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Letters to the Editor Monday, Dec. 6


Make rooftop solar subsidies a priority

Our nation’s goal to produce 40% of electric energy from solar by 2035 presents a daunting challenge.
Consider that less than 3% is produced today despite solar fields seemingly popping-up everywhere. Already pushback from the public is on the rise given the transformation of once bucolic lands into waves of glass.
Furthermore, the best sites from an infrastructure point of view have already been developed. Without significant additional investment in the grid, building many more solar fields is impractical.
Existing roofs present a solution. The National Reusable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates that there exists about 3,000 square miles of roof space in the continental United States suitable for solar.
That’s enough to produce 1.4 trillion watt hours of electricity per year or about 35% of the total needed to power the country.
Moreover, whereas new solar fields will need to be sited farther and farther from where the electricity is needed, rooftops are already at the point of use, thereby requiring less new infrastructure.
Additionally, the widely distributed nature of electric production from rooftop solar will tend to stabilize the grid and provide more resilience during storms or other anomalies.
Tax credits and accelerated depreciation provide incentives to a handful of landowners and developers, making solar fields financially attractive. Government needs to find a way to make rooftop solar financially compelling for everyone that owns a roof.
Larry Jordan

McConnell failed to stand up to Trump

The Republican members of the U.S. Senate have demonstrated that they are largely a band of cowards and hypocrites when it comes to holding Donald Trump accountable for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
In this context, the most cowardly and most hypocritical senator of them all is Mitch McConnell, minority leader from Kentucky.
On Feb. 13, when the Senate met to vote on Trump’s second impeachment, McConnell addressed the Senate and “angrily” said that Trump’s actions were “a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.”
He noted that Trump was “morally responsible” for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
He added that though Trump was now out of office, he remains subject to the country’s criminal and civil laws.
However, McConnell’s tough rhetoric was “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” since he had earlier voted against impeaching Trump.
Thus, McConnell employed strong language to publicly excoriate Trump only minutes after he had voted to acquit Trump.
McConnell’s actions demonstrate that he is a shameless coward and hypocrite. He wanted to be viewed simultaneously as a critic and as a supporter of Trump.
In the end, the Senate acquitted the former president, voting 57-43 to convict him but falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to find him guilty. Seven brave and honest Republicans voted to convict Trump. Kudos to these seven for their integrity. Shame on McConnell who wanted to look “tough,” but only looked pathetic as he caved to Trump’s political pressure.
Don Steiner

Rittenhouse letter took info from left

I would like to respond to Joan Wilmarth’s letter (Rittenhouse’s mom bears some blame”) in the Nov. 27 Gazette regarding Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother supposedly driving her son to Wisconsin across state lines with a firearm. I believe if Ms. Wilmarth had done a little research, she would have discovered that this story was a false narrative originally floated by the left-leaning media to disparage both Mr. Rittenhouse and his mother.
Tom McGarry

Cannabis wouldn’t be harmful to town

In regard to The Gazette Nov. 28 article (“Incoming supervisor on the issues”) highlighting the incoming Rotterdam Town Supervisor, Mollie Collins, I take great offense to her insinuation that having a marijuana dispensary in town would keep Rotterdam from being “a nice place to live.”
Having “those types” of businesses in town would keep the taxes earned in our town. It would also keep those using marijuana for their health and pain needs from having to travel to Albany to fill their scripts.
I know first-hand people who use marijuana for pain for which their hometown doctors were more than willing to provide oxycodone prescriptions. Pain medication is one of the great gateways to opioid addiction. Just think if the first drug offered was medical marijuana rather than oxycodone, how many overdoses might be prevented.
Although I choose to abstain from all drugs and alcohol, I have seen the benefits of cannabis for pain, anxiety and insomnia in people I am close to.
Spreading ignorance about the product is not going to help us move past the roadblocks that Big Pharma is continuing to put up to keep us from finding more natural ways to deal with health issues, rather than lining their pockets. Addiction is part of their business plan.
If bars don’t affect the level of “niceness” in our town, then neither should dispensaries (where there is no consumption allowed) or on-site consumption facilities.
Lois Quinn-Ortiz

Biden is to blame for high fuel prices

Regarding Deborah Bender’s letter in the Nov. 29 Gazette (“Too easy to blame Biden for gas prices”) defending Biden, he is in fact responsible for the skyrocketing gas prices.
When President Trump left office, the United States was energy independent. OPEC had no control of our energy needs. Day one Biden shuts down the XL pipeline. It wasn’t about the environment; it’s about the big donors, the environmentalists.
He has the audacity to blame OPEC for our issues.
He shut down drilling in Anwar (Alaska). He has made it next to impossible to get new leases to drill on public land and water. He is pressuring banks to not loan money to energy companies. He is raising taxes on energy companies. In typical Democrat form, he is blaming everyone but his own policies all in an effort to make us buy electric cars.
I’m sure CNN, MSNBC or any of the other DNC approved networks haven’t shared the facts of what has actually caused this problem. Biden and the people that are running his administration want to cram their green energy economy down our throats.
Do you miss President Trump yet? I do.
Dave Edwards

Rotterdam needs nice places to shop

In response to The Gazette Nov. 28 article (“Incoming supervisor on the issues”) about our new Town Supervisor’s plans to make Rotterdam a nice place to live, again. How about a nice place to shop again?
I’d like to know where all these new residents in all the apartment complexes are buying decent clothing.
So we have Walmart; try buying a good quality suit or outfit there. Not everyone wants to shop online or drive to Colonie Center. Please address this concern.
Michelle France


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William Marincic

Don Steiner, Please,
He said: “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

William Marincic

Dave Edwards, imagine living in the tug hill plateau, Watertown, Buffalo, New York City,, the upper Midwest, Minnesota, S. Dakota with a major snowstorm shutting down the highway, thousands and thousands of cars stuck on the road with families,kids,babies, and below zero temperatures and 1000s of electric car with dying batteries trying to heat the car. Imagine living in Florida with a major hurricane coming, the state is forced to evacuate 1 million cars on the road with batteries that will go 300 miles tops and that’s if they’re fully charged, imagine cars broke down in both lanes because the battery died no charging stations and even if they had charging stations how could they charge that many cars when it takes eight hours for a full charge. That’s just a couple scenarios that we deal with every single year all over the country. And they talk about children’s rights yet they don’t care about the little children forced to dig cobalt with their hands in China and these Third World countries.


Who are the “they” that don’t care about “little children”? Do you mean the Chinese people generally or some other “they.” One could argue that our treatment of “dreamers” and desperate families with children at our border would be evidence that we need to start caring more about children, all children. We should clean up our water in all cities, not just Flynt, Michigan to protect our children from the ravages of lead poisoning. That is part of the Democratic infrastructure bill, but that would cost too much. How would Bezos be able to fly into space with “Captain Kirk” if people in his income group had to pay the same tax rate as the rest of us?


William, so applicable to your posts:

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. Essentially, low ability people do not possess the skills needed to recognize their own incompetence. The combination of poor self-awareness and low cognitive ability leads them to overestimate their own capabilities.

The term lends a scientific name and explanation to a problem that many people immediately recognize—that fools are blind to their own foolishness. As Charles Darwin wrote in his book The Descent of Man, “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”

You’re smart enough to know that none of your apocalyptic scenario (“My God, think of the babies!”) will not happen, nor be a source of concern since we’re a long way off from the day when the roads are dominated by electric vehicles. And by the time that happens our development of battery storage and electricity generation will have significantly advanced.
But all you have to whine about is anything the Democrats are pushing for. Your gripes are so simplistic, while your party offers nothing..

There’s a reason Republicans cannot win popular votes. I again invite you to post three agenda items or party platform items that would benefit all Americans. And restoring Donald Trump to the White House is not one.


Imagine a world with efficient and convenient mass transit powered by clean energy. Powerful bullet trains would take us from city to city and coast to coast, with electric buses connecting us to a point close to our actual destination. We could walk or use publicly provided electric bikes to get to our exact destination. We could learn to live on less and more modestly and develop meaningful and cooperative community support systems, really care about each other and all of Earth’s creatures.
Now, imagine a world of rising sea levels with coastal cities drowning, devastating storms creating chaos and destruction throughout the world, our former rich agricultural areas parched for water, our forests burning to ashes, people around the world choking on polluted air, rampant starvation and many species essential to life’s web extinct. Which sounds better? It is probable we will go one way or the other.

William Aiken

The scandals (Russian Collusion, 45’s Fine Peoples comments, Trump called dead soldiers losers, etc) that tanked Trump’s approval ratings all turned out to be lies relentlessly promoted by an oppositional media. Where are the lies that have Biden’s approval ratings sinking below Trump’s numbers?


Your first statement is flat out untrue. Getting away from Tucker Carlson, Alex Jones and similar sources of “news” and relying on long-standing accurate sources (I won’t bother listing them; you know what they are) would prove how false your first statement is. I have no idea what you are trying to say in your second statement.

William Aiken

The Durham reports and the indictments resulting in it, prove the Russian collusion was a hoax engineered by Hilary’s campaign, the fine people hoax was based on rupar video, where an omission of the video reverses its meaning and 25 officials who went on that trip to Europe, where the dead soldiers remark were allegedly made by 45 went on the record to refuted that he ever said it, including Gen. Milley who is no fan of Trump. Where your evidence that proves otherwise, Anthony?

These lies were intentional and served their purpose of damaging the Trump Presidency. That you believe these lies reveals just part of the damage the fake news has done to this country. Before Trump, the media could fool the public they were non-partisan. Trump exposed the media’s double standard like no other president.


The Durham report does not “prove Russian collusion was a hoax.” Some information in the Steele Dossier was questionable but Trump’s “Russia, if you’re listening” comment and the numerous suspicious contacts between Trump operatives, Paul Mannaford, Carter Page, Don Jr. etc. coupled with Trump’s fawning over one of his many autocratic idols, Putin, are powerful evidence of collusion. Trump commented to John Kelly, his chief of staff and he is the source, that he did not understand what veterans got out of fighting for their country. He said something to the effect, what is in it for them?

How about “The Military Times”, William?
Another left-wing organization? More fake news?


DELRAY BEACH, FLa. — A new report details multiple instances of President Donald Trump making disparaging remarks about members of the U.S. military who have been captured or killed, including referring to the American war dead at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018 as “losers” and “suckers.”

Trump said Thursday that the story is “totally false.”

The allegations were first reported in The Atlantic. A senior Defense Department official with firsthand knowledge of events and a senior U.S. Marine Corps officer who was told about Trump’s comments confirmed some of the remarks to The Associated Press, including the 2018 cemetery comments.

The defense officials said Trump made the comments as he begged off visiting the cemetery outside Paris during a meeting following his presidential daily briefing on the morning of Nov. 10, 2018.

Staffers from the National Security Council and the Secret Service told Trump that rainy weather made helicopter travel to the cemetery risky, but they could drive there. Trump responded by saying he didn’t want to visit the cemetery because it was “filled with losers,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The White House blamed the canceled visit on poor weather at the time.

William Marincic

BILL I quit responding to any of them, they don’t have a clue. They live in the communist state of New York which according to the Cato Institute is the least free state in the country along with New Jersey California Oregon and I forget the other one.
They watch shows like Rachel mad cow, CNN and the rest of the liberal mainstream media and all they do is parrot whatever they tell them to say. That’s one thing about the liberals, they stay on task of all the liberal talking points that they push on TV that’s why they believe all those lies about Trump. I wish one of them had the guts to google Mark Levin interview last night with President Trump.

Doug Hampton

Comments like this are exactly why we will never come together as a country. We can never have a meaningful dialogue because Trump has successfully gotten enough folks to just dismiss and demonize the mainstream as fake and inaccurate. It doesn’t even matter what the MSNBC’s or CNN’s say anymore because you automatically have a preconceived thought that it is all lies. I maintain, as I have for a long time, that America is a centrist nation and does not support either extreme. The number of Independents and the voting block supports this notion as well. I don’t understand why you continually put everyone that disagrees with you in a nice little neat box. It simply doesn’t work that way nor is it the truth. I have also said that the insurgence of “newstalk”, particularly on Cable TV, has likely done more damage than good (and that works both ways). We have to stop the name calling and labeling and begin to truly communicate with each other. Corny and naive perhaps but it is very necessary.


“BILL I quit responding to any of them, they don’t have a clue.”

Perfect! Following the mindset of 45, who paid absolutely no attention, other than to berate, 55 percent of the American people as well as the entire Democratic Party.

I guess you think that if we sit through another Trump whine session we’ll suddenly see him as the Glorious Leader you do?
You’re really striking out with your “proofs”.

Obstruction of justice, in all its glory:

“A lot of people say to me, how you survived is one of the most incredible things,” Trump told Fox News host Mark Levin in an interview that aired Sunday night.

“Don’t forget, I fired Comey. Had I not fired Comey, you might not be talking to me right now about a beautiful book of four years at the White House, and we’ll see about the future. The future is going to be very interesting,” Trump continued.

Trump fired Comey in May 2017, which led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. He has offered varying explanations for why he removed Comey and has at times acknowledged the Russia investigation played a role. But Sunday’s comments were among his most direct in saying firing the former FBI director may have prevented his removal from office.

Mueller in a 2019 report laid out 10 instances where Trump may have obstructed justice, one of which was Comey’s ouster. Mueller declined to charge Trump at the time because a sitting president cannot be indicted.


You just say things in the hopes of creating chaos through disinformation and fear. For example, anyone with the slightest knowledge of communism and economics knows New York State is far, far from being communist. On a personal note, I wonder why you choose to stay in this communist state? Why not move to W. Virginia, Alabama, or Mississippi? Or are you here to create the above mentioned chaos to facilitate the rise to power of your favorite autocrat crybaby whiner (boo-hoo they cheated me) Trump. Remember, Gore gracefully bowed out to George Bush in 2000 based on a difference of around 500 votes as a result of a court decision. Hillary won by 3 million popular votes but recognized our system gives the presidency to the man who wins the most electoral votes, giving disproportionate power to low population states. Your hero is the first to whine, cry, and use threats to gain the office he clearly lost. Ask the Georgia Secretary of State how Trump asked him to “find’ the votes he needed to win Georgia. Ask people at the capitol on 1/6 if there were calls to hang Pence because he wouldn’t obey Trump’s illegal order to refuse to certify the electoral count. Your man was willing to end democracy to retain the office which protected him and opened ever more opportunities for grifting.

I have a theory that these people have been drawn to Trump-o-rama out of the frustration that they think they’ve lost control of their lives, and somehow trump will give them the voice they’ve searched for. No matter that trump has a lifetime of severe character flaws, and his non-Christian behavior is well documented.

I also believe the internet has given them the voice they feel was lost or ignored and suddenly they think they have the world’s biggest megaphone to spew all their fears and anger to anyone within earshot.
And like their trump, they think they should be the center of attention, and thrive on poking normal society purely for a reaction. “Hey, look at me! I’m an a__h___ and you can’t do anything about it!” Sadly the cause that’s stepped up to suck them in is White Christian supremacy. There to play on their worst fears, and empty their wallets and pocketbooks.

January 6th was a perfect example of ‘the dog finally catching the car’; Now what? There was no plan, no strategy, just blind rage, exacerbated by an equally clueless, failed leader. Just as we see here. No logic, no deep thinking. Just spleen-venting.


Don Steiner: Thank you for your letter. ~ Mitch McConnell is the the steward of the “new” Republican Party, serving up lies, hypocrisy, and twisted misinformation that, in a large part, is knocking America of the rails of democracy.

Tom McGarry: Regardless of anything related to the Rittenhouse killings, including his mother, the bottom line is that he was a racist punk looking for trouble and the justice system failed his victims and their families.

Dave Edwards: Your letter is a mishmash of scrambled inaccuracies. Trumpsters that are addicted to Fox propaganda lose, or perhaps never have had, the capability of independent thinking.

William Aiken

the bottom line is that he was a racist punk looking for trouble

You are just parroting the media and the President, who both will be facing lawsuits for their false comments. Did you watch the trial? Or are you taking the word of a media that will soon be facing legal action for their comments of malice?


No, I’m not parroting anyone or anything. I’m an independent thinker. I NEVER base my views on the opinions or words of ANY news commentators, be they Laura Ingram or Rachel Maddow. I read, listen to the words, and watch videos of the people who are making the news, not the people talking about it.

When trump speaks, I listen to his words, and what I hear are lies. If it’s not lies, what I hear are childish insults, moronic racist comments with overtones of insanity. No news outlets or commentators influence my opinions.

William Aiken

What evidence do you have that Kyle Rittenhouse is a racist? None of the rioters he shot were black. The black guy who kicked KR in the head wasn’t shot. Race had absolutely nothing to do with this case. And KR admitted he’s a supporter of the BLM movement. All these facts I’ve stated debunk your claim and you’ve offered nothing to back it up. So why cling to your narrative of KR being a racist?


My God man, talking to you seems to be such a waste of time because you pay no attention to anything anyone says. This has been discussed numerous times on this forum but again I say you pay no attention: Only what you want to hear, only what you want to see, only the way you want it to be, nothing else matters. Nothing.

People were peacefully protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29 year old black man who was left paralyzed after a white police officer shot him 7 times, 4 in the back. Rittenhouse, a 17 year old punk, who went out if his way to attend this protest with, yes, racist chip on his shoulder and a loaded AR-15 looking for trouble.

“I’m not a racist person. I support the BLM movement, I support peacefully demonstrating,” Rittenhouse tells Carlson in excerpts of the interview released by Fox News”

He certainly wasn’t carrying a BLM sign fighting for the equality of Black people, he instead was was shooting those that were.

It certainly doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots and determine what kind of a piece of crap racist person Rittenhouse is. – Nice T-shirt he wore right after his acquittal; “Free as a
F – – -“. Shows a lot of remorse and sympathy for the families of the people he killed.

Bill Wemple

Rittenhouse was a punk vigilante who managed to get off on this trial, but he’s the type who is certainly going to do something later in life where he may truly get what he deserves. He was found not guilty, but that certainly does not mean he was innocent. There is a definite difference in terms here.


Did you watch the trial? Of course not. The fact is Rittenhouse came into a volatile situation with an Ar-15 and shot and killed two men. He appeared, in the footage I watched, to be a potential mass killer. I am reasonably certain that is what the men he shot saw. The answer from the gun-rights lobby doesn’t seem to be working. Glorifying guns and encouraging all to “take up arms” will only increase the bloodbath plaguing this nation. What happened in Wisconsin is a tragedy brought on by misinterpretation of the 2nd amendment, which is referencing the need for a militia, and America’s love affair with fire arms.

William Aiken

I guess you know better than the 12 jurors who sat through 14 days of testimony. What video did you watch? KR only shot those who attacked him, first. That’s not murder. It’s self defense. Justice was served. You just don’t like the outcome.


Juries make mistakes. Ask the many men exonerated by dna evidence after spending years, and in some cases decades, imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. The judge in the Rittenhouse case appeared to unfairly favor the defense. When someone is coming at you with an AR-15 what should you do? The fact remains Rittenhouse had no business there, no right to carry his weapon onto the scene and provoked a reaction to him that, in my opinion, was justified. He was better armed and killed two men; he provoked the incident; he was not defending himself. As Louis points out above, Do you think OJ Simpson was in fact innocent? I wonder how it would have looked to Americans if a Black man was armed like Rittenhouse and went marching toward a Proud boys rally that was out of control.

William you using the Durham report to exonerate Trump is like picking a piece of corn out of cow dung and saying this tastes good I can use this …The Durham report is a pile of BS…..If it had any teeth Barr would have released before the election for sure. By the way Happy Holidays

William Aiken

One of the worst analogies I’ve ever seen. First, The Durham report isn’t complete. Second, the indictments in it are proof of Hilary’s operatives being involved in Colluding with Russia and the FBI. Unlike the Mueller report where the indictments were simple process crimes that had nothing to do with Russia collusion.


Please explain the proof that Clinton colluded with Russia. How did she collude with the FBI? Why was the FBI cooperating with her? What was the goal? Are we heading for another interminable money-wasting Ben Ghazi “probe”?


Simple answer Anthony; Clinton a liberal Democrat, no proof but guilty of Russian collusion. Trump an alt-right conservative Republican, a dumpster full of evidence but innocent of Russian collusion.
“Gotta be duh truth man, I seen on Fox.”


When Dave Edwards submits a letter, flashing lights must go off in the Gazette Opinion room. I realize they cannot fact-check letters, but if they did there would always be a warning to check Edward’s statements. First off, being energy independent doesn’t guarantee low fuel prices. The market price is set internationally and is impacted by how much OPEC, which produces almost two-thirds of the world’s oil production, is willing to produce. Hurricanes and massive oil spills in the U.S. add to our shortage on a short-term basis, too. The tar sand (i.e., filthy) oil out of Canada headed for the Gulf Coast to be shipped to Asia via the XL Pipeline would have not produced anything for the U.S. but more pollution. “He (Biden) shut down drilling in Anwar (Alaska).” Wrong again. Drilling has been proposed for many years, but no drilling has occurred and won’t for several cost and environmental reasons. Biden is against drilling in public lands like National Parks and Monuments, just as past presidents have done to protect these U.S. treasures. Finally, I believe that there was a call out for companies to obtain permits to pump a very large area in the Gulf, which incidentally I’m not too happy about. Miss Trump, NEVER.


What is the latest impact of anti-vaxxers, republicans primarily and Fox recently? Read this summary report:

“The US is averaging more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, the first time the country has crossed that threshold in two months. Deaths are also on the rise, with an average of 1,651 people dying from Covid-19 each day over the past seven days. Thanksgiving gatherings are likely one cause of the uptick. The vast majority of new US cases are from the Delta variant. Delta is still the dominant strain across the world, showing up in about 99.9% of coronavirus cases. But the Omicron variant has now been detected in at least 16 states, and has the potential to become the dominant strain nationwide. All of this is especially frustrating and concerning as the holiday season rolls on and scientists scramble to determine whether Omicron is more transmissible and more virulent than other strains.”

That’s why we should mandate that proof of vaccination is required for most activities involving 10 or more people. NYC is now getting tougher; Biden and Congress needs to do the same.

Doug Hampton

I would go even further than that. I have my vaccination card right in my wallet. I treat it like my license meaning I would never go anywhere without it. My wife and I went to a local play in Saratoga on Saturday and they required showing it. I had no problem doing that and it made me feel a lot safer knowing everyone in the theater had their vaccines. Good old fashioned common sense….I see no rational argument against what amounts to safety for all.


The republicans in Congress cannot police their own racist members, especially in the House. McCarthy is not a leader, but a Trump pion with no balls. Here’s a summary of the latest episode of the GOP with the no class, civility or shame:

“Unrest is brewing in the House as two Republican representatives — Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia — continue to double down on racist and divisive rhetoric. Boebert has unleashed a string of anti-Muslim remarks against Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, implying she could be a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer, and calling her and the other lone Muslim representative the “jihad squad.” After a contentious phone call with Boebert last week, Omar says she’s “very confident” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will take action against Boebert, which could include punishments like stripping her of her committee assignments. When Republican Rep. Nancy Mace criticized Boebert for her remarks, Rep. Greene, who regularly courts controversy with inflammatory comments, called Mace “trash” and vowed to support a primary challenge against her.”

They should be censured like Gosar was recently.


Does Mr Edwards read any of these posts? This is from the latest, and at least they might pay more for the privilege, if Congress doesn’t step in to squash the extra fees.

US President Joe Biden will apparently allow new leasing of federal lands for oil and natural-gas exploration, though with new restrictions and higher fees on producers, rather than fulfill a campaign promise to halt drilling.
The US Department of the Interior issued a long-awaited report on the government’s minerals-leasing programs on Friday, recommending that new sales be limited to areas where oil and gas infrastructure already exists. While the plan would prevent opening up new drilling frontiers, such as the Atlantic Seaboard, it allows oil companies to lease new exploration prospects near established fields in places such as the Gulf of Mexico.

Biden’s oil gamble: How US tapping its reserves will influence energy crisis
Other recommendations include demanding increased royalty payments from oil companies, as well as higher bond payments set aside to cover future cleanup costs.

My goodness how many ways and times does the Keystone pipeline have to be explained. Adding to Raymonds post about KS it was only about 10 % built with 90 % of that in Canada.

It does prove these folks only have one echo chamber they get any “news” from as they all keep saying the same thing and as Louis says “only hear what etc,etc we know the rest. To bad these posters and LTE writers wouldn’t at least watch PBS at least once in awhile.

William Marincic

Biden could learn from President Reagan;

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hitman.

–Ronald Reagan


Reagan was a shallow thinker and this statement is an example. A 2% inflation rate is considered part of a growing healthy economy. Higher rates can present problems but are easy to control with proper tax and monetary policies. We are nowhere near the type of inflation that is violent, frightening or deadly. Again, I see that assertion as another attempt on the part of the alt-right to create instability and fear, fertile ground for wannabe autocrats.


That’s all Reagan had, pithy statements that someone else wrote. Not an original thought in his weakened mind. Nancy did all his thinking!


“Biden could learn from President Reagan;”

According to following Napoleon Bonaparte quote, he could also learn from Trump: “In politics stupidity is not a handicap”. Stupid leader with many stupid followers. The alt-right trumpian bloggers on this forum certainly seem to confirm that.

Bill Wemple

Larry Jordan:
Imagine having all these huge empty metal barn roofs supplying electricity to power your milking machines, power lights and running fans to cool off hay lofts and be able to leave their fields alone to use them as intended? Sure there will be off weather days, but overall your electrical use off the grid will go down. If you don’t need the electricity, then rent out your roof to a utility and collect something for it instead of it just soaking up heat all day (and where you have to cool it too).
Take all these flat-topped factory and commercial roofs using solar panels to cut down electrical usage for lighting and cooling systems. Fact of matter is we are continuously adding more load to the electrical grid that has already reached its capacity, and we cannot build enough infrastructure fast enough to accommodate the growth. Is it any wonder why sales of whole home generators are on the rise? the grid is failing constantly. Those generators can cost several grand and you might only use them a few times a year if so unlucky it needs to be run. There should also be developer incentives for new housing developments to include solar or another alternatives like geothermal built-in. I hate seeing giant fields of panels over arable land better suited for growing things while we have so much wasted roof space just soaking up heat instead of being put to use to power what’s under it.

Let’s not let the small-minded rule the debate, this isn’t just about solar energy. It’s about sustainable energy, and especially in the agriculture world, biogas is a viable alternative. It’s always been a source of angst for me that we have such a prolific dairy industry in this state, and we have concerns about the waste from cows, yet there hasn’t been a concerted effort to help farmers build biogas digesters on site which have been proven to be viable sources of energy.

William M. Stop quoting Reagan he wasn’t the god you thought he was …He raised interest rate to 20.5% do you see interest rates anywhere close to that now? By the way Happy Holidays William

Doug Hampton

Furthermore he has been discarded like an old pair of shoes by the right! Go back 5 or so years and Sean Hannity and the like had him up on Mt Rushmore! How quickly one can fall!

William TrumpT***s just worship their Cult Leader Trump ….Oh William how about that Dow Jones today …Biden is doing a great job with the stock market …By the way William Happy Holidays


“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait… “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the p- – -y. You can do anything.”

—donald trump


We should keep reminding them of the Hollywood tapes over and over again. If ever proof existed of a man’s poor character, it rests in the comments you quote from the tapes with one of G. Bush’s cousins giggling in the background. But the world is shook to its foundations when Biden puts his arm around a woman’s shoulders in a fatherly way, in public, with no sexual overtones at all. But keep praising the most disgusting, perverted, narcissistic, megalomaniac who ever lived, the would be dictator of the United States, the Lord of Fools, His Foulship Donald (gag me,) Trump. YUCK. p.s. Al Franken should have stayed in the Senate.

William Marincic

“We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions”

—Ronald Reagan


A more relevant quote to your words:

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ~
Martin Luther King Jr.

The Continental Army “took over the airports” from the British during the American Revolutionary War in the 1770s

President Donald Trump


Guy, we should post more quotes. It is too late to look them up, but one involved the possibility of dropping a nuclear bomb into a hurricane to break it up and no one can forget asking the doctors to consider somehow getting bleach into the body, the lungs of a covid patient because it is a great disinfectant. Then there’s horsepaste (invermectin, a livestock parasitic), and hydroxychloroquine and his memorable assurance that covid would disappear in a week or two, you know, magically.

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