Too many laws a sign of a corrupt society
"The more corrupt the commonwealth, the more numerous the laws.” Even the experts do not know how many federal laws are in the books. The United States has been accumulating laws for over 200 years. When federal laws were first codified in 1927, they fit into a single volume. By the 1980s, there were 50 volumes of more than 23,000 pages each; we are not counting municipality laws, executive orders and now letters and miscellaneous annoying rules.
Democrats and Republicans alike are guilty of creating mountains of laws. There are about 20,000 laws just governing the use of ownership of guns. The Internal Revenue code contains more than 3.4 million words. From 2000 to 2007, Congress had created at a minimum 452 new crimes.
“Small communities grow great through harmony; great ones fall to pieces with discord.” Americans are tired of what the right and the left are selling. More laws mean less freedoms. More laws mean more government oversight. More laws mean picking sides and fomenting discord.
The mayor’s executive order that protects the right of every New Yorker to use city single-sex facilities consistent with gender identity; the governor’s executive order prohibiting state-funded or state-sponsored travel to Mississippi; the governor's ban on non-essential state travel to North Carolina — these laws pick one side over the other and cause division.
What is puzzling, however, is why did the governor go to Cuba, where the people he is trying to defend in New York have been brutally persecuted by that 57-year-old communist dictatorship?
The quotations are from Roman historians Sallust (86-35 BC) and Tacitus (ca. 55-117 AD). A request for our current political leaders: Please take heed to the warning these two great men are giving us.
Be prepared with CO detectors in home
Expect the unexpected. Be prepared. Words that we often hear, but ignore.
Last Saturday evening [May 28], our carbon monoxide detectors begin beeping. A 9-1-1 call was made. The Schenectady Fire Department arrived, as did National Grid. Dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide were found in our basement. If we had no detectors, we would not be writing this letter.
The $25 detector proved priceless.
Our special thanks to the Schenectady firefighters who cleared the CO from our home and for the support and instruction they offered.
National Grid also deserves our deepest appreciation. They say that luck favors the prepared. We were lucky — we were prepared. Are you?
Raise level of decency in Opinion section
I’m disappointed that the Opinion page of the Daily Gazette has abandoned the moral high ground in the presidential election campaign. Rather than bringing light to each candidate's platform, you have descended into the dark gutter of foul language and innuendos. The recent (May 23) reader diatribe that used the term “liberal toilet” to describe six United States senators encourages the fractured state of our union. The recent cartoon depicting a lying, loud mouth, in-your-face Hillary was nothing more than Trump propaganda.
In the future, I suggest you more closely restrict both the language used in the letters and the political cartoons that you print. If something is neither enlightening nor factual, reconsider publishing it. Opinions are fine, but should not cross the boundaries of common decency.
Paraphrasing an infamous Nazi, if a lie is repeated enough, people will eventually believe it. Don’t be the vehicle by which this occurs.