Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThank you for Shelby Bryson’s Feb. 13 letter, “Hard-right is not in line with Christianity”: Unfortunately, in actuality, the hard-right IS in line with Christianity, the world’s largest religion. It’s rather Jesus-belief, New Testament faith in the Lord Jesus of Nazareth, that the hard-right is not in line with.The Old Testament shows us what the world was like before Jesus died for our sins. Jesus radically changed the world by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. Jesus saying, “It is finished” just before dying means that he had fulfilled the Old Testament and replaced it with the New Testament as the contract under which to live.The verses Shelby quotes are all from the New Testament, the employee’s manual of Jesus believers. Christians use the Bible, which is only three parts New Testament to 10 parts Old Testament. If you mix just three parts of green with 10 parts of red, the color you get will still look red. In the same way, the Bible as used by Christians pretty much looks like the Old Testament.Joel NelsonSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to online
Black women hurt by new abortion law Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSch’dy is too slow with storm cleanupWhat an outrage in Schenectady that a week after a snowstorm, there are still many streets that need to be cleaned up.It’s understandable that during the storm, and even the day after, that streets are cleared just to get them cleared. But when a week later, you still have some streets with snowbanks sticking four feet out into the road, there’s no excuse. Broadway, which is considered a priority street, is just barely wide enough to get two cars through, let alone an emergency vehicle. There are several streets where the right-hand turn lanes are still not cleared, so it creates traffic backups. What will it take for the city to get this cleaned up?Larry PetrieSchenectadyEditor’s Note: The letter was written prior to the most recent snowstorm. There’s also an interesting article from NASA, “Water Vapor Confirmed as Major Player in Climate Change” (from 11/17/08) that’s still online that clearly challenges Mr. Macander’s view of the significance of water vapor in atmospheric warming and cooling. K. D. ReynoldsMalta Solar panels useless if covered with snowWith all panels totally covered with deep snow since Storm Harper, how’s the solar panel farm doing when electricity is needed the most? Renewable energy? This is the future? Great.Greg SheyonGlenville Trump must learn to deal with CongressLet me start by saying I voted for President Trump. Two years into his term, his administration’s accomplishments include tax reform, low unemployment, appointing two Supreme Court justices, a new NAFTA agreement and halting North Korea’s nuclear program. On the other hand he’s arrogant, egotistical, spoiled, used to getting his own way and a liar. He had a Republican Congress for two years and failed to get money for a border wall. To refuse to negotiate a federal budget and hold federal employees hostage is a travesty the likes of which I’ve never seen. All great presidents have been able to compromise with Congress. If President Trump doesn’t find a way to do that, we will surely have a Democratic resurgence in the 2020 elections.Keith MillerSaratoga Springs Make donation to Wounded WarriorsI live on a fixed income of Social Security and pinch my pennies. Each day, something comes in the mail in the form of a donation wanted. I contribute to two organizations that I have been associated with for many years and am unable to include any more. However, I recently received in the mail a request from Wounded Warriors Project for a donation. I didn’t hesitate to send them one, because inside was a picture of Anthony Villarreal.He was wounded in Afghanistan and received burns over 70 percent of his body when an IED detonated. He has gone through more than 70 surgeries and is in pain every day of his life. One can only wonder if they could endure the terrible ordeal Anthony has gone through. I pray that God continues to provide him and his family the strength to move on adjusting their lives. God bless all of our military men and women who protect our freedom, many times at a devastating cost.Roger WilliamsRotterdam Junction Medical test at Ellis ER took far too long Recently I had maybe the worst experience of my 81-year life. I had a medical issue at around 4 p.m. and went to Ellis Urgent care in Clifton Park. They were great. They did a battery of tests but referred me to the main Ellis emergency room for a test they were unable to do at this time. I waited hours for test that took less than 15 minutes. My total wait time was more than 8 hours. This is unacceptable and not healthy. The front desk did not seem to care. Albert WerthmullerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Writer misconstrued role of water vaporIn response to Mr. Rudy Macander’s Jan. 26 letter on the relative role of water vapor in climate change, he either misinterpreted the information he found or he has an entirely different understanding from most of us on the meaning of the term “orders of magnitude.”Mr. Macander states, “… when I checked (presumably on the amount of water vapor relative to CO2), to my surprise, there was an order of magnitude less water vapor than CO2 in the atmosphere and that its effect is insignificant relative to CO2 and methane.” That would indeed be surprising to me, as well as to most climate scientists, since atmospheric CO2 is currently in the range of <0.04 percent, while water vapor is considered at “saturation” (it’s raining) at 4 percent, hardly orders of magnitude less. In response to Ms. Elba’s Jan. 13 letter, I say young black women beware of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA). He’s targeting you.In our country, pregnant women face the highest risk of homicide among females. Ms. Emba stated that 30 percent of female homicide victims are black, and that intimate-partner violence is high in black relationships. It stands to reason that many murdered black women were pregnant. So why did Cuomo’s RHA repeal the Penal Law against illegal abortion, (the forced abortion of a woman who wants her child or the intentional injury to a pregnant woman to cause a spontaneous abortion). Repealing this law will increase violence against pregnant women.Secondly, the RHA now allows non-doctors to do surgical abortions. Nurses, midwives and other health professionals are not trained surgeons. Allowing them surgical privileges for abortions is foolish and dangerous. Furthermore, stand-alone clinics such as Planned Parenthood, located in predominantly minority neighborhoods, will likely cut costs by hiring non-doctors, further endangering young black women.Thirdly, RHA extends abortion through all nine months, permitting lethal injection and dismemberment procedures on pain capable, viable children; horrific. It also gives unsupportive partners more time to pressure or violently coerce abortion decisions.In New York City, 60 percent of black children are aborted. In the general population of blacks, it’s 38 percent. How many more do you want, governor?The governors’ plan: Eliminate poor minorities through abortion to eliminate poverty? Young black women beware.Sheila BlaschColonie
Stuff co.nz 15 December 2015A new law plans to ban children under 16 living in the European Union (EU) from social media unless they have parental consent – but New Zealand experts say it won’t have the desired effect.EU Parliament introduced the change to the proposed data protection laws last week.If the new legislation is passed it will raise the age of consent for websites to use personal data from 13 to 16.NetSafe chief executive Martin Cocker said the impetus for the law change was data protection but it was unlikely to make personal information any safer.“It’s based on the premise that children between 13 and 16 are not capable of understanding the contracts that they’re getting into with social media in terms of the treatment of their data.“I think the truth is very few people are aware of what they’re signing themselves into.”Cocker said companies like Facebook and Twitter had the most user-friendly privacy policies due to public scrutiny.“The challenge is it may drive people away from the social media platforms that are following the rules and are therefore the better behaved ones. It may be counter-productive.”Bob McCoskrie, head of conservative lobby group Family First, said he did not think the proposed law would be enforceable.Changing the age limit “has merit” but “the horse has bolted” when it comes to kids getting access to social media sites, he said.“My concern with social media is not that the kids are on it but it’s the type of people that go on masquerading as someone they’re not.”No matter what the entry point, parents should be regularly monitoring their children on social media and restricting their time online, McCoskrie said.“I liken social media to just leaving the bedroom window open and allowing anyone to just come into the bedroom.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/75108437/proposed-european-law-to-ban-under-16s-from-social-mediaKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.