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Kneeling players show courage of convictions

first_img“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial ‘outside agitator’ idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.You deplore the demonstrations taking place… But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.These words from Dr. King are as relevant today as they were on April 16, 1963, when he wrote his very necessary letter from a Birmingham jail after he was incarcerated for peacefully protesting injustice. In solidarity, he protested, understanding that the injustice experienced by one should be shared by all. It’s this spirit of Dr. King that was evident in a few Niskayuna High School football players and a cheerleader who courageously kneeled in solidarity against injustice.In solidarity, we wish to applaud these young leaders. It’s their courage that lets us know that there’s hope for our world. Niskayuna High School may have had a lower score on the scoreboard that night, but Niskayuna High School won. To cultivate minds that unite in solidarity against injustice is to win.Stay encouraged, beautiful spirited young people. We, too, hope that one day, liberty and justice really will be “for all.” Let us all continue to move forward to make this dream a reality for all.Deb PrivottJay PrivottNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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No excuse for lax security at gun store

first_imgIt’s so disturbing that thieves were able to remove 40 guns from the Target Sports store in Glenville, with apparently no haste required on their part. Now there are 40 more guns in the hands of criminals. Will there be people killed with any of these stolen guns? Will some youngster be introduced to a life of crime with any of these guns? Will innocent people be shot, students, teachers, law enforcement? This fact can’t be denied regardless of the intended use for these guns.Are we supposed to be accepting of the fact that the alarm system malfunctioned? A fallible alarm system obviously has no practical use in a store that sells guns. Banks protect our money much better than that. Human life is a bigger priority and could be afforded the same protection.If stores can profit from the sale of guns, there should be laws that real security measures are in place.Margaret NixonMechanicvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the… Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Being a vet no help in getting assistance

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m writing this letter in response to some of the ungratefulness of the state of New York and the federal government. I have lost my food stamps and am finding it very hard to get some assistance for my rent. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m a veteran of this country when all I have come to expect from these organizations is little to no help.I’m told I make too much money. It may look that way on paper. I’m not getting what it states I’m getting from Social Security. The last two 2-percent cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) went to Medicare; I did not receive those COLAs. I’m still trying to live on the same net income I have been living for the past four years. I have no idea why everybody asks for gross income when you don’t have that to live on. I think it’s just a way for you to be denied the help you are seeking.I’m thinking at this point in time of packing up some of my belongings and giving up my citizenship and moving to Canada, where at least I’m sure they treat their citizens with a lot less callousness than this country and state does.I would like to say thanks to our government, country, state and local — for nothing. What gets me, too, is that if I just come to this country without working one day here, without paying taxes here and never serving, I would be given the maximum that could be given. Sorry to be a natural citizen and veteran of this country.Peter ManningRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnlast_img read more

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Share your respect for Mother Earth

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion “Nature adorns the Earth with many natural occurrences of life. The trees, flowers and grass come into full bloom, live a gentle, seasoned existence and then under the guidance of Mother Nature, die, only to be re-born again in the Springs.“The almighty dominance of man on this earth, puts him in authority to re-decorate the surroundings with everlasting symbols of life. Man tends to feel more at  home when he can find in many cities, flashing neon signs, plastic flowers and most of all, garbage in the streets.”I personally liked Gina’s words, “Take time to respect and be kind to the earth and each other so this would be a nicer please to live.”I’m very fortunately to have neighbors, family and friends who share those sentiments. Happy Spring to all.Helen CaldaroBurnt HillsMore 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: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Re April 13 letter, “Be kind to Earth, pick up your trash,” by Gina Sauter: I couldn’t have said it better if I had written it myself. Gina’s words brought back memories of my deceased son, Joseph P. Pallermo’s, verse that he wrote when he was in high school many years ago.last_img read more

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Find alternatives to opioid prescriptions

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The governor of West Virginia signed a bill recently making it law that medical doctors must refer their pain patients to either a chiropractor or physical therapist before they can prescribe opioids, and any insurance company doing business in West Virginia must have chiropractic coverage of at least 20 visits. It’s the first law of its kind in the country and will take effect in 90 days.Over two months ago, I met with Sen. George Amedore proposing he consider introducing a bill that would make it mandatory for every middle and high school student in the state of New York to undergo a biomechanical exam at the start of the school year, in addition to the current medical exam all students receive.Although eyes, ears, nose and throat are important, these kids start their sports seasons without anyone ever looking at their musculoskeletal systems. This is the very start of a broken system.Unfortunately, Sen. Amedore didn’t have the vision the governor of West Virginia had, and he gave me every reason why it wouldn’t work. Hopefully, we’ll have some politicians in New York state who are more willing to step up and figure out how to make it work. In this country every day, 115 people die due to opioid overdose, and it’s all because people are going to doctors who don’t understand musculoskeletal issues and write prescriptions for the relief of pain while never addressing the cause of the problem.Tim MaggsSchenectadyThe writer is a chiropractor and the developer of the Concerned Parents of Young Athletes Program.More from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img read more

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Trump’s actions are no laughing matter

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The May 16 letter, “Anti-Trump letters to paper are laughable,”: “Rare and enjoyable forms of humor” is provocative and offensive.Donald Trump is the greatest threat to our Democratic institutions in modern history. This corrupt demagogue has shamelessly lied to Americans more than 3,000 times since the inauguration. This is a mental illness, a pathology, way beyond a character flaw. But this is only the “opening act” of his horrifying reality show. His blatant loyalty to, and intimidation by, Putin is treasonous. He has dismissed, and even encouraged Russia’s attack upon the cornerstone of our democracy, free elections. He’s clearly in Putin’s pocket; we have yet to discover exactly why.His sickening assault upon the pillars of our democracy i.e., the free press,  justice system and the media has been relentless and destructive. He calls the free press “the enemy of the people.” He has compared the FBI to Nazis. But his most vicious tirade is aimed at the media, whom he describes as “among the most dishonest beings on earth.” These are Trump’s enemies — the shining beacons of light, the source of truth and enlightenment, which expose Trump’s corruption and lies.Trump is the same con man who was fined $25 million for defrauding innocent Americans with his fake Trump University, the same serial adulterer who proudly bragged about sexually assaulting women, the same thief who has 200 pending lawsuits by contractors whom he “stiffed” for services.So, John Osterlitz, your reference to Gazette letter writers as “clowns’ and “lefty losers” is seriously flawed. Vince DacquistoNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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BID revitalisation US style is years away

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Surrey

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Eastern promise

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Straight to the point

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