Covid crisis will long outlast Trump
In World War II, there were 407,316 U.S. military deaths over 45 months (according to the National WW II Museum).
In less than 12 months, COVID-19 has killed almost the same number of Americans.
On Jan. 12, COVID-19 killed over 4,400 Americans. That is about 1,600 more than those killed on Sept. 11, 2001 and over 2,000 more than those killed at Pearl Harbor 80 years ago.
“Well, this was unexpected. […] And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away,” — Donald J. Trump, March 10, 2020.
COVID-19 may indeed go away, but it will outlast this president.
Hero Capitol officer deserving of Medal
I’m not sure if I can fully convey my consternation of Donald Trump bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the likes of Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Devin Nunes.
These two have continued to perpetrate the lie that the election was stolen, in essence having at least some culpability for the insurgence on the Capitol on Jan. 6.
As a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, I was more than pleased when Bill Belichick fittingly declined the offer of receiving the Medal of Freedom.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award that is bestowed to people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, be it world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Some of the recent recipients of this honor have diminished the significance of this honor.
One individual that easily comes to mind as someone truly deserving of this honor is the Capitol police officer who risked his own safety and life in order to divert the insurgent mob away from the Senate chamber when he noticed that the chamber was not secure.
We can only venture to guess what the outcome may have been, if this heroic, quick thinking officer had not taken the actions that he did.
Enjoy the opinions from fellow citizens
I would like to thank Mark Mahoney for the Jan. 9 editorial titled “Thank you, readers, for sharing Your Voice.”
You put into words everything I was thinking about the members of our community, the most important being the education and different perspectives I got from their letters.
There was so much more to learn about our country, state and county,and the people in control of it than I could ever derive from the news media.
The differences of opinion were refreshing to read, as opposed to the many news articles written seemingly not as news but as the personal opinions of the writer.
Over the last couple of years, the letters section has taken on a different aura.
Even the titling has become such as to pique my interest instead of my not reading it at all. In fact, I find myself reading every single one, and not only learning new things but gaining more respect for our community and their thoughts, opinions, ideas and passions.
Thank you very much.
Cookson column was very uplifting
What a sweet, perfect, excellent way to start our week.
That story by Karen Cookson (“Normalizing nice: It’s our table after all”) in the Jan. 10 paper should run again on the Gazette’s front page.
Happy New Year all!
Diane Sanders Hombach
How fair has Trump been to America?
I’m tired of hearing people say the world is not fair to Donald Trump. So, I ask…
Is it fair 350,000 Americans have died of the virus?
Is it fair 20 million are infected and that number is rising? Is it fair to attack free speech while being the twitter-in-chief?
Is it free to attack the free press while he abuses it? Is it fair to Americans that Trump bows down to foreign dictators? Is it fair that Otto Warmbier was tortured in North Korea and our president did not rebuke Kim Jong Un?
Is it fair to ignore the murder of Jamal Khasoggi? Is it fair to allow bounties on American soldiers, then kowtow to Putin?
Is it fair to cost American taxpayers over $300 million for Trump to play golf? Is the BLM double standard fair? Is it fair Jared and Ivanka were allowed the highest security clearances?
Is it fair to question what Jared and Ivanka are doing with this sensitive information? Is it fair to call our soldiers that died for our country suckers and losers?
Is it fair to blatantly encourage mob violence against America?
Is it fair to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in defeat for personal gain? Is it fair to claim MAGA when Trump is the one who destroyed America?
In conclusion: Americans need to come together. Agree to disagree. But to be fair. No more Trump. America First.
Trump claimed only he can fix it. I agree. Leave.
Can’t trust Stefanik to protect elections
Elise Stefanik must face the consequences for taking part in inciting an attempted coup to prevent the peaceful transition of the presidency.
She voted to overturn the democratic process of congressional approval of other states’ certified election results by not accepting their Electoral College votes. By doing so, Elise Stefanik deliberately misled pro-Trump domestic terrorists who invaded and vandalized the Senate and House at our nation’s capital in their attempt to prevent the peaceful transition of presidential power.
While Elise Stefanik has publicly claimed to be “protecting our Constitution,” she has decidedly taken actions which do not support our Constitution. This is not the first time Elise Stefanik tried to subvert the certified election results of other states. In fact, Elise Stefanik backed a Texas lawsuit, rejected by the Supreme Court, which attempted to invalidate the certified voting results of four states.
These past actions lead to my lack of trust in Elise Stefanik’s future decisions to accept any valid voters’ ballots in New York if she doesn’t agree with the election results. I have no trust that Elise Stefanik would protect New York voter rights or election results, which she swore to uphold. For this reason, vote Elise Stefanik out in two years because she cannot be trusted to protect our New York state election results.
Election deniers must be shamed forever
In response to the taking of the United States Capitol by insurrectionists on Jan. 6, it’s essential to brand permanently those who denied Biden’s victory in a free and fair election with a fitting epithet for their seditious behavior.
Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Elise Stefanik and all those who voted to support Trump’s Big Lie of a stolen election must always be referred to as Coup-Plotting Banana Republicans.
I don’t wish them harm, but these should be first words in every one of their obituaries. Let these shameful words follow them forever.
Punish those who backed insurrection
I’m a Marine Corps veteran from Voorheesville and as someone who gave years of my life to defend this democracy.
I must speak out about the disgraceful coup attempt that we witnessed on Jan. 6. There must be accountability for all those who conspired to undermine our free and fair elections through violence and intimidation, and that includes the cynical elected officials who pandered to Trump and his vile conspiracy theories.
These enablers are equally complicit to Trump in the violent mob scene we saw desecrating the people’s Capitol, and we cannot allow promoters of seditious lies to enjoy the honor of serving in our Congress. They have betrayed us.
This crisis has been brewing for years, as millions of people watched a growing political movement motivated by cruelty, resentment and ignorance grow to a violent mob now trying to seize power, whatever the costs to our country.
The only acceptable option for American citizens who are still dedicated to rule of law is to unite and demand that our remaining elected leaders and law enforcement prosecute those political leaders who are responsible for this debacle.
Anything else would invite further attempts to seize power and further acts of violence and chaos. And it’s got to stop.
Conservatives must reject Trump’s lies
As a 68-year-old evangelical, I am appalled by the riot incited by President Trump.
Not since 1812 has the Capitol been stormed and people killed.
There are belatedly some Republicans admitting how truly terrible this president is. But I don’t understand how any supporter of Trump with eyes and a heart cannot be ashamed for being so deceived by him. He is not just a little worse than most politicians. He is morally bankrupt. Good does not come out of evil. This is the real moral battleground.
Trump has built a cult around himself; all too many Christians have bought into him. Democrats and liberals are not the worst threat facing America. It’s been clearly proven that the far right, white nationalists, conspiracy-theory-believing Trumpists are willing to force their beliefs on those who disagree with them by violence.
These are not patriots, but thugs.
The big lies are still being promoted on Fox, NewsMax, etc. Some professional Fox news people try to be objective, but the star hosts are outright liars. Yet scores of people believe their distortions and conspiracy theories as gospel truth.
Are there enough conservatives with courage to stand up to the lies and, like Romney said, respect the Trumpers enough to tell the truth?
Trump dismissive of lost American lives
Maybe to Trump it’s only a number. But to the hundreds of thousands of Americans he swore to protect, it’s fathers and grandparents and children and loved ones.
And not once has he offered one word of condolence, even though it’s his irresponsible failure to treat this pandemic seriously that he has caused so many needless deaths.
As I write, that number is about 370,000, but it’s growing by 4,000 each day. How many lives is that?
Well, it’s nearly 160,000 more than the combined populations of Schenectady, Albany and Troy.
It’s thousands more than half the 620,000 killed in the Civil War. It will soon approach the more than 405,000 killed in World War II, three times those killed in the trenches of World War I, and more than six times those killed in Vietnam.
What does Trump care? The only number he has had on his mind for months is the 270 electoral votes. And, of course, Number One.
That he has led an insurrection against our country is reason enough to rid us of him. But so is his callous disregard for the lives of the citizens he swore to protect.
Linda C. Lewis
Trump supporters must sever all ties
Perhaps the saddest part of our most recent Day of Infamy was not the loss of life but that no one was really surprised by it.
Trump has been stoking the fires of hate, white supremacy and sedition for a long time and repeated that the only way he could lose the election was if it was rigged.
Anyone who doubts this can simply review his rallies and read the t-shirts worn by his troops. Republican judges upheld all the challenges to the election outcome and got death threats.
He has used the mob to get financial support and now they are using him to advance their demented goals. I am truly sorry that a police officer was murdered by the terrorists. But after hearing the numerous threats against those who opposed Trump’s rule, I fear he won’t be the last victim.
His forces have been brainwashed by false rhetoric on social media and Fox News, who even now suggest that the mob was led by left-wing infiltrators. How dare you try to spin this insurrection to save face. Trump’s disciples are armed and now feel empowered in all 50 states. While focused exclusively on not ceding power, the president has ignored the suffering and heartbreak of hundreds of thousands of Americans from the ravages of the pandemic.
The GOP must decide whether to continue to support this unChristian madness by staying silent or divorce themselves completely from the ignorant hate he has fostered.
There is no middle ground.
We must do better to rein in pandemic
The world is experiencing a deadly epidemic, and each nation has handled it differently. This isn’t the first, and definitely not the last epidemic. Australia and New Zealand have done a marvelous job of containing this deadly epidemic.
Why? A public policy researcher in Australia surveyed people in Australia and New Zealand in July 2020 and found 80% agreed management of the pandemic had increased their trust in government.
This contrasted with only 49% in both countries trusting the government in a study 10 years prior.
Australia and New Zealand both currently have fewer than one case per 100,000 people, whereas the United States is at 77 per 100,000.
What a sharp contrast with our nation’s highly politicized response. A chaotic and scatter-brained response is perhaps an overly kind way to describe how we’ve done.
Our leadership has been a sad failure, and our rapidly increasing death toll is the result. Haven’t we been told we’re rounding the corner?
Physical distancing and mask-wearing requires public support and commitment by everyone. Yes, proven effective. Considering these requirements as an infringement on personal liberties is simply amoral. We can and must do better as a nation.
Bridgerton is based on fictional England
Regarding the Sunday Jan. 10 article (“’Bridgerton’ wants to be escapism but never deals with wealth, racism”) in the Life & Arts section.
Please folks, quit making something racist when there is none.
The program is a fiction-based loosely on 18th century England.
I didn’t see the Black duke in anyway, other than a handsome man with dark skin, until you try to make something out of it.
There was a caste system back then and, like I said, it is fiction and good fun.
When will folks stop trying to make it a Black, brown, white, Asian thing? It is a fantasy about people, who under the skin are the same good, bad and ugly.
Tear down barricades to state government
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is dispatching 1,000 New York National Guardsmen to Washington. Imagine 1,000 New York National Guardsmen being certified to administer the covid vaccine?
Gov. Cuomo is reinforcing the capital in Albany with barriers. Do we need more barriers to our government? Gov. Cuomo’s fears are guilt-driven.
When a government has to festung up seats of power it has lost the trust of the people. There will be no barriers to lobbyists. Life has risk. Politicians sharing risk with the common man is a good place to begin building trust. Tear down your barricades, Gov. Cuomo.
“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!” Shakespeare’s King Lear. Gov. Cuomo is a thankless child biting the voters who elected him.
Democrats intent on pushing destruction
Something needs to be said clearly and right to the point.
Democrats are not the party that I once strongly believed in. Truth is they have become purely evil. They make perfectly clear that everything is either their way or nothing. They bully anyone that gets in their way.
They lie and lie to trusting people and repeat those lies over and over again until it becomes truth.
Those lies are not investigated by the media, but simply repeated by the media. Shamefully, those same lies and untruths are echoed on the floor of the House and Senate.
Equally as frustrating to millions of Americans is the knowledge that not one prominent Democrat has condemned by name the violence and bullying perpetrated on American communities, but have indeed lent support and encouragement to anarchists.
Anarchists are a breed of their own, whether they attack our cities or Congress they have the same goal, the destruction of our beloved America.
I fear that Democrats in their desire to fundamentally change America have the same goal. To fundamentally change something, you must first destroy what exists.
I have apparently become a pessimist. I see no silver lining in our current state of affairs. God help us.
Trump and enablers must be punished
I think many people are failing to consider an important aspect of what happened on Jan. 6.
I have heard several people express amazement that this Trump-inspired mob proceeded, though they knew they would face serious criminal charges. I believe most felt that they wouldn’t face any charges, since they expected to succeed in taking over the federal government and declaring Trump president for life.
They looked forward to a future as heroes who acted on fulfilling Trump’s call to undo the “rigged election” that overturned the will of the people, failing to see themselves as the traitors they are.
Their intentions and expectations were obvious, as evidenced by the gallows they erected, the flags they carried, the flex cuffs (apparently to hold legislators’ hostage to their demands) and the munitions they brought with them. In the face of this attempt, unity and normality in America cannot be restored until Trump and his enablers including Cruz, Hawley, Graham, Pompeo, Stefanik and a host of others, are criminally charged and forced to answer for their seditious behavior.
Meanwhile, we must be fully prepared to counter any further violence on the part of these misinformed and illogical self-proclaimed “patriots” and “freedom fighters.”
Anthony J. Santo
Upstate deserves better than Stefanik
January 6, 2021, will be a date taught in history books for generations to come. Future children will surely ask, who let the attack on the Capitol happen? To answer that question, we unfortunately need look no further than one of upstate New York’s own congressional delegation, Rep. Elise Stefanik.
Stefanik embraced the charade fed to the American public by the likes of the president, Ted Cruz, and Rudy Giuliani. She lied to her constituents, and even after the damage was done, leaving at least five people dead, she doubled down. Unbelievably, she objected to certifying the results of the 2020 election while Capitol staff were still cleaning up the shards of glass from earlier in the day.
There is no legitimate basis for claiming that the election was rigged, fraudulent, or whatever other word the president chose for Twitter. Yet Stefanik called the lawful voting in four states “unconstitutional.” What’s next: will she endorse the totally unhinged claim that the violence was actually caused by Antifa? It is one thing to disagree on policy; it is quite another to invite an attack on democracy itself to try to score political points. And so, I respectfully ask her to spare us from her belated condemnations of violence on Twitter and prayers for safety. She knew what she was doing and the danger it posed to the country. She did it anyway, and now America is paying the price.
Leftists are censoring freedom of speech
Fellow citizens, we are now at a crossroads in our great country’s history.
The political class, financed by leftist billionaires, is now working feverishly to solidify their stranglehold on our very way of life. The dangerous precedence of censorship is now upon us.
Any discussion of election anomalies or concern regarding the integrity of our elections is now erased from social media. Before the election, any mention of Hunter Biden’s laptop and the fact that the “Big Guy” received a 10% cut from the Chinese government was buried despite the fact the FBI has the laptop and a credible witness confirmed that Joe Biden was indeed the Big Guy.
Now these arbiters of free speech have censored the president and his associates.
There were many concerns raised about Dominion voting machines and whether votes were altered. Vote counting was mysteriously stopped late on election night in the swing states, and when it resumed all of Trump’s large leads suddenly evaporated.
Seventeen states joined Texas in a lawsuit challenging the election results.
Despite volumes of evidence presented in numerous lawsuits, neither the courts nor Congress had any interest in hearing any of it.
We the people need to unite and remove the cancer in our society by demanding term limits, the breakup of the big tech monopolies and an impartial investigation into the recent elections.
Disappointed by what we’ve become
This week’s events have been alarming. Covid continues to be horrifying, overwhelming families and health care workers for nearly a year.
I do not understand the defiance demonstrated by those who hold on to the idea that the virus is either hoax or that it is an affront to their personal freedoms to mask up and socially distance. The selfishness demonstrated by these souls, reinforces how low society can fall, or so I thought.
I have mourned JFK’s assassination, endured Nixon’s lawlessness, watched in disbelief Kent State and wept at the killings of Robert Kennedy and Dr. King.
It was my belief, that despite how moronic it was to elect a president as fractured and corrupt as Trump appeared to be, I thought he could be balanced by more experienced statesmen. I was very wrong.
The actions of the manipulated rioters at the direction of a disenfranchised president has had a deeper impact than all that I have seen before. For me, I had believed that this behavior was not possible.
I believed that our society was better than this. I was very wrong.
I am trying to grasp what Trump supporters actually want. I have no room in my heart for bigotry, corruption, the preservation of disputed conspiracy notions and the self-serving, amoral agendas of some public leaders.
Sadly, I am embarrassed, disappointed and frustrated by how dysfunctional our fellow Americans have become. Look to the facts, be good listeners, stay open minded and do the right thing.
Jay A. Kravitz
Democrats reveal an unholy hypocrisy
Is Nancy Pelosi going to impeach these insurrectionists? Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.
If you haven’t been in school in a while, these are the first few presidents of the United States. These men sponsored, plotted, refused to pay taxes and bargained with foreign powers like France and Spain. They conducted an unlawful war against the British monarch.
Many of these men advocated revolution in Independence Hall of Pennsylvania.
This is what happens when the arrogant ruling class big-tech billionaires, and Hate Trump supporters in the media ignore the will of the people and treat them like dirt.
I would like to know why this unholy alliance above didn’t find Emperor Cuomo’s brother Chris Cuomo’s comments an act of insurrection. “Show me where it says that protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful,” Cuomo said.
God Bless the Democrat unholy alliance of hypocrisy.
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