Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Jan. 31

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How many lives will we sacrifice?
I’d like to thank Kamala Harris for the first truthful thing she has stated with her interpretation of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
It was an accurate interpretation leaving out the phrase “unalienable right to life.” How else can you actually support the elimination of over 60 million innocent, voiceless children and be OK with it all?
She has let us all know that she, as well as Cuomo, Hochul and most left wing Democrats, believe and celebrate in the fact that over 60 million babies have to be sacrificed in the name of choice? The odd thing is that any person who dare try to defend those who can’t defend themselves are now the evil, hateful and demented ones who should be canceled and ostracized.
But in New York, it is perfectly legal — under very limited circumstances — to give birth to a fully formed child and the mother can change her mind at the last minute, that child will be left to die due to a law that Cuomo pushed through in the dead of night with Kathy Hochul at his side.
How much further would you like to push this bar? How much is too much for even the left?
One day, we will all stand before God and give account for our actions and support. In Psalm 139:13-14 God says, “You formed my inward parts, you covered me in my mother’s womb, I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” We have gone down the rabbit hole for sure.
Denise Crisci

Listening is our chance to learn
Conversation is a fine art and a skill set that many people do not understand.
Conversation works in both directions, talking and listening. Engaging in a conversation without listening is actually called a lecture.
Listening sounds like a simple process but is oftentimes misunderstood. Listening involves hearing what others have to say and realizing it may be contrary to your own perspective on any given subject.
If someone makes a statement that you do not agree with, it is an opportunity for you to potentially learn from someone else’s experience and/or education.
Reflective listening is an acquired talent that can help us to all be better conversationalists.
If you listen closely to what someone says you may grasp their perspective immediately or not. If not, it is an opportunity for you to ask a question based on what the other person has just said. It does not mean that you must completely agree with their perspective, but it provides you the opportunity to understand why they think the way that they do.
Many people do not actually listen when others are speaking, they just think about what they would like to say next.
Sometimes when these types of conversations expand, they turn into heated debates that may become undesirable and certainly unproductive.
The point to remember is that you will never learn anything while you are talking and promoting your perspective.
If you listen closely to others, you provide yourself with a learning opportunity. Talk less and listen more.
Eddie Brush

Pope condones what the Bible condemns
In at least four books of the Bible, it clearly states: “If a man lies with a man as with a woman, he has committed abomination and should be put to death.”
Now our present Pope has declared that it is OK to do so.
He blatantly states that it is not a crime, “only” a sin and should not be punished. He has very obviously crossed the line by glamorizing any type of homosexuality. He now condones what my Bible condemns.
I, myself, am a “God Fearing Christian” and will continue attending church services but will never again attend a Catholic church as long as this man is in power.
Neil Nusbaum

Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion


Mr. Brush’s letter is like a palate cleanser after wading through another of Ms. Crisci’s and Mr. Nusbaum’s sermons (and yes, I am implying a religious connotation).

I don’t think any thinking, moral human sees terminating a pregnancy as anything other than traumatic. No one wants abortions, so stop accusing others of doing so. What most are sickened by is the language, the hyperbole of the Christian right. If you don’t want to be seen as “evil, hateful and demented ones” stop acting like them. When you accuse good people of mass murder of babies, you effectively don the “screwball” label. Don’t you get that? There is no reasoning with you fake “pro-lifers”, there’s loony tunes.

Reap what you sow.

Ms. Crisci: How in God’s name can you possibly hope to persuade anyone to your cause with statements like these…

“How else can you actually support the elimination of over 60 million innocent, voiceless children”

“she, as well as Cuomo, Hochul and most left wing Democrats, believe and celebrate in the fact that over 60 million babies have to be sacrificed in the name of choice”

” in New York, it is perfectly legal — under very limited circumstances — to give birth to a fully formed child and the mother can change her mind at the last minute, that child will be left to die due to a law that Cuomo pushed through in the dead of night with Kathy Hochul at his side.” (Which as far as I know is utter BS)

And to both of you: Where in God’s Bible does it say all the world must abide by its teaching? Show us where it says the world are sinners unless we accept Him? That’s your call, and yours alone, and the majority of the world that doesn’t believe in your authoritarian version of a god are most certainly not sinners and NO LESS than you. Whether you want to believe it or not.

We can come to some kind of meeting on the issue of pregnancy and childbirth. But never when you accuse everyone else of mass murder. And certainly not when you condemn the most compassionate Pope I’ve experienced in my 63 years on this earth. Billions on this earth I’m confident would agree.

Neil Nusbaum, I’m so damn tired of people like you believing you’re so right about issues you’re so wrong about by using the Bible, Jesus or your God to reinforce your false beliefs. The Bible was written 2000, or so, years ago by men no different than the one’s living today; smart, stupid, good, bad and everything in between.

Logic, reason, common sense, along with science contradict many things written in various “ books of the Bible.” In actuality some things written are of absolute fairytale like ridiculousness. But for people like you that’s irrelevant, because “one must have faith”.

Perhaps you should pay more attention to the good, giving and helping aspects of the Bible, of which there are many, and not be so judgemental.
Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged…”

Homosexuality is not a choice, and if a “man lies with a man as a woman” it’s his business, and most certainly not yours. And I might add in doing so it makes him no less of a person or man than you or I.

Apparently you had no issues going to a “Catholic church” that has been a breading ground for pedophile priests that preyed (wrong kind of praying) on young children. Perhaps that’s all ok because these priests confessed their sins to each other, and in doing so cleansed their souls, receive communion and end up in the kingdom of heaven, that is as long as they don’t die before the next confession. What a farce.

Just be a good human being because that’s the way it’s supposed to be, not because you’re a “God Fearing Christian.

More of this (and shout to Pastor Charlie in Albany for driving these in the past)…

County takes in 117 guns, hands out over $10K
Sunday, January 29, 2023 – 23:26
The Enterprise — Michael Koff

ALBANY COUNTY — At the county’s inaugural gun buyback program on Saturday, so many guns were handed over — 117 — that the Westmere firehouse venue shut down ahead of schedule. The sheriff’s office handed out over $10,000: $50 for an inoperable firearm, $100 for a rifle or long gun, and $200 for a pistol or handgun.

Altogether, 63 handguns and 54 long guns were collected, according to a release from the Albany County Legislature.
The firearms were handed in anonymously — no names required — and some of them were deemed illegal.



Funny how Looney leaves out the atrocities to our children in schools by the groomers. Every morning parents put their children on the bus to go into an institution they habitually abuses children.
Nearly 270 public educators were arrested on child sex-related crimes in the U.S. in the first nine months of this year, ranging from grooming to raping underage students.

An analysis conducted by Fox News Digital found that from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, at least 269 educators were arrested, which works out to roughly one arrest a day.

The 269 educators included four principals, two assistant principals, 226 teachers, 20 teacher’s aides and 17 substitute teachers.

I guess this is okay no matter what organization is guilty of it. The peso world is being exposed for what it is and who is involved.
Lou if you are going to call it out don’t forget the groomers. But that would through the lead donkey clowns profession into the mix.


Third Trimester Abortion New York

Founded May 1, 1992 by LeRoy and Mary Lou Carhart, our mission is to provide late term abortions in New York for those who dont have access, contraception and routine medical care to women and men in a compassionate, comfortable and personal environment. We recognize the needs of each client as an individual, while attempting to keep costs as affordable as possible. Every member of our team has pledged to make your experience with us one we would want for our sisters, our partners, our mothers and our daughters. And we want you to know, you are not alone. One of every three women of child bearing age in the United States will have or has had an abortion.

We provide assistance to women in New York with late term abortions, third trimester abortions, abortion after 27 weeks, maternal indication abortions, fetal indication abortions, and birth control.

Hey DUMB Chuck abortion is not women’s health care it is a word game played by the death mongers.


Interesting the Messiah Obama states he would not allow a search of his properties for classified documents. What are the chances they will raid his property with swat team tactics with helicopters.
Seems like a double standard.

christophe Stalka

Let’s go brandies once again dude stop with the childish name calling your mind windmills truly show your hatred for your life please get help maybe see a physician that specializes in mental healthcare. Why not give a solution for all the horrors you rant about.

christophe Stalka

There are many cases in which an abortion is required to Save the life of a mother yet another lie.fortunately the majority of this country recognizes women’s Healthcare as a right


AP fact check: August 12, 2022

CLAIM: Former President Barack Obama took 30 million documents, many of them classified, to Chicago upon leaving the White House.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Obama administration records are exclusively held and maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration, the federal agency confirmed on Friday. Millions of unclassified documents were transferred after Obama left office to a NARA facility in Chicago, but neither Obama’s personal foundation nor the facility set to house his presidential memorabilia have control over those papers.

It is a constitutional right not to be searched unless evidence WARRANTS that search, hence the legal term “search warrant.” No one should submit to an UNWARRANTED search which is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy, much like government sticking its BIG MAGA NOSE into decisions made in the privacy of a doctor’s office.


Mr. Nussbaum, I am a non-Christian who fears “God Fearing Christians.” If you believe in the dictates of the Old Testament than you must abstain from all porcine products, and eschew all shellfish including lobster. You must think it would be best to execute people who fail “to keep holy the Sabbath.” (Exodus Ch. 31 v15). And I assume you live by all of the Old Testament rules. I chose a few; there are many, many more:

Cutting the hair on the sides of your head or clipping of the edges of your beard (Leviticus 19:27).

Touching the dead carcass of a pig (Deuteronomy 14:8).

Dressing across gender lines (Deuteronomy 22:5).

putting tattoo marks on yourself (Leviticus 19:28).

Finally, Jesus had nothing to say about homosexuality. Not one word addresses the issue anywhere in the New Testament.

Let’s-go-no-brain, there could could be 1000 teachers of which 999 are hard working, conscientious individuals with a dedication and love for their profession that goes far beyond their paid for responsibilities, and one that is in the classroom for sinister motives not related to the profession, the “groomer.” Then there could 1000 priests of which only one is dedicated to the church, God and all the positive aspects of being in his influential position, and 999 are pedophiles, “groomers”, and your twisted mind equates the situation.

The above scenario may be extreme, but You, Steve, and Bill are constantly pulling similar ridiculous comparisons to prove your, “only in my mind”, erroneous assumptions.

You MAGA people make these irrational comparisons with all aspects of todays heated political controversies, from guns and climate change, to racial inequality issues, bigotry, abortion, as well as criminal activity by political leaders. – Change the channel!

Only what you want to hear, only what you want to see, only the way you want it to be, nothing else matters. Nothing.

Breaking news.
Washington post:

“Embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) told House Republicans on Tuesday that he will step down temporarily from his committee assignments amid multiple investigations into his campaign finances after he lied about key aspects of his biography.” – Temporarily?

“Santos, who has admitted to fabricating details about his education, work, religion and heritage since his election in November, said in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans that he would remove himself from his assignments on the House Small Business Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.”

“Santos told the meeting he will step down because “he’s a distraction,” according to a Republican lawmaker who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. The conversation comes one day after Santos met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.”

Ya gotta just love this part:

“House Small Business Committee Chairman Roger Williams (R-Tex.) said he understood that the withdrawal is temporary until Santos is cleared of ongoing investigations. The 34-year-old freshman Republican has faced increased scrutiny, including a federal probe into his campaign finances and local investigation into his resume fabrications, since the revelation of his misrepresentations of his experience, personal life and education.
“It took me by surprise but it was probably the right decision,” Williams said.”

Mrt Restifo i had to chuckle as I read your post Im betting McCarthy let Santos take this face saving move based on his knowledge of something more serious coming soon. McCarthy keeps the criminals vote in the mean time. Got to love the crap show


The NYS Reproductive Health Act provides that, “women may choose to have an abortion prior to 24 weeks; pregnancies typically range from 38 to 42 weeks. After 24 weeks, such decisions must be made with a determination that there is an “absence of fetal viability” or that the procedure is “necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” That determination must be made by a “health care practitioner licensed, certified, or authorized” under state law, “acting within his or her lawful scope of practice.”

Thank you Mr. Santo.
And further, from the website cited above (without attribution):

“The final decision as to whether the induction can be done will depend on your medical history, physical exam, lab tests, and the doctor’s evaluation.”


I’m not female. No one but a woman should have any say in this. But my understanding is that late-term abortion is a last resort. It certainly IS NOT a matter of choice. It is life-or-death situation. If you feel what this organization does is ghoulish, or icky, or against your personal god’s wishes, too bad. Too damn bad.

No matter what you choose to call it there’s also reality, and late term pregnancy abortion is about life and death, either about a non-viable fetus or the life of the mother.
That’s my understanding as a male.

And as an older male who’s been a proud free-thinker for at least 5 decades, I worry more about the religious fanatics (because that’s what this womens health rights comes down to) who have recently become louder, and shriller and truly not unlike the “radical Muslims” they used to bark about on cue.

Your religion is not the world’s religion. The Taliban wants the same thing for their religion. Why don’t you go have a word or two with them and leave the rest of us alone.

Bill Wemple

Bears repeating: Abortion: the only word that can make followers of Jesus vote against everything Jesus ever talked about because of one issue that Jesus never talked about.

Steven Flynn

Abortion is forbidden in most religions. Any problems with that or is this just another day of bashing Christianity? Is bashing Christianity a result of some kind of guilt trip about believing rocks collided in space? What say the rock worshippers?


Okay if the women gets an abortion then she obviously does not want children why just sterilize her so she can have all the unprotected sex with as many partners as she wants and never have to worry about abortions? No different than suggesting men getting a vasectomy. You are correct men cannot get an abortion, yet a women would not need one is it weren’t for a man.


okay so Muslims are radicals? Your saying Muslim religion has no place in government right because you liken Christianity to the Muslim religion. Muslims also do not aspect homosexuality and they will publicly kill one. With that said we should through all types of religion from our government because religion has no place in our government is what the DG socialist are saying.

christophe Stalka

EINSTEIN THEN we can start sterilizing people you losers don’t find acceptable ! Sounds like a plan no wait sounds like a Nazi


Loopy looney Lou Lou that was a 9 month time frame . I dennouced the church and clergy for their sins against children. ‘Sadly you defend the groomers and there sins against our children. Once again not for us but for you.
Not all priest and clergy are guilty either.
So because you cannot admit there is an issue in our schools with groomers stalking children point at religion.
Let the first one without sin cast the first stone.


Chris I am only responding to the Einstein questions. Are you being a DUMB CHUCK today too. You just cannot accept that your view is not what the world sees.

christophe Stalka

BRANDIES I usually find people who come up with all these pedophile fantasy are trying to deflect attention from themselves

christophe Stalka

Brandies the I don’t know anyone who supports that stupid sterilize women line of crap. If you do put your real name on it you spineless idiot.we aren’t going back to the thirties to fulfill your wet dreams sicko


Brandon, you miss the point. The problem is sexual abuse of children wherever it occurs. The point I made was that there is a statistically greater risk of abuse by a clergyman than a public school teacher.

You state: “So because you cannot admit there is an issue in our schools with groomers stalking children point at religion.
Let the first one without sin cast the first stone.”

This discussion began because people who agree with your politics expressed fear of children being read to by “drag queens.” Your side regularly accuses gays, with no evidence, of “grooming” children. Posters on my side of the political divide, pointed out how widespread child abuse is among trusted clergy and that the problem of child abuse is a problem wherever it occurs. Your side began to express hysteria at the high incidence of child abuse, with no factual evidence, in the teaching profession. In fact, your own statistics prove you are wrong.

So, verily I say unto you, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. You must have thought you were without sin, since you cast the first stone. Jesus wouldn’t like that.

Steven Flynn

And little Chuck, when I post something, its not my job to prove jack sh#t. If you dont agree with it then prove me wrong. Im not doing your leg work for you. Oh, in my 63 years of free thinking blah blah blah, like that gives it some kind of stamp of legitimacy. Its laughable.


Steven Flynn
January 31st, 2023
Abortion is forbidden in most religions. Any problems with that or is this just another day of bashing Christianity? Is bashing Christianity a result of some kind of guilt trip about believing rocks collided in space? What say the rock worshippers?”

Read this and find out the truth about the diversity of views on abortion among various religions. Among individuals of any particular religion there is not necessarily an automatic agreement with the Church’s official position. As you will find, 48% of American Catholics believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, disregarding the Church’s teaching on this very personal topic.

From the PEW Research Center:

“Abortion is still a difficult, contentious and even unresolved issue for some religious groups.

The United Methodist Church provides one example of a religious group whose stand on abortion is not entirely clear. At its quadrennial convention, held in May, church delegates voted to repeal a 40-year-old resolution supporting the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and approved another resolution ending the church’s membership in a pro-abortion rights advocacy group. However, the church’s Book of Discipline (which lays out the denomination’s law and doctrine) stresses that abortion should be, in some cases, legally available.

Some religious groups have little or no ambivalence about abortion. For instance, the nation’s largest denomination – the Roman Catholic Church – opposes abortion in all circumstances. The second-largest church, the Southern Baptist Convention, also opposes abortion, although it does allow an exception in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.

Other sizable religious groups in opposition to abortion with few or no exceptions include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and the Assemblies of God, the largest U.S. Pentecostal denomination. Hindu teaching also is generally opposed to abortion.

On the other side of the debate, a number of religious groups, including the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the two largest American Jewish movements – Reform and Conservative Judaism – favor a woman’s right to have an abortion with few or no exceptions.

Many of the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denominations – including the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Methodists – also support abortion rights, although several of these churches temper this support with the call for some limits on when a woman can terminate her pregnancy. For instance, while the Episcopal Church opposes statutory limits on abortion, it teaches that “it should be used only in extreme situations.”

There are several religious groups that have no public position on abortion. For instance, in Islam, which lacks a single organizational authority, there are a range of views among scholars about when life begins and thus when abortion is morally acceptable. Similarly, in Orthodox Judaism there is disagreement among rabbis and scholars about the issue. And for the National Baptist Convention, a historically black Protestant denomination in the U.S., church policy is to allow each individual congregation to determine its views on abortion.

Even when a religious institution has a clearly stated policy on abortion, church members may not always agree. For instance, roughly half of all U.S. Catholics (48%) say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, in spite of the Catholic Church’s strong opposition.”

It is not bashing Christianity to question the morality of their views on abortion. BTW, rocks have collided in space and continue to do so. Haven’t you ever heard the theory that a large asteroid (rock in space) colliding with the Earth caused a spell of cold weather long enough to bring about the extinction of the dinosaurs? I can assure you I feel absolutely no guilt about my decision to not accept any religions’ dogma but rather trust my reason and senses as I ponder the mysteries of the universe and life. However, everyone is free to believe any supernatural explanations about the origins of the universe and life that appeal to them.


Those who favor choice never insist that a woman have an abortion. I wish I could say the anti-choice
people didn’t want to use the law to force a pregnant woman to carry to term. But I can’t. If they want to argue against abortion, that is fine, but they have no right to force their religion-based morality on others. Please, if you have not done so, read the post above and discover that many religions have no position on abortion and many others favor choice. They debate when life begins and that is legitimate. But it is the height of arrogance for the narrow-minded religious to believe that secular government should base abortion on their spiritual beliefs.


Brandon posts, “With that said we should through all types of religion from our government because religion has no place in our government is what the DG socialist are saying.”

I am assuming Brandon meant to type “throw” not “through.” However it is not the DG socialists who are saying that. It is the Constitution of the United States of America:

1st amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

The National Constitution Center: “After requiring all federal and state legislators and officers to swear or affirm to support the federal Constitution, Article VI specifies that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

You can be any religion you want as long as you obey the law. But the government can not constitutionally favor one religion over any other. You are free to believe or not to believe. Religion has no legitimate place in government.

Been on the road for the last couple hours, but let me address something:

Flynn, let me try to help you understand something. This is a public forum. It’s not your graffiti wall, or your Truth Social forum or your little facebook group of head-nodders, to blast out your anxieties with support. That’s life. Grow the f3ck up.
Here you’ll get push-back, especially if you make claims like you do. That you can’t respond to a challenge shows a shallow intellect.


And regarding your “what is a woman” comment and your truly petty “little Chuck”. Are you serious? You’ve hit the dead-end of your reasoning abilities.
And it’s a free world. You’re free to put your anxieties out there. But it won’t get any kind of response other than this from me. Sorry, I apparently have a much thicker skin than you.

Steven Flynn
January 31st, 2023
And little Chuck, when I post something, it’s not my job to prove jack sh#t. If you dont agree with it then prove me wrong. Im not doing your leg work for you. Oh, in my 63 years of free thinking blah blah blah, like that gives it some kind of stamp of legitimacy. Its laughable.

There is no god! Prove me wrong.

Bill Marincic

I feel great Chuckles. You’d lefties love to say my body my choice. It is your choice with your own body but you seem to forget if you’re a female with a child inside of you that somebody else’s body that’s not yours, you don’t have the right to kill it.


The outrageous “hutzpah” of these Christian Nationalists is beyond mind boggling. And they always fail to take into account the situations of individual pregnant women, the problems of an unwanted pregnancy that will be forced on them if the far right gets its way.

Are they aware that the majority of Americans favor access to abortion within reasonable limits? Do they realize that many religions are in favor of choice or do not take a stand on the abortion issue? Are they incapable of seeing it as the medical decision it is?

Finally, they never explain why their god allows about 20% of pregnancies to end in spontaneous abortion, miscarriage. Is their god not capable of savings those fertilized eggs , embryos, and fetuses? Doesn’t he know they are persons who deserve to be born.

Do they favor BIG GOVERNMENT sticking its nose into the doctor’s office? We already know that want that BIG GOVERNMENT in our bedrooms and deciding what books we should and should not allow to be read.

Where does it all end?

Bill Wemple

If you want to trigger a Christian, refer to God as a ‘she’. If God were a ‘she’ (and no human can definitively prove it or not since it’s an act of faith, not science) this discussion would not be happening.

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