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Letters to the Editor Friday, Jan. 28


Writer promoted false equivalencies

I cringed when I saw the headline (“Biden is dividing the country he promised to unite”) on the Jan. 19 Gazette Opinion page. Syndicated columnist Clive Crook equates Biden’s speech on election law with “Trump-level demagoguery.” Biden called on all senators, including Sinema and Manchin, to choose between Dr. King and George Wallace in voting on voter legislation. Sen. Romney accused him of dividing the country.
If Mitt prefers George Wallace to Dr. King, he should say so.
Recently in Chatham, residents rallied against White supremacy. One man termed hate groups “no different than the old KKK. Where there is silence, the void would be filled with hatred.”
Wally Truesdell

Where’s the outrage over statue removal

Anyone who has visited Mexico City or Cuzco, Peru, has learned of the removal of monumental statues of Aztec and Incan emperors and gods because the Conquistadors were  outraged by them. Today we see the same thing happening in this country — an example being the outrageous cowardly decision by the directors of the Museum of Natural History in New York City to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue after more than 80 years.
Whenever we hear of protests by some religious groups over artworks such as the infamous “Piss Christ’’ displayed in the Brooklyn Museum some years ago, the so-called “artistic community” has rallied to its defense, insisting that the Constitution is in danger if it is banned.
So just where is the “artistic community” regarding the removal of the Roosevelt statue?
The silence, as the saying goes, is deafening.
Michael Nardacci

Jan. 6 was an attack on our government

In Dr. Salvatore’s Jan. 20 letter (“Don’t compare 1/6 to 9/11, Pearl Harbor”), it is in my opinion one in the same. In all instances, our government was attacked. How can the writer say this and then talk about BLM?
Why does the writer feel the need to talk about the unarmed woman, a veteran, being the only one killed on Jan. 6? Police were justified to shoot her as one of the attackers. This insurrection can be deemed an Act of War. What else can we say?
I have never been so shocked as I was on that day.
Many of us never thought we would ever see this type of action in our country.
Yet we are still pondering over what happened as another ‘tourist group’ in the Capitol. “Taint right!”
All of our representatives should be together enforcing the ultimate penalty for an act of treason.
This is not political; it is our government being attacked, and this should not happen again.
Vincent F. Carelli


Glenville situation needs old-style sign

Some of you might remember the roadside signs of old that advertised Burma Shave. It was a series of signs that presented an entertaining jingle, culminating with the words “Burma Shave.”
The state DOT should employ the same idea with a series of signs leading up to the Glenville Bridge. The signs should say: “WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG, YOUR MOTHER SAID ‘YOU ARE ACTING TOO BIG FOR YOUR BRITCHES.’  NOW, YOU DRIVE A TRUCK THAT IS TOO BIG FOR THE BRIDGES. CRASH TRUCK….PAY FINE!”
Brian Gain



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ANTHONY J SANTO January 29, 2022
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If you don’t believe some Republicans have totally lost it, read this from the Huffpost. There is video to back it up:

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has found a new conspiracy theory to peddle about the effective and safe COVID-19 vaccines: that somehow, uncovered by the media, and silenced by government health officials, hordes of athletes are dropping dead on the field after getting the jab.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 29, 2022
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Another prominent Republican is making a fool of himself by blatantly lying about his position on Biden’s infrastructure bill. Senator Rick Scott now claims he supported the spending bill which he loudly condemned as disastrous and fiscally irresponsible before the bill was passed.

Now that Floridians have seen the benefits of infrastructure projects, he is retroactively claiming credit for the on-going improvements in the Everglades. What a S.O.S. he is.

Meanwhile a guest on a FOX BS segment claimed the infrastructure bill had not passed yet (it has). And claimed Biden’s visit to Pennsylvania was designed to gain support for the bill and was planned on a day that a bridge collapsed in that state. It was planned before that collapse, which was a remarkable and telling coincidence. Dear Lord above what will it take to get the willfully blind to see what is right in front of them.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 28, 2022
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I looked at the footage of what has been purported to be sexual perversion on the part of Biden, all occurring in public view in the midst of many people. If anyone sees this as perversion I think they have a serious mental health issue. Look at the videos for yourself and decide.

Joseph Vendetti January 28, 2022
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Thoughts on Tulsi Gabbard?

jclark124 January 28, 2022
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This afternoon, Biden laid out Infrastructure plan and promoted BBB in Pittsburgh, who just had a bridge collapse. “We need a future that’s made in America.” A former steel mill is now on the cutting edge of advanced robotics & manufacturing technology. Since he took office there’s an increase of 367,000 manufacturing jobs.

One-third of inflation is the cost of automobiles because of the shortage of semi-conductors. He wants to build supply chains here at home. “When the Federal gov’t invests in innovation, it powers up the private sector…creating new technologies, industries, and good paying jobs.”

Biden has the vision of reinvesting in Research and Dev’l that has the US from #1, now in 9th place…China is now second. Biden is building a foundation, but it’s not going to happen overnight.

BTW, 2 senatorial candidates John Fetterman and Conor Lamb were in the audience.

William Marincic January 28, 2022
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As far as Biden being a pervert I have seen photo and video proof. Here are some highlights, now watch and tell me there is nothing here.

RAYMOND HARRIS January 28, 2022
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The headlines seem very simple: Violent crime is on the rise.

There was a 5% increase in homicides in 2021 compared with 2020 and a 44% increase compared with 2019, according to an analysis of 22 US cities by the Council on Criminal Justice.

A separate CNN analysis of police department data also found an increase in 2021: “More than two-thirds of the country’s 40 most populous cities saw more homicides last year than in 2020 … Ten of those cities recorded more homicides in 2021 than any other year on record.”

The rising homicide rate will feed into a national narrative of rising crime that has included recent outbreaks of police shootings and carjackings.

Crime, however, is a very local issue, as the CCJ data makes clear. Some cities saw murder rates rise in 2021, such as:

• St. Petersburg, Florida — 108% increase.
• Austin, Texas — 86% increase.
• Los Angeles and Philadelphia — 13% increase each.
• Baltimore — 1% increase.

Other cities saw their murder rates fall, such as:

• Seattle — 25% decrease.
• Omaha — 24% decrease.
• Phoenix — 6% decrease.
• Nashville — 5% decrease.

Despite the recent rise, homicide rates are still far below their levels in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Congresswoman’s car struck by gunfire. Anecdotally, there is evidence of violence reaching every type of American — including elected officials.

In a statement on Twitter, Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri acknowledged her vehicle was struck by gunfire in the St. Louis area. She was not in the car and noted no one was harmed, but that “any act of gun violence shakes your soul.” She added: “That’s why our movement is working to invest in our communities, eradicate the root causes of gun violence, and keep everyone safe.”

Guy Varoma January 28, 2022
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Biden lied ? William did Biden say Mexico would pay for the wall or something? ….oh wait that was Trump. Did Biden say he would give us cheaper and better health insurance? Oh wait that was Trump too. Did Biden say he would pass an infrastructure bill….yes that was Biden ….Trump did promise one saying I know construction better than anyone,….But he never did sign one,,,,,Trump signed a tax cut for the rich …that’s all he did.

ChuckD January 28, 2022
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Yet more evidence the Democrats are trying to steal the elections!
Bob Brigham
January 28, 2022
The Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol issued 14 new subpoenas to “individuals who participated as purported ‘alternate electors’ for former President Trump.”

The seven states in question are Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) explained “The Select Committee is seeking information about attempts in multiple states to overturn the results of the 2020 election, including the planning and coordination of efforts to send false slates of electors to the National Archives.”

“We believe the individuals we have subpoenaed today have information about how these so-called alternate electors met and who was behind that scheme. We encourage them to cooperate with the Select Committee’s investigation to get answers about January 6th for the American people and help ensure nothing like that day ever happens again,” he said.

Tick tock, Retrumplicans…

RAYMOND HARRIS January 28, 2022
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Here’s the latest on the Jan. 6 select committee:

The January 6 Select Committee has issued subpoenas for 14 Republicans from seven states who served on bogus slates of Trump electors in 2020 as part of the Trump campaign’s scheme to subvert the Electoral College.
The GOP leaders from the states served as “Chair” and “Secretary” on the slates of fake electors designed to be alternates should Republicans succeed in denying the certifications of the actual electoral votes that were won by Joe Biden.
The scheme didn’t work, and then-Vice President Mike Pence certified the election results on January 6 when the congressional session reconvened after being interrupted by a mob of pro-Trump rioters.

All part of Trump’s desperate moves to steal the election that he lost by 7+ million votes.

ChuckD January 28, 2022
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As if we needed any more reason to consider what’s left of the Republican Party the Grand Old Dirtbag Party:


Republicans who control most of (Florida) state government aren’t prepared to let Broward’s newly elected Democratic state representative, Daryl Campbell, take office during the current legislative session.

Campbell’s Jan. 11 election was certified on Tuesday by the state Elections Canvassing Commission. But Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee won’t send a letter to the Florida House of Representatives declaring Campbell as the winner until at least March 8.

The annual 60-day legislative session, which began Jan. 11 — coincidentally the same day as the special primary — ends on March 11. If the letter from Lee goes to the Florida House immediately, Campbell would at best be able to cast votes only during the last few days of 2022 lawmaking.

“I remain hopeful. Am I surprised? I am not,” Campbell said Thursday. “It’s just unfortunate that our constituents … now are being faced with a situation where their voice does not get heard.” He was in Tallahassee to get acclimated, hoping that he’d be sworn in next week when the full House of Representatives is set to meet.

Lee, whose office made the latest decision, is an appointee of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

William Marincic January 28, 2022
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How toxic is Joe Biden to the Democrat party? Well first Stacey Abrams didn’t show up and now it looks like a couple Democrats won’t be showing up to Pittsburgh for Biden‘s visit.

Doug Hampton January 28, 2022
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I always laugh when I hear stupid comments like that. There are countless Republicans that can’t stand Trump. Look no further than many in his own cabinet. George Will , perhaps the most well known and well respected Conservative writer for goodness sakes! George W. Bush , John Kasich (closest thing to an active ally of Ronald Reagan), Joe Scarborough, who despite being on MSNBC identifies as a small government Conservative. The right likes to paint the narrative that only D’s don’t like Trump but it simply isn’t true. The whole Lincoln Project is run by Republicans or former R’s that changed parties because of Trump. Last but not least , google up all the negative comments made from Trump’s own cabinet. The list is very long! Can’t call that media bias. There’s just so much impartial evidence that demonstrates that this man is a fake , a fraud , and just flat out evil! Don the Con!

ANTHONY J SANTO January 28, 2022
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Four women who competed in the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant said Donald Trump walked into the dressing room while contestants — some as young as 15 — were changing.

“I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here,’” said Mariah Billado, the former Miss Vermont Teen USA.

Trump, she recalled, said something like, “Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before.”

Three other women, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of getting engulfed in a media firestorm, also remembered Trump entering the dressing room while girls were changing. Two of them said the girls rushed to cover their bodies, with one calling it “shocking” and “creepy.” The third said she was clothed and introduced herself to Trump.

Discussion of Trump entering the room arose among the women themselves last weekend in a private Facebook group after BuzzFeed News reported that a contestant in an adult pageant said Trump had walked into the changing room when “we were all naked.” The Facebook group is open only to some former contestants in the 1997 pageant, according to several women who are in it and who described the exchange about Trump to BuzzFeed News.

Trump, who owned the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA pageants from 1996 until last year, has publicly bragged about invading beauty queen dressing rooms, calling it one of his prerogatives of ownership.

“I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed,” Trump told Howard Stern in recordings released Saturday by CNN. “No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. … ‘Is everyone OK?’ You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody OK?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.”

Until now it was never alleged that this behavior extended to the teen pageant, in which contestants can be as old as 19 or as young as 14.

The Trump campaign and the Trump Organization did not respond to requests for comment. The Miss Universe Organization, which runs Miss Teen USA, declined to comment.

The 1997 teen pageant — Trump’s first as owner — was held on South Padre Island, Texas. His daughter Ivanka Trump, then 15 years old, served as co-host.

The dressing room was described by multiple contestants as one large, long, open space with 51 stations, one for each contestant, lined up against the walls. Cutting through the middle of the room were racks of clothing. Girls did not have individual partitions shielding their station from the rest of the space, and it was often bustling with stylists, pageant officials, and other crew members coming and going.

“I don’t support either” Trump or Clinton, said Billado, the former Miss Vermont. Of the other three who remember Trump coming into the dressing room, one said she was also undecided but would not vote for Trump, and another said she’s a Democrat. A third said she was not voting for Trump and wouldn’t say more because “this is not about politics.” But, she added, “When he started running for president, that is one of the first things I thought about: Oh, gross, this guy walked in on us in the pageant.” Girls were “just scrambling to grab stuff,” she said, “whatever garments they had.”

One of the other women who asked to be anonymous, who was 17, said, “At the time, you’re a teenager, you’re intimidated — it’s Donald Trump, he runs the pageant.” And it felt, she said, like “it was his given right” to enter the dressing rooms “because he owned the pageant.”

Most of the women had fond recollections of Ivanka Trump, who, they said, came into the changing room to mingle. Billado said she told Ivanka about Donald Trump entering the room while the girls were changing their clothes. Billado remembers Ivanka answering, “Yeah, he does that.”

Asked about this by email, neither the campaign nor the Trump Organization responded.

“I remember it shocking me,” Billado said. “I barely let anybody except my sister see me getting dressed.”

She viewed Trump’s intrusion into the dressing room “was more of a pompous ‘I own this place’ rather than a perverted thing.” Still, she said, “I would never let my daughter run for a pageant that he owns.”

Compare the nonsense posted about Biden being a ‘pervert’ with, not only the Hollywood tapes, but this from Buzzfeed on 10/12/16. Trump bragged about it on the Howard Stern radio show:

LOUIS RESTIFO January 28, 2022
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Michael Nardacci, perhaps your correct regarding the “cowardly decision” to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue. Perhaps the better decision would be, to have Roosevelt removed from the horse and placed beside it, then mount the Black man and Native American on top of it.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 28, 2022
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For an accurate picture of how well the economy is doing, read “Economy grows 5.7% in 2021” on p. A4 in today’s Daily Gazette.

ANTHONY J SANTO January 28, 2022
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A very interesting quote from a column by Carl P. Leubsdorf in today’s Daily Gazette:

“Interestingly both blocked Senate voting (rights) bills are popular with the public.
Morning Consult polling in Politico’s Playbook showed a majority favor the broader measures’s key provisions: expanding same-day registration, early voting, and voting by mail; automatic voter registration; prohibiting partisan gerrymandering; and making Election Day a federal holiday.”

Conclusion, it is misrepresentation on the part of FOX BS and other right-wing news sources that makes the voting rights legislation unpopular and the Senate does not represent majority opinion in the populace. Why would anyone who favors fair elections and enabling more people to vote be against any of these proposals?

There was near zero-fraud in last year’s election; why would Republican controlled legislatures be trying to make it more difficult to vote? Hint: Trump said no Republican candidate can win if there is a large voter turn-out.

Suggestion, take voting rights legislation apart and pass it provision by provision.

Picture i.d.’s are not necessary to deter fraud, as virtually none exists; signature verification has proven to be adequate. However far fewer minorities have i.d.’s than do white citizens; this explains Republican insistence on i.d.’s.

Guy Varoma January 28, 2022
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William staring off again popping your cork. Try less on trying to justifying Trump and read the factual information. Your Youtube post only shows your desperation again. Try leaving the Trump cult and be the man you say you are

William Marincic January 28, 2022
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You have to wonder why Joe Biden is not tough on China here’s your answer.

christopher S. January 28, 2022
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Agreed. I’ve recently enjoyed watching the Ms swan videos on YouTube but this guy may be more entertaining. Please evaluate your sources with common sense just because something is posted on you tube doesn’t make it fact . Stop the stupid.

Hooligans January 28, 2022
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Marincic: A well spoken snowflake who is offended when his bigotry is called out. Policies that disenfranchise others, limit access to women’s health services, and impose one’s religious beliefs on others are unconstitutional and should be opposed in the strongest terms.

William Marincic January 28, 2022
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I was sent this by a friend and it’s perfect for most of the commenters here.