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  • Letters to the Editor for Sunday, August 11

    first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSkin color should not shield from criticismI have a question for Dennis Quinn (“We must condemn racist attacks”, August 3) and others who keep “pulling the race card” every time there is criticism of politicians who are people of color.The question is this: Does their being people of color make them right? Does their being people of color make them immune to criticism or protect them in some way?Way back (eons ago in 2009) when President Obama announced his Cash for Clunkers and Stimulus Package, the Tea Party rallies were also called racist, not for criticizing the necessity or financial wisdom of spending so much money, but because Obama was black.No amount of cogent discussion of their opinions against Obama’s policies stopped the call of racism, and I thought to myself that Obama was, then, somehow protected from any criticism simply because of his race.So, here we are with four women of color who had snide and disrespectful comments made about “going back” to their respective towns and cities, and suddenly it’s “racist” simply because they happen to be minorities. Shouldn’t they be judged based on “the content of their character” rather than the content of their melanin — an aspect of their persons over which they have no control, of which they had no decision, and by which they should gain no protection? Trump has been equally nasty toward others who are not minorities, and it should be taken only for what it is, criticism, without imputing racist motivations that are speculative.Dave HartLathamTrump should revel in God-like popularityYour editorial cartoon in the August 5 Daily Gazette on page C6, showing President Trump declaring himself “the most popular president since God,” reminded me of something that happened many years ago.In March 1966, a lad by the name of John Lennon stated in an interview something to the effect that the Beatles, a four-man British rock band at the time, were mentioned a lot more frequently than Jesus.Though this was quite true at that point in history, poor John got a lot of people annoyed at him by saying this.There are people who have told me that I appear to them to enjoy annoying people. I guess that is true. To keep up my reputation, I need to share my take on how things are nowadays, now in your time:Trump has taken the place of the Beatles in this. Trump is now mentioned a lot more frequently than Jesus. Almost a half of the United States talks about how great Trump is. Most of the rest talk about how very not great he is. If I were advertising and recruiting for Trump, I would be enjoying this, because there is no such thing as bad publicity. Alas, I work for someone different, a guy I have also mentioned in this. Guess who.Have I annoyed you yet? Actually, I do hope that this has brought a smile to your face instead.Joel NelsonSchenectadyRotterdam water deal threatens pipesYour news story on August 4 (“Rotterdam and Guilderland reach water agreement”) left out some very important information.As you may not know, the town of Rotterdam has a problem with water pipe breaks. The old pipes cannot handle the increased pressure without breaking.In order for Rotterdam to pump water to Guilderland, it will have to increase the pressure in these lines.The original resolution passed two years ago called for only emergency water to Guilderland.A very serious issue is that in the months of June, July and August, Rotterdam can’t keep up with the demands for water for its residents. That’s why we have water restrictions for those months.We don’t have the capacity to keep our water tanks full, even by drilling another well. The outlet pipes from the pumping station can only pump so many gallons a minute. A study completed by Clark Collins, former water supervisor, supports this. If you try to force too much water through the water lines, you will increase pressure and rupture them.By not keeping the water tanks full for these summer months, you will jeopardize the pressure on the water hydrants to fight fires, which is a real public safety concern.They should have just provided emergency water to Guilderland.No matter how many wells or pumps you put in, you still have to increase the pressure in water lines that are over 50 years old. It’s a recipe for disaster.Bob GodlewskiSchenectadyThe writer is a former town councilman.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 censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

  • Ventura is back in action on Saturday

    first_imgVENTURA, Calif. – After two weeks off, Ventura Raceway has a full program of action-packed racing by the beach headlined by the IMCA Modifieds.  Pits open at noon, grandstands at 3 p.m.  Admission is adults $15, seniors, military and students $11 and kids 12 and under are free.  Check the www.venturaraceway.com website for a full schedule or the Facebook page for other events, notes and contests to get free tickets. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, E3 Spark Plugs California State and track points will be awarded. last_img read more

  • Badgers head west for Wolfpack Softball Classic

    first_imgThe Wisconsin softball team has spent the last three weekends circling the southeast corner of the nation, competing in tournaments in Florida and South Carolina. This weekend, they will finally hit the west coast for a tournament in Reno, Nev.The Wolfpack Softball Classic, hosted by the University of Nevada, will include the University of San Diego in addition to Wisconsin. The Badgers will alternate between San Diego and Nevada for their first three games on Friday and Saturday, before finishing the weekend with two additional games against Nevada.Following a strong showing last weekend in Charleston, SC – where the Badgers finished 2-1 – head coach Yvette Healy is happy with her team’s play thus far but wants to continue making strides.“We’re in a good place to be, at .500, with the competition we are seeing.” Healy said. “I am happy with how we are starting to come together a little bit, but we haven’t gotten a huge amount of momentum yet.”If momentum is what they are searching for, they will have to look no further than this weekend’s first opponent, San Diego. The Toreros have won seven straight games by sweeping through the San Diego Classic last weekend and beating Maine on Wednesday.San Diego has been carried through the streak by its pitching, surrendering only 13 runs in the last seven games. As the Badgers prepare to slow down the Toreros, Wisconsin’s offense will certainly be the topic of emphasis.“[San Diego] is strong. They have great pitching, and that is their biggest thing,” Healy said. “They have some people throwing great games for them, getting a lot of strikeouts and holding hitters down. We’ll have to get creative.”Healy’s ability to get creative with offensive tactics has come, in large part, from the surprising source of freshman outfielder Maria Van Abel. The Kaukauna, Wis., native has greatly surpassed expectations in this season’s first month, emerging from the bench to starting in the outfield and batting second in the lineup.She was able to quickly catch the eyes of coaches with her numerous ways of jump-starting the offense.Van Abel currently leads the team in hitting with a .455 batting average, while providing a change-up of speed by leading the team with four stolen bases. Her multiple facets made Healy’s lineup changes an easy decision.“It’s always fun when someone comes in and can get hot for a couple weekends,” Healy said. “She has been a real boost and burst of energy for us, and you need that at the top of the lineup.”The lineup change displays the coaches’ confidence in the freshman outfielder; a confidence that has not gone unnoticed by Van Abel herself.“It means a lot, knowing that the coaches think you can succeed,” Van Abel said. “It really helps you believe that you can succeed as well.”The Badgers will face Nevada on each day of the weekend, adding three road games to their record. The Wolfpack appear to represent the opposite end of the spectrum from San Diego, only winning five games on the season while losing seven of their last eight.Nevada’s victories have come sparingly, but they tend to occur when senior Mallory Darby is on the mound. The Badgers will likely face Darby twice during the weekend, so Coach Healy sees an opponent just as difficult as San Diego.“They’re at home, so it brings in the element that you have to beat a team on their home field,” Healy said. “They also have a few good wins. They may not have as many, but they have played a good schedule.”Pitching for the Badgers this weekend will be Cassandra Darrah and Meghan McIntosh, both of whom had success last weekend in Charleston.Darrah surrendered only two runs over 10 innings of work, helping Wisconsin beat Connecticut and hang around against Kansas. McIntosh pitched an eight-inning complete game against Charleston Southern, striking out a career-high 14 batters. Nonetheless, there remains much room for improvement for the Badger pitchers.“Getting those strikeouts and letting the defense work definitely boosted my confidence,” McIntosh said. “But I’m trying to look back on where my hard hits are given up, and keep the ball lower in the zone.”While offering another chance for improvement from the Badgers pitching staff, five-game weekends can provide the gel a team needs to bring about success.“These next two weekends are going to be pretty big for us to start putting it together,” Healy said. “I think we’re learning a lot and we’re getting better, but now you have to start putting it to use.”last_img read more

  • World Athletics Championship : What To Expect From Team Nigeria

    first_imgNigeria will be represented by 12 track and field athletes at the 16th edition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships to kick off this Friday in London. As usual, the team will be led by the most successful Nigerian athlete in the Championships, Blessing Okagbare, a Silver and Bronze medal in Moscow in 2013 seals that fact.For the umpteenth time heading to a major athletics event, Nigeria relies on Okagbare to put its name on the medals board, a hopeless stance this time around. Okagbare has posted slower times for a while now, only able to hit a sub 11 seconds once this year – a 10.99s 3rd place finish at the London meeting, lost her hair in the Long Jump in Oslo but was able to retain her 100m title at the Warri Relays.Oluwatobiloba Amusan has been hugging the headlines since the wee end of 2016, mostly racing for her school – The University of Texas at El Paso in the NCAA. Notable achievement is posting a time of 12.57s in Eugene, a record which ultimately landed her a 2nd spot in world, only bettered by World champion Kendra Harrison – 12.55s in 1st place back in June. The world Champs is nothing like the fields in the NCAA, perhaps Amusan could have tested her might against a tougher field in Lausanne but was hampered by visa issues. Amusan was awarded the best female athlete in her conference, but on her debut in London, the Nigerian champion will be racing against the best legs in the world. It’ll be great to at least see her reach the semi-finals. The ever smiling Ese Brume has tasted the big stage before, placing 5th overall at the 2016 Rio Olympics.Brume is shy and at that point where her potential is beginning to burst out, the student-athlete is racing for Adidas at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus. She leaped to a mark of 6.49m at the Drake Relays in April and also defended her national title at the All Nigeria Track and Field Championships last month.It’s been a while we had sibling athletes in the Nigeria athletics frame, perhaps not one of note since the Ezinwa Brothers, this time it’s Glory and Samson Nathaniel. Samson is currently the National champion with PB of 45.23s in the Men’s 400m while sister Glory posted a PB of 55.90s in the Women’s 400mH in Baku. Both will have to better their times to enable them get out of their respective heats.There’s a somewhat ray of hope that the quartet of Okon-George, Yinka Ajayi, Margaret Bamgbose, Emerald Egwin and Abike Egbeniyi will yield at least a semi final finish in women’s 4x400m relay, anything outside that is being hopeful.Shot Putter Chukwuebuka Enekwechi will be competing for Nigeria for the time, with a SB of 21.07m, he will get to the final if he throws a similar distance in London, but that’s asking for too much from a debutante.According to the grapevine, the Athletics federation of Nigeria are still waiting on the Ministry of Sports for funds, It’s not soothsaying but most of these athletes will end up in London by paying through their own pockets. So about what to expect, you do the maths.Relatedlast_img read more

  • Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, March 04, 2014•9:12 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•11:15 a.m. Officers investigated possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in the Wellington by known suspects on December 9th, 2013.•1:50 p.m. Danielle Mueller, 20, Wellington was served a summons to appear for battery and disorderly conduct.last_img

  • Filipinos bag another silver in sepak takraw

    first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles The Philippines bowed to host Malaysia in the final of men’s regu event of sepak takraw in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday night at Stadium Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Filipinos dropped a 23-25, 13-21, decision to the Malaysians to salvage the silver near the close of the competitions. ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasaycenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Laos and Brunei wound up with bronze medals.It was the second silver medal for the Philippines in the sport after the team’s second place finish last August 16 in the chinlone (linking) event. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Pacquiao’s new basketball league gets off ground MOST READlast_img read more