Act now to prevent another shooting

first_imgIf you think guns are the No. 1 problem in this country, think again. It’s drugs sold on the streets, in drug stores and elsewhere.The next problem is the easy buying of guns all over the United States. Most people know this is true. The government has to take a big-time look at all of this and change all the old-fashioned laws that don’t seem to work. This time, we all have to work together and get the proper laws passed in all areas to put a stop to this madness.Another law that could go into effect is to give everyone a 90- or 120-day notice to have automatic guns turned in, no questions asked. After that, if someone gives any information on someone who has an automatic gun and that gun is found by law enforcement authorities, that person faces a jail term of 10 years, plus more if other guns are found.It sounds unfair, but this is what it many take to get rid of the automatic guns that people now have. It won’t be easy, but we have to do something now, not later. We don’t need another Las Vegas event.Sid GordonSaratogaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Alplaus development will be harmful to town

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As a resident of Alplaus since 1977, I am firmly against the proposed Prime Mohawk development of 228 units. This development would more than double the population of Alplaus. It in no way would be beneficial or compatible with the surrounding land uses.Alplaus is a lovely, quiet, walking hamlet, where we enjoy a neighborly lifestyle. Besides doubling our population, this development would greatly increase traffic and destroy a beautiful section of the Mohawk River shoreline that is zoned land conservation.Maybe that doesn’t mean anything to the developer, or even to the Glenville Town Board, but it’s why many of us set down roots here. The addition of this monstrous development makes no sense.The town supervisor has repeatedly told us that the reason for this high-density project is to offset the cleaning of a brownfield where the Mohawk Industrial Park now sits. I firmly believe that it is the present owner’s responsibility to clean this site. The contamination there is well documented, and he has known about it for years. Passing the buck to a builder and then having Alplaus residents deal with the aftermath is shameful.We welcome responsible development with forethought and mindfulness to preserve our hamlet’s integrity as well as its natural surroundings.Kathleen BoyleAlplausMore from The Daily Gazette:Local movie theater operators react to green lightSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Waiting for Trump’s immigration plan

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs we catch our breath and wait for the next budget crisis, it’s useful to reflect on how we got to the January temporary shutdown. The process started last September when President Trump revoked President Obama’s executive order that protected the “Dreamers” from deportation. However, Trump offered no guidance about what he wanted to happen next and simply instructed Congress to deal with the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) issue by March 2018. Fast forward to Jan. 9, when Trump presided over a meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers still seeking a solution for the DACA issue, which was now central to a budget deal. At the meeting, Trump indicated that he would sign any immigration bill Congress would send him, saying, “I’ll take the heat. I don’t care. I don’t care. I’ll take all the heat you want to give me, and I’ll take the heat off both the Democrats and the Republicans.”On Jan. 11, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin presented President Trump with a bipartisan immigration bill. Trump vehemently rejected the bill, contrary to his earlier promise. He then went on to criticize the bill with disparaging language.Subsequent to the meeting, congressional lawmakers were still unsure as to what Trump wanted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “I’m looking for something that President Trump supports, and he has not yet indicated what measure he is willing to sign.”Lacking an agreement on DACA, the government was shut down on Jan. 19, only to reopen on Jan. 22 after a three-week stopgap spending bill was passed. On Jan. 25, Trump offered a new immigration proposal — stay tuned.Don SteinerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Assault weapon ban will save many lives

first_imgDefend means to resist an attack. Banning assault weapons for private purchase makes sense and violates no one’s rights.I know that people who want an assault weapon will somehow get one.The ban will stop the person who is in a moment of personal crisis; it will stop the person that has a psychological issue that does not permit rational thought. It won’t end all gun violence, but it will end senseless deaths that have become commonplace across America.Dominic ArcidiaconoNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Assault weapons — when in a war or an armed conflict — are necessary.Assault defined means to make a physical attack on or carry out a military raid on. The definition fits for war.The Second Amendment guarantees the right for people to keep and bear arms, being necessary to the security of a free state.Banning assault weapons for private citizens doesn’t violate the Second Amendment.Assault weapons are made to make an assault, not to defend oneself. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Feb. 12

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPolitical division is due to Clinton’s lossOur political discourse has gone off the rail. In my 76 years, I have never seen such hate and division in America as exists today. Methinks it has a lot to do with the fact that the “Queen” did not win the White House.Incidentally, insofar as the popular vote is concerned, the two most liberal states in our union (New York and California) gave that to her. Discounting those two, Trump won the popular vote by 3,137,877 votes. Look it up.In addition, he won the majority of individual states. That’s why we have the Electoral College, folks. Our forefathers knew what they were doing. Words have meaning, or should have. Sadly there are dozens of similar recent PC word substitutes: Google, “Substitute PC words.” “When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom.” — ConfuciusClyde MaughanRotterdam The Washington establishment and mainstream media have had their worlds rocked. The deplorables and WalMart shoppers did that. Partisan politics aside, it appears that Schumer, Pelosi, Gillibrand, Booker, Feinstein and their kind want our country to fail. Their mantra is divide, deny and obstruct.By the way, it astounds me that The Gazette shows little editorial balance. I have to assume the newspaper’s headline writer has worn out his thesaurus.Jim CallahanBallston Spa Cuomo policies are why people leave NYMy husband posted a letter in this paper a few weeks ago as to why people are leaving New York. It’s apparent that Gov. Andrew Cuomo only goes with his own progressive thoughts on all matters.I’m surprised he actually admitted it’s more than the weather.  It’s something most people in this state (upstate) understand. But we do not count, as we only pay ridiculous taxes.His progressive spending and over-the-top laws are driving out not only the wealthy, but many in the middle class. Every time they hurt the honest person and do nothing to the criminal class with gun control, more people move out to go to a free state. How much of our money was wasted in Puerto Rico to get Andy tons of air time? How did he pay for that new bridge with Cuomo plastered all over it?Why does everything that happens in this state get him bloviating about it, and how much he is doing to help out? He is on the air more than Sen. Chuck Schumer, and that is certainly a major accomplishment. Hey Andy, let the people that actually take care of big emergencies like snowstorms and floods. They know things a lot better than a big-mouth New York City boy does.Barbra J DeMarcoHadleyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Get back to the real meaning of wordsIt’s interesting to see The Gazette discuss the problem of gambling, rather than the problem of gaming. (Mr. Precious and Ms. Foss, first page of Sections A & C, Daily Gazette, Feb 7.)Well, who in the media would refer to gaming as a problem? Still, if we were to return to the original meaning of words, we would again see the word “pornographic”  used for “adult,” “race” for “ethnicity,” and even the color blue again associated with Republican (and red for Democratic), as it was for 100 years until one recent day the PC media quietly reversed the colors. (“Red” fell out of favor, e.g., Red China, red communism.)last_img read more

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Fighting fit

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Talk of the towns: Hampshire, Dorset & south Wiltshire

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Brown to set up stamp-duty free zones

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A delicate balance

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Flexible friends

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