Month: October 2020


Learn effects of fetal alcohol syndrome


first_imgThe news is spreading that there is no safe amount of alcohol for a woman to consume when pregnant. With that being said, there are still many women prenatally exposed to alcohol. The effects to those exposed are lifelong, and many have negative outcomes. Many of those who suffer with fetal alcohol syndrome disorders (FASD) don’t learn from their consequences, and they keep repeating the same sequence of events. Please understand it’s not that those with FASD want to break rules and get in trouble with law enforcement. It’s because many of those affected by FASD have no idea of the negative outcomes of situations until they are staring them in the face. Impulsivity is at the top of FASD characteristics. Lying is also a common theme. Speaking as someone living with FASD, we don’t mean to lie. We forget a sequence of events and just fill up the gaps with whatever others tell us to say. Sixty percent of people with FASD over age 12 have been charged with a crime. That percentage is scary.The trouble is while our close family and friends, and even our educators, may understand us and how to handle our shortcomings, much of society does not. Society is still learning about FASD, what it is and how one becomes diagnosed. The many implications of those with FASD are so diverse, yet many have similar lifestyles.Rebecca TillouVoorheesvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more


Is arming schools really a good idea?


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThink of it. Armed guards in every U.S. school. Oh, let’s not forget to arm the principals, vice principals, teachers, counselors, coaches and maintenance staff.We certainly can’t forget the nurse. And what about arming students? What could possibly go wrong? Sounds like a real safe learning environment, RIGHT?Richard SartoreClifton Park More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…last_img


History repeating itself in Washington


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Washington, D.C., is the incarnation of Rome. Spygate implications make Watergate seem like a Pink Panther caper and rivals Dallas 1963. Taking down a president is the prize. The players are the American alphabet law enforcement: CIA, FBI, etc. Lee Harvey Oswald was to Dallas 1963 what Putin is to Spygate — fall guys, the Russian connection. The lone gunman rides again. In Rome, the Pretorian Guard protected the emperor, put emperors down and chose the successor. The Deep State is America’s Pretorian Guard.J. Edgar Hoover used the FBI to political ends. President Franklin Roosevelt gave Hoover license to spy, spying on Martin Luther King. The IRS was used as a tool to suppress political opposition (Lois Lerner). Conservative tea party groups during President Obama’s reign got the “audit.” President Clinton never hesitated to use the IRS to further political ends. There are 14 intelligence agencies. That should scare us. Who are they, who do they spy on, and who gives them their marching orders? Even if you despise the Trump presidency, you have to admit what is taking place is a coup. If you aren’t bothered, America is lost. Don’t be blinded by the “national security” lie. National security is a tool to spy on us. They lie. The Deep State traffics in secrets without regard to national security.A stargate is a device that transports you places beyond the imagination. Spygate transports us to hell. All aboard.Edmond DayRotterdamMore 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?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more


Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, May 21


first_imgBefore voting in Schenectady’s school board election, consider the district’s school quality, reading and math scores, and graduation rates since 2013 when candidates Lewis, Reilly, and Chestnut were elected to the board and a new superintendent was hired.  In 2019, the state Education Department identified six Schenectady elementary schools (Keane, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lincoln, Paige, Pleasant Valley and Yates) that are among the lowest 5 percent of schools in the state. Only four district schools were not cited for academic deficiencies. Last year’s on-time graduation rate of 58 percent was no better than in 2013. Additionally, fewer than 50 percent of SCSD’s African-American and Latino students graduated on time in 2018.Last year, English-Language Arts (ELA) proficiency rates for the district’s African-American students was 15 percent and 17 percent for Latino students. Overall, 22 percent of Schenectady students were ELA proficient. The changes from 2013’s ELA proficiency rate is due to changes in state testing. Schenectady schools lagged behind statewide ELA proficiency increases.In 2018, only 13 percent of all Schenectady third- through eighth-graders were math proficient. Math proficiency for African-American and Latino students was less than 10 percent. For details, see www.facebook.com/SDFelderman/Whoever is elected to the board will need to press hard on academic improvements and hold the administration accountable.Scot FeldermanSchenectady Nisky board member had info on issues Reach compromise on the environment Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSpa should adopt inclusionary zoningSustainable Saratoga applauds our city government for supporting new workforce rental housing developments in Saratoga Springs.However, we encourage the City Council to go farther to foster a more economically resilient, stable, and Sustainable Saratoga by working to create a more diverse portfolio of housing opportunities.The new generation of Saratoga residents can’t afford to live in the city where they were born.Saratoga Springs needs a comprehensive strategy to provide housing across a range of income categories, without depending on government funding.Most of the new affordable housing units target low-income households. Kudos to The Daily Gazette for their April 28 editorial “Time to get busy on environment,” advocating action on climate change by the New York State Legislature before their summer recess.As noted by The Gazette, the Climate and Community Protection Act (“CCPA”, Senate bill S2992, Assembly bill A3876) is an ambitious piece of legislation that requires the Legislature’s full attention.However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo included equally ambitious legislation in his Executive Budget proposal that had very similar goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and for addressing environmental justice concerns.Unfortunately, negotiations over the details of a compromise bill seem to have stalled, threatening what should be a slam-dunk piece of legislation for the environment and the Democratic majority.I urge everyone with a stake in these negotiations to remain flexible and accept whatever changes are necessary to ensure passage this session of some of the strongest climate change legislation in the nation.Otherwise, another year will pass before New York State is truly committed to a carbon-neutral economy and a just transition away from fossil fuels.Bryan SwiftAltamontcenter_img Middle-income households also need housing opportunities.Diversity of household incomes within individual housing development projects would make them more inclusive, avoiding the problem of segregating housing by income.Current projects are all rental units. Saratoga needs more home ownership opportunities, so that low- and middle-income households can build equity.Almost all current workforce-housing projects depend on state and federal low-income tax credits. We caution the city against relying solely on unpredictable tax credits for its affordable-housing strategy.We urge the City Council to formally adopt inclusionary zoning to address the inadequacies mentioned above. Inclusionary zoning, with creative local public-private financing efforts, would guarantee the development of new mixed-income rental and owner-occupied housing units.The council has been studying the proposed Spa Housing Ordinance for several years. It’s time to stand up for the community and make a long-term commitment to sustainable affordable housing.Art HolmbergSaratoga SpringsThe writer is chair of Sustainable Saratoga. This is in response to Edward A. Carangelo’s May 16 letter (“Backus will meet the challenges in Nisky”), and comments made by Board of Education member Brian Backus at the Meet the Candidates forum. In Mr. Carangelo’s letter, he claims that Brian Backus stated “no member of the represented groups had chosen to speak to him before the meeting about the issues brought up to the board.” Sadly, this statement is simply not true.I serve as secretary for the Niskayuna School District Employees Association (NSDEA), which includes kitchen staff, custodial and cleaning staff, security, print shop, and IT personnel, bus drivers, and grounds and maintenance staff. As secretary, I drafted a list of urgent safety issues that was hand-delivered by our union president to each board member, including Mr. Backus, on March 12. We did not receive a reply, let alone an acknowledgment, from Mr. Backus or any other board member.Mr. Backus made comments at the forum that our presence at a recent Board of Education meeting was disruptive because it overlapped on an evening honoring several of our students. I disagree. I’m glad that over 80 employees could attend and cheer our students on at a meeting that normally would have had a handful of attendees. Faculty and staff are the ones in Niskayuna who work directly with the students and provide all the educational, health, athletic, transportation and other services available at this great district. We are proud of their accomplishments, and our students always know they have our full support.Richard StigbergNiskayuna More 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?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more


Interest rate hike kills off investment deals


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Lancashire hotpot


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Offices: Office market is wizard


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Hospital treatment


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Tishman Speyer makes first Spanish acquisition


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Retailers want a piece of the action in Buchanan Galleries


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