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Letters to the Editor Thursday, Oct. 7


Dems undermining our democracy

Raymond Harris’ Sept. 25 letter (“Republican positions are anti-democratic”) must be a joke.
Let’s start with vaccinations. Trump got them and encouraged them while Democrats openly said they would not take a “Trump” vaccine.
He says the GOP wants to control women’s bodies and health care simply because they want to stop legal murder. This while they are forcing you to get vaccinated. Is that not controlling your health care?
As for the pandemic, the Democrats used it to violate voter laws, control all media, suppress free speech and shut down state economies all to hurt Trump.
Republicans never supported the made-up insurrection, while Democrats supported year-long riots, looting and burning of cities all to hurt Trump.
Voter ID is suppressive in the liberal world where undocumented immigrants, and really, the entire world, should get to vote.
He vilifies the GOP for being overwhelmingly White while brutally attacking any non-White for joining the party. You want real history taught, then educate our kids on the racist history of Democrats. Every day, Democrats are in power they erode your freedoms and yet they want you to believe the GOP is anti-democratic. Ask yourself why the one party that hates the Constitution, and believes in socialism, is pro-democracy!
The Democrats only need democracy long enough for you to vote it out. Sadly you probably will.
Dave Dankanich

It won’t be easy to undo Trump impact

Health care workers we called heroes are being harassed and attacked.
Elected school board members screamed at and threatened for trying to protect our children.
Obscene signage is placed on cars and lawns in the name of free speech. We shake our heads and wonder how did we get to this low place?
The obvious answer is Donald Trump. He made rude, obnoxious behavior acceptable when he made fun of the disabled, and his disciples all laughed.
Trump made harassment acceptable when he bragged about his treatment of women, and again his disciples all laughed.
He downplayed the seriousness of the deadly pandemic, belittling the science trying to help, and his disciples nodded in bovine agreement.
Trump reversed years of effort to protect our environment, and his rich, greedy disciples applauded.
He personally encouraged the violent overthrow of honestly elected officials, not just in our Capitol but everywhere, and his disciples then felt entitled to intimidate everyone else to their way of thinking.
America has struggled for decades to end hate and bigotry, and yet in only a few short years, one man has empowered these dogs of war to attack the current administration which inherited his hot mess.
It will take hard work and perseverance to diminish the harmful effects of the Donald Trump legacy.
We can only hope it’s somehow possible and pray it’s not too late.
Virginia Newton
Burnt Hills


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Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

ChuckD October 7, 2021
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Conservative media sometimes blame the problem of the unvaccinated on people of color, but the data show vaccine resistance is mostly about red America and younger adults now.

Why it matters: The numbers show a much different story about where we still need to be focusing our vaccination efforts.

By the numbers: 59% of the unvaccinated are Republicans, 64% are white and 46% have a high school education or less. More than half of the unvaccinated live in suburbs with another 27% living in rural areas.
By contrast, 14% are Black, 16% are Hispanic, and 27% live in cities.

Between the lines: These unvaccinated adults tend towards COVID denialism and often see their decision not to get the vaccination as an expression of their personal freedom.
When they do get vaccinated, persuasion and information are not moving them nearly as much as seeing family members, friends and neighbors get sick, go to the hospital, and die, and seeing local news reports about their local hospitals overwhelmed with COVID patients.
Employer mandates are another reality influencing their behavior as companies who have instituted them report their employees are choosing paychecks over their vaccine resistance.

We can’t know what vaccine resistance in red America would look like today were it not for the efforts of former President Trump to deny the seriousness of the pandemic and of several Republican governors to echo similar views and stand in the way of public health measures like mask orders or mandates.

ChuckD October 7, 2021
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Regarding Virginia Newton’s thorough assessment of the here and now:
I think it’s worth considering how hot a topic vaccination and health precaution mandates would be if we’d had a leader at the outset who didn’t ‘downplay the seriousness of the deadly pandemic, belittling the science trying to help’, or saying utterly stupid things like:

“I’m feeling good. I just don’t want to be doing — somehow sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful resolute desk, the great resolute desk, I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know, somehow I don’t see it for myself. I just don’t. Maybe I’ll change my mind.”(4/20)

Maybe if we’d hadn’t had a President so engaged in himself and his ratings, who spoke the truth as science knew it then, we wouldn’t have to resort to mandates and restrictions. We as a nation could have come together, recognized the danger and taken the necessary precautions, and 700,000 would not have died.

Instead we have to suffer the fools who can’t (won’t) understand what contagious means, and how we are all part of the chain of transmission; who think it’s simply a matter of “personal choice”. As President Donald Trump did.

LOUIS RESTIFO October 7, 2021
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Trump supports ~ Only what they want to hear, only what they want to see, only the way they want to be, nothing else matters. Nothing.

William Marincic October 7, 2021
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Dave Dankanich, a great letter full of truth, truth that the lefties on here will say is untrue without any facts, just deflection and opinion. The lefties accuse Trump of lying, Biden has not told the truth about anything since he has been in office, actually since he started his campaign, everything he said was a lie. jclark blames Trump for mistrust in journalism yet we the people see that the mainstream media is just another arm of the democrat party. Journalists no longer just report the news, they like Jake Tapper want to be the news, they have an agenda. Gone are the days of Walter Cronkite. A judge today sentenced a participant in the Jan. 6 case to 45 days in jail on a misdemeanor when the prosecution did not ask for jail time while rioters all over the country are having charges dropped. An Obama-appointed judge who said the BLM riots were peaceful, hmm, I wonder if the police that had Molotov cocktails thrown at them say they were peaceful.

jclark124 October 7, 2021
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2 Americas: Thank you Virginia Newton vs. scares the crap out of me, Dave Dankanich.
45 told so many lies about the vaccine (and 30,000 other lies), that dems clearly stated they would trust the experts, not 45. 45 came close to dying of covid–then immediately went out and said, “Don’t be scared of the virus.” Easy for him to say receiving the best healthcare in the world!

Over 70% of Americans do not believe abortion is legal “murder,” and/or believe the safety of females is more important than an embryo–which is why Roe v Wade is accepted by so many. Individual liberty? Yet the gop want females to have to undergo a vaginal probe with ultrasound in order to get an abortion. Can you think of anything MORE invasive?

You are NOT forced to take the vaccine–you will just have to accept the consequences of your decision. The gop are all about “individual freedoms” and could care less about the greater good of our society.

The dems did not violate voter laws, and the leader on 45s team, Chris Krebs, stated this was THEE most secure election (due to threats from 2016 and paper ballots that back up the machines).

Nobody supports the BLM riots, but we understand their anger and frustration after 400 years of oppression. “Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose…you ain’t nothin if you ain’t free.” Joplin
BTW–the majority were arrested on the spot, unlike at the Insurrection (yes, it was an attempt to overthrow a free and fair election. UNDEMOCRATIC, Dave!
Now 45 is spouting off that the real insurrection was Election Day, not Jan 6th and Pence and Haley are back on their knees, pitifully begging to get back in 45s good graces.

We reacted to 45s disgraceful, disgusting, and dangerous behaviors–not “just to hurt trump.” He has stoked mistrust in journalism, mistrust in our form of gov’t, mistrust in our Institutions, mistrust in fellow Americans…and is plotting with Steve Bannon to overtake the gov’t. They said from the beginning that they believed in “scorched earth” policies, and that’s exactly what they continue to do…because people like Dave defend this traitor.

RAYMOND HARRIS October 7, 2021
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Dave Dankanich – You forgot to explain why the republican party is losing so many supporters to the Dems. Must be that the Dems are stealing not only their votes, but changing their registrations.