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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Dec. 6


Make use of city’s commission gov’t

It was good to read that The Gazette’s editorial board finds that Saratoga Springs’ Commission form of government can be utilized to confront our recurring downtown late-night violence. (“Pump brakes on responses to Spa City nightlife”) in the Dec. 4 Gazette.
The Gazette reminds readers that the commission form is designed to solve a city’s problem and recommends “assigning different parts of the problem to a different commissioner, then bring together their information and expertise to address the issues at hand.”
Our City Council should follow their recommendation to act with “full knowledge of the specific issues and full understanding,” taking advantage of the commission’s professional approach.
Bonnie Sellers
Saratoga Springs

Close kitchens later to sober up drivers

As someone who frequently entertains out-of-town guests after shows in Albany or Schenectady, I would like to submit that part of the 2 a.m. versus 4 a.m. issue is not how late bars stay open, but how early most kitchens close.
Many serve drinks into the wee hours, but close their kitchens before 11 p.m. This does not allow for sobering up.
As for the amusing tussle between Neil Golub and Bob Belive over “New Schenectady” versus “Schenectady Now,” may I suggest a compromise: “Schenectady: New for Now!”
Paul Kazee

What do Trump’s supporters want?

Donald Trump’s recent rant included a call to dump the U.S. Constitution, and that raises a question for his flag-waving, patriotic poseurs who continue to support the former president:
Why do you folks want to live in a dictatorship run by the demented Donald? Just asking.
Walter Wouk

Suspect’s release shows failed justice

On Jan. 1, 2022, a 25-year-old man was fatally stabbed to death. The person who stabbed this man was sent to jail but later was released. He is free on bail. To me this is shocking.
I did not know you can murder someone and go home and wait for a trial. He was even seen shopping at a store. The Justice system has failed.
Concetta Cannizzaro


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Walter Wouk…..All the Republican base also known as “The Deplorables” (and was rightly named by Hillary) is want to “Own the Libs”….Nothing else matters to them ….They will believe the lies. You can show them proof Trump lied and will make an excuse for him. And unfortunately will remain willingly ignorant for Trump always

Now 45 is trying to backtrack his statements about terminating the Constitution when it is in writing. The deplorables will still make excuses.

christophe Stalka

Hopefully today we will see yet another sign of demented Donnies fading star as the frightfully ignorant Herschel Walker the man of fewer morales than the demented one is sent packing back to texas. I have to admit demented Donnie may be my new favorite catch phrase replacing let’s go Brandie!

He needed to give his followers an excuse to use so they can defend him. He denied saying it. But it was written down on his site. The deplorables will use excuses to dismiss it as they have done for the past 7 years. Trump wants to destroy the very thing these people say they hold dear while waving their Trump flags at his rallies. Trump rallies are like people attending Pro Wrestling matches..its a scripted show for people to hoop and holler the clichés he taught them…”Locker her up” ..”Lets go Brandon” “send her back” etc etc etc

“Donald Trump’s recent rant included a call to dump the U.S. Constitution, and that raises a question for his flag-waving, patriotic poseurs who continue to support the former president:
 Why do you folks want to live in a dictatorship run by the demented Donald? Just asking.
Walter Wouk

Because they’re narrow minded, Jesus thumping, gun toting, White supremest, racist, bigoted, indifferent people who are only concert with their, unrealized to them, democracy ending agendas. That’s why.

christophe Stalka

I especially love the industry that’s sprung up creating low end couture out of dirty torn damaged American flags for the deplorables attending these events redefining made in America for the let’s go brandies of this world

For all their “freedom” the Republicans decry is under attack, they will gladly subjugate themselves to the whims of Donald Trump’s government, so long as the think it will “own the libs”. Truth is, they’re only owning themselves.


I loved Mr. Wouk’s letter; it was precise, concise, and absolutely accurate. Take warning America. Wake up Trump idolaters and MAGA fascists. You are heading down the wrong path. Read the posts above. Your hero is openly and obviously lying about his call for terminating the Constitution and his “glorious ascension” to the Oval Office. How many lies is that?


Be very careful before you give large sums of money to any religious leader. Do a thorough investigation and secure written contracts as to how that money will be used, or else you might find yourself in the same position as this elderly couple:

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports: 12/6

“Denver prosecutors want to know if there are any more victims of a Morrison contractor and youth pastor who is accused of bilking an elderly couple out of $250,000, according to a news release.

Investigators allege Tilo Lopez, 35, funneled money paid for the couple’s retirement home on everything from fancy hotel stays and Las Vegas trips to Oriental back massages, athletic shoes and clothing, according to the arrest warrant.

Lopez was known as “Pastor Tilo” and produced religious YouTube videos “spreading the gospel” for Forge Denver Church. Records show the church was located in Arvada and opened in Jan. 2019.”

From FB–
So if we terminate the Constitution, that includes the 2nd amendment.

Republicans are coming for your guns!


And they will, jclark. If the trumpistas gain power and form an autocratic government one of the first things they will do is take all arms away from the citizenry, even their erstwhile supporters. Only thugs like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers (Trump’s SS) will be allowed to carry weapons and force absolute subservience to the rule of Trump or another like him.


More on Trump’s dinner guests. I wonder when he will claim that this story is a hoax and he never invited these vicious bigots to his place for a nice dinner. Right after dinner he exclaimed how impressed he was by the two men. Later he claimed to know nothing about Fuentes, an obvious lie, or a failure to keep up with those who are potential domestic terrorists, as I believe both Ye and Fuentes are:

Rolling Stone reports:12/6

“Less than a week after Kanye West praised Adolf Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, West – flanked by white supremacist Nick Fuentes – sat down with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes to demand that Jewish people “forgive Hitler.” “Jews should work for Christians,” West told McInnes. “I’ll hire a Jewish person in a second if I knew they weren’t a spy and I could look through their phone and follow through their house and have a camera all in their living room.”


Republican attacks on Trump continue and become ever more ferocious:

The Huffington Post reports: 12/6

“Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) borrowed one of Donald Trump’s favorite nicknames for his critics when asked about the ex-president calling for the “termination” of the U.S. Constitution over the weekend.

“Well, the Republican Party is the Constitution party,” Romney told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday. “So when he calls to suspend the Constitution, he goes from being MAGA to being RINO.”

Politico Reports: 12/5

“Former national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday he was considering a run for president “to stop some of the things Trump has done to the party,” following the suggestion by his former boss on Saturday to allow “termination” of the Constitution.

“I’d like to see Shermanesque statements from all the potential candidates,” Bolton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press NOW,” calling for a clear repudiation from other Republicans. “If I don’t see that, then I’m going to seriously consider getting in.”

“When you challenge the Constitution itself the way Trump has done, that is un-American,” Bolton told NBC News’ Kristen Welker.”

Read the full article.

christophe Stalka

The problem with Bolton Barr and mcconnell to name a few is their roles as enablers for the demented one. as far as I am concerned they cannot be trusted.even Hogan from MD is a disappointment and Pence is nobetter. Christie talks a good game but he sproven to be as evil as the demented one.


Chris, Pence is the pits. He claims Trump conveyed remorse for the danger he put him and his family in on 1/6. It is remarkable that in no public statement or appearance has Trump expressed remorse. In fact, quite the opposite. He even promised to pardon those convicted on charges stemming from 1/6 as soon as He, in the Person of His Globular Orangeness, ascends to the Oval Office amidst trumpets blaring, bigoted crowds cheering “hallelujah”, and exploding fireworks.


However, I do love the obvious schisms fracturing the GOP. Let the scoundrels ravage each other and leave us real Americans alone.

Anthony and cristophe agreed but its important not to buy the line that they are dumping demented damsel donnie dont get complacent its a con!

As far as I’m concerned the only Republicans that came to their senses over Trump were the ones who voted to impeach him. If the rest of the Republicans did their duty to the constitution, Trump wouldn’t be an issue now. The only issue would be the DOJ trying him.


I am on the same wavelength Bob and Guy. But intraparty struggles, though in many cases it is one MAGA Republican versus another, will still weaken the party and will, hopefully, speed up a return to sanity for the GOP. At some point they will have to recognize the need for divorce from Trump and his followers. If they don’t, I believe the part will fail and a new genuinely conservative party will rise from the ashes; a party recognizing the value of democracy and compromise; a party that puts America and its citizens ahead of partisan interests and any one political idol.

Washington post:

“Polygamist leader claimed 20 ‘wives,’ including minors, FBI says”

“The self-proclaimed prophet claimed it was “impressions of Heavenly Father’s will” that spurred him to force his followers, including children, to engage in sexual acts, according to new allegations from the FBI.

Samuel Rappylee Bateman, a leader of an offshoot of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, allegedly counted his own daughter and other juvenile girls among his more than 20 “wives.” Many of them were younger than 15, an FBI agent wrote in a court document filed Friday”…..

“Two people who talked with investigators — a woman who tried to help members of Bateman’s group and her husband, who was filming a documentary — told them that Bateman had driven to their home on the Arizona-Utah border in late 2020. He allegedly arrived in a large SUV filled with women and girls, the youngest of whom was roughly 9, and introduced them all as his wives.

In a separate incident, the FBI agent wrote, a recording captured Bateman saying God had told him to give “his girls’ virtue” to some of his male followers by forcing them to have sex while others watched.
“God will fix their bodies and put the membrane back in their body,” Bateman said, according to the court filing. “I’ve never had more confidence in doing his will. It’s all out of love”….

Manipulation through means of religion is as old as religion itself.

As long as it is in the name of god, yep.

Todays DG page A-3

“The Supreme Court’s conservative majority sounded sympathetic Monday to a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples, the latest collision of religion and gay rights to land at the high court”…

Short of the placebo effect of a better hereafter, and the social interaction of church gatherings, religion appears to be the antithesis of what it preaches.


Lou, that is outrageous! This man is acting on his sincerely held religious beliefs. He is, therefore, protected by the first amendment right to religious freedom. It is bigots like you who are trying to destroy religion in America. The Old Testament prophets had many wives and Lot even had sex with his daughter (I’m not sure if Jehovah approved or not, perhaps one of our biblical scholars could fill us in).

It is sad, but if other posters did not know me they would probably think I was serious about the above paragraph. I was being sarcastic, but it is not meant as humor.

Open question for the Republicans and those leaning right:

20 year veteran of the DC Metro Police Michael Fanone: Hero or zero?

The family of US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who suffered strokes and died of natural causes one day after responding to the January 6 insurrection, refused to shake hands with either House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy or Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell when they accepted the medal.

Gladys Sicknick, mother of fallen officer Brian Sicknick, was asked by CNN why she didn’t shake McCarthy and McConnell’s hands at the gold medal ceremony.

“They’re just two-faced,” she said to CNN. “I’m just tired of them standing there and saying how wonderful the Capitol police is and then they turn around and … go down to Mar-a-Lago and kiss his ring and come back and stand here and sit with – it just, it just hurts.”


The Trumpers must be sad now. Trump Organization found guilt on all charges of tax fraud. Let the excuses begin for their Orange Cult King


jclark, Gladys Sicknick is a woman we should all be proud of. In her refusal to shake hands with those two cringing cowardly phonies she demonstrated the meaning of honor, integrity, and courage.


How low can they go:

The Daily Beast reports: (12/6)

“Samuel Bateman, a self-proclaimed “prophet” of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, had 20 wives, many of whom were under the age of 15, according to an FBI investigation.

Bateman drank wine and had sex with a male follower, Moroni Johnson, in a motel room in Lincoln, Nebraska, in front of his underage wives, new court documents show, some of whom were Johnson’s own daughters.

The FBI said the women and girls were required to stand naked and watch the “binding of brothers.” Bateman also forced his wives to have sex with other male followers, the documents say.”


Lest the Christians become self-righteous:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: (12/6)

The former pastor of a church in Chester issued a tearful apology to his wife, his family and his former congregants Tuesday as he was sentenced to six years’ probation for having a sexual relationship with an underage girl.

Edward Lilly, 72, said he was “deeply, profoundly sorry” during the brief hearing before Delaware County Court Judge Richard Cappelli. He said he never intended to harm the victim, and deeply regretted the embarrassment and strife he brought to those closest to him.

Lilly pleaded guilty in August to one count of knowingly photographing or videotaping a person under the age of 18 engaging in sexual acts. He faced more than 20 additional related charges but they were dropped by prosecutors as part of the negotiated plea.


christophe Stalka I’ll start, Fake news, witch hunt, but Hunters laptop.

The fine is not much, but believe all parties who were not paid the taxes due, NYS, NYC, IRS now calculate how much of the taxes were not paid is, then collect those plus interest.

Agreed even demented Damsel donnie is going to have a hard time with this one “they’re picking on me” just doesn’t seem to cut it. I wonder if Vlad called the Damsel to offer his condolences yet. Im betting they hugged!


Polygamist Donkey clowns are going after rightly so if he has underaged girls as wives is wrong and unacceptable. But you have no issues with teachers allowing drag queens to grind for children and watch them put dollar bills in the G String. Neither is acceptable you just choose to go after clergy instead of your fellow groomers.

Mr. Brandon 🤡 don’t forget the Hunter Laptop ….you haven’t mentioned it in a while ….I know you’re on the teacher warpath but mix it up a little. I have a feeling you had a bad childhood …was it your uncle?


To all responsible posters: Could FJB possibly believe that drag queens are performing sexy dances while children in public schools ” put dollar bills in the G String”? And this is happening while the teachers look on? Either FJB is literally mentally ill or he is pranking us.

Because of his problems with syntax and grammar, I am not sure whether he is referring to “donkey clowns” as polygamists or Samuel Bateman in the following quote:

“Polygamist Donkey clowns are going after rightly so if he has underaged girls as wives is wrong and unacceptable.”

If he means “donkey clowns” are the polygamists, I ask for evidence. Who knows what he means? He might not know what he means if his disorganized thoughts are any evidence.

There’s definitely a rift in the righty continuum today. A quick look at postings added to the end of yesterday’s forum reveals much turbulence and confusion.

As Guy stated earlier:
“The Trump Organization convicted in N.Y. criminal tax fraud trial.”

No comment by MAGA whatever’s. – Perhaps an eventual; Agent Orange didn’t know what was going on, or Vladimir Putin said he wasn’t involved so he couldn’t possibly be.

What do think they’d be saying if the headline said;
“Biden Organization convicted in N.Y. criminal tax fraud trial.”

Oh my, it was headed by a bunch of baby eating, school teacher pedophiles all dressed in what appeared to be drag queen outfits.- They eventually realized the outfits turned out to be Catholic Cardinals formal attire. Very easy to mistake. Yuck, yuck yuck.

christophe Stalka

People cut let’s go brandie a little slack his idol damsel Donnie had a really bad day so he’s obsessed with drag queens ….what else c a n he do?


December 6th, 2022
There’s definitely a rift in the righty continuum today. A quick look at postings added to the end of yesterday’s forum reveals much turbulence and confusion.

I am re-posting BM’s incoherent rants from late last night. I hadn’t seen them and I think others may not have. They support ChuckD’s observation. This is sad:

Bill Marincic
December 6th, 2022
Actually, Varoma, you’re hero Joe dementia. Biden is the reason car prices are so high. And it’s your fault for supporting him. You can’t get chips because we are dependent upon Chinese and Taiwanese companies getting them to us, Biden destroyed the supply chain, he made diesel, so expensive people can’t afford to use their trucks to deliver goods and services, and you wanna blame people that work in a car dealership, that’s like blaming a rape victim for what she’s wearing.

Bill Marincic
December 6th, 2022
Who are you calling a racist gar eat watch your mouth that slander

Bill Marincic
December 6th, 2022
I will begin to disparage the companies you work for, like the rest of fault I wouldn’t buy any of his cheap furniture if you paid me. And the rest of you phonies get ready.

Bill Marincic
December 6th, 2022
I will begin to disparage the companies you work for, like the restifo I wouldn’t buy any of his cheap furniture if you paid me. And the rest of you phonies get ready.

I believe Mr. Restifo is in the flooring business. He doesn’t sit at a desk shuffling papers, being paid more than teachers make for a job anyone could learn to do in a day long seminar.

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