Letters to the Editor for Thursday, July 25

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBike bells work for some, but not allI read with interest Michael Werner’s July 19 letter in which he advocated for bike bells (and not an “On your left” announcement). My interest stems from a recent discovery I made while riding my bike with my husband.Another bicycle was about to overtake us, and the rider used his bell. I could hear it (at the last minute), but my husband could not.We made it out of the way in time, but I’m sure it made the rider behind us either worried or annoyed for a split second. In that moment, I realized my preference for a cheerful voice behind me, letting us know to watch out. I don’t have a bell, and I won’t likely rush out to buy one. But I do appreciate hearing how others perceive the situation on the bike path. I pledge to share the lane safely and respectfully.Brenny RabineSaratoga SpringsMedia deliberately misquotes TrumpWhen I first heard President Trump tweeted to four congressional freshmen women, “Go back to your countries,” initially, it sounded really bad. The press coverage was unified in its reporting that Trump’s tweet was racist. But fake news has become ubiquitous with its agenda to portray the president in the worst possible light. So I researched this claim myself. The mass media recited only a segment of the president’s full tweet, taking it out of context. Here’s what he actually said: “Go back to your countries, fix the problems there — and then come back, and show us how you did it.”Notice how race was never even mentioned here.This kerfuffle is a curtain call of the Charlottesville “Fine People on Both Sides” hoax, where the president was quoted out of context and his clarification was completely omitted.He said: “I’m not talking about Neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they need to be totally condemned.” This disclaimer couldn’t be clearer. Yet, the headlines read, “President Trump said Nazis are fine people too.” The mass media continues this hoax to this day. The mass media doesn’t seem to care it’s destroying itself. Since the release of the Mueller Report, MSNBC has lost 30 percent of its audience. CNN’s ratings have plummeted since Trump took office. Most of the media has allied themselves with Democrats, who seek to fundamentally transform America.When the press is no longer free, history shows us that often tragedy follows.William AikenSchenectadyWhitney a winner  on and off race trackThe passing of Marylou Whitney is a great loss for horse racing and for the Capital Region.I met Marylou over 25 years ago in the backstretch at Saratoga Raceway. I was sitting in my chair on one of the observation decks.Back then you could actually pull your vehicle right up to the fence. I would watch the race from the deck and listen to it on the car radio. Well, up drove a car and guess who emerged? Marylou was wearing a bright yellow jump suit and a large yellow hat. I offered her my chair and she accepted. Her horse was running and once the race started, I turned on the car radio. Marylou came off the deck and opened up the car door and we listened to the finish of the race together.Marylou started skipping down the roadway yelling she won. Marylou gave her trainer a hug and me a thank you and a peck on the cheek. I didn’t bet on her filly, but I felt like a winner anyway. Edward CooperRound LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img

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