Do we really want to let people into U.S.?
While the general public and some of our elected officials keep crying immigrant and refugee, they forget that they are two very different things. Let’s see what the dictionary has to say what an immigrant and refugee are.
Immigrant: One who leaves a country to settle permanently in another. Refugee: a person who flees to find refuge, especially one who escapes from oppression or persecution.
So you can see just by what the dictionary says there is really a big difference between immigrant and refugee.
Now don’t get me wrong here. I’m in favor of anybody coming into this country within the law and making contributions.
What I am against is the very dangerous immigrants and refugees coming into the country, which is what the general public and some of our elected officials want. Some, not all, of these immigrants and refugees are dangerous. There are some who are very dangerous and known criminals (MS-13 gang). And there are members of drug cartels (drug mules), the very dangerous sex trade/human traffickers, and those who are carriers of dangerous and deadly diseases that can infect Americans.
Now I say, are these the people that we want in this country?
Legalizing pot is a dangerous proposal
It took years for us to educate ourselves to the evils of drunk driving. I hate to admit it, but as a teen, I drove impaired with no thought to the dangers not only to myself but to my fellow human beings. Thank God I learned not to repeat that behavior.
Now, thanks to the idiots in public office, there are drugged drivers. Every day, we take a much higher risk of injury and death.
Most physicians understand that marijuana does have medicinal benefit for certain serious conditions that have already been qualified under state law, such as cancer, AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s, MS and chronic pain conditions. But, let’s take it a step further. If you use marijuana for a medical condition, you should have to surrender your driver’s license until you’re no longer under the influence.
I ask each and every person in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, will you be the next victim? Tell the governor, your state legislator and member of Congress that enough is enough!
Mary Jo Venditti
Voting site limits access for disabled
The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County is very concerned about voting accessibility in the town of Broadalbin. The Broadalbin Municipal Complex on Union Mills Road does not meet the requirements of the Americans for Disability Act (ADA), a federal law passed in 1990 and which recently was mentioned as an accomplishment of the late President George H.W. Bush. The municipal complex was used as a voting site in the September and November elections.
League representatives, along with the Resource Center for Independent Living staff, met with the town of Broadalbin and Fulton County Board of Election officials to discuss simple remedies to comply with ADA. No steps have been taken to make voting accessible for those with physical impediments. The League believes it is time for Broadalbin voters to speak to their representatives to urge needed changes so their neighbors with disabilities are not denied their voting rights.
The writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.