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

Lakers’ LeBron James builds MVP buzz after impressive weekend wins over Bucks, Clippers

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — The chorus that was reverberating in Staples Center late in Sunday’s matinee echoed all the way to the Lakers’ locker room.“MVP,” said Anthony Davis.“MVP,” said Kyle Kuzma.MVP, said the Lakers, as a group, as LeBron James helped drive another win over another of the NBA’s top teams for the second time in 48 hours.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWith 28 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and two blocks in the 112-103 win over the Clippers, James again pushed himself to the forefront of a conversation many NBA observers believe is already over. With the Milwaukee Bucks slated to finish with the NBA’s best record and Giannis Antetokounmpo leading James in points, rebounds and other key advanced statistics, the lead has been perceived as insurmountable for the Greek Freak to win his second straight MVP award.Ahem, the Lakers said on Sunday, have you watched lately?“They need to watch the last two games,” Davis said. “I mean, what he’s been able to do — taking on matchups defensively, leading the pack offensively, making the right plays — you don’t see that from a guy who is 17 years in the league and his team is number one in the West. He’s continuing to show the world why he’s the best and if people don’t understand that, then the last two games, I think they understand now.”In eight games since the All-Star break, James has raised his game. The Lakers are 7-1, and he’s averaging 30.7 points, 9.5 assists and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 55 percent and getting to the line more often. During the weekend, he played a pivotal role by guarding each team’s best player for stints and methodically controlling halfcourt possessions — Rajon Rondo referred to Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard as “supposed MVP candidates.”Notably the Lakers pulled away in both games in the second half, outscoring the Bucks by 10 after halftime on Friday, and the Clippers by 13 on Sunday. After beating the No. 1 team in the East and the No. 2 team in the West, Frank Vogel felt confident enough to call James’ last two games “his best weekend in a Lakers uniform. “I don’t think people understand how hard it is to put the numbers and get the wins, do the things that he’s doing, put the numbers up he’s putting up and getting the wins he’s getting at 35,” he said. “You’ve had a summer off maybe, what, twice? That’s crazy! That’s a lot of mileage on your legs.”Earlier this week James downplayed the chase for a fifth MVP, which would tie him second all-time with Michael Jordan and Bill Russell. He said he’s motivated by being the best to ever play — MVP awards are just a byproduct of that goal, he suggested.But James acknowledged that he is motivated, and has been all offseason — something that has continued to drive him forward in his 17th season.“I put a lot of work into my rehabbing with my groin, getting back to full strength even when I was shooting a movie,” he said. “If you follow me on social media, I was in the weight room at three, four o’ clock in the morning, making sure that I was preparing myself for this season no matter what was going on. Just keeping ‘the main thing’ the main thing.” “I wasn’t here last year. but in my mind, this season, this was his best two-game stretch,” he said. “Really just dominated — dominated — both games and helped close them out.”Two great games does not an MVP make, but the Lakers would also argue that relative to his age, 35-year-old James has been more impressive than 25-year-old Antetokounmpo. He’s leading the league in assists, which he’s never done before, while remaining a scorer over the 25 ppg threshold.To JaVale McGee, there was no doubt that James has marked himself the best player in the world for staving off his years.Related Articleslast_img read more