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Letters to the Editor Monday, March 20 – Four, from readers in Niskayuna, Scotia and Charlton

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Bankruptcy is a ploy; Leave church

Time is running out for the 1,100 St. Clare’s retirees who put in 10-50 years of hard work only to have their pensions stolen.
Time is also against the hundreds of victims of child sex crimes by the Catholic Church.
Filing for bankruptcy is a ploy that delays these settlements that has worked before around the country: Folks get elderly, sick and die and the Church gets to keep its assets.
The Church that abuses you as a child and steals from you when you retire. How can you help? Leave the Catholic Church. Do not donate one penny to them. Take your children out of Catholic schools.
The Church has the assets to help but chooses not to. Do not enable them by supporting them financially. It’s a slap in the fact to those who were raped by priests when children and retirees who have lost or had their pensions reduced. It has been reported by law firms representing the victims that the Albany Diocese is lying by saying they do not have the resources.
They have $600 million in assets, 126 parishes own 489 parcels of land valued at $403 million.
If you profess to be a good Christian, it’s time to leave the Catholic Church. There are more worthy causes for your money.
Carole Donahue

Disrespectful kids disrupt learning

Well-meaning politicians can create laws designed to keep kids in school and keep kids in class, but they can’t legislate appropriate behavior.
Administrators and teachers are not responsible for student behavior; students are responsible for their own behavior.
I’m a firm believer that every child has the right to a public education. Yet I also believe that no child has the right to continually disrupt the learning of other children. I find it regrettable that disruptive students are allowed back into the classroom again and again to sabotage teacher lessons and prevent classmates from learning.
If you tolerate misbehavior, then misbehavior becomes the new normal. You have basically polluted the culture of the classroom and the school. The other 29 students in the classroom repeatedly witness inappropriate language and behavior and the ineptness of the teacher to control the behavior.
Good behavior in classrooms should be non-negotiable. We don’t tolerate disruptive behavior in movie theaters, restaurants or other public places. Why do we allow it in classrooms?
I believe setting limits for kids shows we care about them. Basic classroom etiquette should be expected, required and enforced. Teachers have a love for kids. They are incredibly patient and forgiving.
If a teacher asks for support regarding a disruptive student, from either a parent or an administrator, that request should be taken seriously.
We should allow teachers to do what they do best … teach, motivate and inspire. With a classroom full of respectful students, teachers can be more creative and make learning fun.
Raymond LeBel
The writer is a retired social studies teacher.

Create section for happy contributions

Janice Thompson’s Jan. 22 letter (“Barber’s creativity starts the year off right”) was a welcome change from the angry “Letters to the Editor” you constantly publish.
The tufted titmouse picture with a sunflower seed in its beak is an unusual feat. I have taken a photo of a wintering finch on our feeder with a seed also in his beak. These are rare pictures.
I have been an amateur wildlife photographer for many years doing birds, reptiles and animals. Besides our backyard feeders, my favorite places for filming are Australia including Kangaroo Island, South Flinders Range in South Australia, and the area around Darwin in the north such as World Heritage Kakadu National Park.
Also, I’ve had good luck on Hilton Head Island and the ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina.
Maybe you need a section where happy people can contribute.
Raymond Thimineur

Keep St. Clare’s plight in the news

As the one year anniversary of my mother Sandra Huening’s passing approaches, it further pains me to read about the Catholic Diocese of Albany’s Chapter 11 filing.
The St. Clare’s pensioners were finally taking a step forward and now hit this obstacle.
It is important to keep this story in the news and in front of state representatives to show these pensioners some respect and care.
It’s too late for my mother to have any recourse, but to the many still out there, they deserve better than the horrendous hand they’ve been dealt for taking care of so many of us in the area.
Amy Versocki



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Joseph Vendetti


I was thinking about some of the very scary videos my son has sent my wife and I from NYC – frenzied outbreaks of robbing & stealing from pharmacies to cosmetics stores, violence on the subway platform and in the cars (sometimes right in front of NYPD), random acts of violence of punching pedestrians, to jumping on squad cars in NYC and kicking in the windshields.

All this will only continue to get worse under District Attorney Alvin Bragg who refuses to have his ADA’s waste court time and money prosecuting these cases above. Armed Robbery in NYC is a misdemeanor according to police, attacking a police office on a subway platform was dropped altogether, two women attacking two female patrol officers one charges dropped entirely and another off with a misdemeanor. The NYPD are targets in a city of 9 million people.

Yet while all these shenanigans continue to plague the Big Apple this same DA that doesn’t want to waste the courts time will charge former President Trump for paying hush money to a hooker. While President Trump won two previous cases against Stormy Daniels he is probably 100% guilty and ordered his former attorney Micheal Cohen (who participated with Trump in probably many illegal operations over a 30 yr relationship) to pay hush money. He would only be found guilty of campaign violations (fine), possibly intent to defraud (his campaign donors??), on the high end conspiracy (which legal analysts say is a stretch.

Combining the criminal charge with a violation of state election law would be a novel legal theory for any criminal case, let alone one against the former president, raising the possibility that a judge or appellate court could throw it out or reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor. Exactly what Alvin Bragg has told his ADA’s not to waste court and prosecutors time or money with.

I think we can all see what is happening here. This is political theater. This is scary when an opposing party DA can attack with arrests & threats – sounds quite 3rd world to me.

I say arrest and prosecute everyone that commits a crime. You don’t learn unless you are punished by your mistakes.

Guy Varoma

Joe… eloquently exposed your self as a MAGA again…..This shouldn’t be an either or choice. If you left out the reference to Trump it would have been a topic for debate. All you did was created a “Whatabout” comment. Take each issue on it’s own.

christophe Stalka

Mr Varoma Spot on comments. Let the legal system do its job. Before we start hearing from the boys that are hot for Hunter Biden incessantly. In my opinion the example set by our disgraced ex con of a president started this spiral into crime. If his followers are violent tomorrow I guess NYC is prepared.

Let’s all be thankful we live in this great Democracy I know I am

Joseph Vendetti

Yes thats me – closet MAGA that is pro abortion, pro LGBTQ, pro environment, and also voted for President Clinton, Obama and Biden.


Bad behavior in the classroom is the culmanation of the Socialist groomers indoctrination. They are the ones who took accountability away and allowed sub par behavior because it is not the child’s fault.
Joe laments of the disruption and corruption of the NYS Socialist Democrats in NYC. Well this is what the the Groomers have been teaching the children and unleashing them like Hitler did with the brown shirts in Germany. They go out create chaos destroy commerce, ruin peoples livelihoods.
And we have our state and federal government aiding and abetting these criminals to continue their attacks on the citizens. This is happening right before your eyes and it is obvious that our government wants this third world behavior. So the invasion at the border is all part of over whelming our system so the citizens cry out for help.

The Government will step in but first we have to take away all the guns. Then we will have to censor people who oppose us. And then we need to round up all who opposes our agenda so the government can control the people.

This is why they hate trump he is exposing the deep sate for what it really is. The DG posters will call out for new tin foil hats and call it conspiracy and blah blah blah. So keep sitting back and watch our country be destroyed by the criminal TIC Biden. All of the overwhelming evidence against the Biden family and the AG are worried about money Trump allegedly paid Stormy Daniels.

Never mind the deposits of over $3 Million to the Biden criminal family from CCP energy firm. The hypocrisy is stunning.regardless of party lines if Trump committed a crime then produce valid evidence and prosecute. Same should go for the Biden family.

Joseph Vendetti

And Guy I have never defended any of Trumps behaviors and never will. Our system should prosecute blacks, whites, republicans, democrats, old, young, men, women, straight, gay, etc etc to the letter of the law.

I am showing that Alvin Bragg who refuses to prosecute violent misdemeanors but will prosecute a white collar misdemeanor – and the only reason is because he has politicized that power. That is a very very dangerous alley to go down.


Joe talks about potential campaign contribution crimes. How about the suppression of the Hunter laptop as suppression?
How about the allegations of Joe Biden’s misconduct with Tara Reid as VP?

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is facing heightened scrutiny over his past conduct towards women.
Eight women have alleged that Biden either touched them inappropriately or violated their personal space in ways that made them uncomfortable.
One of those women, Tara Reade, alleges that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993. Biden has unequivocally denied assaulting or harassing Reade.
Biden has also been criticized for repeatedly commenting on the physical appearance of women on the campaign trail, and for refusing to explicitly apologize for his behavior.

Nothing to see here right. Trump calls what it is a witch hunt. But then again the socialist only use women’s rights when they are not pushing Tony as a Toni in women’s sports.

Guy Varoma

Joe…….. But yet defend Trump between the lines…….Lift the haze. Drop the whataboutsism. If you are concerned about crime in NYC that’s one issue. Trump is another issue. It’s like people saying Veterans don’t get enough care because people are getting food stamps. It’s not an either or situation. Both topics should be separated.

Joseph Vendetti

Guy – thats where you are wrong sir! You either prosecute all misdemeanors or none. He calls himself a prosecutor? He is a clown. NYC is a joke. People are fleeing in droves but he selects this case to prosecute??? Why? We know why – you can’t politicize that arm of gov’t – whether it be federal, state or local because when we start & open that door we become Iraq, China, North Korea, Cuba, etc – we are going to prosecute and jail all of our political enemies??? Pandoras box is being opened. If you can’t see this avalanche or tsunami of Republican DAs prosecuting democratic politicians for misdemeanors to go tit for tar?

If we believe in the ballot box as term limits let the Republicans try an run Trump again or arrest him and others on crimes your (Alvin Bragg) office always prosecutes. Stop the nonsense

Joe, I do not believe Bragg has refused to prosecute the crimes you listed:

“…frenzied outbreaks of robbing & stealing from pharmacies to cosmetics stores, violence on the subway platform and in the cars (sometimes right in front of NYPD), random acts of violence of punching pedestrians, to jumping on squad cars in NYC and kicking in the windshields.

CNN: 1/6/22

“Among the crimes Bragg said his office would not prosecute: marijuana misdemeanors, including selling more than three ounces; not paying public transportation fare; trespassing except a fourth degree stalking charge, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration in certain cases, and prostitution.

A person robbing a store, whether “frenzied” or not, will still be prosecuted in NY, as will violence on the subway, punching pedestrians, or kicking in the windshields of squad cars ; of course, the specific nature and outcome of the illegal activities would have to be taken into account before deciding to prosecute or not. A person who steals a $1000 purse in a department store would be prosecuted but not a 16 year who stole a candy bar at a drug store.

In view of all the other investigations of Trump’s alleged criminal acts, I would not rally to this man’s support. Misuse of campaign funds to set up a shell company to pay $130,000 to a porn star you had an affair with and recording it as a legal expense, does not seem like a minor offense to me, especially when it was done to improve your chance of becoming president of the U.S.


This just in as per CNN (Clinton News Network) our credibility is in the you because we report the exactly opposite of what the government is actually doing. Our ratings are in the toilet just like the propaganda we spew and the talking heads that do their bidding.

If you needed proof that CNN is a propaganda agency for the Socialist just look at A.S post quoting CNN.

Guy Varoma

Joe……if anyone breaks the law no matter who he or she is then they should be arrested and have their day in court. I don’t care that Trump was president. If any other person did what Trump did, In NYC, In Georgia, and Jan. 6th they would have been arrested by now. If anything they are giving him special treatment because he was president. We are a nation built on the rule of law. If your problem is with NYC crime then complain about that. If you have a problem about Trump being charged then complain about that. Don’t make excuses why they shouldn’t indict Trump. He is a citizen like you are. What you are saying now is let the mob rule because if we prosecute Trump their will be revenge. The Mafia tried that too and it didn’t work. Letting MAGAs dictate what happens is the same thing as The Mafia trying to sway justice. You’re Italian you know about the Mafia right? You can also replace the Mafia or MAGAs with the brown shirts of 1930’s Germany.

Joseph Vendetti

Guy – I agree. Break the law get charged. But you have a prosecutor that has already proved and said he isn’t going to take up court time with misdemeanors even violent ones, then he convenes a grand jury on something that will be a misdemeanor?? There is zero logic besides it is political. It sets bad precedent and will snowball our system into 3rd world depths.

Joseph Vendetti

Anthony again – not defending any of trumps actions nor will i ever. What Bragg has said and what he has done – NYC is a lawless mess. One of my best friends from upstate his son is a Captain in 6th precinct and his officers are getting zero help on being attacked in subway and the perpetrators are back out on the street within hours.

Your are a very smart person and you know exactly what is happening with the politicizing of the justice system in this case and what it can mean going forward.

I am smart enough to agree with Guy, this is not a politicized case. I also agree with former RNC Chairman Michael Steele who said this about Mike Pence and others upset by Trump’s imminent indictment:

“Why the hell are you ‘taken aback by the idea of indicting a former President’ who has engaged in criminal behavior? Why continue to make excuses for Trump who would rather see you hanged & rancid behavior you decry in others?” Steele tweeted Sunday, sharing a clip of an ABC News interview with Pence.

Newsweek 3/19

Being a far left progressive Democrat, I believe the high level of crime in our country is related to social and economic injustice. If people were paid enough to live in dignity and not see their children go hungry while CEO’s and 1%;’s wallow in more money than they can spend we would see a reduction in crime. I believe in a law that would allow top executives in major corporations to make no more than 10 (maybe 20) times what they pay their lowest paid full time employee. We would see the economy grow as ordinary consumers bought the things they need and want. A truly progressive, no loopholes, income tax coupled with a wealth tax when needed would also reduce the absurdly unequal distribution of wealth in our country. The only market that would suffer would be for luxury items. I also believe that if white collar criminals like Eastman, Bannon, Stone, Trump et. al. were actually convicted and punished for their criminal behavior the crime rate would plummet.

Where’s the proof that NYC is a lawless mess, other than some anecdotal stories from your LEO friends? Crime was up EVERYWHERE during the pandemic. Is that a good thing? Absolutely not, I’m not excusing it. But the reasons for rises in crime are complicated and simply saying that the DA not prosecuting weed possession or turnstile jumping is the reason for it is silly and unproductive. New York is ranked in the middle of all states for violent crime rates. You know what states are ranked much higher? Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, and a whole host of other “red” states. But there isn’t a news network spending 24-hours a day railing against crime in those states and calling the governors ineffective in preventing it, so people act like NYC is the biggest problem.

Whoville, thank you for pointing out these facts and presenting an alternate, and in my opinion, more accurate view of crime in NY. It is important to underscore everything Joe posted about crime in NY was anecdotal and clearly biased as the words he used, “frenzied outbreaks,” and “scary videos.”

Guy Varoma

Joe….Michael Cohen plead guilty in Manhattan Federal Court for the same crime Trump is being investigated for now. He served time for breaking the law. Should they let Trump slide because he’s an ex-president? That wouldn’t be justice would it now. You keep calling the crime a misdemeanor….Presidents can be impeached for misdemeanors. Endangering the life a child is a misdemeanor. Should we put less weight on that because it’s called misdemeanor?

Joseph Vendetti


While Micheal Cohen was originally investigated for this – just like most white collar crimes during the investigation they found he had foreign corporations that he wasn’t paying taxes on, he under reported money from clients (money laundering and 7 counts of tax evasion), these parts had nothing to do with our Former nit wit President. The state charge of campaign contributions wasn’t prosecuted. Just like the DNC settled out of court of Hillary Clinton and head of DNC when contributions were diverted for other reasons.

If enough lawyers look at 17-20 years of business records, especially billings of attorneys that bill by 15 minute increments, they are known from double billing different clients for the same minutes – that’s neither here nor there but that is what he was sentenced for.

Cohen was also given harder penalties because he was an officer of the court & state/federal tax evasion, money laundering getting 3 years and out in 12 was quite moderate.

Guy Varoma

Joe…..On December 12, 2018, Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine after pleading guilty to tax evasion and campaign-finance violations. On February 26, 2019, he was disbarred from practicing law in the state of New York by the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division.

He was prosecuted for campaign-finance violations

Guy, you are right again and just to convince Joe:

“On December 12, 2018, Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine after pleading guilty to tax evasion and campaign-finance violations. On February 26, 2019, he was disbarred from practicing law in the state of New York by the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division.” Wikipedia

Joseph Vendetti

Cohen wasn’t charged by the Manhattan DA he was federally charged for tax evasion.

You can’t be that brainwashed to realize that Trump was charged by the Federal Eastern District but Cohen was.

Joseph Vendetti


The campaign charge was the fine – no jail time – tax evasion is what Cohen was sentenced for. He was charged federally not by NYC or NYS.

Whoville – my email is [email protected] if you email me I can send you video after video of NYC lawlessness, some from LEO body cameras, some from you tubes, some from my son – the point is – the man has told his staff don’t prosecute misdemeanors and he is going against his edicts.

Joseph Vendetti


US Southern District prosecuted the case – Robert Khuzami, Attorney for the United States, Acting Under Authority Conferred by 28 U.S.C. § 515, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and James D. Robnett, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (“IRS-CI”).

You can read the plea -

Joe, I have a child (child?) in their third year at NYU and am in the city frequently. I also worked in midtown for a couple years. Neither my daughter, nor I, nor my wife has ever witnessed what you say your son describes. Hell, I could put together a video showing upstate NY gets rainbows every day. Big whoop. Not denying it doesn’t happen. Crime is up across the country, in all cities.

What truly reeks about your comment is that at a time when America (most of us, anyway) wants and needs for the greatest criminal this country’s ever produced to be held accountable, there you are, the non-MAGA, attacking the prosecutor, and for very dubious reasons.

The DA doesn’t bust people on the street, cops do. And the DA is not responsible for seeing the cops get the support and structure they need. NYPD does that. And if you want to point your fingers at someone undermining that, maybe you need to take a closer look at PBA Big Turd, Pat Lynch who has done more to shield cops from being held accountable, more to enable the bad behavior that’s a hallmark of the NYPD.

Trump’s charges are not necessarily matters of national security, nor even the worst he’s committed. But it wasn’t organized crime that brought Al Capone down either. But it was enough to take him out of circulation and shut him down. The United States, and the world, need to shut down this very traitorous man by any legal means. It’s too bad you want to monkeywrench that.

I too was skeptical of the Joe’s description of the omnipresent violent crime in NYC. I wouldn’t bother emailing him for his son’s videos as they are no doubt a montage of violent crime; the reverse of the selective footage Tucker aired to “prove” the 1/6 insurrection was not the violent attempt to halt certification of Biden’s win that we all know it was.

Guy Varoma

Anthony …..I’ve been to NYC many times ….Yankee Stadium both old and new …..Citi Field and Shea Stadiums. I would go to Little Italy a few times a year. I took my mom there to buy cheese because she said It was the only place with good cheese. Out of all those times I witnessed One crime in the subway….A big rat was running off with a piece of pizza. I’m sure if you go to any big city in the US you can find crime there. The most dangerous city in the USA is Memphis, Tennessee per capita ….imagine that a red state city

Guy, my post below appeared before yours above and certainly supports your observations on crime in NYC. But what stills puzzles me is why Joe wants to exaggerate the risk of being a crime victim in NYC and impugn DA Bragg while calling on us to ignore or put behind us the many crimes Trump is alleged to have committed.

This article from the NYT is worth reading, if you have the time that we retirees do:

By William K. Rashbaum, Jonah E. Bromwich and Alan Feuer
March 20, 2023

“He would be fingerprinted. He would be photographed. He could even be handcuffed.

And if Donald J. Trump is indicted by a Manhattan grand jury in the days ahead for his role in a hush money payment to a porn star, the former president of the United States of America will be read the standard Miranda warning: He will be told that he has the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.

These are among the routine steps for felony arrests in New York. But the unprecedented arrest of a former commander in chief — one whose devoted supporters once staged a violent attack on the Capitol — will be anything but routine.

Last week, senior officials from the district attorney’s office and the state agency that runs the courts had preliminary discussions to plan for a possible indictment and arraignment. So did officials from the Police Department, which patrols the streets outside the Lower Manhattan courthouse, and the court officers, who handle security inside the Criminal Courts Building, where Mr. Trump would be arraigned.

And on Sunday, more than a dozen senior Police Department officials and two of the mayor’s top public safety aides held a virtual meeting to discuss security, staffing and contingency plans in the event of any protests, one person with knowledge of the meeting said.

That meeting followed a call from Mr. Trump himself, in a post on his site Truth Social on Saturday morning: “PROTEST,” he exhorted his supporters. “TAKE OUR NATION BACK!”

The former president’s rallying cry, with an indictment looming, conjured up memories of the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol.

Security is also a looming issue in the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, a Democrat who is the first Black person to lead the office. Mr. Trump has lashed out at the district attorney, calling him a racist and saying his investigation is politically motivated.

Ahead of a likely indictment by a Manhattan grand jury, New York officials are making security plans as some of Donald Trump’s supporters signal that they intend to protest.

Even before a decision has been made on criminal charges, the former president’s campaign is laying the groundwork to wage a political war.

After two days of pressure from Trump’s team, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida weighed in on the looming indictment of his likely rival for the Republican presidential nomination.

An early-morning social media post from Trump amounted to a starter’s gun for Republican officials. Many have raced to his defense, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Mr. Bragg and one of his top aides have already been the targets of threats on Mr. Trump’s social media platform. In an email to staffers on Saturday, first reported by Politico, Mr. Bragg assured prosecutors and other staff that he had been coordinating with the Police Department and court officials to ensure their safety.

“We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York,” he wrote. “Our law enforcement partners will ensure that any specific or credible threats against the office will be fully investigated.”

Joseph Vendetti

You my friends are one in denial about crime in NYC (which frankly isn’t the point) & 2.) that charges are politically motivated for a misdemeanor ithat according to the manhattan DA himself aren’t what his people should be wasting time on.

The point of this entire thing is political motives for prosecution will now become a commonplace occurrence. Not one current or former politician would ever be spared.

In 2012 when Harry Reid was Majority leader he changed the rules of the Senate from Needing 60 votes to end a filibuster to needing 51. The day has come and gone and boy the Democrats wish that rule never changed because they could have stopped 2 SCOTUS votes from making it to the floor.

So sure it may seem all fine and dandy to go arrest former President Trump on a misdemeanor charge that will tie of millions of dollars in court time, will most likely if convicted end up in a federal appellate court (thats todays NYT saying that) which in the end will be a popcorn Fart.

There were 5 Democrats from NYS Senate & Assembly on PBR saying they think “this will invigorate Trumps base”, “that he will gain sympathy in the Independent eyes”. That is the point – not the crime in NYC, not Micheal Cohen being Federally tried (I mean for god sake if the FBI had something on a sitting President who was already being impeached wouldn’t that have come into play? Since Federal convictions are 98.5%?)

That’s all you have.

No one outside the grand jury knows what the charges will be, much less whether they will be misdemeanors. Do you seriously think they would go to all this trouble for a misdemeanor? Why are you so fixated on that?
Good gravy, the desperation’s palpable.

(and I’m pretty sure most here acknowledge crime has spiked, and not just in NYC, no one has denied that. And it’s not because the DA is distracted by political games. Sheesh. Have you no shame?)

Who cares if it invigorates his base. The DA should follow the law and the facts, consequences be damned. If the grand jury didn’t find sufficient evidence, so be it, let it go. But it sounds like they did find sufficient evidence. To not prosecute would be to make the opposite decision because of politics. To not prosecute because the DA is afraid of invigorating his base is, in itself, a political decision. And I hope the DA in Georgia follows the facts in Trump’s election tampering investigation. The man is a disgrace and a menace to our politics. For America’s sake I hope he goes away, but the one thing we should not do is to cower to his shrinking base. Unfortunately, the Republican party cannot seem to quit Trump, despite the fact that he and his politics are a proven three-time political LOSER. The GOP is showing the country what it’s like when you try and appease his base and disregard the rest of the country out of fear for his wrath.

Guy Varoma

Joe….you are implying that Sen. Harry Reid changed the SCOTUS vote to a simple majority. He didn’t. What he changed was the vote for Federal Judges because McConnell was rejecting all the choices put forth. Also McConnell refused to even interview Merit Garland the Obama pick. Harry Reid knew McConnell was stalling until a new president was elected so he could pick the federal judges….What has happened to to picking Federal Judges and Supreme Court Judges falls directly on McConnell’s lap

“Human activities have transformed the planet at a pace and scale unmatched in recorded history, causing irreversible damage to communities and ecosystems, according to one of the most definitive reports ever published about climate change. Leading scientists warned that the world’s plans to combat these changes are inadequate and that more aggressive actions must be taken to avert catastrophic warming.

The report released Monday from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that the world is likely to miss its most ambitious climate target — limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial temperatures — within a decade. Beyond that threshold, scientists have found, climate disasters will become so extreme that people will not be able to adapt. Basic components of the Earth system will be fundamentally, irrevocably altered. Heat waves, famines and infectious diseases could claim millions of additional lives by century’s end.”

No problem, all the current congressmen and world leaders will be dead by then”

Joseph Vendetti

I’m dumbfounded on how your hatred for Donald Trump has blinded you to the pandoras box this going to open. Like I said Harry Reids decision to go to simple majority instead of 60 to stop a fillibuster (i never said majority SCOTUS) opened up a huge avenue for the republicans when they had the majority.

Every action will create a reaction ( have to be prepared for positive or negative).

Maybe I am giving you all too much credit for being able to see political retribution & the negatives that will do or can do to the US.

The pandora’s box we don’t want to open is allowing presidents to get away with serious crimes just because of the office they hold or held. NO MAN IS ABOVE THE LAW IN A TRUE DEMOCRACY!!!!

Lou, you have brought up a crisis that is far more threatening than the rising crime rate. And all of us, not just Big Oil, have our heads buried in the sand. We live day to day as if this growing and existential threat doesn’t exist. But it does. We are seeing the consequences of climate change right now but refuse to acknowledge that the only way to survive is through global cooperation, limiting population growth, giving up luxuries, limiting income inequality and simplifying our lives.

A related threat is that we are choking in a literal sea of plastic waste pollution:

There is now 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic in our ocean & 46,000 pieces in every square mile of ocean, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes. Every day around 8 million pieces of plastic makes their way into our oceans.

There is an estimated 75 to 199 million tons of plastic waste currently in our oceans, with a further 33 billion pounds of plastic entering the marine environment every single year.

Today, marine pollution is widespread and getting worse and, in most countries, poorly controlled, with the majority of contaminants coming from land-based sources.Dec 10, 2020

Humans, including myself, are short-sighted and selfish. If we want our descendants to inherit a planet capable of sustaining life we had best wake up to the dire emergency climate change and pollution really are. Without global cooperation we will cease to exist. Individuals, even nations, can’t clean our mess up without full international cooperation. This is not likely. The only thing anyone can do is live life as simply as possible and support global awareness and initiatives.

Joseph Vendetti

For me to really hate someone- they would have to do something to me or my family personally (rape, murder, injure). I may not care for a person but hate is some high level stuff. I don’t think I could ever hate a politician unless they did something I named above. I’m at a loss with you all. Not seeing or being so brainwashed by one side that you’d be fine with it.

Here are the actual criminal statistics for Manhattan- which is tame compared to Brooklyn & the Bronx.

In 2022, the DA’s office downgraded more than half of felony cases to misdemeanors. The move came at a time when crimes were up 27.6% in New York City.

Bragg declined to prosecute 35% more felony cases than in 2019.

So if you want republicans and democrats to be treated the same I’m sure you are out there pounding your fist looking for justice on the FBIs entanglement with twitter, with justice on getting to the bottom of President Bidens sons business partners, or any other democratic issue?

Me – I’m against all the fools. You only want to notice 1/2 the fools:

I am not brainwashed, Joe, I just disagree with you. For example, prosecutors often decide not to charge. The usual reasons are:

“Once an arrest is made, a prosecutor screens the case to determine if it should be prosecuted or dropped. The decision to prosecute is based on the following factors:

The sufficiency of the evidence linking the suspect to the offense.

The seriousness of the offense.

The size of the court’s caseload.

The need to conserve prosecutorial resources for more serious cases.

The availability of alternatives to formal prosecution.

The defendant’s culpability (moral blameworthiness).

The defendant’s criminal record.

The defendant’s willingness to cooperate with the investigation or prosecution of others.”

And plea bargaining, for example, reducing a defendant’s charge from a felony to a misdemeanor, is not at all uncommon for the same reason charges are dropped. By agreeing to plead guilty the accused gets a reduced sentence and time and money spent on a trial are saved.

As for hating Trump, I plead guilty. One reason is for all the pain and suffering he inflicted on the families of those officers killed on 1/6 and the permanent disabilities others suffered as a result of Trump’s mob attacking them with everything from bear spray to flag poles. Look at what they did to Officer Fanone and how he feels about Trump; it might stir up strong dislike if not hate for this man who continues to threaten our democracy.

Guy Varoma

Joe……I don’t care who the politician is Democrat or Republican ….If they break the law we must prosecute them…..Should the people of Long Island let George Santos slide and not investigate him because it will open up Pandora’s Box? Trump is in the trouble he is because of your kind of thinking. He thinks he’s above the law. Imagine what you would have seen if the republicans were the ones on the other side of this….For god’s sake ,wake up. Republicans prosecuted Clinton because he lied about have oral sex in the white house. Ken Starr couldn’t find anything on him on the Whitewater probe…to save face he impeached Clinton on oral sex.

“My people came to me, (Director of National Intelligence) Dan Coats came to me and some others saying they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said. “I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.”


This is why he’s so hated, Joe. This is the then-president of the United States of America. Not a slip of the tongue, not a matter of bad manners, and not a matter of challenging the establishment. Placing the words of one of our chief adversaries (and now a full-blown enemy), and his apparent allegiance to, over our own military.

This is treason, Joe. And the Republican Party marched right along with him. And if it takes the relatively petty crime of paying off a prostitute with campaign funds to shut him down, so be it. Prosecuting him is what most Americans want, if for no other reason than to save face to ourselves and the rest of the world.

What kind of American now runs cover for him by attacking the prosecutor? Your words are pathetic and a real disappointment (but still right in step with your party).

Joseph Vendetti

Chuck – I have no party, I have no allegiance like you who is a major hypocrite and is what is wrong with the US. I call everyone out if you are bad Republican or Democrat. You let every democrat slide and make an excuse for how they aren’t as bad as Trump. Who cares how bad the shit stinks its all shit & all needs to be flushed down the toilet.

I called Bragg a hypocrite – because he refuses to prosecute criminals that attack police officers but politically motivated crimes he will prosecute. To you that is ok because Trump is bad, he is treasonous. The BBC has reported as far back as 2013 that Hunter flew on Air Force II and was within 12 days put on a Chinese Board and given 10% stake in BHR & also later put on Bhatism energy for Russian Energy conglomerates – both sworn enemies of the US – is it Treason? How many Americans sit on these two boards? How many relatives of former VPs sit on Communist controlled companies boards? How many sons of presidents sit on communist controlled boards?

I have never seen you call out anyone but a republican. I’ve called out Biden, Trump, DeSantis, Clinton, Cuomo, Schumer, McConnell, Bush, Cheney, Graham, McCarthy, Tonko, Tedisco, Sanders, Warren, etc etc – you call out Republicans. Thats it!! You know how pathetic that is? You know the kind of narrow minded person you have to be to think one party doesn’t do anything wrong or you are willing to overlook it ? That is a pathetic human being and that is you.

Joe, You don’t want to see Trump prosecuted though he unleashed his angry mob on 1/6 resulting in five deaths and dozens of severe injuries among the forces of law and order defending the Capitol. You then make the spurious charge that Alvin Bragg “refuses to prosecute criminals that attack police officers.” Where did you find that obviously false assertion.

Hunter Biden is not a politician. The alleged crimes of the son should not be visited upon the father.

Many Democrats, some party notables, spoke out against Clinton for his sexual indiscretions and lies about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, including myself and probably Chuck.

“How many Americans sit on these two boards? How many relatives of former VPs sit on Communist controlled companies boards? How many sons of presidents sit on communist controlled boards?”
I don’t know. Do you?

My question for you, how many presidential candidates asked for Russian help in a debate with their opponent? I’ll give you a hint. This is what he said as America listened:

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

I have indeed called out Democrats, and I don’t expect you to remember details about me but I’ve been very clear here that for 40 years I was registered unaffiliated until I realized I couldn’t support Bernie Sanders unless I registered Dem so I could participate in NY and the Dems’ sad closed Primary. I’ve been very clear I am a DINO.

Your accusation that I’m somehow one-sided is false. I’ve also been clear that Trump’s rise to the Presidency was mostly on the fat and happy DNC and Hillary Clinton thinking they had it sown up. I’ve also been very clear here more than once that I enjoy very good, healthy debates and discussions with a couple Republicans, including one, a local elected Republican official. We have no problem “agreeing to disagree”.

And you still can’t admit Trump is a traitor, nor acknowledge how devastating that is to our country.

You on the other hand seem to always defer to backhands against the Dems and liberals in general.

Joseph Vendetti

I’ve called out 1/6 as the worst event in our lifetime.

If our justice dept had information that he committed treason he would have been arrested by now. If there was substance in treason charges our FBI would arrest him – you know it and I know it.

I said Trump should be charged with voluntary manslaughter for officers killed in 1/6. If you insight a riot that results in peoples injuries or deaths – charge that person. But for the same reason I guess they haven’t charged Maxime Waters or Al sharpton that got rioters riled up to protest & ended up shooting a store owner security guard or other fatalities – its a hard case to prove.

Politicians are scumbags – Trump being top scumbag, the rest of the mountain goes down to crooked mayors and alderman that are asking for bribes or their kids to have no show jobs as companies that work for the City.

Interesting perspective. How can you say Trump should be prosecuted for manslaughter but then also question the prosecution for violating campaign finance laws? Shouldn’t the bringing of charges equate to them having sufficient evidence?

Guy Varoma

Joe….so you are saying let him slide on campaign finance laws he broke because it would open a Pandora’s Box…But prosecute him for voluntary manslaughter for Jan. 6th death of police officers ? You’re a funny guy. You’re taking one step back and a giant leap forward.

Even before any charges have been released against former President Donald Trump, as is widely expected to happen by experts, House Republicans are turning their guns on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and other GOP chairs demanding he come before Congress to testify on his investigation.

Former Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe tore into this effort, agreeing with former attorney and Congressman Dan Goldman, who tweeted, “Defending Trump is not a legitimate legislative purpose for Congress to investigate a state district attorney. Congress has no jurisdiction to investigate the Manhattan DA, which receives no federal funding nor has any other federal nexus.”

“For Congress to harass a local prosecutor who is just enforcing state criminal laws violates core principles of federalism and state sovereignty in violation of the Tenth Amendment,” he wrote.

“More than slightly hypocritical for the former champions of state’s rights,” Tribe added.

– Raw Story

I don’t know much about Mr
Bragg, and I’m not sure i like him, but regarding accusations of hypocrisy, here’s the whole story which includes his admission and apology:

Days after taking office, DA Bragg detailed new charging, bail, plea and sentencing policies for the Manhattan borough. He said his office would no longer prosecute certain low-level offences such as public transport fare evasion and cannabis-related misdemeanours.

An outcry from local law enforcement and business leaders amid rising violence in New York City prompted DA Bragg to apologise and revise the policy.

– NY Times

Joseph Vendetti

Reading comprehension apparently is lacking in this group.

1.) we have a district attorney that fails to prosecute violent felonies and is pleading a majority of his cases to misdemeanors but jumps into a case that is 6 yrs old?

2.) hypocrisy is me pointing out that if you want to prosecute hush money to a porn star over violent ppl attacking police officers.

3.) if there was a crime the FBI would have charged & prosecuted it back when they charged Cohen Federally (the Feds have a 98.5% conviction rate)

4.) Charge him with a crime (a federal crime) that has teeth and can’t be appealed (up) – involuntary manslaughter of a federal officer – that is a minimum 15 yr sentence. The DC has all democratic judges so these cases could only be overturned by SCOTUS or a pardon from a sitting president.

Who’s got reading comprehension issues?

“An outcry from local law enforcement and business leaders amid rising violence in New York City prompted DA Bragg to apologise and revise the policy.”

Guy Varoma

So Joe….there is no “Pandora’s Box” that you stated earlier? It’s funny that Pence more or less quoted what you said about Bragg this weekend. ….Like I said at the beginning….Your MAGA is showing itself.

Joe, read the last sentence carefully, and you will understand why Trump wasn’t charged at the time Cohen was.

AP: 2/5/21Trump’s exit from the White House last month prompted speculation that U.S prosecutors might revive the investigation that sent his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to prison. Trump himself had been publicly implicated by prosecutors as complicit in Cohen’s campaign finance crimes during his 2016 run for office.

But several people involved in the case say the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan has made no such move, and is unlikely to do so going forward.

An attorney for one key witness described the investigation as “dead,” adding prosecutors have even returned certain evidence they collected — a likely indication no one else will be charged. The attorney spoke on the condition of anonymity because prosecutors have not discussed the case publicly.

One current and one former law enforcement official told the AP that factors beyond presidential immunity prevented Trump from being charged for his role in buying the silence of Karen McDougal and porn actress Stormy Daniels, who said they’d had extramarital affairs with him.

Cohen, who has cast himself as a potential star witness against his former boss, told the AP that he has not heard from the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan since late 2018, when he was sentenced to three years in prison for arranging the payments.

The U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment. A message seeking comment was sent to Trump’s attorney; his legal team is preparing for the start of his second impeachment trial.

Trump has said the payments to Daniels and McDougal were a private matter and did not amount to campaign finance violations.

Federal prosecutors infamously referred to Trump as “Individual-1” in charging Cohen with skirting campaign contribution rules by arranging six-figure payments to Daniels and McDougal, a former Playboy model, to keep them quiet about years-old affairs that Trump consistently denied.

The investigation turned up evidence that Trump himself had been aware of the payments, despite his initial public claims he knew nothing about them, including a recording in which he can be heard speaking to Cohen about efforts to buy McDougal’s continued silence.

Prosecutors said “Individual-1” directed Cohen to make the payments, which they said should have been subject to campaign finance laws because they were made for the purpose of helping Trump win the election.

Trump’s lawyers maintained during his presidency that he was shielded from prosecution while in office, raising questions about his legal exposure following his tenure — and even the prospect he would preemptively pardon himself.”

Joseph Vendetti

Guy – instead of insinuating about me take a good long look at yourself, what you have or haven’t done in life, stop blaming others for your lack of accomplishments, and worry about you instead of insulting others which is all you do to people that disagree with you

Guy Varoma

Joe….My life is fine…..No complaints on how I’ve done. ….It’s seems you get irritable when I point out the discrepancies in your comments. My observations of you is that you lean right. Anytime you bring up criticism of the Democrats you try to cover yourself with a criticism of a Republican that always fall short. At the start of my adult life I leaned right, That changed when Newt Gingrich hijacked the republican party. I slowly moved left through the years. And when Trump was elected that pushed e further left. If you would like to know more about me, don’t be afraid to ask.

Joseph Vendetti

Thats why you guys hide behind fake names.

Anytime you want to come and show what a real tough guy you are instead of a keyboard warrior

820 Fehr Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12309

If my Tahoe is in the driveway stop by. I don’t have to make up some fake BS name on Facebook. People with fake names have no friends on facebook. Cowards that can’t put their real name in print you are so proud of your views you hide in the dark and toss insults at people. The gazette should toss you all off for the unprofessional and bullying manner you treat people with.

I have no friends on facebook?!!??!? That’s a game-changer.

Pro tip: Don’t push bullsh!!t on others and you won’t have to wipe it out of your eyes. No one’s interested in fighting you.
You’re the only one (today) who can’t handle the feedback here. Maybe less facebook time for you, buster.

April 5, 2018

“ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he didn’t know about the $130,000 payment his personal attorney made to Stormy Daniels, issuing a firm denial in his first public comments about the adult-film actress who alleges she had an affair with him.

Asked aboard Air Force One whether he knew about the payment, Trump said flatly: “No.”

Trump also said he didn’t know why his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, had made the payment.

“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael,” he said. He added that he didn’t know where Cohen had gotten the money. Trump didn’t answer a question about whether he set up a fund that Cohen could tap.”

And I’m Mother Goose

Consider that is one or two minutes of the 1,461 days or 2,103, 840 minutes of his non stop, lying, cheating, or partaking in criminal activity, short of sleeping, playing golf, eating McDonald’s burgers, or sitting on the toilet.

And then there’s Joe’s comment; “I’m dumbfounded on how your hatred for Donald Trump has blinded you to the pandoras box this going to open.”

To be honest, I would be ecstatic if trump got life without parole for jaywalking.

If anyone is interested in the TRUTH about crime in NYC, you can check the NYPD’s own statistics here:
compstat nypdonline org/2e5c3f4b-85c1-4635-83c6-22b27fe7c75c/view/89

Joe, you’re welcome to compare your parroted Fox points with what the cops themselves are reporting. But I don’t expect any admissions of mistake (as we heard from the DA).

But do go on and tell us about how thin-skinned and biased we are. It’s a free country. Or go ahead and describe how NYPD is under the control of George Soros, or the Deep State™, whatever damn crap you’re willing to consume.

Joseph Vendetti

Chuck or Charles Riley or whatever name you go by. Use your real name or don’t address me. I’m not a coward that is afraid to put his real name in the comments.

Joseph Vendetti

You guys try to bully anyone on here that isn’t 100% goose stepping with you. Bullys like you have kids and grand kids that end up killing themselves because you’ve bullied them so much because they can’t openly say they disagree with you without getting bullied. You are exactly what you despise. You are Donald Trump without the fame and money.

Disagreeing with someone is part of the process of getting to the truth. It is not bullying. When you accuse those who disagree with you of “goose stepping”, that is bullying. When you actually challenge another poster to a physical fight on a forum meant to discuss and debate current issues that is bullying. You have also demonstrated that people who choose to use a nom de plume may indeed have made a wise decision.

Joseph Vendetti

Anthony – what you are doing is gas lighting- by telling the victim he is the wrong one for responding to bullies.

i’m not LGB or Bill or some right wing nut and I refuse to be bullied by 6 ppl that have zero tolerance to listen to a point of view and start name calling with MAGA nonsense.

The entire lot of you turn the other cheek when democrats are committing crimes but only talk one side. That is hypocritical and when someone calls you all out on it – ohhhhno your a maga, yout a racist, you guys are Donald Trump bullies.

Feels good to pack heat, doesn’t it? I know…but those days are long gone. I’ve grown up. And that’s why you don’t get to know who I am. Your whole demographic’s like one big game of Russian Roulette (pun intended).

You’re the only one being abusive and thin-skinned here, friend. Don’t confuse debate with being under siege.

Joseph Vendetti

Charles Riley – your inadequacies have to be tremendous for you to attack others that don’t agree with you. Mommy and Daddy issues? coworkers? Could never make a sports team? Embarrassed about the size of your genitals?

You are exactly what trump is you and “guy” both. You Bully because you feel inadequate.

Bullied themselves: Someone who bullies others might have experienced bullying — maybe by their parents, their abusing step-siblings, or even from someone in their neighborhood. Bullies often lack empathy as a result of their perception of what’s happened to them, and they want to pay that negativity forward.
Seeking social attention via loneliness: Bullies are often lonely. They don’t have any real friends. So they try to find attention in any way they can, even if that means hampering someone’s mental health or causing them physical health problems.
Frustration or envy: Bullies may bully people who are doing better than them at something, be it grades or athletic accomplishments or promotions at work. The bullies look to undermine the other person’s skills with acts of aggression only to level the playing field. Bullies often lack psychological well-being, so there’s a lot of comparison being done in their heads, and that leads to frustration and envy.
Shame: This occurs when the person bullying is ashamed by their low intellect or lack of ability to succeed in whatever they try. They get frustrated by their failure and resultantly take it out on the other person with acts of aggression. Bullies often lack personal integrity, as well.
The decline of disagreement: This is a trickier one. Oftentimes in online discourse, a simple disagreement may be flagged by one person as “hate,” as opposed to an opportunity for future learning and discussion. When “hate” can be virtually anything, the term bully can be misappropriated to mean simply “someone you don’t like the views of,” as opposed to an actual, true bully. The confusion around semantics is a cause for the perceived rise of bullying, as well.
Gender norms: Males are more likely to have bullied another person. While it is common for us to encourage females to talk about their problems and accept visual emotions, the opposite is usually true for males. Without the outlet of healthy communication and displays of emotion, males can revert to aggressive behavior.

Joseph Vendetti

I don’t care what you think. My daughter is in her last year of her doctorate program for psychology- so I know what causes bullying and what it leads to.

Nice to know that you don’t care what I think.

Perhaps we all may know what bullying leads to, but the question is, Joe, who is actually doing the bullying?

And by the way, not bragging just saying, my son graduated with a 4.0 average after 6 + years of college. Graduate work at Union. He’s qualified to teach English from eighth through college, and I’m can’t spell for Sh/t, and would be intimidated by aspects of knowledge some 6th graders have.

You saying “My daughter is in her last year of her doctorate program for psychology” means nothing, and gives no additional creditability to you when you attempt to analyze people on this forum.

March 20th, 2023
I don’t know much about Mr
Bragg, and I’m not sure i like him….

Well for me Chuck, I’m sure I don’t like him. (Alvin Brag) I was extremely disappointed shortly he replaced Cyrus Vance Jr


“The criminal prosecution of Donald Trump in his home town appears to be all but officially over, at least for now. In an unexpected reversal of roles, Alvin Bragg, who took over as Manhattan’s District Attorney, in January, after campaigning on a promise to hold the former President accountable, instead seems to have all but abandoned the case that was brought by his predecessor Cyrus Vance, Jr., a prosecutor often criticized for being too timid.”…

“Two top prosecutors leading the criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump and his business resigned after the Manhattan district attorney said he was not prepared to authorize an indictment against the former President, a person familiar with the investigation said.

Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz, two senior prosecutors on the team, resigned last month — one day after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg informed them that he wasn’t prepared to move forward with criminal charges. The resignations followed weeks of internal debate and discussion over the strength of the evidence against Trump and whether it could pass the hurdle of proving a crime.

Prosecutors have been investigating Trump and the Trump Organization and whether they misled lenders, insurers, and others by providing them false or misleading financial statements about the value of properties.”

There’s enough ducks in a row for a blind man to pick them off. It’s all legal procrastination bullsh/t.

I’m so sick of hearing no man is above the law.

Guy Varoma

Joe….your frustration is gone to hyper. Relax no one is bullying you. I disagree with some of your comments or half the comments you make in a day. Somedays I’ve agreed with you totally …But today is not one of those days. What you are pulling now is a Marinic 🤡…Boo Hoo I’m being picked on because someone disagreed with you. Please don’t turn into a Marinic 🤡 ………Sleep well tonight and look at it fresh in the morning. Maybe Trump won’t get indicted at all.

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