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Letters: Letter merely throws gasoline on the fire; Senate Republicans in Pa. aren’t for rule of law | READER COMMENTARY

Letter merely throws gasoline on the fire

Carl Burdette’s letter to the editor (Jan. 19) is the exact reason we can’t find our way back to the middle. We have to stop the name calling and finger pointing in real time. This is not helping.

All the letter does is repeat the flawed party line designed to keep people mad and giving them ammunition to keep the division amongst us alive. It refers to the Russian “hoax” as if it was completely baseless. In fact, no less than eight people were convicted of crimes in a court of law by juries or judges consisting of Democrats and Republicans alike. Donald Trump pardoned them but they still remain guilty as charged. Roger Stone did provide the Russians election information and did solicit their help. No hoax ... fact. But that’s old news why dredge it up now?

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A group of Trump Republicans organized and executed an attack against “We the People” of the United States. This was not a First Amendment right of demonstration that went astray. These people were called to Washington via the POTUS on Ttwitter and they were told to come prepared to take “our” country back. Those are not my words they are directly from one of the people arrested. How would the letter-writer feel about this event if it were carried out by Vladimir Putin’s army wearing generic uniforms as they wore when they marched into Crimea and Ukraine? As a moderate aligned with no party that’s the way I viewed what happened.

I agree that something has to be done with so-called free speech movements like “Black Lives Matter” and the Neo Nazi rally that got out of hand in Charlottesville, Virginia. If we stop pointing fingers and sit down to talk about this perhaps we can come up with real solutions. Where does free speech end and terrorism begin?

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My suggestion here would be strict requirements for large public demonstrations as to crowd size and time limits. Law enforcement needs to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. The second anyone stops peacefully demonstrating and breaks a law, slap a hand restrainer on them and throw them on a public transit bus sitting at the ready to transport these people to facilities preset up for large scale bookings. Once curfews are imposed be prepared to implement them to the fullest and anyone still lingering after the curfew is charged and booked. Dropping all charges is not an option. Once people fully understand the repercussions keeping law and order gets much easier.

That’s just one take. Yours may be different but common-sense solutions will be obtained a lot faster by moving to the middle and actually coming together. All the letter writer did was throw gasoline on the fire to keep it going.

Steven Davidson

New Windsor

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Senate Republicans in Pa. aren’t for rule of law

I am writing to express my outrage at the Republicans in the Pennsylvanian Senate who blocked Sen. Jim Brewster from taking the oath of office.

The voters of the 45th senatorial district cast their votes. The votes were counted in early November and Brewster won. The Republicans challenged the vote in state court. And they lost.

They challenged the vote in federal court. And they lost.

And after seven weeks — more than ample time for any other challenges to come forward — the secretary of state certified Brewster’s re-election.

Now senate Republicans have decided to block Brewster from taking his seat until yet another federal court hears the case. There is no reason to stop Senator Brewster from being seated as this frivolous lawsuit continues.

And ultimately It’s time for the senate Republicans to recognize reality and accept defeat. It’s time for senate Republicans to stop undermining our democracy and give up their efforts to use their majority in the Senate to overturn the decision of the voters and silence your voice.

This is not a matter of partisanship or control over the state senate. Republicans will hold the majority in the senate no matter who represents the 45th district. The issue here is whether the Republican Party in Pennsylvania stands in favor of democracy and the rule of law — or not.

Lloyd Stanley Huddy

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

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