No justification for personal attack ads

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m a lifelong resident of Niskayuna and also a social studies teacher at Schenectady High school who teaches civics. A basic lesson in all classes is that during a campaign, you attack policy positions, not people. The recent Democratic committee flyer I received for Niskayuna Town Board is disgraceful. Supervisor Joe Landry owes us an explanation.I’m a registered Democrat, but in my job, I work with an ideologically diverse group of colleagues. Politics is an area that is often debated, respectfully. My Republican colleagues and I get passionate; it’s part of our job. We never devolve into name calling and hateful rhetoric. We challenge policy; we don’t attack each other personally. Then we go get a cup of coffee or lunch together, and we always remain friends.For the Niskayuna Democratic Committee to mail an attack ad that likens the Republican candidates to hate mongers like Bannon and Limbaugh is shameful and dishonest. Candidates should run on, and win, elections based on their record or positions. This is especially true for incumbents like Joe Landry. To date, Supervisor Landry has been silent on this issue. It’s deafening.National politics has devolved into name calling, demagoguery and Twitter attacks, Niskayuna can do better.Chris OgnibeneNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehemlast_img read more

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Take action to bring end to climate change

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Climate change/global warming is the most important issue we face today. If we don’t do something to mitigate it, all our other issues will be moot, because we will be in the process of going extinct, along with the rest of God’s creation. Almost 100 percent of our scientists believe that this is so. The ones who express doubt are the ones on the payroll of fossil fuel companies.This is what climate change scientist Kevin Anderson has to say: “If our developing nations’ emissions peak in 2030, and decline at 3 percent per year thereafter, and if our developed nations’ emissions peak in 2015 (which they have not), and decline at 3 percent thereafter, we have a 50:50 chance of limiting global warming to 4 degrees C.”  This is equivalent to about 9 degrees F.  This could be happening as early as the 2060s.What will happen?  Seas will rise, droughts and fires will increase, as will hurricanes and floods. Species will be lost. As for humans, we will be stressed for water and food, forced to move by rising sea levels, stressed by heat waves and disease. People will have to migrate to survive, causing wars, chaos and social and economic breakdown. Do you have children and grandchildren?  Do you want to see them go through this? I don’t. Please, conserve fossil fuels, give up eating beef, encourage your congressmen to take the subsidies off fossil fuels and beef, and ask them to encourage clean, renewable energy.Jahnn Swanker-GibsonJohnstownMore 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?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Treat fast cars same as assault rifles?

first_imgAccording to an AP analysis of FBI data, there were about 11,000 gun homicides in the United States in 2016. In that same year, the U.S. Department of Transportation recorded 10,111 traffic fatalities related to speeding. I think we can all agree that both of these statistics are alarming and worthy of legislative intervention. Our governor and congressional representatives have offered and, as in the Safe Act, implemented common sense solutions to the gun problem. Perhaps we should apply the same remedies to vehicular homicides due to speeding. To only focus on the speeding driver ignores the basic problem — too many cars around that are capable of going too fast. The average top speed of cars in the United States is 110 mph. Why is this permitted when the top speed limit, with few exceptions, is 75 mph?We should prohibit the manufacture, sale and possession of cars that go faster than 75. For the millions of vehicles already on the road, we should mandate that speed governors be retrofitted. And of course, we should raise the driving age to21. Similar to the banning of assault-style rifles, we should make cars that encourage fast driving, like muscle cars and sports cars, illegal to possess outside of a NASCAR or Grand Prix track.To paraphrase Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lecture about guns, nobody needs a car that’s designed for excess speed. I’m sure that with the same logic he applied to gun violence, Gov. Cuomo will be among the first to surrender his 1975 Corvette (129 mph) and give up his misguided adoration of muscle cars. Oh, and let’s no longer tolerate local venues for shows featuring sports and muscle cars. It’s time to get serious about vehicle violence.WILLIAM DIMANGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Oct. 23

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Garcia well qualified for Supreme CourtAs a practicing lawyer in the Fourth Judicial District for over 44 years I have encountered judges at all levels, from town courts to Supreme Court and beyond.Like lawyers, judges are not perfect. Members of the bench, like members of the bar, can be good, bad and/or ugly. The candidate must possess various qualities, from fairness to an ability to tackle hard problems and to help resolve those problems with the assistance of competent trial counsel.Julie Garcia has those qualities and then some.Julie Garcia, if elected to our Supreme Court, would serve all residents of the Fourth Judicial District, but especially those residents who reside in counties north of Saratoga, where the core of a Supreme Court Justice can be measured by not only formal education (Siena College and Albany Law School) but more importantly, by the education that comes from a tough life.For a great insight into her background, visit the New York State Bar Association webpage, State Bar News, and read a column on the lives of five rural lawyers. After you read that brief outline of Julie Garcia’s background, you will undoubtedly join me in voting for Julie Garcia for Supreme Court.Dennis J. Tarantino, Esq.Queensbury Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhy shut down road for motorcyclesWhy would Niskayuna police (and others probably) shut down traffic on Balltown Road and adjacent roads to permit about 500 noisy, smelly motorcycles to go streaming south on Sunday a little after 1 p.m.?Average citizens were inconvenienced and perhaps, like me, provoked. Was there some noble cause? It seems to me that shutting down highways is overreach for whatever purpose this was done. I do not recall seeing anything in The Gazette about this event and I read The Gazette every day. Any ideas?Clifford MeachamGlenvilleDon’t jump the gun on limousine safety Garcia knows Fourth Supreme Court areaMy good friend Julie Garcia is running for one of the four open positions of Supreme Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District. I fully support her candidacy for many reasons. I have known Julie for more than 20 years. Julie served as Essex County district attorney after working as an assistant district attorney in both Suffolk and Rensselaer counties. She now has a private practice in Warrensburg and Port Henry. She has experience as both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer.Julie has always had the courage of her convictions to put people over politics. The Fourth Judicial District is large and predominantly rural in nature. Julie Garcia has lived and worked there most of her life. As the Essex County treasurer for more than 24 years, I know that the needs of rural New Yorkers are different from the needs of urban New Yorkers. We need judges who understand rural New Yorkers. Julie Garcia would be just that kind of a Supreme Court judge. I ask you to join me in supporting and voting for Julie Garcia on Nov. 5 for Supreme Court judge in the Fourth Judicial District.Michael DiskinTiconderoga Your Oct. 4 editorial “Limo laws: What took so long?” got key facts wrong, but more importantly it was a disservice to the families of the tragic Schoharie limousine crash.America’s transportation experts at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spent a year investigating that crash. They’re not done, but they released preliminary findings because they know those findings could save lives. If we press forward without their findings, we can get things wrong. Mistakes at this stage can cause even greater failures and delays.The editors of this paper say they don’t need those investigative findings to have the answers, but their example is based on the unsupported idea that seat belts would have saved these victims. NTSB found: “the passenger seat belt systems on the Schoharie crash limousine were poorly designed and would not have provided adequate protection.”We spent the past year working with victims’ families to develop comprehensive life-saving legislation. Not just seat belts. Seat assemblies. Certifying altered used vehicles. Crash safety. Evacuation options. Disclosure. Data recorders. Incentives to states to get dangerous vehicles off the roads. We introduced our legislation this week.For the sake of these families, we must come together to enact meaningful, fact-based solutions that ensure limos like the one in the Schoharie accident are never allowed on the road again. Yes, sometimes doing things right takes time. We have worked with these families and taken that time. We owe it to them, and to each other, to get this right.Paul TonkoAmsterdamThe writer is congressman representing the 20th District.last_img read more

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Planning Preserving Westminster peace?

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Going green low on agenda

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Shops floored

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Trump adviser says he’s ‘reforming’ staff after Vindman ouster

first_imgPresident Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said his staff was “bloated” when he took over last year and that he plans to reduce it to about 100 people, after an aide who testified in the House impeachment inquiry was dismissed on Friday.“We think a more efficient NSC and leaner NSC is a more effective NSC,” O’Brien told reporters traveling with Trump to a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Monday, using the abbreviation for the National Security Council.“This is something that people in both parties have been concerned about in the past, the size of the NSC,” O’Brien added. “So I think we’ve streamlined it. We’re reforming it.” On Friday, the White House dismissed NSC aides Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman following Trump’s acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial. Alexander Vindman, a lieutenant colonel in the Army, had testified in the House impeachment trial in response to a subpoena. His twin, Yevgeny, was a senior lawyer and ethics official for the NSC. The White House has not offered any official explanation for the ouster of either of the Vindmans.Most of the NSC’s staff is made up of career officials on loan from other government agencies, including the Defense and State departments. They routinely return to their home agencies after serving a rotation at the White House, but Trump has suggested Alexander Vindman was removed in retaliation for his testimony.O’Brien took over the NSC after former National Security Advisor John Bolton was dismissed in September. Trump ordered a reduction in the NSC’s staff after a whistle-blower reported concern about the president’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he asked for an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.O’Brien offered veiled criticism of Bolton in his remarks to reporters, saying he had “restored process to the NSC.”“We’re bringing the deputies and principals in to give their best advice, the best information they’ve got on the issues we’re facing and their opinions so we can get those to the president,” he said. “We’re very happy with how that’s going.”Topics :last_img read more

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Facing stiff sentence, Trump advisor Stone seeks new trial

first_imgBut Stone’s supporters recently accused one of the jurors of having been prejudiced against Stone before the trial began.Earlier this week Trump himself tweeted in support of his longtime political advisor.”Now it looks like the foreperson in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias. Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the ‘Justice’ Department,” Trump wrote.The judge in the case, Amy Berman Jackson, told both sides to file their arguments on the motion on Tuesday. Topics : Convicted of lying to Congress Stone, part of Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign, was arrested in January 2019 on charges brought by then-special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation.He was accused of lying in testimony to Congress about acting as an intermediary between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, which released hacked documents that embarrassed rival Hillary Clinton during the White House race. Stone was convicted on all seven counts in November, and was scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20.Stone’s supporters alleged on social media that the head of the jury, Tomeka Hart, had not been truthful about alleged anti-Republican biases when interviewed during jury selection.”This juror should get the same treatment that anyone deemed a Trump supporter would get for committing perjury,” Trump’s son Donald Jr wrote Thursday on Twitter.But the court transcript depicts Hart providing straightforward answers to questions about her political leanings and prior knowledge of the Mueller investigation.It was not clear whether Stone’s lawyers were aware of her social media postings strongly critical of Trump, but she told them she could judge Stone’s case with an open mind.Given a chance by the judge to strike Hart from the jury list, Stone’s defense team accepted her with no objection.In a Facebook post this week Hart, who lives in Tennessee, defended her role.”As foreperson, I made sure we went through every element, of every charge, matching the evidence presented in the case that led us to return a conviction of guilty on all 7 counts,” she wrote.The post is no longer online but was confirmed with Hart by the Daily Memphian newspaper.Furor over Trump tweets Stone’s push for a new trial came after a week of turmoil that shook the Justice Department.On Monday prosecutors recommended a stiff seven-to-nine-year prison term for Stone, saying he threatened a witness in the case and implicitly threatened the judge as well.After Trump called the proposed sentence a “miscarriage of justice” in a late-night tweet and Attorney General Bill Barr intervened for a lighter sentence, the Justice Department attorneys who prosecuted the case resigned in apparent protest.Barr called the sentence proposal “excessive” but denied allegations that he was doing Trump’s bidding and politicizing the justice system.Barr said Stone’s case was a “righteous prosecution” and that he was “happy that he was convicted.”But he also criticized Trump’s comments.”I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me,” Barr said in an interview with ABC News.”I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.”center_img Republican political consultant Roger Stone requested a new trial Friday just days after President Donald Trump’s criticism of his proposed jail sentence sparked an uproar over political influence in the justice system.Six days before he was to be sentenced, Stone filed a motion to the federal district court in Washington for a new trial on charges of lying to Congress and witness intimidation.The motion was sealed so his arguments for a new trial were not clear.last_img read more

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PREMIUMData protection bill: Lawmakers, activists warn of abuse of power

first_imgForgot Password ? The government and the House of Representatives have begun the deliberation of the long-awaited personal data protection bill. The proposed bill looks to create a comprehensive regulatory framework to ensure the safety of private data, but critics warn of the potential for abuse of power.The bill, drafted by the government, is in the spotlight for a failure to regulate equal sanctions for personal data misuse conducted by the government, private sector and the public.The government has also failed to include clear provisions on the establishment of an independent data protection authority to monitor and analyze the use of personal data in the proposed bill, disappointing lawmakers in the House’s Commission I overseeing defense, foreign affairs, information and intelligence.”In the bill submitted to the House, the government did not include provisions [regarding the… Google Log in with your social account Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Facebook data-protection-bill data-protection #data-protection #data-protection-bill house-of-representativeslast_img read more

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