Stop blaming NRA for mass shootings

first_imgThe shooter definitely has a problem. I think he was reaching out with all the trouble he caused in school and at home. But that is no excuse for what he did. He knows right from wrong. I hope they do away with gun-free zones, I don’t believe criminals care about any laws.The left wants to punish all the gun owners who have done nothing wrong because of a few.We must remember the Second Amendment was not created solely so we could hunt; it was created to stop tyranny. But the Democrats and the left want to take our guns away so they can have more control over us. They believe they know what is better for us. They think we are stupid. In this next election, let us show them that we know what is good for us. And even if we don’t, their job is to do what we want, not what they want.I have had guns for over 60 years. In those years, I have never hurt anyone or even let anyone see that I am armed. Furthermore, I have never seen my gun go out and shoot anybody. Remember, people shoot people; guns don’t.Tony MontePrincetownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Local movie theater operators react to green lightSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census I feel for the parents and children who were affected by the school shooting in Florida.As a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), I am tired of every time there is a shooting, the NRA gets blamed.The blame in the Parkland shooting falls on the sheriff’s department, the FBI and the school. The promise program the school bears a big part of the blame. Law enforcement is not notified when these kids fight or threaten other kids. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Feb. 9

first_imgRegret decision to vote for murderersDid you vote for a murderer? I’m ashamed to say, but I did when I cast my vote in the last election.Bill A00021, also known as the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), was signed into New York law on Jan. 22, thereby allowing third-trimester abortions for any reason, and making it legal for a baby, miraculously surviving a late-term abortion, to be denied medical care, suffer and die.Phil Steck, Angelo Santabarbara and Carrie Woerner, I don’t want to be part of your murderous agenda. I don’t want to be an accomplice in your cowardly attempts to retain your status and standing as an “Assemblyman or woman,” a member of the go-along-to-get-along crowd, in order to maintain your self-centered, love-the-power, love-the -spotlight charade.But you made me a part of this when you ran for election and hid behind a facade of garbage. And I voted for you. I believed you, your earnest messages of morality, “concern for all” and “I will work for you” lies.You pulled the rug out from under those of us who believed in the steaming piles of false pretenses you shoveled in your electoral barns by declaring you were moral, upstanding citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth when you fast-tracked this awful, awful bill. I don’t want to be a part of this, but my vote for you makes me a murderer by default, and I don’t know how I’m going to live with that.Laurie CoxNiskayuna But our Democratic law makers are celebrating, gallivanting around in their fuchsia pink outfits.Have we lost all human decency? Have we become so wedded to our political party that we only care about winning at all costs, even if it means destroying the most innocent and precious of living beings — a human baby?Do we not care about our doctors and nurses who now shoulder the burden of committing murder for fear of losing their jobs? Gov. Cuomo once said if you are pro-life, you are not welcome to live in the state of New York. He is a man of his word.He has made New York the abortion capital of the world with no conscience, with no caring about the suffering of innocent victims — a sweet baby and her mother who will have nothing but regret and a broken heart. Jennifer RichardBurnt Hills No quick fix for bad government officialsI truly believe I have heard enough misguided statements coming from our government officials.Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give financial aid to undocumented immigrants. He also wants to give them driver’s licenses, thus giving them a New York address and solving the mass exodus issue. He wants us to believe that the exodus is the result of our cold winters. Oh, please.Yet let us not look so far and take a close look at our very own Schenectady council. Quite some time ago, this paper ran an article regarding the up-and-coming demolition of the Olinder building on State Street. As I read it, I could not help but think that somebody was throwing a large loop and would end up with the whole corner lot. And so it is, the new building has a footprint that covers the old  Nicholaus Building.Maybe I have a different perspective than most, but I find it very hard to believe that our state and local governments feel they can back-door deal and toss their power around, and we’ll just sit back and take it. I, for one, can see no quick fix for the state of our disrepair. But as for me, the fix is simple. Hello, Montana.Andrew GreinerGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Wall opposition not same as open bordersI am responding to James Homan’s Feb. 3 letter, accusing those who don’t support a border wall of being in favor of an open border.  How ridiculous.The most recent Democratic proposal includes $22 billion for border security. This money would be for new agents; scanners, sensors and other technological solutions; and new boats and planes.It also includes $500 million for food and medical care. And all this is at a time when border crossings or attempted border crossings by undocumented people are at historic lows.Above all, we must remember that applying for asylum at a port of entry is entirely legal. Those applying are not “illegals.” Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNew York has lost all of its human decencyAt church on Sunday, our pastor described the grim reality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act.He explained that a baby only moments from birth can be killed and those babies lucky enough to survive can be left to die.I looked at my 8-year-old daughter who until now was coloring in the pew. She looked up with tears streaming down her face.“What are we going to do?” she asked. “I don’t want this to happen.”My 8-year-old knows this abortion expansion law is immoral.She feels empathy for the babies who will suffer and die because of this legislation. We can’t handle four more years of TrumpAnother presidential campaign is looming on the horizon and it’s not a happy thought. We are still remembering what a fiasco, actually more like a circus, occurred in 2016. The clown-in-chief, wearing his foolish cap, and clapping for himself night after night.I don’t recall any original or brilliant ideas for the betterment of the country being introduced.His agenda was primarily locking up Hillary, building a wall that Mexico would pay for and dismantling the accomplishments of Obama.Thanks to some help from his Russian friends, he became our leader.  His agenda has not changed. If anything, it has gone from bad to worse. So far, no Republican has been gutsy enough to come forward to challenge him in 2020. This is another not so happy thought. A smart man with no political experience would have selected the most reputable, experienced and honorable people possible. But instead he searched the swamp for the likes of Manafort, Flynn, Pruit, Zinke, Bannon, Conway and his family, just to name a few. The results have been disastrous in every way possible. I pray that we don’t get stuck with him for another four years. We deserve better. He’s definitely a pimple on the path of progress.Jane ReisengerSchenectadycenter_img No, go to the people who are not willing to fight for them. Go to the politicians who are playing with people’s lives. Janice WalzScotia Trump wall not worth another shutdownI’ve listened to President Trump’s recent speeches and read articles in the paper, and I’m confused. Grateful to kindness after DeMasi deathI would like to thank the many people who showed us kindness and compassion at the passing of my brother, Frank DeMasi, who died so unexpectedly in January.The news stories, the concern from co-workers and students and parents, and the love from members of Frank’s church and neighbors brought much comfort during a horrible time in our lives.Thank you so much. May God’s best be yours.Jackie DeMasi AllardSaint Joseph, Mich. Trump says he must have a wall, not called by any other name, except that he said it could be a barrier or a fence.He said he might close the government again if he didn’t get wall funding, but then he said the wall is being built right now. A wall is being built right now? By our soldiers? Then why did he shut down the government?Figures suggest it cost our economy, not even thinking of the hardships endured by furloughed workers, from $3 billion to $11 billion. Even if it was the lesser figure, that is too much.A secure border isn’t the issue here. Everyone agrees that we need that. The issue is the word “wall,” the item promised on the campaign trail which must be fulfilled so that people will vote again for Trump. Have we taxpayers just added $3 billion worth of votes to Trump’s campaign fund with his shut-down? And if Trump decides to shut down the government again, I want all the workers to go to their representatives for food and support.No more going to their kind neighbors and churches. No more Americans taking care of their own.  A far better and cheaper solution would be for the government to enforce the e-Verify program, where employers are responsible for verifying that people they hire have legal permission to work in the United States. We also need to relieve the backlog in the immigration courts.And finally, we must remember that the majority of those in the United States without proper documentation actually entered legally. For the most part, they are people who have overstayed their visas.Faith DonovanNiskayunalast_img read more

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Rent ploys

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Irish republican leader sees unity vote in 3-5 years

first_img“If you look northwards, the unionist majority has gone. There has been a generational turning of the wheel.”Britain’s departure from the European Union, which was opposed in Northern Ireland, has “accelerated not just the conversation but the immediacy of recognizing our collective needs and protecting ourselves,” she added. McDonald claimed the Brexit vote was driven by “the lowest common denominator of English nationalism”, and that Ireland should “start making the preparations” for its own referendum.Sinn Fein’s bid to form a new government appeared to stall on Thursday after the leader of the centrist party it has been holding talks with said they had “irreconcilable differences”.With its 37 seats, the left-wing party long tarnished by past associations with nationalist paramilitaries, broke the country’s stranglehold of two-party politics.London is already under pressure from Scottish nationalists, who want a new referendum on independence. Brexit is a “game-changer” that could trigger a referendum on Irish unification within three years, the leader of the nationalist Sinn Finn party said on Saturday. “This isn’t a one-off event, this is a game-changer,” Mary Lou McDonald told the Times newspaper. “I think we have to prepare and I think London has to prepare” for the possibility of a referendum, adding that five years was a realistic timeframe, but that “it could happen in three years.” Her party, whose central policy is to take Northern Ireland out of British control, is flying high having won the popular vote in last week’s general election.”I am absolutely sure we were elected on a mandate to be in government,” she told the Times, as talks to form an executive continued. “This wasn’t a protest vote.”The party’s journey from political pariah connected to republican terrorism to mainstream confirmed that Ireland was moving towards a reunification vote, she said.”Irish unity now is discussed across the island in a way that I never recall in my lifetime,” she told the British broadsheet. center_img Topics :last_img read more

‘This is Kendeng. It gives us all life’: Farmer shows off succulent chili to defend land

first_imgJoko Prianto in 2015. (Tempo/Budi Purwanto)“This is Kendeng. It gives us all a life,” he said.Joko, along with hundreds of farmers in the Kendeng Karst Mountains, have fought against cement factories for about seven years. They insist that farming has given them enough wealth and they do not need industrial jobs. In the Kendeng area in Rembang, there is a natural aquifer called Watu Putih, and they want the aquifer to be protected.Read also: Hundreds of Rembang people march 150 kilometers to protest cement factory Gunretno, who lives in Pati, in a community called Sedulur Sikep, said he and his neighbors, about 200 other families, supported themselves through farming, which was enough.  Along with his sister, Gunarti, Gunretno has pioneered the movement to reject factories and defend the environment. In 2018, Sedulur Sikep received the prestigious Yap Thiam Thien human rights award.Gunretno, coordinator of the Kendeng Mountain Community Network (JMPPK), along with farmers from the Kendeng Mountains, stage a protest in front of the State Palace in Jakarta in 2016. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)“The Karst area in Pati is a water sponge. This is a place where water lives and it is for farming and tourism,” he told the Post. “I have done organic farming for 20 years. I plant vegetables, rice, chili, tomatoes and squash.” He said the bounty from nature was enough and that they had extra that could be sold. “Since our grandparents were farmers, [the land] has been enough for us,” Gunretno, who cultivates about 9,000 square meters of farmland, said.Joko said he expected to have the first harvest of his thousands of new chili plants in about 30 days. Planted on 2,500 sq m, he hoped to have 500 to 700 kilograms sold at Rp 45,000 per kg.He recently adopted organic farming methods and said he could save a lot of money from replacing chemical fertilizer with cattle urine that he got for free from his neighbors. “Plenty of cattle urine here,” he said. He plans to phase out chemical fertilizer and pesticides completely next year. “Why the shift to organic? Well, we have to love our earth that feeds us,” he said.Read also: Kendeng farmers demand govt take actionDespite the wealth they harvest through farming, however, the farmers have yet to live in peace. Threats of industrialization loom large, especially in Rembang, where mining activities for a cement factory are ongoing. “I can hear the mining sounds at night,” Joko said.In Pati there has been no activity but Gunretno said he would not stop fighting until the government changed the status of the Kendeng Karst Mountains to that of a protected area because water in the mountain area was essential for their livelihood as farmers.For Joko and Gunretno, protecting the Kendeng Karst Mountains is not just for their sake. “Kendeng is not just ours but it belongs to the world”.  “Some people say Kendeng is arid. In fact, during the dry season, some land looks dry but we have been farming here for generations and the land is sufficient,” Joko told The Jakarta Post recently. A farmer pushing back against cement factories carrying out activities on the Kendeng Karst Mountains in Central Java has shown off his succulent chili to defy the perception that Kendeng is an arid place and needs factories to provide welfare to locals.Joko Prianto, a farmer in Rembang, shared pictures of his chili plants to his friends and later, one of them, Dandhy Laksono shared the pictures on his Twitter account, gaining more than 15,000 retweets and more than 21,000 likes as of Feb. 25. Topics :last_img read more