Our American ideals, customs, Bill of Rights and Constitution are being threatened to the extent of reducing the rights, freedoms and privileges we have enjoyed for over 230 years.

Our oil independence has been ended with the closure of pipeline construction which has put thousands of workers out of work. The prices at the pump are rising as is the price of heating oil.

Two COVID-19 bills passed, which send most of the money to other than COVID-19 relief. Much of the money went to states being poorly run by their governors. Money from the federal government only supports their poor performance.

A recent proposal for a tax increase will add to the destruction of small businesses initially brought about by the COVID-19 shutdown of businesses. The tax proposal will also take money out of the pockets of blue-collar workers.

Our election system is being threatened to the extent of making our elections nothing but a sham, ending the voting rights, accuracy and privileges we have enjoyed for years.

Our southern border has been opened, allowing anyone to enter our country illegally. Unescorted children are being piled into facilities. As reported, more than 10 percent of those entering have the COVID-19 virus. The security of our country is being threatened.

The security of our country is also being threatened by attacks from politicians on our police forces. These attacks stem from the murder of one Black person by a policeman that is getting his just due in our legal system. With uncalled-for support from the media, that murder was blown so far out of proportion it has reached the point of reducing our internal security.

All job categories in our country have a small number of bad people in their ranks — the police included. This in no way should bring about the cruelty now being aimed at our police forces.

Just passed in Maryland are uncalled for laws that unprotect the police to the extent some could leave the force, and as reported, the vacancies created in other police departments are unfilled because there is no one applying for the jobs. Can anyone blame them? These people put their lives in danger every minute they are on the job and now their lives are even more in danger due to the unwarranted interference by the politicians.

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smassaros

Mr. Bugg, you are incorrect on all counts. I don’t know what else to write. I’m not chastising, I’m not ridiculing. Frankly, it is too painful to see good people falling prey to the un-American, anarchist idiocy that was fully ushered in via our last president. What you are stating is wrong, and your judgment is not wise.

Hayduke2

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C.D.Reid

smassaros, I hate to be the one to tell you, but you're the one who is wrong, and on all accounts, too. But, being a blind, leftist sheeple you can only claim that about Mr. Bugg, instead of detailing what you think is wrong with his letter, since you are now facing the truth of just how badly Joe Biden can fu*k something up.

smassaros

I’m a little deaf, not blind, not leftist. Others here have detailed where Mr. Bugg is incorrect. Joe has messed up the Border. Nothing else. Not sure what horrible truth I’m facing. I’m feeling nothing but relief.

public-redux

"The prices at the pump are rising as is the price of heating oil."

And that is reflected in the increased share prices of my investments in fossil fuel companies. Rah!

Greg F

Economy is getting better...duh.

Boyce Rensberger

It is a mystery why the FNP publishes letters full of verifiable lies. Do the editors who choose these letters exercise no judgement? Or, if they do exercise judgement, are they so ignorant of current events that they think Bugg is making legitimate points?

public-redux

Perhaps it is to compensate for the small comics section.

Hayduke2

Or the lack of a Sunday paper...

MD1756

I have to sometimes get out a magnifying glass to read the comics. It's a shame that the best part of the paper keeps shrinking in size.

bosco

The letters to the editors are for opinions. They are only a problem for you if you don't agree, at which time you can submit your own letter and voice your opinion.

threecents

We can also submit our opinions here, right?

MD1756

Opinions are fine when they are made clear that is all they are. The way the letter is written is intended to make people draw conclusions that go against the facts and that is not ok.

shiftless88

"Our southern border has been opened, allowing anyone to enter our country illegally." This may be an opinion but it is also objectively false. So when an opinion is objectively and verifiably false then perhaps it does not belong in print.

threecents

Yes, people should not be allowed to print falsehoods... in my opinion.

bosco

So in your view, the border is closed and nobody is entering illegally?

threecents

Bosco's thought pattern is called dichotomous or polarized thinking and is considered a cognitive distortion because it keeps him from seeing the world as it often is: complex and nuanced.

phydeaux994

Did Trump close the Border? Obama, George W, Clinton, George H W, Reagan, anybody bosco? Ever? Republicans have never allowed Congress to even try. Republicans like it as it is, they can attack Democrats with the issue and still provide American Employers with the cheap help they want. Win, win.

shiftless88

bosco; the border is not fully closed, but it has not "been opened, allowing ANYONE to enter our country illegally" either. See how that works? I am saying that his statement was false. It remains false.

Boyce Rensberger

If I said that in my opinion up is down and black is white, would or should the newspaper give me space to promulgate my opinion?

I think the opinion page should insist that writers support their opinions with evidence. A little fact goes a long way to support an opinion.

Greg F

Maybe so but not for a package of falsehoods.

jsklinelga

Boyce

Interesting. I remember researching the "supposed" lies of President Trump. The majority were not really lies but differences of opinion to the people calling them lies. Very similar to your allegations. I think people have forgot the meaning of the word lie: " : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive." To others your verifiable lies are not verifiable lies.

shiftless88

Well, it is a lie that closing any pipeline in recent history has harmed the US energy independence. That is not an opinion, it is factually incorrect.

shiftless88

jsk; here are a good set of actual Trump lies. Aside from the ones about voter fraud in both 2016 and 2020. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/16/politics/fact-check-dale-top-15-donald-trump-lies/index.html

Hayduke2

So jsk, the election was stolen, my infrastructure plan will be ready in two weeks, I will release my tax returns, I didn't pay Stormy Daniels, the corona virus will disappear in two weeks, my crowd was the biggest ever, etc.. These are just little differences - get real !

Greg F

Dont forget the ones about Melania has earned an Einstein visa, the voting machines are rigged, the virus is going away by a miracle....it just goes on and on.

MD1756

Jsklinega, the writer states "Our oil independence has been ended with the closure of pipeline construction which has put thousands of workers out of work. The prices at the pump are rising as is the price of heating oil."

One opinion based on an incorrect belief and one fact put together to try to lead readers into drawing an improper conclusion, but the statement/opinion and the fact do not really go together. First of all the oil from Canada does not make us oil independent as it is oil imported from another country, Second, the construction jobs are only temporary and those who have argued for the pipeline continue to ignore the adverse environmental impacts of the pipeline and continued combustion of oil. Third, oil from Canada is going down to Texas in order to be exported (to varying degrees all depending on economic conditions at the particular time) so it helps the profits of major oil more than it helps the U.S. (see: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/anthony-swift/keystone-xl-tar-sands-pipeline-export-oil-out-united-states regarding current pipeline capacity.)

With regard to the fact that prices are going up, that is due more to the economy of the world picking back up much more than any impact from the pipeline. see: https://www.thebalance.com/oil-price-forecast-3306219 or see: https://www.tampabay.com/news/nation-world/2021/03/03/are-gas-prices-going-up-and-is-it-joe-bidens-fault-politifact-explains/.

So either the writer is ignorant or is intentionally trying to mislead people who are too lazy to become educated in the matters covered in the first part of the letter. Later sections may be partially correct and partially opinions and projections. The projections are opinions but the writer should include sources so that someone can gauge the likelihood of the opinion being correct.

Any writer loses credibility when they mix garbage in with their opinions, and in my opinion, the LTE writer did just that in this case (even though I agree with some parts of the letter, such as the American Rescue Plan including provisions that do not belong in the plan).

Awteam2021

Jsk, how did your research the 30,583 falsehoods that Trump spewed in office? What was mechanism you used to distinguish lies from mistaken opinions? And why in the world would anyone in their right mind do that?🤦‍♂️

Hayduke2

Well, since jsk believes about 25,000 of those statements, he has trouble with truth vs lies.

threecents

The distinction between lies and falsehoods is interesting with Trump. Trump does not care whether what he says is true. He only cares what effect it has. If Trump wanted to tell the truth, as president, he had the resources to know if what he said was truthful.

Boyce Rensberger

The Washington Post, as you surely know, has documented thousands of times Trump said something that was factually wrong. Trump knows the meaning of "lie;" he deliberately lied to deceive us.

public-redux

jsk had repeatedly opined that prayer is not allowed in public schools. I have repeatedly pointed out his error. I imagine he believes he is not lying when he repeats that lie.

Greg F

Your opinion of verifiable means Fox said it. Here’s a few more of the 30,000 documented lies in the Orangeman’s 4 years https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/16/politics/fact-check-dale-top-15-donald-trump-lies/index.html

Piedmontgardener

Goodness, it's a dark place to live if you believe that organized groups are intent on destroying America. Try UFO's, that's more fun.

shiftless88

William starts off right up front with a lie: "Our oil independence has been ended with the closure of pipeline construction which has put thousands of workers out of work." The pipeline in question was to move oil from CANADA, across the US to refineries and ports, where it would be shipped to other countries. It had nothing to do with our energy independence because the oil was NOT FROM HERE. Get it? How stupid ARE some of these people??

Hayduke2

Shift - your last question was one that caused me to continually shake my head for the last four+ years. Fits right in with the " Big Lie" they believe as well.

threecents

[thumbup]Shifty and HD2[thumbup] All it would have done for the US is create some temporary jobs.

Greg F

Ummm...Bug...our oil independence is being threatened by an overall fact that at some point oil WILL run out. Our independence is being threatened directly by the past POTUS who instigated an insurrection and tried (and is still trying) to subvert the election process, which is bolstered by a republican house and senate that has yet to clearly state the facts about that and how the election was clearly not stolen. It is being threatened by racist legislation instigating Jim Crow 2021 in Georgia with slanted voter laws. It is being threatened by (or was until he was booted) POTUS who hired former CEOs and lobbyists to run key departments where they had direct conflicts of interest and summarily attempted to dismantle those departments. It was threatened by a POTUS who held no standard of decency or truth, and lied 30K+ times over his 4 year term, hired his family who were utterly unqualified for duty, and by the POTUS himself who was AWOL once the election happened and abdicated all duty responsibilities. It remains threatened by slanted media that continues to pump out disinformation and conspiracies that the election was stolen and Jan 6th was no big deal. It is threatened by the POTUS who tried his best to dismantle EPA in favor of oil vs renewables that would TRULY give us independent energy that also would not destroy the planet's atmosphere and environment, nor continue to lob profits upon an industry that will go the way of the wagon makers and blacksmiths due to sheer obsolescence. Bugg is just another poser who buys into the slop that is fed the right wingers and his head is fat with fiction.

threecents

I think the main significance of stopping that particular high profile pipeline was to use it as a signal that we are serious about fighting global warming and developing oid independence.

chris

"...the murder of one Black person by a policeman that is getting his just due in our legal system." Many thousands of people of color have been murdered with NO justice, but Mr. Bugg seems to think all the fuss is because of just this one. What a privilege to be able to ignore the truth.

Dwasserba

[thumbup]chris I highlighted that quote as well. The ubiquitousness of cameras has shed light on inequitable treatment known to many, unsuspected by more. That’s over, we can’t unsee it.

threecents

Those darn inconvenient truths!

C.D.Reid

Well chris, would those thousands of "people of color" who have been "murdered with no justice" be the ones who were murdered by thousands of other "people of color?" And why do you think there has been no justice for them?

chris

No, those aren't the ones, as you well know. The context of my comment was clearly about the murder of George Floyd, since I was responding to the claims in the LTE. Thousands of black and brown people have been abused and yes, sometimes murdered by whites with no justice. If you don't know this, then you need to read up on it. I can recommend some books if you are sincere in wanting to know the truth about it.

Again, the point is this: outrage doesn't come from one incident. It comes from a long history of abuse and maltreatment.

C.D.Reid

So the thousands of "people of color" who have been murdered by thousands of other "people of color" are irrelevant then?

chris

@ C.D.Reid Of course not. Who said they were? Also, it actually sounds like you might care.

mattlemp

The security of our citizens is threatened by police forces. The mild legislation enacted stems from the murder of many Americans, of all colors. All job categories have a number of bad people in their ranks, but only police kill over a thousand of us yearly, and fight to keep that right. Hopefully, the officers who can't accept diminished power and even minimal oversight will resign. These people put our lives in danger every minute they are on the job.

bosco

It'[s interesting that the same groups that told us for years that just because most terrorists are Muslims doesn't mean that all Muslims are terrorists and not to treat them that way, are now painting all cops with the same brush as a few bad cops.

The same people demanding to defund the police want police protection in their neighborhood or they retreat to their mansions with private security - leaving minority neighborhoods at greater risk of crime.

The mid-terms are just around the corner. Let's see what else the Dims can screw up in time for the elections.

sevenstones1000

So you equate cops and terrorists?

bosco

Not at all, but of course that's where you would go with it. Just pointing out the hypocrisy of the the liberals who use their broad brush when it suits their agenda, but chastises any who use a broad brush for other reasons, like Muslim terrorists.

Hayduke2

Funny that one person here claims to be calling out the hypocrisy of the liberals ( which is in itself painting with a broad brush ) while using the all encompassing term Dims. Kind of make the point that this person can't think logically and is the worst kind of hypocrite - a button pusher for sure.

bosco

I borrow that broad brush from the Dimocrats as needed. They seem to have an endless supply in the Hypocrisy Closet where they also keep their supply of race cards.

The buttons only work when connected to a nerve.

Awteam2021

“The button only works when it connects to a nerve?” Like bringing up Bosco won’t deny he’s a former postal worker? Does that connect to a nerve?

Hayduke2

See, this particular button pusher can't answer any questions honestly. It is particularly funny when one portrays all of the "ills" he claims about a large, diverse group of voters. In his mind, one size fits all.

bosco

Nope, awt, that doesn't connect anywhere - especially in your delusional mind. Still no proof, eh?

threecents

Why would Bosco deny he worked for the postal service? Didn't he say he fitted postal workers for N95s in an old LTE?

Awteam2021

He has a poor recollection of his multiple comments about working for the postal service. Maybe exaggerating? He might have been “a wannabe post men”.

Hayduke2

"Newman" of Sienfeld fame????

bosco

So awt thinks I worked for the post office, and threecents thinks I wrote a Letter to the Editor stating that I fitted postal workers for N95s. Back in April, when the discussion was on coronavirus precautions and PPE, in reply to a snarky question from dukey wherein he stated:

Hayduke2 Apr 8, 2020 10:51am

Bosco- where and when did you get your medical degree? I didn't realize Trump University also had a medical degree available

to which I replied:

bosco Apr 8, 2020 12:27pm

Thanks for asking. Not medical, but rather industrial hygiene and public safety. I have conducted testing for airborne contaminates in different types of industries, including asbestos removal, and developed PPE requirements to protect workers. I have also conducted fit tests for various types of masks and respirators. That's why I am aware of the dangers of misuse of PPE by people not trained in its use. Next question?

So, awt, who has a faulty memory? KMA

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/opinion/letter_to_editor/stop-the-face-mask-nonsense/article_57b961f8-8488-55d5-9749-401523889740.html

threecents

Bosco, I don't care whether you worked for the post office or not. Does the idea of working for the post office somehow bother you?

bosco

threecents sez...."Bosco, I don't care whether you worked for the post office or not. Does the idea of working for the post office somehow bother you?"

Doesn't bother me at all, three. Awt just can't let it go and admit that he drew a faulty conclusion that I claimed to have worked for the post office when I only said that I took the old civil service exam. I asked, and continue to ask him to prove his claim. He can't, nor can he let it go and admit he was wrong. Now his latest delusion is that I claimed asbestosis (the disease) can be transmitted from person to person, when I clearly stated that asbestos (the substance) can be transmitted from person to person. He even posted my quote as his proof, but in it I clearly said asbestos and he still didn't get it.

He's 0 for 2 so far.

threecents

Bosco, Asbestos can be spread from person to person? Please explain that.

threecents

I googled it, and yah, there is such a thing as secondary asbestosis - or at least there used to be. Bosco wins.

threecents

Sorry, I meant to write "secondary asbestos exposure" - not "secondary asbestosis".

shiftless88

Actually that is not true, bosco. Not all cops are bad for sure. But, the system that protects them is supported by all cops and that is the problem. The instinct to protect their own rather than rooting out the bad apples is the problem.

Dwasserba

Cameras suggest that “few” may be more than we thought.

threecents

Bosco, Everyone but you seems to know this, but we are not saying all police are bad - just that there is systemic racism in many law enforcement programs.

fjulia

Another LTE by this writer that re-packages the misleading and false shouts of Fox network blowhard and Q-anon woo-woos.

bosco

Watch a lot of Fox, do you? How about that CNN guy caught on hidden camera admitting they manipulated the news to get Biden elected?

Greg F

How about that POTUS who welcomed foreign aid in altering the election? Hmm? He openly welcomed China and Russia, among others, to interfere.

bosco

Oh, you must mean Quid Pro Joe and the money that flowed to him from Moscow and Beijing through Hunter. You would probably have been more informed about the laptop and its contents - including spread sheets with money earmarked for the "Big Guy" except CNN manipulated the news by their own admission to get Biden elected.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2021/04/15/project-veritas--cnn-n2587974

olefool

CD: You gotta be kidding right, this QANON conspiracy theory rag... Get a life!

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2021/04/15/project-veritas--cnn-n2587974

shiftless88

bosco tries to appear coherent but every once in awhile the real crazy stuff comes out anyway

bosco

Oldtool tries to be coherent until the voices in his head take over and his alligator mouth writes checks his hummingbird ass can't cash. You know your delusional claim, right oldtool.

"Your credibility was ruined then and now you're swimming in the river of irrelevancy so stop blowing smoke."

C.D.Reid

Interesting, bosco stated a truth in that CNN manipulated the news by their own admission to get Biden elected, and not one denial from the leftists. Why is that, kiddes?

Dwasserba

https://www.opindia.com/2021/04/project-veritas-charlie-chester-cnn-trump-biden/ And he went on 5 Tinder dates as the setting. The poll question is: was this “desperately seeking attention” - or no? Dating is hard.

public-redux

bosco, Do you really believe the CNN folk are that honest?

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