Vote on town hall now would be premature

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In response to the Dec. 1 editorial, “Let voters vote on town hall,” the Duanesburg Town Board felt it necessary to clarify several points that were expressed.First and foremost, no final decision on a relocation of Town Hall has been, or will be made, until the residents that our board serves are fully informed and have an opportunity to provide input and express opinions.Secondly, regarding permitting the residents to vote, the board absolutely has no objection to this. However, it’s early in what will be a long process. It’s premature to have a vote on this potential action when the board doesn’t have a handle on the ultimate scope and costs. Once these details have been determined, the board will hold a public hearing and a walk-through of the property. There will be time for the residents to request a vote at a more appropriate time should it be desired. This board wouldn’t move ahead with something this impactful if it were against the wishes of a majority of the town’s residents.Thirdly, the editorial urged the board to enlist an engineer to fully scope a potential move. The board couldn’t agree more. That is why the board has already done this. We have met with our town’s engineering firm several times and will be meeting with them again this week. It’s precisely why a vote at this point doesn’t make sense.There are numerous reasons why the board unanimously agrees that this move deserves serious consideration. These details will be documented and presented to residents at a public hearing as soon as it is practical. The board can’t do this before it is prepared to provide answers to the many questions that our residents will want answered.Roger TidballDuanesburgThe writer it the town supervisor.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusLocal movie theater operators react to green lightEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Police, firefighters earn their overtime

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Jan. 24 letter, “Unlink police overtime, pension benefits”: Mr. Bernard Burns contends that there are shenanigans going on with the fire department and the police department padding the pension of retiring employees. I would like to offer a difference of opinion. Yes, it’s true the top earners seem to be the same folks each year. If I were to surmise, the high-earning rank-and-file are senior employees with more knowledge, experience and the ability to handle making tough decisions that could have life-and-death consequences.Everyone knows working long hours causes stress and fatigue. So, yes, the senior employees make more money and so the overtime they work is paid at a higher rate.I think it’s a wise expenditure when you consider the hazardous situations our firefighters and police encounter on a daily basis. So these brave men and women volunteer to work overtime in hazardous conditions to keep our city safe. I wonder if Mr. Burns’s job is so dangerous that he would be willing to sacrifice his life for his fellow man, as our fire and police personnel do. I’m willing to bet my paycheck that the lower-ranking police and fireman get overtime; they just don’t earn as much as the senior employees do, so you don’t see their names in the paper.  So the word on your street in Rotterdam is how city employees pad their pensions. I wonder if you be so critical if you actually lived in the city these brave servants work.Maybe he should research Rotterdam’s top-paid employees.I would also like to mention that Police Chief Eric Clifford is now a salaried employee, so he does not get overtime. But I’m sure Mr. Burns knew that. I would like to thank police, firefighters and first responders for running into the battle when people are running out.My prayers and thoughts are with you each day.Robert SponableSchenectadyThe writer’s father-in-law is a retired Albany police officer. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Respect people and their views

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have been part of a campaign to brand Schoharie County as “the home of respect for all” (Gazette, Feb. 20). Here is what we hope to accomplish.Importantly, we don’t use “respect” in the sense of admiration or esteem. We aren’t claiming to admire everyone and everything, nor are we hoping that people will start doing that. Rather, we are using “respect” in its classical sense of due regard, as distinct from high regard. This is its meaning in the phrases “respect for the law” and “respect for ones enemies.” The value of this type of respect is best illustrated by the opposite approach, namely disrespect. In cases of prejudice, bullying and related examples, behavior is marked by misunderstanding or inappropriate responses, and the object of attention is deemed insignificant.Disrespectful behavior forsakes benefits to be gained from a welcoming, inclusive and positively engaging attitude. Research shows these benefits to be substantial. Disrespectful behavior also incurs needless costs of conflict, resentment and retaliation.So when we urge respect for all — including Donald Trump, Barack Obama, assault rifles, and climate change — we realize that these are not necessarily, or even possibly, the objects of any particular reader’s admiration.Yet, all are worthy of clear understanding and appropriate response. If they instead receive prejudging, contemptuous dismissal or other lack of due regard, it will be at the perpetrator’s expense and at the expense of us all.Glenn SandersSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Sept. 3

first_imgPhoto of child, cow painted a pictureThe photo on the front page of the Aug. 29 Daily Gazette could not have been more perfect. Photographer Peter R. Barber captured the little girl and the cow in a scene that could have been a Norman Rockwell painting. Kudos to Barber’s sharp eye.Daryl KosinskiFultonvilleProgressive-liberal policies hurt citiesHaving been educated in biological sciences, I find it astounding that we have typhus breakouts in areas of our country due to humans living, sleeping and drugged-out on sidewalks, lying in their own filth, feces and drugs. Good Lord, typhus is a deadly disease that was last rampant 60 years ago in the unsanitary Nazi concentration camps, spread by lice and fleas. One might assume this is in some rural area of mid-America.However, it turns out to be in our major, most beautiful cities. Los Angeles (with nearly 60,000 homeless people without shelter at any given night); San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; and Baltimore to name a few. What do these all have in common? Their governments are all proud bastions of progressive liberalism.Is this the “shining beacon” the Democratic Party promises if elected?  And what have the fathers of these cities been doing?In June in L.A., a press conference was held on the steps of city hall and instead of addressing this man-made disaster as promised, council members mugged for the cameras and bashed President Trump.Somehow fixing the homeless or waste problem is not on their docket; apparently the more pressing issue of ‘politically correct’ labeling of felons is, since this is what they spent their time legislating.I’m tired of the self-aggrandizement of the progressive liberals at the expense of the safety of our citizens and country.If the Democrats cannot see the destruction of their policies on our country, they do not deserve to serve. Dr. Arthur SalvatoreSaratoga SpringsGrateful for care of Ellis Hospital staffOn Aug. 24, I had to make an emergency trip to Ellis Hospital.The staff, Dr. Robert Dachs, and the attending physicians went above and beyond to keep me comfortable. The nurses and doctor checked on me continuously. I have nothing but respect for all of them.Words cannot express my gratitude for the care and attention that I received. I would highly recommend Ellis Hospital for any kid of medical emergencies or otherwise.Helen TatarekSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMake statue garden in SchenectadyIt seems a horrible waste of time, and money, but I do feel the incompetence involved in the removal, storage and secret relocation of the Statue of Liberty replica rises to the level of an impeachable offense.Put the Lady back, sweep away the offenders and let’s get back to good, sound, reasonable governance for the people.While they’re at it, they could relocate the statue of Tubman and Seward and the statue of Edison and Steinmetz to Liberty Park also. Give Schenectady a statue garden to brag about.Dick CurtisScotialast_img read more

M25 vacancy to peak at 9%

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Is JLL’s new chief executive cut from the right cloth?

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Cap & Reg announces £12.8m Thurrock buy

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Australian presenter Matt Wright to help Palu crocodile stuck in tire for years

first_imgWright and Wilson were reportedly still in Jakarta and would immediately head to Palu to join the rescue team. The rescue operation will start when the two arrive.In his Instagram post on Sunday, however, Wright was seen walking along the river bank upon arriving in Palu on his first day. He said in the post that he would fly to Jakarta on Monday to meet and coordinate with Indonesian officials. The crocodile was regularly spotted swimming in the water connecting the Palu River to Palu Bay. Officials and conservationists previously tried but failed to catch it.Locals believe the crocodile was frightened off because every time there was a rescue attempt, dozens of curious Palu residents swarmed around the river to watch the process.In 2018, M. Panji, better known as “Panji the Adventurer,” an animal handler and tamer who is known from his stint on the Adventures of Panji national television show, attempted to catch the crocodile but failed.In January, Central Sulawesi Governor Longki Djanggola warned the agency to immediately rescue the crocodile because the motorcycle tire had been stuck in the crocodile’s neck for too long and might endanger its life.“I am surprised. I have repeatedly told [the agency] to rescue the crocodile, but the instruction seems to have been ignored. This time I emphasize that we must act immediately or I will act myself,” said Longki.Following that order, the agency held a contest for anyone who was willing to catch the crocodile, promising a prize as a reward, as a result of its limited resources.The contest, however, was later canceled after the agency failed to gain a positive response, so it prepared a special team with the assistance of the Environment and Forestry Ministry.Read also: See you later, alligator: Crocodile rescue contest in Palu cancelled as no takers emergeBKSDA Central Sulawesi then coordinated with a number of parties volunteering to join the rescue team, including crocodile observers Wright and Wilson.The team includes members from the police and it has installed nets at several points in the Palu River in the past week, which have so far failed to capture the crocodile.”We might be able to capture the crocodile if people do not gather around to watch it, because it might make the crocodile afraid to come to the surface,” said Haruna. (syk)Topics : Australian presenter Matthew Nicolas Wright together with his fellow crocodile observer Chris Wilson have officially joined the Central Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Central Sulawesi) to assist in the rescue of a wild crocodile that has had a motorcycle tire stuck around its neck for years in the Palu River.The participation of the two Australians is based on a decree issued by the Environment and Forestry Ministry on Monday to BKSDA Central Sulawesi, into whose operational control the crocodile rescue team has been entrusted.“After consulting with the ministry’s biodiversity conservation directorate general, both of them were allowed to immediately join the rescue team,” Haruna, a BKSDA Central Sulawesi official, told reporters on Monday.center_img While waiting for Wright, Haruna said the team was preparing all the necessities including equipment and the most appropriate strategy to catch the crocodile and release the tire from its neck.The 4-meter-long reptile was first seen swimming with the tire around its neck in 2016.last_img read more

US postpones summit with ASEAN leaders amid coronavirus fears, sources

first_imgThe postponements come amid growing fears that the virus will spread in the United States as countries report new infections, companies announce curbs on employees’ travel and global stock markets continue to plummet.The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States is still relatively small at around 60, most of them repatriated American passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that docked in Japan.The coronavirus outbreak started in China late last year. The latest World Health Organization figures indicate over 82,000 people have been infected, with more than 2,700 deaths in China and 57 deaths in 46 other countries.While the outbreak appears to be easing in China, it has surged elsewhere and countries other than China now account for about three-quarters of new infections.China is not a member of ASEAN, which groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.Although the State Department has repeatedly stated that ASEAN is at the heart of its strategy to maintain a “free and open Indo-Pacific” in the face of rising Chinese power, Trump’s decision not to attend the Bangkok meeting had raised questions about the US commitment to the region.Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review earlier this month quoted diplomatic sources as saying that leaders from Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Cambodia and Thailand had planned to attend the Las Vegas summit.  The United States has decided to postpone a meeting with leaders of Southeast Asian countries it had planned to host on March 14 due to worries about the coronavirus outbreak, two US officials familiar with the matter said on Friday.President Donald Trump had invited leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to meet in Las Vegas after he did not attend a summit with the group in Bangkok in November.”As the international community works together to defeat the novel coronavirus, the United States, in consultation with ASEAN partners, has made the difficult decision to postpone the ASEAN leaders meeting,” one of the sources, a senior administration official, told Reuters. The official added that the United States values its relationships with ASEAN member nations and looks forward to future meetings.A spokesperson for the US State Department provided an identical statement.The US-ASEAN Business Council said it was aware of the decision and said a major technology summit it was planning on the sidelines of the leaders’ meeting was also being postponed.”We look forward to working closely with US and ASEAN leadership to ensure the success of this important engagement at a later date,” the council’s vice president, Elizabeth Dugan, said in statement.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Lockdown in France: Coronavirus rewrites the teaching playbook

first_imgDetemple is not alone. Her pupils are among about 1.25 billion globally who cannot go to school as the coronavirus prompts countries to close borders, put citizens under lockdown and shut schools, factories and businesses.The EIB is asking its teachers to conduct their classes through the video web conferencing app Zoom. Minor teething problems aside, 14-year-old pupil Candice Lescure said the transition to a virtual learning environment had been smooth”It’s as if we’re in class,” she said, adding that the online lessons brought welcome contact with her friends.However, it has not been all straightforward in France. Assignments are being handed out via email, government education platforms, WhatsApp and even by post. Social media has been replete with parents pulling their hair out over dodgy internet connections, overloaded public portals, and the challenges of balancing day jobs and home-schooling.”We’re learning to live side-by-side,” Candice’s mother Marie said wryly.It is still not clear when schools will re-open.Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said the favored scenario was for schools to resume on May 4, after the Easter holidays, if the public health situation allowed, and that he still wanted school-leavers to sit their baccalaureate exams.In the meantime, Detemple said, her role was also to help parents keep their children sane during the unprecedented lockdown.”They’re stuck at home, with their parents, unable to see their friends,” she said. “Here we can take them into another universe.” English teacher Carole Detemple had three days to tear up the teaching playbook as she knew it and create a virtual classroom in which to educate pupils confined to their Paris apartments by the coronavirus.As she swaps the whiteboard for a webcam, the pandemic sweeping Europe is forcing Detemple, who teaches at the International Bilingual School (EIB), to rethink how she holds her classes.”I’m someone who constantly throws out questions to my pupils. I want replies from them, but with 26 of them on a screen, raising or not a hand icon, it’s incredibly difficult. So I’m totally changing how I do things,” she said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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