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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, Jan. 11 – Two, from readers in Ballston Spa and Amsterdam

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U.S. right to stand up against Russia

In his letter to the Gazette on Dec. 27 (“Time for Ukraine to negotiate with Putin,”) Jim Callahan seems to blame Ukrainian President Zelenskyy for all the death and destruction in his country. After all, Zelenskyy is a Nazi, right?
Well Putin may have said that, but he also has said his goal is to re-establish the Russian Empire like Peter the Great.
That is why European countries are uniting to aid Ukraine’s defense of its sovereignty.
If they surrender Ukraine to the Russian dictator, who will be next?
After World War II Russia took over and controlled over a dozen formerly independent countries in Europe.
After many years they regained their independence and formed a defensive alliance, NATO, to protect themselves against future Russian aggression.
Putin remained angry about losing that empire and invaded Ukraine in February because he thought he could get away with it. Hitler thought he could get away with it, too.
Zelenskyy came to the United States seeking aid to defend his people from an evil aggressor trying to destroy his country, just as that old rock star Winston Churchill came to seek U.S. aid when Hitler’s Nazis were trying to destroy Britain.
Mr. Callahan’s comparison of NATO with Canada and Mexico is invalid because the United States did not take over and control those countries after World War II, so they never needed a defensive alliance to protect them from us.
Putin won’t negotiate with Ukraine anyway.
He can’t admit he was wrong.
Tom Holland
Ballston Spa

We must maximize our compassion

Recently, submerged in the devastating news of the snowstorm’s impact on the residents of Buffalo and the surrounding area, we learned of the extreme acts of kindness extended to so many of those crippled by the storm who were trying to survive.
Help them. Do what you can. Invite strangers into your home for shelter, heat, and food.
Compassion is a defining characteristic of humans, along with curiosity and creativity. We survive and thrive as communities by extending compassion to our neighbors.
Gov. Abbott of Texas bused 139 asylum seekers from Texas to Washington, D.C. on a freezing Christmas Eve and dropped them outside Vice President Harris’s residence, all without winter clothing. An act of compassion? An act of political retribution?
Gov. Abbott deserves respect for his fortitude and dedication after a horrific accident at the age of 26 when, while out running, a tree fell on him and left him paralyzed in his legs.
I’ll assume many people over the years have given him help and compassion as he deals with his disability. But does shipping families with young children without winter clothing into freezing temperatures of a major storm acknowledge in any way the help he has received over many years?
Why must so many politicians minimize the role of compassion?
Don Cooper



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TIK Tok for who the bell tolls?
Important point about the recent discovery of classified files. At the time Biden was a VP and does not have the authority to declassify information and files. Trumps files were declassified. Almost seems like he set up the D.S. swamp. Think about how he forced the SCOTUS to rule on the issue. He set a presidency to trap the corrupt politicians.
Great news from congress getting rid of the IRS and tax policy, I am sure the senate and Biden will not go along with it. But ask the average tax payer if they support this idea and I think you will see their support for this kind of bill.
The border was not a topic during the debates in 2020 because the border had the lowest illegal crossings in 40 years, Mexico was guarding the border, the wall was being constructed. Now just a short two years later it is a disaster all thanks to sleepy Joe and doing nothing Kamala. They tried to bait and switch the issue in ElPaso by cleaning up the illegals sleeping on the streets, the garbage, the chaos. The internet is a wonderful thing because they have video proof of how bad it was before he got there.
Look at how feverishly they are trying to protect the central bank system and keep the other nations using the central bank. If other countries drop the C.B. the money laundering system is destroyed , all the agencies and propaganda is defunded.
Another great discovery drop from twitter Scott Gotlieb being exposed big Pharma and FDA. Gotlieb told CNBC viewers that the vaccine said the vaccine was better than natural immunity. Think about all the people who got the vaccines that will endure med
Remember when the the WHO director said some countries will use the vaccine to kill their children. HMM starting to come together TIK …TOK..
Big parma caught using Nigerian children as guinea pigs running test on them. This is all leading up to a bigger story about the Greta reset of the elite.
The more this information comes out the more the conspiracy theories are being proven to be the truth.


Another interesting look at the comparison in regards to the investigation of Jan.6 to the BLM riots.
left wing- 500+ BLM riots—- right wing – Jan.6
20 + murders. zero
hundreds of small business destroyed zero
150 federal buildings damaged one
$1B – 2B in damages 1.5 million
2,037 officers assaulted 140 assaulted
protesters bailed out protester killed and kept in solitary cell
encouraged by media & political figures encouraged by fringe group and agitators
downplayed by media exaggerated by media
almost no investigation congress investigated for 18 months

Interesting disparity wouldn’t you agree?

Mr. Brandon 🤡 maybe you need more bran in your diet. The riots you speak of were all handled locally in each State. People who broke the law were arrested and are or will have their day in court. The insurrectionists of Jan. 6th have or will have their day in court also. Trying to explain away Jan. 6th with BLM is just plain ignorant. I know you remaining stupid for Trump is your goal, but it’s so sad to see so many Americans who buy into that bubble you live in. I hope your loved ones read what you write and have an intervention before it’s too late. Do you own a gun?

christophe Stalka

Let’s go brandies the pigs are flying high in your world today.
Biden has worked with DOj unlike Damsel Donnie.
try writing an outline before vomiting up your daily pile of donkey dung.
Liars gotta lie but dude you’re getting ridiculous

LGBt: “Trumps files were declassified.”

“If you’re the President of the United States you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified,” Trump said. “Even if just by thinking about it because you are sending it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you’re sending it.”

WRONG – There are well established procedures that must be followed in order to declassify documents. Obviously Trump did not follow these procedures. In addition there is the testimony of Trump flushing documents down the toilet in the White House residence. Several Courts have ruled that Trumps assertions are false and irrelevant.

I´m going through a very busy time right now, so will not be commenting very much on this forum…but I must say GREAT REASONABLE SOUNDING LETTERS TODAY!

Still overlooking LBG(T)´s rants, too!


Trump’s most durable legacy is frighteningly described in an editorial from the Los Angeles Times on p. C6 of today’s DG. The attack on Brazil’s seat of government in the capital city of Brasilia by far right partisans unhappy with Jair Bolsonaro’s loss to leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, closely parallels the insurrection in our own country on 1/6/21.

The editorial points out that we have served as a model of a stable democratic system and its advantages. Key to such a system is the peaceful transfer of power. The editorial states, “the U.S….is in peril of relinquishing its role as a beacon of democracy and taking its place among nations for which election results are shaky, and the real decisions are handed over to mobs and autocrats or shadowy cabals that try to manipulate them.”

The editorial then goes on to, in a succinct manner, support the claim that, “Trump compounded his blatantly false claims that he was denied re-election because of voter fraud with plans to overturn the vote and retain office.”

Great letters to the editor by Mr. Holland and Mr. Cooper.

January 11th, 2023
Another interesting look at the comparison in regards to the investigation of Jan.6 to the BLM riots.…

1/6/21 – Ignorant, uneducated, white supremacist, racist, bigots, attempting to ruin democracy, who were, and are, too stupid to realize what they’re doing. – BLM protesters; people who’ve been stepped on for centuries, looking for equality that has been denied them by the ignorant, uneducated, white supremacist, racist bigots. AKA MEGA trump morons.

christophe Stalka

Anyone else think Brandy sounds more Russian by the day. Awful hot to see the US downfall. Just an observation but a fact


Bottom line, Lou, your comparison makes sense and is based on history and logic; Brandon’s is emotionally charged and reads like a “stream of consciousness” narrative from a very dark place.

christophe Stalka

Definitely sounds Russian Chinese or maybe a jihadist pushing an anti democratic agenda. It’s a shame perhaps Isis.definitely a liar still but think about it

Well Tony, there may be a far fetched aspect of trumps legacy that could prove to be positive.

Perhaps extensively studying donald trumps personality traits, along with in-depth neurological studies, will eventually help mankind.
Trump has the ability to manipulate and awaken the darkest depths of the human mind. If the specific aspects of his demented thought process, as well as the area in his uniquely evil brain that spawn this demonic behavior can be pinpointed, scientists may be able to hone in on it, tweak it from evil to good, thus making, angry, nasty, evil people more pleasant.


Lou, it is interesting that his devotees seem to share the same negative personality traits that he does; of course to varying degrees.

The Republican Party is the only party hateful enough ……racist enough …..greedy enough….and dumb enough to have Trump in their party. Trump knew that the Republican party was his only path for power.

I look forward to intelligent criticism of the Biden administration from the opposition that doesn’t start out with flat-out, bald-faced lying. And no, the Democrats don’t do it too, not on the scale Republicans do, so don’t even go there.

To wit: “At the time Biden was a VP and does not have the authority to declassify information and files. Trumps files were declassified.”

There’s your Republican mouthpiece, that’s what Republicans voters think, that’s what the Republican leadership wants them to think and that’s as far as Republicans can intellectually process, apparently.

Bill Marincic

Well, Well, Well, The BMDC are out and braying today, nothing of content or comparison of what LGB said but we never expect anything except what we have, insults, deflection, and lies plus statements from Chis while in between classes at the local elementary school.

Bill Marincic

Can the VP declassify documents Chuckie? Do you have absolute proof the Trump files were not declassified? The FBI has been awful quiet on the subject since their initial leak.

Marincic, do you have absolute proof you’re not actually a character on a reality show right now? No, you don’t. But thanks for representing the Q today.

Hey Bill, did Trump do what Biden is doing now and say he is fully cooperating or did he purposefully mislead the National Archives for a year resulting in a raid, then say the documents got there by accident, then say he was just working from home, then say the FBI planted them, then say we’ll other presidents did it too, then say he declassified them just by thinking about it? Makes you wonder if he just turned them over immediately when it was discovered that he had them and the archives were requesting them, perhaps we never would have even heard about this whole ordeal. But nope, Trump is forever the victim of his own idiocy.

Re: Government document classification/declassification Executive Order (2009, Obama)

If anyone cares to wade into the weeds of the intricacies of document classification, it’s all spelled out here:

I skimmed it and did not see any reference to presidents, or ex-presidents being able to singularly declassify anything, especially with their mind as some Republican leaders have proposed.


Whoville, what a great summary of Trump’s problems with top secret documents. It should leave his defenders silent, tongue-tied, and/or evasive.

How they continue to defend the indefensible is, well, indefensible.

Bill Marincic
January 11th, 2023
Well, Well, Well, The BMDC are out and braying today, nothing of content or comparison of what LGB said but we never expect anything except what we have, insults, deflection, and lies plus statements from Chis while in between classes at the local elementary school.

“Well, Well, Well, The BMDC are out and braying today”. – Insult

“nothing of content”. – Insult

“deflection, and lies” -insult

“statements from Chis while in between classes at the local elementary school.” – Insult

Good job hypocrite; Four for four on that post.


Law & Crime reports: 1/11/23

“A federal judge rejected an 11th hour claim by Proud Boys’ lawyers that prosecutors improperly discriminated against white jurors. The ruling, made by a Donald Trump appointee, will ensure that the jury panel will bear a greater resemblance to the diverse U.S. capital city. Nicholas Smith, attorney for Ethan Nordean — who is facing more than a dozen charges relating to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — challenged the government’s use of peremptory challenges in the jury selection process.

He said that because the government used their challenges to oust five white men and one white woman from the jury pool, prosecutors had improperly discriminated on the basis of race, gender, and religion. “This is disturbing,” Smith said. “Six of the eight were white jurors, five of those 6 were male. The statistics are 75% and over 80%.” Smith added that those numbers alone show that the government was discriminating.”

Fortunately, the Trump appointee presiding over the case made a fact-based unbiased decision, whereas the lawyer for the Proud Boys demonstrated how deeply racism is baked into his thinking. A peremptory challenge, by either side, means no reason need be given. Each side is allowed the same number of dismissals of potential jurors. However, obviously Mr. Smith doesn’t think Black people can serve honorably on a jury. Let us recall this incident:

AP 9/20/20:

“President Donald Trump didn’t condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer. Instead, he said the violence is a “left-wing” problem and he told one far-right extremist group (Proud Boys) to “stand back and stand by.” His comments Tuesday night were in response to debate moderator Chris Wallace asking if he would condemn white supremacists and militia groups. Trump’s exchange with Democrat Joe Biden left the extremist group Proud Boys celebrating what some of its members saw as tacit approval.”

Trump, a racist? NAH, What makes you say that? (sarcasm)

christophe Stalka

Mr Restifo I do believe yo have the measure of that liar. Shortly his rage will be on full display. Lie on donkey boys I wonder what happens to brandies when the rager appears strange games these children play bray on

That some white people think they’re somehow an oppressed class and victims is one of the most shameful social notions to come out in recent years. It’s an outright perversion and corruption of the efforts to recognize truly oppressed classes in our country and provide the assistance they truly need.

It’s also a blatant expression of paranoia; the voice of the Great Replacement Theorists.

christophe Stalka

Brandies keep up that little girl name calling with Mr Santo and you’re gonna get yourself in trouble liars aren’t special!

Footnote to Tony’s comment:

Some things never change. – Racist do you say?

NPR 2016:

“Until Donald Trump’s comments about the ethnicity of Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the judge overseeing the fraud case against Trump University in San Diego, Curiel was anything but a household name.
Then Trump began calling Curiel a “hater” who was being unfair to him because the judge is “Hispanic,” because he is “Mexican” and because Trump is building a wall.”

These racists can’t understand that other people don’t think like them… nothing and no one matters beyond what they want.

Bill question why we weren’t backing Gaetz and Bodbert when they were voting against McCarthy.


The fascinating topic of semantic infiltration was discussed by Lawrence O’Donnell last night. The concept was developed by Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the best short internet definition I found was,
“semantic infiltration is the process whereby we come to adopt the language of our adversaries in describing political reality.” It is a tricky right-wing ploy to dupe people into sounding like the far right wants them to. Some examples:

1) Murdoch used the term FOX NEWS as the name of a channel dedicated to the spread of right wing propaganda. It is not a news channel. In law suits defending the station the claim has been made that no reasonable person would accept as true what they reported. The media is very susceptible to semantic infiltration and will refer to FOX NEWS. More independent thinkers are not falling for this and call the channel what it is, FOX PROPAGANDA.

2) Calling those who are against a pregnant woman’s right to choose abortion PRO-LIFE, is another example of semantic infiltration. All of us are pro-life, but many recognize a woman’s right to bodily autonomy and the complications, rape, incest, medical conditions, family size, age that might factor into a woman’s right to choose an abortion. We are PRO-CHOICE and the right wing tactic has been countered by labeling them ANTI-CHOICE.

3) The Republican House is setting up a subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee called Subcommittee on the WEAPONIZATION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. Its job will be to investigate the investigations being conducted by the DOJ. Many MAGA representatives currently being investigated for crimes want seats on this new subcommittee so that they can investigate the people investigating them! One wit has suggested those who see through this farce call this the SUBCOMMITTEE TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE.

Shades of Orwell. Meanwhile, when asked if George Santos will be investigated, the wily Steve Scalise (R. La.) said that would be handled internally. What a world we live in.


Kinda like Biden saying Obama is a clean and articulate black man… nothing to see here. HRC saying oh they all look alike

Politicians are full of words, little MAGAts. We all know that. Big duh. Words mean nothing with politicians. Actions mean everything.

So let’s keep it to actions, if you want to point the racist finger.

I’ll start: the Southern Strategy. I’ve brought it up here many times and still none of you wants to address it. Why?


ChuckD, the problem is word choice affects the way people look at things. The Republican Judiciary Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government sounds like its purpose is to stop the government from persecuting those it is investigating. By allowing House Republicans on this committee while they are currently being investigated on suspicion of criminal activities is a blatant attempt at obstruction; it is designed to make those MAGAites who participated in illegal attempts to keep Trump in office look like victims of a Democratic vendetta. I think it is important to encourage people to see through the verbal haze the Republicans are trying to cast over Trump and his coterie’s attempt to destroy democracy in the U.S.A. It is essential that we continue to pass legislation to protect democracy and root out its enemies in our own Congress.

Oh are those racist remarks that Biden and HRC made? Because when Trump said the many, many racist remarks during his presidential run and short 4-year term in office, y’all said those comments weren’t racist. Difference is, normal people apologize for their past behavior and hurtful remarks and ask for forgiveness. When has Trump ever acknowledged anything he has said or done was wrong? Kindly sit down.

The raid begins when Biden stops cooperating fully with the investigation and obstructs justice to hide additional hidden documents. Don’t hold your breath.


USA Today 1/11/23

In the News: National headlines for January 11, 2023
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has come under fire for a 1977 quote regarding the racial integration of public schools. Claims posted online show a photo of Biden next to a quote, “I don’t want my children to grow up in a jungle, a racial jungle.”

Did Joe Biden really say that busing policies for desegregation would turn public schools into “a racial jungle?”

In a 1977 Senate Judiciary hearing, Biden did talk about busing policies and how “unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point.”

The quote in the claim that has been spreading online is false. Biden did not directly say, “I don’t want my children to grow up in a jungle, a racial jungle.”

The rest of the article goes on to put the quote in context. In 1977, when Biden said this, he was arguing for integrated housing as the best way to integrate schools and feared that busing would result in serious tension and problems in public schools. He was not stereotyping Blacks as the far right would have you believe. It is the only “defense” they can provide for their obviously racist “Chosen One.” The use of “offense” as “defense,” especially when the truth is distorted and taken out of context does not succeed in the long ru.

For a valid criticism of a bigoted President read Lou’s comments (above) on Trump’s view of Judge Curiel.


You are spot on today, Whoville. Your answer to Mr. Flynn will likely shut him up for a while. He likes guerrilla tactics, hit and run, but he is not very good at it. His “hits” are always in the foul zone.


More evidence that Steve’s hits wind up as foul balls. This particular post is really meaningless: “Will there be a batch 3 in another location? Inquiring minds want to know. “Good question Steve; It does sound like something right out of the National Enquirer

Bill Marincic

Actually, Trump was cooperating with the National Archives but you know, it was better for Biden and company if the FBI just raided the place.


Why on Earth would they have needed a subpoena to search his premises if he was cooperating? The search turned up hundreds of documents AFTER Trump had instructed his lawyer,Christina Bobb, to certify to the DOJ that all sensitive government documents stored at his Mar-a-Lago resort had been returned.

I am beginning to wonder if all Trump supporters are not just liars, but pathological liars. people who have no control over their lying. The nature of the Trump supporters on this site would be evidence that their lying is uncontrollable; no evidence, no matter how obvious, will stop them from bouncing right back with more obvious falsehoods.

Washington Post:

“In 2021, as conservative states across the country were passing laws to restrict the teaching of race in their classrooms, similar efforts in one very Republican state — Arkansas — never made it out of the legislature.

Newly sworn-in Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders moved to change that on her first day in office, using executive authority.

On Tuesday, soon after being sworn into office, Sanders signed an executive order requiring a review of state education rules and policies to see if any “promote teaching that would indoctrinate students with ideologies, such as CRT,” or critical race theory. Any indoctrination found should be removed, she ordered.”

Critical race theory is an academic construct that looks at the impact of systemic racism in American laws and institutions. The term has come to be used by conservatives as a catchall for any policy or lesson that deals with systemic racism.”…..

“As long as I am governor, our schools will focus on the skills our children need to get ahead in the modern world, not brainwashing our children with a left-wing political agenda,” she said.”

I get it, how can we sustain White supremacy by acknowledging racism is alive and well?
Ignorant racist morons.

Bill Marincic

Varoma, your stupidity for Biden has no bounds. He pretty much destroyed and gave away this country to his friends in China but that’s OK because the lefty blind mice donkey clown liberals say all Trump is bad all Biden is good. But you keep posting your far left socialist posts and tell us how dumb us conservatives are. You tell us how our smaller government, our more power to the people, our lower taxes, our good schools, more of our tax money in our pockets, low gas prices, high yields on our 401(k), you keep telling us how we have the wrong idea by believing in those things I just said. I know you lefties don’t believe in any of that you were the same people that would walk around in chains like slaves to prove your wokeness. Liberalism is definitely a mental disorder.

Marincic, this is a lie:

Bill Marincic
January 11th, 2023

Actually, Trump was cooperating with the National Archives but you know, it was better for Biden and company if the FBI just raided the place.

How about be a man and taking responsibility for it?

Side-stepping, are we? Answer for this, or shut up about Democrats “side-stepping”. As an alternative, answer for what the Southern Strategy was.
Reminder: Trump is STILL the de facto leader of the Republican Party.

No one “side-steps” (or two-steps) like you and the Republicans.


Execute the Central Park Five!
Barack Obama is from Kenya!
The Election was stolen!
I gave you all the documents, and besides I declassified them!
Mexico will pay for the wall!
Mike Pence could’ve overturned the election!
Gas prices were $1.86 when I left office!
“There were no guns whatsoever” at the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
“The entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED!”
“Human trafficking and drugs” at the Mexico border have “doubled, tripled and quadrupled” since Joe Biden became president.
Says he requested “10,000 National Guardsmen” for his Jan. 6 rally, but Nancy Pelosi “rejected it.”
Says Joe Biden “has effectively ordered a shutdown of ICE, halting virtually all deportations, everyone, murderers, everybody, no more.”
Says Joe Biden has plans to ban animal agriculture and gas-powered cars.
The percentage of Americans with natural immunity from getting COVID-19 is “a very powerful vaccine in itself.”
“Our doctors get more money if somebody dies from COVID. … So what they do is they say, ‘I’m sorry, but, you know, everybody dies of COVID.’”

And so much more…..

Bill Marincic

Oh please incognito Chuck. You and the rest of your clowns try to attach us to something we are not. You control freak lefties that if you don’t get your way you are going to tear it down. You people are the original. If I can’t have it neither can you. Unlike you people, I have my own mind, my own thoughts, my own politics, my own faith, no one has to tell me how to think. I think, for myself, I make my decisions, nobody else.

Bill Marincic
January 11th, 2023

“how dumb us conservatives are” The irony in that is Perfect!

It’s “How dumb we conservatives are” But either way those five words are spot on.

Bill Marincic
January 11th, 2023

“You control freak lefties that if you don’t get your way you are going to tear it down.”

Are you talking about what the “control freak lefties” did at the capital on 1/6/21

Marincic you are a pathetic, evil, sick, useless man. I pity you.

“Control freak lefties” say the folks that want to tell everyone who they can love, who they can marry, what books should be banned from libraries, whether people can freely organize to negotiate their contracts, whether companies can criticize politicians without repercussion, whether elections can be conducted without the losers trying to burn the country to the ground, whether private corporations should be forced to allow people to use their service when they violate their user agreement, etc. etc. But go on Bill tell us how much more free we are under the GOP’s worldview lmao.

Chuck, we’re dealing with a sociopath, (“A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.”) and that’s just for starters.

He’s insane as well, if he’s looking at something that is undisputedly black in color and the little man in his mind tells him it’s white, he believes it to be white. There is absolutely, under any circumstance, convincing him otherwise. It’s that simple


Steve, Would you swear UNDER OATH that the following statement is true?

“Actually, Trump was cooperating with the National Archives”

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