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
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.
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.
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!
The writers are the president and vice president, respectively, of the Scotia-Glenville Youth Softball League.
‘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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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