President has duty to defend elections

first_imgThe anthem was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 as a poem. It was written to celebrate an account of him witnessing a battle during the War of 1812. The British had bombed Fort McHenry, yet the symbol of our country survived the attack and our nation survived the war. Mr. Key was impressed with the courageous resilience of the defenders of the country.The original poem had four verses. We only sing the first verse. The last verse includes: “O thus be it ever, when freemen shall standBetween their loved homes and the war’s desolation. Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land. Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just …”Over 200 years later, our country was attacked by a foreign power that sought to interfere with our electoral process, which is the foundation of our democracy. Yet the current government has failed to take any serious action to defend the nation against this attack and hold the attackers accountable or prevent future attacks. The president takes an oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”The national election process is prescribed in the Constitution. Therefore, as president, he has a sworn duty to protect and defend the electoral process. O Say can you See?Paul ZawistowskiBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Broadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fall Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAt the Super Bowl, thousands of proud Americans stood for the playing of the national anthem. How many of them knew the words? Half maybe? How many knew what the anthem is about? Even less.last_img read more

Obama comments weren’t about racism

first_imgRe March 7 letter, “Letter about Obama exposes racist views”: Ouch.  Did you just call me a racist?  You missed my point, Polly Windels. I was commenting on all of the hype when Obama and Hillary ran for office.I stand by my comment that more people came out to vote, plus people liked Obama. They didn’t like Hillary (at least not enough people to get her to the Oval Office). This is hardly a racist comment. It’s a fact.  I personally don’t care if the candidate is green with pink spots, just so long as I agree with his/her political views.Lorraine VanDerWerkenRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

NRA has changed  a lot over the decades

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The NRA has not always been an anti-gun control organization (NPR, History of the NRA, 10/10/2017). It was founded by two Civil War officers upset by the poor marksmanship of recruits. For over a century, the NRA was known primarily for promoting the safe and proper use of firearms in both hunting and target shooting. It even worked with the federal government to restrict ex-convicts and the mentally ill from owning guns. In the 1930s, the NRA helped pass bills that regulated submachine guns and sawed-off shotguns, banned some gun buyers and made gun dealers register with the government. Its cooperation continued following the political and racial assassinations of the 1960s.In the 1970s, the NRA’s public image began to change after a law-breaking member was killed by an ATF agent. In 1977, it adopted a policy opposing all forms of gun control. Despite this, after the attempt on NRA member President Ronald Reagan’s life, the NRA reluctantly supported the 1994 Brady Bill, which required a waiting period and background checks for handgun purchases. The bill included a 10-year ban on assault weapons. When the ban expired in 2004, the increasingly conservative NRA had gained enough political clout to prevent its renewal.The NRA rapidly rose as a force in fundraising and campaign support. The GOP was the primary benefactor of this growth. By 2016, 99 percent of NRA support went to anti-gun control GOP candidates. Beholden to the NRA for their election and fearful of the NRA’s retribution policy, GOP representatives continue to oppose any gun control legislation.Charles RiellyAltamontMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAlbany County warns of COVID increaselast_img read more

Guest column: Separate propoganda from reality on Reproductive Health Act

first_imgOf course, those who are firmly convinced abortion is wrong can certainly counsel against abortion, but to label those with a different conviction “murderers” shows a lack of respect for freedom of religion, which should be one of the most fundamental principles of American life.  It was one of FDR’s Four Freedoms that we fought World War II for.Further, when a newspaper prints a letter calling me a “murderer” because I support Roe v. Wade, it is not acting responsibly.That type of language is an incitement to violence against those who choose to have an abortion and those who seek to make sure that right is protected in law.Such letters are also based on untruths as to what the Reproductive Health Act does and why it was passed. Newspapers should point that out.WHAT RHA REALLY DOESThe law in New York since Roe v. Wade has always been that, like the new law in Ireland, an abortion is permitted in the third trimester to save the life or health of the mother.The Reproductive Health Act simply codifies that standard for two reasons. First, a backward looking Supreme Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade if this President gets another appointment to the Supreme Court. Second, because the New York criminal law predated Roe v. Wade, it retained language punishing doctors who performed an abortion in the best interest of the mother’s health. The criminalization of that act was declared unconstitutional in 1973, so the law needed to be updated.This is not unlimited abortion as the propagandists claim.They say “health” is undefined, so it could mean anything.Doctors have been applying that standard successfully since 1973.I am not a doctor. Doctors determine what is a health risk. We rely on their medical expertise, their high ethical standards, and their interaction with their patient, who may of course consult a religious adviser, to determine whether an abortion should be performed in the third trimester for purposes of the health of the mother. That is the standard adopted in Roe v. Wade. One of the charged issues of the day was abortion.The newspapers loved to print letters to the editor with one side repeating “they’re killing the babies” and the other replying with “a woman’s right to choose.”The former usually based their position on religious faith, the latter on civil rights for women. In 2012, I ran for state Assembly on a platform that expressed my commitment to supporting the principles of Roe v. Wade. I was elected. I have been lobbied to change my position. Many have offered to pray for my immortal soul. Nonetheless, I have replied that it would be a fraud on the voters to change my position.I grew up in an area where the vast majority of my neighbors were Catholics of Irish ancestry who in those days supported the Church’s teachings on abortion.CHANGING VIEWPOINTSOpinions of many have changed. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn 1973, when Roe v. Wade was decided, I was 14 years old and becoming politically aware. center_img For example, Ireland legalized abortion in 2018 by popular vote. In Ireland, abortion is permitted during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, and later in cases where the pregnant woman’s life or health is at risk, which is the same standard Roe v. Wade adopted in 1973.Religious freedom is very important to me.My family came to this country, a place where differences in religious identity were protected by the Constitution, from a place where people had been trying to kill my ancestors for thousands of years because of their stubborn but highly honorable commitment to a different faith.While not exclusively so, the anti-abortion position is fundamentally rooted in religion. However, you will typically not hear anti-abortion advocacy from mainline Protestant clergy, nor where I attend services.NOT MURDERERSThose who call supporters of Roe v. Wade murderers are simply trying to impose their religious views on everyone.  A second issue raised by anti-abortion propaganda is that the law changes who may perform an abortion.This is also false. Only doctors may perform surgical abortions and only in a facility that is approved in accordance with New York Public Health law.There are non-surgical abortion procedures (not late term) that certain allied health professionals may perform that they have been permitted to perform under the laws defining their scope of practice that were enacted before the Reproductive Health Act.My support for Roe v. Wade will not change no matter what charged and offensive language is hurled at me.But propaganda does need to be distinguished from facts. Phil Steck is the member of Assembly representing the 110th District, which consists of Colonie, Niskayuna and Schenectady.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, April 12

first_imgESPN crossed line on injury coverageAfter what I saw during the NCAA women’s championship game on April 7, I would say ESPN is absolutely disgusting — a pariah and worse.One, a player from Baylor went down with a bad injury near the end of the third quarter. While she was obviously in agony and being attended to on the floor, ESPN had a camera on the floor trying to get video of her. The Baylor coach was very smart, positioning herself so the camera could not show the player’s face.  Two, as the player was being taken to the locker room in a wheelchair by the medical staff, ESPN again had a camera in the corridor leading to the locker room and was providing a live feed that was put on the air. This type of treatment of a kid is beyond disrespectful and shows that the media has no boundaries in this nation. They are disgusting.Further — and this goes to the NCAA, too — at the break between the third and fourth quarters of the game, the national championship game, a goofball reporter from ESPN was on the floor interviewing the Baylor coach. The coach had better things to do, like coach her team at probably the biggest moment of the season. I’m sure the contract between the NCAA (another ship of fools) and the media provides that coaches will be made available for interviews during games. Bad, bad, bad.Dr. John MetalloSlingerlands Trump’s lies. We’ve heard them beforeYogi Berra must have had Donald Trump in mind when he said, “It’s déjà vu all over again!” I remember Trump telling us, “I have a health plan you will love” and on day one it will get done. This is just one of Trump’s ramblings, as he also said, “I know more than the generals.” Again, on day one he would give us a plan to get our troops home and ISIS will be defeated in two weeks. On and on he went with promises he could not keep, and I believe he never intended to keep.Yogi was right about déjà vu; it does happen all over again. It has now been two years-plus that Trump took office and he once more is telling us he will give us a “Health Plan that is better than anything we ever had.” He is also telling us ISIS is defeated, when in fact our generals are telling us ISIS is alive and well. Like Pinocchio, Trump continues to lie, and there are actually people that believe him even after his boasts never came to fruition. Instead of his nose growing, I do see more wrinkles and hair thinning. Seniors on Medicare owe a lot to the ACA, as it brought benefits such as care for existing medical conditions. Trump seeks to do away with the ACA to fill the pockets of insurance companies while taking away insurance from 20 million Americans. Déjà vu, you can bet on it!Gary Philip GuidoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOne political party is hurting the countryAt this time, there is a party that is not good for our country. It embraces identity politics as its instrument to create a coalition of diverse groups that often claim victimization and injustice at nearly every turn. It is a divisive strategy that breeds anger and discontent.This party utilizes ideology and emotion as its vanguard. It does not allow pragmatism, facts or ignorance to lead them away from its preferred narrative. Differences of opinion be damned. Disagreement marks you as the enemy.At their core, party members celebrate diversity over merit. Most of academia perpetuates this tenet. However, real-world application values skill and ability over appearance. Diversity is delusional.This party promotes increasing dependency on the government. As the less-skilled and less-fortunate become more reliant on government services, so does their voting loyalty. This control leads to generational power. The presentation is sold as altruistic when, in fact, it is the methodology by which the ruling class maintains the status quo.Most importantly, this is a party that fails to promote a positive message. It has proven to be more interested in investigating than legislating. Their anti-Trump obsession completely dominates their political perspective. Where are the policies and platforms to move the country forward? I suppose the suggested redistribution of wealth will alleviate economic injustice. Their version of Robin Hood will be perceived to bring fairness between the haves and the have-nots. This may not rest well with the earners. Is this your party?John MyersRotterdam Junctionlast_img read more

Brixton drops ‘Estate’ but adds 17% value

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Multitude of names behind a singular survivor

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Harvey Nics expands up north

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Sogo to exit stage left in £100m Criterion sale

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Workspace NAV up 12%

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