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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Jan. 18


Keep fishing for those important stories

I’ve been a fisherman most of my life. Now that I’m retired, I enjoy it more so. After reading the paper today, it occurred to me that both have a lot in common.
A reporter reads the water waiting for a story to surface. Once it does, he casts for the facts. The “whoppers,” however, are a lot harder to find. They stay deep undercover. Once caught, they muddy the water or snag the line with disinformation and lies.
If that doesn’t work, they jump over and over again shaking their heads saying, “I didn’t do it.” They’re trying to misdirect and remove the hook.
Finally, as more facts are exposed, the net scoops him up. His actions will determine if he will be a “catch and release,” or if he will be nailed to the wall.
I tip my hat to the reporters that troll deep for the facts. I also salute the wire leaders and editors that review the facts for publication. Their efforts set the hook allowing the truth to be seen, and sometimes the law gets to reel one in.
As Gadabout Gaddis might say, “Keep casting, and tight lines” Gazette. Happy New Year.
George Hebert

Consider all factors with plastic bags

In his Jan. 12 letter (“Stop putting paper in thin plastic bags”) to The Gazette, David Gibson requested that Gazette carriers refrain from using single-use plastic bags.
As a former Gazette carrier of over 13 years, David having a “tube” for his daily paper was not the norm where I delivered. The majority of papers delivered were to front doors, side doors, front steps or wherever my customer requested it.
It was essential to have something that kept the elements of nature from destroying the reader’s paper. Even those customers of mine who had tubes would have their paper placed in a bag if conditions warranted it.
Although David may not know it, carriers “buy” these bags and bands as needed and were charged for a customer complaint if the paper was not in the best condition for reading. Some customers did return used bags and rubber bands for use, again which was appreciated.
The need for an alternative solution other than the present plastic bag should take into consideration that many carriers might be going to other jobs after delivering, time constraints, future possible cost to the carrier, and ease of doing their deliveries. These should factor into any future decisions regarding that.
Kurt Haushalter

Officials linger to keep making money

The laws apply to all of us. Did you ever wonder why people in Congress retire in their 80s, while their constituents retire in their 60s? Could it be their hunger for power?
A case in point: Nancy Pelosi recently invested money in the stock market with information she obtained on companies regulated by Congress. Her $30 million gain easily beat Warren Buffet’s $10 million. She claims her holding back legislation, which would harm her investments, had nothing to do with insider trading. So much for progressive thinking.
Adding that to her $40 million position in her winery should make her ready for retirement.
My question is: do you think she’ll try to match Biden’s 1% donation to charities? We can only hope.
Vince Alescio
Clifton Park

Stop scaring public over covid dangers

Over 60% of the United States population is fully vaccinated. We have been wearing masks for over two years now.  However, if you listen to the news, the covid numbers are higher than ever.
It is apparent to me that this virus needs to take its course. I personally do not believe masks and vaccinations are mitigating anything. In fact, they are causing unrest among people.
I am so sick of the arguing over these issues. Live and let live! The government and media should stop scaring the public and leave us alone. At this point, I am of the belief that if we had just let nature take its course from the start, we would have reached herd immunity by now. This is America. We revolted against such government tactics to become the greatest country in the world.
Lastly, the collateral damage caused by the overreacting of the powers to be is a travesty.
What the government mandated in the name of help merely created different but just as devastating consequences. It is time to revolt again!
Barbara McBride

Reuse plastic bags to pick up dog waste

This is in response to David Gibson’s letter (“Stop putting paper in thin plastic bags”) in the Jan. 12 Gazette. Not only are the bags useful to keep the paper dry (I took down my plastic tube because the paper still got wet), but they get a second chance to get used because they are ideal when walking your dog to pick up its fallout.
So if you have a neighbor with dogs, you may want to pass them along or maybe the shelter might want them so they can be recycled.
Scott Anderson


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LOUIS RESTIFO January 19, 2022
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Must say if I see or hear something I don’t like, regardless of whomever says or does I call them on it; I was just watching Chris Hayes interviewing Adam Schiff, and in the background is a front facing book “Midnight in Washington” by Adam Schiff.

It’s one thing for a private citizen to get a free plug, but a don’t like when any politician is trying to add to their pocket in that manner. Just sayin

ANTHONY J SANTO January 19, 2022
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He also pointed out something else that is downright fascinating. The above observation explains why the Republican elite and powerful will support DeSantis while the mob will continue to support Trump. This could create real problems for the phony and former G.O.P. Let’s hope so.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 19, 2022
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David Frum, genuine conservative Republican intellectual and avid foe of Trump said something on Ari Melber tonight that was really interesting food for thought. He called Trump a genuine American phony and DeSantis a phony American phony. If you think about it, it makes sense and reveals a great deal about both of them.

Remember Trump has a very checkered career as a student.

DeSantis is a Yale and Harvard graduate.

LOUIS RESTIFO January 18, 2022
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Weee haaa, the roaches are continually being pulled from their filthy nests:

Washington Post
“The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection issued subpoenas to members of former president Trump’s outside legal team on Tuesday, including Trump’s former personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, former White House aide Boris Epshteyn, and lawyers Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell.

“The four individuals we’ve subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former President about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes,” Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement.”…

Florida2015 January 18, 2022
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William, Also know as Always Wrong News  favorite website for “facts” Revolver. Got a few minutes read the whole story. You will see why this is one of his go to sites
The story of how Beattie went from being an unknown speechwriter fired from the Trump White House in 2018 to a prominent propagandist fired by the Biden White House in 2022 is worth recounting for what it tells us about the chaotic Trumpian right. It is not a particularly encouraging story. Beattie rehabilitated his relationship with MAGA World not by cleaning up his act but by showing an unflagging commitment to Trump and demonstrating a real knack for promoting conspiracy theories. That Trump is eager to promote Beattie—that Trump finds Beattie useful—is yet another indicator of everything that is disturbing about the ex-president’s hold on the GOP.

LOUIS RESTIFO January 18, 2022
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I was thinking about something that all these “non-racist” RACISTS should think about: Just as in sports such as baseball, football, and basketball, to name a few, if you want to be on the winning human team you best make it inclusive of ALL, God damn it! – Nah, the Dodgers and the Giants would have better off without Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays.

Guy Varoma January 18, 2022
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So William agreed when CNN airs bad things about Biden they are factual …When they air bad things about Trump they are fake news. …I think William likes be a TrumpT*rd. I can’t stop laughing. …Also William Trump supporters are threatened by facts as you display daily here

LOUIS RESTIFO January 18, 2022
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Boy, oh boy, ya talk about brain dead. Wow! ~ Holy Bouncy Boiler Plate, Batman!

LOUIS RESTIFO January 18, 2022
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FYI to all: “Some Americans are able to order free rapid coronavirus tests from a federal website beginning Tuesday, ahead of the site’s official launch Wednesday. 
The website,, is operating at limited capacity Tuesday to ensure a smooth launch Wednesday, a White House official said.”

Just ordered mine, without problem.

William Marincic January 18, 2022
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LOUIS RESTIFO January 18, 2022
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William Marincic January 18, 2022
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BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN: President Joe Biden has had a very tough week with setbacks for his agenda. COVID complications and the Supreme Court blocking his vaccine mandate.

CHUCK TODD, NBC: One year in Mr. Biden has the second-lowest approval rating ever measured in the White House. And it has never been less popular nationally.

MARGARET BRENNAN, CBS: 2022 is not exactly off to a good start for the Biden administration.

JOHN KING, CNN: The country is frustrated, his party is frustrated, we are two weeks into a midterm election year, a few days away from a one-year anniversary, and it is very dark for him right now.

ERIN BURNETT, CNN: Now he’s in the midst of what famous children’s book writer called “a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad” time.

jclark124 January 18, 2022
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Speaking of “Keep casting and tight lines,” I’m hoping 45 and his cronies are nailed to the wall, soon.

I never thought I’d ever agree with Ann Coulter, but here we go: ‘Trump is done.’
One can only hope, in order to save our democratic, constitutional republic.

Guy Varoma January 18, 2022
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Barbara McBride Republicans have been scaring people for ages. George Bush ‘Willie Horton ad” comes to mind. They scare people into buying guns every year. Trump coming down the escalator saying drug addicts and murders and rapists are coming from Mexico to get you. Trump before an election telling us the evil caravan is coming from Mexico to get us. Transgenders are gonna get your kid if we let them use the same bathroom. etc etc etc. Republicans try to scare people stupid. At least trying to scare people into wearing a mask and getting vaccinated serves a purpose, to save their lives. ..Also for herd immunity to have a chance at working with no vaccine would have cost close to 4 million lives …You should be scared with your stance on vaccines and masks might even end up scaring you to death

Doug Hampton January 18, 2022
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Was thinking similar. Why is it that the only election that was fraudulent was the Presidential election? Why are all those R victories not equally fraudulent? This guy brings the R party down yet they keep supporting him. Makes no sense. If inflation continues and Biden has another year like he had in 2021 , it won’t matter as the R’s will control both houses anyway. Why not move on at the top as well?

ANTHONY J SANTO January 18, 2022
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Further stirring up hostility in America, creating the chaos that makes it easier for a wannabe dictator to achieve his goal, Kelli Ward who is running for Arizona Secretary of State said the following at the monster’s 1/15 rally:

She would work to “de-certify the 2020 election.” I wonder if that applies to the Republicans who won congressional seats. She also said “we want indictment of the election workers.”

Anthony Kern, part of the conspiracy to create a fake set of electors from Arizona, had the following witty things to say, after emphatically repeating that Trump won in 2020:

“Screw the media.” “Boo on the fake news media.” “I don’t believe a word they say.”

History often proves that the minority in a country fighting bigotry, autocracy, and lies, emerges victorious in the long run. The Vietnam War is an example, as are the lies about ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that didn’t exist in Iraq but got the U.S. to support an attack on Iraq with horrible consequences for all. Most relevant is the long struggle for civil rights and against racism, which, unfortunately, still must be fought.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 18, 2022
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The comments by Trump in the above post were meant to stir up white resentment at the fact that programs to get needed medical treatment to Blacks and the poor were created to overcome the inadequate medical infrastructure in Black and poor communities. These programs are anti-racist, not racist, to clear up any confusion in the minds of people who are able to reason and think.

LOUIS RESTIFO January 18, 2022
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Barbara McBride is another self-anointed scientific genius; “I personally do not believe masks and vaccinations are mitigating anything.”

“The government and media should stop scaring the public and leave us alone.”…..Because if the facts are scary I want to stick my head in the sand or get alternative facts from Fox or social media sites.

“Live and let live!”…. That is until one of my loved ones dies from COVID-19, and then I will assert the importance of getting vaccinated and wearing masks.

William Marincic January 18, 2022
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New York City will take a patient’s race into account when distributing potentially life-saving COVID treatments, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene revealed on their website.

So tell me was he wrong?

ANTHONY J SANTO January 18, 2022
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I think Trump revealed who he really is when he made the following statements at his 1/15 rally in Florence, Arizona:

“If you’re white, you don’t get vaccine, or if you’re white you don’t get therapeutics.”

“If you’re white, you have to go to the back of the line to get medical health. Think of it. If you’re white, you go right to the back of the line.”

Trump told these vicious racist lies even though on 1/6/16 he famously made this absurd, stupid and racist comment”

“I am the least racist person that you’ve ever encountered.” to the Washington Post.

Against the backdrop of this statement at the same rally: “January 6 was a protest against a crooked election…The real insurrection took pace on election day November 3” is there any doubt that he is attempting to regain the presidency by creating hostile divisions in this country?

christopher S. January 18, 2022
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Barbara Mcbride how sad I wonder when covid strikes closer to home will your ignorant response change if one of your children or elderly parents is stricken?Oh the overwhelming inconvenience of mask wearing. The danger of the vaccine . Wake up Babs and be thankful you live in this great country with its medical advances instead of whining about you rminor inconveniences. Time to stop the stupid.

William Marincic January 18, 2022
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Gallop Poll says 49% of Americans prefer the GOP over democrats 42%. Last year the number was 49% preferred the democrats over GOP 40%.

Let’s Go Brandon.