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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Jan. 24 – Three, from readers in Schenectady, Duanesburg and Albany

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Capitalize on city’s technology legacy

Recently, I had the privilege of being invited by Chris Hunter of miSCI to examine early tech stored away from public view at the museum. Entering the storage area, I instantly recognized a great opportunity for Schenectady that is going begging.
MiSCI is a hidden gem that celebrates the storied past of Schenectady with early tech that transformed life in America, but is not on public display.
The opportunity is to make Schenectady the Florence of an American Technology Renaissance.
What were the inventions, designs, engineering that made our ‘modern’ world different from earlier times?
What are the iterations of technologies that show us how we got to where we are? What connections would future generations make by visualizing iterations of great inventions?
Why did products have a certain look in certain eras? How did the technologies change human behavior? What iterations made them more desirable? Did the era define the look or vice versa? Is the consensus that the creation of useful technology is accelerating a misconception?
Is there any less value to displaying these items with amazing provenance to curious minds than to having art students tour an art museum?
My suggestions for a Schenectady Renaissance:
• Initiate a miSCI campaign for $100 million;
• Luke, the son of a close college friend, makes T-shirts that read “Cleveland is my Paris.” He should be commissioned to produce T-shirts that read: “Schenectady is my Florence.”
• Designate Route 7 from Troy with a jog to Union Street into Schenectady as “Invention Alley.”
Michael Goren
Schenectady

Utilities find new ways to add costs

Have you looked at your National Grid bill lately? I mean really look at it.
We are being charged a fee for “billing.”
They are billing us extra because they bill us!
The rip-offs just don’t end.
Jerry Boehm
Albany

Not feeling sorry for the royal family

I would like to comment on Michael Bishop’s Jan. 19 letter (“Harry and Meghan show poor conduct.”)
He speaks about their tasks and responsibilities.
Perhaps he has forgotten about what the royals’ tasks and responsibilities of taking over the world, enslaving and starving the Irish people so the royals could eat their beef.
Remember, “The sun never sets on the British empire.” How do you think they accomplished this, with kindness?
Perhaps he doesn’t remember the Revolutionary War. Oh those poor royals!
Jeffrey Murtagh
Duanesburg

 

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44 Comments

letsgobrandon

Seems to be some confusion with SCOTUS the leaker with Roe decision. Even the democrats are scratching their heads saying really? Why don’t they arrest the the reporter and all of those in connection with the reporter until they release the source. Protestors show up at Kavenaugh’s residence to protest the decision like it was his alone. It would appear there is the classic CYA operation once they found out who it was. Regardless if it a SCOTUS, SCOTUS family member, whom ever released the decision should be held accountable.

letsgobrandon

SHIFTY SCHIFF should be arrested for violating his oath of office. First he violates the first amendment calling for social media to censor Paul Sperry on twitter. Now he is going after the second amendment with his diatrab about the shooting in California. He along with the ATF making laws that contridict each other regarding extended stock on pistols. ATF release a new regulation that contradicts the one the issued during Obama administration on 45 million legally purchased and registered weapons. The ATF states people have 120 days to register and get a tax stamp to own the weapon. Again 45 million weapons fall into this category and they are giving 120 days to do this. There is no way they can accomplish this. Look at the dysfunctional IRS cannot handle tax returns in a timely manner and the ATF is going to accomplish this?
Yet again deep state players in the democratic socialist party attacking our freedom and rights once again.

letsgobrandon

A.S. a connection to your beloved socialist party to ANTIFA. Democratic minority house WHIP leader arrested for assaulting police officer at a ANTIFA protest.
The Atlanta ANTIFA members were bused in from around the country to create chaos in cities. Fortunately they have been mapping these terrorist. But like 01/06 nothing will happen to them. Once again the connection is there but the conservatives are the nazis right?

ANTHONY J SANTO

GFB, you ARE WRONG. Parents are not held responsible for the behavior of their adult children:

CNN News: 1/23/23

“House Democratic Whip Katherine Clark’s daughter was arrested during a protest in Boston and has been arraigned on charges including assault on a police officer.

Riley Dowell, 23, was found by police tagging the Parkman Bandstand monument “NO COP CITY” and “ACAB,” according to a press release from the Boston Police Department. “ACAB” is commonly known as an acronym for the anti-police slogan “All Cops Are Bastards.”

While police tried to arrest Dowell, protesters surrounded officers and one was hit in the face and bleeding, according to the press release. The release referred to Dowell by her birth name.”

Also, Washington Free Beacon: 1/22/23

“Several agitators were armed with explosive devices, which they used to destroy an Atlanta Police Department vehicle, according to police chief Darin Schierbaum. The anti-police rioters also damaged three businesses and threw rocks and fireworks at the Atlanta Police Foundation building.

Police arrested six rioters, several of whom came from out of state, according to Mayor Andre Dickens.”

I condemn the actions of the rioters in Atlanta; however, they weren’t bused in from “all over the country”; no Democratic office-holder encouraged them or praised them as patriots. They will be indicted, charged, and tried and that is as it ought to be.

ANTHONY J SANTO

LGB: ” First he violates the first amendment calling for social media to censor Paul Sperry on twitter. Now he is going after the second amendment with his diatrab about the shooting in California.”

Platforms are private enterprises; the First Amendment prohibits GOVERNMENT from interfering with legitimate free speech. Schiff has the free speech right to express his opinion on whether or not Sperry should be allowed on Twitter.

The rest of your comment doesn’t warrant a response.

ANTHONY J SANTO

LGB: ” Why don’t they arrest the the reporter and all of those in connection with the reporter until they release the source.”

And you expect us to believe you are concerned about “the democratic socialist party attacking our freedom and rights once again.” (LGB) Did you know that one of the fundamental rights, essential to democracy, is the “free press” guarantee in the first amendment?

christophe Stalka

Let’s go the brandies is not drinking the decaf.

Arrest this reporter no no then arrest schiff then then…. your mind is whirling so fast 8ts hard to focus but no tik tok dancing Brandies We are not is fascist Germany the land of your dreams yet Brandies. Calm yourself

Dear God man tik tok and Twitter are clouding your mind more daily get help tik tik dance on Brandies how pitiful

Washington Post:
“Seven people were killed and one was critically injured in related shootings across two locations in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Monday, San Mateo Sheriff Christina Corpus said.”

Consider age, race, gender, religion, mental health, political affiliation, hate, anger, occupation, or whatever else you want to add, the one thing in common with all mass shootings….The gun.

Steven Flynn

“Folks, House Republicans have proposed a new national sales tax on American families, which would increase the price of everything from groceries and gas to food and medicine. Working families deserve better.” – Joe Biden Gaslighter in Chief

Ummm Joe, did anyone tell you that prices are sky high right now under your watch. Where do I start, eggs, meat, utilities, gas, housing, used cars, fertilizer, borrowing costs, butter, pc’s, tv’s, rental cars, chicken, milk, fruit, rice, etc. etc. etc. – Orange man bad – to old for the job man good in the diluted eyes of an extreme liberal.

ANTHONY J SANTO

The gun used in the lunar mass shooting, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna, “was a semi-automatic 9 mm MAC-10, which is a civilian type of pistol based on a fully automatic military-use submachine gun.” Reuters 1/23/23

Steven Flynn

Man walks into a diner waving an illegally owned gun at the patrons and demanding everyone to turn over their valuables. He moves through the diner threatening to shoot other patrons and his demeanor is very erratic, a ticking time bomb. A male patron sitting in one of the booths pulls out his legally owned gun and shoots the erratic man and kills him. This very well could have saved lives of innocent people trying to enjoy a meal. What possibly saved the lives of others? A man with a legally owned gun.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Steve, what are you trying to say in this incoherent statement? “Orange man bad – to old for the job man good in the diluted eyes of an extreme liberal.” Trump engaged in seditious conspiracies and encouraged a violent insurrection in an attempt to defy the will of the voters which he is too frightened and cowardly to accept. He is unfit for public office on those grounds, putting aside his obvious mental problems, age related or not. Accusing E. Jean Carroll of saying she enjoyed being sexually assaulted and raped in an attempt to dismiss her case against him and marketing Trump superhero NFT’s are adequate to prove his mental unfitness.

Republicans like sales taxes because they are regressive. If a man earning $100,000 a year buys a $10,000 item, the price is 10% of his annual income. If a man earning $250,000 a year buys that same item, the price is 2.5% of his income.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Steven, you have a great imagination, but offering the scenario above as support for loose gun laws is worthless. It is entirely possible, probably more likely, that random shots fired back and forth between the “good guy” and the “bad guy” would result in unnecessary deaths.

christophe Stalka

On a brighter factual note 4 oath keepers were convicted of salacious conspiracy. In addition the class act that put his feet up on Pelosis desk is getting a new honeymoon suite for 6 yrs. Guess justice was served at least in part with these losers
if our a fan the pelosi office loser will sell you a signed 8×10 of him in the the office for 100 bucks. Thank God for our Democracy! Dance on tik tok brandies

“They have propelled into the halls of Congress such unfit individuals as Clyde, Greene, Gaetz, Gosar, Boebert and their new poster child, George Santos. In the Senate we have Josh Hawley and Ron Johnson leading the pack of senatorial misfits.”

That was part of a post put up yesterday by Tony, when I read it a quote came to mind…”The problem with political jokes is they get elected.” – Henry VII

A quote written over 500 years ago that has never been more true than it is today. – The problem being these jokes are not funny, they’re a danger to American and the world. Why people vote for them is mind boggling, because we’re ALL going to end up in deep s – – t because of these “political jokes.”

Bill Wemple

Six-year-old child comes into school with unsecured gun taken from home and uses it in classroom. Are the teachers or teacher’s aides supposed to be armed to protect these kids? Do we expect teachers to be able to shoot toddlers and live with that decision? Do we start searching toddler’s backpacks coming into elementary schools? Problem is still too many guns (legal or otherwise) in this country. If you don’t see a serious gun-related problem from this scenario then you are insane, period.

letsgobrandon

A class of ignorance running the White House. Quid pro quo Joe with his mishandling of multiple classified documents including some being stored in China town. Wonder how long before Rino McConnel and CoCo puff Chow is implicated. Then we have out VP reciting the Bill of Rights incorrectly trying to connect the right to murder a fetus to rights endowed by our creator. She cannot seem to get it right. Aren’t babies a gift from our creator and entitled to inalienable rights? The Dumb and Dumber administration

Steven Flynn

How delusional can one man be. “Hey Steve, so how would your diner scenario have played out if neither man had a gun?” – Lou Restifo.

Lou assumes that if you take guns away then the perp who walked in the diner wouldn’t have a gun. Lou forgets that the black market will flourish and criminals will still be able to get their hands on a weapon but I cant because Lou banned them. Has the lack of legalization slowed down the drug business? Nope. Human trafficking business? Nope. Gambling business? Nope. Again, if you dont want to own then dont, but the 2A gives me and my neighbor the right to do so. The dems have stomped the crap out of the 1A (colluding with media to censor Americans) and now want to stomp on 2A. No conservatives should give an inch on this issue. Don’t be a Louis.

christophe Stalka

Seems like poor ray epps was as confused as theoath keepers about breaking the law and being a traitor re Jan 6th maybe the can share a cell. Seems fair dance on tik tok brandies

Steven Flynn

So they found classified docs at Mike Pence’s house. Its good to see how serious our top gov. officials are with classified materials. Pence now has to go through the same scrutiny as Biden is going through. No free passes because you’re a Dem or a Repub. Let the chips fall where they may.

ANTHONY J SANTO

I am of the opinion that Mike Pence and Joe Biden were careless but there is NO evidence of criminal intent in either of their cases. The law governing classified documents requires criminal intent in the mishandling of documents to bring charges. A special prosecutor was unnecessary in Biden’s case and is unnecessary in Pence’s case. Both turned documents over immediately and cooperated fully with the National Archives and DOJ. In appointing a special prosecutor in Biden’s case Merrick Garland was trying to look non-partisan. Now, he just looks foolish.

It was Trump who took hundreds of documents with him, dozens classified top secret. It was Trump who claimed the FBI planted then only to say later he declassified them just by thinking about it. It was Trump who forced the DOJ to issue a search warrant for more documents at Mar a Lago because his attorney lied and told the DOJ there were no more. We all know the warrant resulted in the discovery of many more documents, some stored in a desk drawer in his office. All that adds up to likely criminal intent and the appointment of a special prosecutor was clearly justified.

christophe Stalka

Brandies that comment about mcconnell and his wife just shows what an ignorant racist you are keep dancing tick tocker

ANTHONY J SANTO

So let me get this straight GFB, if aborting a pregnancy is murder, is taking the miscarriage inducing “morning after pill” murder? We better build a lot more prisons to hold all the murderous women and their criminal doctors out there. Are boyfriends and husbands who encouraged women to have an abortion guilty of felony murder? We better build a whole lot more prisons and I don’t know where we’ll find the guards to supervise, in all likelihood, at least half our adult population. I don’t know if god can be put in prison but I know by your definition he is a murderer:

“Miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. About 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. But the actual number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur very early in pregnancy — before you might even know about a pregnancy.Oct 16, 2021”

Miscarriage – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic

ANTHONY J SANTO

I forgot about the drug companies that make pills to induce miscarriage. Should their stockholders and employees be imprisoned? They made the pill to enable pregnant women to terminate their pregnancies; according to you that is felony murder.

Steven Flynn

“Steven, you have a great imagination, but offering the scenario above as support for loose gun laws is worthless. It is entirely possible, probably more likely, that random shots fired back and forth between the “good guy” and the “bad guy” would result in unnecessary deaths.”

Then what would u do sitting there with no way of defending yourself? Would u stick your head between your legs and pray to whatever thing u pray to? Would you give the gunman a lecture on how guns are bad? You’d probably get about 3 words out and then you’d hear bap bap bap.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Steven posts, “Man walks into a diner waving an illegally owned gun at the patrons and demanding everyone to turn over their valuables. He moves through the diner threatening to shoot other patrons and his demeanor is very erratic, a ticking time bomb.”

Then asks, “Then what would u do sitting there with no way of defending yourself?

Answer: I would turn over my valuables even if I had a legal gun rather than risk injuries and deaths from an unnecessary crossfire.

My question: Are you naive enough to believe if everyone were legally armed there would be fewer gun deaths?

I guess I have to say it again, I don’t worship or pray to anything, graven images or any of the many gods man has created; nor do I think any of the myriad “holy books” contain absolute truths. I rely on my five senses and reasoning in the search for truth, knowledge, and morality.

Bill Marincic

Santo, I am of the belief that when it came to Mike Pence, Donald Trump they could’ve easily had someone packing their office, which I’m sure they did and those files got put in with the things leaving the White House. Now, could that have happened to Biden maybe, but Biden has classified documents as a senator, and there’s no way to accidentally take a classified document as a senator. If you’re a senator and you have classified documents, you stole them. Period. And why would you need to take classified documents as a senator unless you were going to use them for something? And with the Biden family history I would say he was selling secrets but that’s not up to me to decide.

Bill Marincic

Hey Lou please ask Al if he knows me, we had dinner a couple weeks ago, ask him who my friend was that came with me. Don’t forget to tell him I think you’re a lefty a hole.

Marincic:
Joe Biden was the chairman or ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for twelve years. He most certainly had access to classified documents and most certainly could have had them inadvertently packed up with the thousands of other documents I’m sure his office legitimately had.
Your tap-dance around your Donald who literally hid hundreds of highly classified documents and fraudulently claimed them for himself, fraudulently claimed he could declassify them with his mind, fraudulently claimed the FBI planted them, fraudulently claimed he only kept the folders, and numerous other cartoonish excuses, is a most macabre and disturbing behavior.

Steven Flynn

“Former President Donald Trump has a narrow lead over President Biden in a hypothetical 2024 election, according to a poll released Tuesday that shows the former commander-in-chief has gained ground over his Democratic rival since November. ​Trump, 76, has the support of 44% of those surveyed, compared to 41% for Biden, while another 10% say they would back another presidential candidate in two years, the Emerson College Poll found. ”

Any thoughts from the extreme liberal gallery? It’s a poll, I get that, but this surprising to see. Is Biden really that bad? I thought the world turned to flowers and rainbows when he took office. Shouldn’t he be leading Trump by 5 – 6%? Joe better watch his back because the party will kick him to the curb in a NY minute.

ANTHONY J SANTO

A question Steve has not yet answered: “Are you naive enough to believe if everyone were legally armed there would be fewer gun deaths?”

As to BM? He is like the “pod people” from the 1956 science fiction movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

Steven Flynn

Its an unreal scenario, at no point would everyone be armed. I do have to ask, you said “Answer: I would turn over my valuables even if I had a legal gun rather than risk injuries and deaths from an unnecessary crossfire.” Why are u carrying a weapon? Why wouldn’t u help your fellow patrons from a sick person who could shoot them at any moment?

ANTHONY J SANTO

I would not be carrying a legal gun. You asked me what I would do in the scenario you imagined. I emphasized that having a legal gun would not mean using it was the wisest decision. Anyone reading our exchanges knows that. We are in agreement on one point ,”Its an unreal scenario” and your use of it in defense of toting guns to enforce vigilante justice has been exposed as the ludicrous idea it is. As I clearly explained, I believe opening fire on the “sick person” would be more likely to result in injuries and deaths than turning over your “valuables.” Are material goods more valuable than your life? Are your valuables more important to you than the lives of others? I await your answers.

ANTHONY J SANTO

You haven’t responded to this inquiry either:

Steve, what are you trying to say in this incoherent statement? “Orange man bad – to old for the job man good in the diluted eyes of an extreme liberal.”

Check it out. That is a direct quote from a comment you posted today. Try putting just a little thought into what you are going to post before you start typing.

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