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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Jan. 19

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America belongs to Native Americans

Regarding Art Henningson’s Dec. 28 Letter to the Editor (“Indian names reflect historic terrorism.”): Whether or not you approve of the Native Americans, this entire continent is their property; they were here first.
Everyone who came from Europe was a genocidal, land-stealing, illegal alien terrorist, as are those of us who are descended from them.
We must return all sovereignty to the indigenous people and either return to Europe or commit to laboring for them to remediate our catastrophic effects on the environment. It is European names that should be removed from the map and the language.
Joyce M. Cockerham
Schenectady

Country can’t ignore treasonous actions

My only comment regarding the Jan. 6 insurrection addresses the question of treason.
Any citizen who has sworn an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and the United States and subsequently is charged with offenses related to insurrection must be charged with treason without recourse.
The oath is an irrevocable promise to the nation that transcends personal beliefs. A violation has to be prosecuted according to statute no matter how distasteful the outcome.
Treason is the political equivalent of attempting to take a human life. Therefore, the act should be examined, judged and adjudicated from that perspective.
Adults possessing the presumed knowledge of the consequences staged the insurrection and are to be held unconditionally accountable for their actions regardless of their social and political standing.
Americans have to acknowledge the gravity of this transgression and accept the unfettered pursuit of justice to conclusion under guidance of the law. If the law demands that individuals answer the charge of treason, prosecution is to proceed without hesitation or debate.
The United States must resist the temptation to ignore or diminish the severity of an act of treason.
We are duty and legally bound to confront an ugly truth and validate our right to exist as a sovereign nation.
Mark Rahn
Scotia

Impeachment will distract from Biden

I am highly disappointed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues chose to pass articles of impeachment again against President Trump.
Rather than having him fade away into irrelevance on Jan. 20 — a strong punishment in and of itself — this action will have the inevitable result of inflaming the opposition in an already dangerously polarized nation.
By the will of the American voters, the Democratic Party has been handed the House, the Senate, and the presidency. Please do not hold this inflammatory article in the face of President Joe Biden.
This will weaken his efforts to begin any healing process that he promises and hobble any meaningful Congressional dialogue aimed at addressing the issues related to our times, e.g., COVID-19, border security, race relations, stimulus funding, and government and judicial appointments requiring Congressional advice and consent.
President-elect Biden’s campaign was low-keyed with limited positive proposals and he won by allowing President Trump to self-destruct.
Unfortunately, President Biden will now share the front pages of every newspaper with former President Trump as the impeachment process plays out.
Please, Madame Speaker, do not put the country through another impeachment process of the same president again. We must focus Congressional and President Biden’s attention on pulling this nation back together and addressing the issues of our day. Revenge is not the answer.
Ken Moore
Schenectady

 

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William Marincic

Joyce M. Cockerham You first, will you be laboring or will you and your family be leaving? I’m just curious to know if you are willing to walk the talk. I’ll wait for the answers which I’m willing to bet won’t be coming.

William Marincic

If we don’t remember history we are doomed to repeat it.

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

Martin Niemöller

RAYMOND HARRIS

I noticed you didn’t include:

Then they came for the Seditionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a …

Never mind, that one doesn’t apply to you, the GOP and Trump.

FRED BARNEY

I offer a different suggestion from Joyce M. Cockerham It is European names that should be removed from the map and the language.

I offer a different suggestion from Joyce M. Cockerham. I think that all Americans should have the option to live on a reservation. After all we are all native Americans.

RAYMOND HARRIS

As Bill M. said, “If we don’t remember history we are doomed to repeat it.” So let’s recap what happened on Jan. 6 in Washington, DC.

The people who participated in the Capitol attack on Jan. 6 posted thousands of videos of it to Parler, a social network. Journalists and other witnesses have released dozens of their own videos, too. Over the past several days, news organizations have been studying these videos and have begun releasing more details about what happened.
This reconstruction work is important, because the attack was a signature moment in U.S. history: A mob, incited by the president of the United States, stormed the halls of Congress in an effort to prevent it from certifying the president’s electoral defeat. During the attack, the mob killed a police officer and went looking for members of Congress.
Here are the key points from the latest news accounts.
– The mob came very close to lawmakers. At several points, rioters were within feet of members of Congress, separated by only a small group of police officers, a multimedia article in The Washington Post shows. Some rioters passed within 100 feet of Vice President Mike Pence, who was hiding with his family in an office near the Senate chamber.
– Many of the attackers openly discussed committing violence, and lawmakers feared for their lives. “Drag them out!” one man yelled inside the Capitol, referring to lawmakers; another group chanted “Hang Mike Pence!” As the mob closed in, members of Congress hiding inside the House chamber called loved ones and told one another to remove their lapel pins so rioters could not identify them.
– Protesters confronted Capitol Police officers outside the Senate chamber.
– Rioters abused the police. One man, carrying an American flag, profanely yelled at a line of Washington police officers that his 5-year-old son was more of a man than they were. Others beat, knocked over and pushed past officers, and threatened to kill one with his own gun.
– Police officers inside the Capitol were often outnumbered and chose not to use force. In the Post video, Officer Eugene Goodman, facing down a large group by himself, lured the mob to chase after him — away from the Senate chamber.
Later, after senators had evacuated, a lone officer politely pleaded with rioters to leave the chamber. “Any chance I could get you guys to leave the Senate wing?” the officer asks in video captured by The New Yorker’s Luke Mogelson. “Just want to let you guys know this is, like, the sacredest place.”
– Only after the arrival of more backup, some from the D.C. National Guard, did officers end the riot.
– Some rioters may have been collecting information. The New Yorker video shows a group of men rifling through Senate desks and snapping photos. One says he is looking for something to “use against these scumbags.”
– The F.B.I. is also investigating whether a Pennsylvania woman stole computer equipment from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and intended to sell it to Russian agents. The woman turned herself in to the police yesterday.
– The mob felt empowered by Republican leaders. As rioters pushed their way down a hallway, one shouted at a police officer, “We are listening to your boss: Trump.” And as a few men looked through documents on the Senate floor, one, referring to Senator Ted Cruz, said: “I think Cruz would want us to do this, so I think we’re good.”
– Multiple military members, active and retired, were part of the mob. The F.B.I. is investigating the role of the Oath Keepers, an antigovernment militia made up largely of former law enforcement and military veterans. (In response, the Pentagon says it will intensify internal efforts to combat far-right extremism.)
– Another rioter was Klete Keller, a gold-medal-winning swimmer. One of Keller’s former Olympic teammates described him as an “aimless, rudderless, 30-something man who … became a perfect candidate to fall into a radical, conservative rabbit hole of conspiracy theorists and rioters involved in insurrection”. Since the riot, Keller told a former coach that he “didn’t mean for any of this to happen”.

So far, at least 70 people have been arrested and charged with participating in the attack. The authorities say they are still seeking information, as this F.B.I. poster with suspects’ photos shows.

Thanks Ray.

Breaking news this morning is they’ve picked up the apparent leader of these fake defenders of the Constitution, the Oath Keepers, Thomas “Commander Tom” Caldwell:

“Thomas Edward Caldwell, 66, of Clarke County, Va., was taken into custody before 7 a.m. on four federal counts, including conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States in the attack on the Capitol. The conspiracy charge is reserved for offenses interfering with or obstructing the lawful operation of government.

A charging affidavit says he helped organize a group of eight to 10 individuals, including self-styled Ohio militia members apprehended Sunday, who wore helmets and military-style gear and were seen moving purposefully toward the top of the Capitol steps and leading the move against police lines.”

Drama queens.
If these self-centered, self-serving groups had any sense of what they look like, they might question if their tactics can ever be successful. Among many tragically comical moments we witnessed over the past 6 years was the moment the rioters broke into the Senate and one was heard saying, “Well, I guess we should set up a government”.

The hopelessness was palpable.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Thanks Chuck. It will be interesting to see how far this conspiracy goes and if Trump and/or associates are identified as co-conspirators.

William Marincic

Chuck D like you said, they are fringe radicals just like the groups that you support, Antifa and BLM just to name a couple. You all can’t have it both ways. What about Maxine Waters telling people to get in the faces of conservatives? Nancy saying there should be more protesting (riots). How many people actually broke into the capital, was it less than a hundred? They didn’t burn it down like they attempted to do in Portland to the federal courthouse for three straight months. They didn’t shoot commercial grade fireworks at the Capital Police like BLM and Antifa did to the police in a dozen cities in the last 10 months. When you are pointing your finger there are 4 more pointing back at you. I never heard you or a single democrat condemn that rioting and it took Biden months to give some lukewarm response that violence isn’t appropriate. Kamala actually set up a bail fund for rioters and looters. Come on man.

RAYMOND HARRIS

There were hundreds inside the Capitol. Try watching the videos or doesn’t Fox play them? Five people died thanks to the rioters, including a Capitol police officer. There is no comparison to the BLM protests which have been peaceful for the most part.

BTW – Antifa is not “group” like the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, Boogaloo Bois, Three Percenters and other extremist groups that support Trump and overthrowing the government. Are you a proud member of any of those operations? Are you on FBI’s watch list?

You’ve already been corrected on your misuse of the word “protesting”. Do you need a reminder? Because it’s different than what your “influencers” are telling you. And a world of difference to what we saw on January 6, 2021.

You’re accusing me of being a supporter of antifa is libelous. I patiently await your retraction. Contrary to what your “influencers” are telling you, antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement are separate and I fully, proudly support what the BLM movement stand for and their reasons for being. Just as I and my family stood for MLK and The Brothers of Albany during their time.

I’ve never supported them or any kind of violent confrontation. I stand with the main stream of America who support peaceful, democratic resolution.

You truly want to blame social mayhem and destruction on people of color, don’t you? You really want to deflect from your own sedition? And judging from your co-conspirators, only Good Christian White people could ever govern this country, could they?

RAYMOND HARRIS

The United States has reported at least 400,000 deaths from Covid-19 since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of Tuesday afternoon.

That’s more than the number of Americans who died in World War I, Vietnam War and the Korean War combined, and nearly as many Americans who died in World War II. It’s far higher than any other country’s Covid-19 death toll.

All part of Trump’s legacy.

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