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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 21

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 21

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Will contributing to de-Christianization

I was disturbed and disappointed by George Will’s March 17 column. It was overly sensational and nearly pornographic.

The “Church” as he refers to it includes it includes dogma, doctrine, tradition, hierarchy (clergy), liturgy, ritual and the faithful. His words condemn them all. Has he overlooked the genocides of Germany and others?

I think that he has unwittingly contributed to the efforts of our past president and others to de-Christianize our good old United States of America
Jim Norris
Clifton Park


Help offer on access to veterans benefits

Wow! Was I taken back by Mr. Belardo’s March 17 response to a simple correction of a statement he had made regarding access requirements for the VA hospital. But first things first. Mr. Belardo, I truly apologize if you are offended. It was not, and is not, my intention to ridicule you. When I read the part of your letter to the editor about access to the VA hospital, my reaction was that it made no sense for you or any veteran to be denied access to the facility. I decided to call the hospital and find out for myself. Unfortunately, I did not ask the name of the person from whom I got the answer. I do recall I was told the “federal” rules do not apply to the VA hospitals and the woman explained the access requirements. As I stated in my Feb. 15 letter, the details are beyond the limitations to include them in a letter to the editor. That is precisely why I urged The Gazette to follow up. If you would like to have a discussion, Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney has my phone number. I encourage you to get it and call me any day, any time.
Albert J. Pirigyi, Sr.
Burnt Hills


Trump, sycophants defying Constitution

U.S. intelligence chiefs recently testified before Congress and never mentioned the southern border as a national security threat. Yet the intelligence assessment had no impact on Trump’s obsession with building a wall to keep a promise to his base, which was already broken when Mexico declined to pay. In response, Trump declared a national emergency where none exists that now threatens the future of our constitutional republic.

The House passed a resolution to overturn Trump’s national emergency. The Senate supported the House resolution and Trump as expected, exercised his veto, which will require two-thirds in each house to override.

The president and all members of Congress took an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

The Founding Fathers gave Congress the power of the purse in Article 1 Section 8 and created a separation of powers between three co-equal branches of government in that very same Constitution.

Trump’s declaration once again proves the only real national emergency is a pathological liar pretending to be president, the blind allegiance of servile sycophants in the Republican Party and their base whose fear, hate, anger and ignorance of “the other” makes it all possible.

How those who took an oath respond to Trump’s assault on the Constitution will determine whether we are a nation of laws or a nation of men. Patriots will keep their oath. Traitors will not.
John Pagoda


We're all united on St. Patrick's Day

Ah, St. Patrick's Day. Isn't it interesting that, on one day of the year, one's ethnicity is not challenged, one's skin color is less important and one's country of birth does not seem to matter, unless you're Irish. On this day, Americans no longer hate their president, Democrats and Republicans don't hesitate in sharing a green beer, and the media suddenly becomes a group of happy talking heads. What wile leprechaun is able to calm heated political passions and the temperament of the American people? Magic you say? Maybe so. But on a day now and then, we all need to relax our emotions and think about unity, no matter what color it is. Oh, sure, I was wearin' the green on St. Paddy's Day. But the day after, I was back to the red, white and blue. And, nope, I don't hate my American president.  
Allen R. Remaley
Scottsdale, Ariz., and Saratoga Springs  


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