Flag statements don’t dishonor the country

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFlag statements don’t dishonor the countryThe flag and anthem are more than symbols of patriotism and the military. The flag is a symbol of freedom for all citizens.And when some citizens feel the flag does not fly over them with the same resonance that it flies over others, then making that statement in the presence of the flag is what should be done.It doesn’t dishonor the flag or the military. Rather, it states that all citizens have an equal right to the same level of freedom, and no political son of a bee should defame the First Amendment. It’s for the First Amendment and other fundamental rights that our forefathers fought, sacrificed and died. To denigrate free speech is to dishonor the flag and the military. It’s to hurl insult at our heritage. The First Amendment is why these very words can be written and shared. Without freedom in our country, the flag is no more than colored cloth blowing in the wind. Now we see that some are more interested in stirring up conflict than they are in offering condolences to the grief-stricken families whose loved ones paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Shame. Humpty Trumpty sat on a wall.Humpty Trumpty was vindictive to all.All his advisers. And all of his men.Dreaded the moment he would tweet once again.Glenn WiteckiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Grateful for kindness after mother’s fall

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIt’s with grateful hearts that my mother and I wish to publicly thank the Glenville first responders who came to her assistance after a sudden fall outside a local business on Feb. 2. We particularly thank the Glenville police officer who was miraculously just feet away from us when mom fell. He rushed to her side and called the medics. His direction to me, his compassion and kindness provided a sense of calm. Thank you, too, to the thoughtful customer who stopped to help me get two grocery carts to my car. By the time I finished getting the groceries into my car, Mom had already been moved indoors. Another customer, “Dusty,” had provided a transport chair for mom to sit in, along with a warm blanket, while Mohawk Ambulance Service personnel capably attended to her injuries. What a special feeling knowing that there were so many caring people that surrounded her in her time of need. Please forgive me for not recalling each of your names. But know that your kindnesses will never be forgotten.Darleen KellyCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: 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

Return statue to gateway to the city

first_imgI would like to comment on the possible relocation of the Statue of Liberty replica that stood for decades in Liberty Park.Let me point out that Schenectady was settled by immigrants, primarily the Dutch, in the mid-1600s. It encompasses so much history — the survival of the Stockade District, the former Hotel VanCurler (now SCCC), the obvious name of the Western Gateway Bridge and the Glen Sanders Mansion to name a few. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion That area of State Street has light posts chosen a number of years ago to replicate older-style lighting. Even the college suites housing for SCCC students was designed to blend into the neighborhood.It astounds me that anyone familiar with this part of New York state could possibly say that the statue “doesn’t seem to fit anymore” but chose to rename the park Gateway Plaza.Personally, what I feel doesn’t fit into such a historic area is light saber pillars. Why would you install something that resembles a fictional energy sword from a Star Wars futuristic movie in a city over 300 years old?As much as I appreciate my Italian heritage, I also appreciate my Dutch heritage and believe the statue should be returned to the “gateway” of the city where all who enter can appreciate it.Sharon TrumplerScotiaMore 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?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Aug. 23

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCentral Park needs to add pickleball courtsWhy are there no pickleball courts in Central Park?I’ve been traveling around the country quite a bit lately and one of the commonalities I see is the game of pickleball.Everywhere I go, people are playing pickleball and not just seniors but people of all ages.It’s an easy-to-learn, easy-to-play, very enjoyable alternative to tennis. It can be played on any tennis court. Just paint the boundary lines in a contrasting color and the courts become dual-purpose courts. Technically, the pickleball net is two inches lower than the tennis net, but I doubt the recreational players would mind.The tennis courts at Collins Park have pickleball lines on them and a recent visit found that pickleball was being played on all of them, with players waiting to rotate in. A visit to Schenectady’s Central Park 15 minutes later found 17 tennis courts. None had boundary lines for pickleball and only three courts were in use. An email to the Schenectady Parks Department requesting information on pickleball courts in Schenectady has not been answered.Schenectady’s Central Park is a beautiful park with lots of recreational and cultural options. In my opinion, the addition of a few pickleball courts would enhance the quality of the park.I also couldn’t help but notice the neglected condition of the stadium tennis facility. What an eyesore. Can’t it be cleaned up or if beyond repair, demolished?George FerroSchenectadyPut blame on guns, not mental illnessThis is a rebuttal to Lyle W. Barlyn, MD’s Aug. 14 letter, “Media coverage spurs more violence.”  Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, but when trying to sway public opinion, it’s wise to support your beliefs with facts.Dr. Barlyn believes that the majority of violence is connected to mental illness. He states that the schizophrenic group is “more easily apt to be violent.” This is a myth; saying it perpetuates the stigma associated with mental health and may cause people not to seek help. Researchers say there’s no traceable link between mental illness and mass shootings. (Source: MentalHealth.gov.)Fact: The vast majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. Most people with mental illness are not violent, and only 3%–5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. The United States doesn’t have significantly higher rates of mental illness than other countries, but Americans are 10 times more likely to die by guns than people in other countries. “Impulsive and angry is not a mental health condition,” one psychologist told Business Insider. Hate is not a mental illness.This country has 38,000 gun deaths annually. This isn’t about mental illness, video games or media coverage. It’s about too many guns, especially easy access to weapons of war. Ban assault weapons now. Carole DonahueNiskayunaSegregation not right for unvaccinated kidsEver since reading your Aug. 17 editorial regarding vaccination, where you essentially suggest segregation, my heart has been heavy with the callous disregard towards people who think and act differently than the status quo when it comes to the healthcare of their children.  It seems as if you are suggesting an acceptable mentality that eventually created a civil war in this country.Remember when blacks could not attend the same schools or eat in the same restaurants as whites due to fear of differences, politics, power, and dogma?That’s what’s trending around the vaccine issue, if you have your way.  Forced seclusion and isolation is not American. Where does it end if we continue down this slippery slope?Many parents simply don’t want to take, or continue to take, the risk that vaccination brings. Many believe that injecting immunity is not the way God designed it to work. Others have issues with the adjuvents used in the vaccines. Still others have seen vaccines harm their own children.Whatever the reason for vaccine hesitancy, we must remember that vaccination is a medical procedure. All medical procedures have risks and should remain a choice without quarantining, isolating, discriminating against, and essentially dismissing from society, the healthy families who chose not to have that procedure to the extent that the state wants to mandate it.By the way, if this is really all about the measles outbreak, why isn’t that the only vaccine that is being mandated? Anya GarciaRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Niche market

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Glasgow office market sees rent levels at new high

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Weatheralls beefs up in Bristol with HBSV buy

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World modern pentathlon championships moved from China due to coronavirus

first_imgThe world modern pentathlon championships have been moved from the Chinese city of Xiamen to Cancun in Mexico as a consequence of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, officials of the sport’s ruling body (UIPM) said Friday.Xiamen was compensated by being named hosts of the event in 2022 with Minsk already confirmed for 2021.”It was very important to offer our athletes a world championships at sea level, corresponding to the conditions they will find during the Olympics in Tokyo,” said UIPM president Klaus Schormann.  Cancun will host the event from May 25 to 31 and will decide the qualifiers for the Olympics later this year.The outbreak of the so-called COVID-19 illness, which began in December, has killed more than 2,200 people and infected more than 75,500 in China.Over 1,150 people have been infected and eight have died across 26 other countries, according to the World Health Organization. Topics :last_img read more

Chile calls ‘state of catastrophe’ as Latin America fights virus

first_imgChile declared a “state of catastrophe” and delayed a constitutional referendum while several countries announced nighttime curfews as Latin America expanded its coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday.The Chilean measures were set to last for 90 days and would help protect the country’s hospitals and medical personnel, said President Sebastian Pinera.”The armed forces will be able to act as true health forces, collaborating with all the officials in our health system,” he added of a provision that allowed military members to participate in the relief efforts. Topics : The measure also allows restrictions on freedom of movement.In a later TV interview, he said it would be “prudent” to delay a referendum on changing Chile’s dictatorship-era constitution until September.News that a minister in Brazil had tested positive for the virus came as the Sao Paulo stock exchange was suspended for the sixth time in eight sessions after plummeting more than 10 percent.National Security Minister Augusto Heleno is the latest official to be diagnosed with COVID-19 following a state visit to the US. Cruise docks in CubaA 61-year-old Italian tourist became the first person to die of the disease in Cuba, the health ministry said.Cuba relies on tourism revenue and has bucked the regional trend in keeping its borders open without strict quarantine measures for visitors. Earlier on Wednesday, Cuba allowed a British cruise ship carrying five infected people and more than 50 others showing flu-like symptoms to dock on the island.It had been turned away by both the Bahamas and Barbados.More than 1,000 passengers and crew aboard the vessel were being repatriated to Britain on Wednesday evening.”We are very grateful to the Cuban government for swiftly enabling this operation,” said British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.El Salvador’s status as one of the few remaining countries in the hemisphere without a COVID-19 case came to an end on Wednesday. President Nayib Bukele said the unidentified patient had been isolated.Markets elsewhere in the region continued their slide, with Buenos Aires nearly 15 percent down and Colombia announcing an emergency $15 billion economic package. Sixteen people who accompanied Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have now tested positive for the virus, although he and his American counterpart Donald Trump tested negative.Brazil has confirmed 529 coronavirus cases and four deaths — the highest in Latin America, with more than 1,200 cases across the continent.The regional death toll rose to 14 after Costa Rica reported its first COVID-19 fatality. Five others were killed in a mass prison breakout after Venezuelan authorities banned family visits to prevent possible contagion, Zulia state governor Omar Prieto said.last_img read more