State is leading by example on gun laws

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As we have seen time and time again, guns can do great harm when they end up in the wrong hands. The gun enthusiasts of New York state have demonstrated that they take seriously their responsibility of gun ownership. Most gun owners I know lock their guns and ammunition away when not in use, teach their children safe gun-handling and hunting skills, practice with their guns and abide by the state laws put in place.After reading John Cropley’s Oct. 15 Gazette article, “N.Y. is home to low gun death rates,” it also sounds like New York state shop owners are doing their part as well.The article states that shop owners inspect their merchandise when it arrives to make sure it conforms to state laws, complete necessary paperwork and offer more safety classes and marksmanship training. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?center_img Mr. Cropley’s article also notes that the police are busy doing their job enforcing the Safe Act regulations. From 2013 to Sept. 2017, there have been 17 arrests for failure to register legally owned assault rifles, 123 arrests for possession of high-capacity magazines, 816 arrests for illegal possession assault rifles and 338 arrests for illegal possession of fully automatic weapons. When you think of the damage that can be caused by just one automatic weapon with high-capacity magazines, these arrests are even more impressive.The cooperation between gun owners, shop owners and law enforcement has helped to make New York one of safest states in the nation when reviewing firearms death rates. There were 144 fewer firearms deaths in 2014 than in 2005 in New York, and our state has the fourth-lowest death rate from firearms in the nation.There’s much more to be done to continue this trend.The mental health component and the need to improve the nation’s ability to do background checks are two areas in need of significant improvement. I feel that New York state citizens have set an admirable example as to how reasonable gun laws, and gun ownership, can co-exist.ROBERT KARANDYBurnt Hillslast_img read more

Help Rivers Casino thrive before looking at exit

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Jan. 14 column, “Look At Casino In The Past, Present, And Future,” by Dr. Roger Hull is a well-written column dealing with the issues that exist with the Rivers Casino and the possibility of a Schenectady without a casino. My only criticism of the column is his reference made about “robberies in the casino parking lot.” Dr. Hull readily admits that this is “hearsay.” To even mention this, without a police report substantiating this claim, can be detrimental to the casino and does the casino a gross injustice — especially if it’s just “hearsay.” Maybe, Donald Trump is correct about “fake news.”Every casino has its problems with security, problem gamblers and misguided financial projections. Those casinos and cities that have been successful have found corrections to those problems or have developed plans to cope with them. Why not focus on this instead of developing plans for “life after the casino.” Let’s hope that the Rivers Casino and the city of Schenectady can focus on developing plans for success.Paul FoxSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Hammerson tipped to land Greycoat deal

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Grand central

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Clash of the titans

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Northbrook strikes big in Belfast

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The West End market is slowing but it’s not all doom and gloom

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How to … Secure finance and expert guidance for resi development

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Drumming up trade

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Finally going home: Wuhan evacuees in Natuna to be released from quarantine on Saturday

first_imgThe government evacuated 238 Indonesian citizens from Wuhan and surrounding areas of Hubei on Feb. 2 following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. They were immediately airlifted to Natuna Island after landing at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam for quarantine.The ministry’s public health improvement coordination undersecretary Agus Suprapto said a total of 47 officers and health workers in the quarantine area would also be sent back to their respective hometowns in 29 provinces across the country.“Most of the evacuees are from East Java,” Agus said. “What needs to be asserted is all of them are in good health.”Read also: Govt looks for free flights to transport quarantined citizens from Natuna to home towns In response to calls for the observation period to be extended to 24 days, BNPB head Doni Monardo said he would continue to coordinate with the Health Ministry, which is coordinating with the World Health Organization (WHO).Many have argued a 24-day quarantine would be more reliable than 14 days.“As for now, the WHO still maintains there is a 14-day incubation period [for COVID-19]. However, this doesn’t rule out the possibility of changing the policy if there are other dynamics. We will continue coordinating with various agencies, including the BNPB, the health ministry and the military,” Doni said.The former military general added that the Indonesian Military (TNI) would prepare four airplanes to depart from Natuna for Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.The BNPB has booked commercial plane tickets for the evacuees to return to their hometowns.“The government will also assist those who want to remain overnight in Jakarta by providing accommodation and transportation. This way, they will not face much trouble getting back home,” Doni said.Read also: Indonesia readies plans for post-quarantine period: Health MinistryThe Executive Office of the President confirmed the observation period would end on Saturday.“There will be no formal event upon the release of the evacuees,” the office’s undersecretary for political information and communication, Juri Ardiantoro, said on Thursday, as quoted by Antara news agency.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said the evacuees’ relatives would also be allowed to pick them up in Natuna.TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis visited residents of Kampung Tua Penagi and Kampung Pering Bandarsyah in Natuna on Thursday.Apart from inspecting health posts in the area, they also provided basic aid to residents living around the quarantine area on the island. Hadi said residents near the quarantine area, located at the hangar of the Raden Sadjad Airport in Natuna, were in good health.“We’d also like to motivate soldiers working on the humanitarian mission,” Hadi said. (hol)Topics : The government has said the 238 Indonesian citizens evacuated from Wuhan and surrounding areas of Hubei province, China, will be able to leave the quarantine area in Natuna, Riau Islands, if they remain healthy until the end the of the 14-day observation period on Saturday.Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said on Thursday the ministry and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) had finalized plans to release the evacuees once the observation period ended.“Following the two-week observation period, we will return them [to their respective hometowns] as they remain healthy,” Muhadjir said in a statement.last_img read more

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