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

West Florida Blanks Another GSC Foe

first_img Share West Florida Blanks Another GSC Foe Oct. 21, 2007 Box Score  Carollton, Ga. – West Florida (12-2-0, 7-0-0 GSC) continued to roll through the Gulf South Conference, when they record their sixth straight shutout over a conference conference foe, West Georgia (7-11-0, 2-5-0 GSC), 4-0 Sunday afternoon on the Wolves campus.The Argonauts controlled the flow on the field and for the 10th straight fixture the defense held their opponent under 10 shots, as West Florida out shot the Wolves 11-7. West Florida has now out scored their GSC rivals 29-1 in 2007.The Argonauts cracked the score board in the 30th minute of action when Sheka Codner sent a cross into the box and Dernelle Mascall flicked the ball over the head of the Wolves keeper.Three minutes before the end of the first half Mascall struck again when she gathered in a attempted clear by the Wets Georgia defense and rifled a shot from the top of the box for her 18th goal of the season. The sophomore is now second in school history for single season goals, one shy of the record set by Brianna Oeser in 2005.Following the break the Argonauts would mirror their first half performance controlling the ball and netting two goals.Amanda Wallace became the 15th Argonaut to score a goal this season when she tucked away her first goal in her West Florida career following a Mascall cross.Alison Riley finished the scoring when she hauled in a thru ball from Niala Owens inside the box, turned and finished.”Every game presents different problems,” said head coach Joe Bartlinski, who surpassed the century mark in career wins on Friday. “West Georgia was battling hard for a conference playoff spot and they played a tough physical game.”Up next for the Argonauts is a final GSC home fixture, before the conference tournament, against rival Montevallo.”For a team that has nine new starters we have done pretty well but we are not there yet. I am pleased how the new players have stepped up but there is still a lot of work to be done, especially with Montevallo coming up.”Kick off at the UWF Sports Complex is set for 5 p.m., this Friday when West Florida takes on the Falcons. “Live Stats” will be available at goargos.com on the Women’s Soccer home page. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Oct. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 25, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, Oct. 23 to Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015: Friday, October 23, 2015•1:29 a.m. Officers investigated domestic battery in the 500 block W. Walnut, Wellington.•1:45 a.m. Jessica L. King, 24, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery.•9:50 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 500 block E. 9th, Wellington.•12:37 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery in the 2000 block N. Madison, Wellington by known suspect.•12:51 p.m. Robert K. Mefford, 51, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery.•2:58 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•3:38 p.m. Officers investigated possession of drug paraphernalia of a known suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•9 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•7 p.m. Officers took a report of a noise complaint of a known suspect in the 500 block N. Poplar, Wellington.Saturday, October 24, 2015•12:23 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct by known suspect in the 200 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•9:34 a.m. Officers investigated domestic battery and criminal restraint in the 1400 block E. Michigan, Wellington by known suspect.•9:56 a.m. Clayton L. Parker, 29, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery and criminal restraint.•11:23 a.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to Property in the 300 block E. 3rd, Wellington by known suspect(s).•1:21 p.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 1800 block N. A, Wellington.•2:40 p.m. Officers conducted a welfare check in the 1300 block E. Michigan, Wellington.•4:45 p.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to property by known suspect(s) in the 800 block E. 16th,  Wellington. •5 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 600 block E. 9th, Wellington by known suspect.•7:01 p.m. Officers took a report of a vicious dog in the 800 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•10:03 p.m. Laci M. Leggett, 31, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.Sunday, October 25, 2015•12:19 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 400 block S. Washington, Wellington.last_img read more

Dodgers: Pierre already a steal

first_imgAnd then, the Dodgers got involved. Having already lost out in their bid to sign outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who wound up going to the Chicago Cubs, and third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who wound up staying with the Cubs, the Dodgers made a last-minute push for the speedy Pierre – even though he bore no resemblance to the middle-of-the-order power bat they were looking for. Knowing that their last-minute push was almost a too-late push, the Dodgers came up with an offer that blew away anything the Giants were willing to give Pierre. The result was a five-year, $44 million contract that Pierre signed Nov. 24 and a happy home for a guy who has always been one of the game’s happiest players anyway. “The Dodgers were an intriguing team, number one because of the weather,” Pierre said. “But it was also because they had a guy like Rafael Furcal.” Before being traded to the Cubs before last season, Pierre spent three years with Florida, where he and fellow speedster Luis Castillo combined to form a rare but lethal speed combination at the top of the Marlins’ lineup. The result was that the two fed off each other, served as dual catalysts for the Marlins’ offense and played a key role in the club’s run to a World Series championship in 2003. Pierre recognized almost immediately that he and Furcal could form a duo just as dynamic. Add that to the fact the Giants’ offer no longer was competitive, and Pierre was headed to Los Angeles. That left the Giants to sign veteran Dave Roberts, the former Dodgers center fielder and UCLA standout. Pierre and Roberts are similar players. Each one is a left-handed, top-of-the-lineup hitter who possesses little power and a weak throwing arm. Each one uses speed on the bases and in the outfield as his primary weapon. But Pierre is five years younger, a little faster and has a slightly higher career on-base percentage. Roberts, on the other hand, is a whole lot cheaper. The Giants got him for three years and $18 million – just more than half what they were prepared to give Pierre. So, while this weekend’s showdown will feature many subplots – the rivalry, Barry Bonds’ home-run chase, the return of Jason Schmidt (he isn’t scheduled to pitch) – alesser storyline will be the comparison of those two center fielders, which could provide an early indication of which team got the best deal. From his point of view, Pierre clearly got the best deal for himself. “I’m happy here, and that’s the No. 1 thing,” he said. “I knew a couple of the guys who were already here. I just liked the way everybody went about their business in spring training. It’s a good mix of young guys and veteran guys. They welcomed me here. For at least the next five years, and hopefully beyond that, I’m going to go out and play my heart out for the Dodgers organization.” Pierre’s arrival comes at aperfect time for the Dodgers, who are dedicating this season in part to the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier. Although he has a slighter build, Pierre, when viewed from a distance, looks remarkably similar to Robinson in a Dodgers uniform because of the way he wears it: the bottom of his pant legs pulled high on his calves, which not only reveals solid blue socks underneath but also creates a baggy effect in the upper part of his uniform pants. Pierre said while his look goes almost unnoticed and is rarely commented on by others, it is fully intentional. It is his personal tribute not only to Robinson, but to all the players from the old Negro Leagues. “I usually wear my pant legs pulled all the way down in batting practice,” he said. “But when it’s game time, I always pull them back up.” Somehow, that look just wouldn’t have been the same in orange and black. tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3675160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Juan Pierre was always going to be at AT&T Park tonight, patrolling the stadium’s cavernous center field in the opener of a three-game series between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. His first career dance with free agency was always going to bring him here, for the latest renewal of one of the game’s classic rivalries. It’s just that he was supposed to be wearing a Giants uniform. “I don’t even want to get into that,” Pierre said. “They were a team that was talking to me, and I’ll leave it at that.” In fact, by the middle of last November, Pierre’s free-agent flirtation with the Giants had gone far beyond talking. It had almost reached the point of agreement on what reportedly would have been a three-year, $30 million contract. last_img read more

Getting roasted for a line

first_imgAbraham Lincoln called upon “the better angels of our nature.” Theodore Roosevelt inspired us to be “the man in the arena.” FDR cautioned us, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Soaring words that have echoed throughout the annals of American history. But move over, MLK, you might have “had a dream,” but you’ve got nothing on Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, who will keep the boys at Bartlett’s busy with his soon to be immortal words, “What about El Pollo Loco?” “Give me liberty or give me death!” “Remember the Alamo!” “What about El Pollo Loco?” “Would El Pollo Loco be included?” he continued. Stunned, the committee, Perry included, sat frozen like a low-carb, zero-trans-fat Jenny Craig entr e. “You can’t get healthier food than grilled chicken with the skin off,” continued Huizar, demonstrating not only a mastery of parliamentary rhetoric, but a commanding grasp of the El Pollo Loco menu. “It’s like he was a shift-supervisor or maybe even an assistant manager,” said a former El Pollo Loco assistant manager who accidentally walked into the meeting while looking for Laura Chick’s office. I know what you’re thinking. “Damn! The one night I didn’t go to the Planning and Land Use Committee meeting!” Don’t cry on my pillow. With Jose Huizar the magic just happens. Which is not to short-change Councilwoman Perry. Girlfriend should get her due. Let’s examine Perry’s quote of note: “We have a serious problem in my district with fast-food restaurants and the increasing level of obesity and diabetes.” Now, if we made this a fill-in-the-blank contest and asked Perry’s constituents to complete the sentence: “We have a serious problem in my district with __________.” How many folks do you suppose would answer, “fast-food restaurants?” I’d be high-balling it at 0percent. Rotten schools, gang murders, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, crummy housing, no jobs, lousy public transportation, did I mention gang murders? Any or all jump to mind as pressing, immediate priorities for the L.A. City Council, but leave it to Perry to tackle the really tough problems lesser leaders might dodge – the Egg McMuffin vs. the Bacon Breakfast Jack. This is just the latest outbreak in an epidemic of nitwit, feckless posturing and legislating by politicians who dare not stick a toe in the waters of what really ails Los Angeles. Jan Perry’s proposed fast-food restaurant ban for South L.A. is the legislative equivalent of junk food. She’s offering up a hollow solution to fight hollow calories. Americans are getting fatter, and diabetes among kids has never been higher. These are real problems. Perry’s solution is fake. It’s just another sugar-coated fix from the lie merchants of Spring Street. In Los Angeles, Burger King ain’t the only one’s serving up whoppers. Doug McIntyre hosts the “McIntyre in the Morning” program on Talk Radio 790 KABC, weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBelieve it or not, the city of Los Angeles has a “Planning and Land Use Committee.” If you’ve never heard of it, don’t feel bad. It’s more commonly known as “The Whatever Eli Broad and Ron Berkel Want Rubber Stamp Social Club and Chowder Society.” But believe it or not, Los Angeles actually has a committee to oversee planning and land use, which is something to chew on as you circle Art’s Deli for the 38th time looking for a parking space. But we do have a committee, and at its most recent hootenanny Councilwoman Jan Perry – fresh off her triumphant negotiations with the ACLU allowing the homeless to sleep on the sidewalk in front of your house – earned another feather in her Wikipedia biography by convincing the committee to send her fast-food ban to the full council. “We have a serious problem in my district with fast-food restaurants and the increasing level of obesity and diabetes,” said Perry to the committee. And so the stage was set for Councilman Huizar’s moment in the sun. Rising to the challenge, Huizar gathered his thoughts. Those lucky enough to witness the event are conflicted; some claim Jose Huizar shot to his feet, others say he simply shouted from his chair, but all agree on the phrase itself: “What about El Pollo Loco?” A line like that would be enough for most politicians, but Huizar isn’t most politicians. The words came to him as if he was possessed by the spirit of Daniel Webster himself! last_img read more