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Hillary’s critic must have amnesia over her many accomplishments

Saturday, January 25, 2014
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Hillary’s critic must have amnesia over her many accomplishments

Re Jerry Fiore’s Jan. 18 letter about Hillary Clinton as a candidate for president in 2016: Mr. Fiore mentions “she has been in and around Washington 40 years.” He also mentions she “occupied the White House with someone named Bill.” To me, that would mean she has quite a bit of knowledge of the ins and outs of Washington and politics.

Then he states “she never accomplished anything” when she was a New York senator or U.S. secretary of state. Mr. Fiore’s memory must be clouded, as I remember her doing quite a bit as a New York senator, and was actually anointed by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who history will show was one of the best senators New York ever had (1977-2001).

As secretary of state, she was credited with many accolades showing how intelligent she is, just like Madeleine Albright (secretary of state, 1997-2001). As to her relationship “with the guy she shared the White House with,” President Clinton’s administration had the first budget surpluses since 1969 for the years 1998-2001, which led to a decrease in the public debt. Look it up.

At the same time, you will see he initiated programs to reduce welfare programs trying to get people working and off the welfare rolls. He left office with the highest approval rating of any president since WWII, even over Ronald Reagan. Look that up also.

Hillary Clinton, I am sure, learned firsthand what it takes to get things done in Washington, and her years of public service only add to her expertise on how to run the country, and who to pick to help her in that endeavor.

I would rather have someone with experience in the presidential seat, rather than someone like [Sarah Palin] whom, when asked where Pakistan was, did not know. I’m pretty sure Hillary knows where it is.

Jeff Jones

Rotterdam

Best news stories getting lost in Gazette’s wrap ads

Talk about burying the lede!

Once again, I unfolded the Gazette delivered to my home and found one-third of the front page hidden behind an advertising “wrap” which obscured both the headline and news stories. Quite frankly, I find this practice, which has become all too frequent, to be more than simply troublesome, but an unwelcome and disturbing change which diminishes the Gazette’s journalistic obligations.

Advertising in newspapers has a long history, and often economic survival depends on advertising revenue. I accept this reality, despite the fact that it may double the size and weight of some editions. Furthermore, I cannot deny the benefit I’ve realized from sale ads and coupons found mixed with the news of the day. However, if advertising is a necessary (and at times useful) evil in journalism, it is — or at least should be — the servant, and not the master.

Since before our Revolution, the purpose of newspapers has been to deliver information citizens need to participate in their government. Jefferson famously argued that newspapers were necessary since “the basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right.” The information newspapers provide are essential for a republic to thrive.

However, when advertising obscures the day’s news, the tables appear to have been turned. Rather than delivering news and information with advertising as a supplement, the Gazette appears to be delivering advertising with news as a supplement. This is not, in my opinion, a good trend and one that should be discontinued before it encroaches beyond one-third of the front page.

Denis Brennan

Niskayuna

Parents have to set good examples for kids

A lot of credit should be given to families who are making the right choices.

Such as not hanging around bars, not sleeping half the day, not sitting at the computer all day and, lastly, not talking on the phone all day.

These special people are setting an example, which is making a good environment for their children. Hopefully they will be rewarded because they certainly deserve it.

Walter “Neal” Brazell

Rotterdam

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