No Respect for War Crimes

To the Editor: It is never right to celebrate war crimes. Regardless of the cause, it is wrong to justify the murder of civilians (men, women and children) in a war zone, just because the perpetrators are intimidated in a foreign environment that they voluntarily put themselves into. Pardoning someone who has committed such a crime, which under international law is a war crime, is an outrage and does great harm to the reputation of the United States worldwide including our military. But that is exactly what President Trump has done. He did this by deciding to pardon four Blackwater contractors, including Rochester native Evan …

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Midnight Sky Spoiler Alert!

Dear Editor: Film star George Clooney acts in and directed a made-for-Netflix movie not to miss. The Midnight Sky proceeds with a good cast of characters, and two settings: Antarctica and space. At the end the space sojourners, planning for return to Earth, must cancel. The view from their ship is not of a pretty blue and white orb. The view is orange and gray conflagration. Our lovely planet is in flames. Nuclear arsenals are a big mistake. We think pandemic is horrific—but our nuclear arsenals can deliver Armageddon on purpose or by accident any time. Fools we are, to let that continue. Grandmother here—I …

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Embracing Ecological Realism

by Robert C. Koehler Our post-election hope couldn’t be more fragile. Does Joe Biden see his mission as merely reclaiming situation normal from Donald Trump? How aware is he of the big, beyond-our-lifetimes future and the crucial need to address climate change? Is he able to acknowledge that human “interests” go well beyond national borders? And if so, how much political traction would he have to have before he could begin turning vision into policy? A recent bit of news: The House just voted overwhelmingly in favor of the 2021 Pentagon budget: $740.5 billion. The vote was 335-78. More Democrats than Republicans gave it their …

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Excerpt from the Congressional Record January 9, 2018

[Note: A reader suggested that we reprint a column written by Art Buchwald circa October, 1972. The gist of it was that President Nixon had uncovered a massive plot to steal his Presidency; millions of people were expected to rise up against him on November 4th…. We were unable to locate that treasure, but found the following one in the Congressional Record. It seems equally relevant. – The Ed.] Mr. Blumenthal: Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that [this] column be printed in the Record. There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: “Here Are Handy Excuses …

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Trashing the Joint on the Way Out The Door

To the Editor: Millions of Americans had their unemployment checks cut off because President Trump left town without signing or even vetoing Congress’s bill to fund the government and provide pandemic relief funds. He paid no interest in the bill the whole time Congress was haggling over its contents. He left it to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to represent the White House. Suddenly, after most of Congress left town for Christmas, he released a four-minute video saying he does not like what Congress passed. He says he is against spending programs he asked them to include. Worst of all, he flew off to Mar-a-Lago without signing …

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Year’s Most Miserable Day Allegedly Coming Soon

[Note: As readers may well imagine, we are bombarded daily with all sorts of pitches from myriad PR outfits trying to somehow make a buck out of this dog-eat-dog economy. In most cases these pitches are dismissed before we finish reading the subject line. “Such-and-Such Computing Inc. Submits Application for Nasdaq Uplisting.” Yes, we’ll get right on that. Today, though, we got one that spoke our language: “New Hampshire’s Most Miserable Day of the Year Forecast for January 8th 2021.” Naturally, this being the good old U.S.A., and PR being PR, a certain cheery optimism was evident throughout. – The Ed.] “After an incredibly challenging …

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