Letters to the Editor

first_imgPaper again shows bias against TrumpI see your editor is at it again. What‘s the bold headline on the Opinion page? “Surprise! Trump Foundation is a Sham.”Well, now we know for sure Trump is just a scamster.To be fair, I expected to see directly below this headline another one just as bold: “Surprise! Clinton Foundation is a Sham.” Whenever I talk about my project, I am always proud to say a fellow Niskayuna resident first presented information about the solar pollinator garden legislation to my town government.Building off my troop’s previous pollinator garden project completed with Highway Department leaders two years earlier at the request of another resident, Niskayuna master gardener Kathy Harter provided the spark I needed to undertake this endeavor. Finally, I want to thank my hometown newspaper. The Gazette’s coverage of my efforts — and the new Gold Award Girl Scout scholarship I am launching — helps further my goal of increasing awareness of Girl Scouting at the highest levels. Caroline McGrawNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionShutdown does a disservice to citizensThis government shutdown is dereliction of duty on the part of Congress and the president. Their job is to provide the governmental services that our taxes pay for. I think a group of citizens should sue in federal court to get our services back. You just don’t shut down a government. That’s like shutting off the car engine while you’re going down the highway.Art HombachSchenectady Many helped with Girl Scout projectRecently, I was one of 10 girls in the country named National Gold Award Girl Scout for my efforts to combat food insecurity by increasing pollinator populations through planting gardens at solar arrays; securing state funding for research; and successfully advocating for long stalled legislation. Since no accomplishment this big could be achieved alone, I did not want the year to end without publicly thanking everyone who supported me.From my troop leader since kindergarten, Liz Yanoff, and council mentor Allison Marinucci, to the middle school girls who planted seeds with me, I am very grateful for the Niskayuna Scouting community. Former Supervisor Joe Landry cultivated the idea for the solar gardens, much the same way he always helped Boy Scouts exploring Eagle Scout projects. Assemblyman Phil Steck guided me through the legislative process.  Imagine my surprise when I didn’t see it. Could your editor be so one-sided? Apparently so. It’s one thing to print every letter you get, representing the opinions of the populace.But when you choose which editorial articles to pull from the thousands available that day, and invariably pick anti-Trump ones, that says a lot about your views and your fairness.Let me help; your views are liberal, and your fairness doesn’t exist. Hillary’s foundation dealt with hundreds of millions of dollars, including massive ‘donations’ from nefarious origins, with the Clinton’s themselves being the largest charity receiving payouts. I’d appreciate it if you would make some attempt, even a small one, to print a balanced set of viewpoints.If you can’t find conservative ones, let me know.Bill DenisonBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

The Latest: Medvedev gets into it again with US Open umpire

first_img September 11, 2020 The Latest: Medvedev gets into it again with US Open umpire Zverev, the No. 5 seed, is in his second straight major semifinal after getting there at the Australian Open. Carreno Busta lost in this round at the 2017 U.S. Open.___1:40 p.mVera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund won the U.S. Open women’s doubles title in their first tournament together, beating the third-seeded duo of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 6-4.Zvonareva, a Russian who turned 36 this week, added this title to the 2006 U.S. Open title she won with Nathalie Dechy. She also was the runner-up in singles at Flushing Meadows in 2010, falling to Kim Clijsters. The No. 5 seed completed his first career comeback from two sets down and the first in the U.S. Open semifinals since Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in 2011.Zverev is trying to become Germany’s first Grand Slam champion since Boris Becker at the 1996 Australian Open. He will face either No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem or No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up.Carreño Busta, the No. 20 seed, lost in the U.S. Open semifinals for the second time in four years.___ 7:05 p.m. Associated Press Daniil Medvedev has gotten into it again with chair umpire Damien Dumusois at the U.S. Open.The trouble started when Medvedev hit a serve that he believed was long while trailing 3-2 in the first set of his semifinal against Dominic Thiem. The ball was called in and Medvedev wanted to challenge the call, but Dumusois said he signaled for it too late.Medvedev crossed the net to show where he thought the mark was, and Dumusois called the violation. Medvedev then pleaded his case — sarcastically — to Grand Slam supervisor Wayne McKewen, who informed Medvedev he wasn’t allowed to cross the net.Responded Medvedev: “Sorry, I think I killed someone, right? Sorry, I was so bad to cross the net. Sorry, my apologies, my sincere apologies to the U.S. Open for crossing the net. Oh my God.”Dumusois gave Medvedev a code violation in a match last year after the Russian snatched a towel from a ballperson. The crowd booed Medvedev, who egged them on the rest of the match. But Thiem is a much higher-quality opponent, a three-time Grand Slam finalist who is also seeking his first major title.The winner faces No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final.___7:45 p.m.Alexander Zverev rallied to reach his first Grand Slam final, beating Pablo Carreño Busta 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 at the U.S. Open. The point gave Thiem a 4-2 lead and he went on to take the first set.___8:05 p.m.Daniil Medvedev is trying to take the last and what should be the toughest step toward a return to the U.S. Open final, facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem.Medvedev lost to Rafael Nadal in last year’s final and has been cruising in his quest to get back to it. The third-seeded Russian hasn’t dropped a set in his five matches. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):___8:45 p.m. But she began playing less after giving birth to daughter Evelina in 2016.Xu and Melichar finished second for the second straight tournament in New York. They were runners-up at the Western & Southern Open that’s usually played in Ohio.___ 12:30 p.m.The men’s semifinal matches will be played after the women’s doubles championship is awarded at the U.S. Open. Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreño Busta are going to a fifth set in the first men’s semifinal at the U.S. Open.The 20th-seeded Carreño Busta appeared on his way to winning in a rout, taking the first two sets 6-3, 6-2. But the fifth-seeded Zverev bounced back to take the next two 6-3, 6-4.Both players are trying to reach their first Grand Slam final. Carreno Busta will have to win a third five-set match in this year’s tournament to do so.He received medical treatment after the fourth set.The semifinal between No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem and No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up, will follow. ___4:20 p.m.Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreno Busta are first up in the U.S. Open men’s semifinals, with the winner earning a spot in his first Grand Slam final.Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up, and No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem meet in the second semifinal on Arthur Ashe Stadium, where “9-11 We Remember” signs are on cloth covering the empty seats.None of the four has won a major championship, but this year presented a great opportunity for young players. Neither Roger Federer nor defending champion Rafael Nadal is in New York, and top-ranked Novak Djokovic was disqualified from his fourth-round match against Carreno Busta for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball while walking to the sideline after dropping a game. Play began with the third-seeded team of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar playing the unseeded duo of Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund.They were to be followed by Alexander Zverev against Pablo Carreno Busta, along with 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem. None has won a Grand Slam title.Comfortable weather returned after the women’s singles semifinals were played with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed Thursday night because of rain.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Biggio’s 2-run double caps big 5th; Jays beat Red Sox 10-8

first_img COMMENT Written By Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 7th September, 2020 10:57 IST Biggio’s 2-run Double Caps Big 5th; Jays Beat Red Sox 10-8 Cavan Biggio’s two-run double capped a six-run fifth inning, Rowdy Tellez and Caleb Joseph homered and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Boston Red Sox 10-8 on Sunday. First Published: 7th September, 2020 10:57 IST Cavan Biggio’s two-run double capped a six-run fifth inning, Rowdy Tellez and Caleb Joseph homered and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Boston Red Sox 10-8 on Sunday.Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had four singles for the Blue Jays, who had lost the previous two games after winning the opening pair of a five-game series at Fenway Park. They have won eight of 12 overall.Toronto, second in the AL East, begins a three-game series on Monday night at its temporary Buffalo home against the third-place Yankees.Kevin Plawecki hit a three-run homer, Xander Bogaerts had a two-run blast for his team-leading 10th, and Bobby Dalbec and José Peraza also went deep for the Red Sox, who have dropped six of eight.The game lasted 4 hours, 23 minutes.The Blue Jays erased a 4-1 deficit with their big fifth against reliever Matt Hall (0-2), who was recalled from the alternate training site before the game.Gurriel had an RBI single, Joe Panik followed with a game-tying, two-run single and Derek Fisher beat hit a two-out dribbler that turned into an RBI infield single when Hall slipped and double-pumped before throwing to first.Biggio then drove reliever Robinson Leyer’s pitch off the left-field wall over Peraza’s mistimed leap for his double, making it 7-4.Thomas Hatch (3-1) worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Rafael Dolis got the final three outs for his second save.Toronto opened a 10-5 lead before Peraza and Bogaerts went deep.A day after Boston hit five homers in a walk-off win, Plawecki drove Robbie Ray’s high fastball into the batter’s eye for his first of the season.Tellez crushed his eighth off a back wall next to the bleachers and Joseph’s first landed in the Green Monster seats.FRESH STARTMaking his first start for the Blue Jays since being acquired in a deadline-day trade from Arizona, the 28-year-old Ray gave up four runs on six hits in four innings. He struck out five and walked three.SORTING THROUGH NUMBERSAndrew Triggs was the 13th starter for the Red Sox in their 42nd game. Boston entered with the majors’ highest ERA (6.11) and had allowed the most homers, helping explain why the Red Sox own the AL’s worst record.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Pitching coach Pete Walker said before the game that RHP Matt Shoemaker (10-day injured list, right shoulder inflammation) was “coming along quicker than expected.” Shoemaker expects to start throwing off a mound in the next few days. … Walker also said rookie RHP Nate Pearson (10-day IL, elbow tightness) threw a bullpen Saturday and is expected back soon.Red Sox: Utility player Yairo Muñoz left the game with a strained right hip after running out his first-inning single. … Plawecki was hit by a pitch on his right arm and had to leave the game. … OF Alex Verdugo had the day off until pinch-hitting in the eighth. “He’s fine,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “He’s a little beat up from the diving and sliding.”UP NEXTBlue Jays: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.51 ERA) is set to face New York RHP Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 5.76).Red Sox: Have a day off before a doubleheader at Philadelphia on Tuesday. LHP Martín Pérez (2-4, 4.07) is slated to start the opener for Boston. center_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more