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Find way to reopen library main branch

I am writing in response to reading the Oct. 5 article in The Gazette (“Library in-person services begin today at five locations”) about the reopening of several of the Schenectady County library branches.
While this pleases me greatly, I was surprised to see that there was no plan to reopen the main branch.
As a resident of the City of Schenectady, I am trying to understand why that branch was excluded from re-opening.
It is the largest library in Schenectady County, within walking distance for local businesses and city residents.
There are many disadvantaged individuals living in community shelters and housing, some even living on the street who are being denied access to this basic service, which in some ways speaks to my heart as discriminating against them.
The following is a quote by Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, “Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy-where information is free and equally available to everyone.
People tend to take that for granted and they don’t realize what is at stake when that is put at risk.”
So please find a way to open up the main branch for everyone’s benefit.
Barbara Armstrong
Schenectady

‘Royal’ Trump family puts many at risk

The Cleveland Clinic’s requirement that everyone wear a mask is not a political decision, but a preventive health policy to protect patients and staff from the coronavirus.
When the Trump family arrived for the debate, they were told they would have to wear a mask, which they did upon entering the debate area. However, when they sat down, the masks came off.
When a clinic staff person reminded them of the mask policy, they ignored him. How dare anyone tell the “royal family” how to behave in the middle of a deadly pandemic.
I thought we freed ourselves of royal family privileges in 1776. Maybe the Trump family needs to be reminded they are the first among equals and their inexcusable uncaring behavior puts everyone else at risk, as evidenced by what’s happened to their father and his wife.
Vincent Aceto
Clifton Park

Look what’s behind your abortion stance

Statistics clearly show that abortion rates are higher in countries where there are legal restrictions against the medical procedure of pregnancy termination.
The stark reality for those who believe that they know what is best for ALL women who find themselves pregnant at a time when having a child is not something they planned (like some Catholics and like the new SCOTUS nominee in particular), you must redefine your position.
Nick Coupas
Saratoga Springs


A vote for Trump is a vote for dictatorship

The planet has been ambushed by a deadly virus, and until a vaccine is developed, we are defenseless with the exception of wearing masks and keeping social distance.
Imagine that – use of a simple face mask actually provides some control over the spreading of the virus. Trump lost the opportunity to show a trace of leadership by being more enthusiastic about masks.
Perhaps this weird and dangerous phenomenon that we call Donald J. Trump is really an alien from outer space. He came to use without any exposure to morality or humility. He eradicated truth and created chaos and a political environment ripe for an authoritarian regime which he would like to lead. A vote for Trump is a vote for destroying the republic and for dictatorship.
Robert C. DeVries
Burnt Hills

Stop all the violence, and let nation heal

Anyone who thinks slavery or racism is all right is not thinking clearly.
However in the middle of all the turmoil we should look at what has been done.
First slavery was abolished, and though it took time, integration has taken place in schools, transportation, employment and other fields.
As for the young men who refuse to stand for the flag, don’t they realize not too many years ago they wouldn’t be playing in any professional sport? Now they are looked up to as role models and heroes and making large sums of money.
Will it ever be perfect? Of course not. Life is not perfect and there will always be bigots and bullies.
Let’s stop with the looting, burning and shooting and let justice prevail and let the country heal.
Eleanor Groetch
Scotia

Help get the country back on right track

Confusion over so many things just continues to ramp up. “Innocent until proven guilty” has disappeared, especially if you’re a police officer. Even locally on our city streets, innocent people are being shot. But there’s no outcry about guns, which in most cases are not legally possessed.
There’s big controversy about proper precautions to use against the coronavirus outbreak and amazingly falls along political lines. It’s just mind boggling. Now there’s a case where the occupant of an apartment shoots at intruders, who unknown (or not?) to him, are the police. And because police shoot back an innocent person is killed. But the first shooter is considered innocent. So is the message is you can shoot at someone, but they are guilty of a crime if they shoot you back?
In Schenectady, protesters convinced two Black men to quit their jobs and gave them money. Wonder if they came through with their offer to find them jobs?
In the middle of all this, innocent people and business owners are caught in the cross-hairs.
Our nation so badly needs common sense and decency. Let’s get back on the right track with some real leadership. Do vote in November (or whenever you can.)
Ethel Robinson
Schoharie


With so much chaos, time to turn to God

Fire and floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes and pandemics, all raise the question: Does man or God rule the world? Give man a little leeway and he thinks he can take over, defy and ignore God. Maybe we need to turn to God. Think it over, and if you don’t have a Judo/Christian leader, get one to talk to about it.
Lawrence H. King
Johnstown


My pro-life vote will go to Biden-Harris

In her Sept. 25 letter, Virginia DelGallo (“True Christians will vote for Trump”) demands that Christians “vote for life in November.” As a life-long Christian, religion major and active member of my church, I can assure Ms. DelGallo that I intend to do just that.
However, my vote will not be going to Trump, who has trashed God’s creation by undoing regulations to protect our health and by promoting fossil fuels, worsening the already tenuous climate situation. Being responsible caretakers is the quintessential pro-life issue of our times.
Nor will I vote for someone who did nothing to address mass shootings, the prevalence of military-style weapons in our communities, or the lack of restrictions on who can access them, which continues to hamper police/community relations and will increase deaths.
And then there is Trump’s appallingly inept response to COVID-19, refusing to follow the advice of his experts resulting in countless unnecessary deaths. He demonstrates no concern even for his own supporters, encouraging them to come to indoor rallies unmasked and crammed together.
I will be voting to bring decency, civility, and empathy back into the White House when I cast my pro-life vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Susan Hawkes-Teeter
Berne

Don’t be fooled again by Trump’s many lies

The Trump presidency has been based mostly on lies. It started with I will show my tax returns if I’m elected. Then I’m going to drain the swamp. The swamp is bigger than it ever was. Next it was I’m going to stop all the jobs at Carrier from going to Mexico. Almost all jobs went to Mexico. After that it was Mexico is going to pay for the wall. News flash, we are paying for the wall. He said I don’t know Stormy Daniels. The next day, pictures of Trump with her surface. On and on and on, the lies could fill a book.
But the biggest lie he told the American people was about COVID-19 and wearing a mask. I was shocked when Trump supporters were interviewed, and they really had no idea why wearing a mask was so important. Just ask Herman Cain. I wish it were possible to know how many people died because Trump never said it was important to wear a mask.
Now he is running Social Security bankrupt. The Republicans are trying to sneak a tax on pensions into the next stimulus bill. Voters please don’t be fooled twice.
Will Czelusniak
Hagaman


Trump has earned the Christians’ vote

Many are trying very hard to sway Christian voters from Donald Trump. Yet, considering the anti-Biblical times we live in, Trump has been the greatest defender of religious freedom of any president in history.
He’s defended the right of cake bakers, Little Sisters of the Poor and others to uphold their Christian beliefs in their livelihoods — rights which Obama-Biden tried to steal.
He’s fought against taxpayer funding of abortion; Joe Biden and the Democrats demand such taxation and support abortion.
Trump successfully freed enslaved Christian missionaries such as Andrew Brunson from foreign dictatorships. Both Bush and Obama did little. His Supreme Court picks have voted for the rights of religious institutions in several cases; Obama-Biden’s pick of Sonia Sotomayor has voted against every time.
As a Christian, I did not vote for Trump in 2016 because of things he said. As a Christian, I am voting for him in 2020 because of things he’s done. In him, God has drawn many straight lines with a crooked stick. Joe Biden, an egregious liar throughout his political life, is a crooked stick who, with the Democrats, will draw countless anti-Christian crooked lines for America.
Vincent Reda
Voorheesville

Obnoxious Trump is still better than Biden

With the choices we are facing, this presidential election may prove to be among the most crucial in American history.
In her Sept. 16 column in The Gazette (“Democrats may force me to cast my vote for Trump”), Danielle Pletka points out that Donald Trump has many annoying flaws, and I fully agree. In normal times I would likely consider him to be an unacceptable candidate. However, these aren’t normal times. He’s running against a candidate, Joe Biden, who unfortunately isn’t up to the job for many reasons; among the worst is his inability to deliver coherent statements without a teleprompter.
My worst fear is if Biden should win, he would become a figurehead subject to manipulation by a host of left wing wackos such as Liz Warren, AOC and the most frightening of them all, Bernie Sanders.
These entities could coerce Biden into making decisions that could push our country into a socialist pit of abominations. The fabric of our nation could be shredded; take a look at what happened in Portland, Ore.
When the election comes around, consider choosing Trump for re-election. He may be obnoxious and goofy, but he is still a far better choice than Harris-Biden.
Thomas M. Koch
Guilderland


Talk to your teenager about safe driving

Parenting is no easy task, and parenting teenagers comes with its own unique set of challenges.
During National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 18-24, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is teaming up with New Choices Recovery Center Prevention to empower parents to discuss the importance of driving safety with their young drivers.
This is a perfect time to begin and continue this conversation, and to remind parents not to hand over the car keys until their teen knows the rules of the road.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens 15-18 years old in the United States. All teens are too young to legally buy, possess, or consume alcohol. However, nationally, 16% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2018 had alcohol in their system.
But alcohol isn’t the only substance that can keep your teen from driving safely. Like other drugs, marijuana affects a driver’s ability to react to their surroundings.
Fact: 13% of nighttime, weekend drivers have marijuana in their system. Driving is a complex task, and marijuana slows reaction time, affecting a driver’s ability to drive safely. Remind your teen that driving under the influence of any impairing substance could have deadly consequences.
Parents can help protect their teen drivers by talking with them about these risks. For further information and services regarding teen alcohol and drug use contact New Choices Recovery Center at 518-280-9895.
Chelsie Alderson
Schenectady
The writer is a prevention specialist at New Choices Recovery Program.

Nation lost all civility when Trump won

Regarding Bill Whipple’s Oct. 3 letter (“The left are the true haters in America”), his comments about never seeing conservatives shouting, “vote him out,” etc. How many times did we see many Americans shouting “Lock her up?” It is still being shouted by many conservatives, along with many other ugly chants.
Bill then asks, “What happened to civility in this country?” I will tell you, Bill. It left when Trump ran for and then became president of this otherwise great nation. Yes Bill, I think “thou doth protest too much” is perfect for you also. Never forget, RED HAT, with the syllables reversed spells HATRED.
Bruce A. Holden
Schenectady

Vote for freedoms by voting for Trump

In his State of the Union address in 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt outlined four basic freedoms essential to all people. “Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear.”
The upcoming presidential election is our opportunity to reaffirm these freedoms in our beloved United States of America.
We are losing the freedom of speech though political correctness and censorship on the internet, freedom of worship by government shutdowns of our houses of worship, freedom from want by the shutdown of our businesses, and freedom from fear by the lawlessness in our cities and their government’s unwillingness to arrest the lawbreakers or hold them for bail.
We can preserve our freedoms by supporting our local police and by voting in the November election. A vote for Donald J. Trump is a vote for law and order and a big step in ensuring that these Four Freedoms remain in our United States of America.
Dan Keegan
Clifton Park

The only secure way to vote is in person

The right of any citizen to seek public office in accordance with federal and state constitutions should be adhered to.
Other restrictions or obligations influencing candidate eligibility and campaign operations pose a threat to the constitutional act of fairness and accountability of our political system.
The Federal Election Commission should be abolished. We need to repeal the Voting Rights Act as well as the Federal Election Campaign Act and its 1974 amendments.
By allowing the “absentee ballot” and now the sending of ballots to every registered voter, alive or dead, completely weakens our right to a “secret ballot.”
The mail-in ballot system will not be a secure system, only because the post office has been known to lose and misplace mail for years. Vote rigging, fraud, vote buying, ballot box stuffing and vote suppression has increased every year.
With today’s technology, voting in person around the world can be done in military bases, embassies or any U.S. government office.
The privilege of voting in secret, in person, at certified polling places does require some inconvenience and extra effort to secure the integrity of our elections and republic.
William D. Wilday
Schenectady
The writer is chairman of the Constitution Party of New York.

Tonko shouldn’t avoid debate with Joy

In early Sept., Congressman Tonko and his challenger Liz Joy received by certified mail, copies of a petition demanding that they debate on important issues facing our country. The petition was signed by 105 businesses in Schenectady County.
Mrs. Joy responded she would participate. Tonko’s staff responded that the 105 businesses were not enough of a representation of his district to attend.
Certainly, 105 business owners are not the majority of the businesses in Mr. Tonko’s district. But they do pay a fair amount of taxes and certainly some percentage of the congressman’s salary.
Currently, there is an effort to convert the free market, constitutional republic form of government to a form of socialist oligarchy. What does Tonko support? Is he for law and order? How will he vote on many other important issues? Clearly this was an opportunity to clarify what he stands for.
On the evening of Oct. 11, Mrs. Joy will be given the opportunity to discuss her positions on the issues. We welcome her participation.
Mr. Tonko’s refusal demonstrates that he really doesn’t represent everyone. He has forgotten who he works for.
William Park
Duanesburg
The writer is the Debate Committee chair.

Republicans: Support Cobb over party

We are Republicans who support Tedra Cobb for Congress because we favor removing politicians like Elise Stefanik, who are owned by special interests. In contrast, Tedra Cobb takes no corporate PAC money, and her constituents needs come first, not “big donors.”
Healthcare is a critical issue. “Big pharma” has given over $200,000 to Stefanik’s campaign, and she rewarded them by voting against capping prescription drug costs and voting to prevent Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices.
She voted to kick 64,000 in the North Country off healthcare.
In 2018, Stefanik voted to cut Medicare by $239 billion a year.
Stefanik took over $600,000 in PAC money, and leads the charge in privatizing Social Security, a goal of the financial industry. She voted in 2018 to cut Social Security by an eventual $2.6 trillion.
The financial industry likely profits from any privatization of Social Security, not North Country residents who depend on it.
Tedra will protect Social Security and Medicare from cuts and privatization.
There’s too much at stake here to simply vote down party lines. Regardless of your party affiliation, please join us in voting for Tedra Cobb, who will beholden only to us, not any rich donors.
Dan Russom, Dick Sullivan, Don McGrann, Greg Wood
Northville


Joy wants reasonable immigration controls

Change is needed in our country. Let’s vote Paul Tonko out and send Liz Joy in his place. When I called Tonko’s office to encourage him to support President Trump in solving the crisis at the southern border, his response was clear, saying that what was happening at the border was just a “manufactured crisis.”
It wasn’t long afterwards that the Democrats in Washington had to admit that there truly was a crisis. Do we really want to keep Tonko in Washington when he was unwilling to look at the problems we have facing our national security?
Let’s send a woman to Washington who is serious about making the changes in immigration laws that our country has desperately needed. I believe Liz Joy is that person who will represent us with common sense immigration legislation.
Doreen Croteau
Clifton Park

Stefanik has the backs of our veterans

As a Navy veteran, I was honored to host our congresswoman, Elise Stefanik, at the Stillwater American Legion for our ribbon cutting event this summer.
She spoke from the heart, honoring local veterans and our new legion facility, before joining us for a parade around town.
She is dedicated to fighting for the things that matter most to us: cutting through bureaucracy at the VA, helping us reclaim our VA benefits, and working on bills that improve our healthcare.
We know that if we have any problems at all, we can always pick up the phone and call Elise’s office to get immediate help. In fact, she never hesitates to give out her direct line.
I have never heard of and can’t imagine any other politician willing to be that accessible and it shows she really is a part of our community. No one has done more for veterans in northern New York.
We know that she has our back and that’s why I’m proud to call her my congresswoman and look forward to another two years of her leadership.
Ed Burmaster
Stillwater


Trump could be lying about having covid

I agree with Mr. Bishop’s Oct. 6 letter (“Trump has reasons to fake having virus.”) I have known four people with the virus.
Three recovered, and I lost my wife to the virus. None recovered or died within the short period as President Trump.
Until he is checked by physicians at the Mayo Clinic, I will believe this is another lie to benefit him. If it is a hoax, all taking part should be tried for treason.
Doctors should lose their license to practice and all should, if found guilty, serve not less than 10 years nor more than 20.
This will give them plenty of time to decide if what they got was worth it. While at it check to see what relationship the Trumps have with the pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs he took.
Joseph Gibson
Ballston Lake

 

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Robert F. Jewell

I guess Vincent doesn’t care about Trumps having sex with porn stars.

Nor does Vincent seem aware of Trumps philandering will married three times!

I guess Vincent doesn’t seem to be aware of Trumps stealing from students with the criminal Trump University and was forced by courts to repay them!

I guess Vincent doesn’t care when Trump mocks the lame and or disabled.

I guess Vincent doesn’t mind Trump calling names and voicing demeaning words.

I guess Vincent forgot Trump calling POWs losers because they got “caught”!!!

I guess Vincent doesn’t count 20,000+ documented lies….on record!

I guess Vincent isn’t aware of the over one dozen lawsuits charging Trump with sexual crimes!

I guess that Vincent doesn’t care that Trump promised revealing his tax records… but has been forced by the courts to do so…

I guess Vincent isn’t aware of much that is repugnant, vexing and taxing to Christian believers.

Vincent needs to go back to catechism.

Jesus never mentions abortion however;

Those men with hatred for women stones in theirs hand were quite eloquently exposed for what YOU AND THEY ARE!!!

Robert F. Jewell

Yeah he accepts all of the havoc, disease, false macho bravado job losses, 200,000+ dead, millions unemployed and himself and his staff are spreaders. This guy worships a lunatic.
Vincent chooses not to acknowledge the CRIMES AND SINS. That’s okay though.
Trials next summer!

FRED BARNEY

Jesus never mentions abortion however;

I think that be fruitful and multiply covers the matter of abortion.

What now Robert?

Robert F. Jewell

A women has(for now) the sole ownership of her body, mind, soul.
She is not an easy bake oven for Mullahs or sanctimonious Christians nor is her personal medical choices anyone’s buisness.

Just as I am sure the numerous medical problems, operations, medicines are at your age and physiology anyone concern but YOURS!
This is not a contest Fred.
I’m not trying to convince you of a single thing.

By the way… be fruitful and multiply is from the Pentateuch. Old Testament…
Jesus is New Testament. There’s a reason.

FYI … republicans conveniently peruse over the part at the end of your quote from Genesis…..subdue and REPLENISH the earth.

….Be fruitful….multiply….oh so typically republican…gotta love those Stepford wives!!

Terry Ryczek

In the old testament the heathen offered their children to heathen god Moleck, putting them alive in the fire. God judged them and destroyed the false god.

William Marincic

Bruce A. Holden I was a Democrat until the year 2000 and almost my whole life I heard people say that we need a businessman to run this country not a politician. Along came Donald Trump a businessman that’s running the country with common sense, he’s a New Yorker so he’s brash and doesn’t say things the way a politician says them, polished and rehearsed. When Donald Trump says he will do something he follows through, everything that Donald Trump does he does for a better America, you may not like the messenger but I’m pretty sure you’d like his message because everybody’s 401(k) got better, unemployment is down across the board prior to Covid and it will be again once he’s reelected. President Trump has done common sense prison reform and has done more for the African-American community than any other president in history except maybe Abraham Lincoln. Biden and Harris want to pack the Supreme Court, remove the electoral college and make states of DC in Puerto Rico so that you always have a democrat for a president, there goes the constitution because a radical liberal Supreme Court will change it. You will have a dictatorship, and because we are Americans you will probably end up with the Civil War in the next decade. Is that what you want for your children and grandchildren?

Terry Ryczek

My message to ‘pro-life evangelicals for Biden’ by Dr. Michael Brown

These enlightened evangelicals state they “oppose ‘one issue’ political thinking because it lacks biblical balance.” With all respect, I say this: Any mention of “biblical balance” that doesn’t start with concern for the shedding of innocent blood is so far out of balance it is no longer biblical.

Is there a single issue upon which you base the majority of your political thinking?

In a period of less than 10 minutes on Monday, I read an article about candidate Joe Biden’s extreme pro-abortion views and then was sent a link to the home page for “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden.”

The article cited Biden’s response to a question about abortion rights, where he addressed the potential of Amy Coney Barrett becoming a Supreme Court justice. Should that be the case, he said, and should the court overturn Roe v. Wade, “the only thing, the only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do.”

This is in harmony with the Democratic platform, which plainly states, “We will repeal the Hyde Amendment, and protect and codify Roe v. Wade.”

In that light, how can you identify as a “pro-life” evangelical who supports Biden? Wouldn’t that be like declaring yourself a pro-abolition supporter of George B. McClellan, the Democratic candidate who ran against Abraham Lincoln in 1864? Or like declaring yourself an anti-segregation supporter of George Wallace? How can you identify as “pro-life” and yet actively campaign for the party of abortion?

The pro-Biden website states this, in all caps:

“AS PRO-LIFE EVANGELICALS, WE DISAGREE WITH VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM ON THE ISSUE OF ABORTION. BUT WE BELIEVE A BIBLICALLY SHAPED COMMITMENT TO THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE COMPELS US TO A CONSISTENT ETHIC OF LIFE THAT AFFIRMS THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE FROM BEGINNING TO END.”

In other words, while we think the slaughter of tens of millions of innocent babies is a bad thing, and we’re willing to sacrifice their lives before they even enter this world, we do prefer the other policies of the Democrats, so they get our vote. Seriously?

How much different is this than saying, “While we have a problem with Pol Pot’s genocidal policies, we do think his other reforms serve in the best interest of the country, and so he gets our vote.”

To be clear, I am not comparing Joe Biden to Pol Pot (please repeat that 10 times slowly, since I am not making that comparison). But I am comparing the slaughter of the unborn to other, mass moral atrocities, and for good reason. Thus, I find any evangelical justification of a vote for an aggressively pro-abortion candidate and party to be unethical. (Yes, this is my personal opinion. Each of us will give account to God, and He is the ultimate judge.)

How, then, do these evangelical leaders justify their position? They state, “Many things that good political decisions could change destroy persons created in the image of God and violate the sanctity of human life. Poverty kills millions every year. So does lack of healthcare and smoking. Racism kills. Unless we quickly make major changes, devastating climate change will kill tens of millions. Poverty, lack of accessible health care services, smoking, racism and climate change are all pro-life issues.”

And this is the justification for voting for a pro-abortion candidate? A candidate who wants to be sure that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land? A candidate who, during the campaign, reversed his longstanding support of the Hyde Amendment?

I agree that poverty kills, but Trump’s economic policies have helped alleviate poverty, not accelerate poverty.

As for lack of healthcare, both parties want good healthcare for all Americans but simply differ on the best way to achieve that.

As for smoking – yes, smoking – what on earth does that have to do with a vote for Biden? Does Trump, himself a non-smoker, encourage Americans to smoke? Would a vote for Biden be a vote against smoking?

As for racism killing people, perhaps what kills people is the stoking of racism, especially by the Left? As for Americans literally killed because of racism every year, as tragic as even one such death would be, that number pales in comparison to the 700,000 (!) babies killed in their mother’s wombs every year. (In years past, that number has been twice as high.)

As for climate change and what should be done about that, there is intense scientific debate about the subject.

Yet, for these very reasons, we are being told not to vote for the strongest pro-life president we have ever had and rather to vote for the most radical, pro-abortion ticket in our nation’s history.

These pro-Biden evangelicals claim that “the most common reason women give for abortion is the financial difficulty of another child,” and so “we appreciate a number of Democratic proposals that would significantly alleviate that financial burden: accessible health services for all citizens, affordable childcare, a minimum wage that lifts workers out of poverty.”

Oh yes, if we vote Democrat, they will help these poor women out of their poverty, and thus abortions will be reduced.

In all honesty, I ask: Can you really say those words with a straight face in the presence of a holy God? Are you not perhaps driven more by a deep opposition to Trump (as expressed quite forthrightly in other writings by some of this movement’s leaders) than by the hope that a vote for Democrats will help save babies’ lives?

The statement concludes with, “For these reasons, we believe that on balance, Joe Biden’s policies are more consistent with the biblically shaped ethic of life than those of Donald Trump. Therefore, even as we continue to urge different policies on abortion, we urge evangelicals to elect Joe Biden as president.”

Tell that to the more than 60 million babies slaughtered since 1973. Tell that to the babies viciously terminated in the third trimester, some of them with their brains sucked out while still alive.

And tell that to Brenda Pratt Shafer, a registered nurse from Dayton, Ohio, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 17, 1995, about what she witnessed when assisting a doctor abort a baby boy in his 26-1/2 week.

She stated that the baby was alive and moving as the abortionist “delivered the baby’s body and arms – everything but the head. The doctor kept the baby’s head just inside the uterus. The baby’s little fingers were clasping and unclasping, his feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors through the back of his head, and the baby’s arms jerked out in a flinch, a startle reaction like a baby does when he thinks he might fall. The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening, and sucked the baby’s brains out. Now the baby was completely limp.”

These “pro-life” evangelicals are voting for the party that has supported these barbaric procedures for years. Indeed, they are calling on other Christians to vote for the party that opposes the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would guarantee medical care for a baby that survives abortion.

In fact, as senator, Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris voted against this very Act, and “earlier this year she voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act, which would have protected unborn babies from abortion procedures after the point at which they can feel pain (20 weeks).”

Yet these enlightened evangelicals state they “oppose ‘one issue’ political thinking because it lacks biblical balance.”

With all respect, I say this: Do not talk to me about “biblical balance” while urging evangelical followers of Jesus to vote for the party that justifies the slaughter of more than 60 million babies in their mother’s womb and will fight tooth and nail to codify Roe v. Wade.

Any mention of “biblical balance” that doesn’t start with concern for the shedding of innocent blood is so far out of balance it is no longer biblical.

William Aiken

Terry, I appreciate your measured and perspicacious analysis of these emotionally charged issues. A recent Gallo poll supports your thesis. It showed that 56% of the country feels as though they are better off than they were four years is the most telling factor. That’s polling is a higher percentage than President Obama had in 2012 and he won another four years in office. Any incumbent President who wins the plurality on that question has handily won re-election since 1984. That’s the poll that matters most.

William Marincic

Terry Amy Coney Barrett already started that she would not overturn Row V Wade but she would make any and all late term abortion illegal as it should be. When King Cuomo is not killing the elderly in nursing homes he’s killing babies that can live outside of the womb. Trust me he will burn in hell.

Terry Ryczek

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A TOTALLY DISENCHANTED DEMOCRAT SENT THIS TO ME. TRY TO PUNCH HOLES IN THIS! These facts speak volumes about the DNC. For all you who hate the President this is unarguable.
The woman who researched and wrote this lives in Sedona and is a retired lawyer. She writes in simple language as a former Democrat to all Democrats in general:
Democrats –
Now I know you don’t like President Trump. That’s a given, SO let’s move on from that.
How about the division of America. Do you really blame Trump for that? How about when NONE of the DEMOCRATS showed up for his inauguration? Don’t you think that started the division? He hadn’t even been president yet, and EXCEPT for Clinton and Obama, not one Democrat showed up. Is that when Trump divided America? Can you imagine if the REPUBLICANS didn’t show up for Obama’s inauguration because they lost? Can you even start to imagine what would have happened?
How about when 19 minutes after Trump was inaugurated, the Washington Post declared the IMPEACHMENT CAMPAIGN has STARTED? Was that when Trump divided America?
How about when Nancy Pelosi ripped up Trump’s state of the union right in front of the world, showing complete disrespect for the President of the United States? Did that bring the country together and is THAT when Trump divided America?
How about when America had to endure 3 years and over 30 million dollars spent on trying to PROVE that Trump only won because of RUSSIAN COLLUSION and NOT because America voted him in. And 17 democrats did EVERYTHING in their power to PROVE that there was Russian Collusion. and came up with ZERO? Was THAT when Trump divided America?
I can’t even start to go over the NEGATIVE PRESS he’s received since his surprise win. Remember, the DONORS, the likes of Bloomberg, who gave 27 million, Tom Steyer who gave 17 million, George Soros who gave 9 million and MANY MORE that gave MULTI-MILLIONS to Hillary, wanted a return on their investment. Do you really think that donors give MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS just because they love Hillary? NO, these weren’t campaign donations, they were INVESTMENTS into what HILLARY had promised them when she became President. They were so sure she would win and they would be SHOWERED with HUGE RETURNS, and when it didn’t happen and they LOST all those millions, they went all out to TAKE TRUMP out of OFFICE by any means possible.
DID YOU KNOW that 90% of the Mainstream media and the corporations that own them, are owned by or run by BIG DEMOCRAT DONORS? You can verify all of that for yourselves. I did. Since the moment Trump won, even before he was inaugurated, the mainstream media’s reporting was 92% negative on Trump, do you know why? It was those big donors that lost their dream of MILLIONS of dollars, on their returns that they were going to receive when Hillary was President and they weren’t going to take that loss lightly. They needed to PUNISH TRUMP and those that VOTED HIM IN.
I’ve said this since the night he was elected. “There is NOTHING the left won’t do to take down our President”, our country and us, no low they won’t go to, to get their power back”, and sadly, we have seen this every single day since his election.
Let me ask you this. Have you ever listened to Trump or appreciated any accomplishment or campaign promises he’s kept, have you ever gone to one of his rallies or have you just closed your mind to anything he does? Please ask yourselves the following questions, if you dare.
What has Joe Biden done for America for the last 47 years that he’s held an office?
What did Joe Biden ever do for BLACKS when HE and Obama were in office?
What has Joe Biden ever done in his entire life to create a private-sector job?
What has Joe Biden done to help the American middle class worker?
Let me also ask you this. Why do you think there are so many people tearing down statues, our burning flag, beating up police officers, disrespecting our founders and hating our country? It comes straight from our SCHOOLS that have slowly been tearing down our history. If there is a teacher out there, please tell me the following:
Do you teach the truth that it was the DEMOCRATS that were the KKK?
That the GRAND LEADER of the KKK was Robert Byrd, who was elected to congress as a DEMOCRAT and served for decades, and that it was Hillary, Bill, and Obama that gave his EULOGY praising him?
That the DEMOCRATS fought the Civil war to KEEP SLAVERY? That the inner-city ghettoes were created by DEMOCRATS to keep control of slaves after they were freed?
That planned parenthood was founded in inner cities to CONTROL the BLACK POPULATION? Is any of this in your history books?
Let me ask you this as well: Can a student speak up when he/she disagrees with a teacher when they say that Trump is a horrible President or the electoral college has to be eliminated? I don’t think so? Well, I know a student that actually happened to. When the teacher said it had to be eliminated because Hillary lost, and he stated the reason it should stay, she ripped him apart and gave the entire class a 5 hour test, and stated it was because he DARED to disagree with her. Is that happening in your schools?
I’m only asking questions. I’d like your answers.
President Trump and his entire family has been vilified, demeaned and disrespected, for one reason and one reason only. HE WON.
Have you noticed the DEMOCRATS only throw tantrums and OBJECT to everything he does and have NEVER ONCE gotten behind him to make America the best it can be? WHY? They can’t afford to get behind him. he would WIN AGAIN, and they can’t let that happen. if he wins again, the Democrat party will be destroyed and they know it.
Did you notice that the “CAGES” the left claimed that Trump built to put Illegal children in, WERE BUILT BY OBAMA for the very purpose of PUTTING ILLEGAL CHILDREN IN? Was THAT all over the news when Obama did it? The very same “CAGES”. but the media was silent!
How about when Trump commuted Roger Stone’s sentence, and was DEMONIZED 24/7 but NOT A WORD when Obama commuted 1,715 inmates, which included 330 that he granted on his last day in office. DID WE EVEN HEAR one WORD about it?
Were there reporters even reporting it. NO! Just look at the difference in the reporting. By the way, since Trump’s been in office he’s commuted 10 people. compare that to Obama. Is that reporting fair?
How about when Biden and Obama allowed the H1N1, the SWINE FLU, to INFECT MILLIONS of Americans before declaring it a health emergency. Was the press losing it’s minds and calling it the OBAMA FLU AND BLAMING OBAMA and BIDEN for the spread? —— SILENCE!
Compare this to the NEGATIVE COVERAGE that Trump got when, he immediately halted travel from China. Then, in February, Nancy Pelosi went to Chinatown and said come on down, or when DeBlasio, in March, said ride the subways and go to Broadway. BUT those same people are blaming Trump for the spread of coronavirus.
A FINAL QUESTION:
What have the DEMOCRATS done to help make America the best, to get behind a president that works tirelessly to care about WE THE PEOPLE instead of using us as political pawns? What have the democrats done for people of color EXCEPT for GIVING ILLEGALS more rights than citizens and having us pay for it?
JUST imagine what this country could accomplish if the Democrats worked with him on the economy, the coronavirus, the inner cities where he’s created opportunity zones, job training etc. When Trump tried to get school choice for inner-city students they ran Betsy Devos out!! The democrats running those inner city schools wanted no part of school choice. Have you ever wondered why it’s cities that have been run, for decades, that have the MOST HOMELESS, the MOST CRIME, the most MURDERS, the worst INNER CITY schools, ARE ALL RUN BY DEMOCRATS?
If you haven’t started asking yourselves those questions, maybe you should. As I said, my entire family used to be Democrats, but NOT ONE will ever vote for a Democrat again. They asked themselves the same questions and the answer was cle

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