Consider other ways to interpret kneeling

October 20, 2020

first_imgI’ve lived long enough to remember when “taking a knee” could have meant genuflecting in a profound act of respect before a high altar or the cross, as well as an act of humility and seeking redress from a supreme power. Thus, POTUS 45 could be criticizing a quiet act of religious supplication. To trample the right to pray would be hypocritical, since he ran on a Christian platform with much ballyhoo about his religious convictions. He would do himself and his nation a service to consider that there are other possible interpretations. Some of us hope that stating our goal in public supports its scope. In this vein, I noted and accepted that some professional athletes were “taking a knee” during our National Anthem and patriotic displays. It surprised me to hear our president characterize the act as disrespectful and abhorrent and to make a prolonged public issue of it. I admit to being naïve on football, but no one can be so naïve that they believe that there is, in the United States, “liberty and justice for all” at all times and places. Many of us proudly repeat those words with our hands over our hearts as a hope and a promise and a commitment to the value of a communal goal. We also feel pride and gratitude that the opportunities for liberty and justice are manifold in our lives and in our nation. What I dislike the most is the fact that average Americas are being asked to regard this peaceful and quiet act as unpatriotic or even civil disobedience. This is language perversion and madness promoted by, no surprise, our chief perverter and divider. ScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation BETTY PIEPER Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Fed up with GOP, now independent

October 20, 2020

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs this is no longer the Republican Party of my father, George “Tom” D’Annunzio, I have, after 50 years as a registered Republican, changed my party affiliation. My dad would be saddened to see how all the elected officials in Congress are behaving — mostly concerned with their own pockets and getting re-elected. These officials have lied to us and, inadvertently or not, stolen from us. I have switched to “Independent,” not that anything I, “GQ Citizen,” does would matter to anyone in Congress.Carlie D’AnnunzioRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Editorial: State’s pork barrel fund needs oversight

October 20, 2020

first_imgKnowing all this in hindsight, would you have ever given this person even one red cent of your hard-earned money?But that’s pretty much how the state Legislature determines how hundreds of millions of our tax dollars are spent each year — through a giant political slush fund known as the State and Municipal Facilities Program, or SAM.The Empire Center, a government watchdog group in Albany, calls it the “biggest, murkiest, pork-barrel slush fund Albany (and perhaps any state capital) has ever seen.”The allocation is slipped into the state budget without any explanation from legislative leaders and the governor.According to the Empire Center, there are no public hearings, debates or briefings on why state taxpayers are compelled to pay into or expand the fund. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, New York’s chief fiscal officer, has complained that the state budget includes no details on what the funds are to be used for or the process for approving the spending of the money.Essentially, the state can spend it on virtually anything. It’s used for “economic development,” one of the most broad and wasteful categories of state spending. It also is allocated to local governments, schools, colleges, libraries and even sewer districts for anything ranging from capital assets to “innovation,” according to the center. Categories: Editorial, OpinionSay a stranger comes up to you on the street and asks you for $1,000.He doesn’t tell you what he needs the money for. It’s a secret. He just tells you he needs it.  You don’t ask any questions or place any restrictions on the money. You just hope he does the right thing.The next year, the same man approaches you. He says he’s got $750 leftover from the money you gave him last year. But he wants you to give him another $1,000, plus an extra $50 this year.Again, he doesn’t tell you why he needs it or what he plans to do with it. And again, you ask no questions and set no restrictions.The year after that, same deal. Legislators can request money from the fund for pet projects in their districts, helping them gain favor with local voters and boost their re-election chances.Some of the projects certainly might be worthwhile and desired by local communities. But since there’s no rhyme or reason for how the money is allocated and no stringent application process based on priorities of needs, our tax dollars for this fund might be going to buy trees to line a bike path on Long Island or for a dog park in Watertown or to prop up some risky start-up company that may never produce a return for taxpayers.There’s nothing wrong with providing funding for legitimate government projects. That’s why you have a state budget. But the unaccountable manner in which this fund is supported and distributed without justification for every dollar spent is secretive and wasteful.You might as well fork over your wallet to a stranger.The chances of the money being spent appropriately are just as bad.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: 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

Tonko picks Dreamers over our war veterans

October 20, 2020

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion What is a good congressman’s job? To do good for the people he represents and the country. In the March 7 Daily Gazette, Rep. Paul Tonko stated that he met with the Dreamers and said they are Americans in every way. He can meet with the Dreamers, but he can’t meet with me, a World War II disabled veteran?For weeks I have been trying. They sent me a form to fill out. I did it. I sent it back on March 20, certified receipt. It cost me $6.70 — still no answer.Paul Tonko says the Dreamers are good Americans. I guess I’m not, according to his standard. Are you too stupid to realize that the Dreamers are taking jobs away from children and grandchildren of veterans of World War II — who fought for this country.Freedom is not free. Paul Tonko, are you a Dreamer?Vincent BelardoAlbanyMore 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 motoristsFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Nov. 7

October 20, 2020

first_imgEncourage reading with bookmarksTeachers or anybody, bookmarks. They are so easy you can make a variety of bookmarks from used greeting cards. I take my glue stick and glue the front and back together. You can put a message on the back if you want.I bet kids would read more with a special bookmark to use. This is a good idea to send to our service members.Emily BushBallston SpaNo quid pro quo is heard on Ukraine callI have to admit I love the president and Fox News. I also respect the opinions expressed by Judge Andrew Napolitano. The judge said that the evidence for impeachment against the president is supported in the transcript of his phone call to President Zelenskyy of Ukraine.I listened to the recording of the phone call released by the president and was convinced that he was referring to matters concerning the 2016 election. There was nothing about holding back aid at all.I don’t know how Judge Napolitano came to that conclusion. That said, I decided to download the White House transcript so I could read it myself. It can be found on the Whitehouse.gov website. After carefully reading the text more than once, I have to disagree with the judge’s opinion.I’m not a lawyer, but in my opinion,  there was not a hint of a quid pro quo of any kind during the conversation. If you’re a lawyer, read the transcript and tell me where I’m wrong. But please don’t refer to the myriad people’s opinions of what they think they heard during the call. Just refer to the transcript.The Democrats can spin the call all they want, but in my opinion, their impeachment attempt it will go into the dumpster with the Mueller report.Ron BelliSchenectadyTime to set aside hatred in AmericaHow unfortunate, and, yet so typical of liberals today, that they cannot even pay a compliment without slamming the president.John Kucij’s Nov. 1 letter is trying to thank The Gazette for a photo that appeared. But in his opening paragraph, and I quote, “With all the negative energy being generated by our dishonest, incompetent and mean-spirited president,” Mr. Kucji comes across as the one who is mean-spirited.With people such as Mr. Kucji using every opportunity to demean the president, even while trying to pay a compliment, the divide will continue.It’s time for all Americans to set aside the hate.Lynn LathamMechanicvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVoters need IDs to confirm identitiesI am beyond perplexed, perturbed and bewildered. I visited Via Port Rotterdam to vote early.When I approached the desk, I pulled out my driver’s license to identify myself. I was blatantly told they didn’t need it. I then asked, “How do you intend on figuring out who I am?” They asked my name and address and advised me that they would verify by my signature. That is beyond ridiculous.I could register to vote as Fred Flintstone with a bogus address and just put a wavy line as my signature. Without a picture ID, there’s no verification and no way to tell who is voting. The Schenectady Board of Elections needs to make a serious change on how they verify voters. However, I really doubt this will happen.Robert WernerSchenectadylast_img read more

Midtown offices More than just a filling

October 20, 2020

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Property owners to challenge Doncaster CPO with human rights law

October 20, 2020

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H&M makes impression

October 20, 2020

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At last, Gordon Brown looks set to do the REIT thing

October 20, 2020

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Thousands on virus lockdown at China-backed plant in Indonesia

October 19, 2020

first_imgMore than 40,000 workers at a vast Chinese-controlled industrial complex in Indonesia have been quarantined over fears about the spread of a deadly coronavirus strain which has killed more than 200 people in China, it said Friday.PT Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park has sealed off its nickel mining hub on Sulawesi island and is barring any of its 43,000 staff from entering or leaving without written permission.There are some 5,000 guest workers from mainland China at the sprawling site which hosts nickel ore smelters and stainless steel production. Employees at the 2,000-hectare (5,000 acre) facility, majority owned by China’s Shanghai Decent Investment Group, are undergoing medical tests and none has been found to be infected so far, said company spokesman Dedy Kurniawan.The firm has also imposed a ban on employees or guests from overseas entering the complex and installed thermal scanners at its entrance, he added.”We have identified and screened foreign workers from Wuhan,” Kurniawan told AFP on Friday.”We also stopped accepting foreign workers.” Indonesia has not reported any confirmed infections so far.Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, is at the centre of the outbreak which is believed to have originated in a market that sold wild animals.The city of 11 million has since experienced an unprecedented lockdown, preventing residents from leaving in a bid to stop the deadly virus from spreading further.The lockdown at the Indonesian plant, which started at the weekend, comes as Indonesia said Friday it was preparing to evacuate more than 240 nationals stranded in China near the epicentre of the virus within the next 24 hours.Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago, attracts more than one million Chinese tourists annually to Bali and other holiday hotspots, and also hosts thousands of guest workers from major investor China.Topics :last_img read more