McDonald a man of principle and honor who deserved better

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McDonald a man of principle and honor who deserved better

I was extremely sad this week to see that [state Sen.] Roy McDonald had decided to end his campaign for the New York state Senate.

As a former union activist (CSEA) and writer for two union publications, I had the pleasure to meet and talk with Roy on many occasions. I found him to be a man of intelligence, wit and great compassion for his constituents. Ironically, these are the very qualities that seem to be severely lacking in most of our local, state and national politicians.

During his term in office, Roy has been a vocal defender and advocate for the rights of veterans and children with disabilities. He always voted with his head and his heart while ignoring the partisan politics that have become such a threat to our democracy in recent years.

Unfortunately, his support of gay marriage in New York led his own party to turn on him and throw their support to his primary opponent, Kathy Marchione. With the help of the state GOP, Marchione was able to wage a sleazy and negative campaign against McDonald and win the primary by the narrowest of margins. Her entire campaign was based solely on the gay marriage issue instead of the very real problems facing our state.

Considering the fact that the gay marriage amendment is now the law in New York and Ms. Marchione can do nothing to change that, I question just what she plans to accomplish if she is elected ? Through small-mindedness, the people in her district have lost one of the last honest politicians in the state and a truly good man.

McDonald proved that he was his own man right to the very end when he turned down Gov. Cuomo’s offer of support if he continued his campaign on the Independent line. I believe that Roy knows enough of Cuomo to realize that his support would come with some very large strings attached.

I only hope that Roy will re-emerge politically in the near future, hopefully to run for national office. Politics at every level today is completely lacking in honor and dedication to public service. At this time, we need people like Roy McDonald in office more than ever.

While I wish Roy all the best, I fervently hope that we see him back in politics sooner rather than later.

John Angilletta


For insulting voters, McDonald deserved fate

Regarding your Sept. 28 editorial, “McDonald showed more class than GOP voters”: Roy McDonald was my state senator before redistricting. I didn’t get the opportunity to vote for him or against him this go-round. If I had, I would have voted for Kathy Marchione, largely because of Sen. McDonald’s behavior after his vote on the gay marriage bill — not because the vote itself was an end-all issue for me.

All we want as citizens is to be told where our representatives stand on issues and to see them follow through on their promise. Sen. McDonald had given repeated assurances to his constituents that he was not a supporter of the gay marriage bill. He chose to vote differently when the time came, whatever the reason.

Perhaps it was a matter of personal conscience, perhaps something more. His constituents deserved, at the time, at least a reasoned response as to why the change. Instead they got a very public, profanity-laced, diatribe to the tune of take this job and shove it. He insulted them. And it would appear he paid a price for it.

Much as you insulted many of your readers with this particular editorial headline [“McDonald showed more class than GOP voters”]. Ascribing a quality to a citizen’s honest vote puts you on a slippery slope, and quite frankly is more than a little revealing.

Mark Brucker

Ballston Lake

Why must all of Glenridge Road be ‘completely closed’?

The Sept. 29 article [“Roundabout to be built next year”] in the Gazette indicated that Glenridge Road will be “completely closed” next summer so the roundabout construction can be completed.

Glenridge Road goes from its intersection with Route 146, through the roundabout construction area, all the way to Route 50.

I can’t believe the far west section of Glenridge Road needs to be closed. There are many businesses, town offices, police department, cemetery, library, funeral home and apartments at the west end of Glenridge. Surely traffic can be allowed to reach these facilities from Route 50, but not allowed further east toward the roundabout construction.

I think the term “completely closed” needs to be clarified so people will know what they have to deal with.

Bernie Newton


Nation stuck with Lincoln, and should with Obama

[President] Lincoln was asked why he should be re-elected as the Civil War was in progress and beginning to look as if it was in its end stages. He replied, “You do not change horses in the middle of the stream.”

We are hopefully beginning to look as if we are at the end stages of the Great Recession and now is not the time to change horses or presidents.

Arthur Glaude


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October 2, 2012
7:07 a.m.
MMRMIKE68 says...


October 2, 2012
7:35 a.m.
J.D. says...

President Lincoln was not leading us on a Marxist path.

October 2, 2012
7:40 a.m.
wmarincic says...

If you are comparing Lincoln to Obama maybe you shouldn't be voting.

October 2, 2012
9:37 a.m.
SnowGrinch says...

Lincoln & Obama.
"There are some parallels. Both had distant fathers and were raised in families of few means. Both had curiosity, devouring studies. Both became lawyers and settled in Illinois. Both got their start in Illinois state politics, served only a short time in Congress and upset political giants in their long-shot bids for the presidency. Lincoln narrowly bested William H. Seward and Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton? Funny thing is, both Seward and Clinton were U.S. senators from New York.

Of course for many, the singular comparison is that both Lincoln and Obama are marvelous orators, given to soaring rhetoric that can lift a nation at a time of war and economic hardship."

October 2, 2012
10:57 a.m.
albright1 says...

Lincoln was raised with few means....Obama raised in luxurious wealth, going to private schools with unnamed benefactors paying for his higher education...Lincoln devoured studies....Obama....who knows?...won't show us any transcripts or work product.....Lincoln was a marvelous orator.........Obama is a great reader of the teleprompter....not so good without the "Teleprompter in Chief"

October 2, 2012
11:38 a.m.
wmarincic says...

albright you took the words out of my mouth.

October 2, 2012
12:09 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

Obama's education:
*While living with his grandparents, Obama enrolled in the esteemed Punahou Academy, excelling in basketball and graduating with ACADEMIC HONORS in 1979.
*After high school, Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years. He then transferred to Columbia University in New York, graduating in 1983 with a degree in political science.
*Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988.In February 1990, Obama was elected the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review, and HE GRADUATED MAGNA CUM LAUDE in 1991.
(In 2012, Harvard's Magna Cum Laude GPA minimum was 3.746)

Lincoln's Education:
Lincoln himself stated that he had about one year of formal education. However, he was taught by many different individuals. He loved to read and learn from any books he could get his hands on.

Most modern US presidents use a teleprompter. If Lincoln were president today, he'd probably use one too.

October 2, 2012
6:51 p.m.
Fritzdawg says...

albright1: That teleprompter thing makes you sound like a true moron.
Every one of them use teleprompters, be it the side oriented paddle type, or large screens in the audience.

If they aren't using teleprompters, they're usually using notes. The buffoonish Sarah Palin even used to write notes on her hand.

Even the Gettysburg Address, was read off of notes.
There are different versions of it, and Lincoln was making revisions to it right up till the last minute.

Those notes are now in the National Archives in Washington D.C.

October 2, 2012
8:25 p.m.
wmarincic says...

The difference is when Obama is asked an off the cuff question, he becomes tounge tied on even the easiest softball question. BTW how did he pay for Occidental, Columbia and Harvard? We don't know because he has spent millions blocking access to those records. Also The Harvard Law Review stated that Obama was a citizen of Kenya. look it up.

October 2, 2012
9:21 p.m.
Newsworthy says...

I looked it up and didn't find any reference to Kenya and Obama. It really doesn't matter because the issue was resolved years ago (2008) and is just used as a distraction by people who can't think of a real issue.

Regarding Obama's means of paying for his education - who cares? Again, it's just an irrelevant distraction. Romney is wealthy, too; aren't you going to disqualify him automatically, on that basis?

Come on, poor people don't get to be president in the real world, and all candidates are politicians. Their primary concern is their own future, not ours.

I challenge every voter to make their choice based on which candidate will really be the best overall leader for this nation. Forget parties, forget single issues, just put your bias aside and select the best overall candidate. Anybody?

October 2, 2012
10:32 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Newsworthy, the 1st story by the lame street media ABC news.

Then I would say blaming Bush for three and a half years and taalking about Romneys income tax is also a distraction..

I was only making a point and I'm sick of politicians on both sides, there only honest politicians out there now are Tea Party members and unless you get a majority of them in the House and senate it wont take much time to jade them either.

The system is broken, we need term limits and we need to cut out the lifetime pensions for senators and congress, Due your 4 terms as a congressman and your 2 terms as a senator and get a 50k check for eatch of the two years terms you served and get back to the real world.

Maybe then we will get people who want to serve a few years and make ea difference

October 3, 2012
8:40 a.m.
albright1 says...

Why don't we watch what happens when President Obama goes off the telepromter.....Fritzy, you should watch the whole thing....

October 3, 2012
12:38 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

I went to the ABC link that you posted above. It says that Obama Was Born In The USA, Not Kenya!

"There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii."

October 3, 2012
12:47 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

"President Obama's Town Hall at George Washington University" (Without a teleprompter)

In a live interview and question and answer format with no teleprompter, President Obama is an eloquent speaker.

October 3, 2012
4:17 p.m.
robbump says...

I've got to agree with "wmarincic" (10/2/2012 @ 10:32 p.m.) post.

Pensions should never be given to elected positions. Health insurance MAYBE only during their term in office.

Even George Washington felt it was time to go back to being a simple farmer after only 2 terms in office. People used to go for an office to serve their people, not it's to serve themselves, and quite luxuriously at that.

Give them barracks to live in, a mess hall to eat in, and bus-fare home from time to time. See how many REALLY want to "serve" - and I mean at the state and local level too.

October 3, 2012
6:30 p.m.
wmarincic says...

I'm not saying where he was born just that the Harvard Law Review had Obama as born in Kenya and growing up in Indonesia.

October 3, 2012
6:31 p.m.
albright1 says...

I am reminded of "corpse men"

October 3, 2012
8:48 p.m.
Newsworthy says...

I agree that term limits are in order for Congress. In fact, I would like a single term so none of them has to consider re-election. Another thought is to make each of their salaries equal to the average annual wage of their constituents. Removing the opportunities for wealth and power would discourage many from running for office - there wouldn't be anything in it for them! Yes, take that all the way down to the local level, even school boards.

The only way anything like this can happen is for voters to take action.

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