Anthem protesters missing the point

first_imgI’m just so tired of all the factions fighting over our national anthem. They say our anthem is “war like.” Actually what it’s saying is the bombs bursting in air made enough light to see if the flag was still flying. They were fighting to free our country from British rule. It was the British who were flinging the bombs. The captives wanted to know if the flag was still there. What is wrong with that? We are all American people, no matter what color you are or where you came from or who your ancestors were. I personally love our anthem and what is stands for, and I get a lump in my throat every time I hear it played. People should be thankful for our country and the fact that they have a right to protest without fear of being imprisoned (although I would like to see some of them in jail).They should stand with their hands over their hearts and thank God that they have the privilege of being in this great country. After it’s done playing, they should cheer and once again be grateful for the opportunity they have to be a member of this great country of ours. As far as I’m concerned, they’re thumbing their noses at the people who fight for their right to attend functions freely and protest the things that need to be protested. But our national anthem isn’t one of those things. Protesting the anthem isn’t the way to bring attention to the things they want to change.They are also trying to now do away with our history by tearing down statues. How crazy is that? You can’t change history that way. What is is, and no amount of tearing down statues will change things.Wanda E. HunterRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Trump not to blame; watch Fox News

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Jan. 9 letter, “Trump undercutting our American ideals”: My guess is Mr. Don Steiner was a big supporter of Obama. So far, the only collusion that has been proven was between Mrs. Clinton, the DNC and Russia. I’ve yet to see one bit of evidence that President Trump colluded in any way. In fact I have lost track, did President Trump collude with Russia or obstruct justice? What’s the case this week? The Democrats keep trying out different claims hoping something will stick.Trump is dealing with a pile of problems that Obama left behind. Trump recognizes strong leaders because they defend their country at all costs instead of blaming their country like Obama did. Obama had his apology tour, remember? He blamed the Unites States for all the world’s problems. Trump has called out our allies to pay their fair share. So what? We pay too much in taxes, and telling members of NATO to pay up was the right thing to do.No president in my lifetime did more to damage race relations than Obama. Mr. Steiner mentions white supremacists, but he forgot to mention Obama had Black Lives Matter into the White House. Donald Trump didn’t praise the white supremacists. Mr. Steiner must get his news from liberal television.If the Paris Climate Accord was so good for the world and the United States, why didn’t Obama send it to the Senate when he was president to get it ratified? Very simple: Obama knew that the Democrat senators that voted for it would lose their re-election bids. It was a farce, just another example of Obama putting the entire world ahead of America.I would encourage Mr. Steiner to watch Fox News at 6 p.m. You’ll get the truth, not some liberal talking points.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonMore from The Daily Gazette:Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Cable company fee hikes are harmful

first_imgI’m a senior citizen and on a fixed income. Cable TV service is a necessity, not a luxury for us. It’s our sole source of communication with the outside world. Why isn’t there a sliding scale for seniors? If we don’t want digital service, we should have an option not to get it. Seems odd they can’t just upgrade our current box and not charge extra.The scary part is that Spectrum said it was going to be good for its customers when it merged with Time-Warner. This is what I call an administrative rip-off. They are the only game in town.This type of stuff will not make America great again.Robert J. GodlewskiRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Time-Warner/Spectrum started a new digital service on Jan. 17 in our area. The cost for this digital service is free the first year, but after that, it is $6.99 plus taxes per month. This is a yearly fee of over $80, depending how many TVs you have. I have the following questions:1) At what meeting did the FCC approve this increase and where was it published in the Federal Register?2) How can Time-Warner/Spectrum add this charge per month when each municipality has its own franchise agreement?3) How can Time-Warner/Spectrum take a fee increase just because it has upgraded its technology? Now you need two boxes to use their cable service;that is about $160 a year. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, March 13

first_imgCan’t support GOP slate for Ballston Spa village boardMy family has lived in the Village of Ballston Spa for almost 35 years. After last year’s state audit faulted the mayor and his party’s two trustees for over four years of unfiled accounting, the subsequent resignation of our treasurer and his deputy and the 17.5 percent property tax increase I can no longer be complacent in my support. An audit was approved more than five months ago but was just authorized. I cannot support the mayor’s personal and parties’ candidates. They continue to blur the line of separateness by taking bank meetings together and entering into loan agreements on behalf of the Village before they are even elected.  I will be voting for Liz Kormos and Christine Fitzpatrick on March 19 and I urge other concerned residents to do the same. I’m impressed with their qualifications. Liz Kormos has worked for clients securing grants, totaling over a $100 million, that require insight into complex financial assessment. Christine Fitzpatrick has 35 years’ experience in private, not for profit and government sectors negotiating benefits plans and leading a not for profit. She has worked as a successful project manager, setting clear objectives with measurable results and delivering on her objectives. I’m glad we have these two fine candidates available to us and I’m confident their experience and commitment will not only correct our past mistakes, but will keep us from repeating them and in the process build a better Ballston Spa for all of us.Keith LewisBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Spectrum’s services expensive, but viable options don’t existIn Mr. Jones’ Feb. 27 letter about watching your cable bill, he didn’t say if he was referring to Spectrum but that’s who we have.Our monthly price hike was about $14 from $197 a month in December to $212 a month starting in January. This has become an annual event with them without any prior notification or explanation. We bundle TV, internet and phone. The internet is consistently slow. The on-screen caller ID only works about half the time and I have to reboot the cable box about three times a week because it just stops working for whatever reason. If you’re paying that kind of money a month you should expect the product to work.I would also encourage reaching out to our political leaders in Albany and Washington but I’m given to understand that even they are powerless to get any results. A company the size of Charter Communications could at least offer a break to seniors. It would it be nice if Consumer Cellular could get into the cable TV business. A company that’s built its business around providing seniors with a service at an affordable price with a number of options.As far as other companies that are out there, from the people that I have talked to they’re not any better than Spectrum. That’s why these extortionists have a take it or leave it attitude. I suspect that there are Spectrum customers who are happy with their service. My wife and I are not one of them.Dan LindsayRotterdamcenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIdeals of political parties have changed over timeRichard W. Colyer’s March 4 letter questioned why black voters support the Democratic Party. He stumbled on the answer but failed to see it. Lyndon Johnson championed the Civil Rights bills that passed Congress in the 1960’s, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Johnson was a Democrat. Since then all the southern Democrats abandoned the Party and became Republicans. They were initially against the Party of Abraham Lincoln but Lyndon Johnson “ruined” the Democratic Party for them and they had a new demon to despise. The old “Dixiecrats” found a new home.Michael McNallySaratoga Springslast_img read more

Property for the people: let’s lobby the Mandelson way

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‘Ryden four’ settle in at Montagu Evans

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CNC deadline extended

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Real estate revolution: how the traditional culture of property is changing

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Hammerson’s €106m Paris sale

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Regeneration group launches utility study

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