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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, August 6

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, August 6

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Stefanik disappoints at Mueller hearing

Re: “Stefanik focuses on geniuses of Mueller probe” in the July 25 Daily Gazette: I was disappointed by Rep. Elise Stefanik’s questioning of Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 24.
Stefanik has previously stated that she agrees with the conclusion of the report of the special counsel regarding Russian interference in our 2016 election and maintains she is not a Washington insider who parrots the party line. 
However, during the hearing, she followed the Republican Party line by challenging the validity of the report, asking a set of questions related to the Steele dossier, a document she knows the Republicans are disingenuously trying to use to discredit the finding of the special counsel that Russia interfered in our 2016 presidential election.
In addition, most of Rep. Stefanik’s questions were related to travel to foreign countries by the special counsel’s staff, a subject Mr. Mueller had previously stated he could not address, since the topic is related to ongoing investigations. Stefanik admitted she knew Mr. Mueller would not answer those questions, while she continued down this useless line of questioning.
In contrast, Stefanik’s Republican colleague, William Hurd, R-Texas, used his time to ask Mr. Mueller how we can protect against future Russian interference in our elections. It was refreshing to see a Republican representative who was willing to admit that the Russians did interfere in the 2016 election and to look for solutions instead of burying his head in the sand as Elise Stefanik has done. 
Victor Roberts
Burnt Hills

 
Will charter change really improve city?

Bob Turner has come up with a new slogan to try once again to sell his city manager charter to skeptical Saratoga Springs residents. In the July 24 Daily Gazette, he finally admitted that “some people” may think Saratoga Springs is doing fine, better in fact than “many” cities under a city manager. But in a wonderful Pollyanna moment, he asserts that his new slogan is, “We can do better” (presumably with a city manager).
The thing about Bob is that he’s long on slogans and short on evidence. Where’s the evidence that Saratoga would do better with a city manager? What does he mean by “better?” Better than an AA+ bond rating? Better than the liveliest downtown in upstate New York? Better than no tax increase in seven years? Where is this magical city manager city that we should look to as a model for what we can become if his charter passes this time? Watertown? Batavia?
Bob’s hoping Saratoga Springs residents won’t ask those questions and take his word for it. I think we’re smarter than that.
Jane Weihe
Saratoga Springs


Williamson deserves to be heard by Dems

The pundits ignored her and the moderators tried to, but surprisingly Marianne Williamson scored big points at the July 30 Democratic debate with those who actually listened to her.
I don’t mean her ‘Sermon on the Mount’ moment at the close, though I wonder why that made me uncomfortable. Would I have squirmed listening to the original? 
I’m referring to her coherent thinking on the underlying causes of problems and not superficial fixes of their impact, and her ability to link the systemic dysfunction throughout society.
Along with Pete Buttigieg, she seemed to be one of the few adults on the stage. She may not win, but I certainly hope that, as Bernie Sanders did in the 2016 race, she moves the needle and introduces important concepts into the mainstream. I’ll be listening and watching.
Melinda Perrin
Niskayuna

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