The revelation that the Niskayuna Republican Committee has, on several occasions, shared content on its Facebook page from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Steve Bannon’s Breitbart, and Rush Limbaugh should act as a wake-up call for the town’s voters. It has sadly become clear that even local Republicans no longer represent the moderate ideals of Nelson Rockefeller or George Pataki, but the most deplorable tendencies of Donald Trump and the alt-right.Since confronted with this content, which as of Oct. 16 remained visible on the party’s official Facebook page, Republican standard bearer Yasmine Syed has refused to denounce the anti-Semitic, bigoted, and ignorant views the posts represent.Rather than take a courageous stand like Sen. John McCain, Syed has chosen to pander to extremism and be complicit in the bigotry that has co-opted her once great party and led to the Trump phenomenon.As the leader of her party’s ticket, Yasmine Syed is responsible for its messaging, and she must be held accountable. The fact that Niskayuna’s Republican leadership finds it appropriate to share content from anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones indicates that they are utterly unable to effectively govern one of New York’s most progressive and prosperous towns. Syed has, at best, shown implicit approval of far-right bigotry and has proven her willingness to cater to the forces of dangerous extremism present in her party. This alone should disqualify her from serving as the supervisor of a town known for its inclusiveness and excellent public education.Kevin DuffyNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehem Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
The third day of the Killarney August festival features the Grade C Racing Post Handicap Hurdle, with the opening race getting underway at 4:50pm.And the first of a seven-race card in Kilbeggan goes to post at 5:10pm.