Will shooting range increase violence?

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Local movie theater operators react to green lightEDITORIAL: 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 census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The photo of the woman with the pouty pursed lips on the top right corner of page C1 of the Oct. 21 Daily Gazette is disturbing. Is the gun a sex object? Is a shooter more attractive?The article quotes the chief operating officer of Modern Round Entertainment Corp., Mr. Bill Scheidhauer, as saying: “People come to have a drink and some food while also getting the chance to shoot at zombies or participate in other action scenarios.” Drinking and practice shooting “laser technology-based replica firearms” doesn’t sound like gun safety to me.Do you think this “virtual interactive shooting experience” will increase gun violence in the city?Greer PomeroyDuanesburglast_img read more

Keep open mind, but weigh facts on climate

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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 intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Two similar letters to the editor by Bob Lindinger in The Gazette seem to claim that humans have no responsibility for modern global warming. He argued that such a conclusion is unwarranted because “science is never settled.” It seems that, if we don’t know everything about global climate, we don’t know anything. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img Well, sure, nothing in science is known with absolute certainty. For example, modern research indicates that fire is a rapid, heat-releasing chemical reaction between fuel and oxygen in air. But that’s not settled. Maybe fire is called into mortal existence by Lucifer or Hephaestus, after we ritually strike a sacred match, or form a specially consecrated spark.Hmm. Where do we draw the line between accepting an idea that is overwhelmingly supported by evidence, or believing any number of ideas that are poorly supported by the evidence, unsupported or down-right crazy? That’s really the choice.The overwhelming weight of evidence shows that modern global warming is happening, caused mostly by burning fossil fuels. Sure, the computer models change a little bit every year, as does the growing pile of data behind them. But the results don’t change much. Modern supercomputer models, early models in the 1970s, and hand calculations done over 100 years ago. All give similar results.Accepting the science behind modern global warming is a matter of evaluating the available evidence. It’s a good idea to keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out.Kurt HollocherNiskayunalast_img read more

Proctors employees helped find purse

first_imgA few minutes, later my friend realized she did not have her purse. She looked all around her seat and couldn’t find it. During intermission, we went back to the Guild Room and looked around, but didn’t see it. We even had a small boy who was there climb under the table, but he said there was nothing there.After the show, we checked her car and did not see it. By now, my friend was a nervous wreck. We returned to the box office and told the story to a pleasant employee, who listened patiently to us, calmed us down, and arranged for someone to open the Guild Room.A young man from housekeeping was already waiting for us in the room. I crawled under the table with the table cloth, hanging all the way to the floor, and found the purse.We are very thankful that Proctors has such good employees who efficiently helped us in distress.Helen SteinerScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff… Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On Dec. 3, my friend and I attended “The Nutcracker” at Proctors. We first were in the Guild Room, then found our seats in the orchestra.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, April 30

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Pledge allegiance  to the ConstitutionDear NeverTrump followers: It’s been two years of going after this duly elected president since the losing party lost.Let’s go over the list: Russian collusion, none found. Obstruction, none found to be able to prosecute.The money and resources wasted on trying to tear down this president is astronomical. Other side notes: immigration separating families.Nope, sorry. That was Barack. Funny, where were the screaming liberals then? President Trump was elected because he is not a career politician like the Clintons, Bushes, Pelosi, Schumer, Gillibrand; you know the list.We have a Constitution and if we just follow the guidelines as a nation, we would thrive.I would like to ask all parties and politicians new and old: You swear an oath when you take office. Maybe you should understand the gravity of your oath — a constitutional allegiance, to protect and defend our country from enemies foreign and domestic. Think about it.Robert SponableSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems need platform, not Trump bashingThe vitriolic Democratic Party leadership appears to be fixated on finding some impeachable offense against President Trump and will not stop until some special investigator sees things their way.Unfortunately, this obsession, and the media’s acquiescence to this preoccupation, masks both parties’ inability to work together to generate and debate workable solutions to other major issues affecting our country, e.g. appropriate immigration reform, global terrorism, skyrocketing college tuition, crumbling infrastructures and fixing Obamacare, among others.The Democratic Party now has less than 18 months to remove President Trump electorally.But in order to do that, they have to come up with a candidate and a platform that appeals to the voters in all 50 states.If not, they will have caused another four years of Donald Trump. Hillary badly misplayed the Electoral College game and never gave me a reason to vote for her other than she was Hillary and a woman.Come on, Democratic Party and candidates, give me a reason to vote for you and your platform this time. Bashing Donald Trump does not get it for me.I’m tired of it.Ken MooreSchenectadylast_img read more

Filling stations

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Doughty raises £344m for assault on Europe

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Ex-MEPC boss Tuckey takes top post with Fuller Peiser

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After the flood

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The communications revolution

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Chavasse Park battle hots up

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