Letters to the Editor for Monday, Dec. 9

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmericans must stand up to bulliesAfter seeing overwhelming evidence that our current president committed a crime, one that even loyal Republicans don’t dispute, these same Republicans are looking for ways to say there’s nothing there.It’s as if the bully in the schoolyard stole their collective lunch money — that is their oath of office, loyalty to the Constitution and duty to country — and they don’t know how to get it back.My suggestion is do what we tell our children to do: “Stand up to the bully.” Bullies are cowards and rely on not being challenged.They use scare tactics and threats and in the end they tum tail and run.Sometimes they enlist an older kid for support, or they hurl verbal attacks or tweets. That’s their cover and how they get their way.My experience from playground to adulthood, if you give in, the behavior worsens, the stakes get higher. If you stand up, there’s a good chance the bully will back down.Having grown up during the Cold War, I’ve seen this played out on the world stage. Russia (USSR) was often the bully. But we as a country recognized the threat and stood up for ourselves and our allies.We have a president who seems to be conflicted in his loyalties. He’d prefer to side with the global bully rather than challenge him for whatever reason.It’s up to us, citizens of this democracy, to stand up to the bully and encourage our lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, to do the same.Barbara J. StowellCentral BridgeWhy bother to clear snow off sidewalks?On the complaint of homeowners not clearing their sidewalks, I live in the Mont Pleasant area, and people do not use the sidewalks in good weather.They walk in the middle of the street in July when there is no snow on sidewalks. Walkers take their time strolling in middle of the streets holding up traffic.I wonder if they know what the cement strip on the side of the road is for.The best is when parent(s) stroll their babies in carriages in the middle of the street. Are you kidding me? What are these parents thinking strolling along in the street with baby carriages? Don’t they care about their babies? That should be child abuse, since everything is child abuse these days.As for not clearing sidewalks: Why would I bother, since people do not use the sidewalks?Where are my neighbors? No one offered even to help those who can’t shovel. I’d rather they slip on the city streets that aren’t plowed.Albert ZangerSchenectadyClear all city streets right up to the curbThe Daily Gazette’s Dec. 3 article titled, “City begins towing illegally-parked vehicles” was truly one of the funniest pieces of written comedy I’ve had the occasion to read in a good, long while. The article quoted the city of Schenectady’s “Priority Street Plowing” program, with a paragraph stating, “Vehicles may return only after the ‘entire length of the street has been cleared of snow back to the curb.’”What a hoot. I haven’t seen a curb after a snowfall in over 20 years, except where the homeowners themselves clear the street. The snow is usually more than two feet from the curb.One glaring exception is on Chrisler Avenue at the intersection of Altamont Avenue, if you happen to want to make a right-turn onto Altamont toward the railroad bridge, you have to do it from the center lane; the right hand lane is mostly a fantasy.And to harken back to a letter I wrote last winter, yes, the plows are still going too fast on Guilderland Avenue and burying the recently cleared sidewalks, so why should we even bother shoveling?Growing up in Schenectady, I remember the huge snowblowers attached to trucks and how they really cleaned the streets.I know that parts got scarce, the machines deteriorated and were never replaced, and that clearing the streets to the curbs in residential neighborhoods just doesn’t happen anymore. All the street should be cleared to the curbs, or don’t even bring it up.Kurt C. SiegelSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.Foss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Cricket News What’s Cooking With Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Social Media Accounts? Even Virat Kohli Is Baffled

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Many people speculated Royal Challengers Bangalore’s social media was hacked. (Image credit: Getty Images)The activities by Royal Challengers Bangalore on social media have baffled fans and have also resulted in trolling. One RCB fan remarked, “12 seasons are way too long for downloading the trophy.” A lot of people were saying that Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore are planning a big surprise. Others were quick to point out that Kohli-led team may be getting a last-minute makeover, with a new avatar and name while some speculated that Royal Challengers Bangalore’s account was hacked. Teammates Yuzvendra Chahal and AB De Villiers soon followed Kohli’s suit. Chahal remarked that what kind of googly is this while AB de Villiers also expressed concern as to whether the account was hacked or not. Royal Challengers Bangalore and India captain Virat Kohli on Friday said he was happy with the kind of players picked by his franchise during the IPL auction and looking to enjoy “the best form of cricket by playing bold”.RCB Aim For Glory In 2020During the IPL auction held in Kolkata on Thursday, RCB bought eight players, including the likes of Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Kane Richardson and Dale Steyn. “I am very happy with the players that we have selected and really looking forward to the new season. We’ve had a lot of discussions on the structure and balance of the team and this looks like a good start for us,” Kohli said. “I believe it all comes down to every individual to give out their best performance during the league and to enjoy the best form of cricket by playing bold,” he added.Also Read | IPL Auction 2020: List Of Players Bought By Royal Challengers BangaloreRCB’s Director of Cricket Operations Mike Hesson said the plan of the franchise in the auction was to look at players that will combine well with the retained squad. “We want a squad that can have balance and adapt to any conditions both at home and away. To pick players who help us maximise our budget judiciously took a thoughtful approach.”center_img New Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) will play it’s 13th edition from March-end and it promises to be an action-packed tournament. This year’s IPL assumes more importance as it is World T20 year and all Indian cricket team fans would be determined to see their favorite players put in their peak performance. Four-time champions Mumbai Indians will be determined to continue their dominance while MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings would be aiming to avoid their finals woes. Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore will be desperate to come out of the bottom and break their jinx in cliching the IPL title.In the past, Royal Challengers Bangalore have often confounded fans by not putting up a great show in the IPL despite boasting some of the best cricketing players in the world in their side. The likes of Kohli and AB de Villiers make a solid opening pair while Chris Gayle cemented his reputation as the ‘Universe Boss’ in T20Is during his time with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Heading into the 13th edition of the IPL, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have once again confounded fans with their antics, this time on social media.The franchise removed its display picture and cover picture from Facebook and Twitter. RCB also changed its name to “Royal Challengers.” All the changes made on Twitter reflected on RCB’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts. In fact, RCB completely wiped out its Insta page, reducing its posts to 0. However, after some time, they posted one image which said, “Sit tight. Be right back.” The changes on social media had even skipper Virat Kohli baffled. On his Twitter account, he wrote, “Posts disappear and the captain isn’t informed. @rcbtweets, let me know if you need any help.”last_img read more

Muntari clashes with sports minister

first_imgGhana midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari was engaged in angry verbal exchanges with the Minister of Sports in the full view of the rest of the playing body of the Black Stars.Alhaji Muntaka Mubabrak Mohammed, the new government appointee, has confirmed the incident which happened last Wednesday before the weekend’s World Cup qualifier against Benin.The Inter Milan player clashed with the minister in a rift over the bonuses when the minister met the Black Stars over money for the World Cup qualifiers.While the minister claims he had insisted that the bonuses be maintained at US$8,000 against the US$10,000, asked for by players, insiders say government had proposed to reduce it to US$6,000 per win.Mohammed is reported to have warned the Black Stars that they would be replaced by the national U-20 team if they rejected the offer infuriating Muntari.The angry Muntari dared the minister to bring the Black Satellites to play against Benin instead of the Black Stars. Mohammed said: “Yes an incident took place at the Novotel Hotel while I was discussing the bonuses issue.“The captain and other senior players in the squad came to apologise to me over the incident and now the issue is closed.”Despite claims by the minister that the issue has been resolved the strained relationship was evident on Sunday when Muntaka inspected both teams.His handshake to the Inter Milan player was not firm as he did with the other players and Muntari also looked away as the minister approached him.Source: ghanasoccernetlast_img read more