Better off without Manchin and Trump
One thing is evident, the Democratic Party would be much better off without Joe Manchin.
Is he a Democratic Republican or just a pimple on the path of progress?
He comes from a poor state, which could benefit from issues he votes against; the child tax care credit is one and coal mining including strip mining is another one. Strip mining happens to be West Virginia’s largest source of employment.
Additionally, Manchin is against clean energy like wind and solar. Ergo, black lung disease is rampant in West Virginia.
The Republican Party is to be pitied if Trump is all they have to offer as a candidate in 2024.
Surely there are more honest, intelligent and moral persons to select. There has to be less arrogant and devious candidates to choose from.
As a centenarian and a registered Republican, I am disgusted with the GOP. Why do they appear to be afraid of Trump and by doing so, ruin their reputation?
Pope has strong message on covid
Regarding both the Associated Press article (“Pope on COVID vaccines says health care a ‘moral obligation’”) in the Jan. 11 Gazette and on Medscape.com, this excerpt is of interest to your readers.
“Pope Francis came out in support of COVID-19 vaccines on Monday in some of his strongest language yet, suggesting that getting vaccinated was a “moral obligation.” He also criticized people who spread misinformation about the coronavirus.
In the annual speech to Vatican ambassadors about the church’s foreign policy, the Pope said people should take care of themselves “and this translates into respect for the health of those around us.
Healthcare is a moral obligation,” The Associated Press reported.
Francis has previously avoided using such strong language about the vaccine, The Associated Press said.
In a message last August, Francis had said that getting a vaccination was “an act of love,” as was helping other people do the same.
On Monday, he also criticized the politicization of vaccinations and the spread of misinformation.”
I bet the pontiff would likely say the same things about masks.
Biden has room for improvement
A piece on President Biden’s first year on CBS Sunday Morning rated his performance as a “Meh.” I tend to agree.
However I would take this any day over the previous administration. I don’t miss the tweeting of misinformation, the overall confusion and bullying style of our 45th president.
Let’s hope the president can learn from his first year and truly bring the country closer together. He certainly has his work cut out for him. The GOP congressmen/women are quite united in blocking proposed bills. Have to hand that to that party. However, us everyday citizens are hoping for Congress to get things done.
I would give Congress a much worse rating than a “Meh” this past year.
GOP is using covid for own political gain
It is time to state the obvious. Republicans in Washington have used COVID-19 as a weapon in an attempt to discredit political foes as a prop for political gain.
Millions of people have died from this viral scourge; over 800,000 of them right here in the United States.
The actions of these Washington leaders have dangerously created confusion and distrust among Americans.
We all hate wearing masks. We miss going to plays, live concerts, and trips to the movies.
Everyone wants to get back to work and to send their kids back to school.
The U.S. economy is in shambles. Our country is spending billions to help those affected by this virus that could not survive without government help.
Doctors who study viruses have offered us a way out of this life stalling event, yet these Republican leaders feel that it is best to vilify these health professionals instead of giving their recommendations a try.
They argue that our rights are being violated by being forced to protect each other with masks.
There is no consideration for the right to return to school and work without fear of catching the virus.
Anyone can point out faults in an admittedly imperfect system, but pointing out problems without offering an alternative solution helps no one.
Republicans have not offered a way back to normal life.
This is my question to the Washington Republicans, and it is the only question that matters: How do you propose we end the virus?
Plastic newspaper bags can be reused
I had to respond to David Gibson’s letter to the editor (“Stop putting paper in thin plastic bags”) in the Jan. 12 Gazette.
I absolutely agree with his reminder to “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Every attempt, however small it seems, will help.
I do have to disagree that the bags aren’t reusable. They are the perfect size for shoe covers and for bags to organize toiletries, jewelry, socks, and underwear in a travel bag. In addition, I save them (after making sure they are dry), along with the elastic bands on the papers, and periodically return them to my carrier to reuse.
Mr. Gibson and other subscribers should speak to their carriers as to that possibility. He also could subscribe to the paper online only, saving bags, elastic bands, paper, etc., though there is something about holding the paper in your hands that is lost in the online version (plus it’s a lot harder to do all the puzzles!) Finally, I too am very thankful for my Gazette carriers, who faithfully brave all the elements to deliver my paper each morning on my front porch.
Grateful to store for well-stocked shelves
In the midst of reports of shortages and empty grocery store shelves, I want to commend the Price Chopper for what must be a daunting task of securing and stocking products.
I have not seen empty shelves and have been able to find everything on my list. In one case my customary brand was unavailable but was replaced by one that I found to be just as good. Thank you, Market 32!
Seeking answers to some questions
I have a number of questions that are bothering me. Can someone please answer them with reason and logic not ego or arrogance?
1) Why should I care what happens to Ukraine as a country? Ukraine has no value to me or any other regular taxpayer. It’s just another possible U.S. tax sinkhole of a problem. (Can you say Afghanistan or Vietnam?)
2) Why does Alec Baldwin get one month to turnover evidence in a felony investigation? Is it because he wanted his lawyers and other consultants to explain or sanitize possible questionable results?
Would Alec Baldwin the construction worker instead of the Hollywood personality get the same acceptance by police evidence seekers? Is it because of his “woe is me” one-on-one interview with ABC News that has affected the “it’s an accident storyline?”
3) How did Andrew Cuomo get out of a misdemeanor harassment charge? After all the “Me Too” noise, someone needs to explain why our former governor isn’t on the Sex Offender Registry.
So many men have lost jobs and even civil court cases with less evidence showing poor behavior, yet he escaped prosecution with an official stating the claims of abuse are credible. So does “I scratch your back” statement apply in this case?
4) Can someone explain a stock tip (friendly advice) verses insider trading (federal crime) when it involves a federal government official?
My go-to official is Nancy Pelosi and her stock trader millionaire husband for this question.
Keep baggies around for many home uses
I would like to comment on those “pesky” plastic bags for newspapers that David Gibson commented on (“Stop putting paper in thin plastic bags”) in the Jan. 12 Gazette.
First, many subscribers do not have those plastic cubbies for newspapers, since they don’t have rural mailboxes and live in the city. So, yes, they are necessary in inclement weather to keep their newspapers dry.
Second, I am not an advocate of plastic bags, but I do have a bit of a solution. Here’s my simple way of dealing with occasional newspaper coverings. They are reusable!
I can give you about a hundred ways to reuse them. Their shape is great for many items. You can use them in the kitchen and drop peelings, etc. into them.
You can wrap shoes and small garments in the bags to keep them clean. I wrap delicate and seasonal items in them to keep them safe.
Sort and keep yarn in them. Clean your gardening tools and place them in a bag to keep clean over the winter. Flour your meat or veggies in a bag keeping your hands clean. Double wrap freezer items.
Well, I could go on and on, but you get an idea. I keep most of them out of the landfill although some do have to be discarded at some point but at least they had a life beyond just delivering the newspaper.
Reduce, reclaim, reuse and recycle. That has always been my motto.
Hope it is yours as well.
Marijuana has long been misunderstood
Regarding Tom Winterstein’s Jan. 17 letter (“Smoking marijuana has consequences.”) Advocates have a history of legality on their side, and none actually condone impaired driving.
Yes, for too long, a lack of research has been the norm.
The problem is that solid majorities of politicians, bureaucrats and even physicians apparently want cannabis plants to be misunderstood.
Congress passed its first prohibitive law 85 years ago, when doctors nationwide were frequently prescribing strong liquid extracts of female cannabis flowers. Lawmakers ended the practice by calling them “marihuana.”
A lone spokesman for the American Medical Association did publicly oppose that law’s swift approval.
Fast forward to 1988, when a new era of scientific research into seedless cannabis flowers was possible.
That September, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s own judge ruled decisively in favor of their medical use.
Judge Francis Young concluded, “In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume.” He said move the term to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.
By now, if President Ronald Reagan (of “Just Say No” infamy) and his DEA chief had instituted Young’s ruling, chances are high that doctors in every state would be as eager to embrace medical cannabis as they were so long ago.
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