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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, March 24

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, March 24

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Safe Act unfair to law-abiding owners
As a law-abiding citizen and firearms owner in New York state, I would like to call upon the governor and elected officials of the Senate and Assembly to repeal the illegal, unreasonable and unjust New York Safe Act.
This law cultivates an unfounded prejudice against the culture of every law-abiding firearms owner in New York State.
Today we have a culture of technology. This culture is both supported and promoted by the government of New York state.
One example is bringing broadband service to rural counties of the upstate region.
This can only expand the culture of technology by providing better internet connections and phone service.
This is a culture our young adults have embraced and have made part of their daily lives. It’s a culture that has seen an increase in deaths every day from 9 in 2017 to 11 deaths every day in 2018 due to distracted drivers.
My point is the government of New York state is supporting and promoting this culture of technology, in which bad things happen, and only holds the individual driver accountable for injury and death. 
My concern is why my culture is held accountable for every individual who acts irresponsibly
The New York State Safe Act is prejudiced against and unjustly forced upon all law-abiding citizens’ culture who enjoy the shooting sports.
Joseph J. Kopacz
Sloansville
 
 
Solidarity Service warranted coverage
Thank you for publishing the photo of the Community Solidarity Service held on March 17 at the Muslim Community Center of the Capital District.
It would have been even better if a reporter had been sent and had written a story about the extraordinary event.
Those of us who were fortunate enough to be able to attend the service were moved by the warmth with which we were welcomed by our Muslim fellow citizens, by the inspiring words and prayers of members of the clergy representing so many faiths and congregations, and by the participation and remarks of Assemblyman Phil Steck and Congressman Paul Tonko.
The spirit of solidarity and support that surrounded us all in that space was very powerful.
When several hundred members of our community come together at short notice, to show solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and to mourn the victims of a horrific event on the other side of the world, I think that our local paper should have covered it.
Karen Cohen Holmes
Schenectady
 
 
Statements on Social Security inaccurate
In response to Vincent Belardo’s March 17 letter, he perpetuates two inaccurate statements about Social Security.
Here are the facts: The first statement “President Johnson put it to the general fund and then we pay taxes on our social security.”
The Social Security Trust Fund was established in 1939. The monies in this fund are managed by the Department of the Treasury; they are not, nor have they ever been, put into the “general operating fund.”
Income tax is paid on your Social Security only if you exceed an annual income of $25,000 for an individual and $34,000 for a joint return.
This was passed by Republican and Democratic Congress in 1983. The second false statement is “Even Jimmy Carter, another liberal Democrat, gave immigrants, when they reach the age of 65, social security, even though they never paid a dime into it.”
No one is eligible for Social Security unless you have paid into it the required 40 quarters of employment.
Legal immigrants may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (this is not part of Social Security) if they meet income and eligibility requirements.
James Kalohn
Schenectady
 
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