Learn history from Holocaust museum

first_imgOh my goodness. I cannot remember when I have so enjoyed a Sunday Gazette, from several of the comics making me laugh to the article after effective, enlighting and heartbreaking viewpoints in the Opinion section. Although I can’t understand, or ever will, why the British government took the parental rights away from baby Alfie’s mum and dad, the one column I will choose to comment on is the George Will piece on the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. I, personally, had no idea of the existence of the museum and definitely will, as they say, add it to my bucket list. I have read the ongoing articles and letters about the Holocaust memorial in Niskayuna. And although I’m unhappy with some the comments and letters, I have kept my opinion to myself. I now feel the need to forward a suggestion; a tour bus should be hired and everyone who feels they have the right to help in the decision-making get on the bus and go to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. Have the experience, understand the history and change your life forever. Furthermore, every school in the state of New York should plan a trip to the museum. If they can’t afford to make the trip, a video tour should be shown in those school districts. If there’s no such video tour in existence, it should be invented and made available. That’s how I feel today after reading The Gazette.Theresa RickardSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionShutdown a costly deal for taxpayers“Excuse me,”  a congressman told a reporter, “The people who don’t receive their pay during the shutdown will receive it later on.”This shutdown could mean 400,000 furloughed workers not paid. Some TSA workers earn in the range of $25,000 to $38,000. Seasonal park rangers earn $15 per hour; a supervisor might earn a decent $80,000. Of course, the congressman who made this comment could be earning a lifetime salary of $174,000. He didn’t mention that furloughed people can apply for unemployment benefits. Funny, the bills keep coming,, whether or not you are paid. I believe that we taxpayers have paid late fees for furloughed people before.If I understand the situation properly, because some of our elected officials are doing what some of us citizens want done — not building a wall all along our southern border — people will not get their wages.We taxpayers might need to pay extra unemployment benefits for the furloughed workers if the shutdown goes on long enough, on top of the requested $5 billion for a wall. Personally, I want to use the $1.3 billion that was already offered to Trump for border security for additional judges to speed the processing of asylum seekers. Let’s get the people screened and processed rather than taxpayers paying for food and housing while they wait in holding stations. As recent shooters were American-born, not foreign thugs, sorry, a wall won’t help our security.Janice WalzScotia Affordable care for pre-existing illness New Year’s Eve cartoon was biasedI was surprised, and disappointed of your decision to print the very biased cartoon on New Year’s Eve. It was far below, what I considered, your moral fiber. Sad indeed. God Bless America.Vince Alescio Clifton Park  Wall is a backwards solution to problemPresident Trump says we need a wall to protect our borders. We don’t. Trump is equating the need for border security with the need for a wall. We need the former; we don’t need the latter. Building a wall is a medieval solution to a 21st-century problem. In the Middle Ages, people built walls and moats to protect them from invaders. In the early days of our country, people built walls around forts and military posts for protection. We are well beyond that now. Since those days, there have been great technological advances. We have helicopters, drones and satellites; we can detect rockets and missiles as soon as they are launched. Surely, we can come up with a better solution for border security than a wall. Immigration reform and border security are complex problems requiring a great deal of thought and some compromises. Building a wall is a simplistic, archaic solution to a complex problem. We need to look forward, not backward. Peter SparanoGuilderland Definition of private land is pretty clearThe Gazette’s Dec. 27 editorial stated, “use of waterways on private land is open to wide interpretation.” This begs the question: Why?  Step out of the way for younger leadersPolitical history is littered with names of people who never acknowledged or accepted that their time had come and gone. Their careers dissolved from leadership and even statesmanship into a desperate battle to maintain power and influence at any price. The United States has Lyndon Baines Johnson to thank for repealing civil service mandatory retirement at age 70.Combined with the refusal to set congressional term limits, it has led to a self-serving, career-minded, dysfunctional government that has crippled and discredited America in the eyes of its citizens and the world. Nancy Pelosi is the penultimate example of a Baby Boomer politician who must step aside to allow the younger generations to chart the future of our country. She’s a smug despot diva who will continue to promote acrimony and stalemate in a drive to impose her agenda upon Congress and the country. There’s no hesitation to devour the young to satisfy her lust for power.If necessary, she will sacrifice the futures of congressional freshman by coercing them into becoming her warriors by proxy. Participation in the democratic process will continue to be discouraged, and cynicism and apathy will prevail. On behalf of the American people, I demand, not request reform. Whose job is it to enforce federal laws Don’t see the bias in factual headlinesI have to admit that I got quite a good laugh at Bill Denison’s Dec. 31 letter complaining that a headline announcing that the Trump Foundation is a sham without also claiming that the Clinton Foundation is a sham proves bias on the part of The Gazette. Well, Bill, it’s the new year. Why don’t you try to correct the bias in other similar headlines like “Japan Surrenders” or even “Trump Wins.” That should occupy you for a while.Polly WindelsBallston Lake I see that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using our money to perform the federal function of keeping Ellis Island open during the government shutdown.So I guess it is OK now for the governors of the Southern border states to enforce federal immigration laws. Or maybe Mr. Cuomo is misappropriating our funds. Seems like it must be one or the other.Michael ReillySchenectady The recent ruling outlawing the Affordable Care Act has me worried. I have a personal reason for being an advocate for insurance coverage of a pre-existing illness.After over 30 years teaching and 20 plus years of healthy retirement I have been diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease. If untreated it would eventually cause me to be wheelchair-bound. One of the most effective treatments for the disease is monthly infusions of IVIG, a blood-based derivative. I’m now on a monthly schedule of infusions at Albany Med. They have kept the disease in check and have moderated the symptoms.The downside of the treatment is the $175,000 yearly cost. My Group Medicare Advantage program covers most of this expense. Without this insurance, I would either be destitute, wheelchair-bound or both. I’m sure if given the option, an insurance company would either deny me coverage of my pre-existing condition or the premiums would be so high I could ill afford to pay them.For the thousands upon thousands of Americans suffering from a pre-existing illness, we must fight to continue their affordable insurance coverage. We must not accept anything less. Keep in mind, some day you may be in need of such insurance for a pre-existing illness.Charles RiellyAltamont After all, the rise of Donald Trump is partially due to the lack of confidence in the will and the ability of Congress to govern in the best interest of the United States and the American people.Mark RahnScotia With regard to ‘private property,’ the words can’t be any clearer. “Private property is land or belongings owned by a person or group and kept for their exclusive use.” Everyone understands the meaning. Some people want courts or legislators to change clear-meaning words to new meanings they like better.So ‘free speech’ might become ‘hate speech’; ‘mandatory insurance’ might become ‘a tax’; or one person’s ‘private property’ might become ‘the people’s boating commons.’The same people who want to interpret away other people’s private property rights wouldn’t dream of doing it to their own. If plain-meaning laws can be interpreted away, then they become arbitrary and capricious. They lose meaning and damage the social contract. The result is anarchy, the absence of rule of law.Our basic law, the U.S. Constitution, has also been interpreted to mangle the document’s clear-meaning words some political interests find inconvenient. So the nation becomes increasingly ungovernable. To paraphrase, the devil is in the interpretation.Werner HetznerCohoesThe writer is the communications director for the Capital District Libertarian Party.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Diversifying inward investment

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Sale-and-leasebacks can damage credit ratings

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Venture capitalist cuts City rent

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Public sector sell-offs: Forces’ market

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Run on IT effects Cisco spread to GreenPark

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Beijing orders quarantine for foreign arrivals from virus-hit areas

first_imgFive people travelling from Incheon in South Korea were found to have fevers after landing at Weihai in eastern Shandong province Tuesday and were immediately sent to a hospital for treatment and observation, state media said.The remaining 158 passengers on the Jeju Air flight, which included South Korean, US, Ukrainian and Chinese nationals, were taken to a hotel for medical observation, CCTV said, without specifying the nationality of the five patients.Another three travelers with fevers, all Chinese, arrived in the eastern city of Nanjing on Tuesday morning and were discovered to have symptoms after customs personnel boarded the aircraft on landing to screen passengers.The three were immediately sent by ambulance to a hospital for isolation and testing, while 94 passengers were sent to a hotel to be quarantined, CCTV said.None of the three people with fevers on the flight to Nanjing had any history of travel to Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the outbreak originated.South Korea has now reported 12 deaths and more than 1,200 infections — the largest number of cases outside China.Japan has reported at least 165 infections, in addition to an outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined for weeks off Japan before 970 people were allowed to disembark last week.Mongolia, which has closed its borders with China, announced it was banning flights to and from Japan and South Korea until March 11. Topics : Beijing announced Wednesday that people landing in the Chinese capital from countries hit by the new coronavirus epidemic will have to go into 14-day self-quarantine.A day earlier, more than 250 people arriving in eastern China from South Korea were placed in isolation after passengers on two flights were discovered to have fevers.Beijing had already ordered people returning to the capital to go into self-quarantine following the Lunar New Year holiday but exempted those arriving from abroad.center_img With the deadly virus now hitting countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Beijing’s health commission spokesman Gao Xiaojun told reporters on Wednesday that people arriving “from areas with severe epidemic situations abroad … must accept home or concentrated medical observation for 14 days”.The eastern city of Qingdao and Dalian in the northeast announced similar measures.Separately, the foreign ministry said China was “exploring the possibility” of adopting “scientific, appropriate, and targeted prevention and control measures” for people arriving from abroad.Beijing has criticized countries for imposing bans on arrivals from China over the epidemic, which has killed more than 2,700 people and infected some 78,000.last_img read more

Russia sends warships to Syria, blames Ankara for killing of Turkish troops

first_imgThough trying to coordinate their efforts on Syria, Russia backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey backs rebel forces opposing Assad.Responding to Thursday’s killings, a senior Turkish official said on Friday that Ankara would no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe. Turkey blamed an air strike by Syrian government forces for the deaths.Russia’s Defence Ministry was cited by the RIA news agency on Friday however as saying that the Turkish troops had been hit by artillery fire from Syrian government forces who were trying to repel an offensive by rebel forces.It was quoted as saying that Ankara had failed to notify Moscow of the presence of Turkish troops in the area hit by shelling despite being in regular communication with the Russian military. The Turkish troops had been deployed directly alongside anti-government rebels, the ministry was cited as saying. But according to information provided by Turkey there were no Turkish troops in the area and Russia said that Turkish forces “shouldn’t have been there.”Russian war planes did not carry out any air strikes in the area at the time of the incident and Moscow did everything it could to help once it learnt of the Turkish troop presence, the ministry was cited as saying.That included ensuring Syrian forces stopped shelling to allow Turkey to evacuate its dead and wounded.Separately, and as tensions between Ankara and Damascus rose, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was cited by the Interfax news agency on Friday as saying it was sending two warships equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles to waters off the Syrian coast.Topics : Russia on Friday said it was sending two warships armed with cruise missiles to waters off the Syrian coast and blamed Ankara for the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria’s Idlib region the previous day.The killing of the Turkish soldiers on Thursday and the wounding of 32 others, announced by the governor in Turkey’s Hatay province bordering Syria, raised the Turkish military death toll in the region to 54 this month.Turkey has sent thousands of troops and heavy military hardware into Syria and Erdogan has warned that Turkey will launch a full-scale offensive to repel Syrian forces unless they pull back from Turkish observation posts in the region.last_img read more