Americans must act to stop gun violence

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion From 2005 to 2016, over 300,000 people were killed by guns. No other industrialized country in the world has such a tragic record.In addition, many of our presidents and leaders have been assassinated, including Lincoln, McKinley, Garfield and Kennedy. Theodore Roosevelt was shot while giving a speech. He survived because the bullet hit his metal glass case. Franklin Roosevelt was attacked while riding in an open car. The bullet missed him, but killed his passenger.President Truman’s residence was fired on by two gunmen, who killed one guard. The second guard was able to kill the attackers. President Reagan was seriously wounded, but did recover. President Ford had an attempt made on his life by a deranged woman. Gov. Wallace was shot and disabled by a lone gunman. The Obama White House was fired upon — he was not in residence at the time. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were also assassinated. Two members of Congress were shot, but survived with the female victim suffering severe brain damage.Why is it that the powerful NRA gun lobby can’t provide any information or data on its claim that guns are needed for individuals to protect themselves by having guns? Could it be that there are no practical facts or records? The American people need to instill a backbone in our faint-hearted Congress, which always backs away from any meaningful gun control despite our ghastly record of unnecessary mass deaths by guns.The American public must demand action from their government to end these horrific mass murders by guns, otherwise the killings will never end.Benjamin Franklin wisely stated the results of inaction when he pointed out that people who behave like sheep will be devoured by the wolves.Mary Jane ValachovicNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehemlast_img

Founders didn’t see  assault weapons

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I don’t think our Founding Fathers, when writing the Constitution, envisioned the Second Amendment providing the right to bear assault weapons. Change is needed. I support the right to bear arms for protection and gaming. We can’t support the ease in which it is to obtain assault rifles. Change is needed.Jim CusackNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, July 16

first_imgPutin is doing well carrying out agendaVladimir Putin’s wish list.• Weaken the bonds between the United States and Europe. Dismantle NATO.• Withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan.• U.S. withdrawal from the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) pact with Russia to prohibit the development of intermediate nuclear weapons rather than pressuring Russia to live up to its half of the agreement.• U.S. withdrawal from the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), which would have been a platform for engagement in the Asia-Pacific region and solidified relationships with our allies and firmly established the United States as a leader in the Pacific.  • U.S. withdrawal from the international treaty with Iran aimed at retarding its development of nuclear weapons.• Ease U.S. sanctions on Russian oligarchs.• Sow dissent and confusion among U.S. citizens.• Undermine critical U.S. democratic institutions like a free press, independent intelligence agencies and an independent judiciary.It scares me how well he’s doing.Arnold FactorScotiaGOP conduct shows need for term limitsIn William Malec’s July 4 letter (“Base immigration on merit, the law”), he notes “The Democrats choose to do nothing to end this crisis.” From the tone of his letter, I would have to assume he’s a Republican. And based on this assumption, I would like to ask why he and so many anti-Democrat opinions submitted about some of the issues facing our country blame the Democrats.They all seem to develop selective amnesia remembering that from 2016 to 2018, the presidency, Senate and House of Representatives were controlled by the Republicans.Why didn’t they pass legislation fixing our immigration crisis, healthcare, etc. during this time frame? For instance, why didn’t the wall get built?Why do they all now blame the Democrats?Why isn’t he mentioning references to Republican Mitch McConnell, the self-proclaimed nuclear veto leader of all legislation coming out of our now Democrat-controlled House?There’s absolutely no effort of bi-partisanship at all on his part.All of this just illustrates the need for term limits for senators and House members.It’s time to stop the blaming a particular party and try to be constructive. I myself am now considering changing my Republican registration to independent.Mike NorrisDelansonSick day pay helps in attracting teachersRegarding the July 11 Gazette editorial (“A sick deal for taxpayers”), Schenectady schools rank among systems in the area with the lowest teaching salaries.What would induce a new teacher, possibly with a lot of college debt, to consider working there? The promise of a deferred bonus at the end of a teaching career, based on sick days not used.The several thousands of dollars that are a ‘carrot at the end of the stick’ don’t equal what someone would earn during a lifetime in another school system, but they surely do sweeten the pot.Sally MagidSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionShow sensitivity to dementia caregiversDementia is a terrible disease. It attacks all parts of the brain, but seems to affect each in its own way. It robs us of those we love long before they die.Please understand, before you comment to caregivers, that no one knows what we experience except us. We tried to keep Mom at home, but she was up day and night trying to go outside, became combative at times, drove away anyone we hired to help and developed anxiety only slightly controlled by medication.We were heartbroken to admit her to a Memory Unit, but she settled in and loved the structure and the staff. She became very anxious if we took her out, and it took days for her to return to normal. I visited her each day, and the family came for holidays and celebrations.Know that when you say your aunt was able to keep grandma home until she died and why didn’t I bring mom home for Thanksgiving, it only adds to the pain we were already experiencing.Lois MillsNiskayunalast_img

The rural office market

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Top rent achievement for Cadogan House

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Agency rules out VOA transfer to DETR

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L&R raises £140m to gear up for outsourcing drive

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Retail: Touchwood brings luck to Solihull

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Flat broke

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Soho and Noho offices: So-so in Soho

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