U.S. must address its gun, climate issues
The world and our country need to solve two vexing problems ASAP: gun violence and climate change.
Guns kill thousands of Americans each year and climate change destroys property and threatens the life and livelihood of people all over the world.
The reasons for the poor status and response to these problems are comparable.
There are 300 million guns in the United States and gun sales are booming. Yet, there is no plan to reduce the number or even ban multi round assault weapons.
The billions of tons of carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere will, because of the greenhouse effect, continue to heat our planet causing worldwide climate change.
Yet, there is no plan to extract and sequester carbon dioxide. And the other requirement to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions by transforming electric power generation from the use of fossil fuels to the use of renewable clean energy is proceeding much too slowly.
Gun control legislation is weakly pursued and inadequate, so guns will continue to kill brave police officers, school children, teachers and innocent bystanders.
It has been shown that it is impossible to find those individuals who are unstable and want to kill.
But with a gun, power is now his and he can take revenge on a society he thinks has done him harm.
Much needs to be done quickly or a tragic future lies ahead.
Dr. Dale M. Brown
Rotterdam officials must listen to citizens
Outrageous! The town of Rotterdam wants its citizens to think it is listening to our suggestions and proposes an Aldi’s at the 5 Corners.
In January 2020, the town held a listening session for residents about changes we would like.
One of the most agreed on was a traffic circle at the 5 Corners, not a grocery store. A store there would only make the traffic worse.
In fact, Aldi’s is not a grocery store as such, but a specialty store selling some American products, but not a full range by any means.
The town also touts this as an answer to the many requests for a (real) grocery store on the west side of town. The 5 Corners is closer to being in the middle.
Where people said they wanted a store in the space that was K-Mart at the Rotterdam Square/Via Port location.
There’s a lot of Rotterdam to the west of Campbell Road, not to mention Princetown.
As a person who put my name down to be involved in further planning but who has not heard a peep from the town, I’m more than annoyed.
Another thing a lot of people wanted was a ‘real park’, not playing fields, and one with restrooms.
Cancel culture relies on the blame game
In the spirit of cancel culture, I have been working on an idea for a new game show called, “The Blame Game.”
The format will be similar to Jeopardy’s, but at the end after the winner is declared, the audience will vote on who or what should be canceled for real, making the show very democratic.
Audience members would select from three of the correct questions the most likely subject that deserves canceling.
For example, let’s say one of the answers is, This 60’s Broadway play had on its soundtrack album cover the leading man controlling the leading lady as if she was a marionette.
Or An American singer known as The King of Blackface influenced singers Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, and David Lee Roth, to name just a few. And in a different category, He is a living former U.S. senator with broad African American appeal but also worked and was friends with a former KKK member.
I truly believe the audience participation part at the end is where the excitement will be. This is when viewers at home can really become part of the culture.
If they pay a small fee, their votes will count, and their voices heard. American Idol with a twist.
It could be called, instead, American Loser.
Like I said, the idea needs work.
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