Trump incompetence a decline of democracy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI enjoyed reading Vince Dacquisto’s Nov. 16 letter [“Trump is a cancer on American people”], mostly because he was my sixth-grade social studies teacher.The other reason is that the incompetence of our president is gaining more and more attention. That said, I would like to make a suggestion — that the personality/conduct disorder-like behavior he has been demonstrating in his approach to governing has some benefits in the long-term.Our president may very possibly reduce English to the use of adjectives and adverbs. After all, I guess, one can only speak so much blatant and verifiable falsehood before nouns and verbs become problematic.However, I believe the greatest benefit will be in the very incompetence and disreputable plays Mr. Dacquisto described so passionately. The way Trump, the copper conquistador, comports himself is drawing attention to the diminishment of the American democracy that has taken place since the 1980s.James CiminoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Honor deserving local figures instead

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRegarding your Nov. 19 editorial, “Stop naming things after politicians,” denouncing the renaming of a bridge for former governor Mario Cuomo, and the Jan. 25 letter [“Town fields shouldn’t bear Landry’s name”] objecting to the naming of Niskayuna athletic fields for former Supervisor Joseph Landry: Both miss the opportunity to propose a healthy alternative to the depressing spectacle of political leaders concluding that all of the greatest benefactors of their communities just happen to have been recent political leaders.There’s a better way, a way less likely to feed our hungry cynicism. The country and New York state have produced a great many distinguished writers, scientists, architects, educators, humanitarians, historians, musicians, physicians, engineers and others whose accomplishments a good society should be eager to honor. At the local level, Niskayuna hasn’t yet produced stars in every one of those areas, but every place has first settlers and first elected officials. There are surely estimable non-living educators and coaches for whom a playing field could appropriately be named, thereby incidentally boosting the morale of others currently serving in those roles.But nothing like that will happen as long as naming continues to be done willy-nilly at town board or city council meetings. Instead, those bodies should ask their local historical societies to produce, for eventual use, lists of local non-living worthies — lists as diverse as the higher values of the community itself. By not excluding the occasional non-living political leader, they would be treating that kind of community service as only one among many.In the meantime, The Gazette could make a positive contribution with some articles on existing street names. Many people have some idea who Seward, McClellan and Nott were. But who were Van Antwerp and Van Vranken? Who were Rosa and Maxon and Barrett?Wayne SomersDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:Local movie theater operators react to green lightFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Letter on JSD budget contained mistakes

first_imgThe JSD music program sustained some smaller cuts when the Board of Education made its first and second round of program and staff cuts. Other district programs sustained similar cuts as well.If the revised budget fails to pass with a super majority of 60 percent on June 19, we will be forced to adopt a contingency budget that will include additional cuts in staffing and programs throughout the district.I would encourage any district voters with budget questions or concerns to contact Superintendent Patricia Kilburn at pkilburn@johnstownschools.org or by calling 518-762-4611. I also welcome questions at my email address: kdougherty@johnstownschools.org.Kathy DoughertyJohnstownThe writer is president of the Board of Education for the Greater Johnstown School District.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Please allow me to correct several inaccuracies included in a June 10 letter from Johnstown resident Eunice Kilmer regarding the 2018-19 Johnstown School District [JSD] budget.The “bigwigs” are not getting a raise. The superintendent and assistant superintendent have accepted two-year salary freezes starting with the 2018-19 school year.The Gloversville and Johnstown Citizens Bands’ operations and budgets are completely independent of the JSD budget. Both groups are funded through several other sources and both are planning a full series of summer concerts in their respective communities this year. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

New corporate raider targets ScotMet

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Loughborough industrial/business parks: Wait-and-see policy

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A sign of the good times

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Hammerson chosen for Kingston facelift

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Cutting corners

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Plan IT, damn it

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Going places

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