Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGovernor is going easy on criminalsI’m having a hard time with Gov. Cuomo’s “get out of jail free.”Last week a person was arrested for stealing a car, then released under the new law. The reporter said he’s already ignored four of these requirements. Albany County District Attorney David Soares was on the nightly news talking about this new plan.He said if a person flees to Florida, New York would have to go after him, spending the time and money getting him returned. After all that, he’d be released again.I understand the basic idea of the law is to not cause a person to lose his or her job while awaiting trial. That’s fine. However, once a person flees, they’re admitting their guilt.A warrant should be issued for their capture. Once returned, they would have a week to get their affairs in order and then put to death. This would empty the jails, which then could be used to house the homeless.It amazes me how we’re concerned with the rights of the criminal and not the victim. The governor pardoned 11 prisoners who have shown redemption. I agree in some cases. But what about the person doing time for murder? If he wants to pardon them, then he should be able to bring back the dead. That decision should lie in the hands of the victim’s family, not some outsider.I see this as more votes for the governor. He already has New York City and Long Island in his back pocket, so why not this?Pete PidgeonScotiaLocal newspapers perform a vital roleThe Jan. 7 Gazette included a letter to the editor that broadly criticized “the media.”I urge Allen R. Remaley to consider that one of “the media” did him the favor of disseminating his letter.We in the Schenectady area are fortunate still to have a local paper; fewer and fewer American communities do.I agree with Mr. Remaley that too much of today’s journalism is irresponsible, but there’s a vitally important baby in the bathwater.While we need to hold the news media accountable, we also need to support local and investigative journalism.Otherwise, those in power (whether Democrats, Republicans, unions, or corporations) will be able to get away with even more corruption than they do today.Riley HartSchenectadyNY takes our guns, sets criminals freeThe circus is alive and well in New York; Albany that is.The clowns in our Legislature and the ringmaster in the mansion limit or take away the law-abiding citizens’ rights to possess firearms.But they allow dangerous and repeat felons to be allowed to walk our streets released on their own recognizance.What a bunch of jokesters.Bob BriggsSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
AKILI Haynes toppled the competition as he captured the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA)/West Indian Sports Complex Under-19 title last Sunday, at the National Gymnasium.The final tournament for 2019 saw a number of top individual and tag-team performances by some of Guyana’s finest badminton players. After running through the preliminary stages, a spirited Haynes captured his crown after he defeated Tyrese Jeffrey in two sets; 21-18, 21-12.The pair put aside their competitive rivalry and team up to win the Open U-19 Men’s Doubles final. Haynes and Tyrese Jeffrey easily disposed of Jonathan Mangra and his partner Avinash Odit, beating them three straight sets; 19-21, 21-7, 27-25.Not to be undone, the Under-19 Girls’ Singles action heated up from the semi-final stages after eventual champ, Priyanka Shivnauth, defeated Jayde DaSilva: 22-20, 21-18, 21-17. Alea Ruplal gained a walkover from Mishka Beharry:Shivnauth then conquered the Under-19 Girls’ Singles final after she toppled Ruplal; 15-21, 21-19, 212-19. The Open Ladies’ Doubles final also proved to be exciting as the duo of Ayanna Watson and Christina Kumar overpowered Emelia Ramdhani and Anna Perreira, 21-19, 21-16.RESULTSUnder-19 Boys’ Singles1st – Akili Haynes2nd – Tyrese Jeffrey3rd – Matthew BeharryUnder-19 Girls’ Singles1st – Priyanka Shivnauth2nd – Alea Ruplal3rd – Jayde DasilvaOpen Men’s Doubles1st – Akili Haynes/Tyrese Jeffrey2nd – Jonathan Mangra/Avinash Odit3rd – Darrell Carpenay/avian RodriguesOpen Ladies’ Doubles:1st – Ayanna Watson/Christina Kumar2nd – Emelia Ramdhani/Anna Perreira3rd – Jayde DaSilva/Priyanka ShivnauthOpen Mixed Doubles1st – Jonathan Mangra/Ambika Ramraj2nd – Avinash Odit/Christina Kumar3rd – Darrell Carpenay/Ayanna Watson
The Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) Board, Club owners and the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA) convened over the weekend to discuss plans for the rest of the season and others matters arising.According to the President of the GRFU, Mr. Herbert Mensah, Ghana Rugby is facing many challenges with the most daunting one the issue of development resources.“The rugby World Cup being played in the UK is in its early stages and we have watched some thrilling matches and some exciting upsets such as South Africa losing against Japan and England against Wales. Any and every rugby player dreams to one day take part this illustrious tournament and Ghana’s vision must be to make that dream come true for our players,” Mr. Mensah said.Only two African teams, South Africa and Namibia, are taking part in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.Mr. Mensah said development of rugby in countries such as Ghana is faced with challenges such as funding and resourcing. “Once you reach the world stage money seems to come naturally. However, to reach that stage you need to invest enormously and in this development phase funding and resourcing is more difficult to find than finding hen’s teeth,” he said.The GRFU is currently in the planning stages of both a 7s tournament and the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) that promises to again provide exciting Rugby to the Rugby family in Ghana.Mr. Mensah said, “We have had positive feedback from some potential sponsors and we are hopeful that more corporate bodies will join in building the game of Rugby in Ghana. It is after all about youth development and of instilling the values of integrity, passion, teamwork, discipline and respect in our youth that will serve and guide them for the rest of their lives.”
Surviving without Carson Wentz, thriving with Nick Foles and striving for a third consecutive victory as a postseason underdog.All extraordinary developments for Philadelphia as the team now prepares for Super Bowl LII.Nothing, however, better conveys the sheer unexpectedness, the utter shock and disorientation of the Eagles advancing this far than the following fact:The players who occupied the home clubhouse at Angel Stadium this season are on the verge of winning the championship of their league. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Feel free to reread that previous sentence to better allow the surprise to slowly envelop you like syrup oozing over a stack of IHOP’s best. Go ahead. You’ll actually feel it. Honest.You might recall that it was early December when the Eagles used the time between consecutive road games against the Seahawks and Rams to practice where the Angels play.Or, to be more specific, where the Angels play not quite well enough traditionally, the franchise more than 15 years removed from its only World Series title.In recent weeks, though, the Angels have upgraded their roster markedly, highlighted by the acquisition of a Japanese player who might be the next Babe Ruth or Clayton Kershaw or both.They’ve gone from playoff longshots to the 10th or 11th pick to win in 2018, a climb representing significant promise in a place historically devoid of such things. And now, the team that sublet from the Angels could be showing them the exact way to win a championship almost no one saw as a genuine possibility just a short time ago.Remember also that it was in the game against the Rams on Dec. 10 that Philadelphia lost Wentz to a damaged knee, ending his season and supposedly the Eagles’ Super Bowl hopes, too.The next day, Doug Pederson confirmed the severity of Wentz’s injury and announced, “The reason we went out and got Nick Foles are for reasons like this.”The comment was an expression of the coach’s deep faith in his backup quarterback, a deep faith shared by absolutely no one else on this planet or any other within earshot.OK, there’s no basis for such a broad, reckless assessment. Certainly others had faith, even if admitting it at the time sounded phony because what else were the Eagles going to say?Come on, people, this was Nick Foles, who failed with the Rams in 2015, although we probably should have figured out that the failure there belonged to Jeff Fisher, who, just a guess, might not be the best at handling quarterbacks.Anyway, Foles had some uneven moments as the Eagles kept winning and moving forward, until he suddenly was as exact as a fraction in dissecting the heart from the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC finale.He went 11 for 11 in the second half for 159 yards and two touchdowns, a performance that translated into perfect passer and quarterback ratings as the Eagles transcended from field-goal underdogs to winning by 10-plus field goals.The effort was easily the most stunning thing to happen in Philadelphia on Sunday, a day when Angels superstar Mike Trout attended the game wearing a dog mask and another Eagles fans celebrated by punching a police horse.So, the story sets up nicely for a dramatic, heartwarming conclusion, if only Philadelphia didn’t have to now conquer New England, the most extraordinary of all developments.There’s no way the Patriots lose in this spot, is there? There’s a better chance of Super Bowl LII being delayed by butterflies, right? Even if you want to say the Eagles have an outside chance, fine, but don’t forget the game is being played indoors.New England is heavily favored, the Patriots triumphing over so much during their recent postseason past, even if they’ve been known to cheat and the referees clearly are on their side.That, at least, is how the Jaguars felt Sunday, when New England was penalized 10 yards and Jacksonville like three zip codes or something.Personally, I don’t think the officials call things in the Patriots’ favor on purpose, although it was surprising when the Jaguars were flagged for “being too mean to Tom Brady.”New England’s 10-point, fourth-quarter comeback was summed up perfectly by former NFL quarterback Scott Zolak, who is the analyst on the Patriots’ radio broadcasts.Zolak’s wildly entertaining, if not overly insightful commentary during the game-winning surge included the observations “This is awesome, man!” “Oh, my God!” and “I love Tom Brady!”All this, plus Bill Belichick and (probably) Rob Gronkowski and five Super Bowl titles and everything-always-works-out-for-stinking-New-England is what Philadelphia faces.Shouldn’t sound like too much to overcome to the Eagles, though. Not this team. Not this season. Not with all the momentum of a rampaging underdog and an on-loan Rally Monkey.
LANCASTER Decades melted away for 18 former members of the Lancaster Junior Women’s Club, who gathered recently for a reunion. The women recalled the camaraderie and the friendships made at the club, which was for women under age 35. The club, which existed from 1936 to 1965, helped charities and supported special projects. Frances “Fritzie” Murrell Wiley, who was the last club president in 1964-1965, put the event together after weeks of research to find as many of the past juniors as possible. A full gourmet meal was served at the Antelope Valley Country Club, at tables centered with fresh floral arrangements that were raffled off to help defray expenses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week As part of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, the juniors were sponsored by the Lancaster Women’s Club, which is still functioning. Attendees included Vera Errea; Marie Zaravica Meline, who came from Glendora to attend; her daughter, Cheryl Meline Moses, Miss Antelope Valley 1960; Dorothy Bolt; June Huffmire Hamilton; Lois Evans; Darlene Williams; Berna Lee Mayer; Mary McIlroy; Sandy Combs Murphy; Mary Hockensmith; Carol Scalafani Boyette; Renee Sperling; Jo Anne Addington and Theresa Lackey. LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Northrop Grumman Retirement Club’s last meeting of the year will take place Thursday at the Essex House, 44916 10th St. W. Jim Barnfather, representative of the Credit Union Finance Department, will be guest speaker. The social hour will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a buffet luncheon at noon. Cost is $7 per person. Reservations are due by Monday to Ken Creese, (661) 948-1851. President Lee Phillips urges all Northrop Grumman retirees to attend. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster and Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Barbecued chicken, rice pilaf, cooked cabbage, lettuce and tomato salad, juice, apple. Tuesday: Hearty beef stew, corn bread, spinach, soup, garden salad, vanilla pudding. Wednesday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, Normandy vegetables, minestrone soup, cottage cheese, cookies. Thursday: Hot turkey sandwich, juice, mashed potatoes, parslied carrots, tossed salad, gelatin with fruit. Friday: Macaroni and cheese with ham, corn nibblets, creamy coleslaw, pineapple juice, pears. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages may be left at the Antelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, (661) 267-5741. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!