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:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Ban on opioids won’t solve the problem

first_imgThe current opioid crisis has drawn significant media attention due to the sheer number of deaths from improper or illegal use.People simply want government to “do something.’ The ensuing political circus stifles rational debate and usually results in damaging overreaction.To wit, one solution is to ban the production, distribution, possession or use of any and all opioids. It’s “common sense” that overdose deaths would drop to nearly zero if opioids were banned. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It’s easy to be momentarily swayed by these soothing pronouncements when, in actuality, these are warning flags of imminent government overreach.Supporters of the Second Amendment recognize this flawed logic because — let’s be clear — the objective of the anti-gun lobby is to ban private ownership of firearms.Put forth as “common sense” (a phrase frequently employed by the condescending intelligentsia), these arguments would never be a reasoned solution to opioid abuse because it is readily apparent that the rights of many legitimate patients would be sacrificed to benefit the few.In both cases and under the justification of saving lives, it matters not what legitimate users want or need. The benefits of legitimate use must be ignored and the offending implement banned — whether it’s a drug or firearm.Tim ConnollySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashlast_img read more

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Take stock in past, look forward to future

first_imgSo as we look at the social and personal chaos in our government and society, we can see it as the distraction it is, keeping us from recognizing the lockstep order of the gang of wrecking balls in the Cabinet and halls of Congress that are systematically undoing everything done for our citizens since Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.  We’re seeing the largest economic gaps since the fall of the Roman Empire, and the Ugly American in charge is busy tweeting about trivial opinion chasms in our country and around the world.Whose fault is it?  If you mean “fault” as in San Andreas, it’s ours.  Fissures can be spanned. But not if you keep digging.Karen Cookson lives in Sharon Springs and is a regular contributor to the Sunday Gazette Opinion page.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: 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 intimidation So at this particular beginning of the new year, taking stock of events is a good thing to do.A useful project is to write your own epitaph. Or your famous last words. Or your obituary.At least then it will say what you would like to be remembered for. Then give it to someone you trust.What are we grateful for?A family doctor who saw what was going on with the heart valve and immediately sent me to the best place possible, best hospital possible, and best surgeons possible.Neighbors who showed kindnesses beyond measure to help recovery.Friends who kept in touch and kept us laughing; nothing is better exercise than the internal jogging of a big laugh.   When nuclear wars and natural disasters actually seemed not only possible but inevitable, the national malaise of PTSD (Post-Trump Stress Disorder) began showing itself in alarming ways.I know a doctor who says that people get sick when and where they need to. You just have to look for clues.For example, a friend had surgeries on his neck and lower back for intense pain.The surgeries didn’t help.But as soon as he got divorced, the pain stopped, and the doctor said “Of course! You had a pain in the neck and a pain in the a**, and you got rid of both.” Think about how we speak of things in our lives — that we just can’t stomach something, can’t see it, won’t stand for it, can’t swallow it, carry the weight of the world (this from a friend with serious scoliosis).It makes me wonder about what it was that broke my heart and was such a pain in the tush it made a cancer there. Have to think about that.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionA friend on the West Coast turns to the obituaries every morning, first thing.If her name isn’t there, she makes a pot of coffee and begins the day.  When you get to a certain age, it seems as if folks you know are dropping like flies.This past fall was a particularly stressful one, with three major surgeries and a brush with the “C” word, so reading the obits was a regular thing. We rejoiced with those who made it to 100, or almost, and wondered at the young ones (well, younger than us) and what had gone wrong. It became a whole new way to look at life.With 2017 passing into history like the kidney stone it was, Year One of the current political fault lines stands out as one of the vastest chasms in recent memory.last_img read more

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Liberals won’t be boyotting Big Game

first_imgRe Jan. 25 letter, “Wonder if liberals will boycott Super Bowl,” by Bob Mangino: Sorry Bob, all us so called “liberals” will not be boycotting the Super Bowl. We are true Americans and more importantly we’re adults. I can guarantee that the first hint of a player planning to take a knee during the national anthem will have you and your right-wing broflakes being the first to call for a boycott. Josh HermanceRotterdam More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Boycott violence as entertainment

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We should all be encouraged by the show of interest that the young people of this nation have taken in voicing their concerns and opinions since the Parkland shootings. Their determination to peacefully seek change in our laws and exercise their First Amendment rights should be an example to us all.Each one of us has the ability to bring about a change in our violent culture by boycotting violence. We can stop playing violent video games. We can stop paying for movies at the theater and home that treat hatred, guns, and killing as entertainment. We can stop buying books and magazines that desensitize us to violence.We can take note of commercial sponsors of TV programs that glorify violence and stop buying their products. And tell them why we’ve stopped. Money can be a powerful tool that we as individuals can use to make our voices heard. If you are unable to take part in a protest or March you can certainly choose to make a change by starving out violence.Send a message. Violence isn’t entertainment. Refuse to pay for it.JEAN JONESSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Sewer delay could be much more costly

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Let’s play “kick the can down the road.”Years ago, the Ballston Town Sewer District proposal was turned down. At that time, it could have been done at a reasonable cost. Yes, it’s expensive. But the cost is only going to rise considerably in the future. Do we kick the can down the road to our children? Someday, maybe sooner than later, the state may take issue with us sending our poo down toward Ballston Lake and the Alplaus. If the state Department of Environmental Conservation drops the hammer on us, we will find a whole new meaning to the word expensive.Robert R. YoungBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: 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?last_img read more

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Fight Spectrum’s rate increases

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I just had Spectrum install the package of basic cable TV, phone and internet in the fall of 2017. At that time, I was paying $138.26 a month. On Feb. 14, 2018, I paid Spectrum $148.63, which I thought was a reasonable increase. The next month, the charges were $160.21. I sent my check for $148.63 and wrote “disputed” on both the check and the return stub.On the back of one of the pages of Spectrum’s bill, there is an item called “complaint procedures.” It states: “If you disagree with your charges, you have 60 days from the billing date to register a complaint.” The important part that follows says “During the dispute period, we will not terminate service, provided you pay the undisputed portion of your bill.”May I suggest that everyone who has a dispute with Spectrum follow the above instructions from them? Maybe Spectrum will get the message.LOU MOSHERAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, July 6

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHoping McCarthy got message of voteI live in an impoverished neighborhood. I own my home, but most in my area do not. I have a car, but most in my area do not.I have a college education and a job that pays above minimum wage. I have healthy children who are on track to graduate.My life is like a lot of the Democrats who support Mayor Gary McCarthy. But I also see my neighbors and friends who are the majority of this city.Our neighborhood doesn’t have nice pothole-free streets like downtown. We have limited choices for jobs, groceries or laundromats within walking distance. The things that make our neighborhood great? The Boys and Girls Club, local houses of worship, SICM, the library, SCAP, our public schools and a few local businesses that have not abandoned us.The casino, downtown revitalization, building condos that few in the city can afford — they are a kind of progress. I just don’t know who it is for.Regardless of the primary results, I hope that Mayor McCarthy hears the people of this city. There’s a reason this primary was not a landslide. Those of us who voted for Ms. McCalmon are joining her in asking for all of Schenectady to be elevated, not just the parts that the tourists see.Danielle O’BrienSchenectadyFracking makes natural gas dirty fuelNatural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, but it’s really as dirty as coal because of fracking, which releases large amounts of methane during removal.In fracking, toxic chemicals are forced into cracks in shale, releasing methane, which is then tapped for use, releasing a lot of it into the atmosphere.Some methane, plus the toxic chemicals, end up in rivers, streams and the local aquifers, causing respiratory illnesses, rashes and allergic reactions in people living nearby, making their tap water unsafe to drink, or even use. People have actually been able to set their tap water on fire.Fracking uses a lot more energy to obtain natural gas than traditional methods do. The ratio of energy-spent to energy-obtained is quite high, making it costly and inefficient. Fracking wells don’t last long before giving out. In an area where fracking is going on, 100 wells might be driven, creating a moonscape effect. A couple of years later, they give out and are abandoned, but the toxins remain. About 20 percent of these wells leak, destroying local aquifers and the lives of the people. This is insupportable.So please, if you heat with gas, conserve. Turn down the heat and the water temperature if you have gas hot water.Jahnn Swanker-GibsonJohnstown Proctors works hard to avoid resellersHats off to Proctors. I know that some people were upset when Proctors’ ticket website crashed. But it was very refreshing that they were trying to get the tickets to individuals rather than secondary sellers.They also have a good system in place to eliminate the scams. I’m sick of being closed out of tickets to an event, only to find I have to pay two to three times more from a reseller.Bob KennedyBallston LakeDemocrats’ ideas pose biggest threatAfter reviewing recent Democratic positions and carefully listening to the recent debates I have come to a conclusion.The answer to the question of “What is the greatest political threat facing the United States?” is simply, the Democrats.Let’s briefly examine some of the platforms that they are presently promoting: Free Medicare for all, including all illegal immigrants; to decriminalize illegal border crossings and reducing it to only a civil offense; proposals to confiscate guns, allowing abortion-on-demand paid for by taxpayers; insisting that climate change is a 12-year existential threat; to pay reparations; to offer free college for all (again) to include undocumented immigrants; to forgive all college debt and to tax some at a rate of 70 percent or higher.The implementation of even part of this agenda would fundamentally alter our way of life.All ideas packaged as “free” merely redistribute assets by taking from some and giving to others. Many of these ideas are clearly irresponsible, giving non-citizens equal or even preferred access to limited resources — often without necessarily contributing a thing. Other ideas are unconstitutional. Some are reckless. Some are ridiculous. Some are dangerous to the safety and sovereignty of the nation.Limited space does not allow me to expound any further, but you should ask yourself one question: Is this the America you want?John MyersLower Rotterdam JunctionRepublicans support socialism for the richTony Monte’s June 20 letter (Trump not getting the credit he deserves) denounced Democrats as being socialists. But the writer never defines socialism.Did he mean Social Security, Medicare, public education, public roads and bridges?I suspect he didn’t mean the invisible socialism that has become the bedrock of the Republican party: socialism for the rich.The Trump-fueled tax cuts are a good example of this version of socialism.While New York’s homeowners now have to pay more federal taxes because of the cap on property tax deductions, the wealthy are pocketing billions from this cut.In fact, about 83 percent of the cuts’ benefits go to those earning $421,000 or more annually. Corporations are raking in big bucks, too. Amazon, for instance, made over $11 billion in profits without paying a penny in federal income taxes.Fifty-nine other super profitable corporations also didn’t pay one cent in federal income taxes. On top of that, they got $4.3 billion back, paid for by taxpayers like you and me. Tax giveaways to the rich and powerful take other forms. Exxon-Mobile alone, according to CNN, received a non-cash tax gift of close to $6 billion. These giveaways have blown a huge hole in the federal budget.So, once again, the advocates of socialism for the rich are turning to us to foot the bill. They plan to reduce the budget by cutting our Social Security, our Medicare and those other programs that benefit working and middle class people. How will they get public support to cut these popular programs? By calling their supporters socialists. Bill ScheuermanScotialast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 10

first_imgPay our farmers what they’re worthI would like to express my opinion about the situation with the farmers. If it wasn’t for farmers, we wouldn’t have fruits and vegetables.The farmers should be paid more money, as they get up at 4:30 in the morning and they are on the go until approximately 10 p.m.Steven P. GoldbergSchenectadyUse excess military funds on healthcareIf you support the military, you should support Medicare for all.Americans have all agreed long ago that we are willing to pool our money together, in the form of taxes, to contribute to our collective safety, in the form of the military.I appreciate the vigor with which we the people fund our military. It shows a dedication to collective, mutual, bi-partisan national defense. But enemies abroad are not the only threat to Americans.Today I am much more concerned about mundane health concerns such as common colds, hypertension, cancer, heart disease etc. than I am about the minuscule militaries of the Middle East. Yet the profit-driven American healthcare system offers minimal solutions to these threats, unless of course you are an investor.The private, corporate, completely for-profit American healthcare system simply fails at defending Americans from the threats that surround us, and it’s no surprise. It’s why the U.S. military is run by the United States not a few multi-national conglomerates.Reduce the abhorrent military spending and redirect those “national defense funds” back towards things that Americans actually need defending from.Americans need healthcare, not more bombs dropping worldwide.Galen HeinsAlbanyImpeachment is a scam; shovel walksAll the phony impeachment antics by Socialist/Democrats, and media aside, the constitutional scholars that testified for the Republican side, like Jonathan Turley, really hit the nail on head.He said you cannot rush to impeachment and accuse the president of doing things that you yourselves are doing.  He made the case that there are no impeachable offenses. Anyone with common sense knew all along this was true. The hatred on the Democratic side has been there before Trump got elected. It is all a sham. Long before Trump asked Ukraine to look into Biden’s son, he was written about and being investigated.CBS, Channel 13, CNN and others are so hell-bent about helping Democrats and making a name for themselves, it smells. This Schenectady area is so brain-washed about ridding us of Trump instead of having Congress do what they were hired to do — taking care of the people’s business, not a vendetta.One last thing: It is the duty of all to shovel the sidewalks where you live, not the government’s. What is happening to this nation? Laziness, that’s what is happening. If someone is old, sick, etc., do it for them. Good grief.Al MarvellScotiaMore 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: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNo excuses for city’s poor snow removalThe excuses for lack of snow removal are lies and a cover-up for not being able to plow the streets in our city. There are 66 miles of roads in the city. Ten plows have just six miles apiece to clear. You make a pass to give people a way to shovel and move their cars. On tight streets, you go down the middle with smaller trucks. First come back after all have been done once and hit the snow removal parts. The employees are hired to be there for the city during emergencies and overtime is expected, not an option. It is their job to clear snow, trees down, flooding, any and all disasters. That’s why employees need to live in the city. They are the first responders to protect and clear our city. When emergency vehicles — fire, ambulance, etc. — can’t make it down the streets, that is unacceptable. No more excuses.David KeenanSchenectadylast_img read more

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