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Letters to the Editor Friday, June 9 – Three, from readers in Schenectady, Perth and Rochester

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City parking costs hostile to visitors

Talk of “New Schenectady” has me wishing for the “good old days.”
The days when there were at least a few hours of free parking downtown. Not so long ago, I could run downtown to get a book at The Open Door or to stop in at City Hall, and I wouldn’t have to pay for the privilege.
After a breakfast meeting at Bountiful Bread on lower State Street in early December, I came out, less than 15 minutes after my “meter” had expired, to find a parking ticket on my car. That was actually the last time I ate at Bountiful Bread.
Panera in Niskayuna won’t charge me $35 if I stay too long.
I recently spent several weeks in Saratoga and rented co-working space at Palette. Although the office is on Broadway, I was able to find free parking within a few blocks every single day. In contrast, when I tried to use the Palette space in Schenectady, I was unable to find free parking within walking distance.
Instead I had to pay for the privilege of working downtown. A full workday of parking costs $8. A monthly parking pass would cost me more than $50 — every month.
Charging downtown visitors for all parking deters people from visiting and hurts local businesses. If I was working downtown, I would be eating and shopping downtown more often, too.
Instead, the city’s hostile parking rules have led me to go back to working from home.
Gillian Scott

Packaging bill is not well designed

I am writing in response to the Daily Gazette editorial, “Bills will take more waste out of the environment.”
New York’s beverage companies have been working closely with lawmakers and environmental groups for over three years to implement a best-in-class extended producer responsibility system – one funded by producers and designed to create a circular economy for all recyclables.
Our industry is supportive of well-designed legislation, but this goal will not be reached with S4246A/A5322A.
As amended, the bill will not achieve its environmental objectives and would be costly to small businesses and consumers.
The current bill does not represent a best-in-class EPR system and deviates from the principles of well-designed EPR policy. Specific concerns include:
Provisions to ban the sale of all non-recyclable packaging in the state two years after enactment would jeopardize access to grocery, personal care and home improvement products, harming consumers, as well as New York small businesses.
Banning the sale of certain packaging would have a disproportionate impact on low-income consumers, limit choices of products and disrupt jobs for production line workers.
The amended bill doesn’t take into account proactive measures taken by the beverage industry to reduce packaging while requiring 50% reductions over 12 years following enactment.
State assessment of fees for producers also runs foul of the intent behind producer responsibility – essentially removing substantial incentives for producers to participate.
Beverage companies are eager to continue to work with lawmakers on proven ways that have worked elsewhere to improve recycling of all materials.
Scott Pappajohn
The writer is senior market director for Upstate N.Y. at PepsiCo Beverages North America.

Don’t turn a blind eye to Trump flaws

Thank you, Bruce Trachtenberg, for your June 2 letter, (“Get the facts right on Trump’s tenure,”) and trying to inform those who choose to turn a blind eye.
I will blame him forever for so many thousands and thousands of deaths from covid while lying every single day about how deadly it was. He knew it.
He’d take over the daily briefings by those who knew covid was extremely deadly. And let’s not forget the “Border Wall” lie.
Who was gonna pay for it? Mexico — not.
Mary Baker



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christophe Stalka

Ms Baker spot on letter a federal,grad jury agrees with you.its time to put an end to the Trump Era which has been a complete disaster for this country. As he and his cronies continue to lie and spin our country continues to move on under president Biden.

Trump has made it acceptable for his minions to shout and lie the rest of us are sick of the grifter and his nonsense.


INDICTED again!! 7 counts–one under the Espionage Act. Let that sink in…

I´m more upset with the millions of Americans that still support this traitor. He deserves what happened to Mussolini, but this is America where he has a right to due process.

I am re-posting this from yesterday. I am asking MAGA supporters to define the “DEEP STATE” as used in this example. Please identify specific members of the “DEEP STATE” and elaborate on its goals and methods:

The sore losers and crybabies sound as if they have totally lost it and are saying truly outrageous things about the indictment of Trump. Here is a sample:

“Donald Trump’s latest indictment has prominent MAGA figures rushing to defend the former president in the most outlandish of ways. ‘This is the JFK assassination all over again,’ tweeted right-wing social media personality Mike Cernovich, who later posted, ‘The deep state killed JFK with bullets. Now they are using briefcases to assassinate those who stand in their way.’ Longtime Trump ally Rudy Giuliani couldn’t contain his devastation, either. ‘This is a day that’s one of the worst in the history of the United States,’ he said in a Twitter Space after the news broke.”



Well it could be considered one of the ¨worst days in the history of the United States¨ or a ¨dark day¨ as McCarthy stated–since we have a TRAITOR running for office again.

The former president stated how horrible this is since it never happened before. YEAH, we never had an outright criminal daring the Justice Dept to hold him accountable! 45 committed crimes right before our eyes. He´s come right out and confessed his crimes (since he believes he´s above the law).

Bill Marincic

jclark, I have to agree with you it’s traitorous of Biden to sell out America to enrich his family. They have the bank records and people in on the scam who testified and the DOJ is going after Trump. Ridiculous, right?


BM- 45s doj with bill barr tried to find something on Biden and there’s no “there there.” The Durham report was a dud. Same with Hillary! The gop have come right out and said they don’t care, they know poor suckers like you who hate lefties will believe it. They admitted their attacks hurt Hillary and are keeping Biden’s poll numbers down.
Which this doj IS doing.

Bill Marincic

Yeah, and Peter Strozks insurance policy wasn’t real either. You people are fools if you don’t think people are scared of Trump and that they will do anything because he doesn’t owe anyone and they, both Republicans and Democrats want to continue filling their pockets on the American taxpayer.

Bill Marincic

Let’s put it in perspective, Russia and Putin, jail their competition. Joe Biden had secret documents in Pennsylvania, in Chinatown in his open garage sitting on the floor. Joe Biden had classified documents from the time. He was a senator and a vice president meaning that he had no right to have those documents in the first place. President Trump, as the president had security clearance and had the right to have those documents, not to mention they were in Mar-a-Lago, that had Secret Service protection, and trumps private security,. I wonder where Biden’s indictment is? If anyone doesn’t think this is election interference, You’re probably part of the Daily gazette swamp.


BM–you have got to be kidding! 45 was a FORMER president and stole documents knowing they were classified. He refused to give them back when the DOJ gave him every opportunity for over a year! Looks like he shared them, too–just like he shared documents with Russians in the Oval Office.

Biden and Pence alerted the authorities immediately and were not using them for their benefit. If 45 handed them over when asked, he wouldn´t be in trouble right now.

ELECTION INTERFERENCE? How about Jan 6th?! You want to talk about election interference, start there!

Thanks for the clarification jclark. What are BM and those like him missing in this situation? Neither Pence nor Biden did what Trump did, lie about continued possession of documents, obstruct attempts to recover documents, or do anything to cause suspicion they intended to use them for personal gain.


Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. You should know that as a strong proponent of law and order.

CNN reports: 6/9

Former President Donald Trump acknowledged on tape in a 2021 meeting that he had retained “secret” military information that he had not declassified, according to a transcript of the audio recording obtained by CNN. “As president, I could have declassified, but now I can’t,” Trump says, according to the transcript.

Marincic, I’m compelled to thank you for one thing, that being all the neck exercise you provide me. Every time you post something I involuntarily shake my head for extended periods of time due to my complete disbelief that you actually say what you do. – Look up the definition of the word “oneirataxia.”

Bill Marincic

Restifo, I’m more inclined to think your problem is cervical dystonia, you might want to get that checked.

Guy Varoma

Mr. Bill 🤡haven’t you embarrassed yourself enough already being stupid for Trump? On January 20th 2021….Trump wasn’t president anymore. Any clearance he had went out Paul Pelosi’s broken glass window on that day. The Secret Service was there to keep an eye on Trump not Classified Documents store a a closet and in his desk. The thing is Trump’s arrogance got him in this jam….All he had to do was give the boxes back to the National Archive people when they requested them back and all this wouldn’t exist. I doubt we would have even heard about it if he complied with that simple request. So for over a year he fought to keep them until the DOJ hand no other choice but to subpoena the documents, Even then he wouldn’t give them back. So a judge issued a search order and here we are. I know you adore Trump but it’s time to come out of Trump world and into reality. Stop repeating right wing conspiracies Do some actual research …….The constitution and the rule of law is what you are seeing in action… one is above the law


Seriously, all he had to do was give the docs back when they were discovered and requested by the FBI. Same as Pence did. Same as Biden did. But he has a sickness and pathology that will never allow him to admit any wrongdoing. Lie, obstruct, and drain the pool into the server room.

Bill Marincic

Noone is above the law unless they are high-ranking democrats like the Clintons, Obamas, and the Biden family.

Read the indictment before you go any further. I provided the link below. It is thorough and convincing; that is why the GRAND JURY indicted Trump. Now, prove with equally convincing evidence, that any of the people you named committed felonies of this magnitude.

Trump will present his defense in the jury trial. He is legally considered innocent until 12 jurors agree he is guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. After reading the document ask yourself, would you vote for acquittal or conviction on each of the 37 counts?


Speaking of secret service, two dozen of them have been subpoenaed, so we’ll see what they had to say!

The question isn’t whether 45 did wrong concerning documents, it’s just how far did he sell us out?! And BM still defends him…sickening!

Guy Varoma

Jclark it truly is a sickness they have ….They choose the orange man over The Country…..Trump was right …he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and he wouldn’t lose a vote …..These people need professional help

christophe Stalka

Folks simple interpretation that even the liar among us can understand

the federal grand jury voted to indict the traitor.

BIDEN and pence are irrelevant in this espionage case only the orange buffoon is

Depends and tissues are on special at hannaford stock up if needed but this Trump trouble can’t be lied away.

Love the comments.

Let’s get the terminology straight. First, among other offenses, Trump is charged with espionage. According to Merriam-Webster, espionage is “the practice of spying or using spies to obtain information about the plans and activities especially of a foreign government or a competing company.” Did you get that? Trump stands accused of being a spy! If he’s convicted, I think that qualities him as the worst traitor, in the broadest sense of that word, since Benedict Arnold (he was so hated, in fact, that many Continental Army soldiers agreed to serve beyond their enlistments in hopes of trapping Arnold at Yorktown).

A count is different from a charge. Although the terms are used interchangeably, a charge is an accusation that a person has broken the law. Trump has been indicted on seven charges. A count is the number of time each charge has been committed. We don’t know how many counts are included in the indictment.

One of the charges is conspiracy, which, by definition, means other people were involved. After all, one has to collaborate with someone in order to commit conspiracy.

I can’t wait to find out who the other conspirators were. That’s intriguing enough, but the broader question is the “why.” Why did Trump steal the documents, lie about them, and refuse to turn them over to the authorities when asked? What was his motivation? To my legally untrained mind, it seems that he wanted to use them for leverage – but leverage for what and against whom?


Hannity desperately tried to help 45 in that interview, but 45 confessed instead:

Sean Hannity told Trump he couldn’t imagine Trump taking documents from the White House.
“I know you,” Hannity said. “I don’t think you would do it.”
Trump corrected Hannity, saying, “I would do that” and adding that he has the right to “take stuff.”
The Insider

Bill Wemple

Watched the film “Benedict Arnold – Hero Betrayed”. Very interesting documentary. Arnold got royally screwed over with political BS from his very own countrymen which basically drove him to commit his treason. It did not excuse him from his act, but you can see why he did it. If he had not committed his treason, several historians think there may very well have been a giant monument built for Arnold in Washington, DC for what he did right here on the Saratoga Battlefield. He basically saved the Revolution then betrayed it a few years later. Very interesting history.

Mr. Wemple: That’s what his contemporaries believed — and not without reason. Up until his shocking betrayal, Arnold was regarded as a genuine hero and great warrior. But Arnold claimed he turned his coat because he wanted to prevent more bloodshed and keep the empire intact. I’m two books away from reading H. W. Brand’s “America’s First Civil War.” Maybe I’ll have a stronger opinion after I read Brand’s analysis.

If Arnold is taken at his word, that would be a noble excuse. Trump doesn’t even have that going for him. All we know at this point is he took classified documents simply because he wanted to. I have my own private suspicions that, given Trump’s history, he’s implicated in a very serious conspiracy.

The motivation for Trump’s nefarious deeds aside, Republicans ought to stop this nonsense about Trump being the victim of a Biden attempt to get rid of his strongest rival. That argument should have been put to rest at the very moment Jack Smith was appointed special counsel. Politics had nothing to do with it and neither did Biden.


And another one bites the dust:
An aide to former President Donald Trump has been indicted in special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the mishandling of classified documents from the Trump White House, two sources familiar with the indictment tell CNN.

Walt Nauta’s indictment is the second in the special counsel’s investigation after Trump was indicted on seven counts on Thursday.

C´mon BM–where are you? Aren´t you going to reply to all these ¨lefties?¨

christophe Stalka

lets put this in perspective does anyone else think the stench of this story is getting stronger based on the fact the damsel donnies lawyers just quit!?

just a hunch but im betting there’s a lot more to this story than waving around some documents. Somebody big spilled what this dude was up to

Guy Varoma

Ex Trump Lawyer ,,,”was there any harm done to the Untied States by Trump Keeping these documents, I don’t mean to minimize the charges they are serious”

LOL ….he just tried to minimize the charges !….I …..I laughed out loud.

Mr. Bill 🤡 you need to go with this …it’s right up your alley

To Anthony’s and serval others’ points above: I assume all of you remember James Comey’s testimony before Congress explaining why prosecuting Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of classified documents should not go forward. He said the critical elements to successfully prosecute her – intentionality and obstruction – were absent. In other words, did she have a sinister motive for using the private server to store classified documents in the conduct of her duties as secretary of state or was it just an unfortunate error in judgment? He concluded that it was the latter, and for that reason he said the DOJ would not prosecute her.

Today, that standard is known as “the Comey test.” If Jack Smith decided to bring the case before a grand jury, I’m sure he was aware of that requirement and he was confident he could prove Trump’s misconduct was intentional and that he deliberately obstructed justice by lying and stonewalling the government’s requests for the documents.

By the way, I served on a federal grand jury for a year and half. Guess how many “true bills” (indictments) we handed down. One hundred percent! After that experience, I was convinced that any prosecutor worth his salt would never bring a case before a grand jury unless s/he was confident of obtaining an indictment and – crucially – winning a jury trial.

I hope you watched Jack Smith present his case at about 3:10 p.m. He only took a few minutes to point out the obvious. He conducted an investigation, a judicial, not political process. He invited all to read the 49 page document. ChuckD provided the link; I hope all of us, especially the Trump supporters, take the time to read it.

Bill Marincic

Let me ask you where the outrage is over Biden, I really could give a crap about Trump and this charge, if he is guilty then send him away. What p**SSes me off is there are actual records and witnesses and bank records and LLCs set up for the Bidens and getting millions of dollars from Russia, Ukraine, and CHINA and you all could care less. Talk about party over country, I want an even playing field, I said before I will take Desantis and I had hoped Trump wouldn’t run. This is election interference and not for nothing what about Biden’s documents all over including Chinatown, documents that he stole as a Senator and VP? I guess selling out America to the Chinese is alright with all of you hypocrites as long as it’s a Democrat doing it.

Sorry, I guess I missed where the charges or indictments are?
All you cite is so far is apparently imaginary evidence (and whistle blowers that either fizzle out with their own problems, or just can’t be found). And of course, the Republican Clown Car of Whiners.

All you have is repetitive talking points with zero substance. Get real, or get lost.

christophe Stalka

Agreed criminals get charged in the US . in the US Trump has been charged as a traitor.

losers liars and traitors support criminals.

thank God Biden saved us from that grifter Trump.

Evidence please. Not what someone told you or what you heard from a crazy right-wing broadcaster or news outlet, actual evidence. Don’t you think Clinton would have been prosecuted by Barr if there were such evidence? Evidence on a laptop somewhere w/o a chain of evidence is no evidence. Read the indictment of Trump and discover what constitutes hard evidence of criminal behavior.

BTW, do you think anyone believes this? “I really could give a crap about Trump and this charge…”

My bet is no one can believe you posted that. Then again, knowing your history, who knows?


Barr went after Hillary and could not come up with anything serious. They tried and failed, so give it up, BM!
Or as I said above, PUT UP OR SHUT UP! Haters can say whatever they want, but in our country, one needs actual facts and evidence. That’s what makes America great!

And why doesn’t the now well-documented betrayal of our country by your Golden Idol piss you off?
Why do you have so little respect for law and order?

“I really could give a crap about Trump and this charge” – Could or couldn’t?
BTW, if the imaginary man in your mind (and I use the word loosely) tells you something, in all likelihood, it’s not true.

Bill Marincic

Evidence? Google it, Biden had docs at the Penn Ctr, his home, Chinatown and his beach house. Hypocrites.

Please read my post above, Marincic. Government documents improperly or inadvertently stored at home or in a garage or beach house — as Biden and Pence did — do not constitute a crime. A prosecutor must prove illegal intent and obstruction of justice.

Where do you get your (mis)information? I’ll be happy to Google it if you can supply us with a credible link.

What is really annoying is that BM constantly criticizes “lefties” for name-calling and unwarranted attacks. The reason the Trump document case is far more serious, involving obstruction of justice and possible misuse of documents, has been explained to him repeatedly. Yet, he continues to claim that Biden mishandled documents the same way Trump did. Then, he has the gall to call us hypocrites!

Based on Trump’s 2nd indictment and his posts today, I would advise him to check with his doctor about doubling up on his blood pressure meds. Perhaps, he should consider a prolonged stay in a facility for people who need a really long rest.

Bill Marincic

The question is this, how can a Senator or Vice President have these documents unless he stole them? In their positions, they are read in a skiff or in their office during a meeting and returned.

christophe Stalka

Agreed let put this in perspective the sheer volume of boxes that traitor had as evidenced by the photos is going to make denying having them difficult almost looks like an episode of hoarders. what a disgrace.


I think Samuel Clemons said it best as we see Mr Marncic practice this most every day on this site. “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to there level, then beat you with experience”. Mark Twain .

“It’s easier to fool people than convince them they have been fooled” Also by Mark Twain and could be a close second regarding Mr Marnic.

A short pole of which one best fits Mr Marncic many rants and disinformation posts.

I’m do not read such deep subjects as some on here ,but these always seem to be timeless short and to the point comments about us humans,even 100 years or so later.


(The Biden crime family, indeed. Prove it.)


The indictment leveled against former President Donald Trump includes multiple instances in which he alleged tried to obstruct investigators’ attempts to retrieve top-secret government documents stashed at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Among other things, the indictment alleges that Trump suggested to one of his lawyers that they “hide or destroy documents called for by the grand jury subpoena” and also suggested to the same attorney that they “falsely represent to the FBI and grand jury that Trump did not have documents called for by the grand jury subpoena.”

In another instance of obstruction, the indictment alleges Trump directed aide Walt Nauta to “move boxes of documents to conceal them from Trump’s attorney, the FBI, and the grand jury.”

The twice impeached, twice-indicted former president also eventually provided the FBI with “just some of the documents called for by the grand jury subpoena” while secretly “knowing that, in fact, not all such documents had been produced.”

Guy Varoma

Mr. Bill 🤡the outrage you should be feeling is your own stupidity for still backing Trump. You believe the conspiracies about Biden but refuse to see an actual criminal inducement with Prosecutors. Lawyers. Grand Juried, Judges and a Defendant …Trump…..When you get all that on Biden then talk …..Until then stop being willfully ignorant for Trump

Just two paragraphs from a current Washington Post article:

…“The classified documents TRUMP stored in his boxes included information regarding defense and weapons capabilities of both the United States and foreign countries; United States nuclear programs; potential vulnerabilities of the United States and its allies to military attack; and plans for possible retaliation in response to a foreign attack,” the indictment says, cataloguing a host of different types of defense information that the United States strives to keep secret.

Disclosure of those documents, the indictment said, “could put at risk the national security of the United States, foreign relations, the safety of the United States military, and human sources and the continued viability of sensitive intelligence collection methods.”….

Hey big BM, where do you think you would be if you were a government employee, questioned and denied having those documents, then refused to turn them over to the government, and they were later found in your house?

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