Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 3

first_imgSpa financial health is not an accidentSaratoga Springs Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan’s opponent has suggested that the city Finance Office pretty much runs itself, and citizens won’t notice a difference no matter who is elected in November. I think she’s very wrong.We only have to remember the condition of the city’s finances before Madigan took office in 2012.Before Madigan, the city had experienced severe budget cuts, resulting in layoffs of city employees including police, firefighters and public works employees. In spite of the layoffs and program cuts, the 2010 city budget still included a 7.8% tax increase.Madigan took that dismal financial situation and turned the city’s finances around through smart budgeting and initiating money-saving practices. She refinanced city debt twice, saving the city $3.6 million. Her sound management has earned the city an AA+ bond rating, reducing the interest rates the city pays. Her financial skills enabled the city to bring back laid-off city employees while keeping the city’s tax rate stable for seven years.Today, even Madigan’s opponent has admitted that Saratoga Springs enjoys one of the strongest local economies in upstate New York.This didn’t happen by accident. It’s alarming that her opponent doesn’t seem to realize that.Jane WeiheSaratoga SpringsNadler should listen to his own words“The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters as expressed in a national election.“We must not overturn an election and remove a president from office except to defend our very system of government or our constitutional liberties against a dire threat. And we must not do so without an overwhelming consensus of the American people and of their representatives in Congress of the absolute necessity.“There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other.“Such an impeachment would lack legitimacy and would produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come.“And it will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions.” — Rep .Jerry Nadler, 1998.“A Republic if you can keep it madam.” — Rep. Ben Franklin, 1776.Michael SheedySchenectady In his Sept. 29 letter (“Trump promoting a devotion to country”), William Malec speaks about the president promoting a devotion to our country.The president certainly talks as though he loves the United States. He is quick to call out “treasonous” behavior of Democrats, journalists and others he suspects are trying to undermine the U.S. Constitution daily. He can certainly tweet the word treason, but I don’t think he can define it.Yes, the president loves the United States and “We the People” in it. Except if we disagree with him, if we are not white, if we are women, if we are legal immigrants from any place other than Western Europe, or if we are poor, then We the People become “nasty,” “traitors” or “savages” who should “go back” to our own country.So, yes, if you are a white guy living in New York, you can be part of the United States of America, as imagined by the president.Just don’t disagree with him. The rest of us? Probably not.James FogartyNiskayunaGrants available for pain managementI read the Sept. 28 article “Panel discusses opioid crisis in Saratoga County” where interested individuals in government, academia, health care and the community met to cooperate to solve this issue by working together.If a cooperative effort led by academia and health care professionals applied to the National Institute of Health before 2021 for grant money to conduct research and clinical programs, then a greater social and emotional approach may be found while the drug dealers are captured.Some NIH research grants involving pain management are:Research on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-937; Bio behavioral Basis of Chronic Pain Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-944; Bio behavioral Basis of Chronic Pain Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-943; Safety and Outcome Measures of Pain Medications Used in Children and Pregnant Women, Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-043; Safety and Outcome Measures of Pain Medications Used in Children and Pregnant Women (R03 Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-044; and Developing the Therapeutic Potential of the Endocannabinoid System for Pain Treatment Clinical Trial Optional, PA-18-917.In addition, there is a small business grant for pain management, the HEAL Initiative: America’s Startups and Small Businesses Build Technologies to Stop the Opioid Crisis Clinical Trial Optional, RFA-DA-19-020.Michael McGlynnWatervliet Nation needs to respect objectivityIf Deputy Joe Smith started to investigate John for sexual abuse, based on John Doe, who was near Sara Jones and seen accompanying Sara late one night in spite of Sara saying, “John is a perfect gentleman and always has been.” I would say either Deputy Joe hates John or has some personal motivation to smear John that in some way benefits Deputy Joe.If the news of late is any indicator, it seems the ability to make objective analysis takes a back seat when your “Man” has crossed the line of OK-to-do.I suppose it’s connected to fear of something, perhaps the boogeyman or something else, such as whatever socialism internally or emotively represents.Hence, in their mind, it’s better to be an ostrich than end up having the boogeyman in the neighborhood.It’s hard to say whether one feels sorry for the objectively handicapped or angry. I suppose it depends if the loss of being objective was a conscious choice or not.Anyway, I hope sanity prevails, or at least a semblance of sanity.Time will tell, and I have never seen anything this nutty in 64 years. Perhaps if I was not age 1 in the McCarthy period, I might have a solid comparison.R. Michael BoyerGilboaKelly and her team  have served city wellTwo years ago, I made a mistake and did not vote for Meg Kelly for Saratoga Springs mayor.This year I will.Kelly has earned everyone’s vote. She has accomplished far more in her first term than the previous mayor did in four years.I am most impressed with how she built trust and teamwork throughout City Hall, including with Commissioners Michele Madigan, John Franck, Skip Scirocco and Peter Martin. While Martin decided not to run, I’m confident that Robin Dalton will join the team and be an effective Commissioner of Public Safety.This team unclogged years of delays, getting the City Center garage and Geyser Trails approved.Under Meg’s leadership, they also moved to a new temporary City Hall after the fire and were functioning in only five days.And they did all of this without increasing taxes.Kelly has been very vocal describing Commissioner Madigan as an important partner whose re-election is critical to keeping the team productive.This is a great year to split your ticket, although every one of my recommended candidates can be voted for on the Independence ticket.Richard SellersSaratoga SpringsGazette has been a go-to source of infoRegarding your 125th anniversary. I’m 82. It has always been the “Schenectady Gazette” to me from the time I could only look at it until today.It is my “go-to” for news; local, national and international. TV and the Internet come in second. I trust what I read. And of course, I enjoy the comics, too. I’ve been reading your little daily capsules of 125 years of news. Some I remember.And it really does make me realize how times have changed in my lifetime. Keep up your good work.Naomi WikaneWarnervilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: 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 homescenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump loves you – if you agree with himlast_img read more

Martin O’Neill bullish despite Republic of Ireland’s automatic hopes ending

first_img Press Association “I thought beforehand that seeded teams got the advantage of playing away first, then home second, but apparently that’s not the case, it’s an open draw for that too. I think most of the countries would prefer to play their second game at home, so that’s the luck of the draw. “We are there and whoever we draw, we will be ready for the game.” Ukraine, Croatia, Bosnia and Sweden or Denmark look likely to make up the seeds for Sunday’s draw with the two-legged ties to be played over November 12, 13 and 14 and 15, 16 and 17. Ireland, for whom a win or a high-scoring draw in Warsaw would have sent them to the finals, fell behind to Grzegorz Krychowiak’s 13th-minute strike, but got themselves back into the game when Walters levelled from the spot. But Lewandowski’s winner proved not to be the end of their frustrations in Warsaw as Shane Long, the hero of Thursday night’s victory over world champions Germany, was carried from the field on a stretcher before O’Shea was sent off for a second bookable offence and Walters collected a third caution of the campaign in stoppage time at the end of the game. O’Neill, who admitted his players simply could not replicate the intensity of their performance against Germany on Thursday evening, called on UEFA to reconsider their disciplinary rules, which he described as unfair after considering the implications of a costly evening at the Narodowy Stadium. He said: “It seems crazy. It’s very, very difficult to go through 10 games without picking up suspensions along the way. It seems rather unfair then too to carry it into the play-off situation and 12 games. “There’s no reason why you can’t start it again, and also one of the groups plays with a team less and so one of the teams has actually had eight games, so it’s a wee bit unfair in that respect and I think it’s something that UEFA should really have a look at. A defiant Martin O’Neill was adopting a bullish stance after seeing the Republic of Ireland’s hopes of automatic qualification for the Euro 2016 finals die in Poland. Robert Lewandowski’s 42nd-minute strike – his 15th goal in six games for club and country – sent the Poles to France courtesy of a 2-1 victory and left Ireland facing the lottery of the play-offs, for which they are likely to be unseeded and will have to play the first leg without defender John O’Shea and striker Jonathan Walters through suspension. However, O”Neill said: “I’m not aware of whether we are going to be seeded or not seeded. I have had a little look at some of the teams that are there and whether it’s an advantage or not, I’m not terribly sure. “I think the play-off situation should be entirely different, if that’s the case. We are punished for 12 games instead of 10 and one team has only eight games to negotiate.” Poland boss Adam Nawalka’s emotions were very different as he congratulated his players for a job well done. He said: “It is enough to look at the result of the game. It was a fierce game, it was a very aggressive match, but we tried from the very beginning to control the whole game, which is why we scored the first goal. “Unfortunately, we lost the second, but then we scored again and we tried to keep our opponents under pressure all the time and at the end of the day, we qualified and I am extremely happy about that. “I have to say that my players did an extremely great job today and this is their success. They have worked for that for a very long time, from the beginning of the tournament and I have to say I am very pleased. “But still, we have not said the last word.” last_img read more