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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Butch should play more down stretch

first_imgImagine this: The San Antonio Spurs are down seven points with six minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan has only three fouls, and Greg Popovich sits him on the bench.For the remainder of the game.Sound crazy? I think so, too.In a sense, that?s what Badger head coach Bo Ryan has been doing all season. I?m not sure it?s working.It?s hard to question a coach who has lost to only two Big Ten schools at home in six-plus seasons and has won eight NCAA Tournament games. But everyone makes mistakes. This may be one of them.It?s hard to compare Wisconsin forward Brian Butch to Duncan, who was ranked as the 21st-best NCAA basketball player of all time by ESPN.com Monday. However, Butch does lead UW in scoring and rebounding, which includes the most offensive rebounds by a margin of 13 over Joe Krabbenhoft. Don?t you want to have that guy ? a former McDonald?s All-American ? on the court in crunch time while your team is trying to mount a comeback?Apparently not.All season Ryan has gone small during the final six or so minutes in close games with what is basically a four guard set: Trevon Hughes, Jason Bohannon, Michael Flowers, Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry. That?s who ended the game Saturday night against Purdue.And to put it bluntly, they looked awful.This year?s Badger team is much different than last year?s, mainly because it lacks that go-to guy. This isn?t necessarily a bad thing, as it often makes players more team-oriented. Just ask the Washington Wizards, as they have put themselves in sixth place in the Eastern Conference without all-star Gilbert Arenas. However, down the stretch of close games, it?s nice to have that go-to option, and the Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker-less Badgers seem to be realizing that right about now.Flowers was the go-to guy Jan. 2 against Texas, and he came through with a miraculous three-pointer and subsequent steal to shock the Longhorns in Austin. But unfortunately, I believe it was exactly that: a miracle.Twenty-four days later, Ryan drew up the same play for Flowers, but the results were far different, as the senior guard was rejected under the rim by Purdue guard Robbie Hummel.Saturday night?s rematch with the Boilermakers was equally unsuccessful, as Hughes committed a catastrophic turnover down four points in the midst of a comeback. This was followed by a fade-away miss on a three-pointer by Landry after Wisconsin failed to find a decent look at the basket when Bohannon, the team?s best 3-point shooter (though technically Jon Leuer and Tanner Bronson have better percentages than him) was nowhere to be found.So we?ve established that the Badgers lack that first-option presence in crunch time. Isn?t it time to give Butch a shot?In no way am I telling you that Brain Butch is the next Dwight Howard. He?s not. I?ve watched the same games you have; I?ve seen the dropped passes and the weak finishes.But I also watched Butch play against No. 2 Pittsburgh last season. Forget that one? That was the game when the Polar Bear scored 20 points in the first half against now-Chicago Bull Aaron Gray. He couldn?t miss from anywhere on the court, including behind the 3-point arc.I vividly remember him nailing a three, turning around waving his arms for the Grateful Red to get loud. The Panthers called a timeout and the place erupted. I thought it was going to fall down.Over break, I went to four Celtics games in Boston. When the Celtics are in a tight game, Kevin Garnett stands at midcourt, raises his arms, and the place goes bananas. Even if Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are the first and second options for Boston down the stretch, it?s Garnett who gets the place energized, creating a real fourth quarter home-court advantage.Again, Butch is no Garnett, but he brings that fire to the table, a fire currently absent on the Kohl Center floor.Come tournament time, analysts always talk about senior leadership and experience. Butch doesn?t have to be the first, or even second option in crunch time. But with the game on the line, I want my senior leader out on the floor.It?s time for a change.Derek is a sophomore majoring in economics. If you’d like to further discuss the Polar Bear’s playing time, you can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

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