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Letters to the Editor Friday, Jan. 7

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County, city should make shelter a right

Shelter is a human right. I’m calling on the new Schenectady City Council and the Schenectady County Legislature to pass a resolution in 2022 “guaranteeing shelter” to those in need who present as homeless in the city and county of Schenectady regardless of the temperature outside.
As it stands, we have a wealth of resources in community shelters, organizations and funding from the American Rescue Plan to ensure those experiencing homelessness in our community have access to shelter regardless of temperature.
In 2016, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo set the initial compassionate standard to shelter the homeless when temperatures dropped below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
The executive order became widely known as “Code Blue.”
The standard remains in place today and is meant to make it easier for those experiencing homelessness to secure shelter during dangerous winter weather. A resolution from the Schenectady City Council and the Schenectady County Legislature would provide a meaningful new standard for those experiencing homelessness in our community to rely on when they encounter barriers to temporary and ongoing shelter.
This stated commitment will build on the network of resources available to those experiencing homelessness during a Code Blue and extend this safety net throughout the year, setting a new compassionate standard that shelter is a right.
Chad Putman
Schenectady

Don’t let evil forces kill our democracy

This new year brings me to a troubling reality: our democracy is under assault and 2022 will be a year crucial to its existence.
Trumpist Republicans, still using the lie of a stolen election, continue to undermine the foundations of democracy. Several top officials, led by a man angry over his loss at the polls, plotted to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power on Jan. 6, 2021.
Words like treason and sedition come to mind when individuals place loyalty to a leader over their duty to their country, especially when that leader will stop at nothing to achieve the power he deems is his right, even if it means trampling upon our country’s legacy and acting against the will of the majority.
Speak out, speak up and vote!
If we want our country to remain the “leader of the free world,” we’re going to have to be vigilant, using words and lawful actions to protect democracy’s future.
This is our crucible, our crossroads. Will we allow an evil force led by a would-be dictator to destroy our republic? The way we respond to this threat will determine how our children — and the world — come to define American democracy.
Patricia Johnson Devine
Northville

Listen to physicians on masks, vaccines

Over my almost 40 years of medical practice in Schenectady, those of us in health care were subject to both mask and vaccine mandates, which were universally accepted.
It is very hard for those of us in medicine to comprehend the very vocal minority protesting well-established public health policies.
It was very upsetting to read about newly elected Rotterdam Board member, Joe Mastroianni, refusing to wear a mask at the indoor board meeting. He claimed that the “research he has done does not show that masks stop the spread of COVID.”
This non-medical person’s research totally contradicts the actual medical literature and the belief of virtually every expert in the medical community.
For almost two years now, people caring for critically ill covid patients have begged the public to mask up and get vaccinated.
Mr. Mastroianni has to realize that now that he is a publicly elected official, his words and actions have a broad effect. It is unquestionable that people will get sick and die if they choose to follow his example. I implore Mr. Mastroianni and other public figures to embrace established public health guidelines so we can finally put an end to this nightmare.
Barry Lindenberg, MD
Irvine, California
The writer is a former Niskayuna resident and one of the founders and Vice President of Cardiology Associates of Schenectady and the former Medical Director of the Echocardiography Laboratories at Ellis and St. Clare’s Hospitals.

 

Put focus on overall health to beat covid

For the party that claims to want unity, they are sure sending some mixed messages here.
I think that we should all take a page out of the book of John Dutton. And if this is what progress looks like, we should be the world that progress runs into.
This is not progressivism. This is just lunacy. It is ridiculous. And, again, this is race-baiting identity politics, which is all the left has.
But I think that there’s a bigger conversation to be had here as we have all discussed. We need to be focusing treatments and therapeutics on those that are more vulnerable, but in the bigger picture for this nation, we need to be talking about overall health.
If you recall, in the last two years of the pandemic, we have had gyms, AA meetings and other things that have had limited capacity shut down altogether. So if we want to talk about helping those that are most vulnerable, whatever their race or ethnicity is, we should be talking about overall health. We should be talking about how we treat people. I’m of the opinion that freedom works best for everybody.
Maybe the left should get a dose of that.
Domenico Dicaprio
Voorheesville

 

Paper should stop promoting division

At what point do we say enough is enough and lead with kindness?
The political cartoon in the Dec. 29 Gazette of the 2022 “baby” pushing the “radical left” person in a wheelchair over a cliff is over the top.
The cartoon does not attempt to be anything but divisive and horribly slanted to the conservative (note: not right), selfish point of view.
As the new year, the new start of 2022 arrives, please make a true effort to present balanced cartoons or nothing would be better than what has been included. We all need to make an effort to understand each other and come together. Please help and stop promoting divisiveness.
Liz Mastrianni
Schenectady

Some traditions should be retained

Can’t any traditions be left alone? County dairy promotion programs are being forced by the PC police to abandon the items identifying their dairy princesses because one young man wished to compete for the title.
Local programs for years have allowed boys to participate as “dairy dudes” or ambassadors.
These young men were satisfied with the notion that the dairy princess is a young lady!
Apparently, that isn’t acceptable anymore. Now a tradition dating back to the 1950s is coming to an end.
Everybody is so afraid of being sued nowadays that virtually every organization is a target. Isn’t it about time we started saying:  No, we’re not changing this based on one unhappy individual? If not, I guess the Albany County Tulip Queen will be the next head on the chopping block.
Peggy Grandy
Scotia

 

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Doug Hampton

Indeed….a well written and thoughtful letter.
On the other hand I am not really sure what Domenico DiCaprio is really trying to say here. Sounds more like a rant than a coherent well thought out letter. She just sounds mad at the left but not entirely sure for what.

Ornamental

Excellent letters today from Dr Lindenberg on masks and vaccines and from Ms Devine on the continued threat to Democracy. When we focus on the facts,

147 Republicans voted against certifying the election results on Jan. 6, 2021, subverting the will of voters and spreading lies to justify their action (lies they continue to spread today).

Outside, a mob of Trump supporters threatened the vice president and members of Congress. Smashing windows, they broke into the Capitol. 7 people died as a result of the attack, including three police officers.

If sabotaging the vote and violently attacking our government isn’t what a real-life attack on Democracy looks like, you’re blind.

And for those who want to deflect from the shocking facts of January 6 by arguing “what about violent ______ protestors [insert BLM, Antifa, socialist] who smash and burn businesses and harm people who oppose them?” Violence is not acceptable, full stop. So your what-aboutisms are irrelevant.

RAYMOND HARRIS

One of those 147 anti-democratic republicans was Elise Stefanik. North Country voters should be reminded of it come election day.

Chad Putman A big problem with what you are proposing is many of the homeless do not want to go to shelters. There are many shelters available but because they have rules and regulation like no drinking alcohol and no doing drugs they would rather stay on the streets. A lot of the problem is mental health that should be in the forefront to help these people.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Correct Zachary, and I want to add something very relevant to this story. It was Ronald Reagan who spearheaded the move to de-institutionalize the mentally ill, which hurt the hurt them by depriving them of the care they needed, and created great problems for society. From Wickipedia:

“The Mental Health Systems Act of 1980 (MHSA) was U.S. legislation signed by President Jimmy Carter which provided grants to community mental health centers. In 1981 President Ronald Reagan and the U.S. Congress repealed most of the law. The MSHA was considered landmark legislation in mental health care policy.”

Money shouldn’t always be the bottom line.

William Marincic

In response to Mr. Robert Kahn’s June 27 letter on homelessness in the Conejo Valley, I would like to correct one glaring error that he made. Mr. Kahn states: “The Reagan administration closed all mental institutions.”

I’ve heard this myth stated by some politically motivated individuals before. However, this statement is patently false.

In 1980, under Jimmy Carter, the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980 was passed. This bill provided federal grants to local community mental health centers. One year later, the 96th Congress, with a Democratic majority in both houses, repealed the act.

Reagan signed the repeal, which was placed on his desk by Congress, but he was merely following the wishes of the elected representatives of his constituents.

Reagan agreed with the majority of the Democrats that it was better to allow the states to retain control of funding and operations in mental health institutions.

What Reagan did do, as governor of California, was to sign the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act in 1972. That bipartisan legislation made mandatory institutionalization of mental health patients by family members and civil courts illegal. That way a bad judge or vindictive relative couldn’t have you locked up indefinitely at a state hospital.

The result of that humanitarian legislation was that populations in state hospitals dropped, but Reagan didn’t directly oversee, direct or cause any hospital closures.

The majority of mental hospitals in California were actually closed in the late 1990s, when Pete Wilson formed a task force to examine state hospital operations. The task force found that the populations of many state hospitals had dropped dramatically and the per-capita costs had skyrocketed to $114,000 per year.

This led to closures of several facilities, including Camarillo State Hospital.

https://www.toacorn.com/articles/reagan-didnt-close-institutions/

ANTHONY J SANTO

Currently the most important fact dividing this country with awful and threatening consequences is that the majority of Republicans refuse to acknowledge Trump lost the election. Untold schemes, dangerous, illegal,and unconstitutional,threaten the fabric of our nation.

To stop and work toward a return to normal political processes and comity would require Republican leaders to return to their initial condemnation of the insurrectionists, their motives and goals, from the foot soldiers at the Capitol to the chief provacateur sitting in the White House watching the violence on TV with glee, by some accounts of people close to him.

Serious penalties must be dealt out to all who planned ,encouraged, participated in, and incited the immediate violence by telling them if they didn’t win, they would lose their country. And to the many people, notably Peter Navarro, who based on unsubstantiated claims of fraud wanted to send the slates of electors back to the six swing states, creating confusion that would throw the election to the Republican House.

To survive we must go back to a system that trusts election results and when they are disputed look to the courts, secretary generals of the States, and audits to settle the disputes.

Read How Al Gore accepted defeat at the hands of GWB, even though he won a majority popular vote. The election was settled in court by some 500 votes. Look at how Hillary accepted defeat though she won the popular vote by 3 million. These two candidates settled and stepped down with grace, knowing that a peaceful transfer of power and acceptance of the vote are essential to democracy. They put country first and personal ambition second.

Today, we see a bitter, sore loser, putting his desire for power (dictatorial?) over the good of the nation. That is all that is important to him. He just can’t grasp that it is far too late to get a good reputation in American history, His disgusting and vain attempts to stay in control in spite of losing the election will forever result in his portrayal as an American villain.

I am certain, The Cruzs, McConnells, Brooks, Grahams, Hawleys, Gosars, Gohmerts, Boeberts, Greene,s etc. will be seen the same way.

Stand up, divorce yourself from Trumpism, Help heal the nation and make it more democratic. You will feel better.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Thank you Tony, you are spot on. What is truly pathetic is that he just doesn’t care.

LOUIS RESTIFO

What a laugh!

“Why waste time trying to discover the truth, when you can so easily create it?” David Baldacci

Here’s what we know about the source for your “facts”:
You copied and pasted an online letter from Chris Coleman of
Moorpark. No idea who he is, what kind of authority (if any) he is. No idea if he’s the local garbage man.

He certainly sounds convincing though, which seems to be all it takes for you folks.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Shortly after the violent attempt on 1/6 to deny the winner of the 2020 presidential election Joseph Biden, his victory, and keep the loser in power, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, in no uncertain terms, called the mob terrorists and said there was no doubt Donald Trump provoked them. He added:
“We have a CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM in this country. We have civil litigation and former presidents are not immune from being held accountable by either one.”

Gee, I wonder what he meant? Any Trump enthusiasts have a take on it, other than what he clearly said?

ANTHONY J SANTO

Just to add a little more context, Fred has posted many times that all Floyd had to do to save himself was say “I surrender” though he was handcuffed and, literally under Chauvin’s knee until he suffocated after nine plus interminable minutes. Thus, he reasons this was a justifiable police action.

However, in his comments concerning the death of Ashley Babbitt he seems to assume her shooting by Black officer Byrd was motivated by racism, not her being part of a group violently using police shields and other objects to break into the Halls of Congress while threatening the lives of Mike Pence, for not following Trump’s orders in rejecting swing state electoral votes thereby sending the election to the Republican House, Nancy Pelosi and others.

A double standard seems obvious. This comment was meant for Louis’ and Doug’s comments about deleted posted involved in this discussion yesterday. I also was confused as the topic was racism and I don’t recall any profanity or inappropriate material

ANTHONY J SANTO

That arrogant, entitled, elitist, little snot has nothing serious to say about anything. I can’t stand looking at his arrogant face.

By the way, the above or below in this section) comment was intended for Doug and Louis regarding a deleted dialogue yesterday that seemed to break no rules.

William Marincic

Barry Lindenberg, MD Maybe and maybe not, but one thing is clear, 95% of all infections in New York State right now are omicron. According to all medical experts the omicron variant is highly contagious but the death rate is almost very low unless you have major underlying health issues . Pro golfer Phil Mickelson said last week why not let everybody catch the omicron to build up a resistance to Covid because this virus is not going anywhere it’s gonna be here forever just like the flu. Joe Biden campaign promise was getting rid of the virus he hasn’t done a very good job. When is enough enough ? When are we going to stop closing schools, when are we going to go back to life as we knew it? This is a control issue President Biden says the unvaccinated are killing the vaccinated yet medical science is saying that even if you’re vaccinated you can catch the virus and you can pass it on. Let’s stop with the mixed messaging, let’s stop attacking the children and letting them live, studies are starting to come out that the children are being harmed more than you can imagine because of no in person schooling. Phil Mickelson was right about one thing this virus will be here forever just like the flu just like the colds that we get every year.

Most schools are open, and the ones that are going virtual are due to staff shortages. While I’m not too concerned about my young children contracting COVID, since they tend to handle it better than adults, I also wouldn’t want their teacher going to school and teaching class while knowingly having COVID, just as I wouldn’t want them coming to school with the flu. So what do you propose then? Openly allowing teachers that test positive to COVID to come to school and spread it around? Seems a bit irresponsible to me. Would you knowingly hang out with friends that tested positive? I’m vaxxed and boosted, but I still wouldn’t put myself in that situation. And if I had a coworker test positive, I would hope they had the sense to stay home. So tell us Bill, what is your solution.

William Marincic

I’m vaxxed and boosted as well because of underlying medical conditions. I don’t know that Albany schools are closed because of staff shortages. I know that Chicago schools are closed because the teachers union voted to close them. Since when does the teachers union tell parents when and when they won’t teach their children. They got $5 billion to renovate the Chicago school system it’s all about the Benjamins baby.

Bill Wemple

Just reading a post recently: “Both the unvaccinated and vaccinated can catch COVID”. A medical doctor responded: “Both Serena Williams and I can play tennis…”

Doug Hampton

I love it Bill! Gave me a good laugh! We have to stop equating COVID to the flu. Yes they have some things in common for sure. We must still continue to listen to science even when at times it appears they are not 100% sure as to what the next right move may be. I am sick and tired of all these Fauci bashers and folks criticizing Doctors and Scientists for changing their recommendations and advice on how to deal with COVID. This is a huge challenge and they are learning as they go. Each variant has been very different which just adds to the already difficult challenge. Some of us could use a little more common sense and dispense with the politicization of a very dangerous virus.

Yes, because it’s important that we hear the expert testimony from auto dealership employees on global pandemics and how to manage them.
They truly are the medical experts we need to heed.

FRED BARNEY

The people who believe CRT theory also hold Blacks in contempt for bring children into a lifelong of suffering. Given what you find acceptable I see why your comments are not signed

Smart move.
Like Florida below, I checked it out and it’s not MSN. Or rather it’s a news story from the Daily Caller (Tucker Carlson’s creation) gathered by MSN.

FRED BARNEY continues to demonstrate why a career in litigation is likely not in his future.

Guy Varoma

Barry Lindenberg, MD great letter, But as you can see from a couple who post here ..They will believe a guy on Youtube or some fringe rightwing website like “Revolver News” before a trained Doctor as yourself. It is really pitiful Two people in our area were big Trump Supporters and refused to take the vaccine ..Both got covid ..The wife died and the man is still alive but has a long recovery ahead of him…All because a President they thought was a god didn’t handle the pandemic the right way. From day one he made it political …God Bless America

William Marincic

For a guy that didn’t handle the pandemic very well President Trump got us three vaccines in record time and oh by the way less people died under his watch then have died under Joe Biden’s watch.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Comparing death counts is disgusting. If Trumpers and anti-vaxxers would just get the vaccine, we could end this pandemic. They think they are more important than their own family, friends, neighbors, etc.

William Marincic

Oblivious to reality, CNN anchors, contributors, and most guests trot out on a daily basis with the predictability of Michael Moore inhaling a bag of Quarter Pounders with Cheese — with the singular goal of railing against Fox News, trashing Donald Trump, “white supremacy,” “systemic racism”, and other Democrat Party talking points. Seems to me that at some point, Einstein’s definition of insanity — doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results — might cross CNN honcho Jeff Zucker’s mind.

redstate.com

Guy Varoma

My point was proven above ….The people that they say they love the USA are doing just the opposite. They are destroying the very thing they claim to love over a man who was the worst president in our history who could care less about them or the USA …

Guy Varoma

William as far as the people dying ..One the snowball starts rolling down the hill it’s impossible to stop. They trick is don’t let the snowball start to roll at all …And I never seen Trump will a lab coat on devolving anything. He might wear one when he’s guzzling down Big Macs and a Bucket of Kentucky fried chicken …I don’t know if it’s true but some guy on Youtube said it was true so it must be true

William Marincic

First of all I don’t watch YouTube. But here you go Biden’s on former Covid team says the same thing I’m saying, here’s your CNN to prove it.

(CNN) Former health advisers to President Joe Biden say the US strategy for the Covid-19 pandemic needs to be updated to face a “new normal” of living with the virus, rather than aiming to eliminate it.

In three pieces published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Thursday, six former Biden advisers proposed a new plan and detailed strategies for testing, mitigation, vaccines and treatments.

William is quoting CNN? Not sure what your point is. Biden and his team follow the scientists. Covid is not an exact science, so there are evolving decisions to make. We were hoping that the vaccines would be enough to eliminate covid, but that appears not to be the case, and we will have to live with it.
I can’t help but wonder, though, where we’d be if we had more than only 62% of our population vaccinated by now. The Delta variant might not have reared its ugly head, and Omicron may not have even happened if there wasn’t such push back with anti-vaccine propaganda. That lays squarely on the Right…then they blame Biden for deaths…smh.

William Marincic

Jclarke, Biden said when Trump was President that he should be fired because of the number of deaths on his watch. Biden also said that there was no excuse for not being prepared with more tests. Well Biden has had more deaths with the vaccine and Biden does not have enough tests even knowing there would be variants, so yes it is Biden’s fault, he is in charge and he should have learned, he has had two-plus years.

Biden has been on it since he was “hiding in his basement.” The big difference is that 45 was mostly thinking of HIMSELF and his upcoming election over the good of the American people. He confused the situation, vilified scientists and doctors, told many lies, and gave horrible advise (bleach, anyone as Dr. Birx cringes?!).

Biden has made miscalculations, but has always tried to do what was best for US, not himself. The Omicron variant came up extremely fast and we were definitely caught off guard at its swiftness.
45 ordered vaccines (oh that must have been EXHAUSTING) since it would make HIM look better, but had no comprehension plan to distribute. This is about who has OUR best interest…and it’s never been 45.

Guy Varoma

Which proves my point again Biden takes advice from the scientists not Peter Navaro like Trump did. I really don’t know what you are trying to say. Other than that Trump should have listened to the scientists….But he didn’t …What he did was villainize them like he did to Fauci….DR Fauci as a scientist said things change therefore dealing with a virus changes after the science is looked at ….You villainized him for that. Then your love for Trump overrides the science ….Typically what a cult member does. Your love for Trump is really hate for the USA

Thank you P.J. Devine. Biden gave an extraordinary speech on the anniversary of that awful day…hopefully waking up America to what is our most serious concern…saving our democracy.
Where was the gop for the moment of silence and candle vigil for the lives lost and the ongoing trauma??? (other than the Cheney’s…Kinzinger’s wife is about to have a baby). MIA!

“I did not seek this fight brought to this Capitol one year ago today, but I will not shrink from it either. I will stand in this breach. I will defend this nation. And I will allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of democracy.”
BRAVO, President Biden! This is what true leadership looks like.

William Marincic

Sure he will, that’s why China, Russia, N. Korea, and Iran are rattling their sabers. They know Biden is weak and won’t do anything, plus they all own him anyhow.

Doug Hampton

They are “rattling their sabers”…..Major LOL….talk about quoting right wing propaganda with no concrete proof.

William Marincic

Does N. Korea flying a missiles over S.Korea count as proof? Does the Russian buildup on the border with Ukraine count as proof? Does China flying bombers over Taiwan count as proof ? Does Iran flying armed drones into American bases count as proof? Yeah, that right-wing propaganda, when in reality it’s just the real news, try it sometime.

William, because those “strongmen” didn’t do anything like that when 45 was president, right? lol! Guess you forgot N Korea’s “Rocketman,” and 45s gift to Iran by pulling out of the nuclear agreement, for starters.

Doug Hampton

I don’t question any of that activity. Those are all notorious players. You and I and everyone on this forum have no clue as to what they all think of Biden’s temperment. But because FOX tells you Trump is tough and Biden is not , they are playing right into your bias and hatred of Biden and Democrats. Remember FOX is outrage for profit totally predicated on fear , anger , and hatred.

William, those countries may be testing Biden, but he’s anything but weak. They played 45 like a fiddle (45 wanted to build a tower in Russia, so cozied up to Putin). Remember 45 disgustingly siding with Putin over our US intelligence? THAT’s weak! He has such a fragile ego and is nothing but a p*ssy deep down. Biden speaks directly to Putin and was smart to realign with our Allies, so now we have stronger force standing up to those autocratic leaders (which 45 wants to be!). That does not make him strong, just a power hungry egomaniac like those you listed above.

MOSCOW, June 17 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin lavished praise on his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden on Thursday, a day after the two leaders held a summit, saying Biden was incorrectly portrayed in the Russian and U.S. media as being unfocused and vague.

Biden and Putin agreed to launch arms control and cyber-security talks at a Geneva summit on Wednesday, recording small gains and big differences at a meeting which they both described as pragmatic rather than friendly. read more

The Kremlin said earlier on Thursday it had been pleased with what it called a positive summit and singled out a joint statement that reiterated the need to avoid nuclear war as significant.
Speaking to university graduates by video link later on Thursday, Putin, 68, had only warm words for Biden, 78, in contrast to Russian state media which has sometimes portrayed the U.S. president as struggling to do his job both physically and mentally.

“I want to say that the image of President Biden that our press and even the American press paints has nothing in common with reality,” Putin told the graduates.
“He was on a long trip, had flown across the Ocean, and had to contend with jet lag and the time difference. When I fly it takes its toll. But he looked cheerful, we spoke face-to-face for two or maybe more hours. He’s completely across his brief,” said Putin.
“Biden is a professional, and you have to be very careful in working with him to make sure you don’t miss anything. He doesn’t miss anything, I can assure you.”
Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Alison Williams

ANTHONY J SANTO

He isn’t weak enough to fall in love with the dictator of N. Korea the way Trump did. I guess when it comes to love Trumpy is a softy.

DIANE & ARTH HOMBACH

Thank you Liz Mastrianni ……as the NY Post political cartoons the Gazette uses are divisive and horrible slanted.
Yes Liz, the Gazette needs to do better.

Florida2015

Ornamental, I did take the bait on Fred’s link about CRT teaching.PLEASE note the owners of the “news” source site.

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Come on Fred you can do better. Click bait or what for your kind and you fall for it.

FRED BARNEY

1> The merits of an idea neither stands nor falls on the character of those that advance it!

2> If you believe CRT to you are saying something terrible about Blacks who chose to damn children with a life of abuse

RAYMOND HARRIS

Come on Fred, respond to my earlier message: “Just curious Fred, which white supremacy group do you belong to? You are obsessed daily with comments regarding Blacks and always in a disparaging way.” I will repeat this until you answer me.

Florida2015

Credit to Anthony S. for this. Second don’t know, both always relevant in my opinion

Only what they want to hear, only what they want to see, only the way they want it to be, nothing else matters. Nothing.

“Science is not the truth. Science is finding the truth. When science changes its opinion, it didn’t lie to you. It learned more.”

Lastly see the mighty audit champs of Arizonan fame(from Florida) are shutting down.
Probably because they reported there was no fraud and no more contracts for them.

Guy Varoma

Another lie ^^ up there …Or as the right call it an “alternative fact”….I think maybe he went to Trump University and took a class on how to lie and believe it

Doug Hampton

If that is true , then a thoughtful leader would look to other areas that may have needed them. That’s a lot of dough, I thought Conservatives were frugal ! hmmmm thoughtless and a waster!

LOUIS RESTIFO

The overwhelming leadership of the Republican Party is comprised of greedy, indifferent individuals who are concerned with nothing more than their own personal agendas. Democracy for them is not something of no concern, it is an obstacle.
A percentage of the believers in this new republican way of conducting business are good with this quagmire of politics because of the financial rewards it bestows upon them. Bluntly stated, the rest are nothing more than ignorant fools being lead around like sheep in a manner that will sustain the the desires of the few who want to retain their position of “superiority”. We as a nation are in grave danger, wake the hell up!

Louis, I see signs of hope, but still am terribly afraid for our nation. I’m so hoping Biden’s speech is the beginning of some real healing and necessary changes.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Hopefully the Democratic Party will improve upon the way they fight for our waning democracy. Petting doesn’t work when amongst a pit of vipers. Get tough, play rough. Nice doesn’t seem to work today. The republicans, in my opinion, do a much better job of convincing the disgruntled to board their pirate ship. Hopefully Biden’s speech was the beginning of a changing approach to combat the misinformation so prevalent on social media and other outlets like Fox.

William Marincic

You haven’t heard me say recently that Trump had won the election. What you heard me say is that if he runs again he will win the next one.

William, the fact that you think the LOSER and twice impeached Insurrectionist would win in 2024 is scary and laughable at the same time. He lost in 2020 by 4 million more votes than when he was up against Hillary, and that was BEFORE his Insurrection. All kinds of information is being verified that he is a traitor and a cheat, yet you admire this man. How you think he’s “strong” when he can’t even handle losing an election is pathetic. This does not speak well for you or your character.

Doug Hampton

William is a golfer. Maybe we can appeal to his sense of fairness and honesty, which are 2 characteristics that all good golfers must possess. I am going to go out on a limb and guess that you did not read “Commander in Cheat” by Rick Reilly , one of the all time great Sportswriters in the world. I mean just about every President played golf …..I am pretty sure that no prior President had a whole book written about how much he cheats at golf! If you haven’t read it , it is hysterical some of the things Trump has pulled on the golf course! I know that I would never play with someone like that. Golf , of all the sports, is all about character because you are your own referee.

Guy Varoma

So you changed your mind that Biden’s victory wasn’t a fraud? I recall you saying Trump lost because of election fraud…I really think those words can’t come out of your mouth. Was there election fraud that would have changed the outcome? The stage is youirs

JOHN GAETANI

Barry Lindenberg, MD, I surmise that you are retired. The reason being that it seems to me that you don’t keep up with research. There are over 140 studies of the efficacy of masks that show they are not effective. There are thousands of doctors who know that.
Even the CDC has come out finally to say that. Not even the N95 mask works. And all the masks especially the N95 masks cause other health problems.

Geez doctor, I have been to your Schenectady Cardiology practice once and I am so glad that you weren’t my doctor.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Pure ignorance of fact. Someone gravely with a highly contagious illness sneezes in your face, would you rather have an n-95 mask on or off?

Your surgeon is operating on you when you have a compromised immune system, should he wear a mask or not? Change the channel.

Joseph Vendetti

If you have been in a surgical suite – the surgeon wears a mask. Why do you think that is? To avoid nasal and oral droplets from entering the open surgical field. Masks work – nothing is 100% effective. The vaccines work from preventing death & severe illness as well as preventing a burden on our strained health care workers.

If you or one of your loved ones aren’t vaccinated and/or don’t want to be a team player – great, good for you, but please, if you do fall ill (severely ill) with covid or a variant please stay home and don’t use the precious resources that others need.

Doug Hampton

No what the general consensus is that cloth masks are a waste but that the n95 masks are imperfect but provide good solid protection. Surgeons and Medical folks have worn masks for years so gimme a break. Also no reason to be snippy and mean!

ANTHONY J SANTO

If you ever have major surgery I guess you will use your “freedom” to insist everyone in the operating room be bare faced. Masks don’t work, right?

Ahmaud Arbery murder trial:

Both McMichaels get life without parole, as they should.
William Bryan gets life with the possibility of parole.

To my ears, the judge delivered an excellent preamble and for whatever it matters, justice was served.
Baby steps…

RAYMOND HARRIS

In case you missed Fox last night: “Tucker Carlson, the effective head of the GOP’s media wing, is only getting more powerful. This week’s proof: The Fox host skewered Ted Cruz on Wednesday for referring to 1/6 as a ‘violent terrorist attack,’ since that’s a grave sin in right-wing circles. On Thursday, Cruz was on Carlson’s program essentially begging for forgiveness. Cruz told Carlson that ‘the way I phrased things’ was ‘sloppy and frankly dumb.’ Carlson said he didn’t buy it, telling Cruz his explanation for using the phrase didn’t even make sense.’ Cruz continued to plead for Carlson to absolve him of his sins. As NYT’s Michael Grynbaum noted, the back and forth ‘is really worth a watch for insight into the power dynamics of the modern GOP…'”

It was pretty entertaining. Carlson is an idiot and Cruz a groveler.

Doug Hampton

I did see that. Cruz is a sad soul. What a low life…first allowing someone to call his wife ugly with no rebuttal , then Trump accuses Cruz’s father to be associated with Oswalt and now groveling with Tucker. Tucker basically said to Cruz that he didn’t believe him in that calling the insurrectionists terrorists was just a poor use of words and dumb (which is what Cruz said). I mean this was pathetic behavior even for a politician!

ANTHONY J SANTO

It is interesting to note that right after the insurrection, Ted Cruz said, it was “a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol, where we saw men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage.”

Having “0” integrity, honesty or pride, concerned only for his career, he received a severe public spanking and reprimand from the intellectual giant, Tucker Carlson. Of course Teddy grovelled pathetically before one of Trump’s bishops crying ‘mea culpa, mea maxima culpa” and just couldn’t understand why he had uttered such (true) words.

But Teddy, whose father and wife were disparaged by Trump during the 2015 Republican primaries better watch his back. Trump doesn’t forget “crimes” against his “royal person” or the slightest lack of personal loyalty to him and his agenda. Remember Trump loved the 1/6 mob. Gee, BM did he love antifa then?

LOUIS RESTIFO

I missed something… Anthony posted a great response to a comment and there were 3 or 4 of us that acknowledged that. Anyone know what happened to it?

Doug Hampton

Was taken down. Evidently they didn’t approve of one or more of our replies. I don’t recall seeing anything vicious.

ANTHONY J SANTO

I was trying to to type another comment on Babbitt’s death and compare it to Chauvin’s murder of Floyd. The first was clearly in the line of duty, stopping deadly terrorists and the second was murder by torture. No racism in the Babbitt case and blatant racism in the Chauvin case. How do some see that in reverse?

The comment disappeared into the ether as I typed it. I’ve kept this one down to bare facts.

LOUIS RESTIFO

I believe Tony was responding to Marincic. Perhaps it was something the high IQ car salesman said and the DG removed the entire line.

Doug Hampton

I find articles like this very interesting. Trump makes the historical losers (Harding, Buchanan, Johnson,Wilson) look like saints. No matter what happens , Trump will have been impeached twice. The right can say all day long that it’s the left wing media (blah blah blah) but that will remain a huge stain on his Presidency. Trump should never have happened!Thanks for sharing

I’m sure everyone here uses common sense in the face of a virus that has nearly overrun our medical resources, by following the experts, getting vaccinated and yes, continue wearing a mask when in enclosed spaces with others who you don’t know their vaxx status. Don’t be like these unfortunate folks:

QAnon Star Who Said Only ‘Idiots’ Get Vax Dies of COVID

Will Sommer
Politics Reporter
Updated Jan. 07, 2022 8:31PM ET
Published Jan. 07, 2022 2:45PM ET

A leading QAnon promoter who urged both her followers and strangers she passed on the street not to take the COVID vaccine died Thursday of the coronavirus, making her just the latest vaccine opponent killed by the disease.

Cirsten Weldon had amassed tens of thousands of followers across right-wing social media networks by promoting the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy under the screenname “CirstenW.” She was prominent enough to become a sort of QAnon interpreter for comedian conspiracy theorist Roseanne Barr and started recording videos about QAnon with her.

Weldon focused on attacking vaccines and other efforts to fight COVID-19, saying in one video that Dr. Anthony Fauci “needs to be hung from a rope.” She claimed the vaccine killed people and even recorded herself yelling at people standing in line to receive vaccines.

“The vaccines kill, don’t get it!” Weldon warned the waiting vaccine recipients in an undated video posted to one of her online accounts. “This is how gullible these idiots are. They’re all getting vaccine!”

In late December, however, Weldon started showing symptoms of coronavirus infection. In her last video, posted on Dec. 28, Weldon struggled through her remarks about the coming overthrow of the United States government, coughing and complaining that she was exhausted.

Three days later, Weldon was hospitalized in Camarillo, California. She posted a picture of herself wearing an oxygen mask to Instagram and claimed she had “bacterial pneumonia.” Weldon wrote in a post on the social media network Telegram that she refused to take coronavirus treatment remdesivir, calling it “Dr Fauci’s Resmedervir (sic).”

Weldon’s death from COVID is just the latest instance of a far-right personality who opposed vaccination being killed by the virus. On Jan. 3, radio host Doug Kuzma died while infected with the coronavirus. In August, QAnon promoter Robert David Steele died of the virus shortly after posting a picture of himself in an oxygen mask and vowing to still refuse the vaccine.

In September, a QAnon follower named Veronica Wolski became a cause celebre in QAnon circles after she was hospitalized with the coronavirus. QAnon fans besieged the hospital with phone calls demanding that Wolski receive ivermectin, the deworming drug used by some as an unproven coronavirus treatment. Wolski died of the disease later that month.

In the face of these deaths, their surviving friends and supporters have started to allege that the dead QAnon figures are being murdered, either because they were refused internet folk remedies like ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine, or because they were killed by the deep-state to cover up their conspiracy theories. In December, Kuzma and a number of other conspiracy theorists were sickened with COVID-like symptoms after appearing together at a conference. Rather than acknowledge that they had COVID, the far-right influencers suggested they had been targeted by an anthrax attack.

After Weldon’s death, her QAnon allies threatened to pursue violent action against staff at the hospital where she died. Scott McKay, a QAnon personality known as the “Patriot Streetfighter,” said he would publicize the names of doctors and nurses involved in treating Weldon, saying he wanted to “put the fear into these medical professionals” in a Telegram post. McKay proposed the hospital staff be sentenced to death, or be murdered in vigilante violence.

“If it’s not done in a military tribunal then it’s going to be done in the street eventually and not to my wishes,” McKay wrote. “That’s my greatest fear. But if it’s necessary, it’s going to be necessary.”
DAILY BEAST

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