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Microstamping pistols is nothing but a gimmick

I always take pleasure reading the editorials in The News, sometimes I agree, (wise editorial) or disagree (off-base editorial), but reading the nonsense of June 16, regarding microstamping of semiautomatic pistols, I would like to add my comment. Microstamping of internal parts of guns is an unproven technique, hyped by anti-gun cranks as the latest in a long series of silly add-ons and useless rules that are saddled on manufacturers, dealers and legitimate gun owners.

An example is the fired bullet law, wherein all handguns sold in New York State must have a fired bullet retained by the state police. It is a useless "feel-good law" wasting state time and resources, and the time and resources of the general public. (This law, in the years it has been in effect, has never resulted in a conviction in the state).

New York has the most stringent handgun control law in the United States, the so-called Sullivan Law, which if truly enforced would result in quick punishment for illegal weapons possession. In my estimation, gimmicks are not the answer to street crime, and microstamping is a gimmick.

Harold Almquist



Sister Kane's views are right on target

Regarding the June 9 letter to Everybody's Column, Sister Theresa Kane's criticism of the Catholic Church's governance structure as not being a Gospel organization is right on.

Compare Rome's consternation and response to the nuns' changes in delivery of service to those in need, to the complete denial and coverup of despicable behavior of priests and Church authorities around the world.

There needs to be a recognition and acknowledgment of the faulty humanity of the church. In addition, the church needs to grow and validate the role of women among its ranks.

The writer says, "Jesus preached faithfulness, obedience, humility and charity." True! The leaders of the church, most of all, need to do the same. Jesus never said women were inferior to men.

Kathryn Woodward



Radical nuns are trying to destroy Catholic Church

I must concur with the June 9 letter about Sister Theresa Kane. She is one of a number of radical feminist nuns demanding equality on every level, including priesthood.

Kane and others like her choose to remain in the Catholic Church, not because they love it, but because they wish to destroy it at its deepest core, the Barque of Peter. These reformers have been at it for 50 years and have made some inroads with their many organizations, conferences and intergrating themselves into our theological and biblical studies, R.C.I.A. programs, retreat houses and Catholic centers. But I do not believe the Holy Spirit is happy with those fighting against his church.

I prefer to praise the things that are of God. In the three Catholic schools I attended, I had nine happy, devoted and self-sacrificing nuns, whom I loved dearly. My aunt was a happy, cloistered Dominican nun for 75 years. I presently volunteer at Response to Love Center, where sisters in sensible habits happily busy themselves helping the less fortunate. Space prevents the mention of others. God is cleaning house, not the Vatican.

Karen A. Flumerfeldt



School isn't to blame for death of student

The needless and tragic death of a Lafayette High School student last week has prompted finger pointing in the wrong direction. The school policy should not be blamed. Should a student be suspended for wandering the halls instead of being in a classroom? Yes. If you skip a class and wander the hallways, you get disciplined. A student gets suspended only after being previously warned.

It's not a new policy by any means. I graduated Lafayette in the late '60s and that policy was in place then. Does a suspended 15-year-old need an adult to come to school to pick him up? No. A 15-year-old student doesn't need an adult to accompany him to and from school every day, so why is an adult needed to accompany said student sent home on a suspension? Bottom line: If the student was sitting in class instead of wandering the halls, there would have been no tragedy.

Len Sperrazza



Why aren't politicians charged with adultery?

I find it almost the definition of our great state that a woman in Batavia was charged with adultery after being caught in "the act" with a young man in a public park in the late afternoon, and both our past governors were either caught or admitted to it publicly. Adultery is still on the books as a class A misdemeanor in New York State. I really love New York, but the standards of our leadership have fallen so far out of whack it is mind-boggling. There is so much misinformation and lying it is pathetic.

Do we all know what Medicaid is? It is the health care plan already in effect and is absolutely free to anyone under a certain tax bracket. It is better insurance than most of us could ever afford. A note to the candidates for governor: In your ads, don't just tell us how hard you'll fight -- tell us how and exactly what you're going to do for us. We'll understand. It isn't too difficult to put into words.

Timothy J. Clancy

West Seneca


Disastrous gulf oil spill should be an eye-opener

The Arab oil embargo of the '70s wasn't enough. The Exxon Valdez wasn't enough. The Persian Gulf "oil wars" haven't been enough, and neither has evidence of the damage caused by burning fossil fuels.

Do we really need anything more than the Deepwater Horizon disaster to convince us that it's time to make a real commitment -- with whatever sacrifices that will entail -- to developing and using renewable energy sources?

Stephen Jakiel



National Fuel is making investment in community

Dave Smith and his team at National Fuel have for many years assisted hard-working neighbors who have struggled with their gas bills. This corporate understanding and involvement is appreciated, as is its consistent efforts to work with neighborhood associations.

Recently, National Fuel increased its selfless involvement in our community by assigning a senior executive to function as deputy Erie County executive at no cost to the taxpayer. This is a significant investment in our community, especially for a company that has major business activities not only in North America but in other continents as well.

Richard T. Lee

Executive Director, Block Clubs and

Neighborhood Associations, Buffalo

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