Letters to the Editor for Monday, Jan. 13

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFind hope in others sharing my viewsI have come to realize that the pro and anti-Trumpers are well ensconced in their opinions and I try to respect that. For myself, who is practically daily in awe of the things he and his administration say and do (and I mean negative awe), it is hard to believe that society has evolved to this point.That being said, my purpose for writing it to thank other letter writers, columnists, cartoonists and late-night TV show hosts for helping me feel there are others out there who share my viewpoint.It gives me hope that America will continue to be as great as it always has been.Ethel RobinsonSchoharieGrateful for work on Niskayuna Co-opWe attended the Niskayuna Co-op membership meeting on Jan. 7 and have been co-op members for over 20 years. Despite challenges, it is clear that the co-op is moving in a positive direction. It is also clear that change is hard, especially for employees and customers who have been doing things the same way for decades.However, we believe that the changes create opportunities to grow the co-op brand to reach new audiences.We were impressed with the work of co-presidents Sarah Bilofsky and Sunny Lee, as well as the entire board, and left with the feeling the co-op is in good hands.They understand the role of the market and its importance to the community.The interim general manager has moved quickly to learn about us and make positive changes. The meeting allowed for a critical conversation with a broad audience and allowed everyone to feel heard.Thank you to the staff for making the Niskayuna Co-op the wonderful institution it is and thank you to the board for working so hard to keep it thriving for years to come.Bill and Jennifer WilkersonNiskayunaFEMA individual flood aid is limitedWhile I share The Gazette’s concerns for the victims of the 2019 Halloween flood (Jan. 8, “FEMA must help flood victims”), it is misleading to expect FEMA to make people whole again, even if individual assistance was approved. Readers should be aware that individual assistance grants are very limited in scope.The maximum amount of assistance is under $35,000. The average grant is less than $8,000.The program is meant to cover short-term rent and utilities and some uninsured damage. For people who do not have flood insurance, additional assistance from the federal government is only available in the form of a Small Business Association loan.The federal law establishing the individual assistance program was not designed to make people whole or to rebuild ruined houses. And typical homeowner’s insurance policies exclude damages from floods. Only a flood insurance policy, either through FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program or through a private insurance company, will cover flood damages. Flood insurance is expensive, but much less expensive than rebuilding your home after a flood.Tax dollars should not be used to repair buildings, only to see them flooded again. Government assistance should instead be used to help elevate or buy out flood-prone homes so that damages are not repeated, and further taxpayer expenditures are not needed.Homeowners and renters must take responsibility for their own risk by purchasing a flood insurance policy.To find out if you are in or near a flood zone, google “FEMA Map Service Center.”William NechamenSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.last_img read more

US begins military pullout from two Afghan bases

first_imgThe initial drawdown comes as the Taliban, which see themselves as having achieved “victory” over America, test the Pentagon’s resolve to protect local partners by conducting dozens of low-level attacks against Afghan forces. The US has only responded to a few of these attacks.Under the terms of the withdrawal deal, the Taliban are supposed to tackle jihadists such as the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda, as well as hold talks with the Afghan government that were due to start Tuesday. But Kabul is in disarray and appears unable to present a unified front to negotiate with the Taliban.On Monday, President Ashraf Ghani was inaugurated for a second term following an election that was marred by fraud allegations while his rival, former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, also declared himself winner and swore himself in as premier in a parallel ceremony.Peace talks were supposed to start Tuesday but have been delayed by a dispute over the release of Taliban prisoners — something the insurgents have demanded as a prerequisite ahead of negotiations, but which Ghani has so far refused to do.Ghani on Tuesday was expected to announce a decree on the issue and reveal details of the negotiating team.Washington has denounced Abdullah’s self-inauguration, urging unity in Kabul ahead of negotiations with the Taliban.”We strongly oppose any action to establish a parallel government, and any use of force to resolve political differences,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, without explicitly naming Abdullah.”Prioritizing an inclusive government and unified Afghanistan is paramount for the future of the country and particularly for the cause of peace,” he added. American forces have started pulling out of two bases in Afghanistan, a US official said Tuesday, the day peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban were due to start despite widespread violence and a political crisis.The United States is keen to end its longest-ever conflict, and under the terms of a deal signed in Doha last month has said all foreign forces will quit Afghanistan within 14 months — provided the Taliban stick to their security commitments.Under the accord, the US is initially supposed to cut its troop presence from about 12,000 currently to 8,600 by mid-July, and close five of its roughly 20 bases across the country. Troops have started leaving one base in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province in the south, and another base in Herat in the east, a US official told AFP on the condition of anonymity.Even with the drawdown, US forces retain “all the military means and authorities to accomplish our objectives”, Colonel Sonny Leggett, spokesman for US Forces-Afghanistan, said Monday, referring to American counterterrorism operations and support for Afghan forces.Helmand, which along with neighboring Kandahar province is considered a Taliban stronghold, is where US and British forces fought some of the bloodiest campaigns of the 18-year war.Omar Zwak, spokesman for Helmand’s governor, told AFP that “20 to 30” foreigners had left Lashkar Gah since the weekend.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Mary L. Meyer

first_imgMary L. Meyer, age 97 of Osgood, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, Indiana.  She was the daughter of the late Frank and Elvera Tichnor Stuehrenberg.  She married August H. Meyer in 1937, and he preceded her in death in 1977.  They were blessed with five children. Her children remember her raising a large garden to help feed the family and also her spending time quilting.   Mary had attended St. Maurice Catholic Church of Napoleon and St. John’s Catholic of Osgood. Survivors include her three sons Robert (Peggy) Meyer of North Vernon, IN; Kenneth (Sandy) Meyer of Frankfort, IN; and Paul (companion Susan) of Holton, IN . One daughter, Carol (Roger) Williams of Osgood and daughter-in-law Marlene Meyer of Aurora, IN also survive. One brother Paul Stuehrenberg of Greensburg along with two sisters, Jane Stuehrenberg and Joanne Brooks, also survive as well as eleven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, James Meyer; two brothers; and four sisters. Memorial donations may be made to Manderley Activities c/o funeral home. Private services for family only.last_img read more

Comment period for natural gas rate increase now open

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Back in 2012 the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission gave the South Eastern Indiana Natural Gas Company approval to increase their base distribution rates.The pending request would raise its flat, monthly customer charge from $11.00 to $13.00 for residential customers and from $11.00 to $24.00 for small commercial customers. The impact on specific bills will vary by usage, with the utility requesting an overall rate increase of 17.8 percent.The proposed increase, in this case, would only apply to the utility’s base distribution rates, which currently comprise approximately 65 percent of a typical residential natural gas customer’s monthly heating bill. Base distribution rates cover “non-gas” expenses such as capital improvements and the costs of operations and maintenance.Along with its legal and technical review, the Indiana Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor is encouraging written consumer comments through March 21, 2018.Mail:Consumer Services StaffIndiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 SouthIndianapolis, IN 46204Email: uccinfo@oucc.IN.govOr Fax: 317- 232-5923The OUCC needs to receive all written consumer comments no later than March 21, 2018 so that it can: 1) Consider them in preparing its testimony and 2) File them with the Commission to be included in the case’s formal evidentiary record.Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 45027.” Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC’s consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494.An IURC evidentiary hearing is scheduled to start on June 7, 2018 at the PNC Center (101 W. Washington St.) in Indianapolis. While evidentiary hearings are open to the public, participation is typically limited to attorney and Commission questioning of technical witnesses. A final decision in the case is expected later this year.last_img read more

Nelson Eagles fly high at Kelowna hoop tournament

first_imgThe Nelson Eagles finished 2-1 at the U17 KMBA Boys Basketball Tourney this past weekend in Kelowna.The Eagles, consisting of players mostly from L.V. Rogers High School and Castlegar, defeated KMBA Reps from Kelowna in the consolation final Sunday.“(We) caught the KMBA squad on the back end of a double-header and took full advantage, pushing the tempo and scoring easily in transition,” said Eagles coach Jeremy Phelan.“Eagles point guard Robby Dixon put on a show scoring from long range and in the paint and KMBA had no solutions to stopping him.”Phelan said new recruit Kai Shave also had a solid game along as well as Castlegar import players Ajeet Dhaliwal.Josh Matosevic and Vinnie Watson were among the Eagles top scorers. Nelson opened the tournament by outlasting CBA Viper of Calgary 45-43.Playing the tournament with a short bench, the Eagles managed game minutes very well in a contest Nelson shot the ball well and played great defence.The Eagles then met Foundations Youth Basketball (FYB) of Calgary.The shortage of players caught up to Nelson as FYB came away with a 62-38 win.In the other game of the round robin, CBA Viper rocked FYB 62-38 to set up a three-way tie for top spot in Pool A.The tiebreaker saw Eagles fall to third in the pool.Nelson returns to the court May 30-31 in Salmon Arm.The West Kootenay Bulls U15 Boy’s Basketball squad finished 2-1 at a tournament in Kelowna.The Bulls only loss came against Salmon Arm.Nelson’s Dyllan and Brock Dixon play for the Bulls, a team consisting mostly of players from Castlegar.last_img read more

Future looks bright for Nelson Minor Hockey after positive changes

first_img Vice President – Danny Jewitt Novice and House $300.00 Equipment/Uniform Manager – Vince Vulcano Past President – Doug Harrison Ice Scheduler – Cynthia St. Thomas Maida said players already registered would receive a rebate for the difference in paid fees after July 31.To help with registration, Maida said the Nelson Leafs are pitching in to support NMH.“All paid NMHA members for the 2015/16 season will receive a free season’s pass to the Nelson Leafs,” Maida explained.It was believed Nelson Minor Hockey might fold this season due to lack of people wanting to sit on the executive.However, most of a full board has been filled for the upcoming season.The new board includes: President – Tony Maida In an effort to get players back onto the ice, Nelson Minor Hockey is going to lower fees for the upcoming season.Under the direction of former NMH president Tony Maida, the local association is doing its best to increase registration for the 2015-16 campaign.“We have already been working on some exciting things for the new season, Maida said in a prepared statement. “Our board had decided to lower fees for the 2016-16 season.”The new fees are: First time player $100.00 Midget Director – Geoff Watts Peewee Director – Todd Hutt Atom Director – Cam Paterson West Kootenay Representative – Greg Andrusak Bantam Director – pending Registrar – Deb Matthews Treasurer – Brad Ouchi Female Director – Cam Paterson Skills Director – Kim Osika Referee in Chief – pending“I’d like to welcome the NMHA Board of Directors for the 2015/16 season and say thank you to all the past board members who put in endless time and energy to help our association,” said Maida.NOTES: NMH IS accepting coaching applications for the 2015/16 season.  Application deadline for Rep is July 31, 2015 and House, August 31, 2015 Coaching application – http://nelsonmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015-16-coaching-application.pdf Novice Director – Sandy Boyd Tournament Director – Deedee Bendis Secretary/Public Relations – Lisa Upper Rep $390.00 (300.00 + $90.00 Rep Try Out fee. $200.00 Rep fee applicable to players once selected to rep teams)last_img read more