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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Oct. 9

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Oct. 9

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Grateful for bus law to make kids safer

During the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers took vital steps to make sure that our school children will be safe when they are getting on and off of school buses by enacting “The School Bus Camera Safety Act.”
The legislation authorizes the mounting of cameras on school bus “stop” signs that are extended when buses stop to pick up or drop off school children.
In Niskayuna, for example, the school district is now authorized to enter into agreements with the municipalities that share the district’s geographical borders to operate and monitor the bus cameras.
The State Association for Pupil Transportation estimates that motorists pass stopped buses up to 50,000 time per day in New York. Yes, 50,000 times per day.
While the fine for driving around a stopped school bus when the stop arm is out and the red lights are flashing is $250, prior to the passage of this law, drivers could only be ticketed by a police officer who witnessed the illegal maneuver. Now a videotaped image is sufficient to impose the fine.
The safety of our children is paramount, and I applaud our lawmakers for taking these steps to further enhance their safety and make drivers more mindful of stopped school buses and the children moving to and from them.
Rosemarie Perez Jaquith
Niskayuna


Mainstream media all in against Trump

Mueller was a bust, Kavanaugh number two as well. So the Democrats desperately needed a diversion because the attorney general’s and inspector general’s office were on the verge of releasing damning reports on the origins of the Russia hoax and the Clinton’s bought-and-paid-for Steele Dossier.
The so-called “whistleblower complaint” (which looks like a partisan smear orchestrated by Schiff and his cronies) was totally embraced by the mainstream media: CBS, NBC, ABC and especially CNN and MSNBC.
Many years ago, things were much different. Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor and other greats from that era would check facts and sources before going on air.
They were basically neutral and would let the facts drive the story. Not so today. All of these news outlets start out biased against Trump and get worse from there. Any alleged wrongdoing against Democrats is ignored or pooh-poohed, while any alleged wrongdoing against Republicans merits wall-to-wall coverage.
There were many Obama scandals such as Uraniumgate, Fast and Furious, IRS, air traffic control, spying on American Citizens and others that the mainstream news media absolutely refused to cover. And when they did, they did so in a superficial manner.
Hilariously, they dismiss the latest Biden scandal as debunked. Really? By who? Biden?
The Gazette’s coverage suffers, because of its tie-ins with the New York Times and The Washington Post. It wasn’t that long ago that this newspaper called itself “The Independent Voice of the Capital Region.” My, how times have changed.
Ken Truman
Albany

 

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