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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Sep. 6

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion$25 for license plate is price gougingDuring the recent storm, there’s been much talk about price gouging. It seems to me if you purchase something for a dollar and I sell it for $25, this is also a price gouging. Maybe we ought to look into this and advise the governor that the license plate fee is certainly price gouging.Richard SchaefferSchenectadyEditorial cast GE in an unfavorable lightThe Daily Gazette recently ran an editorial on the lawsuit filed by the governor and state attorney general concerning GE’s $1.7 billion clean-up of the Hudson River.The editorial compared filing the lawsuit to a victims impact statement. Victim impact statements are serious business where the court hears from the victim or victim’s family about the type of punishment they would like to see carried out.I don’t think it is fair to compare the state’s lawsuit to a panel evaluating criminal penalties.GE never violated any law with regard to the Hudson River. The company took on a clean-up project despite the fact that hundreds of other companies and municipalities contributed to the river’s current condition over many years. GE spent $1.7 billion on the clean-up. The federal EPA reviewed the results of this effort and issued a certificate of completion. The state took part in the cleanup every step of the way but after the fact decided to challenge the EPA’s finding that the clean-up was properly completed.This is a civil lawsuit filed by one regulatory agency against another not GE. For The Daily Gazette to toss out a comparison to a victim’s impact statement is really off base.Let’s not forget that GE is a major employer in Schenectady and the Capital Region. The Gazette editorial cast the company in an unfavorable light. This is not exactly helpful to our collective efforts to retain GE jobs and attract company investment to Schenectady.Gary McCarthySchenectadyThe writer is the mayor of Schenectady.Assault weapons support is irrationalI am writing in response to the spurious hackneyed Hannity talking points presented by Mr. Jeffrey Falace in his Aug. 31 letter (“Shooters are to blame for shootings.”) Firstly, Seth Ator, the most recent Texas killer did not use “the knife, the hammer, the sharp spoon” in his murderous rampage. He selected an AR-15, a rife designed to inflict maximum carnage in a minimum amount of time, hence the weapon of choice of mass shooters.Secondly, the “very draconian gun regulations” in Illinois are of no concern to gang bangers. They can easily drive to Indiana and legally purchase, either directly or through a shadow buyer, all the firepower they want and then drive back to Chicago. It’s a  shame it doesn’t fit the Republican narrative.And lastly, your pea shooters cannot possibly prevent a military takeover by a tyrannical government. A drone armed with a miniaturized warhead can vaporize you, your guns and Schenectady.Get real (and rational).Paul SatorGloversvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: 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 homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 28

first_imgTrump impeachment articles underplayedWe are in the middle of the impeachment of the president of the United States of America.By any account, it is a proceeding with implications not only for every New Yorker, but every American, the very existence of our country and consequences for the entire world. It is an event that has only occurred three times before in the history of our country.Yet, on Jan. 23, this momentous proceeding was relegated to a story in the lower right-hand corner of your front page. More important apparently, were stories about a school budget gap and state prosecutors struggling under a new law.Not to diminish either story, but they pale in comparison to the crisis our country is facing.On Jan. 24, the impeachment coverage not only did not make the headline but was buried in a 4×5 small article on page 4. What in the world are you thinking?The only thing I can surmise is that you hope that few people read about this historic event that will change the course of history. Do better.Linda McDermottClifton ParkGive judges power to assess risk on bailRegarding the new bail law, how many Capital Region cases have there been that have raised the sky-is-falling reaction of sheriffs and Republican legislators?A couple? Five, six? It doesn’t seem more than that.On the other hand, how many people are free to continue working, supporting families or otherwise going about their lives as they await court cases?I’m not sure what the number is, but it is enough that a local bail bondsman has said he’s losing 80-90% of his business getting people out of jail who can’t afford the bail.There is no need to repeal the law as Sen. Jim Tedisco has called for. It just needs to be changed to allow judges to decide in a case where there is a clear risk or the need for a cooling-off period, as Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo suggested.Jim MurphyScotiaEnjoyed reading the historic informationI miss the 125 Years of news. I looked forward each day to reading the tidbits of news from The Daily Gazette’s history. Thank you for providing an interesting glimpse into our local past.Suzanne KingScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: 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. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionClean Lady Liberty and bring her homeReturning Lady Liberty to her former home in Gateway Park will not detract from the new sculptures there. Her old spot is still vacant, waiting for her to return to her place of honor.It is a disgrace to Schenectady for an iconic national symbol to be wedged into a tiny, dangerous corner. Furthermore, was she as dirty as she is now when Mayor Gary McCarthy had her put there?Give her a good cleaning and bring her home.Joyce M. CockerhamSchenectadylast_img read more

Black gold rush

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Property’s political donations

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Director role for Riley at investment agent BCM

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Petchey deals on wheels

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Talk of the towns: North-west

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Growing nowhere

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Buyers beware

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COVID-19: Indonesia respects decision to postpone FIFA World Cup qualifiers

first_imgThe Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has delayed several qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.Indonesia’s matches to qualify for the soccer fiesta have been rescheduled as follows: ·         Indonesia versus Thailand is rescheduled to Oct. 8 (initially on March 26)·         Indonesia versus United Arab Emirates is rescheduled to Oct. 13 (initially on March 31)·         Indonesia versus Vietnam is rescheduled to Nov. 12 (initially on June 4)The AFC decided to postpone the matches after an emergency meeting with representatives from East Asian and Southeast Asian countries in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. “It’s an unexpected and challenging time, but the AFC is working tirelessly to monitor the situation, including all sorts of travel restrictions, while continuously communicating with our members, leagues, and clubs,” AFC secretary-general Dato Windsor John said in a written statement on Tuesday, as reported on the Soccer Association of Indonesia’s (PSSI) website, pssi.org.PSSI chief Mochamad Iriawan said he respected the AFC’s decision to postpone the matches.Read also: World Cup dream fades away as Indonesian soccer team loses againIriawan said he understood the current situation and appreciated the measures taken by the AFC to stem the spread of the coronavirus.”Our national team had done some preparations last month, and they’re planning to meet again [for training] in mid-March. But we understand the latest situation in the world that has affected soccer both directly and indirectly. In any case, humanity stands above everything,” Iriawan said.Aside from the World Cup qualification matches, the AFC has also postponed several qualifying matches for the 2020 Asia Champions League. However, the AFC is still aiming for the league’s final to be played as scheduled in November.Topics :last_img read more