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Letters to the Editor Saturday, Oct. 15 – From readers in Rotterdam, Clifton Park, Scotia, Schenectady, elsewhere


Site is a bad place for storage facility

I am wondering who in Rotterdam approved or thought it was a good idea to build a huge section of hideous storage containers on the corner of Princetown Road right in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
What an awful site. I sure hope whoever it was has plans to plant beautiful trees and shrubs all around it to hide it and restore what this rural area was like before storage, apartments and auto stores took over.
Marlene Whitehead

Get the facts, then exercise right to vote

Every U.S. citizen has an important responsibility to vote.
Too many people believe their vote doesn’t count, but imagine the difference it makes if 500,000 people who feel that way actually vote.
For those who “don’t have time” or forget, remember this, our military veterans sacrificed all or some part of their lives to protect our freedoms. Making time to vote honors the years and cost of their service.
But be sure you get to know who you are voting for and their positions on issues important to you and your community.
Visit candidates’ websites, listen to their videos, or find out where they are speaking.
I met and listened to Liz Joy on several occasions. She has worked incredibly hard to get out and meet the people she hopes to represent and share her perspectives.
The wife and mother of veterans, Liz values service to our country and believes in lowering the cost of living; supporting law enforcement; securing our border and fixing immigration; energy independence and innovation; and promoting a culture of life by protecting the health and well-being of all.
She will be a strong proponent of the change we need in Washington, D.C.
Kris Fitzgerald
Clifton Park

Don’t help Iran perpetuate abuses

The Islamic Republic of Iran recently released two American prisoners.
In return, they expect another installment of frozen Iranian assets. I do not believe this is a good idea.
This money belongs to the people of Iran, not to a regime that has imposed itself on its people by force, lies, deceits, abuses, arrests, murders, and more.
These funds must be reserved for people of Iran, who are determined to overthrow this deplorable regime, hopefully, without a need for armed struggle.
The regime will use these funds to intensify beating, imprisoning, torturing, and killing its citizens, or, at best, to launder it out through their children who live luxurious lives throughout the West.
If this happens, the international community has no choice but to consider the release of this fund as an act of collaboration with the money launders.
Today millions of Iranian, American, Canadian, European, and other nationalities have come together to tell the world that enough is enough, and to demonstrate their support for young Iranian women and men who want nothing more than what others have enjoyed for centuries — freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Their chant of “Woman, Life, Liberty!” echoes all through the world. And for this, they are beaten, shot at and killed.
The peace-seeking, freedom-loving citizens of Iran expect the American administration to support them to overthrow this murderess regime, so they may establish a secular, democratic and collaborative government, which they so richly deserve.
Please be our voice. #Mahsa_Amini #Nika_Shakarami
Mahmood Karimi Hakak

Fact: GOP tried to destroy democracy

In simple reference to Mr. Frank J. Ciervo’s Oct. 10 letter to the editor, (“To save democracy, vote Republican.”)
Wasn’t it the GOP that tried to destroy democracy on Jan. 6, 2021, and continue to try and do so to this day? The facts (not alternative facts) show that every day.
Do your own research people! That doesn’t mean Fox. They’re entertainment, not news.
James A. Graczyk
Saratoga Springs

Plenty of reasons not to vote for Democrats

As an independent, this is why I will not vote for any Democrat (not a fan of Trump):
1) Unchecked policy-fueled out-of-control crime everywhere.
2) Policy induced out-of-control inflation hurting every taxpayer.
3) Out-of-control border crisis as a direct result of Vice President Harris’ dereliction of duties.
4) Never-ending mandates that made heroes (remember them?) into zeros, loss of jobs, just as recent as Ian.
5) Disaster of Afghanistan withdrawal, a direct result of Biden’s orders.
6) 87,000 new IRS agents?
7) Dangerous fentanyl crisis due to Biden policies killing over 600,000. Are your children and grandchildren safe?
8) Biden pleading with terrorist nations for oil.
9) Hateful attacks on anyone who dares to care about the unborn children
10) Women’s rights being destroyed by allowing transgender rights to girls locker and rest rooms and sports.
11) Biden in bed with the Chinese.
12) Big Government
13) Hochul, Adams, Lightfoot, Maxine Waters – not servants of the people, but they must be served.
14) The constant lies of mainstream media.
This is dedicated to John Jack Osterlitz.
Denise Crisci

A vote for Castelli is a vote for the district

There was an article in both the Leader Herald and The Gazette (“Stefanik touts war chest lead over Castelli”) on Oct. 4. The article stated that Stefanik will “sail to victory as a result of historic grassroots support of small dollar donors across upstate NY and America.”
However, later in the article it was pointed out that Castelli’s campaign had raised 45% of its fundraising dollars from in-state individual donors, but Stefanik raised only 19% of its fundraising dollars from in-state donors.
That begs the question: who donated the other 81% of Stefanik’s war chest? Out-of-state big corporate donors? How does that equate with Matt Castelli’s impressive local upstate support from small donors whose average donation was $65. If you do the math, over 15,000 donations from upstate people donated to Matt Castelli’s campaign.
Matt Castelli is running for the 21st Congressional District and he will support the residents of the 21st District because they have recognized that he is not running for the third highest position in the House of Representatives. He is running for us, for the 21st Congressional District.
A vote for Matt Castelli is a vote for us. Consider that when you go to the polls.
Christine Pesses

Paid time off is healthy for workers

New York state data shows that some people who have insurance and a doctor are not getting preventive care, such as breast cancer screening.
This month, the state Department of Health released data from a 2020 survey of women ages 50-74 years, which asks if they have had a mammogram within the past two years (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System).
It is surprising that most women who said no had insurance (nearly 92%) and a regular health care provider (almost 85%).
One barrier may be a lack of paid time off from work for cancer screening. Without paid time off, an employee may have to choose between a potentially life-saving screening and the paycheck on which she and her family rely.
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Prevention in Action Program is encouraging employers to help their employees stay up-to-date with mammograms by adding a paid time off benefit for cancer screenings.
Research has shown that offering specific time off for cancer screening (not sick or vacation time) increases employee screening rates.
Studies show that employers who offer paid time off for cancer screening have a healthier workforce. This is because staff are encouraged to make regular healthcare visits. In addition, employer savings related to finding cancer early essentially pays for the costs of providing paid time off for cancer screenings.
If you are an employer interested in creating a healthier workforce, saving lives and reducing business costs, please contact the CPiA program at 518-770-6815 for more information.
Kelsey Carpe
The writer is Coordinator Business Development for Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties, Cancer Prevention in Action Program.

Zeldin’s foolish ads meant to inspire fear

Fear-mongering, the action of deliberately arousing public fear or alarm about a particular issue(s).
The mantra of political parties is to lie, tell half-truths and spur on hate to a good number of ignorant voters.
Ignorance is not bliss, it’s dangerous. Please really take the time to take in a lot of the foolishness of the political ads besieged on us.
One of the Zeldin for Governor ads is one on crime, where an actual line from the movie “Scrooged” was used, where they want to scare the dickens out of you.
Take a look at our candidates and see who was mute on the insurrection and who didn’t believe our presidential election was legitimate.
They are running for office now. And lastly, shame on those people who actually do those hateful ads.
Richard Moran, Sr.

Law-abiding citizens need more protection

As a subscriber to this informative newspaper, I have been keeping abreast of national and international news.
The mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Tops supermarket in Buffalo were acts of cowardice.
Hate-filled people who commit acts of mass shootings are cowards when you come down to it.
They vent their frustrations out on innocent people. Unrighteous anger, rage and hostility reveal a depraved, cowardly soul – the mind, will and emotions.
We Americans who live as law-abiding citizens need an escalation in man and woman police power who will restore sanity to this polarized country.
The year 2022 is the year of depraved, cowardly violence, closer to home was a mass shooting in Ilion. In summation, law-abiding Black and White American people need the protections of the legal network – police, prosecutors and judges.
John A. Sirtoli

Inhale the beauty of autumn in New York

It’s full-on fall for sure, the time when the hot apple cider mug is half full.
Why not grab that cozy sweater and jump into the leaf pile of autumn activities? Since we live in the great Northeast, how about a foliage photo trip as the hues shift?
But wait…what’s that sound? Slide back to childhood joy by kicking the crunch underfoot and wandering the woods while listening for nature’s laughter. Watch the Hunter Moon signal a fall food fest of your own. Try new apple varieties or make a pumpkin pie from a pie pumpkin. You won’t be sorry!
Autumn means a mix of warm sun and crisp breezes, and a final deep dig into that rich soil. Poke garlic into the dirt for an early spring gift. Inhale that musky-sweet October odor along with the kitchen smells of hearty squashes, pies, and soups. Why not go on an inhalation journey, focusing on the scents around you?
October feeds our souls as we slide into the slower pace of winter. Deep autumnal appreciation leads to thoughtful care for the world around us. Inhale deeply; exhale gratitude.
Caroline Brooks

Tedisco listens, cares and does what’s right

Sen. Jim Tedisco listens to his constituents and puts their needs first.
When the families of the late Shenendehowa students Christopher Stewart and Deanna Rivers were repeatedly going through the anguishing ordeal of going before the state parole board to keep their children’s killer locked-up, Sen. Tedisco worked with them to bring this issue that all crime victims face to light.
Tedisco authored legislation, “Christopher’s and Deanna’s Law” to make sure victim impact statements are video recorded and that every person on the parole board must review it.
When the parents of a child who faced terrible bullying at school came to Jim Tedisco asking that something be done to help other children, he introduced “Jacobe’s Law” to require that schools notify parents when their child is bullied.
When gas prices began to skyrocket, Jim Tedisco listened to the pleas of his constituents and proposed legislation to eliminate the state gas tax and pushed hard until the state leadership listened and did something to give relief at the pump.
Jim Tedisco listens. Jim Tedisco cares. Jim Tedisco offers common-sense solutions to sometimes complex issues.
We need to keep Jim Tedisco in the state Senate.
John Nett

Visit highlights Pine Ridge hiring efforts

Schenectady ARC thanks Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara for touring our Pine Ridge Industries in recognition of Manufacturing Day and National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month.
Pine Ridge Industries employs people of all abilities to provide manufacturers with parts assembly, kitting, e-commerce fulfillment and other services that streamline business operations and assist with business logistics.
Businesses that contract with Pine Ridge assist us in fulfilling our mission of providing meaningful employment opportunities to individuals with developmental and other disabilities.
Assemblyman Santabarbara’s visit highlights the valuable contribution that individuals of all abilities can make as employees providing manufacturing, e-commerce support and other essential services to businesses that are local, national or international. While Assemblyman Santabarbara has been a consistent champion for the rights of people with disabilities, his focus on the employment opportunities and the business opportunities provided by our Pine Ridge Industries is particularly appropriate as part of the recognition of Manufacturing Day and National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month.
At a time when many manufacturers and businesses are struggling with workforce issues, Pine Ridge Industries can provide essential operational support while fulfilling a critical social mission. We appreciate Assemblyman Santabarbara helping us highlight this unique opportunity.
Kirk Lewis
The writer is Executive Director of Schenectady ARC.

Stefanik is district’s true carpetbagger

It was ironic to hear Rep. Elise Stefanik 1 call Democratic challenger Matt Castelli a “Downstate Democrat.”
Castelli is from Poughkeepsie. Ironic because when Stefanik ran against Matt Doheny in the 2014 Republican primary, she was considered by many to be a carpetbagger.
Elise Stefanik was born on July 2, 1984, in Albany to Melanie and Ken Stefanik, the owners of Premium Plywood Products in Guilderland Center. She graduated from Albany Academy for Girls, and Harvard College in 2006. After graduation from Harvard, she joined the Bush administration as a staff member for the U.S. Domestic Policy Council, and later worked for Bush Chief of Staff Joshua Bolton.
She managed Rep. Paul Ryan’s debate preparation for the 2012 presidential election. After Ryan and Romney lost, she returned to upstate New York and joined her parents’ business and bought a house near Willsboro.
Her parents had owned a vacation home in Willsboro for many years. By April 2014, she owned a minority interest in a Washington townhouse valued at $1.3 million.
Recently she and her husband bought a house in Schuylerville.
Wally Truesdell

Tedisco strong voice for Malta and district

Malta has a strong voice, great friend, and tremendous advocate for our citizens on the state level in Sen. Jim Tedisco.
I’ve seen first-hand Sen. Tedisco’s commitment to being a true representative for our town and all the towns he represents.
As our senator, Jim Tedisco has fought hard to return tax dollars back to Malta and Saratoga County to benefit residents. Jim secured a $100,000 state grant to maintain the Malta Community Park. Responding to concerns from residents and town officials, Jim authored and passed legislation to enable the town with input from residents to set speed limits on some of our local roads to enhance safety.
Sen. Tedisco sponsored and passed important environmental protection legislation for Round Lake, which is such a jewel in our town. Jim worked with the town and Sheriff Zurlo to bring his innovative Safe Summer Bike Helmet program to incentivize kids to wear their bike helmets by giving them coupons for free ice cream cones.
I’m proud to call Sen. Jim Tedisco my friend and support his re-election so he can continue to be a strong voice for Malta and all residents in the 44th Senate District.
Mark E. Hammond
The writer is Malta town supervisor.

Stefanik’s values out of touch with district

Conservative and liberal are two sides of the same coin. Without both sides a coin has no value. Those values are our values. They emerge from “The White Root of Peace.” “The Peacemaker.”
Jan. 6 was pivotal. We saw the true nature of the MAGA movement. You can’t say you support law enforcement and vote in support of a violent mob that just caused injury or death to law enforcement personnel.
When MAGA mobs attacked the Capitol, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s office tweeted out false information blaming Antifa.
When 60-plus lawsuits claiming election fraud were thrown out for lack of evidence, she disparaged the courts. When the FBI enforced a lawful order to search and seize government property from Mar-a-Lago, she disparaged the FBI.
The FBI is the most conservative agency in the federal government. In its 100-plus-year history, it has never been run by a woman, a minority or even a Democrat. Ultra MAGA Stefanik’s values are not conservative; neither are those of her supporters. We’ve all seen the profane flags and heard the violent rhetoric. MAGA – Mad Angry Gangs of Anarchists.
Vote for Matt Castelli for Congress. Strengthen democracy, take a stand against political violence.
Frank DeSantis

Trump thinks that he’s above the law

The phrase “No One Is Above The Law” seems to have little to no meaning when it comes to Donald Trump.
Consider the Mar-a-Lago document situation. He doesn’t give a rats you know what about the documents.
Simply put, he doesn’t want to be told what to do by anyone. It’s just a game to see what he can get away with and to what end he can defy anything he chooses.
The rule of law is what he believes it to be, based upon the situation, and hires any lawyers he can get to do his bidding. Remember Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell?
A normal ex-president would have returned the documents upon initial inquiry with a profound apology rather than lying to the government that they had already been returned. What’s the game here?
Unfortunately, Donald Trump and his shenanigans have turned our system of government and respect for our core values into a mockery.
How many people do you personally know that are never wrong, admit to knowing more about any subject you discuss and give examples that literally dwarf your personal life experience even though they couldn’t possibly know because they didn’t live it? They’re irritating.
Now, boil all this down into an ex-president of the United States acting this way, skirting the law, using judicial appointees to get his way and then wanting to change the rules when they don’t go his way?
Does this sound like someone you want to lead our country?
Bob Belive

Santabarbara always ready to help out

This past week, there was a drive-thru food distribution at the Beech-Nut building in Amsterdam.
I know many families in our area that got a much needed helping hand from this event. And, as always, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara was there himself to help with loading and carrying items for those who stopped in.
I want to thank Mr. Santabarbara for his on-going work in our community. This isn’t the first time he’s rolled up his sleeves, and that’s what I like about him as our state representative. Right through the pandemic, he’s never stopped doing things to support the people he represents.
It’s very rare that you see a state assemblyman out in the community the way he is. It might be from his service in the military, or it could be just the way he was raised – he shows up and does whatever he can to help.
Jenna Dodd

Vote for Joy, restore America’s future

A vote for Paul Tonko is a rubber stamp for Joe Biden and the Democrat Marxists that are ruining this great country.
Record high gas prices, disrupted supply chains, record crime and a wide open southern border are wreaking havoc on communities across our beloved nation.
Federal spending is out of control; the national debt is accruing, the stock market is tanking, and inflation is destroying our earnings.
This cannot persist.
It’s time for Republicans to take the majority in the House.
The voters of the 20th Congressional District should send Liz Joy to Washington to reverse the failed Biden administration.
Liz Joy is an indefatigable defender of liberty and freedom. She is ethical, honest and a bulwark of the democratic principles enshrined in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Vote for Liz Joy in the general election on Nov. 8 and together we can Make America Joyful Again.
Mark Brockbank
Clifton Park

Vote God’s will when you go to the polls

Here we go again. Nov. 8 is the day for elections. I am calling on all Christians. Vote God’s will.
The Supreme Court ruling did not make the president happy. He behaved in a nonprofessional way. Where is our government’s respect?
Here are a few things that Mother Teresa stated about abortion, “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?’’ The day she passed on I prayed to her and told her she was a saint throughout her life.
In this election, let’s remember the beautiful people who lived in Afghanistan and lost their country to the Taliban. There are Americans still there. Thirteen beautiful people in the military were killed. Open borders are a big problem. I guess it is OK that criminals or terrorists can enter our country.
We are paying more for goods than ever before. Prices did not go up 25 or 50 cents, they went up a dollar or more. We should be energy free. I am calling on all Christians to save our country on Election Day and let God in. I know I am making people angry, but I only care what God thinks of me.
Virginia DelGallo

Tedisco supportive of St. Clare’s retirees

Four years ago, my life and the lives of over 1,100 fellow former St. Clare’s Hospital retirees was turned upside down when it was revealed that our pensions were going to be significantly reduced or outright eliminated.
Our St. Clare’s retirees, many of whom cared for some of the most vulnerable citizens, have been coping with economic uncertainty and desperation with no end in sight as our pensions evaporated in the snap of a finger through no fault of our own.
Now, people in their 70s and 80s have had to go back to work and sell their homes to survive. It’s unconscionable.
From the beginning, the only one who has stuck by us through thick and thin is Sen. Jim Tedisco.
Jim is such a kind and giving man. He has made all of us pensioners feel important and that he truly cares about our well-being. Jim’s been our remedy and lifeline.
There has been no one else that I could always call up on the phone and they’d be there to go to bat and help us but Jim Tedisco. We need to keep Jim Tedisco as our state senator!
Mary Hartshorne
Ballston Lake
The writer is chairman of the St. Clare’s Pension Recovery Alliance (SCPRA).

Walker unqualified to serve in the Senate

Herschel Walker is about as qualified to serve in the United States Senate as Rev. Raphael Warnock is qualified to start as running back for the University of Georgia football team!
William M. Vacca, MD

Why no coverage of upstate pollinators

As a Skidmore student and aspiring environmental activist, I was disappointed to see The Daily Gazette’s lack of coverage on the extirpation of pollinators in upstate New York. Pollinators such as bees and butterflies play a crucial role in all ecosystems, and they are vital for regrowth of ecosystems after the long New York winters. With new studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry showing there is a need for conservation action, The Gazette has the opportunity to bring attention to this issue here in Saratoga Springs.
Pollinators are essential for sustaining ecosystems around the world as well as increasing crop yields. Pollinators travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies which allows the pollen to transfer, leading to the reproduction of most flowering plants. This happens in the plants that bring us fruits, vegetables and nuts as well as being responsible for half of the world’s oils, fibers, and raw materials. Pollinators also help prevent soil erosion while increasing carbon sequestration, important pieces of fighting climate change. Pollinators help over 180,000 plant species and more than 1,200 crops, meaning they are responsible for one out of every three bites of food you eat.
There is no doubt about the importance of pollinators, yet their future is in danger because of humans. It is up to the community to take conservation action and help save our pollinators. The Gazette has the opportunity to bring more awareness to this local issue and help save our pollinators.
Ciaran Britton
Watertown, Mass.

Gazette should have covered Fashion Sustainability Act

I was disappointed in The Daily Gazette’s lack of coverage on the pending passage of the New York Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act (A8352/S7428). As both a resident and a college student in New York, I am excited to see a continued increase in sustainability practices within the state, and hope that this new act will be no exception.
Fast Fashion has become popular over the past few years, however, with increasing demand also comes an increase in waste. The clothing items are made cheaply with low-quality materials, often by workers who are working low hours with low wages. The quicker these items are shipped around the world, the quicker they find their way to the landfill, along with the excess packaging used to ship them. The carbon footprints of these companies are astronomical, and they help contribute to global pollution.
The Fashion and Sustainability Act will create transparency within every fast-fashion company that has business in New York state and has global revenues that exceed 100 million USD. Not only will they be required to report their policies and outcomes, but descriptions of the incentives and actions they took to help create positive impacts on the world and environment.
While this bill has not been passed yet, there is hope that it will be signed into law in 2023. I strongly urge you to reach out to the state senators regarding the passage of this bill.
Elle Harrison
Keuka Park
The writer is a Skidmore College student.

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Ignatious P. Reilly

Ms. Crisci, thank you for posting some unimpeachable facts. Why the progressive liberals, admittedly a rather insignificant minority (thank God) relative to the big picture, refuse to admit these facts is beyond me.

There is nothing “to admit”, since it’s only Ms. Crisci’s monthly fire hose of falsehoods and distortions that have been corrected not only here, but in the rest of the real world ad nauseum.
Now how about those 84 fraudulent Republican electors. Care to explain how that’s a lie or distortion?

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