Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, March 5

first_imgNo sympathy for dirty old man KraftLet’s not call Robert Kraft a “lonely” old man.Here’s a man who supposedly has a 38-year-old girlfriend and a ton of money. What apparently is on video from the “spa” is an act being performed on him. I think we all know what that was. I’m guessing his girlfriend is not willing to do that, and he was looking for underage “companionship” to help him with his “loneliness.” Sounds like a dirty old man to me. If he’s lonely, why not ask a woman his own age out to dinner and a movie? No sympathy here.Mary BakerPerth Steck will price for vote on health actHaving read Assemblyman Phil Steck’s Feb. 17 guest column, “Separate propaganda from reality on Reproductive Health Act,” and Kathleen M. Gallagher’s Feb. 19 guest column,”New abortion law is extreme and harmful,” I could not help but notice the contrasts.Ms. Gallagher’s opinion was concise. In simple language, she  educated the reader on the content of the Reproductive Heath Act (RHA), thus giving readers an opportunity to draw their own conclusions.Assemblyman Steck’s opinion was a history lesson — his coming to political awareness, Roe v. Wade’s birth and the debates that followed and changing viewpoints on abortion. While he points out that religious freedom is a constitutional protection, he concludes that those who oppose the RHA are “imposing their religious views on everyone.” Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMore consistency in sidewalk clearing Several times a week, even in winter, I wheel my disabled wife down our pothole- and patch-strewn street toward Central Park for a walk/wheelchair ride. We don’t use our neighbors’ sidewalks, since they provide an even more bone-rattling ride than the street. The road, path and crosswalk improvements from last summer have made the in-park walking experience much more pleasurable.In winter, I bring my snow shovel after any decent snowfall. City employees do a relatively good job of clearing the main sidewalks. But most crosswalks, the old casino sidewalk, the sidewalk around Tiny Tot Land and the new dog park handicap spots are either ignored or very poorly attended to. I have to shovel access in and out of the fountain pond loop trail.It’s nice to dream of the city doing something citywide to help create a more winter-walkable environment for residents and visitors. Yet on Feb. 27, in Central Park, the city of Schenectady was in clear violation of Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Temporary interruptions in accessibility, caused by snow, are not a violation. However, the city is in violation since it allows conditions to persist indefinitely. It wouldn’t take much extra time to clear the remaining park sidewalks, crosswalks and parking spaces.Jonathan SimmsSchenectadycenter_img The Declaration of Independence states we are “entitled to life.” Medically, abortion means loss of the fetus, for any reason, BEFORE (my caps), it is able to survive outside the womb.Freedom of speech is a constitutional freedom.Assemblyman Steck takes umbrage that because he supports Roe v. Wade, he’s being called a murderer. You chose to support and vote for the RHA. You are now reaping the consequences.The United States of America is a republic. Elected officials serve the “will of the people.”Assemblyman Steck states “it would be a fraud on the voters to change my position.” “My support of Roe v. Wade will not change no matter what charged or offensive language is hurled at me.” Assemblyman Steck voted his will, not those of his constituents. He will be running for reelection in 2020.As Ms. Gallagher stated “this outrage will not soon be forgotten.” Your voice is your vote.Fran UnderhillScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Dec. 20

first_imgPriest offers lessons in callings, workingThrough the years, I have heard hundreds of sermons from my parish priest, Father Connery, on various topics in reference to the Roman Catholic Church.However two specific sermons have remained with me to this very day.First when he was describing what direction his life was going to take upon choosing a career path. There was an array to choose from. But early on in his life, he said he already knew what path he chose. He described it as a calling, not something you had to think about or research, but something that was already in your spirit that you were sure to follow. He had already made a decision to become a priest and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.I suppose you could say we all possess that same inner feeling of knowing our destiny, yet few of us can follow through for various reasons.His second memorable sermon was about a bicycle in a store window. As a little boy, when he saw this bike in a window and wanted his parents to buy it for him, they couldn’t afford it. So he set out to do something that is rarely done today. He worked, saved and earned the money to buy it himself. It took close to a year as I remember the story. But the point was that the instant gratification that so many parents give to their children today doesn’t teach the valuable lesson of earning something.Bob BeliveGlenvilleQuestions over new Spa Housing projectIn the Dec. 17 Gazette, there were two pictures of the Promenade at Saratoga being built by the Saratoga Housing Authority. The caption stated that the cost would be $14 million to $15 million for 63 rental units.At $15 million, this works out to about $250,000 per unit. This is more than for many homes. Where is the money coming from and what is the rent?Bill GormanMaltaEditor’s Note: See the Saratoga Housing Authority’s “The Promenade Fact Sheet” at: http://saratogaspringspha.org/development/the-promenade-fact-sheet-updated-2-28-18/.Pelosi record shows she’s a bad CatholicWhat I find real nauseating is the media’s canonization of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her blathering of what a great Catholic she is.She says she goes to Mass every Sunday and prays for the president. Yeah, right. Does she pray for the abortionists who murder babies in the third trimester of a pregnancy? Or does she pray for the babies who are born alive during an abortion “made comfortable” then butchered?If hating a hypocrite is a ticket to eternal damnation, then I will surely see you in Hell, Nancy.Ray WeidmanLathamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionImpeachment is not about criminal actsHow many times have you heard “no quid pro quo” or “that’s hearsay evidence”? The presumption is that if you can’t prove a crime has been committed then there can’t be an impeachment.This is unquestionably incorrect.The term “high crimes and misdemeanors” is only used for impeachment; criminal matters are considered low crimes or common crimes and are addressed in criminal court.The Founding Fathers chose the term of art because it had been used in English Parliamentary law for 400 years for offenses such as misuse of office (self-enrichment) or failure to obey Parliament (separation of powers).Impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors was first used in 1386 when the King’s Chancellor, Michael de la Pole, failed to dispense funds appropriated by Parliament as directed.The point is that impeachment is meant to be a corrective to serious offenses against our system of government. It protects the Constitution. Its only remedy is removal from office. Matters of criminality are to be addressed under the criminal code. There have been 13 previous American impeachments, and each one contained charges of high crimes and misdemeanors considering “misconduct incompatible with the official position of the officeholder.”Broadly, these are: exceeding separation of powers, behavior in an incompatible manner, and improper use of power for personal gain.Impeachment is not a criminal matter. Some articles in the past have contained elements of crimes as ingredients, but proof of criminality is not essential for a conviction and removal from office.Paul DonahueNiskayunaTake extra care when jogging with a child Don’t endanger your child when jogging. Van Antwerp Road in Niskayuna is a curvy thoroughfare with little to no shoulder. There are parts of the road where you cannot see what will be around the next bend. One must drive very cautiously on that road.I was driving on Van Antwerp the other day after a snowstorm of some 20 inches and, therefore, there was zero shoulder and high snowbanks.I came upon a woman who was jogging in the middle of the road and pushing an infant in a stroller. This action should be classified as a possible case of endangering the welfare of a child. There are plenty of developments off Van Antwerp Road that offer much wider streets and have less traffic.While it would be a terrible tragedy for this mother and baby to be injured or killed, I could not help but think how devastating it would be for the person driving, who could have hit them through no fault of their own. That would be a hard thing to have to live with.Carole DonahueNiskayunaSchool managers: Respect seniorityAs a retired union member and officer, I have to remind the writer the reason union contracts enlist the LIFO (Last In, First Out) system.Management in the past has used favoritism to decide who stays and who goes in time of layoffs. If an employee is underperforming, retraining or discipline should be used to correct performance. Teachers have tenure. Tenure is not above discipline or firing. Management has to do its job of correcting bad behavior or bad performance. If retraining does not work, then discipline in this order, verbal warning, written warning, suspension, then termination, is in order.Management, do your job and respect seniority.Thomas AmashClifton ParkNFL fans top Ellen fans in self-belittlingIn his Dec. 18 letter, Mr. Splawnik complained about women who he watched “belittle” themselves on the Ellen show as they were given free stuff (“Ellen audience a bit too giddy over gifts”). Has this man ever watched an NFL game where men are dressed and act like fools for their team? Ridiculous head gear (cheese heads in Green Bay); pig, dog and bear masks; complete and garishly painted faces; bare chests decorated in the team’s colors (in mid-December and 28 degrees) and so on and on. And those women behaved “like little children”?`Jane CapelloSaratoga SpringsThunberg cartoon unnecessarily cruelAlthough I am often annoyed by the political cartoons by Tom Stiglich, I recognize the need for political diversity on The Gazette’s editorial page and mutter my comments to myself.After seeing Stiglich’s cartoon on Dec. 15, I feel the need to comment publicly.Apparently the point of the aforementioned cartoon is that climate change activist Greta Thunberg is being used as a  pawn by politicians, as evidenced by her being named Time magazine’s person of the year. Ms. Thunberg is an autistic teenager who speaks passionately to adult power about climate issues. As a former high school teacher, I find her courage, directness and eloquence to be remarkable. If she is a pawn (which I doubt), the fault is with those who have taken control of her.Why, then, did Stiglich choose to depict her as an ugly, demented person? She is neither of these, and by so depicting her, Stiglich has gone from political commentary to personal vindictiveness.I question the judgment of  The Gazette in publishing this hateful cartoon.Fred HeitkampSchenectadylast_img

Terrace Hill plans to redevelop Hillington

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Green makes a move in Manchester race

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LandSecs to offload industrial portfolio

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