Letters to the Editor for Friday, Feb. 15

first_imgTake the liberal spin out of the newspaperI have been a Gazette subscriber for many years and lately I have seen a steady decline in the newsworthiness of The Gazette. Almost every byline is from The Washington Post or the New York Times. We all know that these papers are total liberal and anti-Trump. Has The Gazette no voice of its own? Even the Opinion page is almost totally liberal. What ever happened to non-biased news? Look at the cartoons on the op-ed page; all are anti Trump. The other day there was a cartoon dumping on a Democrat and I almost had a heart attack. Please consider telling the news again, not your liberal spin.John WhiteBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists I called the Stratton Hospital in Albany and was informed the actual requirements are different.The specifics are more detailed than space allowed in “Your Voice.” I urge Mr. Belardo to contact the hospital for accurate information and correct his allegation via another letter. I also urge The Gazette to research and de-escalate this allegation by publishing accurate information for the benefit of readers and the population in general.Albert Pirigyi, Sr.Burnt Hills 2. A building at least 12 stories high, with offices, apartments, rooftop restaurant that glows at night, covered parking and a decent supermarket, south of State Street, between Erie Boulevard and Washington Avenue. 3. More arcades. Proctors Arcade is great. The Wallace Building arcade is functional but uninspiring. 4. An enclosed public market, with permanent and temporary stalls for vendors.5. To relieve the monotony of the blank east wall of the Electric City Apartments, I suggest a three-dimensional, life-size representation of the old Nicholaus building, like a false front in a movie, no more than 10 feet deep.  It’s a shame that any reminders of “lost Schenectady” should exist only in books and old newspaper articles.6. A safe pedestrian route over or under Erie Boulevard.7. Pocket parks in multiple locations.8. A water park. When the GE site becomes available, make it into a water park; or a huge indoor winter park. Yes, it might become a haven for the homeless or for a wide range of people. Roger ShefferSchenectady Letter writer wrong about necessary IDsI thank Mr. Vincent Belardo for his service to the United States. Our veterans are a precious part of this country and deserve the best of care.In his Feb. 8 letter, Mr. Belardo comments about the requirements for obtaining a real ID license at the DMV. I’m not well enough informed to respond to those comments. That being said, he escalates his issue by stating, “Now, if I don’t get my real ID license, that means I can’t go to the VA hospital, because the VA hospital is a federal building.”center_img Why is there not more concern about debt?The interest on the national debt for the month of January 2019 is $27,810,825,237.43. Translated, that means that our interest payments alone are over $27 billion monthly and that doesn’t make a dent in the principal. The outstanding current public debt of $21,969,116,000,000 or $21 trillion. The annual current yearly interest payment on the debt is $364 billion. Why aren’t our legislators talking about this issue? Do they think that the creditors will just let this issue go on forever? All I hear from all of our politicians are new ways to spend our tax money, whether it be a Green New Deal, free college tuition, Medicare for all or other unfundable plans. Who will provide the leadership to address this issue that continues to be ignored? Our own state finances according to usdebtclock.org reveals that New York’s in-state revenue is currently $278 billion, but our spending is $343 billion. Who runs their household like this, let alone a state or a country? There’s plenty of blame to go around. David RakvicaBurnt Hills Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSch’dy can do more to be a destinationHere are eight attractions to make Schenectady an even better Amtrak destination:1. An art museum, downtown. We can’t be the Hyde, but perhaps we could borrow paintings that they don’t have the space to display. The Schenectady Downtown Museum of Art could distinguish itself by having a room dedicated to the exquisite art of L.F. Tantillo. last_img read more

San Sauver prepares for Fete Isidore

first_img Share Village of San Sauver. Photo credit: Dionne DurandPlans are in place for the celebration of the Feast of the Farmers-St. Isidore in San Sauveur from May 23rd-28th.Fete Isidore is observed by the villages of Good Hope, San Sauveur and Petite Soufriere. This year the activities begin on Wednesday May 23rd with a panel discussion on the topic-‘Reviving the Agriculture Sector-Challenges and Opportunities.’ Parliamentary Representative for the Castle Bruce Constituency Johnson Drigo, an official of the Ministry of Agriculture and farmers of the three agricultural communities will participate in the discussion.A games night and Lapeau Kabwit competition will be held on Friday May 25th and a Fish night to the sounds of the Kubuli Big Truck Jam is planned for Saturday 26th.On Sunday May 27th the Miss Isidore pageant will feature contestants from Castle Bruce, Good Hope, San Sauveur and Petite Soufriere, followed by a dance with popular DJ Miguel Labadie.On Pentecost Monday, May 28th, a parade featuring local bands and groups will proceed to High Mass which will be broadcast live via radio. One elder who has given long and faithful service to the communities and to the celebration of the Feast of St. Isidore will be honoured. Fete Isidore will climax with music from the Bouyon Pioneers WCK.Proceeds from the activities will go towards the refurbishment of the 100 year -old plus presbytery and the church building which are in urgent need of repairs. Press Release Sharing is caring! Share 24 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews San Sauver prepares for Fete Isidore by: – April 27, 2012 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Catch or No Catch: NFL loses star player and person in Luck

first_imgThis should’ve been the biggest story in football yesterday, but it wasn’t — not by a longshot. In fact, what should have been the most hopeful and celebratory day for the sport was derailed by devastating news. The early retirement of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck dominated the weekend’s headlines, and for good reason. Either way, Luck’s retirement comes as a huge blow for fans who have loved watching him play with the pure passion and joy that he brought every weekend since his days at Stanford. For players, he was exactly the kind of guy you want to play with: smart, tough, kind and deeply empathetic. In fact, he was well-known throughout the league for his tendency to congratulate opposing players after they tackled him or picked him off. That’s how much he loved the game and the people who played it. This was the fate Luck was destined for — that is, until ESPN’s Adam Schefter first broke the news of his retirement on Twitter during the Colts’ preseason game Saturday night. Soon after, some confused and angry Colts fans at Indy’s Lucas Oil Field booed Luck as he walked off the field. A few minutes later, with tears in his eyes, Luck officially announced his retirement in an emotional postgame press conference, citing mental wear and tear from constant injury and rehab.  Since Calvin Johnson’s shocking retirement in 2016, no player has left the game in the prime of his career, especially not at Luck’s position or caliber. By all indications, Luck was a player at the top of his game — a true team leader who seemed capable of leading Indy to its first Super Bowl victory in over 12 years.  The most cynical of football fans will argue that Luck will be fine. After all, he’s got a degree in architectural design from Stanford and nearly $100 million in on-field earnings from his seven years with the Colts. Hell, who knows, he could come back in two years and take over for a freshly-retired Tom Brady in New England. Or he could sign the biggest deal in history with the upstart XFL, of which his father is the commissioner. He can’t really be done — can he? Luck, 29, was one of the sport’s brightest young stars and a consensus top-five player at football’s most important position. He’s less than a year removed from leading the Colts back to the playoffs after missing the entire 2017 campaign with a shoulder injury. In fact, it was only a few months ago that Luck picked up his fourth Pro Bowl appearance and was voted AP’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Luck was also voted by his fellow players as the 20th best player in the league last season, according to NFL Network’s annual poll.  This is an obvious concern for the NFL. Luck’s situation is an omen in a league and sport where the question of long-term viability is increasingly prevalent in the minds of players, team personnel and league executives. And while the sport’s long-term physical consequences are well-documented in recent years, this is one of the first instances of a Pro Bowl-caliber player blindsiding the football world with his retirement.center_img Matthew Philips is a senior writing about football. He is also a former lifestyle editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Catch or No Catch,” runs every other Tuesday. He most likely is, and good for him. Not many of us have the courage to walk away from something we love, especially something that’s defined us for most of our lives. He’s paid his dues, and he’s reaped the consequences of an illustrious, if unexpectedly short, career in the NFL.  Saturday ushered in a long-anticipated college football season with a marquee matchup between the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators. The Gators, ranked No. 8 to start the year, pulled out a narrow victory in a back-and-forth contest in the highest-rated regular season game on ESPN in three years.  That joy is gone, or at least diminished to the extent that he decided to retire, and that’s a terrifying prospect for a dangerous sport built on passion.  Luck has battled injuries for the better part of his career. He missed over 25 games in three seasons before his comeback last year. Players from around the league, like Richard Sherman and J.J. Watt, have expressed their support for his decision. He’s a tough, well-respected man and player, despite what your weird, couch-sitting, never-played-a-day-in-his-life neighbor might say about Luck’s fortitude. last_img read more

Guard Jahvon Quinerly transfers to Alabama from Villanova

first_img Juwan Howard cries ‘tears of joy’ during Michigan introduction Quinerly, who initially committed to Arizona but decommitted from the program in 2017, played one season with the Wildcats and will have three years of eligibility remaining. “Jahvon is a dynamic guard that plays best in the open floor. He’s a perfect fit with the way we play,” Oats said. “He’s a playmaker that makes plays for both himself and his teammates. He makes everyone around him better. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him and his family throughout this recruiting process. He comes from a great close-knit family and is the type of high-character individual we’re looking to bring into our program here.” Related News Quinerly had hinted at the move before it became official.🐘 I’m home.— Jahvon Quinerly (@RealJahvonQ) June 3, 2019IT’S OFFICIAL‼️ Welcome Jahvon Quinerly to the @AlabamaMBB family!Full release below⤵️🔗https://t.co/1S5uxeWJJQ#RollTide pic.twitter.com/JpTEsAwCuI— Alabama Men’s Basketball (@AlabamaMBB) June 3, 2019Quinerly, 20, averaged 3.2 points and 9.1 minutes per game through 25 contests for Villanova last season as the Wildcats finished as Big East regular season and tournament champions before losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.center_img Jahvon Quinerly is heading south.The freshman guard and former five-star recruit has transferred from Villanova to Alabama, Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats announced Saturday. 5-star recruit RJ Hampton spurns NCAA to go pro in New Zealandlast_img read more