Recognize Alco’s role with street names
Re Feb. 17 article, “Opinions mixed over street names at Mohawk Harbor”: I have lived in Schenectady all my life, and I remember when Schenectady lit and hauled the world back when General Electric and American Locomotive Company were the foundation of this city.
In regards to The Daily Gazette write-up of the proposed street names for Mohawk Harbor, why not show some respect for that historic site by naming the streets in reference to American Locomotive?
Seems like the respectful thing, too.
Paper, liberals didn’t show Scalia respect
The Daily Gazette’s Feb. 14 front page headline, “Battle looms over vacancy,” was an affront to everyone with an ounce of common decency.
I am disgusted that you would choose to “play politics” and elevate a headline spotlighting the rancor and partisanship in our government over a respectful announcement of the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Even before he was/is buried, liberals are circling like buzzards in the desert. A shining example of this was Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s despicable disparaging remarks on a Sunday press conference about one of our most esteemed Supreme Court justices.
This spotlights just how low some liberals will stoop when given the opportunity. Failure to honor a great individual in death alarmingly points to what our great nation is becoming.
We need a serious change in direction.
William F. Thiel
Cartoon wrong about Jefferson and Koran
On the Feb. 10 Gazette Opinion page, Richard Cohen’s description of Donald Trump's opinion on Mexican immigration is “a message ripped from the black heart of white racism.” That’s an opinion.
The adjacent cartoon purporting Thomas Jefferson as “defending Muslims” is presented as fact, but is truly fiction. This is a total historical falsehood and an example of someone not paying attention to American history.
During John Adams' administration, Jefferson was U.S. Minister to France. After we defeated the British in 1783, we lost their protection of our ships from the Barbary Coast pirates and France’s protection in the Mediterranean, creating a brisk business of capturing our sailors for ransom (sound familiar Iran?).
Jefferson became terribly frustrated at having to spend most of our meager treasury to pay the Barbary Coast pirates ransom for our sailors they took as hostages. The ambassador of Tripoli answered the inquires of our government with, “(the aggression) was founded on the laws of their Prophet; that it was written in their Koran, that all nationals who should not have acknowledged their authority, were sinners; that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners; and that every Mussulman who was slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.” So much for this “peaceful” religion.
This was a main source of income for these Muslim countries. The Barbary Coast runs from the region of North Africa extending from Egypt to the Atlantic Ocean and including the Barbary States; Morocco, Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli. When Jefferson became president, one of his first orders of business was to send our Navy to Tripoli and the Northwest African Berber Muslim states known collectively as the Barbary States and destroy the Muslim Navy (hence, the Marine Hymn lyrics, “to the shores of Tripoli”). He read the Koran to understand the enemy; he thoroughly studied the Koran and compared it unfavorably to the Christian Bible.
Let’s not be so quick to accept what’s on the editorial page as true and historically correct.
Put focus on teaching kids responsibility
Re Jan. 31 Viewpoint, “Schenectady needs major initiative to help poor”: I just read another good column by Robert Caracciolo. He hit on many good points concerning poverty and education issues in Schenectady.
I would like to add one issue to his writing — responsibility of parents, guardians, and students themselves. Children need discipline, to learn right from wrong. We have pushed responsibility mostly to the side when it comes to kids in favor of political correctness. This is happening all over — Amsterdam Albany, Troy, etc., and nationally.
When people see politicians, so-called “leaders,” get away with crimes for which the average person would be jailed in a heartbeat, it trickles down. To have a strong society and a healthy economy, you need tough laws enforced. No more plea bargains. When young people commi minor offenses or first-time offenses, give them a break by looking at their home life. Then offer work. Start out with part-time jobs.
Offer trade schools. Tell them not everyone needs college or is meant for college. We need technicians, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, etc. Businesses: Step up and offer them jobs. Look in the mirror.
All you men out there fathering children thinking it’s funny, you should be paying child support for them or be sterilized. Three-fourths of the kids never see the money or benefit from it. Are you listening, politicians?
You want “smart cities.” Well, read over what Robert Caracciolo and I wrote. You have everything to gain and not a thing to lose — only self respect.
Don’t just criticize on abortion; take action
I'm writing in response to Greg Delorenzo’s Feb. 5 letter, “Find alternatives to unborn babies.”
You write about why abortion is bad due to babies being “God’s creation.”
Everyone was put on this Earth as their own man, which gives them rights to their body and what they would like to do with it (tattooing, piercing, skydiving or having an abortion). Why is it anyone else’s business what I do with my body? There is no right and wrong in a free world of all different opinions, or else it wouldn’t really be free, right?
I'm just so disappointed that men still think they can dictate what women can do with their bodies with such asinine laws and opinions.
Now let's get back to all the alternatives mentioned on Mr. Delorenzo's letter. The only alternative listed was adoption. There are 25,397 children in foster care already in New York state. So maybe you should promote and advocate for those children.
Women just don’t wake up and think to themselves, “I am going to have an abortion today.” No. Circumstances happen: rape, an uneducated decision, a violent partner and numerous other circumstances besides a form of birth control. Instead of having your opinion on why abortion is wrong — and this goes to all people who think it is wrong — why don’t you all volunteer your time to educate people on preventing abortion?
Do you go teach sex education in poorer neighborhoods in order to prevent pregnancy? Kudos if you do. Do you volunteer at Northeast Child and Parent Society and educate people about family units and what they are “supposed” to look like? If you do, kudos. Instead of picketing outside, do you volunteer your time at Planned Parenthood in order to understand why some women turn to abortion? Kudos if you do. Do you support birth control for everyone? You should. Kudos if you do.
Schenectady County has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state. That really has to do with education and getting people out of a certain cycle. Investing time, money and education in certain neighborhoods will decrease teen pregnancy and abortion, I guarantee it. So if you don’t like abortion, then maybe you should help prevent the problem instead of just pointing your finger.
As for the selling of “baby parts,” I am sure they are not auctioning them off to the highest bidder. They are all being used for future advancement in the medical field and one day may help your loved ones survive or live a better quality of life.
I am waiting for Judgment Day for those who are not accepting of others.
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