Park should honor Holocaust victims

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This is in response to the March 26 article about the Holocaust memorial proposed for Niskayuna’s Route 7.While the proponents of this memorial are to be commended for bringing this issue to the public domain, their proposed execution appears to be misdirected. By erecting a death camp gate, a wall, a symbolic oven, and a transportation box car, they are memorializing the tools of the perpetrators instead of focusing on and memorializing the Holocaust victims.Would it not be more appropriate to erect a memorial to these nameless victims? They have no graves or tomb stones; they are forgotten. A simple memorial, with the names of the death camps, since no one is certain in which they perished, would be good. Since there are a number of Capital District residents who have relatives who perished in the Holocaust, a listing of their names on this memorial would be a solemn tribute and connect to the region.Why am I writing this letter? My grandparents and many uncles, aunts and cousins, whom I knew in the 1930s, were deported to a death camp in 1942, according to published deportation lists. So I do have a valid reason to weigh in. I respectfully ask the Niskayuna Town Board and the proponents of this memorial to consider the above.Erwin FriedRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 3

first_imgNational Grid’s pipeline justification is to prevent an energy shortage, which is rare. Another rationale is to meet a projected increase in “energy demand of 1.1 percent per year, which is easily met by very attainable “demand response” reduction measures such as use of renewables, conservation and efficiencies.Please help to stop this environmental threat by writing to: beckyjmeier@gmail.com or to: info@stopnypipeline.org.Consider submitting public comments to the state Public Service Commission, the lead agency, by going to: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Comments/PublicComments.aspx?MatterCaseNo=19-T-0069.To get comment ideas and to read the actual resolution against the pipeline passed by the East Greenbush Town Board, go to: http://www.caseonline.org.The purported deadline for public comments was April 24, but one can still make public comments.Public officials of Albany or Rensselaer county or residents of Bethlehem, East Greenbush or North Greenbush have a right to register with the state Public Service Commission to obtain “party status.” This entitles one to “special rights.”For much more detailed information about this fracked gas proposal, go to: Nothing to admire about Donald TrumpPoor Dave Edwards in his April 22 letter, still attempting to defend the indefensible and reprehensible corrupt liar-in-chief, convinced that in 2016, Trump won “fair and square.”  Has he even read the Mueller Report (MR) regarding Russian interference in the U.S. election?  Russian interference was “sweeping and systematic.” It continues to this day. This administration ignores calls to increase security on our election system.   Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNext president must  possess empathy After attending a lecture on the book “Leadership in Turbulent Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, the person speaking about the book highlighted admirable qualities of our greatest past American leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.One quality which is often forgotten during the intensity of the election period, is “empathy.”The leaders noted above displayed empathy as they led the country. They were able to lead keeping in mind the pain and challenges faced by ordinary Americans. Consider the human side of license issueThe April 26 Gazette editorial opposing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants asks, “Who are these politicians who support this idea listening to?” As a supporter of the proposed legislation, I feel they have been listening to me, among many others across New York state. In turn, I have been listening to immigrant members of our community right here in the Capital Region:The farmworker who needs a ride to the ICE office in Latham so he can check in for his monthly appointment, in compliance with the law. The mother who needs a ride to an appointment at her child’s school, where the child is legally enrolled, although both mother and child are undocumented immigrants. The older sister, an undocumented immigrant, who needs to transport her younger sister, a U.S. citizen, to a medical appointment. In each of these cases, driver’s licenses would help people respond to legitimate needs.As these examples demonstrate, the real circumstances are much more complex than people answering a simple poll question are likely to take into account. In my experience, the more people understand the complexity, the more likely they are to favor “Green Light” driver’s license legislation.We all need to respect the rule of law. But as citizens, we also have the responsibility of making sure that our laws respect the real human beings who live among us and make valuable contributions to our community. For this reason above all, the Green Light driver’s license bill deserves our support.Terry DiggorySaratoga SpringsThe writer is a co-coordinator of the Saratoga Immigration Coalition. On April 25, we took our grandson to Jumping Jacks. My husband had his Vietnam Veterans cap on. Our son had bought him the hat and told him to wear it and be proud as he is proud of him.When we went to pay for our order, the cashier said to my husband, “Thank you for your service and you do not have to pay for your order.” A person paid for our order and wanted to be anonymous. My husband wanted to thank this person, as he has been home a little over 47 years from the war and this is the first time someone has ever done something like this. He was very touched and surprised.We are hoping that the person who did this reads The Gazette so that they will know how much this thoughtfulness meant to a Vietnam Veteran. May God bless you always and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.   John and Diane RourkeSchenectady Vietnam veteran touched by gesture They find whatever space they can for senior apartments. See what can be done. The CVS has a pretty big parking lot, which is located in the center of Broadway, Curry Road, Mariaville and Duanesburg Road.Carole RyanRotterdam http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=19-T-0069&submit=Search.Robert ConnorsCanaan 5 Corners area needs to have a food storeI feel we should have a mini-mart or some food store at 5 Corners in Rotterdam. You have people from Duanesburg, Mariaville and Westhill who have to drive to Price Chopper or Hannaford or go to Cobleskill. Speak out against pipeline proposalOn April 17, the Town Board of East Greenbush voted unanimously against the proposed Capital District “E37 Resiliency & Reliability” fracked gas pipeline.Citizens need to fight for a better environmental solution to our energy needs, while protesting the paucity and limited nature of National Grid’s pipeline announcements.  Thanks for coverage of mayor’s passingI want to thank The Gazette for all the wonderful coverage concerning my father, Frank J. Duci. You certainly have touched on issues and his life from a personal point of view. I sincerely appreciate all the time and energy covering my father’s life and it will always be remembered.Sincerely, his daughter,Nancy Duci DenofioSaratoga Springs The MR is damning, noting nearly a dozen examples of obstruction by Trump. If Trump were an ordinary citizen, he would be indicted.Upon learning of the appointment of the special counsel, he whined, “I’m f—-d.”  Words of an innocent man? And there’s his tax returns. What’s he hiding?Trump has proposed cutting billions from Medicare and Medicaid, wants the ACA gone, and gave tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations, sending the deficit into the stratosphere. Please note that this decade-long strong economy was built on the basis of the Obama recovery.Trump deals in fear, hate and intimidation. Mr. Edwards admires a charlatan, science denier, cheat and bigot who idolizes dictators and who takes perverse pleasure in name-calling, among other disgusting traits unless he’s defending white nationalists (Remember Charlottesville?). He just did that again.There is nothing remotely admirable about Trump. He’s an ignorant fool and continues to soil the office of the presidency.Cynthia SwansonNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists While considering the important issues they focused less on politics and more on solutions for what the country was going through.If there is one takeaway for our current president, it is for him to consider taking out the “me” factor from governing and replace it with the “we” factor for his governing.I hope that we will be reflective enough to never again select a leader who, in spite of their ability to persuade us, will not cause us to waver from this awareness.We will do much better with a leader who will demonstrate empathy and understanding of America’s best principles and commit to address the issues of all Americans, not just their political base.Bill ShapiroSchenectadylast_img read more

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Agent arrested for ‘child porn’

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Property analyst of the year

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Autumn kick-off target for £200m Wembley revamp

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Creighton and Boyd make further inroads in Belfast

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Standard Chartered kicks off global property review

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Jakarta disaster agency head resigns amid recent floods

first_img“If he had continued serving as a civil servant [in the agency], he would have been required to retire at 60 years old,” said Chaidir. The new position also provides Subejo the opportunity to become a first echelon official in a ministry.Read also: Climate change cause of Greater Jakarta floods, BMKG saysPrior to his resignation on Monday, Subejo had taken his annual paid leave.BPBD Jakarta emergency and logistics division head Sabdo Kurnianto was appointed the agency’s acting head. Governor Anies Baswedan said Subejo’s resignation would not hinder flood mitigation.Heavy rains over Jakarta and its surrounding areas caused severe flooding across the capital from Sunday, resulting in the deaths of at least nine people and displacing thousands of others.Apart from Subejo, Jakarta Housing And Settlement Agency head Kelik Indrayanto also resigned on Monday. He resigned to become a member of the Governor’s Team for Accelerated Development (TGUPP). (gis) Topics :center_img Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Jakarta) head Subejo has resigned as severe flooding occurred across Greater Jakarta in the past several days.“He resigned on Monday,” Jakarta Employment Agency chief Chaidir said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.He added that Subejo had resigned as BPBD Jakarta head to train and teach civil servants. With his new job, Subejo, who is 59 years old, can prolong his career until he is 65.last_img read more

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