Month: October 2020


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion President Trump and the NRA both seem to agree that we should arm our teachers to protect our students from another mass shooting. To see if the NRA is serious about the value of this idea, all we need do is look at their annual meeting to see if they allow concealed and open carry in this convention. They don’t.Arming teachers is a very dangerous idea on many counts, as it would be to allow NRA members to carry weapons at their convention. Yet, if teachers were used as part-time, armed protection, this would further the NRA’s main objective of increasing gun sales for all the manufacturers it represents.STEPHEN ANDERSONCharltonMore 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 censusEDITORIAL: 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 homeslast_img read more


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFocus on real issues, not the border wallYes, immigration at our southern border is chaotic.However, Trump’s “wall” will not solve the problem.A comprehensive, humane, and rational immigration policy is required to address this issue.However, such a policy is unlikely to be forthcoming, since Trump’s approach to immigration is based on threat and punishment. In the meantime, there are a number of issues significantly more important to our well-being than “wall funding.” A few are noted below.The opioid epidemic: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In 2016, U.S. health care providers wrote more than 214 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, a rate of 66.5 prescriptions per 100 people. More than 40 percent of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription opioid.Gun deaths: According to the CDC, in 2017 there were nearly 40,000 gun deaths in America, the highest absolute number of gun deaths in nearly 50 years. This increase in deaths was driven by suicides; 60 percent of gun deaths were self-inflicted. While the number of gun homicides has fluctuated over the last decade, the number of gun suicides has steadily increased.Climate change: A recent threat assessment by our nation’s intelligence community warned that climate change and other types of environmental degradation pose serious risks to global stability because they are “likely to fuel competition for resources, and cause economic distress and social discontent through 2019 and beyond.”Focus on the issues noted above. Forget “the wall.”Don SteinerSchenectady Dems have shown taxes, but not TrumpFYI to letter writer Pete Pidgeon; Everyone (all Democrats, wonder why) you mentioned in your June 6 letter has all shown their taxes, except Trump.Diane Sanders HombachSchenectadyPlanned Parenthood more than abortionsWhen anti-abortion people talk against Planned Parenthood, all they talk about are abortions. They don’t know about or mention other things, such as free birth control and condoms. Planned Parenthood  helps males as well as females.They talk about safe sex, and it’s a place one can go to without insurance and no or little money.If it wasn’t for Planned Parenthood, I wouldn’t be where I am today.Rachael WilkinsonSaratoga SpringsDo we really want a “king-y” president?The recent event where the palace guards endeavored to hide the name of the Navy ship USS John McCain so that King Trump would not see it and have a nervous breakdown is a significant sign of our times.It reminded me of the scene in the famous Disney animation of “Alice in Wonderland” where the “cards,” who are actually palace servants, run around the castle gardens painting the white roses red.The roses must be red, we know, because the queen does not like white roses. This obsession is an allegory of Great Britain’s true history and the real conflict known as the “Wars of the Roses.”In the 1400s, there was a political war between two clans in the British royal family of the Plantagenets: the House of Lancaster (red roses) and the House of York (white roses).The King in the present United States of Wonderland, like the Queen in Lewis Carroll’s fictional Wonderland, decides what is permitted to be believed. The population goes about its business, walking, talking and chewing gum simultaneously, but it looks like something is being covered up, either a ship or a house of cards, or both, and the people are losing their heads.Should our president be like a king or like a dutiful administrator, a chief bureaucrat limited by policies defined by a dominant legislature? In our own time, we will see how the “king-y” type of president works out for us.John Manimas MedeirosSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionExtremists on both sides hurt country History has proven that our country does better as a centrist nation.The extremists of each political party have turned us against each other, causing major problems. This was before President Trump ever came to power. Check it out with a reliable source, not just your favorite political site. Look at all sides of the political spectrum.How can we solve any of our country’s problems if we just dig in? Come on and let’s use some common sense. We have the greatest country in the world. Let’s not give in to the way of socialism, communism or any of the “isms.” Let’s solve our country’s problems together in a reasonable fashion.Carol Phillips GoldsteinNiskayunaSchenectady rolled out the red carpet44,000. That is how many people came to our downtown over the past two weeks to see Hamilton at Proctors. Not to mention the thousands who came for other events at Proctors or movies at Bow Tie or the thousands who came to Mohawk Harbor.Hamilton made them happy. So did organized parking done by LAZ; welcoming knowledgeable ambassadors organized by our City Mission; fabulous food by our many restaurants and pubs, security and emergency response by our police and firefighters; clean and beautified streets managed by our city and our Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation; a beautifully lit Jay Street and buildings and bridges and all the development that Metroplex makes possible; and hundreds of people who tirelessly volunteer to usher, greet, feed, bartend and basically make Proctors work for its audience and its theatrical guests.Schenectady has become a visitor place, and based on the results of the past weeks, we do a fabulous job.Thank you to every person and every business that helped make us all look so good.Philip MorrisSchenectadyThe writer is CEO of Proctors.Order mental health tests for bicyclistsHere’s a very simple solution to the bicyclists problem, and I used it often as a police officer.It’s called Section 941 of the Mental Hygiene Law (MHL). If the bicyclists are riding in the middle of the road and coming within inches of cars presumptively traveling at 30 mph, this is indicative of someone who is suicidal or a danger to others.Take two or three of the ringleaders and bring them to Ellis for a 72-hour evaluation. The parents will have to respond to the hospital, pick the child up and pay all associated medical costs. The bicycles would be impounded at the police department and released when an evidence tech is available (and they are pretty busy officer, if you know what I mean).These teenagers who are not of arrestable age yet think they are untouchable. Nothing could be further from the truth. This would only take about an hour or so for the officers to process, and once you did it a few times, problem solved. You may even get to the bottom of what is troubling these poor young disadvantaged youth.Patrick T. Horan GuilderlandThe writer is a retired Schenectady Police Department officer and a retired SSGT, USAF.NRA, politicians put money above livesRegarding the mass shootings in the United States: The NRA pays off the politicians and gave Trump $30 million for his campaign so they can get more members. They do this because money is more important than lives. There are very few mass shootings in Canada, Ireland, London, Paris or Italy because there’s no NRA in those places.Concetta CannizzaroNiskayuna U.S. forfeits freedom in USMCA trade deal Will the Republic known as the United States of America survive, as we know it, if Congress approves the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (trade agreement) and make it the law of the land? If we Americans are to preserve our God-given rights and our national sovereignty, we must convince Congress to reject USMCA, which is a stepping-stone toward a European Union-style North American union. The USMCA is promoted as a free trade agreement. However, it is anything but free trade. Lowering of tariffs is merely a facade for a managed regional integration scheme, the objective of which is no less than a regional integration toward world government. Free trade presupposes the free flow of goods across borders without the intervention by government. However, international organizations and/or agreements such as USMCA, WTO and TPP, to name a few, do not seek to remove government from international trade, but rather empower unelected government bodies to administer regional and global rules and regulations to override the sovereign state. USMCA is a dangerous agreement as it further opens us up to international control, which we don’t want or need. Please contact your congressional representatives to voice your opposition to USMCA. George Van SchaickSchenectady  New Yorkers have had enough of wasteThe Aug. 16 editorial “Another Sign of Waste in NY” reveals that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered recently installed signs for the new “Tappan Zee/Gov. Mario Cuomo” bridge be removed and remade (again) because the former governor’s middle initial is missing. At what point do we, the taxpayers of New York state, say enough is enough? At what point do we hold the governor and legislators responsible for their fiduciary abuse and neglect?Since Cuomo became governor in 2011, New York has been No. 1 in highest overall individual tax burden, yet we suffer statewide crumbling infrastructure, crippling regulations, outlandish Albany corruption, tax rates that continue to soar and are further widened in subtle disguise as licensing, permit, fee, surcharge, service charge, etc.Since Gov. Andrew has been governor, New York state (including New York City) suffers the greatest exodus of tax-paying residents in our history — tax-paying residents and businesses who escape New York for other friendlier, more stable and less burdensome taxed states. According to the U.S. Census: The population of the United States is growing. However, New York is losing population at a greater rate than any other state in the union. In just one year, between  July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018, New York lost 48,500 in population.The abuse New York taxpayers endure from Gov. Cuomo’s narcissistic and careless governing, coupled with the neglectful spending approved by our state legislators, is outrageous. The average New York taxpayer cannot continue like this, and our rapid loss of population proves it.  Don DeMarcoSchenectadyReimbursement caps have consequences Congress is wisely seeking to give patients a break by tackling the problem of unexpected medical bills.But as with anything in the medical field, the important question is about side effects. Proposals that cap rates on reimbursements can create more problems than they solve.Side effects may include doctor shortages, especially in rural communities, as we have seen in California after that state capped out of network rates. Further side effects may include a shrinking number of “in-network” options as insurance companies lower their costs and maximize their profits thanks to the leverage this system gives them over doctors and hospitals. As a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in couple’s therapy, trauma, grief and women’s issues, this is a matter that concerns me greatly — especially in the most unfortunate situations when a woman suffers abuse and needs immediate intervention and treatment.While such proposals might have good intentions about taking the surprise out of medical billing, they would also make it more difficult for patients to see a doctor or other health care provider. We should look to proven solutions instead of trying to treat a sickness with a cure worse than the disease.Dr. Mo Therese Hannah, PhD. LathamMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more


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first_imgSouth Korea reported 15 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, including 10 people involved in a surprise outbreak traced to several church services in the central city of Daegu.The spike in new cases is unprecedented so far in South Korea and brings the total number of people infected in the country to 46.Thirteen of the new cases are in Daegu and the surrounding North Gyeongsang province, with 11 of them tied to an earlier confirmed carrier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement. The earlier case was confirmed on Tuesday in a 61-year-old woman known as “Patient 31”. She had no recent record of overseas travel but had attended church services and sought care at a hospital before being tested for the virus, the agency said.Now at least 10 people who attended religious services with Patient 31 have tested positive for the virus. One other person, who came in contact with her at a local hospital, has also come down with the disease.Hundreds of people are believed to have attended services with Patient 31 in recent weeks at a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, a religious movement founded in 1984 by South Korean Lee Man-hee, who is revered as a messiah by followers.Besides the church, Patient 31 also visited a hotel and, eventually, a hospital, Daegu mayor Kwon Young-jin said in a Facebook post. None of the woman’s family members have shown symptoms, while taxi drivers who were in contact with her are now in self-quarantine, Kwon said.A hospital that treated Patient 31 after a traffic accident said she refused to be tested for the virus, despite a fever.KCDC officials said they were reviewing policies governing people who refuse to be tested, and added police could be involved in such cases.The virus has killed more than 2,000 people, mostly in mainland China, and spread to more than two dozen countries causing widespread economic and travel disruptions.Excluding the epicenter of the outbreak in Hubei Province, however, the number of new cases in mainland China has now fallen for 15 straight days.South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called for stringent infection control measures and every possible action to boost the economy, which he said was in an emergency situation as the result of the epidemic.Topics :last_img read more

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