Letters to the Editor for Monday, Aug. 19

first_imgArts projects are a perfect fit with trailIn mid-July, the Friends of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail hosted the first Color the Canal event with the support of CREATE Community Studios. Both the Friends and CREATE would like to thank Schenectady County for its sponsorship of this event (through Schenectady County’s County Initiative Program Arts, History and Tourism Grant).We’re also grateful to the many community groups and individuals who helped make it a success.Thanks to all our supporters, more than 150 pieces of artwork greeted trail users the weekend of July 13. Art stretched from Kiwanis Park in Rotterdam to SUNY Schenectady and was also placed at locations on the trail in Niskayuna.Color the Canal helped highlight the trail, not just for local users, but also for the more than 650 cyclists taking part in the annual Cycle the Erie Canal ride. The cyclists, from across the country and around the world, ride from Buffalo to Albany over eight days, stopping in communities along the way. Numerous participants told us Color the Canal provided a warm welcome to Schenectady County and was unique to anything they had experienced along the trail.Public art projects serve a valuable role in establishing a trail’s and a community’s identity. We hope this was just the first of many Color the Canal events and that we can continue to use art to promote both our trail, an incredible recreational resource, and the many services Schenectady County has to offer trail users, whether they’re on the trail for an hour or for a longer journey.Gillian ScottSchenectadyThe writer is president of the Friends of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail.Grateful for Engel’s work with veteransI’m writing to inform you and the community about the hard work and dedication that Mr. Dan Engel, director of Veterans Affairs for Fulton County, provides for, and on behalf of, the veterans in Fulton and Hamilton County.Many veterans and their families struggle to navigate the VA and federal government bureaucracy to obtain the care and benefits they are entitled to. They often give up in frustration.Dan works tirelessly and relentlessly striving to push the right buttons and get the proper paperwork submitted in a proper manner in order to satisfy the requirements necessary for the veterans to receive the help they desperately need.As anyone who has had to deal with these agencies knows, it can be a frustrating endeavor. Dan never lets it go and communicates often with the veterans and their families to keep them updated on the progress and what they can expect next.He’s a good listener and genuinely cares about the health and well-being of all veterans in the area. He’s a great asset to the community and to veterans.On behalf of all those he’s helped, and is helping, we’d like to extend a grateful thank you for his tireless efforts in the service of others.All our public servants should be as committed and dedicated as he to the community’s they serve.Joel Stuartthe family of Bill StuartWellsEat thoughtfully and help save the planetSo many of us want to step lighter on the planet, but how?One big step is eating thoughtfully. First, eat locally. Choosing farmer’s markets means more nutritional food, local economic support, and a lighter carbon footprint in delivering food to your table.Also, eat seasonally.Freeze or can produce, then in the dark winter, open up a jar of summer.When store shopping, continue to source food as locally as possible for a lighter carbon footprint. And finally, eating greener means eating less meat.As Bill Gates pointed out, “If cows were a country, they’d rank third in greenhouse gas emissions.” Try thinking of meat as a delicacy instead of a staple.Thoughtful eating will bring more joy to your table and to the planet.Caroline BrooksScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCuomo should veto harmful health billAs the operator of a small logistics business that operates on tight margins and relies on attracting the best drivers in the business to ensure our customers get their packages on time, I felt compelled to speak up on an issue that will directly impact our employee healthcare plan.This past legislative session, the Legislature hastily passed a bill that if signed into law by the governor will likely have a serious negative impact on the price of prescription drugs and our employee healthcare plan.Senate bill 6531, which came about after the release of a report on pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) by state Sen. James Skoufis, could drastically increase the cost of prescription drugs.Although probably well-intentioned, this complicated legislation could hinder patient access to medication and reduce doctors’ ability to provide the most effective and affordable prescriptions available. The legislation is extremely complicated and requires careful consideration and review — both of which were not part of the legislative process.For this reason, the governor should veto the bill and begin working with the Legislature and stakeholders from patients to our doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, pharmacies and PBMs, and businesses and unions to improve the legislation.If you’re like me, you probably never heard of a PBM before. In doing my research, I discovered that our company’s healthcare plan relies on PBMs to keep costs down for my employees.Why can’t Albany ever think of the little guy?Jack McCabeMaltaTrump didn’t get his way with Russia helpJim Murphy in his Aug. 3 letter (Think about how Trump got advantage) asks three questions. Here are three possible answers:1. I don’t think that Russia necessarily wanted Trump to win. Any intelligence service worth its salt would have had access to all of the emails that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent and received on her unauthorized server. The blackmail possibilities were almost limitless. The Russians probably thought that Clinton would win. As in past elections, Russia wanted to sow social discord and create a lack of faith in our election process. Robert Mueller’s high-priced, fruitless investigation indicates that this time, they were successful.2. Trump and his campaign were unaware of the Russian efforts as they occurred before the election, during the Obama administration. The FBI director testified under oath that the FBI didn’t advise the Trump campaign of this threat. The Mueller investigation didn’t find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.The investigation also determined that Trump had not obstructed an investigation of a crime that had not occurred. Interestingly enough, the only collusion with Russia that was uncovered was that by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.3. Mueller testified that his investigation was not interfered with, nor were resources, documents and testimony withheld nor executive privilege claimed.Too bad that this amount of interest in Russian activities wasn’t present regarding their orchestration of the “Peace” Movement during the Vietnam War. Think of all of the lives, American and Vietnamese, that could have been spared.John HoetkerSchenectadylast_img read more

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Giants’ Gano was confident he’d kick again after missing ’19

first_img WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US LIVE TV Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 08:27 IST Giants’ Gano Was Confident He’d Kick Again After Missing ’19 Graham Gano never worried about his future in the NFL — even after missing the 2019 season with a leg injury and then being cut by the Carolina Panthers late last month First Published: 21st August, 2020 08:27 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Graham Gano never worried about his future in the NFL — even after missing the 2019 season with a leg injury and then being cut by the Carolina Panthers late last month.The 33-year-old Gano knew his surgically repaired left leg was good to go and teams eventually would come looking for a placekicker who has made more than 82% of his career field goal attempts.His wait ended earlier this week as the New York Giants signed him to a one-year contract after releasing veteran Chandler Catanzaro.Catanzaro had come out of retirement to replace Aldrick Rosas, who was cut in the wake of a poor 2019 season and an offseason arrest for leaving the scene of an automobile accident.“I’m healthy now and I’m feeling really good,” Gano said after practice Thursday. “I have been kicking for a while. I was just excited for the next opportunity, it’s a nice, fresh start. I feel like this is a great place to be.”Gano was the perfect fit for the Giants, who are rebuilding under new coach Joe Judge after a 4-12 season.When Gano was with Carolina, he was coached by current Giants special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey. Current New York general manager Dave Gettleman was in charge of the Panthers.It also didn’t hurt the Giants remembered his last-second, career-best, 63-yard field goal in Carolina’s 33-31 win over New York in 2018.“I had a feeling that would be the first question,” Gano said. “I’ve heard it a few times. I think it’s probably best if I don’t talk about that much here. That was a good memory. I’m definitely excited to be here now and hopefully too many people don’t bring that up.”Judge, who worked with now free-agent Stephen Gostkowski when he was the Patriots’ special teams coordinator, likes veteran kickers. They know how to get themselves ready for any situation.“It’s amazing to really listen to some of these guys, talking to Graham,” Judge said. “In previous years, I worked with Gostkowski. Guys like that really understand not just their own bodies, but they’re very in-tune to where they’re kicking. If it’s a dome game, you’ll see guys a lot of times go indoors and kick because they’re not facing any wind. It may be an outside practice for the team, but the kicker has to get his work in inside as best he can.”The older guys are not afraid to tell a coach what they need, Judge said.The only thing Gano might not get with the Giants is his usual No. 9 jersey. It has been worn the past few seasons by punter Riley Dixon. It seems he’s not giving it up.Gano, who lost his job with the Panthers to 24-year-old Joey Slye, is instead wearing No. 6.The Giants might have signed him earlier, but he was still on Carolina’s roster when New York released Rosas.“I’m just happy to have a number,” Gano said. “I’m happy to be here and have a spot on an NFL team. It’s a blessing in itself. I think the number doesn’t make the player. The player makes the number. Whatever number they put me in, it really doesn’t matter to me.”NOTES: Second-year defensive back Julian Love intercepted a pass from Daniel Jones in an 11-on-11 drill late in practice. … Rookie S Xavier McKinney, who had an intercepion earlier this week, thought he had another Thursday. The officials waived it off. He wanted to watch the videotape.Image credits: AP COMMENT Written Bylast_img read more

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Stephen A. Smith becomes ESPN’s highest-paid sportscaster

first_imgFrom the Post:”Smith will continue to be front and center on ESPN’s air with his daily morning show ‘First Take,’ as well as on ‘SportsCenter’ and the network’s NBA coverage. Though the finer points of the contract are not fully completed, Smith has already started hosting Wednesday’s ‘SportsCenter’ leading into ESPN’s NBA schedule that night. … Smith will give up his national ESPN Radio show next year. ESPN wants to try to find a fit for Smith on its direct-to-consumer subscription service, ESPN+, and for him to continue to be active through his and their social media channels.”Smith joined ESPN in 2005, working as a weekday radio host while also writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer.The New York City native has 4.5 million Twitter followers and has been a mainstay on “First Take” for almost eight years. Stephen A. Smith’s new five-year contract will make him ESPN’s highest-paid sportscaster, with an annual salary of nearly $8 million per year, according to the New York Post.It moves the sportscaster past Mike Greenberg’s annual salary of $6.5 million, ESPN’s previous known highest salary. The 52-year-old appeared to celebrate his deal with a tweet on Friday. I said it years ago. I say it now. I will forever say this: pic.twitter.com/8yO9VxJz8T— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 8, 2019MORE: Why did Fox Sports fire FS1 analyst Cris Carter?Negotiations between Smith and ESPN reportedly began in April.last_img read more

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