Cuomo should have treated protesters with more respect
Re Jan. 9 article, “Protesters Fill Plaza”: Over 100 citizen groups organized people from all over New York to attend the Jan. 8 anti-fracking rally and exercise their constitutional rights to free speech, peaceful assembly and petitioning their government.
The participants were objecting to corporate extreme energy extraction that pumps toxic waste into the land, water and air, which threatens our own and our descendants’ futures.
To my knowledge, this was the first time a governor corralled citizens behind barricades into a segregated “free-speech zone,” away from the State of the State address. When so many citizens (over 2,000) showed up, more barricades were added; not to “accommodate” them, as [Gazette reporter] Ed Munger wrote, but to stifle and contain them.
Earlier, before it became crowded, as a woman took her guitar out to play a song for a child in the “free speech zone,” armed state troopers stopped her, saying the guitar might be used as a weapon and she had to take it to state police headquarters down the hall. In an ironic way, it reminded me of [folk singer] Pete Seeger’s banjo saying, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” Apparently the troopers know that music can be powerful and inspiring enough to consider it a threat!
I take heart that those who listen, think and act for the children’s future, rather than short-term poisonous corporate profit, will win out.
Dear Mr. Cuomo, wake up, listen and act for our children’s future. For the times they are a-changin’!
Commitment seems to have lost it meaning
Commitment — is it a lost word?
In these days of “change” in so many ways and people’s minds, I am wondering if anyone remembers the world “commitment.”
There seems to be little or no commitment to husband and wife, employer and employee, teenagers and parents, parents and children, politicians and government, government and people. The attitude seems to be: Do what you want to do and if [it] doesn’t work out, quit. Couples marry and after a short time they separate, saying they don’t love each other anymore, so they divorce, even though in their marriage vows they promised “till death do us part.”
There are times when our children disobey us. We may not be happy with them, but we do not give up our commitment to be their parent.
I don’t think too many people today want to commit to anything. If they have said they will do a certain thing and something comes up they would rather do, they will not stick to their original commitment but change their plans.
We all need to be committed and stay with it. I believe our country, homes, schools and workplaces would all be so much better if we were all committed to what is right and what the Bible teaches us.
Jean D. Tomhave
Democrats got us into more wars than GOP
Re Richard Alvarez’ Jan. 13 letter: He praises the president and the vice president by saying the same rhetoric we have heard for the whole Obama term — it’s “Bush’s fault” we are in Afganistan/Iraq.
Well, let me provide a little history lesson on Democratic presidents. First, who was in office while WWII was raging throughout the world, and how many soldiers/civilians died because he led us into the war? And how many Europeans died in the death camps and even allied service members interned in the jungles of the Pacific while FDR was president?
Who was it who sent the “advisers” to Vietnam in the first place, to cause the escalation of the conflict? Another Democratic president, JFK; and yet Alvarez blames LBJ for all the loses. Well, I guess that is saying that all the deaths in Afganistan/Iraq would fall on Obama’s head but, of course, he doesn’t see it that way.
Wake up and get the facts straight when it comes to the military. They are just a pawn for Democrats to slice and dice, and blame when something goes wrong. Take it from a veteran and a father with an active-duty son in the military now.
Del Gallo, Larned are there to help, as usual
The Jan. 13 Gazette article about the county purchasing land for Rotterdam Little League was welcome to many who have worked with the league over the years.
In the article it was pointed out that Timothy Larned, a longtime Rotterdam businessman, and Frank Del Gallo, the former Rotterdam supervisor who is also a businessman, are donating labor and equipment to level the site.
As a person involved with several nonprofits over the years, I have been witness to the generosity of both men. Whether it be helping the Boy Scout camp or the children’s home, Tim and Frank have given of themselves, always asking anonymity. It has been my privilege to know Tim and Frank, as it has for many others in Schenectady County. If there is a cause, both men have been there to help, as was the case with the Boys and Girls Club.
I believe it is time for the county to recognize these men for their contributions, even though they would rather remain in the background. I know I speak for many when I say a hearty “thank you” to both.
Gary P. Guido
Humans warrant same considerations as dogs
It seems strange there is an extraordinary outcry when dogs in Montgomery County are left outside in winter but there is little outcry when some in Congress try to cut food stamps for the poor.
Do we treat our animals better than people? A hungry child suffers just as much as a cold dog.
Our hearts go out to our animals, and we help them because we realize that many times they have little control over their circumstances. However, many of the poor — which include children, the disabled, and those who can’t make ends meet at minimum-wage jobs — also have little control over their circumstances.
We should use the same energy to protect the poor as we use to protect our animals.
Walter J. Morlock
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