Government can control an unarmed populace too easily
The Second Amendment, guaranteeing us the right to bear arms, is an extremely important right in order for us to maintain our freedoms.
Why is that, you may ask? Our Founding Fathers ranked the right to bear arms as the second most important right -- just behind freedom of speech. Why? They knew European history because that was where they were from. During the 3,000 years of European history preceding the American Revolution, only the rulers (kings, queens and members of the aristocracy) and their armies had the weapons.
The peasant class, from which most of us here in America are descended, did not. They had no freedoms and were completely dependent on the ruling class, which had all the power.
Consider this: From the time of the Trojan War to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the only major technological improvements were the size of sailing ships, effectiveness of weapons (including guns and cannons) and the invention of the printing press.
Notice the improvements that have been made, mostly in America, since "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" were guaranteed by the Constitution -- from sailing ships to spaceships, and from the printing press to the Internet.
Why? Because government's role was to protect and assist "we the people," not control us. Government couldn't control us; we had guns.
Government's role appears to be changing rather rapidly, unfortunately. We are becoming a regulation nation. Government is currently seeking to control our behavior, from Obamacare to restrictions imposed on the private sector and free enterprise, to what we can eat and drink.
And now, the Second Amendment is under attack. Gee, I wonder why?
Richard W. Colyer
SICM’s day of service an unqualified success
I would like to thank the many people who contributed to the success of SICM's [Schenectady Inner City Ministry] third annual day of service April 13.
Over 75 volunteers representing various congregations, the community, students of Phi Gamma Delta and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of Union College, and the Franciscan Center of Siena College came together to spruce up seven of Schenectady's parks.
Thanks to the effort and time of all these individuals, the park sites for SICM's summer lunch program have a jump-start on being clean, safe environments for the children of Schenectady to enjoy their lunch this summer.
Special thanks to Faith United Methodist Church members for hosting a pre-workday breakfast, and to [Schenectady's General Services] Commissioner Carl Olsen and his staff for providing assistance with collecting trash and lawn refuse, and for checking at each site to make sure things were in order.
Also worth noting is the coverage the various media provided to showcase some "good news" in the city! All those involved proved the difference a group of committed individuals can make in the community!
Janet H. Mattis
The writer is SICM's community outreach and internship coordinator.
One good vote for Barack Obama deserved another
Re Charles Locurto's April 22 letter, "Obama betrays seniors with Social Security cut": Charles has reached the spry young age of 93 -- God bless him. He voted for Obama at 93. Again, God bless him! He did the right thing.
This letter is to assuage Mr. Locurto's worries. One, the chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) would result in an annual loss of $1,000 after 20 years. This is substantial, but has no hope of happening. Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit and there are many easy fixes, but I digress.
Obama's reasoning for this offer is to show the intransigence of the Republicans to agree with him on anything. He is trying to pick off enough Republicans (17) in the 2014 mid-term elections to win back the gerrymandered House.
I wish to commend Mr. Locurto for exercising his civic duty in 2012, and hope he is able and willing to vote in 2014, 2016 and beyond.
Gun foe’s conclusion about mass murder was absurd
Re Ted Thompson's April 23 letter on guns: He states, "For the National Rifle Association to insist that every citizen has the constitutional right to be equipped for mass murder [simply indicates how sick our society has become]."
Assuming Mr. Thompson was born with male genitalia, does that make him equipped for rape? I doubt it.
Where does the stupidness stop?
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