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Letters to the Editor Thursday, May 20


Cuomo should give away book profits

While no amount of money will bring back the loved ones lost in nursing homes to covid, I think Mr. Cuomo should fund his suggested monument to essential workers from the windfall profits of his book.
Pamela Menton

Cases offer different views of justice

Last month, two very highly controversial murder cases were adjudicated: One took place in the United States and the other, in France.
On April 20, a court in Minneapolis found Derek Chauvin, a former policeman who is White, guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd who was Black.
Although the evidence appeared to be overwhelming, there were concerns that a jury in the United States might not have the resolve to convict a White policeman in the death of a Black man.
The conviction was met with relief and a sense that justice had been served.
On April 14, France’s highest court ruled that the suspected murderer of an elderly woman was not criminally responsible and could not go on trial. The woman, Sarah Halimi was Jewish, and the suspect, Kobili Traoré, is a Muslim man.
The court concluded that Traoré committed the killing after succumbing to a “delirious fit” brought about by smoking pot and was thus not responsible for his actions.
Given the facts, the French court’s conclusion is suspect. In spite of his “delirium,” Traoré was somehow able to select his Jewish neighbor as the victim, beat her to death, and push her out of the window of her Paris flat while shouting “God is great” in Arabic. His actions seem to reflect “presence of mind,” not a “delirious fit.”
The French court seemed more concerned about protests in its Muslim community than accountability for the murder. Justice was not served in this case.
Don Steiner

The truth is under attack from liberals

People like Douglas S. Hampton, (see his May 16 letter “GOP no longer has any use for the truth”), epitomize the limited knowledge of the liberal in America.
All of their “facts” and formation are gleaned from other rabid partisan liberals. If you know him, ask him who wrote these “well documented” reports that Trump lied on some unimaginable level. Where are these reports?
He attributes five deaths on Jan. 6 to violence.
Two died from heart issues. One died from a drug overdose. One unarmed woman died after being shot by a capital police officer and Brian Sicknick died after having a stroke, not from a media promulgated beating.
After watching the videos, I see no brawls, I see no one being pummeled, yet he speculates many more would have died from the “violence” if not for the very police the left despises.
To Mr. Hampton, truth is liberal dogma, anything less is a lie.
He asks what has happened to truth, justice, and the American way.
The answer is they are all under attack by liberal Democrats.
They control the media, so we have propaganda. They control the judiciary, and we now have a two tier justice system. They control the state, so welfare and dependency are prioritized over responsibility and work ethic.
You want an answer Mr. Hampton? Look in the mirror.
Dave Dankanich

Don’t lecture Jews on morality of faith

As a Christian woman, I am amazed at the chutzpah that Rev. Ekman displayed in his May 16 letter (“Israel must honor its Hebrew values”) to The Gazette.
To lecture almost half of the world’s Jews on the moral value of their faith while ignoring the immoral conduct of Palestinians who aim rockets at the civilian population in Israel with the hope of causing mass casualties could also be labeled anti-Semitism.
Carol Henry


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It appears Mark Mahoney had back to back days of letting sarcastic letters through to the editorial page.

Yesterday’s letter: “Do Democrats hold special powers?”
Patricia Fialkowski

Mark Mahoney
May 19th, 2021
I let it through because she was being sarcastic. Read it again from that point of view. Mark Mahoney, editorial page editor.

Well, If you change the “she” to a “he” in the post Mark put up yesterday, it seems to be appropriately applicable to today’s letter:
“The truth is under attack from liberals”
Dave Dankanich

“After watching the videos, I see no brawls, I see no one being pummeled”

Really Dave? Not sure which videos you watched, but the ones I saw showed police being beaten with sticks and American flagpoles, sprayed with bear spray, crushed in doorways, and dragged down the Capitol stairs. You know it’s okay to not be a liberal, while also condemning the violent insurrection, right? Right!?


Agreed, Matt. The Congress was on the floor with gas masks, Pence and others were shuttled out of harms’ way, others were running for their lives, a noose was outside the Capitol…but these were normal “tourists.” SERIOUSLY? Tim Ryan is right when he said the gop who voted against this bill are NOT living in reality. The problem is how many millions of Americans also are not living in reality.

Cuomo–I stuck up for him at first, but when the information changed, I stopped supporting him. See how that works? It’s not really that hard!


Don Steiner has forgotten that while George Floyd said he could not breath he never said I surrender. Since he never submitted law enforce protected themselves by holding him down.


Fred, you are full of crap! Shame on you shifting the blame on the victim who was face down and hand cuffed. Even when he was unconscious and near death, Chauvin kept his knee on his neck. YOU are a perfect example of someone not living in reality. Please get help.


Did he say I surrender? Was his failure to submit the result of his drug addled brain? Is it unreasonable to assume that Floyd’s and the cop’s safety would be improved by holding down the user?

jclark124 why have you separated your name from your words?


Fred, Is there a law that says one HAS to say “I surrender?” There should be a law against a cop putting his full weight on someone’s neck, especially for 9 and a half minutes–oh yeah, it’s called excessive force! This was a modern day lynching. And just STOP with the drug addiction crap.


jclark: Logical thinking and reason don’t work with these people. They don’t realize the Civil War is over and that White supremacy should only exist in history books.


Fred, he wasn’t resisting arrest, he was trying to breathe. BTW, resisting arrest is not always illegal–depends on the state.


Bottom line folks – Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts. Fred would make a hell of a defense attorney wouldn’t he?!!!


Well, an alt-righter who can write in proper English. That’s somewhat refreshing.
But just goes to show education does not equal wisdom.

438 have been charged, indicted or sentenced *so far* for their direct participation in the violent attempted insurrection of January 6th, 2021.


“More than 36,000 Florida voters previously registered as Republicans have left the GOP since the November election” (, 3/8/21)

“More than 68,000 Republicans have left the party in recent weeks in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina” (, 2/16/21)

“In Gallup polling throughout the first quarter of 2021, an average of 49% of U.S. adults identified with the Democratic Party or said they are independents who lean toward the Democratic Party. That compares with 40% who identified as Republicans or Republican leaners. The nine-percentage-point Democratic advantage is the largest Gallup has measured since the fourth quarter of 2012. In recent years, Democratic advantages have typically been between four and six percentage points.” (, 4/7/21)

That’s not some wild fantasy, it’s as on the record and as real as Republicans’ rapid descent into madness.

The “liberal dogma” that you imagine you see is being adopted by people across the political and ideological spectrum. Because it is reality. That you cannot see those numbers as truth means you too are on the wrong side of reality.

Maybe you could man-up and come here to explain how all those people could possibly be in legal jeopardy, rather than snipe and run away? Maybe you could also explain the mass exodus of registered Republicans from their party? That real number is somewhere north of the tens of thousands just since January 6th. Maybe you could be an adult and counter my points with how you feel this is a winning strategy for Republicans (you’ll likely say you’re independent, but whatever).

For years I sat here reading the comments and never had a thought of responding because there were multiple opposing views to the liberals that post here. It seems that this paper’s opinion section took a hard left turn and now seems like a group meeting for the left, rarely are there any different views and if someone decides that they see things differently they are attacked by multiple people, no wonder they rarely come here to post an opinion. They even attack their own (Mr. Vendetti) but with not the same frothing at the mouth as they attack republicans. This paper is a microcosm of any liberal city in America, sad to say the least.

Spewing hate, for liberals, non-whites, falsehoods, twisted “facts”, delusional realities will incite others to confront you on it. Many real conservatives are now seeing what’s really going on as well. Liberals have no monopoly on the truth.


Posted this Monday:

In today’s editorials there were two more letters, one by Dennis J. Quinn and the other by Rudy Nydegger, that further tell the tale of progression related to the trumpian direction that will lead to the eventual dismemberment of the GOP.

I’m sure that we will soon again hear from a right wing extremists, writing that the Gazette is a left leaning biased newspaper because it disproportionately prints left leaning editorials.

The fact of the matter is that more people are realizing and expressing that the Republican Party has been reconstructing their platform on a dark house of cards resulting, in my opinion, in an inevitable collapse that will need some serious rebuilding.


Furthermore Zachary, Why should anyone respond to your, that’s the way it is because I said so, unsubstantiated comments, when you don’t answer basic questions?

“Judge not lest you be judged” –
What are your Christian thoughts on the Southern border humanitarian crisis and the near impossible, oppressed lives that “illegal aliens” are living and what would you like to do about it, or better yet, as contemplated by some good old Christian thinking, WWJD?

“you associate our former President with childish words like trumpian” –
What are your thoughts relating to America’s previous president’s mature, like a six year old’s, nah, nah, na, nah, nah, name calling behavior when referring to anyone that strays from allegiance to him?

Please answer.

I just want to add, I’m pretty sure anyone who frequents here would love to engage in mindful debate. But almost without exception we get a steady stream of mindless alt-right zombies making statements and claiming things with no basis in reality.
This isn’t your little Facebook group. This is the public square, and if you have a point view you should be ready to back it up with reality. Else, prepare to suffer the ravages of our poorly worded sarcasm.

I’ll answer your question, I’ll start with even Heaven has walls and a gate. America was once a terrible and savage place to live as well. We fought many wars to earn our way of life, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I,World II. We fought and died by the thousands to have the freedoms and live in the greatest country in the world. If you don’t control your borders you don’t have a country anymore.

As far as the way Trump talks and speaks obviously you’ve never been to New York City because that’s how everyone speaks and talks. But I could care less about how he speaks and he talks, boy could I go for some mean tweets and two dollar gasoline again.

For Chuck D and his comment that you would love to engage in a mindful debate what a joke, with just like my little statement two of the three stooges came out to attack immediately. You made my case and I rest my case.


“I’ll start with even Heaven has walls and a gate.”

January 15, 2019 by Mike Bergman “So, let’s start with a simple fact: Nowhere does the Bible state that heaven has a wall around it.”
“I’ve seen it posted many times on Facebook, the meme shared that reads, sometimes in varying forms: Heaven has a wall, gates, and a strict immigration policy; hell has open borders. Think about that. It’s a simple way to try to defend a certain political view on border security. The problem is, it’s both untrue and misconstrues scripture.”

Bible~Facebook 🤔 hmm

“When Jeffress said “heaven has walls,” he was referring to Revelation 21:9-21 in its description of the Heavenly City of New Jerusalem. … This describes a Heavenly City with walls that have gates that never close and are open to the nations and all those who belong to Jesus.”
Must be none of people at the southern border believe in or “belong to Jesus”.

“As far as the way Trump talks and speaks obviously you’ve never been to New York City because that’s how everyone speaks and talks.”……”and I rest my case.” Yep, great case.

Mr. Restifo, sorry, you are again wrong. No shocker.

Revelations 21-12

New International Version
It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

New Living Translation
The city wall was broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. And the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were written on the gates.

One more not that it will change your mind.
Revelation 21:8
King James Version
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.


Old Testament, New Testament,
King James Version, New International Versio, New Living Translation, Christian Standard Bible, New American Standard Bible.

“There are more than 2500 translations in hundreds of languages. There are about 6000 languages in the world. There’s one new translation produced every 10 days.”

Interpreted them any way you want to accommodate your preconceived beliefs ideas and desires.

Again I say, I’m disenchanted with the religious sector who claim to love God but don’t always love people.

The bottom line is I care about Black people, I care about Gay people, I care poor people, I care about oppressed people. The people I don’t care about are the people like you who don’t seem to care about other people.- I’m done wasting my time playing your foolish game.

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