Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCats get justice, but unborn babies don’tRegarding the Daily Gazette June 12 headline: “Man guilty of stomping death of cat: Defendant faces 2 years in jail.” Un-headlined: The cat had been hit by a car.I have a confession. Seventy years ago, I shot and killed a healthy unwanted dog. Later that year, I graduated from college and went on to a 69-year engineering career. Question: Rather than graduating from college, should I have spent two years in Idaho state prison for killing a young nuisance dog?Meanwhile, in the United States, we kill more than 600,000 unborn babies a year, with government sanction. Question: Have we, as a nation, gone insane?Clyde MaughanSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Tax extortion drives New Yorkers awayWe recently sold our home in Lake George and at closing had to pay a transfer tax to New York state of over $2,300 just for selling our home. In addition, we were also charged a $5 filing fee. It is any wonder why people are leaving this state in record numbers when this type of tax extortion is allowed.We lived on a private road and received no benefits from the state, such as plowing, road repair, water and sewer. The most dysfunctional corrupt legislature in the country votes itself a pay raise and King Andrew(Gov. Cuomo) wants to provide free services to undocumented immigrants and convicted criminals and sends our money to other parts of the country and Puerto Rico, while legal residents struggle to live in this state to meet the greedy whims of New York state government.Jim FosterLake George VanDeusen best for Fulton Co. sheriffI’m writing to endorse Donald VanDeusen for sheriff of Fulton County.I retired as captain of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department in 2016 after 35-plus years and am currently a patrolman for the village of Northville.Don is my brother-in-law of 34 years. I have seen his career in law enforcement progress from Basic School to chief of police for the city of Gloversville. I personally believe that Don’s resume and extensive knowledge of law enforcement make him the best candidate for sheriff of Fulton County.Throughout both of our careers, Don and I have worked closely with our respective departments on various investigations. I have known him to do his job in a professional and dedicated manner to his department and the citizens of Gloversville.Don has proven his knowledge of the law and has shown he is an effective leader with great integrity who has worked to earn the respect of those around him. I know that Don would serve all of Fulton County with as much pride and integrity as he served the city of Gloversville. Please join me in voting for Donald VanDeusen for sheriff of Fulton County on Tuesday, June 25.Brian E. VanNostrand, Sr.Mayfield
Brazil’s star player, Neymar, was the hero of the day after his opening goal and another by Firmino dip into injury time to give former champions a quarter final berth ahead of Mexico at the Samara Stadium.It was the South American Representative’s sixth consecutive quarter final qualification since the painful elimination by Argentina in the second round match at Italia 90.But on Monday afternoon inside Samara stadium, the only CONCACAF representative left in the tournament, gave enough resistance most especially in the first half with some significant attempts to score against favourite, Brazil. However, PSG forward, Neymar changed the focus of the match with a perfect slide in from Williams cross from the left in the 51st minute.Mexico also made some attempts to equalise but Thiago Silva and Miranda gave goalie Becker enough support.Late minute substitute, Robert Firmino, puts the tie beyond Mexico in the 88th minute when he took advantage of loose ball and put the ball beyond the reach of goalie Ochoa of Mexico.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
PICO RIVERA – A local political group has failed to round up sufficient signatures to recall three Pico Rivera City Council members, but the head of the group said Monday it will refocus and try again. This time, however, members of Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics, or C-TIP for short, will push to recall Councilman Ron Beilke, who they claim has abused his power, said Raul Murga, C-TIP’s executive director. “He is the primary source of the problem within our city,” Murga said. “We raised the political concern in the community and it brought to light the abuse of power which Ron Beilke continues to display.” One of the two other council members targeted, Pete Ramirez, was ousted from office by voters in council elections earlier this month. The other, Councilman David Armenta, won’t be included this time because he “saw the error of his ways,” said Murga. Beilke said he was skeptical of C-TIP’s recall campaign all along. He said a second attempt to recall him would mirror the first. “This recall is simply a nuisance and people don’t want that anymore,” Beilke said. “It’s time to move forward and put the fighting behind us.” But Murga said his group will push ahead. “We’re pulling out all the stops,” he said. “Whatever we have to do to accomplish it this time, it will be done.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 His group needed to collect and submit more than 15,000 signatures from registered voters by Friday. Murga declined to say how far short of the required number the group fell. But he blamed the campaign’s failure on bad weather and the fact that many voters were out of town during the recent holidays. “There were a number of factors … where we could not actually go out and obtain signatures,” he said. Armenta said he was not surprised the effort to recall him failed. “It didn’t appear that the recall group was well organized. Their reason for a recall was a valid reason. It’s just the lack of organization and lack of people committed to the recall that made it fail,” he said.