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A sign of the times at American Diner

— American Diner owner Mike Tassone is not one to keep his opinions to himself.

His diner’s menu spices its fare with quips and comments decrying the evils of too much government.

Last week, a red-lettered sign went up outside the building’s west wall facing the railroad tracks where they cross Old Liverpool Road:

“Repeal NYS S.A.F.E. Act

“Honor the Second Amendment.

“scopeNY.org.”

S.A.F.E. too stringent?

The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, better known as the New York State S.A.F.E. Act, was passed by the state legislature on Jan. 15 and signed into law the same day by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The law, which bans possession of high-capacity magazines and establishes other stringent regulations of firearm dealers and owners, is characterized by the governor as the “toughest” gun-control law in the nation.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association publicly criticized several aspects of the legislation.

“The new definition of assault weapons is too broad,” the Association stated, “and [it] prevents the possession of many weapons that are legitimately used for hunting, target shooting and self-defense.”

You’ve got to give Tassone credit. American Diner not only provides tasty sustenance, it also serves timely civics lessons!

Immaculate thefts

How low can you go? A crook or crooks apparently robbed money from weekend church collections several times between April and June at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church on Beechwood Drive in Galeville.

The church’s pastor, the Rev. Dan O’Hara, announced the discovery of the thefts from the pulpit at Mass late last month.

Congregants had complained that checks they’d contributed hadn’t been cashed. Noticeably lacking fear of God, the crook or crooks likely snagged contribution envelopes, tossed the checks they found and kept the cash.

A couple years ago, similar thefts occurred at a church in the village. Liverpool police identified suspects but found too little evidence to arrest anyone. That case remains inactive unless new information comes to light.

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