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Letters to the Editor Thursday, August 5


NFL commitment to diversity is insincere

The NFL has made teams get rid of disparaging names and logos.
They require each team to interview, but not necessarily hire, a Black candidate for any head coach openings.
Now each team reportedly may have to play the Black national anthem before every game.
I thought you had to have a country to have an anthem.
I want to see what happens if a White ball player takes a knee during their anthem. I’m guessing a two-game suspension at the least for this overt racism.
If they really want to do something, shouldn’t they require each to have its front office, not including custodians, to be at least 10% Black? That would go a long way towards Black ownership by giving individuals the experience necessary to run a franchise.
However, that’s not the NFL way. They like to be superficial.
I’d say they’ll eventually require each team to erect a statue of Colin Kaepernick in front of each stadium.
That’ll show America how they understand how their Black brothers suffer. Any other minority that feels ignored should compose their own anthem.
Pete Pidgeon

Make the case for getting vaccinated

I hear a lot of changing guidelines about wearing masks, social distancing and other measures to keep us all safe against COVID-19 and its variants. I support all of them.
But the most effective measure anyone could take is to engage in a conversation with people they know who are resisting to be vaccinated.
Please remind them that getting vaccinated protects not only them, but all the rest of us, including the vulnerable population for whom current vaccines are ineffective due to immune-suppressant medications that they require.
Bahram Keramati
Saratoga Springs



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Bahram Keramati–yes, changing guidelines because of changing danger–mostly due to those who refuse to get vaccinated. 45 was a mealy mouthed president who secretly got the vaccine, but wouldn’t give a clear message about getting the vaccine that he took credit for…nor did he have a plan to distribute, since that was too much work. Now we have Americans that hate Biden and don’t want to cooperate. Florida’s DeathSantis is ridiculous threatening to punish schools and businesses that choose to impose mask mandates. What about gov’t staying out of your business? What about free choice? What about pro-life? This affects ALL of us regarding health and our economies. So take your choice–either get the vaccine OR wear a mask…can’t have it both ways!

Fred, what was your constant response to George Floyd? He should have put his hands up and said, “I Surrender!” Seriously though, the NY Post? The right wing rag with the headline BEZOS EXPOSES PECKER…that source? Over 500 in custody and counting…thugs who believe in Mango Mussolini and believe they were patriots storming the Capitol to overthrow our Gov’t…willing to kill Pence and Pelosi…those are the ones you believe? Those are the people you support, but not Floyd which you actually witnessed with your own eyes. Ok I’ll see if any actual evidence comes out about prisoner abuse, but know that Biden would not approve of it.

Just for the record, because Fred and the other deluded here won’t read this.

“(Secretary of State Anthony) Blinken and Attorney General Merrick Garland have turned a blind eye to the injustice of dozens of Jan. 6 detainees still locked up, without trial, often in solitary confinement. Even people charged with no violent offenses are being treated worse than murderers.”

Domestic terrorism: Violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.


For those of you that still believe the 2020 election was stolen is this latest court ruling that should bankrupt attorneys associated with Trump:

A federal judge on Wednesday sanctioned two Colorado lawyers for filing a “fantastical” class-action lawsuit baselessly alleging a conspiracy to steal the 2020 presidential election from former President Donald Trump.

Attorneys Gary Fielder and Ernest John Walker filed a class-action lawsuit in December on behalf of all 160 American voters against election officials in four states, voting machine manufacturer Dominion Voting Systems, Facebook, its founder Mark Zuckerberg, and his wife Priscilla Chan, seeking $160 billion in damages over what they claimed was a conspiracy to steal the election.

The lawsuit was dismissed in April and Magistrate Judge N. Reid Neureiter on Tuesday ordered the two attorneys to pay the legal fees of the defendants, calling the entire complaint “one enormous conspiracy theory.”

Joseph Vendetti


I think there may be 4 ppl on here that believe that with the majority having either never believed it or moved on.

Lets stop even saying his name or any cooky pillow peoples name – because the more the media gives them the more they will creep back into a crevice or crack – thats what they really want is to be relevant.

Thank you, Pete Pidgeon, for whitesplaining your personal anxieties for all to see.
Your alternate reality is revealing.

It’s apparently part of the Republican playbook; if you can’t win fairly, try to cheat. Yet another fine example:

ORLANDO, Fla. — The source of more than half a million dollars spent last year promoting “ghost” candidates in key state Senate races remained a mystery even as the scandal rocked Florida politics, but newly public records suggest the money is tied to political players in Alabama.

At issue is $550,000 donated last year by a dark-money nonprofit to a pair of political committees that promoted little-known independent candidates in three key Senate races: Senate District 9 in Central Florida and Senate Districts 37 and 39 in South Florida. The money paid for nearly identical mailers apparently tailored to persuade Democratic-leaning voters to support the independent candidates in each of the three races, all of which were ultimately won by Republicans.

Authorities in Miami-Dade County have since charged two people in connection with one of those races, including former Republican state Sen. Frank Artiles, who is accused of bribing one of the independent candidates to run. Prosecutors say it was part of a plot to siphon support away from the Democratic candidate in District 37 and tilt the election to the Republican, Sen. Ileana Garcia of Miami.
Source: Orlando Sentinel


America surely has race problems, but we are supposed to be one united nation working towards a more perfect union because we are definitely imperfect, warts and all. There is just one national anthem to me. It’s the one that I heard while standing with my former Army comrades from all corners of this country, of all colors, races and creeds. We surely had our differences, but we only had one national anthem and you locked your heels when you heard it played. If sports players, etc., want to take a knee in protest while its played, I don’t have a problem with it, because I served to protect that right to protest, but I still think there should only be one national anthem. We need to stop creating things to separate us by cultural, political, and racial differences and try to keep things that are supposed to unite us despite our other differences.

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