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Political partisanship always existed, but it’s much nastier today

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Political partisanship always existed, but it’s much nastier today As a young girl I spent many summer days in my family’s antique shop in Latham. It was a gathering place for Albany and Schenectady politicians from different levels of government, including party leaders. My father would encourage me to listen, and I did with great interest. There were debates, which were frequently heated, but never did the level of discourse become sarcastic or disrespectful, much ...


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Will1960
February 16, 2013
7:22 a.m.

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Jacki Tegiacchi,

If somenone such as my father who died in 2004 and experienced nothing but pain and suffering in the last weeks of his life. He Could longer recognize his own children and had stated in his health proxy that he didn't want to live under these extremely unpleasant conditions, why shouldn't he have the choice to exit on his own terms with a little dignity?

I feel the same way about my own end of life options. I don't want to leave it up to God to decide when I die. These situations are a very personal and private matter which should be left up to the individual. It's easy for you to preach about someone else's moral dilemma when you don't know how debiliating and difficult these life and death decisions can be to that suffering person. Show a little compassion.

tonijean613
February 16, 2013
8:47 a.m.

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Jackie T- We should label you a torturer. How dare you attempt to force your inhumane and selfish viewpoint onto others. You need a reality check as to the real life circumstances surrounded the women, teens and children as young as 9 - I might add- who need to choose abortion to be able to live a normal life. In your viewpoint a child who is raped by impregnated by her father should go through the horror of pregnancy and delivery ? Really? That is subjecting a child to torture which in my opinion is worse than being death. Many young girls with no access to safe and legal abortions commit suicide bec they have no alternative or in many third world countries- live a depressed and tortured life. There is no morality in force your religious views onto others. This is America- keep your religious views to yourself and if you dont believe in assisted suicide or abortion- dont have one.
If you are really a pro-lifer- then go out there and work to end war, end the death penalty. Leave women and very sick people alone to make their own choices.

Phils2008
February 16, 2013
10:01 a.m.

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Sorry Jackie, comparing abortion to assisted suicide just exposes your shallowness. People contemplating suicide have a choice a fetus does not. Everyone should have the option to pass with dignity. I assume you are not in the position of living with a terminal illness or unending pain yet presume to tell people, that are, what they can and can not do. If your last sentence could be any dumber, I don't know how.

justapto
February 16, 2013
2:58 p.m.

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Jackie is another self rightoues self appointed do-gooder who believes she has the god given right to tell other people what to do.
Time to 'ignore' these fringe better than tho religious zealtos to the same destination as the muslim extremeists. The minority fringe few want to control the many.
Keep your religious right-wing unsolicited opinions to your self. They are not wanted, needed and stink!

wmarincic
February 16, 2013
4:58 p.m.

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Everyone has a right to their own opinions and beliefs otherwise we would all be mindless liberals.

albright1
February 16, 2013
5:37 p.m.

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wmarincic, that is one of the most ingenious comments I've seen in quite some time. Liberals love people to freely express their opinions, as long as they agree with them. Which side of the political spectrum actually acts to suppress freedom. That would be liberals.

Fritzdawg
February 16, 2013
7:06 p.m.

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Actually, I don't think Jackie Tegiacchi is a liberal, because as we all know, there is nothing liberals enjoy more, than slaughtering babies.
wmarincic: Cute line, though I still think it was funnier when Rachel Maddow said it 2 years ago when talking about the tea party.

gina99
February 17, 2013
8:02 a.m.

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Sandy Verola needs to pick up a book on 19th century American politics. She would realize that intense political campaigns are nothing new and were more dirty in the good ol days. New York State is reeling from one party Democratic rule and the collapse of any checks and balances. When every Statewide office holder is one party you know you have a real problem.

wmarincic
February 17, 2013
9:34 a.m.

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Maddow is a lefty liberal and have never in my life seen her show, so if you are trying to say I stole her quote fritzdawg, you are wrong. I searched the internet high and low and found no reference to it. Since you believe I plagiarized her please show me a link. BTW there is a reason she is called Rachael "Mad-Cow".

stockadian
February 17, 2013
1:55 p.m.

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Murder is a legal term, meaning the illegal taking of a life. Since abortion is not illegal in this country, you cannot call it murder. Debating someone who does not use words correctly is a waste of time.

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