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Letters to the Editor, Friday Dec. 3


Try new strategies for fighting covid

Why are we being bombarded with vaccination propaganda while success stories in other nations are being censored or ignored?
Current stats from Uttar Pradesh in India are staggering, as follows. UP has a population of 241 million people, of whom approximately 20% are fully vaccinated. UP’s  total covid cases for the period of Nov. 10-23 was 124. Compare this with the Indian state of Kerala, population 35 million with 52% of its people fully vaccinated. During the same time period, Kerala had 82,356 cases. Why the huge difference?
UP used a system of early intervention at a time when its population was only 5% fully vaccinated, by aggressively treating covid in its early stages using kits containing antibiotics, supplements and vitamins.
Figures don’t lie, it worked. Kerala, on the other hand, used the United States’ recommendations, which forgo early intervention and rely solely on the vaccinations.
When one looks at what is going on in our country, there is something very wrong with our approach.
Why does the Biden Administration continue to ignore these successes and try to jam a one-size-fits-all agenda down our throats? We should be using all available effective methods to combat this pandemic.
Jim Shear

Wind, solar also harm environment

Frank Wicks’ Nov. 17 letter (“Don’t bank on trees to rescue climate”) oddly for a college professor leaves out the facts on carbon storage and trees.
And he is misleading on the environmental impact of wind and solar on all of us.
Here are some of the facts he is leaving out:
According to Penn State Extension and the U.S. Forest Service trees store carbon in their trunks, roots, limbs and leaves — they are the very best capture of carbon on Earth.
And wind and solar use rare earth minerals now being mined off the ocean floor creating devastating effects for everyone.
The panels end up in landfills where their dangerous chemicals leach into the land, water and food chain.
According to Climate News, Wil S. Hylton in the Jan./Feb. 2020 issue of The Atlantic warns about the impending launch of “history’s largest mining operation,” which threatens to deliver what could potentially amount to a type of final death blow for the health of our saltwater terrain.
And that is a death blow for you and me.
According to Stop These Things, wind and solar panels pose waste issues. Wind and solar also use huge tracts of land and result in further deforestation. Wind and solar farms require new lines to be laid and result in no closing of traditional power plants.
The only way is to use less.
Beth R. Jacobs

Where was justice in Rittenhouse case

Frankly, I have real difficulty listening to some legal experts explain the Rittenhouse verdict as understandable and expected given the apparently monumental task of overcoming the claim of self-defense.
These experts contend the behavior displayed by Rittenhouse did not reach the level of “provocation” needed to nullify a self-defense plea.
What the verdict says to me is that a wild-eyed 17-year-old can possess an AR-15 military assault weapon, load up, appoint himself a vigilante amidst civil strife, engage in confrontational behavior and proceed to use a killing weapon to defend himself against two unarmed protesters.
In doing so, he killed both men as well as injuring a third who was armed with a handgun.
Was there not one shooting in which the jury could have found Rittenhouse guilty of at least a lesser included charge? Or have we embraced such an extreme gun culture that one’s use of an AR-15 is accepted as reasonable in most any confrontation, even if the victims are unarmed and the defendant is at least partially responsible for the confrontation?
Robert K. Corliss



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Joseph Vendetti

Mr Corliss:

I’m not a fan of the verdict but am a supporter of our process. The jury sat and listened to the case presented by the prosecutor & defense team.
There were hundreds of witnesses and pieces of evidence they saw. They had instructions from the judge. They performed their civic duty (which isn’t easy). They came back with a unanimous verdict.

Violent protests, vigilantes, motorists running thru a parade — all terrible events that shows we as a society are not anywhere near as civilized as we think.

Joseph Vendetti


No – too much evil in the world. Technology allows to make ghost guns – even if we were able stop the legal hand & long guns from being made there is no way to stop organized crime (cartels, gangs, etc) from using 3D printers to make them.

William Marincic

Biden when he was on the campaign trail and when he was elected he said “I’m not gonna shut down the country I’m going to shut down Covid”. But he also said then, if you have 200,000 deaths from Covid you shouldn’t be president, which is what he said about President Trump. Joe Biden has more deaths with a vaccine than President Trump had without a vaccine. I don’t hear the media all over Biden, the Biden administration blames everything on Covid, inflation,lack of goods, jobs, crime, it’s all COVID fault. It takes a real dumpster fire to have more people die with a vaccine than without.


First, you are wrong, there have been fewer deaths during Biden’s presidency than during Trump’s tenure. Go to any legitimate site on the internet and look at a graph of the covid deaths between the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 and today. Secondly, if right-wing purveyors of lies and distortion would stop the disinformation about the effectiveness of vaccination we would be seeing fewer deaths. Thirdly, to if we decrease the pool of people providing opportunities for covid to mutate we could be approaching an end to this plague. Distributing vaccine to under deveoped countries would really help. Why don’t you people on the right continue to ingest bleach and use livestock anti-parasite medicine (invermectin) to fight covid. That would further decrease the pool o unvaccinated people.

William Marincic

Anthony, you are right in a way, Trump according to the CDC had 385,345 deaths and Biden to date had 382,861 that is only 2,484 less than Trump, but keep in mind the year is not over. You can blame a variant but just as you all keep harping on is the unvaccinated are getting sick, that’s a Biden messaging problem. The variants are weaker than the original virus. Distributing to undeveloped countries is also a Biden issue, he could get it done if he wanted to.

9,000,000 doses being sent to Africa today.
‘The variants are weaker than the original’. You and some nameless rightwing talking head may be the only ones in the world saying that. Please stay away from children.

William Marincic

ChuckD Ronald Reagan said it’s not that liberals are ignorant it’s just that they know so many things that aren’t true


“The variants are weaker than the original virus.” Good one doctor Fauci, now back up what you say with some facts, especially so in regards to the new omicron variant.

William Marincic

Lou You must have missed the doctor in South Africa that found the variation and her words were it’s a very mild variation. But you keep listening to Dr. Falsey. The emperor has no clothes.


William are you spreading lies deliberately or unwittingly? I really don’t know. The vaccinated are being infected less frequently and when they are infected suffer far milder symptoms and fewer die. I guess you are a more educated epidemiologist than Dr. Faucci because he doesn’t yet have enough information to answer the questions concerning the omicron variant. We do knoe Delta is more contagious.

William Aiken

Robert did you watch the trial or did you rely on a media that prejudged Rittenhouse as white supremacist and lied when they reported that KR brought a gun across state lines(it was in Wisconsin the whole time.) If the latter informed your opinion on the verdict, its easy to understand why you believe justice wasn’t serviced. You and millions of others were intentionally misled. Perhaps you’re take will change when discovery takes places in the many lawsuits to be filed against a dishonest media for malice.


Shortly after being found not guilty, Rittenhouse posed for a photo wearing a t-shirt inscribed with “Free as a f____.” He was at a bar with members of the Proud Boys and flashing a “White power” hand sign. But I guess according to you he was as ignorant as Trump was on 9/30/20 when he asked the Proud Boys to “Stand back and stand ready”, in anticipation of his defeat by Biden. I guess they both thought the Proud Boys were an amiable and open-minded group of young men. This information is readily available from sources other than Alex Jones (mad as a hatter), Mike Lindell (pillow salesman), Rudy Giuliani (addle-brained drunk), Steve Bannon (unkempt grifter) and on and on.

William Marincic

Anthony, that photograph was set up by his former lawyer and that’s why that lawyer was fired. Just so you know those are the same lawyers that caused all the problems for President Trump trying to set things up that weren’t true. Kyle Rittenhouse did not know that that was a proud boys member.


Obfuscation and pure bs,your little wonderboy knew exactly who he was with and what was written on his shirt. Some people need lessons in how tell fact from excuse-making. Look for a course like that and also one that teaches how to tell fact from opinion.

William Marincic

Anthony the search why his lawyer that worked wit Lyn Wood was fired.

Yes, I’m sure there will be many lawsuits. Just as soon as your “lawyers” finish shredding all the documentation showing how all their election suits went. 0 for 60, was it? Not including all the Republican internal suits against each other over “audits” and slander, and wearing a mask, or Sesame Street (“commies!”), or any of the many, many suits for social good…oh, wait…there haven’t been any suits for social good.


“… have we embraced such an extreme gun culture that one’s use of an AR-15 is accepted as reasonable in most any confrontation”

1> I saw someone carrying a gun that he should not have been carrying I would call a cop. Of course, I would do that after I got a safely out of sight.

2> Were to those who chose to attack an armed man sober and drug free?


Regarding today’s letters, it could have been better than one out of three.

Thank you Robert K. Carliss for the logic expressed your letter regarding the Rittenhouse travesty.

“The Three Stooges” an appropriate name ! Thanks for the laugh Louis …Hey William lets hear some praise for Biden with the unemployment rate dropping to 4.2 % ! Let’s hear you crow like you did for Trump ! By the way happy Holidays William


The unemployment rate is a function of labor force participation and those with a lot of people being able to afford to sit on the side lines the unemployment rate requires mor than the usual amount of interpretation

So Fred what you are saying is …Trump good Biden Bad?…I mean you people cheered when Trump cut a fart. Can we get at little whoopies ?


I stated what is required to understand the current unemployment rate nothing more.

As for Biden you got what you voted for – I hope at least you are happy!

Fred be happy people have jobs and better paying jobs to boot …Pretend the jobs gained were under Trump ……If you like pretend Biden farted in your trump Fantasyland …by the way Happy Holidays


Guy, let’s not forget that Trump left office with ZERO job growth. Under Biden, almost 6 million new jobs have been created in less than one year. Also, many unemployed decided not to return to their old underpaid jobs and actually started small businesses. Further, four red states (Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee and Florida) are doling out unemployment checks to those who were appropriately fired for not getting vaccinated; thus, helping to prolong the pandemic and hurting the economy. It’s all part of the GOP’s (Grievances On Parade) me first campaign to hurt Biden who is doing a great job despite the resistance.

William Marincic

Let’s see, tens of millions were out of work because of a pandemic and now that things are opening up people are going back to work….. Wow, that’s a real shocker.


Try being consistent. You were certainly singing a different tune when you were blaming a crippled economy and high unemployment on Biden with no mention or consideration of the pandemic.

Bill Nechamen

Mr Shear: Figures lie when the inventors of those figures lie. Antibiotics don’t work against viruses. That is basic biology. Having done a quick google search of your claims, I could find no evidence other than that the regional government promoted the use of Ivermectin and that nobody, not even the manufacturer of the drug, Merck, approves the drugs use for Covid. The drug is an antiparasitic drug, which is useless against a virus.

While I support the Gazette’s editorial policy of printing all letters that are submitted, I do wish the would add some fact checking. The kind of misinformation that Mr. Shear is parroting is literally killing people.

Right on, Bill. Having called out a couple myself here, it is a problem.
It rarely takes much longer than a minute or so to either fact check, or identify a conflict of interest. Especially in a time of serious public health concerns. The Uttar Pradesh nonsense is all over right wing social media (always a reliable source of medical advice…/s) and has been fact checked as false by PolitiFact, for what ought to be obvious reasons: data collection in the state of Uttar Pradesh is highly sketchy:

Recorded cases of COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh, India have fallen, but there is no consensus about why. There has also been questions about data collection in India.

There is not conclusive scientific evidence using a randomized controlled study that shows that ivermectin caused cases to fall in Uttar Pradesh.

India’s national health authorities have recommended against using ivermectin to manage COVID-19 outside of clinical trials.

But Shear’s letter is evidence that that doesn’t matter, and that our mainstream media share in the criticism that FB and others have gotten for disseminating bad, and even dangerous, information.
Many will see that and lap it up, desperate to prove…something’s really bad about the vaccine (that has the data to prove it works). They don’t know what, but they know they’re not taking it! Clearly many remain convinced the vaccination is some kind of nefarious plot and places like the “Letters…” section of the DG, when they don’t attach a disclaimer, are complicit in spreading that garbage.

Bill Wemple

Numbers of COVID deaths and infections coming out of India are so under-reported they’re not even close to reality on the ground. Poverty in India is so extreme it has no comparison in US, you have to see it firsthand to believe which I have. Extremely poor persons who die there during ‘normal’ times are put out wrapped in shrouds alongside the trash for disposal, and many of these who died from COVID during the last surges were simply disposed of and not counted in same manner. Family members cremated their own without notifying authorities, sometimes in the middle of city parks, and the smoke from these cremations was horrifying! Regional and local governors also do whatever they can to limit the bad news of these high numbers to quell unrest. Their vaccines were apparently produced and then sold outside the country for profit before being administered to their own citizens while they endured lock-downs for months waiting for a chance to get vaccinated. We can get a vaccine now down at the corner drugstore for free! You can’t socially distance effectively at all there, so entire families and extended families living in same residence have often gotten nearly wiped out once an infected person comes home sick. One of my colleague’s children suffered severe 3rd-degree burns on both his legs from a kettle spill and had to be treated at home instead of a burn unit because the hospitals are simply not admitting any more patients, period. Every single person I know there, or hearing from relatives here in US, has lost multiple friends, family, and co-workers to this virus. In a country with over a billion people you are looking at numbers probably 10x more than in US easily. So please, don’t even try to convince anyone that COVID is being handled so well there. It just isn’t and it’s practically inhuman\inhumane to do so.

William Marincic

When unemployment runs out and they still don’t have a job they are not counted anymore. That is how it works, it doesn’t mean they found a job.

So William what you are saying the Trump unemployment Numbers weren’t really what they were….You know the ones you bragged about on here all the time…Funny I never heard you say anything about unemployment running out back then. By the Way William Happy Holidays ….


Evidently someone cried to the teacher. ~ A number of posts that, in my opinion, we’re not inappropriate were removed. Apparently sarcasm gets taken down while flat out lies that are interpreted by the ignorant as fact are all right to keep up under the pretense that they are opinion.

Everybody gets a gun!
2nd Amendment rights, y’know! A gun for everyone!

Just think if those students and teachers all had guns, how much safer they’d have been. How much safer we’d all be! But don’t worry, we’ll soon be able to identify future mass shooters and murderers so they… who knows…we’ll just be more careful with them. Science will figure it out! But not the fake science that gives us fake vaccines meant to track and control us! The other, good science. It’s on Facebook!

Prosecutors are seeking charges against the parents of a teen accused of gunning down his classmates at Oxford High School earlier this week, according to court records filed Friday.

Online records for 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills show four counts of involuntary manslaughter are being sought against both James and Jennifer Crumbley.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard previously said Crumbley’s father had purchased the 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 gun used in the shooting just days earlier. He has also said Crumbley and his parents met with school administrators the day before and day of the shooting to talk about the teen’s behavior.


Old editorial letter I’ve previously posted:

Along with every US birth certificate let’s issue an AR 15 assault rifle. After all we’re just a bunch of expendable, disposable, replaceable creatures with no lasting significance, so let’s have some fun pulling triggers if we so desire. “Long live the Second Amendment!” I can only shake my head head in disbelief.

Also if using the logic that guns don’t kill people, people kill people, let’s give anyone who wants a nuclear weapon his own personal bomb, because nuclear weapons won’t kill people either.


Along with Aiken’s insults the chain of responses were removed, therefore I’m reposting my response which may be an explanation for some of my future comments.

Yes, I have resorted to some snark, sarcasm, humor and absurdity in response to brain knotting insanity. – For me, there is no point in refuting erroneous comments with fact, logic and reason when the recipients of this information close their eye, put their fingers in their ears and loudly sing out Mary had a little lamb, while thinking to themselves, “what irritating, irrelevant, inaccurate, redundant statement shall I now post.”

Funny they always said the left were snowflakes …They get the “feels” very easily now since their king was rejected by the people


Jim Shear, Where and how did the people of this Uttar Pradesh in India find and afford the supplements and vitamins. Since you didn’t mention the supplements by name I am guessing maybe some of the Donald Trump methods, bleach, sunlight, or ones provided to veterinarians?
Maybe I can get other posters on here to contribute to a go fund me page for airfare for you and a guest(William or Fred maybe Annie) to that area for an extend stay and you can report back to us weekly how it’s going.

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