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Letters: Readers sound off on response to Jan. 6 anniversary

Capitol riots weren't an insurrection

As someone who voted for the Biden/Harris ticket, I was aghast at Vice President Kamala Harris’ talk at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The actions of the mob were a disgraceful political riot, but not an insurrection.

An insurrection would have been if the 10th Mountain Division or the 82nd Airborne had attacked the Capitol. For her to equate Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks to what happened on Jan. 6 is absurd.

Both Pearl Harbor and 9/11 were direct, armed attacks against the United States, both unsuccessful in bringing down the government.

Don Siefkes, Clinton Township

Violence much more than hype

In his column on Jan. 6, Nolan Finley gives too little attention to the bigger threat that exists ("Lost trust is biggest threat to democracy").

This insurrection and support of violence to the government is widespread from all parts of the country and all walks of life. The core belief of the insurrectionists is in "the great replacement," the idea that White people will be overtaken by minorities and lose their rights. 

It seems that the fear of being replaced is driving these fanatics, and it is no small number as many may think. 

David Kraepel, Trenton