Troy murders show need for executions

first_imgThe death penalty encourages repentance, relieves the killer of living with his crime, and prevents more crime. In countless cases, convicted murderers have been released or escaped and murdered again.As Dr. David B. Muhlhausen of the Heritage Foundation testified before Congress in 2007, increasing the risk of  punishment deters individuals from committing crime. Criminals “rationally maximize their own self-interest subject to constraints that they face” and “studies consistently demonstrate a strong link between executions and reduced murder incidents.”A 2012 Vera Institute of Justice study showed the average annual per inmate cost was $60,076 in New York state prisons and $167,731 in New York City. A young killer in state prison for 40 years could cost $2.4 million.Murderers often escape punishment; victims never do. If I’m morally and legally allowed to deprive a would-be-murderer of his life to save my own, the state is right to take away his life after I’m murdered. Robert DufresneRensselaerMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Regarding the Schenectady men arrested for the savage murder of women and children in Troy: First-degree murder demands equality, i.e. capital punishment. While rarely used, 31 states have death penalty laws.New York should, too.While the killers of those people won’t face death, it’s absolutely wrong to equate the victims’ lives with life in prison.God authorized capital punishment. In Genesis 9:6, God told Noah “If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed.” In Exodus 20:13 God commanded “Thou shall not kill”, and “kill” obviously means murder. Romans 13:4 confirms that properly constituted government “….is a servant of God for your good. But if you do evil…. it is the servant of God to inflict wrath on the evildoers.”Since the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment has stood for 226 years, capital punishment is obviously not the prohibited “cruel and unusual punishment.” last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, May 16

first_imgSen. Tedisco is a hero to abused animalsI’m really impressed with Sen. Jim Tedisco’s feelings on animal cruelty.My beautiful cat, Jack, was abandoned. One day, I went across the street to visit my neighbor. This beautiful tuxedo cat rushed out to see me. He just loved people. “He’s a bully,” my neighbor said. He chased away her stray cats that she fed. My neighbor didn’t want him either.There’s no end to animal cruelty. Dog’s ears are cut. Their tails are cut off, leaving them looking like they need underwear.Dairy cows’ tails are cut off; it’s easier than cleaning behind them. Their calves are put in a small cover, tied so short they can’t really move.Sen. Tedisco is a hero, helping to put Buster’s Law through.Eunice KilmerJohnstown Congress must step up to serve countryOur country is falling apart. We are in great need of legislation on education, immigration, health care, global weather, trade agreements and much more. However, our Congress is too busy either investigating, or protecting our lying, cheating, autocratic president. It’s time they did something constructive, starting with enacting laws limiting the powers of the president. Also, they should consider making the attorney general an elected office. Nominees should be non-partisan, federal judges or states’ attorneys general. If not elected, the president’s nominee should be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. We cannot exist long if we ever have another president (even a Democrat) who would twist the Constitution to fit his or her needs.Louis BachScotia Trump shown to be an artist of losingDonald J. Trump promotes himself as the master-of-the-universe for his deal-making abilities and his wealth. The reality is that he’s the biggest loser; $1.17 billion lost from 1985-1995 alone. It’s obvious from his long record of many failed investments and bankruptcies that he spent all his time promoting himself as a business genius, but didn’t even do a cursory analysis of his investments.        For example, he opened The Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino saddled with more than $800 million high interest debt. There was no way he would be able to make debt payments when Atlantic City turns into a ghost town after the summer.As president, he acts impulsively without analyzing the consequences of his policies. His tariff policies are damaging American farmers and manufacturing. American taxpayers were stuck with a $12 billion bailout of farmers when China turned to Argentina and Brazil to purchase soy beans.President Trump is leaving a trail of destruction and failures, as he did when he plunged into failed investments in casinos and everything else he invested in.The sequel to “Trump: The Art of the Deal” should be “Trump: The Art at Losing.”Mark MarkovitzNiskayuna Backus will meet the challenges in NiskyIn October 2017, I wrote a letter on behalf of Brian Backus, a candidate for an open seat on the Niskayuna school district’s Board of Education. I and so many others were very pleased that Brian won that seat.At a recent Board of Education meeting, the various bargaining groups addressed the board with their concerns about what the groups perceived as important issues that aren’t being addressed by the district administration and the board.I spoke with Brian after I read about the meeting in The Gazette. Brian was very concerned and troubled that no member of the represented groups had chosen to speak to him before the meeting about the issues that were brought up to the board. In my opinion, Brian would have much preferred to have had conversations with those employees versus the surprise meeting. He told me, “People know who I am, what I represent. They know where I live. They know my phone numbers, and they know of my availability.”My conversation with Brian captured for me one of his strongest attributes, that of meeting challenges head-on. Because of these attributes, I believe Brian needs to remain an integral part of the Board of Education. With that, I heartily endorse his candidacy.Edward A. CarangeloNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThank you to military, volunteer firefightersThank you to all our armed forces every day and not just on May 18, Armed Forces Day. They protect us every day 24/7. Pray for them and their families. Do something special for them.Also, happy anniversary to the Jonesville Fire Department for its 100th anniversary. To all the residents in these towns, your fire departments are all volunteers. You should look into them and do something for them and their families.Whenever there is a fire, day or night, they leave their families and are there to help you. They also have jobs to support their families. Many young people don’t even know they are volunteers. Do something year round for them, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. Gift cards are always great for their families.Carol Pingelski HotalingClifton Parklast_img read more

Recovery position

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Retail and leisure Hard times or the best of times?

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Prudential to exit £650m White City retail scheme

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Government clamps down on planning delays

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LSH to find new Ofgem HQ

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Cultural resolution

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Bouncing back

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Eade on: In and Out, shake it all about

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