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January 17, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 17, 2013

Governor’s

gun

TO THE EDITOR: Yesterday, I was listening to Gov. Cuomo speaking on firearms control.

He stated that he owned an 870 shotgun. Well, boys and girls, I worked for a 

state agency that used firearms,  and at every annual training session it was drummed into our heads full of mush that the 870 shotgun was the most devastating weapon in our arsenal. No, boys and girls, not the AR-15 rifle but the sportsman’s favorite: the 870 shotgun.

I, for one, am stunned that our benevolent governor would own such a beast. I’m sure the poor soul carries deep within himself a deep fear that one day that piece of inanimate steel will suddenly come to life like the little wooden boy and of its own malevolent volition spring from its nest and engage in God knows what.

I, for one, think that the good governor should rid himself and our wretched state of that terrible monster that he harbors in his own home.

DONALD LaPOINT SR.

Plattsburgh

Rescued

downtown

TO THE EDITOR: On Monday, Jan. 7, I was taking my husband to a doctor’s appointment in the old Merkels building downtown.

My husband is handicapped and has to be transported in a wheelchair. After parking in the city parking lot on Durkee Street, I proceeded across snow-and-slush-covered sidewalks toward the doctor’s office. About 15 feet from the door, the wheelchair got stuck, and I could not go forward or backward.

While I was contemplating my dilemma, a kind gentleman offered his help and got me to the door of the building.

Upon leaving the building a while later, I faced the problem of getting my husband down a curb across the street over another curb and to my car through snow and slush. Again, l was blessed to have another kind gentleman help me maneuver through the snow and slush and to my car.

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