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Letters to the Editor Thursday, Jan. 27


Protect the future; Vote out Trumpers

Apropos January’s recognition of the Jan. 6 attempted coup of 2021: considering that Trump appears to have the emotional stability of a toddler, I am surprised that, upon defeat, he didn’t fling himself to the ground, beat his fists and legs and cry, “I have a stupid country, I have a stupid, stupid country!”
Despite the emotional stability of a tot, or perhaps because of it, he is a dangerous man; dangerous to the Earth as a climate-change denier, to the country as a power-crazed zealot, to democracy as a fascist authoritarian wanna-be, to minorities and immigrants as a White supremacist hate-monger, to women as a misogynist, and to public health as a former covid-denier and a discourager of mask-wearing.
I do not see how Christians, or people of any religion for that matter, can support him and still claim to be strong in their faith.
For when it comes to God’s good creation of this Earth and its species, we are in very grave danger from people like him who place power and greed above life.
For the sake of the Earth, and your children and grandchildren, please vote his supporters, and that includes Rep. Elise Stefanik, out in November.
Jahnn Swanker-Gibson

Insurrectionists armed, dangerous

In response to Dr. Salvatore’s Jan. 20 letter (“Don’t compare 1/6 to 9/11, Pearl Harbor.”) You should probably check your facts.
Many of those involved in the attack were armed, and several had guns that police later seized.
On Nov. 12, 2021, Lonnie Leroy Coffmane, 71, of Falkville, Ala., admitted to one federal count of possessing an unregistered firearm or destructive device — the Molotov cocktails.
He brought five loaded firearms and 11 Molotov cocktails in his truck to Capitol Hill. There were more.
The Capitol police were protecting their place of employment. Just because Donald Trump says Capitol rioters had ‘no guns whatsoever’ doesn’t make it so.
Yes, BLM did destroy neighborhoods of several cities. That is inexcusable.
As of June 2021, more than 10,000 people have been arrested in protests decrying racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death, according to an Associated Press tally of known arrests across the United States. I think this shows that BLM’s “violent destructive ways” are not being ignored.
How many others died because of the Jan. 6 “protest”? Just because they didn’t die at the protest, doesn’t mean their deaths were not a result of it.
I sympathize for the family of Ashli Babbitt.
But let me ask the question: If people were breaking into your house and you had a gun, would you shoot them?
Deborah Bender


The people need  to be represented

The basic problem for a democratic republic is that the people need “representatives.”
But in order to obtain representatives, the people need to choose between politicians.
Rick Savage


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ChuckD January 28, 2022
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Whilst we were here today playing Swat the Fly Don’t Step in the Cow Pies, some news as being made that directly affects the immigration problem at our southern border, and was pretty much ignored by our navel-gazing media. Vice President Harris was out of the country today, in Honduras. She was there to participate in the swearing in of Honduras’ first female President, Xiomara Castro. It’s reported that VP Harris “receiving a huge wave of applause from the gathered crowd” as well.

“Ms. Castro replaces the divisive President Juan Orlando Hernández, who has been dogged by allegations of ties to the drugs trade after his brother was jailed for trafficking in the US – claims he has repeatedly denied.”

He is expected to be extradited to the US and indicted as a co-conspirator with his brother, already in US custody for drug trafficking.

The main news though, is the swearing in of Ms. Castro, and the secondary news (sadly ignored by our media) is the inroads VP Harris is making in getting to the root of our problem at the Southern border. Honduras ranks third for country of origin of the refugees arriving here. It was oppression and corruption that forced them to leave. Guatemala is second and a source of concern for Human Rights Watch, and El Salvador is first and under scrutiny by Amnesty International. These three countries make up ~86% of the Central American population in the US, as of 2019. And to realistically stem the border tide in the long term, the roots of the problem need to be addressed: *why* are so many fleeing their homes? These are human families like any other human family and they’ve found their conditions so intolerable and intractable that they uprooted and traveled hundreds or thousands of miles, at the risk of death to find what they’d heard was a better place.

So, bravo y buena suerte Sra. Castro, and well done Ms. Harris.

Sources: BBC, The Guardian, ABC News,

Guy Varoma January 28, 2022
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You guys really popped William’s cork today. He brought up pedophiles lol…That’s when desperation comments comes out. Bravo all

LOUIS RESTIFO January 28, 2022
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Washington Post:

“Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who is unvaccinated and revealed this week that she tested positive for the coronavirus, dined again at a New York City restaurant Wednesday night, flouting local health and safety measures calling for positive cases to isolate.”…..

Inconsiderate bitch should go out on the melting Alaskan ice and “see Russia” then an attempt to swim to the country more suited to her way if thinking.

Florida2015 January 28, 2022
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A excerpt:
Super PAC money started influencing elections almost immediately after Citizens United. From 2010 to 2018, super PACs spent approximately $2.9 billion on federal elections. Notably, the bulk of that money comes from just a few wealthy individual donors. In the 2018 election cycle, for example, the top 100 donors to super PACs contributed nearly 78 percent of all super PAC spending.

No comment necessary. Everyone should be concerned

jclark124 January 27, 2022
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Also, in Biden’s economy:
Overformed in job creation, record job creation in first year.
Overperformed…5.6% growth in economy.
Overperformed…3.9% unemployment

Inflation and kinks in the supply chain are related to pandemic…which drags him down. I’m convinced they’re doing it on purpose.

CYNTHIA SWANSON January 27, 2022
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Speaking of the Supreme Court, the following are the words of Thomas Jefferson and enshrined on the Jefferson Memorial:

Panel Four
“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

His wise words blow so-called ‘originalism’ right out of the water!

JOHN GAETANI January 27, 2022
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I can’t take all of you lefty loons! Jahnn you and your constant drumbeat about climate change that is going to end the world. Ok Bob Jones disciple. Drink some more Flavor-aid. Yes, there is climate change. It happens naturally. Throughout the Earth’s history there have been six recognized ice ages of extensive lengths of time and one commonly called a mini-ice age. That was from the 14th Century to the 19th century. You know what? Every ice age was followed by a warming period. So if the mini-ice age end in the 19th century, guess what we are in a climate change period now that is warmer than the previous 500 years after the mini-ice age ended. Jahnn, do you really think that the things put in place and planned for to stop climate change are going to work? To my knowledge humans have not mastered how to change the weather yet. This climate change stuff is just a way for the oligarchs and totalitarians to make us all serfs.

All you other loons, was Trump great no but he was way better than this Resident we have now who isn’t even in charge. To Deborah Bender, your information is so off it is crazy. Not one person who entered or gathered outside the Capitol had a gun. Some had some other items that they used as a weapon. The guy you said got arrested with bombs and guns wasn’t there that day. And he wasn’t a Trump supporter. The only person with any sort of weapon was the person who planted a bomb at the DNC Headquarters and the RNC Headquarters the night before who has yet to be apprehended. In fact to my knowledge they aren’t even looking for that person.

Actually there were two unarmed women killed on that day. Ashli Babbitt who was shot by a police officer and another woman whose name escapes me who was beaten and trampled to death by police and the crowd in a walkway. And there was another woman who almost died that was also beaten by police. About Ashli Babbitt, video with sound just emerged showing she was actually trying to stop people from breaking through doors of the Capitol.

LOUIS RESTIFO January 27, 2022
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Jahnn Swanker-Gibson Jahnn Swanker-Gibson Jahnn Swanker-Gibson

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you.

For a great letter!!!

Hooligans January 27, 2022
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Fredo: That is amazing! You have habitually denied others the ability to discern Trumps intent from his words and deeds yet you can discern my intent for use of a pseudonym. Can you say hypocrite!!!

ANTHONY J SANTO January 27, 2022
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If the right wing white supremacists were actually interested in making our country more democratic
they would support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and clamor for a reversal of Citizen United. Another important step would be public funding of elections:

1) All qualified candidates, those with enough signatures on nominating ballots and/or endorsement by a qualified political party, i.e. parties with a pre-determined number of registered voters, would get government funding at a level commiserate with the office they seek.

2) All broadcast networks would be required to air live debates among the candidates for each office
during prime time.

In this way, the public would have the information they need to cast a ballot that really corresponds to their views on the issues. The candidates elected would have to answer to their constituents not giant corporations and PACS.

I decided to reprint yesterday’s post on publicly funding elections.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 27, 2022
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The Texas Tribune reports:

In a sworn declaration submitted as part of an ongoing federal court challenge, a senior Republican state senator with redistricting experience said he believes his party violated federal voting laws when it drew new boundaries for state Senate District 10 in the Fort Worth area.

“Having participated in the 2011 and 2013 Senate Select Redistricting Committee proceedings, and having read the prior federal court decision regarding SD10, it was obvious to me that the renewed effort to dismantle SD 10 violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution,” state Sen. Kel Seliger said in a declaration signed in November.

Guy Varoma January 27, 2022
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William trading stock is not the problem with Politians it’s money from big Corps. They are the ones who control what is going on. What is desperately needed is campaign finance reform. The right leaning Supreme Court was responsible their ruling on Citizens united is what the problem is

In Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court asserted that corporations are people and removed reasonable campaign contribution limits, allowing a small group of wealthy donors and special interests to use dark money to influence elections.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 27, 2022
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Many members of Congress have ‘struck rich’ in the stock market. Whether they managed this through skilled investment or inside information can be difficult to prove.

There is a simple solution. They are all public servants. During their tenure in office they should not be allowed to buy or sell individual stocks. Instead they should be required to put their investment money in ETF’s, index funds, and mutual funds managed in a blind trust by an independent trustee. If they are unwilling to do this they should remain in the private sector.

Public office should in no way be a tool of personal aggrandizement.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 27, 2022
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For most of our history it was an unwritten rule and practice that Supreme Court justices be white males. It is perfectly just to compensate for the resulting imbalance between the make-up of the Supreme Court and the general population by choosing from a highly qualified pool of Black females.

There is no such thing as choosing ‘the most qualified candidate’ as many ARE qualified but reflect different ideologies and approaches to interpretation of the Constitution. Presidents’ choices necessarily reflect, to SOME extent their own views in these areas. For an example of this FACT, look at the three judges Trump appointed. They are among the most extreme conservative ideologues ever appointed. To argue that any one of them was the most qualified candidate at that time is absurd.

jclark124 January 27, 2022
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Jahnn Swanker-Gibson & Deborah Bender THANK YOU!

J Vendetti, I’m not so sure the toddler would have been re-elected. It was obvious that he was perverting and corrupting every Institution of gov’t that our Founders cherished. The majority of Americans could see the break down of our Constitutional Republic and the Rule of Law–which the schemer snaked around his whole life. He constantly lied and divided us and tweeted like a little girl. He was completely unprofessional and sided with autocrats and was (is) white supremacists’ leader. 45s agenda was power and greed, with no oversight…well, after all, he was a rich, white male.

William Marincic January 27, 2022
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In his debate with Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden made two pledges to voters and asked his opponent to do the same to nominate only a black woman for the next open Supreme Court seat and to choose a woman as his vice president. Even with identity politics, the pledge to impose a gender and race requirement for the next Supreme Court nominee is as ironic as it is troubling. What Biden was declaring, and what Sanders wisely avoided, would effectively constitute discrimination in admission to the Supreme Court. Indeed, the Supreme Court has declared that such race or gender conditions are strictly unconstitutional for admission to public colleges.
The pledges that Biden has made amount to this. No matter how qualified men or, in the case of the Supreme Court, women who are not black may be, he will not consider them as candidates. In the case of vice president, such gender discrimination would be allowed, as presidential candidates can select a running mate on any grounds and voters can decide if they approve. Justices, however, are lifetime appointees, and presidents have always been careful to state that, while they seek diversity among their nominees, they would appoint the most qualified person regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. But in a single declaration, Biden quickly dispensed with even the pretense of equal consideration.
Imposing an absolute requirement that a nominee be a particular gender and race is effectively an affirmative action pledge. It is precisely what the Supreme Court already declared to be unconstitutional discrimination.

Jonathan Turley

William Marincic January 27, 2022
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Joe I agree many of the things that Trump said I shook my head it and asked myself why. But that aside I looked at it as it was, Trump was not a politician, a politician lies and measures his words, a politician will never say anything controversial, he keeps his controversial thoughts to himself. I would rather have a Trump that speaks his mind, telling us the truth rather than have a politician that continues to lie to us. As far as trumps policies I was on board with 90% of them. The only thing that didn’t happen today wish did was school choice.

William Marincic January 27, 2022
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Jahnn Swanker-Gibson I have always wondered what possesses a man to use a hyphenated last name? I have my thoughts but I will keep them to myself

Joseph Vendetti January 27, 2022
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Fred & William:

“When a clown moves into a palace, he doesn’t become a king. The palace becomes a circus.” – Turkish Proverb

I only send this to you because it seems you two are the largest President Trump supporters.

To me as a moderate Conservative, at this point (1 yr into term) I see President Biden having run on quite a different platform (unity, moderate policies, political experience), then what he has done in year 1.

I truly believe if President Trump would have been re-elected easily if Covid-19 hadn’t hit. As much as President Trump was a clown (twitter, lies, revolving positions in cabinet, scandals, etc) he would have continued with the circus if not for Covid. Because voters vote based on economy. The economy up until the pandemic was over full with jobs, minority employment was at a historic low, and ppl were “fat & happy”.

But you have to admit President Trump was very unpresidential, spoke poorly, bullied & really acted like a clown.

FRED BARNEY January 27, 2022
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The right to vote needs to be associated with the right to know what is going on!