Kneeling not always a sign of disrespect

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Why is kneeling during the National Anthem disrespectful?Many people kneel in their house of worship and when praying. Should this also be considered disrespectful? Maybe we should start thinking for ourselves instead of subscribing to herd mentality, which is dubious.Carol AccorsiMaltaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Women’s marchers exercising democracy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Feb. 5 letter,  “Media must start providing quality”: I read the writer’s skewed YouTube view of the Woman’s March. I will tell you about my nine hours experience on the Mall and marching down Pennsylvania Avenue.All these “demented” marchers are your Ballston Spa neighbors. We are your nurses, waitresses, teachers, doctors and store clerks. We are grandmothers, mothers and daughters concerned about the chaos and hateful rhetoric of an inexperienced man occupying the most powerful office in the world.The people I marched with were polite, helpful, peaceful and totally committed to having a voice in our democracy. My favorite chant from that day is: “This is what democracy looks like.”This march inspired us. It cemented our determination. Many of us returned home and maintained active participation in our representative democracy. Ordinary women like me are calling Congress, showing up in congressional offices, writing these letters and, most importantly, voting.What is demented is the division constantly sowed by Donald Trump.Janet PalitschRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Negative effects if unions lose power

first_imgOn May 17, Joseph Gibson of Ballston Lake asked “What are limits on paying for silence?”In New York state, if you are a private-sector employee in a non-union workplace, you are employed at will. That means that an employer is allowed to terminate an employee for any reason (that is, without having to establish “just cause” for termination) and without warning.The law goes beyond your employer being able to terminate you without just cause, in that your employer owns any testimony from you or your colleagues that can be used in your defense in a wrongful-termination grievance. The testimony can’t even be subpoenaed, which means the silence is free.The only protection you have is a legally binding union contact. So to supporters of the plaintiff in the case Janus v. AFSCME, the question to be asked is, “What happens when unions lose power, leaving us all at-will employees without legally protected rights?”Frank ColemanScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Jan. 21

first_imgTakers will get more while others pay Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCuomo wrong on immigration policyThe Daily Gazette ran the following headline following the governor’s inauguration: “Cuomo rallies state against Trump.” Apparently, the writer, Shane Goldmacher, forgot our governor only won 15 of 62 counties in the state. The large Democratic strongholds of Westchester county and south to New York City along with the large urban cities in the western part of the state won him the election. His rant at Ellis Island does not reflect the rest of the 47 counties of upstate voters.His stand on illegal immigrants coming to the United States is totally wrong.When he talked about his family and others coming to Ellis Island to start the American dream, he should have known that after years of no control of immigrants entering the United States, Congress passed the immigration act of 1924 (the Johnson-Reed Act).This set up consular control system which required that a visa be obtained from the American consulate in their home country. They were also required to present medical certification of their health in order to get their visa. So Gov. Cuomo, apparently your grandparents met the criteria to enter and were allowed to enter.This is a far cry from the hordes of undocumented immigrants coming to our unsecured southern border with no way to vet them and check for disease.Jay JanczakBallston Spa The Daily Gazette’s Dec. 27 editorial on New York state’s population drain inadvertently exposes the difference in the thought process between the left and the right.The writer states “if the state keeps spending the way it has, the tax burden will have to be spread among a smaller number of taxpayers, meaning each of us will pay more.”“Each of us” will not pay more. The taxpayers will certainly have to be drained of more of their money. But the tax users, those who receive more in public assistance than they pay in taxes, will continue to live off the generosity of those who contribute.The writer thinks the state legislators should address the urgent problem now. So a bunch of Democrats will suddenly see the destructive nature of their socialist policies?On another subject, Marilyn Scott’s Jan. 1 letter asks how many more migrant children will die in custody before Republicans wake up?I ask: When will Democrats understand that migrants will stop risking their children’s lives after the learn that a wall they can’t get through greets them at the border — walls like the one that protects Israel from Palestinian bombers or the walls that surround Nancy Pelosi’s mansion.Speaking of Nancy, perhaps she could lead a new private initiative and adopt 50 or so of these families and let them live on the grounds of her estate. And of course, the rest of the elites will step up to the plate and join the cause.Paul KuziaScotia Let’s all try to help keep America greatAfter two years under President Trump, the American people now have reduced regulations, lower taxes, a growing economy, the lowest unemployment in 50 years, cancellation of the Iranian deal and a new NAFTA agreement, just to name a few accomplishments. Imagine what more could be done for the American people if it were not for the obsessive obstruction by the Democrats, who have nothing positive to offer.Their only goal, aided and abetted by the fake news press, is to destroy President Trump by any means possible. Granted, President Trump isn’t the same polished, smooth-talking politician we are accustomed to who promises us the world and delivers nothing, like the previous administration. President Trump just gets it done, his way. Much more work still needs to be done.Just think of the possibilities if the Democrats were working for the good of the American people.William ThielGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, March 18

first_imgWe often hear about a “woman’s intuition.” What if prodigies and women share one thing in common, the ability to communicate with a higher power? This is knowing without knowing how or why. Men have had a thousand years to solve humanity’s problems; they have failed miserably. The only way we are going to be able to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, disease, war and climate change is if women, relying on their intuition, collectively and individually solve them.If a woman is picked to run on the Democratic ticket, I will go on the record now of pledging $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee if a woman is picked to head the party.Americans will have a real choice in 2020; they can rely on women and their intuition or Donald Trump whose only source of knowledge is Fox News, who relies only on his own “native” intelligent without any input from intuition. There can be no greater choice between Democrats and Republicans. Richard MoodyMiddleburgh Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMen in power have failed, let’s try women insteadcenter_img Leverage water in AmsterdamWith a green movement underway with new solar, and wind farms, we should also look into what made Amsterdam the manufacturing city it was, and that is water. Amsterdam was formed where the Chuctanunda Creek, and the Mohawk River meet which helped power many of the mills that put Amsterdam on the map. There are many old dams along the Chuctanunda in Amsterdam that were used before for power so why not make them useful again? Amsterdam, along with county, and state officials can look into repairing those dams to make hydroelectricity that can power either government buildings, homes, businesses, or directly into the grid. With the newly constructed Chuctanunda Creek Trail which goes past these dams, the trail can help people see the historic dams, but also see how they are shaping Amsterdam’s future. The former polluted creek can have the potential to reduce the city’s carbon footprint, and I hoped is looked into more by government officials. While Amsterdam isn’t the manufacturing city it once was, these dams can help the city be known for something else. Jacob ReedAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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 intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Sainsbury to rival Clearwater leisure scheme in Kingston

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RICS slams Treasury over ‘selective’ Stamp Duty data

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Pirelli property arm prepares for €1bn floatation

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Brum boss set to spark development boom

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Ford Welsh JV

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