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Letters to the Editor Monday, July 26


Carbon footprint size affects climate

In his July 24 letter (“Cut immigration to curb climate change”), Matt Yunick is half right when he claims that increasing the global population can contribute to climate change.
However, he fails to consider the other key factor in this equation – the carbon footprint of each person. What do you suppose the carbon footprint of five subsistence farmers trying to enter the United States is, compared to five American billionaires? Or even compared to five average Americans?
In 2020, the average per person CO2 emissions in the United States was 16 tons. Here are some examples of the average CO2 emissions of each of those would-be immigrants Mr. Yunick thinks is a grave danger to climate: Costa Rican 1.7 tons, Guatemalan 1 ton, Honduran 1 ton, Nicaraguan 0.8 tons.
Sure, fewer Americans each emitting 16 tons of CO2 per year would help (but not if they simply left the country to emit CO2 elsewhere). Here’s another idea — try to be a little more like those people at the border who have low carbon footprint lifestyles.
Mimi Katz

GOP must stop this voter fraud madness

Trump’s aggrandizement of his self-worth has brought us to the hullabaloo which exists today about voter fraud. Not being able to accept that the American voting public had endured his lies, racism and other misdeeds as long as they could.
A “normal” person would have moved on, and out by now.
Instead we have many red states intent on restricting eligible voters to exercise their lawful rights in a democracy.
It has to end. Upholding the laws of our country should take precedence over fidelity to party.
Skin color, not even orange, is a prerequisite for eligibility. It is high time for the GOP to put a halt to this madness. We have had more than enough of a less than honest Realtor pretending to be a president.
Jane Reisenger

Anti-vaxxers contribute to decline

Every day we are reminded that unvaccinated people are at the highest risk for covid infection. Yet a large percentage of the population remains unvaccinated because they allow themselves to be influenced by absurd internet rumors, tribal politics, or misguided religious beliefs.
At this point they are largely responsible for the continued social and economic damage caused by the pandemic.
People that refuse the vaccine are glaring proof that the human race is plagued by an overabundance of fools. It may sound harsh, but the unvaccinated that succumb to the virus contribute to human evolutionary progress by removing themselves from the gene pool. I have no doubt that anti-vaxxers would be a shoo-in for top honors if the annual Darwin Awards had a group category for self-destructive behavior.
George Milner

Donate excess TP to those in need

In response to the July 20 article (“Surplus TP? Maybe you need to make a cannon”), I read the complete article in the hopes that the obvious use of excess would become clear: please donate to a local food bank or charity. This is a basic necessity of life that is not covered by food stamps. Before you think about making 350 spitballs out of one roll or sending it streaming into your neighbor’s yard with your do-it-yourself paper cannon, please think of those who may not be able to afford that single roll.
Debbie Griffith


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Florida2015 July 26, 2021
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You do know we are the home of the ONE cyber ninja, so a fradit should be easy if we can find him, or his office at the UPS store to sign him up.
Good grief indeed.

ChuckD July 26, 2021
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Another Republican Faux Scandal to scream about, on the horizon.
Americans are advised to be sure their waders and gas masks are in good order and close at hand:

In spite of Donald Trump’s victory in Florida during the 2020 presidential election, Mar-A-Lago sycophant and Lake County representative Anthony Sabatini is calling for an audit of Florida’s five most-populous counties.
Sabatini is asking for an audit of the vote in Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Orange counties. The five counties Sabatini is scrutinizing are all Democratic Party strongholds and Sabatini’s list notably doesn’t include his own county.
“A full forensic audit of the five counties must be done immediately. Florida voters’ confidence in our elections is at an all-time low. Disturbing revelations in Arizona, Georgia, and other states make clear that the Secretary of State needs to do more than attempt to secure future elections,” he shared in a statement. “They must also look back and ensure that laws already on the books were followed in previous elections. This is a non-partisan issue and is a necessary step in ensuring voter confidence in future elections. I am urging the Secretary of State and the local supervisors of elections in the five counties to begin this process immediately.”

A nation collectively sighs, “Good grief”.

Florida2015 July 26, 2021
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During a March 2004 interview, Donald Trump stated: “It just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans.”[19] The Joint Economic Committee Democrats summarized and expanded the Blinder and Watson analysis in a June 2016 report, writing: “[C]laims that Republicans are better at managing the economy are simply not true. While the reasons are neither fully understood nor completely attributable to policy choices, data show that the economy has performed much better during Democratic administrations. Economic growth, job creation and industrial production have all been stronger.”[20]

Journalist David Leonhardt wrote in the NYT that economists he interviewed were not certain of the cause. One possibility for the consistent outperformance by Democratic presidents was: “Democrats have been more willing to heed economic and historical lessons about what policies actually strengthen the economy, while Republicans have often clung to theories that they want to believe — like the supposedly magical power of tax cuts and deregulation. Democrats, in short, have been more pragmatic.” He wrote that Democratic presidents championing the ideas of John Maynard Keynes have taken stronger fiscal action to address crises.[9]

The following table compares selected results for the Democratic and Republican presidents, using the Blinder & Watson data (typically Truman’s elected term through Obama’s first term). The abbreviation “pp” means percentage points.[1]

Variable Democrats Republicans Difference
Real GDP growth 4.33% 2.54% 1.79 pp
Job creation rate % 2.59% 1.17% 1.42 pp
Unemployment rate % 5.64% 6.01% 0.38 pp
Unemployment rate change – 0.83 pp +1.09 pp 1.92 pp
Inflation rate (GDP deflator) 2.89% 3.44% 0.55 pp
Budget deficit % potential GDP 2.09% 2.78% 0.69 pp
Stock market S&P 500 annual return 8.35% 2.70% 5.65 pp

Zachary July 26, 2021
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Pretty simple for right-thinking people Chuck. The government says it will make 20 million a year on tax but they don’t take into consideration the cost is 15 million to run the different agencies that tax and police it. Typical democrat math has never worked. Just like taxing the super-wealthy, you know, the ones that will take their money to safe tax countries.

FRED BARNEY July 26, 2021
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The Democrats are clueless about economics. Consider their contention of how much revenue is raised from a particular tax, The revenue figure the state uses is never net of the cost of administrating the tax collection process. For example the revenue projected from the state’s going into the pot business was not stated as what would remain after the costs of the state police protecting the states new business.

The Democrats seem to believe paying for new programs will not lead to inflation. Go to the store and see how much merit their view of inflation has.

Florida2015 July 26, 2021
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ChuckD, Crickets so far from your posting 7/25 as of 11:41 am

Zachery, Posting Democrats across the country not happy with Biden. Please read the whole article instead of just headline, you would have realized it was click bait from MSM just like other favorite sources of yours.
A poll of 527 citizens across the country with a 5 % error rate may not really tell the story competently and Biden’s overall approval is 52 % which FG never got near
50 %. And economy slipping(virus surges), gun violence, and immigration problems (congresses fault) do need attention. Must be frustrating to be so near stopping virus for everyone’s sake and have it stall because of lack of vaccinating when it’s free and 98 % available to everyone.

William Marincic July 26, 2021
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George Milner According to the Gazette last Thursday the largest block of unvaccinated people is African Americans. Was your letter aimed toward them or Democrats since Blacks tend to vote democrat?

LOUIS RESTIFO July 26, 2021
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Four for four with great letters today!

Zachary July 26, 2021
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It looks like America is already having second thoughts about Joe Biden. According to liberal ABC News poll pessimism has increased by 20%. I guess the people that are posting on here how great things are and how happy people are with the Biden administration I guess they really don’t have a clue.