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Letters to the Editor Saturday, April 16

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Is gun control really making us safer?

Reading a New York City “daily” about more shootings (three dead, twelve wounded) after the recent subway attack, I can’t understand why this gun violence continues.
An NYPD officer is quoted as saying “No one is safe.”
I found his use of the word “safe” prophetic. It brings to mind the end-all and be-all of gun control legislation, our now disgraced ex-governor Cuomo’s SAFE Act.
Is it possible the SAFE Act was just another of his bad ideas, like sending covid patients into nursing homes? When implemented, under the cover of darkness of a “letter of necessity,” Mr. Cuomo touted this legislation as the “toughest gun control law in the United States of America.”
I have to agree.
As a hunter, recreational shooter and CCW holder, the SAFE Act has made it a total nightmare for a law-abiding citizen to pursue gun ownership.
You have to jump through hoops. Fill out paperwork for a universal background check, military style “assault weapons” are either banned and/or registered, background checks now required at gun shows, magazine capacity limits and more.
Wow! With all these great checks and bans and limitations, I expected gun violence in New York to disappear. So, with this model of gun violence protection in place, why is “no one safe?”
Could it be that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns?
George Nigriny
Glenville

NY government is costly, inefficient

Now that the state budgets are adopted, it is time again for the annual comparison between good old New York state and the state of Florida.
As a backdrop, the 2022 population for New York state is 19.4 million persons; the 2022 population for Florida is 22.04 million persons.
The 2022 New York state budget is $220 billion; the 2022 Florida state budget is $108.6 billion.
So, in Florida, state governmental services are delivered to 2.64 million more people for $111.4 billion less, or less than half the New York state budget!
On a per capita basis, New York state is spending $11,340 per year to deliver state government services for every man, woman and child in the state, regardless of age or taxpaying status and albeit fewer people.
In Florida, state governmental services are costing $4,927 for every man, woman and child and there’s over 2.5 million more people there. This is a per capita spending difference of $6,413!
This astounding — how much longer are we, the residents of New York, going to put up with such a badly flawed and highly inefficient state government?
Jim Martin
Glenville

 

 

 

Dems must hope for Obama’s return

It seems that with each passing day, the Biden Administration becomes less able to cope with the growing problems our nation faces: the large influx of illegal immigrants at our southern border, rapidly increasing prices for our barest necessities, failure to take a leadership position on the international stage, rapidly increasing crime rates in Democratic controlled cities, massive confusion about what sexual orientation even means anymore, a pandemic that many parts of our society just won’t let go away, and growing scandals and disaffection within the administration itself, just to name a few.
And it doesn’t appear that Kamala Harris will be able to step up and save the day at any time in the near future.
But there is hope!
Recently, President Obama has started to have a renewed presence.
If the Democrats give him control of the White House again to make the important decisions one way or the other; to give coherent, self-righteous speeches that are not self-contradictory; to promise things that people appear to want and need, or better yet, lecture them about what they really want and need; to deal with foreign leaders on an equal if not condescending basis, etc., they could get their agenda back under control.
Of course, Uncle Joe would have to be moved to the basement of the White House, to surface only when he has to sign something that he’s constitutionally required to sign or to demonstrate on occasion that he’s still breathing.
Jim Moorhead
Scotia

Alcohol, gambling are dangerous together

Gambling and alcohol have a closely intertwined relationship.
Both are legal, and both gambling and alcohol use are widely accepted forms of entertainment and socialization. However, both also have the potential for problem atic behaviors to develop.
Adding problematic gambling behavior into the mix of frequent alcohol consumption increases the risk of harm and addiction. In a national study, 73.2% of individuals diagnosed with a gambling problem also had an alcohol use disorder.
Additionally, alcohol can compound the effects of a gambling disorder. For example, people may use alcohol in excess to celebrate a win or cope with anger and depression after a gambling loss.
The lack of inhibition caused by alcohol use can also lead to further reckless gambling behavior.
Alcohol and gambling disorders are similar in that they both can take priority over other aspects of your life and have an effect on your relationships, work, physical health, mental well-being, and financial stability.
Signs of problem gambling can often be “hidden,” however there are some warning signs that a person who may be facing a gambling or alcohol problem may be experiencing including: gambling or drinking more frequently to get the same feeling, continuing to drink or gamble even though experiencing negative consequences, and being preoccupied by thoughts drinking or gambling.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing problems related to gambling, please reach out to the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center at 518-801-1491 or visit www.NYProblemGamblingHELP.org.
Brandy Richards
Albany
The writer is a team leader at the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center.

Paper wastes space by repeating articles

Lately I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend in The Gazette —namely, the repetition of an article, either twice in the same paper or on two consecutive days. The most egregious example was the use of a nearly-full-page article on page A6 of the April 4 edition (“Billions, and more, for lawmakers’ projects in spending bill”) and the word-for-word identical article on page A4 of the April 5 paper (“Federal finance bill includes earmarks.”) You did use a different photo each day, perhaps to attempt to fool the reader into believing the articles were not identical.
There are certainly a number of newsworthy national and international stories that you do not cover each day, so it is a real disservice to your readers to attempt to fill the few pages you still publish without ensuring that you do not waste the space with repetitive stories.
Bob Mestemaker
Burnt Hills

Don’t ignore early signs of Alzheimer’s

I was encouraged to see that the Alzheimer’s Association 2022 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report shines a light on the lack of familiarity of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).
The report states that 82% of Americans know little about MCI.
Many Americans confuse MCI with normal aging, but it’s not. In fact, MCI can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease.
I can tell you that my MCI diagnosis was both shocking, as I had never heard of MCI, but also not.
I am very sensitive to my mental well-being and for two years had been telling my primary care doctor that something was off. Yet, after a quick screening, it was dismissed.
However, I know my baseline and I knew I had to advocate for further testing. This is not uncommon. The report states that more than three-quarters of primary care physicians fail to report MCI due to Alzheimer’s being difficult to diagnose and more than half do not feel comfortable diagnosing it.
I’m sharing my diagnosis because I know that enhancing awareness is increasingly important; knowledge is power, even if it can be distressing.
I’ve taken part in groups offered by the local Alzheimer’s Association, put plans in place for my future and am focusing on lifestyle interventions that could help prolong this stage.
I encourage you to speak up if you notice any changes in your cognitive functioning and to not just write it off as normal aging.
Stuart Serekis
Amsterdam

How can we watch Ukraine be destroyed

The whole civilized world is standing around watching Russia destroy another country.
It’s like the two cops watching another cop slowly murder a man who can’t resist. So Ukraine may soon be lifeless.
Are the onlookers complicit in allowing this to happen? And in the end, can they really think of themselves as civilized?
Arthur Hombach
Schenectady

Don’t relent on helping Ukrainians

On a recent trip to The Netherlands, I read William Kennedy’s “Iron Weed” and Kate Griffin’s “The Midnight Mayor.” One set in Albany, the other London, both cities where people are attacked.
Jack Nicholson’s character in “Iron Weeds” tries to protect his friends, while the sorcerer mayor keeps the “destroyer of cities” from doing that to London.
What these books have in common is the steely grit of the main characters. Both are willing to endure hardships and violence to reach their protective goals.
Today, we’re visually hit by the images of destroyed cities and bodies strewn on the ground. The sadness and horror of this war brings us to tears and to a place of hopelessness. We know that money is being collected to buy basic necessities. We know that weapons are being sent to the Ukrainian army. We’ve seen vigils of many faiths where believers call upon their gods to bring peace.
All of this is helpful, but most importantly, these good works need to continue until the end of this conflict.  People tend to lose interest quickly and focus on their own concerns. What’s needed is the continued effort of all of us to keep this issue in front of the world — keep the support coming. Keep reaching out our hands to aid these Ukrainian people.
You can bet the Dutch remember the terror Hitler’s forces brought to their country. Today, not many of them would give Putin what he wants. Not on our watch!
Janice Walz
Scotia

Focus on long-term solutions for energy

New York’s lawmakers should look to states like California to learn what not to do when it comes to energy policy.
According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in California is $5.91, a sticker shock that’s 30% higher than the national average. Rather than focus on short-term political posturing, New Yorkers should look at all California has done, and do the exact opposite.
The Golden State’s troubles should serve as a warning to New York about the importance of energy diversity.
California embarked on an aggressive push to reduce emissions that has resulted in frequent (and significant) supply shortfalls, electricity blackouts and price volatility, too often forcing the state to turn to an Energy Imbalance Market to curb shortages.
This has, in turn, resulted in increased emissions in both California and neighboring states, and other environmental harm.
The reality is that when lawmakers make short-sighted solutions like rebates and gas tax holidays, it ignores real solutions, like building pipelines and opposing bans on natural gas that will continue to power our communities even as we evolve our energy mix.
Our elected leaders need to move past partisan sloganeers, stop putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound, and understand that oil and natural gas must be a key part of our energy mix as we move toward our low-carbon future. These are real, sustainable solutions that embrace energy diversity before high-price situations arise – that would provide all of us with energy justice.
Wendy Hijos
Averill Park

DEA should relax classification on pot

Regarding the April 6 Daily News editorial (“Relax DEA classification for marijuana”): kudos for giving abrupt changes in federal marijuana policy a green light.
“Legalize it,” they advise.
In general, the U.S. Congress is severely biased against “weed.” For 50 years it has propped up a do-nothing status quo, which causes all sorts of modern problems.
We can only imagine Democrats and Republicans working together to resolve such an obvious federal-state conflict. The chances for bipartisan cooperation here remain slim to none.
It’s perfectly reasonable for Gazette editors to find “something very, very wrong with this picture.”
Recent proactive votes in the House are welcome. However, most Republicans in Congress are stubborn opponents, who refuse to admit the overall success of ‘legal’ commerce.
We also have an old-school Senate drug warrior as president, who has failed to act on related promises he made during his 2020 campaign for the Democrats.
Seedless cannabis flowers are widely consumed for fun, or they provide relief to medical patients across America. There’s an exciting commercial future for seeded hemp crops, too.
What’s wrong is the Schedule I “marihuana” classification never had a rational basis, yet means leaders in our federal government keep ensuring that blockade stands.
Lawrence Goodwin
Ballston Spa

All parties must reject discrimination

There are many terms to characterize what Republicans across the country have been doing politically and legislatively. The term that works best is discrimination. The GOP discriminates against the poor and people of color (voter suppression for example), gay and LGBTQ people (“Don’t Say Gay”) students by banning books and limiting their education in American history, and women’s reproductive rights and services.
You could also say the GOP discriminates against all of us by refusing to limit the easy accessibility of guns, which is the major contributor of crime.
GOP tactics include making it more difficult for the poor and people of color to vote because of alleged voter fraud that never materialized. Even if the same number of voters goes to the polls in the next election, red state legislatures have passed laws to overrule the will of the voters if they don’t like the results.
It’s a classic example of imposing a solution where a problem didn’t exist.
The 2020 election was rated as the most secure in history by Trump’s administration.
When it comes to education, the GOP is telling voters (targeting parents) that teachers and administrators are “indoctrinating“ students and that parents should decide what is taught, thus displacing elected school boards to develop curriculum and teachers from teaching. If parents don’t like what’s being taught, home school your child and leave the majority alone to learn.
This is a clarion call to Democrats, Republicans and independents to reject such discrimination to save our democracy.
Raymond Harris
Glenville

Grateful for work of Angelo Santabarbara

I just want to give a special shout-out to Amsterdam’s Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara for his constant and extremely effective advocacy and support for issues and initiatives that make Amsterdam a better place to live.
This past week, he championed the push in the Assembly to get the annual funding necessary to bring CDTA transportation services to our community and he also delivered a $250,000 state grant that will be used to create the new event center soon to be added to the Creative Connections Clubhouse.
Just a few months ago, he presented our city with a $100,000 grant to fund the construction of a new and badly needed pool house at the city swimming pool at Veterans Park.
And like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps looking for opportunities to help make good things happen in Amsterdam.
So thank you, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, for all you do for our beloved city.
Michael Cinquanti
Amsterdam
The writer is mayor of the city of Amsterdam.

 

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Zachary Parker

Raymond Harris Come on Mr. Harris just just about every single thing you said in that letter was a lie. I guess they had to counter all of the good truthful letters with yours. Makes sense.

RAYMOND HARRIS

“just about every single..” Which part(s) do you agree with? The fact that you disagree with me shows I was right!

Guy Varoma

Raymond the letter was spot on. There are no lies in it. “Zachary” (we all know who he really is).doesn’t like the facts. All cult members call facts lies. It’s part of their indoctrination into the cult led by Trump.

christopher stater

guy interesting perspective on the cult of Trumpo and Qanon and its followers I agree they lie they play the damsel in destress when needed, they distort they generally  creep me out and make my skin crawl 
of  course no insult is intended for those of  fragile constitution monitoring the above 
Remember God really Blessed America I 2020 when he helped us dump Trump!
The ‘Cult of Trump’ can be fixed. But it takes empathy, time and work (northjersey.com)

Zachary Parker

I just re-read it, everything was a lie. The fact that the end of the day there are more dislikes than likes on the posts by the 30% echo chamber says that most people don’t agree with you.

Guy Varoma

Is that the new way of taking a poll by the number of likes or dislikes you get?…What a tool you are 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Zachary Parker

Well, now that anyone can come here and read the fact that they take the time to like or dislike something is kind of a poll, remember you people are the 30% both here and nationally. 

Guy Varoma

What a joke ! They don’t call you the Paranoid Delusional Right for nothing.What message has QAnon gave you lately?

christopher stater

Guy I hear 538 and axios are shutting down as we speak!
God really blessed Americaxin 2020 when we dumped the Trump!

ANTHONY J SANTO

Your like or dislike of Mr. Harris’ letter is an opinion. In order to effectively question the truth of his arguments you need facts to support your opinion.Do you believe polls always reflect what is truthful and best? If so, you should support mandatory voting as practiced in Australia where it is considered not only a civic right but a civic duty to vote.Read the excellent column on tjhis proposal in the Opinion Section of today’s DG.

Anne Deiber

And they probably don’t reply in writing because they really don’t believe in cults, the KKK, defund the police, indoctrination or don’t want to be called traitors. Your callout culture of defaming and insulting anyone who doesn’t think like you is atrocious. Absolutely no chance of discussion because you hear but don’t listen.

OMG, are you serious?
I need to go back now and add up all my “likes” then. I bet I’m winning! I bet I have more than you! That makes me righter than you!!!!
Yet another reason I never did FB, and clearly what drives its popularity.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Z, Rather than calling Ray a liar, which he is not, try offering a factually supported post validating your position point by point.

Zachary Parker

He can post what he wants and I can post what I want. I don’t need to prove anything, I know that he’s wrong and if you don’t like it that’s your issue it’s not mine.

christopher stater

COUNTING LIKES hysterical a   mind is such a terrible thing to waste thank God no worries in this case counting likes what next?I t a lk about obsessive but that’s just my opinionGod really Blessed America in 2020 we dumped Trump!

Zachary Parker

You’re welcome to your opinion it doesn’t hurt me. It has no impact on my life or the life of my family. I have three very happy children that love me, love school, loves their country and more importantly loves Jesus

RAYMOND HARRIS

George Nigriny – Thanks for your letter which helps point out the tired old story gun owners say every day. First off, the shooter in NYC bought his gun LEGALLY in Ohio which tippifies your fallacy. Since we don’t have adequate national gun safety laws in the country, people who want a gun go to gun happy states and buy one (or several) and bring it back to big and small cities like NY. Our Safe Act is there for a purpose and should be a model for the country. There are too many guns the hands of people shouldn’t have them, legal or not legal. It’s too easy to transport weapons and then use them to settle arguments, act out against society, etc. There are many countries who do it right, but in the U.S., the GOP is “owned” by the NRA and thus no real national gun safety laws. 

christopher stater

Raymond Harris thanks you for a spot on  factual commentary on gun control and the NY subway tragedy. It’s refreshing to read a fact based no nonsensense commentary not filled with obsessive attacks.
Let’s all take a moment to remember the victims of this tragedy and the people of Ukraine.
Remember God blessed America in 2020 when he helped us dump trump

christopher stater

Ger for your sake id almost hope so I know you need win  so badly  lol  not 
God blessed America in 2020 when he helped us dumpmtrump

geri krawitz

america needs the win. i see you are already acknowledging the wipeout in noveber. the voting public is good. unklike your ilk we will respect the ideas of others wrong as they may be

christopher stater

Geri relax. Calm yourself geez  talk about obsessive compulsive cult like behavior  your getting a little crazed it’s only an election another loss is nothing   for team trump just my opinion I don’t speak from experience  you tell me about it sometime qanon will guide  you!jaapl.org/content/50/1/124God blessed America when he helped us dump Trump in 2020

Zachary Parker

Why do you feel the need to continue to insult people. You have a problem, especially with women, you try to bully them. You must have mommy issues.

christopher stater

not sure what your talking about Zach i was simply responding to her comment to me earlier you seem to be obsessed with monitoring me its weird and creepy dude if the moderator thinks im doing something inappropriate he can let me know as far as i know thats not you Qanon isnt my bag sorry forgot  Remember God blessed America in 2020 when he helped us dump trump

And it sure seems like you have a problem coming up with your own thoughts. You’re just parroting what someone else said the other day.

Zachary Parker

Not parroting anything chucky, I have my own mind and thoughts. Maybe he has daddy issues too and you are his daddy.

Yeah, but no.
You or anyone else can go back to Thursday and fredsmith’s comment (which is not worth repeating here) and judge for them selves. It just fits in with the pattern we all read from you people, minions.

Anne Deiber

G-d gave us the power to make our own decisions, nothing to do with politics. The people will decide the elections, and hopefully, maybe there will be someone to vote for instead of against.

D Wayne P.

“There are too many guns the hands of people shouldn’t have them, legal or not legal.” Are u saying you want to take legally owned guns away? Why should a legal owner “not have them”?  Why don’t you address the real gun problem that happens 24/7/365 in this country? Young males between the ages of 15 and 40 killing each other with illegally owned guns. In 2021, there were 485 gun murders in NYC. In Chicago there were 3,561 shooting incidents. Los Angeles had 400 murders. Of course it’s hard to find the statistic but my guess is a very high number of those gun murders were from illegally owned handguns and committed by young males. Illinois and NY have some of the toughest gun laws out there and it’s doing nothing to stop the real problem. The black market will always be there just the same as drugs, gambling, sex, etc. The nut in NYC had all kinds of red flags and his videos on Youtube were still there until this happened. Why was he not flagged? Look at the shootings in our area. They mainly happen in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy. Most all of the shooters are young males, most all guns are illegally owned. Your theory is misguided and your anger is the gun itself. How about we put our resources into stopping young males from shooting each other with an illegally owned weapon and leave the legal gun owners the hell alone. 

RAYMOND HARRIS

All you are doing is guessing who used guns and their ages. What’s the stats on where the guns came from used in those cases in NYC, Chicago, etc.? Like the subway shooter who bought his gun LEGALLY in Ohio, I’ll “guess” they came from out of state. More guns, more death and crime plain and simple. 

D Wayne P.

If you’re not a believer in legal gun ownership then don’t own one. Noone is forcing you to go out and buy one so don’t. Maybe this can explain it to you in terms that you might understand. “The Second Amendment was part of the Bill of Rights that was added to the Constitution on December 15, 1791. This amendment protects the rights of citizens to “bear arms” or own weapons such as guns.” It’s not confusing at all, it’s quite simple actually unless you’re a liberal.

ANTHONY J SANTO

The phrase “a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state…” contained in the 2nd amendment is conveniently left out by gun enthusiasts. No right is w/o limits. Conservatives create an air of simplicity to support simplistic solutions to the complex problems that confront us like gun violence exacerbated by the ease of buying and owning guns. We need meaningful, enforceable regulations.

D Wayne P.

“We need meaningful, enforceable regulations.” Then let them enforce regulation against every liberal gun owner who believes that. Leave the rest of us the hell alone and solve the real gun problem of which I mentioned above. 

D Wayne P.

Imagine if the Ukranians followed the liberal theories on gun control.
Ukraine is the only country in Europe where firearms are not regulated by statute. Everything related to firearms is regulated by Order №622 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Citizens are permitted to own non-fully automatic rifles and shotguns as long as they are stored properly when not in use.

christopher stater

verified facts on ukrainian gun lawsin the link listed  no spin thats provided below in dwaynePs spin . most of the small arms in the country of ukraine with the free gun laws which  his  implication seems to me to be  is because  the ukranians were a bunch of nuts with an insatiable desire to own firearms were part of the old soviet era arms trade not some uncivilized gun owning wild west little boy cowboy fantasy societal norm  as implied Guns in Ukraine — Firearms, gun law and gun control (gunpolicy.org)of  course no insult is intended for those of  fragile constitution monitoring the above Remember God really Blessed America I 2020 when he helped us dump Trump!

ANTHONY J SANTO

How long have thoughtful people been saying abortion is a private medical choice? If it is offensive to your moral principles don’t have one.We are not Ukraine. We have a military well-trained and equipped to protect our interests. Under regulation of gun production and sales infringes on everyone’s ability to enjoy their more basic rights in a safe and secure environment.No one is asking to make private gun ownership illegal. But nothing in the 2nd amendment prohibits common sense regulations such as serial numbers, registration of guns, limits on the types of weapons and ammunition available to the public, mandating backgrounds checks for ALL gun purchases etc.
I meant this to appear as a response to Wayne’s post below which begins:”We need meaningful enforceable regulations”and contains the request “Leave the rest of us the hell alone…”

ANTHONY J SANTO

DWP, Problems often seem simple to people who don’t take the time to learn about the causes and possible solutions or to people who simply are not capable of understanding the problem.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Ray, Thank you for your excellent letter to the editor. The many forms of GOP discrimination you mention in your letter are all part of the same Republican strategy to gain absolute power in this country. When a society is plagued by chaos, fear, hatred, economic insecurity and division people will often be drawn to the flame of a populist leader seeking autocratic rule, claiming to have all the answers to their problems in foreign affairs, the economy and immigration. The solutions are inevitably ineffective and simplistic: admire and fall in love with dictators so you can work with them effectively, cut taxes for the rich and investment will increase and money will “trickle down”, build a great wall to keep the criminal immigrants out, rake forests and drop nuclear bombs in hurricanes to limit the damage inherent in climate change, and consider bleach as a cure for COVID.
We had a post on this site hoping that elections would result in a one party America, Republican, of course.
Mitch McConnell said his primary aim was to deny Obama a second term.
Governor Abbott institutes a redundant truck inspection for vehicles crossing in from Mexico to create log jams in tthe supply line and exacerbate inflation as a worse economy would help Republicans in the upcoming elections. He rescinded this obviously unnecessary and expensive check under public pressure. It was costing the state of Texas $100,000,000’s daily and the U.S. economy about $1 billion daily.
The Republicans under Trump’s leadership have an agenda: Unlimited power for them and the destruction of our Constitutional Democracy.
Vote Democrat. If you vote for a Republican, at any level, be certain the candidate is not endorsed by Trump.

geri krawitz

republicans discriminate against killings looting drugs laziness crt and all forms of trans indocrination for young children. i asked my daughter when they talked about trans issues in school and of course they never did. children can be well educate productive learning math science history literature the other as everyone knows is sheer nonsense and nobodys business its okay if you want to be but doint expect to be treated as special its nothing and obviously of the public does not discrimante nor do they care live your life

So basically it sounds like you’ve given up on sounding like a rational, sane adult? Or are you just commenting for the uneducated demographic? Do you intentionally butcher the English language?
It matters (to others anyway) because when you spell and write like…whatever that is…it shows a lot about how you think. Maybe you’re like another here and you just don’t care? So what’s the point? Go outside and yell at the trees, it’s healthier.

geri krawitz

how has the goverment helped texas the state most effected by this terrible immigration poroblem, you would think biden would go down and confer with the texas gov but no of course what would biden be able to say other than i want an ice cream an need the bathroom g-d is helping us by supporting people like andrews de santis youngkin soon their will be more

Zachary Parker

Yeah that’s awful funny that millions are leaving California and New York and going to Texas and Florida those terrible republican states.

RAYMOND HARRIS

The far-right has its “drill baby drill” mentality, totally diregarding the negative impact on federal land and climate change. The evangelical right has its “procreate and multiply” with no chance for legalized abortion, even in the case of rape or incest. Well, Pennsylvania state Rep. Chris Rabb (D) introduced “parody” legislation this past fall in response to the Texas law that amounts to a near-total ban on abortion. Rabb’s proposal would require men to get vasectomies after the birth of their third child or when they turn 40, whichever comes first. It would be enforced by allowing Pennsylvanians to report men who failed to comply, for a $10,000 reward.
“As long as state legislatures continue to restrict the reproductive rights of cis women, trans men and nonbinary people, there should be laws that address the responsibility of men who impregnate them. Thus, my bill will also codify ‘wrongful conception’ to include when a person has demonstrated negligence toward preventing conception during intercourse,” Rabb wrote in a memo about his proposal, as reported by the Keystone.
Rabb, a father of two who had a vasectomy in 2008, noted that he only had to discuss his choice with his wife and his urologist. The point of his proposal, he said, was to highlight the sexism, double standard and hypocrisy inherent in the antiabortion debate. But it blew up in a way he didn’t expect.
“I underestimated the vitriol this proposal brought,” Rabb said in an interview, adding that he received thousands of hate-filled emails, Facebook posts and even death threats. “The notion a man would have to endure or even think about losing bodily autonomy was met with outrage, when every single day women face this and it’s somehow okay for the government to invade the uteruses of women and girls, but it should be off limits if you propose vasectomies or limit the reproductive rights of men.”

Zachary Parker

Just an FYI, men can not get pregnant, only a woman can. That is the whacko left, thats fine if you want to indulge their mental health fantasy. I could care less what people do on their own time as it doesn’t affect me just don’t try to force me to be part of their mental illness.

Zachary Parker

She wasn’t speaking to you, did you see your name in the comment?

ANTHONY J SANTO

Z “FYI”, A woman can’t get pregnant by herself or with another woman or a male who has had a vasectomy. Can you get through a post w/o hurling an insult or name-calling? Your choice today is “whacko”, from a man who doesn’t understand vasectomies reduce the need for abrtion.

Zachary Parker

So whacko left is a personal insult? Get over it, I have to read the stupid insults by you and others daily. And wrong again Santo, a woman can get pregnant by herself with in vitro fertilization.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Obviously, that would constitute a wanted pregnancy and abortion would not be an issue. Please count the names I have called people today and the names and insults you have hurled for no reason. I did  none of that in this exchange while you called those who disagree with you whackos and mentally ill. I feel sorry for you and hope you can achieve some peace with yourself. You do sound troubled and I don’t mean that as an insult.

ANTHONY J SANTO

BTW, a fertile man has to provide sperm for in vitro fertilization, so the woman is not getting pregnant w/o a man involved.

Zachary Parker

There are thousand of male sperm donors. Thank you for proving that only Women can get pregnant. 

geri krawitz

elon musk has said drill baby drill the average person can not afford an electric car and needs the gasoline
of course you are going to say he didnt say this, but he did wealthy and brilliant and concerned quite a guy

christopher stater

the distortion  in the lack of understanding of this comment by Mr  musk is profoundplease read the attach and try to grasp the situation in which the above statement was made rather than implying musk had some sort of epiphany its a situational statement. its not hard to understandThis week in Bidenomics: Drill baby drill (yahoo.com)
 
adding the quote from musk for Gers benefit not difficult glad to educate @elonmusk: Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures.
of course no insult is intended for those of  fragile constitution monitoring the above God really Blessed America I 2020 when he helped us dump Trump!

geri krawitz

the only distortion is your mind. he said what he said and i cant wait poison [ill or not tillha takes over twitter and brings president trump back

geri krawitz

ms walz: the  biden administration has put a limit on the number of unkranians that can enter the u.s. pf course since we already have 2 million illegals no limit on them. this administration lacks heart and common sense. we cant help people fleeing for their lives but young men (thats what most of the illegals are) welcome welcome bring your fentanal. i cannot decide if this administration is just stupid or inherrently evil

christopher stater

Geri the attached article outlines the factal plan for the Ukranian refugees.   A logical person would recognize that this plan will change based on the systems ability to absorb the refugees properly.At the same time Geri remember Biden admin is directing hundreds of millions in humanatarian aid to other countries to assist the refugees. geri of coourse we can rehash why we have an inadequate system to handle refugees but a solution is going to happen   be a patriot Geri lets try to help these people not spin the issue for your drama that is the true evil. more disappointing is  the  racist nature  reflected in your comment about mexican southern border immigrants and fentanyl ive attached a link to a DEA document that shows the main source of fentanyl is China and India  this is what we need first to address the source — Geri embrace knowledge as power educate yourself ignorance isnt a pretty look for anyoneU.S. to welcome 100,000 Ukrainian refugees – POLITICODEA_GOV_DIR-008-20 Fentanyl Flow in the United States_0.pdfGod blessed America in 20 20 when he helped us dump Trump 

geri krawitz

the current plan has not changed for admitting illegals and that what they are for such a pious person im suprised that you have such a high tolerance for criminals

FRED BARNEY

pIts true that some of the piblic will benefit from stsate fund for a new stadium for the Bills. For example the Bills owner.  How ever what has not been dealt with is what constutes the best use of taxper funds. I hold theview that the matter should be put to a public vote withe the 2 options being a tax cut or a stadium.  Such a vote would estblish the voters’ view of what is the best use of their money

A woman named Wendy Hijos is listed as the Regional Director of something called “Consumer Energy Alliance”
Who is the Consumer Energy Alliance, you may ask. And is there a problem with what Ms. Hijos writes and CEA espouses? We have a history here on our humble Opinions section of the DG with people pushing “energy” positions who don’t honestly reveal their connection. Indeed Ms. Hijos is another as is her organization, according to SourceWatch.org.
Here is the red flag that caused me to wonder:”California embarked on an aggressive push to reduce emissions that has resulted in frequent (and significant) supply shortfalls, electricity blackouts and price volatility, too often forcing the state to turn to an Energy Imbalance Market to curb shortages.”
That is a leap in logic only PT Barnum, or maybe our 45th President, would attempt. And she fails.
Here’s what CEA says on their web site:
“Consumer Energy Alliance is the leading voice for sensible energy and environmental policies for consumers, bringing together families, farmers, small businesses, distributors, producers and manufacturers to support America’s environmentally sustainable energy future. With members nationwide, we are committed to leading the nation’s dialogue around energy, the environment, energy’s critical role in the economy, and how it supports the vital supply chains for families and businesses that depend on them. CEA works daily to encourage communities across the nation to seek sensible, realistic and environmentally responsible solutions to meet our nation’s energy needs. By advocating for energy justice and sensible energy solutions, we hope to ensure that people who need affordable energy the most can have access to it.”consumerenergyalliance.org/about/
And now predictably, here’s what Sourcewatch reveals:
“The Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is a nonprofit organization and a front group for the energy industry that opposes political efforts to regulate carbon standards while advancing deep water and land-based drilling for oil and methane gas. The CEA supports lifting moratoria on offshore and land-based oil and natural gas drilling, encourages the creation and expansion of petroleum refineries and easing the permitting process for drilling. The group also says it supports energy conservation. CEO portrays itself as seeking to ensure a “proper balance” between traditional non-renewable and extractive energy sources and alternative energy sources. The group also supports construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.”
“According to Salon.com, which obtained over 300 emails of personal messages between lobbyists and Canadian officials, the CEA is part of a sophisticated public affairs strategy designed to manipulate the U.S. political system by deluging the media with messaging favorable to the tar-sands industry; to persuade key state and federal legislators to act in the extractive industries’ favor; and to defeat any attempt to regulate the carbon emissions emanating from gasoline and diesel used by U.S. vehicles”http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Consumer_Energy_Alliance
Ms. Hijos’ cover was easily blown and it took about 3 minutes to do so. I expect better from the Daily Gazette to vet writers.

christopher stater

chuck D thanks for the information I was completely conned by her letter earlier and will start checking my sources a little  carefully 

How are those responsible gun owners doing?
Let’s look to who gets to clean up the mess: (Not so well, it seems. Especially of you call yourself “Pro-Life”).
From Aftermath – Specialists in Trauma Cleaning and Biohazard RemovalUpdated Feb. 2022
492 people unintentionally die by gun in an average year. Thus far in 2022, there have been unintentional shootings by over 21 children, resulting in 9 deaths and 13 injuries. (Remember, this is updated the second month of this year, and there are 12 months in a year).
Accidental gun deaths occur mainly to those under 25 years old. So far in 2022, 209 children (age 0-17) have died by gunshot and an additional 519 were injured. Adolescents are particularly susceptible to accidental shootings due to specific behavioral characteristics associated with adolescence, such as impulsivity, feelings of invincibility, and curiosity about firearms.
In 2021 there were at least 377 unintentional shootings by children. This resulted in 154 deaths and 242 injuries in the United States.
In 2021, unintentional shooting deaths accounted for over 4% (2,007) of total gun related deaths (44,912) in the United States.
Shelter in place orders during the coronavirus pandemic have led to major spikes in accidental shootings at home by children. Unintentional shooting deaths by children increased by nearly one-third comparing incidents in March to December of 2020 to the same months of 2019.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, there were 3,906 additional firearm deaths and 9,278 additional firearm injuries in 2020 compared to 2019.
70% of unintentional shootings by children occur in the home.From 2006-2016, almost 6,885 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings.
In 2016 alone, there were 495 incidents of accidental firearm deaths.
The majority of people killed in firearm accidents are under age 24, and most of these young people are being shot by someone else, usually someone their own age. The shooter is typically a friend or family member, often an older brother. By contrast, older adults are at a far lower risk of accidental firearm death, and most often are shooting themselves.
A statistically significant association exists between gun availability and the rates of unintentional firearm deaths, homicides, and suicides.
In the United States, over 4.6 million American children live in homes with at least 1 unloaded, unlocked gun, setting the scene for possible tragedy if firearms are not locked and stored properly.
As gun sales in the US spiked by 70% in March 2020 when compared to March 2019, accidental shooting deaths by minors spiked by 43%.
Around 31 percent of accidental deaths caused by firearms might be prevented with child-proof safety locks and loaded chamber indicators.
A study from 2014 showed that victims of unintentional shootings were three times more likely to live in a household with a firearm.
A 2001 study found that regardless of age, people are nine times more likely to die from unintentional firearm injuries when they live in states with more guns, relative to states with fewer guns.
http://www.aftermath.com/content/accidental-shooting-deaths-statistics/

Fine letter there, Mr. Harris. Thank you for sharing.
The over-stuffed reTrumplicans are all abluster in confidence of their self-predicted upcoming midterm tsunami. Even as they attempt to cut most Americans out of the process (and indeed as many of them simply died off from their adherence to science-is-a-sham attitude during COVID). The jury is most definitely still out.
What concerns me though, and as I mentioned here the other day, are comments like reTrumplican Zeldin makes. Watch his latest campaign ad and pay attention to the last line. “Failure is not an option”. Deadpanned with deadly seriousness, and if I’m not mistaken, audibly isolated from the rest of the crowd-roaring background of the rest of the ad. As if to put extra emphasis on the words.
What concerns me is what if they lose? Their last failure in 2020 seemed to give them permission to wreak havoc like millions of toddlers, but with weapons and ample airtime. These people have dropped out of America as we know it and are hell-bent (pun intended) on taking over, regardless what the majority seeks (which they most definitely are not). What we hold precious, democracy, these people have no time for and they’s made that abundantly clear.
Vote America, if for no other reason than to celebrate what our forefathers (and mothers) gave us, but also as our “weapon” against this fascism (and yes, I know what fascism means).

geri krawitz

i had no interst in reading your letter after the first sentnce that republicans will CUT MOST VOTERS OT OF THE COMING ELECTION. what a farce as has always been in the united states you must be alive a citizen have proper identification. what can people find fault with this. if the ones voting will not take the time to go a goverment agency to get identification whose fault is that? the elderly can fill out the forms to vote. perhaps you would be in favor of what some airlines are now doing allowing passengers to show their arrest warrants. what a farce our country has become idiots

Brilliant.
I’m more in favor of having those 41 elected Republican officials attempting to falsify electoral results and lying about it prosecuted. I’m more in favor of seeing all the other Republican attempts at voter fraud properly prosecuted. I’m very much in favor of a Republican Party purge of all the miscreants and losers and grifters and cheaters who the’ve allowed to latch on to them.
And I’m more than willing to provide factual evidence of these and how the Republicans have a firm grip on being the least law-abiding ofthe two parties. But so much has been put here and people like you cannot accept that it hardly seems worth it.
So, good luck.

geri krawitz

and yet you can not answer the question of the democrats wanting voters to be everyone rragrdless of whether they are ciizens or not. our country is lawless enough without adding non eligibles to the rolls. north carolina alone after the election was done unfortunately rejected 430 thousand votes. its amazing to me that you can call another party scandalous when you have the dems giving green card holders the right to vote and not demanding verification for the voting person. its like the cinema you cant go in without a ticket. to call any republican a miscreant when you have biden in the white house is so laughable

What’s laughable, geri, tragically so is that you were shown the other day what was the story with your “430 thousand votes” and you bravely forge on with your whining. You’re wrong geri.
And again, I’ve made my position clear on the voter ID thing, and how I could go for it but for you and yours screaming about it and how you use hurdles like that to prevent people from voting. If you’re a registered voter you know you had to prove your ID when you registered, and when you vote your signatures are compared and if there’s a question you have a right to defend it.
But it’s much more gratifying to grouse about your imaginings that millions of brown people are flooding our borders just to vote Democrat. A scenario that has no basis in reality. Wrong again, geri.
But again, there’s no point in showing the proof, Sean has told you to say it so it must be so…

How about those 41 Republican fake electors forging their own certification letters? From 5 different states. Got any comment on them?

Thought so. All kinds of demands, but won’t answer the tough questions.
So predictable.

Just a bit of feedback to the Editors of the Daily Gazette:I greatly appreciate the attempt to improve the commenting platform, there’s much to be pleased with.But a couple things I think could be helpful have to do with formatting. Some of us understand the importance of how you present your points (because we sincerely would like to see more intelligent debate). “Dress for success”, as they say.That said, can we get rid of the center-justified default?Can we have the ability to have line and paragraph breaks?Can we have the ability to italicize and bold?Thank you for the opportunity to see and read how our fellow citizens think, even when we sometimes don’t (on a bipartisan basis, of course).

christopher stater

Tomorrow’s scientific poll girls and dudes just a reminder that Zach will be reporting ad nauseum tomorrow morning on his findings using his new polling methodology this methodology involves adding up the likes and dislikes at the bottom of each post this highly scientific method eliminates the need to do  research on any topic instead automatically making its administrators experts on all topics and the direction of the nation please be sure to rig the voting if you havent done so already a I on the other hand will be spending my time researching the perverted topics of daddy and mommy issues which Dr Zach has explained to me that I suffer from not being familiar with these perverted topics this may take me some time  but
REMEMBER GIRLS AND DUDES GOD Really Blessed America  2020  by helping us dump Trump. And this is not a Republican primary so one vote per person only!

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