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IRS's lost emails case justifies big penalty for guilty

IRS's lost emails case justifies big penalty for guilty

*IRS's lost emails case justifies big penalty for guilty *Leaders need to take U.S. back to the top

IRS’s lost emails case justifies big penalty for guilty

Re June 14 article, "Lost emails by IRS anger congressional investigators": Missing two years of emails -- yikes. Nixon was impeached in part because of 18 minutes of missing tapes.

Hey Democrats, it's a two-way street, as much as you would like it one way. Sens. Carl Levin, Chuck Schumer and Barbara Boxer told the IRS and IRS Director Lois Lerner to go after conservative groups or anyone that did not agree with the Obama administration.

This is over the top, along with a president who cannot make a decisive decision. Look at Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. As a citizen, I'm calling for resignations or impeachments and jail time for all involved.

Wake up America. No one is above the law.

Albert Marvell

Scotia

Leaders need to take U.S. back to the top

Apparently the world is aware of the fact that we have a mouse in the White House. I voted for President Obama, but I'm becoming very disappointed in him for his lack of backbone when it comes time to make tough decisions.

Let's start with Syria. Then there's the invasion of Crimea, when Russian President Vladimir Putin flat-out lied about what the troops were doing when they amassed at the border. A blind mouse could see that it wasn't a simple military exercise.

There is a flood of people, thousands of them children, crossing our borders. Before the year is over, we will no longer be the world's largest economy since we surpassed the United Kingdom back in the 1700s. And now, Iraq is exploding again.

When we destroyed Hitler's Nazi empire in World War II, it never rose again. It sputters along in small wannabe groups, but that was a true victory for the United States and its allies.

I do not relish the thought of more war, and I definitely don't agree with war-monger Sen. John McCain. But if we continue to be weak when the world's aggressors flex their muscles, then we are in deep, deep trouble.

If so many people can cross our borders on a daily basis, God knows who else is crossing them.

I don't like to fight, never have. But, sometimes you have to, and you can't wait until the attack on yourself happens. You have to show some muscle and maybe end the fight before it begins. Our leaders need to stop fighting each other and return this country to the powerful world leader that it once was.

A house divided will fall.

Kenneth Kimball

Schenectady

Washington’s Prayer could help nation

With the 4th of July coming up and our thoughts on the brave men and women who are protecting our country, how could killings and other horrible situations be happening in our town and elsewhere? We obviously are forgetting our relationship with the Divine Creator of the world.

In one of my old prayer books, I found this beautiful prayer written by one of our past presidents.

Washington's Prayer for the Nation: "Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection: that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

My father fought in World War I and my two brothers fought in World War II to protect our nation from all evils.

If you print this prayer and people not only read it but pray it, our nation could return to being the most wonderful nation in the world.

Louise J. Di Leva

Schenectady

It’s very difficult to get rid of old emails

Lois Lerner, director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit, claims that she lost all of her work emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed. I call shenanigans.

My employer of 14 years is a not-very-well-known nonprofit that handles large sums of money and is often mistaken for a governmental body. We do not lose emails because:

1) Although our computers do have a copy of every email we receive and send, these are not the copies of record; those reside on the email server.

2) The email server has a twin. They both have a copy of every email.

3) Those email servers are backed up to other media.

4) All emails are copied to an archive immediately and kept for a period of time governed by both a minimum retention time and other legal requirements.

As such, there exists no fewer than five copies of any given email. This, or some variant of it, is the fairly normal way of managing email by an IT department.

My personal email has some similar, but less-strenuous behavior: If my computer crashes, I can repair or replace it, give it the details of my email account, and voila! All my emails come back. That's because my email provider stores them on its server!

Tax departments are, historically, some of the best record-keepers in government. Why? Because there's money involved.

No, I do not believe that Lois Lerner's desktop computer crashing lost her a single email. Her email got lost because either she, or someone in her vicinity in the organization, ordered that it should be so. Her excuse is flimsy and does not pass the sniff test.

Glenn C. Lasher, Jr.

Schenectady

Thorne would bring solutions to Senate

There is a breath of fresh air running for the 49th District state Senate seat this year, and her name is Madelyn Thorne.

We met through the Schenectady Business and Professional Woman's Club many years ago and worked on several committees, where I found Madelyn to be very smart, logical and caring. Madelyn was always looking for a solution, and you could imagine the wheels turning in her head when presented with a challenge.

This is a woman who, personally, has faced some of the issues people in our communities are facing today.

She didn't like it and she wants to change it. Madelyn Thorne has much to offer in a time when we need someone who will ask, "How can I help?" or, "What do you need?" and will then do their best to follow through.

Listen to her, find out what she stands for, and you will feel that breath of fresh air we so desperately need.

Elaine Santore

Schenectady

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