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

New fundraising rules proposed for construction at UI, ISU, UNI

first_imgDES MOINES — Republican lawmakers are setting new financing requirements for construction on the public university campuses in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City.Under the plan, the state will provide just 60 percent of the cost for building projects at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. Officials at those universities will have to raise the remaining 40 percent of the cost from federal grants or private sources. Republican Representative Gary Mohr of Bettendorf, a retired college administrator, said the universities can ask their 50,000 graduates for more money“I’ve done this for 40 years,” Mohr said during House debate. “In this economy and in this world, you can raise 40 percent.”The University of Northern Iowa would be required to raise 20 percent of the construction costs from sources other than state tax dollars. Representative Mary Mascher, a Democrat from Iowa City, said it’ll be hard to raise private donations for some vital projects, like power plants and steam tunnels.“This has enormous ramifications to our universities in Iowa and I don’t understand why you would spring this on us at the last minute,” Mascher said.Lawmakers are hoping to complete the work of the 2019 legislative session by this weekend.The proposal on private fundraising for construction at the public universities is included in a budget bill that’s been approved by the Senate and the House, but senators must vote again on some adjustments House members made.last_img read more

Track & Field Heads To Lincoln For Final Tune Up Before MVC Championship

first_img Start Lists The Bulldogs will have 21 student-athletes competing in 15 events on the at Nebraska with the day beginning at 12:45 p.m. for the team with the start of the javelin competition. Action on the track starts at 3:10 p.m. for the Bulldogs with the 1,500 meters. Live Results Drake’s squad will face competitors from across the Midwest including No. 20 Nebraska and competitors from Iowa State, Omaha, UMKC and others. Print Friendly Version The Drake University track and field teams are sending limited competitors to the Nebraska Invitational Saturday, May 5, for the team’s final meet before next weekend’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship. The bulk of the team will remain in Des Moines to rest and prepare for the MVC meet. Story Links Meet Schedule last_img read more