March 1, 2013

Letters to the Editor: March 1, 2013

Gun bans

TO THE EDITOR: I am worried about how everyone in local, state and federal government is trying to limit guns from being in the hands of American citizens, as this is a Second Amendment right afforded to all American citizens.

New York Gov. Cuomo has banned assault weapons and limited all guns, even pistols with a permit, to seven rounds max. California and Colorado have done the same.

The government and the states want mental-illness people to be exempt from owning guns. My question is what is their criteria for determining a mental disease that prohibits ownership of a firearm?

The facts: 2.4 million Americans experience schizophrenia, 5.7 million Americans experience bi-polar disorder, 14.8 million Americans experience depressive disorders, 40 million Americans have anxiety disorder, and around 39,000 of our troops from Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

I must also ask why is the government trying to limit gun ownership in the United States all of a sudden?

I must say guns kill with people using them as cars kill with people using them. I state that people will be crazy if they give their guns up.


Tupper Lake


Flood insurance

TO THE EDITOR: Last summer, Congress enacted changes to the National Flood Insurance Program that will result in dramatically higher flood-insurance costs for many policy holders.

To account for the true costs of flood insurance, the bill phases in premiums that reflect the full flood risk of each insured building.

Congress clearly wants to restore the fiscal soundness of the NFIP (which owed the U.S. Treasury $17 billion prior to Hurricane Sandy) and expects people who occupy flood plains to shoulder more of the costs.

The legislation phases out insurance subsidies for several categories of buildings, including second homes, business properties, new policies and newly purchased property.

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