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Letters to the editor Tuesday, August 3

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Biden methodically fixes Trump’s mess

After reading Art Pagano’s July 29 letter (“Are you better off on Biden so far?”), I’m stunned.
There are still a lot of complications to deal with and I would characterize the progress made in the first six months as methodical.
There is a difference that I really appreciate in that our most senior generals in the military did not have to make contingency plans for a tantrum leading to insurgency or destruction of the country. world.
It amazes me that so many people cling to the image of a tall, blond-haired white man with no moral compass whose only claim to fame is a two-word phrase “You’re fired.” Sometimes things need to be fixed, not destroyed.
Calvin moore
Argyle

Minimum sentences do not respond to guns

I am writing in response to your July 28 post (“Councilor wants tougher gun penalties”) noting that Councilor Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas was seeking approval for a plan to increase minimum sentences for firearms. gun charges.
While I commend Ms Zalewski-Wildzunas for seeking a way to bring the problem of gun violence under control, there is little evidence that longer prison sentences have a deterrent effect.
Do Armed Thieves Really Think About Sentencing Guidelines Before Acting? The United States already has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world; almost 10 times that of Germany and many other European countries. It comes at a huge financial cost. In 2015, New York was reported to spend $ 69,335 per year per inmate. This is taxpayer funded and limits public investment in education, infrastructure, health care, and other programs.
It must be recognized that the real problem is the ease of access to firearms.
In the UK, gun ownership is tightly regulated, and a landmark study published 20 years ago concluded that while New York and London had similar rates of property crime and assault, those who occurring in New York were 54 times more likely to be fatal. Quite simply, an assailant with a gun is much more dangerous than one who wields a tire iron.
I would be the first to agree that meaningful gun reform won’t be easy, but I think we need to be careful about what can actually be achieved by increasing minimum sentences, such as the legacy of drug laws in Canada. the Rockefeller era should remind us of this.
Kevin decker
Schenectady

Biden accomplishes a lot of negatives

Here’s a list of Biden’s accomplishments: increased inflation, increased illegal immigration (open borders), overspending, First Amendment, Second Amendment, socialism, crime, riots, murder – all of that, police funding, double standard, cause of racism, critical teaching racial theory, drugs because of open borders, tax hikes, pipeline shutdown causing gas increase, solar fields, antifa, Marxism, paid to stay unemployed.
This is the shortlist. There are many more things. How do you like Biden now?
Charles C. Browne
Amsterdam

Stefanik inspires women in the GOP

It’s a really exciting time to be a woman in the GOP, thanks in large part to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who paved the way for women to get involved in politics and run for Congress.
Stefanik launched E-PAC after the midterm elections in 2018 to boost Republican women in Congress. Her committee promoted over two dozen candidates and donated $ 415,000 to GOP women. As the third-highest-ranking Republican leader in the House, Stefanik is leading the fight to fire Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who have only squandered taxpayer dollars and divided this nation. Pelosi is set to be investigated for failing to secure the Capitol on January 6 and Stefanik continues to push for the necessary answers that all taxpayers deserve.
We need leadership like this in New York’s 21st District. Stefanik is a natural leader and has contributed significantly to the record number of Republican women running for Congress in 2022. I look forward to seeing many more Republican women in power and will continue to support Congresswoman Stefanik.
Meg messitt
Wilton

Protect travelers from unruly passengers

I see on TV the unruly behavior of some passengers on the plane that annoys other passengers. I wonder how much alcohol consumption contributes to this.
It is safe to serve one or two glasses, but no more.
It is inconvenient for the FAA to change the route and land in another city. Prevention is better than cure. The other passengers are to be protected, as well as the pilots.
Mercy Premsagar, MD
Schenectady

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