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Crack down on criminal gun users, not law-abiding ones

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Crack down on criminal gun users, not law-abiding ones A firearm is an inanimate object with no thought process or ability to discharge on its own. It’s the person holding the firearm who brings this part to the equation. [So] why do our elected representatives forge ahead with knee-jerk proposals addressing certain types of firearms and certain types of magazines? Because the citizenry demands they do something, and the quickest way to accomplish something, or ...

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January 18, 2013
7:20 a.m.

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To James Occonor: Where are the jobs for these people once boot camp is completed?
I just watched a 2 hour symposium on poverty on C-Span last night 7pm-9pm hosted by Tavis Smiley with about 8 panel members. Unless you are in poverty, you have no idea how hard it is to get out and stop the cycle from your children. And it all starts with access to high quality Pre-School not available to poorer communities like the wealthier put their kids into. Solutions to poverty is not further deprivation by cutting them off from life saving food stamps and shelter-that would make us am immoral society. How exactly does a person released from jail with a felony conviction (for say possessing pot, not violent) get a job? I have yet to meet anyone willing to hire them. Personally I think that once you serve your time in jail for non-violent mistakes- your should come out with a clean record to truly have a second chance. Prof. Jonathon Kozol, Shame of a Nation, Prof Jeff Sachs, The Price of Civilization,

January 18, 2013
7:42 a.m.

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James O'Connor-just the opposite is happening in Schenectady County. All agencies should relocate to former Bellevue industrial buildings to make public assistance easier. Your point about the facade on the crumbling DSS is well taken. Symbolic of the decline of a formerly well run GOP County. Toni ask Mayor McCarthy where the jobs are.

January 18, 2013
9:12 a.m.

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If you are in jail or prison on a short sentence, you should not be paroled or released until you earn a degree higher than when you went in. If not a HS grad, then no release until you get a GED. If a HS grad, then you must earn an Associates or professional certificate in something. Prove to society you are willing to learn and learn from your mistakes by doing something to improve yourself instead of just biding your time behind bars until released. If not enrolled in classes while in jail\prison, then no recreation, TV, or free time, just an hour of exercise each day. All parolees should do community service for some time after release as well, even if they find a job, so that they have very little idle time in which to fall back into the previous behaviors that landed them in jail or prison in the first place.