Concealed weapons statements wrong 

A recent letter misrepresents Rep. Claudia Tenney's concealed weapons legislation and omits facts about a gun theft incident.

Tenney's statements are on her web site. They are clear and far different from what the writer contends. This legislation is not about uncontrolled, unmonitored,  unknown, concealed guns. It's about known (registered), controlled(permitted), monitered (by the permitting state) firearms. It is about law-abiding citizens being allowed to carry legal, concealed firearms across state lines without fear of being arrested and prosecuted simply because one's state's laws differ from others. 

When was the last time an innocent New Yorker was shot by someone from another state carrying a legal, concealed firearm, or even an innocent New Yorker shot with a weapon stolen from such an individual. Almost never. Otherwise the writer wouldn't have had to delve back nearly 20 years to find the Katko incident. Rep. Katko, then a federal prosecutor under death threats, was advised by Department of Justice to arm himself. His firearm, in a briefcase under the seat of his locked truck tha was parked in front of a church he was attending, was stolen. The thief and some of his buddies subsequently engaged other gangsters in a shootout, leaving two dead and one shot in the back.

None of the bullets were from Katko's gun, recovered from one the shooters. Two thugs dead, another seriously wounded, the perpetrators caught and Katko gets his gun back. A happy ending! Finally, the writer claims to be a gun owning, 20-year military vet  who feels scared and threatened by this legislation. I'm suspicious!  Sounds more like he's a Democratic Party Line Kool Aid sipper. 

Richard Sykes, Oriskany Falls             

 

Why suddenly has Oprah found voice?

So Oprah gives a speech to her sycophants and they cheer and cry at every word similar to a speech Kim Jung-Un might give and she's now a candidate for president.  How brave she is. 

For more than 20 years Oprah has said nothing about the Hollywood perverts.  Now that other women have come forward all of a sudden she finds her "truth." She knew.  Streep knew.  Hollywood knew. 

What's interesting is all the women who accused Bill Clinton were called "trailer trash" and "a narcissistic looney toon."  Liberal women blamed Monica, not Bill.  Oprah never spoke up for her.  Her faux outrage is nothing but opportunism.  American women will see through this sham.    

Bob Morris, Utica

 

Tenney's priorities in wrong direction

If people are as unfortunate as I am to be ensnared in Claudia Tenney’s e-mail system, then they will share my frustration with Tenney’s obvious priorities as member of Congress.

Priority 1: raise money. Priority 2: get re-elected with the money raised from Priority 1. Priority 3: Obey the new political bosses and follow the agenda presented by them for her rather than fight for the interests of NY-22. 

When Tenney ran to replace Richard Hanna she promised to fight “crony capitalism” as she called it, a sterling example of which is the on-going preferential treatment that Ray Halbritter and the Oneida Nation enjoys at the direct expense of the rest of the citizens of the region.  Since her election, she has fought over vegetable sellers on Route 81 and she has fought to get government contracts for one of her constituents who makes tableware.  Beyond that, Tenney has proven to be anything  but a “fighter” for her constituents.  She has turned out to be “Fraudia” and I, as a former enthusiastic supporter, will be glad to see her limited to one term in Congress unless she revives her promises and starts acting like the person who campaigned for office only one short year ago.

David B. Vickers, Wampsville, president of Upstate Citizens for Equality

 

Downtown hospital a voter decision

A lot of people have written their concerns and oppose a new hospital being built in the heart of Utica. I am one of these people.

We have three hospitals in the area, St. Luke's in New Hartford is the better choice to add on to its facility. You need to update St. Luke's and make it up to par and not spend time putting a hospital downtown. It is a waste of money when we already have an existing St. Luke's with all the land.
Common sense is needed here and with the auditorium, it will be too packed up with traffic. The St. Luke's site is the wise choice.
Use your head. Build what most people here in Utica and surrounding areas need! A strip plaza would be ideal to create vitalization. As taxpayers it should be put up for a vote by the people, and not be controlled by higher ups.

Mariangela Iurono, Utica