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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, May 17

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Minority rule is eroding democracy

Do you think it would be possible that we are headed to minority rule in America? Ha! Trick question, because we are already there.
The definition of a democracy is social equality and majority rule but look at this.
In state after state, Republicans have gerrymandered themselves into a majority of seats. For example, in North Carolina, a state where party registration is essentially equal, the legislature just gave Republicans a 10 to 4 advantage in redistricted voting maps.  In Ohio, Republicans won about 55% of the vote but are poised to win 12 of the 15 legislative seats, again with newly gerrymandered maps.
In the Senate there is a 50:50 split of senators, but the Democrats represent 62% of the national population, while the Republicans represent only 38%, according to census data.
In the Supreme Court, we see that the conservative Republican justices at the center of so many recent headlines make up a majority appointed by a minority.
Republican presidents who were elected without a majority of the national vote appointed all five of those justices, and Republican senators who represent a minority of the population confirmed them.
But we still call ourselves a democracy. If this trend toward minority rule continues, how long can we remain a democracy and not end up as an autocratic state where a small minority of powerful men dictate how the rest of us live? Remember, in a democracy the majority rules; in a dictatorship the majority is ruled.
Paul Donahue
Niskayuna

Grateful for those for refuting the lies

Thank you, Fred Como, Tom Williams, Joanna DeSilva, Vince Dacquisto, Robert K. Corliss, Victor Roberts and others for your rebuttal letters refuting the less than truthful letters disparaging Biden and liberal ideals. You are the sorely needed fact checkers.
Please keep writing because the truth is needed now more than ever.
Sandra Natale
Saratoga Springs

St. Clare’s story must be kept alive

Sadly, one more St. Clare’s retiree has passed away and will not receive what is due to her.
My mother, Sandra Huening, was a St. Clare’s RN for 20 years and saw her pension diminished as a result of the debacle. Granted she was one of the lucky ones since she was old enough to retain the majority of her pension and didn’t encounter the hardships the younger ones are enduring, but shame on all involved who haven’t taken accountability.
I am thankful to the folks who continue to keep this story alive, as it is an important one.
It is incredulous how these retirees have been treated.
Amy Versocki
Charlton

Putin victimized by U.S. propaganda

Americans are forever taught that Russians receive only propaganda. But Americans get blanketed with lies and twisted spin to convince us that during every conflict, U.S. policymakers are good guys battling evil.
For example, U.S. “experts” proclaim that President Putin, in his July 2021 essay, “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians,” reveals his vision for empire and refuses to recognize Ukraine’s sovereignty and borders.
These experts are false. I have read the essay, and nowhere does Putin suggest desires for empire or conquest of Ukraine.
He writes in despair of the hatred towards Russia and towards ethnically-Russian Ukrainians that’s generated by Ukraine’s post-coup government.
Putin writes of Russia’s and Ukraine’s historical and cultural unity. By “unity,” he doesn’t mean that they’ll become politically merged. He specifically describes the relationship between the United States and Canada as the type of relationship Russia seeks with Ukraine.
Putin writes with alarm regarding neo-Nazi Ukrainian violence and the danger that Ukraine’s government represents Westerners seeking to use Ukraine for personal profit. His concerns are valid.
U.S. commentators’ failure to accurately represent Putin’s words is irresponsible and deceitful. Had they truthfully communicated and addressed his fears, we could have avoided catastrophe.
U.S. propaganda only serves to justify weapon shipments and economic war against Russia, which were likely the ulterior motives of the U.S. policymaker-businessman-banker circle from the start.
In 1998, National Security Adviser Brzezinski admitted that the United States deliberately baited the USSR to invade Afghanistan in 1979. Beware: the same has likely transpired again.
Kristin Christman
Clifton Park

 

 

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16 Comments
Chuck D May 17, 2022
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Well said, Mr. Donahue. The 8 million pound gorilla in our national room: that this country, this noble democracy is being bullied by a loud, belligerent minority driven by a religious and racist zeal which makes their impetus clear: this country, to them, is their god’s chosen one and they are their god’s chosen people, andthey will take it as theirs. And sadly we have a flaccid and easily distracted mass media who can’t seem to walk and chew gum simultaneously, and tempers their presentations of the news for the lowest common denominator (looking at you, local TV “news”).Their truth is all that matters and if it means a betrayal of democratic principles to get their way, so be it. That’s their god’s will.

Chuck D May 17, 2022
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Ms. Christman sadly but clearly reveals how people selectively choose the news they want to believe, at the cost of not quite getting to the truth. She also unwittingly reveals the state of denial she, like many, live in by refusing to acknowledge Putin’s role in corrupting our political process.
 
You have the entire internet at your disposal, Ms. Christman. This means if you want to know how the rest of the world feels about the tyrant Putin you can go and pull up the English-language German news site Deutsche Welle (http://www.dw.com), or you can pull up several English language Japanese news sites, you can get the Swedish news on Russia, and it goes on and on.
 
Before lecturing the public on a subject via the “Letters…” in your local newspaper or in your Facebook world, there’s really no excuse for not trying to understand the truth on your chosen subject. Unless you have a specific narrative you feel the need to push.Your words reveal a very limited source of information, ironic in this age of a global range of information.

jclark124 May 17, 2022
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Paul Donahue–Your letter is spot on.  Add to that the terrible decision of Citizens United, which further tipped the scales to wealthy donors and corporations. Just recently the most unpopular and partisan Supreme Court sided with Sen. Cruz where it’s now even easier to bribe lawmakers with campaign finance.  We the people have uphill battles to save our Constitutional Republic.
Kristin Christman–Putin victimized???  Another uphill battle with faux entertainment and others spreading Putin’s propaganda!

Who Ville May 17, 2022
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Half of Republicans polled believe that instead of supporting policies that are popular in order to gain more voter support, they instead are in favor of changing the voting rules to gain power.  Republicans don’t believe in democracy, full stop.  

Who Ville May 17, 2022
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Sure, Putin has reason to be skeptical of the west, the U.S.’s influence in Eastern Europe, and the push of NATO expansion amongst neighboring countries.  But you conveniently left out the fact that Putin ordered an invasion of a sovereign nation and is slaughtering innocent Ukrainians, so propoganda aside, it appears we are seeing the true intentions of a murderous dictator.  You’re missing the forest from the trees picking out specific parts of Putin’s writings that may have been misinterpreted while ignoring the fact that in actuality he is a repugnant despot committing war crimes. 

christopher stater May 17, 2022
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AS Putin bombs and kills thousands enjoy your sympathy with the murderer I will never see it all I can say is are we all to become sympathetic and delusional as well  I’m not there yet perhaps a few more hypersonic missles will help convince me the murderer truly is misunderstood I think I’ve heard it all. 

BILL WEMPLE May 17, 2022
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So perhaps the USA should threaten Canada with nuclear weapons so we can have a deeper friendship?

Guy Varoma May 17, 2022
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Kristin Christman I find it funny that you don’t believe US propaganda but believe Russian propaganda. Try reading up on how Putin came to power and how many people were murdered on his orders.Did you know that 21 journalists have been killed since  Putin came to power in March 2000?