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Letters to the Editor Sunday, April 3

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No state tax dollars for new Bills stadium

I would urge taxpayers to contact their state legislators with regard to the proposals currently being discussed that would provide New York state taxpayer dollars for the construction of a new, outrageously priced, 60,000-seat facility for the NFL and Buffalo Bills.
Legislators should be urged to vote “no!”
Contrary to what is being put forth, there does not seem to be any way New Yorkers — other than perhaps those residing in the Erie County area — can or will realize any benefits from this stadium project.
Our tax burden will more than likely increase to cover the promised dollars.
If the NFL, Erie County, Buffalo and the Buffalo Bills want a new stadium to seat 60,000 and be used maybe 10 times per year, then let these entities foot the bill(s)!
Al Alexander
Clifton Park

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Think outside box on Caroline St. issues

Much has been written about the public safety issue in and around the venue of Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs.
Suggestions have covered the spectrum from blocking the street, to adding metal detectors, limiting hours of operation and even pointing a finger of blame at Gaffney’s justified or not.
None of these actions are a good fit for the image and attraction to the area.
The root cause is a no brainer. Too much drinking, poor judgment by all parties (patrons/owners) and a wink and a nod to bad behavior.
A measured response to cure the problem comes at a cost, specifically to control the alcohol consumption.
Thinking out of the box, is it not possible with simple technology, perhaps a punch card, to develop a tracking system that records the number of drinks purchased and at what time? Using an established parameter, once met the patron would then no longer be served.
The next step is really the more complex one. Once a customer can no longer be served, cut off what prevents them from starting the cycle all over in another bar, pub or restaurant.
Nothing but perhaps good judgment by the patron, those that accompany him or her and the time and inconvenience of moving to another venue.
In the end, the wait staff, bartenders and owners need to focus on behavior, not just the bottom line of making more money.
I know being responsible and a proponent of public safety is pie in the sky. Just a thought.
Hugo Bach
Niskayuna

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83 Comments
ANTHONY J SANTO April 4, 2022
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Final thought for the night: Does any one out there really believe that Biden’s reference to Michelle Obama as VP, an obvious slip of the tongue, is on a par with Trump’s suggestion that nukes be used to break up hurricanes or his reference to airports during the American Revolution?

Maybe I’ll get a response tomorrow. Not really expecting one, but it would be interesting if Zachary or Wayne made an attempt to address this issue.

ANTHONY J SANTO April 3, 2022
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You know what takes “gonads”? thinking for yourself and facing different viewpoints head on instead of deflecting by making silly claims that the person who disagrees with you is “jealous of Trump” or advising him to take up “bird watching”. Sad deflective responses that define you, not me.

christopher S. April 3, 2022
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the current ‘queen of the dimwits’ Marjorie Taylor Greene reaffirmed her claim to the title this morning. Its hard to believe anyone could reelect this delusional unethical beast but that’s just my opinion. God blessed America in 2020!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/marjorie-taylor-greene-harangues-school-shooting-survivor-over-gun-stance/ar-AAVOKc7?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=f2a982b38cdd4536bc7116f5773de01f

Florida2015 April 3, 2022
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Just a few comments. For DWP, Florida has no income tax and nice weather 5-6 months out of the year. Other 6 are heat and humidity up the wazoo, and of coarse hurricane season from June till Nov. NO and I repeat NO cheaper to live here. House ins 2 x and maybe soon to be more than NY and car insurance 2 x NY alone will eat up any savings on taxes you might get. On real estate taxes everyone buying here will get a big surprise the year after there purchase. You are assessed at 85 % of what you PAID and we all know how that is going up and up. Realtor shows you taxes from someone who lived in house 10-15 -20 years are next to nothing. Big surprise next year assessment is on what you just paid.

Rest of today’s posts about RWers I’ll go with Guy and the dog.

Anybody read Pence’s platform policy statement? Think I read it 2007-08, 2011-12 and same for 2015 and 16 other than FG who didn’t have one and they used the same one in 20 he had in 15-16. 0 nada

ChuckD April 3, 2022
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The manifold effects of partisan media on viewers’ beliefs and attitudes: A field experiment with Fox News viewers
April 3, 2022

-Abstract-

Partisan media impacts voting behavior, yet what changes in viewers’ beliefs or attitudes may underlie these impacts is poorly understood. We recruited a sample of regular Fox News viewers using data on actual TV viewership from a media company, and incentivized them to watch CNN instead for a month using real-time viewership quizzes. Despite regular Fox viewers being largely strong partisans, we found manifold effects of changing the slant of their media diets on their factual beliefs, attitudes, perceptions of issues’ importance, and overall political views. We show that these effects stem in part from a bias we call partisan coverage filtering, wherein partisan outlets selectively report information, leading viewers to learn a biased set of facts. Consistent with this, treated participants concluded that Fox concealed negative information about President Trump. Partisan media does not only present its side an electoral advantage—it may present a challenge for democratic accountability.
https://osf.io/jrw26/

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As a personal note, as a regular consumer of MSNBC (some believe without evidence the antithesis of Fox), as well as a variety of other news sources for comparison, MSNBC comes nowhere close to the bias and distortion witnessed on Fox. I cannot stand to watch Fox for long because I’ll usually already know what the truth is, and it ain’t what Fox is serving.

Guy Varoma April 3, 2022
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Birthers, Flat Earthers, Anti-Vaxxers Pro Wrestling fans who believe it’s real, Moon Landing Deniers and Trump Loyalists are all cut from the same cloth. These people also believe the QAnon conspiracies

Guy Varoma April 3, 2022
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I for one do understand why people voted for Trump and will vote for Trump again, It can best explained this way. Since the beginning of mankind there were people who thought the earth was flat Now through the years we have proof the world is round. But still in this day and age people believe the world is flat. You can show these people pictures from outer space that in fact the world is a sphere. But they continue to think it is flat. Their minds won’t let them think anything else. These type of people are the same people that believe professional wrestling is real. Whatever their reasons no one can change their minds.

LOUIS RESTIFO April 3, 2022
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Totally off topic, but…
“Heather Cox Richardson is an American historian and professor of history at Boston College. She received both her B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Most recently, Richardson started publishing “Letters from an American”, a nightly newsletter that chronicles current events in the larger context of American history.”
I find her really interesting. I believe others on this forum will enjoy reading her news letters. The following is a link.

https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/

CYNTHIA SWANSON April 3, 2022
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I read the front page article regarding ultrasound and diabetes treatment. My older son has Type 2 diabetes, and wanted to send him the article. Of course, he can’t open it, not being subscriber to the DG.

Quite frankly, it’s quite selfish of the DG to be so petty. My son lives in DC, so has no reason to be interested in our local paper. Please fix this problem. I can forward articles from multiple sources, but not the DG?

christopher S. April 3, 2022
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just a reminder of judge Brown’s confirmation vote April 4th The US will have another great day tomorrow under President Biden’s leadership with the bipartisan confirmation of Justice Brown to the Supreme court. I’m sure all patriots will be happy to start this day on a positive note. God really blessed America in 2020!

https://www.vox.com/2022/3/24/22994930/ketanji-brown-jackson-supreme-court-hearing-confirmation

Guy Varoma April 3, 2022
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Trump praised the Americans’ military efforts in the war against Great Britain. “Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory,” he said.

Maybe someone can help me, did we have airplanes in our war against great Britain?. Did they fly out of Roswell ?

D Wayne P. April 3, 2022
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Maybe a liberal can help me out here but when did pregnant women become birthing people?

D Wayne P. April 3, 2022
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“I’m deeply proud of the work she is doing as first lady with Joining Forces initiative she started with Michelle Obama when she was vice president and now carries on,” the president said in error, another in a string of mistakes the White House had to correct or walk back recently. It’s a daily thing with this guy and we wonder why the country is such a mess. Now can we hire an interpreter to translate what he really means? You know the thing……

ANTHONY J SANTO April 3, 2022
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An example of a Republican I could support, this is from a CNN interview with Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan about DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay Bill”:

“I didn’t actually see the details of the legislation but the whole thing seems like a crazy fight. DeSantis is always talking about, that he was not demanding businesses do things but he was telling the cruise lines what they had to do, he was telling schools what they had to do. Mandating!

“And now wants to criticize Disney for expressing how they feel about the bill I mean, they have every right to. We have a thing called freedom of speech. They can come out and say what they think.

“I think the bill was kind of absurd and not something that would have happened in our state.” – GOP Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, today on CNN.

From AP concerning the Trump endorsed candidate running against him in the gubernatorial primary:

BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press”

“ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump in his run for governor of Maryland introduced a resolution on Thursday to impeach popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, accusing him of “malfeasance in office.”

The resolution introduced by Del. Dan Cox, who represents parts Frederick and Carroll counties, also accuses Hogan of “misuse of the police power, violations of the separation of powers, theft of the people’s liberty and property, deprivation of the religious liberties of the people, and abuse of power under false pretenses.”

While unlikely to advance, the resolution introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates underscores division in the GOP regarding support for Trump.

The governor, who is term limited and hasn’t ruled out a White House bid in 2024, has been a frequent Trump critic. Michael Ricci, a spokesman for Hogan, dismissed the delegate as “a QAnon conspiracy theorist.”

The QAnon movement claims Trump is waging a secret battle against the “deep state” and a sect of powerful devil-worshiping pedophiles who dominate Hollywood, big business, the media and government.”

Guy Varoma April 3, 2022
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I agree we shouldn’t be giving our money to build a stadium anywhere in NYS. It’s more Corporate Welfare. Like the 2017 Trump Tax Cuts for corporations. and the rich.

Zachary April 3, 2022
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Not to mention Governor Hochuls husband is an executive vice president in the company that supplies all the food and all the vending at the stadium and stands to make even more money for the new stadium.

ANTHONY J SANTO April 3, 2022
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After yesterday’s post it feels great to agree entirely with Joe and Annie on this issue.

Joseph Vendetti April 3, 2022
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Agree with Al we shouldn’t be subsidizing the multi-billion dollar NFL with $850,000,000 for a stadium – NYS has enough debt and far too many taxes.