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Advertising that glorifies war is misguided, offensive

Advertising that glorifies war is misguided, offensive

*Advertising that glorifies war is misguided, offensive *How can some people really ‘hate’ Obamacare

Advertising that glorifies war is misguided, offensive

There is an advertisement currently being run on television where young men gush with bright eyes about the “incredible freedom of all-out war.”

In another ad, it shows men in a post-victory battle scene, relaxed and happily sharing their experiences with the people who were too late and missed out on the wonderful victory. Still another ad shows men walking in battle gear with military automatic weapons, in athletic bodies in the manner of Sly Stallone or some other action toy figure.

None of these ads shows men hugging the ground in an effort to avoid death or dismemberment. None shows the survivor guilt of those who made it through healthy. Nor do they show their nightmares or even wake-time episodes in these men. And, of course, they don’t show their friends’ [dismembered] bodies.

Glorifying war in this manner is dishonest. If you doubt this, spend some time with combat veterans to let them explain (if they want to) the horror and fears, and yes, maybe even the initial desire to be a hero that many of them felt. Don’t ask them if they were “in the thick of it,” “on the front lines,” “how many they killed,” or even what years they [served]. Don’t tell them about a friend or neighbor who really had it rough, was injured or died in combat.

Most of these questions, even if not meant to, denigrate their service. Do allow them, if they want, to talk about their experiences, without any judgment on your part. Listen. But don’t expect them to share their experiences. Some of these cause feelings that go to the very heart of them, and they may not want to or be able to share them.

“The incredible freedom of all-out war.” Really? Ignorant fools! I’ll pray they never have to find out how ignorant they are. Don’t support these companies by buying these lies or the games that were developed from them.

Stephen Anderson


How can some people really ‘hate’ Obamacare?

The Oct. 28 column by David Harsanyi states that: “Rooting for Obamacare to fail is perfectly OK.” His thesis is that it’s similar to rooting for a team like the Yankees over the Red Sox, who he “detests.”

Which prompts this question: Since no rival plan is on the table to provide health care for the millions of people desperately needing it, who or what is it that he “detests?”

Is it the poor and those threatened by bankrupting medical costs?

Mr. Harsanyi should have cited the alternative plan he prefers to Obamacare, which would advance the United States to match developed countries of the world which demonstrate care for all their citizens.

Henry Bukoff


Tkaczyk and Jordan are friends of N.Y. farmers

The New York Farm Bureau recently named Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Tony Jordan to our annual “Circle of Friends” list.

This legislative award is based on their record of legislative support for New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau. New York Farm Bureau is a nonpartisan organization and does not endorse elected officials or political candidates.

Sen. Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Jordan join a number of other legislators in the Senate and Assembly who had a superior voting record on issues of concern to New York farmers during the 2013 state legislative session. Each member of the “Circle of Friends” has demonstrated an understanding of the important topics affecting farmers and the considerable impact agriculture has on our economy and quality of life in every region of the state.

The Farm Bureau has made significant gains over the past year, including passage of the 2 percent agricultural assessment cap to rein in rising property taxes. This would not have been possible without significant support from legislators such as Tkaczyk and Jordan. With their continued leadership, agriculture will remain one of New York’s most important economic engines.

Dean Norton


The writer is president of the New York Farm Bureau.

Don’t let Cuomo have his way on casinos

I’ve enjoyed casinos for a number of years and still do, but I strongly oppose building privately run casinos in New York state.

Recently, Gov. Cuomo brokered a deal with a few Indian-run casinos in the state: They would pay the state $50 million, plus a certain percent of their profit per year. I believe that he used this strong-arm tactic as a way of securing this agreement.

This move by Gov. Cuomo was nothing more than blackmail. I believe he stated that if they didn’t agree to his plan, he would push to have six or seven privately constructed casinos built close to Indian land. This move would have adversely affected the Indian-run casinos’ profit margins.

Large interest groups have already poured millions of dollars into this administration to secure a referendum on the casino [referendum]. The only individuals who would profit from this referendum are Cuomo and these large investors.

We, the taxpayers of New York, would see very little, if any, tax relief — contrary to what Gov. Cuomo stated.

Vote “no” on Nov. 5!

Mario Hepp

Glens Falls

Casinos would be good for racino, and region

I am writing in favor of the casino referendum. While I’m aware that gambling can be a problem for certain people, I believe the overall benefits outweigh any negative effects.

Gambling is readily available now, and New York state is losing out. Simply check the websites of local bus companies that offer regular trips to out-of-state casinos or Turning Stone.

Often, opponents of gambling cite the increased crime that comes with it. The Saratoga racino opened in 2004, and a review of crime data for the three years before it opened and the three most recent years shows that crime actually decreased in Saratoga Springs.

The local racino and harness track directly employs over 600 people; if the referendum is approved, it is projected to increase to over 1,000. In addition, the construction phase will provide over 300 jobs. We cannot overlook this positive economic benefit.

The racino does more than just provide jobs, it gives back to the local community via its charitable foundation. Beneficiaries of the foundation’s giving include organizations that counsel problem gamblers, provide help to senior citizens, support youth programs and a host of others.

Please consider this when casting your vote.

John Veitch

Saratoga Springs

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