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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion All these shootings are by design. Why? New York state has the worst gun control in the world and the strictest laws, but yet shootings continue.The left is trying for a civil war so the government can call martial law and take control of our nation and confiscate our guns.The Democratic left will do anything to accomplish this. They hit big groups to promote fear and keep people apart. But this is what brings people together. And when the people had enough of loved ones getting shot, they’re going to go after Washington because all the gun control in the world won’t stop it. They would rather infringe on our rights than make stiffer laws for these shootings. What does that tell you?New York state already infringed on our rights and violated the Supreme Court decision that we have the right to self protection of life and property. This state broke the commerce law to allow price gouging i.e., A box of .225 rifle bullets was $1.59 for 50 rounds; today it’s $7.50 for the same box.Gov. Cuomo killed target shooting, skeet shooting, trap shooting, hunting and competition shooting. You have to buy ammo for safety. Then you have to have enough ammo for target,-hunting, skeet and trap and competition sports — but can’t afford to buy them.So the dealers raised their prices to compensate for the lost revenue. Make up your mind if you’re going to buy into this corruption or stand your ground for your rights. To support socialism and communism is to be controlled by the government. Capitalism is freedom.Socialist and communist — if you don’t abide by the laws, they kill you, with no protection. Russia, North Korea, Iran and others are proof of their work. Support Trump. Congress doesn’t want to make stiffer laws. Oh, well.Claude Rizzicone Jr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashlast_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Four innocent lives were taken by Ethan Couch in a DWI crash; he claims he had “affluenza.” “Affluenza” is another word to get rich kids off the hook claiming that they were influenced by their rich parents. He’s now free. I’ll bet if some child killed someone in a car accident, etc., they would still be in jail. It’s disgusting.It’s unbelievable the Democrats want to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. Will they stop at nothing to get votes? How many of them are using it? How many billions of dollars did we spend to stop it from coming here? How many accidents were caused by it? The politicians need their heads examined.Thanks to President Donald Trump, we might have a dialogue with North Korea. But still the liberals won’t give him a chance. I have a lot of faith in him.James MaxfieldScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

first_imgOn April 29, Karen Cookson invited thoughts about her Thomas Jefferson column. Truthfully, I’m sick of the pedantry and moral preening involved in opinions that Thomas Jefferson — and by extension 12 of our first 18 presidents who held slaves — is somehow “morally unfit to be president.” I sincerely wish those who espouse selective historical analyses would cease, for two reasons.First, there’s no moral test for the office of president. Do we have the right to question the electors from the Electoral College of another age? Or the successive Congresses that failed to impeach and remove “morally unfit” presidents from office?Refusal to acknowledge that human history is complicated, filled with contradictions and inconsistencies, is adolescent puffery. Was Abraham Lincoln “morally unfit” because he thought that “blacks and whites” shouldn’t have “social and political equality?” Was JFK “morally unfit” because he was a sexual predator? Such oversimplifications have the effect of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, since all made positive contributions to our republic.Second, I worry there may be a hidden agenda involved in these high-toned revelations of past behavior. I worry that those who incessantly pick away at our Founders have as their real plan the debasement of the esteem in which Americans hold their Founders who, while not saints, did give us the most liberating system of government in the history of mankind. Those who wish to discard our Constitution must first make Americans ashamed of their Founders.Rob DicksonClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li… Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionToo much hypocrisy over causes of deathThere were nearly 40,000 gun-related deaths in 2016. But according to the CDC, almost 23,000 of those deaths were suicide.I’d like to know where is the outrage on the left at the over 88,000 deaths a year, according to a 2014 LA Times article, due to alcohol?Where is the outrage at the nearly 630,000 deaths in 2016, according to the CDC, from abortions? Where is the outrage at the 115,000 females that will never grow up, never grow to discover cures to diseases? Where is the outrage at the 130,000 black children aborted?If we are willing to usurp the Constitution to confiscate guns, shouldn’t we be twice as willing to stop alcohol sales or more than 20 times as willing to stop abortion?It all gives lie to the women’s rights or to black lives matter movements. We allow these unborn, and in some states born children, to be killed on a whim, without trial, and that makes a farce of arguing that we shouldn’t allow death row criminals to serve out their sentence for their actions.Francis Van StaverenScotiaMedia coverage spurs more violenceI am a retired 8l-year-old physician who majored in (mixed) psychology and sociology at one of the major and much-respected colleges. In medical school, I had considerable psychology training, but ultimately did not become a psychologist.Many years ago, I wrote a Letter to the Editor on the role of the media in increasing  domestic gun violence, and how it might contribute to a worsening of the problem. Little note was taken of my suggestion at that time.Recent increases in domestic gun violence are now obvious, even in the past year and the last month. I certainly am for gun control in terms of stopping the sale of attack weapons to the general public, as well as countrywide federal background checks for all gun purchases. I strongly believe that the majority of this violence is connected to mental illness.For this reason, I again make a strong plea for sensible diminution of huge media attention to these violent occurrences. They have an unwanted appeal to the mentally ill, especially the schizophrenic group, which is larger than appreciated and more easily apt to be violent.These individuals are extremely vulnerable to suggestion and are rarely cared for in controlled and or secure situations, as of the past 30 years.Increased media attention, as seen this past weekend, especially on TV, is, I believe, responsible for the rapid increase in this terrible problem.Lyle W. Barlyn, M.D.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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