Western Glenville needs tech upgrade

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We would like to address this letter to the powers that be in the town of Glenville. While you are laboring over how to develop the area around Freeman’s Bridge Road, you have neglected the rest of the town.In your effort to maintain the “rural character” of the western part of the town, you have reduced us to the status of a Third World country.We have had persistent problems with our land phone line for years. When Verizon finally gets around to make a service call, we’re told that there’s a problem with a cable somewhere down on Route 5. The cable is bad and needs to be replaced. There’s no plan to replace it because it’s too expensive. Forget about any enhanced service from Verizon. It’s not going to happen. Time Warner, now Spectrum, won’t provide service to our road. Apparently, there aren’t enough homes to warrant their investment, so we get no cable or cable internet service. Again, thanks for keeping it rural. We have to rely on satellite to get TV.Now let’s talk about internet service. It’s satellite again. You may have seen the wonderful commercials for Hughes Net on TV. Well, we are limited to 30Gb per month for use between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m. It’s neither reliable nor that fast, and we’re forced to be careful how much we use the service so we don’t run out before the end of the month. Neither of the satellite services work if there’s a heavy rain or snow.We aren’t alone in this complaint. Our neighbors are experiencing the same problems. I hope you will consider the western part of Glenville and bring us up to the standards a modern town should expect.Charlie SnyderChris SnyderGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: 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 homeslast_img read more

Our generation is leaving kids a mess

first_imgIt appears that all we are going pass on to the younger generation a list of the following things they would rather not have, such as violence, greed, sex allegations, widespread crime and killings. and political opposition. It’s so sad that we can’t pass on a better outlook. As hard as we try, we still are putting ourselves in a bad situation.Look around you. Can you see anyone who is willing to try to work for the better of anything. There’s always one or a few who like to spoil the outcome. As time goes by, it’s getting worse with no end in sight. Things are at a downward spiral, which is out control. All over at every level, we find a problem with something that makes it harder for all of us. Just read the newspaper or watch the television to be informed about our bright outlook — if you can find one.The younger generation is in for a rocky road which is not getting any better. It’s too bad that our generation didn’t all work a little harder together. Then we would not have this mess.Walter “Neal” BrazelleRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Colleges should invite many views

first_imgI offer one million “thank yous” to The Gazette for its April 27 editorial on free expression on campus.As a mentor of Asian-American students at UAlbany, I tell them repeatedly that they will encounter people in their professional lives who hold views that counter theirs or are deeply offensive to them.I tell them that if a controversial speaker is invited to campus, they should protest, but also research the speaker, listen respectfully to the speech, then make succinct, cogent points based on data and facts to counter the speaker. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It’s of the utmost importance that professors and college staff give diverse ideas to their students. In what are thankfully some rare instances, I have encountered rather simplistic and frankly foolish views on campuses from staff.For proof, I cite to my protégés a presentation I gave on immigration at a local private college. At the end, I presented slides representing Capital Region residents who are immigrants from Australia and Zambia and many countries in between.A few days later, one of the school’s staffers called me to say that while he/she liked the presentation, he/she felt I presented the last part to prove I wasn’t racist. While trying to comprehend what I heard, I told him/her that the idea was to show that people from around the world have emigrated to the region and that we are richer for the experience.The bemused looks on the faces of my protégés at the end of my story demonstrate that, at least in their cases, they understand.Michael FondacaroAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, May 26

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStay informed on the issues and then voteReading the May 21 edition, “In Ohio, blue-collar workers stick with Trump,” a quote jumped out of the page at me.“The Democratic Party has lost its voice to speak to people that shower after and not before work.” As if this country isn’t divided enough, has a new demographic been introduced? How about folks that shower before and after work? Who represents them?It’s time to start talking about the things all Americans can agree on (and there are many). Stay informed by reading, watching and listening to different sources and make sure you’re registered to vote. Don’t wait till the last minute. Every election is important.Edward VanderwallClifton ParkSAT adversity score undermines fairness The SAT “adversity score” assigned by the College Board has been piloted since 2015 in response to rampant cheating in the Middle East, Asia, and most notably in the Singer scandal.It also strives to increase campus diversity by crediting students with their racial and social backgrounds, and fears that an unreliably conservative Supreme Court may strike down affirmative action have prompted 150 institutions to adopt the measure.Comparisons have been drawn to Harvard’s long-used “personality factor,” which has disadvantaged otherwise stellar Asian applicants. Aside from the possible cultural discrimination, every institution accounts for a student’s extracurricular activities, whether or not they give arbitrary categories such as “likability.”The adversity score, however, is beyond anyone’s control and stigmatizes students based on superficial factors.Given state-control over K-12 education, one doesn’t need to come from “privilege,” as a score below 50 would indicate, to make school a priority.Nonetheless, such privileged students may face undetected adversities including caring for a family member, bouts of depression, unreported domestic violence or bullying.This unfair stereotyping at best nullifies the academic performances of middle-class whites while providing a disincentive for students of all backgrounds to perform. It also provides a cheap excuse for a sub-par public school system.Primary education should require teachers to have a masters in their subjects and encourage parents to have strong connections to religious institutions.Both would provide students of all backgrounds a strong academic and moral foundation necessary to build stable careers and families, regardless of where they are admitted.Stephen DansereauAlbanyMotorists need to abide by safety rulesI needed a ride in the Duanesburg ambulance to Ellis Emergency Room.Every single car behind the ambulance tailgated us, and all of the cars happened to be SUVs.The ambulance driver had to stop several times for potholes, construction, traffic, etc.The back doors of an ambulance have no protection from tailgaters.My heart was in my mouth the whole way.We should all hear car safety rules on the local news, maybe a different rule along with the weather, and repeat often.Peg LapoDelanson More 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 homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Notebook Sold down the river

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Secondary market looks healthy out in front

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Marks sparks scrap with Gyle rent reviews

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Rivals plot £20m Chesterton bids

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Labour wants Livingstone, but what’s in it for him?

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Ahouvi in Stonecutter Court deal

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