Holiday display lit up the spirits of area children
Make-A-Wish Northeast New York would like to thank the people of Schenectady, Montgomery and Fulton counties, who made a visit to the Kristi Pollak Memorial Holiday Lights Display in Amsterdam part of their holiday tradition in December.
Those who made donations at the park raised nearly $5,000 to help grant wishes this year for children in Montgomery and Fulton counties with life-threatening medical conditions.
We would also like to thank Dave Falso, his volunteer team, and all of the individuals, businesses and organizations in the greater Amsterdam area who worked so hard to make the holiday park so beautiful and magical this past holiday season. They did an extraordinary job!
We consider them valued partners in our mission to bring hope, strength and joy to seriously ill children in our region through the power of a wish.
William Trigg III
The writer is the CEO for Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York.
Gun laws only protect criminals, not the victims
When the topic of gun control was brought up in Feb. 12 State of the Union address, Barack Hussein Obama chose to invoke the recent death of 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton from Chicago, exploiting her and her family for his liberal political agenda.
As I understand it, Pendleton was caught in the crossfire of some activity occurring between rival gang members in the city of Chicago, and very sadly, died as a result of these gang members’ actions. The president didn’t expound upon the circumstances of her death.
The president’s message was nothing more than a call to rise, pleading with Congress to give Hadiya, her family, and the children of Newtown, Conn., their vote in its chambers. I ask — does the president believe that I, as a law-abiding citizen and responsible gun owner, do not deserve a vote?
What about Melinda Herman, who recently protected her children with a .38 caliber handgun during a home invasion in Georgia? What about the mother in Magnolia, Texas, who just recently protected her children with the handgun she kept in her bedroom, where she retreated during a home invasion? Does she not deserve her vote in Congress’ chamber?
Hadiya’s death, while tragic, would not have been prevented by the laws recently passed in New York state or the proposed ideas the president is currently peddling around the country. Stripping law-abiding, responsible gun owners does nothing to prevent crime — it simply makes those who understand nothing about firearms feel secure. The problem is, the criminals don’t live by the same rules I have to in order to remain a law-abiding citizen. Did the alleged thug who shot and killed Hadiya own his gun legally? Of course not, nor was it his first legal infraction involving a firearm.
What you cannot lose sight of is that what happened to Hadiya, sad and tragic, could just as easily happen to your daughter, son, mother, grandfather — or even yourself. What proposed legal changes prevent these types of crimes? The answer — none. Current changes in New York law that prevent these crimes — again, none.
Instead, our governments, state and federal, are working hard to strip us not only of our firearms, but more so our rights. If this president’s gang manages to shove this legislation down our throats in the same way he did health care (“We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it”), or the way our governor so far has managed to with his plan for gun management, we will find ourselves no different than the people of 1938 Berlin — manipulated by government marketing ploys with little right or ability to reject it.
Once again, I beg you to wake up.