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Facing crush of crises, Joe Biden sworn in as 46th president

Jan
20
2021

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in Wednesday as president and vice president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises faced by few of their predecessors.

With Donald Trump absent — he became the first president since 1869 to skip his successor's inauguration — Biden said he would be the president "for all Americans."

"We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal," said Biden, a Democrat. "We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts."

"Every disagreement doesn't have to be a cause for total war, and we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured," he added.

Latest updates on the inauguration of Joe Biden
The last outgoing president to snub his successor's inauguration was Andrew Johnson, who didn't attend the swearing-in of Ulysses S. Grant. Earlier, Trump held his own sendoff, telling supporters gathered at Andrews Air Force Base: "Have a nice life. See you soon."

About three hours later, in Biden's inaugural address, the new president paid homage to those lost in the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 400,000 Americans since February 2020.

He paused for a moment of silent prayer to remember those lost souls.

"Remember all of those who we've lost in this past year to the pandemic — those 400,000 fellow Americans, moms, dads, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, friends, neighbors and coworkers," Biden said. "We will honor them by becoming the people and the nation we know we can, and should, be."| read more ››

LTE: America's Way Forward

Jan
18
2021

After reading Zeldin Wants to Forget About Jan 6th Events – Not So Fast, I spent hours reading Mr. Zeldin’s incendiary comments made shortly after his supporters stormed our national capitol.  I also studied the court cases, biographies of judges who decided the cases, legislative press releases, reports of elected and appointed officials and other legal and legislative documents that disprove Mr. Zeldin’s allegations of election fraud.  It seems from the original documents that Mr. Zeldin is sadly mistaken and either has an inability to understand the legal issues involved or a desire to ignore the truth.

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What would Lincoln do or say at a time like this?

Jan
10
2021

Letter to the Editor,

What would Lincoln do or say at a time like this?

The political party founded upon the aspirations and principled beliefs of Abraham Lincoln was exposed as a hollow shell of itself as the son of the 45th President of the United States declared the Republican Party as the “Party of Trump”, while he recently fanned the flames of disruption and tyranny in Washington D.C. The current President himself, in full public view, instigated and provoked an attack on the Nation’s Capitol while a joint session of Congress was at work. Disruption by any means possible to retain power appears to be the only aspiration of the Trumps. It is a disruption of legal and Constitutional...| read more ››

Editorial: Zeldin Wants To Forget About Jan 6th Events - Not So Fast

Jan
10
2021

Congressman Lee Zeldin (CD1) wants a kumbaya moment. You know, the moment when you become a convert and wrap your arms around peace, harmony and justice for all.  Most residents in CD 1 want this too.  

Unfortunately for Mr. Zeldin and for voters it is not the time to put the events of January 6 behind us and it would be wrong to do so. There are too many questions about the events that transpired that day and many questions regarding how the behaviors of elected officials, including Lee Zeldin led to...| read more ››

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