Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, July 24

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCouncil goes too far in liquor store roleIn an unprecedented move, the Schenectady City Council has drafted a letter to the State Liquor Authority, urging the Authority to deny a liquor license to the couple proposing a liquor store at 844 Albany Street.They have promised to do the same for a liquor store proposed at 837 Eastern Ave.In both of these cases, the property’s zoning allows a liquor store, and both applicants have applied for approval from the Planning Commission and received it, having committed to perform every piece of property improvement and maintenance put before them.While it’s true that many people from a church neighboring 844 Albany St. have voiced strong objection, the right way to address their concerns is to change the zoning regulations, not blatantly undermine a business owner’s right to have a legal business.We say that we want to support small business, but apparently the City Council gets to decide who gets support and who doesn’t. This should be considered a restraint of trade and open the city to a lawsuit. Richard FerroSchenectadyThe writer is a member of the Schenectady Planning Commission. Replace Trump and his dangerous actsWhen will we all as American citizens stand up and stop this man who holds the highest office from further dividing and inflaming hatred in this country? C’mon people, we are better than he is. Some political strategists believe he’s purposely saying these racist remarks to fire up his base. So, if that is true, and it may be, will we finally come out and blame him when there’s another church, mosque or synagogue shooting? I will. Or, find a black man hanged in a tree? I will. To make these statements for political reasons by a president is unheard of and, in my opinion, is extremely dangerous. This president, and I hesitate when I say that, wants nothing more than to rule this country as a dictator. He’d love to get rid of any news media that is not favorable to him, just as Putin, Kim Jung Un and the rest of them do. He says whatever he wants, he lies, and calls people names. When did a president ever do that daily? Never. He’s dangerous to this country, people. He’s got to go. Let’s make that crystal clear in November 2020 and bring in someone, anyone, (male or female) that will represent this country with respect, dignity and diplomacy and most of all not lie to us every single day. Stop calling the news ”fake” when he doesn’t like the reporting. Thank you to the framers of the Constitution for freedom of the press and God bless this great country that was built by many people from many countries. Mary BakerPerthSchenectady dog park is appreciatedWith great appreciation, I wish to recognize the Schenectady Dog Park at Central Park. It’s a joyful place for our dog, Tessie, and the many friends she has made there. She particularly loves wading in the little pool on a hot day. Just saying the word “park” at home brings her to the door with a leap. Once there, our young border collie/shepherd romps and plays with abandon, getting the exercise and socialization she needs to be happy and healthy. Thank you to the city of Schenectady and the Parks Department.Russ FritzSchenectadyPro-lifers hypocrites on women’s rightsThere was another excellent letter from Mary Jane Valachovic on July 15 (“U.S. helped destroy democracy in Iran”), someone who obviously subscribes to genuine history, not to conservative revisionist history.Speaking of conservatives, conservative Christian crusaders have declared holy war on abortion. You conservatives trumpet your love of liberty and freedom, but would compel a woman impregnated by a rapist to go to term. What about her freedom? Can you say hypocrisy?Right-to-lifers, you march to protest the killing of innocent human life in the womb. I marched to protest the killing of innocent human life in Vietnam and Iraq. Did you?Here’s an idea. Anyone who would force a woman to give birth should be forced to adopt a child. Catholic priests, for obvious reasons, would be exempt. Fair enough?Paul SatorGloversvillelast_img read more

Trump ‘bullying’ blamed as key impeachment witness quits army

first_imgVindman is “retiring today after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited,” Pressman said.  “LTC Vindman’s patriotism has cost him his career,” he said.”Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the president of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career.”These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it,” Pressman said. Topics : Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, tweeted her support for Vindman.”The President’s vindictiveness can’t erase the truth: history will remember Lt. Col. Vindman as an American patriot, who proved his heroism both on the battlefield when he earned a Purple Heart & in the House impeachment trial when he spoke truth to power,” she wrote.Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth — a combat veteran who is on the shortlist of candidates to be Joe Biden’s presidential running mate against Trump in the fall — said the resignation “puts the spotlight on Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s failure to protect a decorated combat Veteran against a vindictive Commander in Chief.”She said she would continue to block Senate confirmation of 1,123 senior US Armed Forces promotions until Esper could give a “transparent accounting” of the situation.House intelligence chief Adam Schiff released a letter he sent to Vindman thanking him for his service.”You should not have been subjected to bullying and retaliation from this President. You should not have had to choose between your oath of office and your career. You followed your patriotic and legal duty to tell the truth,” the Democrat wrote.Vindman was present during the July 25, 2019 phone call during which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into Biden.Subpoenaed by Congress to testify at the House impeachment hearings, the Ukrainian-born Vindman, who received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Iraq, said Trump’s actions were “improper.”That testimony helped build the case leading to Trump becoming only the third president ever impeached by Congress.Vindman’s twin brother, a lawyer on the National Security Council, was not called to publicly testify but was also forced out of his White House position in February.John Bolton, who served as Trump’s National Security Advisor when Vindman was at the White House, told MSNBC television that his performance had been “exceptional.””I think he merited promotion,” said Bolton, who recently published a tell-all book about his time in the Trump White House that is harshly critical of the president.”And I’m sure that Congress is going to be very interested over the coming weeks as to exactly what factored into his decision,” he said.center_img Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who provided damning impeachment evidence against President Donald Trump, retired from the US Army on Wednesday after being subjected to a campaign of “bullying, intimidation and retaliation,” his attorney said.Vindman, 45, was fired from his position on the National Security Council at the White House in February, two days after Trump was acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.He was up for promotion to full colonel, but his attorney, David Pressman, said in a statement that would clearly not be forthcoming.last_img read more

FNQ ‘church house’ to go under the hammer

first_imgThe property was built in the 1920s“A girlfriend of mine’s daughter was christened here, and they want to come back for a look.”During the past eight years Ms Newell and her husband have put in a third bedroom, fully fenced the property and upgraded its gardens. The 1012sq m property is now set to go under the hammer, with the auction being held on-site Saturday, April 22. Selling agent Karl Latham of Elite Real Estate Services said the home was a “piece of Cairns history”.For more information call Karl on 0403 887 645. Grab your Real Estate Guide in today’s Weekend Post. 32 Queen St, EdmontonA CAIRNS southside church turned charming three-bedroom home could prove a heavenly investment for its next owner.Built in 1923, the property at 32 Queen St, Edmonton, spent more than 70 years serving the community as an Anglican place of worship.It was sold in 2000 and soon transformed into an attractive family home.Horticulturist Jackie Newell and her husband Gabriel Ayres have adored the unique property since they bought it in December 2009.“The first time I walked in I was just overwhelmed,” she said. From the front, the property looks as though it has hardly been touched, with the facade having stood the test of time.While some features from its sacred era remain, including the bell tower and altar, the interior is now a smart and highly-liveable setting.“It is a cute house and we have enjoyed many parties on the back deck,” Ms Newell said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“People come to visit and are just amazed by it.last_img read more

Investor snaps up coastal cottage for $450,000

first_imgThe home at 177 Oxley Ave, Woody Point.A Woody Point home within strolling distance to the ocean has sold to local investors.The property at 177 Oxley Ave sold for $450,000 on May 26. Marketing agent Andrew Reibelt of RealWay Property consultants Redcliffe said more than 35 people inspected the three-bedroom home on a 607sq m corner block. “It was a home that was in a great position to the water and one of the rare cottage colonial homes in Woody Point, so the interest was no surprise,” he said. Mr Reibelt said the new owners were local investors who own several other properties in the area. “They were pretty happy — they have some long-term plans for the property,” he said. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The vendor was thrilled with the sale too.” Mr Reibelt said the Woody Point market was performing well. “If anything is for sale in Woody Point, regardless of position, it will sell as long as it’s not completely falling apart,” he said. “And even that doesn’t stop some buyers. “I recently sold a property at 23 Donald St (for $345,0000) that was basically falling apart.“It settled two weeks ago and it has already been demolished.“The new owners are from Pine Rivers and they plan to build a new home on the block.” According to CoreLogic data, the median house price in Woody Point is $448,500.This is down 1.4 per cent in the February quarter but up long-term with a growth of 20.7 per cent in the past three years.last_img read more

Eco Wave Power to Participate in PortXL Accelerator

first_imgEco Wave Power (EWP) has been selected to participate in the PortXL Port & Maritime Accelerator program, with a goal of setting the first wave energy power station in the Netherlands.The PortXL acceptance to accelerator is through a competition, which took place in the Science Tower in Rotterdam.Eco Wave Power was represented by Yair Rudick, the business development manager of the company.Eco Wave Power already constructed an R&D power station in Jaffa Port, Israel, as well as a first grid connected power station in Gibraltar.“The Gibraltar power plant (co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund) is connected to the grid since 2016 and has become the world’s longest grid connected array to date. The Gibraltar project receives significant attention as it positions wave energy as a viable & reliable renewable energy source and now Eco Wave Power is looking foreword to expanding its’ technology to additional locations around the world,” Eco Wave Power said.last_img read more

Golding appears before Inquiry

first_img Share NewsPoliticsRegional Golding appears before Inquiry by: – March 19, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 27 Views   no discussions Share Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding on Friday made his highly anticipated appearance before the Manatt/Coke Commission of Inquiry.That official probe began just under two months ago and was called following public pressure for an investigation into the government’s handling of a request from the US government for the extradition of accused drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.The inquiry is also seeking to unravel the government’s dealing with the US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.For the first time Mr Golding made public his association with Mr Coke, saying he met the alleged drug lord prior to assuming the position of Member of Parliament for Western Kingston.The prime minister also confirmed that Mr Coke held tremendous influence in Tivoli Gardens.Source: BBC Caribbeanlast_img read more

Baca is best in night two Somerton show, IMCA Modified checkers good for $1,000

first_imgSOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 10) – After he got back in the lead, Chaz Baca got the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win Friday night at Cocopah Speedway. Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca; 2. Braxton Yeager; 3. Marlyn Seidler; 4. Lance Mari; 5. Bobby Hogge IV; 6. Bricen James; 7. Jeff Taylor; 8. Jake O’Neil; 9. R.C. Whitwell; 10. Tim Ward; 11. Casey Arneson; 12. Bobby Horton; 13. Mark Carrell; 14. Austin Kuehl; 15. Don Gumke; 16. Jerry Flippo; 17. Michael Thing; 18. Travis Mosley; 19. Regan Tafoya; 20. Jessie Hoskins; 21. Kollin Hibdon; 22. Don Geist; 23. Tom Berry Jr.; 24. Jardin Fuller; 25. Spencer Wilson.  Stock Cars – 1. Brendon LaBatte; 2. Gene Henrie; 3. Steffan Carey; 4. Troy Jerovetz; 5. Kevin Roberts; 6. Aaron Spangler; 7. Nuggett Shupe; 8. Tony Hill; 9. Leslie Gill; 10. Chanse Hollatz; 11. J.C. Parmeley; 12. Andy Altenburg; 13. Jake Smith. Eric Knutson, Joshua Cordova, Brad King and Scott Tenney were scored behind Gonska. Completing the top five were Gene Henrie, Steffan Carey, Troy Jerovetz and Kevin Roberts. Tim Gonska’s long tow from Minnesota was rewarded with the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers. All 17 cars that started the 20-circuit contest finished on the lead lap.  Third finishing Miles Morris led the first 14 laps. Ty Rogers was fourth and David Pitt fifth.  Night two IMCA Modified checkers flew for Chaz Baca at Cocopah Speedway’s Winter Nationals. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) Brendon LaBatte got the best of his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car foes Friday night at Winter Nationals. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) Hobby Stocks – 1. Tim Gonska; 2. Eric Knutson; 3. Joshua Cordova; 4. Brad King; 5. Scott Tenney; 6. Nathan DeRagon; 7. Jason Duggins; 8. Jim Robinson; 9. Jason Penny; 10. Francisco Cordova; 11. Andy Pearce; 12. Rick Hibbard; 13. Jason Beshears; 14. Hunter Cavanagh; 15. David Callis; 16. Kenzie Olsen; 17. Oscar Duarte. Tom Berry Jr. ran third much of the way before bringing out a late caution; Baca was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Canadian Brendon LaBatte was the leader the last 17 times around the track in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car headliner. Feature Results Baca had regained the point by the time the next lap was scored, however, and led Yeager, Marlyn Seidler, Lance Mari and Bobby Hogge IV across the stripe. Baca ran in front the first nine circuits of the Winter Nationals main event before Braxton Yeager drove by. After working his way from seventh starting, Cody Thompson led the last three laps in the abbreviated Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Runner-up was Manny Baldiviez.  Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson; 2. Manny Baldiviez; 3. Miles Morris; 4. Ty Rogers; 5. David Pitt; 6. Taylor Kuehl; 7. Shelby Frye; 8. Michael Johnson; 9. Chris Toth; 10. Joey Klemish; 11. Jimmy Davy; 12. Camron Spangler; 13. Clay Erickson; 14. Slade Pitt; 15. Brian Carey; 16. Joshua Cordova; 17. Tony Miller; 18. Mike Wells; 19. Jimmy Wilson; 20. Justin Brierley; 21. Tate Johnson; 22. Kyle Salo; 23. Ron Schreiner; 24. Tyler Inman.last_img read more

Villa take deserved victory

first_img Victory was just Villa’s second in their past 12 league games and moved them three points clear of danger. Reading’s defeat – their second in succession at home against a relegation rival after they lost 3-0 to Wigan a fortnight ago – left them above last-placed QPR on goals scored only. Adam Le Fondre forced Brad Guzan to claw a header away after he peeled off his marker at the back post before delivering a cross that an unmarked Hal Robson-Kanu mis-controlled. But for all Reading’s early promise they almost fell behind on 12 minutes when Benteke rattled the crossbar with a header. Reading’s opener on 31 minutes will be consigned to the blooper reel as Baker was left red-faced by his bumbling generosity. There appeared little danger, but defending close to his line Baker horribly rushed his clearance. It meant he completely missed the ball and watched on as it bounced off his standing leg and over the line. Reading’s lead lasted barely two minutes though. Andreas Weimann was given acres of space down the right but instead of marking Benteke the home defenders rushed to the goal-line. The Belgian astutely sat back for the pass and lashed in a shot that took a deflection off Stephen Kelly to ensure Taylor was beaten. It got worse for the Royals, however, as they conceded in first-half injury time for the second successive game at home. Again the goal looked preventable as first Kelly failed to properly clear. Matthew Lowton headed the ball across the box and while Bannan’s deft touch rebounded off the post Taylor could only help the loose ball to Agbonlahor to thump home. Reading thought they were level 10 minutes after the re-start only for a marginal offside call to go against them. Noel Hunt poked home at close range but if he was not offside Le Fondre, who was just in front of him, appeared to have just strayed. Substitute Nick Blackman fired wide and then headed over. And Reading kept pushing, with six of their past seven league goals having come after the 84th minute, but there was no late rally on this occasion as Robson-Kanu wasted the best of their late chances. Aston Villa recovered from a calamitous Nathan Baker own goal to haul themselves out of the relegation places with a 2-1 victory at fellow strugglers Reading. The Royals were gifted the lead on the half-hour when Baker made a complete hash of a routine clearance but on a day when neither defence was convincing it was not decisive. Instead, Villa were level two minutes later when Christian Benteke fired in before Gabby Agbonlahor grabbed the winner in first-half injury time. Both goals appeared preventable, especially Agbonlahor’s strike, after a goalmouth melee that saw third-choice goalkeeper Stuart Taylor scoop the ball to the winger after Barry Bannan’s deft touch hit the post. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USA wants to host ICC T20 World Cup

first_imgBy Stephan ShemiltUSA Cricket hopes the United States’ success in hosting the football World Cup in 1994 can help its bid to stage the T20 World Cup.The U,S, has joined forces with West Indies in an attempt to stage an International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament from 2023 onwards.More than 3.5 million fans attended matches at USA 94, a World Cup record.“If you played in the USA, every venue would be sold out,” said USA Cricket chief executive Iain Higgins.“Other sports have used their major events as catalysts for growth in non-traditional markets.”The U.S. gained one-day international status at the beginning of 2019 and beat Scotland in December.Higgins said the U.S. wants to gain Test status within the next decade.“It’s our objective to have a team that’s competing with full members of the ICC in the short term, and it’s our objective to become a full member of the ICC in the next 10 years,” he said.“On-field performance, as we saw with Ireland and Afghanistan, is going to be a real critical part of the assessment as to whether we’re ready to play a role at that level.”Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida, has hosted six one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20s, and is scheduled to stage two T20s between West Indies and South Africa in August.Higgins has identified several other areas where the U.S. can prove itself worthy of a place at cricket’s top table.“One would be to persuade the ICC to be brave enough to bring a T20 World Cup to the USA,” he said.“I am confident that we will have great quality venues that are capable of scaling up and scaling down for ICC events.”Those venues form part of plans for the introduction of a T20 league in the U.S.“The plan is to have at least six venues in this country that are capable of hosting international matches,” said Higgins.“When you look at the number of travelling fans from the US to the last two World Cups, it shows an enormous appetite for cricket.“Imagine India playing Pakistan in a T20 World Cup in the US – you could not build a venue big enough.“When we eventually get to present to the ICC, they will be pleased and we will be able to satisfy that they should be ready to entrust us with one of their significant world events.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Edo 2020: FCT Minister Receives Unity Torch

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaMinister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello yesterday received the Unity Torch of the National Sports Festival at a brief ceremony held at the FCT Administration.He received the Torch from a contingent of FCT athletes led by the FCTA Director of Sports, Chief Dilichukwu Onyedinma. The Minister expressed hope that the torch will go through all the 36 states before arriving Benin City in Edo State where this event will be hosted in April.“As we flag-off the journey of this beautiful torch of unity for the unity games …we hope that God Almighty will see this torch go through all the 36 states and culminate in Benin the Sports city,” Bello said.He commended the Edo State contingent for its excellent performance during the event last year in the FCT where they topped the medal chart.Bello also appreciated the Ministry of Sports for partnering with the FCT Administration to revive the National Sports Festival, after six years of hiatus. The games, he said, is now providing a platform for Nigerian sports men and women to showcase their talents.The Minister was joined by the FCT Minister of State, Hajiya Ramatu Tijani, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, the Acting Transportation Secretary, Mrs. Alice Achu Odey, among others during the flag off ceremony.A Gbagyi cultural troupe also accompanied the unity torch to the Minister’s office where they provided entertainment during the brief ceremony.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Edo State Sports Commission (ESSC) Godwin Dudu-Orumen, has dismissed speculations that the third edition of the Edo State Sports Festival scheduled for February 11-16 has been postponed.Dudu-Orumen in a statement yesterday signed by, his Special Adviser on Media, Nnamdi Okosieme, asked the public to disregard such speculations as they were products of minds irrevocably committed to mischief making.The ESSC boss stated that contrary to such insinuations, the festival was very much on course and would hold from February 11 as scheduled at the Sports Complex of the University of Benin.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more