first_imgI read Brian Kriese’s Dec. 2 letter about “entitled teachers” with interest. I agree that Niskayuna has a strong faculty and staff. I consider myself fortunate to know many educators, in our district and others, and to learn about what they do.Their job is a tough one, requiring intellect, dedication, compassion, and the desire to make a difference. They work with our children every day and spend more time with them than most of us see them ourselves. They teach, they counsel, they inspire. I have complete faith in the people that I trust with my kids. They probably don’t like me very much, and yet they are still always professional and treat my children with respect and caring.I try to get the best deal I can at work, so I understand other people doing the same. Whatever happens around the negotiating table, we should always support our teachers in the classrooms.Howard R. SchlossbergNiskayunaWarn your kids early about gamblingThe explosion of internet gambling and gaming opportunities — combined with the inescapable advertising and marketing of gaming and gambling everywhere from television to the corner store — relentlessly exposes our children to enticing messages of winning, risk-taking and excitement from a very early age.Alarming statistics reveal that almost 40% of youth ages 12-17 have gambled this past year with in-game items or real money, and 30% of these youth state that they began gambling at age 10 or younger.Youth who gamble are more likely to get lower grades, use tobacco and illegal drugs, get into fights, have mental health issues and become involved in crime. And studies show the earlier a child starts gambling, the more likely they are to have problems due to gambling later in life.Parents of children as young as 6 years old can reduce the risk of their kids ending up with a gambling problem by talking with them about gambling. Start by asking questions and listening. And, help them figure out sensible alternatives to gambling.To learn helpful tips and view brief educational videos showing real-life scenarios of parents speaking with their children about the possible serious consequences of their gaming and gambling activities, please visit RichardsAlbanyThe writer is a team leader at the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center.Trump’s flushing habits provide insightAn article in the Dec. 7 Daily Gazette quotes President Trump as saying, “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once.”In clinical psychology, there is a phenomenon called “projection” in which an individual projects his own beliefs on others around him.Could his declaration be a reflection of how many times he has to flush to clear his own bowl? As a native New Yorker, for decades I’ve suspected that Trump was full of . Is this the “smoking toilet” that proves it?Pursuant to this hypothesis, I’ve filed a Freedom of Information request with the White House to find out how many times Roto-Rooter has been called to clear out the plumbing, but have yet to receive a response.Joseph LevySaratoga SpringsWhere was coverage of Pearl Harbor Day?Shame on you, Gazette. Does the date Dec.  7, 1941, mean nothing to you? The date that lives in infamy. Due to the importance of that date and the number of American lives that were lost that day alone, I would expect full front page articles.Pam NicholSaratoga Springs Barbara J. Stowell’s Dec. 9 letter (“Americans must stand up to bullies“) stated that there is overwhelming evidence that President Trump committed a crime, yet she neglects to specify the fact that leads her to that conclusion.For liberals, it’s a feeling, an opinion, DNC/MSM talking points or just plain hate that becomes fact. There was not one witness that had direct knowledge of a crime. And their law professors, with the exception of Turley, were all rabid Trump haters. Even if Trump “required” Biden be investigated, it wasn’t a crime. Why are Democrats always immune from criminal investigation? Biden’s admitted quid pro quo is fine, while Trump’s make-believe one is criminally impeachable. President Trump has been under attack from day one and accomplished more in less than one term than the media darling Obama did in eight years.Should Trump win a second term and the House, I for one will enjoy watching the liberals and all their media allies have a nervous breakdown.Dave DankanichGalwayClifton Park’s park needs friendly nameRegarding Clifton Park’s new 37-acre park: The acquisition of the land was a great community effort. To recognize this effort, we would like to propose the name for the park: “Friendship Park.”Bob RiceFrank BerlinClifton ParkSt. Clare’s retirees deserving of justiceChristmas is a time for families to reflect on what is really important in life. It is also about showing gratitude and compassion. This is a time for all of us to think about the very special St. Clare’s Hospital retirees who have won the hearts of so many people.Due to the actions of the St. Clare’s Hospital, these 1,129 caregivers were left to care for themselves, over 400 to live the rest of their lives with a 25 percent slash in their retirements, while 600-plus former employees will get nothing at all. This is no way to treat loyal employees.The retirees are trying to find a way to eliminate worry, stress, overcome fear, and live anxiety free, which is not easy for them. They are still going through hell; no one should have to suffer like this. Everyone knows they are deserving of their retirements, but the hospital left them no way to receive them.The Capital Region has been wonderful with support from political leaders, TV stations, radio stations, newspapers, editorial staff, journalists and letters to the editor. We should always stand with the caregivers through this horrible journey. Their lives have been ruined due to selfishness. That is a fine way to repay the act of kindness the retirees gave. They are hurting and afraid at what might happen to them. How can they sleep living a nightmare? May God watch over them and may justice prevail.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamUrge Stefanik to back carbon pollution billKudos must be extended to the Plattsburgh Common Council, as it recently endorsed the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, a congressional bill that would apply a fee to carbon pollution. Coming from a climate smart community this message is powerful, as this municipality practices climate mitigation.John Kerry, founder of the new bipartisan climate coalition, World War Zero, has stated that our climate situation is in a crisis. We have so much to do, and penalizing the production of carbon pollution is an excellent option.Plattsburgh’s Common Council, along with the town of Plattsburgh, has opened a door for other communities to wisely embrace this fee on damaging pollution. Finally, many of us should call on Rep. Elise Stefanik to cosponsor this timely and important bill. She would join over 70 other members of Congress who have signed on.Sally CourtrightAlbany Homelessness sign of a poor economyThis is the true reality about the economy. When you have 500,000 homeless people in the United States, this is proof the economy is getting worse. The average rent and mortgage are over $1,000 a month, jobs cut hours, you cannot get a second job, and you have to work their schedule or your hours will be cut even more. You end up on food stamps. Stores are closing; everyone is buying everything online. You cannot pay your rent. You end up getting evicted and become homeless.Concetta CannizzaroNiskayunaU.S. and the world need more of TrumpI’m not sure what channel Ms. Fialkowski is watching. Maybe the Cartoon Network? Her comment in her Dec. 3 letter (“America needs an FDR, not a Trump“) that the Republicans need to let go of the 2016 election is so ignorant I couldn’t help but comment.Since the night of the 2016 election, Mrs. Clinton and the Democrats haven’t admitted defeat. They’ve claimed President Trump colluded with the Russians. Then they claimed he obstructed the investigation. They spent $30 million on the Mueller Report. He said there was no collusion or obstruction. Now they’re claiming he tried to bribe Ukraine. It’s the Democrats that cannot let go of the 2016 election.Donald Trump has done more for this country in three years than Obama did in eight. The black community and the Hispanic community are enjoying unprecedented employment. Jobs are coming back. He’s fighting for all of us, not just unions, undocumented immigrants, homosexuals, Muslims and any other voting bloc. That was Obama.When you pay more in taxes and you get the same percentage cut, you’re going to get a larger reduction. It’s not President Trump’s fault; it’s math. Donald Trump is holding the members of NATO accountable. Each member nation is to pay 2% of their nation’s GDP.He’s calling out those that don’t. The United States is one of about 20 nations in NATO and we pay 2% of the budget. He’s thinking of the taxpayer. The Democrats are assuring the reelection of Donald Trump. Keep it up Democrats.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonCommit to support of local businessesI was thrilled to see so many people out and about in downtown Schenectady during Small Business Saturday. Seeing Congressman Paul Tonko supporting our local businesses, both new and established,  is a great way to spotlight and support these local businesses.I don’t think people really understand how important shopping local really is — three times the economic impact. That’s money spent and redirected back into the local economy. Nearly half of the private sector workforce is comprised of small businesses employees.I am making a commitment and am challenging other local business owners; from this Small Business Saturday until next, if I can get it locally, from a brick and mortar, I will not order it online.This means no books from Amazon. Instead, I will only buy my books from a local independent.Step away from the screens and pop into the open door. Have a real live conversation with other people who also like to read. Get a staff suggestion from another person, not an algorithm. Consumer-driven change means every purchase you make is a vote for the way something is made, the company that makes it or the store that sells it.Local supports local. It is one of my passions. Better together, supporting Schenectady business.Adine ViscusiSchenectady McCarthy can’t hide from cleanup failureThe Gary McCarthy administration has been rightfully and roundly criticized on these pages for its bungling of snow removal after our recent snowstorm.Thank goodness the weather warmed up and much of the snow (if not the ice) melted to finally make the streets passable. Schenectady was the only area city that had to suspend school for two days because of the snowstorm and unbelievably had to call in the National Guard to help with snow removal.On this most basic of governmental tasks for municipalities in the Northeast – snow removal – the city failed miserably.The city clearly has an issue with its workforce, likely stemming from contentious contract negotiations. I do not lay the blame on city workers for the failings of management. The mayor can make all the excuses he wants, but he needs to take control of his labor issues and any issues with independent snowplow contractors and just fix them.McCarthy may stonewall records requests, bury his head in the sand over the city’s plentiful code enforcement problems and hide the details of his vaunted “Smart Cities” plans, but he should not and cannot hide from responsibility over failing city residents in this most basic of tasks — unless he just doesn’t care about city residents.Dennis QuinnSchenectadyOnly evidence is of Trump’s successes More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Robocall bill won’t solve the problemI read The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act) and the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act. In my opinion, they’re both nothing more than political gobbledygook and nonsense made to make it seem that the morons in Washington are actually working for the people.I’ve been submitting robocalls calls to the FCC for over a decade and it does no good at all. Congressman Paul Tonko seems proud of this, and even sent an email praising this “milestone legislation.” Just how, congressman, will this do any good? I’m still getting calls from robocallers that show up as you in my caller ID. How about permanently ending robocalls, and stop being led by the hatred of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and wasting your time trying to bring this country down.Mary Jo VendittiGlenvillePEF members do a lot for New YorkersAll across New York state, Public Employees Federation (PEF) members like myself work hard every day providing vital services to New Yorkers. We’re the nurses, parole officers, engineers, scientists, IT professionals, environmentalists, bridge inspectors and so many more of New York’s public employee workforce who keep our communities safe and our state running smoothly.I’m part of an IT communications team for a state agency, largely made up of highly skilled professional PEF union members. We’re at the forefront of promoting and supporting important IT projects that enhance and improve the lives of New Yorkers statewide through technological innovation. Across our great state, the important progress we’ve made in technology that benefits our communities can be seen in healthcare, transportation, government, business and the environment, just to name a few. The impact PEF union members have had working in state government has been invaluable.PEF is currently in contract negotiations with the state. We’re looking for a contract that provides affordable healthcare, fair wages, safe staffing requirements, and that will enable us to continue providing New Yorkers with the best possible services.We love what we do, and we want to continue doing it. From the land you farm, to the food you eat, to the water you drink, to the streets you walk, to the forests you camp in, to the beaches you tan at, to the highways you drive, PEF members are there protecting, safekeeping and improving your state, each and every day.Philip RogersLathamConstitution gets no respect from TrumpDuring the course of a Fox News interview in April 2017, Donnie Trump blamed the U.S. Constitution for the problems he encountered during his first 100 days in office. Apparently, the pesky checks and balances built into our system got in the way of his wanna-be dictator tendencies.Nothing Trump has said or done since that time has altered the fact that he has no regard or respect for our Constitution, and the same can be said for the Party of Trump.Conservative author and commentator Laurence Vance succinctly summed it up, stating that, “The only limited government that Republicans seek is a government limited to control by Republicans.”Walter WoukSummitWe should all support our kids’ teachers Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStop denying how harmful Trump isIt is a shame that there are so many people in denial over, not just the phone call to the Ukraine, but all the other insane happenings surrounding this character in the White House who wants to be king.He has surrounded himself with inept opportunists who have hurt every one of us who consider ourselves patriots and believers in our Constitution. It’s not a Dem thing; it is a protection of our rights that we all must be aware of. We have those who are still using Hillary Clinton as a comparison for a defense for the character in our White House. She’s gone. Look at what is happening to our democracy right now. The man has to go from our lives. T-Tyrant, R-Racist, U-Uncouth, M-Malicious, P-Perfidious. This is not a reality TV show.Richard Moran Sr.Scotialast_img read more

first_imgMost mosques in Tangerang, Banten are holding Friday prayers on March 20 despite a warning from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) to suspend the mass prayers, especially in areas hit by COVID-19. Friday prayers at mosques are commonly believed to be obligatory for Muslim men in place of noon prayer. Before praying, a sermon is given that can last up to 45 minutes.Keepers at Great Al-Azhom Mosque in Tangerang said they would still hold Friday prayers with a shorter sermon. They also advised the congregation to bring their own prayer mats. Topics : The MUI previously issued a fatwa advising Muslims against praying in congregation in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably”, including skipping “Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”. The council has also urged the government to map areas with outbreaks of COVID-19 following the fatwa.Al-Azhom mosque keeper Chaerudin, however, said the decision to hold Friday prayers was made after consulting with MUI Tangerang.“Because as of now, Tangerang is not a red zone [where COVID-19 has spread uncontrollably]. So we’ve agreed to hold Friday prayers,” Chaerudin said Friday as quoted by also said the mosque would be disinfected and cleaned beforehand, adding that the mosque’s keepers would check the body temperature of attendees at the mosque gates.“If someone has a fever, we will tell them to go home,” he said, as the fatwa also prohibited individuals with COVID-19 from attending congregational prayers. (mfp)last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 26 May 2015The revamped design of the contentious SkyCity convention centre has divided critics, with one urban design expert saying it looks like “a ship beached up on Nelson St”.The latest design plans were released today by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and SkyCity chief executive Nigel Morrison.The redesign came about after Mr Morrison said the cost of the centre had grown from $402 million to $530 million, and it might need an injection of public moneyThat prompted Prime Minister John Key to express concerns over an “eyesore” if extra money wasn’t spent on it.Family First suggested the decreased size meant the legislative concession for allowing an increased number of pokie machines should be significantly reduced, if not scrapped.Director Bob McCoskrie said Family First stood by its original comments that the concession would harm those with gambling problems.“As we said from the outset, this deal will only hurt families, and there is still debate over the need for the Centre at all. A Convention Centre may sound good but not when it is being funded on gambling losses.“Government deals and legislative concessions should not be used as cheerleaders for casinos and the gambling industry.” read more

first_img “It’s a race I’d like to win. I think we may have won it, but not recently. We’ve been second and third in it,” Mullins told At The Races. “I think the ground will be getting drier and suiting him and we are looking forward to it.” It is a race the champion trainer loves to win, but he has drawn a blank since Florida Pearl was successful in 2002, despite having several horses placed. He has the favourite this year in Sir Des Champs, who has shown himself to be the best staying chaser in Ireland by winning the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February as well as finishing second to Bobs Worth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Press Associationcenter_img Willie Mullins hopes Sir Des Champs can end his long losing spell in the Bet Online With The Punchestown Gold Cup by winning the Grade One feature on Wednesday.last_img read more