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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Jan. 10

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Jan. 10

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Governor is going easy on criminals

I’m having a hard time with Gov. Cuomo’s “get out of jail free.”
Last week a person was arrested for stealing a car, then released under the new law. The reporter said he’s already ignored four of these requirements. Albany County District Attorney David Soares was on the nightly news talking about this new plan.
He said if a person flees to Florida, New York would have to go after him, spending the time and money getting him returned. After all that, he’d be released again.
I understand the basic idea of the law is to not cause a person to lose his or her job while awaiting trial. That’s fine. However, once a person flees, they’re admitting their guilt.
A warrant should be issued for their capture. Once returned, they would have a week to get their affairs in order and then put to death. This would empty the jails, which then could be used to house the homeless.
It amazes me how we’re concerned with the rights of the criminal and not the victim. The governor pardoned 11 prisoners who have shown redemption. I agree in some cases. But what about the person doing time for murder? If he wants to pardon them, then he should be able to bring back the dead. That decision should lie in the hands of the victim’s family, not some outsider.
I see this as more votes for the governor. He already has New York City and Long Island in his back pocket, so why not this?
Pete Pidgeon
Scotia


Local newspapers perform a vital role

The Jan. 7 Gazette included a letter to the editor that broadly criticized “the media.”
I urge Allen R. Remaley to consider that one of “the media” did him the favor of disseminating his letter.
We in the Schenectady area are fortunate still to have a local paper; fewer and fewer American communities do.
I agree with Mr. Remaley that too much of today’s journalism is irresponsible, but there’s a vitally important baby in the bathwater.
While we need to hold the news media accountable, we also need to support local and investigative journalism.
Otherwise, those in power (whether Democrats, Republicans, unions, or corporations) will be able to get away with even more corruption than they do today.
Riley Hart
Schenectady


NY takes our guns, sets criminals free

The circus is alive and well in New York; Albany that is.
The clowns in our Legislature and the ringmaster in the mansion limit or take away the law-abiding citizens’ rights to possess firearms.
But they allow dangerous and repeat felons to be allowed to walk our streets released on their own recognizance.
What a bunch of jokesters.
Bob Briggs
Saratoga Springs

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