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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Sep. 14


Hey, Mr. President: Nice job — not!

We have a lot to be proud of our in President Joe Biden and his handling of the affairs in Afghanistan.

Who else but the president would leave behind multimillion-dollar weapons for our enemy, the Taliban?

Who else would evacuate a country without the sufficient number of troops to protect the airport and leave that job to the enemy, the Taliban?

Who else would give the names of Americans still left behind as we leave to the Taliban?

Nice job, Mr. President!


Cancer treatment field needs scrutiny

After reading about large corporations on and off for many years, they tend to be greedy, dishonest and many would say psycho. There may be exceptions, but I’m not aware of any.

Conventional cancer treatments tend to be extremely expensive with many possible side effects. Less conventional treatments tend to be less expensive, and many have a lot fewer side effects.

We’re told Protocel isn’t an effective cancer treatment. Others say otherwise, including the book “Outsmart Your Cancer” by Tanya Harter Pierce.

Protocel costs maybe $100-$200 per month. Meanwhile, conventional cancer treatments are bankrupting Americans.

I expect the cancer industry to prefer the expensive treatments given the first sentence of this letter. A person writing a book may have an agenda, too.

Several popular books claim diet can play a big role in curing cancer. A person I know says the same thing based on their experience.

A good democracy should promote conventional cancer treatments, less conventional treatments and diet equally, giving people a choice. If chemotherapy has an amazing range of side effects and Protocel has little to no side effects, it should be mentioned.

Forcing Americans to go to Mexico for some treatments is bad. To ignore many of the other alternatives is just as bad.

The cancer industry should be given more attention.


Fixated on COVID instead of ‘real’ news

When I turn the TV on in the evening, I want to hear the news. Instead I’ve heard 18 months of COVID.

It makes me wonder why I don’t hear any real news, like what happened to our vice president’s ill-fated visit to Mexico, or to the tens of thousands of illegal migrants who flock through the open borders between the United States and Mexico? Where are they going, how are they living, what is happening to the local communities where American families have been inundated? What is the plan?

Why, suddenly, did news about the riots disappear: What happened to the local businesses that were ransacked, to the young man who was gruesomely hit on the head from behind with a brick? How did those pallets of bricks just materialize if the riots were spontaneous? What happened to the founder of the Black Lives Matter movement? Did she really make off with money meant for grassroots groups? Why couldn’t people say, “All lives matter?” Who determined that?

Every year heart disease and cancer take out thousands of lives, childhood obesity is skyrocketing, the opioid epidemic hasn’t diminished. Human trafficking is a real phenomenon. Why don’t we hear about these things nightly?

It seems so contrived.


Thanks to Ingersoll for mother’s care

Sept. 11-18 is National Assisted Living Week. A Hallmark holiday for everything it seems, but also an opportunity to celebrate the good people that work in these communities.

My mom has resided at Ingersoll Place for almost two years, and I am so thankful for the tremendous support that she has received during that time and so grateful to the individuals who provide that support. They have created a community of caring for my mother and the other residents, which is so important because it truly does take a village. And of course, most recently, these individuals have shown up during an incredibly difficult and scary time to selflessly care for people who were especially challenged by the situation.

Until you experience this reality personally, it’s easy not to see this community, but at some point, we will all be old and may need help. We need to recognize and appreciate the important work being done in these communities, and the value of all of these people — the residents and the employees. While “essential” is descriptive, it does not impart the humanity that these individuals possess.

I am so grateful for the individual contributions and collective dedication of the staff at Ingersoll, and so to them and to all the dedicated individuals supporting our seniors and families in assisted living communities — thank you for everything you do!


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“Ron DeSantis is Winning the Republican Primary Already Playing Out on Fox.”

“Fox News helped make Donald Trump president, providing him a weekly outlet for years before the 2016 election and then promoting him and his positions to its audience as he sought and after he won the presidency. There was no one more loyal to Trump during his presidency than a Republican who watched Fox News, a function both of the network promoting Trump and Trump promoting the network.”….

“After DeSantis announced his candidacy for governor, he trailed in fundraising — but his constant Fox appearances had the intended effect of earning Trump’s vocal endorsement. Fox News got DeSantis in front of Trump and got Trump behind DeSantis. DeSantis won the primary and, narrowly, the chief executive position.”

The only difference in reality TV (“Television programs in which real people are continuously filmed designed to be entertaining rather than informative”) and Fox News is that the loyal viewers of Fox aren’t aware of the fact that it’s programming is designed be “entertaining rather than informative.”

The Irony being that the most factual, non biased news outlets are the ones that are labeled as “fake news” by the alt-right Fox watching audience. ~ No big deal, the only things at stake are democracy, racial equality, the climate, and human lives.

Lou if you do not like Fox News do not watch it. One day I got tired of an endless stream of commercial abuse that was occasionally interrupted by material that I was interested in and switched to the internet for news and entertainment. For news one need only go to the Drudge site to access news papers that are likely to contain material that you are interested in.


One time only today Fred, I have no intention of playing nincompoopery ping pong with you.

“Lou if you do not like Fox News do not watch it.”
I’m not an ostrich who sticks his head in the sand to avert danger.

“For news one need only go to the Drudge site to access news papers that are likely to contain material that you are interested in.”
You obviously have no idea of what news sources I am “interested in”, because it certainly is not the Drudge Report.

Since you brought up Fox News I have your word on the news site that you are interested in. The Drudge site allows easy access to papers that you can use to meet your diverse needs. In place of complaining you should be thanking me for trying to help you with a problem that concerns you.
You would have done better if you chose to access the Drudge report directly and make your own assessment of the available, on this site, news sources.

Over 120,000 evacuated from Afghanistan in only 2 weeks–the largest evacuation in US history. Great job, President Biden! Although we couldn’t stay to get every American during that short time, Biden will “stay” on it until all are out.

Two weeks, and some left behind. A great job would have been if he started early enough to remove all those who helped us, military equipment, and destroyed the bases we built.

This is how a compassionate President looks. It’s been too long.
Thank you, President Biden!
The expanded child tax credit, or CTC, is a cornerstone in President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda—an immediate method for reducing child poverty that has produced tangible results, and a bankable applause line in any campaign event.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that the changes implemented by the American Rescue Plan would lift more than four million children above the poverty line, cutting the number of children in poverty by nearly 40 percent. The benefit reaches nearly 60 million children in around 39 million households.

45 did not issue ONE visa for Afghans after his announcement March 2020.
“The Post reports that the Biden State Department had 17,000 backlogged visas when it took over, with wait times stretching into years. The State Department approved 137 of these visas in the first three months of the year, my colleagues report, then ramped up to 800 a week this summer.”

The Biden administration was telling Americans to evacuate since March–at least 19 warnings.
“I know there are concerns about why we did not begin evacuating Afghan civilians sooner,” Biden said. “Part of the answer is some of the Afghans did not want to leave earlier, still hopeful for their country, and part of it is because the Afghan government and its supporters discouraged us from organizing a mass exodus to avoid triggering, as they said, a crisis of confidence.”

After all our time and money invested, nobody expected the Afghan gov’t to fold so quickly and flee.

Equipment left behind: (I believe most of it was left inoperable).

The Biden administration and the world are waiting to see just what kind of gov’t the Taliban will set up. If they move in the right direction then we and our allies will support them. If not, the Taliban will struggle financially and will not make it on their own.


We learned today from Woodward and Costa’s new book, Peril, that Trump was so mad after Congress certified Biden’s win on January 6 that he wanted to remove all the troops from Afghanistan immediately. He had to be talked out of it by military and intelligence staff. It would have matched his sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Syrian-Turkey border, leaving the Kurds (who were fighting on our behalf) to fend for themselves against Syria and Russia (you remember, Trump’s friend Putin). I can only imagine what Trump agreed to with the Taliban since he didn’t bother to include the Afghan government in negotiations. I bet no provisions were made to protect anyone but the U.S. troops (i.e., screw the Afghans who helped us for 20 years).


It’s all ok Ray, we shall not forget that trump is the center of the universe and that only how circumstances effect his existence have any relevance.

Looks like today’s Word of the Day is, “incurious”.
Incurious: not curious; not inquisitive or observant; inattentive; indifferent.

As in: ‘I’m only interested in sources of news that consistently show me information I agree with and am willing to give money to, and I don’t care if they don’t show me both sides of a story because I don’t want to have to change my mind. I’m incurious’.

A curious person would find out a little bit about the “open borders” and know why it’s a myth, and what the “Northern Triangle” is, and how Guatemala is deeply entrenched in corruption and why that matters.

An incurious person would simply recited his or her small-minded, uninformed griping points in public revealing they’re not interested in the truth, and apparently are living a lie.

Maybe tomorrow we’ll feature the word “shameless”.

Sorry my last post was so long, but no matter what you think about our withdrawal from Afghanistan(which was the right thing) there were many parallels BUT not how the Biden administration handle it vs Ford’s. Military we had more can’ts than we can in both countries, and the natives pretty much behave the same way in the end.
I posted this before, still applies.
What war have we won or lost that was not chaotic at the end.? Japan maybe we didn’t invade, but burned down there cities then nuked them. If you look at both sides in a conflict I and haven’t run across to many happy endings win or lose for either side. Could we have done better sure, who wouldn’t want that? As Rumsfeld(George Bush) said as we went into Iraq” Stuff happens” as the country was ransacked after the fall of Baghdad and we protected the Oil assets.

Someone should start a scorecard of all the idiotic lawsuits now popping up started by crybabies who don’t want to take the shot and think a mandate to do so is some kind of Constitutional or religious issue. It’s not, and it took me all of 2 minutes to find both of these arguments debunked, and the suits will have no chance (unless a succession of tRump judges get their way, of course).

It sure looks like many think science has a Liberal bias.

Today’s “Is it real, or is it parody?”. Once again brought to you by the Republican Party!


“The Bedminster Land Use Board secretary, Janine De Leon, said she didn’t have any updates about the plans Trump pitched to town leaders before becoming president,” Business Insider’s Warren Rojas reported, adding, “One was for an immediate family-only resting place planting Trump behind the first tee of the new course, the other envisioned selling approximately 300 plots exclusively to club members.”

As the Washington Post reported in 2017, members of the Land Use Panel were baffled by the request from the now ex-president.

“It never made any sense to me,” remarked Robert Holtaway before conceding, “We don’t question motives. We’re there as a land-use board.”

The Post also noted that Trump has been forthcoming about wanting a family mausoleum, describing early plans as, “19 feet high. Stone. Obelisks. Set smack in the middle of the golf course. In Bedminster — a wealthy horse-country town 43 miles west of New York City — officials had some concerns about hosting a reality TV star’s tomb. The huge structure would seem garish, out of place. And there were ongoing worries that the spot might become an ‘attractive nuisance,’ tempting curiosity-seekers to trespass on club grounds.”

ChuchD, Let’s start a petition and a GoFundMe site (don’t forget the recurring button to be already checked) for them to approve this. ONLY if he and a few close family members promise by any means to occupy it within the year.

I’m down with that!

I have a vision of the Shelley poem of the abandoned edifice of Ozymondias (look it up), but it’s the tRump Memorial with the Atlantic lapping at its plinth.

Here, it’s worth it:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

— Percy Shelley’s “Ozymandias”

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