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Letters to the Editor Saturday, Aug. 28


Afghan withdrawal completely bungled

What in the world was he thinking? Or was he thinking at all?
While I’m certainly not an expert in military tactics, I think anyone of sound mind would know enough to remove the Americans and the Afghan allies (and as many women and girls) first, and then remove the troops after everyone was out safely.
Of course, there’s also the many gifts we left as well, like our tanks, munitions, helicopters, etc.
I’m sure the Taliban is grateful for our generosity, not to mention our stupidity!
I fear we may have gone from bad to worse.
Frances Staunton

Black Lives Matter has racist undertone

Recently I went by a school that had a sign in front that said, “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
It struck me that I had been seeing this almost every day for at least a year now.
Yet I am sure this school teaches any one of these ethnicities.
I find this behavior just as racist as what has happened to Black persons in history. Have we learned anything?
A school which is supposed to be all inclusive is giving the message that only Black lives matter by only using that verbiage. I find this prejudicial and offensive.
I wonder if this letter will be printed.
Barbara McBride

Why does Stefanik let Trump off hook?

Elise Stefanik has no business holding Andrew Cuomo accountable when she doesn’t hold Donald Trump accountable for his abuse of women and his handling of COVID-19.
Rita Smith

America lives and dies by ‘the Beast’

Once it was OK when Washington led America. When individualism, states’ rights and the right of free/open speech without the real fear of reprisal truly existed.
Washington led America, and the country was on fertile ground; the experiment in freedom was like a budding fruit tree in its first season of flowering. So much promise.
That was when George Washington led us through victory in a revolutionary war that changed the world. But that time has long passed. Washington the Beast is now leading America.
Washington the Beast leads America, and swamp creatures who could not make it in any other job run our states and our towns.
Washington leads America, and we get dinosaurs that have spent their entire lives feeding off D.C. as our leaders. Washington leads America with a quick on ramp to central control and entry into the Club of World Marxism.
But we can’t seem to get off the dirt roads (a world away), where bodies lay broken and charred clinging to an idea.
America, this IS the country you have voted for. The first American revolution was led by a Washington who was simply emblematic of Americans’ ideals of freedom. This American revolution is being led by the Beast. The slow drip of people’s attitudes divorced from freedom of responsibility is the new emblem of Americans who’ve surrendered their commitment to an ideal and have simply lost a gift.
RIP America: you’re not coming back and you ain’t gonna love your new leaders.
John Gentile

Why doesn’t GOP also condemn Trump

In response to Clair Pelletier-Hoblock’s Aug. 21 letter (“Stefanik is holding Cuomo accountable,”), I must ask if you call Andrew Cuomo to the carpet for his dastardly deeds, which he denies are true, how can you not call the much more despicable Donald Trump to your moral carpet along with Elise Stefanik?
As a member of the GOP, she betrayed her supposed moral beliefs.
As I sit in the white color of my beloved flag, I condemn both Cuomo and Trump for their evil doings.
After the Cuomo investigation, most Democrats and Republicans called for Cuomo’s resignation.
After the Trump investigation, no Republicans called for Trump’s resignation.
Ten GOP members, following their moral beliefs, voted to impeach President Trump, crossing party lines. Evidently, by actions of most GOP members, they are not the moral right. They are the moral wrong. Shame on them.
I’ve watched for 55 years the policy trends of both parties and believe we have never been a true democracy, but instead became an oligarchy after World War II.
I may have to fly my flag upside-down to indicate the direction this country is headed. We are supposed to be a democratic republic where the common people are watched over, not big business and the wealthy.
Jeff Pelky

Police should check for criminal activity

I read the Aug. 19 article in your paper (“Cops called on woman campaigning”) with some interest, as several years ago when I was running for elected office in my town, I had a similar thing happen to me.
I was going door to door to introduce myself to town residents, and while doing so, I was stopped by a local police officer who inquired what I was doing.
Now I am an over-60-year-old white male, so my life experiences are certainly different from this woman in that article. I didn’t think much of this encounter, and in fact was rather pleased to realize that the police are diligently doing their jobs and asking questions of potentially suspicious persons when required.
I guess my point is that every encounter with the police is not to needlessly harass someone, be they a member of a minority group or otherwise going about their legal business, but is to ascertain that criminal activity is not occurring or about to occur.
Tom McGarry

Exercise peace over verbal retaliation

One day after the pandemic lockdown, I attended a focus group about a marketing campaign set to launch later this year, 2021.
The hosts had expressed complaints similar to social media content creators. They wanted our assistance in finding resolutions.
At the end of that focus group, all participants were allowed one last closing question. I asked one of the moderators: Why doesn’t the company just start a platform that will rival existing social media platforms?
My question was never answered that day. But in the months to come, verbal attacks on my character grew from typical hate by some people online, to me becoming public enemy number one.
A source shared the intense conversations about me that are circulating between people through emails and private messenger chats.
A lack of clarity has turned sparks into forest fires that may burn in the spirits of some people for days to come. There is a global responsibility people have — that is to exercise peace. I don’t retaliate with divisive words. Peace, be still and effective.
Kurtis Miller

Biden chose easy over common sense

We may not admire his wisdom, but we must admire President Biden’s chutzpah for cutting short his vacation time and addressing the situation in Afghanistan.
Yes, it would always have been difficult. But if you are a powerful country, do you not follow rules of common sense? First, we remove all the men, women and children who are American citizens. Second, we remove the people who worked with us and are now in danger. To do this we must hold the air base, the equipment and the men and women in the armed services to complete this operation. Third we remove our equipment. The base is still open so while a great endeavor, it is possible. Then we close the embassy, take down our flag and fly the remaining personnel home. He did it in reverse, whatever was easiest.
Geraldine Krawitz
Saratoga Springs

Hall & Oates music, wife aging beautifully

On March 4, 1974, I took my beautiful girlfriend, Laura, to a Bee Gees concert at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, New York City.
The opening act was a young duo named Hall and Oates. I remember them singing “Sara Smile,” an early hit. Forty-seven years and many hits later, on Aug. 15, Laura and I saw Hall and Oates again at SPAC in Saratoga. They sang “Sara Smile” again … and Laura is more beautiful than ever. It’s good to know that some things not only endure but get better with time.
Rich Angehr


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Maybe here’s an explanation:

– Under NO circumstances does the slogan mean Black live matter any more than others.

– The slogan refers to a legitimate sense that a large portion of the American public, including those who wear a badge and carry weaponry, do not think Black lives matter as much as other lives. And that this has been going on for hundreds of years in this country starting with the historical fact that African-Americans are not here by choice. This is clearly borne out in statistics and doesn’t need repeating here.

As a White person I cannot say I feel what Blacks feel, but having been around this country a bit over the past 40+ years I’m sure the feelings are real and justified. Black lives matter needs to be said, because this country seems to need reminding that they do as much as anyone else.


Dear Barbara & Tiny

Yes, we said & sign said:

We never said ONLY Blacklivesmatter…..and neither does the sign.
Diane Sanders Hombach


And what you say says it all!

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” ~~ Abraham Lincoln


Frances Staunton, and Geraldine Krawitz in separate letters correctly pointed out Biden’s failure to manage a retreat. I find their letters a fine example of reflective insult free thought. The question that remains is his policy ‘failure’ one of incompetents or sabotage?


Barbara McBride.: Regarding “Black Lives Matter” and possibly being concerned/upset or believing it unjust that there are not signs saying Guyanese, Puerto Rican, White, Asian, or all lives matter, that goes without saying. Of coarse all lives matter.

Something to consider is the history as well as what is currently happening: It was the Black people that were ripped from their homes and families, raped, murdered and forced into slavery by white Americans, not the other races. Blacks were, and still are by many not considering equal to whites. (White supremacists) Segregation ran well into the 60’s in America. There is still gross inequality for blacks, just look at statistics in the judicial system.

By saying “Blacks Lives Matter” I believe the true message is a reminder that “Black Lives Matter” as much as everyone else’s, that’s it. The sad fact is that many racists that are alive and well today truly don’t believe that.


So, William Aiken, what’s your point?

Regardless of the history or current state of slavery, regardless or what race bought or sold people of any other race, what are you trying to say?

Bottom line fact; Black human being were bought and sold in America like cattle. Slavery, was, is and always will be unpardonable, inexcusable, reprehensible and totally unacceptable by any stretch of the imagination.

Are you saying because slavery has been abound as long as man it’s ok and just a part of human behavior? Are you saying that American slavery is a thing of the past and we should sweep it under the rug, and not educate (CRT) our children to that dark aspect of American history.

Again I ask, please tell me what you were trying to say or point out with the link you put up.


And how YOU believe your posted link relates to, the significance of Black Lives Matter, because that was the topic at hand that started this line.

When the first thing you see is Candace Owens you should know you’re headed down the rabbit hole.

How about learning something about neutral sources (Oh right. They’re all liars because they criticize your tRump).

William Aiken

In your rant you didn’t comment on the content of the video. Did you even bother to watch it? That was the point.

William Aiken

Chuck D rather than critique what Candace said or challenge her facts specifically. You mock and dismiss her our of hand since she’s conservtive. Lefties are incapable of debate they can only mock. Your comments are proof of that reality. What did she say that wasn’t accurate? You can’t have discussion if your going to just traffic in smears Speak to the content of what said.


Yes I watched it! Again I ask, how does it relate to BLM and their quest for equality in America in your own words?


Furthermore Candace Owens is just another flip-flopping Elise Stefanik, with brown skin, who is only in it for the power and money, that kissing trump’s rear can give to unscrupulous individuals

You mean this Candace Owen? Do you think we’re stupid? And unlike you, I don’t like her. Not because she says mean things about people I like, but because she lies! She has no credibility! Like you!

Sorry, not sorry if I sound insulting, but I find you’re more insulting to others’ intelligence. You’re really proving to be one tRump’s favored uneducated.

In June 2020, Owens falsely claimed that George Soros paid people to protest the murder of George Floyd. Shortly afterwards, she argued that George Floyd “was not a good person. I don’t care who wants to spin that.” She said, “The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me.” Then-President Trump retweeted Owens’s remarks about Floyd. In a Facebook video that garnered nearly 100 million views, Owens called Floyd a “horrible human being”, citing his criminal record, and called racial biases among police a “fake narrative.”

On April 20, 2021, Owens claimed that the guilty verdict given to former police officer Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd was influenced by “mob justice” supposedly being pushed by the mainstream media and the Democrats.

COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Owens frequently downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic. In February 2020, after referring to earlier predictions about war and climate, she said “now we’re all going to die from Coronavirus” and said that the left was becoming a “Doomsday Cult”.

In April, she said that COVID-19 deaths were overcounted; health experts said that it was more likely that COVID-19 deaths were undercounted.

Regarding a COVID-19 vaccine, she said in June 2020 that “under no circumstances will I be getting any #coronavirus vaccine that becomes available. Ever. No matter what.”
She also referred to Bill Gates as a “vaccine-criminal”, and said that he and the World Health Organization (WHO) used “African & Indian tribal children to experiment w/ non-FDA approved drug vaccines.”

On August 8, 2021, Owens said in a Facebook post that “I still have not received the COVID-19 vaccine and have not demanded that any of my employees get it either. I am proud that I committed myself to standing firm against the bribery, media propaganda, coercion, celebrity-peer pressure campaign, plus censorship.” and that “It is isn’t easy to swim against such a polluted current but here I am. I trust my gut much more than trust Dr. Fauci.” Also in August, Owens falsely claimed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proposed “putting high risk people into camps to ‘shield’ low risk people from them”.

William Aiken

You can only dis Candace Owens all day long since your incapable of refuting or debating the points she covered in the video.

Prager U represents conservative values and ideas which function as pins that pop the leftist narrative that USA and it’s history stinks.


Read this William.

Regardless if everything she said in her video is, as you believe it to be is 100 percent truth, I’ll ask you for the third time; what does that have to do with the FACT that BLM advocates are fighting for equality for all people living in America, Equality in the judicial system, from excessive policing racial profiling, to sentences given to Blacks by judges. Equality for mortgage rates. Equality for trading in used vehicles. Equality in teaching Black history. I could go on and on. The only thing these Americans are asking for is EQUALITY. And because people like you don’t understand that that’s why they must fight. Fight for a level playing field, that they currently DO NOT HAVE. That’s all anyone needs to know.

William Marincic

Here is what the lefties don’t understand, trying to blame white people today for slavery is like trying to blame an Asian child for Pearl Harbor.

For the amateur military experts, like Geri and others, who KNOW that Joe Biden has absolutely failed and totally made a tragic mess where there had been peace and order, it would seem their beloved leader, the twice-impeached, non-reelected, Russian-endorsed, previous ersatz-President and designated leader of the Republican Party, who set the stage for this withdrawal is not going down in history so well. Even by those who would normally give him a pass.

The Art of the Deal, indeed:

Former George W. Bush administration official Kori Schake, the director of foreign and defense policy studies at the far-right American Enterprise Institute, explained “the folly of personal diplomacy,” in an op-ed for The New York Times.

She cited numerous examples of recent presidents thinking their politics of personal diplomacy would overwhelm the facts on the ground.

“But in both hubris and folly, none come close to matching Donald Trump. For someone who prided himself on his abilities as a dealmaker and displayed an ‘I alone can fix it’ arrogance, the agreement he made with the Taliban is one of the most disgraceful diplomatic bargains on record,” she wrote.

Schake said Trump was suckered by the Taliban in the negotiations.

“The problem with Mr. Trump’s Taliban deal wasn’t that the administration turned to diplomacy. That was a sensible avenue out of the policy constraints. The problem was that the strongest state in the international order let itself be swindled by a terrorist organization. Because we so clearly wanted out of Afghanistan, we agreed to disreputable terms, and then proceeded to pretend that the Taliban were meeting even those,” she explained.


For the arm chair Generals on here critiquing Biden. This link is to a interview with General( a real one) Davis Petruis who actually command troops in Afghanistan, and headed the CIA.

This is Biden’s statement at the end of his address to the country last week, Before you read it you have to first image if this had happened on Trump’s watch and him making this statement.
I know my decision will be criticized,” Biden said during his address to the nation. “But I would rather take all that criticism than pass this decision on to another president of the United States, yet another one, a fifth one. Because it’s the right one, it’s the right decision for our people. The right one for our brave service members who risked their lives serving our nation. And it’s the right one for America.

Your thought please from the Biden bashing wannabe generals.

One of the leaders of the anti-mask movement in Texas has reportedly died from COVID-19 complications.

His wife, Jessica, announced the death on the Go Fund Me page she set up after he was intubated.

“Caleb has peacefully passed on. He will forever live in our hearts and minds,” she wrote, with a heart emoji.

His wife had said he initially refused to get tested for coronavirus.

“He was so hard-headed. He didn’t want to see a doctor, because he didn’t want to be part of the statistics with COVID tests,” she explained.

Wallace founded the “San Angelo Freedom Defenders” and organized a July “Freedom Rally” for those “sick of the government being in control of our lives.”

Wallace, who was 30, leaves behind three children and a pregnant wife.


A comment about Caleb’s Wallace’s passing in the story ChuckD posted above says it all.

I’m a psychologist and I’ve wracked my brain for 18 months to try to understand and deal with these people. In psychiatry, we treat psychotic delusions with medication that rights their thinking. But for societal delusion? I have come to the sad conclusion that nature will have to take its course.

One thing that’s clear, as evidenced above, is that character and sincerity doesn’t matter. Look at the open grifters and schiesters and false prophets they look to, even revere.
Thousands are dying because character just doesn’t seem to matter to them.

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