Thanks for laugh on crack article headline

first_imgThank you for the wonderful laugh this morning [Nov. 11] when we read our Daily Gazette. The headline, “Man allegedly hid crack in underwear,” brought tears to our eyes as my husband quipped, “Where else would he keep it?”Cherly MacNeilRandy MacNeilScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff… Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Grateful for public support of food drive

first_imgWe’d like to thank our friends and neighbors in the city of Schenectady and the surrounding towns of Niskayuna, Glenville, Scotia and Rotterdam for their support on May 12 with our 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Your generosity was overwhelming. You can take pride in knowing that a local shelter or food pantry will be able to provide essentials to local families in need over the coming months due to your contributions, which topped 40,000 pounds.This annual food drive involves thousands of letter carriers across the country and has grown to be the nation’s largest one-day food drive. Last year’s collection of 75 million pounds of food nationwide means that, with your help, we’ve provided approximately 1.6 billion pounds of food for needy families since this program began. Hunger in America isn’t isolated to one region or ZIP code. Some 42 million Americans live daily not knowing where their next meal may come from. Thirteen million children and more than 5 million seniors face hunger each day. Our letter carriers take great pride in distributing your contributions to resouces right in our local community, and the rest of our postal family support and applaud their efforts.But their success is only possible with the support of local residents recognizing the need and pitching in with donations. It’s inspiring to witness our local communities and the Schenectady postal employees working together to combat hunger. Thank you and have a wonder summer.John R. ReillyWilliam B. CooSchenectadyThe writers are, respectively, postmaster and president of NALC Branch 358, AFL-CIO.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Monday, July 1

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWriter needs more historical perspectiveThe recent exchanges initiated by James Van Dijk’s June 15 letter in which he called for the ending of “the Israeli experiment” were both interesting and revealing.It should be pointed out that every nation on Earth was founded as an “experiment,” including the “Dutch Experiment” performed by Mr. Van Dijk’s direct ancestors.Holland’s Director-General Willem Kieft of New Netherland (now New York state) ordered the massacres of hundreds of men, women and children of the Lenape and Manhattan tribes during “Kieft’s War” (1643-45); from 1596 to 1827, the Dutch West India Company, with full support by the Dutch government, sold at least 500,000 kidnapped Africans to the Dutch Guianas, the Dutch Caribbean Islands, Dutch Brazil, and the Dutch East Indies; Dutch authorities attacked, displaced and massacred the Khoikoi of South Africa, all to appropriate land and resources for Holland.Using Mr. Van Dijk’s historical lens, and merely substituting names, dates and locations, these events could easily be deemed “Dutch Zionism.”Holland was far from alone, however. Numberless crimes were committed by many European nations in Africa, Asia, India and the Americas during the Age of Imperialism.I can only hope that Mr. Van Dijk, who so roundly criticized his fellow Americans for their “lack of historical knowledge,” can learn to take a more global view of history before he puts pen to paper. He can then avoid projecting the darker attributes of all nations’ histories upon just one nation, in his case, the State of Israel.Neil YetwinSchenectadyProctors in over its head on ‘Hamilton’I have been a member and donor to Proctors at a fairly high level for almost 20 years. I have always been happy with Proctors’ treatment of me as a donor. However, after my experience on June 24 trying to buy tickets for “Hamilton,” I’m seriously considering not renewing my membership next year.I followed the instructions, but was kicked out of the queue at least eight times before it got to be my turn.We tried to call the box office, but got nothing but a busy signal.When I finally got on the website, most of the tickets were gone, and I wasn’t able to purchase the tickets I had selected,I was switched to alternate, inferior, seats. My wife checked other sites about 11:00 a.m. and found that tickets were already being offered by scalpers at prices of up to $1,885.I think Proctors’ intentions were good, but its execution had more holes in it than a sieve.Perhaps Proctors overreached its level of competence in booking “Hamilton,” when the producers placed complex restrictions on how it could market the show.Tom JewellGalwayMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: 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 intimidationlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Jan. 10

first_imgCategories: 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 motoristslast_img read more

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Industrial

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Commission under review

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Solitaire ups pre-tax profits

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Sector slammed for its secrecy

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MEPC faces up to bondholders

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HBG moves south to take on St Albans competition

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