Letters to the Editor for Thursday, April 11

first_imgChurch, not state, should save pensionI agree with Frank J. Ciervo’s April 7 letter that the Catholic diocese must step up on St. Clare’s pension. However, I have a question. Why should state taxpayers offer anything? When my husband’s union was in similar trouble, mainly due to the sub-prime crisis, there was no one to help. The union was on its own and was able to recover without a burden on the already hard-hit taxpayers. Just sayin’.Mary Jo VendittiGlenville More action needed to reduce pollutionThe recently enacted state plastic bag ban is a step in the right direction.However, this proposal won’t be a total ban, but rather a partial one, because many plastic bags will not be affected.Environmentalists already are complaining, and although I’m tempted to complain too, I won’t. I realize that this proposal won’t solve the worldwide plastic bag pollution crisis. However, it will make a significant dent in reducing plastic bag waste in New York state. As a matter of fact, according to a Gazette March 29 front page article, not all bags will be banned.This ban will not include food takeout bags used by many restaurants, those that are used to wrap deli or meat-counter products, bags for bulk items, newspaper bags, garment bags and bags sold in bulk, such as trash and recycling bags. Moreover, counties can opt out (don’t have to charge) the 5-cent fee for paper bags.Earth Day is April 22, and this ban came right on time. But I hope that soon, New York will also consider banning other harmful waste, like Styrofoam packaging, cups and containers, in addition to other single-use plastic items like bottles, silverware, cups, lids/caps, straws, dishes, food containers, cigarette lighters, markers, disposable razors, etc. These are poisoning our soil and water.All leaders at all levels of governments — from towns, to counties, the state and federal level — must take steps to curb pollution soon. Scientists have already warned us that we may have 10 years, at the most, to fix this environmental mess before we’ll have an environmental Armageddon.  Act now or perish later.Ottavio Lo PiccoloSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: 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 homes Popular vote would have changed historyI’ve never been a fan of the Electoral College for U.S. elections. The argument that it gives smaller states equal recognition with the larger states is misguided. It is such bogus logic based in part on where candidates devote their time and resources. No candidate spends time campaigning in Wyoming to get three electoral votes.However, they might care to convince the 577,000 people that live there to vote for them, since we’ve had some close national elections where states like Wyoming could make the difference. Thus, elections based on the popular vote are more logical and fair. Just think how history would have changed if we had used the popular vote to select a president. For example, we wouldn’t have George W. Bush to waste trillions of dollars and lose the lives of thousands of Americans and our allies trying to overthrow Iraq and bolstering al-Qaida, the Taliban and eventually inspiring ISIS, as well as avoiding the Great Recession that he created.Instead, Al Gore would have led us to combat climate change among other great initiatives that benefit Americans, not the military-industrial-complex that Eisenhower warned us about. Next, we wouldn’t have the most incompetent president in United States history with Donald “Show Me the Money” Trump. There is not enough space to detail how bad he is. Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have kissed Putin and Kim’s rings, nor let the Saudis get away with murder, literally.  Shouldn’t every vote count? Make the candidates work to earn our vote.Raymond HarrisGlenville Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems have plenty of questions to answerAll those people that support the killing of babies through abortion should go see the movie “Unplanned.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his friends who were cheering for it and lighting up the buildings would probably enjoy it. I wonder if the governor’s mother, Matilda Cuomo, would support abortions.All socialists should go live in Venezuela for a few months. They would not be allowed to take anything with them.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks losing your jobs to automation would be great because then you would have time to hike, play games or sit around. Fantastic idea, as long as a few of the freshman congresswomen were the first to go. Hopefully, she will never have children.All your climate change fanatics should become vegans and never use private planes or limos or have more than one home. They also should be using only solar or wind. No wind or sun for a few days? Too bad.What happened to the anti-hate resolution? All they do is talk hate at and about Trump, 24/7. Hypocrites.Why do House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer refuse to meet with Angel Parents who have had their family members killed?How many politicians who support immigrants coming here illegally pay their help at least $15 per hour with full benefits? Let’s investigate their W-2 forms.Thank God for all those Democrats that told us every day that they had solid evidence that Trump colluded (MSNBC and CNN). When will they resign?Bonnie DeckerSchenectadycenter_img Women deserve to be paid equal to menOnce again, on April 2, women took time from their busy work days to acknowledge Equal Pay Day. According to laws already on the books, Equal Pay Day for all women should be Dec. 31.But it’s not. The average woman must work far into the next year to earn what the average man earned the previous year.It takes until April 2 for women who work full-time to catch up with their male counterparts; mom’s equal pay compared to dad’s happens on June 10; black women reach parity on Aug. 22; and equal pay day for Latinas is observed on Nov. 20. There are wide wage gaps among Asian women, so some catch up by March 5, but others not until mid-July.The gender gap in base pay varies by industry. In education, which has a large number of area employees, it is 2.4 percent, according to Glassdoor and Bizwomen, while in media, it is 6.4 percent.Change needs to happen. But there is good news. Our Legislature and governor have the opportunity to pass game-changing laws this session. And Congress may finally move forward on common sense reform.That will only happen if we all speak out, contact our elected representatives, and call for equal pay for all New York women, now. Linda GushSaratoga SpringsThe writer is co-president of the League of Women Voters Saratoga County. Suprunowicz owed coverage upon deathOn March 24, we offered our final respects to a local and state hall of famer Dick Suprunowicz.Mr. Suprunowicz passed without one mention in The Gazette Sports of the loss of this great basketball player.Please allow me to provide to you that Mr. Suprunowicz and other family members all played basketball and are each Hall of Famers. After high school at Mont Pleasant and great records, he proceeded to Syracuse, where he continued his basketball and academic career. His accomplishments during his basketball days were written in many of The Gazette sports pages.After basketball, Dick then choose a career of teaching and became vice principal at Linton High School. His records as a basketball coach at Mont Pleasant were highly recognized. If you lived in the Schenectady area and followed this family of players, Dick Suprunowicz, Michael, Bill and Walt, then you were treated to some great basketball.I’m saddened by the loss of this man who helped kids in many ways throughout out his educational career.I’m further saddened that no acknowledgment was presented in The Gazette Sports section. If not for the obituary offered and paid for by the family, no one would have known of Dick’s passing other than family and close friends. To you, Mr. Suprunowicz, we bid you a thank you for all you have offered to many fans and students. May you rest in peace. And our condolences to the Suprunowicz family.Charlie BrownBallston Lakelast_img read more

Family faces hate related charges after finding teen daughter’s boyfriend in closet

first_imgThree people are currently facing hate related charges among others after they allegedly held a teen against his will, yelled racial slurs at him, and beat him after they found him hiding in their 15-year-old daughter’s bedroom closet.The incident was reported, Thursday afternoon in California.Officials say the family identified as girl’s mother, 46-year-old Haydee Arguello, 46-year-old her stepfather, Wilfredo Amaya, and her biological father, 49- year-old Luisandor Suarez, came home around 2:30 am that morning to find their daughter’s 17-year-old boyfriend hiding in their daughter’s closet.The teen says the family “became irate and started assaulting” him. The family was said to have used rope to tie up the teen for several hours while they hit him and reportedly yelled racial slurs at him.The family’s older daughter’s told reporter, however, that it was the teen that attacked their family and that the family was forced to use a rope to restrain him but never harmed the victim.“They were so scared because they found someone in the closet,” Belkys Gomez told ABC San Francisco affiliate KGO. “They jumped because everyone was sleeping and this guy started kicking my stepfather and trying to kill him.”“He punched her and then my stepdad, of course, is not going to let anyone hit his wife. They tried to stop him and he was acting very violent so they grabbed a rope to try to tie him down and ask him why he was at the house,” Katherine Gomez said.While the family members of the suspects maintain that they did not abuse the victim and that was the victim, neighbors told investigators that they could hear the victim repeatedly scream out in pain.The suspects have each been charged with multiple felonies relating to committing a hate crime, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats and are currently being held without bail.The 15-year-old daughter has since been placed into the care of Child Protective Services.last_img read more

Port Blakely Tree Farms’ Forests Closed Due to Extreme Fire Danger

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port Blakely Tree FarmsProlonged dry weather conditions have raised the risk of forest fires in the region. Until further notice, Port Blakely Tree Farms’ forestland in Washington and Oregon is closed to all public access. This closure applies to foot, horse, motorized and any other form of access. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause to recreational users, our decision to prohibit access reflects our priorities: public safety and the protection of our forests. Port Blakely employees and security officials are monitoring the weather conditions and unauthorized access.This closure to all traffic is temporary. Regular allowable access will be permitted once the risk of forest fires decreases and forest conditions are considered safe.To report fires, call 911.last_img read more

Sony Pictures Sports Network returns with the second leg of UEFA Champions League –…

first_imgAdvertisement 29eNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsimatrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E50bz6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2f00pcWould you ever consider trying this?😱ytaaCan your students do this? 🌚39Roller skating! Powered by Firework ~ The matches will be telecast live and exclusive on SONY TEN 1 & SONY TEN 2 channels in India from March 11, 2020~Advertisement The first leg of UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 witnessed thrilling clashes between the 16 teams, vying to mark their places in the quarter finals of this prestigious tournament. The clubs will yet again battle on the field as a part of home and away format, trying their best to keep the aggregate score in their favor. Let’s take a look at the first round of high-octane clashes scheduled for the second leg of Round of 16.Advertisement Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund – PSG are under pressure to perform after losing 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund in Germany but they do possess the talent to turn this Champions League tie around. The French aristocrats looked dangerous for long periods of the second half at Westfalenstadion and were rewarded with a goal from Neymar but Erling Braut Haaland, who is on a sensational goal scoring spree, took his UEFA Champions League tally for the season to ten with two strikes to stun the traveling Paris fans. The 19-year-old became the first teenager to score 10 goals in a Champions League season, having previously netted eight times for RB Salzburg in six Group E games. With England winger Jadon Sancho and 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna also impressing up front in the opening encounter, Dortmund have a youthful and vibrant forward line playing without fear but the French side are usually much stronger on home turf and the likes of Neymar and Mbappe will look to tear down the Dortmund defence with their immense pace and skills.Watch Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 1 HD on 12th February 2020 at 1.30 am (IST) Advertisement Liverpool F.C. vs Atletico Madrid– Liverpool welcome Atlético Madrid in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 decider and will look to pull off another famous comeback after losing 1-0 away to Atletico Madrid at a raucous Wanda Metropolitano. Diego Simeone’s men put in a display of trademark resilience once Saúl Ñíguez had given them a fourth-minute lead in the first leg, but still fresh in the memory is the manner in which the Reds incredibly overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Barcelona in last season’s semi-finals at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp will hope to rekindle the spirit of that amazing night and will look to start on the front foot from the outset in this return fixture. Atlético holds an advantage, but it’s a tenuous advantage with only a draw needed to qualify. Liverpool on the other hand, must break Diego Simeone’s stalwart defense to keep hope alive of winning the European trophy in successive seasons. Watch Liverpool F.C. vs Atletico Madrid Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 12th March 2020 at 1.30 am (IST) RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. – If there’s a blueprint for how an underdog team can successfully open a two-legged advantage against a quality club, RB Leipzig showcased it to perfection in the first leg against Spurs in North London. Going into the second leg, RB Leipzig looks to be holding all the aces against an injury-hit Tottenham as they welcome the English team to Germany. Even though the German side looked a lot sharper than Spurs in the first leg, Leipzig are far from convincing on their home ground, losing 2-0 to Lyon at this venue and only drawing 2-2 with Benfica in the group stages. Tottenham have a mountain to climb without injured front men Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, but the form of the home team on their home ground will give them a few moments in the game to get a grip on the tie and qualify for the quarter-finals.Watch RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 11th March 2020 at 1.30 am (IST)UEFA Champions League is among India’s most loved football tournaments and has gained increasing popularity in the last few years. Indian fans can catch the best footballing action in the world only on Sony Pictures Sports Network this season with premier international properties like Serie A, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup, UEFA EURO 2020 and many more. Watch the Round of 16- Leg 2 of UEFA Champions League live and exclusive from 11th March 2020 only on Sony Pictures Sports Network DateTimeMatchBroadcast Destination11/03/2001:30RB Leipzig vs TottenhamSony Ten 2 SD & HD11/03/2001:30Valencia vs AtalantaSony Ten 1 SD & HD12/03/2001:30PSG vs DortmundSony Ten 1 SD & HD12/03/2001:30Liverpool vs Atletico MadridSony Ten 2 SD & HD Advertisementlast_img read more