first_imgIn many communities, murders, rapes, sex trafficking and drugs are the dangerous byproducts of this uncontrolled wave. The United States is a country, which as defined, has borders. Immigration must be controlled to ensure the people entering the country will be a benefit to the country.The number of immigrants must be controlled to ensure assimilation to American principles of self government and of a constitutional republic. If the laws of immigration are not upheld, as in sanctuary cities, neither will our rights of protection under the law be protected.Elected officials must uphold the rule of law as an example to all of their constituents, and federal officials must stop the enticements promoting illegal immigration.Diane ClementsBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As our congressmen and senators contemplate the budget and the fate of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) program, there are many issues to consider. Although this program was made legal in 2012, it has perpetuated and encouraged illegal activities by millions of people wishing to immigrate to our country, and it has encouraged illegal activities by elected officials in our country.The promise of “free” benefits such as welfare, medical care and education has produced an understandable tsunami of undocumented people across our unprotected borders. These “free” services are bankrupting state and local governments. And in our state, the local taxpayers suffer under the state mandates to cover these programs. last_img read more

first_imgAs we celebrate national volunteer week, I want to thank every one of our volunteers and encourage anyone touched by cancer to consider becoming a volunteer.Volunteer drivers are especially needed.The driving schedule is flexible, with drivers choosing the number of rides they want to provide.To learn more, visit cancer.org/volunteer or call 1-800-227-2345.FJ Colacino, Jr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? As board president of the Capital Region Board of Advisors for the American Cancer Society, I can find no words that can possibly express the board’s gratitude for all our volunteers do.They selflessly give their time and talents to make sure we are leading the fight for a world without cancer.From leading Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer teams, assisting with everyday office needs, advocating for healthier communities and driving cancer patients to and from treatment, volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Cancer Society. Our volunteer drivers are literally giving someone the ride of their life, helping patients in need overcome what is often their biggest obstacle — getting to treatment. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Daily GazetteNo woman celebrates abortion. No woman wants an abortion the way she wants an ice cream cone or an iPhone X. Legally, there is no question that the new law allows abortion for any reason up to the moment of birth.Gov. Andrew Cuomo can spin it any way he wants, but as an attorney, he knows this is true.Lawmakers could have put language in the law to limit late-term abortions to cases where there is a grave physical health danger to the mother, but they didn’t.Instead, they gave Planned Parenthood exactly what it wanted — an open-ended “health” exception that allows abortion for reasons of age, economics and family circumstances; virtually anything will suffice.Think about that.An unfettered absolute right to abortion for all nine months of pregnancy is now imbedded in New York law.The same fully formed infants that parents excitedly watch on the ultrasound screen kicking their legs and sucking their thumbs can now be legally destroyed at any point in their in utero development. But lawmakers didn’t stop there.They also removed protections in law for infants who might accidentally survive an abortion.Yes, that happens.And yes, our law had previously offered these babies immediate medical attention and gave them all of the legal rights each and every one of us enjoys as a born human being. But no more. Now they can be left to die on the table.  New York’s criminal charge of felony abortion was also wiped off the books by the new law.Human traffickers and domestic abusers are the ones rejoicing here. No longer can they be charged for coerced abortions or attacks intentionally targeting a pregnancy to cause miscarriage.In early February, a pregnant woman and her unborn child were viciously bludgeoned to death in Queens.The district attorney charged the alleged perpetrator with second degree murder and second-degree abortion, but had to drop the abortion charge when he realized the crime no longer exists.As a result, there will never be justice for the death of that very-much-wanted baby.So much for “choice.”Gov. Cuomo has said that New York’s new abortion law is the most aggressive one in the country.He’s right about that.center_img Abortion is a tragedy all the way around.Biologically, that’s because abortion ends the life of a developing human. It’s not a developing carrot or a developing toad.It’s not like losing an appendix or losing your tonsils.It’s the loss of a developing human child.The celebration of New York’s new abortion policy was shameful.The cheering in the Senate chamber, the party at the governor’s mansion and the lighting of state buildings like the Freedom Tower in Manhattan were deeply offensive to many New Yorkers.They are right to be outraged.  And their outrage will not soon be forgotten. It is overly permissive, extreme and dangerous.It will leave in its wake more dead infants and many wounded mothers. It was all about politics and not about the best interests of the people.   Did we need it? Absolutely not.New York already had the highest abortion rate of any state in the country.And that’s a heartbreaking designation, not a celebratory badge of honor.Kathleen M. Gallagher of Schenectady is the director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

first_imgFight back against pro-violence rhetoricIn a letter to The Gazette published on September 29, 2016, I quoted these comments from candidate Donald Trump at a rally: “She [Hillary Clinton] wants to destroy your Second Amendment…. I think her bodyguards should drop all weapons. … She doesn’t want guns. Let’s see what happens to her. It would be very dangerous.”This past weekend from the White House, President Donald Trump spoke as follows: “I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump.“I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they (presumably his opponents?) go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad. But the left plays it cuter and tougher.“Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this investigations). …” (quoted in the Albany Times Union editorial , ‘Mr. Trump’s violent talk,’ dated March 19.)There’s a name for this kind of talk. It’s called talk that engenders “stochastic (statistically random) violence,” talk that somehow gives the OK to unspecified violence at an unknown time and place.But against whom? In this instance, the president names a specific group of people: “they (the left)…in Congress.”I urge readers to do as I have: Request our elected representatives in Congress to rebuke the president for talk that presents an enabling vision of political violence in this country. We went this way once before, and now we observe Memorial Day in remembrance of the carnage.Hugh NevinSlingerlands Fighting dirty is only way to defeat TrumpThe 2020 election is soon upon us. Mercilessly, candidates are announcing early and in great number.To date, none of them can win against Trump. Here’s the sickening truth: If the embarrassment we call a president today can keep his base, he will carry another electoral win.Neither party has a candidate so far willing sink to the level it takes to compete for his devoted voters.Michele Obama’s suggestion “When they go low we go high” is laughable. Republicans lack the courage to take on the president and Democrats are too concerned they may offend voters’ sensitivities to produce a winner.Elizabeth Warren had an opportunity to be a front-runner in the race, but she squandered it when she failed to respond to his “Pocahontas” slur with two words: a verb and a pronoun.Trump is clearly hoping to play the accusation that anyone opposing him is a socialist. The answer isn’t to point out his lies, but top them with their own. Outrageous unfounded claims are what his base feeds upon. The first candidate to accuse him of incest, the one who questions the first lady’s gender at birth or accuses her of being a Russian spy, that person will be the next president of this country. Sad, but still better than what we have now. There is always 2024.Nikolas KaiserSchenectady Journalists must express objectivityThe Merrimack-Webster dictionary defines “journalism” as “writing characterized by a direct presentation of events without an attempt at interpretation.”By this definition, it is in my opinion that journalism is dead. It seems that the vast majority of the articles in the newspaper today have so much interpretation, untruths and agendas (Covington, Smollett, Trump, ISIS, Korea, China, illegal immigration) that it can be said that journalism is dead. Where is the pride of the journalist?Geraldine M. HavasyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Congress must pass Dream/Promise ActWe must not look the other way as Trump terrorizes our immigrant neighbors.Whether somebody is protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED), they are integral parts of our community and we want and need them here. We cannot stand by as Trump tries to send them to a place that is no longer home. They belong here.These long-time residents, as well as their families and communities, had their lives thrown into limbo when President Trump made the cruel decision to strip away their legal status. DACA, TPS and DED holders have built their lives in the United States. The average TPS holder has been here for 22 years, and the average DACA recipient came at age 6. They have homes, businesses, schools and places of worship. They are integral parts of our communities.Congress can address this urgent need by passing H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act of 2019. This excellent legislation will protect beneficiaries of DACA, TPS, and DED and should be passed “clean” without amendments that fund further militarization of our southern border, separate immigrant families, or otherwise double-down on Trump’s heinous human rights violations at the border.Congress must pass The Dream and Promise Act now.Alexandra van den HeeverMaltacenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBystanders renew faith in humanityA few days ago, my friend and I were going to the movies. We are old. As we started to walk down the Jay Street mall, my friend fell. In an instant, she was on the concrete, bleeding, bruised and disoriented. The EMTs and an ambulance came and they were caring and professional, as they should be. But it is what happened before their arrival that has buoyed my spirit.Young people, (younger than I am, at least) came out of stores or apartments to offer help. One said, “I’m a nurse, let me help stop the bleeding.” Another came back with ice from a nearby store. One man knelt down behind my friend and said, “It must be hard for you to sit there unsupported: Lean back on me.” Another took off his jacket and put it over my friend’s legs. To all who said, “I will stay with you until help arrives,” I thank you.Altruism is ingrained in the human being. It is this urge, this drive, to help the other that has enabled the human race to thrive, and it is this urge, this drive, that will save us in the future.Out of tragedy, my hope and my optimism have been renewed.Bill MacTiernanSchenectady Dems didn’t oppose new border securityIn a recent letter to the editor, the writer expressed dismay that top Democrats Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama voted for a border wall in 2006, yet oppose funding for a similar project today.He probably got that information from watching White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney say on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace that “We still don’t understand why the Democrats are so wholeheartedly against it. They voted for it in 2006. Then-Sen. Obama voted for it. Sen. Schumer voted for it. Sen. Clinton voted for it. So we don’t understand why Democrats are now playing politics just because Donald Trump is in office.”Let’s get the facts straight.The Secure Fence Act of 2006, which these Democrats supported, authorized about 700 miles of fencing along certain stretches of land between the border of the United States and Mexico. That’s a far cry from Trump’s ambitious plan to build a $10 billion-$12 billion 50-foot high cement wall, or the like, extending some 1,000 miles across the border.The Act also authorized the use of more vehicle barriers, checkpoints and lighting to curb illegal immigration, and the use of advanced technology such as satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles.That’s pretty much the same mix of measures the Democrats offered in their latest deal to end the government shutdown.Fred ComoBurnt Hillslast_img read more

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