Respecting flag means respecting freedoms

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI spent 1968 on combat patrol in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, where we proudly flew the U.S. flag on our river patrol boat. I think of that flag every morning when I read another opinion in The Gazette about showing respect for our flag. The flag represents our country, not the military, and it sure as hell does not represent the NFL. When our country is not living up to the ideals of its foundation (equality, liberty, and justice for all), it is our civic duty to speak out and make it right.I salute Colin Kaepernick and will take a knee with him any day. He has done his civic duty.Paul RoedigerMiddleburgh More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: 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

Sinclair speech raises concerns about trust

first_imgReminiscent of a ‘60s SciFi show about mind control, I fully expected Rod Sterling to chime in as if I were watching an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”But no, it was just the voice of Liz Bishop and hundreds of other anchors from across the country droning on as they each read the exact same script, verbatim, signed sealed and delivered by Sinclair, the group that is buying up local news stations across our nation in order to promote its political agenda and brain wash us.I don’t know about anyone else in the viewing area, but WRGB’s affiliation with a group such as Sinclair that dictates the local news to its employees has made it clear to me that Channel 6 is not to be trusted to deliver unbiased, unscripted news to the Capital Region. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Local news was once a bastion of trusted information. But now we must rethink what we trust as accurate. Turn off Channel 6 and tune into Channel 13 or Channel 10, for they have maintained their journalistic integrity.Be afraid, be very afraid, because once our airwaves are taken over by any entity, be it conservative or liberal, our democracy is at stake.Finally, in this climate of questionable claims, the onus is on each and every one of us as Americans to check the authenticity and accuracy of the information that is out there, lest we become the robots some would like us to be.Joann Perillo-LaskySchenectadyThe writer is a member of Indivisible 518 Justice for All.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Citizens: Stand up against overtaxation

first_imgWhen are all of hard-working taxpayers and property owners going to smarten up about yourselves being taken with overtaxation, such as in school taxes and property taxes? What happened to the days of children going to school and learning the basics — like reading, English, history and science — to earn a living or go on to college? I will tell you, this, the unions have changed everything. The teachers’ union is a pawn for Democratic Party. The majority of union dues goes to Dems. Plus, the politicians give in to all their demands. Pensions at 50 and 55; that’s outrageous. We have double-dipping, people collecting pensions and salaries. How long do you think people are going to just keep paying for that? Kids are not learning in class because parents don’t correct them. Be parents instead of friends with your kids. Teachers don’t have control of classrooms like years before because the angels’ parents are afraid of their own shadows, raising their kids same way.  The point is rise up and demand a cut to benefits. Soon, your taxes will go down. Keep voting for politicians who have backbone and do the will of people and taxpayers. Take a hard look at what you’re getting for your taxes. The question should be: Do I/they really need this or do I want this? Get along. Going along is out. Think and act for yourselves.Al Marvell ScotiaMore 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 censusSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 31

first_imgGazette article went too easy on KayRegarding your article about the resignation of NYRA chief Christopher Kay by Gazette reporter Stephen Williams: I read through the 26 paragraphs of plaudits and laudatory gushing and found exactly one single sentence about Kay’s apparent crime. No information about whether criminal charges would be filed, no mention of restitution or whether other employees would face discipline, no specifics about the apparent crime, no quotes from an eager district attorney. This article reads more like a resume than news about a crime.It’s a sad fact that our criminal justice system treats white collar crime more leniently, but it’s truly disheartening to see The Gazette do so also. James Van DijkSaratoga Springs Sending your child to a private school is a financial investment, but it’s an investment in your child’s future. Personally, I can’t put a price on the happiness and fulfillment my daughter receives from her private school. Jennifer VanDeCarrBallston Lake Consider private school for your kidsI’d like to urge parents who are concerned about bullying, class size and general apathy in public schools to consider private schools. My daughter is quiet and reserved, and when it came time to send her to kindergarten, I was concerned she would fall through the cracks in public school. We selected St. Mary’s school in Ballston Spa, the “small school with the big heart,” and we couldn’t be happier with our choice. The teachers at St. Mary’s appreciate the uniqueness of each child and encourage each child’s God given talents and gifts to flourish. The class sizes are small, allowing the teachers to focus on the individual needs of each child. A small class size helps eliminate bullying, because the students really get to know each other and learn to work together as a team. Knowing your classmates on a personal level breaks down barriers. It teaches students to show patience and understanding toward each other.  Trump proves his unfitness for officeArticle II, Section One, of the U.S. Constitution specifies a mere 35 words in the presidential oath of office, to wit, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Forty-four presidents have recited this oath, with Donald Trump the latest, in January 2017. Sadly, it’s now clear that Trump has egregiously violated this solemn oath in just two short years.Exhibit one is the growing evidence of a conspiracy between Trump’s key advisers and campaign officials and the Russian government to subvert our democracy in the 2016 presidential election. Thirty-four individuals, including six key Trump advisers, have either been indicted or pleaded guilty in the special counsel investigation. Overwhelming evidence is building of Trump’s own obstruction of justice in this probe. His confounding embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin has its roots in his dogged pursuit of riches and his 30-year infatuation with building in Russia. In short, Trump has put his and his company’s financial interests above the interests of the United States.Couple this conduct with Trump’s staggering degree of mendacity, over 8,100 false and misleading statements in two years, his populating the cabinet with grifters and unethical individuals, his embrace of foreign autocrats, his stunning lack of intellectual curiosity or desire to learn, and his laziness and inattentiveness to the job. The picture it paints is stark: Trump is singularly unfit for office.Dennis J. QuinnNiskayunacenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionShow more respect for law enforcementSome of our elected officials, members of the general public and these so-called civil rights groups need to understand that they have been believing lies on upon lies about anybody in law enforcement that are just doing their jobs.Yes, there are quite a few in law enforcement that have been overstepping their duties. That is less than a handful. Not all law enforcement have been doing what these so-called civil rights groups have been claiming that anybody in law enforcement are doing. Also, as a law-abiding citizen, I respect and stand with and support all law enforcement.I hate to sound like Tom Selleck’s character in the TV show “Blue Bloods” here, but what his character has said is a daily reminder for all of us: “Anybody in law enforcement are 1) Human, yes, they are human; 2) They make mistakes; and 3) They are just doing their jobs.”This is something that our elected officials and the general public and these so-called civil rights groups need to understand. They need to respect any in law enforcement.Anthony Peter Carota 3rdSchenectady Grateful for paper carrier’s effortsThanks for delivery in the Sunday (Jan. 20) snowstorm. I was so impressed with Donald Shaffer, my delivery person, having to climb over snow banks and putting my paper on the front porch at 6 a.m. Thanks, too, to The Gazette for notifying us of a delay Sunday. Good job, everyone.Cathy McKeeSchenectadyMore 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: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, May 12

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWho has the courage to fix our democracy?Democracy in the United States must be flawed. What other conclusion can be made as we observe recent happenings within our government?If democracy is a form of government of, for and by the people, then we the people must choose our representatives wisely so that they may uphold the Constitution, create laws and exercise their responsibilities within our political system.Presently this isn’t happening.We all know and appreciate that no man is above the law. Our congressional representatives must cherish and protect this concept. This isn’t happening either.Shouldn’t the actions of a government be transparent to its people? This, too, is not happening.When the president selects his own attorney general, who then withholds information from the public, as in the Mueller report, and when the president ignores legal appeals from congressional committees regarding subpoenas and then dictates who should be subject to hearings, then transparency is trashed and democracy is weakened.I’m not stating, I’m asking: Isn’t our democracy strong enough to withstand a dictating president? Shouldn’t our democracy resolve lawlessness among our politicians? Is our democracy tarnished by an inactive faction of Congress? Maybe our democracy is flawed. And if it is, who among us will be courageous enough to correct it soon? Ray KnapikBallston Spa City needs to devote itself to cleaning upSchenectady city officials are a laugh a minute. They grab at straws on the one hand and vote to put fluoride in the city’s water system with the other. Fluoride is a byproduct of hazardous waste. And they say they are concerned about the environment.Recently The Gazette featured a picture of a child cleaning a city park for Arbor Day. What were the city’s sanitation workers doing at the same time? Arbor Day comes around once a year. What happens on the other 364 days? Litter needs to be picked up every day.The mayor should issue a public edict that implores all residents to help keep the city clean. Attention needs to be given to lawns, sidewalks and curbs. Bushes serve as a magnet for litter. Debris sticks to the vegetation and causes unsightly conditions.If homeowners check their properties every day, the practice will go a long way to eliminate the litter problem in the city.School campuses also need attention. Schenectady High and Oneida schools are seldom litter-free. Why? Teachers need to put anti-litter programs in their weekly lesson plans starting at the pre-K level.Litter awareness can also be included in the summer lunch program. What to do with the wrappings that contain the food is a good learning tool for all.The pictures in The Gazette of the zombie buildings are appalling. With everyone doing their fair share every day, we can rid the community of this epidemic that has fallen upon us.Mary B. McClaineSchenectady Reparations for sins of the past go too farI’m old enough to have witnessed the introduction of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” Over 50-plus years, trillions of taxpayer dollars (initially diverted from the Social Security program, if I’m not mistaken) have been spent to bring equality to all, especially minorities. Some will argue that the return on investment has been mixed, to say the least.Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) contends that it’s not enough. He has resurrected the ongoing debate over slavery reparations. I have serious reservations regarding being held accountable for the sins of our fathers. I do know my (and many other) ancestors never could afford the luxury of employing slave labor.I wish to point out that a comprehensive DNA analysis will likely reveal that many of us are descendants of the international slave trade and rape victims of conquering armies and feudal lords. Where shall we proceed from there, senator?Sen. Booker, I want to make it clear that my moderate independent position is being “body slammed” to the right by current events, and I resent it. My days are numbered. My wallet is empty. The cow is dry. My sense of humor is turning to dust. Your proposal only serves to drive another nail into the coffin, so to speak. I find comfort in knowing that I’m far from being alone.In closing, let’s put this topic to rest once and for all time. It will pale in comparison to the challenges ahead.Mark RahnScotiacenter_img We can have what we need if we want toI’m reading in all the papers that the funding for Medicare will run out in 2026, and the funding for Social Security will run out in 2034.I believe that we need an adequate, good military, not a gargantuan insanely over-funded military industrial complex. I believe we could be a happy, average, not “the best” country and be perfectly safe and happy while ensuring all are adequately (not extravagantly) fed, clothed, housed and schooled. Health care for all exists in the majority of European and Asian countries and in Canada. It can be done. We can do it if enough average Americans wanted it and believed in it, if enough millionaires and billionaires would sacrifice a bit of their enormous wealth to contribute to the welfare of their fellow Americans, and if the politicians found the courage and will to stand up and say, “We must do the logical, right things.”Patsey ManningSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more

Soros raises $1bn for Europe and Japan

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Niche market

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RE St Quintin loses Davies

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Barratt styles £3.5m sale-and-leaseback

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The inn crowd

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