Categories: 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.
Batesville Area Dirt Road Basketball ScoresSunday (1-26)5th & 6th Grade Dirt Road League Tournament at Centerville6th Grade:Batesville 59, Milan 32 Semi-FinalCenterville 44, Batesville 41 Championship5th Grade:Batesville 26, East Central 21 Quarter FinalCenterville 41, Batesville 33 Semi-Final4th Grade:Batesville 29, Rushville 12South Ripley 32, Batesville 293rd Grade:Batesville 35, Greensburg 24Batesville 16, Franklin County 9Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.
It wasn’t exactly a rave review, but after the Lakers’ three-game road trip, Mike D’Antoni’s assessment of the team’s defense was “We’re getting a little bit better.”Forty-seven seconds into the third period, a fuming D’Antoni called a timeout. The Minesota Timberwolves had scored only a basket.Less than five minutes later, he was calling another timeout.It was a night in which nothing the Lakers were going to do was going to stop Minnesota, which shot its way to a 113-90 victory Sunday night. The Lakers were out of it as soon as Kevin Love and Kevin Martin took off their warmups and began hitting 3-pointers and other assorted shots. The Timberwolves rolled to a 47-23 lead after the first quarter, building a 28-point lead along the way. The 47 points were a franchise record and the fifth-most the Lakers have ever allowed in a quarter.It got worse when guard Steve Nash didn’t return for the second half after reporting he had back pain. He’ll be examined today by Dr. Robert Watkins.“I’ve been feeling it recently. It’s coming on,” Nash said. “We’ll see what the doc says and what course of action we’ll take. My back and hamstring and the nerve has been bothering me for a while now. Tonight I started limping. That was it. “The pain is always there. That’s not as much of a concern as when you’re so limited. You’re limping and trying to get off your left leg the whole time and then you just can’t be effective. You’re making it worse. I’m trying to play through it, but it was diminishing returns.”It didn’t take D’Antoni long to notice it. “He was struggling physically, you could just see it on his face,” D’Antoni said. “And that’s why I took him out and we shut him down, more or less.”Just as painful for D’Antoni is watching the Lakers open the game not able to match the firepower the Timberwolves brought. Minnesota went 16 for 21 from the field in the first quarter for 76.2 percent, but was even better on 3-point shots (78 percent).Love was 5 for 6, Martin made both of his shots and Ricky Rubio even added a 3-pointer.“We came out soft, we didn’t get into anybody, they felt it, they made some tough shots but they did score 47 points and I don’t care what kind of shots they made,” D’Antoni said. “There just wasn’t enough intensity into the defense and we paid for it. After that, we kind of settled down but we were down 20.”But as much as it is a mindset, the Lakers are still searching for the right combinations. If Nash is out for any period, that shuffling figures to go on.“Sometimes we don’t have enough speed on the floor and that hurts,” D’Antoni said. “Sometimes you get away with it, but we’ve got to find a way to get more speed. We come out slow, and you can’t play this game slow.”The Lakers chipped away a couple of times, but never got closer than 14 points on a night of historical significance. After all, the Timberwolves ended a 22-game losing streak to the Lakers.“We knew, the guys that had played here, we had talked about it and that we hadn’t had much success,” Love said. “But we weren’t thinking about anything numbers-wise.” By halftime, Love had 20 of his 25 points and Martin had 19 of his 27. Rubio had a triple-double with 12 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds.To make matters worse for the Lakers and far easier for Minnesota, 10 turnovers in the first half led to 19 of the Timberwolves’ points.Pau Gasol’s offensive struggles continued. Starting alongside Chris Kaman again, he made only 4 of 11 shots and scored nine points. In the previous two games, Gasol made only 4 of 22 shots and scored 11 points, including a two-point output in Houston. Gasol, of course, is himself still trying to round into full health after having procedures on both knees in May, in addition to battling a recent respiratory ailment.“I felt better,” Gasol said. “I’m breathing a little better, so that’s going to help me feel a little better. I look forward to continuing to improve physically and performance-wise.”Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks, the backcourt duo that started the second half together, tried to keep the Lakers in it. Blake led the Lakers with 19 points and Meeks had 16.But even after that early timeout in the third quarter, the Timberwolves kept rolling and kicked their lead up to 82-53. But by the end of the quarter, the Lakers cut their deficit to 90-76 entering the final period. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error