Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Friday, Oct. 28 – 23 letters from around the region

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Hochul doing best to control guns

Governor candidate Lee Zeldin, I guess, will use the recent shooting near his home to foster his campaign theme about the increasing crime rate – to him, apparently caused by his opponent for governor.
I wonder if the crime rate has any connection between this and the ready availability of guns. I believe Gov. Hochul is doing her best to control them. I don’t find that to be the case with the Republicans in power.
Mary Grassfield
Saratoga Springs

Support an open, informative gov’t

One of the most important tasks of local government is to keep the voters informed.
As taxpayers, we have a right to know what is going on. The village of Scotia Democratic team of Joe Talbot, Heather Gray, and Keith Brown has released its 2022 campaign priorities titled, “The Next Steps for Scotia,” that addresses this issue.
I like their proposal of set office hours for the mayor and trustees. We should know when our village officials are going to be available. We should be able to access public information online at any time.
Clearly visible links to information will go a long way to keep village residents in the loop. Finally, regular email communication from the mayor and the trustees will be an important part of this effort to improve transparency and communication.
Please join me in voting for the Next Steps for Scotia team of Talbot, Gray and Brown.
Take the time to become an informed voter. Early voting begins Oct. 29. Exercise your right to vote.
Karen Bradley
Scotia

Condemn decline of political discourse

We often associate John F. Kennedy with the phrase “Profiles in Courage.”
The “life-long Democrats” behind The Kennedy Project have, however, each earned the powerful put-down, “You’re no Jack Kennedy.”
Their anonymous smearing of Michele Ostrelich with half-truths and bad faith conclusions smacks of cowardice, not courage.
Their claims about Michelle’s positions on various issues are readily belied by her strong support for safe-gun laws, labor-friendly legislation, and reproductive rights.
But, their constant accusation of racism is far more irresponsible and destructive.
The claim is apparently based on one poorly worded attempt at humor by Michelle.
Asked whether she feared canvassing in certain neighborhoods, Michelle pointed out there were probably more firearms at a Republican picnic than a Hamilton Hill banquet.
To me, only knaves or fools could turn that barb at Republicans into the treacherous charge of racism. For 20 years as a website editor, I’ve seen how poisonous and misinformed anonymous commenters can be.
We should not take their assertions seriously, but we should decry the viral poison they spread in our political discourse.
Perhaps Sen. Jim Tedisco will show some courage and condemn the reckless antics of The Kennedy Project against his opponent Michelle Ostrelich.
David Giacalone
Schenectady

Self-checkout will be end of cashiers

When I go to spend my money at a merchant, there are very few cashiers anymore.
When I ask where the cashiers are, I’m told we can’t get the help. So use self-checkout. I refuse to use it because we are already paying for the cashier.
So, someone will come and help me. Problem solved. If you don’t make the merchant check you out, they will eliminate the cashier. You will have to use self-checkout. The merchant doesn’t want to pay cashiers.
They are charging us for them. They can get help, but why bother? That entry-level position will disappear.
Bill Mullins
Halfmoon

Santabarbara lost trust over meters

Water meter hero or villain?
I recently had the opportunity to meet a town board member and ask about the water meter issue. What became clear to me is that the Republican Town Board was never, ever going to support the Democrats’ plan for water meters.
I have researched it myself, and the timeline was very clear.
The supervisor said she would not support any plan to do it, from the very beginning.
Then our current assemblyman said he knew of a secret plan, but that only he knew the plan and only he could stop it.
He wanted us to believe the only thing missing was a superhero’s cape. Seniors and struggling families were terrified about the secret plan and the media went into a frenzy.
We believed his lies because he was supposed to be in a position of trust. There was no secret plan; it was all made up.
How did we all forget it is an election year? You might have tricked us then, but now we are angry for being misled.
Yes, I’m talking about you Angelo Santabarbara.
You used us, now we will never trust you again!
Christina Armstrong
Rotterdam

Reject colonialism and evil of Marxism

The ignorance of the woke is legion. At a graduation of medical students, a portion of the ‘oath’ was to renounce colonialism.
This demonstrates how ill-informed the people running colleges and universities are or blinded by Marxist ideology. Most immigrants came to America to escape colonialism. Americans renounced colonialism a long time ago.
The ‘colonialism’ of Marxism is far harsher than the colonialism of capitalism. Marxism enslaves your soul and body.
I was watching a ‘pictorial’ documentary, sentimental journey on the Romanov Dynasty.
I found it interesting because my Polish people were under Romanov domination. The presenter, a distant cousin of the czar, said how pictures have power. They draw you in and can be a portal. Who has not felt viewing their people from the past as a connection? If you don’t know where or who you came from, you probably don’t understand who you are now. Knowledge is power.
Erasing a culture, one’s history is being exterminated beyond the present. It is a sin of the spirit.
Marxism is the polar opposite of good. Evil follows in its wake. Soviet Union, Communist China, North Korea, Cuba, it is a long list. Ignore the past, risk the future.
Edmond Day
Rotterdam

Dump Stefanik and focus on rural health

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik needs to go.
All her ads say absolutely nothing other than she’s pro-guns, an election denial advocate. She talks about non-existent voter fraud touted by Donald Trump.
Her constituents in upstate New York have more important needs than her rhetoric about election denial and pro-gun advocacy.
What about the lack of x-ray machines available at rural healthcare centers? One should not have to drive for an hour or longer to get a simple x-ray for a broken limb.
For example, if you break a limb in Speculator, the closest x-ray machine is in Warrensburg, over an hour away, or go to Glens Falls hospital two hours away for an x-ray, This is ridiculous!
Upstate New Yorkers need politicians that actually care about their constituents rather than those who put their political party above the needs of the people and the country.
Rural residents  deserve access to proper medical care, which begins with access to a simple x-ray machine. After all, even most veterinary offices have them.
Robin Zucker
Albany

Region is blessed to have Senator Tedisco

The Capital Region is blessed to have such a dedicated, hard-working, and outspoken fighter for us like Sen. Jim Tedisco.
I’ve seen first-hand how hard Sen. Tedisco works for his constituents. Whether it’s securing state grants for economic development efforts and our local fire departments, standing up for crime victims and law enforcement, or helping our beleaguered small business cut through bureaucratic red tape, Sen. Tedisco is a strong voice for residents.
As a Gloversville county supervisor, I was proud that Fulton County was the first county legislature in the state to follow Sen. Tedisco’s lead, as we passed local resolutions in support of his successful efforts to stop former Gov. Andrew Cuomo from charging up to $45 for license plates that motorists didn’t need, and to get the state Health Department to reveal the real number of nursing home deaths during the pandemic.
Just as he has done for the people I serve, I know Jim Tedisco will continue to be a super representative for all his constituents, including those that he has long served in Saratoga and Schenectady counties. I’m proud to endorse Jim and call him my friend.
Charles Potter
Gloversville
The writer is city of Gloversville, Ward 4 supervisor.

Republicans must call out Trump’s lies

I watched the interview of Liz Cheney conducted by Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press” on Oct. 23.
I was impressed by her courage in calling out ex-president Donald Trump for his leadership in organizing and then encouraging the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
She has paid a high price in her Republican Party by being ousted from her leadership position in it as well as losing her seat in Congress come Jan. 4, 2023.
It is ironic indeed that she lost her leadership position to Elise Stefanik, who is a devotee of Donald Trump. With the exception of Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, another Republican who is also leaving Congress, no one in the Republican House of Representatives has called out the lies regarding the “stolen election” told by Donald Trump and his devotees.
This lack of courage to stand up and call out these lies will endanger the Republican Party as well as our country. We could lose our democracy as we know it and that is not an exaggeration.
Doug McFadden
Niskayuna

Don’t wait to raise supervisor’s salary

I’m writing in response to the letters regarding the Niskayuna supervisor’s salary. An annual salary of $53,800 is well below what is industry standard for a position of this level. The Clifton Park supervisor, with a similar sized budget to manage, earns over $106,000.
How can Niskayuna expect that it is feasible to continue to demand that over the past 20 years the salary of our town’s CFO and COO stayed exactly the same, with an increase in responsibility and expertise?
There have been some criticizing the proposed change of increasing the supervisor’s salary by $4,700. I disagree with the criticism. This artificially low salary impacts who can afford to take the job.
Our current supervisor is working two jobs to afford to serve us. She, and anyone who holds this position for that matter, should be paid equitably for the work they do.
At a budget meeting, Supervisor Puccioni said that we hired her to fix things and make hard decisions. I agree. While she said that she is fine if the Town Board changes her salary after she leaves office, I don’t agree that it should be the case.
I think we should start the process to pay her, and the people who come after, an appropriate salary commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the job — especially since the comptroller indicated that our taxes are projected to stay the same as last year and this change will not fiscally impact members of the town.
Jennifer Samaniuk
Niskayuna

St. Clare’s retirees are being punished

What is happening to our beautiful country? Why are the American people letting laws be broken and not holding someone accountable?
America is getting soft on crime and by doing so all the people committing crimes are taking advantage of our country. When I was young you do the crime, you do the time.
Right now there are 1,100 St. Clare’s Hospital retirees who are being punished and they haven’t done anything wrong. When the people who did do something wrong are not being punished, they are taking advantage of the system.
The St. Clare’s Hospital received an exemption, and their troubles were over, that’s four years ago when the St. Clare’s Hospital retirees’ troubles just began.
I feel very strongly that no one has the right to bully 1,100 people and their families by taking money that belongs to the people who earned it. With what the New York state attorney general is claiming, just maybe a crime has been committed and justice will prevail so the money can be paid back to the retirees.
Walter “Neal” Brazell
Rotterdam

Ostrelich is smart, ethical and will listen

I read the Oct. 20 Gazette front page lead article (“Schenectady County Dems file ethics complaint”) about the race for the 49th state Senate district. You can tell when the GOP fears an upset. The polls are tightening with Michelle Ostrelich’s strong campaign against an entrenched incumbent.
Once again, the Democrats are running the better candidate and the GOP answers with dark money and dirty tricks. They are also putting out stories where they attribute dirty tricks to Ostrelich’s campaign. Anyone who knows or follows Michelle knows that this is not her style. She is smart. She is ethical. She works hard and is well-respected in her community.
She will listen to constituents and represent their wishes and their needs without political games.
Melinda Perrin
Niskayuna

Muller serves with dignity, knowledge

As a retired 4th Judicial District Supreme Court justice, I am honored and privileged to endorse the re-election of my long-time and highly regarded colleague, the Honorable Robert J. Muller.
I have known Judge Muller for many years, both as an attorney in private practice and later when I appeared before him in Supreme Court. After being elected to the bench, I had the pleasure of again interacting with Judge Muller.
At all levels Judge Muller comported himself with dignity and decorum. He was and is knowledgeable, prepared and diligent.
Judge Muller’s involvement in several thousand cases in the eleven county 4th Judicial District, including all of Saratoga County, has covered the full range of New York law.
His over 500 published opinions written during his many years on the bench have demonstrated his thorough command of the law. He is known in his court for his fair, reasonable and even-handed approach. Judge Muller has the innate ability to express himself with competent force and great clarity.
I urge all who voted for Judge Muller previously and will go to the polls this election year to re-elect a truly competent and caring judge — Judge Robert J. Muller.
Robert Chauvin
Clifton Park

Heggen trustworthy and hardworking DA

As a schoolteacher for many years, I’ve had the opportunity to see people grow and mature into committed adult professionals,
I’ve seen Karen Heggen grow and mature into a committed part of our community and as a dedicated professional for more than 40 years. She has been active on many community boards and volunteered with several not for profit agencies, including Saratoga Bridges, the Charlton School and the GlobalFoundries/Town of Malta Foundation.
Karen Heggen has risen through the ranks of the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, from part time assistant to first assistant and now as our twice-elected district attorney. She has prosecuted all kinds of cases, including kidnapping, homicide, animal abuse, and assault. Karen has been recognized by her peers serving as a past president of the Saratoga County Bar Association.
Please join with me in voting for Karen Heggen on Nov. 8. I am confident that she will continue to be our trustworthy district attorney with proven experience, working hard to keep our county safe.
Diane Lange
Gansevoort

Remember all the bad Dems have done

Is everybody ready for the media explosion of anti-Republican articles and “cartoons”?
With elections getting close, the Dems will be in full swing to avoid discussing actual problems our country has and try to focus us on trivial things that have no bearing on our daily lives.
Try to bring up immigration (where have the 2 million illegal immigrants gone and who is paying for them); the border itself (may as well not be one); inflation (temporary and insignificant); oil and gas supply (buy it from OPEC instead of producing our own); schools that ignore math and science because it’s too hard; taxes going up, up, up; voting procedures that let anyone (dead or alive) vote; a president who can’t speak on his own and relies on reading the words on his teleprompter (and has difficulty with that); a vice president who hasn’t done anything at all in two years but thinks the border is secure; a Democrat-led Congress cheerfully spending trillions and trillions of dollars with no tangible benefits; debt we will never be able to repay.
Space limits the list of ridiculous things the Democrats have done and plan on doing. Please help us all — vote Republican!
Bill Denison
Burnt Hills

Ostrelich and Phillips will work for us all

All women should be concerned with Sen. Jim Tedisco’s ignorance about women’s reproductive needs.
He would take away these rights from half the population which is why I’ve voted for Michelle Ostrelich. She’s demonstrated her commitment to her community whereas Tedisco just blathers. Other than protecting puppies, Tedisco has accomplished nothing while enjoying the perks of office.
If you have any respect for the law, watching the blatant abuse of her office as Saratoga County district attorney should be enough to replace Karen Heggen. Without calling witnesses, she let off a drunk boat operator who contributed to the death of a teenager and buried this decision on Christmas Eve, knowing that it would escape coverage. She has used the power of her office to go after Black Lives Matter, only to have her flaccid attempts thrown out of court. This DA does not administer justice fairly, and she clearly is influenced by friends and family. Voters in Saratoga County should elect Michael Phillips for DA.
It’s about Justice for all, not just your friends in the GOP. We deserve fair and honest law enforcement, free of political baggage.
Vote for Michelle for state senator and Michael for district attorney. It’s about time our elected officials worked for everyone.
Polly Windels
Milton

Tedisco has delivered for Schenectady

Since Jim Tedisco was a standout athlete at Union College, he’s been there for Schenectady.
Jim Tedisco has fought to reduce sky-rocketing inflation. He has made protecting our communities from rising crime his highest priority.
Jim has also delivered for Schenectady taxpayers in a big way. Jim secured a $1 million state grant to purchase two fire trucks for our city fire department. He kept his pledge to fully fund education and foundation aid with a nearly $40 million total increase in state school aid for Schenectady city schools. Jim also got $150,000 for Schenectady school’s summer enrichment program and counseling services, $50,000 for the Weekend Backpack Program and $50,000 for the Central Park Greenhouse.
Jim passed legislation to build the new Boys & Girls Club to serve children in Mont Pleasant and Hamilton Hill, fought for justice for St. Clare’s Hospital retirees, and strongly supports Schenectady small businesses.
As a teacher, city councilman, assemblyman and senator, Jim Tedisco has worked tirelessly to ensure our voices are heard. Jim has dedicated his life to helping our children, families and communities. Jim has earned our trust and vote on Nov. 8.
Tom Kennedy
Schenectady

Muller has strong support for judge

As lifelong residents of Schenectady, we are pleased to support Supreme Court Judge Robert Muller’s re-election.
When first elected Judge Muller broke the barriers that kept any Democrat from serving in that office for over four decades. His re-election will be another first.
Judge Muller is supported by Schenectady officials that we hold in the highest regard, including Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, retired Supreme Court Judge Barry Kramer and retired City Court Judge Guido Loyola — among numerous other retired supreme, acting supreme, county, and city court judges throughout the entire region.
Such strong and important support from these public officials leaves little doubt in our minds that Judge Muller has earned the privilege to continue to be entrusted with this very important position.
We hope you will agree and re-elect Judge Robert Muller.
James and Sandra Purcell
Niskayuna

Grateful for attention to fight against polio

Thank you to Mayor Gary McCarthy and our City Council.
Oct. 24 was proclaimed World Polio Day in the city of Schenectady by Mayor McCarthy and the City Council.
The Rotary Clubs of Schenectady and Schenectady County are deeply appreciative of this recognition.
Rotary International, and over 46,000 Rotary clubs around the world, have been working tirelessly to eradicate polio and we are very close to doing so. It is very important to continue to keep the fight against polio on the forefront since the polio virus has appeared recently in downstate New York.
The state Department of Health has declared the polio virus “An imminent Threat to Public Health.”
Special thanks to Councilwoman Carmel Patrick for spearheading this proclamation.
Judy Nocera
Schenectady
The writer is Polio Plus Chair for the Rotary Club of Schenectady.

Education wins with Santabarbara’s help

As a recently retired Schalmont High School teacher, I’m proud to say that now Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara was one of my students.
His endorsement from the New York State Teachers Union for the upcoming election is reflective of his unwavering commitment to public education, especially his attention to special education needs in our community. As a teacher, that’s important to me. It’s an endorsement that’s not given but earned.
During my time at Schalmont, Angelo was a frequent visitor and was always in touch with what our needs were. With Angelo’s support and advocacy, I’m happy to see our schools getting back to the full funding of state aid that they deserve. This accomplishment was important to ensure students have the tools and support they need in school like Schalmont.
Our students, staff and teachers need more representatives like Angelo Santabarbara in office.
Mrs. Michele Freeman
Rotterdam
The writer is a retired Schalmont High School science teacher.

Can’t support Jim Tedisco any longer

I used to really like Jim Tedisco. We didn’t belong to the same party, but he seemed like a responsive and concerned legislator.
My school district was grateful that he’d attend events and express support for student programs. But he’s no longer that Jim Tedisco.
I know this because I heard him speak a couple years ago at a community event sponsored by a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.
It wasn’t a political rally – but he tried to make it one. He bashed Democrats with a vengeance I’d never before heard from him. He made derogatory comments about certain populations, and his misogyny was evident.
I walked out, letting the organizer know Tedisco’s partisan rhetoric and tone were offensive. I was so troubled that I called Tedisco’s office the next day, as his constituent, to talk about it. I told his aide why I was calling, but Tedisco never called me back. That for me was the final blow in my ability to think approvingly of him. And now his campaign is spreading lies about his opponent, in true MAGA fashion.
Our elected officials should be open to diverse points of view, especially during this divisive time. I’m supporting Michelle Ostrelich.
Patricia Nugent
Hadley

Walsh backs small businesses, families

It’s no secret, New York has been heading in the wrong direction for years.
Democratic leadership in Albany is continually failing at a time when we need strong men and women at work for us.
As a small business owner, I’ve felt the negative effects of inflation, over-regulation, and onerous fees, among other bad policies.
In Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh I’ve found a representative who is as concerned for my business as I am; she knows what’s at stake for me, for my family, and my community. In Albany, I know she advocates for change that makes sense; she sees the areas that can bring relief and pushes back against the downstate machine that is out of touch with my needs and those of other small business owners upstate.
Would any other candidate have the courage to stand up and push back?
A vote for Mary Beth is a vote for the fight we need to protect our security, small businesses and families; I don’t see any other viable option.
Rory O’Connor

Ballston Spa

Santabarbara proves love for Amsterdam

I’ve lived in Amsterdam my entire life, and I can tell you that our assemblyman, Angelo Santabarbara, is not only a fighter for our community, but he’s also a true champion.
I’ve never been interested in any politician, let alone be friends with one. That is, until I met Angelo Santabarbara. He’s a military guy, serving our country right out of high school. As a politician, I’ve never seen anybody like him. He truly works for us, the people. What I mean by that is that he’s not sitting around in an office, he’s in our city with the people, in our neighborhoods where people live, and on the streets where he can see things for himself.
Angelo listens to what our city needs and does whatever it takes to get things done. I see him supporting our sheriff, police and fire departments, helping at the Amen Soup Kitchen, supporting fundraisers for youth sports and visiting our schools. For our community, he brought funding for new basketball courts at Veterans Park, the city pool house and the indoor gym project at the Creative Connections Clubhouse. I love our city and I know Angelo does too.
Tommy Marcellino
Amsterdam

 

 

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71 Comments

ANTHONY J SANTO

Now, the husband of the Speaker of the House has been attacked and beaten in his home. The attacker was likely a fascist MAGA thug. Is this the beginning of a new era of violent aggression by MAGA fascist domestic terrorists? Maybe this will wake some up to the seriousness of the threat to our daily lives that fanatical devotion to one man, “The Chosen One”, brings.

Steven Flynn

Was the attacker a fascist MAGA thug or not? I guess you’ve forgotten about Steve Scalise being shot by a crazed Bernie supporter? Violence is wrong no matter what someones politics are but I see what you’re trying to do.

ANTHONY J SANTO

I said likely, and it is likely. If you objectively weigh the violence and threats of violence on the side of MAGA supporters, Trump himself, and white supremacist groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, you might find it outweighs violence perpetrated by leftists.

Do you remember when Trump told the Proud Boys to stand back and stand by? Do you realize he allowed the crowd vandalizing the Capitol and threatening the lives of his own V.P., Nancy Pelosi and other legislators to continue for hours when he could have stopped it at any time? Are you aware that he wanted to join the mob he incited and only the intervention of the Secret Service (his body guard) prevented him from doing so? Finally read this exchange between Trump and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt and commentary from CNN. He had been asked what would happen if he were indicted:

“Trump: I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it. And as you know, if a thing like that happened, I would have no prohibition against running. You know that. You’ve already stated that.

Hewitt: I do. That’s what I wanted people to understand. That would not take you out of the arena.

Trump: It would not. But I think if it happened, I think you’d have problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before. I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it.

Hewitt: What kind of problems, Mr. President.

Trump: I think they’d have big problems, big problems. I just don’t think they’d stand for it. They will not, they will not sit still and stand for this ultimate of hoaxes.”

It’s impossible to read those lines from the former President without this context: We are less than two years removed from a mob storming the US Capitol over the false belief that the election that had been stolen from Trump. A crowd, it’s worth noting, that Trump had told earlier in the day: “We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

Hewitt, sensing that Trump had wandered into dangerous territory, tried to clean things up for the former President. “You know that the legacy media will say you’re attempting to incite violence with that statement,” Hewitt said.

To which Trump responded: “That’s not, that’s not inciting. I’m just saying what my opinion is. I don’t think the people of this country would stand for it.”

(Sidebar: The dictionary definition of “incitement” is: “the action of provoking unlawful behavior or urging someone to behave unlawfully.” )

What Trump’s answers to Hewitt suggest is that he hasn’t learned the lessons of January 6 – or anything close to it.

Words have power – especially when uttered by a former President who still retains a very loyal following across the country.

But this, of course, is the game that Trump always plays. He didn’t expressly say that there would (or should) be violence if he were indicted. He simply said that “you’d have problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before.”

His intent, to any neutral observer, seems crystal clear. Trump is always just vague enough to give himself some plausible deniability. But what’s startlingly obvious to anyone paying attention is that Trump wants everyone to know that there would be consequences to prosecuting him – and they could be dire.

That sort of flirting with violence (or even the specter of violence) isn’t leadership. It’s the opposite.

Steven Flynn

…..and on cue, a liberal propagandist blames this on Trump. Your comparisons are ridiculous and inciteful. There’s heated rhetoric on both sides, violence on both sides, stop with the “well republicans do it more than democrats” it’s a very poor argument. How about whoever did this is a sicko that needs to be jailed for a long time. Political violence is wrong and dangerous no matter which party the suspect follows. Pelosi’s husband is attacked and you automatically blame it on a “MAGA” person, no facts, nothing, just a useless accusation that incites people. Then you write a big long story about Jan. 6. You sir are part of the problem in my opinion.

ANTHONY J SANTO

They are neither “ridiculous” nor “inciteful”. They are based on facts and solid evidence. I think they are upsetting you so much because they are forcing you to think about your (apparent) support for the MAGA movement.

You should stop insulting people’s intelligence by trying to make some equivalency between the MAGA Republicans and all other sane Americans.

David DePape identified as the attacker, and based on internet presence, full-on MAGA. As a reminder, the Republican Party itself is full-on MAGA.

And this is what’s called inciting violence:
“…knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell …. I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise.”
Donald Trump, February, 2016
Cedar Rapids, IO

As a review of the video shows, Trump is not smiling or chuckling as if this was intended as a joke.

Ignatious P. Reilly

How we know it wasn’t the speaker of the house beating him? How do we know this wasn’t a set up opportunity for the liberal community to bash “Trumpers”? Did CNN tell you? Just wondering why the jump to a conclusion that would help bolster your arguments.

geri krawitz

anthony always getting to the heart of the matter. really a maga person it is the dems antifa and their supporters who randomly assault. this person may have been let in by pelosi and do they not have even a basic security system? to be assaulted with a hammer how much does it take to call police if you hear a noise and he cant fight back?
he can drive drunk and survive the pelosis made milions insider trading because of her position spend some on security ooh maga

Steven Flynn

Mary. Most all of the gun violence locally and across the country is committed by young males between the ages of 15 and 44 and the guns are illegally owned. What gun laws has Kathy Hochul passed that’s going to address the “real gun problem”? To fact check me, like your liberal friends like to do, research the last 50 – 100 shootings in the capital district. How many of those were committed by a young male? How many were illegally owned guns? The answer is most every one of them and it happens over and over. Downtown Schenectady, Troy, and Albany is where most of the shootings are occurring locally. Why hasn’t her gun laws stopped or put a dent into this? Which specific law is designed to stop the almost daily shootings in our area with illegally owned guns?

Ignatious P. Reilly

So certainly, the progressive way would be to remove any and all guns from any and all responsible, non-crime committing, licensed owners. While refusing to prosecute the guilty. That way the criminals couldn’t have guns, you see. Constitution? Where? Hmmm. I may run for a liberal office of some kind. With logic like this, I could be President.

Where do you think they got those guns?
On 10/21 Calamity Jane’s Guns was burglarized and while they caught the perps, as of last night’s news 31 weapons were still missing. Stolen from “responsible gun owners”.
How many of those illegal guns used in gun violence incidents were stolen from “responsible gun owners”, or “good guys with guns”?

Pew research reported that more people kill themselves with a firearm than are murdered by a gun. The gun is an elegant and expedient way to dispatch someone, multiple someones, or yourself. No thought needed! Instant gratification, right?

Ignatious P. Reilly

Oh stop it, Chuck. The vast majority of those guns are bought from arms dealers in other countries….. and guess what Chuck…..coming across the southern border! How do you like that? Amazing isn’t it? Every gun owner in America would have had to have all their guns stolen on a daily basis to supply that many weapons . Come on, Man. Use your head for something besides a hat rack.

Here Hatrack, just for you. Now get an education.

Shortened version:
The South accounts for 37% of US households, 43% of gun owners, and two-thirds of all gun thefts.
Conclusions: We estimate that there are approximately 250,000 gun theft incidents per year, with about 380,000 guns stolen. We find that certain types of gun owners-who own many guns, who carry guns, and who do not store guns safely-are at higher risk to have their guns stolen. Tracing data show that states in the South are exporters of crime guns used in other states. Our survey results find that the majority of guns stolen in the US come from the South.

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Abstract
Background: Gun theft is an important source of guns used by criminals. Yet no empirical work has focused on the characteristics of gun owners that distinguish those who have had their guns stolen from those who have not.
In this study, we examine the demographics and behavioral characteristics of gun owners who report having had a gun stolen.
Methods: Data come from a nationally representative probability-based online survey conducted in April 2015, with a linked follow-up survey in November 2015 that asked gun owners about any theft of their guns in the past 5 years.
Results: Of 1,604 gun-owning respondents, 2.4% (95% CI 1.6,3.6) reported that one or more guns had been stolen, with a mean number of guns stolen per theft of 1.5 (95% CI 1.0,2.0]. Risk factors for having a gun stolen were owning 6 or more guns, owning guns for protection, carrying a gun in the past month, storing guns unsafely, and living in the South region of the United States. The South accounts for 37% of US households, 43% of gun owners, and two-thirds of all gun thefts.
Conclusions: We estimate that there are approximately 250,000 gun theft incidents per year, with about 380,000 guns stolen. We find that certain types of gun owners-who own many guns, who carry guns, and who do not store guns safely-are at higher risk to have their guns stolen. Tracing data show that states in the South are exporters of crime guns used in other states. Our survey results find that the majority of guns stolen in the US come from the South.
harvardDOTedu/bitstream/handle/1/32630640/5385318.pdf?sequence=1

Ignatious P. Reilly

Dear J Clark, 124 – this is in reference to your yesterday post.
Please feel free to copy it and print it to study:

Democrat Agenda:

-Run people, including illegals and felons with no voting rights, back and forth to
polling places in busses, voting repeatedly and taking free handouts
that ‘aren’t’ illegal payments for illegally voting repeatedly democrat.
Have thugs with bats and knives ‘encouraging’ non-democrats not to vote. Have
dead people fill out ballots, you know, to undermine our elections.

-Back incompetent, lying, immoral candidates no matter what, (Pelosi, AOC, Schumer,
Tonko, BIDEN, etc) Is old Nancy flying her 40 million dollar, 6000 dollars an hour “Green” Jet you paid for back to CA right now? Oh, she is?

-Continue to take away females’ liberties (yet promote individual freedoms)
OK I agree with this one because, well, it is true that some are trying to do that, and it
is very wrong.

-Continue vigilante tactics against citizens.
……….What? BLM anyone? The knockout game? Hit Granny with a Brick? Gang drive by shootings killing 4 year old girls…..but we
wouldn’t want to be racist and imprison the scum would we?

-Back Putin by not supporting Ukraine.
Ukraine is not our business. Ukraine is not a NATO country. The US has zero
business interfering.

-Impeach Biden for “whatever” as revenge (and others in the administration)
Or impeach him for his illegal dealings with China, his obvious mental incapacity, his
encouraging countless people to illegally invade the country he is sworn to protect,
emptying the strategic oil reserves, his big tough-man talk to Pukein (come ON Corn
Pop) that could very well incite nuclear war

-Sunset Social Security and Medicare
oh please

-Continue tax breaks for the wealthy
Good! I could use some! I probably pay more in taxes than you make, J Clark 124.
That’s if you even have a real job.

-Shut down and default gov’t to get their way
Completely unlike the progressive liberals, yeah….OK

-Refuse to compromise or work together–just BLOCK any progress
Completely unlike the progressive liberals, yeah….OK

-Deregulate protections for the environment & promote oil
Let’s hope so. Somebody needs to be an adult and admit “green” is a moneymaking
scheme that politicians are benefitting from. It is not happening, ever, and will
Do nothing besides punishing the working people for trying to go to work, deliver
products to stores, run farms so you have food or heat their houses or have
electricity over a pipe dream inspired by too much weed and acid in the 60s. “Control
the people by controlling their money” – Lenin

-Take away negotiating drug costs
Again, oh please.

-Attack breaks for ordinary Americans (student debt) while they TAKE
Please explain again why I, who paid MY loans off, should be responsible for paying
YOUR loan off? I don’t get that. Why are you getting 10 – 20 grand
for avoiding your responsibilities and defaulting on loans? The amount of money it
cost me to go to college was also a big financial burden, but not being a whiny
entitled liberal, I paid back the money I borrowed without sobbing, crying or asking
Mommy to GIVE me the money. Was it easy? HELL NO, but it was right. I honored my
agreement at whatever cost. Progressives should try that sometime.

-Gun proliferation with even 18 year olds buying weapons of war
Welp, if they can have their privates shredded by shrapnel fighting a war in some
god-forsaken POS country the US has no business in, I guess they can have a gun,
huh?
PS no civilian can legally obtain a “weapon of war” proving yet again you have NO
idea what you are talking about.
Oh ‘insurrection’, sorry.

-Appoint Jim Jordan, MT Greene, and other wingnuts to important committees (45 as
Speaker?)
I don’t know who these people are. Therefore, I do not care, but is the alternative better? I am guessing no…..

-Take away healthcare
Again, OH PLEASE, I believe whatever good healthcare anyone had was ruined by the
brilliant (for the drug and insurance companies bank accounts, anyway)
“Affordable” health care plan. How blind are you?

-Take credit and lie to constituents about popular policies that they voted against
Wait, you are confusing the democrats with republicans in your blind smug rage.
Please try to make sense in the future. Thank you.

-Weaken NATO as they support 45 and other dictators
I wasn’t aware “45” was a dictator as he is not in charge of any country, therefore by definition cannot be a dictator.

-McConnell actually said they would reveal agenda AFTER the election
Didn’t someone say they would ‘have to pass O’Bama care so they could see what
was in it”?
And then lie, and lie and lie about ‘savings’ and ‘keeping your doctor’ and oh, incidentally, ‘Trayvon could be MY son’.
So again, oh please.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Libel and nonsense, not worth responding to. But good for you that you are in the top 1%; they got most of the money in Trump’s $2 trillion dollar tax cut. I now understand better why you post what you do. But with that kind of money I am surprised you aren’t able to spread your message to more people than look at this site. BTW, are you a secret billionaire? I don’t think (I could be wrong) that your real name is Ignatius P. Reilly, the main character in “A Confederacy of Dunces”. But he was a pretentious, bloviating, blowhard much like the politicians you adore.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Nothing you have ever said has influenced me to do anything but rebut your point of view and/or point out your failure to support said point of view.

Bill Denison I guess an insurrection at the Capitol the cradle of our Democracy isn’t one of your “real issues” Also taking a woman’s right to choose isn’t a “real issue” either. And Trump putting 8 trillion on our debt by cutting taxes for the rich and corps which did nothing but let them buy back their stock isn’t a “real issue”…I ask once again this question about inflation and gas prices how was it caused by Biden? Trump was handed a great economy. Biden was handed a big mess…and now it is showing sign of recovery.

Mr Flynn do you ever cite your claims on guns? All you stated were republican talking points with no actual data. Trump says “I hear or read it somewhere” and you people buy it ….No one wants to outlaw all guns, They just want to make sure people who get them are responsible owners. Young adults can get a gun license easier that getting a Drivers License for god sakes

Mr Flynn I don’t agree with anything that doesn’t cite where their information came from..Was it a right leaning source a left leaning source or a neutral source. Repeating someone else’s claims without a source is meaningless.

Steven Flynn

This is an opinion page is it not? My opinion obviously upset you yet you wont say what part of it is not true. I’ll ask again, what part of what I wrote is false?

ANTHONY J SANTO

Opinions should be based on facts and supported by evidence or they are worthless. I believe that is what Guy is saying. If I am wrong, I’m sure he will correct me.

ANTHONY J SANTO

In my opinion we have created a “gun-loving culture” in this country due to pressure from NRA lobbyists who represent the gun industry, not you. Your posts are evidence of this. Further evidence is the Christmas cards sent out by Bohbert and other gun lovers depicting their preteen children with assault rifles. Jesus would love that. Ted Cruz put out a TV ad in which he ate bacon that he had wrapped around the barrel of an assault rifle and cooked by firing the rifle, thus heating the barrel. No one is trying to take appropriate arms away from those responsible and mentally healthy people who want them for personal protection, target shooting, or hunting.

However, since all mass shooters I know of were equipped with assault rifles and clips with enough bullets to facilitate their cruel mission, shouldn’t we consider banning such arms and ammunition? Are background checks, competency in fire arms tests, and mental health unreasonable restrictions?

The ease of obtaining firearms in this country is responsible for the high incidence of gun violence, much higher than occurs most other countries. Once in circulation it is easy for criminals and wannabe killers to get their hands on them.

Steven Flynn

None of what u just wrote has anything to do with what I said. Focus. Read it again and address it directly. The original writer mentions how Hochul is passing gun laws to help curb gun violence, thats the subject here in case u need to be reminded.

ANTHONY J SANTO

I am focused and I am responding with fact-based opinions and, of course, what I wrote has everything to do with what you said which expressed concern about the high level of gun violence in this country. I argued my view as to why this is so. It is your turn to respond to what I wrote, not simply and untruthfully deny its relevance.

So, you don’t really have a valid point to make. You do this just for attention?
If you’re not willing to support your opinion it’s just passing gas in a hurricane.

Ignatious P. Reilly

Guy, where are these ‘signs’ you speak of? I just paid 40 dollars for bird seed. When the devil incarnate was in office it was 16 dollars. That’s quite an improvement.

You must have missed the GDP to 2.65 % and employment being very low and wages ticking up …positive indicators of heading to a recovery

geri krawitz

guy on month of mediocre growth will not make up for 2 years of goverment inadequacy. inflation still at highest in 40 years and really very high at 8.4 as to 1.4 when trump left office of course its ot real nancy said its just the usual cost of living. dont you fell good being governed and your life being determined by people who are so mentally unfit

Here geri, because you sound like someone who appreciates the truth:

Current International inflation rates
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Country Last Previous
United States 8.2% 8.3%
Mexico 8.7% 8.7%
Euro Area 9.9% 9.1%
United Kingdom 10.1% 9.9%

So Joe Biden’s responsible for all these?

Ignatious P. Reilly

Anthony, according to you Presidential actions have no effect on anything. Unless it’s a Democrat then everything he does shines in the limelight of greatness.
Let me dumb this down for you and the other progressive libs here. Biden makes idiotic “green” policies. Biden stops domestic drilling amd pipelines. Gasoline, aviation fuel, Diesel and Kerosene become stupidly expensive. All goods and services in this country require, in some form, the use of fossil fuels. When their costs go up, they don’t eat it, the cost goes to the consumer. Therefore, the President and his decisions have EVERYTHING to do with high or low costs. Then you throw in the democratic crack habit of printing money willy nilly, devaluing the dollar and you get what we now have.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Wrong again. A movement towards green renewable energy is essential to saving our planet and the future of life on it. We will run out of fossil fuels at some time in the future if we don’t first choke to death, roast to death, drown as sea levels rise, or die as a result of increasingly powerful storms or starvation as arable land disappears. As Chuck has pointed out, much of the increase in the price of fossil fuels is due to supply-chain problems and corporate greed. It is no secret to those who will open their eyes that corporations are taking advantage of inflation to jack their prices up. If you don’t believe it, look at recent reported profits by energy corporations.

The president’s decision are very consequential. Women lost control over their wombs as a result of the people Trump selected to serve on the Supreme Court. We got involved in the Iraq War as a result of Bush’s decision to tell a lie, that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. I never said that “Presidential actions have no effect on anything.” I don’t know where you came up with that. Why do you think I care who becomes president?
It’s not like I’m a member of a cult of personality. I just want what’s best for Americans and future generations.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Also, the dollar is becoming stronger, not weaker, as a result of the FED raising interest rates to fight inflation. Look into it if you don’t believe me.

You’re really not here for anything but attention either, are you?

I’ve already posted the news that oil companies had chosen NOT to drill, not to process because they were making money hand over fist over the inflated prices from what? Higher demand. From not producing.

Oil companies’ profits were in the triple digits, and as high as 300% Q1-2022 versus Q1-2021. This ON TOP of billions (also very well documented) in various government subsidies.

How about doing everyone a favor, stop your tap-dancing for a minute and learning something.
You’re wrong, just as you’re wrong and misinformed about nearly everything else you so confidently foul up here.

I bet it’s higher in the UK, or Australia. Do you think Joe Biden should go over and fix them too? Or is something only Donald Trump could do?
Inflation is global, as any aware adult knows. But still it’s Joe Biden’s fault. Got it.

ANTHONY J SANTO

With all the money you make (see your post above to JClark) I am truly shocked that the price of birdseed is so important to you.

ANTHONY J SANTO

To those who don’t want to plow through IPR’s lengthy post, I am referring to this statement from IPR in response to a fear expressed by JClark about more tax breaks proposed by MAGA politicians for the wealthy:

“Good! I could use some! I probably pay more in taxes than you make, J Clark 124.
That’s if you even have a real job.”

ANTHONY J SANTO

Who else is having a hard time with the price of bird seed? I thought people were having trouble with medical costs; that is why Democrats, unlike Republicans, don’t think the government should pay whatever big pharm wants. In case you are unaware, the Democrats want to give Medicare the right to negotiate with big pharm in setting drug prices and stand for the continuation of Medicare and Social Security. They fought tooth and nail against Republican attempts to end Obamacare. One of the last reasonable Republicans saved us from that with a big thumbs down. Do you know that Senator’s name? He is the one Trump disparaged by saying he liked American soldiers who were not captured in war more than those who were. Remember Trump, Captain Bonespur, who stayed out of Vietnam with a phony medical excuse? Who also said his personal Vietnam was avoiding AIDS? Remember that?

People are also concerned about the price of other necessities like food and affordable utilities, and clean water. But bird seed? I don’t think so.

As to your other post (just above this one). You have no idea what JClark makes so how the hell do you know that you pay more in taxes than he earns? Please answer that one. What am I saying, you won’t.

WHERE IS NANCY? Sound familiar, maga supporters? It wasn’t hard to deduce that 45s dangerous rhetoric from the start has encouraged the loons! Yes, there have always been incidents on both sides, but our former thug president gladly lights the match. Add that to a pandemic and gun cult and we’ve got the perfect storm…
But the rise in violence is all Biden’s fault! Not!

Florida2015

Those high Biden gas prices sure don’t hurt GM. Call in July with annalists CEO said this. GM said demand remains strong for its vehicles.

“Right now, we can’t build enough full-size trucks and SUVs,” CEO Mary Barra told analysts Tuesday. “A lot of these vehicles, we have customers waiting for them.”

I know your “high Biden gas prices” was tongue-in-cheek and is a MAGA Republican mindless myth, and I offer the following to support your comment:

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The Guardian, Fri 13 May 2022

The tumult of war and climate breakdown has proved lucrative for the world’s leading oil and gas companies, with financial records showing 28 of the largest producers made close to $100bn in combined profits in just the first three months of 2022.
Buoyed by oil commodity prices that soared following the turmoil caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, major fossil fuel businesses enjoyed a bonanza in the first quarter of the year, making $93.3bn in total profits.
Shell made $9.1bn in profit from January to March, almost three times what it made in the same period last year, while Exxon raked in $8.8bn, also a near threefold increase on 2021.
Chevron upped its profits to $6.5bn and BP reveled in its highest first-quarter profits in a decade, making $6.2bn. Coterra Energy, a Texas-based firm, had the largest relative windfall of the 28 companies, with a 449% increase in profits on last year, to $818m.

Ignatious P. Reilly

Buoyed by oil commodity prices that soared following the turmoil caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Exactly. And without a weak president making mentally incompetent decisions, Russia likely wouldn’t have invaded the Ukraine. Say what you want about Trump, or the Bush people or even Clinton, but this would not be happening on their watches. You can’t change that fact with any amount of your liberal “reasoning”. Also of course the oil companies are reaping huge profits by raping the public. Duh. It’s what they do. With the blessing of the government.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Trump said Putin was “savvy” and a “genius” in his planning and execution of the Ukraine invasion. He also delayed military aid to Ukraine in 2020 because President Zelenskyy would not cave in to his attempt to extort dirt on the man he knew would win in a fair election, Joe Biden, who is more knowledgeable about government and a more caring person than Trump could ever be.

Earlier you said we shouldn’t care about Ukraine because Ukraine is not a member of NATO. Could you clarify your position?

Florida2015

Excert
Ten of the last eleven recessions have occurred under the direction of Republican economic policy. And history does repeat itself. Look at the three greatest slowdowns in US economic history, 1929, 1982, 2008, all three were attributed to poor economic and tight credit policy, all three featured deregulation and lack of oversight of the financial markets, and all three were presided over by a Republican President.

https://www.opednews.com/articles/A-HISTORY-OF-RECESSION-IN-by-mike-kohr-090213-845.html

Give Obama and Trump as pass as no recession occurred on there watch, Since there is no agreement if we are currently in a recession, it’s 10 Rebublican administrations vs one Democrat administration. If Biden does get tagged with one its 2 Democrats v 10 Republicans. Feel free to prove any part of the article as not accurate if you read the complete article.

ANTHONY J SANTO

I’ll second that! Why not join the discussion? I love reading and thinking about diverse points of view, as dreadful as some may be, so another poster is always welcome.

Steven Flynn Anthony is correct opinions should be backed up by facts. Some people have an opinion that the world is flat or we didn’t land on the moon or that Trump was a great president are some examples of opinions that are based on delusions….none of which makes them factual

Mr Flynn I was responding to you question if your opinion “upset” me. It didn’t …It made me feel pity for you that you have fallen into the Trump pit of despair …I for one have faith that good will eventually will overcome what our country is going through now….People will come to their senses. I just worry about the cost of the temporary insanity that has hovered over our country for the last 7 years. Peace be with you

Bill Marincic

Guy, to say Trump was not a great President is what is delusional. If covid didn’t hit us he would still be our President and I could actually retire next year, I will probably now have to work another five years to be able to retire in comfort thanks to Biden and the democrats spending money like a drunken sailor.

Are you worried about the price of Bird Seed too like Ignatious P. Reilly? You are right about the pandemic …But left you Trump mismanaging the pandemic …He had a good chance of winning…..but he screwed up the pandemic response ..bigly

Bill Marincic

Steve is right, whoever attacked Paul Pelosi is a nutcase. My question is this, who called the police for a welfare check and they show up at the exact same time he is starting to get beat? Sounds awful fishy to me.

ANTHONY J SANTO

As moderator, I must occasionally take the opposition side. IT HAD TO BE ANTIFA! Just as they were responsible for 1/6 (until they weren’t) they are responsible for all domestic violence until you prove otherwise. Actually the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are just front men for Antifa. When will you misguided liberals ever learn the importance of “alternative facts”?

It’s already been reported that as soon as he knew there was an imtruder he dialed 911 and laid the phone down so tbe operator could hear everything. The operator called in the wellness check.
Curses! Another conspiracy theory goes down in flames!
You’re 0 and, what, 35 now? But keep trying. Someday you’ll stumble on something juicy.

ANTHONY J SANTO

From Wikipedia:

Since 1981, federal budget deficits have increased under Republican presidents Reagan, both Bushes and Trump, while deficits have declined under Democratic presidents Clinton and Obama.

Everything is a conspiracy with you people. What are you implying, that Paul Pelosi smashed himself in the head with a hammer to boost turnout in the election lmao. Or the Dems hired a lunatic to break into his house so they could blame it on Trump? Your ignorance and shamelessness knows no bounds!

WHERE IS NANCY? Sound familiar, maga supporters? It wasn’t hard to deduce that 45s dangerous rhetoric from the start has encouraged the loons! Yes, there have always been incidents on both sides, but our former thug president gladly lights the match. Add that to a pandemic and gun cult and we’ve got the perfect storm…
But the rise in violence is all Biden’s fault! Not!

THREATS AGAINST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS UP 144% from 2017–2021.

Source: US Capitol Police

Hmmm…geez, that must be just coincidence. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PRESIDENT SPREADS LIES!

ANTHONY J SANTO

How desperate Trump’s enablers are becoming. I’ll bet Graham wishes he had remained a critic instead of becoming just one more Trump sycophant. At one point during the Republican primaries in 2015 he said Trump would ruin the Republican party and called him a kook and a bigot. Now read this and see how he responded to Fanni Wilson’s subpoena in her investigation of Trump’s attempt to corrupt the 2020 election result in Georgia:

October 28, 2022 Republicans, Trump cultists

Law & Crime reports:

Attorneys for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Friday submitted a reply brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case which seeks to excuse him from testifying about his telephone calls surrounding the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

In the reply brief, Graham reiterated the argument that he “shall not be questioned.”

The reply brief continued to lean into what it described as “two neutral doctrines of constitutional law: Speech or Debate Clause immunity” and “and sovereign immunity” as reasons to shut down Graham’s requested testimony in Georgia. Ask yourself what he is trying to hide:

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