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Letters to the Editor for Friday, June 14

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Use trained dogs to protect school kids

Guns and Noses: Should someone carry concealed weapons in schools? Well, if you are a parent whose child was a victim of some fame-seeking psychopath, you might say, “If only someone…”
If you are a member of the gun-control group, you might say, “Over my dead body.”
That might be an inappropriate thing to say, however.
But, how about this: Put one, just one, highly trained police dog in the hands of a competent hall monitor in every school. Why not? Those dogs are faster than a gun-toting retired or off-duty patrolman. In a New York minute, a German Shepard or a Doberman could run down and hold, literally hold, a perpetrator at bay. And, kids, well most kids, like dogs. The students could name their new hall monitor and its handler. What a mascot for the school. “Hey, you should see our new dog. He’s our friend.”  
Oh, yes, I know. We would soon have the ‘No dogs parents’ group bull-horning its way into board of education meetings in protest. But, until then, I’ll bet those fame-seeking cowards who prey on our children might think twice about how they are going to take care of those nasty bite marks on their arms and legs. Just sayin’.
Allen R. Remaley
Saratoga Springs

Kerr listens to her Milton constituents

An important issue that the town of Milton needs to address is the noise from the planet junkyard. My neighbors and I hope something can be done about the noise there. Barbara Kerr has listened to us about our situation, and Barb really cares about our plight. I’m not sure if anything can be done to reduce the noise, but Barb has taken the time to listen to us and understand our problems. Please vote for Barbara Kerr on June 25.
Kim White
Ballston Spa

We must act now to stop bubonic plague

Bubonic plague is an acute, severe infectious disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. The bacterium is found in fleas and wild rodents such as rats and squirrels, and it is on the horizon.
Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City. It’s only a matter of time.
Inept, corrupt administrations playing got-you politics with the homeless are pushing the United States to a catastrophe.
When the children of the middle class start dying, then maybe someone will wake up.
Edmond Day

Police try to improve our quality of life 

According to recent articles by the NYCLU, the police are not going to divulge to everyone what weapons or aids they may carry for defense of the public and themselves.
As I recall, Article 35 CPL dictates when deadly physical force is justified in detail. The use of other devices depends on many things. Each call is different. Police officers are not the punching bags for the public. If you assault them, they will respond in force.
Schenectady Police Department , I believe, does what I call “selective enforcement.” They go where crimes are being committed to reduce them and improve the quality of life for law-abiding citizens in that part of the community. They are not driven by racial prejudice, as inferred. Legalization of marijuana would be especially bad for students. THC disrupts functioning of brain areas controlling memory, balance, coordination, posture and reaction time. Schenectady schools had the lowest graduation rate in the region (58 percent) last year. Obviously marijuana use impairs thinking and ability to learn and perform complicated tasks. Schenectady police are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. They are trying to help improve the quality of life for all citizens. Give them your support.
Ray Wemple
The writer is a retired sergeant with the Schenectady Police Department.

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