Re Oct. 17 letter, “Keep assault weapons only for police, military”: Please define your definition of an “assault-style weapon”? Do you mean any item that can be used to assault and inflict rapid and numerous wounds and/or death? If so, it must apply to cars, trucks, planes, knives, swords, hammers, screwdrivers, any firearms, bottles, pipe and any item a deranged individual would use to inflict pain, injury and even death to another person or animal.What is wrong today is that people have changed. Why do certain people feel that the solution to their problem is to inflict pain and worse on innocent people? Is it drugs? An overwhelming fear of failure? The problem is not the object used to inflict pain and death — it’s people. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Over the years, I have observed that the prevailing attitude of prohibiting this and that and passing more laws isn’t working. It’s always easy to prohibit “something.” Does it really solve anything, other than saying we did “something?” It didn’t work for booze, gambling and prostitution, etc.I agree with your comment, “but our forefathers could not have envisioned the reality of today. It is not 1776.” Our forefathers fought to free themselves from the abuses of an oppressive government. I wonder how they would react to today’s governmental involvement in our daily lives?The people of today are nowhere to same people of 1776. Recent events have certainly demonstrated that fact. Some people are less caring of their fellow man, have an attitude of, “What can I get out of this for me,” and have just “gone off their rocker.”Let’s agree to really put forth an effort to address the real problem. Let’s address what is affecting people. Mental illness? Drugs? I do know one thing for sure. It’s not the assault-style weapons you referenced in your letter.Joe VivaBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
United States Vice President Michael Pence has referenced Jamaica’s economic reform for praise, among others in the Americas he hailed for their positive approach to growth. “Let me thank the many countries that have demonstrated courage to pursue economic reforms to empower job creation, innovators and citizens alike, from Argentina to Jamaica.”Bold action welcomed Vice President Pence who was addressing a protocolary meeting at the Organization of American States headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, said he and President Donald J. Trump welcomed the bold action taken by these countries. “And we look forward to expanding our ties of commerce and exchanges for generation to come.” Audrey P. Marks, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS, was also on hand at this special sitting of the OAS Permanent Council, called in the U.S. Vice President’s honor.Among other areas he emphasized in his address to the ambassadors of the countries of the Americas, as well as observers and other guests, the Vice President pointed out that “as we strive to expand opportunity for our citizens, we must never forget that security is the foundation of our priority and under President Donald Trump.US committed“The United States has remained committed to working with our allies and partners to ensure the safety and security of our people across the hemisphere,” he told the Permanent Council, the second highest decision making body of the OAS after the General Assembly. Mr. Pence recalled that since its inception, the OAS has played a critical role is strengthening security partnership across the wider region.Vice President Pence said there are tremendous opportunities to forge stronger trade relationships with countries in the hemisphere, and over the past year his country had successfully expanded access for vital agricultural products. The US is also strengthening its energy and infrastructure partnership across the region, he noted, and is working with Canada and Mexico to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to ensure that it holds to the original spirit of the special trade arrangement.