When Trump released his list of judges for consideration to the Supreme Court, it was all over for Hillary Clinton.Roe v. Wade was a mistake. Change is coming thanks to President Trump.Rather than bemoan the president’s human foibles, let us thank God we live in this country, celebrate Americanism and proudly march in the Fourth of July parades. We’ll send a message to any foreign intruder that you can try but Americans don’t bite.Mary B. McClaineSchenectady As the chairman of the Niskayuna Town Board Economic Development Committee, I’m concerned about the supervisor’s comments. The O.D. Heck facility is still occupied by state employees. If the state decides to turn over a small portion of the property for reuse, the excess parcel will not be “a large swatch of land.” This section of state land bordering Balltown Road contains a pond that must be protected. Redevelopment would be disallowed under federal and state wetland protection laws. If the state makes excess land and buildings available for reuse, the zoning change being considered by the Planning Board does not allow for light industrial uses. This area of the Niskayuna is not appropriate for manufacturing facilities. There’s been a lot of misinformation put out about the O.D. Heck property. The state still occupies the vast majority of the site. Any redevelopment at the site must be done responsibly. To suggest there is a lot of property ready to go on the tax rolls for industrial or other commercial uses is incorrect.If any portion of O.D. Heck becomes available, priority one should be responsible development supporting the environment and in sync with nearby neighborhoods.John DellaRattaNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: 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 motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine O.D. Heck land needs responsible review In The Gazette profile of the Niskayuna town supervisor (and subsequent interview on her brother’s television program), Yasmine Syed said rezoning the O.D. Heck property to expand the tax base is “priority one.”She went on to refer to the property as a “large swatch of land” she favors to be rezoned as “light industrial.” Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVoters didn’t need Russia to back TrumpIf in fact there was Russian influence during the 2016 presidential election, it didn’t affect the outcome.Americans knew how they would cast their vote when they saw candidate Trump come down the escalator in Trump Tower to announce his candidacy. No one had to ask, “Who is this person?” He already had name recognition.Throughout the campaign, specific blocs of people publicly declared their support for Trump. One such group was the “Bikers for Trump.” I attended the bikers’ rally held in Schenectady. Believe me, no attendee was going to be influenced by any country, anybody or anything. They knew candidate Trump was the right person for the times.Don’t underestimate the power of the thousands of voters who spent their professional lives holding a secret clearance. They understood the seriousness of Hillary’s private server. Clinton was her own worst enemy. What was that about Russian influence?Also consider the Evangelicals, Fox News viewers and the Rush Limbaugh radio listeners. Is anyone so naive to think the Russians could influence such a conservative bloc of voters?
Do you want to hear a feel good story about baseball? Here it is.Paul Goldschmidt is the first baseman of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The announcers on an MLB Broadcast relayed a story about how in a recent pre-game Goldschmidt talked to 2 brothers while batting practice was going on. The younger boy was recovering from brain tumor surgery. The boy asked Paul if he could rub his batting practice bat for good luck. Paul readily agreed.During the game, Goldschmidt made outs in his first 2 at bats, and in his third at the plate he cracked the bat. The bat boy quickly grabbed his BP bat and handed it to Goldschmidt. (The bat the young boy had rubbed.) As you would have it, Paul hit a home run with that bat and did it again in his subsequent trip to the plate. The announcers didn’t say it, but I would bet that night the young boy’s recovery took a giant step forward.
Is it possible to find anything constructive in a dominating performance against two lackluster teams?For a poised men’s tennis team like Wisconsin, the answer no doubt is yes.Sunday’s doubleheader against No. 70 Illinois State and Western Illinois served as a perfect pick-me-up with Big Ten play beginning in six days against No. 10 Illinois.Winning 6-1, 6-0, the double feature allowed Wisconsin an opportunity to prepare for the tough conference season that lies ahead by building confidence and allowing younger players a chance at the action.But mostly, according to head coach Greg Van Emburgh, the team just needed to play a lot of tennis.“Overall, we got what we needed out of [the doubleheader],” he said. “I was hoping that guys in the second match would’ve been pushed a little harder… but they must have just played really well, they took care of business quickly.”“Overall I think we needed to play a lot of tennis today. Illinois is going to be a good team… and I feel like if we’re match sharp we’re going to win that match.”All eight Badgers on the active roster were able to participate in at least two matches on Sunday — five of which came away with a flawless record on the day.Confidence building was a big objective for the Badgers, and not just for the team’s less experienced players. Senior Moritz Baumann, ranked No. 13 nationally, hoped to improve in that facet of the game, as he sat with a 3-3 singles record before Sunday’s match arrived.With two singles victories as well as a win in doubles, Van Emburgh believed Baumann benefited from the opportunity.“We wanted to make sure Moritz was getting a bunch of matches so he could feel good about his game again, which I think we’re really close to doing with him,” he said. “The boy that he was playing (Jeff Cote of Western Illinois) was pretty strong — a good match for him to get some good points and to feel good about his game.”With three wins in one day, Baumann believes it can lead to better play in the future.“It’s all about confidence in tennis,” he said. “When you win, you play better automatically. When you lose, you lose confidence, so it’s good when you win those matches.”With a second chance provided by the doubleheader, freshman Billy Bertha was able to redeem a frustrating singles loss to Illinois State’s Matej Zlatkovic, in which Bertha was shutout in the last set.Paired against Francisco Ortiz of Western Illinois, Bertha didn’t let his last match haunt him, losing only two games en route to sweeping the match.Taking Baumann’s words into consideration, Bertha should be feeling good when thinking about his next match after bouncing back.For others, though, Sunday’s matches offered a chance to test the aspects of their game that have needed improvement.Freshman Chris Freeman made the development of his serve loud and clear, acing three consecutive against Western Illinois’ Rodrigo Azevedo.“We always practice different things and if it’s kind of a routine match you always try and focus on different aspects of your game, rather than just trying to get though the match,” he said. “So I worked on my serve this week and really tried to execute on that, so it helped out in the match today.”Despite the success seen on Sunday, Van Emburgh knows the team has yet to reach its summit in terms of performance. Next week’s match against Illinois will not be a litmus test of sorts like Sunday’s. And with that, Van Emburgh will continue to push the team closer to that summit.“We want to keep working on doubles to keep that sharp, make sure the teams that are out there are going to compliment each other really well – I think we’re really close to that,” he said. “I don’t think we’re peaking yet, we still have room for improvement.”
Related2018 CHAN: CAF Sets New Inspection Visit Date Following Political Unrest In KenyaSeptember 7, 2017In “Africa”2018 CHAN: See Full Schedule Of CAF’s Inspection Visit To KenyaSeptember 10, 2017In “Africa”CHAN 2018: CAF To Inspect Kenya’s Readiness To Host Africa, Set Visit DateAugust 15, 2017In “Africa” The Confederation of African Football, CAF has canceled the planned facility inspection visit to Kenya ahead of the 2018 Championship for African Nations (CHAN).The decision to cancel the inspection is as a result of the current political and security situation in the country following the annulment of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election by the Supreme Court of Kenya last Friday.A letter from FKF President Nick Mwendwa reads: “We have just been informed that in light of the recent happenings CAF will be sending its second Vice President Mr. Constant Omari to access the political and security situation of the country before they can proceed with the inspection visit,”The Caf inspecting delegation was scheduled to arrive Kenya for a five-day visit of facilities on 7th September and depart the East African country on 12th September 2017, ahead of the January-February 2018 CHAN.A new inspection date will be announced after CAF’s second Vice President visit the country on Sunday evening.The 2018 CHAN would take place in Kenya From January 11 to February 2.