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Boaters have a responsibility

July 7, 2013

I read the comments written quoted by state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and I have to disagree with some of his statements....

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Jul-08-13 9:22 AM

Anybody who thinks every 14 year old is an irresponsible flake is a bad parent who couldn't raise her kids the right way, and a control freak who can't stop nosing in on other people's business. Kids are using boatloads of equipment from atv's to jet skis to bicycles to law mowers etc. don't let your lack of tact at being a parent force everyone else to suffer.

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Jul-08-13 7:31 AM

Judye what must first occur before an amendment can be offered? Have any idea?

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Jul-08-13 7:10 AM

Why did Goodell not propose an amendment to the bill stating that ny would recognize the license from any other state? If that was his only objection, it seems to me an easy fix, one that I think would have gotten across the board support.

When this issue was brought up last time I looked it up. The neighbor states of Ohio, Pa, NJ..all require boater certification.

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Jul-07-13 9:13 PM

It took a car load of 14 yr olds in KS to get killed and KS upped the moor vehicle licensing laws to match NY.

14 yr olds are 3 yrs out of grade school -- anyone who thinks a 14 yr old can safely operate a car, boat or any other transportation machine in public spaces with other vehicle operators around is an idiot.

Anybody who rants three times against the obvious is an idiot. Anyone who rants in support of 14 yr olds is...well...creepy.

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Jul-07-13 10:44 AM

14 year olds can hunt, with (gasp!) GUNS! does that bother you, busybody Dc? Oh, lawd, truly the end of the world is on hand!....

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Jul-07-13 10:42 AM

In order to get a "carload of 14 year olds" to go "barreling down the street" you have to first convince them that NY is worth traveling to.

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Jul-07-13 10:41 AM

14 year olds driving boats? Oh noes!! Gues what, they routinely operate farm machinery in that part of the country also, not to mention driving pickup trucks and other vehicles. As long as the kid shows some form of responsibility (and a farmer's kids are always part of the workforce), there is no problem aside from the imaginary and Chicken Little complex you are exhibiting now. You'd get along real well with hysteriCuomo, Diane Feinstein and Maud Flanders. All screaming "the sky is falling!!!" with no discernible evidence. Modus operandi for a misguided activist.

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Jul-07-13 9:28 AM

Up until about five ears ago, Kansas used to allow 14 yr olds driving permits -- so are you guys seriously suggesting that NYS should recognize driver reciprocity when a carload of out-of-state 14 yr olds are barreling down the street?

States are clearly not legislated, with sound forethought esp with machines which could easily kill, equally. Goodell knows better, but is lazy about it.

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Jul-07-13 9:03 AM

Goodell opposed the bill because it did not provide reciprocity with other states, as suggested by Mr. Tennity. If we want to welcome boaters from other states, we should also recognize the boating safety certificates from other states.

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Jul-07-13 7:14 AM

I have noticed that driver licenses have certainly created responsibility regarding speed limits etc.

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