Put Americans first over the Dreamers

first_imgWhat other country in the world do undocumented, underage, immigrant children get the reward of shutting down the federal government if they don’t get “their dream fulfilled?”Answer: the United States of America, whose politicians in the current left-wing Democratic Party are counting on these children growing up here with the rights and freedoms of citizenship, and voting for the continuation of the left wing, socialist and communist/progressive agenda.  It’s time the state and federal politicians get that fact into their heads and stop weakening our position in the eyes of other nations and our own citizens. We have our own legal and social issues with people who are Americans  — homelessness, drug addiction, poverty and lack of employment. Fulfill their dreams first.Then Congress can seriously take on the cause of helping others have their dreams fulfilled.God bless America.Adel LucianoAlbanyMore 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 censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scam Not even we damn Bible-totingChristians/Catholics want to see these children punished and suffering. We need to help them with health care,  proper education and love. But that doesn’t mean we give them citizenship.When they reach the age of 25, they need to return to their own countries and take back their heritage or get in line with those who are legally seeking citizenship status. If they have children, their children aren’t allowed to become natural citizens.Our state’s highest politicians, namely Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and our illustrious Gov. Andrew Coumo, are way off base in comparing the immigration of the early 1900s to the cause of the “Dreamers.” No one talks about immigrants who were turned away at Ellis Island and sent back to Italy, Ireland and the Slavic countries and suffered hunger or death. Not one politician talks about legal immigrant’s love of being an American and their rightful move to fully assimilate into their new country.They didn’t expect a free education,  housing or  health care. They worked in the lowliest and hardest jobs just to stay. They didn’t expect to have the federal government shut down because they “dream or deserved this.” They expected to work hard and love this country. They came legally.center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Shame on districts that thwarted protests

first_imgThis is a watershed moment in American history, rife with civic engagement and an opportunity to affect change many Americans thought could never happen. As educators, we have a duty to engage students in civic education that promotes an understanding of our democratic republic.The events of Feb. 14, though tragic, have created an opportunity for social and political change. The brave and relentless student leaders from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have shown American students the path to success. In fact, 12th grade Civics class requires this type of learning and engagement. The NYS SS Framework (curriculum) has three standards (12. G2, 12.G3, and 12.G4) that address First Amendment protections, civic duties and responsibilities. Districts that would punish students for participating in protests are doing the exact opposite of what is called for, and critical to the survival of our system of government. Grass roots policy change is very rare, and most movements amount to little more than a few loud protests.We have engaged our youth in political participation and debate like never before. I’m glad the Schenectady City School District Board of Education, high school Principal Diane Wilkinson and Superintendent Larry Spring support our students’ rights. Shame on districts who don’t.CHRISTOPHER OGNIBENENiskayunaThe writer is chairman of the Schenectady High School Social Studies DepartmentMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

EDITORIAL: Discovery reforms need to be backed by state funds

first_imgThe only way for them to keep up will be to hire additional staff, the cost of which will have to be borne by local taxpayers, at least initially.In addition to the cost of having to prepare and turn over the information, additional costs could come when cases that would normally be plea-bargained are taken to trial, resulting in greater expenses for prosecution and defense. And to speed up the transfer of huge files of evidence, some prosecutors have proposed purchasing better technology to assist them in sharing the documents with police.As with the objections to bail reform, supporters of discovery reform say the complaints from law enforcement are being overblown in order to frighten the public into demanding changes and reversing the progress that’s been made.But one can’t argue with the proven additional staff and financial burdens the law has already placed on law enforcement, just as one can’t argue that dangerous criminal suspects, including homicide suspects, who previously would have been held on bail have been released without bail.Perhaps perception of the problem is a matter of degree, but problems still exist and they must be addressed.The state has to provide some kind of direct financial support to localities to pay for these so-far unfunded mandates.It’s unfair to burden local taxpayers with solving a problem that the state initiated and didn’t plan to pay for. Categories: Editorial, OpinionBack in November, before new bail and discovery reforms took effect, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo mocked Albany County District Attorney David Soares for expressing concerns about the costs and implementation of those reforms.“Another day, another excuse. … His math and his convictions are both questionable,” the spokesman told the Times Union.Now that both reforms have been implemented and now that reality has replaced aspiration, the only thing that seems questionable is why the warnings of prosecutors and other law enforcement officials weren’t heeded when the legislation was being prepared. And these days the only excuses seem to be coming from reformers who can’t quite seem to figure out how things could have gone awry so quickly.We’ve detailed the problems with the bail reform proposals in the past and suggested potential solutions.Now we turn to discovery reform — designed to speed up and increase the amount of information made available to criminal defendants, and to expedite disposition of their cases.Like the reforms to the cash bail system, discovery reform was long overdue because it was depriving defendants, many of them minorities and the indigent, of the ability to properly defend themselves. The result of not having timely information about their cases resulted in suspects being compelled to take plea bargains when perhaps the evidence would have supported either acquittal or a lesser sentence. It also resulted in them unduly serving time in jail awaiting disposition of their cases.The law was an attempt to restore equality to an unfair system of justice. And we agree it is needed.But like with the bail reforms, the Legislature didn’t put enough thought into the impact on the judicial system of expedited discovery before enacting the law, which requires that discovery materials be turned over to the defendant within 15 days of arraignment.In an article in Wednesday’s Gazette, prosecutors and police from around the region articulated the special challenges they’re facing of having to comply with the new law — all of which were anticipated well before it went into effect.Prosecutors have complained about the vast new workload that has resulted in adding hundreds of cases to their existing job in just the past few weeks. That’s placed an undue burden on staffs, forcing them to work weekends and nights just to keep up.The new speed at which documents such as witness lists and police reports have to be turned over has also stressed out police and crime labs.center_img Counties and cities shouldn’t have to wait for anticipated savings from fewer incarcerations and emptier jails to pay for the new initiatives — savings that many in law enforcement are doubtful will ever fully materialize.If those savings do come to bear as a result of these reforms, then the state can scale back on the financial support it provides and use those savings to offset the cost of the reforms.But until then, the local governments that are bearing the cost of these reforms shouldn’t have to front the money in order to implement them.Further, the state should look at whether the reforms themselves are creating more problems than they solve and actually hurting law enforcement’s effort to bring criminals to justice. And they should consider whether the new timetable for turning over documents is reasonable, or whether it can be modified to relieve the pressure on law enforcement while still guaranteeing defendants a speedy trial.Complaining about a legitimate problem is not the same thing as making excuses.And disregarding the seriousness of a problem is not the same as solving it.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Boots and Thorn clear out property holdings

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Desmond steps back but keeps it in the family

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Halladale floats to buck sector trend

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MWB told to modify bonus plan

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Manchester city plan

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Quintain and James Smith rise to top of the league

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Rugby tackles its centre

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