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Worried about future of porcupine killers

Re June 5 article, “Boys ‘club’ behind porcupine deaths?”: It is a fairly well-documented fact that oftentimes when kids abuse, torture or kill small animals, they sometimes, in later years, escalate their crimes and move on to human beings. Let’s just hope that the kids who murdered those poor, innocent porcupines do not follow this pattern.

Kathleen DeSalvatore

Schenectady

NRA makes it easier for terrorists to kill us

Terrorists around the world must envy their American counterparts like Omar Marteen. In Europe, for example, when terrorists want to kill lots of innocent people in Paris or Brussels or Madrid, it’s hard work. It takes complicated planning, teamwork, establishing safe houses, scrounging arms, ammunition and explosives.

But here, thanks to the heroic efforts of the National Rifle Association (NRA), if you want to murder folks in Orlando or San Bernardino or Fort Hood, it’s easy. You pop into your local gun store, pick up an assault rifle and maybe a semi-automatic 9-mm pistol, and just start shooting.

Thank you NRA for making America safe for terrorists.

Frank Donegan

Schenectady

Extend sex crimes’ statute of limitations

Presently, there are bills pending in the New York state Assembly and Senate to eliminate the time restrictions in criminal and civil actions to prosecute certain sex offenses committed against a child less than 18 years of age.

Sex crimes, particularly those committed against children, are among the most heinous and deeply disturbing in our society. These crimes leave lifelong scars and multiple victims.

Victims of childhood sexual abuse do not come to terms with their abuse until well into adulthood.

Under current law, a victim of child sex abuse has only until age 23 to bring a case against their perpetrator. This protects the predator and leaves many victims without recourse.

The proposed bills eliminate the time limit or statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse cases for future cases. They also allow a one-year retrospective window to lift the statute of limitations on past cases to allow adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse to seek civil damages.

At age 15, speed skater Brigid (“Bridie”) Farrell was repeatedly molested by the No. 1 ranked speed skater and Olympian Andy Gabel, then 33.

She divulged that the abuse happened repeatedly over several months in 1997 and 1998. Since then, Bridie has joined other victims, advocates and legislators in this civil rights reform movement urging New York state to pass these bills.

I’ve learned that New York ranks as one of the four worst states in the nation in this area of law, alongside Mississippi and Alabama. One in every four girls and one in every five boys are victims of sexual abuse. Last year alone, 8,000 cases of child sex abuse were reported in New York.

The Child Victims Act has been percolating in the New York state Legislature for the last decade. The proposed bills are not radical change. It’s time that New York stop protecting predators and protect our children. Please call your state representatives and urge them to do the right thing and vote in support of the Child Victims Act this legislative session.

Sarah J. Burger

Saratoga Springs

Editorial on sidewalk law right on the mark

Thank you for your common sense approach to the recently enacted amendment to the Saratoga Springs Ordinance on Sidewalk Obstructions.

Sitting or lying on sidewalks in our city creates a public safety hazard and interferes with a person's right to safe pedestrian access. Your editorial recognizes that this ordinance has nothing to do with homelessness or vagrancy. We welcome all to our city and we have no intention of undermining anyone’s right to act in a lawful manner.

Your June 9 editorial will hopefully help to dispel any claims to the contrary.

Chris Mathiesen

Saratoga Springs

The writer is the commissioner of Public Safety.

MMA raises concerns about human psyche

So, it isn’t bad enough that we have a “sport” in which the principal objective is to cause concussions in one’s opponent (boxing). But now we have a new “sport” that goes even further, in that it allows contestants to pummel each other mercilessly — Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

Do you think these activities signify anything about our society? Do we have a worrisome underground culture of archaic barbarism?

I like to think that the human race is making progress, but sometimes I wonder.

Marilyn B. Guidarelli

Rotterdam

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