On Iran and current-day foreign affairs:
Iran’s government was close to a democracy under Mohammad Mossadegh. The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company was getting 93 percent of the profits, but Mossadegh wanted a 50-50 split. Republican President Eisenhower’s CIA willingly took on the task of undermining Mossadegh’s government. A coup financed by our CIA installed the Shah of Iran as the dictator. They trained the Shah’s goon squads, thus angering generations of Iranians for meddling in that nation’s affairs. Ironically, Eisenhower later warned: ‘In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist ... The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hope of its children.’ Under Trump, Saudi Arabia and Israel are doing the meddling.”
On plastic bags and dog waste:
“Here is a comment for the sad person who is worried about pet waste odor. My suggestion is to choose a nice sturdy plastic bag and line it with several sheets of newspaper. When you walk your dog or clean up from your pet, just wrap the waste in the paper and regularly put the paper out with the garbage. Save your clean plastic bags, perhaps next to the washing machine and use them in the future. It’s not Cuomo’s dilemma — it is all of ours.”
On national and local parallels:
“Sad to watch the desperate left trying to impeach our great leader. So may lies and undocumented proof of any wrong doing! He will be cleared and, once again, he will survive and continue to Keep America Great Again! Just did my taxes and checked my portfolio! Trump has increased my portfolio by 30% Wow! So sad to see the Delaware County Board of Supervisors fire DSS Commissioner Dana Scuderi Hunter. Same scenario, but there was no Senate. It is time that this lackadaisical circus come to an end and hire a county commissioner to oversee all of the corruption. Dana saved us $12 million in three years. They fired her! CNN and Queen Mole will say: ‘She did an awful job.’”
On Rick Brockway’s Jan. 31 column on coyotes:
“The ‘angry’ emojis just frustrate me to the degree that the people expressing their dissatisfaction with hunting coyotes clearly have never had a pet or any livestock killed and partially consumed by a pack! Let me just assure you that coyotes DO NOT know boundaries! They have and will stalk and take down pets in their yards, livestock in their barn yards and on pasture. In fact several years ago we had a number of attacks occur. I recognize they are predators looking for a meal but they won’t find it in our backyard or on our dime! I’ve got no issue with them hunting wildlife but they don’t recognize the difference.”
On extending the window to file claims against sex abusers:
“Some people don’t even realize that they were victims for years, decades. There should not be a statute. If you did it, you should be able to be held accountable for it.”
On the conviction of Gabriel Truitt:
“This verdict has been a long time coming but the healing is only beginning for the Heller family.”
“Amazing job to the OPD, NYSP, and the DA and his team! Thank you so much, from Amber’s family.”
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