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Posted on June 17 at 1:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Leib, As a citizen of this great country, I do not believe that the government, Federal, State or Local should be financing the election of any candidate for office. Yes, I said ANY! From the President down to the Town Tax Collector. Elections have gotten way out of hand in this country! Our politicians are using the Campaign funding to fund gain the votes by out pricing their opponents.

What has ever happened to out witting your opponents by proving you are the most appropriate candidate for the position, by actually doing some research and finding the real Pros and Cons to a topic of Debate about who is going to honestly do the job that is being asked by the constituents, and not fall into the lies told by political advisors, lobbyists, or any other advisors who may tell the candidate that his idea is a better one to screw the people, when it is the people who put the candidate into the office in the first place. No longer the popular vote! "Who cares about what the people say!"

I am sorry, but having the public fund campaigns over and above what is actually donated, should be illegal! Yes, the candidate is raising funds through fund drives and such, but then to tap the State and/or Federal coffers for funds provided by the public? That is all ludicrous! What makes any candidate so special that he/she should be allowed to gain access to those government funds for their campaign? If they want that office, they should have to work harder to get that office, not go to the State or Federal Government and beg for a handout!

I am sorry, in our present financial times, I cannot, in good conscious condone any sort of campaign funding for any candidate in any election through government funding of any kind! That should be totally up to the individual candidate to get his own funding through his own fund raiser(s), not from the government. Especially with the governments as broke as they are, or would lead us to believe.

From: Campaign finance bill should be heard and voted on

Posted on May 2 at 11:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

tues8capt, I agree with you 1000%! I have read so many of these letters and many more from other sources in print and on the net. I to believe that it is a God given right to protect our families, our property, and ourselves. For 26 years I tried to protect the people of this state, and of the village that my family now resides, and the most I ever got from any one was, called an unkind name when their problem could not be fixed like it could be on CSI, NCIS, or any of the other cop shows where a crime is solved in one hour. Then to my amazement one day I receive an email from a trusted friend and attached to that is a list of all of our federal government leaders who are either wanted for crimes they have committed, or other violations of law that they have committed which includes one of our own senators who was arrested for DWI in New York State, no less. And we have to rely on people like this to vote for our federal laws, like the UN Small Arms Treaty. Then we have people who praise these politicians for their work, reelect them for more terms, and for what? So, they can live off our tax dollars, and vote to take more of our freedoms away? Like you say, "Woe is them!" when they no longer have the freedoms to do the things that they were once free to do without worry of being arrested, or challenged by authorities. When those days come, I will protect my family, I will protect my home, I will protect by belongings, I will stand up for my rights, my question is, will they stand up for their rights, or cower in a corner like a scared mouse waiting for the cat to attack?

From: Government can control an unarmed populace too easily

Posted on April 29 at 1:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Biwimple, I have to agree with you, and bu the way, this article is excellent! A lot of people could learn a lot from this...especially our governmental leaders. I was drafted in June of1972, and sent to Fort Dix, NJ for basic training. I admit I wasn't really ready to be sent to Viet Nam, but I would do what I was told to do, and like it! Whether I did or not! After basic I was sent to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, for Basic Medical Training. I had apparently won that lottery too or gotten too high a grade on the test battery to be an MP which is what I wanted to do in my career in the Army. At that time, life expectancy of a medic in country, in Viet Nam was suppose to be like 6 seconds. But again, I would do what I was told to do. Fortunately, when the time came, I was sent to Fort Polk, Louisiana, at the time it was also known as Little Viet Nam. The training grounds for those who were going over to the various ground bases in Viet Nam. The conditions over there were exactly like Viet Nam, every poisonous snake around, swamps, and a few alligators thrown in just for fun, along with all the heat and humidity one could ever stand. But you learned to survive, adapt and overcome in any way possible. If for nothing else, so you could say, I served my country, with your head held high. Sure, you went back to your barracks covered in someone's blood, or something else, but you did what you had to do to keep that soldier healthy, or help put them back together, and sew them up, to keep them together.

You did what you had to do, to keep those soldiers alive. No medals, pats on the back, awards, just go back to the barracks, get some sleep and get up the next day and do it all over again, for 8 hours a day on duty days. Your off days, you did what you had to do, plus try to catch up on rest.

From: Every level of society should serve when country is at war

Posted on April 29 at 12:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And to think their jobs are suppose to be part-time only, not full-time, by law! Interesting, isn't it? We the people of this state should be allowed to recall our elected officials and hold them accountable for their actions! If they are guilty, then they should forfeit their pensions, just as any other person in a business environment would have happen. But that will never happen, because our state leadership will just go and whine to the governor who will just abuse the "Notice of Necessity" powers again to put that dog to sleep in short order.

What ever happened to the "We the People?" Our checks and Balances? Or have our politicians bought our the checks and balances too?

From: Crime does pay for state leaders

Posted on April 13 at 2:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Captain, I salute you for your service and heroism in the service to our country. It is shameful that you have to come home and hear such BS here on our home soil from someone that we don't know if he is even a legal citizen of this country. Therefore, if Mr. Wu doesn't like this country and all the benefits that the democrats have bestowed on him, that he is welcome to pack his bags and return to his home country, where I am sure he will be welcomed with open arms and loving kindness. Because we do not need the likes of this guy in our country. Or I am sure that there is a room for him at Guantomano Bay! Where he can join his al Queida friends.

From: Schenectady man accused of assaulting soldier

Posted on March 21 at 4:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

James Retajczyk, In response to your letter. I can't agree with what you wrote more! Having been an instructor in Safe Snowmobile Operation Courses put on by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. And having been a Park Police Officer, I too have seen too many instances of people who own snowmobiles being east side of a horse going west! (to put it politely). Many of those doing the dumb stuff, I ticketed for those violations, unfortunately, there is not law against stupid.

If only our downstate legislators would take the time to equate the Automobile with the snowmobile, them maybe a quickly pushed through bill much like the SAFE Act, would go through banning cars and trucks thus eliminating many of the accidents on our roads that kill and/or maime so many people each, would eliminate all drunk driving related accidents, because those figures haven't reduced that much over the years, and car/pedestrian/small child accidents haven't been reduced that much either. So downstate legislators and Mr. Governor, maybe that is what you needed to do instead of aiming at your poorly conceived gun legislation. Take aim at cars and trucks on the roads. Outlaw them first and see what happens first. Before going after the state's LAW ABIDING GUN OWNERS!

From: Finger-pointing is childish, reflects badly on the mayor

Posted on March 21 at 4:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gentlemen, Justapto, like everyone in this country, has a right to their own opinion, even if it is wrong! They still have they right! They are the ones that who have to live with it! Maybe someday they will wake up to reality and out of their dreamland.
Although, I am wondering what he is justapto...what?

From: For this republic, NY Safe Act is unconstitutional

Posted on March 16 at 3:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Fritzdawg and Muggy, you both have hit the nail on the head in what you have said about the Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Yet, all we ever hear is more liberal Blah-blah from the little guy readers of these newspapers who add their 2 cents, and never see any action on what any of us have said. Which leads me to believe that our governmental leaders either don't know how to read the newspapers or don't care to read the newpapers from their respective districts for fear of finding out how their constituants really feel about how they are doing in their job performance for which they were elected!

Doesn't that make you wonder if they are that cowardly as to not take the time to answer some of the derogatory news letters against them, and defend their decisions, as to why they allowed themselves to be bought out by this company, or bribed by than lobbiest for their vote on that law! Or to answer to why they are as crooked as they are, when they were elected they told the people who elected them one story, and after the election they do just the opposite!

Just once, wouldn't it be nice to read a legislator's, Senator's, Representative say, "I saw in a opinion section of my local newspaper that my constituants were not happy about the performance of my duties as assigned as Representative/Senator/Legislator. They think that I am not working for them anymore, that I am tainted by taking kick-backs from lobbiests, bribes for voting for this bill or that law (and naming companies, Corporations, or lobbiests and their individual agendas) and how they will affect the people of the state of country. Adding that they want to be honest and make things right! And do what ever should be done for my constituants! Not some political retoric. How would that be?

From: Gun law survives first round intact

Posted on March 13 at 4:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Perazzo, all you have to do is try to ask any teenager where they get their liquor or alcoholic beverages. You don't really think they are going to give up where they go, now do you? When I was growing up, there was a liquor store in a certain area of Schenectady that if you couldn't reach what you wanted, they would give you a foot stool, and a student discount. Well, maybe not the student discount. But, that was a very long time ago when the drinking age was 18, and everyone between 15 and 18 wanted to go to the frat parties at Union, or the 18 and above parties at their friends homes, when the parents were away. Or just to find out what it was like, or just to escape doing homework.

My point is, its part of being a teenager! Trying to get away with something like underage drinking. They will say that their friend got it for them, or even they stole it from their parents liquor cabinet, "they won't miss it". I have even been told, "I stole it from a liquor store in a city in Massachusetts!", if you can believe that. These kids aren't going to give up any information that will get them or their friends into trouble, especially if you are the law. And I have also seen the result of an evening of drinking further down the highway that I had missed. I have a collection of false/altered drivers licenses that were confencated, because the birth date had been changed, and made as many DWI arrests as the next guy if not more.

You are correct, SAFENY Act is a misnomer. And it is a blantant violation of every citizens Second Amendment Rights whether or not they decide to exercise them or not. and The Governor and those legislators that pushed this law through under the "Notice of Necessity" need to be held responsible for their actions in the Federal Court System. They just can't do that!

As it is, New York has more gun laws on its books that aren't enforced now than any other state in the union. What this state needs to do is to start reopening the facilities for the mentally unstable/insecure or however it needs to be worded to get these people off the street, and to put the current and future prisoners to work on road gangs, and prison farms, growing produce, livestock, for the prisons, and mental health facilities around the state to cut costs. It can be done, and is being done in many states. It keeps the prisoners from pumping iron all day, or maybe getting their degrees in whatever, but it is also giving then a chance to get out in the fresh air, and learn to make a living and not live off the welfare system. Plus you are growing food for those who cannot or are unable to do things for themselves due to their mental inabilities.

From: False sense of security

Posted on March 13 at 4:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The issue here is they, the Governor and those members of the legislature responsible for this stupid piece of legislation,are still violating the Second Amendment Rights of every citizen in this state, whether or not they choose to exercise those rights or not. The State of New York is still in violation of those rights and must be held accountable whether it be in court or through the sissy press presently owned and operated by the liberal Democrats. New York State is in VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES regareless. Since the Constitution of the United States is the law of the land. If I am not mistaken! Governor Cuomo would then be sitting in a septic tank of trouble waiting to be pumped out by the local septic tank truck driver.

From: Judge refuses to block tougher NY gun law

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