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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Nov.30

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Nothing wrong with serving on 2 boards

I write in response to the Nov. 19 editorial titled, “Serving on two boards is a bad idea.”
I appreciate that the editors conclude that I have the “extensive experience, energy and dedication to the community” to serve both the Niskayuna Town Board and school board for the six months during which the terms overlap, and acknowledge that serving both boards is legally permissible.
The editors just think it’s a “bad idea” because the positions have “inherent conflicts.”
That is false. The true experts in the offices of the State’s Attorney General and Comptroller have opined that such dual service is statutorily permissible, and the positions are compatible. I owe that service to the voters, whose views matter most.
I’m known for doing my homework, so I know that there are no conflicts to prevent my service and I can ethically and effectively serve out my school board term at a time when experience matters.
I am the most senior school board member on a “young” board.
Soon we will decide on a $20M+ capital project and school configurations which will affect generations to come.
As a child of immigrants, my life was transformed by education.
I want to ensure that all of Niskayuna’s students have transformational opportunities, too.
It would be easier not to serve my remaining six months on the school board.
But I remain committed to helping, have the energy and enthusiasm for it, and know that quitting is the real “bad idea.”
Rosemarie Perez Jaquith
Niskayuna


America is better under Donald Trump

He is alive. He goes by the name of Adam Schiff.
You may have seen him on TV lately, conducting the phony scam of the impeachment inquiry.
It’s so apparent, first he says he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is, but he won’t allow a witness to answer questions which might lead to finding out who he is.
Not one of the witnesses accused our 45th president, Donald J. Trump, of anything. It was all assumptions on their part. No collusion, bribery, quid pro quo, etc. Minor leaguers who think they can run the government better. People whose feelings were hurt because their opinion wasn’t sought.
This is not democracy It’s like a trial you’d expect in Russia or Cuba. Only the geek and his cohorts made up the unfair rules. Would you like to be tried under these conditions? Look at some of the insane things these people have suggested.
Medicare for all (including undocumented immigrants), government-sponsored healthcare on the backs of American taxpayers, free college tuition, repayment of tuition, climate change solutions using trillions of dollars (Everybody would have a government job but no planes, cars, etc.), and slave reparations.
I don’t want to live in a social or communist state. I want to live like an American, which I was proud to be again when Donald J. Trump was elected. I suffered under eight years of Obama. By the wa,  maybe some of you could tell me what Obama ever did for this country.
Edward Hedlund
Clifton Park
 

Trump have no respect for rule of law

Republican leaders are claiming that the current impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump is unfair because he did release the military funding to Ukraine. Yes, Trump did release the aid, but only after the whistleblower complaint became public and the House decided to launch investigations into the Ukrainian “affair.”
Apparently, the Republicans believe that it is appropriate to defend Trump because his efforts to bribe the Ukrainian government were thwarted.
Sorry, if you attempt to bribe an official, but are prevented from doing so because someone discovered your intent and “blew the whistle,” you are still guilty of committing a crime.
This type of flawed defense was also used by Republicans in the wake of the release of the Mueller Report, which identified a number of acts by Trump which could qualify as obstruction of justice.
For example: Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller and then asked McGahn to lie about the order. McGahn refused to comply with Trump’s demands and eventually resigned.
Republicans then argued that there was no obstruction because McGahn did not fire Mueller, nor did he lie about Trump’s request.
The Republican leadership was defending Trump because his efforts to force McGahn to break the law were thwarted.
As a businessman, Trump often skirted and flouted the law for personl gain, and now, as president, he is doing the same. Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he has no respect for our laws and, therefore, has exhibited behavior worthy of impeachment.
Don Steiner
Schenectady


Editorial on dual seats unnecessary

I was very disappointed to read the Nov. 19 editorial attacking our newly elected Niskayuna Town Board member, Rosemarie Perez Jaquith.
I have every confidence that Perez Jaquith is committed to and capable. Why undercut her efforts before she gets started?
The Editorial Board appears to have gone to extraordinary lengths to praise Rosemarie, citing her extensive experience, energy and dedication to the community prior to the election. All of which is valid and none of which has changed.
Previously noted as well was her dual service on the school board and town board as legally permitted, and for a short six-month overlap. What has changed?
The suggested special election would be costly and unnecessary.
The last time we had a school board member quit before their term was up, it cost $17,000, attracting criticism by some for their efforts. An extra election would be similarly expensive. In six months, a newly elected member would need to campaign again to retain the seat in June. We can certainly find a better use for $17,000, and the Editorial Board can also find more productive topics to write about.
Mary Beth Arcidiacono
Niskayuna


Liberal Dems have made America weaker

According to Connie Cartwright’s Nov. 9 letter, “No good Democrat is supportive of Trump.”
I am a good Democrat, not a liberal like you must be. You liberals are hurting this country. I am one of the good Democrats that is left in this good country.
The Democrats started to hurt this country with Lyndon Johnson when he took our Social Security money and gave it to some other countries.
Also, Jimmy Carter gave undocumented immigrants our Social Security money when they turned 65, even though they never put a dime into it. Look it up. They are all liberals.
The Democratic liberals are trying to put everyone on Medicare. When you work, you pay for Social Security and Medicare out of your pay. You liberals want it for free. That’s absurd. Our governor is killing babies and sponsoring efforts to legalize dope. The only good Democrats were Roosevelt, Truman, Stratton, O’Brien and a few more. You listen to the liberal news that knocks Trump. It’s all fake news, which is badly twisted. He doesn’t need any money. He loves this country and is trying to protect us. This country was weak when he took over. Wake up you liberals and look at what he is trying to do. Just let him do what he said he would do if he got elected. Remember, freedom is not free. God bless us all if he doesn’t win in 2020.
Vincent Belardo
Albany


Dems are working while GOP obstructs

Whenever I read a letter to the Daily Gazette that begins with the sentence ”Here we go again,” I know it’s a FOX News viewer preparing to attack the Democrats for not doing their job. The truth is that the House Democrats are doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to passing legislation, while investigating a corrupt president. Comrade Trump’s behaviors have required constant vigilance by the Democrats, because the gutless Republicans are more concerned with their re-election than the future of our democracy.
It’s abundantly obvious that Trump used his presidential powers to coerce a foreign ally to “investigate” his political rival for his own personal gain.
In addition to their investigations, the House Democrats have been passing bills at a rapid rate.
So far this year, the Democratic House has passed 100 bills that never made it to the Senate floor because Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has not allowed any of these bills to reach the floor for debate.
Some of the bills passed by the House that have died in the Senate include the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Cost Act, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, the Veterans Access to Child Care Act, and many more.
When you look at the real facts, it is the Democrats who are protecting our democracy while trying to pass middle class legislation.
Robert Karandy
Burnt Hills


Plenty of evidence of Trump’s illegal acts

In his Nov. 14 letter, Jeffrey Falace asks: “What crimes did Trump commit that are provable.”
How about the fraudulent Trump University that swindled thousands of working class students out of their hard-earned dollars?
Then there’s the Trump Foundation that was, according to a Chicago Tribune report, “riddled with graft.”
Both are now closed after Trump paid substantial fines for fraud in civil court settlements. That leaves the criminal charges.
Trump remains an unindicted co-conspirator (Individual-1) in the money laundering case that sent his personal attorney to prison for a campaign law violation involving Trump’s hush money payments to the porn star and the Playboy centerfold he had affairs with.
The Mueller report also cites several instances where Trump obstructed justice.
More recently, Trump admitted to asking the president of foreign powers, the Ukraine and China, to interfere in our democratic elections. That in itself is illegal.
But Trump also put our national security at risk and apparently committed bribery by withholding military aid appropriated by Congress until Ukraine’s president did him a political favor by investigating Joe Biden.
Trump has managed to avoid criminal charges thanks to a Justice Department policy that says a sitting president can’t be indicted for a crime.
But when Trump leaves office he’ll no longer be free to violate the law with impunity unless Americans buy into Trump’s claim that Article II of the Constitution allows him to do whatever he wants.
Bill Scheuerman
Scotia

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