What else did Spa committee get wrong
Re June 27 News Briefs, “Dems hope to ban gun shows”: In reading this article, one thing is quite clear. Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee member Mary Carr hasn’t the foggiest idea of the laws pertaining to the purchase of firearms at a gun show.
Had she taken five minutes to review these laws, asked a gun dealer or gun owner, she would have known that a person cannot purchase a firearm at a gun show (or from any other source) in New York state without passing a background check.
I am giving her the benefit of being ignorant of the laws rather than accusing her of intentionally misrepresenting the facts to sway the Democratic Committee. In any case, the resolution was passed based on erroneous information and should be reviewed and another vote taken.
As this resolution was passed unanimously by a committee that appears to be as ignorant on the subject as Mary Carr, perhaps it is time for Saratoga residents to review the credentials of the committee members and to review other resolutions they may have passed, based on other false or misleading information.
Ellis improvements not making difference
I would suggest strongly that you do a follow-up on your story regarding the Ellis Hospital emergency room. If improvements have been made to streamline treatment, they are not working.
I have been waiting for over five hours and still have not seen a provider. I have witnessed a patient remove his own IV and leave because he waited over three hours to see a doctor. Two other people just gave up and left.
It ended up being six hours before I even saw anyone and that was a physician assistant. If, as your article mentioned, they have plans in place when they are real busy, they are not working
Although I live around the corner from Ellis, I will drive to Albany for the next emergency.
Look at results to see how to curb violence
Re June 25 letter, “GOP must challenge liberals on gun issue”; Open letter to Mr. William Dillman and others: First of all, it’s not all about the cause of these mass shootings, it’s the results.
In all these instances, these weapons were all purchased legally and easily. And I’d like to know how you seem to be able to see into the future to say “laws would not stop a motivated terrorist from obtaining a gun.” And yes, these guns were assault weapons, as you can order an add-on for under $100 to make any of these automatic. Many of these fire off many rounds in a few seconds to prove that.
And one more thing: I believe mental illness should be more of a flag for gun purchases. Of all the mass shootings in the last year, only a few were related to any type of terrorism. The Orlando shooter was born here and was an American citizen with warped values brought on by his father and other influences. He was under the watch list, but still walked in and bought his murder weapon.
You have to go through licensing and government registration just to drive a vehicle. But to buy a weapon, whose only purpose is to kill, well, hey, it’s my right.
Korean War should be remembered too
As the son of a deceased Korean War veteran, I read with great interest your June 25 editorial, “Remembering Korea, the ‘Forgotten War,’” written in commemoration of the 66th anniversary of that brutal war’s outbreak.
It always amazes me that a war that cost nearly 37,000 U.S. dead in the span of only three years (plus another 8,000 missing in action who must by now be presumed dead, raising the real KIA [killed in action] number much higher) can be so little remembered.
The term “The Forgotten War” was coined by author Clay Blair in his 1987 book of the same title. But I think a more accurate name would be “The Never Acknowledged War.” At first, it was called by the dismissive name, “police action." And even 37 years after the war ended, when my father died in 1990, his obituary in this newspaper listed him as a veteran of the Korean “Conflict,” rather than war.
Even while the war was going on, much of the homefront population seemed oblivious to it, either because they suffered from war fatigue after World War II or because events in Korea seemed so remote. The Korean War Veterans Association was not even formed until 1985, so long after the war that the group named its official publication, “The Graybeards,” due to the age of its membership.
Even today, I have relatives who express surprise when I tell them my father was in the Navy during Korea; they never even knew.
As a Navy sailor, my father participated on the forgotten front of the forgotten war.
But if I ever need a reminder of the sacrifices made there,
I need only open either of his cruise books, the front pages that record in memoriam the names of the many U.S. Navy aviators, youthful junior officers, who flew off the deck of his aircraft carrier never to return.