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Scotia’s volunteer firefighters at risk due to substandard gear

Scotia’s volunteer firefighters at risk due to substandard gear

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Scotia’s volunteer firefighters at risk due to substandard gear

Re Dec. 17 article, “Confronting graffiti problem mayor’s top priority in 2013”: I was disappointed that one of the village’s priorities for 2013 is installing remote-read water meters at a cost of $2 million.

There are other areas the village should focus on first. Currently, most of [our] volunteer firefighters have at least some part of their turnout gear that is over 10 years old and not compliant to federal standards.

Interior firefighters also do not have the self-rescue “bail out” equipment currently required under state law. Why is it not a priority to provide the men and women of the Scotia Fire Department with the tools and equipment they need to do their jobs safely? The continued lack of support from the village is the main reason I resigned in September.

I would like to see the village make it a priority to provide adequate funding for safety equipment. It’s a shame to have someone with almost 15 years’ experience and a willingness to volunteer pushed away due to a lack of safe equipment.

Mike Carpenter


More good advice for motorists: use turn signals

Re Dec. 17 letter, “‘Keep right except to pass’ is the law for a good reason”: I agree we need idiot-proof signs stating, “keep right to pass.” We also need signs stressing the use of turn signals.

Very few people use turn signals, including police cars. Turn signals are put in cars for a reason, and I can’t help but think that many accidents could be avoided if a turn signal was used. Drivers change lanes without any indication, causing a possible accident. How can another driver allow a car to enter from a side street or parking lot if there is no indication that the car wants to turn?

I [hope] family members or people teaching driver’s education don’t think turn signals aren’t important enough to stress to new drivers.

Elaine Pyszkowski


Gun-control advocates going in wrong direction

While my heart goes out to the families of all who lost loved ones in Newtown, Conn., I am absolutely amazed at the irrational responses to the situation, tragic as it is.

In a front-page news story Dec. 19, a Rotterdam resident (Bob Burgess) complained about a picture of a gun because he considered it “insensitive” — wow!

How weak-minded have we become as a society when pictures of inanimate objects offend us? If we follow that same logic, we should ban pictures of cars in light of the most recent tragedy in Clifton Park. Furthermore, we should ban pictures of box cutters and planes to ease the pain of 9/11, or better yet we should ban all pictures of Japanese flags so we are not reminded of Pearl Harbor.

Of course, these responses would be illogical and should immediately be dismissed as reactionary and overblown in the same way as removing a sign with a gun pictured on it.

Personally, if I was the owner of the gun store, I would put up a bigger sign advertising not only guns, but self-defense training programs for men, women and children so we may all learn to defend ourselves and those around us, and not be victims.

Jeff Senecal


In name of Sandy Hook’s kids, ban assault rifles

It has been one week since the bloody mass murder at Sandy Hook elementary school. I sit and watch the national moment of silence on TV, and my wife and I shed tears, as we have done before — after the Aurora movie theater massacre, after Columbine and after the countless acts of gun violence too many to list here.

How many more tears do we have to shed before something is done? Time heals all wounds, but we should not let time bury our thoughts of action. Now is the time for Americans to rise up and, once and for all, ban semiautomatic assault rifles and multi-clip magazines. These are the tools of trade for the sick individuals who want to inflict the biggest death toll possible.

These are the weapons used in three of the biggest mass murders I cited above. This is not a Second Amendment issue. No one is asking hunters to give up their favorite hunting rifles. Most people are not even asking for single-shot handguns to be banned.

If you had a bad heart and the surgeon knew exactly the operation that would save your life, would you rather he tried quick fixes until your next heart attack? Or would you ask that he perform the no-risk operation and have a permanent fix? America is sick and we need to fix this.

Every American with a conscious should be contacting their elected representatives and letting them know nothing less than a total ban on these types of weapons and their associated ammunition is acceptable. Every owner of these types of weapons should be volunteering to turn them in. Do not let the blood of those children in Connecticut spill in vain.

If we go back to sticking our heads in the sand, we will all have their blood on our hands and will be knowing conspirators when the next gunman strikes.

Michael Winn


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