Wishing for a return to the simpler days

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I don’t know of many people complaining about this ever-changing world more than myself.I know change is sometimes important to improve quality of life. The thing that upsets me recently is the complex nature of the modern TV, with all the remotes, instructions, acronyms and accessories. I don’t need 1,000 channels to keep up with the Joneses. It seems that every time a new technology comes about, my blood pressure goes up with it.I learned things for 60 years of my life to no avail. Now I’m dumber than a box of rocks when it comes to modern day things. I’m done with learning how — I just want to relax and enjoy what’s left.Bruce Barringer Sr.ScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, August 6

first_imgWill charter change really improve city?Bob Turner has come up with a new slogan to try once again to sell his city manager charter to skeptical Saratoga Springs residents. In the July 24 Daily Gazette, he finally admitted that “some people” may think Saratoga Springs is doing fine, better in fact than “many” cities under a city manager. But in a wonderful Pollyanna moment, he asserts that his new slogan is, “We can do better” (presumably with a city manager).The thing about Bob is that he’s long on slogans and short on evidence. Where’s the evidence that Saratoga would do better with a city manager? What does he mean by “better?” Better than an AA+ bond rating? Better than the liveliest downtown in upstate New York? Better than no tax increase in seven years? Where is this magical city manager city that we should look to as a model for what we can become if his charter passes this time? Watertown? Batavia?Bob’s hoping Saratoga Springs residents won’t ask those questions and take his word for it. I think we’re smarter than that.Jane WeiheSaratoga SpringsWilliamson deserves to be heard by DemsThe pundits ignored her and the moderators tried to, but surprisingly Marianne Williamson scored big points at the July 30 Democratic debate with those who actually listened to her.I don’t mean her ‘Sermon on the Mount’ moment at the close, though I wonder why that made me uncomfortable. Would I have squirmed listening to the original? I’m referring to her coherent thinking on the underlying causes of problems and not superficial fixes of their impact, and her ability to link the systemic dysfunction throughout society.Along with Pete Buttigieg, she seemed to be one of the few adults on the stage. She may not win, but I certainly hope that, as Bernie Sanders did in the 2016 race, she moves the needle and introduces important concepts into the mainstream. I’ll be listening and watching.Melinda PerrinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStefanik disappoints at Mueller hearingRe: “Stefanik focuses on geniuses of Mueller probe” in the July 25 Daily Gazette: I was disappointed by Rep. Elise Stefanik’s questioning of Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 24.Stefanik has previously stated that she agrees with the conclusion of the report of the special counsel regarding Russian interference in our 2016 election and maintains she is not a Washington insider who parrots the party line. However, during the hearing, she followed the Republican Party line by challenging the validity of the report, asking a set of questions related to the Steele dossier, a document she knows the Republicans are disingenuously trying to use to discredit the finding of the special counsel that Russia interfered in our 2016 presidential election.In addition, most of Rep. Stefanik’s questions were related to travel to foreign countries by the special counsel’s staff, a subject Mr. Mueller had previously stated he could not address, since the topic is related to ongoing investigations. Stefanik admitted she knew Mr. Mueller would not answer those questions, while she continued down this useless line of questioning.In contrast, Stefanik’s Republican colleague, William Hurd, R-Texas, used his time to ask Mr. Mueller how we can protect against future Russian interference in our elections. It was refreshing to see a Republican representative who was willing to admit that the Russians did interfere in the 2016 election and to look for solutions instead of burying his head in the sand as Elise Stefanik has done. Victor RobertsBurnt Hillslast_img read more

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Pillar and Railtrack to couple at Cricklewood

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Red tape threat to control supermarkets

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Can you DGI it?

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Arlington heads for £300m sale

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Guess who came to dinner

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British Land lets Euston space

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Iran supreme leader says voting is ‘religious duty’

first_imgIranians are set to elect a new parliament on Friday, with conservatives expected to make a resurgence.Observers expect a low turnout as many reformist and moderate candidates have been barred from running by the Guardian Council.The council, made up of six clerics appointed by the supreme leader and six lawyers selected by the judiciary, disqualified more than half of the 14,444 hopefuls.The move threatens the thin majority of President Hassan Rouhani’s alliance in parliament. Topics : Friday’s election comes after months of domestic turmoil and steeply escalating tensions between Iran and its arch enemy the United States.In November, nationwide demonstrations over petrol price hikes turned violent before being crushed in a deadly crackdown.Tensions with Washington have risen since 2018 when US President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark nuclear agreement and reimposed crippling sanctions.But they have never come as close to a direct confrontation as in the past seven months, when it has happened twice, most recently after the US killed prominent Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on January 3.Iran hit back on January 8 by firing a barrage of missiles at US troops in Iraq.It had been on high alert for US retaliation that day when they shot down a Ukrainian airliner in Tehran, killing all 176 people on board.The downing of the Boeing 737, which the armed forces later admitted was accidental, sparked more protests that turned political.Khamenei said the election would show that Iran’s enemies had failed to divide the nation.”Watch how the people favor the election despite the enemies’ insistence on distancing the people from the system,” the supreme leader said.center_img Iran’s supreme leader said Tuesday it is a “religious duty” for people to vote in this week’s general election and strengthen the Islamic republic against the “propaganda” of its enemies.”Participating in elections and voting… is a religious duty, not just a national or revolutionary duty,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech, parts of which were aired on state television.”Elections nullify many of the vicious plots the Americans have in their minds and Zionists have in their hearts against the country,” he said, referring to US ally Israel.last_img read more

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Widespread flooding across West Java leaves thousands of homes inundated

first_img“There are a total of 2,819 evacuees [in Subang],” Budi told The Jakarta Post via text message on Tuesday.BPBD acting head Hidayat said local floodgates proved unable to contain the large water volume due to the heavy rain.He said the local administration should consider implementing an early warning system to mitigate the impact of flooding across the region.“If it keeps raining, we must raise the warning level. We need to keep observing the situation as it develops,” Hidayat said. Thousands of houses and public facilities across Bekasi, Karawang, and Subang regencies in West Java were left flooded following a period of intense rain over the last two days.West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) operations manager Budi Budiman said the widespread flooding was the result of constant rain that caused a number of rivers across the regencies to overflow.In Subang, floodwaters reached up to 100 centimeters, inundating six districts, including 7 hectares of farmland and 3,435 houses. The agency also recorded 20-to 200-cm flooding in 12 districts across Bekasi regency, as well as in 10 districts across Bekasi city in the same period.“There are 3,239 affected families,” Budi said.Meanwhile, eight districts in Karawang regency were left inundated after the nearby Cidawolong River overflowed due to the constant rain.“At least 5,527 houses were inundated, with 18,398 affected residents. There are thousands of evacuees already, we will keep updating the data,” Budi said.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency previously warned of heavy rain that would continue in Greater Jakarta throughout Tuesday. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

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