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Posted on December 23 at 6:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They should have arrested the lot of them for parading without a permit and causing a general disturbance. Why we bend over backwards for these law breaking individuals is beyond me. Our rights end where the current laws stipulate, and the police selectively enforcing the law does not do anyone any good.

From: Occupy protest evicted by police

Posted on November 21 at 8:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's past time for Soares to do his job or step down. Selective prosecution for political benefit stinks. This is not a 1st Amendment issue, as there are plenty of ways for people to express themselves without breaking the law. David, do your job or go home!

From: State police arrest 48 protesters at Lafayette Park

Posted on November 6 at 9 a.m. (Suggest removal)

For Honor & Service - Great article ... too bad you didn't base it on local efforts being done by both Albany and Leatherstocking Patriot Flight organizations. Each has done several flights out of Albany International this year, bringing hundreds of WW II Vets to DC for the day. Happy Veteran's day, and thank you and God Bless to all of our veterans, both currently serving and those in prior service! All gave some, some gave all!

From: Veterans flown to Washington to visit war memorials

Posted on September 22 at 9:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Domestic Tranquility has nothing to do with noisy neighborhoods ...

One of the concerns of the Framers was that the government prior to that under the Constitution was unable, by force or persuasion, to quell rebellion or quarrels amongst the states. The government watched in horror as Shay's Rebellion transpired just before the Convention, and some states had very nearly gone to war with each other over territory (such as between Pennsylvania and Connecticut over Wilkes-Barre). One of the main goals of the Convention, then, was to ensure the federal government had powers to squash rebellion and to smooth tensions between states.

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From: Letters to the Editor for Sept. 22

Posted on September 17 at 8:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Although I try to obey the law with respect to cell phones ( I use a hands-free device 99% of the time ) and I never text while driving, I have issue with these laws ... because they are secondary to what the real problem is ... reckless driving. I don't think we need the additional laws about cellphones or texting. What we do need is the police upholding the laws that are already in place and meant to cover such situations when they become a menace to others or themselves ... From NYS V&T:

Title 7, Article 33, Section 1212 ...

Reckless driving. Reckless driving shall mean driving or using any motor vehicle, motorcycle or any other vehicle propelled by any power other than muscular power or any appliance or accessory thereof in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway. Reckless driving is prohibited. Every person violating this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

The state needs to stop creating spurious and secondary laws, and get to the heart of the matter by enforcing what laws are already on the books. After all, IF you can talk on the cell phone and not drive recklessly, then what is the issue?????

From: Editorials: Toughen state's anti-texting law

Posted on August 20 at 3:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks to Major Sprague (NYSP) for bring to light such a glaring discrepancy in Mr. Whalen's August 8th diatribe (who claimed only 6 tickets were issued by NYSP for illegal exhausts on motorcycles last year vs 216 actually being issued based on the Major's statistic). I actually have a FOIL Request in process with NYSP for the same info, but the good Major beat me to the punch.

From: Letters to the Editor for Aug. 20

Posted on August 18 at 9:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

John (Eaton),

Perhaps if you read my letter again you will see that I am merely challenging the Gazette to consider providing a more balanced coverage in their newspaper reporting - neither advocating for or against loud pipes.

Bob Semp

From: Letters to the Editor for Aug. 18

Posted on August 16 at 12:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

how about asking if Brownell had a cellphone glued to his ear instead .... something much more likely than Argotsinger not having a working headlamp!

From: Motorcyclist killed in collision on Route 29

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