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Letters to the Editor Friday, June 25


LGBTQIA+ still face unique challenges

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride month.
It’s a time to celebrate members of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as to shed light on the unique challenges that this community has faced over the years.
We too easily brush the past under the rug and forget that there are members of the LGBTQIA+ community who still face discrimination and violence every single day.
In 2020, the Human Rights Campaign recorded the most deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people of any year since they began tracking in 2013, in total they have documented more than 200 deaths due to violent homicide.
Two-thirds of these known victims have been Black women, and 37 of those deaths occurred in 2020.
So, fly your progressive pride flag high, tell someone you know in the LGBTQIA+ community that you love and support them, change your company logo to show support, go to pride events, and if you see someone who is struggling, reach out — not only this month — but every month.
Of those LGBTQIA+ individuals surveyed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 18.3% had a substance use disorder and 47.4% had a mental illness.
The LGBTQIA+ community is still suffering from the lasting effects of years of oppression and discrimination.
And due to this oppression, there is limited access to services and treatment for many LGBTQIA+ individuals.
New Choices Recovery Center seeks to close this gap in access and decrease these statistics by providing accessible treatment for all.
Dakota Torales Maxwell
The writer is a prevention coordinator at the New Choices Recovery Center.

Help others and keep the world safer

The United States alone could pay for vaccinating the entire world by cutting 10% of the corporate-greed-driven war budget this year.
What would make us safer? Sharing vaccines with the poor of the world (and stopping covid) or feeding war-profiteering corporations?
Imagine if we were a Christian nation. “Feed the poor.” “Help the sick.” “Shall not kill.” Imagine if our mostly corporate-owned politicians read the teachings of Jesus (or Buddha). Should we send them an audio book of the New Testament?
Let’s love and help the people, not deadly corporate greed. We would all be safer.
Peter Looker


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William Marincic

Peter Looker The best defense is a strong offense, and without a strong offense we would have people attacking our country and our allies all over the world. President Trump knew this it seems the Democrats continue to forget it.


Lying, cheating and not playing by the rules may be a part of what you may perceive as being a good offense that works, but there are some of us, unlike president trump, that have a conscience and high moral standards.

The American people think it’s more than that.
The American people chose the more mature approach the Democrats represent.
Speaking to university graduates by video link later on Thursday, Putin, 68, had only warm words for Biden, 78, in contrast to Russian state media which has sometimes portrayed the U.S. president as struggling to do his job both physically and mentally.

“I want to say that the image of President Biden that our press and even the American press paints has nothing in common with reality,” Putin told the graduates.

“He was on a long trip, had flown across the Ocean, and had to contend with jet lag and the time difference. When I fly it takes its toll. But he looked cheerful, we spoke face-to-face for two or maybe more hours. He’s completely across his brief,” said Putin.

“Biden is a professional, and you have to be very careful in working with him to make sure you don’t miss anything. He doesn’t miss anything, I can assure you.”
-Reuters, 6/17/21
Meanwhile, our hapless Republicans are more concerned with controlling the non-Whites and Mr. Potatohead’s sexuality while tens of thousands flee the party. That’s their strategy for success.


So glad to see that Rudy Giuliani got his law license suspended in NY and will likely get disbarred after a disciplinary hearing for continually lying and spreading misinformation to the courts, state legislatures and American citizens that the 2020 election was stolen by the Dems. I hope this court action will spread to Senators and congressmen who are also lawyers spreading Trump’s Big Lie over and over again.

Had to laugh too that Trump’s only defense of Giuliani yesterday was that the court action and investigation is a “witch hunt”, one of his favorite clichés. Watch how quick Trump divorces himself from his low class lawyer since he is of no use to him anymore.


It appears to me that Peter Looker is a patriotic citizen with good intentions and high hopes for America to be a better nation. His line “Let’s love and help the people” sure sounds good to me.

What Mr. Looker fails to realize is that that his thought; “Imagine if we were a Christian nation” is contrary to his ultimate goal of seeing a nation of “love and help.” Such a large portion of Christianity is and always was a means to manipulate, create and spread lies, as well as certainly preaching, not, what is practiced. – All this in an effort to to fulfill a more sinister self-serving agenda.

Mr. Restifo let me ask you how many hours per month you volunteer and do charity work? I have had to cut back but is probably still over triple digits per month for me. You continue to disparage Christian institutions yet they do most of the charitable work here and around the world. For instance, Samaritans Purse, Salvation Army, Knights Of Columbus, Adventist Development, and Relief Agency. American Rescue Workers, Amita Health, Annunciation House, Appalachia Service Project, and hundreds of others large and small including the tens of thousands of church-based Food Pantries and youth groups all over America. So again please tell me what you do that even begins to match what they do.


Firstly Zachary, it none of your business as to what I do with my personal time regarding volunteer services or anything else.

Secondly, I understand and am quite appreciative of the many good causes a substantial number of “Christian” organizations provide for humanity .

Thirdly, what part of “such a large portion” don’t you understand?


Breaking: “The Trump Organization is expected to be hit with criminal charges as soon as next week by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office in a case that Trump attorney said is tied to tax evasion related conduct, multiple people familiar with the matter tell NBC news”

Seems as though the “witch-hunt” is getting closer to capturing the orange witch.

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