Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Jan. 27

first_imgWhat a difference a hat makes. I don’t condone or make excuses for taunting, intimidating or bullying others with whom we disagree. However, we’re left to wonder if the taunting of the Covington Catholic High students would have occurred if they were not so conspicuously wearing the “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hats. What if the hats had the names of their high school or their favorite sport teams; would they have been seen as just a group of male students simply walking by?Was the sight of the MAGA hats the catalyst or motivating factor for the members of the Hebrew Israelites to taunt and use vulgar language towards the students?We cannot ignore the fact that the presence of the red MAGA hats was the silent instigator and ringleader of the conflict between the various groups in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, for many citizens who didn’t vote for, or currently support Donald Trump, the MAGA hat is perceived to be a symbol of racism, bigotry and hate.Specifically, the red hat has the same imagery as the white hood that was or is still being worn to intimidate specific groups of American citizens. Maxine BrisportRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine MAGA hats serve to taunt and intimidate Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems need serious candidates for 2020After reading The Daily Gazette Jan. 16 article, “Gillibrand joins 2020 race for White House,” my initial reaction was the song written by Stephen Sondheim, “Send in The Clowns.” Here we go again.Another person that wants to make healthcare her main issue rather than bringing the country back into focus. I have never come out for or against Donald Trump,  but shutting down the government because you didn’t get what you wanted is akin to rejecting an offer in a business deal. Except, it’s not his personal company. It’s the United States of America.This is clearly an issue of attitude and outlook unbecoming the leader of the free world. Cuomo at Ellis Island sent right messageIt was with perturbation, but not surprise, that I read Mary McClaine’s Jan. 19 letter entitled,  “Cuomo Insults All Who Came in the Right Way.” The irony in this letter comes from the writer’s disregarding the history of Ellis Island. The letter talks about waiting “your turn.” Ellis Island was created to register those immigrants without visas (documents, “papers”), so that they wouldn’t have to be turned away. This situation caused resentment in our country, and those who came through Ellis Island became labeled as “Without Official Paper(s),” a slur.To those using the slur, the right way to immigrate was with documentation through the Port of New York Terminal. Gov. Cuomo’s venue was a statement against those who do not want to allow immigration without prior documentation, that which inspired the French to give the United States a gift commemorating our welcoming those who did not come “the right way.”Fred ChambersFort Plain Gillibrand chooses to go on the Stephen Colbert show to announce her candidacy. Who is he anyway? Ambassador to the 2020 presidential election? I think not.If she wants to be a serious contender and not another “I’m entitled to the office” candidate, we need to hear some solid vision for the future, not that she’s running because she is a young mom. There’s no doubt that the field for presidential candidates is wide open. But there’s no guarantee the field can beat Trump. His core group of supporters is dug in like ticks on a deer. I fear the show coming for the Democratic candidates for president. Like in the song, “But where are the clowns, send in the clowns; Don’t bother they’re here”. Bob BeliveGlenvillelast_img read more

Industrial Barbie lives in Brum

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Bank guru says swings will persist through stable times

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Mayfair and St James’s: Blue bargaining chips

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Derwent ties up Paddington long leasehold

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Ronson ‘trump tower’ set to eclipse Foster scheme

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£40m Kent park

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Irish investors win battle of Hastings

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30-35 Syrian troops killed in Turkish counter-fire: Erdogan

first_imgThe Turkish strike on regime positions south of the flashpoint town of Saraqeb wounded another 20 regime fighters, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.It followed Syrian regime shelling in Idlib that killed four Turkish soldiers, according to Ankara’s defence ministry.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it an “ongoing operation,” and said that 30 to 35 Syrian forces were killed in the counterattack.He urged regime ally Russia not to stand in the way of Ankara’s response. Turkey has killed dozens of Syrian forces in retaliatory fire after four of its soldiers died in shelling on positions in the northwest of the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.”There is an ongoing operation right now and… according to initial findings around 30 to 35 Syrians on the other side were neutralised,” he told reporters at an Istanbul airport before leaving for Ukraine.Meanwhile, at least six Syrian government troops were killed by Turkish shelling on Monday in the northwestern region of Idlib in retaliation for a deadly regime attack, a war monitor said. The clash is a rare confrontation between Syrian forces and Turkish soldiers who are based in parts of Syria’s north and northwest where Ankara backs a host of rebel groups.It risks a serious escalation in a region that has come under heightened attacks by Damascus and Moscow in recent weeks, displacing hundreds of thousands of people.Erdogan last week warned that Ankara would use military force against Damascus if any of its positions in Idlib were threatened by attacks.Turkey has 12 observation posts in the region as part of a Turkey-Russia deal to prevent a regime offensive.Turkish media on Sunday reported that Turkey’s military sent reinforcements to the region to bolster the forces stationed at the posts.Topics :last_img read more

Trump defends removal of impeachment witness

first_img“Actually, I don’t know him, never spoke to him, or met him [I don’t believe!] but, he was very insubordinate, reported contents of my ‘perfect’ calls incorrectly.””In other words, ‘OUT’.”Vindman was present during a now famous July 25 phone call during which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden.House Democrats who impeached Trump on allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress argued that the call was part of a concerted effort to coerce a weak foreign ally at war with Russia into helping him cheat in November’s presidential election. President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his decision to fire an army officer who gave damning evidence against him during the impeachment probe.Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was escorted Friday out of the White House, where he worked on the National Security Council as an expert on Ukraine. His lawyer called the move an act of revenge by the president, two days after he was acquitted by the Senate.”Fake News @CNN & MSDNC keep talking about ‘Lt. Col.’ Vindman as though I should think only how wonderful he was,” Trump tweeted, apparently referring to news outlet MSNBC. Subpoenaed by Congress to testify at the House impeachment hearings, the Ukrainian-born Vindman, who received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Iraq, said Trump’s actions were “improper.”That testimony helped build the case leading to Trump becoming only the third president ever impeached by Congress.Vindman’s lawyer David Pressman on Saturday called Trump’s tweet “a series of obviously false statements concerning Lieutenant Colonel Vindman.””They conflict with the clear personnel record and the entirety of the impeachment record of which the President is well aware,” he said in a statement to US media.”While the most powerful man in the world continues his campaign of intimidation, while too many entrusted with political office continue to remain silent, Lieutenant Colonel Vindman continues his service to our country as a decorated, active duty member of our military.”On Friday, Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union and who also testified against Trump, said he was being recalled immediately.Democratic Senator Jack Reed, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, on Saturday slammed Trump’s “personal insecurities and vindictiveness.””By firing Lieutenant Colonel Vindman and Ambassador Sondland like this, the Trump Administration signaled it won’t tolerate people who tell the truth,” he said in a statement.”This is a dangerous moment for our democracy and the non-partisan institutions charged with defending it and upholding the law.”center_img Topics :last_img read more