Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Nov.30

first_imgI write in response to the Nov. 19 editorial titled, “Serving on two boards is a bad idea.”I appreciate that the editors conclude that I have the “extensive experience, energy and dedication to the community” to serve both the Niskayuna Town Board and school board for the six months during which the terms overlap, and acknowledge that serving both boards is legally permissible.The editors just think it’s a “bad idea” because the positions have “inherent conflicts.”That is false. The true experts in the offices of the State’s Attorney General and Comptroller have opined that such dual service is statutorily permissible, and the positions are compatible. I owe that service to the voters, whose views matter most.I’m known for doing my homework, so I know that there are no conflicts to prevent my service and I can ethically and effectively serve out my school board term at a time when experience matters.I am the most senior school board member on a “young” board.Soon we will decide on a $20M+ capital project and school configurations which will affect generations to come.As a child of immigrants, my life was transformed by education.I want to ensure that all of Niskayuna’s students have transformational opportunities, too.It would be easier not to serve my remaining six months on the school board.But I remain committed to helping, have the energy and enthusiasm for it, and know that quitting is the real “bad idea.”Rosemarie Perez JaquithNiskayunaAmerica is better under Donald TrumpHe is alive. He goes by the name of Adam Schiff.You may have seen him on TV lately, conducting the phony scam of the impeachment inquiry.It’s so apparent, first he says he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is, but he won’t allow a witness to answer questions which might lead to finding out who he is.Not one of the witnesses accused our 45th president, Donald J. Trump, of anything. It was all assumptions on their part. No collusion, bribery, quid pro quo, etc. Minor leaguers who think they can run the government better. People whose feelings were hurt because their opinion wasn’t sought.This is not democracy It’s like a trial you’d expect in Russia or Cuba. Only the geek and his cohorts made up the unfair rules. Would you like to be tried under these conditions? Look at some of the insane things these people have suggested.Medicare for all (including undocumented immigrants), government-sponsored healthcare on the backs of American taxpayers, free college tuition, repayment of tuition, climate change solutions using trillions of dollars (Everybody would have a government job but no planes, cars, etc.), and slave reparations.I don’t want to live in a social or communist state. I want to live like an American, which I was proud to be again when Donald J. Trump was elected. I suffered under eight years of Obama. By the wa,  maybe some of you could tell me what Obama ever did for this country.Edward HedlundClifton Park Trump have no respect for rule of lawRepublican leaders are claiming that the current impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump is unfair because he did release the military funding to Ukraine. Yes, Trump did release the aid, but only after the whistleblower complaint became public and the House decided to launch investigations into the Ukrainian “affair.”Apparently, the Republicans believe that it is appropriate to defend Trump because his efforts to bribe the Ukrainian government were thwarted.Sorry, if you attempt to bribe an official, but are prevented from doing so because someone discovered your intent and “blew the whistle,” you are still guilty of committing a crime.This type of flawed defense was also used by Republicans in the wake of the release of the Mueller Report, which identified a number of acts by Trump which could qualify as obstruction of justice.For example: Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller and then asked McGahn to lie about the order. McGahn refused to comply with Trump’s demands and eventually resigned.Republicans then argued that there was no obstruction because McGahn did not fire Mueller, nor did he lie about Trump’s request.The Republican leadership was defending Trump because his efforts to force McGahn to break the law were thwarted.As a businessman, Trump often skirted and flouted the law for personl gain, and now, as president, he is doing the same. Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he has no respect for our laws and, therefore, has exhibited behavior worthy of impeachment.Don SteinerSchenectadyEditorial on dual seats unnecessaryI was very disappointed to read the Nov. 19 editorial attacking our newly elected Niskayuna Town Board member, Rosemarie Perez Jaquith.I have every confidence that Perez Jaquith is committed to and capable. Why undercut her efforts before she gets started?The Editorial Board appears to have gone to extraordinary lengths to praise Rosemarie, citing her extensive experience, energy and dedication to the community prior to the election. All of which is valid and none of which has changed.Previously noted as well was her dual service on the school board and town board as legally permitted, and for a short six-month overlap. What has changed?The suggested special election would be costly and unnecessary.The last time we had a school board member quit before their term was up, it cost $17,000, attracting criticism by some for their efforts. An extra election would be similarly expensive. In six months, a newly elected member would need to campaign again to retain the seat in June. We can certainly find a better use for $17,000, and the Editorial Board can also find more productive topics to write about.Mary Beth ArcidiaconoNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNothing wrong with serving on 2 boardscenter_img Liberal Dems have made America weakerAccording to Connie Cartwright’s Nov. 9 letter, “No good Democrat is supportive of Trump.”I am a good Democrat, not a liberal like you must be. You liberals are hurting this country. I am one of the good Democrats that is left in this good country.The Democrats started to hurt this country with Lyndon Johnson when he took our Social Security money and gave it to some other countries.Also, Jimmy Carter gave undocumented immigrants our Social Security money when they turned 65, even though they never put a dime into it. Look it up. They are all liberals.The Democratic liberals are trying to put everyone on Medicare. When you work, you pay for Social Security and Medicare out of your pay. You liberals want it for free. That’s absurd. Our governor is killing babies and sponsoring efforts to legalize dope. The only good Democrats were Roosevelt, Truman, Stratton, O’Brien and a few more. You listen to the liberal news that knocks Trump. It’s all fake news, which is badly twisted. He doesn’t need any money. He loves this country and is trying to protect us. This country was weak when he took over. Wake up you liberals and look at what he is trying to do. Just let him do what he said he would do if he got elected. Remember, freedom is not free. God bless us all if he doesn’t win in 2020.Vincent BelardoAlbanyDems are working while GOP obstructsWhenever I read a letter to the Daily Gazette that begins with the sentence ”Here we go again,” I know it’s a FOX News viewer preparing to attack the Democrats for not doing their job. The truth is that the House Democrats are doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to passing legislation, while investigating a corrupt president. Comrade Trump’s behaviors have required constant vigilance by the Democrats, because the gutless Republicans are more concerned with their re-election than the future of our democracy.It’s abundantly obvious that Trump used his presidential powers to coerce a foreign ally to “investigate” his political rival for his own personal gain.In addition to their investigations, the House Democrats have been passing bills at a rapid rate.So far this year, the Democratic House has passed 100 bills that never made it to the Senate floor because Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has not allowed any of these bills to reach the floor for debate.Some of the bills passed by the House that have died in the Senate include the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Cost Act, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, the Veterans Access to Child Care Act, and many more.When you look at the real facts, it is the Democrats who are protecting our democracy while trying to pass middle class legislation.Robert KarandyBurnt HillsPlenty of evidence of Trump’s illegal actsIn his Nov. 14 letter, Jeffrey Falace asks: “What crimes did Trump commit that are provable.”How about the fraudulent Trump University that swindled thousands of working class students out of their hard-earned dollars?Then there’s the Trump Foundation that was, according to a Chicago Tribune report, “riddled with graft.”Both are now closed after Trump paid substantial fines for fraud in civil court settlements. That leaves the criminal charges.Trump remains an unindicted co-conspirator (Individual-1) in the money laundering case that sent his personal attorney to prison for a campaign law violation involving Trump’s hush money payments to the porn star and the Playboy centerfold he had affairs with.The Mueller report also cites several instances where Trump obstructed justice.More recently, Trump admitted to asking the president of foreign powers, the Ukraine and China, to interfere in our democratic elections. That in itself is illegal.But Trump also put our national security at risk and apparently committed bribery by withholding military aid appropriated by Congress until Ukraine’s president did him a political favor by investigating Joe Biden.Trump has managed to avoid criminal charges thanks to a Justice Department policy that says a sitting president can’t be indicted for a crime.But when Trump leaves office he’ll no longer be free to violate the law with impunity unless Americans buy into Trump’s claim that Article II of the Constitution allows him to do whatever he wants.Bill ScheuermanScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Life in the slow lane

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Chinese law could see UK judges stop serving at HK court

first_img But China’s introduction of a controversial new security law targeting acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign collusion has caused concern among Western powers.UK Supreme Court president Robert Reed said the Hong Kong court had ruled on civil and commercial cases, as well as those about rights of protest and free speech.”The new security law contains a number of provisions which give rise to concerns. Its effect will depend upon how it is applied in practice. That remains to be seen,” he said.Reed said he was sure Hong Kong judges would “do their utmost” to guarantee judicial independence and the rule of law, and said they had the backing of their UK counterparts. Britain’s Supreme Court on Friday suggested its judges could stop serving in Hong Kong unless judicial independence and the rule of law were guaranteed in the city.Two British judges have served on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal since 1997 as part of the agreement that saw control handed over to China.The Court of Final Appeal also includes retired judges from Britain and from other common law jurisdictions, including Australia and Canada. “[The Supreme Court] will continue to assess the position in Hong Kong as it develops, in discussion with the UK government,” he added in a statement.”Whether judges of the Supreme Court can continue to serve as judges in Hong Kong will depend on whether such service remains compatible with judicial independence and the rule of law.”Reed is currently the only serving British judge provided under the agreement following Brenda Hale’s recent retirement from the Supreme Court.But he has not been scheduled to sit this year.Britain has angered Beijing by offering visas to millions of Hong Kong residents, along with a possible route to citizenship in response to China’s introduction of the security law on the territory.Beijing, already angered by Britain’s blocking of telecoms giant Huawei from Britain’s 5G network, has vowed to take unspecified “corresponding measures”.About 350,000 people in Hong Kong currently hold British National (Overseas) passports, which allow visa-free access to Britain for up to six months, Johnson wrote.Another 2.5 million people would be eligible to apply for one.Topics :last_img read more

Euronav Orders Suezmax Duo at HHI

first_imgBelgian tanker owner and operator Euronav has placed an order for two high specification Ice Class Suezmax vessels with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea. The company said that the order has been prompted by the signing of an additional two long-term time charter contracts of seven years each with Valero Energy Inc. for two Suezmax vessels with specialised Ice Class 1C capability starting in late 2018.The latest deal is the fourth Euronav’s long-term (seven years) Suezmax time charter contract, the company added.Delivery of these vessels is expected in the second half of 2018 when each of the time charter contracts will begin.“Euronav believes it has secured an excellent price for two high specification vessels in line with its policy of not adding speculative new capacity to the global tanker fleet. Euronav anticipates the new vessels on order will replace its older Suezmax vessels hence this order will not add net tonnage to the global Suezmax tanker fleet,” Euronav said.The fleet renewal is in line with Euronav’s expectations that asset values are approaching a low point supported by reduced immediate newbuilding berths at the yards and fewer speculative buyers.Furthermore, the company pointed out that the addition of the further two seven-year contracts greatly increases its fixed income contribution to EBITDA in 2018 and onwards.“By extending our strong partnership with a key customer, Euronav is also providing high quality and long duration earnings visibility for our stakeholders. Such fixed income capability provides Euronav with enhanced financial optionality as we move forward,” Euronav’s CEO, Paddy Rodgers noted.In terms of its newbuilding fleet, the company recently acquired two VLCCs under construction which were acquired as resales of existing newbuilding contracts and four Suezmaxes under construction. The latest order brings Euronav’s owned and operated fleet to 57 ships, including also 1 V-Plus vessel, 31 VLCCs, 19 Suezmaxes and two FSO vessels (both owned in 50%-50% joint venture).last_img read more

Government dialogues with Air BVI as a substitute airline carrier to Dominica

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 10 Views   no discussions LocalNews Government dialogues with Air BVI as a substitute airline carrier to Dominica by: – July 16, 2012center_img Share Share Air BVIWith the scheduled phase-out of American Eagle of its San Juan, Puerto Rico Base approaching, the Government of Dominica is now in discussion with Air BVI exploring the possibilities of scheduling frequent flights into Dominica.Concerns are mounting about the impact that American Eagle’s pull out will have on passengers especially medical students getting into Dominica. American Eagle announced to employees recently that the San Juan base will be closed by March 2013.Parliamentary Representative for the Cottage Constituency, Hon. Reginald Austrie told a recent town hall meeting in Bense that Government is now holding discussions with Air BVI to explore the possibilities of purchasing or leasing new airplanes to accommodate increased flights into Dominica.“We have in fact been talking to Air BVI. I have attended several meetings with Air BVI and Ross University trying to see if we can work a sort of tripartite arrangement with Ross, the Government of Dominica and Air BVI to see if they can buy or lease the two of three new planes that they need. I believe discussions are still ongoing in that regard but we have our eyes on Air BVI because we see that as one of the solutions to the difficulties that we will be having when American Eagle withdraws their services from Dominica.”Currently American Eagle serves Dominica with eight hundred and ninety-six (896) seats from San Juan on a weekly basis.Air BVI now has six weekly flights coming into Dominica with its main offices located in Tortola.Reports indicate that American Eagle airline is now overhauling its routes and international operations in the wake of American Airlines’ ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring process.According to the sources all ATR 72 turboprop planes are being phased out at the end of 2013.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

Lund lands round two Lone Star Tour victory

first_imgLund was a winner last summer in North Dakota, during the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour. He raced his way out of ‘B’ features both nights at Abilene, finishing seventh on Friday and then fifth in Saturday’s tour opener.  Curt Lund’s long tow to Texas was rewarded with the Sunday night Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour feature win at 281 Speedway. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography Southern SportMods – 1. James Hanusch; 2. Justin Nabors; 3. Gregory Muirhead; 4. James McCreery; 5. Jay Coone; 6. Kaden Honeycutt; 7. Wes Cummings; 8. Taylor Florio; 9. Colton Mon­roe; 10. Chris Florio; 11. Larry Underwood; 12. Evan Moore; 13. Mike Land. Stock Cars – 1. Curt Lund; 2. Jeffrey Abbey; 3. Shawn Ritter; 4. Tyler Muirhead; 5. Dennis Bis­sonnette; 6. Austin Bonner; 7. Joe Bellm; 8. Kirk Martin; 9. Hesston Shaw; 10. Kyle Pfeifer; 11. Dan Mackenthun; 12. Craig Moss; 13. Shelby Williams; 14. Dean Abbey; 15. Michael Sheen; 16. Dean Cornelius; 17. Troy Burkhart; 18. Jason Rogers; 19. Jeff Mueller; 20. Kyle Falck; 21. Tony Hardesty.  Lund started fourth and led the last 17 of 20 circuits. He was catching up with the back of the field when the checkers flew and was chased across the line by opening night winner Jeffrey Abbey and Shawn Ritter.  Modifieds – 1. William Gould; 2. Mike Petersilie; 3. Mike Van Genderen; 4. Chris Elliott; 5. David Goode Jr.; 6. Chris Bragg; 7. Matt Guillaume; 8. Brandon Clough; 9. Dustin Robinson; 10. Mark Adams; 11. Mark Carrell; 12. Justin Radcliff; 13. Brent Gilliam; 14. Cameron Wilson; 15. Josh McGaha; 16. John Aaron. Sport Compacts – 1. William Creese; 2. Scott Newbury; 3. Howard Watson; 4. Clifton Whisenant; 5. Harold Clifton; 6. Brian Schoenbaum Jr.; 7. Ryan Whisenant; 8. Pamela Whisenant; 9. Randy McNorton; 10. Colton Mooney; 11. Kaleb Watson; 12. Anthony Vandenberg; 13. Aubra Parker; 14. Steven Bevills; 15. Ethan Adams; 16. Kody Crofutt. William Creese collected the Mach-1 Sport Compact victory.  Minnesota veteran Curt Lund, making his first racing visit to Texas, won round two of the Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. The checkers were good for $750.  STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Feb. 17) – A driver who knows a thing or two about winning tour races far from home did just that Sunday night at 281 Speedway. “The tracks down here are smaller than I’m used to,” said Lund, who has racked up 100-plus wins in both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sprint Car divisions. “I was real happy to win and to have competed with all the guys (59) down here.”  Feature Results William Gould, another multi-division star, was the IMCA Modified feature winner while James Hanusch paced the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. last_img read more

Purdue: Fast Start program offers opportunity, savings

first_imgLAFAYETTE, Ind.  —  Fast Start, created by Purdue in partnership with the philanthropic online learning program Modern States, is designed to help Indiana high school students earn access to up to a year of college credit through free online courses and the corresponding College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.Students receive assured admission into Purdue if they complete five courses, pass the corresponding CLEP exams and meet the University’s standard admissions requirements.“Every promising Indiana student deserves the opportunity to pursue an affordable, world-class education. With its new Fast Start program, which could easily save Indiana families thousands of dollars, Purdue University has taken yet another step toward making this possible,” the press release stated.Learn more about the program here.last_img read more

Man City Takes Delivery of New Club Suits

first_imgTo celebrate the arrival of City’s new suit, the founders and designers of DSQUARED2, Dean and Dan Caten said: ‘We wanted the players to feel as confident in this suit as they do when they pull on their team jersey.‘Every element of the DSQUARED2 for Manchester City suit is designed to show modern tailoring sophistication: from its Italian refined wool fabric and the sartorial skill used in construction, and the contemporary fit, it’s a statement of masculine elegance.’City players have been snapped wearing their new modern, slim-fit suits after enjoying a training camp in Abu Dhabi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City may arguably play the best football in the Premier League and now they will perhaps look the most stylish off the field as well.According to UK’s Dailymail, the Etihad Stadium outfit unveiled a new club suit yesterday, which is exclusively designed by renowned fashion brand DSQUARED2.City and DSQUARED2, an Italian brand, announced their multi-year partnership in October last year. Since then, DSQUARED2 have dressed the club’s players and coaching staff in their pre-match outfits for away Champions League matches.last_img read more

Dani Alves Wants to Make History with Sao Paulo

first_imgDani Alves Dani Alves wants to make history with Sao Paulo as the full-back reiterated his desire to play for Brazil at the 2022 World Cup.Alves 36, signed with the Brazilian giants on Tuesday until the end of 2022. He returned to play in his homeland for the first time since leaving Bahia in 2002.The defender, who was linked with several European clubs, said he wanted to make history in his time with Sao Paulo. “I came here to Sao Paulo to work. I didn’t come to finish my career,” Alves told a news conference, having been presented by the club on Tuesday.“I still have a lot of goals ahead, and one of them is to make history with Sao Paulo.”Alves spent 17 trophy-laden seasons in Europe, including winning six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues with Barcelona before claiming league crowns with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more