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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Aug. 31


U.S. needs better leadership of military

After 20 years in Afghanistan to ensure it would never again be the breeding ground and launching pad for terrorist attacks in the United States, we have surrendered to the Taliban. U.S. military and civilian leadership is bankrupt.
President Biden, Secretaries Blinken and Austin, as well as General Milley, are overseeing an ignominious withdrawal.
The incompetence of this group is evidenced by the withdrawal sequence, where our military preceded our civilians in abandoning Afghanistan. Meanwhile our military leaves behind all the weaponry and ammunition our enemy could desire.
Not one of the president’s team has accepted responsibility for humiliating the United States. When Biden says, “The buck stops here,” he is babbling a feel-good phrase so that we, the gullible public, think he knows what he has done and is willing to take the well-deserved criticism he is getting from America’s allies.
Since Vietnam, the U.S. military has produced the most capable soldiers in the world. Neither the North Vietnamese, Iraqis, the Taliban, nor al Qaeda defeated us tactically; all of them defeated us strategically. The leadership of our forces from colonel to private has been outstanding. However, the leadership from president down to one-star general has been abominable and undeserving of the fighting men and women they command.
We need to follow the model of President Lincoln firing McClellan and installing Grant, i.e., the United States needs to promote persons above the rank of lieutenant colonel by their ability to fight wars, not their ability to satisfy politicians.
Richard A. Evans
Burnt Hills

Political cartoon reveals liberal bias

You always accuse Republicans of hate speech. Well, your political cartoon in the Aug. 27 Gazette clearly shows your liberal rag demonstrates your corrupt thinking. How in good conscience spew this hate against Americans. Miss Trump yet? President Biden is a total failure.
John K. Opar

Presidents, governors don’t make the laws

Executive orders by the U.S. president and state governor should be resisted at every turn. You should defy them. Teach your children to defy them. It does not matter what political party is in charge.
Laws can only be made by the Legislature. They cannot be made by the president. They cannot be made by a judge.
Don’t forget that the president has limited power – he can only carry out what the law says. The same is true with a state governor.
The governor cannot make even one law. If the Legislature can’t get enough votes to approve a new law, the governor or president should be allowed to bypass the Legislature by making an executive order.
This country threw off a monarchy in 1776, and we hate having a king over us.
We presently have an increasing executive order threat that our founders would have stubbornly resisted. It threatens God-given liberty.
This threat will gain and succeed only if you let it. Just because an executive order comes from your party or you agree with it, don’t accept it. Our founders did not trust government, and you shouldn’t either. That’s part of being a patriot.
Dan Lawry


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Guy Varoma

Mr. Evans it was convenient how you left Trump out of your list of incompetents ..After all it was Trump’s who signed the peace treaty with the Taliban ….It was Trump who agreed to letting out thousands of prisoners including the current head of the Taliban …Maybe next time unscrew your MAGA hat just a tad and let some facts in…… President bone spurs is not a god

Wrong again Varoma, Trumps plan was to get our people and equipment out before our soldiers left, this is ALL Biden.

A mother of one of the dead Marines had this to say;

Matthew Miller
Sun, August 29, 2021, 4:57 PM·2 min read

Mother of Marine slain in Kabul says Biden voters ‘killed my son’

The mother of one of the slain Marines in Kabul last week said that people who voted for Joe Biden are responsible for her son’s death.

Kathy McCollum, mother of 20-year-old U.S. Marine Rylee, who was killed in the suicide bombings in Kabul along with 12 other service members, said on SiriusXM radio that “dementia-ridden” Biden is to blame for her son’s death along with all who supported him.

“Twenty years and six-months-old, getting ready to go home from freaking Jordan to be home with his wife to watch the birth of his son, and that feckless, dementia-ridden piece of crap just sent my son to die,” McCollum said i

“I woke up at 4 o’clock this morning,” McCollum said. “Two Marines at my door telling me that my son was dead,” she continued. “I just want all you Democrats who cheated in the election, or who voted for him legitimately, you just killed my son … with a dementia-ridden piece of crap who doesn’t even know he’s in the White House, who still thinks he’s a senator.”


You are right, former president is not a god, but since you have not been struck done for blasphemy the rest of us had already reached that conclusion. Most of us wonder if we will be better of under the Democrats policies. After abandon military equipment to the enemy it has become less of a puzzle.

Curtis Houck
Not only does Biden not sound great here, but also called Cedric Richmond “boy,” something the left would lose it if he were a Republican: “I’m here with — with my senior adviser and boy who knows Louisiana very, very well — man — and — and New Orleans, Cedric Richmond.”

Mr. Lawry’s letter, on its face, appears to be an agreeable plea of warning against the “imperial” leader who would circumvent the Constitutional tenets of separate but co-equal powers for their own agenda. To be clear though, Executive Orders exist for good reason.

“The legal or constitutional basis for executive orders has multiple sources. Article Two of the United States Constitution gives the president broad executive and enforcement authority to use his or her discretion to determine how to enforce the law or to otherwise manage the resources and staff of the executive branch. The ability to make such orders is also based on expressed or implied Acts of Congress that delegate to the president some degree of discretionary power (delegated legislation).”

But it also resonates some of the alt-right dog whistles we’ve become used to hearing (but not quite hearing). Especially when the emphasis of his message seems to be to defy, defy, defy. And tell your kids to also.

I hope his concern extends to a President who would declare an official National Emergency in order to grab billions of funds already allocated, to build a farcical wall, in essence a monument to himself, between the US and Mexico. Especially egregious since it was sold to the American public on the oft-repeated promise that we would not be paying for it.


I’m beginning to believe some people’s sole purpose in life is to aggravate others by spewing out ignorance and stupidity in a controversial antagonistic, repetitive manner.

“Collectively, the state assembly candidates, just Republican state assembly candidates, got [1.661 million] votes,” (Sen. Ron) Johnson (R-WI) explained. “The eight congressional candidates also got [1.661 million], so we obviously counted enough Republican votes. The only reason Trump lost Wisconsin is that 51,000 Republican voters didn’t vote for him.”

The person filming Johnson then asked him if he believed that “Joe Biden won this state fair and square.”

“Well, look at the totals,” Johnson replied. “It’s certainly plausible, there’s nothing obviously skewed about the results. There isn’t!”

Johnson further reiterated that Trump “didn’t get 51,000 votes that other Republicans got, and that’s why he lost.”

In 2020, Biden only beat Trump in Wisconsin by around 20,000 votes, meaning that these apparent anti-Trump GOP voters were the difference between victory and defeat.


This FACT Check about military equipment left behind in Afghanistan will probably not meet the numbers your facts provide you from wherever you got them. (Where was that anyway?)
There was equipment left behind and lots of it but not in the numbers or dollar amounts incorrectly reported from many sources. . A loss for sure but not on the magnitude of the numbers and dollar amounts being thrown around.
If you read my link about V.N. same sorry ending for arms and equipment under Ford.

Richard A. Evans, Chris Kyle’s widow said this morning that Biden’s speech yesterday was like Biden setting fire to a house and then bragging about how quickly he put the fire out while people were still inside burning.

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