November 21, 2020
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first_imgI’m for gun ownership, but am sickened by the acceleration in the scope of mass killing made possible by the assault-style military weapons used most recently. Florida, Nevada and Connecticut have all had records set for the biggest mass killing in state history since 2012 — all with military-style assault rifles. But gun legislation has remained elusive. So let’s leave the Second Amendment alone and make gun violence a free-market issue. Let economic incentives, or disincentives, regulate gun ownership by requiring firearm insurance.Like car insurance, each state would require that all firearms must be insured before the sale of that weapon. Insurance companies would have to carefully vet each citizen applying for insurance and make sure lies on applications are fact-checked.If that gun is used in a (single or mass) killing, the insurance company would have to pay out significant damages to victims. The incentive for meticulous screening and the costs of insurance would prohibit a lot of mentally unstable people from procuring firearms. It wouldn’t be perfect, of course.There is no panacea for the problem of a country of 323 million citizens possessing 300 million firearms already. It might save a few lives moving forward though. And what do we have to lose?Christopher OgnibeneNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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first_imgIn addition, the mention that GE “will invest tens of million of dollars in the new effort” seems like a significant capital investment for community sustainability, with long-term reduction of utility costs in future governments’ budgets.However, I didn’t read any mention of planning to utilize the Electricians Recruitment Apprentice program, sponsored by the Tri-City Joint Apprenticeship Council, or the Electrical Line Worker Apprentices program, sponsored by the Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.The corporate-government partnership’s insightfulness into the cost/benefit of capital resources needs to include the cost/benefit for human resource development to sustain operation and maintenance of the projects.I hope public review of the projects looks at federal and state education and training monies to sustain a workforce to operate and maintain the long-term capital benefits. Will the political and economic decision-makers allow SNAP recipients to participate in sustainable development?Michael McGlynnWatervlietMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The April 27 news article about several municipal governments partnering with General Electric to invest capital resources into solar energy planning, installation, operation and maintenance is interesting.Also, the willingness of municipal officials to include review of the planning results prior to authorizing contracts for installation seems good for public review/democracy.last_img read more

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first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Support women in the workplaceApril 2 symbolized the date that all women must work into 2019 to make the equivalent of what men earned last year.But today, June 10, is the day working mothers in particular must work to catch up to working fathers. That is 11 days later than it was in 2018 (May 30). Moms lost pay equity ground this year.This matters because more than 70 percent of moms with young children are working, meaning their earnings are critical to their families’ financial security. Equal pay is not a gender issue; it is a family success issue.As a longtime volunteer with the Junior Leagues of New York State Public Affairs Committee and a working mom, I encourage everyone to contact their state legislators to respectfully request they work to develop policies and pass strong workplace laws that recognize the dynamics of the modern family by supporting working women. Indeed, with session in Albany winding down, ask them not to go home at the end of the month without moving on a host of pay equity bills, including the state salary history ban.Denise Murphy McGrawNiskayunaThe writer is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties.To save planet, take action, dump TrumpI’m writing to ask Americans to wake up and save our country and planet. To do this, you need to vote President Trump out of office.This administration is gutting our Environmental Protection Agency and refusing to acknowledge climate change is real. Their plan is to manipulate the data models so the EPA will no longer track the future impact of global warming after 2040. Looking out only 20 years will predict a much brighter future, but that will ignore the increasing effects of climate change.Perhaps you will shuffle off this mortal coil before then and you don’t care. Well I say shame on you. I have read all these letters purporting to be pro-life, or pro-business, or pro-economy. The greatest positive impact you can have with all those agendas is to support every effort to confront and help develop solutions to climate change. How? Just do a Google search for every-day things you can do. Or call one of the many non-profit groups devoted to saving our environment. And most importantly, vote this president out of office.Tom Brokaw coined the phrase, America’s “Greatest Generation,” those who survived the Great Depression and served in World War II. With apologies to the environmental activists out there, when history is recorded, the current crop of adults might be called the “Greediest Generation.” Climate change is not brain surgery; it’s science. You do not get to make up your own facts. I implore everyone to do something. The work will be hard, but if you truly believe America is great, we can do it.Michael WinnSaratoga SpringsAdvocate for policy for the ‘whole child’The June 3 “Area school districts warned about racially disparate suspension rates” Daily Gazette article is an excellent indication for parents and concerned adults to continue advocacy of the state Board of Regents’ ‘whole child’ social and emotional education policy.The state government has established laws, Education Law Article 17, authorizing the Board of Regents, the education commissioner, school boards, administrators, faculty and residents to establish a curriculum of social and emotional health education and supportive services.School boards’ code of conduct include disciplinary measures involving suspension from school, but implementation of ‘whole child’ guidance services during this punishment period of education is neglected.Social worker counseling with the individual to address the social and emotional problems can enhance development of the ‘whole child.’As we know, adult white nationalists and drug-dealing bullies point out by their behavior their lack of social and emotional development and lack of comprehension of love thy neighbor as thyself.The immense responsibility for educators, parents and residents to embrace the ‘whole child’ guidance policy with enhanced social and emotional learning services for youth and adults requires consideration.Advocacy for expansion of school districts and municipal partnership to improve their county shared-services plan could improve public health and behavioral services for adults and youth.The consolidated funding application process of the regional economic development councils can access funds to enhance 21st Century Community Learning Center services in our communities.Michael McGlynnWatervliet Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionChange behaviors, change the planetI’m reading “Climate Church, Climate World” by Jim Antal. The book gives examples of how thinking has changed to the positive by people gathering together, using their voices and strengths to change situations. Of course, his goal is to change minds and actions related to climate change, but examples include slavery, voting rights and attitudes towards gays. I mention this book because China is having a plastic-container problem now that its population is ordering so much home-delivered food.Ads here encourage Americans to follow China’s example. Recently, FedEx said it needs to deliver products seven days a week year-round to keep up with the demands by Americans for stuff. This ordering leads to unanswered questions. Where do we put the plastic containers when we are finished with them? What are we doing with our lives that we can’t leave the house to go shopping? What happens to the stuff at the end of our lives? As we are pushed to be less active and less reliant on our humanness, and more reliant on Siri and the ilk, we need to ask ourselves who we are as a people. Are we being pushed to become a nation of hoarders supporting our national economy? Or are we the creative and energetic Americans who built things and acted with independence? It’s sad that people speak of binge watching certain shows as if it was a great accomplishment — probably while eating food they ordered in plastic containers. This does hurt our Earth.Janice WalzScotia St. Mary’s shows how much it cares As we approach the end of the school year, I want to personally thank the teachers and the principal at our Catholic School, St. Mary’s Ballston Spa. I can personally recount many instances when the teachers showed kindness to my daughter when she needed it.One night, I dropped her off at the Kids’ Night Out School Halloween party, and upon not seeing her friends right away, my daughter stayed by the front door, hesitant to enter the school.Our principal, Mrs. Fitzgerald, didn’t skip a beat. She came right over to my daughter, complimented her on her costume and led her to where her second-grade classmates were waiting. It’s these little acts of kindness from the educators that show parents that they genuinely care. Now in third grade, my daughter likes to doodle and write notes on her classwork. Sometimes discouraged with the math, she’ll write in the margin “This is hard!” Her third-grade teacher, Mrs. Eddy, will take the time to jot back an encouraging note such as “Why? You’re doing great!”My family feels truly blessed to send our children to St. Mary’s School in Ballston Spa. I would encourage all parents to give St. Mary’s a call to schedule a tour. The dream of having a child who wakes up on a Monday morning excited to go to school isn’t a dream at all. It’s a reality for us at St. Mary’s.Jennifer VanDeCarrBallston Lakelast_img read more

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first_img“Since the tourist returned to their hometown on Jan. 28 and the first symptoms of the disease appeared on Feb. 5, it is very likely the infection occurred on mainland China,” Ketut said.He also explained that if the 14-day incubation period was taken into account, there was a possibility the tourist did not contract the virus in Bali as there was an eight-day gap between their flight from Indonesia to Wuhan and the day when the symptoms started to appear.Read also: Lion Air confirms passenger named ‘Jin’ among 188 on Wuhan-Bali flightThe Health Ministry had received 77 samples from 16 provinces across the country as of Thursday. So far, 71 coronavirus samples have tested negative, while the remaining six are still being examined. “Bali is safe from the coronavirus and we are always ready to welcome visitors,” Ketut said.Topics : The Bali Health Agency has managed to identify a hotel where a Chinese tourist who allegedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus had stayed during his vacation in Bali. “We have checked the data from the Ngurah Rai Immigration Office, and found out that we have a record of the tourist who came to Indonesia through I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport on Jan. 22,” Bali Health Agency head Ketut Suarjaya said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Friday. However, he did not disclose the exact name or location of the hotel.Read also: ‘We will trace his movements’: Bali officials respond to report of coronavirus-infected touristJudging from the virus’ incubation period as well as the tourist’s travel duration, it is difficult to determine if the tourist was infected in Bali, he added.last_img read more

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