about SARS-CoV-2 and the vaccines. Those cost hundreds of thousands deaths and sicknesses that resulted in other more serious health issues being ignored and treatment delayed which led to more deaths.

One last thing the most recent lie by this paper and the MSM that they breathlessly put on the front page that the was some kind of 7 and a half hour gap in the President’s January 6 phone log. WRONG AGAIN!

When is this paper going to do some real reporting?

RAYMOND HARRIS April 2, 2022
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John M. Medeiros – Good letter except for one thing. Putin is not technically schizophrenic. What I think you meant was that he is a psychopath, an unstable and aggressive person with little or no conscience, lacks empathy, disregards or violates the rights of others. Schizophrenics on the other hand are generally not aggressive. It’s a complex mental health disorder that millions of people live and function with every day.

Guy Varoma April 2, 2022
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Holy ignorance

ChuckD April 2, 2022
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Denise Crisci, the Griffith atrocity was just that, and most Democrats and liberals and Progressives came out forcefully criticizing her for it. Few people condoned this grotesque image. The rest of your diatribe remains unproven or typically dramatic where no drama exists for the Republicans.

What caught my eye though about your disjointed, run-on sermon was your statement, “I don’t condone the disrespect of any President at any time, constructive views are all that is necessary”. And I’m trying to square that with what actually got everyone’s attention to Trump as a real candidate: his repeated, outspoken claims that Barack Obama wasn’t a legitimate President and that he had all the proof he needed once he got his birth certificate from Hawaii (which, no sh!t, some on your side wouldn’t accept as a real US state), even though he also claimed he was from Kenya…and not a Christian.
Whether you like it or not, Barack Obama was the legitimate first Black person not only elected to be our President, but then re-elected. The pain of that reality on the right was palpable and very much on display as the Republican Party made it their stated ambition to shut down ANYTHING Obama attempted. And I have no doubt you probably bought right into it.
How’d that work out?

Denise Crisci, do you have any idea how offensive and disrespectful that was to the people of color in this country, and the rest of us who support and promote their progress? And you have the unmitigated gall to claim you “don’t condone the disrespect of any President at any time, constructive views are all that is necessary”?
Do you think we’re stupid here? Are you that stupid?
No offense of course, just asking….

Guy Varoma April 2, 2022
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Let’s go William !

ChuckD April 2, 2022
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Mr. Fulgieri’s letter is yet another oily fanboy promoting a House resolution sponsored by two oily tools from Texas that is chock full of ideas on how to turn those drillers loose on federal lands. It is unabashedly a fossil fuel promotion, with no mention of promoting less dangerous energy technologies.
No question, fossil fuels will be with us for a while and given the dependence we have on them we do need to support them. But not promote them.
Not to mention, the whole idea of thinking the USA can somehow go off the grid from the rest of the world seems to this non-educated consumer a pipe dream and the continuation of the right’s isolationist fantasies.
But yeah, go ahead and try to use it to shame Paul Tonko. It’s a pretty clumsy attempt.

christopher S. April 2, 2022
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Trumpian Conservatives Hold an ‘Emergency’ Meeting Over Russia let the cannibalism begin. it was just a matter of time but is long over due.

Zachary April 2, 2022
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Darn it, I only have a Lets Go Brandon lawn sign which multiple people have stopped and said they loved it or have given me the thumbs up if I’m outside. I really need to get one of them Flags to go below my rather large American Flag. I must live in a development full of Bubbas and Rednecks because nobody seems to hate my sign.

christopher S. April 2, 2022
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dwayne P I like most patriots and American citizens have no problem using the appropriate mr President. not failed ex President or traitor or Putin a$$ licker. I do always follow it with boy did we dodge a bullet in 2020! God really did bless America in 2020!

D Wayne P. April 2, 2022
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So it looks like Let’s go Brandon is frowned upon here in this forum. Shall we use “The big guy” or “Celtic” instead?

Guy Varoma April 2, 2022
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I guess you never heard of Marjorie Taylor Green and Bobbert. And the Obama years must have past you by. D.C.

Denise Crisci April 2, 2022
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You do realize Polly the reason for the beginning for the LETS GO BRANDON??? Because fake news, could not be honest with the public during a car race of what was being chanted in the back ground about Biden. Even though every viewer could hear what was being chanted, she changed it to lets go Brandon. That is how this movement began, with the usual fake news. I don’t condone the disrespect of any President at any time, constructive views are all that is necessary. BUT, lets not forget the hell that Trump had to go through with bleeding heads by Kathy Griffith, non stop death threats, burning flags on a daily basis, people threatening to move to Canada (but never did) the daily barrage on tv both supposed news and night time TV. Now you may say that was good for him but not for Joe, well you know what they say, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. The liberals started this whole hateful rhetoric during his years and your set the tone for most Presidents to come. Unfortunately , Joe is now the recipient of a much less obtrusive reminder of how much people do not care for his leadership. Do you see anyone such as Maxine Waters telling millions on TV to get Republicans where ever you see them, in the store, at the restaurant’s? Do you see Broadway stars publicly humiliating a Vice President and his family? You can’t just have it all one way. You opened the flood gates and they are hard to close again. It is a shame it has to be this way, a divided country will not stand, so if you don’t think it is good for the country, don’t start it.

Guy Varoma April 2, 2022
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Bob Karandy great letter. I hope those who are blaming high gas prices on Biden read it, comprehend it and store in their brains.

christopher S. April 2, 2022
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Polly windels when I see another of those silly boys waving those Purdy flags I thank God they found something else meaningless to skip around with instead of that
offensive confederate flag many of them loved so much . I look I chuckle and think to myself there goes another Member of the dimwitted club of America. God bless America and thank God we dumped the Trump in favor of our President Joe Biden. They cry a little bit everything they hear bidens name which explains the use of Brandon