Name a month for Native Americans
I do not understand all the garbage about schools having to change their sports teams’ nicknames because they refer to the American Indians.
It is meant to honor them, not disgrace them.
I do not believe that the vast majority of Indians are offended by it in any way.
I think it is only because of the “panty-waist” liberals trying to do another of their feel-good things.
And, why don’t we have a “Native American” month to honor the people we stole this country from — including the land that you and I call home?
According to Wikipedia, there are 84 different peoples, health issues and organizations, etc. that have months dedicated to them. May has the most with 17.
Stop trying to change and/or erase history and name at least one month to honor the people we treated so horribly.
I am descended from both German and Native American grandparents.
Waite is a welcome addition to Gazette
Andrew Waite — the best thing to happen to The Gazette since Carl Strock and Sara Foss.
Put more limits on the use of firearms
I would like to see the government and the Supreme Court take action on the senseless killing by putting restrictions on the use of guns.
First, there should be liability insurance for each gun sold.
Renewals and inspection. Title and tag of gun owner and point of sale.
Just like when you own a car, the younger you are, the higher the cost for insurance.
I see no need for high-powered rifles, and they should be banned completely.
We need to end the money trail from the gun lobby and protect our young.
Allegiance is to God and the Constitution
I have seen many presidents come and go.
Richard Nixon had to leave in disgrace because of his Watergate scandals but was conveniently pardoned by his vice president, Gerald Ford.
Then President Ronald Reagan swapped hostages with arms; the Iran-Contra scandals. He got away with it because Col. Oliver North took the blame and Reagan conveniently said that he didn’t recall anything.
Then there was President Bill Clinton with his sex scandal in the White House. He got away with his sexual escapades because it was established that his affair with Monica Lewinsky wasn’t against the Constitution.
I agreed with that decision. Nevertheless, he should have been fired because that’s what would have happened if he was a policeman, a teacher and/or any other public representative.
Then came President George W. Bush, who took the United States to war in Iraq and Afghanistan with lies.
Finally, there’s President Donald Trump; the most divisive, controversial U.S. president who has yet to concede his re-election loss, was impeached twice, lied about election results, incited an insurrection that caused five policemen to die and over 140 people to be wounded, caused millions in damage to the U.S. Capitol and who continues spreading hate, division and the Big Lie.
As a Catholic-Christian and a retired U.S. veteran, my allegiance isn’t to any political party and neither to any type of earthly leader, but only to God and the U.S. Constitution, even if it means losing someone’s online friendship. True friendship isn’t based on political ideas and/or leaders.
Ottavio Lo Piccolo
Alternative mottos to ‘New Schenectady’
I have a lot of respect for Neil Golub and am grateful for all he has done for Schenectady. But “New Schenectady” doesn’t capture it.
Rebranding can be very tricky. I’d like to offer another suggestion:
SCHENECTADY NY’s City of Ideas, Arts – Innovation – Science.
“The City of Ideas” encompasses the power behind the city’s renaissance and its history. It is motivational. It is fresh. It will last.
Not many can make that claim, but Schenectady can.
Melinda Morris Perrin
Sad, but confident about St. Clare’s relief
I hope that the St. Clare’s Hospital retirees will finally be able to have their day in court.
All the retirees have been through such an unbelievable amount of stress due to the St. Clare’s Hospital pension collapse.
Life has taught me that you can’t control someone’s loyalty. No matter how good you are to them, it doesn’t mean they’ll treat you the same.
No matter how much they mean to you, it doesn’t mean they’ll value you the same. Sometimes the people you trust the most, turn out to be the people you can trust the least.
I still get sad about everything that happened; every now and then it just hits me. Sometimes it takes days for me to get over it.
The St. Clare’s Hospital retirees have all earned our respect, while the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and the St. Clare’s Hospital have lost our respect.
I have faith in the state attorney general’s lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, its leadership and others, for their negligent and intentional actions that deprived more than 1,100 former employees of St. Clare’s Hospital of their pensions.
I feel very strongly that the attorney general will win the lawsuit, and I feel very confident the money will go to the retirees.
Walter “Neal” Brazell
Help a child in need; be a foster parent
Picture this: Your phone rings, and the caller says a child, who you’ve never met, needs a place to stay.
You’re nervous, but you’re ready. You know this child needs help. You’ve received the training, and your support team has your back. You’re a foster parent and are ready to make a difference.
I’m a Foster Care Home Finder for Northern Rivers Family of Services in Schenectady.
I work with people throughout the Capital District to find and support foster homes for local kids who need a safe place to heal and grow.
I’m lucky to currently work with more than 30 families who are willing to answer that call and consider opening their homes to someone in need.
These foster families are part of the local community. It is important to recognize them for what they give and do. They undergo a strict screening process, countless hours of training, and treat hurting children with grace, compassion, wisdom, and love.
They keep foster children near their homes, families, and support systems. They provide calm in the storm and even smile through the tears when a foster youth is reunited with their birth family.
To all our foster parents — thank you! If you’ve ever wondered about being a foster parent, there’s no better place to do it than with Northern Rivers.
You can give me a call at 518-257-2919, visit www.northernriversfostercare.org, or visit our Facebook page @northernriversfostercare for more information.
Government must take action on guns
Veterans who “gave their life” for their country are justly revered.
What recognition can we offer victims of gun violence?
The scourge of random death by gun, a problem far worse than inflation, taxes, schools, or elections, is unlike any I have witnessed in over 90 years. A contaminated food killing citizens, a defective vehicle or appliance causing injury or death, would instantly initiate recall and/or ban of sale and use. But guns? The wimpy excuse is “Well, the Constitution allows them.”
What underlies the problem? Disrespect for life. Without respect for human life, we face a sad world, living, as it were, “the law of the jungle.”
What has suddenly brought this about? Covid? Instant world news? Copycat effect? The internet? Social media? Saddening revelations of misconduct shattering credibility in our religion or in disciplined groups like scouting or the military?
Or is it murderers such as Putin who, contrary to rules of warfare written to protect non-combatant civilians, will order killing any number to sate his ego?
We may not know the answer, but it is clear it is time for the government to act.
As a bare minimum, a federal Department of Firearms is overdue.
Like a DMV, it would raise money and establish control.
The time and cost of compliance might even discourage non-essential gun ownership and rein in, if not cure, the problem.
Christopher G. MacDermot
Call Spa City problem what it is: violence
The Gazette Nov. 29 headline “Hearings to address rowdiness issues” [in Saratoga Springs] should have read “Hearings to address violence.”
The Oxford Dictionary defines “rowdiness” as “behavior that involves making a lot of noise and is likely to cause trouble.”
That’s not what’s been happening in my city. People have been attacked, shot, stabbed, with one being pushed so forcefully to the sidewalk that he died, and let’s not forget the riot which occurred a few years back.
That’s not “rowdiness,” that is “violence.” It is irresponsible of The Daily Gazette to minimize the danger by labeling these acts of violence as “rowdiness.”
Words matter. Journalists, of all people, should know this.
Those of us who still purchase and read newspapers deserve insightful reporting — real journalism.
Like making the connection that local elected officials and citizens have tried to reduce crime by enacting sensible gun safety laws and closing bars early, both of which Republican-run Saratoga County has opposed.
And then when election time rolls around, the Republicans blame the Democrats for “the rise in crime.”
As a retired licensed social worker with 30-plus years of experience, I can tell you that if you don’t honestly name a problem, you can’t fix it. The Daily Gazette has some excellent reporters and editors.
I expect and deserve better from this newspaper.
Liberal Gazette needs to stop gaslighting
All Gazette readers need to know the definition of gaslighting so they will realize what The Gazette is doing.
“Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which the abuser attempts to sow self-doubt and confusion in their victim’s mind.
Typically, gaslighters are seeking to gain power and control over the other person, by distorting reality and forcing them to question their own judgment and intuition.”
So when you see the disgusting cartoons of the evil elephants (Republicans), representing lies or extreme exaggerations, it’s gaslighting.
When you read the slanted articles written by extreme liberals, stating lies and exaggerations, it’s gaslighting. When they publish glowing articles about Biden and the Democrats, it’s gaslighting.
Inflation is not a problem and is temporary. Gaslighting. The border is secure, and millions of illegal aliens pose no problem. Gaslighting. Massacres should force gun control. Gaslighting (in 2021, 0.06% of gun deaths were due to “massacres.”)
Joe Biden and his family are all wonderful law-abiding people. Gaslighting. Trump is a horrible person who wants to destroy democracy. Gaslighting (he did more for the American public than anyone else in a very long time.)
I wish The Gazette would publish balanced articles, based on real facts and not opinions masquerading as facts. But they don’t. They are extremely liberal, like most media is.
I’m not sure why. Just open your eyes, look around and form your own opinions based on facts.
Just don’t look here for the information, or you will be gaslighted.
Niskayuna Dems must dump Ostrelich
I’m a highly disappointed Niskayuna Democrat.
While our party performed well in much of the country, our town was the exception.
This was unfortunately due to division within the party that has been driven by two-time failed candidate Michelle Ostrelich.
After endorsing primary challenges against over 20 Democratic committeemen, self-destructively splitting the party to the detriment of her own candidacy, Ostrelich ran one of the worst campaigns I have ever seen.
Rather than saying a peep about the economy, Ostrelich hung her hat on convincing us that Jim Tedisco was a threat to democracy. A man who has served for decades and always conceded defeats.
Rather than offering a plan to improve Schenectady County, Ostrelich denigrated our communities at out-of-town events.
Rather than working with fellow Democrats, Ostrelich’s field director, Niskayuna Democratic Chair Tina Lee focused the party apparatus on Ostrelich alone, denying vital support to the rest of the ticket.
Voters rejected Ostrelich, and she was the worst performing Democrat in every single Niskayuna precinct. With her county Legislature seat up next fall, it’s time for Democrats to move on from division, move on from two-time failed candidates, and move on from Michelle Ostrelich.
Vance book offers thoughts on change
Read J.D. Vance’s, “Hillbilly Elegy.” Volunteering at the Whitney Book Store run by the Friends of SCPL, I have access to books. Some are adult fiction, some history. A fewer number are memoirs, like Vance’s book, supposedly, true wanderings through a life.
I read the Vance book because my Boston-born sister now lives in West Virginia among people who qualify as Vance’s “hillbillies.” Early on, anyway.
He “did good,” as the expression is, unlike most of his extended family.
In the conclusion of this book, Vance suggests that his people might want to change their culture.
He says, “We hillbillies are the toughest people on earth.” But then he asked the question, “Are we tough enough to build a church” to ground children in kindness and love for their future.
Are they “tough enough to look at ourselves in the mirror and admit that our conduct harms our children?” Yes, I am cherry-picking some of his words — read the book.
Reading Art Henningson’s Nov. 29 letter, (“Complacency over guns is harmful,”) I’m not clear what he meant. But one conclusion might be that if people take over someone else’s land and property, there will be trouble.
Another might be that if there are guns, people will use them. In America, guns outnumber people.
Our children die daily by guns.
As Vance said, “…look at ourselves in the mirror and admit that our conduct harms our children.”
Not bad for a GOP senator. We must be part of that change.
Letter about Pelosi needed fact-checking
A letter from Pete Pidgeon in the Nov. 26 Daily Gazette, (“Justice system not favorable to victims,”) states that Paul Pelosi, husband of Nancy Pelosi, had to pay a fine “in the hundreds” on a stock deal where he “had the knowledge firsthand” and “made $4 million.”
I am opposed to allowing government officials and their family members to trade individual stocks, because it gives an appearance of trading on inside information, even if that is not the case. However, our laws do allow government officials to trade stocks, and members of both parties have made questionable stock trades.
However, Mr. Pidgeon’s claim that Paul Pelosi was fined for his stock trading, and his implication that the fine was based on insider information, does not seem to be based on the facts. I cannot find any reference to this alleged fine after an extensive search.
Please fact-check letters before they are published.
Stop accepting lies and fight for nation
In Germany prior to the accession of the Nazis (National Socialist), morality fell apart. The causes were numerous — World War I, depression, toxic propaganda.
Family structure was undermined. Parents became bit players in their children’s development. The ‘state’ knew what was best. Sound familiar?
The rise of anything-goes lifestyles. The demonization of a segment of the society, Jews. The Holocaust was in the ‘greater good’ hopper. Horrible crimes against children, we got the child sex trade. Politicians look the other way; the smell bothers them.
In the Soviet Union, the ‘family’ was devalued. “Mothers were too ignorant to raise their children.”
Another socialist paradise denying people natural rights.
The Nazi order of their world featured many of the ‘green initiatives’ we see popping up today. Green is OK if not implemented by a jackboot.
I used to watch World War II movies. As British and American troops rolled into Germany, an old German couple would be seen looking out a window wondering how this came to be.
At 75, I probably won’t live long enough to witness America’s end. If I do, I will know why it happened.
“Elections have consequences.”
Freedom of speech and secure elections are the glue that binds us. The willingness of politicians to lie is destroying America.
The people’s willingness to accept lies without consequence is the final nail in America’s coffin.
Our election process has become a “Tower of Babble.”
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