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Union College rude over request for photo

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMy wife recently inquired from Union College whether it would be OK for our family to use their beautiful campus as a backdrop for a family photo session on Nov. 19. My wife called security and two individuals assured her that it shouldn’t be a problem, but one of them gave her the contact information of an individual to contact to be sure.This individual rudely told my wife that the policy is to request and submit a permit application with a $35 fee to do this. This is absurd, and on principle I refuse to pay this, especially in the demeaning way it was demanded, rather than requested in a nice manner. My family and I have always supported this school, certainly financially, since my son is an alumni — his degree had cost plenty.I know of several people who have used the Nott Memorial and Jackson Gardens and other scenic photo spots on this historic campus as photo backdrops. To my knowledge, they did this without even extending the courtesy that my wife did — without issue or permits. Recently, my wife and I walked the campus to select our favorite spots. We saw security twice, we were taking pictures, all we got was a friendly wave from the security guard.I just hope that this so-called policy, and more importantly, the rude behavior of this individual, is not what Union College has become. We will not use their beautiful grounds for our photo day, nor will we ever financially support this college.Bob VielkindScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: 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

Congress has sensible gun legislation ready to pass

first_imgThe failure of the Air Force to report the conviction of the gunman in the Sutherland Springs shooting underscored the holes in the system.That Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a fierce opponent of most gun control, is helping lead the effort is seen as boosting its prospects.Of course, neither of these modest measures would be sufficient to address gun violence.Congress should reimpose the ban on the military-style semiautomatic guns that have — even without bump stocks — become the weapon of choice of mass killers.This week the Supreme Court let standa Maryland law banning the sale of these weapons.Hopefully that will encourage more states to take similar action while they wait for Congress to do its job.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Even the National Rifle Association said the accessories should be subject to regulation.But the momentum for action was short-lived, the NRA’s seeming support was a subterfuge, and Congress has failed to act, saying the matter was better left to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Never mind that agency says it lacks authority under the law to do so.Some states and cities are trying to fill the gap.Massachusetts this month became the first state to ban bump stocks since the Las Vegas massacre, and several others are considering similar restrictions.“We’ve come to the conclusion that Congress just won’t act on this issue, gun control, so we’ve decided to try to do as much as we can on a state level and on a state-by-state measure,” said Massachusetts state Rep. David Linsky, D.The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Dec. 6 on rules regulating firearm accessories, but prospects for action before Congress adjourns are not seen as good.Gun-control advocates are more hopeful about legislation advanced by a bipartisan group of senators that would require federal agencies and states to improve their reporting of criminal offenses and other information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post.A loophole in federal gun law allowed the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting to modify his weapons to perform like machine guns.A lapse in the national instant background-check system allowed the gunman in Sutherland Springs, Texas, to purchase his weapon despite what should have been a disqualifying conviction for domestic violence.Congress has before it sensible solutions to address both problems.Will it enact them this time or, as after other tragedies, fold under the pressure of the gun lobby?After a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured hundreds on Oct. 1 by using bump stocks to spray bullets into a crowd listening to country music, congressional action seemed almost certain.Bipartisan support emerged for legislation to ban the devices, which essentially circumvent laws banning automatic weapons made or imported after 1986.last_img read more

Dems brought us bad casino decision

first_imgI recently read in The Gazette that City Council President Ed Kosiur wanted to charge sports groups over $200 for each police car that has to be called to a playing field due to a disturbance. Well, I’d love to see the bill he’s readying for the Rivers casino.The recent melee saw at least 10 police vehicles respond to yet another riot situation in the casino, one in which a police officer was assaulted. How much can the city charge for that, Ed? The assailant had the officer in a headlock. Maybe $50 more? Glenville, Scotia and Rotterdam police and the county Sheriff’s Office also had to respond. What about their cut? The total bill for Rivers casino should be at least $10,000. This could more than the $6,000 it was fined by the state for underage gambling.Back in 2015, Roger Hull was 100 percent correct when he came out against the casino, citing police overtime, quality of life, social ills, redistribution of income and bloated estimates of tax cuts and casino revenue-sharing with the city. Our mayor, when not out keeping our garbage safe from women, touted all the benefits gambling would bestow on the Electric City. What I believe we now have is a casino teetering on lawlessness.Thanks to one-party autonomous rule, Ed Kosiur and the Schenectady Dems have hip-checked Leesa Perazzo to the sidelines as they prepare to replace McCarthy in 2019 and tell you who your next mayor will be. But you can act like a bully and harass as many women as you like when there’s no chance of being held accountable at the ballot box. Wake up, Schenectady. Democracy can thrive here if you let it.GRAHAM HIGGINSSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Feb. 26

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: 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 intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAdd these to Trump’s “accomplishments”I would like to add to the 289 Trump accomplishments alluded to in Mr. DeAngelus’ Feb. 17 letter. Oh, where to start. Our national debt is estimated to be $25 trillion by 2021. So much for Republicans’ fiscal constraint. Our children and grandchildren will thank us. Mexico will pay for the wall. I forgot, that won’t happen. The rest of the world looks up to us — not. The tax cut will mostly benefit the middle class. Really? The swamp will be drained. Now that’s a good one. I would like to add a few more to get to an even 300, but the paper might run out of space.James Brodie Schenectady Do more to coordinate social justice effortsThe need for improved educational services for youth and adults indicates social justice coordination among agencies is essential.Recognition of this by SUNY’s University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD) has established a network of Educational Opportunity Centers collaborating with state, municipal and county agencies, secondary and post-secondary institutions, community-based organizations, and business and industry in its efforts.Academically and economically underserved students who are at least 16 years old  have accessed traditional classroom learning with applied science or hands-on projects to become skilled workers for businesses.Collaboration among guidance counselors, teachers, teacher assistants, parents and students is essential for the state Board of Regents’ Whole Child Social and Emotional Learning approach to access classroom learning and applied science projects for the students.In our area, the GE Brilliant Career Lab was established through partnership by the GE Foundation, the GE Power, and Schenectady city’s public-school district.The reproduction of that model requires social-justice minded individuals to persuade municipal and school district officials to utilize the State-County Shared Services Initiative to coordinate the federal-state funded 21st Century Community Learning Center program with the UCAWD network for academically and financially underserved youth and adults.Michael McGlynnWatervlietcenter_img Our area would be the best place for AmazonMr. Bezos, please consider the New York Capital District/Tech Valley as an excellent Amazon HQ2 LIC alternative.1. Believe the governor could make it happen in his backyard with incentives.2. Benefit to the region. Jobs create income which generates tax revenue from 25,000 employees, people have disposable income which creates revenue for local businesses and additional tax revenue, and reduction in government funds required to support unemployment issues.Available real estate for a project of this proportion. Downtown Albany skyscrapers that could be renovated, state office complex, Rensselaer waterfront.3. Quality of life with great healthcare, low crime, great schools, affordable housing, low traffic, increasingly temperate weather, low probability of floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, natural disasters.4. Intellectual talent including established model for technical transformation, already being the No. 1 location in the world for intellectual talent in the field of nanotechnology.Leading technical companies already established here including Global Foundries (recently brought 10,000 jobs), Regeneron (leading pharmaceutical firm growing exponentially), and GE’s Global Research. Access to new talent through leading world class technological universities: RPI, SUNY Polytechnic, SUNY Albany, Albany Law.5. Location: currently 2.5-hour car/train ride to New York City or Boston. Modern, easily accessible international airport. Capital government proximity.6. Recreation: extensive hiking and biking trails, swimming, skiing, fishing, hunting, boating, snowmobiling, parks, clean air/water, active outdoor minded people.Proximity to Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, Saratoga, Lake George, Hudson, Battenkill, and Delaware rivers. Proctor’s off-Broadway plays. Short trip to skiing, Cape Cod, New Jersey Shore, Hampton’s beaches, and Montreal.Michael IzdebskiBethlehemlast_img read more

Property bosses fuming over lease depreciation

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Comment Flexible friends

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Scudder puts ex-HQ on market

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Merrill excels in Extel awards

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‘Landmark’ hotel on its way to Wembley

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