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Syed, GOP should renounce intolerance

first_imgYasmine Syed, the Republican candidate for Niskayuna town supervisor, wants to paint herself as a victim because she was associated with Alex Jones, Breitbart News, and Rush Limbaugh.But her party — the Niskayuna Republicans — are routinely broadcasting content from those sources via social media. Even one Jones post is too many.It’s time for Syed and Republicans at all levels of government to denounce Jones, Breitbart, and Limbaugh and the messages of hate and intolerance that they broadcast. That would be real leadership on their part and go a long way toward healing our civic discourse.Jeff CorbinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Why the fuss over Sinclair statement?

first_imgSinclair’s statement mentions “… the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories …” and adds, “The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.” Continuing, the Sinclair statement notes that some media outlets publish fake stories without checking facts first, which gives a platform to some media members to espouse personal bias. Sinclair emphasizes that it’s their responsibility to pursue and report the truth and that they believe “… truth is neither politically ‘left nor right.’ ” So, where’s the controversy? Even a group of 16 political scientists and legal scholars in an essay published in the March 2018 edition of “Science” magazine (as referenced in the March 8issue of “The Atlantic”) acknowledges, “The rise of fake news highlights the erosion of long-standing institutional bulwarks against misinformation in the internet age.” Their research underscores Sinclair’s stated commitment to factual, responsible reporting.Finally, the writer uses his correspondence as a partisan departure to attack President Trump’s tweets. Yet, nowhere in Sinclair’s apolitical statement are conservative or liberal beliefs addressed.Neither WRGB nor Liz Bishop are deserving of the writer’s criticism. Could it be that the writer’s tirade is in search of a controversy?Jim RogersNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re April 20 letter, “Shame on WRGB for selling out,” chastised WRGB and anchor Liz Bishop for reading an on-air statement from station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group. This letter captured my attention and led me to look up Sinclair’s supposedly objectionable statement, which subsequently left me perplexed as to the writer’s outrage.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Friday, March 22

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRaise cost of living pay for services staffThe New York state budget expires on March 31. The Legislature and governor are now negotiating the “big” issues, including the property tax cap, recreational marijuana, election- and criminal justice reform, and more. As the leaders discuss spending, it is important not to lose track of the human services staffing crisis.Over the past 18 months, our ability to attract and retain quality employees for our services has declined precipitously.Staff turnover ranging from 35 percent to 40 percent annually has gotten materially worse.  These trends are jeopardizing the quality and extent of the services we provide the entire county and local communities. Immigration views have changed little“The immigrant population, is constantly growing and we must either absorb it, or be absorbed by it. We must give them the benefit of our highest ideals, the teaching of our best teachers, or we must expect in the future coming generations to have them teaching us the worst of theirs.”Interesting, huh? This came from a newspaper article printed Wednesday, March 19, 1919. Just think, 100 years ago and humanity is still much the same as then. Interesting. Leo Muller Greenfield Center Liberals trying to destroy the country The rules of the game are about as good as you’ll find at Rivers. Play within your means and have some fun.Tom SingerDelanson Cheating to advance is just human natureIf you look at the two cartoons gracing The Gazette opinion page on March 16, poking fun at the difference between people who follow the proper path to college entry vs. those who scam the system to gain illegal entry, I noted the similarities to our immigration problem.You could have switched the text and made it about illegal border hopping. Some take the time and trouble to follow the rules; others just get here any way they can.I think the concept of one population following rules while others do whatever they want points out the way the world turns. It hasn’t changed in thousands of years. The majority of people are decent, law-abiding folk. But there are always some who simply think they are above the rules and do whatever they want.It cannot be stopped. It’s human nature.Bill DenisonBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census I can’t believe some people don’t want to put on the birth certificate whether it’s a boy or girl. They want to wait until the children can decide for themselves. Stupid, stupid. I won’t be surprised if the state allows it. You know the liberals will stop at nothing to get the votes. I hope and pray that some day, the liberals will stop bashing our president.Maybe, just maybe, some day they will wake up and see that he is doing more good than bad for our country. He’s the only president that is trying to get North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal. He’s also trying to negotiate with China to take more goods to equalize our trade agreement. Maybe some day with God’s help, all races, nationalities and religions will start getting along. God bless the president for trying to make America strong again.He can and will if he can get all of the Republicans and some Democrats to see that he’s right. He isn’t going to let a few certain people destroy our country (Pelosi and Schumer, to mention a couple). When is Mueller going to stop wasting taxpayers’ money investigating 60 or more people who were with our president? Enough is enough. They are ridiculous. Why don’t they investigate the Democrats?James MaxfieldScotia Plenty of reasons  to re-elect TrumpIn response to Dave Edwards’ March 4 letter, I would like to add a few of President Trump’s major accomplishments: tax cut law, VA Accountability Act, Right to Try Law, getting us out of TPP and the Paris Climate Accord, canceling the Iran nuclear deal and adding two Supreme Court justices. Why do I mention these accomplishments? We live in a time of hypocrisy by the left and the Democrats. Trump gets criticized for his accomplishments and for not doing anything. I stand by the president and for what he is doing for our country, Keep America great.  Follow basics when playing blackjack Underfunding human services is also an equity and racial disparity issue. The nonprofit human services workforce is 81 percent female and 46 percent women of color.Today, over 400 Northern Rivers Family Services staff work in Schenectady County, providing educational, early Head Start, family services, counseling, foster care and mental health services to over 4,000 families, children and youth. We depend on trained staff to support our clients. We can’t replace staff with technology, nor can we raise our prices.On behalf of the human services sector and our clients, we urge the elected officials to include the statutory-required cost of living adjustment (COLA) for all human services workers in the state budget. Our children, adults and communities depend on these staff.William Gettman AlbanyThe writer is CEO of Northern Rivers Family of Services. I believe the left and Democrats stand for open borders, globalism, sanctuary cities, silencing of our freedom of speech and taking away our Second Amendment. I support Trump because he embraces a secure border, America first, supporting the rule of law and law enforcement, and protecting the Bill of Rights.The 2020 cast of Democratic hopefuls looks more like a bunch misfits. In reality, it’s a tryout for 2024. Joe Biden might be their only chance, but he might be too moderate for this group. Mr. President, you confidently have my vote for you again in 2020.David CanaleClifton Park I’ve been playing blackjack for over 50 years and enjoy playing at the Rivers casino. The average player there is getting better, but still needs some work. I’m going to list some tips that should be helpful.1. Obtain a chart that shows how to play every hand using basic strategy.2. Learn the basic strategy and stick to it.3. If you are having a bad day, do not rebuy.4. Do not increase your bet after losing a hand.If you learn to play your cards properly and manage your money properly, you can have a lot of fun without losing money.Rivers has the friendliest dealers I have ever experienced. They depend on tips for about two-thirds of their earnings; so when you win, you should tip them.last_img read more

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Lehman takes control of OCI to lead Europe

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Edinburgh’s dash for gas

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Insignia to advise on 2012 east London Olympic bid

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Inner City: John Waples

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Coventrys swot spots

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Jokowi appoints UIN Sunan Kalijaga rector Yudian Wahyudi as new BPIP chairman

first_img“We are aiming to introduce the importance of Pancasila to 129 million youths under the age of 39,” Jokowi said on Wednesday “I hope [Yudian] can start introducing the implementation of Pancasila values to the public, especially to the youth since the preparation has been completed.”Yudian’s inauguration ceremony was also attended by Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and members of the Cabinet, such as Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly and Home Minister Tito Karnavian. (dpk)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officially appointed Yudian Wahyudi, the rector of Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University (UIN Sunan Kalijaga), as the newest chairman of the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) on Wednesday.Yudian replaces Yudi Latif, who stepped down from the position in early June 2018. BPIP vice chairman Hariyono had held the position as acting chairman for the past 18 months. By appointing Yudian, Jokowi said he hoped that the organization would be able to introduce the important values of the nation’s ideology, Pancasila, to the younger generation as soon as possible.last_img read more

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PREMIUMClimate change already affecting food production, expert warns

first_imgGoogle Log in with your social account food food-supply food-production agriculture climate-change crop farmers farming DPR Indonesia LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Agricultural experts have called on the government to introduce programs in response to climate change, which has begun to affect food production in parts of the country.Bustanul Arifin, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Lampung (Unila), said on Tuesday that the government should, for example, establish a mitigation or adaptation plan with concrete measures to minimize the impacts of climate change.The senior economist said rising temperatures caused by climate change made plants like rice and wheat ripen faster and dry quicker, resulting in a fall in production. With an effective mitigation and adaption plan, the impact of changing weather patterns on farming could be minimized, Bustanul said.He warned that Indonesia could suffer food scarcity if the government failed to address the impact of climate change.Read also: Awaiting a morsel of hope, 2… Forgot Password ? Facebook Topics :last_img read more

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