Trump loves you - if you agree with him
In his Sept. 29 letter (“Trump promoting a devotion to country”), William Malec speaks about the president promoting a devotion to our country.
The president certainly talks as though he loves the United States. He is quick to call out “treasonous” behavior of Democrats, journalists and others he suspects are trying to undermine the U.S. Constitution daily. He can certainly tweet the word treason, but I don’t think he can define it.
Yes, the president loves the United States and “We the People” in it. Except if we disagree with him, if we are not white, if we are women, if we are legal immigrants from any place other than Western Europe, or if we are poor, then We the People become “nasty,” “traitors” or “savages” who should “go back” to our own country.
So, yes, if you are a white guy living in New York, you can be part of the United States of America, as imagined by the president.
Just don’t disagree with him. The rest of us? Probably not.
Grants available for pain management
I read the Sept. 28 article “Panel discusses opioid crisis in Saratoga County” where interested individuals in government, academia, health care and the community met to cooperate to solve this issue by working together.
If a cooperative effort led by academia and health care professionals applied to the National Institute of Health before 2021 for grant money to conduct research and clinical programs, then a greater social and emotional approach may be found while the drug dealers are captured.
Some NIH research grants involving pain management are:
Research on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-937; Bio behavioral Basis of Chronic Pain Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-944; Bio behavioral Basis of Chronic Pain Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-943; Safety and Outcome Measures of Pain Medications Used in Children and Pregnant Women, Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-043; Safety and Outcome Measures of Pain Medications Used in Children and Pregnant Women (R03 Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-044; and Developing the Therapeutic Potential of the Endocannabinoid System for Pain Treatment Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-917.
In addition, there is a small business grant for pain management, the HEAL Initiative: America’s Startups and Small Businesses Build Technologies to Stop the Opioid Crisis Clinical Trial Optional, RFA-DA-19-020.
Spa financial health is not an accident
Saratoga Springs Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan’s opponent has suggested that the city Finance Office pretty much runs itself, and citizens won’t notice a difference no matter who is elected in November. I think she’s very wrong.
We only have to remember the condition of the city’s finances before Madigan took office in 2012.
Before Madigan, the city had experienced severe budget cuts, resulting in layoffs of city employees including police, firefighters and public works employees. In spite of the layoffs and program cuts, the 2010 city budget still included a 7.8% tax increase.
Madigan took that dismal financial situation and turned the city’s finances around through smart budgeting and initiating money-saving practices. She refinanced city debt twice, saving the city $3.6 million. Her sound management has earned the city an AA+ bond rating, reducing the interest rates the city pays. Her financial skills enabled the city to bring back laid-off city employees while keeping the city’s tax rate stable for seven years.
Today, even Madigan’s opponent has admitted that Saratoga Springs enjoys one of the strongest local economies in upstate New York.
This didn’t happen by accident. It’s alarming that her opponent doesn’t seem to realize that.
Nadler should listen to his own words
“The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters as expressed in a national election.
“We must not overturn an election and remove a president from office except to defend our very system of government or our constitutional liberties against a dire threat. And we must not do so without an overwhelming consensus of the American people and of their representatives in Congress of the absolute necessity.
“There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other.
“Such an impeachment would lack legitimacy and would produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come.
“And it will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions.” — Rep .Jerry Nadler, 1998.
“A Republic if you can keep it madam.” — Rep. Ben Franklin, 1776.
Nation needs to respect objectivity
If Deputy Joe Smith started to investigate John for sexual abuse, based on John Doe, who was near Sara Jones and seen accompanying Sara late one night in spite of Sara saying, “John is a perfect gentleman and always has been.” I would say either Deputy Joe hates John or has some personal motivation to smear John that in some way benefits Deputy Joe.
If the news of late is any indicator, it seems the ability to make objective analysis takes a back seat when your “Man” has crossed the line of OK-to-do.
I suppose it’s connected to fear of something, perhaps the boogeyman or something else, such as whatever socialism internally or emotively represents.
Hence, in their mind, it’s better to be an ostrich than end up having the boogeyman in the neighborhood.
It’s hard to say whether one feels sorry for the objectively handicapped or angry. I suppose it depends if the loss of being objective was a conscious choice or not.
Anyway, I hope sanity prevails, or at least a semblance of sanity.
Time will tell, and I have never seen anything this nutty in 64 years. Perhaps if I was not age 1 in the McCarthy period, I might have a solid comparison.
R. Michael Boyer
Kelly and her team have served city well
Two years ago, I made a mistake and did not vote for Meg Kelly for Saratoga Springs mayor.
This year I will.
Kelly has earned everyone’s vote. She has accomplished far more in her first term than the previous mayor did in four years.
I am most impressed with how she built trust and teamwork throughout City Hall, including with Commissioners Michele Madigan, John Franck, Skip Scirocco and Peter Martin. While Martin decided not to run, I’m confident that Robin Dalton will join the team and be an effective Commissioner of Public Safety.
This team unclogged years of delays, getting the City Center garage and Geyser Trails approved.
Under Meg’s leadership, they also moved to a new temporary City Hall after the fire and were functioning in only five days.
And they did all of this without increasing taxes.
Kelly has been very vocal describing Commissioner Madigan as an important partner whose re-election is critical to keeping the team productive.
This is a great year to split your ticket, although every one of my recommended candidates can be voted for on the Independence ticket.
Gazette has been a go-to source of info
Regarding your 125th anniversary. I’m 82. It has always been the “Schenectady Gazette” to me from the time I could only look at it until today.
It is my “go-to” for news; local, national and international. TV and the Internet come in second. I trust what I read. And of course, I enjoy the comics, too. I’ve been reading your little daily capsules of 125 years of news. Some I remember.
And it really does make me realize how times have changed in my lifetime. Keep up your good work.
Trump loves you - if you agree with him