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Letters to the Editor for Aug. 7

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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Library improvements didn’t begin, and won’t stop, with new addition

Regarding your Aug. 1 editorial, “Another look at new library addition,” your comments regarding the condition of the main, or “old” library as your editorialist described it, paint an incomplete picture of the library expansion project.

You correctly point out the need for updated shelving and furniture in the library, but the writer overlooked significant work completed as part of the expansion project that had to take precedence over furnishings including: a new boiler, new air conditioning, new air handling throughout the building, renovated restrooms that are now handicapped accessible, a new tile floor in the main lobby, improvements to the McChesney Room and upgraded electrical service throughout the building.

The brick and concrete work on the exterior of the original building was also etched and cleaned as part of the project.

Looking ahead, the county and the library board are planning for streetscape improvements to address cracked sidewalks, broken concrete planters and broken and missing brick pavers. This work will be done in phases as additional funds become available.

The county Legislature’s goal is make sure that the downtown library will be in first-class condition so that it can continue to be an asset for downtown for many years to come.

Gary Hughes

Schenectady

The writer is chairman of the county Legislature Committee on Libraries and Education.

Today, it’s not necessary to have gun for protection

I know that with the tragedy in Colorado there will be many opinions of gun control, but something mentioned in the news last night really shocked me.

Gun sales have gone up in Colorado! I have a feeling that the reason might be for protection, but we did we forget that we have people whose job is to do just that?

Our police protect us from most danger. However, no one can predict when someone will go off the deep end and go on a killing spree, using their mental status as their defense. If people are buying guns to protect themselves, how far have we come? While I am in no way an expert on constitutional rights, the right to bear arms came at a time in our history when it may have been a need.

I can walk down the street here and feel safe, can’t you? I can now walk the streets of New York City and feel safe. Why, because our police departments and local governments work hard to help make us feel safe.

If we start assuming we should have a gun to feel safe, more harm than good will follow. I do not know anyone who carries a gun for protection. If we start to carry guns for protection, we are taking a step backward. This is not the Wild West of yesteryear.

We, our country, have had our share of needless killings. We have heard the stories of the victims. We try and feel their pain, but where will it end?

We should not worry about what the NRA [National Rifle Association] will say. We need to take action in a civilized manner, and the only way this can be done is to make changes to gun control.

I, for one, do not want to see another senseless loss of life.

Vincent F. Carelli

Amsterdam

Mitt Romney no more mysterious than Obama

Regarding Mr. Ed Cunniff’s July 27 letter in which he attempted to smear [GOP candidate] Mitt Romney.

First of all, Mr. Cunniff implies Mitt Romney is a man of mystery for using his middle name rather than his first name. Is Mr. Cunniff aware that President Obama went by his adopted name, Barry Sotero, until he was a young adult? Also, we were told during the 2008 campaign that it was offensive to use President Obama’s middle name, Hussein.

In regard to “low job growth” while Romney was governor of Massachusetts, the unemployment rate when Romney left office was 4.7 percent. Under President Obama, we have had the longest period where the unemployment rate was above 8 percent since the Great Depression. Also, at [the] end of Romney’s term as governor, Massachusetts had a budgetary surplus. In President Obama’s term in office, he succeeded in increasing the federal budget deficit more than 50 percent.

Cunniff criticizes Romney’s denouncing Obamacare and implies Obamacare is based on Romneycare. However, Romneycare was a state solution to a state problem and, unlike Obamacare, had bipartisan support.

Cunniff mentions that under Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, jobs were outsourced. He fails to mention that several companies were spun-off by Bain including Family Dollar and Staples, resulting in thousands of jobs created in the United States.

Cunniff states that Mitt Romney did not release tax returns for the past several years. Mitt Romney did in fact release two years of tax returns.

Mr. Cunniff concludes his letter by claiming the Mormon church is a mystery. I am not a Mormon, but using the Internet, I find the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the official name of the Mormon religion) has several websites which detail their beliefs.

Since the Obama campaign cannot run on the president’s failed presidency, they will attempt to win the election by smearing his opponent

Timothy J. Gaffney Sr.

Rotterdam

Birth control needed to stop overpopulation

Regarding Roberto Carlos’ July 31 letter [“Church’s doctrine on sex makes perfect sense”], perhaps it was the intelligent designer who gave us such a clever system that so successfully and pleasurably over-procreates.

With the world population estimated to be 10 billion by 2100, and the water and food supplies decreasing at alarming rates, it’s everyone’s responsibility to try to get this system under control.

Prevention of conception and abortion via birth control techniques and/or abstinence should be options available to all without guilt. Given the nature of the powerful forces at work, much luck will be needed with either option.

Robert C. DeVries

Burnt Hills

Like the Catholic Church, Paterno covered up abuse

I write in response to the Aug. 2 letter of Charles Blunt regarding Joe Paterno.

Some alumni and Penn State fans have such blinders that they can’t see what the rest of the country can now see clearly.

Joe Paterno covered up the heinous crimes of his assistant [Jerry Sandusky] for over a decade, and he did so knowing children were being harmed and that more children would be hurt.

Paterno acted this way because he made a few million a year (salary, endorsements, speaking and TV rights), and covering up these crimes for a decade made him $20 to $30 million. Paterno was also motivated to protect his home and the Penn State brand at all costs.

I know of some religious organizations who have acted similarly.

But what make Paterno so evil, and such a hypocrite, is that he cultivated and fostered such a puritanical and holier-than-thou image, again taking a page from the Catholic Church.

Mr. Blunt says Paterno never got to defend himself. Yes he did, Mr. Blunt, when he covered up the crimes in 1998, 2001 and every other time he saw his coach at practice with young and vulnerable boys.

A leader is supposed to act bravely without regard to the consequences. Mr. Blunt tries to argue that Paterno’s fault was determining that Sandusky needed counseling after each time he was caught. That also sounds eerily similar to Catholic bishops across the country.

John Aretakis

East Greenbush

Strock right about most things, but not horses

I am a strong supporter of Carl Strock and greatly admire his intelligence, courage and wit in taking on important issues that generally are unpopular, but I believe him to be off-base regarding abuse of horses [July 22 Gazette]. I base my opinion on 31 years of owning a thoroughbred breeding and training farm in Stillwater.

With few exceptions, my experience in the industry has shown that the horses on breeding and training farms in New York are perhaps better fed, have better health care, and are more cared for and doted on than many children in our communities.

Of course, there will be exceptions, as there exceptions to everything. But generally speaking, it only makes sense when considering how hard farm work is that you must love the animals to make the sacrifices of this hard labor. It is only logical, too, that these animals receive the best nutrition and health care so that they are best able to compete successfully.

Keep up the good work, Carl Strock, but lay off the issue of horse abuse. I bet you won’t find a more hard-working and dedicated worker base — from stall mucker to veterinarian — anywhere.

Jill P. Michaels

Ballston Spa

Media has priorities wrong regarding money matters

You gotta love the mainstream media.

They want us to be more concerned about [GOP candidate] Mitt Rommney’s money than how Obama spends our money.

Fred Acunto

Charlton

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August 7, 2012
7:26 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Vincent F. Carelli

Guns.... When seconds count the police are only minutes away. There is a reason that police are supposed to carry an off duty gun and I know many people that carry a gun and you probably do too, they just don't tell you.

August 7, 2012
9:48 a.m.
rpandori says...

Mr. Carelli:
Guns are inanimate objects. They don't kill, people do! You don't need a gun to kill somebody, just the will to do it. The local truck driver who was killed a couple of years ago while talking to his wife on his cell,did he deserve to die? Had he had a firearm on him he would probably be alive today! There are bad people everywhere especially when times are bad. If you feel safe walking in NYC you've been there during the day and only on the main avenues. You need to get out more and see the real world that is evolving because of the lack of respect that people have for one another, and the lack fear of eternal damnation for what we do on earth. We will all have to answer for what we do here and I don't want to have to answer sooner that I should.

August 7, 2012
7:57 p.m.
myshortpencil says...

Re Guns:

Every liberty has a price. Every liberty can be abused -- that's part of the price. If we are not willing to pay the price for liberty, then we will lose it.

Moreover, the implied assumption that tomorrow will be like today, and that guns will never again be needed for protection or food, is false. Even this great society will fail. No one knows when or how, but it will. To disarm the public to allegedly save lives today will assuredly cost lives in the future.

Reasonable people believe that government must not have the power to prevent people from defending their lives and property.

August 8, 2012
12:12 p.m.
duke1942 says...

I hope the writer of the letter is never confronted with a murderer or rapist breaking into his house with his family at home, too. What would he rather do at that critical time, pick up the phone and call 911 or pull out a gun? The average response time nationwide for 911 is 23 minutes. With municipalities being forced to reduce services, especially police & fire protection, self-protection is almost a mandate. If we can ever stop the Civil Liberties Union from their excess politically correct movement, maybe the medical profession can report the nuts out there so that we can get the guns away from them or keep them from buying them under current unenforced gun laws.

August 11, 2012
4:22 p.m.
robbump says...

Jill Michaels writes, "are perhaps better fed, have better health care, and are more cared for and doted on than many children in our communities."

That may be true, but how many parents would run their kid around a track, whipping him until his legs broke or his organs or heart failed?

"Well yes,Judge, I killed him, but look how well he was fed"

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