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Letters to the Editor and Emmons’ editorial cartoon for Sunday, March 27

Emmons for March 27
Emmons for March 27

History lesson: Be proactive in Ukraine

History can be very scornful to those who forget it.
In the spring of 1939, the United States was focused on getting out of the Depression while Russia and Germany were building huge armies.
With Ukraine, the Biden Administration has been purely Amateur Hour, reactive instead proactive, announcing its plans to its enemy instead of playing poker.
The retreat/withdrawal from Afghanistan emboldened our enemies. The Trump Administration saw Putin as some kind of college drinking buddy. His plan has always been another Yalta Conference, the one where an aging and passive U.S. president signed away the freedoms of a half billion Eastern Europeans for the next half century, creating the same Soviet Empire that Putin dreams of.
Now it’s 2022, distracted by the pandemic, we have another aging, passive president who’s hoping a lying dictator somehow will become a diplomat.
Putin has zero interest in negotiations. His armies will remain in a holding pattern while he slowly missiles and bombs Ukraine to death. He will recreate the Soviet Empire or die.
Ukraine is Poland in 1939. Why do you think Poland offered their jet fighters? They’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Like it or not, World War III has begun. We can fight in Ukraine, or next year the Baltics and Balkans. NATO must start with a No Fly Zone and, if so be it, go to war.
It’s better to resolve a toothache today than experience a root canal tomorrow. It’s not going to go away.
It’s 1939.
Nick Miller
Schenectady

Plan ahead for future, but act in the present

My concern with America’s state of the union is how inflation, job losses and failure to create new jobs is costing our country.
The “Coastal Elites” will be able to absorb the cost of inflation, but not most others. To shut down a good part of our energy industry without any look ahead is unconscionable. We could be supplying the United States and Europe.
In the middle of the war in Ukraine, for our climate czar to talk about climate being the most important focus of our lives is silly.
We live in the here-and-now, and we want leaders to be visionaries, but not stop what we’re doing while they plan.
We have been hearing about the world coming to end in 12 years every 12 years since the 1970s.
If people think that prices are high now, wait until the energy companies’ portfolios are significantly green.
Germany shut down all of its nuclear plants and many coal plants and expected it to be business as usual. Surprise! The Germans are already paying about 40 cents per kilowatt hour while we pay about 15 cents. Their new prime minister has authorized reopening nuclear plants and the building of some coal plants.
Then there is the effort to renew the Iran nuclear deal. Putin is teaching the world what it’s like to deal with enemies. We just stopped buying 650,000 barrels of oil a day from Russia. Renewing the Iran nuclear deal borders on lunacy.
Gerard F. Havasy
Clifton Park

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Facts don’t support claims on fuel prices

There are still many people who turn a blind eye to information that doesn’t support their view. And there are many who will state things as if that proves cause and effect without actually showing the connection.
Case in point – in his March 19 letter (“Biden has unified the nation for the worse”) Mr. Jerry Bubniak says, regarding gas prices, that President Biden stopped leasing on federal lands and stopped the Keystone pipeline. Well, so what? Making those statements doesn’t show that those actions are the cause of increased gas prices.
I suggest that you read the online article (https://www.aol.com/news/gop-attacks-biden-high-gas-161903231.html) reporting on an interview with Mr. Christopher Knittel, a professor of applied economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Mr. Knittel says, among other things, that “It would have taken years to build Keystone XL … it’s not clear how much more Canadian oil would have been produced because of the pipeline.”
Just because it provides extra capacity does not mean it would be used to that capacity.
The article goes on to explain that oil is a global commodity; we could produce as much oil as we consume, but global fluctuations could still cause the price to rise.
It also says, “Data also shows that, on average, Biden has approved more drilling permits per month on public lands than Donald Trump did during his presidency.”
The article has much more information; I encourage everyone to read it.
Mr. Bubniak, let’s see your proof that President Biden’s actions caused the problem.
Jerry Boehm
Albany

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97 Comments
Guy Varoma March 27, 2022
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Son D Wayne disagreeing with hat you post is being censured? I don’t see anyone that is keeping you from posting. Stop worrying about the Easter Bunny Candy …Things will be ok ….Maybe you will even get some Peeps

christopher S. March 27, 2022
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Ahh he’s been pretty hzrmless today babbling about a 2 month old trucker convoy inCanada guess Trudeau felt ya can’t do that bit about MacRons supposed disgust with Bidens statement, little bit about energy independence doesn’t seem to grasp that Biden s president and we don’t rule by flavor of the month polls, nothing really of an consequence as he refuses to read a link or a post or respond coherently

D Wayne P. March 27, 2022
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This is why you take the Liberal Echo Chamber’s words with a grain of salt. “President Biden’s job-approval rating has plummeted to the lowest of his White House tenure — and seven in 10 Americans lack confidence in the commander-in-chief’s ability to handle the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a survey released Sunday found. ​” 7 in 10 Americans, that’s a big number. Conversely, the Liberal Echo Chamber gives Biden 5 stars with his ability to handle the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They are the enlightened ones, how stupid of those 70% and where are their facts. They can’t feel that way if they don’t copy and paste an article from MSNBC or Yahoo News. Oh but Trump…………

Guy Varoma March 27, 2022
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D Wayne maybe we should send Russia some aster Candy to ease the tension?

ChuckD March 27, 2022
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As you read this, if you read this, keep in mind Mr. Buntzen is watching 20 miles away from ground zero, “a barge in Eniwetok Atoll, in the Marshall Islands”.

It’s exactly 20 miles from State and Erie in Schenectady to the track in Saratoga, or to a point roughly halfway between Amsterdam and Johnstown, or to Schaghticoke.

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This Is What It’s Like to Witness a Nuclear Explosion
By Rod Buntzen
Mr. Buntzen is the author of “My Armageddon Experience: A Nuclear Weapons Test Memoir.”

In the early days of his war against Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin told the world that he had ordered his nation’s nuclear forces to a higher state of readiness. Ever since, pundits, generals and politicians have speculated about what would happen if the Russian military used a nuclear weapon.

What would NATO do? Should the United States respond with its own nuclear weapons?

These speculations all sound hollow to me. Unconvincing words without feeling.

In 1958, as a young scientist for the U.S. Navy, I witnessed the detonation of an 8.9-megaton thermonuclear weapon as it sat on a barge in Eniwetok Atoll, in the Marshall Islands. I watched from across the lagoon at the beach on Parry Island, where my group prepared instrumentation to measure the atmospheric radiation. Sixty-three years later, what I saw remains etched in my mind, which is why I’m so alarmed that the use of nuclear weapons can be discussed so cavalierly in 2022.

The heat was becoming unbearable. Bare spots at my ankles were starting to hurt. The aluminum foil hood I had fashioned for protection was beginning to fail.

I thought that the hair on the back of my head might catch on fire.

The brightness of light the detonation created defies description. I worried that my high-density goggles would fail.
…cont.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/27/opinion/nuclear-weapons-ukraine.html

D Wayne P. March 27, 2022
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So who do we believe, Ro Khanna, Anthony Blinken, or Joe Biden? “I think the president, the White House, made the point last night that, quite simply, President Putin cannot be empowered to wage war or engage in aggression against Ukraine or anyone else,” Blinken said during a visit to Jerusalem.

“As you know, and as you have heard us say repeatedly, we do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia — or anywhere else, for that matter,” Blinken added.

D Wayne P. March 27, 2022
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France’s Macron on Biden referring to Putin as a “butcher” and “who cannot remain in power.””I wouldn’t use this type of wording because I continue to hold discussions with President Putin,” Macron said Sunday during an appearance on France 3 TV channel. “We want to stop the war that Russia has launched in Ukraine without escalation — that’s the objective.” I agree 100%.

Guy Varoma March 27, 2022
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And then he looked upon the land and suddenly polls matter. When for 6 years he said they were fake news. The brain of a Trump voter selects what they want and discards the rest and then they are content

christopher S. March 27, 2022
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Dwayne p your responses todayare almost as brilliant as Zach s pedophilia obsession from yesterday thank God our government doesn’t function that way anymore since Trump lost anyway, have an Easter candy

D Wayne P. March 27, 2022
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I have an idea on how we can get the Keystone Pipeline flowing, add Hunter Biden to the board. That oil would be flowing like the Amazon River if that were to happen. Let it flow!! Let it flow!!

D Wayne P. March 27, 2022
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“65% unhappy with Biden’s handling of economy: Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the economy, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Respondents were also more likely than not to say that they think Biden’s policies have hurt the economy more than they have helped it.” I agree with the 65%. Maybe the liberal band called The Spinners can convince the 65% how wrong they are and that Biden is knocking it out of the park. I highly doubt it.

D Wayne P. March 27, 2022
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Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Sunday sought to clarify President Biden’s recent off-the-cuff remarks concerning Russian President Vladimir Putin remaining in power, stating that there was no policy for regime change among congressional Democrats. So which is it? Do we take Biden at his word or Ro Khanna? Was it another “whoopsie” moment for Joe Biden? Lives are at stake, he better polish his tongue or his teleprompter before it costs us big time.

Florida2015 March 27, 2022
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I propose we comfort Zachary in advance of him seeing the picture of President Biden holding a small female Ukrainian refugee in Warsaw as he toured with the Prime Minister of Poland some refugee centers. It was not noted if the PM was keeping an eye on President Biden for any nefarious moves on the little girl. Be calm Zachary.

Guy Varoma March 27, 2022
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Zachary William, Annie and Denise Crisci so what you are saying is Biden Bad, Trump Good on everything . Just say that it short and covers your misguided viewpoint. D Wayne I hope you get your Easter Candy if you don’t it will be another catastrophe and Biden’s fault. May the Easter Bunny bring all you “Biden Bad” people joy.

ANTHONY J SANTO March 27, 2022
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The article on p. A2 is very interesting. Biden has called for a minimum tax of 20% on households worth over $100 million. “It would apply to the top .01% of households with half of the expected revenue coming from households worth $1 billion or more. The minimum tax would effectively prevent the wealthiest sliver of America from paying lower rates than families who think of themselves as middle class, while helping to generate revenues to fuel Biden’s domestic ambitions and keep the deficit in check relative to the U.S. economy.”

“The fading of the pandemic and the growth has enabled the deficit to fall from $3.1 trillion in fiscal 2020 to $2.8 trillion last year and a projected $1.4 million this year…deficit spending paid off in the form of the economy expanding at a 5.7% pace last year…” Of course inflation has accompanied this rapid expansion and has been exacerbated by supply-chain problems and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Both have caused worldwide inflation. We will take the bitter pill of increasing interest rates to tame the inflationary beast domestically.

“Biden inherited from the Trump administration a budget deficit that was equal in size to 14.9% of the entire U.S. economy. But the deficit starting iin the upcoming budget year will be below 5% of the economy, putting the country on a more sustainable path…”

christopher S. March 27, 2022
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Zach come on you can do better . Biden gave a great speech we all know Putin needs to go apparently with the exception of the x Pres who praised the dictators of the world again yesterday. Lets move on Zach great speech great President !

Zachary March 27, 2022
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Let’s talk about another major blunder that these posters refuse to echo. Biden was asked in a news conference if chemical weapons being used by Russia in Ukraine is the red line that Russia crosses. Biden responded that we will respond in kind. Immediately after the White House responds that America will not be using chemical weapons under any circumstance. Biden was asked if sanctions are a deterrent and Biden responded they were never meant to be a deterrent, then Kamala is asked the same question and she tells us that absolutely sanctions are meant to be a deterrent . Just like my comment above about the White House walking back Biden’s comment about removing Putin they will never except the fact that they have a dumpster fire as president.

ANTHONY J SANTO March 27, 2022
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Nick Miller presents a strong argument for a dramatic increase in military support for Ukraine, including a “No Fly Zone.” His bottom line is that just as Hitler did not stop expanding the Third Reich after the Munich Pact, instead invading Poland and starting WWII, Putin will not stop attempting to expand Russian territory with his invasion of Ukraine. If we don’t stop him with overwhelming military might we will have to confront him in the near future.

The obvious danger in this plan is that it could ignite WWIII. Mr. Miller argues that war has already begun. If we take more aggressive military actions toward pushing Putin out of Ukraine we would be making a dangerous wager that Putin will back down and not resort to nuclear weapons and we will have contained his appetite for the creation of a New Russian Empire. If we don’t, we may face an emboldened Putin more willing to use nuclear weapons since he would look at the West as weak. Our future hangs in the balance and no one can predict what the better choice is: Mr. Miller’s call for strengthening our military response or Biden’s and NATO’s more measured response. I’m glad it is not my decision.

Zachary March 27, 2022
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The fact that the White House walked back Biden‘s comment right after he said it proves that I was right when I asked if Biden was looking for a nuclear war. Biden meant what he said and Putin knows it. We have a president that has really no clue or understanding of what he is saying, he’s reading off a Teleprompter and every once in a while adding his own comments. He’s a walking disaster for America.

Denise Crisci March 27, 2022
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Jerry, 3 strokes of a pen by Biden spelled doom for our energy independent country and the downfall for the rest of the world, as we see today how Russia is empowered. You need a time line? Jan.27th 2021starts the uncontrolled rise of gas prices, by May has increased over $1.00., highest increase since 2014. October sets a new record for California, December highest prices for gas ever recorded. By Feb prices go up every hour by the hour. That was just last year. Geuss what, that was not Putin’s doing, it was not any body’s fault but the short sighted fool holding the pen, Joe Biden. A country is only as strong as its recourses and right now, as we beg for oil from dictator run countries, and they laugh at us, we are the weakest we have ever been since 1974 . People may have short memories but this is hard to forget as you fill your tank and realize your usage is helping to fund dictators now, not American workers. Biden also has the power to undo all the harm he has done, but will he do it???? He does not have to worry about filling up his tank or heating his house, we do. You can put up stupid links to whatever you want but in this case, you have a uphill battle trying to brainwash people that Biden had nothing to do with this. I am sure you will continue as nothing else is working for this administration.