Rules for commenting online:
Commenters are strongly encouraged to contain their comments to the content of letters and not to target fellow commenters. The Gazette will not tolerate the following: name-calling; profanity or implied profanity (redacting letters from profanities); threats or implied threats toward other writers or commenters; implied or stated accusations of racism, mental illness, intoxication or sexual deviance; spreading of false or misleading information; libelous statements; comments criticizing a person’s business or personal life; or information revealing the location of a commenter’s home or business. Any commenter who violates these rules will receive one warning via email. After that, the individual’s comments will require pre-approval and commenters could eventually be disqualified from commenting.
Take proper steps to protect yourself
This is in response to Mr. Palmeri’s April 25 letter, (“Raising white flag to avoid being shot,”) outside the cities in the hill towns and mountains, there are only two things that bang on your doors and make noise in the middle of the night: critters and thieves.
You should take your white flag, attach it to your antenna, open your hood and turn on your four-way flashers to let other drivers know you need help. Don’t make two mistakes.
Stay by your vehicle. Use your head, don’t be a teenager.
Understand the ‘guns kill’ metaphor
In his letter to the editor of April 26, (“Mental health is the problem, not guns,”) Raymond Jacobs says “Guns do not kill people. People kill people.”
Mr. Jacobs, there is nothing wrong with the gray cells in our heads, as you imply. But we do know and understand the word metaphor.
The dictionary defines metaphor as a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
The sun rises; a metaphor. The sun does not actually rise. It does not move. Rather, the Earth rotates.
Clocks tell time, a metaphor. Clocks to not talk. But using clocks, we can know the time.
And we know that guns do not kill by themselves, but guns are used to kill people. Using guns, killers end the lives of thousands of innocent people.
Like the other examples listed above, “guns kill” is a metaphor that we all understand. I hope this helps you understand why we say, “guns kill.”
Make effort to cut unnecessary stress
Many would say we are living in an age of high anxiety. Why is that? And how can we lower the pressure we feel?
One reason we are stressed is that we are still recovering from the covid pandemic. The health challenges we faced in the last couple years were unlike anything we had experienced in our lifetimes.
A second reason may be that we are inundated with more information, and more negative news, than any people in the history of the world.
Perhaps human beings were not meant to experience such stimulation. I worry we are being overwhelmed by the technology we have created.
What can we do about it?
First, I recommend that people limit their intake of negative news. We are what we think about. We must not incessantly worry about current events.
Next, we need to pursue more relaxing pastimes like yoga, meditation, reading, prayer, gardening and nature walks. We can also surround ourselves with encouraging friends.
We tend to have a more positive outlook when we help others.
Many people I know are doing something to help family, friends or their community on a regular basis. Others have jobs that directly help local people. When we serve others, we tend to be happier.
Unfortunately, bad things will continue to happen in the world. We should stay informed, but we should also take the time to care for ourselves.
Stefanik no friend of military, vets
Notice to all veterans and their families, Elise Stefanik, and all of her Republican cohorts in the House of Representatives, voted to cut VA funding in their budget.
Remember that when she claims her support of the military.
Hoping for justice in Schoharie trial
Lawyers for Nauman Hussain were again denied reinstatement of his no-jail-time plea deal.
Retired Supreme Court Judge George Bartlett should be ashamed of himself for offering such a deal.
Twenty people are dead because of Hussain’s actions.
May justice be served at the trial which began Monday.
Hopefully we will find out how his father is avoiding inclusion in all of this.
Leonard M. Van Buren