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Letters to the Editor Sunday, Nov. 14


Where is the outrage over insurrection?

A national newspaper recently published a comprehensive investigative report on the Jan. 6 insurrection against the U.S. Capitol.
Where’s the coverage? Imagine if network news or print media covered just the fact that the report exists, no verification necessary.
The report concludes that the then-president watched the riot on TV, taking no action for over three hours, while his terrorist supporters brandished weapons, forcibly broke into the Capitol, attacked police, hunted for congressional representatives and threatened to hang the vice president.
Imagine if we had had a patriot for a president.
When it was suggested that this threat to overthrow a lawful election required an investigation by a bi-partisan commission similar to what investigated the 9/11 terrorist attack 20 years ago, Congress killed it.
Imagine if our elected reps included more patriots than cowards afraid of offending their party president of the United States. Imagine if they cared more for their country than getting re-elected.
The report found that online media had been ‘red-hot’ for weeks prior to the attack, detailing specifics about how to smuggle weapons, where and when to rendezvous for travel and exactly where and when the attack would happen.
The intelligence was there. Where was law enforcement? Imagine the law enforcement response if the media postings had been from a Muslim or other minority group.
Imagine if our law enforcement agencies had been truly committed to protect our government and its citizens from all attacks, both foreign and domestic. Where’s the outrage? As John Lennon once sang: Imagine.
Thomas P. Herrmann

Heed warnings from those who see reality

I watched Sen. Chuck Schumer on TV jumping with joy as the house passed a trillion-plus-dollar boondoggle. Sen. Schumer’s joy reminded me of a Polish saying: It was as if the devil was rejoicing in a soul consigned to hell.
My Polish people have sayings for every occasion. We are living in a time of ‘sayings.’
Listening to the BBC on Sirius Radio recently, the topic was Dostoevsky. Dostoevsky books read like America 2021. It was pre-Russian Revolution in Dostoevsky’s era. The fresh air of a czarist gulag cleared his head. The only book he was allowed was a Bible. In a Soviet gulag, no Bibles, just frostbite and unmarked graves.
If Polish sayings and Dostoevsky do not do it for you, try Solzhenitsyn. Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn, Poles, knew the face of evil when they witnessed it.
Edmond Day

Trump, rapper show importance of words

Words matter — there are lessons to be learned from the actions of both former President Donald Trump and rapper Travis Scott.
Travis was known for “raging” his audience, which resulted last Friday in unruly behavior to the point eight people died and many were injured.
Trump has been inciting his MAGA mobs for the past six years and it resulted in five people dead and many injured at the Jan. 6 insurrection.
But there is a big difference in actions. Trump knows what is going on in his audience and has even told them to “beat the crap out” of a protester. Travis, amidst all the fireworks, may not have known the havoc he was causing.
Most important, Travis has apologized and paid the funeral expenses for the families.
On the other hand Trump continues to incite his fans with lies and conspiracy theories that he won the election.
Travis also does benefit performances. Trump only benefits himself.
Just ask those cowards who pay to play at Mar-a Lago.
Mary Kuykendall
Ballston Lake

Would it be cheaper to just lower the road?

With so many tractor-trailers hitting the Glenridge Road bridge and the cost of repair, truck removal and extra police for traffic control, would it be less costly in the long run if the road was lowered?
David Faulkner


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William Marincic November 15, 2021
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It only took about 3 seconds to prove you wrong. BTW don’t tell me what to say about BLM or anything else. I have Black blood, you don’t.

Florida2015 November 14, 2021
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After posting my comment William I seen ChuckD’s. Seems as if you are 0 for 2 in refuting your remarks. As ChuckD said do some research as he and I did to refute your remarks. Geesh do better.
You know sometimes you do have useful information and facts, but it gets overlooked for all the false and incomplete stuff you post. Opinions are just that not facts.

Florida2015 November 14, 2021
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William, Here is the actual memo link from the AG. Did I miss where he specifically reference parents? If you got the headline from a right wing site , that is how they presented it. Could you point that sentence or statement out to me if I missed it. Thanks, I guess if you were guilty of harassment or violence as we have seen in some instances then you might think they were targeting you.

William Marincic November 14, 2021
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One final little tidbit, Black Lives Matter said that there will be blood on the streets if New York City’s Mayor brings back the anti-crime scat squad. Black Lives Matter is not deemed a domestic terrorist organization but parents who protest at school boards concerning their children’s education are labeled domestic terrorists. Do you find something wrong with this? Have liberal Democrats lost what little bit of sense of reality that they have? Rioters, looters and people assaulting others on a nationwide basis are held up and heralded by Democrat politicians while parents complaining at school board meetings are domestic terrorists. Just shaking my head over that one.

ChuckD November 14, 2021
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Last night the NYT broke a story the military would probably rather not be public, that an errant air strike (actually 2) killed over 60 women and children in Syria.
This attack happened on March 13, 2019 which by my calculations was during the previous President’s term
Over 60 women and children gathered by a river for cover. Let that set in.
As the war was winding down in Afghanistan, as we know, a suicide bomber took out over 170 innocent civilians and 13 US military trying to assist. Weeks later another errant airstrike took out 13 innocent people.
And our simple rightwing friends were all OVER Joe Biden, as if he was the cause. He wasn’t, any more than Trump was not the cause of this latest disclosure, nor will I try to hang it on his otherwise corrupt presidency. This is on the military.

Take note, sad Trump supporters. These tragedies happen outside the control of the President.

Florida2015 November 14, 2021
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William Marnic,
From the RIGHT WING Tribune.
Seems like corrupt Democrats have been charged and arrested a lot lately.

Below are a few examples:

-Ed Buck, a 64-year-old white millionaire who has spent decades donating serious money to prominent Democrats — including Obama and the Clintons — was arrested and charged with running a drug house. Two young black men have been found dead in the past 18 months inside Buck;s apartment.

-Fall River Democratic Mayor Jasiel Correia was arrested on charges that he conspired to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies seeking to operate marijuana businesses.

-A Democrat superior court judge in Massachusetts was arrested for assault and battery after she attacked her wife inside their home. Judge Shannon Frison allegedly “forcibly grabbed” her wife’s hair while she was holding a young child.

-A Democratic Indiana state representative and firefighter was arrested and charged after impersonating a police officer and trying to buy cocaine while driving under the influence.
We could keep going but you get the point.

I think there send recurring donation button was farther down on the page you had to un click . None of the story lines had date as to when the crimes happened.

And sorry William none were mentioned as entering the Capitol or assaulting police protecting the Capitol, or breaking thru bullet proof glass trying to enter the Senate hallway. Guess because it was all about stupid stuff Democrats did. .

[email protected] November 14, 2021
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To David Faulkner: It is impossible to get lower road because Alplaus Kill is right next to underpass railroad bridge. We don’t want to get flood spot on that road in that area in often times. The best way to prevent to raise the Railroad Bridge higher, but it is dilemma from owner of Railroad track doesn’t want to pay construction to raise railroad track unless either State and/or Federal to get involved to pay for construction fund. Other way is height flashing signal system from both ends of Glenridge Road and Maple Avenue near roundabout area with include turn arounds for large truckers in some points. Hetcheltown Road is impossible left turn into underpass railroad bridge, because it is very difficult maneuver to turn into for very large trucks. That all I have my points.

Florida2015 November 14, 2021
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William Marnic, Interesting story you provided link to. Believe Justice Department standard comment has ALWAYS been no comment about on going investigations. You know same as the Schenectady PD would say.
I think you missed the part of the story I will post for you also. There appears to be video from the scene of the raid that appears to show him at a line of barricades, crossing that line as others smash down the barricades and topple the police officers behind him. But that video does not extend to the time that rioters actually entered the Capitol building.
It’s not publicly known whether Epps actually entered the Capitol building, and he did not answer questions about it from The Republic in January.
Now I know you would be upset if JD was prosecuting him and had no evidence of him inside, like it does of EVERY other person arrested for being inside or assaulting police. Right?

William Marincic November 14, 2021
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To the lefty’s. There is a man, his name is Ray Epps, he had a bull horn telling people to breach the capital. He went to different groups of people and told them to breach the capital, he went and whispered in other peoples ears to breach the capital. How do we know this, witness testimony. The fun fact here is Ray Epps was never arrested, Ray Epps has been washed from the FBI website even though initially in the first few days his picture was there seeking information on him. The question you have to ask if this is a legitimate investigation, is why wasn’t Ray Epps arrested, why is he not sitting in jail? When you can answer those questions then anything any of you have to say about January 6 I’ll listen to until then it’s all Bull. BTW there’s lots of video on Ray Epps.

ChuckD November 14, 2021
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William Aiken,
You are clearly and deliberately twisting and distorting what happened on January 6th in defense of a clearly violent attempt to disrupt our elections.
Please explain your rationale for this. And election fraud cannot be one because of the overwhelming amount of legal attention that went into verifying it.
Fraud did not occur.
So, why are you defending them and what we all saw happen?

Guy Varoma November 14, 2021
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The whataboutisms on the border to defend a clear insurrection is hilarious ..Police letting people in the capital is another good excuse to defend the worst president in our history ….You’re not patriots ….you’re traitors to the constitution

FRED BARNEY November 14, 2021
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President Biden conceded that inflation is at a three-decade high because “people have more money now” as a result of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus legislation.

Florida2015 November 14, 2021
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November 14th, 2021
I think this might be relevant to what is happening now:

This sure is a keeper. What perfect timing to post this as all the usual defenders of any bad behavior and whataboutism fall all over themselves and congratulate each other getting away from the message in the video as fast as they can.
Let me congratulate you for a great message, and make sure you all read the comments posted after the video. I’m sure if they did I know why they jumped into action to discredit it. Well done

FRED BARNEY November 14, 2021
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The chief problem with Biden’s infrastructure bill is one of ethics. I see no reason why the people in the rest of the country should be taxed to pay for what New Yorkers want. I think that we would all be better off if we assumed responsibility for our government needs rather than exercising our ability to spend other peoples money.

FRED BARNEY November 14, 2021
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Then why was there not on open investigation of the matter?

Hooligans November 14, 2021
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Aiken: Ashley Babbit was the tip of the spear. She had begun to enter the Senate chambers after the bullet proof glass had been broken. In order to get to that point she had over come the outer defenses of the Capitol where Capitol police had been assaulted, injured and maced. She was with a mob that was seeking to hang the Vice President and to harm members of congress. The officer who fired the shot reasonably believed that he and the members of the Senate were in imminent danger. If she had gained entry to the Senate Chambers others would have followed thus endangering all inside. I know you wish to raise her up as a martyr for the cause but the sad fact is she was an insurrectionist who died because she threatened the lives of others.

LOUIS RESTIFO November 14, 2021
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November 13th, 2021
ChuckD, actually most Americans see that trial for what it is, a 17-year-old kid in over his head being attacked and protecting his life. Everyone says why did this kid have a rifle yet nobody asks why did the convicted felon he shot have a handgun!!!!! Your opinion on how anything makes anyone look is worth less than the time it took you to type that drivel.

So typical of the ridiculous right. ~ I wonder what Zachary would be posting if a 17 year old Black “kid” went to the 1/6/21 insurrection with an illegal AR-15 with the excuse of protecting the the cops of possible danger, then was approached and threatened by a few of the enraged trump supporting “peaceful protesters”, (what a laugh that is) then shot and killed two and wounded one. ~ Oh golly gee, it was just it was just “a 17-year-old kid in over his head being attacked and protecting his life.”
Right, I’m sure that’s what he would say.

Above all the hypocrisy of the alt-right is the most nauseating. If it follows or conforms to their way of thinking ANYTHING is fair, if not EVERYTHING is improper and out of line.

William Marincic November 14, 2021
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Hooligans, that sounds just like liberals. Turning a blind eye to our southern border where millions are coming across many with Covid and other diseases and then being transported around the country free of charge. That sounds like antifa and BLM rioting, burning down businesses, and looting others while Democrats and liberals say it’s allowed because someone was shot while resisting arrest. More than 500 riots in 2020.

Hooligans November 14, 2021
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I think this might be relevant to what is happening now:

Matt November 14, 2021
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There is outrage over the insurrection, except there’s an entire half of our elected officials, save a few rational thinkers, that would rather deny its importance to maintain their jobs and power. You’re right though, if those were Muslims or BLM protestors, I’m sure the Republicans and Fox News would be singing a different tune. The difference being, Democrats would actually want to investigate and prosecute those individuals as well. Republicans are sheep.