Petty’s music will live on for generations

first_imgTom Petty meant so much to so many people, young and old, that it’s difficult to put into words. Genuine, honest, gifted and funny are just a few words that immediately come to mind.He genuinely loved all types of music, honestly loved his fans, was a gifted song writer and musician, and somehow maintained a great sense of humor throughout his long career.My favorite quote, to CNN is: “Music, as far as I have seen in the world so far, is the only real magic that I know. There is something really honest and clean and pure and it touches you in your heart.” Tom’s music touched our hearts for over 40 years and will continue to touch the hearts of generations to come.Virginia NewtonBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Sexual predators are not role models

first_imgRe Oct. 23 letter, “Adults must be role models for our kids”: Yes, Teresa Nowicki in reference to your letter.President #45 bragged about touching and grabbing women. Still no apology. These crimes of sexual harassment and abuse by rich, insecure male predator celebrities like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly and President #45 against women should be investigated and prosecuted.Real men don’t act this way. “It’s time for all of us to be role models — good role models.”Peter LookerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, March 2

first_imgAmerica must stop plundering the worldThe United States has a long, sordid, bi-partisan history of ousting democratically elected governments in Latin America, through force or sanctions, in order to appropriate resources.Truman started the School of the Americas (Assassins), teaching torture, killing, overthrows, etc., in 1946. It is still in operation.A partial list of U.S. presidents and their interference, incursions, coups and invasions includes: Eisenhower (Guatemala 1954, Haiti 1959, Ecuador 1960); Kennedy (Cuba 1961, Brazil 1962); Johnson (Dominican Republic 1965); Nixon (Bolivia 1971, Uruguay 1972, Chili 1973); Reagan (Nicaragua 1981, Guatemala 1982); Bush (Peru 1989); Clinton (Haiti 1992, Colombia 1999); Bush (Venezuela 2002); and Obama (Honduras 2009, Nicaragua 2015).Our deadly interference in Latin America increases the numbers of refugees fleeing the negative consequences of violent dictators. I won’t get into the oily chaos created by our $4 trillion illegal wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. Let’s stop plundering the world!Peter LookerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionExcited over first woman presidentSenator Kamala Harris was asked at a town hall event whether Democrats had to nominate a man to defeat the president in 2020. It’s dispiriting that this is one of the first questions faced by Sen. Harris as a presidential candidate.  With Amy Klobuchar’s announcement, at least five women will be vying for the presidency in 2020, and they all boast impressive legislative resumes.  These candidates, in many ways, feel empowered and driven to answer the call for the nation’s highest office in rebuke of a president who has been a demagogue since before he was elected.I’m inspired by the women who have announced their candidacy. Personally, women in leadership roles and political office is not a second thought; it’s a way of life in New York.  As a constituent, I’m represented by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, and Senator/Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (who also announced her candidacy for president). The narrative in 2020 shouldn’t be that women are running for office, but about the fact that they seemingly are the most qualified.   The Democratic field is the most diverse in United States history. This group of candidates leaves me hopeful for our republic and confident that our political system is yet able to remove those who abuse power. I’m excited that we have an opportunity to check that “first ever” category for the office of president of the United States and elect our first “Madam President.”E. Hyde Clarke Albanylast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 3

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmerica needs an FDR, not a TrumpI watched the impeachment inquiry on Nov. 13 and became confused as to who it was that they were investigating, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Vice President Biden or Trump.The Republicans really have to let the 2016 election go. They claim it is the Democrats having a hard time, but they continually bring it up.My son and I went to FDR’s home and museum, and in today’s world he would definitely be called a “liberal.” To me he represents what and who a president should be. This man took office during the Depression, Dust Bowl and aggression from Germany, Italy and Japan. Each and every one of them have benefited from the action he took to save our country.Most of it was done in the first 100 days of his term — Social Security, unemployment insurance, welfare, 40-hour work week, minimum wage, child labor laws, United Nations, just to name a few. After seeing what he accomplished, I looked at my son and said, “and Trump is what we have today.”If there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it is Trump. What ever became of men like FDR? Is there really one around? If there is, I am hoping we can find him or her in one of the candidates running in 2020.Patricia FialkowskiRotterdamClimate report cited was misleadingJames Homan’s Nov. 28 letter (“Don’t believe all you read about climate”)  led me to do some quick fact checking.What I soon found was criticism that only 10 of the “500 scientists” identified themselves as climate scientists, none actually doing active research. A significant portion of the co-signers are either engineers or professionals in non-technical fields.A majority of scientist reviewers said it relies on inaccurate claims about climate science that are very misleading. For example, Timothy Osborn, a professor at the University of East Anglia and director of research at the Climatic Research Unit, wrote: “This statement is unscientific. It ignores well-established understanding of climate and of what causes the climate to change. It makes cherry-picked statements, such as noting that some vegetation grows more with increased CO2 while ignoring the risks of serious damage arising from the climate change that is being caused by the same increase in CO2.“The authors of the statement appear to be very unfamiliar with climate science: for example, they do not know that the amount of global warming we have observed is very close to the amount predicted by climate models.”The truth is that the vast majority of climate scientists are in agreement that climate change is real, and it is an emergency.Even the U.S. military is preparing for its effects.Tom McCrossanNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Jan. 19

first_imgUnion sports focuses on more than scoresIn our society, wins and losses are the norm in evaluating athletic performance.However, I gained a much deeper appreciation for Union College sports programs recently at an event hosted by men’s hockey coach Rick Bennett, women’s coach Josh Sciba and Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin, who shared their philosophies and approaches.Unlike many collegiate athletic programs across America, engaged in a single minded, “win at all cost” mentality, incubating athletes for professional levels, Union fosters a different approach. Instead, Union is focused on more holistic coaching of individual young men and women, who must prove and maintain their academics and a host of other character-building requirements in order to represent the college athletically.At Union, metrics such as graduation rate, academic performance and community service are among the norms. As public ambassadors of the college, all Union athletes are held to strict high standards.This comprehensive approach strives to make everyone, not only the best athlete, but more importantly the best person they can be.So, while Union’s teams may not always be ranked number one in the standings, the athletes are finishing on top in character and integrity.Keep up the great work, Union athletes and coaches.Michael DaviNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTo get more priests, expand search poolI was born a Catholic, and I will always be a Catholic. My education is entirely Catholic. My teachers were nuns, priests, and brothers — nuns in grammar school, priests in high school and brothers in college.I have traveled the world and lived in Peru and Brazil.I have attended mass in Europe, the Far East, Mid-East, Africa, South America and all over the United States.A consistent Sunday homily theme is that we should pray for more young men to choose the priesthood vocation. Currently, there are not enough priests to practice the church’s teaching.I propose a fix for the priesthood shortage.First, allow the priests to marry and let already-married men become priests. These men will better understand what it is like to be the head of the family, what it takes to grow a family. They will be better shepherds of their flocks.Second, allow women to become priests. I have met many women that are more intelligent, courageous and pious than men.They would make outstanding priests. I often witness women taking leadership roles in my church.They perform tasks that no one else wants to do, and they do it with vigor and exceptionally well.Wake up, Vatican. It is time to stop complaining and time to take action.Rafael PoloNorthville Cuomo is creating a NY ‘State of Chaos’Let’s get serious here. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his third term, has brought our state into a true “State of Chaos” — one of which a thriving state could never sustain. Yet here we are.Despite his State of the State rhetoric of grand accomplishments and initiatives, a $6 billion budget deficit remains. His vision of “E Pluribus Unum” has instead divided us. And ironically, as he claimed “ … to address the issues causing anxiety and frustration,” he has pushed the very issues (none of which were covered in his speech) that have produced record levels of anxiety.The dangers of a third term, as history has shown us, have now come to full realization. His previous controversial agendas, including Common Core and legalization of gambling, have affected families in harmful ways that he has yet to acknowledge.Who could possibly understand his end-game intentions, as he proceeds with the most personal and community-altering issues that impact all?With his recent push of bail reform, mandated HPV/flu vaccine, undocumented immigrant driver’s licenses, legalization of alcohol in theaters and the legalization of marijuana, one can only assume he is aiming for a total “State of Chaos.”These issues continue to affect us all in dangerous ways.This governor, and the state legislators supporting him in this chaos, need a reality check.Contact the governor’s office and your state legislators to address these life-altering issues that affect each of us. The time to act is now.Laura DieterichScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Low bids put Paddington Basin sale in jeopardy

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Targeting the global occupier

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Ealing site beats guide

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Transport comment: Metrolink to revolutionise travel

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WHO medics, aid flown into Iran as virus toll jumps to 66

first_imgA plane carrying UN medical experts and aid touched down Monday in Iran on a mission to help it tackle the world’s second-deadliest outbreak of coronavirus as European powers said they would send further help.As the official death toll rose by 12 to 66, the Islamic republic turned down a similar offer from arch-enemy Washington, dismissing it as “propaganda”.The World Health Organization said a flight arrived from Dubai carrying medical supplies and experts on a fact-finding mission and to “provide guidance on strengthening and scaling up the response to the ongoing outbreak.” ‘Supplies running low’ The WHO said it had sent Iran “medical supplies and protective equipment to support over 15,000 health care workers, as well as enough laboratory kits to test and diagnose nearly 100,000 people”.As the goods worth more than $300,000 — including gloves, surgical masks and respirators — were loaded onto an Emirati transport plane in Dubai, WHO’s Robert Blanchard warned that global supplies were running low.”What we see now is that demand has greatly exceeded our available stocks… and we are struggling to get access to more supplies.”The six-member medical team is made up of doctors, epidemiologists and laboratory specialists to help Iran detect and control the virus, Blanchard said.WHO operations manager Nevien Attalla said the supplies were the “first big shipment which supports the response to coronavirus”.”Iran is a challenging country. You don’t have always easy approvals to go,” she said.The UAE provided the military transport plane for the flight despite having downgraded its relations with the Islamic republic amid fierce rivalry between Iran and close UAE ally Saudi Arabia.Gulf states have announced a raft of measures to cut links with Iran to curb the spread of the virus, cutting off transport links and telling citizens not to visit.”Aid should reach all people regardless of their background,” said Sultan Mohammed al-Shamsi, the UAE’s undersecretary for humanitarian affairs.IRNA reported the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 72, a member of the Expediency Council which advises Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.It did not specify the cause of death but said he had died at Tehran’s Massih Danechvari Hospital, the capital’s main center for patients suffering from the new coronavirus. Topics : Germany, France and Britain, for their part, said they would send emergency medical supplies including testing equipment, body suits and gloves as well as five million euros (US$5.5 million) to help tackle the outbreak.Iran’s confirmed cases leapt Monday by 523 on the previous day, hitting 1,501, said Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi.State news agency IRNA reported the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 72, a member of the Expediency Council which advises Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.It did not specify the cause of death but said he had died at Tehran’s Massih Danechvari Hospital, the capital’s main center for coronavirus patients. The outbreak that originated in China has sparked concern among Iran’s neighbors, with the Gulf Arab states confirming 130 cases including, on Monday, Saudi Arabia’s first case.The health ministry in Riyadh, another key rival of Tehran, said the man had tested positive after returning from Iran.Many of the Gulf’s other victims are pilgrims returning from Iran, especially the Shiite holy city of Qom where the country’s first case was reported.US President Donald Trump had Saturday offered: “If we can help the Iranians with this problem, we are certainly willing to do so… All they have to do is ask.”But Tehran rejected the offer, charging that Trump, who has heaped sanctions and a campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran, was offering help “for propaganda purposes”.”We are suspicious of the intentions of the Americans and do not count on this aid,” said foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Moussavi, quoted by IRNA.Germany, France and Britain, who remain as signatories to a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran despite Trump’s withdrawal, expressed “their full solidarity with all impacted by COVID-19 in Iran”.Beijing, also a signatory to the nuclear deal, said an expert team from China had arrived Saturday in Tehran “to provide what assistance it can in terms of epidemic prevention and control and medical relief”.last_img read more