Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 6

Posted On Oct 20 2020 by

first_imgOfficer served people of Glenville with careOn March 27, the Glenville Police Department said goodbye and happy retirement to one of its own. After 20 years of service, Officer Tracy Nethaway called out of service for the last time.Officer Nethaway was hired in April 1999 as the town’s first female police officer. She always went above and beyond her normal police duties. She would help residents who were down on their luck, took care of the elderly in the community and was instrumental in educating women and seniors with fraudulent scams and how to defend themselves against predators.I am proud and honored to have worked with such a caring, compassionate officer for the past 10 years and to call her my friend. She will be missed by myself, her co-workers and the residents of the town of Glenville. I wish her all the best in retirement; it is well deserved!Anne Marie PeltierBallston Lake Experts say slots are the most addictive form of casino gambling, producing addicts in a year, not three years, like other casino games. Because slots players are more likely to be local and members of vulnerable groups (the elderly and poor), our community needs to be especially concerned. The consequences of problem gambling reach the entire community, not just gamblers, their families, friends and employers. Experience shows we cannot count on the casino or government to focus on prevention education rather than treating problem gambling, given their incentives to maximize casino revenue. Studies say that 40 percent to 60 percent of slots revenue comes from problem gamblers. A Canadian study found that casual players comprised 75 percent of players, but contributed only 4 percent of net gambling revenue. Therefore, our private sector — health care providers, civic, social, religious, educational and neighborhood groups — must work to cultivate a healthy attitude toward casino gambling, to place it into the low-risk category of casual entertainment and recreation.  Happily, an easy-to-find and use treasure trove of materials already exists that encourages safe gambling practices and discourages risky gambling behavior.At http://tinyurl.com/SlotsProblem, you can find samples, data, links and recommendations. Meanwhile, set a budget and time limit; play for fun, not riches.David GiacaloneSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCompany officials must pay for deathsPurdue Pharma and the Sackler family have agreed to pay $270 million to the state of Oklahoma because of the over-aggressive marketing of Purdue’s drug, OxyContin.The settlement supports the idea that the marketing by Purdue contributed to the large number of opioid overdose deaths in Oklahoma. Hundreds of other similar lawsuits are making their way through the courts.So what are the penalties other than fines for a corporation’s actions causing hundreds of deaths? I contend we can use the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission as guidance for what penalties a corporation should suffer when it contributes harm to people. In Citizens United, the court upheld the notion of corporate “personhood.” The court argued that corporations are entitled to constitutional protections such as those provided by the First and Fourteenth amendments. If a corporation is a person, then Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family should suffer the same penalties as any other person. Purdue Pharma knowingly put a dangerous product on the market that led to hundreds of overdose deaths. The corporation’s directors and chief officers should go to prison for the same amount of time that a person would go to jail for committing a similar crime.Larry LewisGlenville Be careful when gambling on slotsWith the end of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, we should recognize that Schenectady has a slots gambling problem. Since Rivers casino’s first anniversary in February 2017, its entire growth in gaming revenue has come from slots play, with table game revenue down. Special-needs cuts will hurt the childrenAs the parent of a special needs child, I’m filled with anger and disgust at the cuts being proposed to our educational system and to Secretary Betsy DeVos’ justifications for making such cuts. The proposal is a thin-veiled tax break for the wealthy and will harm special-needs children. My son, Nicholas, is a loving 8-year old developmentally-delayed child.We’re fortunate to live in a blue state that afforded good health insurance and had an amazing pediatrician who got Nicholas into early development programs when he was 2 years of age. We’re thankful that Nicholas could attend a school specializing in educating children living with developmental disabilities, and he continues to participate in specialized therapies to help him progress physically and teach him tasks we take for granted, such as tying our shoes or zippering a coat.Last week Secretary DeVos outlined a plan that would cut $51 million from programs designed to help my child and others like him.She wants to give $60 million to charter schools, a clear conflict of interest given her family’s investments in charter schools, and she proposes the creation of 100 percent tax credit for contributions so state-sanctioned scholarship donors could get back their entire donation through federal taxes, meaning the taxpayers pay for them. When voters speak, officials must listenThe United Kingdom’s 2014 referendum to exit the European Union was a plausible outcome, despite then-Prime Minister David Cameron’s “stronger together” campaign and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s warning of the ensuing economic turmoil. Poorly implemented austerity measures in Italy and Greece, the uneven distribution of migrants from a war-torn Middle East and Northern Africa, and subsequent terrorist attacks burdened wealthier European countries. European courts, often espousing socialist ideology and at times Middle Eastern-style authoritarianism, threatened basic freedoms while onerous regulations undermined economic interests. Newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May’s vision for a sovereign U.K. was soon compromised by the allure of socialism pitched by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during her call for snap elections, which toppled the Tories’ governing majority. Though able to form a majority governing coalition with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, her leverage in gaining major concessions from the EU had eviscerated as Labour’s strategy was to reject every proposal in an attempt to force a second referendum. Supposedly, voters were uninformed and Parliamentarians unprepared, even though Ms. May’s latest proposal would have avoided a hard border with Ireland and given the U.K. the jurisdiction to leave Europe’s Customs Union. Parliament’s refusal to honor Brexit was enabled largely by Millennials’ embrace of socialism and their misunderstanding that governments can’t spend more than their economies produce, as Venezuelans know all too well. It also more broadly depicts Albany politics, where every so often a school or library budget is rejected and Albany residents are expected to vote correctly the second time. Stephen DansereauAlbany This proposal will harm millions of American children who have special needs and aren’t fortunate to have the resources they need to lead full and productive lives to the best of their abilities.Edward SmithSchenectadylast_img read more

Red hot Javier Hernandez scores double in Real Madrid win

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgJavier Hernandez gave another boost to his chances of making his loan move to Real Madrid permanent when he followed up his match-winning Champions League performance midweek with a La Liga double on Sunday.The Mexico striker known as ‘Chicharito’ (little pea) struck a late winner to earn a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday before helping Real to a 4-2 success at Celta Vigo that kept them hard on the heels of leaders Barcelona with five matches left.Hernandez has spent most of the season on the bench after arriving from parent club Manchester United in September but coach Carlo Ancelotti was forced to draft him into the side following injuries to France striker Karim Benzema and Wales winger Gareth Bale.While Benzema and Bale are likely to come straight back into the side once fit, Hernandez, who has made a habit of scoring off the bench during his club career, has shown he is a useful weapon to have in reserve.Real have an option to make the 26-year-old’s season-long loan permanent for a fee of 10 million euros ($10.86 million), according to Spanish media.He is the son of namesake Javier Hernandez, a Mexico striker who featured at the 1986 World Cup and was nicknamed ‘Chicharo’ (pea) because of his green eyes. “He’s enjoying the run that he’s on, it’s a really good one,” Ancelotti told a news conference.”If Chicharito is in this form he’s non-negotiable,” added the Italian.”I have a team of non-negotiables but only eleven can play and the rest stay on the bench.”Sunday’s win at Celta kept the gap to Barca, who won 2-0 at neighbours Espanyol on Saturday, to two points.Barca, who along with Real are through to the Champions League last four, are in with a chance of a treble of titles and play Athletic Bilbao in the King’s Cup final next month. “Our objective is to force Barca to win every game,” Ancelotti said.”At this moment in time we’re not thinking about other teams, but about what we have to do.”We’re doing well and we’ll try to fight for La Liga until the final day, which is our objective.”Real’s next outing in La Liga is a home game against Almeria on Wednesday after Barca host Getafe on Tuesday.–last_img read more

Early signing period the latest loss for USC coach Clay Helton

Posted On Aug 14 2020 by

first_imgIt’s hard to believe Helton is so concerned about winning when he sports a 13-11 record the past two seasons. Even so, Signing Day was a loss for USC. And things will get even worse if the Trojans lose to Iowa in the Holiday Bowl.In an incredible display of bad timing, USC sent out a video in the middle of the worst signing day ever with Bohn and several players asking fans to travel to San Diego next week for the bowl game.It was promptly scorned on social media, like so many things involving USC these days. WOLF: USC, Mike Bohn must answer Helton question sooner rather than laterIf you want an example of how much things have changed for USC, none of the top 25 players in the state has signed or committed to the Trojans. Only one, wide receiver Gary Bryant Jr. of Corona Centennial, is expected to end up at USC. Just two years ago, the program signed the top four players in the Golden State.The reasons are simple: Helton’s precarious job security has created uncertainty, which will continue into next season. But perhaps more damaging is the perception among recruits that USC does not develop its players. Add in the idea that the best football is played in the SEC, Big Ten or Clemson, and things have gotten even more difficult for the Trojans.“I just feel like it’s different towards the Midwest, the East, the South, just because they cherish their football so much,” said quarterback CJ Stroud of Rancho Cucamonga, about 45 miles from USC. Stroud signed with Ohio State.It’s not just a USC problem. It’s a Pac-12 problem. In 2015, 16 of the top 25 players in California stayed in their home state. In 2020, 19 have already signed or committed to out-of-state schools; only one stayed in state.USC fans who were furious that Helton kept his job were irate again on Wednesday, especially when athletic director Mike Bohn not only promised recruiting would improve “dramatically,” but also said it was going better than people wanted to admit.Helton tried to put his best spin on the recruiting class during his early signing period news conference, which as of Wednesday was just 11 players.”At the end of the day I’m not about perception, I’m about wins,” Helton said.“It’s not going to be the national ranking because you just don’t have the numbers, but it does fill the needs,” he said. “And I’m more worried, again, about wins than I am about winning today. I’m more worried about winning on Saturday.” When five-star linebacker Justin Flowe grabbed an Oregon hat and announced he would play for the Ducks on Wednesday, it put the finishing touch on the worst-ranked recruiting class in USC history — or at least since 1999, which is as far back as 247Sports’ recruiting team rankings go.Trojans coach Clay Helton may have saved his job two weeks ago, but he couldn’t persuade recruits to play for his team. According to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, USC finished the first day of college football’s early signing period with the 78th-ranked recruiting class, right between Bowling Green and Louisiana. That ranks last in the Pac-12, and nine places behind the second-worst Pac-12 recruiting class: Arizona, at 69.last_img read more

Chinese tennis needs to ‘grow up,’ says Li Na

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody “I never bring it up, about trying to reach her heights.”Maverick or modest?Li was always a special case for Chinese tennis, as she took the maverick step of breaking away from state control to forge her career on her own terms.The 35-year-old said that modesty, a typical trait of Chinese culture, could be holding players back. Peng is currently the top ranked Chinese player at 24, with Zhang at 26.“They always say ‘Oh, I’m not so good’ but for the sport you have to show all of the world (you are good),” Li said.World number one Garbine Muguruza also said she found Chinese players “very respectful on the court… very quiet”, in contrast to Li, who she described as having great “intensity”.Fabrice Chouquet, Wuhan co-tournament director, told AFP that tennis in China was in the middle of a transition between two generations.“We have a solid number one and two here,” he said, referring to Peng and Zhang. “And behind them a younger generation of players that is really going to come up.”Wang Qiang is part of that new crop, says McNamara, and has yet to reach her full potential.“My girl is a baby. She’s 25 but she’s 20 as a tennis player,” he said. “This is the thing about Chinese players, they mature late.” The contrast was laid bare at last week’s Wuhan Open, where Li received a rock-star welcome during a brief appearance, but none of the Chinese players went beyond the third round.Following her rapturous reception in Wuhan, her home city, Li said she was disappointed that China hadn’t found a new star to love since she stepped off tour in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Actually, I didn’t like (that) people always remember me,” said Li, who won the French Open in 2011 and the Australian Open in 2014. “That means Chinese tennis didn’t grow up.”“(When) I decided to retire, I was thinking next day (new Chinese winners) would come,” she added. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Move over Neymar: how rugby players hope to change Brazil Hopes were high when Peng Shuai reached the 2014 US Open semi-finals, shortly after Li’s retirement, and Zhang Shuai won her second Guangzhou Open title this year.Wu Yibing also became China’s first boys Grand Slam singles champion at last month’s US Open. But nobody has consistently challenged at the highest levels.In Wuhan, five Chinese women were in the main draw but Wang Qiang was the only one to reach the third round — the best ever performance by a home player in the tournament.Peter McNamara, Wang’s Australian coach, said the high expectations created by Li’s career were a problem for Chinese players.“I think it’s very intimidating having such a great player and champion who did raise the bar to a level that’s pretty hard to get to,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Li Na. AFP FILE PHOTOLi Na said she’s sorry Chinese tennis has not moved on more since her retirement, as the country’s fruitless search for a new champion continues.Li’s two Grand Slam titles set the bar extremely high for her fellow Chinese, who have laboured in vain to match her trail-blazing achievements.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Chinese tennis success has mainly come from women, with Wu’s victory in New York an anomaly. While there are five Chinese women in the top 100 and 11 in the top 200, the top Chinese man is 220-ranked Wu Di.McNamara said the divide could also be explained by culture in the country of the one-child policy, where sons are highly prized.“Boys get it fairly easy. Girls don’t,” he said, adding: “They fight very hard, the girls.“You can see their mentality on the court. They will go to untold lengths to improve.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more