We can no longer condone abortion

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIt has been 45 years since Roe v. Wade. Could this be the reason for such a rapid decay of morality? We live in a society that in the name of individual freedom allows and often encourages a mother to take the life of her unborn child, allows people to be victimized by improperly tested contraceptives and abortifacients, and allows the sale of baby parts.How ironic when we consider that mankind has never been more prosperous and so able to care for its children. How can modern society with so much comfort and wealth be unable to afford hope for poor mothers who want to bring children into this world?The pro-choice side says a woman has a right to choose, but they mean only their choice. Abortion won’t solve a woman’s problem. You’re already a mother if you are pregnant. Abortion can’t reverse what already at the first trimester has a heart, fingernails, brain waves and their own unique DNA. Abortion can’t be reversed. There are groups to help mothers.If the pregnant women could see the tiny arms and other body parts that come through the suction machine, they would know it’s not a blob of tissue. If the women are not kept in the dark, it will affect the abortionist’s paycheck. Since the abortionist kills for a living, how can we trust them to provide accurate information about what they do?Joanne CloughGuilderlandMore 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: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsAlbany County warns of COVID increaselast_img read more

Erie intersections are not safe for walkers

first_imgI have read with interest the news accounts of the car-pedestrian incident at the intersection of Union Street and Erie Boulevard in downtown Schenectady. Pedestrians crossing with a walk signal there are not safe.  They should also be vigilant two blocks further south, where Erie crosses State Street, and some vehicles (including commercial vehicles) like to turn right on red despite the presence of a walk light for pedestrians, and a large sign that lights up with the warning “No right turn on red” when the walk signal is in effect.  Recently, while I was crossing Erie Boulevard westbound, the walk signal and the “no right turn” sign offered me no protection from an impatient right-turner (possibly casino-bound), who even honked at me as I held up my left hand like a traffic cop.  Pedestrians shouldn’t have to direct traffic.  They might make better use of their time taking down license plate numbers.Roger ShefferSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Help immigrants make America better

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI just learned that Albany, under the leadership of Mayor Sheehan, is a sanctuary city.As native of Johnstown, I’m proud of the city of Albany and its stance against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. “You go girl.” Stop ICE from harassing the undocumented immigrants living in your city. They add vibrancy to every community in which they live.Soon today’s minorities will be the majority. When that happens, the rich white fat cats will be driven from the swamp that is Washington, D.C., What will follow will be the election of a multicultural federal government serving a multicultural nation. Only then can we look forward to racial justice for all, equal pay for all, less money spent on weapons of war and more on the social programs that will one day make all Americans equal. Today’s undocumented immigrants should be fast-tracked to citizenship, making for a stronger more diverse nation.I look forward to the time when the United States will take its place among the world of nations, not superior, but rather equal with all other nations in a New World Order.In the meantime, we in the resistance must stop Trump at every opportunity until this mentally deranged deviate is driven from the Oval Office.Rick MansfieldPonte Vedra, FloridaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Keep criminal suspects in jail before their trials

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Pre-trial incarceration is a good thing. I have just arrived from Colombia and have had the opportunity to see first-hand the two-fold effect of pre-trial release.First, hours after being released, the person is committing the same offense, to the point of killing someone in the commission of the crime. That then results in a costly investigation as to why was that person was released.Second, people are afraid to report crimes or have someone arrested for committing a crime against them because hours later, that same person is near their home or threatening that same person.Also, pre-trial incarceration would give the person time to cool off and sober up from drugs and/or drugs. The ad on television says they could lose their jobs by being incarcerated prior to trial. If they had a job, they would be at work and not committing crimes.John CintronAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Oct. 25

first_imgCompany put money over public healthThree juries in California have concluded that Roundup weed killer is to blame for causing Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, a potentially deadly form of cancer.Monsanto’s parent company Bayer was ordered to pay a California couple $55 million in compensatory and $2 billion in punitive damages.The jury found that Roundup had been defectively designed and that the company failed to warn of the herbicide’s cancer risk and that the company acted negligently.The German chemical giant faces more than 13,400 U.S. lawsuits over the herbicide’s alleged cancer risk. It would appear that 160 other countries had sense enough to ban this product.They put the health and well-being of their people above all else. The governmental agencies entrusted with our health have not and are not doing their job, or this and other such products like this would never have been allowed on the market in the first place.I guess that the answer to all this is to follow the money. Apparently, the money is more important than the health of the American people.Robert A. Van VorstGlenville Trump column not backed by examplesThe title on the Opinion column by Noah Bookbinder in the Oct. 20 Gazette was a glaring example of “Fake News.” The title “Trump using his office for personal profit started long before G-7” motivated me to read the entire column expecting to find multiple examples of ethics transgressions. None were there. The piece did, however, do a credible job of commenting on the  G-7 matter. Assuming that such a contract did or would exist.Jim NorrisClifton Park State courts in need of significant reformSince 1962, those in search of justice in New York needed to navigate a complicated trial court structure that includes: a Supreme Court, a Court of Claims, 57 County Courts, 58 Family Courts, 62 Surrogate’s Courts and 61 City Courts.Janet DiFiore, the state’s chief judge, wants to change this.Under her proposal, instead of having a Court of Claims to hear cases against the state, a Family Court to hear most domestic matters except divorces, a Surrogate’s Court to deal with wills, estates, trusts and guardianships, a County Court to adjudicate felonies, and a Supreme Court to hear most other major disputes, there would be a single Supreme Court into which those other courts would be merged.The 65 lower courts would be abolished and combined into a single Municipal Court that would hear minor criminal matters, housing cases, small claims, and other small civil disputes.Chief Judge DiFiore’s proposal is simple. Implementing it is not.Similar proposals in the past have run into the opposition of long-entrenched, politically powerful interests that favor keeping the outdated structure. The present proposal requires an amendment to the state constitution.It must weather this opposition while being approved by two successive state legislatures, followed by a public referendum.Despite the obstacles, the Legislature must take up court reform in January. This effort must be successful if New York is to have a court system that meets the needs of a 21st Century public.Hon. Felix J. CatenaSaratoga SpringsThe writer is administrative judge of the New York State Unified Court System, Fourth Judicial District. Impeach Trump to prevent more harmPresident Trump’s erratic foreign policy decisions have caused me to be concerned that he will bungle us into a war with Iran.Severe sanctions have not brought the Iranians to the negotiating table nor weakened their aim to dominate the Middle East.Iran has responded to our withdrawal from the nuclear deal by enriching its nuclear material and showing its hostility to us, short of provoking a war. The hard liners have increased their political power. All this makes me uneasy that the president could stumble us into a catastrophic war that will kill and destroy and end in a stalemate.President Trump’s incredibly deceitful sellout of the Kurds, who valiantly fought ISIS with us, is a military and moral foreign policy blunder that disgraces America.The fact that he made this decision based on his gut feeling tells me that only in his alternate world is he the wise genius he claims to be. In the real world he is a vulgar, corrupt, ignorant, immoral fraud unfit for the presidency.I support his likely impeachment by the House and hope the Senate will vote to  terminate his presidency before he does more damage to America.Howard LittmanSchenectady Jaquith overcame adversity to succeedStarting kindergarten can be an exciting experience, perhaps nerve-wracking, and certainly life-altering. Do you wonder what that must be like for children who start in American schools and don’t understand English? I know someone who is running for the town board in Niskayuna who knows that experience firsthand.As an adult, Rosemarie Perez Jaquith is the director of administration and administrative counsel for the state Legislative Bill Drafting Commission, and was chosen to be the Niskayuna school president. Yet she was once a girl who showed up to school speaking no English.Rosemarie has lived in Niskayuna for almost two decades. She has served our town as a volunteer for most of those years. As Niskayuna becomes more diverse, we will do well to elect someone with not just a proven track record of public service, but also the personal experience of being a girl who spoke no English on the first day of school.Aliya SaeedNiskayuna Look at benefits of free SUNY tuitionRegarding the Oct. 22 editorial (“Free Tuition is Still a Bad Idea”), there isn’t a huge number of us still around who remember this, but a college education at SUNY Albany in the early 1960s could cost as little as $50 a semester, depending on your family’s economic status. Per today’s dollar value, that’s roughly $500. Tuition forgiveness rested on teaching in New York for five years. I don’t recall anybody who thought this was an excessive burden.My husband paid $50 a semester and covered the rest of his expenses with a summer job in a grocery store. He taught high school English in New York for 32 years and eventually earned a Master’s and a PhD.In the1960s, the state funded state colleges at a much higher level. The result was a generation of first-in-their-family college graduates, a majority of whom became teachers. Rather than “a dog of an idea,” it merits a serious look at how free, reduced or forgiven tuition at state colleges could work to everybody’s advantage.Linda BidwellSummitMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCity has many nice places to take a walkHere are my thoughts about a walkable downtown Schenectady.I actually live in the area that Sara Foss talks about in her Oct. 16 opinion piece.  The area is quite walkable and interesting.State Street between Erie Boulevard and Clinton Street is already very walkable. The sidewalks are wide and clean; the people are interesting; at night, it’s lit up and lively. Jay Street has many shops that one can pop into.But most of all, there’s the Stockade. Even with the utility work, it’s pedestrian-friendly, historically significant and borders on a beautiful river. Early fall, if one waits a minute, an eight-man or eight-woman crew might row past Riverside Park. Or a yacht.What will make a big difference in my immediate neighborhood is the day when the street-level work is finished on the Frog Alley project, and the businesses move in and the perhaps-too-expensive apartments are occupied.Roger ShefferSchenectadylast_img read more

Crown Dilmun latest to develop Glasgow speculative offices

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British Land in final stages of £90m sale

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Inside job

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The old ones are the best

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Office parks: Statutory requirements

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