Landry, McGraw don’t deserve re-election

first_imgThe first Gazette story highlighted the egregious behavior of town Supervisor Joe Landry and his lack of action and regard for the safety of our court employees.This issue lasted more than a year. Only after it was exposed by The Gazette was something done about it. But what’s even more troubling than Mr. Landry’s behavior was councilwoman and Deputy Supervisor Denise Murphy McGraw’s denial that she knew anything about it.A week later, the Niskayuna Democrat Town Committee sent a despicable mail piece to town voters insinuating the Republican town candidates are anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim and racist. Niskayuna Democrat Committeewoman McGraw denied knowing anything about the mailer.Ms. McGraw: You didn’t know about either of these two very important issues? You’re clearly out of touch with Niskayuna and your own campaign, or you’re not telling the truth. Either way, you do not deserve to be re-elected.Betty ApkarianNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists I’m proud to live in Niskayuna and I vote for quality candidates regardless of their party. Thanks to The Daily Gazette, they have exposed the lack of integrity, leadership and professionalism that exists with this current Democrat-controlled town administration. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Can’t trust Trump on North Korea talks

first_imgI believe that the foundation of a true democracy, which I’m convinced is in its infancy in the United States, was best communicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough to those who have too little.”Mr. Trump is a pure capitalist who has repeatedly demonstrated that he believes the opposite of FDR. The so-called “middle-class tax cut” is provides direct evidence of what Mr. Trump believes is “a test of our progress.”It’s impossible to know what Mr. Trump’s goals are in meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But it’s clear that we don’t know either Mr. Trump’s or Mr. Kim’s expectations for the meeting and what the potential outcome will be given Mr. Trump’s propensity to wing it rather than study the issues.I agree with Nicholas Kristof, who said in his March 10 column that it’s as likely as not that we may find ourselves worse off than where we started.NICK COUPASSaratogaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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?Police: 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 census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, April 8

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPay more attention to people’s problemsI listen to all the news channels and their views.The problem I have with their reporting is most of their contributions are this or that, they say what they would have done.In fact they can do nothing. The people that face today’s problems are not being listened to or are being ignored.We have to pay attention to the people that face these problems today. Wake up people. Wake up, politicians.Jim StaultersBallston Spa Daylight saving time change poses dangerAn important factor that most advocates of extending daylight saving time (DST) fail to take into account is that the sun rises and sets an hour later on the western edge of a time zone than on the eastern edge.If DST is extended, kids waiting for a school bus who live near the eastern edge may have a little light on winter mornings if school starts a half hour later, but it will still be dark for kids 800 miles to the west.I suppose schools further west could start school later in the morning.But you might want to ask the kids if they’re OK with coming home that late, especially those who stay after school for extracurricular activities.Then there’s the matter of school buses interfering with rush-hour traffic, which seems to start about 4 p.m. these days. Karl HilligBallston Lake Nisky needs balance on its Town BoardMr. Spear yet again has written another letter to the editor on March 25 tooting the horn of the Democrats on the Niskayuna Town Board, while trying to diminish the efforts of our Supervisor, Yasmine Syed.Last week, it was a town employee writing a story about nothing regarding the O.D. Heck property. It just goes on and on. I was glad to read our supervisor responding to this incorrect and unfortunate story.What our town needs more than anything right now is balance on this board and support for our excellent supervisor.Mr. Spear says he moved to this town because of the Town Board’s leadership that is keeping taxes low. What? You might want to fact-check that.I hope the residents in this town wise up to the tactics of this board and vote for change. No need to give this change to Mr. Spear, as his taxes are already low. I crack myself up.Brian KreisSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, July 30

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionClimate change talks were misleadingIn recent lectures at the Schenectady and Colonie public libraries, Dr. Chris Walcek presented a misleading analysis of the seriousness of climate change.His presentations were based on highly selected data and a mischaracterization of climate science.As climate scientists, we feel compelled to respond. Bell not always the best warningRegarding Michael Werner’s July 19 letter about bicyclists and bells: I commented on these pages (9/24/2013) about rude unsafe bicyclists that blow past you as if they own the path and I called them arrogant and jerks.I’m a bicyclist who has passed thousands of walkers over the years and I warn each of them. It’s safer for them and me. Many thank me. Most move to the right. Some give a small wave of their hand acknowledging me. Garner brought use of force on selfThe July 21 opinion piece, which asserted that the death of Eric Garner proves the case that we need to be protected from the use of excessive force by law enforcement, could benefit from some reflection. But there are those listening to music with ear buds or talking to their fellow walkers. Sometimes the walker on the right pulls the talker on the left out of the way.I choose voice over a bell for several reasons. My vocal warning is longer in duration than a bell and I can tailor it as needed. It’s usually “I’m passing you on the left.” The key information (“left”) is the last word they hear once I have caught their attention. Before I speak, I move to the left so that my position is more obvious.But I can also adapt my warnings. Sometimes walkers are on the left, not the right. Sometimes I see ear buds and so I speak louder. I do not shout.If I am with others, my warning includes: “and there are three of us.”I’m very wary. I look out for those ear buds, the talker and the older person whose hearing may not be the best.Sometimes a bell is insufficient.James FogartyNiskayuna Dr. Walcek began with the claim that most climate scientists are motivated by political bias and then used an unpublished 2003 survey to posit that significant disagreement exists among climate scientists over whether ongoing climate change is a result of human activity, thus ignoring published, peer-reviewed surveys showing overwhelming agreement among the scientific community.Further, Dr. Walcek provided his own unpublished analysis of U.S. hurricanes to claim that there has been no increase in tropical storms over the past century while omitting published assessments documenting the lockstep match between energy released from hurricanes and rising sea-surface temperatures.Similarly, in showing that a single European glacier has been as small as it is today on multiple occasions, he ignored the fact that mountain glaciers globally are retreating in synchrony with one another for the first time in over 10,000 years, with few exceptions.Finally, in dismissing as trivial the predicted rise in sea level, he disregarded existential threats this poses to inhabitants of many coastlines, island nations and low-lying countries such as Bangladesh.While skepticism and debate are cornerstones of the scientific process, contrarianism for sport and attention are not, and can dangerously mislead the public on critical public policy issues.Dr. Donald T. RodbellDr. Anouk VerheydenThe writers are professors in the Union College Geology Department. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation The simplest way to guard against the use of excessive force is not to resist arrest. Eric chose to gamble with his life when he resisted arrest. He gambled. He lost. The fault is his.The assertion that he could not breathe is not consistent with his ability to make that statement.The phrase “excessive force” can only be given meaning after an event. However, since Eric’s behavior can be reasonably interpreted as an attempt to get the crowd to free him, I can see no basis for the claim that excessive force was used.I question why family members were not investigated for possible prosecution to see what knowledge they had of Eric’s activities.Fred BarneyAlbanylast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Dec. 11

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSound the alarm on scourge of plasticI have lived in Saratoga Springs my whole life. In my recent studies at Bennington College, I have been horrified to learn how pervasive and toxic plastic pollution is, and it scares me.Your newspaper does a good job covering a variety of issues, but I would appreciate more coverage of the plastic pollution problem.Microplastics, especially, are dangerous. Microplastics are any piece of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters, which are either manufactured to be that size, such as the microbeads in toothpaste and skincare products, or the result of larger plastic objects breaking down. They are everywhere.A study recently published in Frontiers in Chemistry, a well-respected science journal, found that 93% of all bottled water tested contained microplastics. When we drink bottled water, our bodies absorb and retain microplastics.We talk about how bad plastic is for marine life, but often neglect to think of what it is doing to us. The chemicals from single-use plastic food packaging can leach into our food, especially when heated up. And when that food goes into our bodies, so do those chemicals.These chemicals and toxins in microplastics can cause cancer and birth defects and interfere with hormonal function, and we consume them every day.Plastic has taken over our planet. Advocate for better laws and make better choices. Try to buy less bottled water and prepackaged food. We don’t want plastic taking over our bodies, too.Emma FentonSaratoga SpringsSchenectady must focus on litter issueLinking Schenectady’s downtown to the waterfront will only create more litter from those who walk and use the bike paths.The $10 million state economic grant does not provide money to maintain new facilities. The city continuously makes new investments, but the taxpayers are left with the bill to clean the new projects.According to the mayor, there isn’t money for maintenance in the city budget. So why invest in new facilities and ignore what is already here? For example, millions of dollars have been spent for improvements on the Eastern Avenue corridor. This summer, weeds grew around light poles, in vacant lots and through the cracks of cement. No one bothered to cut the overgrown vegetation.For me it as a steady diet of uncleanliness after leaving the parking lot of St. John the Evangelist Church for weekly Mass.Litter creates problems. A clogged storm drain can cause flooding in homes and businesses. The little people who run the city need to get their priorities straight. Only little people publicly cheer the loss of another’s election.Get rid of unsightly debris throughout the city.Mary B. McClaineSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: 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. 18last_img read more

Northampton offices & retail

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PRICOA raises £850m to break £2bn barrier

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Miller fixes buyout limit

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London rents hit premium

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Midtown crisis? Humbug!

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