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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, June 19

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, June 19

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Cats get justice, but unborn babies don’t

Regarding the Daily Gazette June 12 headline: “Man guilty of stomping death of cat: Defendant faces 2 years in jail.” Un-headlined: The cat had been hit by a car.

I have a confession. Seventy years ago, I shot and killed a healthy unwanted dog. Later that year, I graduated from college and went on to a 69-year engineering career. Question: Rather than graduating from college, should I have spent two years in Idaho state prison for killing a young nuisance dog?

Meanwhile, in the United States, we kill more than 600,000 unborn babies a year, with government sanction. Question: Have we, as a nation, gone insane?
Clyde Maughan
Schenectady

 

Tax extortion drives New Yorkers away

We recently sold our home in Lake George and at closing had to pay a transfer tax to New York state of over $2,300 just for selling our home. In addition, we were also charged a $5 filing fee. It is any wonder why people are leaving this state in record numbers when this type of tax extortion is allowed.

We lived on a private road and received no benefits from the state, such as plowing, road repair, water and sewer. The most dysfunctional corrupt legislature in the country votes itself a pay raise and King Andrew(Gov. Cuomo) wants to provide free services to undocumented immigrants and convicted criminals and sends our money to other parts of the country and Puerto Rico, while legal residents struggle to live in this state to meet the greedy whims of New York state government.
Jim Foster
Lake George

 

VanDeusen best for Fulton Co. sheriff

I’m writing to endorse Donald VanDeusen for sheriff of Fulton County.

I retired as captain of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department in 2016 after 35-plus years and am currently a patrolman for the village of Northville.

Don is my brother-in-law of 34 years. I have seen his career in law enforcement progress from Basic School to chief of police for the city of Gloversville. I personally believe that Don’s resume and extensive knowledge of law enforcement make him the best candidate for sheriff of Fulton County.

Throughout both of our careers, Don and I have worked closely with our respective departments on various investigations. I have known him to do his job in a professional and dedicated manner to his department and the citizens of Gloversville.

Don has proven his knowledge of the law and has shown he is an effective leader with great integrity who has worked to earn the respect of those around him. I know that Don would serve all of Fulton County with as much pride and integrity as he served the city of Gloversville. Please join me in voting for Donald VanDeusen for sheriff of Fulton County on Tuesday, June 25.
Brian E. VanNostrand, Sr.
Mayfield

 

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