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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 20

first_imgSteck admits the Reproductive Health Act allows abortions through birth due to “health” of the mother. “Health” defined as virtually anything. He doesn’t refute this fact; he simply states he agrees with that standard. Steck thinks this is OK. Well, it’s not OK with me and it’s not OK with most Americans. Phil Steck should get over himself. Voters see him for what he is; a self-important narcissist who cares more about his own political advancement than the lives of innocent babies.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hills Murderer is a better term, and so are the legislators who applauded him after Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Care Act. And no opposition from the rest of the ineffectual politicians. Whatever happened to decency and morality? You should all be voted out of politics.And now Cuomo wants to drug the population with marijuana. And then we will have to worry about airplane pilots, bus drivers, truck drivers, etc. smoking pot before going to work. And whatever happened to the belief that marijuana is a gateway drug to harder drugs?And to all the laid-back Republicans in Congress, how did they ever lose the House and the majority in the state Senate? Were they too busy making deals with the Democrats instead of standing by their convictions?And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Charles Schumer, what have they done to prepare for the influx of illegal immigrants? Maybe they should demolish their “immoral” wall and give aid to these people who do not realize they are only wanted here by the Democrats for their votes. Parking garage will hurt Spa businessesThere’s no doubt the existing High Rock parking area next to the Saratoga Springs City Hall has great potential for our city. But building an $11-plus-million multi-story parking structure there for the Saratoga Springs City Center seems like the worst option for the economy of our city.When there’s a large event there today, visitors park for blocks around. They see and visit our wonderful city’s restaurants, shops, bars, hotels and museums. Just last month, Forbes Magazine called Saratoga Springs “The Jewel Of New York’s Hudson Valley.”By not having to go outside, visitors to the City Center probably won’t experience our “jewel,” or spend money at our businesses.After all, wasn’t the City Center built to boost our local economy?  Perhaps it would be better for the city if we eliminated all parking near it.Businesses in Saratoga Springs should be loudly protesting this parking structure. It virtually guarantees that City Center visitors will pass them by and that would be an economic shame.Charlie SamuelsSaratoga Springs Government is being taken over by loonsRegarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he does not deserve to be called governor. It seems as though our government, federal and state, is governed by too many loons. God help us.Shirley H. GuidarelliSchenectady 5. Jussie Smollet: What’s with Donald Trump weighing in on whether he should reimburse Chicago police? Why do taxpayers pay for rooms, security, policing, etc. when Trump stays at one of his hotels, which seems to be often. And his family coffers probably profit.6. And lastly, I’d like to invite Joe Biden to put his hands on my shoulders and kiss the top of my head. I saw Meghan Markle in a national magazine photo rubbing noses with a dignitary in New Zealand. It’s evidently a custom there. Perhaps we’ve gone a wee bit overboard. Ethel RobinsonSchoharie Soldiers also looked over their shouldersThis is in regard to the April 14 Daily Gazette article about Steve Trimm.He lamented “having to look over my shoulder all the time I was in Canada” where he took refuge from the draft in 1969. He was fearful of a man with a badge and a piece of paper.In Vietnam, many thousands of brave young American men and women and our many Allies were in fear of enemy gunfire, booby traps, and rockets. Some difference.Bob BriggsSaratoga SpringsThe writer is a USMC Vietnam veteran. Steck doesn’t care about innocent livesAssemblyman Phil Steck’s opinion letter proves how pompous and disconnected politicians really are. No one cares about Steck’s fanciful story telling about his family ancestry.Voters aren’t fooled by Steck’s legalese jargon intended to confuse and distract them from the truth. The truth is Phil Steck voted for a gross abortion expansion law that allows abortions through birth, denies medical care for babies who survive abortions, and removes legal protection for wanted pre-born babies under very narrow circumstances. Seek humane ways to get rid of beaversIt was discouraging to hear of the decision by Friends of Woodlawn Preserve to trap the beaver out of the preserve, especially when there is available a well-proven and humane way to solve their problem.How unusual it is that nature lovers have no interest in wildlife. In fact, they seek to destroy it.Incidentally, the conibear trap is particularly cruel and banned in most industrialized countries.Beryl DicksonSchenectady An estimated 20.7 million Americans needed treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) in 2017, but only about 4 million received any treatment for SUD.This current addiction treatment gap will never be closed with the current addiction workforce. To make a meaningful impact on the opioid overdose epidemic, it’s imperative that our country makes strategic investments to grow addiction specialists. Right now, Congress has an opportunity to fund two new programs that would strengthen the nation’s inadequate addiction treatment workforce.First, Congress should appropriate $25 million in funding for the Loan Repayment Program for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Workforce, authorized in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. This would provide for a new and robust student loan repayment program to professionals who pursue full-time SUD treatment jobs in high-need geographic areas.Second, Congress should appropriate $10 million in funding for the Mental and Substance Use Disorder Workforce Training Demonstration Program authorized in the 21st Century CURES Act. This would fund more training opportunities for medical providers who are willing to provide SUD treatment in underserved communities.I urge our lawmakers to take the next step and appropriate federal funds for these programs.Building a robust SUD treatment workforce is critical and should be part of any comprehensive federal response to the opioid overdose epidemic. Otherwise, far too many patients seeking treatment will continue to lack access to care and more lives will be lost.Melissa WeimerAlbany Here are a few choice quotes from the one and only Leonard Alfred Schneider, aka Lenny Bruce. Remember him, folks?“It’s the suppression of the word that gives it the power, the violence, the viciousness.” “The liberals can understand everything but the people who don’t understand them.”“Every group, every system has a set of values and morals and when you get outside these, then the alarms ring. I was politically incorrect to 95 percent of the country; luckily my 5 percent had the bread to come see me.”So, Union College President David Harris, just think how terribly boring, at the least, you and your political correctness would sound while going one on one with Lenny or someone like him today.Michael DziarnowskiSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: 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 census Feds should support substance-abuse care Some questions that need to be answeredI’d like to comment briefly on several things if I may:1. Do conservative “Christians” in Washington, D.C., know that sanctuary cities were mandated in the Old Testament law?2. The economy: It’s supposed to be so great, but my groceries, gasoline, heating oil and other cost of living expenses keep going up and my income doesn’t.3. The wonderful tax bill: My return was the same as last year. Although the standard deduction was larger, taking away the individual deductions made it break even with previously. I assume a family with more than two children would lose on that one.4. The college admissions scandal: Evidently over 10 people have been charged, but the names repeated are those of the two actresses and a couple of the coaches. A bit biased. Also, how about athletes who get scouted. Are their scores ones to qualify them? We hear about tutors and money incentives. Double standard. It appears there are at least two proposals: one to make it into a music-and-arts center and the other to build a hotel and restaurant with resort housing.A comment by Caroga town board member James Long struck me as essential.Sherman’s present septic system is marginally adequate, and there’s no place to put one for a high-volume hotel and restaurant. That should rule out that option. Without adequate septic or sewage treatment, the lake water will ultimately become polluted, and the water will then flow out into Caroga Creek.I recall a dry summer some years ago when the Johnstown city water supply became dangerously low, and so they tapped the Caroga Creek for extra water. I wonder if they still do. The possibility of endangering a public water supply, local reservoir or people’s wells raises the questions beyond just Caroga Lake.The town officials and people of Caroga should be looking to reduce pollution in the lakes, not promote a development project that will ultimately increase it.Lawrence KingJohnstown Lenny Bruce abhorred political correctness Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionProtect our lakes by rejecting big projectsAs one who grew up in Fulton County in the days when going to Sherman’s in Caroga was the ultimate outing, it saddens me that today’s youngsters cannot have that pleasure.But today’s young people would probably find the Sherman’s that thrilled us to be pretty dull.The future of Sherman’s interests me and maybe to others who grew up in the area.I commend The Gazette for the March 17 story on the current Sherman’s controversy. Coach’s career always will be rememberedWith little fanfare a great high school basketball coach, Dick Suprunowicz, passed away a few weeks back. Mr. Suprunowicz coached Mont Pleasant High School basketball in the late 1950s and 1960s in Schenectady. Probably his greatest team was in 1961 with standout players such as Player of the Year Jerry Vinehout, Randy Cross, Bob Berube, Ralph DeRizzo, Roy Vacca, Paul Viscusi, Alex Perrymen and Ike Cooper. Toward the end of that year, they beat at the time a 47-game-undefeated Linton team, which easily was the most powerful basketball team inNew York state that year and a few years prior. It is sad to see that not even a word was mentioned in The Gazette sports section of this legendary coach and athlete. His distinguished career will always be remembered by many of us. God bless you.David LarrabeeColonielast_img read more


Mauricio Pochettino squares up to Mike Dean after Spurs’ defeat to Burnley

first_imgMauricio Pochettino squares up to Mike Dean after Spurs’ defeat to Burnley Spurs’ title bid is likely to be over (Picture: AFP)MORE: Tottenham’s title bid ends before it begins – again – as Burnley pull off upset Sean KearnsSaturday 23 Feb 2019 2:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link737Shares Mauricio Pochettino was NOT happy with Mike Dean at full time! ?— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) February 23, 2019 Advertisement Dean appeared to say something to anger Pochettino (Picture: Reuters) Pochettino’s anger stems from a corner kick decision that led to Burnley’s opener (Picture: Getty)Spurs knew a win at Turf Moor would put them to within two points of Liverpool, who face Manchester United tomorrow.Tottenham face Chelsea and Arsenal in their next two games and will likely need to win their remaining 11 matches of the season to have any hope of winning the title.center_img Advertisement Comment Mauricio Pochettino was furious with Mike Dean (Picture: Getty)Mauricio Pochettino had to be dragged away from referee Mike Dean after Spurs’ title challenge ended thanks to a 2-1 defeat against Burnley.The Argentine described the game as a ‘must-win’ in the build-up but Spurs were behind midway through the second half when Chris Wood opened the scoring from Dwight McNeil’s corner.However, the Spurs bench were furious that Burnley were awarded the corner and felt it should have been a goal kick.Harry Kane, returning for the first time since an ankle injury sustained in early January, equalised moments later and Spurs bombed forward in search of a winner in the last ten minutes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThat left them exposed at the back and Ashley Barnes exploited the new-found space in Spurs’ back four to hit a late winner. Pochettino was furious with Dean (Picture: SkySports) With their title bid likely in tatters, Pochettino took his frustration out on Dean.Pochettino and his assistant Jesus Perez were seen pointing a finger in the referee’s face and appeared to be asking Dean: ‘What did you say?’last_img read more


Trojans Volleyball Team Take 3 At JC Quad

first_imgEC JV & Varsity volleyball traveled to Jennings County for their annual Quad. Both JV & Varsity went 3-0 on the day defeated Scottsburg, Terre Haute North, and Jennings County.VARSITY:Match 1: Scottsburg (25-7, 15-19)EC vs Scottsburg VB (9-27)Match 2: Terre Haute North (25-18, 25-11)EC vs THN VB (9-27)Match 3: Jennings County (25-19, 25-18)EC vs JC VB (9-27)‘We played well enough to win today, but unfortunately, that’s not what we need to be doing right now. We played flat and without intensity all day. This is not the time for us to take steps back. We need to regroup and bounce back.’  EC Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 19-6 on the season.Next up: Harrison at EC Monday at 5 PM.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.last_img


Dispose of old prescription drugs at Versailles State Police post

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — This Saturday the Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring the 13th nationwide  “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative.The Indiana State Police will once again partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and as in the past, drugs may be dropped off at any state police post, including the Versailles post between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs.Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment.This program is for liquid and pill medications.Needles, new or used, will not be accepted for disposal.This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.last_img read more


Abelson heads second group of 14 elected to Fast Shafts All-Star field

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Aug. 6) – Another former race winner and nine first-timers are among the second group of 14 IMCA Modified drivers elected to start the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Chris Abelson of Sioux City, the current national point leader, won the event in 2011 and will take the green flag again on Friday, Sept. 11 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.Elected to the All-Star field, in voting that ran from July 29-Aug. 5, were Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas, Calif., and Randy McDaniel of Olivehurst, Calif., from the Larry Shaw Racing Western Region; Abelson and Corey Dripps of Waterloo from the Belleville Motorsports North Central Region; Johnny Saathoff of Beatrice, Neb., and Jesse Richter of Great Bend, Kan., from the Jet Racing Central Region; Dean Abbey of Roanoke, Texas, and Josh McGaha of Abilene, Texas, from the Razor Chassis South Central Region; and Will Ward of Cobleskill, N.Y., and Mitchell Hunt of Green­ville, Mich., from the Dirt Works Eastern Region.At-large candidates making the grid were Mark Elliott of Webster City, Jason Wolla of Ray, N.D., Ryan Ruter of Kanawha and Carter VanDenBerg of Oskaloosa.All became vote eligible by winning sanctioned features held between June 19 and July 16. Brad Pounds of Bakersfield, Calif., was initially announced as having been elected to start the event but is now unable to attend Super Nationals. He was replaced by McDaniel.Dripps was named on the most second round ballots and joins Hogge, Hunt, McDaniel, Richter, Ruter, VanDenBerg, Ward and Wolla as first-time All-Stars.Abbey and McGaha both made the big race for the second time, Elliott for the third and Abelson the fifth. Saathoff is now a six-time All-Star starter.All-Star drivers elected in the first round were Ricky Alvarado of Delta, Colo., William Gould of Calera, Okla., Jordan Grabouski of Beatrice, Neb., Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Richie Gustin of Gilman, Hunter Marriott of Brookfield, Mo., Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Todd Shute of Des Moines, Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Ark., Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., A.J. Ward of Ionia, Mich., Tim Ward of Chandler, Ariz., and Keith White of Little River Acad­emy, Texas.Those drivers won designated events paying $1,000 or more to win, or were regional or state champi­ons in 2014. Grabouski was the All-Star winner in 2012, Shute topped the 2013 event and Strickler won both the All-Star race and the Saturday night main event last season.Completing the 30-car starting grid will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most 40-point feature wins as of Sept. 4 who are competing at Super Nationals.One hundred and ten drivers from 24 different states and two Canadian provinces have now become All-Stars. The 12th annual invitational is 30 laps and pays $1,000 to win and $200 to start.The next five round two at-large candidates just missing the All-Star field were David Murray Jr. of Oberlin, Kan., Benji LaCrosse of Green Bay, Wis., Dustin Smith of Lake City, Adam Larson of Ankeny and J.D. Auringer of Waterloo.last_img read more


Welbeck excited by Arsenal move

first_imgNew Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck claims he envisaged himself playing in Arsene Wenger’s side long before he signed on deadline day. “It’s exciting times for me. It’s great to be a part of this club and it’s a team that I’ve always watched in the Premier League,” he said. “I’ve envisaged myself playing in this team before. For it to finally happen is very exciting. “I’ve been at United ever since I was a little boy and I had a great time there. “I just think this is the next stage of my development – to come to Arsenal, to really show people what I can do as a footballer and hopefully get to the place where I want to be. “Things move on in life and I think you’ve really got to make the right decision in the situation that you’re in at that moment in time. “I really do believe that coming to Arsenal is the right decision. “They’ve done well in recent years and last year we got the FA Cup and I feel like it’s time where we could really push on and try to challenge for the Premier League title. “I’ve got one medal and it’s something that I really want to add to.” Welbeck scored 29 goals in 142 appearances for United and believes he will get plenty of chances to improve his record playing for Arsenal. “I believe the style of play the manager’s got and the boys play – and with the magnificent players in midfield slotting balls through I can run on to the end of those balls and slot them away,” he told Arsenal TV. “I’d like to bring pace and power to the game. At Arsenal, we’re not short of combination football and I like to join in on that and get in behind defenders and try to get shots off at goal. “I want to score some goals and help the team to achieve the right results.” Deadline day turned into a fraught one for the England international with no-one quite sure whether the move would go through and Arsenal did not announce the deal had been completed until two hours after the deadline had passed. “It went right down to the wire in the end,” said Welbeck. “It’s difficult to say how I felt at the (different) times of each day because the deal was on and then it was off but at the end of the day I’m an Arsenal player and I couldn’t be any happier at the moment.” Press Association The 23-year-old was with Manchester United’s academy from the age of eight, having been born in the city, but that did not stop him thinking about considering what it would be like to play the Arsenal way. Welbeck completed a £16million move to the Gunners late on Monday after United’s acquisition of Radamel Falcao pushed him further down the pecking order at Old Trafford. last_img read more


Florida Has Two Possible COVID19 Cases, Governor DeSantis Calls for Public Health Emergency

first_imgFlorida governor Ron DeSantis, who will be in Miami today, is calling for public health emergency on coronavirus after two people living in the Tampa Bay area had tested “presumptively positive” for COVID 19. They’re from Manatee and Hillsborough counties. Both have been isolated and are receiving medical care. One patient has no travel history the other has recently traveled to Italy, according the health experts.Governor DeSantis will hold news conferences in Tampa and Miami today and will issue an executive order calling for a public health emergency.Florida has 2 presumptive positive #COVID19 cases: one adult resident of Hillsborough County and one adult resident of Manatee County. Both individuals are isolated and being appropriately cared for.— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) March 2, 2020 Symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and a general feeling of being unwell.The public health emergency declaration helps free up government resources to focus on responding to the health situation.Testing for COVID 19 can now be done in state at three locations, Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville allowing for results in a matter of hours rather than days.Despite the two cases in Florida, the state maintains that the overall threat to public health “remains low.”Read the governor’s executive order by clicking here.last_img read more


Indiana St. seeks revenge on Valpo

first_img February 27, 2020 Associated Press PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Senior leadership has been on display for both teams this year. Tyreke Key, Jordan Barnes and Christian Williams have combined to score 51 percent of Indiana State’s points this season and 59 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Valparaiso, Donovan Clay, Mileek McMillan, Ryan Fazekas and John Kiser have collectively accounted for 39 percent of all Valparaiso scoring, including 47 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.DOMINANT DONOVAN: Clay has connected on 29 percent of the 100 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 16 over the last five games. He’s also made 61 percent of his foul shots this season.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Crusaders have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Sycamores. Indiana State has an assist on 39 of 77 field goals (50.6 percent) across its previous three matchups while Valparaiso has assists on 58 of 91 field goals (63.7 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Indiana State has committed a turnover on just 17.5 percent of its possessions this season, which is the top rate among all MVC teams. The Sycamores have turned the ball over only 11.5 times per game this season and just nine times per game over their last five games.___For more AP college basketball coverage: and ___This was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Indiana St. seeks revenge on Valpo Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditValparaiso (16-14, 9-8) vs. Indiana State (17-11, 10-7)Hulman Center, Terre Haute, Indiana; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Indiana State seeks revenge on Valparaiso after dropping the first matchup in Valparaiso. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 18, when the Crusaders outshot Indiana State from the field 50.8 percent to 47.6 percent and hit 10 more free throws en route to the nine-point victory.last_img read more


SCA Blues cart off Under-17 title

first_imgTORONTO, Canada – Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) Blues made light work of Action Zone when the final of the Under-17 tournament took place at the L’Amoreux ground here recently.Led by Arjuna Sukhu, whose father hails from Guyana, SCA Blues registered an emphatic nine-wicket victory over their opponents after limiting them to 59 for seven and then knocking off the required total in 8.3 overs.Due to early morning showers, the final was reduced to 16 overs and SCA Blues took full advantage of the playing conditions after winning the toss and asking Action Zone to take first strike.Action Zone innings were in immediate ruins with 14-year-old Nigel Ramsaroop, a tall lanky fast-medium bowler and Kyle Karran, son of popular softball player, Munniram Karran, making inroads as they slipped to seven for three after four overs.Action Zone never recovered from their precarious start with wickets falling at regular intervals and managed a paltry 59 for seven when their 16 overs expired. Aditya Manjrekar was the only player to reach double figures with 17.Ramsaroop ended with two for 13 from four overs, skipper Sukhu two for 12 from three and Karran one for six from three. Apart from the excellent bowling efforts, the fielding was of an exceptional quality.SCA Blues rushed to 61 for one in 8.3 overs with Sashwat Negi smashing four fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 34 while Eaton Gibson, son of former Canadian Over-50 World Cup player, Rudy Gibson, was also not out on 17 (one four, one six). Arjun Thuraisingam took the lone wicket to fall for nine runs and was adjudged the Most Valuable Player for the losing team. Negi got the nod for SCA Blues.SCA long-standing executive member, Vish Jadunauth, who served as manager of the SCA Blues and is also the junior coordinator, praised the juniors for their brilliant all-round performance and their sportsmanship throughout the season. He also extended kudos to coach, Calvin Alexander, and the parents who came out to support the players. (Frederick Halley)last_img read more


Liverpool to lift Premier League trophy on the Kop after Chelsea visit

first_imgLIVERPOOL will lift the Premier League trophy in a special ceremony on the Kop following next Wednesday’s fixture with Chelsea.Jurgen Klopp’s team secured their first league title in 30 years in June but fans will not be at Anfield to watch the ceremony because of Covid-19.It will be aired for free on Sky’s Pick channel in the UK.Club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish will hand out medals before club captain Jordan Henderson lifts the trophy.Henderson – who lifted the Champions League trophy last season – will be the first Liverpool captain to lift the trophy awarded to the English champions since Alan Hansen in 1990, despite his season being over because of a knee injury.Henderson and his team-mates will receive the trophy on a podium surrounded by banners made by fans and built in the middle of the famous Kop Stand.The club has urged fans to “stay at home to enjoy the ceremony” in light of the ongoing measures in place to safeguard against the spread of coronavirus.“With supporters unable to attend the behind-closed-doors fixture, the historic occasion will involve a unique presentation designed to acknowledge and celebrate Liverpool fans,” the club said.In the aftermath of Liverpool mathematically sealing the title, fans gathered at Anfield despite being warned it was not safe to do so.Fans also gathered at the city’s waterfront the following evening and faced criticism from both the club and the city’s mayor Joe Anderson.(BBC Sport).last_img read more