Focus on real problem behind all the violence

first_imgOver the years, I have observed that the prevailing attitude of prohibiting this and that and passing more laws isn’t working. It’s always easy to prohibit “something.” Does it really solve anything, other than saying we did “something?” It didn’t work for booze, gambling and prostitution, etc.I agree with your comment, “but our forefathers could not have envisioned the reality of today. It is not 1776.” Our forefathers fought to free themselves from the abuses of an oppressive government. I wonder how they would react to today’s governmental involvement in our daily lives?The people of today are nowhere to same people of 1776. Recent events have certainly demonstrated that fact. Some people are less caring of their fellow man, have an attitude of, “What can I get out of this for me,” and have just “gone off their rocker.”Let’s agree to really put forth an effort to address the real problem. Let’s address what is affecting people. Mental illness? Drugs? I do know one thing for sure. It’s not the assault-style weapons you referenced in your letter.Joe VivaBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re Oct. 17 letter, “Keep assault weapons only for police, military”: Please define your definition of an “assault-style weapon”? Do you mean any item that can be used to assault and inflict rapid and numerous wounds and/or death? If so, it must apply to cars, trucks, planes, knives, swords, hammers, screwdrivers, any firearms, bottles, pipe and any item a deranged individual would use to inflict pain, injury and even death to another person or animal.What is wrong today is that people have changed. Why do certain people feel that the solution to their problem is to inflict pain and worse on innocent people? Is it drugs? An overwhelming fear of failure? The problem is not the object used to inflict pain and death — it’s people.last_img read more

Not afraid of the NRA, Mr. President? Then prove it.

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionWho’s afraid of the National Rifle Association?Apparently, not President Donald Trump.At Wednesday’s White House gathering on guns, the president mocked Republican lawmakers for fearing NRA executive Wayne LaPierre and his team of D.C. lobbyists.“Some of you people are petrified of the NRA. You can’t be petrified,” the president told the bipartisan group of gobsmacked guests. “They have great power over you people, they have less power over me.” Even before the most recent mass shooting, the influence of LaPierre’s organization on elections was fading.In the Virginia governor’s race, Democratic candidate Ralph Northam cheerfully embraced his “F” rating from the NRA while campaigning for universal background checks.Despite the NRA pouring more than $1 million into ads against him, Northam easily defeated Republican Ed Gillespie.He is the second-straight candidate opposed by the NRA to be elected governor in the gun group’s home state.Tales of the gun lobby’s outsize influence also took a pounding in December’s Senate race in Alabama.There, the NRA spent nearly $55,000 on a mailer claiming that Democrat Doug Jones “can’t be trusted to support your Second Amendment rights” and “will be another vote for the Bloomberg-Schumer-Pelosi gun control agenda!”As did their counterparts in Virginia, Alabama residents ignored LaPierre’s fear tactics and voted again for the supposed gun-grabber. If LaPierre’s grip on Trump is loosening, perhaps it is because every poll published since the massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school shows that Americans want tougher gun-safety laws.Or maybe it is because the president spent the past week watching one Fortune 500 company after another sever ties with the NRA.For a businessman who holds corporate chief executives in far higher regard than he does political players such as LaPierre, the business world’s reaction to Parkland had to be eye-opening.Wal-Mart, the country’s largest private-sector employer, announced on Wednesday that it would immediately raise the minimum age for gun purchases to 21.The giant retailer emphasized that it already barred the sale of assault-style weapons, bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and “similar accessories.”Wal-Mart’s statement followed the announcement of Dick’s Sporting Goods that it, too, was ending the sale of assault-style weapons and raising its gun-purchase age to 21.The CEO of America’s largest sporting-goods chain, Edward Stack, told NBC News, “We don’t want to be a part of the story any longer.” Other corporate leaders reached that same conclusion earlier in the week.Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, MetLife, Avis, National Car Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Lockton Affinity, First National Bank of Omaha and Republic Bank were some of the companies that cut ties with LaPierre’s lobbying organization after Parkland.FedEx, criticized for providing a standard discount to NRA members, took the extraordinary step of releasing a policy statement calling for a ban on assault-style weapons.“FedEx Corporation’s positions on the issue of gun policy and safety differ from those of the National Rifle Association,” it said.“FedEx opposes assault rifles being in the hands of civilians . . . [and] views assault rifles and large capacity magazines as inherent potential dangers to schools, workplaces, and communities.”The company then called for “urgent action” on the local, state and national level to prevent future tragedies.If Trump’s instinct is to fear the NRA less and follow the guidance of legendary business leaders such as FedEx’s Fred Smith more, data suggest it would be a wise political move. But that charge has proven to be just as baseless as the fear that Republican legislators in Congress hold for gun lobbyists – whose radical views are out of step even with Republican voters and many members of the NRA itself.Maybe Trump is finally on to something.Maybe he will decide that this is the time for real progress on common-sense gun-safety legislation.He could do it because it’s the right thing to do. Or he could do it because it’s the smart thing to do.But if he chooses instead to let his party continue to languish in fear, Republicans will just be giving Americans one more reason to vote them out of power – and relegate Trumpism to the ash heap of history.Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, hosts the MSNBC show “Morning Joe.”More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Kudos to students, schools on walkout

first_imgSchool superintendents and principals who blocked the March 14 student memorials to Florida shooting victims should be ashamed and embarrassed. They have forgotten the most basic goals of education, especially at the high school level, which include helping students understand issues in the world they are growing up in, to be involved students in their communities, and to exercise their right to vote every year of their life.In schools such as Niskayuna and Schenectady, school leaders worked with interested students to develop a meaningful memorial activity with well-organized plans. Schenectady’s program was so powerful and well done it commanded the lead story spot in the local news coverage. School leadership and the students are to be commended for the memorial they held.RICHARD TERRYSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 8

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems lie so big they distort the truthThe Big Lie was used by Adolf Hitler in his book “Mein Kampf.”He said in Mein Kampf of telling a “lie so colossal that no one would believe that someone could distort the truth so infamously.”  Sounds like the current crop of Democrats in Washington, D.C.Lou MosherAmsterdamPressure Metroplex for funding of parksIn the Oct. 5 Gazette, Pete Demola reported that Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy will seek additional funding for city parks.The New York state law creating Metroplex states under “purposes and powers of the authority” that Metroplex is to, “…design, develop, plan, finance, create, site, construct, renovate, administer, operate, manage and/or maintain such buildings, parks,….and other facilities as may be necessary or convenient…”Metroplex will get approximately $8,689,000 from county sales tax receipts in 2019. Any funding for parks?The Metroplex Law requires its chair and board to give rigorous detailed reports on its projects to the county legislature, the City Council, town boards and the public. But the annual Metroplex report to the county legislature is superficial, while the other reporting requirements are simply ignored altogether.Our elected representatives at the town, city and county level will ask the Metroplex Development Authority representatives to spell out what Metroplex will do to upgrade parks in the city and towns, as well as all other Metroplex projects, only when the voting public demands it.Elmer BertschNiskayunaGrateful to all who packed backpacksSchenectady Community Ministries (SiCM) would like to take this opportunity to thank the Feed the Children Organization, Price Rite Market Place, Thompson and Johnson Equipment Co for their forklift and operator, Schenectady Police Department,  Mayor McCarthy, Superintendent Larry Spring, Assemblyman Phil Steck, officials from Assemblyman Santabarbara’s and Congressman Paul Tonko’s offices, Susan Zimiti from the governor’s office, and Tom Hedderon from NYS SNAP Program, the SiCM Staff and 75+ community volunteers for making the “BackPack Giveaway Program” such a wonderful success.On Thursday, Aug. 29, starting about 6:30 a.m., this group of staff and volunteers met to setup the distribution of backpacks filled with school supplies, new reading books, boxes of personal care items, cases of water and cases of fresh produce for 400 families.The entire operation was unloaded, setup, distributed and cleaned up by 2 p.m. Four hundred families, approximately 1,800 individuals, received these supplies, all donated from Feed the Children and the Price Rite Market Place.SiCM thanks you for assisting our families in preparing for Back to School.Jo-Anne RafalikSchenectadyThe writer is the Summer Meals Director for Schenectady Community Ministries. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Industrial action

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MWB high on Amsterdam buy as first European deal secured

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BL investors unlikely to support buybacks

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… and creative deals are still possible

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Hercules profits leap

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