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Letters to the Editor for Monday, June 22

Letters to the Editor for Monday, June 22

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How far does removal have to go

Since the Albany mayor removed the statue, and since Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both held slaves; should we not change the names of the countless towns, counties, and streets named for them, to say nothing of the national capital? Oh yeah, get their faces off our various dollar bills. I was concerned that she would advocate changing the name of Schuylerville, but happily, their mayor is more understanding of history. How nice that Ms. Sheehan has so little to do.
Robert Grimm
Amsterdam


Replace inane photos with news

Why does The Gazette continue to publish pictures with some stories that are incredibly irrelevant and useless? For example, in the June 15 article (“Tofu goes mainstream thanks to big meat’s COVID crisis”), a large photo of the refrigerator section in a Louisville, Kentucky, supermarket taken on June 14, 2017 was shown. I looked at it with a magnifying glass and could not find any tofu in the picture.
Just imagine the paper and ink that could have been saved by not having it clutter up your fine newspaper. Instead of the inane picture, why couldn’t you have published some more of today’s news instead.
Richard Felak
Schenectady

 
Earn respect, don’t resort to violence

In regard to all the protesters: Anybody with sense knows that violence never solves the problem. Instead, it creates bigger ones. We are in enough chaos now. I was taught that you earn respect, not demand it. I admire you, Dannielle Hille, a neighborhood resident who organized the May 31 cleanup, for showing the good in people.
Helen M. Tatarek
Schenectady


Journalists must retain objectivity

I think I missed something. I missed the point where journalism admitted to losing objectivity. It’s been obvious for some time, but few openly admit it.
Sara Foss did just that in her June 11 front page editorial (“Protests have a big impact.”). She stated “journalists and other reform-minded groups” in a very matter of fact way. All journalists are, as a group, reform-minded? I also support reform, but I support objectivity from journalists; if you choose to claim the title.
It’s great to state your opinion, as Sara always does very eloquently, but if you purport to present yourself as a journalist, please report what occurs, and refrain from shaping the message. Journalism as an objective observer of society is dead.
Larry Jones
Glenville


Ashamed of paper for racist cartoon

I have often been angry enough at your frequent use of political cartoons by Stiglich, a rabid Trumpist. His cartoon on June 9 showing a black man robbing a white woman crossed every imaginable line into stark racism. How The Gazette editors allowed it to run is beyond me. In Missouri, a paper that ran that same cartoon forced the resignation of two editors. Gazette staff should be embarrassed, ashamed and disgusted to represent The Gazette. I know that, as a many year subscriber, I am ashamed of “my” paper.
Jane Capello
Saratoga Springs


Stefanik doesn’t care about our rights

It’s interesting to see Rep. Elise Stefanik issue a statement that she is “deeply opposed” to removing the Philip Schuyler statue from the front of Albany City Hall. Figuring that if she is deeply opposed to just moving a statue, I went to her press releases at https://stefanik.house.gov/media-center/press-releases to see how outraged she must have been when Trump gassed American citizens exercising their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble.
Imagine my confusion when there was no press release explaining how “deeply opposed” Rep. Elise Stefanik was to the use of gas on peaceful protestors in our nation’s capital.
This leads me to believe Elise Stefanik couldn’t care less about citizens’ rights as laid out under the Constitution, as she would have certainly released a statement if she can speak up about a statue. Certainly, our actual civil rights to peaceful assembly and our protections from being gassed by our own current Trump government are more important than relocating an historical monument supposedly honoring the same?
Or is it all a dog-whistle fundraising game to Ms. Stefanik?
Julie Wash
Saratoga Springs


Not all opinions are worth publishing

Normally, the editorial cartoons of Tom Stiglich are no more than reactionary tropes: predictably shallow insults and attacks against liberals and progressives; the kind of bunkum typically associated with Donald Trump and his enablers.
But The Gazette publishers should be ashamed of themselves for running Stiglich’s recent offering that employed profoundly racist imagery to satirize the “defund the police” movement, however debatable that idea might be.
It’s hard to believe that at the most critical moment in our cultural history since the Civil War, any legitimate editorialist could stoop so low to score political points, or that The Gazette’s editors could be so tin-eared and irresponsible as to facilitate him.
That Stiglich spewed out such an affront to democracy and decency isn’t really surprising. In the Trump Era, we’ve become almost inured to such incivilities. But that a responsible domestic newspaper would readily reproduce and redistribute it for public consumption is deeply disturbing. We who subscribe to The Gazette are well acquainted with its policy regarding freedom of expression and opinion, but no editorial policy can possibly justify the use of gratuitously racist stereotypes in support of editorial opinion in any public forum. All “opinions” are not equally justifiable.
James Atkins
Galway

 


We all must change to end racism

During a discussion Ibram Kendi’s book “How to Be An Antiracist,” it is evident that the white community needs to take a 3-step process to face these challenges: acknowledge that there is a problem caused by a “white supremacy” culture that has been in place in this country-- through introspection as a result of listening and learning, admit that we as white people have benefited from an unearned advantage because of the color of our skin; resolve with concrete steps to address these in our own lives.
This is not a lineal process-- it is a continual one. It is essential that each of us seek to change ourselves.
I confess that I unwittingly participated in this white dominant culture by choosing where I sent my children to school, by using humor that I should have seen as degrading, and by being passive to racism by pretending it didn’t exist.
I pledge that I will be engaged on various levels. I am ready to be made uncomfortable by these discussions. I will advocate for the “13 Demands” made by “All of Us.”
I ask you to realize that we are participants in racism, and we are ones who can change.
Rabbi Matt Cutler
Schenectady

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