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Letters to the Editor Thursday, April 7


Let highest bidder build Bills stadium

Your April 1 editorial (“Bad Bills deal exemplifies aid failures”) bad-mouthed the 183rd richest American who owns the Buffalo Bills. I don’t know whether he is immune from such criticism, but he certainly must know what a free agent is.
The city of Buffalo to football is fairly the equivalent of the Vatican to Jesus. I am old enough to remember in 1957 when the Brooklyn Dodgers didn’t get their new stadium paid for by taxes and they left for a city that would, the bums.
Instead of having the entirety of New York state subsidize Buffalo’s football fans, put the team up for auction and let the highest bidder get the right to build a stadium and call them their home team. There, I’ve solved that. Now how about that racetrack up north here?
Ken Bress

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Panhandling issue must be addressed

When did panhandling become OK? I thought it was illegal.
It seems over the past couple of years in the Capital District, it has become a way of life for some. You cannot go to any shopping plaza or roundabout without being harassed by someone with a sign, especially today when everyone is looking for help.
There are a lot of organizations that you can go to for help. Where is my right not to feel uncomfortable at a stoplight with someone stalking me or making me feel uncomfortable? I’m a compassionate person, but this needs to be dealt with.
Deana Constantino

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Set your goals high, then do your best

Each day of our lives, we encounter challenges that we must overcome in order to advance in a positive direction.
These challenges are a combination of situations that we have chosen and some that we have no control over. In each challenge, we make choices to achieve the desired results while minimizing the negative impact on ourselves and others.
There are always several ways to progress through any given situation that will all provide us with a beneficial outcome. The choices we make are generally based on our past practices and previous results.
Learning is a lifelong experience that we all can benefit from if we approach it with a positive attitude.
We knew nothing when we were born. But as life progresses, we develop a knowledge base and a skill set that allows us to solve complex issues by using this acquired knowledge.
Believe in yourself and learn from other people, as well as from the situations we encounter on a daily basis.
It is sometimes amazing to see how much we are capable of when we set our goals high and do the best that we can, regardless of the difficulty of the situation.
We are all capable of far more than we realize. Do not let other people set your goals. Set your own goals and set them high. If you fall a bit short, that is OK, as long as you realize that you did your best.
Eddie Brush

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Don’t miss Leigh Li-Yun Wen exhibit

I recently visited the Albany Institute of History and Art and was wowed by the Leigh Li-Yun Wen exhibit.
Her art is expressive and beautiful. Please don’t pass up the opportunity to visit this ethereal exhibit, it runs until June 19.
Perhaps bring mom for Mother’s Day. You will not be disappointed.
Colleen M. Henry

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Bill Wemple

I see them. It’s uncomfortable, but they are not tapping on my window, they are not even trying to engage with passerby. I can’t fathom what they must be going through to have to stand there and be humiliated because they have nothing and I have so much. I doubt that many are panhandling as a scam, most are genuinely homeless. Most just stand there silently with a sign and only speak thank you if someone offers them money. Personally, I would rather hand them a granola bar or a cup of coffee than money to give them something to eat or warm up. If they start actively panhandling and begin accosting people, then local law enforcement should step in, but right now they are just an unpleasant reminder that there are so many people in dire straits out there in our communities than are doing well. Be thankful it’s not you standing there with a sign.

Panhandling is protected under the first amendment. Stalking and harassing is not, but simply holding a sign for money in public is not, regardless how uncomfortable it may make you. Next time you feel uncomfortable sitting at a light in your vehicle, perhaps think about how uncomfortable the panhandler must feel not knowing where there next meal will come from or where they will lay their head that night. That’s called compassion.


Deana Constantino, perhaps if you gave one of these “panhandlers” a $20 bill it would change your “uncomfortable” feeling to one of compassion. Oh heck, why would you do that, you already claim to be a “compassionate person”?


Absolutely incredible. Today’s article from a Trump interview with the Post:

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former president Donald Trump voiced regret Wednesday over not marching to the U.S. Capitol the day his supporters stormed the building, and he defended his long silence during the attack by claiming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others were responsible for ending the deadly violence.

“I thought it was a shame, and I kept asking why isn’t she doing something about it? Why isn’t Nancy Pelosi doing something about it? And the mayor of D.C. also. The mayor of D.C. and Nancy Pelosi are in charge,” Trump said of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot in a 45-minute interview with The Washington Post. “I hated seeing it. I hated seeing it. And I said, ‘It’s got to be taken care of,’ and I assumed they were taking care of it.”…

Doug Hampton

Incredible but not surprising! Trump may be the most pathetic liar ever. He sees the walls closing in on him as I just can’t see Jan 6th ending well for him. Of all his many ridiculous claim and statements (and there are numerous) this one may be the most ludicrous! Only Trump could say something so blatantly false with a straight face!


When is Merrick Garland going to begin indicting the top conspirators who sought to keep Trump in office through illegal and violent means? Trump should be in that group.

How can any one read the excerpt from the WP that Louis posted above and not see this man for the brazen liar he is? This is what he had to say shortly after the insurrection on 1/6. Trump fans, read the WP post above after you read this and ask yourself if you really believe Trump is not a liar:

“Former President Donald Trump on Sunday widely praised those who attended the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the insurrection at the Capitol, repeatedly using the word “love” to describe the tone of the event.

Echoing his rhetoric about the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Trump said, “These were peaceful people, these were great people.”

Speaking on “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” on the Fox News Channel, he also said the rally participants were patriots, that some of them were unjustly arrested and jailed, and that a woman who was shot and killed by law enforcement during the insurrection was a great hero.”


Isn’t he so clever? His supporters will buy it and point their finger at the DC Mayor or Pelosi like he is doing. Problem is he is in charge: “The District of Columbia National Guard is the branch of the United States National Guard based in the District of Columbia. It comprises both the D.C. Army National Guard and the D.C. Air National Guard components. The president of the United States is the commander-in-chief for the District of Columbia National Guard.”

christopher S.

Trump invented the fact spinning into lies based on his worship of Adolf Hitler so many of his stooges have learned from one of the best liars ever. Fortunately in 2020 7 million more people saw him for the fascist lying clown he is than were fooled.

Guy Varoma

Deana Constantino

“Are there no prisons?… Are there no workhouses?”

Ebenezer Scrooge ..A Christmas Carol

christopher S.

DEENA Incredible. Imagine if we were in the place Poland is with millions of refugees adding to YOUR perceived problem the lack of true empathy the lack of the ability you be human is incredible I’m sorry it disgusts me if you feel threatened roll your window up or call 911 what you really feel is embarrassed for your behavior
many Americans have gone too far with this type of better than thy neighbor nonsense get them a pair of rose colored glasses and get them out of my sight there is no babble to justify their nonsense i pity you Remember God has blessed America especially in 2020!

Joseph Vendetti


Sorry – but homelessness was brought on by the closure of mental hospitals that started shuttering their doors in 60’s.

The closure of hospitals was brought on by 1.) the pharmacology of isoniazid – one of the first drugs used to help depression and 2.) States looking to cut budgets.

I’ve demolished 5 of the largest in NYS – the one in Long Island housed almost 100,000 individuals. It had a morgue larger then the NYC morgue, another in Poughkeepsie that had 40,000 patients, the remainder between Utica and Buffalo – 261,000 patients with mental illness displaced because we thought medications would be taken.

That is just NYS – I’ve done them in Taunton MA, Wernersville PA, and Orange NJ that were just as large.


Give me a break Joe, homelessness is much more related to people not being able to support themselves or a family when a 40 hour plus work week can’t afford them the basics; food, clothing, and shelter.
Z, are you on board with spend billions of tax payer dollars for the building and staffing of psychiatric hospitals?

christopher S.

Anthony and Joe I think we can agree that both of the factors your articles online contributed to the problem neither is a diatribe or 100 % correct . The fact is the problem exists and needs to be addressed without the usual spin some feel the need to put on everything 30 40 whatever some need to call it in their little minds it does nothing to contribte to addressing the problem as usual. As we all know Not all homeless are mentally ill.


The estimates on mental illness among the homeless range from 1/5 to 1/3. Homelessness also causes emotional and mental health problems stemming from the insecurity, hunger, brutal living conditions, and fear that haunt the homeless.

Poverty is certainly a major contributing factor. No one wants to live in a car and use public restrooms for hygiene but some have no alternative. We should build facilities for those with mental illness serious enough to require constant supervision.

We have the resources but not the will to make the serious changes necessary to lessen the gap between the super rich and the rest of us.

Yes, we should stop allowing 15000 illegals to come across our borders every day and worry about our American homeless and mentally ill. Including veterans and women and children.

christopher S.

maybe we should fix the broken immigration system who are you to say who is welcome in this country? you certainly aren’t any better than other immigrant unless you’re a native American. What a delusional position

Thank you Mr. Vendetti for speaking truth to the 30% on here who only attack and criticize any and all who don’t agree with their diatribe.

Zachary, do you think Democrats are pedophiles? That seems to be the party line with Republicans right now.
Do you?

No, I don’t but I do know that there is no cure for them and because of that they need to be in prison as long as possible so that they don’t reoffend. To go below the guidelines is baffling to me. Children are at risk because of what she did.

Got it.

‘Of course Dems aren’t pedophiles, that’s crazy talk. But that judge sure shows leniency toward them which means she’s sympathetic to them, which means she doesn’t care about our children (and possibly means Q is right about them) ‘

This is the message in your comment, and that Republicans are broadcasting. The facts were described about her, and all judges’ sentences and was not represented by the Republicans honestly, by omitting the probationary details. Instead Republicans seem to think this is more like a Salem witch trial where anyone who hints at a deviant thought must be burnt at the stake. That would include the 16 year old boy with pictures of his 14 year old girlfriend, I guess? Who cares! Burn him!

Everyone hears the dog whistle, Zachary. Republicans want to pin the pedophile target on Democrats’ back, and that’s disgusting. That’s why I asked you, I wanted to hear how you spin it. And true to form…Puritanism is alive and well.

That is where you are again wrong, my statement is how I feel. As far as a 16 year old with a naked picture of his 14 year old girlfriend I could care less, leave him alone, unless he is sharing it or posting it.


How many times must it be pointed out that Judge Jackson’s sentencing for possession of child pornography was within the normal range for federal judges? Every case is unique and all factors are considered as Congress requires judges to do.

Congress sets minimum and maximum sentences and dictates whether or not they are mandatory. Chuck gives a good example of how mandatory sentencing could unfairly result in a 16 year old receiving a long sentence for possession of child porn.

The obvious attempt to garner votes from the Qanonsense faction of the Republican core is putting the whole nation at risk. To accuse Judge Jackson of personally putting children at risk is part of that attempt; It is reprehensible and disgusting and purveyors of this nonsense are shallow-thinkers, blind partisans, or both.

Mr. Santo, is everyone that has a different opinion than you and the 30% a member of Qanon?


No, I never said that. “They know not what they do” in many cases. However, an alarming 20% of Americans buy into Qanon conspiracy theories. Since one of those theories is that the Democratic party is controlled by Satan-worshiping cannibalistic child sex traffickers, I don’t think you will find many Democrats in their ranks.


Z, the facts that I state relative to Judge Jackson’s sentencing of defendants found guilty on charges of possession of child-porn are not opinions. They are facts. From PolitiFact:

” In most cases, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s sentences were below the guidelines and below the prosecutors’ recommendations.

But Jackson’s approach to sentencing in child pornography cases did not differ significantly from that of other judges, data show. A federal study found that in more than two-thirds of these cases, judges issue sentences below federal guidelines.

For cases that included both possession of child pornography and attempted or actual sexual abuse of a minor, Jackson generally agreed with prosecutors’ recommendations.

In addition to sentencing people to prison, Jackson’s decisions included long periods of supervised release, generally for 10 years after serving time, and in one case for 20 years.”

If not to attract Republican Qanon votes, why did Josh Hawley and others misrepresent her record and bring up a topic not once brought up one year earlier during her hearing for confirmation to the D.C. Court of Appeals?

Guy Varoma

He complains about being “attacked” for giving an opinion …Then attacks the people who give their opinion …..comical …..


How right you are Guy. I wave my hand to chase away an annoying buzzing insect near my ear and immediately forget about it as it is of no consequence. Until this post the conversation has been issue based with a fair airing of different opinions.

christopher S.

I think the response is one I’ve labeled the damsel in distress syndrome, I’ve seen it before and its becoming more common . Boy did God Bless America in 2020!

Mr. Varoma, I didn’t complain about being attacked. I asked that I be called by my name at least a dozen times.


A sweeping US Postal Service reform bill that will overhaul the agency’s finances and allow it to modernize its service was signed into law yesterday by Biden. The new law will require retired postal employees to enroll in Medicare when eligible and repeals a previous mandate that forced it to cover health care costs up front and years in advance. Those two measures would save the USPS nearly $50 billion over the next decade, according to the House Oversight Committee. The legislation, which received overwhelming bipartisan support, also requires the Postal Service to create an online public dashboard with local and national delivery and performance data. The changes are designed to help make the agency more financially sustainable because unlike other government institutions, the US Postal Service relies on revenue it collects from deliveries, not taxpayer funding, to support itself.

Thanks Joe.

christopher S.

This is great news it certainly undermines the attempts to disrupt service put in place by the previous administration. For the millions of Americans that depend on the postal service it is another blessing from this administration

God really did bless America in 2020!


Climate change news:

Americans are far more likely to say the climate crisis is a threat after facing recent extreme weather, according to a new Gallup poll. The data found 1 in 3 people say they have been affected by some kind of extreme weather in the past two years. Gallup also found 78% of respondents who have faced recent extreme weather believe the effects of climate change are already unfolding. Earlier this week, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned the world must make immediate transitions away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy, like solar and wind, to limit the impact of the climate crisis — otherwise, the West is destined for more drought and heat, the oceans will continue to inundate coastal communities and extreme weather will become more deadly than it already is. The good news is the US recently hit a major renewable energy milestone: wind power was the second-highest source of electricity for the first time since the Energy Information Administration began gathering the data.

Doug Hampton

Reagan, like any other President, did some really good things and then some not so good things. I can’t blame him alone certainly for the escalation in poverty and homelessness. I am more in Lou’s camp in that people just can’t keep up with the rising cost of living. Having said that , I used to work in a soup kitchen in Albany and the mental health issues were incredibly high with the very poor so there remains a great need for mental health care in our country. It shouldn’t be taken lightly.


Doug, I am copying an excerpt from the articled I suggested above. There are more details about how Reagan’s policies negatively impacted the poor in the full article:

” The most dramatic cut in domestic spending during the Reagan years was for low-income housing subsidies. Reagan appointed a housing task force dominated by politically connected developers, landlords and bankers. In 1982 the task force released a report that called for “free and deregulated” markets as an alternative to government assistance – advice Reagan followed. In his first year in office Reagan halved the budget for public housing and Section 8 to about $17.5 billion. And for the next few years he sought to eliminate federal housing assistance to the poor altogether.

In the 1980s the proportion of the eligible poor who received federal housing subsidies declined. In 1970 there were 300,000 more low-cost rental units (6.5 million) than low-income renter households (6.2 million). By 1985 the number of low-cost units had fallen to 5.6 million, and the number of low-income renter households had grown to 8.9 million, a disparity of 3.3 million units.

Another of Reagan’s enduring legacies is the steep increase in the number of homeless people, which by the late 1980s had swollen to 600,000 on any given night – and 1.2 million over the course of a year. Many were Vietnam veterans, children and laid-off workers.

In early 1984 on Good Morning America, Reagan defended himself against charges of callousness toward the poor in a classic blaming-the-victim statement saying that “people who are sleeping on the grates…the homeless…are homeless, you might say, by choice.”


A New Surge of Ukrainians at U.S. Border
By Miriam Jordan and Mark Abramson
More than 2,000 have reached the U.S. border with Mexico, where an expected spike in migration from other countries will raise tough questions: Who gets priority?

If Trump were president, the Ukrainians would get priority since they are white! Z-W-F, I think you would agree, eh?

christopher S.

If Trump were president they’d be on a plane to his comrade Putin in Moscow for deployment to a Siberian labor camp luckily they won’t have to deal with the razor wire the lunatic government of Texas is deploying

If Trump was President we wouldn’t have Ukrainians coming through our southern border because there would be no war. On a side note, everyone knows where the weak border is.


Zachary, There would be no war because Trump would have allowed his “savvy” “genius” pal Putin to quickly take over Ukraine. By cooperating with our NATO allies in sending Ukraine military aid and sanctioning Russia, we are helping them in their fight for independence and preventing a Ukraine under the heel of Putin.

And do you think he would have stopped there? Is there any doubt that an emboldened and stronger Putin would have soon attacked other states that he sees as rightly part of his Russian Empire or rightly under Russian hegemony? Many of those nations are NATO members and a Russian attack on them would mean WWIII.

Why do YOU think there would be no war in Ukraine had, gods forbid, Trump been re-elected?


You have not told us how the “stable genius” would have stopped Putin. Or, am I missing something? What am I 100% wrong about?

He would have stopped him because Trump was not a polished politician. He blew up Soleimani and was a wild card, Trump talked tough and followed through. Just like he told the EU, especially Germany at the G7 not to get caught up with Russian oil and gas, Germany laughed. Well now they are all stuck supporting Putin’s war on Ukraine because they are buying Russian oil and gas.


NATO nations, including Germany, have imposed punishing sanctions on Russia. They are considering cutting back on, even banning Russian oil and gas, but they rely on Russia for a significant portion of their purchases and must plan alternatives before they make the move.

Trump “fell in love” with Kim Jung Un.

Trump believed Putin over the C.I.A. and has complemented him repeatedly over the years. He admires dictators and their ability to make their citizens snap to attention at command.

From People June 15, 2018 in reference to the brutal dictator Kim Jung Un:

“He’s the head of a country and he’s the strong head. Don’t let anyone think anything different,” Trump said during an interview with Fox News’s Steve Doocy on the White House lawn Friday. “He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”

Apparently he has achieved his goal with many Americans.


So unpolished is automatically better than polished? What does that mean? Is it the same thinking that gets so many on the far right to believe that ivermectin is a cure for COVID and vaccinations are dangerous and to be avoided?

NATO nations are supporting Putin’s war. Where the “h” do you get your information? In addition to sanctions they are sending military and humanitarian aid to Ukrainians.

Again, On what specific issue, other than Trump’s magical power to control things because he is not polished, am I 100% wrong?

christopher S.

there would have been no war because Trump would have sent the military aid to Putin instead of Ukraine and bombed the Ukrainians himself get real

Your boy trump is about to have another investigation launched by DoJ over his waltzing off with secret and top secret documents (amongst thousands of others he wasn’t entitled to) to his Shangri-Lago.

Do you think it was OK for him to do so?
Should he be prosecuted for it?
Do you think this is the sign of a bold leader on the word stage?

christopher S.

read up Zach educate yourself don’t spew nonsense


Z’s statement “The sanctions mean nothing if Russia is taking in Billions per day for oil” is not true:

According to Javier Blas of Bloomberg, at the start of the year, Russia was earning $350 million per day from oil and $200 million per day from gas. On March 3 2022 Europe paid $720 million to Russia for gas alone.

This is a lot of money but not near “billions per day” as Z falsely claims. Ask any of Putin’s oligarchs if confiscation of their multi billion dollar yachts hurts. Ask any Russian civilian whose rubles are worth a fraction of what they were before Putin invaded Ukraine if sanctions hurt.
It helps to be sure what you say is true before you click on POST!

Ukrainians would get in because they were invited. By the way, there are Ukrainians of color. Are you racist? Why would you assume they were all white?

“The Reagan administration closed all mental institutions.”

I’ve heard this myth stated by some politically motivated individuals before. However, this statement is patently false.

In 1980, under Jimmy Carter, the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980 was passed. This bill provided federal grants to local community mental health centers. One year later, the 96th Congress, with a Democratic majority in both houses, repealed the act.

Reagan signed the repeal, which was placed on his desk by Congress, but he was merely following the wishes of the elected representatives of his constituents.

Reagan agreed with the majority of the Democrats that it was better to allow the states to retain control of funding and operations in mental health institutions.


Please tell us who posted that “Reagan closed all mental institutions”? You say you have “heard this myth by some politically motivated individuals BEFORE ” (my emphasis). I repeat, who said it today?

For accurate information about the effects of the Reagan administration on the problem of homelessness read my citation above. I know you won’t. If it doesn’t fit your narrative it is “fake news”. “Alternate facts” work better for you, so you make them your reality.


Please cite the lines from that article that state Reagan “closed all mental institutions.”

Uhm, you can’t, because they aren’t there.

I never said, no one else posting today said it, and neither did the article.


In fact, Zachary, you did not read the article. It is a well-documented story of how poverty de-regulation, and reducing federal aid for low-income housing under Reagan increased the number of homeless people. You would know that if you had read the excerpt I quoted above.

The homeless issue under Reagan was blamed on him signing the democrat Senate and Congressional bill giving the mental health problem back to the states. Just like in your homeless article that you posted you forget that he had a solid democrat congress and senate.


Cite the line from the article that, as you claim, stated Reagan closed all mental institutions. Your futile and evasive tactics are getting super-boring and I am finished with this debate. Anyone reading the post and the article can decide for themselves who is lying.

Wrong again.
I won’t accuse you of lying because your don’t try to verify what you post and are just ignorant. The 3rd paragraph of what I posted below explains it.
Never mind, here it is:

At the time the U.S. Senate was controlled by Republicans and the House by Democrats. However, the Democrats included a number of conservative southerners who agreed with many of Reagan’s proposals.

How inconvenient for your narrative. Maybe you should learn to do your homework.

Fact check:

The Mental Health Systems Act of 1980 (MHSA) was United States legislation signed by President Jimmy Carter which provided grants to community mental health centers. In 1981 President Ronald Reagan, who had made major efforts during his Governorship to reduce funding and enlistment for California mental institutions, pushed a political effort through the U.S. Congress to repeal most of MHSA. The MHSA was considered landmark legislation in mental health care policy.

1981 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
In one of the first speeches of his presidency, Ronald Reagan complained that, through federal mandates, “a federal helping hand is quickly turning into a federal mailed fist.” His administration repealed the Mental Health Systems Act within its first year, converted direct funding into block grants for the states, and cut federal mental-health spending by one-third. No one picked up the slack.

At the time the U.S. Senate was controlled by Republicans and the House by Democrats. However, the Democrats included a number of conservative southerners who agreed with many of Reagan’s proposals. In response to Stockman’s budget, Representative James Jones (D-Ok), chairman of the House Budget Committee, tried to draft his own budget to keep the Democratic coalition together. However, Representative Phil Gramm (D-Texas) leaked information to the Reagan administration about Jones’ plan, which led the administration to propose a counter-budget, cosponsored by Gramm (he later lost his position on the Budget Committee, resigned his seat, and ran as a Republican for his vacant seat) and Representative Delbert Latta (R-OH), that passed Congress via reconciliation in the summer of 1981. Perhaps the centerpiece of Reagan’s budget was the tax cut, officially known as the Economic Recovery Tax Act but better known as the Kemp-Roth Tax Cuts, named after the bill’s sponsors: Representative Jack Kemp (R-NY) and Senator William Roth (R-DE). The tax cuts slashed marginal rates for individuals and made deep cuts to corporate taxes.

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 included steep increases in military spending, steep cuts in non-defense expenditures, and a large tax cut (legislated through ERTA 1981). Although the Reagan administration predicted that the combination of spending and tax cuts would reduce the federal deficit, the deficit exploded under Reagan

Doug Hampton

I know your side believes that there would be no war in Ukraine because of fear of Trump. The real truth , however, is that Putin stated himself that if NATO doesn’t allow Ukraine entry that he would not attack them. This has far more credibility because we also know that Trump wanted America to leave NATO altogether but was talked out of it by Mattis and Bolton. Based on that factual information , there was no reason for Putin to invade Ukraine. It’s only disputable if you wish to “believe” that they were afraid of Trump. I think any objective thinker knows which one sounds more credible and logical!


In a Republican run state than has a warm climate, they believe not everyone needs a house. Jaimie Ross, chief executive officer of the Florida Housing Coalition, said that over the past 15 years, the legislature has swept nearly $2.2 billion from the affordable housing trust fund. “It is a staggering amount of money,” she said.

This year’s legislative session they only took 100 million.

Guy Varoma

After reading some of the comments today. I know why democrats always are asking for more money for mental health. These are some of the people who need it most but are against it.


A red state version of CRT they scream about really is being taught under a different name . Can’t Really Think. It’s the way the Republicans want there voters to perform when in the voting booth.

Regardless of your opinion of all Republicans, let me assure you we all can think. And laugh at the crap you are spewing. Do you really believe we are devil worshipers and racists? Do you realize most of us learned of the conspiracy theories after Jan 6 and that at least 95% of us had no idea what was going to happen on Jan. 6? Yet you blame all. I am not responsible for anything done by people I have never met or heard of.

Guy Varoma

Annie I have said this before not all republicans are racists or devil worshipers But all devil worshippers (QAnon) and racists voted for Trump. and that’s a fact

christopher S.

i dont understand this obsession with pedophilia and child porn among these two or three posters I find it very disturbing. Having worked in healthcare and education for 40 years I have never encountered colleagues patients or students so obsessed with these topics that a day does not go by that they bring them up constantly and falsely accuse others of transgressions in these areas. i dont think I want to understand it this obsession either you want to indoctrinate your spawn with this Qanon shit have at it. I think the rest of the country will move on without MTG pedophile Gaetz Hawley Cruz and the whole unsavory manipulative lot it

What are you commenting on? Where was child porn and pedophilia mentioned? Are you reading the correct info? Are you accusing me of this? If you are, you should report me to the police because they are illegal and I should be put in jail. Go for it, would love to see result.

Steve Hill in many ways is a typical candidate running for elected office in California. He’s a former U.S. Marine looking to reform public schools, reduce the state’s mass incarceration rates, and create jobs. But a couple things are holding him back: He’s an avowed atheist and Satanic Temple organizer.

Hill is a Democrat running for the state Senate in California’s 21st district,

We know, you don’t do nuance. That’s why we’re here. To help you.

Steve Hill, Professional stand-up comedian:
“I’m a Satanist as far as trying to get people to understand that I don’t believe in the devil any more than I believe in God,” Hill said in an interview. “All of it is stupid. But if I have to tell people I’m the devil to get them to listen, then, OK, I’m the devil.”

Guy Varoma

Has anyone seen a White Nationalist Flag at a Democrat’s rally? Has anyone seen a QAnon Flag at a Democrat’s rally? …….I have seen both at Trump rallies though. .. They both vote republican…Case closed….

christopher S.

Guy when you think about it your statement makes complete sense White Nationalists are simply ignorant ball less white boy failures who couldn’t succeed in the real world and the QAnon weirdos live in a perverted world all there own spinning and spewing their own reality to bring themselves together thus they flock to a loser like Trump


As long as we are back on the theme of religion in politics, I decided to post this article from the AP as evidence of the reality of American Christian Nationalism regardless of what some posters believe:

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Trump-supporting Christian leaders and their Sunday messages
January 10, 2021
FILE – In this Aug. 18, 2020 file photo, Pastor Brian Gibson, pastor of HIS Church Megachurch, speaks out against masks during a news conference against mask wearing and mask mandates to protect against COVID-19 in Tulsa, Okla. On Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, the first day of Christian worship services since the Capitol riot, religious leaders who have supported the president in the past delivered messages ranging from no mention of the events of that day to incendiary recitations of debunked conspiracy theories. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP, File)
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FILE – In this Aug. 18, 2020 file photo, Pastor Brian Gibson, pastor of HIS Church Megachurch, speaks out against masks during a news conference against mask wearing and mask mandates to protect against COVID-19 in Tulsa, Okla. On Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, the first day of Christian worship services since the Capitol riot, religious leaders who have supported the president in the past delivered messages ranging from no mention of the events of that day to incendiary recitations of debunked conspiracy theories. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP, File)
Support for President Donald Trump has been consistently strong among evangelicals, with some professing that he has been the best friend Christians have had in the White House.

On the first Sunday since a mob of his supporters seeking to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s election stormed the U.S. Capitol and five people including a police officer died, the messages from the pulpits of Christian leaders who’ve backed Trump were as disparate as the opinions of the nation’s citizenry.

They ranged from recitations of debunked conspiracy theories of who was responsible, to calls for healing and following Jesus Christ rather than any individual person, to sermons that made no mention of Wednesday’s chaos and what it means for the future.


“Brian Gibson, pastor and founder of HIS Church, spoke to his Christian congregation and online viewers about his bus tour around the U.S. the past month to speak with supporters of President Trump.

“I stand up and represent Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and I preach to stand for the First Amendment. I intend to keep this nation a free nation. HIS Church, we intend to keep this nation a free nation,” he said, referencing both the president’s recent banning from social media platforms and restrictions on church assembly during the pandemic.

Gibson was onstage Jan. 5 at a “Prayer to Save America” event billed as a combination worship service and rally for Trump the day before congressional certification of the electoral votes. As he described the events of the 6th, Gibson questioned how easily the Capitol was breached, raising debunked assertions that antifa supporters were among the violent mob.”

I’ll be eagerly anticipating responses from the right.


Donald Trump remains public enemy No. 1, and in all likelihood the most dangerous person in America today. If the rule of law was applied equally and fairly Donald Trump and his criminal confederates would have already been arrested, tried, convicted, and incarcerated for their many obvious crimes.

He leads a neofascist movement that attempted to nullify the results of 2020 presidential election. Through willful malfeasance, corruption, and negligence, Trump’s regime was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump openly admires Vladimir Putin and other political thugs. He and his allies in the Republican Party yearn for the same kind of power here in America.

Yet Trump still commands the loyalty of tens of millions of Americans. Even after four years of his ruinous regime, Trump won more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016; Sick societies produce sick leaders.

This is from Salon. To me it is true. That is an opinion, but an opinion that has been supported by innumerable posts by a variety of people on this site. Attempts to counter are inevitably angry unsupported posts by those blinded by loyalty to the p—y grabber and ignorant fan of dictators.

christopher S.

Anthony I agree completely my only correction would be WHEN the rule of law is applied equally and fairly Donald Trump and his criminal confederates will be arrested, tried, convicted, and incarcerated for their many obvious crimes.
DOJ may be moving slowly but the increasingly erratic behavior of failed #45 shows that the big boy knows his ass in a prison isn’t too far off
Im thinking 2024 isnt going to be an option for doddering donnie


The whacko con-man power-crazed ex-president is still at it. Newsweek (4/7/22):

“Former President Donald Trump continues to say that he could have been reinstated to office after losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that he only lost to Biden because the election was “rigged” or “stolen.” Despite the former president and his allies constantly saying the election results were fraudulent, no evidence has emerged corroborating the claims.

In an interview published Thursday morning by The Washington Post, Trump again repeated false claims about the 2020 election. He also asserted that he could have been reinstated to the White House—a claim that even some of his allies have previously rejected.

“But I believe when you see massive election fraud, I can’t imagine that somebody who won the election based on fraud, that something doesn’t happen? How has it not happened? If you are a bank robber, or you’re a jewelry store robber, and you go into Tiffany’s and you steal their diamonds and get caught, you have to give the diamonds back,” Trump told the newspaper, explaining his thinking.

He is truly a piece of deplorable work with zero understanding of how our government works and not an ounce of credibility.

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