Month: October 2020

We must face issues raised in protests

first_imgRegarding protest by NFL players. First, let me start by saying I’m deeply disturbed by the tone of some the past letters to the editor on the subject of the players’ protest. As a person who grew up in the ‘60s, I never imaged that the way some people refer to people of color would be allowed in print.What surprises me the most, despite what side of the issue one may believe in, there seems no one who has suggested how we should be discussing this important issue of race in this country. Just because someone may believe that the way some people have brought attention to this issue may be improper, it does mean that their efforts void their right to have this issue discussed.Perhaps if we take a moment to the remember the time spent talking about President Obama’s birth certificate and years spent on hearing about Benghazi, we will allow Congress to have hearings about this important issue. Burying one’s head in the sand won’t make this issue disappear. It’s my hope that the editors of The Gazette will work hard to provide meaningful ways for our society to discuss this important issue.Bill RoylanceMenandsThe writer is a member of the Inter-Faith Story Circle of the Capital District.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesAlbany County warns of COVID increaseFoss: 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 intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Television signal need not break the bank

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion A simple rabbit ears antenna from Walmart selling for $8.88 will pick up about 22 digital stations locally, depending on your location. It would be a smart move to keep Spectrum DVR service on one TV if you could afford it. They offer excellent service. If you have a problem, a technician will be sent free of charge to your residence.I have had direct TV and Verizon and found poor service with both. There’s also a way to get TV service without a box from Spectrum, if you have their internet service.ROBERT CONRADDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesLocal movie theater operators react to green lightlast_img read more

Humans do impact climate change

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Feb 18 letter, “Man-made climate change. Do the Math” from Rodger Anderson, appears to contain a serious math error. Mr. Anderson states that, as of 2007, National Geographic stated that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were increasing at the rate of 2 parts per million (ppm) annually, and that “calculates at over 400 billion metric tons/year.” He then goes on to say that “National Geographic can only account for eight billion metric tons/year added to the atmosphere by humans.” Based on a math error, he then comes to the incorrect conclusion that “human activity must not be the cause for the rise in this greenhouse gas.”I redid the math. The National Center for Atmospheric Research gives the mean mass of the atmosphere as 5.148 x 10^18 kg, which is 5.148 x 10^15 metric tons. Two ppm of this number is 1.03 x 10^10 metric tons, or just over 10 billion metric tons.So, using the 2007 data from National Geographic, namely that humans contribute eight billion metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year, humans are indeed responsible for the great majority of the annual increase of 10 billion metric tons of this greenhouse gas, and hence global warming.Victor RobertsBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: 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 homeslast_img read more

Unhappy with cuts in music performances

first_imgI just learned through the “grapevine” and the paper that the “big wigs” are getting a raise.Music is getting cut. No band this summer in Johnstown or Gloversville. That’s terrible. Our kids have to take a cut so “big wigs” can have a nice raise? What’s wrong with this picture? They’re already doing OK.If you’re small, you’re stepped on. Then when you get old, you’re run over again.Let’s all get out and vote next time. We have to fight for what’s right.These people who cut our music should be ashamed of themselves.Eunice KilmerJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: 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 homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Reading’s changing landscape

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Retail’s risk-taker

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RE St Q puts foot down on defections

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Inner city

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Henderson eyes up IRE’s West End HQ

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Newport to rise with Crest retail

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