Putin must have goods on Trump


The GOP should be known as the Grand Old Party of Corruption and Treason. Donald Trump, Mike Pence, William Barr, Mike Pompeo and Rudy Giuliani should all be ashamed of themselves for holding up much needed aid to Ukraine for at least five months. When Nancy Pelosi said all roads lead to Putin she was not kidding. Now we have Donald Trump congratulating himself for a ceasefire to a war that was caused by him. I certainly hope that we will find out exactly what Putin has on Trump. It must be huge.

Maureen Koenig, Diamond Point

Thurman secretary defends reputation


I am the secretary to the supervisor in Thurman. I have been recently accused of providing the highway superintendent with bank statements that should not have been publicly available, violating both the General Municipal Law and town ethics code. The September bank statement they are referring to contained the copies of the fraudulent checks that were cashed through the highway bank account.

As highway superintendent, Pat Wood is provided with the highway financials at the beginning of every month. He receives the prior months’ bank statement, operating statement, trial balance, abstract of paid vouchers, and a treasurer’s report. In the beginning of October, he would have received the September bank statement. It is unfair to blame me for the release of information that was done in the normal course of business. In addition, every single one of these financials is available for FOIL or distribution, none of them are confidential. In the past the bank statements and other financials have even been put on the town website by the supervisor herself.

I have worked for the town of Thurman for three years, consistently conducting myself in a professional manner. I treat everyone fairly no matter what their political affiliation is. It is truly upsetting that someone would attempt to sully my name and reputation with false information in an effort to spread gossip. I did not violate any laws or codes. I was merely doing my job.

Thurman would be a much better place to live if people would just stop the nonsense.

Debra Runyon, Secretary to the Supervisor, Town of Thurman

Some complaints are hard to grasp


Complaining is an everyday norm for just about everybody walking this good Earth. And so often it is so deserved. But the complaints I find so hard to accept are those of the people in favor of deceitful abortion. Our choice of words in this English language is so deceptive. In this case the intent is to veil the true meaning, cloaking it in a shrewd phrase, a woman’s right to her own body. What does that mean, what are we really talking about? How dare we deny any woman the right to make a decision about her own body? Yet, talking about deception, why is it we call one side the right to lifers, but never call the other side the right to deathers, isn’t that odd?

As a man I wouldn’t dare deny any woman her rights? But how can I accept a woman can obliterate the very life she carries? Isn’t that murder? Oh I see. Inside the body it’s nothing, only outside is murder. I often think of a congressman long replaced in California who provided Sen. Barbara Boxer, champion of women’s rights, with a jar of an aborted fetus. Hideous isn’t it? Oh really? Isn’t that what she and so many others approve of? Maybe it would give someone pause?

Daily I drive down Bay Road past Planned Parenthood. God bless the street scene. I’ve heard a fair share of people put these people down, after all, aren’t they challenging a woman’s right? No they aren’t, all they do is pray for life. I have three beautiful adopted grandchildren. As I pass by, I acknowledge them with a beep and pray my own prayer. What a shame so many attendees are elderly. It goes to show, age breeds wisdom.

Gene Casella, Queensbury

Officials should honor declaration milestone


As an eternal optimist, I truly wish all elected officials could place our Union over partisan politics and adopt a resolution honoring the 70th anniversary of the “Declaration of Conscience,” as presented by Sen. Margaret Chase Smith on June 1, 1950. (U.S., Congress, Congressional Record, 81st Congress, 2d sess., pp.7894-7895).

Additionally, the resolution could update Sen. Smith’s original language to something like:

1) Each elected senator/representative hereby acknowledges they are first and foremost Americans. As Americans, together we express our concern with the growing divisions and extreme bias creating confusion that threatens the security and stability of our country. Democrats and Republicans alike have contributed to the current hostile environment.

2) The animosity between the Executive and Legislative branches has contributed to the current political situation, creating a dire threat to our national security, influenced by petty political bitterness, disdain for rightful criticisms, and outright intolerance of opposing opinions, all contrary to the intention of the founders and in violation of the sworn duty to uphold the Constitution while respecting differing ideologies.

3) Certain elements of each branch of government and the major political parties have materially added to the confusion in hopes of riding their respective parties to victory through the selfish political exploitation of fear, bigotry, ignorance and intolerance. There are enough mistakes of either political party to constructively criticize the other without resorting to baseless political smears and fallacious social media campaigns.

4) To this extent both major political parties unwittingly, but undeniably, are playing directly into the design of external influencers to “confuse, divide and conquer” our beloved Union. And

5) It is high time that we stop being tools and victims of totalitarian techniques that, if continue unchecked, will surely end what we cherish as the American way of life.

Michael Stern, Fort Edward

Bloomberg should lead Democrats


Unfortunately, it is almost comical to watch 12 people vying for the Democratic presidential nomination. The bantering between them provides Trump with a whole host of talking points to be used against the ultimate Democratic presidential nominee. While each of the contestants are well spoken and passionate about their views, it appears likely that not one of them enjoy the stamina to defeat Trump in 2020.

The Democrats must concentrate their resources and put forth their best efforts to convince one person to run. This person is Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City. I know that some people in the “North Country” may not like a “city person.” However, remember that Trump is from the “city” also.

Mr. Bloomberg executed the duties of his office so well that he was elected to three terms as mayor of NYC. In 2005 he won reelection by a 20 percent margin, the greatest margin ever for a Republican running for mayor in NYC.

Furthermore, unlike Trump, Bloomberg is truly a self-made billionaire. He started his own company in 1981 with money he had earned. His current net worth is estimated at $51.1 billion. On the other hand, Trump was receiving an annual income of $200,000 by the time he was three years of age. During his life, Trump received over $400 million from his father and there are several instances of Trump committing tax fraud. (See N.Y. Times, Oct. 2, 2018).

Due to his questionable financial dealings, Trump is forbidden to be a part of any non-for-profit organization in NYS. Bloomberg, by contrast, is the third largest philanthropic donor in the United States, donating millions of dollars to various charities.

In 2018 he became a Democrat. Please do your research. Bloomberg should run.

Joseph H. Oswald, Salem

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