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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Hold landlords’ rent in escrow to ensure compliance with codes

To keep landlords from walking away from their property tax bills, the city [of Schenectady] needs to revise the way it deals with rental property.

I suggest that each month’s rent be put in an escrow fund from which, after one month, the city can withdraw one-twelfth of the tax bill. The residual — if no code violations exist — would be available to the landlord.

To speed the code inspection process, video cameras with sound capabilities capturing the landlord’s comments should be used in the inspection process, with violations determined at City Hall. Since rent [collected] under this system [would benefit owners of] property that is up to city standards, we can expect code violations will be promptly corrected.

Fred Barney

Albany

Cuomo’s liberal leanings: for abortion, against guns

Thank you, Mr. Cuomo, for clarifying your position (and the liberal agenda) in your State of the State address!

Let’s see... how’d it go? Oh, yeah, now I remember: Guns bad, abortion good!

According to your speech (at least from what I heard), the best way to keep our children from getting killed at school is to get rid of them before they’re born (at least to make it easier to do so) and chalk it up to a woman’s right to choose. Makes sense, right?

Don’t you think that maybe our liberal way of thinking about abortion has somehow gradually contributed to the lack of respect for human life our country has struggled with over the past several years?

A rhetorical question, of course, but I believe a valid one.

Grady Lusk

Mechanicville

Inauguration too costly considering the times

Obama’s second inauguration will reportedly cost $170 million [public as well as privately raised funds].

With so many Americans homeless, hungry and unemployed, this is a disgrace and an insult to the American people.

Leonard M. Van Buren

Delanson

2nd Amendment protects people from gov’t tyranny

I am somewhat shocked by the lack of understanding or respect that those favoring more gun control legislation have for the Constitution. They seem to have no ability to comprehend why the Second Amendment was written.

I simply think about the mind-set of those who wrote it. I try to imagine myself in their shoes and consider what they were going through at the time. They were escaping the tyranny and oppression bestowed upon them by the King of England. They believed in their cause enough to put their lives on the line by signing the Declaration of Independence. There was no turning back.

There is no question in my mind that the Second Amendment was written for the individual. It was written to enable the people, acting through many individuals as the minutemen did, to stand up against any future governmental abuse of power. The Supreme Court has spoken on the matter.

There have been national and numerous world events, of both civil disorder and governmental abuse, in current and recent history, to demonstrate the relevance of the Second Amendment. Google “Katrina crime,” “Los Angeles Riots” or “genocide” if you are unaware.

To think that the United States is immune from any future atrocities demonstrates ignorance, arrogance and an inability to learn from history. I have children and I want to ensure that their children and beyond enjoy this free republic as it was meant to be.

Don Steciak

Schenectady

Voters are in driver’s seat when it comes to debt

There are two quotations from Thomas Jefferson that we should consider in our present circumstance: “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.” and “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

If we are all in a car going over a cliff, it must be what the majority wants. It is the voters who are in control of who is driving the car.

C.J. Guare

Scotia

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