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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, Sep. 1


Preserve the planet for the next generation

As the fires in the west continue to burn, people in Germany mop up after catastrophic floods, the ice caps and glaciers melt, coral reefs bleach and die, and the Gulf Stream slows, with who knows what catastrophic consequences to our climate, our news media should be pounding us with the cause of it all-global warming caused by the greenhouse gasses CO2 and methane, resulting from our use of fossil fuels and cattle ranching.
We should be hearing about this in the news daily. Why? Because this is the most important issue ever, as it is an existential issue. Ignoring it is leading to the sixth mass extinction of species and may lead to our own extinction.
Be kind to your children and grandchildren, conserve fossil fuels and eat less beef. And vote for folk who recognize that the earth as we know it is dying.


Biden has performed a botched job

Imagine a surgeon frustrated about not getting enough recognition barging into an operating room to take charge of a leg procedure. He amputated the patient’s left leg before realizing the operation was supposed to be a right knee replacement. The surgeon’s response was not to get too wrapped up in details but take care of the severed limb.
Afterwards he demands recognition for the superb job he did on dressing the stump. President Biden is that surgeon and Afghanistan the patient. In what can be nothing less than a crass political move, he seeks to establish some sort of legacy as a president who ended a “war.”
He touted saving service members from future death, but there has been no U.S. service member’s death in 18 months in Afghanistan. Wish the same could have been true in the 12 months I spent in an actual war zone.
Recalling the aforementioned surgeon, like Biden’s operation, it turned out the leg became gangrenous. God help America and Afghanistan.
Ballston Lake
The writer is a retired major from the U.S. Army Reserve.


Performers sang better than written

This Letter to the Editor concerns the review by staff reporter Michael Hochanadel (“Fans welcome back Taylor, Browne —who deliver many well-known and loved songs”) of the James Taylor and Jackson Browne SPAC concert on Aug. 24.
I went to the Aug. 24 SPAC concert of James Taylor and Jackson Browne. They both sang beautifully for the entire time they were on stage. Being 73 and 71 respectively, and in the music industry for over 30 years, their voices are polished, seasoned and work well. I cannot understand how their voices were said to be dry on the part of James Taylor and morose on the part of Jackson Browne.
I was with three other friends, and we felt that the concert was wonderful, and their voices were spot on. They each have voices in multi ranges they use in their many songs.
In no way, shape or form are their voices dry and morose. The standing ovation they received twice from the audience is proof of that.


Reader’s letter was very offensive

Regarding Mr. Donahue’s Aug. 25 letter (“We’ll all be glad for Afghan wars end”) is the most idiotic, uninformed stupid letter I have ever read in The Gazette.
Evidently Mr. Donahue has no relative, friend, or fellow American stranded in Afghanistan. He implied that in a month or two NO ONE will care about the so-called “war’s end.” As an American and a veteran, I will care about those Americans and Afghans left behind who will be tortured and killed by the terrorists for years to come.
Mr. Donahue should really apologize for his letter and ignorance and also pray for those left behind by this administration. Just recently, a suicide bomber killed one of our marines (or more) as well as many civilians. Your safety and freedom does not come FREE jerk.
Rotterdam Junction


Thanks for words on first responders

Thank you for your considerate editorial on Aug. 24 (“A reminder of the risks they take to serve and protect”) acknowledging the tragic line of duty death of Trooper James J. Monda, NYSP, and for reminding your readers of the sacrifices and risks that law enforcement officers and firefighters take daily in service to their communities.
The writer is a retired member of the New York State Police and Rhode Island State Police.


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Exactly, thanks Fred! Without even realizing it you posted a link that explains how Black farmers had a history of being treated unequal to their White counterparts by both government and the private sector. This just reinforces the justification of reparations to these Black farmers.

All and any people should be compensated for what they were, and in many cases still are, unjustly cheated out of, especially so if it was based solely on their race.

You just gave yourself an answer as to why there are what you call “government mandated programs.” It’s about compensation for unjust and illegal treatment and a means to level the slanted playing field, in many cases for Blacks and other minorities.

From reading your previous posts, I’m sure you don’t understand or don’t care.

1> Compensation for unjust treatment should be paid by those responsible not the innocent.

2> The abused is the American taxpayer who has subsidized a group that has seven figures or more in assists.

3> I suggest you consider Nazi Germany for what happens when government mandated racism becomes a solution to trying social problems. You are advocating a path that has been trod before!

How about we as a country collectively apologize and try to fix many generations of oppression?
How about when the kids on the playground have been bullied, we as the adults take corrective action, and ignore the bully’s cries of “favoritism”, and address the other adults who enabled the bully?

How the dead treated each other should be left to whoever runs the here after?

As to the matter of compensation for past evil one might want to start with those Africans who exported their undesirables.

You see good in the Democrats’ shift to tribalism. I do not.

You have a very poor understanding of history. Racism is not dead, and the oppressors continue to oppress. Your attempt to sweep it under the rug is noted.

Racism is not dead we have Democrats promoting it under the name of fostering diversity. Thus I agree with you racism is not dead what we now have is the government promoting it and hoping that its label will make it acceptable.


“1> Compensation for unjust treatment should be paid by those responsible not the innocent.”

Again you surprised me Fred. I didn’t realize you were so much in favor of defunding the police: What you are saying is that when a cop is found guilty of unjustifiably shooting an unarmed Black man, the settlement money shouldn’t come from government coffers of accumulate tax payers money, it should come out of police funding, or perhaps directly from the cops pay checks? Boy, I’ll bet the cops ain’t gonna to be happy with your line of thought in that regard.

FRED is just happy anyone is paying attention to him. That’s all his nonsense is about.

Jahnn, hoping and praying we have enough people around the world to make this shift toward a healthier planet! In the meantime, I’m trying to make whatever changes I can to leave a lighter footprint.

William Marincic

Chris Kyle‘s widow said this morning that Biden speech yesterday was like a man that set fire to a house and then told people what a great job he did putting out the fire while he left people inside still burning to death.

Still don’t want to talk about the Agreement in Doha that set the stage for this, do you?
Or is your beef that Biden didn’t adequately fix Trump’s mess?

William Marincic

As much as you want to you cannot blame Trump for this, even liberal Democrats are blaming Biden, the world is blaming Biden this is his circus.
Here you go read it all, Trump was guilty of nothing. OOPS, facts matter.

between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America
February 29, 2020
which corresponds to Rajab 5, 1441 on the Hijri Lunar calendar and Hoot 10, 1398 on the Hijri Solar calendar
A comprehensive peace agreement is made of four parts:
1. Guarantees and enforcement mechanisms that will prevent the use of the soil of Afghanistan by any group or individual against the security of the United States and its allies.
2. Guarantees, enforcement mechanisms, and announcement of a timeline for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan.
3. After the announcement of guarantees for a complete withdrawal of foreign forces and timeline in the presence of international witnesses, and guarantees and the announcement in the presence of international witnesses that Afghan soil will not be used against the security of the United States and its allies, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban will start intra-Afghan negotiations with Afghan sides on March 10, 2020, which corresponds to Rajab 15, 1441 on the Hijri Lunar calendar and Hoot 20, 1398 on the Hijri Solar calendar.
4. A permanent and comprehensive ceasefire will be an item on the agenda of the intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations. The participants of intra-Afghan negotiations will discuss the date and modalities of a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire, including joint implementation mechanisms, which will be announced along with the completion and agreement over the future political roadmap of Afghanistan.
The four parts above are interrelated and each will be implemented in accordance with its own agreed timeline and agreed terms. Agreement on the first two parts paves the way for the last two parts.
Following is the text of the agreement for the implementation of parts one and two of the above. Both sides agree that these two parts are interconnected. The obligations of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban in this agreement apply in areas under their control until the formation of the new post-settlement Afghan Islamic government as determined by the intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations.

You can’t be serious. I posted this very thing last week.
It certainly does not (as I’m sure you know) address the release of the 5000 fighters and the Taliban leader.

William Marincic

ChuckD, there is a link below that has the other few parts including the release which is not a release but an exchange, you must have forgotten that part.

70 US military service men and women were killed in Afghanistan during Trump’s tenure as president. He owns those deaths. Just as Biden owns the 13 deaths during the US extraction out of Afghanistan. But Biden ensured that not a single other military family will have to experience that pain as a result of our engagement in Afghanistan, and eight years from now at the end of his term, that number will remain at 13.

Well, you seem to think you can use the term racism any way you want. You can, but just don’t expect reasoned debate about it. You should expect a fair amount of mockery when you insist on calling a pear a banana.

No, it’s not. We’ve been over this and you only want to play whack-a-mole games, rather than act like an adult.
Please, give us another example of how you can’t demonstrate coherent thinking.

William Marincic ,
Understand Mr Kyle’s widow and others who lost loved ones or who will carry there wounds the rest of there life Korean and Viet Nam Vets would feel the same way I would guess. But a window of the Staff Sargent who was killed last Thursday said he would do it all over again if he was asked as he was serving his country.
Blame Biden if you must, but as pointed out The Doha agreement set the stage. The link I will post also has some interesting facts along with Mr Hartman’s opinions which shed some light on how we got to this point thanks to FG in addition to the Doha Agreement. Lastly it’s over wasn’t pretty and deadly. What war is. So maybe read it as your comments have little in the way of facts and a lot of opinions, which are just that opinions.

Lastly How about we see what you, Fred and other Biden basher’s comments on Mr ANKER-GIBSON, letter which concerns things much closer to home in the US than what happened in Afghanistan have to say to get a Republican perspective on climate change and the science it’s based on.

William Marincic

We’re you there? What do you know about any of it? My son was there twice 82nd airborne. Multiple friends of mine were there, do you know anyone that was there, do you know anyone that died there, I do. I also know people that have died from suicide after coming back from there. So don’t try to tell me what Chris Kyle‘s wife meant to say she knew what she was talking about she’s far removed from the death of Chris Kyle today.

Matt has assumed that the abandoned bases, and military equipment will not result in death by the hands of those that we have equipped. I do not share his belief. We should not have provided foreign aid to the Tailband.


Again you surprise me Fred: I didn’t realize you are strongly in favor of much stricter gun laws. You can buy pistols and rifles as easy licorice and lollipops in Florida and Texas. The sometimes easy accessibility and possession of these weapons to criminals, children and at times toddlers has happened in the past, resulting in death, and will most assuredly happen in the future. Do you “assume” that lax gun laws “will not result in death by the hands of those that we have equipped.”?

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) was caught on camera admitting that President Joe Biden received “7 million more popular votes” to defeat former President Donald Trump.

The admission was made as part of a recording that was released on Wednesday by Lauren Windsor.

In the video, Johnson says that there’s nothing that Republicans could have done on Jan. 6 to stop the election from being certified.

“What the president should have done,” Johnson explained, “and he’d be in a much better position today, had he just, when the Electoral College voted, said, ‘I don’t agree with it, I think there’s still fraud, but I accept the results of the constitutional process and the Electoral College vote, OK?”

“I think it’s probably true that Biden got maybe 7 million more popular votes,” he added. “That’s the electoral reality. So just to say for sure that this election was stolen, I don’t agree with that, OK?”

Gosh, CHRISTOPHER RANDOLPH, retired major from the U.S. Army Reserve.
It’s like Afghanistan was roses and ponies before President Biden took office, and what a mess he made of it, eh?

This President is not fueled by narcissism and ego which is why the majority of America is gratified, and relieved, he’s in office.

We get it, you hate liberals and Democrats, and could never admit you’re mistaken.
Would like to hear how you feel about the 2020 elections too.

Credit: Tampa Bay Times
Credit also: Hundreds of mindless screamers and their neo-Republican tools.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida businesses and governments that require proof of COVID-19 vaccination from customers or members of the public will soon face $5,000 fines, according to a new Department of Health rule.

Earlier this year, the Republican-led Florida Legislature passed a bill, SB 2006, banning businesses, governments and schools from requiring “vaccine passports” — essentially proof that people seeking their services have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine. In May, DeSantis signed that bill into law. The legislation allowed the state’s Department of Health to issue fines “not to exceed $5,000 per violation.”
On Aug. 27, the department filed a rule that lays out how it will enforce the law. Businesses, governments and schools will be fined $5,000 “per individual and separate violation,” the rule states.

Lou When you resist arrest you have chosen to put your life at the lives of law enforcement officers at risk. I have no problem with the officers whose life you chose to put in danger for the gambler or the gambler’s estate paying compensation to those he chose to hurt.

The principle that I am advancing is that the guilt pay not the innocent!


This is absolutely insane, we have to somehow resist responding to posts that are as ridiculous as the not word nincompoopism.

I think the exact same thing as I read these nincompoopism posts and tell myself not to answer. Then I can’t help myself. Posting facts and links to facts makes me feel better but nothing changes, the nincompoopism posts continue, per ChuckD Good grief.

We have Next Door political discourse here and as bad or worse than this.
Manatee Patriots(you can guess who they are) was thrown off the site all 850 members and now you can guess where some show up to spew there nincompoopism posts.

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