People need to respect authority

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI couldn’t agree more with the opinions of Mr. Bob Belive and Mr. Robert Mangino in the Oct. 7 opinion page. Maybe it’s time to go back to the draft. Instead of being drafted by the NFL and making millions of dollars, these players who disrespectfully take a knee should be drafted by the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines. Then they will see what it’s like to lose a knee or arm or life fighting for that right to express themselves. A lot of blame for what’s going on belongs in many places. Too much education money is spent on sports instead of education.Blaming the police for doing their job. Politicians giving everything for free, just to win votes for their party.Remember that saying, give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.Give a man a welfare check, you feed him for a month. Make him go to work, you feed him for life. It also keeps him busy and less likely to get in trouble.Wake up, America. It’s time to get back to the days when you went to school to learn and not just play ball. It’s time to respect those in authority, not condemned them for doing their job. If you don’t do the crime you won’t do the time. It’s time for political leaders to do what’s right for all legal Americans, not just win votes for their party.Joe StatileConway, South Carolina (former area resident)More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Cashless tolls add to growth of Big Brother

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re Oct. 1 editorial, “Time for state to go all in on cashless tolls”: I would like to present my objection to your “Big Brother” approach.In the past, you published how much money New York state gathered in interest with E-ZPass account deposits, more money for our reckless spending state.Per the Massachusetts experiment of charging out-of-staters and non-E-ZPass patrons even more money than E-ZPass patrons, this becomes a deterrent to using toll roads, possibly increasing traffic and accidents on our secondary roads. I also object to the concept of using E-ZPass to track my usage, times and destination due to my distrust of my “benevolent” government. In eliminating all the toll collectors’ jobs, who will provide assistance to the “lost” tourists? How many of these out-of-work collectors will be put into “make work” jobs and how many will end up receiving some form of public assistance? I’m sure your readers will be able to provide additional objections to this poorly devised revenue enhancer. I feel it’s time to say no to your liberal/socialist concepts that Big Government will take care of us all.Lance FrasierCobleskillMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Get rid of the GOP, support the people

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe United States was founded upon the fight for independence from a monarchy and unfair taxation. The GOP would return the United States to a kleptocracy. The Republicans’ tax bill is a travesty that will further devastate the poor and middle class while rewarding billionaires and large corporations with a mega tax cut. This bill will balloon the deficit, which the GOP will use as an excuse to cut Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.The GOP and Comrade Trump know that their tax bill’s “trickle down” economics has never worked. The GOP and Trump’s “fact-free” sound bites about the tax legislation are transparent to over 50 percent of the public who oppose this reverse Robin Hood bill. Yet, few Republicans opposed this sham bill that will also open up ANWR to oil drilling, causing permanent environmental degradation. But the GOP’s long-term plan is more destructive and sinister. Republican administrations continue to appoint ultra-right and unqualified lifetime judges to federal courts. The GOP fosters distrust in the government and legitimate news outlets while promoting their own false narratives. Trump’s unstable personality disorder could lead us into a nuclear war, if only to distract from the Russia investigation and garner immediate lemming-like support for this embarrassing specimen of a president.It’s time for the public to awaken from the GOP’s gas-lighting strategies. The Republicans have retreated from the principles upon which this country was founded. Americans need to replace the GOP with politicians who will support “we the people,” not just the rich.Doreen HarrisScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, July 8

first_imgThe Schoharie Town Board received a request for a solar farm project at its June 12 meeting.The developer, Borrego Solar, presented maps and photos of the proposed 7 mw solar farm to be sited on our land, well off state Route 30 and screened from the highway and adjoining property owners. It’s a community solar project sized to supply locally produced solar-generated power for up to 2,000 typical residences.Residents in Middleburgh, Cobleskill, Esperance, Gallupville, Berne, Duanesburg and others throughout the National Grid distribution district can purchase their electricity from this project, at a discount.It will allow those who live in apartments, mobile homes and other residences, who don’t have the option or means to install their own rooftop or on-premises solar panels, to purchase solar-generated power. This project is for those who want a more environmentally friendly power source. It will signal that Schoharie County residents care about the environment and are actually doing something about it.Likewise, businesses, particularly tourist- and hospitality enterprises, that want to thrive need to be supportive of environmental stewardship and sustainability.This project’s location was chosen to preserve the valley viewshed; the visual impact is minimized on adjoining properties through topography and tree screening.  It has an environmentally friendly design that is supportive of wildlife corridors, promotes pollinators and bee habitat; and is the right size in the right place and at the right time.Len and Meg BerdanSchoharieWant change? Stop being complacentThere are those people who believe that pointing to the problems in the country is un-American. That is incredibly idiotic.Only a fool does not seek to understand and improve his or her own weaknesses.Also, I really don’t want to hear how it’s the fault of liberal politicians and policies.Since 1980, conservatism has been the predominant policy.That is why so few Americans are protected by a union, the wealth and wage gaps have exploded, poverty is looked at punitively, and healthcare is so expensive and covers less and less.We all need to own it. It’s so much easier to ignore or blame than it is to actually do something to fix the problems, because doing something means to re-examine the fundamental policy assumptions by which we have been guided for 40 years.We also will have to change how we do some things in our daily lives. Americans do hate to change their daily habits. We are so reluctant to change that we have allowed actual information — you know, actual facts based on best available information — to become unimportant, even antithetical to beliefs and practices.So, let’s stop pretending that the moat isn’t leaking and figure out how to repair it. Let’s stop blaming everyone else and look at ourselves, as we are the ones whose complacency helped to leak to become a deluge.James CiminoSchenectadyDemocratic clowns belong in a circusI hope that you who voted for the Democratic Party are happy the way our taxes are being wasted [millions] on them trying to impeach our president. They are stupid. All that money could be used on our teachers for better education and the schools. But no, they are so intent on making America the laughing stock of our allies. When it comes time to vote, don’t forget the way they are being idiots.They are putting on a better circus than Barnum & Bailey with so many wanting to be president. I think Ringling Bros. would be glad to have 20 or so more clowns. What’s that song? Send in the clowns?James MaxfieldScotiaVote for what we need in next electionThe New York Times’ June 13 article, “Social Security Faces Shortfall,” spends 800 words pushing cuts to our basic food and shelter retirement fund.Not one single word was written about simply repealing the millionaire-written exemption on all unearned income above $133,000. If they just paid the same rate as us regular people, Social Security would be solid for generations.Imagine if “We The People” took control of our country, how fair, secure and great America would be. Heck, we could have complete Medicare for all, saving us thousands of dollars per person and tens of thousands of lives a year.Let’s vote for what we want and need this time.Peter LookerGlenville Consider disabled at next fireworks showI’d like to thank the Rivers casino for hosting a great 4th of July celebration in Schenectady.I’m not sure what organization is responsible for the safety of the patrons, but care and oversight must occur when people are allowed to set up chairs blocking entire sidewalks.Individuals with disabilities and mobility issues had problems navigating at this event.They were required to roll their wheelchairs or use their canes or crutches in gravel.Please consider placing restrictions on where people can place their chairs so that those with mobility issues can navigate the surroundings safely.Disclaimer: I am a person with a handicap/mobility issue.Kevin ThompsonRotterdamMedia too anxious to trash Trump’s 4thI don’t agree with everything President Trump does. I surely don’t like everything he says.However the mainstream media spends more than 90 percent of their coverage of the president in the negative area.Case in point: The media spent a great deal of time prior to July 4 telling Americans how bad the Washington parade would be.Additionally, they decried the self-serving political speech Mr. Trump was going to give. Funny how they critique a speech prior to it being given.The celebration was fabulous. The speech honored America and outstanding Americans while showcasing and thanking the military of the United States.The same media that bashed the events prior to them being held, for the most part, went silent after they were completed.Why? Because there was nothing negative to say.John MetalloSlingerlandsJuly 4th is not for honoring veteransIt seems the Gazette Classified section led its advertisers astray last week. The July 4 edition included an insert dressed in the American flag but carrying several ads that recognized the service of military veterans.While as a veteran I always appreciate the recognition, the Fourth of July, Independence Day, is intended to celebrate the birth of this great nation.We have other holidays — namely Veterans Day and Memorial Day — on which to recognize the contributions of our veterans, both living and dead.Jerry BoehmAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionChild-obesity needs lifestyle changesIt’s not often an article sends me over the edge from lifelong living experience on the subject.Regarding the article in the June 9 Gazette, “Fat-shaming during childhood leads to long-term risk of obesity,” someone has too much time on their hands. “Childhood and youth over-weight and obesity are at epidemic proportions.” That’s been said for decades and will not change without massive amounts of education on the subject, and the family having some continuity in upbringing.This nation is not the same as it was when going out to dinner or buying takeout was a rare treat. Today, it’s routine. A big difference from home-cooked.Growing up as an obese kid and not really conquering the problem until age 21 left me with memories both happy and sad, including an unnecessary bi-lateral mastectomy in 1973.My actions in the past, like grabbing a kid that made fun of me, sitting on him and slapping him silly are probably not acceptable, but they worked.Name calling did not make me continue having a weight problem. I went through a major lifestyle change to lose my 100 pounds and keep it off. Not all kids are overweight and obese, but the ones that are most assuredly are not happy about it. The ability to change has to come from within. Name calling didn’t make them fat, nor will it keep them fat. The only solution is lifestyle change, which falls into many categories. Sometimes a good name calling, or teasing can spark the change.Bob BelieveGlenvilleSchoharie’s solar project right for alllast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Jan. 5

first_imgCareful about ‘noble’ plans to end sufferingGeorge Santyana was a famous philosopher, poet and novelist who was most noted for his quote “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”It seems that we now have a group of good-doers who want to end sufferings of individuals before their natural time is up.It’s supposedly a very noble idea, as we already have those on the other end of the spectrum who are disposing of pre-term individuals to satisfy someone else’s suffering.If you are aware of any history except your own, you will be aware that between the years 1937and 1939 was the starting point of a great experiment called national socialism. This was headed by a man called Adolph Hitler.Their idea was also to help individuals who were suffering and really of no use to society, and to make their sufferings go away.Again, a very noble idea? Later this was expanded to getting rid of anyone they felt needed to be eliminated. Be careful what you ask for.It’s a slippery slope from helping those through a noble idea and the government using that idea to eliminate you. Think it can’t happen here? Think again.Bob NicolellaGlenvilleMove Lady Liberty back to original homeJames Wilson’s Jan. 1 letter (“Put Lady Liberty back where she belongs”) regarding moving Lady Liberty back to her rightful, former spot in Freedom Park could not have been written better.Come on, Schenectady, let’s get her back where she belongs, where she can stand proudly and be admired by all. She looks so sad and forlorn in her new location. Let’s start our “Roaring 20s” off right and move her back to her original, proper home.Sally CoteNiskayunaUse stock tax to pay for infrastructureWhen the Erie Canal was proposed, critics scoffed at the immensity of the project. Ditto with the possibility of high-speed rail in New York state.The Daily Gazette is absolutely correct that New York does not have the money for such a project and that raising this issue is a distraction, especially when the issue has been studied before.Lack of funding is also an obstacle to the recent proposal to study replacing/eliminating I-787 along the Hudson River in downtown Albany. The Europeans and Japanese seem fully capable of realizing their high-speed rail projects.Why can’t we? The answer is simple: They have the political will, and we don’t.Once upon a time, New York state had the will. From 1905 to 1981, we imposed a tiny one-quarter-of-1% tax on the sales of stocks and bonds (originally introduced by the Republican Party), which caused no harm to anyone.The Stock Transfer Tax, if reinstated, would raise an average of $13 billion annually.Under the bill I have introduced in the Assembly, in coordination with Sen.  James Sanders in the Senate, all that money would be dedicated to infrastructure, including 10% to rail.The governor has decried this as a tax increase. Let’s put this in perspective. I pay a fee of $250 per year for my retirement stock account.  My share of the STT would be $50.If we do not reinstate the STT, all of these infrastructure proposals will be purely political and aspirational.Phil SteckLoudonvilleThe writer represents the 110th Assembly District in the state Legislature.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNeed major effort to stop school violenceSchenectady and I have a relationship much like siblings do.There are things I love about the city, such as Proctors, Central Park and our farmers markets, and things I don’t. There are things I love about the Schenectady schools and things that scare me.However if an outsider dare to speak an ill word about the city, the gloves go on.With a child at Mont Pleasant and a child at Schenectady High, I’ve much of the same concerns about each school.The behavior at each school is terrifying and unacceptable. My son was violently attacked because of a missed goal in gym class which was so bad the school called me to get medical attention for him. His classmate was charged with assault.Some teachers hand out earbuds to block out the noise from the hallways during class so they can test. While I applaud the teachers’ creative efforts, what are administrators doing to clear the hallways?What are parents doing?The problems in our schools are society’s problems, not just schools’. Therefore, we need an all-hands-on deck approach so results can happen. We need kids, parents, teachers, administrators and community members, including police, to be at the schools and available.I’m encouraged that the district has publicly admitted that we have issues. I’m encouraged by the gang prevention group starting up again. But it can’t stop here. Every kid has the right to learn in a place where they feel safe.Theresa DotySchenectadylast_img read more

Silicon spin-off for Ipswich

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Plug and play today

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The dice men

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Institutions salute the blue and white saltire

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Reading the rights act

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