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Letters to the Editor Thursday, Dec. 30

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GOP is far removed from party of Lincoln

From WDGJ to Fox, right wing media uses the derogatory term RINO to describe any Republican who isn’t loyal to Trump in an attempt to purge them from this new “party of Lincoln,” which is no longer bound by their oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s claim that his is “the party of Lincoln” is intended to reinforce public belief in its legitimacy as a major political party.
But when the first Republican president waged a civil war to preserve the Union, while the last Republican president incited an insurrection to destroy that Union, it’s time to ask at long last whether McCarthy has any sense of decency.
Today’s Republican Party, though purportedly a political party, is no longer “the party of Lincoln.” It is, in fact, an instrumentality of a conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States. The real RINOs are the traitors who violated their oath of office, pledged allegiance to an unstable authoritarian, embraced the Big Lie and belong to a political party with a fascist ideology that threatens our national security.
John Pagoda
Rensselaer

Silly signage leaves a visitor guessing

Here’s a silly letter to start 2022.
If you drive to Schenectady on Route 5 from Scotia (part of the town of Glenville), the sign on the Western Gateway Bridge reads, “Glenville.”
Every other community in the universe posts a sign as you enter. So presumably “Glenville” is one of those river islands one can see on the river below.
No wait, you can’t see because the bridge builders blocked our view going in that direction.
Now reverse course and drive from Schenectady to Scotia on Route 5 over the same Western Gateway Bridge. Now you are greeted with a sign that says, “Rotterdam.”
At least now you can see the river below, but where is Rotterdam?  It’s not the city of Schenectady I just left, nor is it the town of Scotia I just entered. One wonders where Glenville and Rotterdam are.
Larry Lewis
Glenville

Paper needs more balanced coverage

In a truly unbiased newspaper, the news stories would be just that – news stories, who, what, where, when, why, and how.
The Op-Ed pages would be divided evenly between conservative and liberal viewpoints.
Unfortunately, that isn’t currently the case with The Gazette.
When you switched over from the New York Times and Washington Post to the Associated Press, I was hoping for a return to impartial reporting. Instead, it’s just as bad, if not worse.
There’s no reason to add needless adjectives and adverbs to the news stories, such as “Trump FALSELY claims…”, or “…the DEBUNKED claim involving Hunter Biden’s laptop…” One from October really rankled me “…he joined lawmakers pushing UNSUPPORTED THEORIES ABOUT COVID-19 IMMUNITY.”
That would be natural immunity, which appears to be scientifically accepted in every country in the world except one.
The proper way to deal with this is as follows: “Trump claims …, however, John Doe from [agency XYZ] says that …” You can then add a quote from the other side if needed. The only time you should add an adverb to the story is if the claim is 100% false, like claiming that the Earth is flat, or that the Sun revolves around it. Your Op-Ed pages are at least 10-1 in favor of radical Democrats. How about bringing that down to 5-1 or lower? You shouldn’t have to wait a week to read a column from the conservative viewpoint. Also, how about nixing all editorials that refuse to distinguish between illegal and legal immigration?
Kenneth Truman
Albany

 

 

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ChuckD December 31, 2021
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Digging through the manure so you don’t have to…

Mike Lindell Calls Fans Impatient for Trump Reinstatement ‘Bots and Trolls’

On his Thursday livestream, Lindell lashed out at “bots” and “trolls” on his Facebook page who “are growing increasingly restless awaiting Donald Trump’s reinstatement as president, as an endless stream of self-imposed deadlines touted by the pillow executive has come and gone,” the Daily Beast reported.

According to Lindell, people have been interrupting his Facebook Live broadcasts with comments like, “Mike, you keep making promises. I don’t see Donald Trump.”

“You guys, those are bots and trolls!” Lindell railed, calling them “relentless.”

“Any real person out there would know we are doing everything we can!” he said.
Referring to his promises of Trump’s reinstatement, Lindell continued: “I’m just optimistic everybody, because I’ll tell you what, it’s going to happen. We have truth on our side, God’s on our side, this is a battle of good and evil.”

ChuckD December 31, 2021
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And as a legendary radio voice used say, “Here’s the rest of the story…”
It’s worth a read if anyone wants to try to understand what these people see as reality.

Much more linkage in the posting.
https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/52196/are-young-liberal-women-more-likely-to-have-a-mental-health-condition
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…Your first source claims “A 2020 Pew Research study reveals that over half of white, liberal women have been diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point.” The author bases this not a Pew document itself, but on a Twitter thread by political science graduate student Zach Goldberg, who describes himself as a “Wokeness Studies scholar”.

The source in question is a Pew Research Center American Trends Panel (ATP) survey conducted March 19 to March 24, 2020, in the early weeks of the covid-19 pandemic “to understand how Americans are continuing to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.” This isn’t a random telephone survey, but a Pew effort to track changes among a generally static, broadly representative group of participants. Each year the participants are sent survey questions; this year 11,537 people from the pool responded via web surveys or the wireless tablets they were provided.

Several questions asked directly about the developing pandemic, such as how closely the respondent had been following the news, whether they had prayed about the outbreak, and what they thought the government should do in response.

The last question was “Has a doctor or other healthcare provider EVER told you that you have a mental health condition?” According to Pew, 18% of respondents indicated “yes.”

ANTHONY J SANTO December 31, 2021
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Last line: That’s why progressives think the way they do and are more left than liberals.

I can give many more reasons to people who need them: on demand.

ANTHONY J SANTO December 31, 2021
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Fact: During and after the Trump administration our country has been divided more than at any time since the civil war.

No other administration has caused the chaos that the Trump administration has caused.

Some dispute the fact that African-Americans have been mistreated to varying degrees, from slavery to being forced to sit in the back of the bus and use inferior public facilities, bathrooms, water fountains etc. Or they want to ignore the fact.

Loud mouths from the white Christian Nationalist Church movement, favored by one of Trump’s top co-conspirators, Michael Flynn, is tearing families and our country apart.

Does anyone who participates in this forum see themselves in the above description?

That’s why progressives think the way they and are more left than liberals.

William Marincic December 31, 2021
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From my post above and I feel the same way that’s why I’m no longer a Democrat.

I am constantly trying to figure out why liberals/Democrats think the way they do and believe in such destructive policies that tear our families and society apart.

https://wbckfm.com/new-pew-study-white-liberals-mental-problems/

Florida2015 December 30, 2021
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For me especially now this works.
“Science is not the truth. Science is finding the truth. When science changes its opinion, it didn’t lie to you. It learned more.”

Guy Varoma December 30, 2021
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William I only post factual information ..The New York times and political are good sources ….They actually cited provisions in the program …It holds mostly true that a Republican program will most likely help the rich no matter what its called ..If you like please post hard data where Opportunity Zones helped people in mass in low income zones and poverty zones …The program was passed in 2017 and I neither heard or read where it was a big success. Like I said it’s just read meat for the always Trumpers to flaunt with no actual data to back it up

William Marincic December 30, 2021
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This is BIG NEWS.
After December 31, 2021, the CDC will withdraw the emergency use authorization of the PCR test for COVID-19 testing. The CDC finally admitted the test does not differentiate between the flu and COVID virus.

https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs/2021/07-21-2021-lab-alert-Changes_CDC_RT-PCR_SARS-CoV-2_Testing_1.html

William Marincic December 30, 2021
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When I say Liberalism is a mental disorder I now have the proof to back it up. I hear crickets on those two posts.

Guy Varoma December 30, 2021
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I still don’t know how “Opportunity Zones” have ever helped anyone in mass. Ive read several articles in the NYT that all it is a windfall for the rich. Opportunity zones were created in 2017 to allow wealthy investors to avoid the federal capital gains tax by reinvesting their profits in funds that invest in designated census tracts that are high poverty or low income, or next door to a tract that meets those standards. Politico says Opportunity zones were created in 2017 to allow wealthy investors to avoid the federal capital gains tax by reinvesting their profits in funds that invest in designated census tracts that are high poverty or low income, or next door to a tract that meets those standards. And were invested in areas that were already on the upswing anyway…All this is another Trump Myth that they like to repeat instead of doing real research on

Doug Hampton December 30, 2021
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It has been an interesting day today and I am being very kind. We may have hit an all time low of BS! I did get a good laugh at “says you” and all that jibberish directed at Lou! Again quite a day!

LOUIS RESTIFO December 30, 2021
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There are at least three reasons as to why I actually like this post that William earlier put up.

William Marincic
December 30th, 2021
Lou you can never tell the truth, I know that lying is a trait of most democrats but you overuse it. I have always said I was a rabid liberal up until 2000 when I became a conservative. If you have anything different then show it or be quiet, there is already enough bull on this page by you lefties.

Firstly, saying “Lou you can never tell the truth” exemplifies the absolute ridiculousness of so many of his statements. Two plus two equals four, I just said it and it’s the truth.

Secondly, I got a chuckle when he referred to himself as once being “a rabid liberal”. I now believe him to be a “rabid” conservative, and what immediately came to mind was the number 2 definition: (of an animal) affected with rabies.

Thirdly, if anyone becomes upset with the many redundant, Fox parroted comments William continually posts, all one need say are his own words back at him: “If you have anything different then show it or be quiet, there is already enough bull on this page by you….”

Guy Varoma December 30, 2021
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I can’t help but to laugh at today’s postings…I see panic posting when they are cornered to answer factual posts …God Bless America

William Marincic December 30, 2021
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Not on the big issues, not when it came to censure and taking away committee leadership.

ANTHONY J SANTO December 30, 2021
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Thanks for all the work ChuckD, very informative and interesting. Frightening too.

William Marincic December 30, 2021
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Firstly, the modern self-identified strain of ‘liberalism’ is explicitly correlated with mental illness. Studies of the mentally ill have found that they tend to vote less conservative and more liberal (Howard and Anthony, 1977; Kelly, 2014) . One paper, for example, found that 78 percent of mental illness outpatients in Germany preferred liberal political candidates, compared to just 56 percent of the general public. More recently, Kirkegaard (2020) analyzed the General Social Survey data and found that extreme liberals had a 150 percent increase in the rate of mental illness compared to moderates. Conservatives — even extreme conservatives — were 17 percent and 24 percent less likely than moderates, respectively, to have been diagnosed with mental illness. Meanwhile, Pew Research Center’s March 2020 American Trends Panel Survey similarly showed that 38 percent of ‘very liberal’ whites have been told by a doctor that they have a mental health condition (compared to 20 percent of moderates and 15 percent of the ‘very conservative’).

https://spectatorworld.com/life/liberalism-really-mental-illness/

LOUIS RESTIFO December 30, 2021
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BTW, I was a member of the communist party up until 1889, then I became an alt-right ultra conservative for a whole bunch more years until this Monday past, I think, but then I determined they did not have my best interest anymore. Now I’m a liberal democrat…Therefore, making any statement I blurt out to be far more credible than anything anyone else could possibly say. Got it!

Oh, and if you don’t agree with what I just said, Guy, I’m begging you please don’t respond.

Florida2015 December 30, 2021
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William,
To ChuckD’s answer add you joined the party that bought us Afghanistan, Iraq, housing crash, and almost crashing the economy, tea party, no immigration solution, no infrastructure bill, tried to kill health care for the many (failed thanks to one of those RINO’s) to name a few. But you guys did get a deficit add of 2 trillion or so with tax cuts. Please name your accomplishments that would overshadow these great accomplishments your party did.

William Marincic December 30, 2021
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BTW, I was a liberal democrat up until the year 2000 when I realized they were for criminals over victims and they did not have my best interests anymore. They were too liberal.

Florida2015 December 30, 2021
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Mr Truman, Don’t read the DG. Try NYP the Hunter, Hunter foreign owned source cited by some posters on here.

LOUIS RESTIFO, Excellant recovery.
Don’t ask me how the above empty post, short of an apostrophe, ended up on the forum, but regardless it makes more sense than some of Fred’s.

Louis, I might add it makes more sense than some LTE and some posts by the usual suspects from the alternate world of facts and truth. Remember Kelly Ann Conway’s famous answer to the truth? “Alternate facts” We read that every day on this forum.

All great conversations today (excluding some)and it’s only noon.

William Marincic December 30, 2021
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John Pagoda wrong again. A RINO has nothing to do with Trump, it’s a Lisa Murkowski that sides with democrats more than Republicans. Nice try though. You realize that Trump is not our President right now, right?

Guy Varoma December 30, 2021
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Fred. Those who left the Union and started a war by firing on the United States at Fort Sumter, South Carolina committed an act of treason against the nation.

Texas v. White, holds that the states cannot secede from the union by an act of the state. Stop trying to rewrite history Fred

LOUIS RESTIFO December 30, 2021
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When crimes committed are the most heinous of any, being the exploitation of children including sexual abuse and sex trafficking, and the continuing build up of evidence in a case is solid and overwhelming, how in the name of God can anyone in good conscience defend people like Ghislaine Maxwell?

I know that any defendant in a criminal trial is assumed to be innocent until they are proven guilty, and I agree with that. I also believe everyone, including Maxwell, is entitled to a fair trial, but regardless of it being their job I just can’t wrap my head around how anyone can be willing to defend obvious child abuse. Consider, in all likelihood, after reviewing the evidence they too believe her to be guilty.

I also wonder who these conscience lacking defense attorneys voted for.

LOUIS RESTIFO December 30, 2021
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Seems to me Kenneth Truman has a problem with reality, and considers the Daily Gazette to be a biased newspaper because he doesn’t like some of the facts printed in the paper.

ANTHONY J SANTO December 30, 2021
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Most Republicans before the emergence of the uncompromising, in your face, tea-party faction, which led directly to POT (Party of Trump) would have been appalled by what their party has become. Keep in mind many people are leaving POT. Those remaining are not true to American values; the flag stands against everything they support: cheating and violence to keep an incompetent scoundrel in power as a dictator, discouraging widespread voting because they know that minorities are mostly Democrats, and putting partisanship before patriotism, for example in trying to stop the investigation into 1/6 by any means possible.

Doug Hampton December 30, 2021
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Great letter John Pagoda. First of all, by today’s standards Lincoln would be considered a moderate so I always chuckle to myself when I hear “Trump is the greatest President since Lincoln”. Secondly….think about it….the R’s have to go all the way back 160 years to find a great President to get Trump that credibility that the R’s are seeking. Poor Ronny Reagan truly got shunned in the process. The current R party is truly unrecognizable and I wear the label of RINO with great pride , so much that I simply left altogether.

ChuckD December 30, 2021
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Truman’s letter kinda sums up our dilemma here in America, and around the world. There aren’t two sides. This isn’t a difference of opinion or of a different point of view.

This about a large number of people who put aside facts, put aside reality as it stares them in the face, and insist it’s not. Even his emphasis added (I’m pretty sure the DG doesn’t CAPITALIZE those words that he does) shows how challenging those clarifiers are for him.

They are used because that point needs to made, over, and over, and over again. Trump DOES falsely claim, repeatedly, and has for years long before he claimed Obama wasn’t a natural citizen.

The claims about “herd immunity” have been debunked, at the levels these people want to believe. Herd immunity does exist, even Dr. Fauci states this, but these people just want to be done with what so many of them see as a hoax anyway, that they want to define what herd immunity is.

The Hunter Biden meme has not been proven, nor has any proof been offered, nor has any law enforcement entity expressed any interest in it. And it being pushed by those who believe the aforementioned falsehoods.

Thank you Mr. Truman, for giving us this day an eloquent encapsulation of the misguided mindset we in the reality-based world are having to contend with, while we deal with an infection that’s killed close to a million Americans. Sorry those adjectives and adverbs rub you the wrong way, but maybe you all need to learn a little humility and introspection. But you deny that too.

And what Guy said above.

Guy Varoma December 30, 2021
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John Pagoda it seems your opinion got posted…..The problem you have is that 90% of what Republicans and Trump says is total BS…How can one be objective when the sources of the news give you red meat to chew on that are lies and half truths

FRED BARNEY December 30, 2021
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With respect to the Civil War it should be remembered that hundreds of thousands died be cause because the idea that a union voluntarily could be exited by state.

FRED BARNEY December 30, 2021
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