April 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor: April 5, 2013


---- — ALEC exposed

TO THE EDITOR: Plattsburgh residents, like Americans all over the country, are impacted by the actions of a secretive organization that takes a tax break to lobby on our dime: the American Legislative Exchange Council.

ALEC is registered in New York with the Attorney General’s Office as a charitable organization, and at the federal level, where it enjoys tax-exempt status under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

But ALEC is no charity. In fact, ALEC is an organization of nearly 2,000 state legislators, including a number of members of the New York State Legislature, and more than 140 corporations, some of which are based in New York state.

Indeed, ALEC spends thousands on junkets and conferences to bring corporations and lawmakers together to propose and draft legislation. That makes it a corporate lobby front group masquerading as a public charity on the taxpayers’ dime.

New Yorkers shouldn’t have to subsidize ALEC’s agenda to privatize prisons, oppose campaign-finance reform and weaken laws protecting our environment.

Learn more about ALEC at a special screening of “The United States of ALEC,” a documentary by Bill Moyers, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at SUNY Plattsburgh, Yokum Lecture Hall, Room 200, 101 Broad St, Plattsburgh.


Executive Director

Common Cause/NY


Amendments violated

TO THE EDITOR: Except for liberal fools, every fool knows New York state’s new defensive-weapons ban violates the Second Amendment’s command that the people’s right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

What every fool does not know is that gun control of this sort rips the guts out of the entire U.S. Constitution.

Article 1, Section 10 of the federal Constitution bans any state from passing any law ex post facto, which means after the fact. Any type of gun or magazine that was purchased prior to the madness from Albany cannot be declared illegal until our Constitution is burned like Nazis burned books.

Registration of guns already owned also violates ex post facto, and requiring you to tell the state that you possess guns illegally made illegal violates the right of immunity from self-incrimination in the Fifth Amendment. Any warrant issued to search for or seize weapons banned unconstitutionally constitutes an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment.

Ignoramuses like Obama and Cuomo are trying to build a fundamentally different America and are creating a contraption that threatens the life, liberty and property of its citizens.

It’s high time they quit their tinkering and got out the instruction manual that came with it: the U.S. Constitution.