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Public safety facility belongs in old Grand Union, not warehouse I don’t live in the town of Rotterdam, I live in Niskayuna, but I do spend time shopping, eating and enjoying recreational activities in Rotterdam. I recently attended a meeting at the senior center on the upcoming location of the Schenectady County central dispatch, [Rotterdam] police department and justice center. First, let me say, I understand it is between two sites — one on Hamburg ...


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muggy
April 19, 2013
7:31 a.m.

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Hey Bill. I was at that meeting too (senior citizens' center in Rotterdam). Maybe one of the reasons the old Grand Union wasn't selected was because of the price tag? $7.8 million dollars? Wow. That's pretty steep. The other plan is to lease space from Galesi at $500k/year. And then there's the third plan you didn't mention, but Harry Buffardi DID mention: do nothing (horror). When the economy is on life support, do we really launch big government spending plans, taking much needed money out of the local economy for government? I think not.

ronzo
April 19, 2013
8:18 a.m.

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Continuing John Manning's analogy of guns and cars and the irresponsible use of each. Why are there laws that require the registration of every motor vehicle and a license to drive a vehicle? Isn’t it to enable the tracing of a vehicle to its owners and its origin in the event of an illegal use of that motor vehicle.? Isn’t the purpose of driver licensing to help ensure that the person is capable of operating a motor vehicle? Why is there a requirement for the owner and operator of a motor vehicle to prove financial responsibility before registration and licensing? Isn’t it in the event that the person or vehicle causes harm to someone? None of these laws ban vehicles or the use of vehicles, and most people readily accept these laws and don’t consider them an invasion of privacy. Why is there such resistance to applying that logic to firearms? Motor vehicle registration, insurance and licensing laws do not ban vehicles, their use or drivers. Nor would equivalent laws ban any firearm or firearm use.

wmarincic
April 19, 2013
8:10 p.m.

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ronzo, because to register a gun is to give a government that is not trustworthy a list of where to go to take said guns. What keeps America free from invasion by both foreign armies and our own government when democracy fails and sooner or later it will fail, is the right to bear arms. All democratic nations throughout history have lasted between 200 and 250 years, America is in year 237. Look at the divide in America now.

gazettereader
April 19, 2013
8:23 p.m.

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wmarincic, do you really have that much distrust of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces that you think they will turn against the people? Sounds like a crazy conspiracy theory to me. I, for one, trust American soldiers, and would give them the benefit of the doubt.

ronzo
April 19, 2013
10:15 p.m.

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wmarincic: not sure what your comment has to do with motor vehicles, sport cars, drunk driving, speeding etc. compared to firearms, as the original letter writer wrote. If you have a motor vehicle, do you register it? And if you do – why do you register it? If you do have and register a motor vehicle, do you not trust your government to support and protect you in the event that your motor vehicle is used in an illegal manner that through no fault of your own, causes harm to someone, for which you had no control?

As to your comments about invasion from a foreign army or our own government, our government and our nation is protected by our military staffed by our own people (mostly our own children), who admirably protect and serve our nation at the command of their Commander-In-Chief. Are you suggesting a military takeover of our government, if democracy fails? Is that the divide you’re referring to? If that’s the case – we all better get six-shooters, machine guns, bazookas, and any other military style protection from our own military in case their commander, our President orders them to come after us.

So when do you predict our democracy will fail? Will it be sooner or later? How can you be so sure about this? When should we all get our bazookas?

wmarincic
April 19, 2013
10:19 p.m.

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I have two children in the military gazette, I don't believe it will be our soldiers that we have to worry about, I think it is each other. This country has never been so divided since 1860. Don't think it can't happen again. we are heading down a slippery slope.

wmarincic
April 19, 2013
10:32 p.m.

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BTW obviously you did not hear Cuomo say possible confiscation of firearms. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/nyregi...

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