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Why should some license dogs in Schenectady if others don’t?

Why should some license dogs in Schenectady if others don’t?

*Why should some license dogs in Sch’dy if others don’t? *Gazette for gun control, but what about kn

Why should some license dogs in Sch’dy if others don’t?

Re Feb. 27 Gazette editorial:“Does Sch’dy want to solve its dog problem, or not?”: Obviously not. The City Council members admit that they don’t want any city personnel going door-to-door to do a dog census because it’s “too dangerous.” All the more reason to do one!

Why is it that a certain element gets away with thwarting the laws, yet the rest of us have to fall in line? The Gazette reported that in 2006 there were 10 documented dog bites in the city. Nine of the dog bites were from the overbred pit bull.

In my own neighborhood, there were two very large and aggressive pits that used to run throughout the neighborhood. They’d charge at my six-foot fencing that faces a vacant, city-owned building. They were out for blood, knowing that my three bassett hounds were on the other side. The owners eventually had to go before a judge to prove their dogs had all the necessary shots and there were plans for keeping them from further harm to others.

Also, I’m told by the city clerk that a dog owner in the city cannot own more than three dogs. There are those who have more. I suggest that the city clerk suspend the whole licensing program until the timid City Council can come up with a citywide program to address this growing menace of loose dogs that indiscriminately attack unsuspecting citizens in the city’s neighborhoods.

Documentation of recent attacks should prompt them into action. Why should I, and other law-abiding citizens, continue to license our dogs when there’s mayhem from others’ unruly, dangerous dogs going unabated? There aren’t that many in the city who have their dogs licensed, so it wouldn’t be a big financial burden if the city suspended the program until everyone who has a dog gets it properly licensed. Animal control is the way to go, and if more dogs are licensed it should be able to financially support the city’s animal control efforts.

For city personnel: If there’s a danger, then note it and send the police to investigate. The City Council has to act immediately on this quality-of-life issue.

Gerald Plante


Gazette for gun control, but what about knives?

In the March 1 Gazette there was a story about a double murder/suicide in which two children were murdered. A revolver was used to kill these precious children. A second story speculated on how the killer acquired the gun. Perhaps an amendment to the NY SAFE ACT is needed to ban revolvers with a capacity for more than five rounds in the cylinder.

The same issue, however, discussed two homicides and two grievous wounds inflicted by edged weapons. In contrast to the shooting, no story accompanied the description of the crime seeking to determine where the offenders had acquired the knife or cleaver.

Further, if memory serves, there have recently been several murders and more assaults documented by the Gazette in which edged weapons were the weapon of choice in the city of Schenectady alone. Most of these crimes, as is true of firearms, were committed by felons who are prohibited from possessing either guns or knives.

The Gazette, however, has been strangely restrained in failing to call for serial numbers on knives, axes, cleavers and box cutters. Remember, box cutters were the weapons used to take over the airplanes on 9/11. No one has advocated banning knives with a sharp edge. Butter knives should be possessed at the dinner table only.

Lest the danger from edged weapons (knives, swords, axes, spears and arrows) be discounted, it should be noted that until the flintlock was in wide use (17th or 18th century), edged weapons were the “weapon of choice” for both homicides and in warfare. They were the “assault weapon” in use for several millennia.

For its failure to advocate for the public safety, I find the Gazette behind the times by 12 centuries. These fearsome instruments of death are tools which can be dulled by a few moments’ work on a grindstone. A dull knife is more work, but in the words of our worshipped president: “If it saves only one life,” it will all be worthwhile.

Art Henningson


Sequestration or not, the sky is not falling

Is there any relief for the Chicken Little Syndrome that is consuming the White House administration, and the media?

Henny Penny, the fictional character found in children’s literature who was hit by a falling acorn and claimed that the sky was falling, has taken on a human life with the introduction of sequestration.

Let us hope that modern-day medical technology can find a cure for this malady.

Fred Acunto


No way there’s equality in church for women

In regard to the Feb. 28 commentary from Ms. Betty Santabarbara on the equality of women in the Catholic Church. Where have you been for 68 years?

My 64 years as an active Catholic have revealed quite the opposite. Women are fine when they are cleaning the church, starching garments and altar vestments, but in no way are equal to the deacons and priestly characters in our church.

How can anyone think we have equality when the former pope equates the ordination of women as an offense equal to the pedophilia committed by many priests.

Yes, pedophiles are everywhere, but does that excuse the acts committed against the innocent children of our world? I think not. Wake up, Ms. Santabarbara, you are living in La-La Land.

Norrine Thompson


Term limits misses the real problem: parties

Re Feb. 25 letter, “Term limits only way to make pols put the common good first”: I firmly agree with Anthony Torre from Princetown on one single point. The United States is in terrible trouble but term limits are definitely not the answer.

Actually, term limits may play right into the parties’ (either or any) hands. They’ll totally usurp the American public’s rights and responsibilities for sure, and all they will do, for sure again, is force the parties to change their tactics slightly.

Independence is the only answer. Just drop your political party and re-register independent (small “i,” no party), that’s all. Face it! They don’t completely represent your most personal views or opinions anyway.

Once they lose their “base,” they’ll have no choice but to start talking to and listening to all of us. But then it will be up to us, again.

OK, a pipe dream, I know, but it is just that simple.

Jim Whiting


Strength in U.S. forces, not U.N. numbers

Regarding the Feb. 26 letter from Don Steiner about defense spending: If you cut too deeply into this area, it will take decades to get back to full strength. These programs do not bloom over night.

Also, anything that is spewed out from the United Nations should be given as much credence as anything spewed forth by this administration.

Don Vanderwarker


In Scotia, where have all the birds gone?

I live in Scotia. In the past, there were all kinds of birds in my backyard and neighborhood. This year, I can’t see a bird. None!

Usually there are a lot of sparrows in the winter. I have bird feeders in my yard, and I haven’t seen one bird this year. Does anyone know where the birds are?

Clif Tygert


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