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Letters to the Editor Monday, Jan. 10


Punish backers of Jan. 6 insurrection

While watching President Biden’s address on Jan. 6, 2022, I wondered if removal of citizenship could prevent someone from holding office.
The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution addresses citizenship, among other things. It states a natural born citizen cannot have citizenship removed, but there is action that can be taken for specific acts against the United States.
Section 3 states: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Section 5 states: “The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”
Previously, Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09), the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, introduced such a measure to enforce Section 3.
It seems to me, this disqualification is a real possibility and may be becoming more probable as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth continues to emerge.
Al Pirigyi
Burnt Hills

Stefanik will hold China accountable

Rep. Elise Stefanik stands firm against China, and others should take note.
While we are entering year three of the pandemic, many in Washington seem to be trying to sweep the origins of COVID-19 under the rug and want the American public to “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”
While this may be true for many politicians, it is far from true for Rep. Stefanik. This past summer, Stefanik helped introduce a bill which would hold China accountable and identify those who silenced doctors and journalists who spoke out at the onset of the pandemic.
The proposed legislation would also impose sanctions on China’s top health officials and bar American universities from entering into new contracts with China’s National Health Commission.
The world must never forget what China has done, and they must be held accountable for their deplorable actions.
Stefanik is noble to stand up and speak out against such a tyrannical and evil regime, which is responsible for the misery of millions. Even Dr. Anthony Fauci has no qualms about working with CCP scientists and defended modest collaboration with them in studying the coronavirus.
How can we trust a nation who silences their own doctors and scientists? I applaud Elise and her efforts to hold China accountable.
Riley Duesler


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jclark124 January 10, 2022
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Also, climate change since dems care deeply about our precious and fragile planet. We care about what we leave our children and grandchildren.
45 and the gop could give a crap since their priority is greed.

William Marincic January 10, 2022
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It must be even tougher to be a liberal because you don’t have any real platform to run on, your party is in shambles, the leftists are taking over, Nancy Pelosi is so out of her league that she’s quitting, the vice president has everyone in her office quitting because she’s such a lousy boss, Joe Biden has destroyed everything he’s touched he’s nothing but a dumpster fire, and the only thing that you Democrats have left is what you show me every single day and that is personal attacks. Bravo you graduated to eighth grade

William Marincic January 10, 2022
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Al Pirigyi Share the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. So when Merrick garland or the FBI’s Christopher Ray wants to release the information on Ray Epps then maybe will have more of a full story. But I don’t think that’ll be forthcoming because it seems that Ray apps was working for the FBI. Just my humble opinion.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 10, 2022
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It must be tough to be a BM.

Guy Varoma January 10, 2022
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William why haven’t you answered my question on HR1? Is my harmless good natured back and forth with jclark bothering you ? Please put your MAGA think hat on and answer my question on HR1 …Why will it be unconstitutional and harmful to America ?

ChuckD January 10, 2022
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Politics, Republican style:
If you know you’re gonna to lose, cheat!

The Republican National Committee official alleged to have sent a forged election certificate declaring Donald Trump won the 2020 election dodged questions following revelations the document has been obtained by Congress.
“Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office provided the U.S. House committee that’s investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection a certificate, signed by 16 Republicans, falsely claiming Donald Trump won Michigan’s electoral votes,” The Detroit News reported Monday. “It remained unclear Monday whether the committee was specifically probing the GOP electors certificate. But the records indicate the panel is looking into the effort to overturn Michigan’s 2020 presidential election, a battleground state Democrat Joe Biden won by 154,000 votes or 3 percentage points.”
“According to a Dec. 14, 2020, memorandum, provided to the Jan. 6 committee, Kathy Berden, a Republican national committeewoman from Michigan, sent the GOP electors certificate to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. archivist, Benson’s office and Robert Jonker, the chief judge of U.S. District Court for Michigan’s Western District,” the newspaper reported.

The newspaper asked why the group submitted the fake certificate.
“I can’t comment on anything like that. That was a long time ago,” Berden said.
New Michigan Republican Party co-Chairwoman Meshawn Maddock, Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot and the party’s grassroots vice chairwoman, Marian Sheridan also allegedly signed the document.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 10, 2022
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Black Americans, due to our nation’s history of discrimination, are over represented among the poor. It has been more difficult for many of the poor to access vaccination. That situation has improved since “The HRSA has launched a program to directly allocate covid19 vaccine to HRSA supported health centers.”

African American men were used as a control group in experiments to assess the effectiveness of penicillin in the prevention and treatment of syphilis. The men, mostly impoverished sharecroppers, were promised treatment for ‘bad blood’, but instead, received a placebo so doctors could study the progress of the disease.
That experience is burned into the memory of many Black Americans and has resulted in widespread fear of free medical treatment.

The most resistant to covid vaccination are white protestant evangelical Christians. That does not mean that none in this group are vaccinated but, they do speak out most loudly in favor of ‘personal freedom’ over public health.

Guy Varoma January 10, 2022
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William I read all opposing views not “imposing” views. Then I do research and see who is saying what. If it’s a guy on Youtube I give it no weight. If it’s a person whose field it is on the subject I give that weight. Then I do more research to see if the people in that field are overwhelmingly coming to the same conclusions. You keep citing CNN MSNBC which I rarely watch. Trump taught you to use those news agencies and scream fake news whenever they go against what he says. Basically you were taught to do that in defense of trump or anything the democrats do that isn’t to your or Trump’s liking. You subscribe to the “big lie” to this day. I personally think that any citizen that makes excuses for Trump is unamerican and they hate the diversity of the democratic party. As I told you before I don’t think you were ever a Liberal as you claimed. If you were once a liberal you wouldn’t be so extreme right in your politics. I am and Independent I have voted for republicans and democrats in the past. In your comments when you put down the “lefties” you describe yourself …the very thing you say you hate. Yesterday I asked you to cite what part of HR1 is unconstitutional that you say will ruin the USA. You never answered. You supplied a definition of a bigot on here…to me what you were saying was reverse discrimination….or better yet attacking white privilege …Have a happy day

jclark124 January 10, 2022
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William, Biden correctly pointed out that the spin on the “fraudulent” election doesn’t even make sense.
How can EVERY other vote on the SAME ballot (governors, House members, etc) be valid except for the presidency? It’s either all valid or not.

Al Pirigyi’s letter points out that those responsible for the Insurrection should not be allowed in office, but your “most watched” channel can’t even cope with the reality that thousands tried to overturn a free and fair election–led by the Insurrectionist in Chief. All that matters–just like your god, 45–is ratings. Pathetic and dangerous!

William Marincic January 10, 2022
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Fox News is the most-watched news network on television. I heard something funny the other day; Upon hearing of Ghislain Maxwell’s conviction on sex charges CNN offered her a position on its network.

LOUIS RESTIFO January 10, 2022
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Yes, “money makes the world go round” and to a certain extent we’re all guilty of placing too much priority on acquiring it, but….When it becomes the sole motivator of unscrupulous social media sites and BS programming , that shouldn’t have the word “news” in their names such as Fox News and Newsmax, because they only promote and spew out harmful disinformation while exploiting stupidity, ignorance and fear, solely for bottom line profits with complete disregard to the devastating effects, it is abhorrent behavior.

Perhaps I’m saying only what I should only be thinking, but at this point if my life… “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

William Marincic January 10, 2022
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TDS is on full display today. Here is what I know about democrats, especially the ones that post here. They have no thoughts of their own, every thought is told to them by CNN, MSNBC or Jen Psaki. When someone posts an imposing opinion, they all come out and attack and start calling them names and insulting them.
Merriam Webster calls these people;
Full Definition of bigot
: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices
especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (such as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

Florida2015 January 10, 2022
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Matt, The right and the likes of Rand Paul continue to this day. I know the media has a job to do and wants to present both sides so the RW scream machine doesn’t get better ratings, but to keep beating this drum every time Paul speaks is getting old.
As far as China, covid and Stefanik in the big picture it happened. As pointed out a lot of our problems with covid came from the lack of response in the early days. Is her “standing” up to China just a distraction to divert attention from that dereliction in the beginning, or from the J/6 committee? I vote both.

Matt January 10, 2022
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“How can we trust a nation who silences their own doctors and scientists?”

Why don’t you ask that of the previous administration that silenced and vilified Dr. Fauci and other scientists who were just trying to provide information to the public based on the most current data at the time.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 10, 2022
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In 2022 we have a Republican Ron Johnson, running for a 3rd term as a senator from Wisconsin who said:

“Why do you think we can create something better than God in terms of combating disease? Why do we assume that the body’s natural immune system isn’t the marvel that it really is?”

This idiot has had covid (October 2020) and claims to be unvaccinated. He has pushed the various unproven treatments for covid and regularly questions the efficacy of vaccines.

I expect him to refuse all medical treatment for any serious diseases he might suffer. He should rely on prayer only and divine intervention to help him with anything from a cold to cancer.

We all marvel at the immune system that has developed over millions of years of evolution. But that evolution, at least in some of us, has developed a brain capable of realizing that that immune system can be helped by medical interventions in fighting a variety of diseases, as well as cures for many types of cancers and other diseases. If the idiot develops diabetes, I trust he won’t use insulin.

Imagine where we would be in our struggle against measles, mumps, polio, cancer, auto-immune diseases etc. if everyone thought like this fool from Wisconsin.

I really want all people who feel this way to stop seeking medical help when they fall ill, stop clogging up our hospitals; stay home and pray for a cure. In that way, we can stop the spread of their dangerous ideas and evolution might help to remove them from the gene pool.

Guy Varoma January 10, 2022
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Riley Duesler ,Stefanik is nothing but a Trump sycophant. On China I have no qualms about punishing China if they indeed release this virus But first I would have to see undeniable proof. Which there isn’t any yet. The ravings of the worst president in American history doesn’t count as proof. You should be more concerned how Trump ineptness on how he handled the virus here to borrow a phrase from trump himself “it was a disaster”…William and the others please don’t comment he closed travel from China as you always do. It was too little too late. The virus was coming in rom Europe by then.