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January 22, 2014

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 22, 2014

SAFE Act ruling

TO THE EDITOR: A federal judge in Buffalo (for the purposes of this discussion, I will call him Judge Pinko) ruled the NY SAFE Act constitutional because it was enacted for “safety” so it overruled the Second Amendment.

If Pinko can call himself a judge, I can call myself a nuclear physicist.

Judge Pinko either lacks reading comprehension or hasn’t read the Second Amendment, which begins: “A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state.”

Now, regulated meant, in those days, to keep regular, not to command from above. We had just fought a long and bloody revolutionary war to throw off commands from above. The militia referred to the armed citizens, not a government force, and security is safety.

The Fourth Amendment, for example, says we must be secure from unreasonable search and seizure, in other words, safe from them.

The Second Amendment is there to keep us safe from robbers, rapists, rioters, wild animals and overzealous government thugs.

The contradictory “SAFE Act” only serves to make these nasties safe as they prey on us.

LEO J. SENEY

Dannemora

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Cartoon biased

TO THE EDITOR: I am deeply offended by the editorial “cartoon” on Jan. 8. 

The only thing laughable about is the ignorance of the person who drew it. He is so blinded with partisan bias that he has lost touch with reality.

The framers of our Constitution established two branches of Congress: a Senate to represent the states and a House of Representatives to represent the people. The House is a better representation of the individual citizens, and the Senate has usurped its authority.

If the vehicle in the picture depicts our country’s economy, it should be shown speeding toward a “fiscal cliff” filled with all of the citizens. Perhaps the mechanic should be saying “The media transmission is stuck in a forward bias, accelerating toward the cliff, and it will cost trillions more, whether we fix it or not.”

The House of Representatives is applying the brakes, trying to find more jobs for the “mechanics,” rather than paying them for not working.

PHILLIP KIE

Plattsburgh

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