Be responsible or forfeit freedoms
There is strong pressure in the United States today to limit the right of Americans to buy, possess and use firearms.
This pressure did not just appear out of nowhere, but because of a sense of too much irresponsibility on the part of gun owners and the tragedy created by it.
Many gun owners do not store their firearms safely, and children and criminals wind up using those firearms. It has been shown that some mass murderers or intended mass murderers got their firearms by going into a store and buying them legally. Americans have already been somewhat restricted in their Second Amendment rights by this pressure and they might become even more restricted in the future.
Today many Americans avoid or even refuse to use masks to limit the spread of COVID-19, claiming they have that right. Many Americans, especially older people, see this as a threat. They fear they will be infected because someone near them was not masked. So the irresponsible avoidance of mask-wearing is creating pressure to limit our freedoms and make mask wearing compulsory by law in times of pandemics or epidemics.
Freedoms all have responsibilities. Failure to honor those responsibilities by some could lead to the loss of those freedoms for all.
David C. Furman, Jr.
Green energy not the climate solution
The earth is a living organism that has produced, over millions of years, enough energy to heat and cool our homes for millennia.
The United States, through fracking and drilling, has surpassed Saudi Arabia as a world leader in energy production. Instead of praising this accomplishment, the green energy people want to ban all fossil fuels by 2035.
California has moved progressively towards green energy. Their forest fires are producing more CO2, while their burning trees are no longer able to absorb CO2 (a double whammy). Rolling blackouts during 112-degree temps have their customers, shutting air conditioners to preserve energy. Green energy may look good on paper, but its inability to produce during high energy demands makes it less reliable than fossil fuels.
It seems such a waste of energy to stop the use of fossil fuels, as well as the removal of reliable and proven turbine generators.
Why are the green energy crowd not outraged by the destruction of rainforests in Brazil? A cry to plant trees should become our new Manhattan Project, to be enforced by governments around the globe. When this effort is fully implemented, we can conquer our CO2 problem and get back to reliable sources of energy.
As always, God bless us and our families, and God bless America..
Dems don’t realize how bad they are
The Democrats do not get it. Blaming President Trump for all bad things in America just will not win the election. How can anyone who is reading/watching the news of burning, looting, shootings, broken states and counties/cities across America that are mostly controlled by Democrats say this is Trump’s fault? Foolish to say the least. He offers help, but mayors and governors refuse. They’d rather see their citizens suffer. Pity the “good” police. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had the gall to say, “Trump is killing New York City,” when people with any smarts know it is Bill de Blasio, the mayor, and Cuomo himself cutting the police force and siding with BLM, instead of citizens and businessmen. Malfeasance of government. These men have no clue about the economy – only power for themselves. Even here in Schenectady, give the $10 million to the schools.
Trump, Stefanik are doing best for U.S.
I had to laugh at Chris Morrell’s Sep. 12 letter (“Stefanik is no backer of law and order”) who claimed to be a high-ranking former police officer in Saratoga County. He opined that the recent beautiful speech by Elise Stefanik at the Republican National Convention was, in his words, “disgusting.” Sounds like a pretty hateful comment to me. Did he feel the same way about the many other uplifting speeches spoken there by other women and people of color?
This person then went on to disparage our great President Trump by accusing him of a number of unproven or disproved crimes, which he labeled “facts of the law.” Nothing could be further from the truth. President Trump has been the most investigated, most hated and greatest president since Lincoln.
It is kind of scary that a person of such bad judgment and rage once held a position of power in our fair county. Me thinks he would be better off working and living in Seattle or Portland.
Ironically, that same day, two police officers in Compton were shot, where after the Marxist mobs at the hospital chanted “We hope they die!”
Gazette served by great photographers
The Gazette has always had outstanding photographers. I think of Sid Brown and his children playing, Peter Barber whose fire photos could hold their own in modern art galleries, and of course Marc Schultz, whom you honored on Sept. 11. The sky filled with massive black smoke with the rainbow underneath from the firefighter’s water is visually, emotionally and intellectually stirring. Corona lifting?
Biden will restore soul of the country
As a mother, I have taught my children to tell the truth. I also work hard to keep them safe and healthy. That is why I find these latest revelations about the Trump presidency so disturbing.
Donald Trump lied to us regarding the COVID-19 crisis. He lied and people died, and our economy is in free fall. All because his only concern is for his image and not the welfare of the people.
Joe Biden has a plan to address the covid crisis. I trust him to be truthful to the people. I know that he is up to the daunting task of combating this killer, as well as repairing our broken economy, because he’s taken on a pandemic and an economic crisis once before and succeeded in both.
He didn’t lie then; he won’t lie now. He didn’t mislead. He didn’t tweet. Joe Biden worked hard and led.
That is why I will be voting for him to restore the soul of our nation for my children’s future.
How will people pay high school taxes?
When is it going to change? “Here is it again. School tax time.” Has any state Assembly member or state senator addressed how or why our taxes remain so high? Do they all think that we have the benefits and salary they receive?
Where are the property owners who may have lost their jobs due to the virus going to come up with the money for the taxes, let alone people on fixed incomes?
The virus is the straw that broke the camel’s back.
For all those who can’t come up with these exorbitant yearly school taxes: Do you think those with cushy paying jobs care?
Your elected officials are not working for you.
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