Get facts straight on new abortion law
Regarding the Feb. 9 letters from Laurie Cox and Jennifer Richard, your letters are false, misleading and defamatory against anyone who doesn’t support your opinions. There’s a very informative article in The New York Times which The Gazette ran earlier this month, debunking all the claims by you and the pro-life groups.
New York State law defines late-term as after 24 weeks and only if the birth is nonviable or the mother’s life is in danger. The law also states no abortion shall be performed after the start of the third trimester, which is approximately the 27th week.
That’s far from being ripped out during a normal birth. Under 1 percent of all abortions performed last year were considered late-term, and each was a nonviable birth or life threatening to the mother.
Unfortunately pro-lifers believe every word and never educate themselves on an issue before becoming all-knowing, while trying to humiliate and embarrass anyone who has a different view than you. Amazingly, I do not hear any pro-choice people screaming and hollering that you would find it acceptable to let a woman die to protect an unborn fetus. Ms. Richard, I also find it sad that a religious leader in your church would speak so graphically in front of young children.
There’s a place for these discussions but not in front of young impressionable children who do not comprehend such complex issues. Shame shame shame.
Facts show Trump economy is working
Democrats, now the majority in the House of Representatives, are trying to turn that body into the house of resistance. They’re claiming the nation is in bad shape, rigged to benefit only the rich.
Sen. Chuck Schumer griped that “the state of the Trump economy is failing America’s middle class.” But facts don’t lie.
Fact: Employers created 304,000 jobs in January. That compares to an average monthly gain of 223,000 in 2018 and 182,000 in 2017. Too bad all the new hires couldn’t attend his speech, to show off Trumponomics on real people who have to put food on the table.
Fact: Workers who had given up hope of finding a job are re-entering the labor force. The labor participation rate for workers age 24 to 54 hit its highest level since 2008.
Fact: Wages rose 3.2 percent over the last 12 months, the best yearly increase in a decade. Problem? Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris rants that “the economy is not working for the working people.” Huh?
Dems won’t admit the inconvenient truth that these facts are benefiting working people.
Earth to Democrats: Jobs aren’t scarce; workers are.
Food stamps should be for people willing to work who need help making ends meet. But three-quarters of non-disabled, working-age food-stamp recipients without children still don’t work. A work requirement would incentivize the slackers to get off the couch. Yet Democrats adamantly oppose it. What an insult to hard workers.
What’s more worker-friendly: Trump’s booming economy or the Democrats’ misguided meddling?
Tedisco mistaken on split-state solution
In his Feb. 13 guest column, State Sen. James Tedisco contends that people are fleeing New York state. But they are leaving upstate New York, not downstate. And the upstate region is in decline despite financial support from downstate. Allow me to summarize:
1. Tedisco feels that conservative upstate is paying more than its share of taxes. But according to PolitiFact, upstate taxpayers pay just 18 percent of New York State’s tax burden. Downstate pays more than 70 percent.
2. Tedisco calls conventional economic development and its associated ethnic diversity both “radical” and “regressive,” two words that happen to be opposites.
3. Tedisco criticizes “socialism” but hypocritically supports socialism. He demands that downstate taxpayer dollars be redistributed to government-guaranteed cellphone coverage upstate, where hills outnumber taxpayers and where there is no shortage of private mobile carriers.
4. When Tedisco boasts of upstate “quality of life,” he invokes fear of the very things that make downstate prosperous: cultural and economic vitality, individuality and freedom to grow.
I grew up in Scotia. I’m embarrassed to see Tedisco asking former neighbors and classmates to scapegoat, and to separate from those of us in big cities who embrace diversity, who are more economically productive, who pay our fair share of taxes and who welcome economic and social change.
People like me left upstate, not because of New York City, but because of people like Tedisco who fear individuality and change.
The writer is a Scotia native.
Privilege exercise goes off the mark
Regarding the so-called “privilege exercise” being carried out at Saratoga Springs High School: A couple of years back, all the educational elites were telling us that “transgender” students must be allowed to use the bathroom facilities of the gender that they “identify with,” lest they be made to feel “uncomfortable.” (The fact that many students whose physical traits and gender identification match might therefore be made uncomfortable was written off by people such as CNN commentator Chris Cuomo who said, essentially, “Get used to it.”)
Now we learn that at Saratoga Springs High School, an “exercise” targeting “white privilege” has been carried out. Even with the small selection of items from the exercise presented by The Gazette, it’s clear that it carries racial, religious and ethnic stereotypes that have justifiably incurred the wrath of parents.
Rating Judaism as “the most privileged” religion might have come right out of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”
And Catherine Snyder, identified as “director of the Clarkson University teacher’s education program,” argues that it’s not wrong to make students feel uncomfortable when dealing with uncomfortable topics in class.
My questions are these: First, why is it fine to make some targeted students feel “uncomfortable” in school when their parents are paying out huge sums of money in school taxes? And second, just who are the people making the decisions about which students should be made to feel “uncomfortable” and which students must be protected from discomfort?
I think many of us can be pardoned for concluding that this so-called “privilege” exercise is designed to vilify certain ethnic and religious groups and consequently describing that exercise as racist.
Green New Deal is just more socialism
First, they came for the billionaires. Then they came for the millionaires. Then they came for my stocks. Then they came for my CDs. Then they came for my Christmas Club. Then they came for me.
Sound familiar? It makes no difference who is doing it to whom. It is not moral. The Green New Deal is “magic socialism” revisited.
Schenectady doesn’t need a fourth judge
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy is spot on: The city of Schenectady does not need a fourth City Court judge. Compare City Court’s caseload to the town of Colonie, which does a fine job with three part-time town justices. And what exactly does a fourth City Court Judge do for Schenectady?
It does allow the state Office of Court Administration to take a City Court judge and move him or her “temporarily” to Family Court, County Court or any other court of record. Of course, that only costs the city money. But it also dilutes the votes of everyone else in the county, like those of us who could not vote for or against the City Court judge, but then has him or her in a countywide position.
That dilutes city voters’ votes as well, since they voted for or against the City Court judge, but did not vote for him or her in any other judicial position. As an attorney for the better part of 40 years, I believe that judges should serve only in the position for which they were elected. What does the city get other than the tab for another judicial position?
Bruce S. Trachtenberg
The writer is a former town justice.