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Letters to the Editor Monday, Nov. 16


White Trash Army out to change result

It has come to my attention that the Boogaloo Boys, the Ku Klux Klan, the Proud Boys and QAnon have combined to create a military force known as the White Trash Army.
These heroic patriots intend to storm Washington, D.C., and overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Donald Trump himself would lead the charge if not for the painful bone spurs in his heels.
Paul Sator

Trump’s troubles are just beginning

Lock him up? Not likely, but possible.
After Trump loses his “cloak of immunity” on January 20, he faces a slew of criminal offenses and lawsuits.
Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance is pursuing alleged illegal business dealings, including $130,000 in hush money from campaign funds to Stormy Daniels.
State Attorney General Latitia James is charging tax fraud, inflating assets claimed to secure loans and reap tax benefits.
A number of women are bringing lawsuits for rape and defamation of character, including former Elle magazine writer E. Jean Carroll, who has apparently saved DNA material.
Trump would now be compelled to provide a DNA sample and testify under oath.
Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, is suing to recover millions Trump and family cheated her out of, and Michael Cohen is suing to recoup promised legal fees.
There are obstruction of justice charges in the Mueller Report that Trump may now be indicted for.
Plus, there’s his worst crime: negligent homicide for completely bungling the COVID-19 pandemic, causing the unnecessary deaths of over 230,000 Americans.
And he can still be re-impeached.
He’d look cute in a matching orange jumpsuit.
Richard W. Lewis, Jr.

Discouraged by support for Trump

While I’m thrilled that Biden/Harris won, I’m disgusted that Trump got over 70 million votes.
This election had two distinct paths: one of hope, unity, inclusion, experience, competency, empathy, and truth.
The other: fear, conspiracies, exclusion, division, ineptness, cruelty, chaos, and lies. It couldn’t have been clearer.
Even though I have disagreed politically with Republican presidents before. I still felt safe.
Trump terrified me from the beginning, everything he did was ultimately in his interest, even when it put our country at risk.
He used rubber bullets and gassed Americans who were peacefully protesting, treated citizens like enemies, while gushing over dictators.
Like other authoritarian leaders, he fired anyone who disagreed with him, was not “loyal,” and called to jail opponents.
The GOP was complicit, refusing to hold him accountable
The audio proved that he knew this pandemic was five times more deadly than the flu.
His inept response led to many unnecessary deaths and a collapsed economy.
He even politicized mask wearing.
He believes he knows better than experts, doctors and scientists?
He purposely infected rally followers and his own administration.
I’m deeply disappointed that this outrageous and dangerous behavior is acceptable to so many Americans, no matter what policies you support, or how much your investments grow.
This is the soul of America Biden is talking about.
We’re a weakened and more divided nation because of Trump, but I have hope that we can, once again, regain respect around the world, and move toward a more perfect union.
Joanna DeSilva


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Robert F. Jewell

To all the supporters who in lock step behind the likes of Elise Stephanik (dubbed the “ rising star” by Trump) in supporting the “Blue Line”… carefully review what has taken place at the Louisville police department.

I know…it was just two bad cops, always the reply…and a massive cover up….that “Blue Line” was protecting Child molesters and deleted 800,000 documents….
Go ahead and go bugnuts republicans.

When tax paying citizens, want to defund what they mean is to better reroute poorly spent resources when the outcomes are deleterious.

The entire Louisville department participated in being “gang”….don’t worry we got your back”. This is one department in another state.

We must, a community, be very careful in giving unfettered allegiance to people with power and weapons.
They are not above the law.

The blue line is employed with green requisites.

However we ask TOO much from police officers and expect them to referee us with little to no training for a near impossible job that doesn’t reward fairly nor punish fairly.

Society must remove a policeman’s desire or need to belong to a “blue line” in order to receive the benefits of justice.

Policemen love their families and want meaningful employment and to protect others. THATS were most policemen start.

It’s a system that’s broken and venally rewards professionalism and honesty.

That system is what Stephanik endorses.

William Aiken

Joanna DeSilva, A steady diet of CNN, MSDNC, PBS has hypnotized you with hatred for the President and his supporters. I have seen many people leave the Democrat party. The reason is they began doing they own research and realized they been lied to by Mainstream media. Some of those lies you have posted here as fact. If you do your own research, you’ll come to the same conclusion. When you rely on a media with an agenda to dehumanize this President, you will be angry, bitter and ill-informed.

Robert F. Jewell

Who’s angry here Bill.
Democrats won. You continue to lead the Sour Grapes Brigade.

Meanwhile TRUMPONA 19 is ravaging republican counties and over whelming their own health care system.

William Aiken

There’s so many. So I’ll just stick to the ones mentioned in Ms. DeSilva’s letter. Rubber bullets were not used on peaceful protesters. That crowd hurled bottles and bricks at the White House security while repeatedly ignoring lawful orders to clear out the area. If rubbers bullets were used there would be plenty of physical evidence if that were the case. I do my own research using many sources.


Sorry pal, but rubber bullets were used. It was Trump’s press secretary who lied that the police didn’t use them. If that’s your source, you prove my point. At least one of the protesters displayed the wounds to cameras. The whole fiasco was Trump’s fault in the first place for his upside down bible photo-op.

Try another example.

Martha Bencic

In 2016, Breitbart News became a virtual rallying spot for supporters of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.[10] The company’s management, together with former staff member Milo Yiannopoulos, solicited ideas for stories from, and worked to advance and market ideas of, neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups and individuals.[17][18] – Wikipedia

So you’re reading Nazi/ racist propaganda.


Richard Lewis – Thank you for that brief, but comprehensive summary of what will happen to Trump after they boot him out of the White House whimpering like a baby. Can you imagine Trump asking Cuomo for a pardon? Too funny.


Joanna DeSilva – Great letter. The other culprits in this discouraging saga is the right-wing media, starting with Fox. Have you ever listened to their boldface lies, especially in the morning and evening. Trump gets most of his “material” from them. Murdock has created a monster of misinformation and conspiracy theories that gullible people enjoy. We need an independent system of fact checking all media, including the Internet, and fine those who mislead and lie. Maybe over time we can reply on information provided to us.


It’s time for Trump to give up his desperate hope of getting reelected. On Friday alone, nine cases attacking Biden’s win in key states were denied or dropped.

Many of the cases are built upon a foundational idea that absentee voting and slight mismanagement of elections invite widespread fraud, which is not proven and state leaders have overwhelming said did not happen in 2020.

A rundown of the President’s rough day in court :
• The Trump campaign lost six cases in Montgomery County and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania over whether almost 9,000 absentee ballots could be thrown out.
• The Trump campaign dropped a lawsuit in Arizona seeking a review by hand of all ballots because Biden’s win wouldn’t change.
• A Republican candidate and voters in Pennsylvania lost a case over absentee ballots that arrived after Election Day, because they didn’t have the ability to sue. A case addressing a similar issue is still waiting on decisions from the Supreme Court — which has remained noticeably silent on election disputes since before Election Day.
• Poll watchers in Michigan lost their case to stop the certification of votes in Detroit, and a judge rejected their allegations of fraud.

Martha Bencic

Boogaloo Boys, the Ku Klux Klan, the Proud Boys, QAnon, 3 Percenters- all aspiring murderers and should be treated as such. They are domestic terrorists.

I remember years ago, the Klan decided to march in Albany. GOOD New Yorkers turned out en masse and pelted those backward jackasses with snowballs until they ran away like the cowards they are. That New York made me proud. Now I deal with the shame by proxy of having neighbors flying the flags/ logos of these organizations out in the open, unashamed. What the hell have we become?

Anyone having anything to do with any of these domestic terrorists should be shamed back into darkness where they belong.

William Marincic

The leader of the Proud Boys is a Black Hispanic so I’m pretty sure they are not White racists. Facts matter unless you are a democRAT


Okay, 99% are white racists? Maybe he’s with the FBI doing undercover! The Klan have been infiltrated like that before. Could be in your militia group, too. Better check.

Here’s what your BFFs in law enforcement think, Bill:

The Proud Boys is a far-right,[2][3] neo-fascist[4] and male-only[5] political organization[6] that promotes and engages in political violence in the United States and Canada.[7][8][9][10][11] While the group officially rejects racism, several members have been affiliated with white supremacy, and the Proud Boys has been described by US intelligence organisations as “a dangerous white supremacist group.”

ChuckyD…the leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, is a black man. You are a moron obviously. 20% or more of the membership is black and Latino


Martha – Since Trump and Barr refused to label these groups as domestic terrorists, hopefully the Biden administration will. I know if Tish James becomes Biden’s AG, she’ll do it.

Joseph Vendetti

Online Commenters:

I don’t believe that the “Lock Her Up” chants were correct when it happened and people ran down the list of Hillary and Bills issues between the cigar, Clinton Foundation, e-mail servers, Benghazi, etc , don’t believe these ones for Trump are helpful either.

American citizens (Democrat, Republican, etc) need to put their collective hands together and write comprehensive lists of things they would like to see happen. The bills come out of those bodies and that is how our system is supposed to work. The term “buttonholing” was used before Congress & Senators started seeing “Lobbyist” into the outer chamber of each house in the early 1800’s. Individual citizens also have this right.

What I would like to see –
1.) Term Limits in the Congress (say no more then 9 consecutive terms) & Senate (no more then 3 consecutive terms;
2.) Bipartisan Campaign Reforms – similar to 2002 – McCain/Feingold
3.) The hardest of all – end “dark money” from all politics.

Number three will hard (Because we would need a constitutional amendment) – that takes 2/3rds majority in both houses and ratifications by 3/4ers of State Legislatures – this happened because of the decision by the US Supreme Court in Citizens United v, Federal Election Commission in 2010 – boiled down to 1. Money is Speech, 2. Corporations are people and 3.) therefore under the 1st Amendment the government can’t stop corporations from spending money on politics. You can see the donors at – They are on both sides of the aisle, its actually quite disgusting to think we have allowed our elections to be purchased.

But I would think politicians would start serving the American People more if they were not always thinking about being re-elected and instead of just doing what is right.

William Marincic

It looks like the mentally insane got their weekly supply of stamps and envelopes and decided to write a letter to the editor.

You all are becoming a parody of yourselves with this mindless devotion.
Why is acting like a grown-up not important for you?

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