Voters should back community park

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion After the December 2016 vote of the Shenendehowa school board to sell the surplus 34-acre parkland site off Moe Road to a developer, I was so discouraged. Low and behold, a group of activist citizens joined up with the Friends of Clifton Park Open Space and forced a referendum to submit this proposal to the voters.In rejecting the sale with over 70 percent of the voters unified in opposition, a clear message was sent to the school board for a “do-over.” Fortunately, the school board and the town were able to quickly put together a working team to negotiate the sale to the town of Clifton Park for a fair price of $1.1 million, and this new proposal will be the subject of a voter referendum on Dec. 5.My family urges yours to show up at Gowana Middle School on Dec. 5 and lend your yes vote to this critically important community initiative. I can think of no better way to start the holiday season with joy than to be among the strong supporters of this new central community park.Beth BergmanClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:High-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 4

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTake action against anti-SemitismThe large number of violent acts of anti-Semitism in recent weeks in the greater New York area is of great concern to the Schenectady Jewish community.It feels like open season on the Jews, and many of us are afraid. We live in a climate of “different than me is my enemy.” And this cycle has to end. Here are some suggestions of action items:1. All leaders, whether in congregations or in government offices or in community services, must speak out against anti-Semitism and violence.2. Each and every one of us need to be vigilant. If we hear others say something, even in jest, that reflects a hatred of Jews or others, stop them and call them out on it.3. Pledge to use your words with care and sensitivity to others.4. Do what makes you feel connected. Remember that we are never alone.5. Create opportunities in your community for Jewish people to share about their experience and about their faith. Ignorance breeds hate.6. Show up at solidarity events to affirm that anti-Semitic violence is not tolerated in our community.7. Do what makes you feel loved. Ask for love from others and share it back.If we want to end anti-Semitism in our community, the task belongs to all of us. Act.Rabbi Matt CutlerCongregation Gates of HeavenRabbi Rafi SpitzerCongregation Agudat AchimSchenectadyUnhappy with First Night experienceI regret having to write this, but Saratoga Arts and the organizers of the First Night 5k race owe me and a few dozen other runners a formal apology, if not a refund, for our pre-paid First Night buttons that were nowhere to be found at check-in.I was told by a young, poorly informed volunteer that they were “probably oversold.” Inexcusable.And after waiting in a deserted Skidmore parking lot for the promised shuttle that never came, I trudged all the way downtown, carrying two bags of wet clothing. (No, I don’t have Uber, and God help you on New Year’s Eve anyway.)We eventually did get our three buttons for which I paid over $50, but not until almost half the evening had passed and I was too spent to continue, so we drove home.Not the kind of experience TV viewers routinely see, but it’s the one I had.William CoxSchenectadyD.C. politicians are scamming taxpayersWashington, D.C., Democrats are dirty players.They have everybody’s heads turned to Trump’s impeachment scam.The Democrats did a sneaky Pearl Harbor attack on the 1.4 trillion-dollar spending bill on the American taxpayers.Who knows what’s in that $1.4 trillion spending bill.I am a conservative and American taxpayer, and like all American taxpayers, I have the right to know.Who can read 300-400 pages of the bill in 24 hours?Rush it before Christmas break, so as not to shut down the government.It’s immoral behavior again by the Democrats.There’s a saying, “Fool me once, it’s your fault. Fool me twice, it’s my fault.”The president should not have signed that spending bill.I guess we will find out in 2020 what’s in that spending bill that the American people are paying for.It’s the fault of President Trump’s, the Republicans and Democrats for pulling a fast one on the American people.There’s no way to read and understand what’s in that spending bill in 24 hours.David S. MattasGloversvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformslast_img read more

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Inner City

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Green for go

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Fortress joins Soros to bid for £2bn PFI plan

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Dotcoms lead Soho revival

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The REITs of San Francisco

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Saturation point

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United Kingdom has 19 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus

first_imgThe new coronavirus which emerged in Wuhan, China, in December has infected tens of thousands of people.The virus – which causes a disease now called COVID-19 – is transmitted from person to person via droplets when an infected person breathes out, coughs or sneezes. It can also spread via contaminated surfaces such as door handles or railings.Mainland China – where the virus originated late last year – reported 327 new cases, the lowest since Jan. 23, taking its tally to more than 78,800 cases with almost 2,800 deaths.Beyond China, about 70 people have died so far due to the virus. Topics : The United Kingdom now has 19 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus after Wales identified its first case and two new cases were found in England, health authorities said on Friday.”The total number of UK cases is 19,” the health ministry said.Britain reported its first confirmed coronavirus case on Jan. 31.last_img read more

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Trump says unproven coronavirus drugs could be ‘gift from God’

first_imgUS President Donald Trump on Monday said antimalarial drugs that are under investigation to treat the new coronavirus could be a “gift from God” despite scientists warning against the dangers of overhyping unproven medicines.Trump announced last week his administration was working to dramatically expand access to hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, a related compound, following promising early studies in France and China that found the drugs helped patients suffering from the COVID-19 illness.Many scientists including Anthony Fauci, the United States’ leading infectious disease expert, have urged the public to remain cautious until larger clinical trials validate the smaller studies. “I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?'” NBC quoted the unnamed woman as saying.Banner Health, a non-profit health care provider based in Phoenix, said on its website that “a man has died and his wife is under critical care after the couple, both in their 60s, ingested chloroquine phosphate, an additive commonly used at aquariums to clean fish tanks.”Banner Health warned against self-medicating to treat or prevent the COVID-19 illness.Trump has been criticized by some in the scientific community for overhyping the drugs — which could create shortages for Americans who need them to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, diseases for which they are approved.New York is set to begin a clinical trial on Tuesday that would treat patients with hydroxychloroquine taken together with azithromycin, an antibiotic used to clear secondary bacterial infections. Separately, Vice President Mike Pence announced that self-administered nasal swab tests for the illness would be made available this week, thus reducing part of the burden on the overstretched health care system.At present, the test is administered by health care workers wearing personal protective gear, which is in short supply.The US has almost 44,000 cases and 560 deaths, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University.Topics : But Trump demonstrated no such restraint at a White House press briefing on Monday.”The hydroxychloroquine and the Z-Pak, I think as a combination probably is looking very, very good,” he said.”There’s a real chance that it could have a tremendous impact, it would be a gift from God, if that worked it would be a big game changer,” he added, quoting the example of a patient who was ill but recovered after taking the drug.NBC reported that a woman in Arizona, who heard Trump talk about chloroquine, ended up in hospital and her husband died after they took a form of chloroquine she had used to treat her koi fish.last_img read more

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