Charmed by a mistake in the Sports section
You inadvertently put a large smile on the face of this old man when you had a mistake in your Feb. 22 Sports section.
On Page B5 you ran a story on the unfortunate passing of former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Stan Williams, and it was accompanied by a photograph showing the entire starting rotation of the Dodgers of 1962. Your caption identified the site as having been taken at Dodger Stadium. However, the ballpark in question is unmistakably the historic Polo Grounds — my favorite stadium of all time! It was the longtime home of the then-New York Giants, and, for the first two years the New York Mets were in existence, the old horseshoe-shaped park with the quirky dimensions was the home of the Mets.
Alas, it was razed in 1964 and replaced by Shea Stadium at Flushing Meadows. The Coogan’s Bluff ballpark was the scene of Bobby Thomson’s famous pennant-winning “Shot heard ‘round the world” in 1951 and of Willie Mays’ famous “impossible” catch in deep centerfield in the 1954 World Series.
Anyway, thank you for the “mistake.” Another clue that this is not Dodger Stadium is that the pitchers are wearing their road grey uniforms that say “Los Angeles.” No matter. It brought back a flood of happy memories.
Shame on Gazette for Limbaugh cartoon
It is with deep disappointment that I am writing my first letter to the opinion section of the Gazette. For over 25 years I’ve lived, worked, volunteered and raised two children in the Electric City. I have been a subscriber to your paper for as many years. I enjoy reading the local news and especially enjoy reading Sara Foss’s column.
Even though I find that your editorials lean towards the Washington Post and New York Times, I have, and always will, enjoy reading and pondering a different perspective and viewpoint than I get from the Wall Street Journal.
But I can’t even begin to describe how shocked and disappointed I was when I saw the cartoon in the Sunday, Feb. 21, Gazette regarding Rush Limbaugh. As polarized as America is at this point, I can’t fathom how the editorial board thought that the cartoon was in any way witty, insightful or funny. To run such a vile and hateful cartoon about a human being whose family and friends have not even had an opportunity to lay him to eternal rest is beyond shameful and reprehensible.
At a time when the cry for unity, mutual respect and bipartisanship is needed the most, you chose to follow the path of hatred and division that is consuming us.
Whoever thought this cartoon was appropriate is more than part of the problem. They contribute to the divisiveness that is devouring our country.
I was embarrassed on Sunday to call The Gazette “My Hometown Newspaper.” Shame on you.
Consider $15/hour and debt forgiveness
Recently there have been national conversations about two important issues. The first is forgiveness of college debt and the second, the $15-per-hour minimum wage.
Looking at the second issue first. Earning the present approximately $8-per-hour federal wage today and working 40 hours a week, you could earn $320 per week before taxes. That is maybe $16,640 per one year of 52 weeks. Tough to live on that.
If that moved to $15 per hour, weekly wages, working 40 hours, would be closer to $600 per week and in a year, closer to $31,200. That difference might allow a person to rent a decent apartment, put a down-payment on a car, maybe get some limited health care, and eat better food.
Why did I mention those things? Because, if a working person can’t pay for those things, we, as taxpayers, pay for them in subsidized housing, SNAP, heating funds, and health care costs. It’s like car insurance when we pay to cover uninsured drivers.
Now back to my first issue — college debt. I have conflicted feelings about this issue, as I paid off mine, but it will be interesting to see which one is passed first. A $10,000+ forgiveness of debt or the $15-per-hour wage. Both will ease the money problems of a family, but one will raise people out of poverty. Perhaps we give tax credit to small businesses that move to $15-per-hour wages.
Too much bad news in Gazette
Your paper focuses too much on negative news. The Feb. 23 headline (“500,000 dead and counting”) is the last straw. I don’t need to start my day with all that negativity. Almost all your articles are also heavily politically slanted. You are not reporting honest, unbiased news, you are reporting a whole bunch of opinions with some bad news sprinkled in.
The only part of the paper that is good now is the puzzles and comics. It’s not worth the money anymore. Goodbye.
Metro a poor choice for Schenectady
Schenectady Metro? Sounds kind of bland doesn’t it? That’s the new nickname Neil Golub came up with and announced during a one-hour presentation. That must have been one exciting presentation huh? Glad I wasn’t there.
But “Metro” really? That to replace “The city that lights and hauls the world” and “The Electric City?” Those two designations have substance, excitement, and history unlike “Metro,” and while I’m at it, “Market 32.”
No Neil, Metro is not a name I and many others want to see associated with Schenectady, but I do have one I’d like to see…Wegmans.
Re: Bill would close loophole on ghost guns
First, I would like to say that the article was most informative for the non-gun knowledgeable public, which I’m sure is a majority of the liberal leaning individuals, in the immediate Daily Gazette area.
This problem and the problem of 3D printing of firearms are now becoming an object of concern for all of the legal and responsible gun owners throughout our state and country.
However New York state has added a very big twist which was not addressed in the editorial, that is (and I have stated this previously). What good do all these laws do if after arrest, booking, fingerprinting etc., these individuals are let go to (supposedly) appear later.
Since the beginning of 2021, in our small area, about 8-10 cases that I have read about in the Gazette have occurred in Albany, Schenectady, Colonie and the Thruway. People are apprehended, with illegal guns, drugs, stolen merchandise, etc. Then they are let go to appear at a later date.
Is this stupidity? Does anybody think that they are not going to continue illegal activity while out, or better yet skip town?
Is Prince Andrew and his court in their right minds?
Lastly, again, you can make all the laws you want against an inanimate object but unless you change people, all these laws only hinder the law abiding citizens who happen to like an object that others do not.
Don’t blame Texas outages on renewables
As Texas deals with record shattering cold, energy blackouts shouldn’t be solely blamed on renewable energy. News stories are spreading about how wind turbines froze which caused massive blackouts which is partially true, but a quote from Gov. Abbott reads “Due to the severe weather and freezing temperatures across our state, many power companies have been unable to generate power, whether it’s from coal, natural gas, or wind power.”
So, while wind was impacted so were other traditional fossil fuel plants, but no one seems to want to look at the big picture. Also, offshore wind in Texas helped to ease the burden as the storm produced strong winds along the coast.
It should also be noted that Texas has their own electrical grid also which is outdated and unprepared for current and future climate change impacts. I urge people to not just listen to CNN, Fox News, or Facebook for your news especially after Tucker Carlson’s rant about wind energy that contained no evidence or data to back up his claims. Instead do your research and fact check stories or visit government websites such as the EPA or U.S. Department of Energy, which provide information and data on various energy sources and emerging technologies.
Public data attacked
The covid data crisis, including nursing home data, is a significant and visible symptom of the larger public relationship with public data and records. New York’s open data program, OpenNY (https://data.ny.gov/), is our public data library, started in 2013. The public data program has faltered mostly due to, ironically, public indifference.
It is easy to criticize the status quo on public data, but we the people are the problem. Public data are public records and public records in New York have been attacked for a generation. We underfund the state’s program and some local governments have reduced public record access hours, eliminated clerk staff, and use money earmarked for records for other purposes.
While New York has a long way to go to improve data stewardship, sadly it has proven more mature in its relationship with public data than many others, even earning accolades. It has not viciously attacked and terrorized its own data collectors (and their families), as the Trump Administration did at the federal level and Republican governors still do, most notably in Florida.
As we uncover the facts about nursing home deaths, New Yorkers should ask: How much should we invest in collecting, securing, and curating public data? My guess is, like the past, the public will remain indifferent and will balk at any meaningful social, economic, and professional investment in public data and New Yorkers will be “shocked” yet again when another crisis reveals the immaturity of how we the people care for our public data.
Trump’s conduct must have consequences
The Senate voted by a margin of 57-43 to convict Donald J. Trump of one charge of “incitement to insurrection” following prosecution by House managers.
Following the vote, Senate Minority Leader McConnell declared Trump was undeniably guilty of a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” when he incited and failed to stop a deadly assault on the Capitol. McConnell said, “There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the event of the day.”
Recognizing these actions by the Senate and Leader McConnell, one might conclude Trump had been found guilty and denounced for his incitement to insurrection and tossed into the political equivalent of Dante’s Seventh Circle of Hell.
But, not so fast. The 57 votes to convict Trump fell 10 votes short of the 67 needed. Result — Not Guilty.
And, for McConnell, he voted Not Guilty because he does not believe the Constitution permits the Senate to convict a former office holder.
Final result — Trump celebrates another acquittal.
Next steps, Trump may be Teflon Don for today, but there are prosecutors in New York, Georgia and the District of Columbia, as well as civil litigators who will have something to say as a result of pending cases and investigations.
Trump’s mendacity, seditious conduct and corrupt behavior during the last four years must have consequences. It wasn’t easy to lock up John Gotti, but in the end the good guys won.
Robert K. Corliss
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