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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, April 28


Where’s the outrage at mass shootings?

The newspapers are telling us that the end of the pandemic is finally in sight and restrictions are being lifted. Without social distancing, I guess we are now within firing range and people feel free to start blasting away at each other.
It was nice to have all the shooting lessened for a while, but now we have our freedoms back, and our mass killings.
I was reminded recently of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. It was a 1929 gangland shooting where one gang lined up and shot seven members of another gang.
Back then, the nation was shocked and horrified; so shocked and horrified that gun reform legislation was passed banning automatic weapons.
Nowadays we call it Tuesday.
The several databases that keep track of this use different definitions of a mass casualty shooting,
I figure it’s easiest to look at total killed and wounded at each event, with a minimum number of four (Wikipedia has a page with details). By that standard looking from Jan. 1 to April 20, 2021 I count six days each in January and February, seven days in March, and one day so far in April where we have NOT had a mass shooting. Several dates had multiple shootings; the total this year so far is 162. The total number of dead and wounded is 830.
Doing the math, that is more than one St. Valentine’s Day Massacre per day since Jan. 1. We should be shocked and horrified, but we are not.
Paul Donahue


Seems someone is out to get Marco

I feel Diane Marco from Rotterdam Town Hall is a great person. She has always been very helpful and polite and willing to help you. I think it’s someone who wants her job; a lot of it is jealousy.
Carole Ryan

Quotes for all who care about country

For we — meaning everyone who cares about individual rights, our government actually working for people, working with our allies to address international issues like climate change, pandemics, nuclear proliferation and any issues that may come up that would need our leadership — these two quotations may help you to understand my point.
From FDR: “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance to those who have too much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
And: “We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” — Native American Proverb
Nick Coupas
Saratoga Springs


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William Marincic

Here is a better quote, because without freedom you gave nothing.

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.

D. H. Lawrence

You don’t have a “better quote”.
You have another quote.
I like all three, and thank you Nick Coupas for a couple of moving quotes.


Since we’re talking about quotes, can’t help thinking about Mar-a-Lago with this one:

“Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.” – W. H. Auden

Oh alright. You twisted my arm, made me do this.
Not so much a quote as a short poem, a sonnet and one of my favorites:

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley
129 Bt (Before tRump)


See Martha, it’s not as easy as you, and a few others of us, once thought to just ignore Fred. Perhaps he inspires a form of expression or relief. 😉

Martha Bencic

No worries, Louis. I do respond to my cousin Bill. Family has to try to help.

Aside to Bill: Merrick Garland knows where you live.


If you want an eye opener on bad cops, search “Karen Garner arrest video”. I posted information on her arrest late last night, so you may not have noticed it.


Martha, that article is the most compelling piece I’ve read in a very long time. Thank you, and pretty sure it would make Fred’s explode!


Not quite sure that hasn’t already happened Cynthia.

Martha Bencic

Please spread it far and wide, Cynthia. We’ve all been fed so many lies for so long that it will take a lot of work for people to understand.

Thank you Martha. A powerful essay that should open the eyes of any honest reader. The examples and ideas line-up with those found in the book The New Jim Crow by Michele Alexander. It’s refreshing to hear coming from someone other than an activist. Especially impactful coming from a former police officer.

William Marincic

Whoever that cop is never deserved the badge, I’m close friends with cops for decades from probationary officers to Chiefs of Police and all in between. I have been at their homes, I have been to sporting events, I have been to parties where the alcohol was freely flowing, and not once ever did I hear a racist remark or any of the crap he was saying. I have been with cops who didn’t like their bosses or things happening in their department and I’ve been with bosses that didn’t like certain cops and because of those situations, I was the sounding board for lots of things and never once was anything like that cop spoken about. If what he says is true it must be a liberal California thing, keep in mind, the Governor, legislature, city council, and Chiefs of police are ALL democrats in Califonia.

We all admire your infatuation for men in uniform.
Where were you on January 6th. Do you have a problem with the results of the Presidential election?

I think it’s worth bringing up the Dagostino family fiasco now playing.
I’ve already commented on the article in question and won’t repeat myself here except to wonder if our law enforcement agencies have a policy in place to prevent nepotism?
I can see where in other first-responder groups it may be tolerated (Volunteer firemen are always in short supply, as are EMTs). But as the Dagostino case clearly shows, it does not result in the best for the job, and the favoritism on display does place the public in danger.

Btw, for the Elusive Fred: It would appear young Coppola has a substance abuse problem. Do you think Sheriff Dagostino bears some responsibility for the condition of his son? Do you think the Sheriff bears some responsibility as a law enforcement officer for placing the public at large in danger for giving him so much responsibility? You’ve made it very clear the family does bear responsibility for a criminal’s behavior. Surely that applies across the board, regardless your station in life.


Paul Donahue – I sympathize with your frustration. But the GOP is not willing to address even the simplest issue of universal background checks and more waiting time to give the FBI adequate time to conduct such checks. The very strong gun lobby ensures it controls the GOP with their campaign contributions and brainwashing of the public re. the second amendment. Now there is a provision of the Constitution that requires a rewrite since it is so poorly written. However, with this activist conservative Supreme Court, such an examination of what the second amendment meant to say at the time it was written and how it applies now would be too risky.


Remember Rudy Giuliani’s escapades to the Ukraine to find dirt on Hunter Biden for Trump, well like a boomerang, it’s Giuliani’s turn to be investigated, this time by the FBI. According to the NY Times, Federal authorities looking into the foreign dealings of Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday escalated their investigation into the former New York City mayor, executing a search warrant on his Manhattan apartment and seizing several of his electronic devices. Legal experts and former Justice Department attorneys were quick to weigh in on the latest development, with many indicating that Trump’s onetime personal attorney has a problem on his hands.

According to the New York Times report, the investigation stems from Giuliani’s business dealings in Ukraine that placed him at the center of systematic efforts to oust former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. While authorities began the probe in late 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan had reportedly sought to execute such a warrant on Giuliani, only to be thwarted by “senior political appointees in the Justice Department,” sources told the Times. That’s a nice way of saying Trump and his lapdog Attorney General William Barr buried the case.


Well Folks, rest assured that there are plenty of powerful, influential people on the right side of law and the courts that have the same disdain for trump and his criminal cohorts as most of us on this blog do. These people, not unlike us, also want justice served.

I believe along with Rudy Giuliani‘s black shoe polish sweat running down his cheeks, we’ll also be seeing some orange sweat running down the cheeks of his mentor and chief. The ducks are now carefully being lined up for the eventual shooting gallery pick off. That’s what I think!

It would be nice to hear a rational Republican’s rebuttal to Mr. Biden’s speech tonight.
It would be like a trip down Memory Lane.

Watching CSPAN.
Biden projects 50% reduction in child poverty.
Not a single Republican responds.
Kill the filibuster, and to hell with them.

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