He is determined to obliterate the political legacy of the first black man elected president. He is stuffing federal courts with partisan judges to impede investigations with impeachment potential.We are being led by an ignorant, self-absorbed, impulsive grifter. He praises our enemies and belittles our own intelligence experts while making decisions with global implications.Trump’s incompetence and poisonous intents endanger our nation at present and will haunt us long after he’s gone. Sadly to say, if asked the question: Is this the person you want for president of the United States, too many people would still say yes. George MilnerMechanicville Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump: Incompetent, poisonous influenceTrump’s tweets are more crazed than ever. The realization may be setting in that there aren’t enough xenophobic white nationalists to keep him in office in 2020.That must terrify him. Without political clout and the shield of pardon power he and various family members are at risk of prosecution for financial frauds that might have gone undetected had he not become president. In an ongoing Twitter feud with Trump, Kellyanne Conway’s husband recently pointed out that Trump displays all of the outward signs of narcissistic and antisocial personality disorders.The main themes of this administration appear to be derivatives of these mental disorders, as well as Trump’s inability to recognize his own incompetence. He stokes the bigotry and feelings of victimhood of his base supporters to earn their adoration. As a matter of pure financial self interest, he pursues policies that benefit the wealthy. Sharon Springs fails to protect farmingFor all of the talk about saving farms and farmland, Sharon Springs recently lost an opportunity to save a real farm and a part of its rural character.The town of Sharon’s subdivision regulations give the planning board ability to require a conservation subdivision under certain circumstances, as when New York Land and Lakes proposed subdividing the 320-acre Key Farm.The conservation subdivision could have set aside a substantial portion of the total 320 acres as a farm, while allowing the subdivision of the remaining land. Four members of the planning board chose not to require the subdivider to preserve a portion of the farm as a farm. Sadly, we were accused of trying to prevent the farmer from selling his farm, which we couldn’t have done even if we’d wanted to. We were trying to help him sell the farm, to another farmer.After the subdivision was approved and the Keys were paid $490,000 by New York Land and Lakes (according to the Schoharie County Office of Real Property), an Amish family became interested in the farm. The subdivider entertained selling the entire farm to them and showed it to them twice. When the family offered the subdivider $750,000, the subdivider said they’d have to make it $800,000. When the Amish family agreed to that price, the subdivider declined and said they wanted to sell the farm as lots. We wish Sharon Springs loved farming as much as we hear it does.Scott and Kathie RyanGeorge and Kathy CraftRichard Van DykeJohn FunicelloSharon Springs But the best part was watching the diverse group of students who brought out the best in each other on their stage.It was a glimpse into what we could be as a society to see such support from the student body and the parents and grandparents all sitting there together watching this great show that took so much work and practice.Should we ever wonder why the music and drama departments are so needed in our schools today? When it comes time for budget votes, we should always remember how these students, no matter their place in the school, were all equal for two days on the stage, and all their hard work was appreciated by all the students as well as the community.There are very few areas in our schools today that can achieve this. Again, thank you for a wonderful time Scotia-Glenville drama and music.Denise CrisciScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Play reinforces need for arts in our schoolsIt was our pleasure to have the opportunity to see “Mamma Mia “at the Scotia-Glenville High School this past weekend.The show was fantastic, the dance routines great and the vocals were spot on.