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NYS SHERIFFS: 10 Per Table? A Step Too Far
LETTER from NEW YORK STATE SHERIFFS ASSOCIATION

10 Per Table? A Step Too Far

Editor’s Note: The New York State Sheriff’s Department issued this statement Monday, Nov. 23, saying local sheriffs lack the resources to enforce Governor Cuomo’s edict requiring
that no more than 10 New Yorkers celebrate Thanksgiving together.
This is an excerpt.

Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order which limits “non-essential private residential gatherings” to no more than 10 individuals.

That has caused great consternation among many of our citizens, who envision armed officers arriving at their doors to count the number of people around the Thanksgiving table.

Many Sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders have felt compelled to allay those concerns by assuring citizens that officers will not be randomly coming to their homes on Thanksgiving Day to count the number of people inside.

That would be neither practical nor Constitutional.

The Governor has responded by dismissing those serious concerns on the part of local law enforcement, saying, “Law enforcement officers don’t get to pick and choose which laws they will enforce.”

We find that comment ironic, and disingenuous, since the Governor has directed that his own State Police do not have to enforce the order. Apparently, it is another case of “do as I say, not as I do,” such as we have seen with many other political leaders.

He has also called sheriffs “dictators” for following the Constitution rather than his orders, which we also find ironic.

We do not know if the Governor’s limit on home gatherings to ten individuals is the right number or not. That is a decision for science, not us, to make.

We do know, however, that the Governor has attempted to foist upon local law enforcement an impossible task. How are officers to know, without violating citizens’ right to privacy and other Constitutional rights, how many people are in the home?

How are they to determine if the family gathering is to be deemed “essential” or “nonessential?” …All of those are serious questions which make it impossible for law enforcement to know how to legally enforce the Governor’s order. They are questions that could have been addressed if we had a functioning State Legislature, creating clear and enforceable laws after input from those who would be impacted by them.

Instead we are faced with an unenforceable dictate issued without any consultation with law enforcement or the public as to enforceability.

We believe that rather than issuing orders that cannot be practically enforced, and then blaming law enforcement when they are not enforced, the Governor would better serve the people of New York if he were to use his position to encourage citizens to use common sense and voluntarily adhere to the guidance of state and federal health officials…

We urge you to listen to our public health officials.

We urge you to limit your exposure to those outside your household as much as you reasonably can. If we all do that, we will sooner be able to get back to normal.

We in law enforcement do not have the resources nor the legal authority to force you to do those things.

It is a matter of individual respon-sibility and we are confident that you will all voluntarily rise to the occasion.

TALLMAN: CFD Foregoes Donations In Pandemic
LETTER from JIM TALLMAN

CFD Foregoes

Donations In Pandemic

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Cooperstown Fire Department, I would like to let you know we will not be doing our annual Equipment Fund Drive this year. Due to COVID-19 and the economic impact it has had on us all we feel that we should forgo asking for donations.

Through your generous past donations we have been able to purchase the most necessary equipment we needed to replace. Although the prices of goods continue to skyrocket during this pandemic time, we felt this was the right decision to make.

We thank you for your past donations and, of course, the department will continue to gratefully accept donations if your circumstances permit.

JIM TALLMAN, Chief
Cooperstown Fire Department
(Editor’s Note: Regardless, donations may be mailed to Cooperstown Fire Dept., P.O. Box 1, Cooperstown NY 13326)

KUZMINSKI: Sanctuaries Recipes For Anarchy
LETTER from ADRIAN KUZMINSKI

Sanctuaries Recipes

For Anarchy

To the Editor:

In his letter to the editor of Nov. 12-13, county Rep. Rick Brockway, R-West Laurens, points out that the Village of Cooperstown was “made a sanctuary haven for illegal immigrants.” Indeed, the village, in April, 2017, voted unanimously, as reported in this newspaper, “not to participate in the Delegation of Immigration Authority’ under the Immigration & Nationality Act of 1996.”

Invoking the same idea from the opposite end of the political spectrum, Brockway has introduced a Second Amendment sanctuary proposal which would exempt Otsego County from the enforcement of certain New York State gun laws.

Two wrongs don’t make a right. The growing idea that local communities can opt out of recognizing and enforcing legitimate laws they don’t like simply by declaring themselves sanctuaries is reminiscent of the nullification movement in the Southern states before the Civil War. It’s a clear sign of a breakdown of law and government.

It doesn’t have to be that way. The civil rights movement also defied specific laws– those enforcing segregation – but it proceeded entirely legally. Unlike the sanctuary movement, it acknowledged the authority of the law by accepting arrest and going to court in the hope that judicial rulings based on precedent and reason would change the laws – as indeed they did.

The sanctuary movement on both sides represents muddled and dangerous thinking. It rejects the rule of law in favor of one or another partisan and sectarian impulse. It’s a recipe for anarchy which should not be tolerated. By voting down Brockway’s proposal, the Otsego County Board of Representatives has a rare opportunity to display some much needed political courage.

ADRIAN KUZMINSKI
Fly Creek

Let Grand Old Flag Fly

Let Grand Old Flag Fly

In memory of all Empire State victims of COVID-19, Governor Cuomo has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff until New York PAUSE is at an end. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Editor’s Note: This message was dropped off anonymously at The Freeman’s Journal office at
21 Railroad Ave.

I respectfully request the Village of Cooperstown return to raising our flag on Pioneer and Main to full staff.

We have had the flag lowered for over a half-year to respect the sick and the deceased.

That was good, and important to locals and visitors to our blessed town who travel here from around
the world.

Sadly, there will be more deaths from the virus, but lowering the flag does not help the deceased and it also creates a sort of perpetual sadness and helplessness which is not good for anyone.

A fully raised flag, on the other hand, connotes hope, strength, truthfulness, pride, joy, trust and leadership.

Simply, a raised flag accentuates the positive things in the world. Let’s accentuate the positive  and all the good that it will bring. Please raise the Stars & Stripes to full staff.

BASHEAR: Protect Our Gun-Using Traditions
LETTER from CHRISTIAN BASHEAR

Protect Our Gun-Using Traditions

To the Editor:

To express my support of the Second Amendment, I joined the 2AS group here in Otsego County when it was first organized. For far too long, the New York State government has passed more and more insane gun controls without seeming to care at all that they may be unconstitutional infringements to my
right to keep and bear arms.

I also am sick of the insulting name-calling pro-gun control people use to label us.

There is nothing unreasonable to champion the Second Amendment as written and nor is it unreasonable to call into question certain gun control laws.

I have grown up in a household that enjoyed hunting and target shooting. The same with many of
my friends and neighbors. We are not “gun nuts” and I don’t know of anyone who is.

In fact, I can’t see any of my friends or family even wanting to be around people who don’t respect their firearms. But that doesn’t mean it’s OK for the government to place one obscure restriction after another.

I want to see a future where my kids can enjoy hunting and target shooting as I did growing up. It has been a tradition that I fear might be stripped away.

There is talk every week on passing more infringing gun control laws throughout New York. We cannot stand for this anymore. I’m tired of it and it’s time for freedom to fight back.

Having the freedom of self-defense is not only our right, it is our duty.

CHRISTIAN BRASHER
Richfield Spring

FLEISCHER: Much Can Be Expected From Biden
LETTER from JAY FLEISCHER

Much Can Be Expected

From President Biden

To the Editor:

Presidential election results show the popular vote exceeds 145 million (75+ to 70+). The candidate with 75+ pledged to unite America, which will require the cooperation of the 70+. That’s what unity means.

To bring America together again and to achieve unity guided by law and order will require the support and partnership of both political parties.

With the Presidential change on Jan. 20, 2021, we can anticipate options that favor greater security for future generations, the application of science, attention to facts, efforts to slow climate change, attention to air and water quality, advancements in clean energy, rigid adherence to the rights of all citizens, effective measures to combat bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and hate speech, and improvements in global unity.

In addition, we can expect advancement in science-based effects to overcome COVID-19 – a benefit for our global society.

JAY FLEISHER
Oneonta

BROCKWAY: Gun Deaths?  What About DUI, 9/11?
LETTER from RICK BROCKWAY

Gun Deaths?

What About DUI, 9/11?

To the Editor:

Whenever I decide to comment on something, I first gather the facts. That, however, doesn’t seem the practice of many people in the area.

First, the League of Women Voters commented on the 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Movement. Then it was Mary Ann Whelan and others.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and they can speak or write their thoughts. The Freedom of Speech is guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. You see, I don’t just pick and choose the rights that I like. I value and support all of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

At the October county board meeting, I was asked by the leaders of the 2AS movement to submit their 3,295 petition signatures and read a statement. The members of the group were unable to do it in person because of COVID-19. If they could have been there, over 300 2AS members would have been standing in front of the County Office Building to show support for the movement. It should be noted: At that time I did not present the resolution.

I find it amusing and ironic that everyone has decided without reading it what it actually says. They say, “it’s unconstitutional,” “disrespectful,” “undermining law enforcement,” and “against our oath of office.”

Unlike Nancy Pelosi, who said you have to vote on it to know what’s in it, you have to read their resolution to know what’s in it.

They have no idea. The resolution was later submitted to members of the Public Safety Committee and
forwarded to Ellen Coccoma, the county’s attorney. She will check over its legality before it goes back to committee and eventually to the full board for a vote.

These same people who oppose the 2AS movement were elated that the Village of Cooperstown was made a sanctuary haven for illegal immigrants. That movement also forbids law enforcement
to come in and enforce the law.

Gosh – oppose law-abiding citizens of the county, but welcome and protect those who
have broken federal law.

Mary Ann, you stated that 25 children a week die from gun-related deaths.

I suppose that includes the war zones of South Chicago, Baltimore and New York City. That’s 1,300 questionable gun-related deaths a year. In 2019, 70,980 people died of opioids. We don’t blame you because you were a doctor and may have prescribed some of these drugs during your career.

You say that gun crime is down during the NRA convention. That makes me laugh. According to John Hopkins University, better than 220,000 and upwards to 440,000 deaths occur annually due to doctors’ malpractice. It seems the odds are far batter being a member of the NRA than going to the hospital.

In 2019, 30 people a day were killed by drunk drivers, yet we don’t blame the Ford or the Chevy. We were told not to judge all Muslims because of the few terrorists who attacked America and killed over 2,996 people and injured another 6,000 people in the Twin Towers, United Flight 93 and the Pentagon.

What’s the difference?

Whelan quoted the second and third words of the Second Amendment – “well regulated.” She forgot the fourth – “militia.” She also forgot to mention the last statement – “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” That’s all they want.

deBLICK: Founder’s Goal: Individual Sovereignty
LETTER from GARRETT deBLIECK

Founder’s Goal:

Individual Sovereignty

To the Editor:

Recent discourse has revealed an alarming ignorance concerning the Bill of Rights. It seems a prudent reminder that the origin of these listed Rights was, in fact, part and parcel to how America became a nation.

The foundation of our Bill of Rights comes directly from the Declaration of Independence. For the Declaration itself listed “certain unalienable rights,” which were transgressed by Great Britain. The Bill of Rights echoes some of those 27 listed within the Declaration.

Point being, such Rights are deemed “unalienable,” meaning that they cannot be taken away, but either embraced or transgressed.

Before adoption of the Constitution, championed by the Federalists, Anti-Federalists insisted the inclusion of these essential Rights to ensure Individual Sovereignty of the new American Republic.

Hence, the Bill of Rights had then become the expressed fabric of sovereignty of the individual, not any government.

It only makes sense. For years Britain transgressed the sovereignty of individual colonists; much as today in New York State, where the narcotic of gun control has been nonstop for decades. As stated within the Declaration:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and provide new Guards for their future security.”

Likewise, in New York State, the lust for ever more gun control for decades has been unrelenting. The Safe Act, as constitutionally repugnant as it is, still does not satisfy Albany, which desires even more stringent controls.

A despot’s “Never-ending Story” if you will.

We of Otsego 2AS will say again and again: Enough is enough!

Yet, the lesson of the Bill of Rights does not stop there. The first few words of that historic document begin: “When in the course of human events…” This is a generalized phrase meaning human existence. We, now today, are living, still, “in the course of human events”.

So, within this “human existence”, to what authority do those stand when they put their chosen reverence to New York State law in knowing conflict of the Rights listed in our Bill of Rights?

It has been a curiosity where one pledges their oath upon the U.S. and state Constitutions when they are manifestly in conflict with one another.

Perhaps a politician’s dream to pledge an oath to both, placating a façade of dual reverence. This is
precisely where Constitutional Law breaks down to become, quite literally, a Banana Republic.

In essence, what value is our Bill of Rights, when each state maintains its own unbridled rejection of such? Each establishing their own esteemed preferences, Bill of Rights be damned?

Case in point is, if a politician feels it no issue to restrain and be accountable upon the fabric of Individual Sovereignty to which our country is founded, what trust that they too will adhere to anything?

That is exactly why our Otsego County representatives must be held accountable to their sworn oaths.

For no republic bearing Constitutional authority can exist when that very foundation is chosen to be rejected.

GARRETT deBLIECK
Unadilla

LONDNER: Let’s Be Civilized Land, Edit Plaque
LETTER from STEVE LONDNER

Let’s Be Civilized Land, Edit Plaque

To the Editor:

It’s been nearly 50 years since Oneonta’s Neahwa Park actually fronted the Susquehanna
River, as still claimed in the plaque there that commemorates Sullivan’s 1779 Expedition. And it was 60 years earlier, in 1912, that the plaque was written and commissioned.

Time passes. Things change. Language matters. And history does seem to want to repeat itself.
As detailed in his article, “Massacre & Retribution: The 1779-80 Sullivan Expedition,” historian and author Ron Soodalter presents this violent punitive campaign as taking place within an escalating cycle of action and reaction. Sadly, the recent suggestion that the plaque’s language be examined and some sort of modern interpretive/corrective action be considered seems to be following a similar pattern.

In recent years, far too many of us have been hunkering down ever deeper within our silos and echo chambers, listening only to opinions and positions we agree with, with increasing intolerance for all others. That was bad enough, but now the silos are sprouting gunports.

Can’t we discuss anything even a little controversial with respect anymore? With reference to the plaque’s language, isn’t it about time we made good on the promise of this becoming a civilized land?

STEVE LONDNER
Oneonta

ERNA: A Scary World Awaits:  I’m There!
BE AFRAID, BUT DO IT ANYWAY

A Scary World Awaits:  I’m There!

Until then living mostly in Gilbertsville, young Erna Morgan McReynolds took an extensive
European tour en route to New Zealand.

I grew up outside a tiny Upstate village. With ideals. Maybe an even bigger share of naïveté.
Barely 21, I set off to the other side of the earth.

Emigrating to New Zealand.

Where to start? I went to the local travel agent. She had never booked a trip out of country that was not part of a package … and never 13,000 miles. I wanted to see as much of the world as possible on my way there.

Between us we figured out an itinerary. Shannon, London, Paris, Munich, Rome, Athens and more.

I had been to New York City a couple of times. Scranton. Binghamton. Warren, N.J. Philadelphia. North Pole, N.Y., to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Albany on a high school field trip. The sum of my big city trips. No Greyhound buses anywhere. No train rides. No inter-city air travel. Nary a night away from home.
Up until then, my only airplane trip had been a prize for memorizing and reciting in front of the entire church congregation 1,000 Bible verses. That flight was on a tiny single-engine plane taking off from and landing in a cow pasture.

I didn’t know what an airport was like. What you did when you got to some foreign country. What kind of clothes would I need? Where was it safe and cheap to stay? Where would I eat and enjoy local foods without getting sick? My Frommer’s Guide to Travel on $1 a Day helped me prepare for a lot of this.

Eventually I had every stay plotted. Some places with friends, their relatives or my relatives. Other cities at inexpensive hotels, guest houses, hostels, YWCAs. Guide books helped me figure out what currency

I would need, where and how to get it.

How to reach my family in an emergency, what to do if I lost my passport, where to buy postage stamps, cold medicine, get bus tickets and more. What sights were free?

When were museums and art galleries open? How and where to shop for food. Simple ways to save money. Where shouldn’t I go?

Guide books couldn’t tell me what I needed to take to emigrate from a tiny village in Upstate New York to the capital city of New Zealand. And I couldn’t take much. No suitcases with wheels back then. Lots of climates traveling east to Asia and then to the southern hemisphere, all in two months.

As I traveled further and further from Upstate New York, more and more fellow travelers told me how brave I was – watching me with concerned eyes. Where did I get the courage to set off on my own around the world. At 21. I had never thought that it was brave.

I just did it.

There sure were scary moments. Being pursued by a leering man at the Coliseum. Escaping from a brutish man on a tour of the Acropolis. Going down back alleys to find WCs (toilets) –many of which didn’t smell as good as a Porta Potty.

In New Delhi, jumping on the back of a young Pan Am clerk’s scooter to his aunt’s guest house after the YWCA had lost my reservation. Then the next day riding on the back of a bicycle with a man who spoke almost no English. Even worse since I never learned to ride a bicycle. But even terrified – I had no choice.

It was the same on my last night with my family. Growing up I had only been to a restaurant a handful of times (pretty sure only one handful). But for that night we went to a special restaurant. White tablecloths.

Seafood. Probably we couldn’t afford it. That night my Mom sobbed. My Dad’s eyes glistened with tears but he told me to do well.

But that night my dream evaporated. I was afraid. I wanted to change my mind. Stay safe at home. It was too late though. No turning back. I had quit my job and spent most of my savings on a non-refundable air ticket.

The scary moments mounted. But on the last, hair-raising leg from Sydney to Wellington I held the hand of a terrified Japanese woman on the turbulent flight and even bumpier landing. Told her we would be fine as my body trembled with fear.

And now the scene was set for my first march into the newsroom at the Dominion. God’s gift to journalism arrived after months abroad.

SWAIN: It’s Time To Let Columbus Regard Go
LETTER from MOLLY SWAIN

It’s Time To Let

Columbus Regard Go

To the Editor:

Claudia Tenney – you need to relearn your history of the Americas! (Re column, Oct. 15-16.) Italian-Americans have more to offer North America than Columbus!

Said man gleaned money from the Spanish king and queen who gave him enough money to buy the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. He told them he would sail east and find a new place for them and more gold.

Columbus reached South America and claimed that land for the K+Q.

He knew he found India – thus “Indians.” He never got north of the Panama Canal, (built long after him), and brought back to Spain some “Indians” and what little gold he could get out of the local rulers.

North American natives have no reason to be called “Indians.” They fought and worked with the Dutch and English people who came and empowered the local people. Ever since these natives have
been dealt with horribly.

A far greater person than you or me made a statement we must remember: “A house divided against itself cannot stand” – President Lincoln.

MOLLY M. SWAIN
Oneonta

ANDERSON: Election May Preserve Our Flawed, Free Nation
LETTER from ALLEN ANDERSON

Election May Preserve

Our Flawed, Free Nation

To the Editor:

If this is not the most important election in my lifetime, it nonetheless ranks as one that I feel is more important than most.

In the last four years there has been a consistent and unrelenting drum beat of negativism surrounding our country and our president, his character, and the state of the nation. There have been street riots, calls for social justice, accusations from every corner about some issue, and in general a malaise whose grand finale was the great Wuhan virus.

The odd thing is I am aware that this will “trigger” some, and that brings me to my next thought. Trigger is a word that now carries a new political meaning, just as does my choice of name for a disease. If you make a statement that another finds disagreeable for any reason you are accused of triggering them and that apparently opens a door that allows accusations based on nothing more that pure hatred to erupt.

This brings me to the question: for whom will I vote? More importantly why will I vote for a particular candidate. I am not going to try and convince you to vote “my way”, but I am going to ask you to consider why you will vote the way you will or have already done.
My choice is simple, and “some might argue not very sophisticated.

I have enjoyed a degree of freedom throughout my life that most of civilization has never enjoyed. I have been exposed to the greatness of my country and barbaric things my country has done in the name of God and Country.

On balance, I am proud to be an American because of the great things our country has done; on the other hand, I am deeply ashamed of some of our actions throughout history.

Every country has a history and for those who find a need to eliminate history I must ask why? Why must you hide your history? History is a one of our greatest teachers; it tells us about our humanity and inhumanity. It must be understood and appreciated.

I am voting for the man I feel is most able to continue to keep our nation free and will protect our freedoms.

I am voting for a man who believes and understands the importance of our Constitution. I am voting for a person I feel will keep alive the values we have demonstrated for the last 243 years.

The United States, with all its flaws, is the only nation in recorded history, that was established with the fundamental notion that the nation should be governed by its people through a representative republic.

It is hard to see that today, because our governance has been corrupted by men who lust for power and money. It is sad that most politicians do not understand their role and become easily intoxicated with power; such men are easily led into corruption, deceiving themselves and their constituents.

We are in that place today.

The choice on Nov. 3 in my mind is a choice between a flawed and free nation or a nation that will devolve rapidly into tyrannical police state.

Please consider the significance of your vote and what it will mean for your future and mine.

ALLEN ANDERSON
Unadilla

NORTHRUP: Limit Public Flagpoles To State, U.S. Flags
LETTER from CHIP NORTHRUP

Limit Public Flagpoles

To New York, U.S. Flags

To the Editor:

Now that Oneonta has gotten into the flag du jour game, it may be time to review the wisdom of flying anything other than an American flag on a publicly owned flag pole. Again.

Absent a state law governing what flags can lawfully be flown on municipal flag poles, the only lawful options in New York State are the national flag, the state flag and the municipal flag.

Not bastardized versions of the American flag with black and blue stripes, nor rainbow stripes, nor with images of an orange conman superimposed, all of which are violations of the Flag Code:

“The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.”

Both the mayor and police chief were right to have the latest public desecration taken down from the municipal flag pole. For the last 244 years, we’ve done just fine flying the American flag – unadulterated – let’s keep it that way.

CHIP NORTHRUP
Cooperstown

ROWLEY: If Flawed, Change ‘Safe Act’; But Leave Constitution Alone
LETTER from DAVID ROWLEY

If Flawed, Change ‘Safe Act’;

But Leave Constitution Alone

To the Editor:

In his recent Letter to the Editor, Mr. Anderson suggested that “arguably the most important amendments in the Bill of Rights are the first and second”. He was half right.

Clearly, the First Amendment, which guarantees our inalienable rights or basic freedoms, distinguishes a democratic nation like the United States from – as Jefferson believed in 1776 – the King of Great Britain. It is, in fact, the direct philosophical link to the Declaration of Independence.

I tend to believe that the majority of the U.S. citizenry – namely women – would argue that the 19th Amendment (Women’s Suffrage) has an edge on the Second. It appears we need to be reminded that James Madison’s Bill of Rights (ratified by the States in 1791) became part of the Constitution in a nation governed by white male property owners.

African-Americans might object to Mr. Anderson’s assertions about the Second Amendment by citing the importance of the Civil War Amendments – Amendments Thirteen/Abolition of Slavery, Fourteen/Incorporation or application of the Bill of Rights to States and Fifteen/Black Suffrage.

I would argue that universal application of equal protection of the law is the core foundation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, i.e., the essence of our democracy.

The old adage, that you can determine if a nation is a democracy by checking the prisons for political prisoners, would seem to support the case for Amendments Four, Five and Six. Of course, maybe I am overstating the significance of protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to due process of law and the assurance of a public trial by an impartial jury.

The doctrine of Judicial Review was established by the Marshal Court in Marbury v. Madison (1803) and, consequently, for over two centuries, laws passed by a Legislative Branch and actions by an Executive Branch have been subject to a Court review
of their constitutionality.

With regard to the Second Amendment, I would suggest that District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) is the most compelling case to review because the majority opinion was written by Justice Antonin Scalia, who is considered one of the more influential “originalists” and “textualists” in the history of the Supreme Court.

The Court ruled that the District of Columbia could not ban handguns and it protected an individual’s right to possess a firearm when not in the militia because the term “militia” was meant (by Madison, according to Scalia)) to refer to “the body of all citizens”.

However, Justice Scalia also wrote: “The right (to possess firearms) is not unlimited, it is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” The Court also recognized “the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons”.

It is undeniable that the rights of citizens protected under the umbrella of the Second Amendment may be limited – constitutionally – by a Legislative Branch of Government. The manner to redress a grievance against what is arguably a flawed piece of legislation (the Safe Act) is best carried out in the voting booth or in the courts.

The proposal to make Otsego County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” is just as flawed as Mr. Anderson’s original and grossly overstated assertion about the importance of the Second Amendment. As a lifelong gun owner, I believe this hyper focus on the Second Amendment is tantamount to intellectual tomfoolery.

DAVID P. ROWLEY
West Oneonta

He Fired Them; Fire Him

LETTER from KENNETH J. KAVANAGH

He Fired Them; Fire Him

To the Editor:

The list never ends.

General John Kelly (former Chief of Staff), General Jim Mattis (former Secretary of Defense), Rex Tillerson (former Secretary of State), Richard Spencer (former Secretary of the Navy), John Bolton
(former National Security Adviser) and on and one.

The common denominator through them all is “former.” They were ALL wrong and summarily in time dismissed. In each and every case, Trump was always right. After all, when is he ever wrong?

His selections of incredibly able people to his cabinet, followed by his summary firings, underscore the futility with which he has governed this country for the last four years. Sadly there is no room
whatsoever for disagreement even to the extent of a difference of opinion. It is the king’s way or else.

But, in point of fact, the emperor definitely has no clothes, nor the common sense to engage the expertise of advisers who know far more than he ever will. He chose them and dismissed them.

Now it’s our turn to dismiss him. Vote!!

KENNETH J. KAVANAGH
Cooperstown

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