Letters to the Editor

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFed up with Cuomo and his bad policiesWell I don’t know about you, but I’m totally fed up with our governor, Andrew Cuomo.This is one of the highest- taxed states in the country. At his yearly speech, not a word was mentioned about lowering our taxes. And you know why? Because the governor uses our tax money as his pocket change doing what he wants.A perfect example is having signs made up at a cost of $8 million to put on the roadways to try and promote New York state.He knew they where illegal, and you and I paid for them to be put up and then taken down.He renames the Tappan Zee Bridge after his father, with no say from you and me. Trump is out for himself, not countryRegarding the letter from Dave Edwards on Dec. 17: Trump has divided our country by race, gender, age, sexual orientation, illegal vs. legal, police vs. criminal etc. Just look at the midterm vote. Trump and Republicans lost big-time and rightfully so. President Obama had no need to lie to give more than 20 million Americans health care, kids up to age 26 health coverage under their parents, coverage for pre-existing health conditions etc.  He and Democrats, doctors, hospitals, etc., worked to help pass ACA to make that happen.  President Obama did not have to lie, as you said, Mr. Edwards, about the Iran deal. He and nuclear scientists and Democrats worked to pass the Iran deal so nuclear material was not being developed to drop bombs on you and me or the rest of our world. President Obama was elected twice by more than a 50 percent margin. That percentage of winning had not happened since Ronald Reagan. President Obama was and is for all man/womenkind. That is what you call a leader. Trump is no man’s man or a leader. Trump is for himself, I can’t believe you can’t see that yet. The rest of us did and told you so on Nov. 6.  Diane Sanders Hombach SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? I find it most disturbing that you would publish a political cartoon depicting Santa as Trump keeping kids in a cage. The actual truth is that this happened during the Obama Administration. I’ve been watching this for a while. Whether it’s false news like this or the likes of Paul Krugman filling your op-ed pages, it’s clear the truth is secondary to the narrative. But by publishing cartoons like this, you are undermining the Constitution and the heart of the American people. Here’s the deal: We see way past this dogma. So please, save your own credibility and present the world as it really is and not according to the AP or Washington Post.Patrick WalshGuilderlandEditor’s note: The cartoon did not depict Santa as Trump. It only had children in the cages asking for him to get them out. Publish viewpoints that reflect reality And here again, at a cost to us. Then he gives the house away to have Amazon build a new distribution building in Queens.God knows what our taxes will be, because it won’t be coming from Amazon that’s for sure.To put the icing on the cake, he supports legalizing marijuana, which is wrong, wrong, wrong.If you notice, there are at least a dozen, if not more, anti-smoking ads on TV, paid for by the state of New York — or should I say you and me the taxpayer.Simply put, give back the monies spent on these ads to the taxpayers or stop these anti-smoking commercials.You’re promoting pot smoking same as cigs.Paul DolhyRotterdamlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, March 1

first_imgThere are only two choices. One is to have a wall recognizing its true purpose.The other is to tear down the wall.So far, I have yet to see the governor, senators or representatives of California demanding the wall between Tijuana and San Diego be torn down.Andy Beiniks    Charlton 1) The city of Schenectady does have at least one small sidewalk-sized snow machine, which it uses to clear certain city and county walks, sometimes.2) When my neighbors and I clear our walks on Guilderland Avenue, the city fills them back in.Snow plows travel up and down the street, usually well over the speed limit, and the very heavy snow and slush are thrown over the snowbanks, onto our sidewalks.Usually, the stuff freezes before we can get back out to re-shovel (not that it matters, the plows come by again after we do), but even when it doesn’t, the mixture from the streets is so heavy it isn’t worth trying to shovel it again, unless you have a physical therapist on speed dial.So the city has the capability of clearing the sidewalks.It really needs to do so after the homeowner has already cleared a path, and the city fills it back up again — as it has been doing for the more than 30 years I’ve lived on Guilderland Avenue.Kurt C. SiegelSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Plows put the snow back on sidewalksSara Foss’ Feb. 25 column was very interesting, regarding municipalities’ policy of clearing sidewalks.I’d like to add two things to her commentary: Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWall is designed to delay, not defeatThe opinion piece by Ieva Jusionyte on the effectiveness of the border wall, published on Feb. 24 shows a complete lack of understanding as to what a wall is supposed to accomplish.He states, “…no matter the design, the fence does not deter unauthorized migrants.” The actual purpose of protective walls is to slow an intruder until a reaction force can arrive.  Why does a bank vault have thick concrete walls and a thick door? It’s to slow down someone trying to break in until the police arrive.If the police aren’t going to bother showing up, you could take a jackhammer to the walls of the bank branches on Route 50 in Glenville on a Sunday to leisurely break in and take the contents of the vaults.So-called technological solutions such as drones, motion detectors and video cameras really only work in conjunction with a physical barrier that establishes a final protective barrier.  If walls and fences are that ineffective, why does the military put up walls and fences around their compounds in Afghanistan and Iraq?If you choose to believe Ieva Jusionyte and other critics of the effectiveness of a wall, then you would believe that the military wasted a lot of time, effort and money building walls and fences in Afghanistan and Iraq to protect our forces.last_img read more

Topland set to operate in the surgery market

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How these terrorists have caused a fifty per cent hike in your insurance premium

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Citilink opens new international routes to Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur

first_img“This route is expected to increase the number of foreign tourist visits to Indonesia via Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, which also connects with many other cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Denpasar [in Bali], Makassar [in South Sulawesi] and Manado [in North Sulawesi],” he said.  The new routes are in line with Citilink’s business expansion plan to open more new international routes this year. Earlier this year, the subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia opened new routes connecting Denpasar to Melbourne, Australia, and Bandung, West Java, to Kuala Lumpur.The Surabaya-Jeddah route is Citilink’s 11th international route since it first flew abroad to Dili, Timor Leste, from Denpasar in 2017.In 2019, the airline aggressively opened new international routes amid a rising trend of travelling abroad. It started flying to six international destinations in Malaysia, China and Cambodia last year.Citilink Indonesia flew 12.2 million passengers and opened 21 new domestic destinations last year. Topics : Indonesia’s low-cost carrier Citilink Indonesia is opening a new route from Surabaya, East Java, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday after officially opening a route from Bandung, West Java, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday. “The route opening from Surabaya to Jeddah is expected to improve Citilink Indonesia’s international presence,” said president director Juliandra Nurtjahjo in a statement on Monday. “Hopefully, this flight can be an alternative for people who want to travel for umrah (minor hajj).” Citilink Indonesia will fly to Jeddah once a week with its wide body Airbus A330-900 NEO plane with a passenger capacity of 365. Juliandra said the Surabaya-Jeddah route would not only accommodate the umrah.  last_img read more

From wrestling royalty to MMA for India’s Ritu Phogat

first_img‘One has to take risks’ The nimble but strongly built Phogat said wrestlers were a good fit for the fast-growing contact sport, which is yet to take off in India.”Top seven champions in mixed martial arts are wrestlers, so I believe that wrestlers have an edge in this sport with their ability to take down the opponent,” she said.”It is all a matter of skill. You just have to practice hard. I think MMA is not much different from wrestling in terms of preparation.”Phogat, who said she was inspired by watching Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor of Ireland, admitted she was running a risk by switching sports.”I had a good career in wrestling so this decision was a big risk for me. But I did not want to miss the opportunity,” she said.”One has to take risks to do something new and as an athlete I am ready to embrace every challenge.”She added: “Without the support of my father and sisters I would not have been where I am. My father always taught me to be far-sighted, hard-working and with strong resolve. Three traits will take you a long way.”Phogat won 48kg gold at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship and followed it up with a silver in the under-23 world championships the next year.Her father Mahavir, who is now training his niece Vinesh for the Tokyo Olympics, backs his third daughter to make it big in MMA.”She used to watch a lot MMA and one day told me that I will win a gold in this game. So we all backed her and the result is there for everyone to see,” he said. But Ritu, 25, is forging a different career. After winning her first MMA fight in less than three minutes, she will face China’s Wu Chiao Chen at this month’s ONE Championship fight night in Singapore, which will be held behind closed doors because of the coronavirus.The youngest Phogat daughter is trading an attempt at an Olympic medal to tackle MMA, but she said she was attracted by the lure of making history in her new sport.”I got a chance to train with the best in Singapore and there was no looking back,” she told AFP during a promotional event in New Delhi.”There was the 2020 Olympic Games but I thought that I would do well in mixed martial arts. I have come with an aim of becoming the first girl from India to become a world champion in mixed martial art.” An Indian wrestler whose family story was immortalized by Bollywood is hoping to create a blockbuster of her own by becoming her country’s first world champion in the high-octane sport of mixed martial arts.Ritu Phogat, who initially followed her father and two elder sisters into wrestling, is now charting a new path after making an explosive MMA debut in November.Phogat’s father Mahavir, and her sisters Geeta and Babita were the subject of 2016 movie “Dangal”, telling the story of the wrestling coach who raised his daughters to become Commonwealth champions.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Indonesian badminton national athletes protected by BP Jamsostek

first_imgMembers of the national badminton team have been registered as active participants of the BP Jamsostek social security program, previously known as the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). The program covers job-related illness and injuries, as well as death. The athletes are under the patronage of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI), the association said in a statement on Thursday.The PBSI went on to say that their careers exposed shuttlers to injury, which may occur during training and competitions. The association hopes the social security program will give the shuttlers financial assurance to allow them to fully focus on their day-to-day duties. “The social security program is also a form of appreciation for the shuttlers,” said PBSI operational director Alex Tirta.Read also: Indonesia’s junior shuttlers showered with cash rewards over World Cup successMeanwhile, the head of BP Jamsostek’s Jakarta Ceger branch, Dani Santoso, said he appreciated the PBSI’s gesture.“The utmost appreciation goes out to the PBSI, which has supported the government’s program and paid attention to risks encountered by athletes,” he added.Shuttler Pitha Haningtyas Mentari said she was happy with the plan, which gave athletes a sense of assurance in regard to their health. (nkn)Topics :last_img read more

‘Maybe it’s working’: KPK says lack of raids thanks to successful prevention method

first_img“We will hold an evaluation meeting later. However, it doesn’t mean we are not doing anything [to fight corruption].”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated the three-star police general as KPK leader on Dec. 20 last year. Since then, the antigraft body has only launched two separate operations in January to arrest East Java’s Sidoarjo regent Saiful Illah and General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan.However, the investigation of both cases started during the tenure of previous chairman Agus Rahardjo.Read also: KPK dumps cases as credibility slumps Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri said the commission’s lack of raids against state officials suspected of corruption might be thanks to the antigraft body’s success in preventing the special crime across the country.“Journalists asked me: ‘Why are there so few raids against corruption suspects?’ The answer is probably because our prevention method works,” Firli said on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency. Firli went on to say the KPK had three weapons in combating corruption: prevention, law enforcement and a combination of both. The KPK could implement preventive measures first, he said.“Our experience in investigating various corruption cases, ranging from goods and services procurement to public services, can be used to coordinate with ministries,” said Firli.He added he had visited several ministries, asking the ministers to map loopholes that could lead to corruption in their respective ministries.Read also: Synergy with other state institutions a ‘new soul’ of antigraft bodyThe chairman emphasized that the KPK’s first duty was to prevent corruption as stipulated in the revised KPK Law. The regulation took effect in October last year after the House of Representatives passed a revised bill following speedy deliberation.“Graft prevention could increase the government’s working performance. It will allow public services to work properly, and avoid high operational costs that lead to corruption.”Firli said he would organize a national corruption prevention act on March 31, in which various institutions – state ministries and regional administrations – would compete against each other in establishing a good system to prevent graft. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more