Liberals get it wrong on Russia probe

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Louis Restifo’s  Feb. 20 letter, “Trump cronies real threat to democracy”: In my opinion, he and his fellow liberals are the cronies being led around by the nose. They suffer from the now-famous “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” If he is so influenced by the FBI and CIA and their findings of our democracy and politics, he should be glad to know that both agencies have stated that there is no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Here is a quote from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Feb. 16: “The Russian indictments do not accuse any Americans of wrongdoings or that it altered the outcome of the 2016 elections.”If the Russians’ goal was to sow confusion, discord and rancor among the citizens of the United States, it was very successful, as evidenced by Mr. Restifo and his fake-news-generated opinion. We need to keep in mind that the Russian meddling into our politics started in 2014 while President Obama was trying to run this country, and he did nothing about it. Maryann FaulisiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Feb. 17

first_imgThe best chance the Democrats have in 2020 is to embrace populist ideas such as Medicare for all, or free college, or ending the wars (which in my opinion wouldn’t only be effective policy, but nearly every poll has indicated them to be popular among the American people) and not just being an Anti-Trump Party. On the campaign, they’ll become stronger candidates, and in office, they’ll make America a better nation. Matt OillGlenville Writer gave bad info about abortion billI have rarely been bothered by political cesspool stink. Regarding Laurie Cox’s Feb. 9 letter opposing the Reproductive Health Act, she needs to know she is wrong.To try to push your beliefs on people that read this paper by not saying the Senate bill #S240 is the Reproductive Health Act, instead of #A00021, which is not. Muckraking should be left to the Republican talk show hosts who would at least research a subject before faking the unfair alternate truth.Should you wish to check my research, go www.ny.gov and apply some effort instead of listening to those who repeat rumor and innuendo. Lord forgive them, for they know not what they say.Jeff PelkyBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Teachers who put in long hours educating students deserve more money than they do. Teachers wouldn’t have to feel guilty about getting it either. Why are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer wasting time trying to stop Trump from building his wall? It’s because of them that people aren’t getting their money, not the president. They will stop at anything to stop his wall. Why don’t the people without paychecks go after them? And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants free health care for everyone in New York City. Who do you think will pay for that? Us in upstate New York. The Democrats will stop at nothing to get votes.James MaxfieldScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump has had many accomplishments In Mr. Wouk’s Feb. 8 letter, he refers to President Trump as a “gelatinous gas bag” and describes him as a runaway train in search of a wreck. He states further that our president provides no details, resources or factual basis. Mr. Wouk, are you living in a cave? A simple Google search quickly lists 289 Trump accomplishments to date. Let’s see: the economy is growing at such a tremendous pace in spite of the previous administration’s claim that it was impossible to achieve; 4 million people have been added to the work force; unemployment is at an all-time low, including African Americans; and the military has been rebuilt, just to name a few of the 289. Those, Mr. Wouk, are just some of the facts that you say are missing.Gerald DeAngelusNiskayunacenter_img Democrats will do anything to get votesHave you noticed the ads on TV [Optimax tax, tax relief, credit card relief, credit associates, etc.] telling people that they can reduce exuberant money that they have already racked up on their credit cards?We will have to pick up the difference so they can go out and charge up more debts. Talk about greed. Now our legislators are going to give themselves a raise for sitting on their butts making laws for us to obey not them. To beat Trump, Dems must be populists  As the 2020 election approaches, the pressure is on for Democrats to win and get President Trump out of office. With that goal in mind, a quote by writer Arundhati Roy regarding Trump comes to mind: “…the danger with that kind of obsession with a single person is that you don’t see the system that produced him.”I completely agree with her, and I believe that system to be the corruption of our establishment. Looking back, if any theme defined the 2016 election, it’s that people were tired of the status-quo of our government.Donald Trump campaigned on quite a bit of anti-establishment rhetoric such as bashing NAFTA and TPP (both of which have screwed over working people) or railing against our endless wars. I believe that rhetoric drew many Bernie Sanders supporters to Trump, (as opposed to Hillary Clinton, who was essentially the face and mascot of the establishment and status-quo), and ultimately may have won him the election. Granted he has gone back on much of that rhetoric since taking office and has become massively pro-establishment, but nevertheless.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 21

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspections Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNAACP needs to update its name Regarding the Jan. 15 Gazette article “NAACP calls for city to employ diversity training.” We notice that nowhere in this article is the full name of the NAACP spelled out. Is that because “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People” contains the very phrase at the heart of the current controversy embroiling the City Council?It is ironic, if not downright hypocritical, that Councilman John Polimeni is being lambasted for almost-but-not-quite saying “colored people” while actually lauding the council’s diversity as a positive development. He quickly corrected his verbiage, to no avail.In the meantime, perhaps that venerable organization should consider changing its name to “National Association for the Advancement of People of Color.” At the very least, this would avert misunderstanding among the ill-informed, and tidily bring the nomenclature in line with the tenor and temper of the times.Mike FoleyRotterdamRestore Crosstown blood donation siteI was a long-time blood donor, giving 20-1/2 gallons. I quit giving because they closed the donor office in the Crosstown Plaza. I have to stop one medication for 30 days before I give. I need a stable time and place. That is why I don’t give, as I now have to go to different places and I never know when or where. My wife and I would preregister when we gave blood that way. We gave five or six times a year. A lack of giving may be your own doing.David CaseScotiaArena football can still thrive in AlbanyOn Aug 21, 1999, my friends and I were among some 13,000 Albany Firebirds fans cheering them to victory in Arena Bowl XIII. Little did we know that would be their next-to-last season in Albany.The Arena Football League of the early 2000s could never leave well enough alone and had to move any remaining mid-level market teams to major markets, in the quest for the almighty dollar.The Firebirds’ ill-advised move to Indiana came to their inevitable folding in 2004. Meanwhile, we waited 18 years for the return of top-level arena football.And after two years … poof. It was a sad, but predictable end for the AFL. But to those current and prospective sports franchise owners in the Capital Region, I ask, why let Albany’s arena football history die with the AFL?The National Arena League is an East Coast league with seven teams, including former AFL teams in Jacksonville and Orlando. There is even a team in Worcester. Just a thought.Any takers?Michael FondacaroAlbanyGrateful for donors adopting soldiersOn behalf of the non-profit Operation Adopt A Soldier (OAAS), my sincere thanks to all who donated during the run-up to the holiday season. Your concern and love for our troops represent the best in America, and everyone should be proud they brought them some Christmas cheer.We sent more than 1,000 comfort kits to soldiers so they’d arrive before Christmas, and each included a greeting card from area residents — from young students to senior citizens.We informally adopted sailors on a U.S. battleship, whose commanders via social media said the ship couldn’t find even basic necessities at their ports of call. We sent everything from cases of toilet tissue to toothpaste and toothbrushes to snacks, food, games and sports gear.It would be impossible to list all the caring citizens, businesses, organized groups, schools and others that donated.For example, Walmart on Route 9 in Queensbury, in cooperation with OAAS sponsor Nemer Ford, graciously allowed our volunteers to twice collect money and material donations from shoppers. Every donation was accompanied with a smile, holiday wishes and a thank you from the donors. It was especially touching to see parents provide their children with a teachable moment.A special thank you to the Gansevoort post office branch for collecting packages and sending them on a timely basis.Please continue helping OAAS in its year-round effort on behalf of our soldiers, because we’ll be here “until they all come home.”Cliff SeguinSaratoga SpringsThe writer is founder and chairman of OAAS.center_img Get yourself tested for cervical cancerJanuary is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) wants you to take action against cancer.Cervical cancer screening begins at age 21 and is covered under most health plans. But one key reason women don’t get screened is that it’s too difficult to take time off from work.HPV causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer and several other cancers. HPV vaccine prevents about 90% of HPV-related cancers, including cervical. The vaccine is recommended for boys and girls beginning at nine through age 26.CPiA works to increase cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination rates in our community. We help employers develop a paid time off benefit allowing employees time off for screenings such as cervical, breast, and colon cancers without having to use accrued time. Studies show this type of benefit is cost-effective; helps employers with a healthier, more productive workforce; lowers direct medical, workers’ compensation and disability costs; and has fewer costs with recruitment and training of new workers.CPiA provides education about the importance of the HPV vaccine to health care providers, dental professionals, parents, and young adults. Since the HPV vaccine has been in use, HPV-related cancers have dropped 71% among young adult women.Learn more about the CPiA program, which is supported with funds from the state of New York and how you can take action against cancer, contact 518-770-6815.Kelsey CarpeAmsterdamThe writer is health education promotions coordinator, Community Cancer Prevention in Action of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.Everyone should reread Trump letterOn Jan. 17, the Gazette printed a letter by Mr. Don Demarco entitled “Trump rescued us from sleazy politics.” It is truly a letter worth rereading.I, for one, was impressed by Mr. Demarco’s sophisticated mastery of the gray area between good and evil in politics, his appreciation of nuance and, of course, his firm grasp upon, and analysis of, the whole host of relevant facts which bear upon the current political situation.I urge The Gazette to reprint the letter in full so that we, the unenlightened, can learn from Mr. Demarco’s stunningly lucid statement.Bill MacTiernanSchenectadyForgiving student debt raises issuesBased on a Jan. 6 column on Betsy DeVos (“Why is it so hard for DeVos to offer relief to students?”) I would ask, is the forgiveness of a debt an act of kindness, relief from the pressure of predatory lenders, a way to make life easier on the borrower that got in over their head, or simply another way for the IRS to declare the debt relief as income to the borrower and tax it as such?Just because it’s student debt doesn’t really differentiate it from any other debt at all. You can argue they were trying to build their future, but isn’t that the same as defaulting on a loan to start a business and having the lender forgive your debt? They are both for building a future.Here’s an example: Let’s say I own a business, buy a building and rent out my business to myself under another corporate name. I charge rent to myself, but in the course of a year things didn’t go as expected and I decided not to pay the rent. I then decide to forgive myself of the debt and move on. No money has ever changed hands, yet it becomes income to me on my tax return.Why should it be any different for student debt? In my opinion it shouldn’t. However, could this be part of the ramifications of forgiving student loans and what is making the whole issue so complicated? There’s more to this issue than meets the eye.Bob BeliveGlenvillelast_img read more

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English Partnerships snubs millennium shed

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M56 corridor market overview: Corridor of power

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Sherry FitzGerald set to go public

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CBHP arm set for Dunedin deal

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Canary sale hinges on RBS purchases

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COVID-19: As hardest-hit province, Jakarta gets priority for health equipment

first_imgThe capital city Jakarta, the hardest hit province in Indonesia, has received thousands of pieces of protective clothing from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to help ensure health workers’ safety when handling patients with COVID-19.The agency shipped 40,000 disposable protective coveralls early Monday morning to City Hall, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said.The disposable coveralls include covers for the body and the shoes. Complete personal protective equipment also comprises, among other things, gloves, masks and goggles to guard health workers against various kinds of hazards. “This equipment is very helpful for our health workers on the front lines because one of the challenges is to make sure they are not exposed [to the virus] and this equipment is very important,” Anies told reporters at a daily press briefing at City Hall on Monday.The protective clothing came as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises in Jakarta, prompting the central government to consider the capital the national epicenter of the outbreak. By Sunday, Indonesia had 514 confirmed cases, with 48 fatalities and 29 recoveries. Jakarta recorded 307 cases and 29 deaths.The administration would immediately send the recently arrived protective coveralls to hospitals, clinics, labs and health community centers (puskesmas), especially healthcare facilities that had detected cases in their respective regions.With the growing numbers of cases, health workers’ needs for such personal protective equipment recently reached 1,000 pieces per day and it could go even higher as cases continue to rise, Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti said.“This equipment is used for services at hospitals to treat patients, at the referred labs, in the ambulances carrying patients with COVID-19 and by our friends at health community centers who perform early detection or contact tracing in the field if there is a suspected positive case,” she said. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

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Minister Luhut claims Indonesian climate can beat coronavirus, but WHO says it’s a myth

first_imgA senior minister in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet is adamant that SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the deadly coronavirus disease, will soon get “weaker” in the country as Indonesia enters the dry season in April.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Panjaitan said Indonesia’s relatively high temperature during the dry season as well as its humidity meant that the virus would be unable to survive, adding that the finding was a conclusion from an undisclosed research study.“The virus will be weaker in high-temperature locations, and that could be Indonesia’s advantage compared to other countries,” Luhut said during a video conference on Thursday.However, he said the advantage would be futile if the public kept on resisting the government’s call for physical distancing, which is necessary to slow the transmission of the contagious disease.“If you have the virus but it is undetected, and you insist on performing mudik [exodus], you can kill others, including your family,” Luhut went on to say, “Thus, we urge our Muslim citizens to refrain from returning to their hometowns for Idul Fitri.”The minister’s claim, however, has previously been debunked by the World Health Organization (WHO).The UN health body said exposing people to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25 degrees Celsius would not halt the spread of COVID-19, given that the disease has also emerged in countries with a hot climate.“You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is,” the WHO said on its COVID-19 myth busters page.”To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.”Topics :last_img read more

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