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Can’t judge reaction to sexual assault

We can’t judge what Christine Ford’s reaction should have been during a frightening, life-threatening sexual assault. She says a very drunk man dragged her into a room, turned the music up loud to cover her screams, pushed her down, got on top of her, tried to remove her clothing, she screamed and he covered her mouth with his hand, partially smothering her. She claims Mark Judge came into the room and jumped on top of them both. Whether he was trying to stop the assault or trying to join in is unclear. Having two grown men on top of you is frightening, and that alone could have caused breathing difficulties. This is attempted statutory rape, sexual assault and criminal assault. It could have resulted in a death.

We can’t judge how she should have acted; we were not there. It wasn’t teenage groping. This was a criminal act. We have no way to know how this has haunted her; we are not her. She needed therapy. I have great sympathy for her.

New York state statue regarding the age of sexual consent reads: “Individuals aged 16 or younger in New York are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape. New York statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under age 17, who they are not married to.” 

The age of consent in Maryland is 16. Christine Ford was 15

Nancy Pennell

Glenville

 

Court should require more than 51 percent

Watching the past Senate confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was startling to me, not for the frequent outside interruptions or vicious partisan positions expressed by Senate members; but by how these hearings are now conducted. How can we again allow a Supreme Court justice to be elected by a simple majority of 51 percent?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has corrupted the long-established tenets of how Supreme Court justices are confirmed — that being 60 votes are necessary to overcome a filibuster.

The Constitution envisioned that a simple 51 percent majority would allow a widely unpopular candidate to be elected to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Prior to President Trump, no one was elected with less than a 60 percent Senate consensus.

Sen. McConnell first altered this precedence by invoking the “nuclear option,” changing the requirement to 51 percent, during the hearings for President Trump’s controversial 2017 pick of Neil Gorsuch. Previously, McConnell refused to allow any hearing’s for Obama’s 2016 choice of Justice Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court for over nine months. The nuclear option should never be used for an election to the Supreme Court.

Bill Smith

Mechanicville

 

Cuomo is really the corrupt candidate

How can anyone, after watching the debate between Nixon and Cuomo, vote for the present governor? He’s seriously out of his mind. The tea house incident involved a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio -- who should also be out of a job -- to try and save a small business. Nothing, of course, was done to help the owners. 

Cuomo calls this an abuse of power by a wealthy individual for merely sending a letter -- a choice he said other people don’t have. Then we have the Buffalo Billion, a total fiasco of huge amounts spent for a supposed plant for Elon Musk that resulted in less than 300 jobs total and Cuomo’s friends indicted for corruption and awaiting jail time. How he was not also indicted in this scheme is beyond reasoning.

Geraldine Krawitz

Saratoga Springs

 

Let voters decide on court nominees

Quite a few people on both sides of the political aisle are dissatisfied with how things are going. My suggestion is that instead of politicians, the citizens of the United States should be the body voting on Supreme Court nominees. The same should occur with every piece of resolution/amendment or law that Congress comes up with. Leave it up to us to decide.

David Rawlin

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