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Letters to the Editor Friday, Feb. 3 – Three, from readers in Burnt Hills, Niskayuna and Ballston Spa

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Display more of Schenectady’s tech

I would like to expand on Michael Goren’s excellent letter of Jan. 24, (“Capitalize on city’s technology legacy.”)
In addition to the collection at miSci, the Edison Tech Center has a collection of objects that were built or designed in Schenectady by GE and other companies.
The  Edison Tech Center was founded in 2001 under the name Edison Exploratorium by retired GE engineer John Harden and is now the Edison Tech Center.
For many years, they were located at 136 North Broadway in downtown Schenectady and were open to the public and school groups. In 2018, they lost their lease. Their collection, which would be a valuable addition to Schenectady’s technology heritage, was moved to a warehouse at The Daily Gazette.
The Edison Tech Center maintains an online presence at and
In addition to GE, Schenectady was home to the American Locomotive Company, which built the world’s largest steam locomotive, The Big Boy, during 1941 to 1944. These massive locomotives had a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, with 16 driving wheels, arranged in two independent groups of eight, weighed 1.2 million pounds, and were more than half the length of a 747 jumbo jet.
Of the original 25 locomotives, seven are on public display, the nearest being in Scranton, Pa. A restored and operational Big Boy is on display in Cheyenne, Wy.
We cannot expect to get a Big Boy locomotive to display outside miSci, though we could add a Big Boy model to the miSci electric train display, along with historical videos and displays.
Victor Roberts
Burnt Hills

Use tax dollars to fix Niskayuna roads

I support many initiatives that the town of Niskayuna is currently proposing and engaged in. However, the state of the roads in the town requires immediate attention.
Dean Street, between Lexington and Niskayuna Drive, looks like it was strip-mined. The temporary patches are crumbling, and holes and debris are getting dangerous. Similarly, Niskayuna Drive looks like a military base airport strip. It’s disintegrating.
Niskayuna residents, like me, don’t mind paying taxes.
They need to be used to repair the roads. Not with temporary “cold patch” or strips of pavement. It’s getting dangerous to drivers, bikers, pedestrians and pets. We deserve better before people and property get injured, or damaged.
Christopher Ognibene

Consider unborn in state referendum

With reference to Maysoon Kahn’s article (“NY pols OK vote on constitution change to protect abortion,”) in the Jan. 25 Daily Gazette: What is “discrimination based on pregnancy outcomes”? Whether the outcome is a boy or girl? Twins? Has healthy prospects? Or is it wanted or not?
As for reproductive rights, I think nature has the last word on that. Avoid sex, resulting in no unwanted pregnancies. Is that tough? Oftentimes, yes.
But should we dump the consequences on an innocent baby? We are the responsible adults.
What kind of country are we promoting by proclaiming (and I quote from the published article): “This is our mandate to continue strengthening New York’s status as a destination state where reproductive freedoms are protected and the right to choose is guaranteed.”
Destination designations are for joyous happenings such as weddings and baby showers.
Also, please stop putting issues like gender identity in the same basket. It purposely serves to muddle both issues.
Bernadine Clancy
Ballston Spa



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christophe Stalka

Reposting before the abortion ragers begin

Posted by let’s go Brandon on Jan 31 2023

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.

If men were the ones to get pregnant. There would abortion clinicson every street corner and it wouldn’t even be an issue

Steven Flynn

There’s a Chinese spy balloon high above the state of Montana, it’s trying to find and seduce Eric Swalwell. *rimshot!

Steven Flynn

Liberalism is a sickness.

The Sims game announced a new update which has the option to make a teen character non-binary or transgender by giving them double mastectomy scars and chest binders. The Sims is advertised for ages 12+ They’re teaching young healthy girls that it’s ok to chop off their breasts.


The editorial “Right’s meltdown…” on p. A8 covers the “silliest right-wing controversy yet.” In his ridiculous attempt to create conflict over trite issues, far-right spokesperson Tucker Carlson expressed growing anger over Mars’ changes in ads for M&Ms, and in so doing made a fool of himself and MAGA culture wars. He fumed “that the green M&M might be a lesbian.” He decried the M&Ms portrayal as “non-binary candy.” Earlier he had expressed his disgust at Mars’ decision to change the M&M footwear from stilettos to sneakers.”M&Ms will not be happy until every last cartoon character is deeply unappealing and totally androgynous” said the far-right nutjob who apparently has some strange sexual fantasies about M&Ms.

Yes, this is an important story Tucker; now take your meds and get some rest.


Sounds like a losing ad campaign to me Flynn. But companies can advertise in any legal way they want. Sales will dictate success or failure. I thought you guys were big fans of free enterprise and free speech? I forgot, everyone, including corporations are free to say and behave according to MAGA dictates. What DeSantis is doing in Florida will help speed his demise and the demise of the fascist movement in the good old U.S.A.

Steven Flynn

WSJ Breaking: Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to China has been postponed after what U.S. officials identified as a Chinese spy balloon was detected above the U.S., an official said.

Shoot the balloon down asap.


In 2018 WEF war gamed a pandemic and global consequences. Not long after we had COVID.
2021 war games cyber attack in infrastructure or financial sector.
Listened to a recent interview with William Forstchen novel one second after. This would cause complete societal meltdown in 72 hours. in the first five minutes 100’s of thousand die from planes crashing because of lost of computer functions. 72 hours water and food supplies diminished and big cities collapse in chaos. Our government knows the dangers and we are ill prepared for such a crisis. A recent computer malfunction shut down the airways for days before they could get things back to normal. An EMP would destroy our entire grid system with no back up transformers and plan to restore basic power.
The interview was called the COVID blue print. Is there a connection to the WEF war-game on a pandemic a plan for global control? Is the war game a precursor to a second attempt for global control. If the infrastructure shutdown it would take 5 years for the Eastern part of the U.S. to regain 80% CAPACITY.
This is a real threat regardless of what you believe about the WEF. We have people shooting at or transformers trying to create havoc. We have untold amounts of terrorist coming across our borders that are on the terror watchlist. It took 12 terrorist to cause 9/11. Recently Texas border patrol caught a watchlist terrorist crossing. That’s a total of 28 since the migration/ invasion began.
This should be a priority for our elected officials to guard against not the woke policies and the political attacks on opponents.
Regardless of your political views this will affect everyone.


Chris I have my opinion and views about abortion. I understand you endorse murder/ abortion that is your opinion.
My point is if the women does want children and uses abortion as birth control then instead of the tax payers paying for revolving door abortions for birth control simply tie her tubes and she can have all the unprotected sex as much as she wants. I think if a man continues to sleep with countless women and refuses to take responsibility for his part should be right there with here getting fixed.
Lou my statement about the number of black children in NY being aborted was for every 100 born 76 are aborted. so out of 176 pregnancies only 100 are born. This was a pro-life segment on 103.1 FM. They also talk about the fire bombing of pro life centers by a terrorist group Jane’s Revenge. They have all the proof but the FBI and DOJ fails to prosecute. Yet the raid and arrest a pro-life demonstrator for protecting his son from a planned parenthood escort attacking him. Fortunately the courts rules the DOJ and FBI overreached their authority and charges were dropped. But they raided his home and big publicized raid and noting. Talk about GESTAPO TACTICS to intimedate the population that does not agree with the administration’s approval of murdering fetuses.

Bill Marincic

ChuckD says prove Omar is a racist, lets’s see. In February, Omar responded to a tweet from journalist Glenn Greenwald, who posted about House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatening to punish Omar and another congresswoman for being critical of Israel.

Omar wrote back, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” a line about $100 bills from a Puff Daddy song. Critics jumped on the tweet and said Omar was calling up a negative and harmful stereotype of Jewish Americans.

In another tweet soon after, Omar named the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, saying it was funding Republican support for Israel.

This tweet received bipartisan backlash, and Omar was widely accused of anti-Semitic speech.

Omar apologized and said she was learning about “the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes” but held onto her criticism of AIPAC’s lobbying.

The latest controversy comes from Omar’s remarks at an event at a Washington bookstore called Busboys and Poets last week. The comment in question refers to the weeks of controversy that followed Omar’s earlier criticism:

“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA (National Rifle Association), of fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policies?”

Again, Omar was accused of anti-Semitism.

And let’s not forget Omars response to 9/11 when she said “some people did something” at a CAIR meeting.

So yes Chuckles, she is a racist…

Not condoning Omar’s remarks, but she did at least apologize unequivocally afterwards. Which is more then can be said for any of the Republican anti-semites talking about Jewish space lasers, vilifying George Soros, or Trump telling Jews that vote Democrat that they’re being disloyal.


I agree Whoville, and don’t forget MAGA folk continue to bow before the Altar of the Orange One, conspicuously failing to notice his bigoted remarks. Trump never apologized for any of them, including his notorious reference to American neo-Nazis as “fine people.” Nor has he ever apologized to Elaine Chao for calling her “CoCo Chow” and referring to her as McConnell’s “China-loving wife.” Does every remember his constant reference to the corona virus as the “China flu” and “kung flu”? He said he didn’t want Blacks counting his money but short guys wearing yarmulkes.


In terms of genetic stupidity, some evidence that the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree:

Donald Trump Jr.
If Joe Biden and his administration are too weak to do the obvious and shoot down an enemy surveillance balloon perhaps we just let the good people of Montana do their thing… I imagine they have the capability and the resolve to do it all themselves.

Bill Marincic

If Trump were in office.

Trump; We had a spy balloon flying over Montana from Chi- Na and we will not put up with that kind of disrespect. I have ordered our military to shoot it down with one of our big beautiful missiles.

Bill Marincic

Santo, most Americans want to send a message and shoot it down, by not shooting it down Chine will use it for propaganda that we are weak and afraid, which unfortunately is true because of the wokenuts in Biden’s cabinet and he himself.

I’ll try this one again:
Let’s-go-no-brain, not unlike Little Willy and Steve, you’re again doubling down on your lying ignorance.

1st post;
“for every 100 black child born 76 are terminated.”

2nd post after being questioned;
“it was just on 810 WGY by pro life group . I will find the source.”

Do you actually realize what you’re saying? That statement is not vague, and exactly means that for every 100 pregnant Black women that give birth there are 76 pregnant Black women whose pregnancies terminated. That’s flat out ludicrous!

Why not defend your statement, or put your tail between your legs, instead of just ignoring an hiding when confronted? I know why, because there’s never any logic or reason with MAGA people; It is because I say so, and that’s the way it is.

Now again divert or don’t respond because you can’t defend the indefensible, and you’re never willing to face any type of defeat or incorrectness. What a typical MAGA person.

Bill Marincic

Despite the supply of precious minerals in the U.S. being depleted, the Biden administration made a policy move last week that will only exacerbate the problem, according to GOP lawmakers and experts.
On Sunday, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Biden announced the 20-year withdrawal of more than 225,000 acres of northern Minnesota forest land, which is home to some of the largest domestic mineral reserves.

Joseph Vendetti

I just watched the military briefing of this balloon – we are the greatest military on earth foiled by a balloon? Its flying over SAC bases and apparently we think it would be dangerous coming down? Over Montana – one of the least populated states – makes zero sense

I’ll try this one again too:

No- brain: “Chris I have my opinion and views about abortion. I understand you endorse murder/ abortion that is your opinion.”

little Willy; “you don’t have the right to kill it.”

Steve; Abortion is forbidden in most religions. Any problems with that or is this just another day of bashing Christianity?

If you buffoons had one tenth as much concern for humans after birth as you profess to have before birth, it just might be a bit more understandable if you very softly spoke out about your incorrect outlook on abortion, but screaming it out as you now do only proves you to be the hypocrites you are.

Oh Sh/t, I forgot “ Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Tell that to the parents of the kids massacred in schools. – Stop wasting money in Ukraine. What the hell all we’re doing is saving lives and democracy. – Not to mention the migrants that just want life saving opportunities. Oh hell, forget about those people they’re already born! Right?

And this one as well:

Steven Flynn
February 2nd, 2023
Sounds like one of the extreme liberal athiests.

I keep asking, but nobody answers; Will you give me proof there is a god, or more specifically, if you like, a Christian God? – Blind faith by blind men, that pathetically use “God” as a tool for their devious behavior, and most certainly not for, as it should be, the positive aspects of religion. – Nauseating hypocrites!

Steven Flynn
February 3rd, 2023
Lou seems bothered – again. Do u ever enjoy getting out of bed Lou?

Perfect, intellectual, intelligent, logical, reasonable, response to my above three re-posts that are constantly avoided.

Steven Flynn

Your anger comes out in your words, its quite evident. I have no interest in debating an angry athiest about religion. Nothing i say is going to convince you to believe and nothing u say will make me not believe. Its a moot point and would solve nothing. You personally are the biggest Christian basher in here, Y? Why bash a persons religious beliefs? I call u athiests because of your lust to constantly bash. An eye for an eye angry one.


The Dodge city fans are at it again. Their immediate response to a problem? Shoot it at! They seem unaware that Biden is doing what a wise leader does, consulting with military and other experts before pulling the trigger out of anger, a reptilian response to danger.

He is not shooting his mouth off like a latter day John Wane, Pilgrims. Or acting like the buffoonish offspring of the thin-skinned narcissist at Mar a Lago and advising the residents of Montana to shoot at a balloon 60,000 feet above the Earth. Do they have weapons that accurate and powerful? I hope not. Biden is considering his options.

Calm down, emotional, right-wing, trigger-happy alarmists and let the experts deal with this problem.


Flynn, are you tongue tied in your attempt to respond to the content of my comments today? Could you advance a reasonable argument against anything I have posted?

Maybe another angry uncontrolled outburst like yesterday? That one was, at least, entertaining!

Bill Marincic

Here Looney Lou According to the report, in 2013 black women accounted for 29,007 terminated pregnancies, representing almost 42 percent of all abortions in the city. That same year, black women in the city gave birth to 24,108 babies. With abortions surpassing live births by nearly 5,000, African American women in the city clearly terminated pregnancies more often than they carried babies to term. Black women terminated pregnancies at a rate of 67.3 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 49, a rate far higher than any other racial or ethnic group. Politifact

“Weak and afraid” says the man who supported a President that sided with Putin over our own intelligence, traded love letters with Kim Jong Un and said it was a great honor to meet with him, and cut deals with the Taliban. But sure, go ahead and tell us how strong he was lmao. Bet you have one of those homoerotic Rambo posters with Trump’s superimposed face hanging above your bed.

The dummy Republicans want Blinken to come on TV and tell the world what they are doing about the balloon. Idiots the lot of them. I predict in the end Biden and his administration will take the best option to keep the people on the ground safe. To hazard a guess I think they will wait until it’s over the ocean……Mr. Bill 🤡 you’re an idiot.

Typical little Willy;
“abortions in the city.” – Cherry pick your city, certainly not nationally as implied in no-brains comment.

Same report:

The numbers are far different for the four biggest cities in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services reports births by both county and city, but abortions are only reported by county. We examined the numbers in 2013 for Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Travis Counties, which contain the cities of San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Austin, respectively. In all four counties, black women had more live births than abortions. The same was true for white women in those counties. For Harris County, which includes Houston, the largest city in Texas and fourth-largest city nationwide, black women had 12,569 live births and 5,515 abortions.
National statistics are lower yet.

And what are you trying to prove anyway, that you look at, and treat Black people differently because of the color of their Skin? – You’re a weasel!


Well said, Guy. Every thing the Trump idolaters post proves how out of touch with reality they are. They see the world through Orange tinted glasses and long for the day when their hero with clay feet can, once again, act on his bigoted and autocratic impulses.

If they can’t understand a problem, they get red-faced (metaphorically speaking) and demand that it be shot at. They are emotional basket cases who need therapy.


The above is meant for you also, Lou. Again, I was typing while you posted your excellent response to the anti-choice misogynists.

Bill Marincic

Look at this Gem from 2018; Liberals get it wrong on Russia probe
Fake-news-generated opinion wrong
By Letters to the Editor | February 28, 2018

Re Louis Restifo’s Feb. 20 letter, “Trump cronies real threat to democracy”: In my opinion, he and his fellow liberals are the cronies being led around by the nose. They suffer from the now-famous “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

If he is so influenced by the FBI and CIA and their findings of our democracy and politics, he should be glad to know that both agencies have stated that there is no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Here is a quote from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Feb. 16: “The Russian indictments do not accuse any Americans of wrongdoings or that it altered the outcome of the 2016 elections.”

If the Russians’ goal was to sow confusion, discord and rancor among the citizens of the United States, it was very successful, as evidenced by Mr. Restifo and his fake-news-generated opinion.

We need to keep in mind that the Russian meddling into our politics started in 2014 while President Obama was trying to run this country, and he did nothing about it.

Maryann Faulisi

Steven Flynn
February 3rd, 2023
Your anger comes out in your words, its quite evident. I have no interest in debating an angry athiest about religion. Nothing i say is going to convince you to believe and nothing u say will make me not believe.

You keep saying I’m angry, I’m not. Just frustrated dealing with repeated MAGA lies, stupidity and ignorance.

Another incorrect assumption, I’m not trying to make you believe in anything.

I’m just wondering why you believe in something there is absolutely no proof of and I’m looking for a rational explanation.

Joseph Vendetti

I don’t appreciate the name calling – every time I have a different opinion I am not calling ppl names on here. What is it with you guys?

I said we have the greatest military on earth. I’ve witnessed C-130’s and Hercules in NZ air space with a V-shaped yoke on the tip gather in balloons down there.

I’m saying we need to get it the hell out of our sovereign air space.


Guy Varoma
Is that the same Rebublicans who wanted the US and our Allies to shoot missiles at Moscow when it turned out to be a errant Ukrainian missile that landed in Poland? And Biden waited for the investigation that confirmed a error from Ukraine? Those Republicans?

Guess what little Willy, the 2018 letter that you copied-pasted above reaffirms what weasels you MAGA people are.

That letter was not written my Maryann Faulisi, it was written by her husband Doug, a person I “was” friends with since elementary school days until he and I parted ways because, to be quite frank, he thinks like you.

I called him out on that letter knowing he, not Maryann, wrote it and he admitted it. He didn’t have the balls to sign his name to a letter where he was attempting to publicly bash an old friend.

BTW, Trump and his cronies were and still are a major threat to democracy.

What was your point to posting that anyway, to prove that there’s other idiots out there like you?

Steven Flynn
February 3rd, 2023

Steven Flynn
February 3rd, 2023
You personally are the biggest Christian basher in here, Y? Why bash a persons religious beliefs? I call u athiests because of your lust to constantly bash. An eye for an eye angry one.

I don’t bash Christians or Christianity. Just the bad Christian’s, that are hypocrites and use the Bible for their twisted manipulation and interpretation.

So why “an eye for an eye” and not “turn the other cheek? I’ll tell you why, because you use the Bible and “your” Christian beliefs, to fit your twisted thoughts and desires, certainly not for the positive aspects of the Bible, that’s why.

Steven Flynn

Maybe MaryAnn’s husband couldn’t deal with the psycho anger that omits from your pores. You sure love to call other commenters names when you get frustrated, take some time off Lou, breathe some of that cold crisp air and come back refreshed. The rate you’re going now, you’re going to blow a blood vessel.

Steven Flynn

and no, you bash Christianity in general, no matter how hard u try and clean it up. You type it on a public forum for the world to see and now you’re trying to convince us that it was an illusion.

Hey Steve, I’m not worried about the Bible, as I’ve said many times, it’s the people who twist it. You obviously have compression problems.

Try saying something of substance that may have, at least, the slightest bit of relevance or affirmation to one of your ridiculous assumptions about life and politics.

Sorry that you interpret rational thinking and solid rebuttal into “psycho anger”.

You want the last word affirm your self anointed macho image go for it, I’m done.


Joseph Vendetti
February 3rd, 2023
“I don’t appreciate the name calling – every time I have a different opinion I am not calling ppl names on here. What is it with you guys?

I said we have the greatest military on earth. I’ve witnessed C-130’s and Hercules in NZ air space with a V-shaped yoke on the tip gather in balloons down there.”

Joe, I just looked through the posts and I don’t understand your reference to “name calling”. No one called you a name. Who are “you guys”? What does “ppl” in “I am not calling ppl names on here” refer to?

Supporting President Biden’s reaction to the balloon shouldn’t be turned into a partisan issue, certainly not at this point in time. I agree, you do not call other posters names. However, this post does not comport with the bipartisan person you would like to be.


Marincic: TDS= Trump’s Devoted Sycophants, those who kiss His Orange Butt and refuse to recognize the fool he is and the danger he represents to America. As “Dear Abby”used to say “wake up and smell the coffee” or in this case BS. But then, who would expect BM to detect BS?

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