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Gandhi hardly would have been a supporter of right to bear arms

Gandhi hardly would have been a supporter of right to bear arms

*Gandhi hardly would have been a supporter of right to bear arms *Congress protects haves, turns bac

Gandhi hardly would have been a supporter of right to bear arms

In your May 3 photo, supporters of William Green, the first alleged violator of New York state’s new gun law, were shown carrying placards. The most conceited of these posters were the ones that attempted to channel the words of Mahatma Gandhi onto the side of gun sellers (“An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so”).

The hubris (or historical ignorance) of these sign bearers in support of deregulating the gun industry is revealed in the fact that Mahatma Gandhi spent his life convincing his nation to shun weapons and violence. With messages of peace, justice and nonviolence, he inspired his countrymen to self-determination.

Tragically, Gandhi was assassinated by someone with a firearm who falsely believed his weapon could empower his cause. It didn’t. Usurping Gandhi’s words today in support of unregulated private armament only illustrates the pretense of those gun lobby supporters.

Kevin O’Connor

Niskayuna

Congress protects haves, turns back on have-nots

President Obama said it was a shameful day in Washington when the Senate voted against background checks in response to gun violence. A majority of the Senate voted for a bill that 90 percent of the American public supports, but a minority of 46 senators who represent the National Rifle Assocation (NRA) won because 60 is the new majority for the dysfunctional government.

Two weeks later [came] yet another shameful day, when Congress voted to remove air traffic from the budget ax imposed by “sequestration.” Not one senator voted against it, and only 41 House members did. Republican Sen. Susan Collins gushed on network news about getting something done when Congress works together and Republican [House Majority Leader] Eric Cantor claimed victory for the Republicans, thereby defining his party as the party that ignores the suffering of others.

Two years ago, President Obama said, “To restore fiscal responsibility, we all need to share in the sacrifice, but we don’t have to sacrifice the America we believe in.” Last week he had an opportunity to make us believe we are all Americans, all in this together. Instead he rubber-stamped legislation from a Congress that created our enormous debt by wasting billions of dollars waging wars on terrorism, drugs, etc., cutting taxes on “job creators” who didn’t create any jobs, and bailing out Wall Street without holding anyone accountable.

Congress no longer wanted to suffer the consequences of its actions, to make that sacrifice; and the hell with the young, the poor, the sick and the elderly, who would still have to sacrifice more.

John Pagoda

Rensselaer

‘Les Mis’ orchestra was certainly worthy of note

I read with interest the May 2 review of “Les Miserables” in the Gazette. While I agree with most of what Amy Durant said, I think she left out a very important part of the review.

I felt the orchestra was a major part of the show. Its blend and balance was superb, and it was so good to see a full orchestra in the pit. The conductor, Lawrence Goldberg, knew the score well, demonstrated that he knew how to get the most from the instrumentalists, and made the orchestra a part of the cast. As a conductor myself, I very much appreciated his efforts.

So often in reviews, the orchestra in a musical or opera is forgotten. They set the mood, be it excitement, depression, or any other feeling being expressed on the stage, and are much more than just accompaniment for the singers and dancers. I hate to see musicals done with substitutes such as piano, bass and drums, or much worse, synthesizers.

This performance gave the audience everything it paid for, and the orchestra was a major part of it. It, too, should be given credit.

Kenneth Nelson

Scotia

What’s the matter with kids these days?!

Regarding Scotia-Glenville’s dress code: I was driving by the high school the other morning, and observed many students on their way to school. I couldn’t believe what I saw!

The girls had on shorts so small that they left nothing to the imagination: What was not hanging out on the bottom was spilling out on top. The boys were walking by with shorts drooping down from their butts to their knees. They both looked like they’d just crawled out of bed.

When my kids attended Scotia-Glenville, they went with their hair combed, teeth brushed and proper attire. How hard it must be for the teachers to teach kids who have no respect or self-esteem for themselves or anyone else. Where are the parents? Don’t they see or care how their children are leaving for school each day?

Shame on the parents and school for allowing this behavior. Soap and water, and clean, proper clothes go a long way toward promoting good health and self-confidence.

Marty Shanty

Charlton

Correction

The tagline on Friday’s letter from Bahram Keramati incorrectly stated that he had run against Sen. Hugh Farley in 2010. It was 2008.

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