Letters to the Editor

Confused by the reaction

To the editor:

I watched, with tears in my eyes, as the facts became available about the massacre in the Connecticut school. God go with them all.

What has me confused is the liberal reaction to this horror. Within hours, they were showing all kinds of compassion, and rightly so. But aren't they the ones that find nothing wrong with abortion, even late term abortion-life. Maybe the birth certificate makes the difference.

Then to see the president, Mr. Cool, on TV with a tear shocked me. I did not listen to what he was saying because I know he hangs out with people that say we should kill our soldiers and torture their families. And some that want to kill all the crackers and their babies.

If that's the case, why would this really bother him? Is this compassion or just an excuse to further the anti-gun laws?

I was always told that if you cannot take a man for his word, then you're not dealing with a man. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Just an old man's observations.

Dave McBurnie,

Tribes Hill

Big cats causing no stir

To the editor:

This letter is regarding all the negativity I have read and heard about Mr. Salton's tigers and leopards. I decided to see for myself what a "dangerous" situation existed there.

At two different neighbors I asked their opinions. They said they did not like it. One person said these animals had no shelter from the weather.

What I saw was the most wonderful experience I could imagine. Each animal had a 30-foot area to walk around in, enclosed shelters for sleeping and protection from the weather, and a large exercise area. The enclosures have a very high sturdy steel fence with an electric fence around the top and large roofs over everything. There is a second very high steel enclosure about 5 feet away that would confine them if they ever got out of the first one, which is almost impossible for them to do.

As for how "dangerous" they are, Mr. Salton called each by name and they came to him to be petted. He put his hand in their mouths, put his face against the enclosure, asked them for a kiss, and they licked his face. They are extremely content and gentle. Some dogs (and especially people) are more dangerous than these animals. Just watch the news.

The only noise I heard was a low "rumble" in the throat of the male when he came to be petted. Mr. Salton said only occasionally the male roars during the night. I felt I was experiencing the restored paradise on Earth (Isaiah 11:6-11). I loved it.

The Mayfield town board members and Mr. Salton's neighbors should see these beautiful animals before they condemn him with scare tactics. Mr. Salton said these people have never seen his animals. Everyone should see them. It is extremely secure and safe.

Bertha C. Kenyon,

Northville

Making a difference

To the editor:

I'd like to thank editor Charlie Kraebel for the letter you wrote on Dec. 8. It was very kind of you to put into words what so many of us were feeling. My heart also goes out to Deanna Rivers, Chris Stewart, their families, and the community. But as you said, "All of us are created equal and should be treated as such."

I also want to thank you for mentioning Jonathan DeJesus and Paul Damphier, the two teens that were found dead in the town of Florida. Those two boys were wonderful kids that were loved by so many. I want people to know that when Jonathan and Paul were missing, their families reached out to the media for help with the exception of one television station that briefly showed their pictures and made less than a 30-second mention of them. All other television stations refused to help.

It was the family and friends of Jonathan and Paul who made flyers and pounded the streets day and night. We tried desperately to find the boys. Unfortunately there wasn't large teams formed to search through fields, or trained dogs, who could have easily picked up on their scents simply because we could not get their story out there for people to know we needed help.

It was heartbreaking to read the article that was released on July 17 that the two boys were considered runaways, not missing. I can't help but wonder if the boys weren't average kids, living a simple life, would things be handled differently? If just one of them was a star athlete, or came from a wealthy background, would the media jump right in to help? In my heart I truly believe with a lot of help we could have found the boys much earlier and maybe we could have kissed them goodbye.

I can't tell you how much your letter touched by heart. It's people like you who will make a difference in this world. You certainly gave me some hope back. Jonathan is my grandson and I thank you for letting people know that his life and Paul's life are as valuable and equal to all others.

Deborah Tiano,

Gloversville

No safety in numbers

To the editor:

My views on gun control:

(1) To say that if everyone was armed would solve any problems is absurd. If it were true, then no police officer or soldier would ever be shot. Also, being armed does not prevent an ambush.

(2) To say that "If someone wants a gun bad enough, he'll get it," is also faulty logic. If you follow that faulty logic, then why have laws and protections against anything, since a person could get it if the person wanted it enough?

(3) We sent thousands of men and women to Iraq because of a false premise that there were "weapons of mass destruction" there. Here we sell them on a grand scale, fail to outlaw them, and somehow connect them with the sport of hunting. Kind of like letting people buy dynamite or TNT and claiming they have a right to buy fireworks. (Even fireworks are illegal.)

Summing it up: People kill people, with guns, most of the time. Assault weapons, plus lots of ammo, equal mass murder. It would be easier to remove those weapons and ammo from society, than to try and identify potential monsters, who for whatever reason, kill as many innocents as they are able to.

Ask yourself this: If the weapons and their ammo were gone, or greatly reduced, would I be safer? If you can't say "yes", then you are part of the problem.

Mark Valberg,

Amsterdam