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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Oct. 21

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Oct. 21

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Freestone has best qualities of a judge

Having practiced law for over 40 years, much of the time in the Supreme Courts of the Fourth Judicial District, I am well aware of the value of a capable and dedicated judiciary. Judges that are experienced, hardworking, scholarly and ethical make the courts function fairly and efficiently for the benefit of all litigants.
For over 30 years, I have been privileged to practice law alongside Dianne N. Freestone, a candidate for justice of the Supreme Court in the Fourth Judicial District.
When elected, my loss will be a gain for all lawyers and litigants in the district, regardless of party affiliation. There is no Republican or Democratic way to be a good judge. Just the right way.
Dianne Freestone represents all of the best qualities of a judge and will run her court with the highest degree of dignity and decorum. On Nov. 5, please vote for Dianne N. Freestone for Supreme Court Justice.
David Pentkowski
Clifton Park


Ethical concerns were way overblown

Kurt Semon’s Oct. 16 letter (“Board candidate has conflict of interest”) is a dangerous combination of partisan invective veiled in the guise of expert testimony.
He pulls out a fraction of a sentence of the preamble of our ethics code and tries to spin that into a potential violation. The actual facts are that Andrew Kohout is an excellent public works superintendent and will make an excellent Glenville Town Council member.
Any conflict of interest will be rare and can easily be avoided by recusal. This possibility is massively outweighed by Mr. Kohout’s extensive knowledge of everything public works and government in general, which will be a major asset to the town. I appreciate Mr. Semon’s concern for the well-being of the village, but after due consideration feel that Mr. Kohout’s dual role will be an advantage to both the town and the village. In Andrew Kohout and Eric Buskirk, town of Glenville voters have the opportunity to elect two deep-thinking, professional, family-oriented people and really make some progress.
Cloaking political paranoia in the semblance ethical concern is a disservice to the town and the village, and it makes me worry what Mr. Semon is feeding his students and why.
Tom Gifford
Scotia
The writer is the mayor of Scotia.


Abortion in U.S. is its own holocaust

The Oct. 15 editorial, “Renew knowledge of Holocaust” reminded me of the book “Cry…If You Can” written by Holocaust survivor, Leo Winokur Winn.
The Daily Gazette wrote about him on June 1, 2014, in the article “Niskayuna Holocaust Survivor Tells Story.” It is well worth reading his book.
In 2014, Mr. Winn made this terrible prediction: “With the proper scenario and set of circumstances, this catastrophe can again be replayed on the world scene, maybe even on a larger scale.”
Well, here we are, repeating history, not of Hitler’s Jewish Holocaust, but with the wanton destruction of unborn human life on a scale more grand than Adolf ever imagined.
The loss of life caused by the 1973 Supreme Court and its henchmen numbers over 66 million on American soil so far. This holocaust pales in comparison with the death of an estimated 6 million innocent Jews. While the latter ceased in 1945 at the end of World War II, the slaughter of innocent pre-born people continues unabated. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s celebrated Reproductive Health Act even extends the massacre to include living babies who survive an abortion.
As with the Holocaust, humanity will eventually pay a huge price due to abortion. Already, much of the developed world is reproducing at a rate far below replacement. This population collapse cannot be corrected overnight. Will humans ever learn from history?
Wendell Neugebauer
Ballston Spa

 

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