Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Dec. 18

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSpa crew did a great job on big stormA quick letter to recognize the excellent job Saratoga Springs did clearing our streets from the sizeable two-day snowstorm earlier this month.Not only were most of the streets plowed, but Broadway and downtown were cleared in time for our Victorian Street Walk, which attracted a reported 25,000.To plow our large city so quickly, it took an experienced department with excellent leadership, a proven plan, sufficient equipment and hard work by the city crews working long hours overnights.Richard SellersSaratoga Springs Flushing is the least of Trump’s worriesDonald J. Trump has announced his latest concern, the deregulation of American toilets.He claims that Americans are flushing their toilets too often, and this in turn results in a shortage of water for washing your hands.He has ignored serious infrastructure repairs and updates in many areas of the country. The concern of seepage from underground ancient and rotting pipes, which might affect drinking water, is not there.He has denied climate change, even if there is abundant scientific proof to the contrary.Melting glaciers causing rising oceans, rampant wildfires and hurricanes resulting in human losses and hundreds of homes are just phenomena.He refuses to acknowledge the need for gun regulation, neither in the vetting process nor in being able to purchase military-type automatic rifles. The violence continues too frequently, most recently at a U.S. Naval base in Florida by a Saudi nationalist. The president offers “thoughts and prayers” until the next mass shooting.The situation at the southern border is a monumental disgrace where asylum seekers are being treated like animals, in some cases worse than animals. Another young man died last week. But never fear, now Jared Kushner is in charge.Now that the national debt has reached $21 trillion and still rising. We the people as law abiding citizens must prove our loyalty by not flushing our toilets so often.Jane ReisengerSchenectadyMust do better than tributes to racismWhile driving around Schenectady I saw a Confederate battle flag hanging on a porch.In response to this provocation, I’d like to praise the New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) for supporting and building the statue “Rumors of War.”This statue was recently on view in New York City and now is prominently displayed at the VMFA near, but not on, Richmond, Virginia’s, famous Monument Avenue. I spent my formative years near Richmond, where I learned that Monument Avenue was created to “honor heroes of the Confederacy.” As I learned about the Confederacy, it became clear that “Monument Avenue” is simply a monument to a beastly culture and the men who killed tens of thousands of American troops to preserve a society dependent upon the practices of kidnapping, owning people, separating families, selling children, rape and torture, to name just a few. Noting this, I do believe “Rumors of War” would be a bit better if it was forged from the melted statues of the racist traitors currently standing along Monument Avenue in Richmond. And to the New Yorkers sporting the Confederate battle flag on porches, vehicles and flag poles, I share Wiley’s response to the statues of traitors, murderers, and racists along Monument Avenue, “We can do better.”Chuck PiotrowskiNiskayunaEllen audience a bit too giddy over giftsI sat down with a cup of coffee the other day and settled in to watch the 5 p.m. local news on Channel 6. I turned on the TV, a bit early, around 4:50 p.m. Well the Ellen DeGeneres show was on with Ellen and some model dancing around telling the studio screaming, jumping women in the audience that they all were going to get free this and free that.What I find so amazing is that the women in the audience behaved like little children on Christmas morning getting presents from their parents. My question is why would they behave and belittle themselves for a free toaster or whatever. Have they no pride? There, that being said, let the flogging begin.Rick SplawnikAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

March Madness 2019: Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins takes blame for loss to Texas Tech

first_imgDespite the mistake, Perkins played a big role for the Bulldogs as he scored 16 points with four 3-pointers and six assists. He committed only two turnovers.”He’s a much more mature player, a much better player now and we’ve been an incredible program and had an incredible run with him at the helm,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.”He’s been kind of a lightning rod over the years because our program garners so much attention and he’s handled it with grace. If you went and asked those guys in the room they would hands down say he is the best teammate they ever had.” His teammate Zach Norvell came to the defense of Perkins, however, and said it wasn’t fair to place the blame solely on that play.”It wasn’t just that play. There were plays throughout the whole game that we wish we’d have done differently,” Norvell said. “I don’t want to take this jersey off because once I do, I’ll never get to put it back on. It sucks we lost the game, but it hurts even more feeling like you let the people you love down.” Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins shouldered the blame after making a costly mistake in the final seconds of his team’s 75-69 Elite Eight loss to Texas Tech on Saturday. The Bulldogs were down by two when Perkins reached out of bounds and fouled Matt Mooney, knocking the ball out of his hand while the Texas Tech guard tried to inbound it. The sequence resulted in a technical that allowed the Red Raiders to secure the victory at the free-throw line.  Josh Perkins gets called for the technical foul after reaching over the sideline on the inbounds pass. pic.twitter.com/izpYlBMXFe— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 31, 2019When asked about the series after the game, Perkins called it a “bonehead play” and said it’s something he will think about forever. “The whole time, we were saying ‘believe’ in the huddle and we thought no matter what we were going to win the game, but the violation kind of put things to a halt,” Perkins told reporters, via Yahoo Sports. “It’s hard for me not to feel like that’s all on me. To be honest, that’s all I’m thinking about right now.” Related News March Madness 2019: Gonzaga G Josh Perkins gets costly flagrant in final seconds against Texas Techlast_img read more

Amazon interested in Spurs Stadium naming rights as Levy eyes £250m deal

first_imgTOTTENHAM could sign a whopping £250million stadium naming rights deal with Amazon, according to reports.The tech giants are currently filming an ‘All or Nothing’ behind the scenes documentary at the club and are said to be interested in having their name on Spurs’ shiny new arena.3 Amazon are interested in a £250m stadium naming rights deal with SpursThe North Londoners have still not signed a deal to name their £1billion ground but Amazon – owned by the world’s richest man Jeff Bezos – have expressed substantial interest in the 10-year, £25m-a-season rights, according to the Mail.While the full financial impact of coronavirus remains unclear, the deal is still a way off.And American sportswear giant Nike – who make Tottenham’s current kit – are also said to be keen.3 Stadium naming rights potential in the Premier LeagueSpurs chairman Daniel Levy is currently under fire from his own fans, and many across the country, after his decision to furlough Tottenham’s non-playing staff shortly after announcing £68m profits in the club’s latest set of accounts.The club – similar to Liverpool before them – reversed the decision earlier this week but many refuse ignore the initial intention with Sky pundit and former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp claiming Tottenham deserve better than Levy.But the notoriously frugal chairman will be hoping that is soon forgotten if he can secure the bumper Amazon package.Questions have been asked about Amazon’s worker conditions in the past but supporters may overlook their track-record if the Premier League record agreement leads to big signings in the transfer market.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himThe £25m-a-season deal would exceed Manchester City’s Etihad and bitter rivals Arsenal’s Emirates stadiums whose naming rights are worth £21.9m and £16.65m-a-season respectively.However, both City and Arsenal combine stadium rights with their shirt sponsorship packages boosting their combined income to around £40m-a-season.Aside from the furlough debacle, Spurs have also been helping in the battle against coronavirus by letting their stadium be used as a Covid-19 testing centre.3Inside Real Madrid’s £500m Santiago Bernabeu stadium redevelopment which will actually reduce capacity by onelast_img read more