Leave Statue of Liberty in its park

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It’s very sad what the administration in the city of Schenectady is doing to our history. The replica of the Statue of Liberty has been located on lower State Street across from the original YMCA since 1950. Now that the area is to be renovated into a lovely new park, which would give a beautiful place for the Statue of Liberty, this statue may not be located in its original place. They claim it’s too small and offer other ridiculous excuses. But the statue is taller than Lawrence who’s in the Stockade. With a pedestal like the Lawrence statue, the Statue of Liberty would be taller than Lawrence.Now they want to relocate this statue to Steinmetz Park, where in my opinion, it wouldn’t be seen as much as on lower State Street or any other practical historical place. The idea of a veterans’ memorial in Steinmetz Park is very nice, but it doesn’t need the Statue of Liberty to be relocated there. But the people of Schenectady, and especially the Stockade Association, don’t respond to any changes and just go along with whatever the administration pleases to do. Shame on the Stockade Association and the people of the city of Schenectady.Voice your opinions before it’s too late. City Hall keeps promising to preserve our history, like with the Nicholaus Building, and then changing its mind to help a favorite developer. Or decisions are made on a whim of the mayor or other important person. Don’t let this happen to our Statue of Liberty, which should be placed back in its original location — now a beautiful new park — which will have many more users.Jessie MaleckiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlinelast_img read more

Trump often flouts the U.S. Constitution

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The U.S. Constitution has been called into question repeatedly by President Trump’s actions and words. He has attacked the freedom of the press, the independence of the judiciary, obstructed justice, and failed to separate his business from his office. Here are but a but a few examples of presidential abuses of the Constitution: 1) Trump’s constant tweeting, denigrating free press, accusations of fake news, and personal attacks of newsmen and women denies them bringing the truth forward to the citizenry.2) Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order barring all entry from citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations, which has prompted Immigration officials to block legal permanent detainees from legal counsel, in direct violation of an order from Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.3) In February, Trump met with FBI Director James Comey a day after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid controversy over his contacts with the Russians. Comey says Trump told him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.” This is obstruction and manipulation. 4) Trump’s private meetings with other foreign dignitaries and powerful people in his private Mar-a-Lago estate who maybe contributing to his private empire (without transparency) through countless undisclosed financial entanglements and obscure resources. Jackie LangloisBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette: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 homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 28

first_imgRabbi Cutler worthy of community praiseAs a 97-year-old member of Congregation Gates of Heaven (oldest man in the synagogue), I feel well-qualified to celebrate Rabbi Matthew Cutler as an outstanding community leader.Over his 24 years’ of service at Temple Gates, Rabbi Cutler emerged as one of the strongest and most visible clergy leaders in the Capital District. His ecumenical work is well known. He’s a much sought-after speaker and teacher in the area. He’s one of the founders of the interfaith conference, Schenectady Clergy Against Hate, a group dedicated to cross religious and cultural lines and foster healthier dialogue to build a strong community. She suggests that one American who dies at the hands of an illegal immigrant is one too many. Then she contradicts herself by gladly offering the physical whereabouts of any Democrat or liberal, as well as disarming their means of security. Apparently they are not included in her “one too many” worth saving.The immigrant policies currently implemented at the border are both cruel and inhumane. Any policy that rips children from their parents with no news of when and how they will meet again is unAmerican. These are children, not political affiliations. We’re all honor-bound in a sane society to protect kids everywhere. How about some kindness? People with anger, fear and bigotry are far more dangerous than 99 percent of the immigrant population looking to us for a better life, much like our ancestors did years ago.“Every man’s death diminishes me, for I involved in mankind”  including Democrats and liberals, and all humans sharing this planet.Connie CartwrightScotia Rabbi Cutler serves on the board of Bethesda House, which is working to help the poor and the homeless in our area.On October 29, 2018, Rabbi Matt hosted a standing-room-only event at Gates of Heaven to remember the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.Schenectady Clergy Against Hate speakers of several religious leaders included American Sikhs, Islamic Center, Union College, Schenectady Interfaith, African-American churches and several others.Rabbi Cutler is not only creative and innovative within the congregation, but believes in and practices outreach.Ted VinickSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFear and bigotry are dangerous qualitiesI’m curious what could possibly have given Bonnie Decker, in her Feb. 28 letter, the right to accuse all Democrats and liberals of “hating America.”Does she know them all and what’s in their hearts? That’s a very sweeping, inaccurate, bigoted, ridiculous thing to say based in no known reality at all.She has obviously been drinking from the cup that’s being passed around made up of fear, anger and irrationality, much like the followers of cult leaders, the ultra-right and Fox News pundits. Don’t trust Dems to pass major reformsIn response to the March 20 Gazette article, “9 fund-raisers in just 1 night,” I believe that the state’s Democrats “will enact campaign and ethics reforms.” I also believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.Paul ButlerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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:HIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needlast_img read more

A Palace revolution

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Inner city

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Deutsche Bank in City shake-up

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City investment: City that never sleeps

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LMS profits hit by £20.7m writedowns

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Public sector will lose out if Revenue chief falls on his sword

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