Cathy s. Kush­ner

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - PERSPECTIVE - Guilder­land Janet Dou­glass Troy

Ka­vanaugh has shown lack of fit­ness for court

Kath­leen Parker in her col­umn (“Look­ing be­yond the sins of youth,” Oct. 3) sug­gested Brett Ka­vanaugh’s youth­ful be­hav­ior be ex­cused. When judg­ing a judge or jus­tice, this is not ac­cept­able. The Na­tional Con­fer­ence of Bar Ex­am­in­ers’ guide for bar ad­mis­sion de­scribes con­duct war­rant­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion: mak­ing false state­ments or omis­sions, emo­tional in­sta­bil­ity, ev­i­dence of drug or al­co­hol de­pen­dency, etc. And the can­di­date bears the bur­den of proof. What has Ka­vanaugh proved to us?

Ka­vanaugh says he can make law-based de­ci­sions, re­gard­less of pop­u­lar­ity or per­sonal be­liefs. At the hear­ings, he dis­played emo­tion and anger, sidestepped un­com­fort­able ques­tions and blamed his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents. Can we trust him to act ac­cord­ing to his pro­fessed val­ues when the ev­i­dence is oth­er­wise?

What­ever the truth, the optics of his con­fir­ma­tion would be jar­ring. If seated, we will have a jus­tice ac­cused of heinous be­hav­ior. Some­one with strong char­ac­ter would spare the coun­try this spec­ta­cle by end­ing his can­di­dacy. His

con­fir­ma­tion would con­firm women’s con­tin­ued op­pres­sion and ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion. His per­se­ver­ance speaks louder than his lack of me­mory.

Ka­vanaugh is de­void of im­por­tant at­tributes nec­es­sary to de­cide cases af­fect­ing our na­tion for decades to come. He shows dis­re­gard for his party, our coun­try and for women who have spo­ken out. It’s all about him. Where is his com­pas­sion for all of us?

Philoso­pher Mai­monides called on judges to be free from all sus­pi­cion around con­duct. Ka­vanaugh is not free from sus­pi­cion and has no place on our high­est court.

Op­po­si­tion to Saratoga shel­ter is short­sighted

I saw that Saratoga Springs res­i­dents have man­aged to stop the build­ing of a Code Blue shel­ter (“Judge blocks shel­ter’s con­struc­tion” Sept. 26). My ques­tion is: What now? No one tries to build a shel­ter where there are no home­less peo­ple, which leaves two un­de­ni­able facts: home­less peo­ple are in their neigh­bor­hood and cold weather is com­ing.

Con­trary to com­mon but illinformed be­lief, shel­ters are not tourist fa­cil­i­ties but re­sponses to ac­tual facts of a lo­cal­ity. No one is driv­ing to it, they are walk­ing. They are there, in the neigh­bor­hood, all the time. What I can­not grasp is how it could be bet­ter to have some­one’s daugh­ter come out the house and find a dead street per­son on the deck than to have that per­son in a warm, ded­i­cated — and su­per­vised — fa­cil­ity. Nearby res­i­dents may be con­cerned about house prices but be­ing known as “the house where the street guy froze to death lean­ing against the garage door” does not make great sales copy.

It is sad that the fact most ig­nored is that each one of these in­di­vid­u­als is some­one’s son or daugh­ter, niece or nephew, brother or sis­ter, mother or fa­ther; ev­ery one of them do­ing what they need just to stay alive an­other day. I would not last 48 hours do­ing what they do. Wouldn’t it be hu­mane to let them have a hot meal and a warm, safe bed for just part of the year?

And, yes, I have a shel­ter, sup­ported-liv­ing res­i­dence and group homes right in my neigh­bor­hood, and I am a home­owner.

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