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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Oct. 5


Division, mistrust are hurting America

The recent remembrances of 9/11 reminded us to be aware.
I’m sure there’s no chance a terrorist or criminal could cross the borders. The thing that worries me more is the division that this country has undergone.
The Democrats don’t trust the Republicans and vice versa. The hatred shown during the Trump term hasn’t abated.
We’ve always disagreed, but we could discuss our differences in the past. Now I see friends turn on one another. The government is backing agendas that fuel this division.
From what I’ve read, the CRT teaches students how racism never ended with the Civil War. The Whites are using systematic racism to deny Blacks of their opportunities. What’s going to happen when a Black child goes home and is ashamed of his surroundings?
Given the choice of working hard to get a better life or hating the Whites for his life, would either choice surprise you?
We also have sexual, religious and nationality opposition. Bipartisan is just a word. Perhaps if there were term limits then the politicians, rather than worrying about their image in order to get reelected, they may work together to bring America back together again.
I don’t want to make America great; I want to see it unified with a future for all.
Pete Pidgeon


Press, clergy must step up on climate

Gadzooks! Hurricane Sandy in 2011 was a 100-year storm, and this past summer, three more 100-year rain storms have hit New York City.
The West is on fire, and Miami floods almost daily. We can thank global warming for this.
But really, where is the press in all this?
They should be hammering home the fact that global warming is the cause of all these disasters. The press can change the course of history. Labor laws were changed after the press reported on the dangerous conditions that caused the tragedy of the Triangle Shirt Factory fire.
We need them now.
And where are the clergy? The clergy of all denominations are well-respected. They should be out in the streets, in clerical garb, with their parishioners marching and demonstrating, for the future of this planet.
This is God’s creation. A few degrees either way, and there goes life as we know it.
Until the press and the churches get involved, and a public uprising occurs due to their influence, big money will continue to win, and your grandchildren will die.
Jahnn Swanker-Gibson

Gazette must bring back movie listings

I miss the movie theater listings in The Daily Gazette. When the theaters’ offerings were discontinued, The Gazette printed no explanation about it. But from this subscriber’s point of view, the theater listings have always been useful.
Learning on one page what’s showing where and when each day is much more convenient than checking every theater’s website. I managed to see one movie recently only because I happened to drive by the theater and notice the sign.
I know this isn’t the greatest problem we all face. But at least it’s one we can fix. And it’s not trivial. From the theater owner’s point of view, the printed listings would surely boost ticket sales.
Local businesses need whatever help they can get these days. The successful regional newspaper is one that fills needs in its community. Restoring the movie theater listings is a small and yet valuable example of that. Please do it, or please explain to your readership why not.
David Gerhan


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Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

LOUIS RESTIFO October 6, 2021
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This forum is a microcosm that perfectly exemplifies the exact reasons for so much of the political discord in America and around the world.

There are at least six articulate, intelligent, reasonable individuals, attempting to debate one person.

Regardless of the six bombarding the one, with fact, reason, as well as constantly disproving his misinformation or pointing out hypocritical or very selective closed minded views, their opponent deflects, denies, disregards and digs in harder with erroneous rebuttal.

There’s no getting through to people like this. As I said before, it’s like trying to convince a duck that it’s dog then expecting the duck to bark, it ain’t gonna happen.

Florida2015 October 5, 2021
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Mr Aiken, I have watched the whole video you provided. At the 11:48 FG says they (after describing the Neo Nazis and white nationalists being there) says they were treated very unfairly by the press. If you stop lisening there you will come away with he said the Neo and Nationalists were treated unfairly by the press. AFTER a female reporter then yells out ‘do you mean the press is treating the Neo’s and Nationalists unfairly?” Then FG clarifies his answer, that he was talking about the fine people on both sides.
Point is both sides could prosecute or defend him if you review what and how the few minutes were handled. You presented it as proof, I would say he should have thanked that reporter so you and others could present your case the way you have.
The rest of video he tries to tell us health care is one the way and infrastructure and that was when the Republicans had the whole goverment what happened? Tax cuts that was it?

jclark124 October 5, 2021
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I urge all to watch Biden’s speech from Michigan he gave this afternoon. So refreshing to hear actual well thought out plans with confidence and pride in the American people.

ChuckD October 5, 2021
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Welp, it’s certainly not hard to see when our Republican/Trump friends’ rationalizations for their bad behavior hits a dead-end. Fall back and resort to the always effective “Democrats started the KKK!” thing, or “Lincoln was a Republican!”, or “identity politics!”, or “CRT!”, or “I don’t need to provide proof! It’s common knowledge!” when it’s clearly not “common knowledge”.

What is common knowledge, and verifiable by credible sources, is that these are lame distortions and would never hold up in a court of law which, they don’t want to believe, is the gold standard for making one’s point. So clearly this is just a place for them to vent their spleens, kinda like a cry pillow.

It must really suck to be a Republican right now; a dark place in our society.

RAYMOND HARRIS October 5, 2021
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Need another example of how the republicans are the primary cause of the pandemic continuing (not illegal immigrants that the GOP is pedaling), check out this exchange in South Carolina:

A Republican senator was booed and catcalled when he told a party audience in South Carolina to think about getting a vaccine against Covid-19.

Lindsey Graham was speaking at the Summerville Country Club in Dorchester county. Video of his remarks was first published by the Daily Beast.

“If you haven’t had the vaccine,” the 66-year-old said, “you ought to think about getting it because if you’re my age …

“No!” yelled audience members.

“I didn’t tell you to get it,” Graham said. “You ought to think about it.”

“No!” people in the crowd yelled again.

Graham said he was glad he got the vaccine, and said 92% of people hospitalized in South Carolina with Covid-19 were not vaccinated.

“False!” the crowd cried. “Not true!”

The overwhelming majority of hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus in the US are among unvaccinated people. The US death toll recently passed 700,000.

Graham has been vaccinated. Other Republican senators, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin prominent among them, have not, and continue to spread misinformation. The GOP is fighting vaccine mandates, issued by government bodies and businesses, on the grounds that they violate individual freedoms and as an attack line against the Biden administration.

ChuckD October 5, 2021
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Pete Pidgeon:
Your moving pleas for unity are what’s become known as “both-siderism”; a transparent, pathetic, and now entirely predictable attempt to gloss over the reality.
We are a country of laws, and one political party has made no secret they lack respect for our laws. Only one. That’s what’s “dividing” our country.

Only one party fosters the disinformation that there was a problem with our elections, and only because they lost.

Only one party is lying to the country that they’ll now try to “secure our election”, when we already know, thanks to disclosure of the “Southern Strategy” document that they know they can’t win fairly, which helps us understand what they mean by “securing”.

Only one party supported a President who apparently was attempting to follow through with the documented 6 steps to nullify the election. A party who, when their man was convicted in the House of Representatives for his crime, then voted in support of him anyway, and against the decision of the House.

This is a country of laws and a hard-fought for Constitution, and only one political party is currently, actively trying to make that theirs. This is also a country of freedom of thought and speech which, like the Democratic Party now, has to go through a healthy debate to reach consensus. The Republican Party feels they don’t have to do that and grab power any way they can, and if you’re not with them, you’re against them. That’s undemocratic and unAmerican. That’s what’s dividing our country, Mr. Pidgeon.
Nice try.

LOUIS RESTIFO October 5, 2021
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Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. What a crock!

Always has been, and certainly is now, a situation of very few independent thinkers in the world. We’re all being controlled and manipulated. Problem being the vast majority people pulling these manipulative strings are greedy and indifferent. Look at what’s happening on Facebook and, for that matter, all aspects of the internet. Search anything and you’ll get pop-ups for months for what you were searching. Our information is being sold for profits.

Jim Jones convinced over 900 people to willingly commit suicide. That was extreme, but we’re all capable of being controlled, it’s just to what extent.

Many people are dissatisfied with their lives and the world they live in, then promised a better life. One example is MAGA. It’s a changing world and 1956 is gone forever. No one is capable of being back the past, and empty promises of regained prosperity are only a means of manipulation.

Social media, misinformation news outlets and the likes reinforce these lies and false promises only because, we, the gullible eat it up and generate huge profits for these large tax evading corporations. More profits for them with what seems to be completely indifference to the rest of us. We’re learning American division brings anger and anger induces engagement. Just look at what’s happening on this forum. Families are splitting up, in raged with anger. The anger engagement means more people on their sites, which increases profits. There bottom line is there main concern. The more discord between Americans the better for them. We’re all being played for suckers.

FRED BARNEY October 5, 2021
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I don’t want to make America great; I want to see it unified with a future for all.
Pete Pidgeon

1:) The two sentences are contradictory.

2:) The second sentence begs the question as to what basis the country is to be united.

FRED BARNEY October 5, 2021
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If the corporate income tax was replaced by adjusting the Federal income tax considerable sums spent avoiding ,and collecting the tax could be saved. The only problem with this idea is that everyone would see how much Federal aid to their state cost them.

Doug Hampton October 5, 2021
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Well said jclark. The problem is even worse than the OP states. We can’t even agree on who is to blame! My Trump friends blame Obama and of course the left blames Trump. The one thing we can agree on is that the division is clearly the worst it has ever been. Nixon, as you mentioned, saved us all a lot of time and aggravation by simply resigning, where this elusive con artist continues to twist and turn and despite 2 impeachments is now the front runner for the GOP nomination in 2024! Good grief! I think that with respect to the Republican party, it all comes down to numbers. They are a declining party number wise so they know that the only way to win is to change the rules, thus the new voting laws , political chicanery, extreme partisanship, and constant hypocrisies and misinformation. I used to be a Republican for many years and now I just don’t recognize it anymore. I do wish more than anything that we would have a viable 3rd party.

jclark124 October 5, 2021
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Pete Pidgeon–Agreed that the USA is rotting from the inside out. Our top agencies have identified domestic terrorism as a #1 threat (even stated under 45s administration). There are a number of reasons…some being Facebook, cable news, and social media sites that put profit over patriotism and safety.
I lived thru Nixon, but would never have believed we would get to the point where obvious truths could be twisted so. Our parents taught us the clear difference between right and wrong, but that doesn’t seem to matter anymore…just stick with your “side” no matter what.
I do put more blame on Republicans and see McConnell as the most unpatriotic obstructionist in Congress. He has caused tremendous division–going back to blocking Obama and continuing with NO good faith…only power. He lied, cheated, and stole 3 Supreme Court positions and now is threatening Biden and making it more difficult to raise the debt ceiling—when HE approved the most spending that our country had ever seen under 45.
45 exacerbated and fueled our divisions making everything political. He’s vile, vulgar, vicious, and vengeful. He’s a Putin wanna-be–a criminal in power that gets away with everything.
This is the first time in my life where I fear we could actually lose our democratic republic. The gop are making it harder to vote and are putting laws in place to be able to throw out votes that they don’t want (targeting dems and people of color)–since they know the dems have over 40 million voters on their side.
Listen to 45’s continued lies about the election and what Steve Bannon is saying–basically that he’ll make a comeback and take over by force, if necessary. Scary times!