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Car ban after DWI ‘attack’ as illogical as gun ban after killings

Friday, January 4, 2013
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Car ban after DWI ‘attack’ as illogical as gun ban after killings

Re Dec. 29 article, “Petition seeks to halt gun show”: In the early hours of New Year’s Day, the city of Saratoga Springs experienced an apparently terrifying attack by an individual driving an “assault vehicle.”

The perpetrator reportedly entered the crowded streets of Saratoga Springs with his vehicle, then began firing in and out of parking lots of private establishments, nearly running over innocent pedestrians along the way.

The terrifying event ended when the alleged perpetrator was disarmed by civilian and police vehicles. One individual was rushed to Saratoga Hospital as a result of this terrifying rampage. It is truly amazing that more people were not injured or killed.

This eye-opening event on New Year’s Day compounds the revelations of the obvious danger of private car ownership. The high number of deaths in America caused by vehicles is staggering. Our illustrious politicians need to open the dialogue of banning vehicle ownership of private citizens, particularly assault vehicles. We need to post “no car” signs on the doors of our schools and government-owned buildings in order to provide feelings of safety for individuals when entering these facilities and their parking lots.

We need to see the likes of [gun-show opponent] Susan Steer [organizing] petitions banning future car shows in Saratoga Springs. Such a petition would help curb vehicle violence in our city and beyond. Preventing responsible car enthusiasts from making future car purchases will, indeed, prevent future car violence from taking place.

Violent weapons such as the assault vehicle used in the Jan. 1 attack need to be taken out of society. To heck with those Constitution-loving, individual-liberty-touting, principle-minded citizens. Let’s ban vehicles altogether, as they are far too dangerous in the hands of the people. Banning vehicles will also benefit the environment.

Sarcasm has a profound way of pointing out the ridiculous. Therefore, I have written about the ridiculous thinking of citizens who believe that banning gun ownership will prevent violent crimes in our communities. I have written to reveal that knowledgeable and good people do not want their Second Amendment rights violated by the ridiculous movement to present assault after dangerous assault upon our ever-protecting and beloved Constitution.

Enough is enough.

David Chew

Saratoga Springs

Try coordinated parking to aid snowplows

I have lived in Schenectady for 12 years. There is a certain refusal to accept the coming of winter. I admit at the first major snow, I could not find the assortment of scrapers and snow-removal devices we had amassed and so diligently and put in a “safe place” last spring.

Each block in the city must develop a car removal plan. Growing up in Western New York and surviving two famous blizzards, it is clear the region recognizes that cars, snow and snowplows do not mix! Vehicles on the street [pose] a clear problem, with plows [damaging] cars, tying up plows; [requiring] police, tow trucks and often-angry car owners woken in the middle of the night to find their “ride” a tangled mess. At some point, the entire street becomes impassable, not only to through traffic but emergency vehicles and medical supplies. In the course of one evening, you are transformed from a very busy citizen buzzing about town to “cave dweller”!

In Lockport, they have a city ordinance that all vehicles must be off the street every evening after 11 p.m. If there is a blizzard forecast, the ban becomes 24 hours. This allows the city to plow in winter and sweep the rest of the year, curb to curb. With rental units, landlords carefully apportion parking places for each auto and some develop garages nearby on vacant lots. From a crime perspective, it limits the number of late-night “porch enterprises” that haunt each neighborhood, with so-called guests swarming the area after 11 p.m.

Lacking such an ordinance in Schenectady, why not work this out on our own? We did that here on the 700 block of Stanley Street and the outcome was very revealing. The 800 block was clogged with snow, but with one exception (there is always someone who doesn’t get the word) the 700 block is open.

Once the snow is piled up, it thaws a little, refreezes and becomes cement-like — and continues to close off the street. Don’t worry, you will be able to get out in April!

If you are looking for some training or advice on how to organize and develop a block plan, contact Schenectady Neighborhood Watch through its website.

Frederic Lee

Schenectady

The writer is president of Schenectady Neighborhood Watch.

Life in the 1950s was better, thanks to God

Why all this chaos in the world today? The answer lies in a place most of the world doesn’t want right now. Through lies and deception, most would rather believe we are headed in the right direction, despite evidence of lawlessness and destruction we have brought on ourselves by liberal thinking.

There was a letter in the Gazette not long ago that made fun of the way the United States was in the ’50s — women at home and much more. The writer implied it was an evil time, that we are much better off now — more “enlightened” and progressive. Well, I remember the ’50s, and how people could walk any street at any time of day, houses unlocked, cars left with the keys in them and safety in our schools. You cannot believe we have it better now! Yet people refuse the answer to these troubles we have now and continue on the road to further destruction, blindly hopeful in the goodness of people, even though people are proving quite the opposite!

So what is the major difference between the ’50s and now? Isn’t it obvious? We have kicked God out of our schools, out of our everyday dealings, including government and the media. Yet we blame him when tragedy strikes. We have regulated him to some small building on a corner called a church, and that is as far as he can go.

Barry Groat

Schenectady

Cliff would disappear if gov’t spent less

All this talk about the fiscal cliff — who really cares anymore?

This is not an income problem, but a spending problem. The federal government put us in this situation, and they can get us out.

Everyone says, tax the upper 2 percent — why the shift to class warfare in this great country of ours? If you are not satisfied in your present situation, change jobs or get a second one.

For people to think they are entitled to someone else’s money is beyond me.

Darrell Roeters

Ballston Lake

Charitable contributions best kept close to home

L. D. Davidson’s Dec. 30 Viewpoint, “The gift that goes awry,”is spot-on.

In line with that, I would like to suggest three charities where 100 percent of your giving goes to the charity, and zero percent to administrators and telemarketers. The three charities are: 1) friends; 2) acquaintances; and 3) relatives.

True, I cannot use my giving as a deduction on my income taxes. So what? I get much better things than that: the knowledge that all of my giving helps my charities, and the grateful, happy faces I see year-round.

JOEL NELSON

Schenectady

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January 7, 2013
2:01 p.m.
robbump says...

"Life in the 1950s was better, thanks to God" and in the 50's Congress decided to add references to god in the pledge of allegiance. And things went downhill since.

Maybe having everyone mumble words rather then actually PLEDGING had something to do with it. No one in our schools is prohibited from praying. Only prohibited from forcing their prayers upon others. Or should we have our own Taliban here to enforce religious doctrine?

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