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Trump’s actions are no laughing matter

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The May 16 letter, “Anti-Trump letters to paper are laughable,”: “Rare and enjoyable forms of humor” is provocative and offensive.Donald Trump is the greatest threat to our Democratic institutions in modern history. This corrupt demagogue has shamelessly lied to Americans more than 3,000 times since the inauguration. This is a mental illness, a pathology, way beyond a character flaw. But this is only the “opening act” of his horrifying reality show. His blatant loyalty to, and intimidation by, Putin is treasonous. He has dismissed, and even encouraged Russia’s attack upon the cornerstone of our democracy, free elections. He’s clearly in Putin’s pocket; we have yet to discover exactly why.His sickening assault upon the pillars of our democracy i.e., the free press,  justice system and the media has been relentless and destructive. He calls the free press “the enemy of the people.” He has compared the FBI to Nazis. But his most vicious tirade is aimed at the media, whom he describes as “among the most dishonest beings on earth.” These are Trump’s enemies — the shining beacons of light, the source of truth and enlightenment, which expose Trump’s corruption and lies.Trump is the same con man who was fined $25 million for defrauding innocent Americans with his fake Trump University, the same serial adulterer who proudly bragged about sexually assaulting women, the same thief who has 200 pending lawsuits by contractors whom he “stiffed” for services.So, John Osterlitz, your reference to Gazette letter writers as “clowns’ and “lefty losers” is seriously flawed. Vince DacquistoNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Root, Stoneman & Malan make fifties in warm-up

first_imgSKIPPER Joe Root scored his maiden fifty of the Ashes tour as England closed the opening day of their four-day warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI on 278-8.Opener Mark Stoneman (61) and Dawid Malan (63) also made half-centuries but no batsman was able to post England’s first century of the tour.Young leg-spinner Daniel Fallins, in his maiden first-class match, removed four of England’s top six in the day-night match, which is being played with a pink ball in Adelaide.Playing in conditions similar to those they will encounter in the floodlit second Ashes Test also in Adelaide, England fought hard but struggled to time the ball on a ground with a slow outfield.Root was the most fluent of England’s batsmen, making a busy 58 from 89 balls, but there were failures for opener Alastair Cook (15) and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow (9).‘WE WERE SLOPPY’While Surrey left-hander Stoneman looked impressive in reaching a second half-century in as many matches, he was disappointed to be caught at mid-wicket off a Fallins full toss.Speaking at the close, he said: “Some of the dismissals we had today were a touch on the sloppy side, so it was a little bit frustrating more than anything that we didn’t kick on and probably have a couple of hundreds scored out there today.“Everyone got a bit of time in the middle, so that was encouraging – but we also need to be scoring hundreds, and big hundreds.“So there are lessons to be learned from today.”England lost three wickets for seven runs in the last four overs under the lights to change a day that was looking satisfactory.Dawid Malan was out in the last over of the day but he has probably now done enough to cement his place at number five for the first Test at the Gabba on November 23.Alastair Cook’s lean start continued and while James Vince played some nice shots in his 33, his disappointing dismissal (bowled by Fallins) will worry those still to be convinced he can play a major innings at this level. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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