Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Nov. 9

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSch’dy County Dems  take the low roadLike many of you, I was disgusted by several political flyers sent out by the Schenectady County Democratic Committee (SCDC) over the past few weeks.Their propaganda attacked Yasmine Syed with personal and unsubstantiated allegations and attacks.For the record, I consider myself progressive.I have marched in Washington, D.C., and participated in local protests and letter-writing campaigns.I work for immigrant justice. I have even gone door-to-door and made phone calls in support of Democratic Party candidates.I’m dismayed to see Trumpian tactics playing out in our local elections. What happened to the Democratic Party? What happened to “When they go low, we go high?”Now that the election is over, I believe we need let the SCDC know how we feel.For me, I find their conduct a betrayal of our values. I thought the Democratic Party was all about integrity and compassion. Elections should be about issues, not vile political attacks.Please join me in writing to SCDC, PO Box 9273, Schenectady, NY 12309.Jon LemelinNiskayunaLiberals should help, not hinder, TrumpIsn’t it time the liberals stop wasting taxpayers’ money on President Trump and help him with all the problems we have with our enemies? He is the only one that has the nerve to go up against North Korea, China and Iran. He is the only one to have the nerve to place tariffs on them.We are making them rich while we stood by and did nothing. The only reason they want to impeach him is because he isn’t a yes man. He stands up against the liberals.Have you noticed the unemployment rate?The liberals are like a pack of lions tracking down one animal. They can’t go one on one.James MaxfieldScotiaThreat to republic has a familiar ringRev. Jim Jones (1931-78) — civil rights’ advocate, reverend, cult leader, sex addict, drug addict, deranged at the end of his life —  took over 900 of his followers with him.One can see elements of Jim Jones-ism in the body politic today. The victims of Jim Jones’ evil were, for the most part, poor people looking for a better life. These are the same type of people supercilious politicians exploit.The Rev. Jim viewed America as racist, capitalism as bad, socialism as good, redistribution of wealth is good.He encouraged a violent end for then -President Nixon. Today it is President Trump who is under the gun. In a Broadway production, a President Trump lookalike was assassinated. Et tu, Brute?  A comedian carries a mockup of President Trump’s severed head.The violent death of Caesar heralded the demise of the Roman Republic. America the republic is about gone. President Trump’s premature removal from office would complete the process.When partisan members of alphabet sedition club (DOJ, CIA, FBI, etc.) openly subvert presidential authority, can it be long before the military steps forward?When the military comes out of the shadows, it will be “Seven Days in May.”      Brutus is lurking in the wings. Drink the Kool-Aid.Edmond DayRotterdam The U.S. House of Representatives just took important action for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.As someone whose mother died of Alzheimer’s and who has worked with several individuals under 65 with Alzheimer’s disease, I want to thank Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) for supporting the House passage of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act of 2019 (H.R. 1903 / S. 901), through the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 200,000 Americans under age 65 are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Yet currently, because of their young age, they are not eligible for support and service programs available to older Americans. The Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act would fix this and give them access to nutritional programs, respite services for family caregivers and other services to enhance quality of life.The Senate must now follow the House action and pass this important bill. To learn more about this disease and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s, visit https://alz.org/northeasternny.William HinrichsCohoesThe writer is associate director of advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association.Legislature shouldn’t ban youth footballSo the lawmakers here in the state of New York want to ban youth football because of reasons of safety and other reasons. But that is not the lawmakers’ say. That should be a talk between a mom or dad and a child and not the lawmaker.If the lawmakers of this state were to ban youth football, what will they try and ban next — any kind of youth sport? If the lawmakers ban youth football, the only thing left for the youth of this state will be to join up with the gangs and whatnot.No mom or dad would want their child to join the really bad gangs in this state.Lawmakers of this state, stop sticking your noses where they do not belong and do your job that we, the people, elected you to do. Please stop trying to ruin the youth of this state by banning youth football.Anthony CarotaSchenectadyNo good Democrat is supportive of TrumpI must take issue with Vincent Belardo’s Oct. 27 letter and his statement that he’s a “good Democrat.”No sir, there’s no way you can be a good Democrat while supporting President Trump for reelection. The Democratic Party platform is the opposite of what Trump stands for. And while you may be a registered Democrat, you cannot ever be considered a “good” one given your current views.Mr. Belardo states he was a war veteran and for that we are grateful. But his statement that he sees what Trump is trying to do is misguided.I think he and those who support Trump are anything but enlightened to the truth. The facts are out there, and his last two years in office have been nothing but chaos and divisiveness.He has broken the laws and defied the Constitution and disgraced his time in office. He’s a joke to our allies and a puppet to our enemies. He’s not out to “protect” us, as Mr. Belardo claims.Trump is a selfish, self-interested man who only protects himself and seeks only to profit off of us. He has no respect for the rule of law, as his actions and words proven.He’s a disgrace not only as a president, but just as a human being. People who continue to deny the evidence that’s right in front of them put the future of our children and grandchildren in jeopardy, and I find that inexcusable. Never mind making “America Great Again.” Let’s just make “America America Again.”Connie CartwrightScotiaSocialism is not in best interests of U.S.Regarding Norman Perazzo’s Nov. 2 letter (“How to destroy the U.S. from within“), I believe he is absolutely right. His nine points about how to destroy the United States from within are happening right now all around this country.Americans had better wake up and recognize that our future could be in jeopardy. Young people had better study history and see that socialism pushed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders is not in our best interests.Helen MartinGlenville Bill will help younger Alzheimer’s victimscenter_img Dems’ only goals are power and controlSpeaker Nancy Pelosi got one thing right. She recently declared, “What is at stake in all of this is nothing less than our democracy.”What she got wrong is that the Democrats’ obsession to regain power is the real danger to the republic. The Democrats have this insatiable quest for power by any means necessary. The Russian collusion hoax and the more recent impeachment fever are recent attempts to undermine our president and, by doing so, trying to influence elections.Getting overshadowed, and what should be even more disconcerting however, is their sheer willingness to discard our Constitution. It’s these attacks that all citizens should weigh carefully, understanding that many Democratic actions and viewpoints are usurping your fundamental rights. Examples include, but are not limited to, the Second, Fifth and 12th amendments.Most obvious is the suggestion of a governmental buyback to the unabashed outright confiscation of firearms. Another surrounds the idea of due process, which protects the rights of the accused and is the cornerstone of American jurisprudence. A recent example of this came at the confirmation hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.The cultural #MeToo movement superseded proper moral and legal conscience. Our own senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, exclaimed “I believe her” before any of the facts presented themselves. Let not the facts get in the way of the preferred narrative. Lastly, some Democrats want to abolish the Electoral College, since it does not aid the coastal elites and large Democratic urban areas to control elections.Their real purpose? Power and control.John MyersSchenectadyStalin policies similar to Democrats’ plansAm I the only one who recognizes the following similarity of ideas?I will reference chapter 10 of the Soviet constitution.Article 120: Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to maintenance in old age and also in the case of sickness or loss of capacity to work.This right is ensured by the extensive development of social insurance of workers and employees at state expense, free medical service for the working people and the provision of a wide network of health resorts for the use of the working people.Article 121: Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to education.This right is ensured by universal, compulsory elementary education; by education, including higher education, being free of charge; by the system of state stipends for the overwhelming majority of students in the universities and colleges; by instruction in schools being conducted in the native language, and by the organization in the factories, state farms, machine and tractor stations and collective farms of free vocational, technical and agronomic training for the working people.In 1936, Stalin beat the Democrats to these ideas.Michael SheedySchenectadyAre we all powerless against Spectrum?Well my good friends at Spectrum have done it again. I just got my statement for November, and for no apparent reason, explanation or notification, my service went up $10. It’s the second time in one year that this has happened. They say reach out to your legislators to take action. Yeah right.It appears that they must be as powerless as everyone else when it comes to these extortionists.Daniel LindsaySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Doyle seals late Palace move

first_img The Republic of Ireland international ended last season on loan at QPR whilst his parent club were gaining promotion back into the Sky Bet Championship. Doyle, 30, has yet to turn out for Kenny Jackett’s side this season but has joined Palace until January to bolster Neil Warnock’s attacking options at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace have completed their third deadline day swoop by completing the loan signing of Wolves striker Kevin Doyle. He follows Zeki Fryers and James McArthur into the club on transfer deadline day as Warnock looks to make his mark on the Palace squad having replaced Tony Pulis as manager of the south London club. The loan signing of Wilfried Zaha was Warnock’s first piece of business and the trio add to the signings of Chris Kettings, Fraizer Campbell, Brede Hangeland and Martin Kelly – who all arrived before the former Sheffield United and QPR boss returned for a second stint at Palace. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Costly can: IPL 2020 cancellation could cost BCCI Rs. 40 billion!

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/IPLAdvertisement 7kmtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs76Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5eb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5a9dWould you ever consider trying this?😱w4bCan your students do this? 🌚w589eRoller skating! Powered by Firework The COVID-19 pandemic took a major hit at all sporting activities worldwide, including cricket, which saw all its upcoming series and fixtures facing cancellation or postponement. This year’s Indian Premier League season, which has been the highest grossing cricket tournament since its initiation, also faced a suspension, firs time in the history of the league. Along with suspending such a cash rich league like IPL comes a hefty monetary loss, and it has been estimated that a cancelled IPL could cost BCCI an astounding Rs. 40 billion!Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/IPLThe thirteenth edition of IPLwas originally pushed back from its original inaugural date of 29th March to 15th April, a day after the nationwide lock down in India was supposed to be over. Unfortunately, the situation worsened as the Coronavirus number started rising, and the lock down had to be extended.While there are talks going on about an IPL in late 2020, chances of a cancellation of the tournament is still on the books, which will land BCCI with a huge loss.Advertisement “The BCCI is looking at a big revenue loss. In case the IPL does not take place, the loss would be close to 40 billion rupees ($530 million), or even more,” Arun Dhumal, the BCCI treasurer said.Other than the absence of the huge crowd from the county and abroad, IPL sees a number of foreign sponsors and investors each year. While hopes are high to see the blockbuster tournament setting itself in action, there are chances that India will observe its first IPL cancellation.Advertisement “We are not sure whether we will be able to have it this year,” Dhumal went on, “We will only be able to figure out the exact revenue loss once we are sure of how many games we have lost.”In case of a cancellation, steps will be taken by BCCI to rectify the monetary loss, but cutting the salary of players has not been considered an option, but a last resort. “That would be the last thing that we would want to do at our end,” Dhumal continued, “That is why we are working (on) how much is the loss finally we have to pay.”“So once we are able to assess that then we might consider it, but it will be the last thing on our agenda,” Dhumal added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-The best online sports betting site 1xbet has a whole page dedicated to the Europa LeagueFormer teammates reveal instance when MS Dhoni totally lost composure and threw his bat! Advertisementlast_img read more

With competition for No. 1 role, here’s how 49ers’ wide receivers stack up

first_imgStrengths: His knack for making plays (five touchdowns on 27 catches) comes with a unique, long stride that surprises cornerbacks.Weaknesses: His size and physicality required … Jimmy Garoppolo’s favored 2019 target will likely be George Kittle, unless NFL defenses have come up with an answer for the record-setting tight end.But the 49ers’ stable of “wideouts with real potential” hasn’t been this robust in recent memory.Here’s a rundown:DANTE PETTIS2nd year out of Washingtonlast_img read more

Elite Geneticist Says Darwin Was an Ideological Figurehead (Video)

first_imgSubmitted by Sal CordovaDr John C. Sanford, an elite scientist and inventor of 40 years at Cornell, an Ivy League School, made American history by inventing the Gene Gun in the mid 1980’s. This invention has been used for a highly substantial proportion of all the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on planet Earth, allowing food genes to be intelligently re-designed. As a result, millions of individuals have been able to avoid starvation.  His invention also increased our ability to study genomes and thus further scientific understanding. For these accomplishments, one of his inventions became part of the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.Early in his scientific career, Sanford accepted evolution, but after becoming a Christian, and after reading Michael Behe’s book Darwin’s Black Box, Sanford began a painful journey of rejecting all his former understanding and acceptance of evolution and realizing he had wasted so much of his life believing something untrue.  He tells part of his story in the opening pages of his bookGenetic Entropy.Dr Sanford granted a rare 30 minute Skype interview with the Ratio Christi television program, “Truth Matters” (Ratio Christi is a campus organization seeking to provide college students with avenues to hear rational arguments for the gospel of Christ).  The episode was entitled: “Darwin Was An Ideological Figurehead, Not A Scientist (Ep. 11)”. It articulates many of the reasons he eventually rejected Darwinian evolution. (Visited 724 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sandwiching Roof Sheathing Between Two Impermeable Layers

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Many builders have heard the phrase, “Walls should be able to dry in at least one direction.” The rule usually makes sense. If you want to install rigid foam on the exterior side of a wall — foam that will prevent outward drying — it’s usually a good idea if the wall can dry to the interior.What about insulated roof assemblies? Should the same rule apply?If a building has an insulated roof assembly — either a cathedral ceiling or an insulated low-slope roof — there are several ways that the roof sheathing may be able to dry.1. In a conventional vented roof assembly — one with a ventilation channel between the underside of the roof sheathing and the top surface of the insulation — the roof sheathing can dry by giving up its moisture to ventilation air that enters at the soffit vents and leaves at the ridge vent.2. In an unvented roof assembly with rigid foam above the roof sheathing, the roof sheathing can dry toward the interior by diffusion, as long as the insulation between the rafters is vapor-permeable, and as long as the ceiling materials are also vapor-permeable. Fiberglass batts, mineral wool batts, and cellulose are all vapor-permeable. Gypsum drywall is also vapor-permeable. This approach works well, as long as the builder remembers not to install any interior polyethylene. (Of course, in the illustration above, the second layer of roof sheathing — the outermost layer — can’t dry inward. But that’s a discussion for another article.)[Image credit: ATAS International]3. Ordinarily, an unvented roof assembly with closed-cell spray foam installed on the underside of the roof sheathing (for example, a flash-and-batt assembly) does not allow the roof sheathing to dry inward — at least, not much. However, this type of roof assembly may be able to dry outward if one… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Quebec nurse donates Taylor Swift tickets to Michigan teen with brain injury

first_imgDETROIT – When Taylor Swift takes the stage at Detroit’s Ford Field Tuesday night, tens of thousands of fans will likely be singing along to every word.For one 15-year-old fan who’s attending the show with the help of a nurse from Quebec, that would have been impossible just a few months ago.Tiffany Kleinschmidt of Waterford, Mich., is a lifelong “Swiftie,” as the pop star’s legions of fans are known. Before she suffered a traumatic brain injury in April, Kleinschmidt could easily sing along to hits like “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space.”But since that day when she went into cardiac arrest during class, depriving her brain of oxygenated blood, Kleinschmidt has had to relearn basic skills like how to walk, talk and eat. It’s been a painstaking ordeal, but Swift’s music has been a major boost throughout her recovery so far.So when Quebec-based nurse Laken Tiller donated two tickets to Swift’s Tuesday concert to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, it didn’t take long for officials there to decide who would get them.Tiller grew up in Windsor, Ont., just across the river from Detroit, but now lives in Granby, Que. She bought two tickets to the Detroit concert during a presale period about a year ago, but later found out her work schedule conflicted with the show. Thankfully, she had backup plans.“I went to her Chicago show and her New York show,” the 26-year-old Tiller — another confessed “Swiftie” — said in a phone interview from Windsor on Saturday.“I’m a big fan.”Tiller could have put her tickets up for sale on the secondary market, but she said it was an “obvious choice” to donate them to the children’s hospital instead.“I see tonnes of families who are consumed with their health. When they’re sick and they’re in the hospital, your life is completely turned around. So I wanted a child who’s been in the hospital for a while to be able to relax and take a night off and forget about what’s going on,” she said.Since that initial donation, which will allow Tiffany and her recreational therapist to attend the show, Tiller has bought and donated an extra pair of tickets so that Tiffany’s mother and sister can go, too.“That donation that Laken made means a lot to us,” said Dawn Kleinschmidt, who added her daughter “lit up” when she learned she would get to see her idol in person.Even that basic expression of joy points to the progress Tiffany has made since her injury, which dramatically altered not only her physical and language abilities, but also the way she shows her emotions, according to her recreational therapist.Dawn Grenier said Tiffany is “beyond thrilled” about the show, and while she can’t jump up and down to show her excitement, “She’s got the best smile. Her smile is what shows us.”Tiller and Grenier have also been co-ordinating on a plan to get Tiffany to meet Swift face-to-face, even holding a T-shirt decorating contest at the hospital in an effort to make the teen and her family stand out in the crowd.“I guess Taylor’s mom and her people wander the crowd before the show and during the opening act and look for true Swiftie fans to invite backstage,” said Grenier, who credits Tiller for leading a social media push to make the meeting happen.“Just going to the concert is a dream for Tiffany…. The topper, obviously, would be if she could meet Taylor.”— By Adam Burns in Torontolast_img read more

Harper scores fina10 as Drexel stuns Charlotte 7978

first_imgCHARLESTON, S.C. — Troy Harper scored 10 of his 17 points in the last three minutes as Drexel rallied from seven points down to clip Charleston 79-78 when Harper scored three straight free throws with one second remaining on Thursday night.Harper was 5 of 13 from the floor but made 7 of 8 free throws. Trevor John led the Dragons (8-10, 2-3 Colonial Athletic Association) with 22 points and five 3-pointers, Alihan Demir added 20.Charleston (13-4, 2-2) led for all but 3:05 of the game and was ahead 77-70 after Brevin Galloway and Zep Jasper Jasper scored back-to-back, but Harper took over in the final 2:56, with three layups and five free throws. Drexel was down 78-77 when Harper was fouled on a 3-point attempt. After he made two to tie, Campbell called a 30-second timeout, but Harper was unfazed and sank the winning free throw.Grant Riller led Charleston with 18 points.Charleston was previously unbeaten in six home games this season. The Cougars were stunned on Saturday, losing at James Madison, 69-58. That loss snapped a 10-game winning streak.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Hudsons Hope RCMP say thefts break and enters have increased this month

first_imgOn September 7th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called to a local residence for unwanted persons refusing to leave. The unwanted persons left prior to police arrival, however, one returned a short time later, driving a vehicle to the scene. The driver was found to be intoxicated while driving and was issued a 90 day roadside driving prohibition. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days.On September 8th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle for speeding and expired trailer insurance.  Two rifles were observed in the vehicle and the driver produced an expired firearms license.  Charges for unauthorized possession of a firearm have been forwarded to Provincial Crown for approval.On September 12th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were advised of a theft of Crossbow from a parked vehicle on Beryl Prairie Road.  The vehicle had the door lock punched out to gain access while the owner was out hunting.  File 2018-314 refers.On September 12th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle travelling at 158 Km/Hr on Hwy 29.  The driver was subsequently found to be impaired by alcohol and was issued a 90 day roadside driving prohibition and the work truck was impounded for 30 days.  The driver was also issued violation tickets for excessive speeding and driving contrary to restrictions. HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Constable Bill McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP published this month’s policing report, saying that the detachment has seen an increase in break and enters as well as thefts.During the past four weeks, Cst. McKenna said that police responded to 57 calls for service and issued 34 motor vehicle act warnings and violation tickets, which is less than half the number of tickets issued in August.In addition, he said that two impaired drivers were located and issued immediate roadside driving prohibitions during last month. On September 12th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a theft of off road light bars that were unbolted and taken from a parked truck at Dunlevy boat launch. File 2018-317 refers.Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca/  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page.center_img Cst. McKenna did say that the Hudson’s Hope area has had an increase in break and enters and theft reports in recent weeks.“Several files are under investigation and the public are asked to be vigilant, to secure their belongings, and to report any suspicious people or vehicles to local police,” he said. “Remote residential and business properties, unattended vehicles, and storage facilities have been the most targeted. Property owners are encouraged to safeguard their properties and to check them regularly.”The policing highlights from the past four weeks in Hudson’s Hope are as follows:On August 25th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP conducted a joint check stop with BC Conservation office at Farrell Creek road. Several warnings for minor infractions were issue to drivers.  One driver was issued a three month driving suspension under the Motor Vehicle Act.On August 27th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to Trespassers fishing near the Peace Canyon Dam spill way.  The three were escorted out of the area and warned for Trespassing.  The public are not permitted to access the river between the bridge and dam.  Trespassers could be issued a $115.00 violation ticket for Trespassing and/or be charged criminally for mischief, for interfering in normal operation of the dam.  Please keep in mind that the restriction is for public safety as the spill way may be opened for emergency purposes with little notice to persons on the bank.On September 5th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a stolen John Deer 50D Excavator and Hoe from a property near Reschke Road. Anyone with information can call the local detachment and quote file 2018-299last_img read more

PM Modi advised us to choose content with message of inclusive India

first_imgMumbai, Mar 12 (PTI) PM Narendra Modi told young members of the film industry that they should choose content propagating the idea of “inclusive India and unity” when he met them earlier this year, says actor Ranveer Singh. Ranveer had met the Prime Minister, along with Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurrana and others, in January this year. “I met the Prime Minister recently, we had a very pleasant meeting. We apprised him what we as young members of the film fraternity are doing. “He had something to say to us, which was, that if possible, we should choose content that has in it a message of inclusive India and unity,” Ranveer told reporters. The actor was speaking at the announcement of 64th Vimal Filmfare Awards on Monday. Ranveer said his upcoming “83”, which chronicles India’s first cricket world cup victory, is a film which will make the country proud. “I was very happy to report to him that my next film ’83’ is one such film where it’s truly team India. You have gentlemen from all across the country coming together to make the nation proud. It’s also an extraordinary underdog story that I’m very happy and proud to be a part of.” The actor said his purpose in life is to entertain people and he will do his best towards that goal. “I believe my calling in life is to be an entertainer. So the best thing I can do is to fulfil what I believe is my purpose in life, that is to do my best to entertain people. When it comes to being a responsible citizen, I think I am,” Ranveer said.last_img read more