“Voting is neither free nor fair if the State requires voters to pay for postage,” claims Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat. “During a pandemic, when millions of New Yorkers will vote by mail to protect their health and safety, it is vital that we remove every barrier to the vote. This amounts to a poll tax: the cost of a single stamp could represent a difficult decision that no one who is barely scraping by should be forced to make.” Continue reading “Postage Stamp not a Poll Tax”
In spite of Joe Biden’s support for voting by mail in the upcoming presidential election, the possibility of fraud as President Trump has suggested is real, but there are other problems with voting by mail that have nothing to do with fraud. One problem is the United States Postal Service. I worked for the post office in Amsterdam, New York for five years. I was a clerk most of the time, but I also carried mail when needed, worked the stamp window and was a substitute supervisor. With the exception of a couple of bosses—particularly one who said “I don’t care if you lose both arms and both legs, you have to come to work the next day. I’ll use you for a paper weight”—all the employees were decent, hardworking people.
As a postal customer for many decades, shipping out about a thousand packages most years, I am for the most part satisfied with the postal service. However, the postal service does make mistakes, enough mistakes that I would rather vote in person than by mail.
I have observed often that people who preach tolerance and want it for themselves are often intolerant. Take the case of Thomas Hurd-Toften. Hurd-Toften is a resident of the Town of Root. A couple of years ago, he and his boyfriend applied for a marriage license from the town clerk, Laurel “Sherrie” Eriksen. The two men alleged that Eriksen refused to grant them a license. Subsequently they sued the Town of Root, and the town settled with them for $25,000. Continue reading “Attacks on Congressional Candidate Liz Joy Uncalled For”
Daniel T. Weaver
While there has been nearly universal condemnation of the murder by a cop of George Floyd in Minneapolis, democrats and liberals have been slow to condemn the violence of rioters, looters and arsonists. When they do condemn, their condemnation is often insipid. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s and Congressman Paul Tonko’s condemnation of violence by rioters and anarchists are examples of too little, too late. They have been more concerned about condemning President Trump than they have been about condemning violence. Continue reading “Governor Cuomo’s and Congressman Tonko’s Response to Violence Lacking Vigor”
Yesterday New York State’s 21st Congressional District representative Paul Tonko issued a statement following the deadly drone strike conducted by the Trump Administration at Baghdad International Airport. The statement is as follows: Continue reading “Congressman Tonko’s Statement On Iraqi Drone Strike Contradicts His Votes On Libyan War”
By Daniel T. Weaver
Around 11:50 a.m. July 26, 1912 City of Amsterdam police officer, Charles A. Davis, spotted a touring car tearing down East Main Street at nearly 30 mph. He pursued the vehicle on his Indian motorcycle, overtook it on Guy Park Avenue and notified the driver he was under arrest for speeding. In 1912 speed limits were so low that driving in excess of 30 mph for more than a quarter mile was presumptive evidence of reckless driving. The speed limit within the city at the time was 15 mph. Continue reading “The Cop Who Dared Ticket A NYS Gov”
To what should we liken the Electoral College? How about another favorite American pastime—baseball’s world series. Because of the Electoral College, the presidential election is different than all other elections in the United States. Other elections are like a single baseball game in which the winner is the team which scores the most runs. But the presidential race is more like the world series. The baseball team that wins the world series does so not by making the most runs in the series but by winning the most games. The winning presidential candidate does not win by receiving the most individual votes (runs) but by winning the best of 50 games (states). Continue reading “World Series Key to Understanding Electoral College (Politics)”
Scratch Andrew Cuomo and you find Donald Trump. While different in many ways, both men are similar in their intemperate use of language. Trump is infamous for his offensive tweets and comments. For the most part Cuomo manages to mask his nasty side behind knee jerk liberal rhetoric about tolerance, but sometimes his mask slips. Continue reading “Scratch Andrew Cuomo & you find Donald Trump (Politics)”