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Sinclair mandate an affront to democracy

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first_imgI’m writing to express how disturbed I am that WRGB joined nearly 200 Sinclair-owned stations in reading a must-run promotion attacking “biased and fake news” on other networks. Sinclair has used required programming to push conservative-leaning stances into its local broadcasts. The must-runs look like they are part of the news.Free speech is protected in the Constitution of our country for a reason. Starting on the campaign trail, President Trump has attacked the free-and-independent press, one of the key pillars of democracy that is required for a free society. This mandatory promotion mirrors propaganda efforts used by authoritarian regimes to control the media in their countries. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This is of extreme concern, especially in light of the proposed Sinclair acquisition of Tribune Media Co. Sinclair is already the largest owner of local television stations in the country. The nearly $4 billion deal will increase its reach into 72 percent of American homes. Local news outpaces national news outlets, both in overall viewership and trust. (Pew Research Center reports that 85 percent of Americans trust local news outlets.)WRGB should have joined WMSN/FOX47 in Madison, Wis., in refusing to air the promotion.Kentucky congressional candidate Amy McGrath stated she will pull her campaign ads from local Sinclair-owned networks. Others need to join her.Emily StewartDelmarThe writer is a member of Bethlehem Morning Voice Huddle.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 14

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGrocery store needed in RotterdamMy husband and I have had an ongoing discussion about the same subject that was expressed in Dayton Skelly’s March 7 letter. We need a grocery store on this side of Rotterdam. Via Port is a perfect location, with ample parking. The former KMart is a perfect location, with a large store that has entrances on two sides. Shop Rite may be the perfect choice, because the nearest one is in Colonie.There are several apartment complexes in that area, one within walking distance. Unless you are a member of BJ’s, there is no accessible grocery store for many. Campbell Road is a high traffic area, with people cutting through to go to work, either by getting on 890, or going to the Thruway, so you would catch people in the morning and the evening. In warmer weather, people go by to use the walking and bike trail as well. Dunkin’ Donuts is extremely busy in the same area, so that is a good example of how the right business could flourish there. A solid business would encourage other businesses. I still miss the businesses that we have lost.Suzanne CollinsMariaville Lake Recall Secure Fence act of 2006If your readers would open their eyes and look back to 2006, when Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama all yes to a bill for building a physical barrier on the southern border. This was called the Secure Fence act of 2006. At this time, Senators Obama, Clinton, and Schumer voted in favor of the act and it passed in the Senate 80-19. Recently President Trump in his prime time address, said that the Democrats changed their view when he was elected. I have a suggestion. If the liberals do not want a physical barrier in the south anymore, let’s relocate these illegal immigrants to the neighborhoods of these prominent pro-illegal immigration leaders. Then watch how their neighborhoods put up barriers such as walls, fences, and even implement some security measures. Watch how quickly they change their minds and how soon a border wall will be built.Paul MoranRotterdam Voting Connie, Dean, Ed for boardThere has been no school issue more important to me in recent years than safety. Tragedies like Parkland hit all too close to home. As a parent and community member, I was eager to hear Connie Woytowich, Dean Kolligian and Ed Cubanski speak last week at the “Meet the Candidates” evening hosted by Saratoga Parents for Safer Schools.While listening to their introductions, I realized how many other significant issues we have within our district. While safety is still paramount to me, all three candidates spoke about their plans to effectively improve upon our district’s education programs, student wellness, building infrastructure and facilities management.Their qualifications and prior experiences in regard to volunteerism are beyond impressive. More importantly, their dedication to our community and our children is clear. They possess the commitment and experience we need now more than ever.On May 21 I will be voting for Connie, Dean and Ed for the Saratoga Springs Board of Education. Thanks to all three of you for your determination to make our schools a better place for our children.Erika BormanWiltonTrump is worse than we thoughtWhen President Trump was elected, our national nightmare began, leaving many of us shocked, unnerved, even nauseous. But our worst fears have been dwarfed by his shameless corruption, relentless dismantling of our democratic institutions, and his disgraceful behavior at home and internationally.We knew Trump was a liar, but 9,000 lies is sick, insane and a clear pathology. We knew he was a self-absorbed narcissist, an egomaniac, but who could fathom that he would betray America by deliberately alienating our closest allies in favor of “courting” corrupt, despicable dictators, seemingly for personal financial gain.Trump’s outrageous behavior at Helsinki, publicly supporting Putin on the world stage instead of our C.I.A. was blatantly treasonous. His “bromances” with Putin, Kim, and the Saudi crown prince reveal his autocratic desires and intentions; red flags which should alarm every American citizen.We knew Trump’s reputation as a ruthless, corrupt, sleazy businessman, but who could imagine that he would actually cage innocent children at the border and separate them from their families; an inhuman cruelty, an indelible stain on America.Finally, and most alarmingly, who thought that this shameless demagogue, this master con man, could transform the entire Republican Party into a personality cult, obedient toadies supine at the altar of Trump.America has two choices: preserve our cherished democracy and world leadership or Donald Trump. We can’t have both.Vince DacquistoNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Sep. 29

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump promoting a devotion to countryLargely ignored in the last few days has been the important remarks of President Trump at the UN about globalism versus nationalism.By announcing a fabricated crises on impeachment on the same day as this important speech, Nancy Pelosi has effectively deflected attention of the press from the president’s important message to the world about each country putting the interest of their own citizens first — the concept of nationalism.According to Webster, nationalism is defined as “devotion to one’s nation; patriotism.”By that definition I am a nationalist because I have a devotion to the United States.And I believe that my military service illustrates my patriotism.I fear that most of the Democrats in Congress do not share that belief.They seem to ascribe to those who love our country first as being misguided hicks who don’t understand that if we were all socialist, everything in the world would be wonderful.I hope they don’t prevail.William MalecGalwayParaprofessionals deserve pay increaseAs a former teacher in the Schenectady City School District, I can attest to the vital role paraprofessionals play in the education of Schenectady’s children.To read of the issues they are having negotiating a pay increase is upsetting.Paraprofessionals are often the first adults greeting children as they come to school each day.Paras help kindergarten students open their milk cartons, clean up spills and make sure they wash after using the restrooms.They work as lunch monitors, hall monitors and supervise recess.They break up fights and risk getting injured themselves.Some play a role in the security of their schools.Paraprofessionals working with special education students have been kicked, bit, and hit by traumatized students.Paraprofessionals help run classrooms especially if a teacher has to attend a meeting or is absent.To have Superintendent Larry Spring suggest that instead of a pay raise they should be offered incentives to further their education is ludicrous.When will these hard working people have time to attend college when many have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet?Paraprofessionals need to be treated with respect and dignity.Offering no pay increase does neither.Debra CareySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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 censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Pemberstone goes private

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Brentford

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Farming out the estates

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Miller sets out to conquer European retail park market

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Diageo deal is a Landmark

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In road health

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Clouds on the Gatwick horizon?

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