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Letters to the Editor Sunday, April 4

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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
Niskayuna

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.
Anita Paul
Schenectady

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.
Art Pagano
Galway

 

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Were you happy with that letter Art, or is it as embarrassing for you to read it in the paper this morning as it was for me? Truly cringeworthy that your tongue-in-cheek idea that you admitted “needs work”, was neither funny nor comprehensible. If you’re going to make a joke about cancel culture, here’s an idea: make it funny! Why the DG feels the need to publish every half-baked idea that gets sent their way is a mystery.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Matt, perhaps a Gazette editorial letter responding to Art’s repulsive words so as to help reveal the hate and racism people like him manifest.

I read the following quote the other day and it inspired me to send another letter to the Gazette:

“If you’re not engaging to fight for racial equality or any form of social justice you’re part of the problem.”

RAYMOND HARRIS

Were you duped by Trump leading up to the election? Supporters of Trump who thought they were sending a single donation were charged over and over by his campaign operation.

A Times investigation found that the charges were part of an intentional scheme to boost revenue to Trump’s struggling presidential campaign. Recurring online donations were set up by default, and a fine-print disclaimer and opt-out language became increasingly hard to find.

Demands for refunds spiked, and complaints to banks and credit card companies soared. The magnitude of the money involved is staggering for politics: All told, the Trump campaign and the Republican Party raised $1.2 billion with WinRed, a for-profit donation processing service, and refunded roughly 10 percent of it.

In effect, the overcharges were an interest-free loan — eventually paid off with some of the tens of millions of dollars Mr. Trump raised after the election under the guise of pursuing his unfounded claims of election fraud.

Talk about suckers and losers!

(I originally posted this under the Editorial in question and meant for it to be here. sorry for the double posting. Please leave this one here if one needs removal, tx)

Regarding today’s Daily Gazette hand-wringing Editorial over marijuana: What fine bit of journalistic whine (pun intended). It’s as if NYS is about to come face-to-face with this new enemy for the first time.

“Dear lawd, whatevah will we do!! It’s all about the greedy government whose insatiable lust for revenue can’t be satisfied, damn the public!”

In my 6th decade on Earth and having used pot many times, here’s what you missed:

1. Legalization has been on the horizon for years, and marijuana has been a significant part of our culture for generations. Is the DG aware of that? Maybe not, from the sound of things. Why are we waiting for the wave to hit before turning the ship into it to ride it out? As noted, 15 states (actually the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam too) have legalized it. But let’s reinvent the wheel by not drawing on their, and several other countries’ experiences, and come up with our own plan that will take years to organize and trouble-shoot. The real world will not be waiting for you, NYS. What the hell have you been doing?

2. Before we get all worked up over the highway carnage some have claimed marijuana causes (more like, adds to), take a second look at those numbers and try to find out how many accidents have been the result of marijuana ALONE, and not had other factors, like alcohol or other drugs, or cellphone distraction involved. Marijuana will remain the least of our worries.

3. Obviously you can’t accurately tell if someone’s under the influence of marijuana with a blood or breath test. But law enforcement already has roadside cognizance tests for impairment (“Recite the alphabet backwards from the letter J please”, etc.). If those aren’t adequate to detect marijuana influence, make some that are. Stop wasting money on new toys (sorry… tools) to play with. What’s really important is the roads are kept safe from impaired drivers. Who cares if it’s pot, or booze, or pills, or whatever. Make them name the last four Presidents or something. This is (once again) an utter fail on law enforcement’s and the courts’ part and they get no sympathy from me.

4. I’m pretty certain that if you took the time and tried to get an honest assessment of marijuana use by asking regular marijuana users (and not the most colorful kook at the park), you would find it almost unanimous that alcohol is the more dangerous drug. By a long shot. And it’s completely hypocritical to question commercial pot sales while harboring aisles of booze in the supermarket and drug stores.

Marijuana use has been around thousands of years and will remain a safe alternative for relieving stress, pain, stimulating appetite, enjoying art, and working out problems. The simple fact that there remains very little serious medical study on it’s use and enforcement of its legalization should be an in-your-face message that we’ve kept our heads in the sand to avoid dealing with it. Reefer Madness lives on.

There’s your story.

William Marincic

The stoner character may be more than stereotype: Smoking pot may actually make you lazy. Occasional marijuana use can affect your motivation, according to a recent study from Harvard Medical School.

Out of 40 college students, the half who smoked pot once or twice a week for a few months showed more changes in the brain areas regulating emotion, mental illness, and motivation than the drug-free undergrads. “Your motivation levels determine whether or not you get out of bed in the morning,” says study coauthor Anne Blood, Ph.D. “And we’re seeing some pretty convincing changes in these regions

https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19533344/marijuana-motivation/

Dr. Brown, thank you for your letter. It so happens that Nick Kristof wrote a piece recently on Americas love of guns. He cites these stats:

* More Americans have died from guns just since 1975, including suicides, murders and accidents (more than 1.5 million), than in all the wars in United States history, dating back to the Revolutionary War (about 1.4 million).

* In a typical year, more preschoolers, ages zero to four, are shot dead in the United States (about 80) than police officers (about 50 or fewer).

* The United States may now have more guns (around 400 million) than people (330 million). The United States has 4 percent of the world’s population but about 40 percent of firearms in civilian hands.

But even when faced with facts such as these, those supporting the status quo remain unfazed. They say guns are necessary to protect us from government dominance, that people, not guns, kill, that globalists what an unarmed America, that we’d become a socialist nation without our guns, and that we need more not less to protect are family and friends. A large and vocal swath of America believes these things. And many of the same group don’t believe in man-made climate change.

It seems no amount of gun related carnage has an effect, nor do annual 100 year storms or rising oceans. I wish I knew how to change a mind that so firmly rejects reality.

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