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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Three from readers in Saratoga Springs, Glenville and Ballston Lake

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Not all criminals deserve to be freed

The Feb. 17 editorial on parole (“Parole bills require careful balance”) prompted me to look up what happened to the child murderer and rapist from my childhood street.
Several months ago, there was talk of releasing him because he was 88 and seen as no threat.
No threat? The horrible human I am referring to is James Moore. In September 1962, Pamela Moss, age 14, asked my sisters to walk to Panorama Plaza with her.
They declined because they had homework. Pamela went by herself, and James Moore followed her, grabbed her, raped and killed her.
Ultimately, he admitted to raping and molesting at least 17 other young girls in the area.
Her parents, being good Catholics, agreed to allow him not to receive the death penalty, but to have life in prison with no possibility of parole. In June 2022 he was released.
There are some criminals that should never be released. They do deserve punishment. They are never going to not be a threat. Indeed, releasing these people who are sentenced to life just further weakens the concept of deterrence.
This is like having mercy on Nazi criminals just because they are old. This is wrong, dangerous and stupid.
Claudina Ashelman
Saratoga Springs

Constitution lets Congress limit guns

The number of mass shootings in the country is horrifying.
Congress will not act in part because of the Second Amendment. I do not think the Second Amendment prevents Congress from enacting severe gun restrictions. The preamble to the Constitution says in part that the government will “insure (sic) domestic tranquility…promote the general welfare…”
It is inarguable that daily massacres of our citizens are neither tranquil nor a state of general welfare.
Given that the preamble precedes all articles and amendments, I believe the framers meant that the preamble guides everything else.
The right to “keep and bear arms” can be overridden when such actions violate the precept of the preamble.
In other words, given the insane number of mass shootings, the government is in its right to do whatever it takes to fix that problem, irrespective of what the Second Amendment may say.
Congress must immediately pass severe gun restrictions, including banning assault style weapons and drastically limiting the sale and ownership of any firearm.
Larry Lewis


Many balloons are really for weather

While stationed on the USS Saratoga, an aircraft carrier out of Florida in the mid-60s, I released weather balloons pretty much on a daily basis.
There was a small transponder attached to the balloon which ascended to 60,000 or 70,000 feet to record not only the wind direction and temperature, but the atmospheric pressure, which was recorded and transmitted around the world.
There are many of these devices (balloons) that are released every day around the world to know what is happening in the upper atmosphere. They are not spying; just collecting weather data.
Just saying!
Curt Alheim
Ballston Lake



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Larry Lewis this amendment shall NOT be INFRINGED upon. They put that in there for a reason. Maybe if the justice system does their job and convicts and imprison criminals rather than release them. Perfect example Alec Baldwin shoots and kills a co-worker and is walking the streets. A border farmer is being over-run by criminal illegals shoots and kills one out of fear for his family and property safety. He is in jail with a million dollar bail. Two tier justice system. Maybe if the the TIC Biden and our government did their duties to protect ad defend our borders it would not have happened.
Larry these are our constitutional rights. You have the right to exercise these rights if you decide to.
It is people like you that will drag our country into NAZI style Germany with your capitulation of your rights. That is your choice but you do not speak for the majority.


While stationed on the USS Saratoga, an aircraft carrier out of Florida in the mid-60s. The big difference is our Traitor In Chief president BIDEN is compromised and owned by China. If balloons drifted from Cuba into US air space they would be shot down immediately. This is 110% Biden’s fault for allowing an explosive laden balloon surveil our entire country before being shot down.
It is not the same scenario.

Mr. Brandon 🤡 I really don’t read your mishmash of words you post daily on here. But the Chinese balloon one caught my eye as I was skimming through. I have concluded that you are full of more hot air than that Chinese balloon ….Have a nice day


WHY should we abolish the D. O. E. this is just one state imagine what the overall picture looks like. The teachers and factuality enjoy fat salaries and pension and this is the fruit of their labors. In any other job the person would be terminated for failure to do their job.

An indictment of Illinois’ education system

If what follows isn’t an indictment of Illinois’ education establishment, we don’t know what is. Of Decatur’s public school 3rd-graders in 2019, just 2 percent of black and 16 percent of white students could read at grade level. In Rockford, it was 7 percent of black students. In Peoria, 8 percent of blacks. And in Elgin, just 11 percent of Hispanic 3rd-graders could read at grade level. Similar results can be found across the state.

The data Wirepoints presents in this report represents an absolute dereliction of duty by those who run Illinois’ public schools. It’s not about money, it’s not about race, it’s not about curriculum and it’s not about critical race theory. It’s about a system that fails at its most basic function: to prepare Illinois children for their future.

Our assessment is harsh because student outcomes are beyond dismal and no one, it seems, takes any responsibility for them. Social promotion, hyper-inflated teacher evaluations and misleading “accountability” designations from the Illinois State Board of Education all help to deflect blame.

We’re also harsh because nobody in the system wants to upset the apple cart. The rewards are just too lucrative. The Illinois Constitution and multi-year labor contracts guarantee job security, big salaries and even bigger pensions for those in education. The sprawling district bureaucracy provides thousands of administrative jobs. Not to mention the back-scratching relationship between unions and lawmakers that protects the status quo.

This report focuses on Decatur School District 61 because it’s arguably the poster child for the education system’s failures. Just 9 percent of Decatur’s 3rd-grade students can read at grade level. And every year the district graduates hundreds of students who are grossly unprepared for either college or a career.

Tell me again why they put the focus on the police and want to defund them when our education department gives us this kind of results.


Adam Shifty Schiff:
Kevin McCarthy turned over Jan 6 videos to right-wing propagandist Tucker Carlson.
A man who spews Kremlin talking points. Suggests Jan 6 was a false flag. And spreads the Big Lie.
Make no mistake: This isn’t about transparency, it’s about fueling dangerous conspiracy theories.

Maybe if the house released these tapes when you controlled it. So transparency equals conspiracy typical Socialist hiding what really happened.

I believe the American people should see it all and decide what really happened where ever the chips may fall. Or are they upset because the lost control of the narrative and the American people will see the sham of the Unselect Jan.6 committee.

christophe Stalka

Let’s go Brandies is defined daily by his increasingly hysterical efforts to define his reality.

Posted by the creature let’s go brandies a nazi oriented posts such as the one below define him
please be sure to fact check any of his posts if you read them the are chock full of lies

HE does not support this country often arguing in favor of hostile countries. Surely not someone who merits the massive amounts of attention he desires

It’s important to recognize a facist position for what it is and if you promote it identify if for what it is American DEMOCRACY thankfully does not support involuntary sterilization of women

Posted by let’s go Brandon on Jan 31 2023

own it dude don’t hide behind your fake name

“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

Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan has won a seat in the House after a special election held last Tuesday to fill a seat formerly held by Democratic Rep. Donald McEachin, who died in November. She is the first Black woman to represent Virginia in the House. When the election was called, she was winning by 68% to 32% over Republican opponent Leon Benjamin.

Leon Benjamin had “prayed to bind the witches and warlocks conspiring against him.” (AP 2/22) He continues to claim his last run for the House was stolen, though he lost by a similar margin.

There are strong signs the American public is awakening and becoming more aware of just how dangerous the threat from the far right is. THERE IS HOPE!

If abortion is murder, than God is a serial killer:

“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 › syc-20354298

Murder would be allowing a pregnant woman to die by not aborting an ectopic pregnancy or any other condition that threatens the pregnant woman’s life such as preeclampsia.

Murder would be a woman’s suicide after forcing her to bear a child conceived out of rape or incest.

christophe Stalka

Mr Santo Let’s go Brandies post on forced involuntarily sterilization of women so they can’t get an abortion and are controlled reflects his desire for control. Read his post it speaks for itself He doesn’t care about the child or the mother.

This type of program was instituted in nazi Germany and he knows it and promotes and tries to cover his tracks.

It’s sad to see someone every day regurgitating right-wing talking points on this site without providing a single viewpoint of their own. It truly is an indictment of how social media, and the news have been corrupted by the need for clicks and ad revenue, and how outrage fuels this commerce. You can even see it on this site, how everyone posts dozens of replies every day, each person screaming into the void. No one’s mind will be changed, yet the DG benefits from the clicks and traffic. Rage on ragers, we’re all just commodities in metaverse.

Most people believe the dystopian future described by Margaret Atwood in “A Handmaid’s Tale” will never be reality. But since SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade there have been increasing government efforts to control women’s private lives. The most startling is the Youngkin (Gov. R- Va.) administration’s squashing of S.B. 852:

“S.B. 852, proposed by Sen. Barbara A. Favola (D-Arlington), would have prohibited search warrants from being issued for menstrual data stored on computers or other electronic devices. The measure sailed out of the Democratic-led Senate last week on a 31-9 vote, with every Democrat and half of the chamber’s 18 Republicans in support.”

However, “a Republican-led House subcommittee voted along party lines Monday to “table” the bill — essentially killing it — after Maggie Cleary, Youngkin’s deputy secretary of public safety and homeland security, detailed the administration’s concerns…”

“Millions of women use mobile apps to track their cycles, a practice that has occasionally raised data-security worries because the apps are not bound by HIPAA.” (quotes from WP, “Youngkin opposes effort to shield menstrual data from law enforcement” 2/14/23)

If you think Youngkin is a rational Republican who respects the rights of women, think again.

Whoville, I agree with you to a point. No progressive poster will ever change a MAGA poster’s mind on any critical issue and vice versa. However I do not believe we are “screaming into the void.” I believe most participate in this forum by reading and do not post. I wish more would. My hope is that those who are undecided recognize the ongoing progressive vs. MAGA posts as clear wins for the progressive viewpoint. But, I don’t know for certain. We could be “screaming into the void.” I will continue arguing against MAGA positions.


Interesting fact 01/2023 the definition and information about vinyl chloride was changed just before the train derailment in Ohio that curiously crashed right over a storm drain for the Ohio river. Huh odd coincidence maybe? The last time it was updated was in 2006 hmmm coincidence again? Wow what are the odds of that happening. I believe something nefarious may be going on here

F–JoeBiden, this post was short enough for me to read but no less confusing than your longer posts.

Who is being “nefarious”? What exactly are they doing that is “wicked or criminal.” (Oxford Languages definition of nefarious)

The draft document does not propose to increase vinyl chlorine’s acute exposure level a thousand-fold, from 100 parts per million (ppm) to 100,000 ppm. The document only summarizes known adverse health effects at a variety of concentrations.
I should’ve bought stock in Aluminum foil companies this year – Free hat in every box.

Mr. Brandon 🤡 I know the odds of you saying something really stupid everyday is 100% a sure thing ……I’d bet my house on it. Are you related to Mr. Bill 🤡 ?

The WP has exposed the deeply flawed character of former Arizona Attorney-General Mark Brnovich.
The evidence is clear, many, if not all, MAGA leaders, are willing to lie and mislead in the furtherance of partisan goals. This is in direct conflict with America’s democratic values. To lie about an election is to undermine the public’s faith in election accuracy, essential to any democracy:

The Washington Post reports: 2/22

“Nearly a year after the 2020 election, Arizona’s then-attorney general Mark Brnovich launched an investigation into voting in the state’s largest county that quickly consumed more than 10,000 hours of his staff’s time.

Investigators prepared a report in March 2022 stating that virtually all claims of error and malfeasance were unfounded, according to internal documents reviewed by The Washington Post. Brnovich, a Republican, kept it private.

In April, the attorney general — who was running in the GOP primary for a U.S. Senate seat — released an “Interim Report” claiming that his office had discovered “serious vulnerabilities.” He left out edits from his own investigators refuting his assertions.”

Happily Kris Mayes (D) won the election for Arizona AG. over Republican Abraham Hamadeh. Trumper Blake Masters won the Republican nomination for senator from Arizona over Mark Brnovich. In more great news, election denier extraordinaire Blake Masters lost the general election to Mark Kelly (D).


Anthony ….there is no hope that any Magaites will care or believe that actual facts. Their standard answers are “Washing post is fake news” or insert and newspaper in it;s place…If a Republican finally come out with the truth…. the will call him a “RINO” As on this board or anywhere in the MAGA world their adoration for Trump will not wane

Bill Marincic

Doctors Face Nearly 4.5% Cut in Medicare Reimbursements in 2023. Medicare payments to a host of medical providers providers will take a hit in 2023 when the Biden administration implements a nearly 4.5% cut in their reimbursements, a final rule released Tuesday said.Nov 1, 2022

Bloomberg law

This is far too complicated a subject for me (or probably ANYONE on this forum), so here’s Bloomberg Law on the subject from 2/17/2023 and the reader can decide if marincic again lied and twisted facts to support his (actually his puppeteers’) narrative:


You are right Chuck, the topic is extremely complicated. It has to do with the amount of money paid out to Medicare Advantage programs and the enormous profits made by participating insurance companies as well as payments made by the original Medicare program. As I understand it, to attract doctors to Medicare, the original payments were quite high and different administrations, Republican and Democrat have called for cuts in the money doled out to insurance companies to administer their Advantage plans. For example, “Donald Trump recently commanded: ‘Under no circumstances should Republicans vote to cut a single penny from Medicare or Social Security to help pay for Joe Biden’s reckless spending spree.’ As president, Trump had proposed $575 billion in Medicare cuts in his fiscal year 2020 budget. Democrats attacked him for it — even though 85 percent of the cuts he proposed were also featured in President Obama’s last budget.” (The Hill 2/14/23)

What this proves to me, is that the best path forward is a National Single Payer Health Care System. Such systems, in Canada and Western Europe, have cost far less and delivered more positive health outcomes than our for-profit medical system. If health insurance company profits are cut out of the health budget doctors could be paid more and overall costs could be lowered at the same time.

To play the blame game and say it is any particular administration’s fault is untrue.

And I know, I am a “communist” for suggesting the above; just as when I was a child on the playground during the 1950’s the refrain “you communist” was hurled back forth among the children with little understanding and much laughter.

Mr. Bill 🤡enters the room again farts then leaves……Hurrah Hurrah ! The MAGAites cheer ! Encore Encore the MAGAITES scream.

Again Mr. Bill 🤡 reads a headline….and says hmmm this fits my narrative…..But he never really reads the whole article and expects people to be as stupid as him.

Bill Marincic

That is not the same article Chuckie..

Bill Marincic

Little guy Aroma never says anything worthy of reading and it’s in his name, you know a skunk smells his own stink first. Keep sniffing little guy

Bill Marincic

Medicare payments to a host of medical providers providers will take a hit in 2023 when the Biden administration implements a nearly 4.5% cut in their reimbursements, a final rule released Tuesday said.

The 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule (RIN: 0938-AU81) calls for the multiplier—or “conversion factor” used to determine provider reimbursement in traditional Medicare— to drop to $33.06, down $1.55, or 4.47% from $34.61 in 2022.

christophe Stalka

Big bill I’m guessing you feel we need to setup go fund me for our docs huh?get real and stop insulting everyone geez have another beer near that Olympic size pool

Bill Marincic

As most people with any intelligence know that very few doctors take Medicare and Medicaid and with a further cut they will take less. I’m talking to people on here like the fool above me so it just goes over their heads. BTW send me an email and I’ll send you a pic with us at her pool and her home.

christophe Stalka

As the article a bove factualy states only 1-2% of docs have opted out of Medicare if you’ve got a different number I encourage you to post the reference

as to the picture I’m having dinner and don’t want to vomit maybe someone else is interested. I’m sorry you feel the need to call me a fool I’ll wait for your updated number ace. Rage on

Mr. Bill 🤡 the article you posted is from Nov. 2022 can you show me where these cuts were implemented? The article you say you quote this from says you have to join to read it further.

And you just let out another big fart in the room. Can you show me where you got the information that “most” Doctors don’t take Medicare or Medicaid? Both my parents had Medicare and there was never an issue with them not taking Medicare. Cite your source.

Also can you bring a can of air freshener next tine you come into the room…You are really stinking up the place today.

christophe Stalka

Only 1 percent of non-pediatric physicians have formally opted-out of the Medicare program. As of September 2020, 9,541 non-pediatric physicians have opted out of Medicare, representing a very small share (1.0 percent) of the total number active physicians, similar to the share reported in 2013.

I have been on Medicare for 14 years and have never had a doctor, hospital, lab or any other medical facility refuse to accept my plan.

An issue as vital as health should not be partisan and should not be used as a political football through use of distortion, omission, and other propaganda techniques. I re-post:

” Republican and Democrat have called for cuts in the money doled out to insurance companies to administer their Advantage plans. For example, “Donald Trump recently commanded: ‘Under no circumstances should Republicans vote to cut a single penny from Medicare or Social Security to help pay for Joe Biden’s reckless spending spree.’ As president, Trump had proposed $575 billion in Medicare cuts in his fiscal year 2020 budget. Democrats attacked him for it — even though 85 percent of the cuts he proposed were also featured in President Obama’s last budget.” (The Hill 2/14/23)

I again propose a Single Payer National Health Care System. It is widely used and has proven to be cheaper, the middle-man insurance company profits are cut out of the equation, and health outcomes have been better in countries using single payer.

Anyone on the extreme right want to dispute what I have posted here and above? It is easier to stay with parroting extreme right wing b.s.

Thanks Tony, chris and Guy for wading in where rightwingers get lost, and my eyes glaze over.
The lying rightwingers and their lying talking heads (as recently well-documented by themselves) will grasp at a few straws that look like fodder for the hate and just go to town. Nothing new.
One has to wonder, how would Jesus see that everyone had health care? And why is it only atheists seem to care?

Be very, very careful for those choosing medical plans when eligible. Daughter works as Director of Admissions locally and deals with Medicare Advantage short comings every day. If you need rehab or nursing home lasting more than 3-4 days better read the fine print.

The legislation, titled the Save Medicare Act, would formally change the name of the Medicare Advantage program to the Alternative Private Health Plan, an attempt to make clear to seniors that the plans are run by private entities such as Anthem, Humana, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare.

“Only Medicare is Medicare,” Pocan (D-Wis.) said in a statement. “It is one of the most popular and important services the government provides. These non-Medicare plans run by private insurers undermine traditional Medicare. They often leave patients without the benefits they need while overcharging the federal government for corporate profit.”

Khanna (D-Calif.) declared that “it’s time to call out ‘Medicare Advantage’ for what it is: private insurance that profits by denying coverage and the name is being used to trick seniors into enrolling.”

“That’s not right,” he added. “This bill will end the scam by preventing private insurers from profiting off the Medicare brand. Our focus should be on strengthening and expanding real Medicare.”

The bill, which faces long odds in the Republican-controlled House, was introduced as GOP lawmakers push for cuts to traditional Medicare as part of their broader austerity campaign.
The measure would impose a $100,000 penalty each time a private insurer uses the Medicare name in the title of one of their plans.

“So-called Medicare Advantage is neither Medicare nor an advantage. It is simply another scheme by the insurance companies to line their pockets.”

Earlier this week, the Biden administration proposed a new rule that would strengthen audits of Medicare Advantage plans, which are paid an annual per-person rate by the federal government. Recent investigations have exposed how Medicare Advantage plans frequently overcharge the government by making patients appear sicker than they are, resulting in a higher payment.

The federal government currently expects to pay Medicare Advantage providers more than $6 trillion over the next eight years.

Medicare Advantage has grown rapidly over the past decade, with more than 28 million people in the U.S. enrolled in such plans as of 2022. MA plans often provide coverage for hearing, vision, and dental—benefits not offered by traditional Medicare, despite the efforts of progressive lawmakers to expand the program.

Some Democratic lawmakers have warned that part of the massive growth rate of Medicare Advantage plans could be due to their deceptive advertising practices.

“Agents were found to sign up beneficiaries for plans under false pretenses, such as telling a beneficiary that coverage networks include preferred providers even when they do not,” the investigation found. “Of particular concern to the committee were reports across states of agents changing vulnerable seniors’ and people with disabilities’ health plans without their consent.”

Wendell Potter, president of the Center for Health and Democracy, said Tuesday that “so-called Medicare Advantage is neither Medicare nor an advantage.”

“It is simply another scheme by the insurance companies to line their pockets at the expense of consumers,” said Potter, a former health insurance executive with first-hand experience of the industry’s misleading practices. “I applaud Congressman Pocan and Congressman Khanna for introducing this vital legislation. The healthcare market is confusing for consumers and misleading branding like so-called Medicare Advantage just makes it worse.”

Bill Marincic
February 22nd, 2023
“As most people with any intelligence know”…. Braha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ho, ho, ha ha, ho. That’s the funnest thing you ever posted. How’s area the Olympics, swimming pool lap going?

Bill Marincic

The federal health program that serves seniors and individuals with disabilities is losing doctors who’ll see its patients.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the number of doctors who’ll take Medicare patients is falling.
A combination of constant battles over reimbursement rates,

One has to wonder (also), why do rightwingers always take the side of the corporations ripping us off?

Oh right, because their disinfo machines like Fox, and Republicans want them to. And apparently they’re the sheeple.

Every rightwingers accusation is in truth a confession.

christophe Stalka

Big Billy read before you post or should I say do you read before you post

The number of doctors not accepting Medicare has more than doubled since 2009.

Some 9,539 doctors dropped out of Medicare practice in 2012. That’s risen dramatically from 3,700 in 2009.

Now, 81 percent of family doctors will take on seniors on Medicare, a survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians found. That figure was 83 percent in 2010.

Some 2.9 percent of family doctors have dropped out of Medicare altogether. In 2010, 2.8 percent reported taking this dramatic step.
More doctors are practicing on a “concierge” or cash basis. Four percent of family practitioners now work on that model. That’s higher than the 3 percent in 2010.
While 685,000 doctors take Medicare patients, their frustration factor has grown.

Joseph Vendetti

LGB – 1.) President Biden gave ordered balloon shot down over Alaska
2.) assuming you are a man – you have no right to tell any women what she can or can’t do with her body. We already have an issue in the country with unwanted children.

Mr. Bill 🤡 now walk back your statement as “most doctors don’t take Medicare and Medicaid”….you’re an idiot….again

Mr. Bill I get it now….when you are caught saying something not factual and stupid …you replace it with another not factual and stupid statement so we forget about the first stupid statement you made. A Trump tactic for sure.

Steven Flynn

Another one bites the dust. If you’re downwind of these carpet baggers you’d better sleep with one eye open.

“The mysterious death of an aide to President Bill Clinton with ties to Jeffrey Epstein has been officially ruled a suicide – despite there being no sign of a weapon near the body. Mark Middleton, 59, who served in the Clinton White House in the 1990s, was found dead on Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas on May 2, 2022, the Daily Mail reported.”

Steven Flynn

What are the odds that the streets of East Palentine will be lined for Mayor Pete ‘s visit tomorrow – 1.5T – 1? I want no part of that action.

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