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Letters to the Editor Saturday, April 9


Do Bills really need this new stadium?

Who is demanding a new stadium? The owners? Let them build it. The fans? I doubt it. The players? Most won’t even be on the team when it’s finished. Is it falling apart? Dangerous?
This past season I attended a game in Buffalo. Two games at MetLife stadium (built in 2010) and a soccer game last month at Gillette Stadium. As a fan, the experience was the same at all three. No excessive waiting in lines; vendors, restrooms, beer tasted the same. There was a live band in Buffalo when we went through the gate. It was great.
Anybody who thinks prices won’t go up if a new stadium is built is fooling themselves.
Besides construction jobs temporarily created, what kind of employment opportunities are we talking about? There are only eight or nine days a year for games that are four hours long. I work more hours in a week than that. Throw in a few concerts — not a lot of artists can fill a stadium that large.
If the funding goes through from New York state taxpayers, it’s another slap in the face to St. Clare’s pensioners.
Just saying, at no time during my time there did I think to myself, boy, this place needs to be torn down and replaced.
James Calkins
Ballston Spa

Biden should set example on climate

Joe Biden wants to end our use of fossil fuels. Maybe Joe should lead by example and ride his bicycle back and forth to Delaware every weekend.
Don’t forget your mask and helmet, Joe.
George Brougham

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History is repeating itself in Ukraine

This 2022 Russo-Ukraine War is shades of the Russo-Polish War of 1919-1920. After Versailles, Molotov, top commie Stalin’s inner circle referred to Poland as “the bastard of Versailles.”
To a fascist, a nation they cannot control is a bastard.
Ras-Putin says the Russians are fighting Nazis in Ukraine. Ras-Putin hires the Wagner Group, a bunch of mercenaries. The group’s name comes from Wagner the composer, Hitler’s favorite composer.
The leader of the Wagner Group has his body tattooed with Nazi symbols. Ras-Putin acts like a Nazi, hires people who idolize Hitler, then accuses Ukrainians of being Nazis.
Poland ‘saved’ Europe in 1919-20 from a Red wave called, “Miracle On The Vistula.” Ukraine needs a miracle. History is repeating itself. “Deja vu all over again” as Yogi Berra said.
There is no excuse for the Ukrainian people being slaughtered.
If Ukraine, a sovereign nation, can be taken over, none of us are safe. The UN is worthless.
Edmond Day

Plenty of money, but none for St. Clare’s

As I read the articles below, I wonder — our St. Clare’s pensioners are suffering from the loss of monies owed to them. The amount of money needed to help fulfill the pensioners loss is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions of dollars discussed in these articles.
According to the New York Times in an article by Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Grace Ashford on Jan. 19 “Surprise in $216 Billion Budget Plan: New York Is Awash in Money”) Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a record-setting new budget plan, as state officials project balanced budgets through 2027, with none of the typical warnings of billion-dollar shortfalls. See › nyregion
Also, in the Feb. 8, 2019, New York Times (“The Church with the $6 billion portfolio”), the church has always been land-rich.
And it has long had its own real estate arm, which controls ground leases and office space rentals in the buildings it owns.
But now, it finds itself with a newly diversified portfolio worth $6 billion, according to the current rector.
Let us pray that there will be enough healthcare workers in the future to take care of our politicians and the Catholic community.
Cynthia O’Bryan
The writer is a St. Clare’s pensioner.

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Liberal media stuck on radical issues

I was hoping to see some improvement in your newspaper’s fairness. I guess I’ll just have to wait some more.
For some reason, you seem to love The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch and The Daily News, even though they are notorious for their biased editorials. However, those two can’t hold a candle to the absolute worst offender in the nation, the Los Angeles Times. I don’t think they’ve ever been fair and balanced. All of their opinion writers are woke radicals who stray far from the mainstream.
Most of their editorials are in three main areas: Jan. 6, skin color and global warming. Also, everything is tied to Trump; he’s a disrupter who disturbs the elites’ status quo, and that can’t be tolerated.
There’s not a peep out of them in the areas that Americans care about the most: record high gas prices, high inflation, open borders and violent crime. Obviously, it’s not politically expedient for them to write about such issues, since they were created and/or exacerbated by the Biden administration.
Actually, the Democrat radicals are rooting for high gas prices and open borders. The higher that gas prices go, the cheaper the so-called green-energy sector will appear.
Democrats have to perform a high wire act, however. If prices rise too high, too quickly, then they risk alienating their base. Open borders, far from being a crisis, are celebrated for providing cheap labor and new voters. Fortunately, voters are increasingly fed up with Biden, so things might change.
Kenneth Truman

Hot fusion reactors costly, not needed

Hot fusion is not needed for 4 billion years. Until then, we will have hydroelectric power, geothermal energy, solar and wind with free fuel and green energy and nuclear fission reactors with cheap fuel and also green energy.
From the glitzy ITER website:
Fusion, the nuclear reaction that powers the sun and the stars is a source of safe, non-carbon emitting and limitless energy.
Harnessing fusion’s power is the goal of ITER, which has been designed as the key experimental step between today’s research machines and tomorrow’s fusion power plants.
One million components, 10 million parts (translation: high maintenance costs RM) the ITER Tokomak will be the largest and most powerful fusion device in the world.
Designed to produce 500 MW of input heating (a power amplification of 10), it will take its place in history as the first fusion device to produce net energy.
The U.S. fusion research budget for the current fiscal year is over $600 million. The ITER fusion experiment, which will soak up a large fraction of world’s radioactive tritium, will yield a volume of radioactive waste that has been estimated at roughly 30,000 tons.
Tritium, the fuel of hot fusion reactors, is the most dangerous isotope in the universe. Enough tritium went missing in 1989 to build a bomb. Search under New York Times 1989 Department Of Energy Missing tritium.
The only thing worse than spending $65 billion on hot fusion reactors and not building them is building them.
Richard Moody

Paul Tonko is not representing us well

The middle class is being ravaged by inflation. What is Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko doing about it?
The middle class is being drained by high fuel and energy costs. What is Paul Tonko saying about it?
Law and order are being decimated across the land. Where does Paul Tonko stand on these issues?
I think the last thing I heard from my representative was him proposing huge windmill farms in upstate New York. How does this help me get to work and buy groceries? How does this help my family and me now?
Our country, our state and the middle class seem to be sliding into a dark abyss, and the people of NYCD-20 have no representation.
The United States is the representative constitutional republic. Paul Tonko was elected to represent NYCD-20.
Where is Paul Tonko?
Jeff Moore

Thanks to ‘Brandon’ for accomplishments

What Brandon really means:
Rail construction.
Airport improvement.
Non-gas vehicles.
Develop mass transit.
Overhaul roads and bridges.
No lead in our water.
Thank you, President Biden.
Diane Sanders Hombach

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William Marincic April 9, 2022
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I see nothing has changed. I’m done posting here. I will still comment on stories but the insanity by the left on here is nuts. Bye Bye now. The Real William Marincic

Guy Varoma April 9, 2022
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Why is he posting all this misinformation on transgender kids ? Most of it is False or misleading at best. This is the new thing for the republicans. They know Trump republicans have weak minds and are any easy catch. We have no problem with transgender kids. What we have is a problem with the republicans who believe this garbage he postd here. I researched every article he posted. It was BS from far right people. Even articles on electric cars were ovr a year old ad is not indicative of what is happening todat with electric cars. . The best part about this new format is I can collapse those comments into oblivion.

Guy Varoma April 9, 2022
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Kids should learn about sex education like every kid used to. On the street corner,….. on the basketball courts…..sneaking peeks at playboy magazines,…..Playing Doctor with the neighbor girls. ………( In case you don’t get this it was sarcasm)

christopher stater April 9, 2022
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who ever would have imagined that a member of the former President’s family would be mentioned in the same conversation as the words trason and traitor we really sank to un heard of lows   under 45 thank God we have begun to return to the moral and ethical high ground under Joe Biden We really did dodge a bullet or a nuke in 2020!
Trump Jr. Accused of ‘Treason’ After Pre-Jan. 6 Texts to Meadows Revealed (

ANTHONY J SANTO April 9, 2022
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“Trans kids fear Ala. laws targetting medicine, bathrooms” on p. A10 of today’s DG discusses the problems faced as a result of government intrusions in medical care and private choices made by transgender and nonbinary young people and their parents. The Alabama father of a transgender daughter zeroed in on Republican hypocrisy:
“Harleigh’s father, Jeff Walker notes that many of the same Alabama lawmakers who supported the ban on gender-affirming medical treatment recently argued, ‘It’s your body and your choice’ regarding coronavirus vaccinations…’We just don’t want people meddling in our medical care,’ he said.
Medical groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics have publicly opposed efforts to outlaw gender-affirming care.”
Who knows more about how to treat transgender individuals: the Alabama legislature and Governor Ivy or pediatricians and parents? Who ought to make treatment decisions?

Guy Varoma April 9, 2022
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Looks like someone likes the new dislike button here lol Who could it be lol

Zachary Parker April 9, 2022
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A new bill before the New York State legislation.
Understanding Our BodiesA Lesson Plan from Rights, Respect, Responsibility: A K-12 CurriculumFostering respect and responsibility through age-appropriate sexuality education.
appropriate sexuality education.A NOTE ON LANGUAGE:You will notice that this lesson refers to “girls” and “boys” when identifying body parts. The use of a binary construct of gender as well as using gender (boys and girls) rather than the more accurate biological sex (male and female) is purposeful given the developmental stage of students. Lessons in higher grades use more precise language and begin to introduce a broader concept of gender. This lesson does, however, acknowledge that “there are some body parts that mostly just girls have and some parts that mostly just boys have. Being a boy or a girl doesn’t have to mean you have those parts, but for most people this is how their bodies are.” And, “Most people have a vulva and a vagina or a penis and testicles but some people’s bodies can be different. Your body is exactly what is right for you.”ADVANCE PREPARATION FOR LESSON:It is important to share the PowerPoint diagrams with your supervisor prior to teaching this lesson to ensure they are acceptable for your use.LEARNING OBJECTIVES:By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:1. Correctly identify at least four body parts of the female genitals. [Knowledge]2. Correctly identify at least four body parts of the male genitals. [Knowledge]3. Describe why it is important for them to know the correct names for the genitals. [Knowledge]PROCEDURESTEP 1: Introduce the topic by saying, “Today we are going to talk about bodies, including parts that everyone has in common, parts that we have that are different, and parts that are usually covered when we are in public. Explain that it’s also important that everyone with a body knows how their body works and how to take care of it so we can all be healthy.

ANTHONY J SANTO April 9, 2022
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Does anyone else feel Carlson sounds like a right wing thug in this quote?:
April 9, 2022 
Media Matters has the transcript:

TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): I don’t understand where the men are. Like where are the dads? You know, some teacher’s pushing sex values on your third grader why don’t you go in and thrash the teacher? Like this is an agent of the government pushing someone else’s values on your kid about sex, like where’s the pushback?

Guy Varoma April 9, 2022
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Diane Sanders Hombach great letter But I’m sure the gloom and doomers will say it’s fake news. 

ANTHONY J SANTO April 9, 2022
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Kenneth Truman writes in a letter to the editor today, “Also, everything today is tied to Trump; he’s a disrupter who disturbs the elites’ status quo, and that can’t be tolerated.”
Mr. Truman, Trump is the elite. A man who charges $200,000 annually for membership in his golf clubs, lives in an ornate palace at Mar a Lago, owns luxury real estate around the world, and flies in a private jet is not among the the hoi polloi. He is a disrupter, constantly injecting his warped views on the public, including recent comments about how “genius” Putin’s planning for the invasion of Ukraine was. He was referring to Putin’s recognition of Luhansk and Donetsk as independent. Putin’s claim that ethnic Russians in those Ukrainian provinces were being persecuted was the basis for his invasion. Of course his real goal is the creation of a Greater Russian Empire under his autocratic rule.
Trump is still holding rallies where his followers are told the election was stolen by Biden. This lie is a major factor in the problems facing our highly partisan country. His early downplaying of COVID and his political posturing in regard to masks and vaccinations resulted in America leading the world in the number of COVID cases  and deaths. His corruption in trying to get Zelenskyy to help him in 2019 by opening an investigation into Biden under threat of withholding military aid proves he puts himself ahead of every other concern. He pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accords and the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Those moves coupled with idiotic statements about dropping nuclear bombs into hurricanes and using bleach internally to cure COVID caused many countries to look at the U.S. as a pariah nation led by an incompetent selfish fool. Contributing to his reputation as a con-man were his promise to make Mexico pay for a border wall and his assurances that he had a cheaper and better health plan than Obamacare. Of course, he failed in delivering on both promises.
Like Putin, his goal is to be dictator of an America with an entrenched oligarchy of enormous wealth. 

bob gareat April 9, 2022
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Diane Sanders Hombach what a positive take on a childish phrase used by so many impotent little boys Biden truly has done a great job What Brandon really means:Broadband.Rail construction.Airport improvement.Non-gas vehicles.Develop mass transit.Overhaul roads and bridges.No lead in our water.Thank you, President Biden.

Zachary Parker April 9, 2022
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RRichard Moody, Fusion will produce four times as much safe energy as (Fission) which is our current Nuclear plants.Fission has nuclear waste that will last millions of years while fusion on the other hand does not creat any long -term radioactive waste. What’s the problem, clean energy for 25% of the cost. The future is fusion, I’m sure Joe Vendetti could weigh in on this.

Joseph Vendetti April 9, 2022
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Dear Diane:
As much as I know about broadband can fit in a thimble – I am happy when internet works and unhappy when it doesn’t.
Pipiing, Roads, Bridges, Rail & Airport upgrades would be welcome.  My fear as I am sure it is the fear of all – money earmarked for these things is always in the budget but seems to be raided frequently to fund social security, to fund new programs (subsidies for section 8 housing, HUD, CDBG fund, etc)
A consumer seeking one of the lowest prices for An Electric Vehicle (EV)– $32,495 for a 2022 Chevy Bolt — would need to earn a $72,000 salary, or about $4,505 take-home after taxes and other deductions in New York, according to Consumer Reports & Icalculator to afford the $452 monthly payment for 72 months.
As for developing mass transit- dosent already exist in NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angles, DC.  Some large cities like Miami and Houston suffer from a water table and/or geography that doens’t bode well for mass transit.
I’ll optomistically wait to see the rubber hit the road.