Nothing being done to end the gunfire in Seward, either
I read with great interest Denise Crisci's June 16 letter to the editor regarding sounds of gunfire.
I live in the town of Seward outside Cobleskill. On a beautiful Saturday or Sunday afternoon, the sounds of gunshots can be heard within a mile perimeter of our house. I've called the state troopers, the sheriff's office and even sent an email to Assemblyman Peter Lopez, who I haven't heard from. I've been told that as long as the guns are registered, there's nothing that can be done.
I wouldn't mind if the shooting occurred for an hour or so, but sometimes it goes on for four to six hours. I can't imagine how many bullets these gun owners go through or how expensive it is to shoot for so many hours. There must be something that can be done to diminish the noise or at least limit the amount of time shots are fired.
We need to give up freedoms for change
This is a tough letter to write -- most folks may not like it.
Our beautiful and wonderful United States of America has a lot of problems. Just to name a few and some of the fixes:
Bad TV programs -- too violent and graphic. It gives too many viewers ideas, etc. The fix: TV censorship. A bad word, that takes some of our freedoms away. We have no choice any longer, as violence is out of hand. If you don't believe it, just read the papers. Shootings and killings all over the country every day. It is out of hand already.
We must stop this one way or the other. Many will say you can't take our freedoms away. This is America.
I say, let's get smart and save our country, as we can't seem to use our certain freedoms in the right way. Our government has to say, "No more violent TV shows, so censorship may have to be the answer to save ourselves from ourselves."
Enough said for now.
Ivory bill would help stop elephant deaths
Contrary to the assertion of Roger Malebranche's June 14 letter, legislation to ban ivory sales in our state is not intended to harm owners of legitimate antiques. However, change is needed immediately if elephants are to survive on this planet for future generations.
Once carved, the age of ivory is extremely difficult to assess. This has enabled a legal market in the United States and elsewhere to serve as a cover for the ivory from newly slaughtered elephants, fueling a wave of poaching by organized criminal syndicates. The U.S. ivory market is one of the world's largest, and New York City is its most active hub.
With the loss of 35,000 African elephants per year -- 96 every day -- most New Yorkers understand that inaction could lead to these animals' extinction in our lifetimes. A recent statewide survey showed that more than 80 percent of all New Yorkers favor a permanent ban on ivory sales, regardless of their age, gender, geographic location or political-party affiliation.
The bill that just passed in our state Assembly protects sales of antiques with small amounts of ivory and proper proof of provenance, as it should. Let's pass it and give elephants a future.
John F. Calvelli
The writer is executive vice president for Public Affairs for Wildlife Conservation Society and director of 96 Elephants.
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