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Paper didn’t do its job on police DWI

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhen the May 19 editorial came out about Officer Coppola’s arrest and The Gazette insinuated that something shady was going on, I reached out to one of my good friends in the Schenectady Police Department. Needless to say, this person knows what’s going on and this was his response. Coincidence? Ever wonder why the print news industry is failing? Ever wonder why the president of the United States has coined the phrase “fake news?” Ever wonder why, despite a complete turnover of police officers, The Daily Gazette still claims that the Schenectady Police Department is corrupt, can’t be trusted, does things “illegal,” as they claim for a recent DWI? Maybe it’s the media that can’t be trusted. Maybe there are reporters who ask questions and don’t report accurately, but rather in a manner that will keep their liberal-agenda-driven editors happy. Maybe the coincidence and common denominator here is the media blasting the police and failing to take that leap of faith to trust them. Couple that with reporters not doing their job thoroughly and editors and managing editors trusting them so much that they decide to write opinions on the matter. Maybe a mistake was made and a group of arrest records didn’t make the media log from the weekend. Maybe a new judge didn’t follow past precedence that the court followed and made her own decision (entirely her choice, but not to be seen as critical of the police department). Maybe the time taken to administer the blood alcohol test wasn’t too long. If a reporter did his homework, he would have called the district attorney and quoted him properly, called the court, called the state, checked with the state police, checked with other agencies, listened to the chief of police when questioned. But no. A reporter and editor, they know it all. We, the public, are expected to believe that. OK, fake news media, OK.Bill MarincicSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 17

first_imgVery thankful for care at Ellis HospitalThank you. Ellis Hospital. I was so sick recently that my family doctor told my wife, “Take him to the emergency room.” They wheeled me in about 1:30 p.m. and within 25 minutes I was checked in and in a room. After X-rays, blood work, vital signs, etc., we had a diagnosis — upper respiration inflammation and the flu. They moved me into another room in the ER while waiting for an isolation room. Once in the room, there was a whole team of nurses, doctors and technicians who went to work.I had an IV site in my arm with antibiotic injections, oxygen, nebulizer treatments, and a constant check of the vital signs and oxygen levels. They put a special patch on my back to help avoid bed sores. During the next two days, the staff was wonderful. The food was good and they gave me my normal amount of my regular vitamins. I also received periodic injections directly in my abdomen. In two days I had recovered enough to go on oral meds and go home. I cannot say enough good about all of the effort they put forth in caring for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ellis Hospital. You have a fabulous dedicated crew.Edward PerazzoScotia Vote no on losing neighborhood schoolElmer Avenue Elementary School is centrally located, enabling school children to walk to school instead of being bused.There are three clearly defined benefits the school children receive when walking compared to riding the school bus.The first benefit addresses the television commercial about bullying on the school bus. When you put 50 restless kids in a small confined space like a school bus, it becomes a breeding ground for bullying. Whereas 50 kids walking from different household locations expending energy, the problem of bullying evaporates and disappears.Secondly, school busing plays a major role in our nation’s child obesity problem because no calories are being burned off. Whereas by walking, the children would be burning calories, therefore improving their health.Thirdly, the neighborhood school allows the children to meet other neighborhood children, allowing healthy friendships to develop where they have friends to play with after school on the school playground or in their neighborhood. The burned-off energy should help the learning environment.The transportation reimbursement money New York state saves from Schenectady children walking instead of taking school buses should be pursued by the Schenectady school board to reduce class sizes or whatever the school board deems the children of Schenectady need. When the Schenectady children win, so does the Schenectady community. Therefore, vote no to turning another Schenectady elementary school into apartments.Leonard De MasiSchenectady 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?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Do your part to help save Mother EarthWe recently celebrated another annual Earth Day. It’s hard to tell, year to year, whether the Earth is, in terms of environmental quality, getting better, getting worse or staying the same.There have been several recent developments reported in the news that may reflect on part of the answer.For instance, I’m in favor of recent proposals to ban plastic bags from grocery stores in favor of reusable bags or paper bags.This measure would improve environmental quality, not to mention the view. Banning the use of Styrofoam containers is also an idea worthy of support.Styrofoam contains styrene, a component of polystyrene or plastic. It gets into foods and beverages, especially when subject to heat, as in a microwave oven, and ends up inside our waterways, our soil and our bodies. Studies show that it can take 500 years or more for Styrofoam and plastic bags to decompose in our landfills.Earth Day is a good day to reflect on how we can each do our part to save a little piece of the Earth. It’s our responsibility to help our most important mother, Mother Nature. Recycle, ban plastic bags and Styrofoam. The good it will do to save the Earth and provide benefit to our health and the health of our progeny cannot be overrated.Gina SauterScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionKids need healthy outlets to thriveTwo or three decades ago, children used to play unsupervised in mixed groups. They were able to resolve disputes and overcome any problems because they wanted to keep playing.Many kids today are having trouble managing their behavior and emotions, because how much they are allowed to play has changed.They have more access to technology and social media, which has exploded. Also, they have no skills of household jobs or contributing to the family. All these activities can help build confidence as they grow up. Today, kids are being robbed of that.Childhood and parenting have changed to the point where far more children today struggle to manage their problems. It seems parents are struggling with difficult behavior from children, which is a challenge to keep them under control. We, as parents, have to be aware that our children are on the path of an increase of anxiety and substance addiction because they don’t have the other skills to do it in healthy ways.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdam Lanotte brings fiscal experience to NiskyI urge voters in the Niskayuna Central School District to join me in voting for Patricia Lanotte for Board of Education on May 21.Effective boards have members who bring a variety of skills and perspectives to the table. Having a school board member who understands large budgets and complex financial statements, and someone who can follow the money and understand audits, is vital for the effective and efficient use of our tax dollars.Pat has 25 years of experience in finance as an auditor, financial analyst and assistant controller. During her previous service on the school board, she helped guide our district through a financially difficult and tumultuous time. Her persistence in digging into the details of district budget practices and finances helped prevent the closure of a school and resulted in much greater financial transparency. As board president, Pat worked with the superintendent and fellow board members to present budgets with tax levy increases of zero in 2015 and 0.41 percent in 2016, while adding programs and teaching staff.Pat has made clear that her priorities are budgetary transparency, educational excellence, mental health services and school safety. As a parent, taxpayer and community member, I fully support these priorities and I believe that Patricia Lanotte has the skills and temperament to achieve these goals for our district. She will get my vote on May 21. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Niskayuna High School.Barbara BurgessNiskayunacenter_img Fear Trump’s actions in wake of full report When Robert Mueller testifies about the unredacted version of his report, how will Donald Trump create his next distraction? Start a war with Iran?John KostSchenectady Visiting restaurants could take a whileUt-oh. I just finished reading the entire special section, Dine 2019, that was with my April 25 edition of my home-delivered Gazette. I believe I counted 32 restaurants.It will now take me almost three years to experience all the delectable, mouthwatering and interesting locales described if I pick one a month for a dining-out experience. Or I may just have to give up cooking altogether to get the job done sooner. I found the insert to be most interesting and wonderfully written. My only criticism is not mentioning some of the other wonderful places I have already eaten in that are in Schenectady County.Margaret WienerDelanson More enforcement of speeding lawsDriving a car these days is no longer a pleasure. There are too many rude drivers in a rush that are fast and not safe drivers, as they cut in and out as they go down the road. These people are a danger to other drivers. It seems most of these drivers are younger drivers. In fact, it looks like it may be road rage that makes them drive like this. It looks like we need more law enforcement on the roads to slow these people down. Speed limits are almost a joke. If you go the speed limit, most cars pass you. It’s time to let drivers know that if they speed, they will pay the price of a big fine and points on their licenses.This lack of respect of the speed law has to be stopped once and for all. Let the big-time fines pay for more officers to be out on the roads.Sid GordonSaratoga Springslast_img read more

Swindon industrial: Council holds all the cards

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Soho and Noho: Media meltdown

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DTZ reports 15% profit rise

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Pillar keen to buy Chartwell retail portfolio

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Heron boss says skyscraper

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Don’t like the job creation bill? Tell it to the House, not Jokowi, says minister

first_imgCoordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto has asked protesters to direct their criticism of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation toward the House of Representatives rather than President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration.“The House’s task is to deliberate the bill and to have public participation, which will be held during the legislative hearing. Please, go to the House for any [revisions],” Airlangga said during an interview with The Jakarta Post on Monday.Airlangga said that almost all bills that went through the House were subject to changes, adding that the government hoped to accommodate public opinion.“There are always multiple interpretations during a bill’s deliberation. The most important thing is to find common ground.”The Jokowi administration submitted the highly anticipated draft to the House for deliberation on Feb. 12 after several postponements. It said it expected the House to pass the bill into law within 100 working days as the government strives to attract more investment to help boost the country’s sluggish economic growth.Indonesia’s economy grew 5.02 percent last year, lower than the 5.17 percent growth of 2018, as investment and exports cooled. Investment – the second-largest contributor to gross domestic product (GDP) growth – expanded 4.45 percent last year, lower than the 6.67 percent growth in 2018.Topics :last_img read more

Trump administration says drug makers will work together to combat coronavirus

first_img“You seem to know what the answer is to this,” Trump said. “Get it done. We need it.”Pressed on whether the vaccine would be ready in the short timeframe he desired, Trump said he had heard from the leaders at the table a range of three to four months to a year. But Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases, stepped in and urged those at the table to correct the president’s impression.”He’s asking the question: When is it going to be deployable? And that is going to be at the earliest a year to a year and a half,” Fauci said.Trump, who has sought to suggest a vaccine would be ready before health professionals have indicated, followed up after Fauci’s comments: “You think that’s right?”Attendees assured him that treatments, rather than a vaccine itself, could be ready before that.Attendees included the chief executives of Gilead Sciences Inc, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Moderna Inc and GlaxoSmithKline Plc as well as research and development executives from Pfizer Inc, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi SA, all of which are working on vaccines or treatments for the virus.Even with Trump voicing hope that the companies can accelerate their development as much as possible, executives and other experts have suggested that clinical trials to guarantee a vaccine is safe and effective could mean that it could take a minimum of 12 to 18 months to hit the market.Antiviral treatments could possibly move faster toward approval.Pfizer’s chief scientific officer, Mikael Dolsten, told Trump the company had identified compounds that had a high probability of being effective against the virus.After the meeting, Pfizer said in a statement it had identified some antiviral compounds it owns as potential treatments for coronaviruses and was working with a third party to evaluate them.It said if they proved to be good candidates and passed toxicology studies, it hoped to start testing them clinically by the end of the year.Topics : The Trump administration said on Monday it had secured commitments from top pharmaceutical companies to work together to develop a vaccine and treatments to fight the coronavirus.At a meeting with industry executives at the White House, United States President Donald Trump exhorted the companies to collaborate to speed the process of getting a vaccine and therapeutics to victims of the virus.The company leaders indicated a willingness to cooperate with one another, but did not lay out how that would happen. The White House, which has clashed previously with the pharmaceutical industry over high drug prices and has been struggling in recent weeks to show it is on top of the virus response, saw the meeting as a victory.”This is all hands on deck. And the news out of this meeting that you’ve already formed a consortia … now we know they will be working together to create therapeutics and ultimately a new vaccine,” Vice President Mike Pence said as the session drew to a close.The global death toll from the illness caused by the new coronavirus now exceeds 3,000, with more than 60 countries affected. In the United States, there have been more than 90 cases, with six deaths.Trump pressed the representatives at the table about their timeframes for getting a vaccine ready and took upbeat comments from some of the company leaders to mean that it could be ready to deploy within months.last_img read more

PREMIUMSynergy with other state institutions a ‘new soul’ of antigraft body

first_imgGoogle KPK Corruption-Eradication-Comission corruption Code-of-Ethics supervisory-council Firli-Bahuri Joko-Widodo house-of-representatives National-Police Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has taken the popular phrase “prevention is better than cure” to a whole new level as it has now been ordered to build synergy with the state institutions it is supposed to watch.Catching politicians or powerful officials in the act during transactions – the hallmark of the past KPK in nabbing corruption perpetrators — will soon be a thing of the past under the new code of ethics for commissioners drawn up by the KPK supervisory board.The draft of the code, revealed by the supervisory board on March 5, includes “synergy” in place of “religiosity” as one of the values driving the work of the commissioners. This includes sharing information and data with other state institutions in fighting corruption.Board chairman Tumpak Hatorangan Panggabean said the new code had been drawn up to accommoda… Topics : Facebook Log in with your social account Linkedinlast_img read more