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Sequester fallout just more evidence of corruption in D.C.

Sequester fallout just more evidence of corruption in D.C.

*Sequester fallout just more evidence of corruption in D.C. *We regulate cars for safety, why not gu

Sequester fallout just more evidence of corruption in D.C.

Now that the fallout from the “sequester” is being painfully felt throughout the nation, I have a big question for our Congress and president: “What the heck were you thinking?”

All during the fall campaign last year, all we heard from both political parties was that the primary campaign issue was job creation. All of the candidates assured us that they would be the best at “growing” jobs — as if they could plant some magic beans in the ground and miraculously grow jobs.

What we got instead was the “sequester,” which has so far resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs, decreased security and safety at our airports and the loss of money and services for our elderly and veterans.

All signs point to the fact that things are only going to get worse. If this is what happens when the two parties compromise, then I hope that they don’t try it again anytime soon.

Our political system is now completely broken and, as it has been throughout our nation’s history, the root of the problem is money. There have always been crooked politicians who placed personal gain over the welfare of the people but this now describes all of our politicians.

I challenge anyone to find a single congressman, senator or president who isn’t financially indebted to a bank, corporation or special interest group. Do any of them really believe that someone would give them a huge sum of money without expecting something in return? These men and women have so many strings attached to them that they resemble marionettes more than humans.

The biggest losers in all of this have been the American people. With what we pay in state and federal taxes, we all deserve so much better. If these politicians actually possessed a conscience, they should be extremely ashamed of themselves. If the primary job of these people is to represent the will of their constituents, then they should all be impeached.

Money has always been the main roadblock in keeping politics somewhat clean, but with the Citizens United ruling by the inaptly named Supreme Court a few years ago, the floodgates of corruption have been opened wide and we may never be able to close them again.

It’s truly sad that the “noble experiment” that has been our democracy has become just as corrupt as any monarchy or dictatorship. This apparently is the only thing that our politicians can honestly take credit for.

John Angilletta


We regulate cars for safety, why not guns?

Cars or guns. Which is responsible for more deaths in the U.S. each year? The answer is roughly a tie — approximately 32,000 people die annually from each. So, what do we do?

We try to make cars safer by using seat belts and air bags, and we need a key to use them. Guns should also be secured in a safe place with a trigger lock. We have to pass a test and show proficiency to get a license to drive our car; the same is true to hunt with our gun.

If you abuse your license to drive by getting drunk and crashing into a tree — or worse, if you injure someone — you will lose the privilege of driving and you might go to jail. If you abuse your gun ownership by using it to rob a bank or shooting someone, you will definitely go to jail and lose your right to own a gun.

No one is suggesting we remove all cars from the roads to stop drunk drivers, and no one is suggesting we confiscate guns to reduce gun violence. The responsible use of each is what we seek to preserve; the irresponsible use is what we wish to curtail. Both should be looked at first in the light of public safety, and the rights and privileges that go with them should be protected and secured at the same time.

If we can accept a limit on alcohol in our blood, why can’t we accept a limit on bullets in a clip? If we can accept having to register our car, why not accept having to register a gun?

I cannot understand the politician’s resistance to simple reforms to reduce gun violence in the face of overwhelming public approval.

Paul Donahue


Get help for domestic violence at YWCA

As [Rotterdam] copes with the terrible and tragic loss of Jessica and Tammy McCormack [April 25 Gazette], I feel sadness and mourning for the family, the city and the greater community. There are no words that help one comprehend this senseless act of violence.

Some sobering facts about domestic violence: One in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Additionally, women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men. Every year, one in three women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.

We as a community need to change these disturbing facts. We must speak out. We must educate our children, our families, and our friends.

There are myriad services available for domestic violence victims at the YWCA of Northeastern New York, located at 44 Washington Ave. in Schenectady. Counseling, advocacy, group meetings and a domestic violence shelter are all provided in a confidential setting at the YW.

A professional staff, a secure environment and 125 years of experience allow the YW to help domestic violence victims begin to feel safe and rebuild their lives. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call the 24-hour hotline at 374-3386 for immediate shelter and 374-3394 for advocacy and counseling services.

Help change the facts — educate, empower and eliminate.

Kim Siciliano


The writer is director for the YWCA’s women and family services.

Food truck story made tasteless by ethnic slur

Re Gazette Reporter Kelly de la Rocha’s April 28 story, “Lunch crowd keeps on truckin’”: One of the food trucks she wrote about was named “The Wandering Dago.” “Dago” is an insulting and despicable term inflicted on early Italian immigrants.

I phoned de la Rocha on April 29 to express my outrage at her having included that truck in her article. She claimed no knowledge of that word and neither did her editor.

I am sure she would have excluded that vehicle from her article if it had disparaged Jews, blacks, Hispanics, etc.

The owners of that vehicle could have named it “The Wandering Paisano”; that they chose “dago” instead betrays their ignorance.

That, however, is no excuse for a journalist.

Vito Spinelli


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