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Gun permit seekers, have mercy on county clerk’s office

Thursday, May 23, 2013
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Gun permit seekers, have mercy on county clerk’s office

Recently, the Schenectady County Clerk’s office has come under fire by pistol permit updates, amendments and additions that have escalated exponentially since the gun law mandate from the governor.

The normal numbers of approximately 200 a year have increased to over 800. There are only two county employees tasked with first learning a new permit system, [then] implementing the replacement of current permits and issuing new or revised [ones], not to mention the additional paperwork generated by the new gun law that the state requires. This all takes time to complete. There are absolutely no monies in the county budget to add another body to help.

Many permit holders attempting to add, transfer, revise or, in general, update their individual permits are required to call first for an appointment. In addition, many think they have the right to just show up without an appointment and expect they will be placed ahead of those who follow the rules and regulations. This is not fair to those of us who take into consideration all the above issues the county clerk faces trying to keep his entire customer base happy. All the clerks are asking for is patience.

To make this simple, act as though it were you who had to do this job; think about what you would like your customers to do for you. Be respectful, responsible and play by the rules, you will get more from county clerks this way. They have a tough job, don’t make it tougher than it has to be.

Raymond Feurstein

Schenectady

The writer was a member of the Civil Defense Auxiliary Police.

Lower limits, higher fines needed for DWI

Your May 16 editorial in support of lowering the threshold for drunk driving was right on target and mentions that other countries have had success with doing just that.

In France, the higher the BAC [blood alcohol content], the higher the fines, and if you kill or injure someone, you could get 10 years and a fine of $150,000 euro ($193,500).

New York should jack the fines up sky high, which would not only finance more enforcement, it would hit offenders in their wallets (hopefully) before they hit us.

Virginia Newton

Burnt Hills

Cohen brainwashed by Obama over Benghazi

Regarding Richard Cohen’s May 15 column, “Errors made, but no crime re Benghazi”: Mr. Cohen is obviously a Kool-aid drinking defender of the regime.

An error is when you wash your pants with your wallet in the pocket or when you forget to call for an extra pickup for your trash. I wonder if the families of the four Americans feel an error was made. Mr. Cohen is a boob!

The Americans in the consulate the night of the raid were an inconvenience to Obama, nothing else. They were sacrificed to protect his re-election plans. We heard [former Defense Secretary Leon] Panetta claim they could not get there in time. What a crock! You could have flown from Albany to Benghazi in time; nine hours was more than enough time to rescue or at least help. Panetta is nothing more than a liberal hack! He lied for Clinton and now he has lied for Obama!

This whole administration has misled the country to protect Obama. For two weeks, Obama, Mrs. [former Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton and [U.N. Ambassador] Susan Rice lied about the cause of the attack when they knew that night it was not the video they claimed it was. The talking points had to be changed from the truth because three days before the attack, Obama was bragging about destroying al-Qaida, and the fact that they were involved with the attack would expose him for the charade he is.

If you want to feel bad for someone besides the families of the people Obama let die, feel sorry for [White House press secretary] “Jay the Carney.” He has to stand up in front of the nation and lie every single day for the most corrupt administration this country has ever seen.

Dave Edwards

Halfmoon

Why give space to Ballston bully’s rant?

Re May 13 article, “Water fund audit faults recordkeeping”: What do you do when facts and truth fail to support your political ranting? If you’re Ballston Councilman William Goslin, you just keep slinging imaginary mud.

Bill was desperately hoping that a recent audit of the town would support his rabid ramblings about missing funds and bookkeeping shenanigans, but the auditor found decades of incompetence and a lack of supervision. It didn’t matter that the bookkeeper was fired, the position eliminated and the full-time work left to the supervisor.

Nor did it matter that Bill and the rest of the board has repeatedly denied [Supervisor] Patti Southworth’s request for the reporting program to be installed so she can supervise. Undaunted in his one-man crusade to impeach Southworth, Goslin decided to author the town’s official response to a recent audit. When the [state] Comptroller’s Office failed to recognize his comments, he released them as a press release, resulting in the May 13 article sharing his ranting with the public.

Finding no missing funds, Goslin thinks that any product from the supervisor will be “highly suspect.” Funny, downloading town reports improperly while promising the bookkeeper he would protect her even as she gave him her private official password, is not enough to cause anyone to question Goslin’s ethics, morality or honesty in this Republican-driven town, but an audit finding no missing funds is cause for alarm.

Now watch Bill try to enact spot zoning and watch the rest of the board vote along with him. Only Supervisor Southworth has the best interests of the town in mind; her obstructionist board wants only to unseat her, led by a self-serving bully. In the end, the truth prevails — even if the Gazette gives space to crank press releases. One can only hope for the same level of coverage of the truth.

Polly Windels

Ballston

Pause to remember vets at 3 p.m. Monday

In 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance Program was established to remind Americans of the sacrifices made by the members of the armed forces and others who have died as a result of service to this nation.

This year, please stop and observe the moment of remembrance by pausing for one minute at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day to remember those who gave their lives.

Carol Pingelski Hotaling

Clifton Park

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May 23, 2013
5:57 a.m.
tues8capt says...

Raymond, my first permit amendment took one week, my second five weeks, and of course we all know why. I'm sure that the wait now is much longer, so I may wait a bit before my next purchase. The ladies at the Schenectady County Clerks office that I have dealt with are the best; when I called for an appointment, they returned my call posthaste, and explained the circumstances of the delay. When I showed up a tad early for my appointments, there was never a problem, I was ushered right in. They are personable, courteous, and deserve our respect for doing a job that has recently become considerably more difficult. Kudos to them!

May 23, 2013
6:25 a.m.
muggy says...

tues8capt and raymond - Ditto to your comments. The people at the Sch'dy Co Clerk's office were extremely helpful and courteous to me when I received my pistol permit. These people are under pressure because of the arbitrary nature of the State's mandates.

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