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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, June 23

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, June 23

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Act now to get guns off of our streets

There are too many guns in the wrong hands.
There are too many drive-by shootings and other shootings in the Capital District and other nearby areas. We read it in the newspapers and hear it on the TV news almost every day.
This has to stop. Our laws are too easy. We should have tougher gun laws that if someone is caught with a gun they should not have, the penalty should be a few years in jail to start.
We should also advertise that if anyone is caught with a gun, they will be put away for a long time or they can turn the gun in now, no questions asked. Give a time limit on this and that’s it. I think you will see lots of guns turned in if the sentence is really a long jail time.
We have to take our streets back once and for all. Enough is enough. Let’s act on this now.
Sid Gordon
Saratoga Springs

Write in McCarthy on Working Families line

Fellow Working Families Party members: please write-in Gary McCarthy in the primary for Mayor of Schenectady on Tuesday (June 25).
In my lifetime, I’ve never seen as much progress in this city than under the McCarthy administration.
Gary’s the best candidate for working families.
He’s cut property taxes four years in a row, led the effort to rehab blighted properties in our neighborhoods, and his administration has overseen a 36 percent decrease in major crimes.
As a union member, I’m glad that a vacant brownfield site on the river became the bustling Mohawk Harbor which has hundreds of good paying union jobs.
When it comes to Gary’s opponent, I’m concerned about her past tweets supporting far-right Republicans like state Sen. George Amedore.
Amedore has voted against marriage equality; banning conversion therapy for minors; gender discrimination protections in employment; taking guns away of convicted domestic abusers; and, banning bump stocks, which were used to kill 58 people in Las Vegas.
I’m a progressive. Anyone who supports far-right candidates like Amedore is not one.
Schenectady has made tremendous progress under Mayor McCarthy’s administration. 
While there’s much more work to do, there is no better executive to keep the progress going then Gary McCarthy.
Patrick Weingarten

How can Trump benefit from honor?

To all the Never Trumpers and conspiracy theorists, what, if any, benefit does the current president stand to receive from the nearly simultaneous naming of an area in Israel being named in honor of him to the announcement of his re-election campaign?
Will it encourage any voters? Could this be another campaign law violation?
Al Pirigyi
Burnt Hills

Praying for president is not a profane act

In a recent column by Michael Gerson, Franklin Graham was accused of “ profaning the gospel”  in his request for church leaders to announce June 2 as a day to pray for the president.
By definition, profane can mean taking a spiritual entity and making it secular or worldly. Thus, Mr. Gerson’s opinion that Mr. Graham’s request for prayer was profane.
He added that such was asked to protect the president from the “spiritual darkness” of this current world of which he even thought himself a part. 
The legacy of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association from which Franklin Graham has emerged as its current leader is well known .
It is simply wrong to believe Franklin Graham’s intent to be anything but solidly based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and simply promote a day of prayer for our country’s leader.
To add a verse from Paul’s letter to those in Ephesus, Paul incidentally a believer in the true gospel message. “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil.” (Ephesian 5:15)
How could such a request for prayer be profane?
Nancyjane Batten

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