Month: October 2020

Team should visit vets to learn about sacrifice

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have been a military spouse for almost 19 years. I have two biracial children, both children of an immigrant father. I have heard the comments, debated the ignorance and always raised my children to have spirits that outshine the color of their skin.I understand that people don’t understand. I normally take protests with a grain of salt because I think the best thing about this country is that we are able to stand on the street and say what we don’t like about it. I support the U.S. Constitution, and the Constitution states that we have freedom of speech and the right to peacefully assemble.I also consider myself politically liberal, an activist and an advocate for many causes. But when the National Anthem plays, I stand. I stand because you can’t exercise your First Amendment right and disrespect where it came from at the same time. This trend of kneeling isn’t bringing attention to social injustice or discrimination. It’s only further putting a wedge in an already-divided nation. I’m all for a good protest, but I also remember why I have that right.Niskayuna High School: Operation At Ease would like to cordially invite your football team, cheer squad and coaches to come to our training facility in Rotterdam and meet our veterans. We would like to make sure they truly understand what the impact of taking a knee has had on the veteran community, the very demographic of people who have made it possible for them to have that choice.I promise it to be a respectful and educational gathering. Because if anyone understands discrimination, it’s a combat veteran with an invisible disability. Unfortunately, it’s a daily occurrence in this country. I want your players to know that taking a knee is just that. It’s just sitting down.I’m someone who also woke up one morning tired and frustrated and thought “It’s my job to be a voice,” so I literally made it my job. I believe you have a good team, with brave kids who are interested in impacting our community and our world. I would like the opportunity to show them what it’s like to do that while standing up.Joni BonillaNiskayunaThe writer is president of Operation At Ease Inc.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more


October 20, 2020 0

Doug Jones’ victory should make Trump very nervous

first_imgThat’s an achievement.Jones showed enough discipline to avoid a gaffe that might have saved his self-defeating opponent, Roy Moore, a cosplay cowboy and scofflaw who says life was better when we had slavery and women couldn’t vote.Jones recognized the political maxim: When your opponent is digging his own grave, don’t grab the shovel.But his victory is not about him.On one level, it’s about his bizarre opponent.Even before we learned about the mall police who allegedly kept an eye out for him approaching teenage girls by the Orange Julius, there was something badly off about Moore.He had weird obsessions and a messianic complex. He put the creep in creepy. But they hopped onto the shore when Moore asked them to strap in, and that ought to give pause to the polarizer in chief.Doug Jones’s victory is not a big deal because of Doug Jones.It’s a big deal because Alabama is a one-party state. Pretty much always has been.For generations going back to Andrew Jackson, it was “yellow dog Democrat” country — meaning Alabamians would vote for a yellow dog over a Republican.The realignment wrought by the civil rights era and the culture wars has reversed the picture.For a Democrat to win here says nothing about the Democrat and everything about the Republican.You can go too far. After responding with appropriate disgust to the first reports of Moore’s mall-walking, they waffled and quailed in the face of Trump’s supreme amorality. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — who seems not to realize he is fighting for his life against Bannon and only aggressive moves will win — backed away from his initial condemnation of Moore.They have been placating the right wing, and the danger to Republican majorities appears to be bubbling in the other direction.And Trump should be nervous.A scandal playbook dating back to the 1990s has lost its magic.When faced with his “Access Hollywood” tapes, Trump went to school on Bill Clinton.And when Moore’s teen-stalking became public, he followed in step.Moore’s bald denial (“I do not know Miss Corfman”) was a perfect echo of Clinton’s (“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”). There’s a point where decent people step off the crazy train.Bannon — the angry populist from Goldman Sachs, Hollywood and Washington — thought he could blow past that point with a head of steam from the Demagogue Express. Now he’s off the rails.Even one-party states have their limits.There was a Louisiana politician in the politically incorrect days of 1983, a man equal parts corrupt and quotable named Edwin Edwards, who said the only way he could lose an election “is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.”Horrible.Pushed to the wall, Alabama Republicans responded with Moore’s Law: Getting caught with live girls is fatal, too.Congressional leaders should feel nervous. The entire vibe was on display as Moore capped his disastrous campaign by riding to the polling place on Tuesday on a horse.That might be a good idea for a candidate who can ride a horse. But Moore looked like Billy Crystal’s incompetent understudy for “City Slickers.”And the Jones victory is about a rising tide of Americans who won’t swallow the bilge President Trump is pushing.Make no mistake: If Trump and his would-be Pygmalion, Steve Bannon, can’t sell their mix of cultural resentment and paranoia in Alabama, they will be hard-pressed to sell it anywhere.I say this with love: Folks in Alabama do loyalty and clan as well as anyone in America.That’s a virtue — up to a point.They would go over the falls in a barrel with George Wallace. Categories: Editorial, OpinionLet’s be honest: Doug Jones is likely to be a three-year senator.I don’t want to rain on the winner’s parade.The former U.S. attorney, lifted from hopeless to victory by the accumulating flaws of his opponent, is the first Democrat in a generation to win a Senate seat in Alabama. The Clintonistas blamed “a vast right-wing conspiracy” while the Mooreists demonized “a liberal establishment” and “deep-state RINOs.”Deny and attack didn’t work in Alabama. And if it doesn’t work there, it might not work anywhereJones may not get much done in three years as a senator, but his victory Tuesday can accomplish something important — if we let it.We’ve been asking ourselves:Where do we hit bottom and start back up? This can be it.David Von Drehle writes a twice-weekly column for The Post. He was previously an editor-at-large for Time Magazine.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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 homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more


October 20, 2020 0

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Sep. 12

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionInvestigator helped resolve disputesI read with interest Pete DeMola’s Sept. 3 article on the Civilian Police Review Board, as I was the first chairperson of the board from 2001 to 2008.I’m saddened that vacancies exist, and quorums are sometimes difficult to establish.However, my reason for writing is to inform your readers that our board did have an investigator who was paid, on an hourly basis, by the city Legal Department.The benefit realized by having an investigator was that in nearly all cases, the police officers involved did their job properly; the investigator’s involvement helped to determine that many complaints were unfounded.Many of those complaints would have been considered “unresolved” had it not been for the investigator’s efforts.A.C. Budd MazurekSchenectady No tax exemption for Planned ParenthoodWatch out New Yorkers. Our governor wants to bail out a non-profit agency that is refusing Title X funds, not with money from his own pockets, but with taxpayer funds. The allegedly non-profit entity is Planned Parenthood, which is classified as a 501c(3) charity.Over 300,000 unborn Americans are killed surgically by Planned Parenthood each year, and this is a very lucrative and profitable business. If the loose standards under which it gained its charitable tax exemption status were applied fairly, the National Rifle Association (NRA) would also qualify very easily.It seems that Planned Parenthood has some sort of diplomatic immunity because it provides the pill, a group 1 carcinogen, as classified by the World Health Organization. Of course, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has an ingenious plan to raise money for his Planned Parenthood bailout. He wants to force New Yorkers to buy new license plates, which cost less than $2 to make, for $25. This will be over and above the regular registration fee.Sorry, governor, I don’t agree with your license plate scam, nor with the 501c(3) classification of Planned Parenthood. That classification should be revoked immediately. If a donation to Planned Parenthood is tax deductible, so should a gift to the NRA.Wendell NeugebauerBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Never in a million years would I have guessed where the mayor of Schenectady would have decided to put Lady Liberty — on a corner of Union Street and Erie Boulevard looking at the railroad overpass watching the trains leave Schenectady. It’s barely noticed by people northbound on Erie Boulevard, and it’s not noticed at all by the rest of the travelers.It’s in a perfect spot to be urinated on by passing dogs and drunk walkers, and it won’t be long before the graffiti will match that of the Union Street railroad overpass.Of all the dumb things this city has done to appease their special interests, this is the dumbest.Patricia PytlovanyGlenville People have a right not to die by gunsAnother deadly Texas shootout in the state that has the weakest gun laws in the country.Since 1970 more Americans have died of gun violence, murders by accidents and suicide than all the wars in American history, a total of 1.4 million.The president blames mental illness for the tragic events, but he has declared himself “the Chosen One” so he could do something about it immediately.center_img Liberty statue put in a dumb location Trump’s support for the NRA gun lobby does not take into account the people’s right not to die at the hands of a gun owner.Mary Jane ValachovicSchenectadylast_img read more


October 20, 2020 0

‘Ye of little faith’ –

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October 20, 2020 0

Regus rallies after bargain-hunter frenzy

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October 20, 2020 0

Out with the old…

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Rating rise ruckus

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October 20, 2020 0

The Battle for Ravenscraig

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Desmond takes Express to Square Mile

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October 20, 2020 0

Luxury Treatment

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