Month: October 2020

Attorney general is a partisan politician

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I find ironic the article in The Daily Gazette outlining New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s ongoing battles with Trump administration policies. I believe that the people of New York really need to see the AG of our state in terms of what he really is — a partisan Democrat who finds fault with everything the Republicans and the Trump administration does. He sues for the funds being withheld to so-called sanctuary cites in New York that don’t comply with ICE protocols. He treats the illegal immigrants better in New York than the tax-paying citizens of our state. He is always looking to make the news or on TV fighting all and everything Republican or that isn’t Democratic in the state. You must wonder Mr. Schneiderman was when Dean Skelos, Sheldon Silver, Sen. John Samson, Vito Lopez and so many other Democrats were stealing from the people of New York right under his nose. Funny how he never saw or commented on any of those crimes.If that’s not a partisan attorney general from New York state, I guess we all live in a fish bowl.Rick SplawnikAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Taking away guns is not the right answer

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe must do something to stop our school children from being shot. How about a “tip line?” If someone is a threat to “go postal,” you report them to the FBI and they investigate and stop it before it happens. What? We already have that? And Nikolas Cruz was reported multiple times and it was ignored? OK then, let’s pass a law that makes it illegal to possess firearms on or near school grounds. If it’s illegal to have a gun near a school, everything will be OK, right? Huh? You say it’s already a felony to have a gun on school property? Oh, wow. These “common sense” gun control schemes simply aren’t keeping our schools safe.Here’s an idea: Let’s repeal the Second Amendment. If we can’t stop lunatics and misanthropes from shooting up our schools, let’s just take all the guns away. Hunters, recreational shooters, law-abiding concealed carriers — they’ll just have to suck it up. We can dress up some goons in special uniforms, maybe “brown shirts,” and suspend the Fourth Amendment and go door-to-door — at night.  Search every house.   I like that. The same as when alcohol was outlawed with Prohibition. We all know how well that worked out.George NigrinyScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Rich, famous don’t know real abuse

first_imgI feel discriminated against. Stormy Daniels, Bill Cosby, the president’s physician, countless movie stars and the spouses of highly paid athletes — just some of those alleged to have suffered or of having committed the very trendy act of abuse.  Well, just hold on. I was abused, too. At the age of 17, papers were signed giving me a four-year, all-expense paid educational scholarship. What a break. What luck. Several months later, a couple hundred guys my age headed by train (I still wonder why that rail trip was not first-class.) to a place in South Carolina. It was the month of June, just three days after my high school graduation. Sunny skies, warm weather, and my buddies and I were headed for 13 weeks of all sorts of physical activities to keep us from being bored. We arrived at the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot — at midnight — that bewitching hour which immediately captured our attention.  Just think — “Parris” and croissants. Nope. Instead, we were met with some very rude guys wearing Smokey-the-Bear hats and yelling obscenities at us faster than little pieces of chocolate shooting out of an M&Ms assembly line. You talk of abuse. For the next three months, if I would have been able to make a phone call, I would have contacted an attorney. Oh, there was no real documentation of physical abuse, and in those days, none of us had an iPhone.  My ego was utterly destroyed, tramped on and thrown into the mud like some discarded candy wrapper. The guys in the Smokey-the-Bear hats zeroed in on me as though I was a target of some high-flying drone. I felt harassed, taken advantage of and thought myself to be the object of some evil predator. Is it too late to sue?Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, March 4

first_imgProtect women from ravages of warI’m writing in response to the editorial by The San Diego Union-Tribune, “Military draft should include women,” which appeared in the Feb. 27 Gazette.Because some women have chosen the military and are able to fight does not mean that all women should be eligible for the draft, required to register, and, if necessary, be forced to choose between entering the military or going to jail.That may be tantamount to increasing rape.We should generally try to protect women and children from war; children for obvious reasons and women because they can become pregnant.Bruce CampbellBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 I guess I’m a blind Trump supporter. According to Mr. Wouk’s Feb. 8 letter, President Trump makes up facts and his supporters just blindly go along.Here are some hard facts for Mr. Wouk. Obama told us 1.5 percent growth of the GDP is the new norm. President Trump has given us 3-plus-percent growth. President Trump lowered our taxes; Obama raised them. Obama gave billions of dollars to the world’s largest exporter of terrorism. President Trump is squeezing North Korea to straighten out.Obama was ashamed of the United States. President Trump loves this country.Obama was the president of: immigrants living here illegally, homosexuals, unions and a variety of other voting blocs. President Trump is every man’s president. His economic policies are benefiting whites, blacks and Hispanics.There is a lot to be proud of this president for. Good reasons to be a Trump supporter Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhy do blacks vote for the Democrats?I’m now 76 years old. When I was a youngster, during the late 40’s and all of the 50’s and 60’s, the Southern states were considered solidly Democratic. They were also racially intolerant. African-Americans had to use separate restrooms, water fountains, and diners, among other forms of discrimination. No black athletes were allowed to play on any team because they weren’t allowed to enroll in any white high school or college in the South.Fortunately, the civil rights movement led brilliantly by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began to change racial perceptions, which led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Signed by Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson, it was a bill that would not have passed had it not been for the overwhelming support of the Republicans in Congress. Some Democrats even threatened to leave the party if the bill passed. What I don’t understand is why so many black Americans support the Democratic Party.Richard W. ColyerSchoharie I will take President Trump over the last failure any day.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonlast_img read more

Manchester expansion for Regus rival

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Sussex offices: The future’s Brighton

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Inner City

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RICS weighs up historic HQ move

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COVID-19: Yogyakarta announces UGM professor as second confirmed case

first_imgA pharmacology professor at the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) medical school has become the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Yogyakarta, local authorities confirmed on Wednesday.The professor, identified only as ID, is currently being treated at Dr Sarjito Central General Hospital in the special province.”We urge people who have been in contact with [ID] in the last three weeks to get tested for the coronavirus at the nearest healthcare facility,” UGM vice rector for cooperation and alumni Paripurna Poerwoko Sugarda said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We have been granted permission from ID’s family to inform [the public] that he has tested positive for COVID-19,” he added, and that the university was communicating closely with the professor’s family as it continued to provide support for him and his family.Paripurna said that the professor’s family had expressed their hope that the announcement would prompt people who had been in contact with him to be more vigilant about their health and be alert to any symptoms they might develop.”I believe this announcement is the family’s good intention to protect his colleagues and friends,” he added.Yogyakarta COVID-19 spokeswoman Berty Murtiningsih said that ID’s close contacts were currently being traced. She confirmed that the UGM professor was the second confirmed case in the province, and that the first confirmed case was a 3-year-old who was also being treated at Dr Sardjito hospital. “The first patient’s condition is improving. After treatment, he has tested negative for the coronavirus, but he still needs another test before he can be declared healthy,” Berty said.Yogyakarta Governor Hamengku Buwono X has urged local residents to practice prevention measures, including frequently washing their hands with soap and water, to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province.”After two people have tested positive for COVID-19, we hope the number will not rise [further],” said the governor, who is also the Sultan of Yogyakarta.The Yogyakarta pandemic prevention and treatment command center has tested samples from 31 residents to March 18. Fourteen tests came back negative and two tested positive, while the center was still waiting for the results of the remaining 15 samples.Indonesia has reported 227 confirmed cases to date. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

With low test rates, COVID-19 spreads in shadows

first_imgSpeed and scopeAnd testing capacity differs hugely, even among rich nations. Cecile Viboud, an epidemiologist at the US National Institutes of Health, singled out South Korea for praise. After a surge in cases in February, Korean authorities boosted testing capacity and implemented stringent measures to prevent further transmission.”A real turning point was the strong increase in testing that they did,” she told AFP. “You need to know where you are in the epidemic to be able to do something about it. And to do that, you need to test.”World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus echoed the sentiment on Monday with a simple message for all countries: “test, test, test”.”If they test positive, isolate them & find out who they have been in close contact with up to 2 days before they developed symptoms & test those people too,” he said on Twitter.Sharon Lewin, head of the world-leading Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne, said another good example of testing and then tracing contacts of patients occurred in Singapore.”Very early on they did aggressive testing and chased down cases through contact tracing, and very aggressively quarantining contacts,” she told AFP. “They did some social distancing measures, but not as extreme. They closed schools for a while, but only for two or three weeks. They banned meetings, but people still went to work.”But there is only a small window of opportunity to shut down an outbreak once a cluster of cases emerges.These seem to have caught authorities in Italy and Spain — the two European countries worst hit by the pandemic — off guard. As of Wednesday Italy had carried out 165,000 tests, compared with roughly 42,000 in France.Ultimately, the true impact of the disease worldwide cannot be known until tests for COVID-19 antibodies — for example those patients who had it and recovered — are established.There are several currently in development. The lack of available tests for COVID-19 means the world is effectively fighting the pandemic blind and may not know the true extent of infection for months if not years, experts said Thursday. Because COVID-19 is so infectious — roughly 2.5 times that of the common cold — but not everyone presents symptoms, the figure of more than 200,000 confirmed cases tells only a fraction of the story. Jerry Shaman, a diseases expert at the University of Columbia, told AFP it was “likely” that developed nations are identifying between one in five and one in 10 true infections. Shaman said there was a variety of reasons, including “test availability, capacity, ignorance [not taking the issue seriously], arrogance [national pride].”On Tuesday the British government conceded it was likely there were already more than 55,000 COVID-19 infections in the country, far lower than the more than 2,600 confirmed cases so far.While the number of undetected or non-symptomatic cases likely mean the virus is less deadly than initially feared, low detection rates are a huge problem for governments looking to slow the spread and reduce the strain on health systems.”Many of these infections are mild but still contagious. So they go about their normal routine — go to work, use public transportation, go shopping — and spread the virus in the broader community,” said Shaman.  “They unwittingly take the virus to new places by auto, train or plane.”While it is generally accepted that patients showing symptoms are more contagious than those exhibiting no sign of infection, the idea of millions of infected people mixing with vulnerable groups will not comfort governments. Topics :last_img read more