Return property to its rightful owners

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI have a question for Rep. John Faso, who when running for Congress in 2016 spoke of living the American dream. The Constitution Pipeline, who paid you very well in your days as a lobbyist, was denied the water permits by New York state to proceed with their unneeded pipeline. We both were born and raised in New York and we both chose to stay in New York to raise our children and live that American dream. Last August, a federal appeals court upheld New York’s rejection of this unnecessary pipeline. Then in October, a federal court refused to grant the Constitution Pipeline a rehearing on that rejection. Now just last week, FERC rejected Constitution Pipeline’s petition to overturn New York’s ruling. Mr. Faso, I will never forget that it was the company you worked for that badgered and harassed my family for years because of our refusal to give them a piece of our land. This little piece of land that my wife and I worked very hard to acquire in Schoharie County is special to our family and is filled with many memories. Mr. Faso, our American dream never included having a piece of our land confiscated from us to bury a 30-inch natural gas pipeline. We refused the measly one-time payment for the piece of our land that was needed for this unwanted (my opinion) pipeline. As you well know, we were then sued and taken to court. Now some big corporation owns a piece of our land and has most certainly disrupted our American dream. There are many other families who have gone through the same ordeal as we have.This has been going on for about four years now. Time and time again, Constitution has been stopped, blocked and told no. Now back to my question Rep. Faso: Can we have our land back now? Jerry FioreSummit More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Dems undermining our democracy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Democratic Party and the Republican Party are fighting a political war. The Republicans are fighting a conventional war with a structured chain of command, political generals, and political ground troops that for the most part follow the political general’s orders. On the other side, the Democrats are fighting an unconventional war; there is no “front” or “rear,” an attack can come from anywhere,, including inside the enemy’s leadership.The Democrats led by the progressive movement are dangerous to our republic because they go any lengths and nothing will hold them back. They’ve assimilated the Marxist conception of enlisting the masses and, like the Communists, they are beyond the conventional notion good and evil.Only the Marxists’ methods of war are efficient. While we are fighting “Russian collusion,” some men were being paid a fat fee for betraying us to the progressives’ advantage: a collection of perverted journalists and highly placed officials, untrustworthy generals and shady politicians.Former President Obama has set up a group called “Organization for Action” (OFA). OFA is working to disrupt everything that our current president is trying to do. The aim is to keep the country divided so it can attain its goal of turning the country into a socialist society. This organization goes against our democracy and Constitution. When the progressives take power, we can all say goodbye to the best country ever created by man. Wake up, America before it’s too late.Rafael PoloNorthvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesBroadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Keep tobacco products out of all pharmacies

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Your March 29 editorial was highly critical of Albany County’s tobacco-free pharmacies bill. One of your criticisms was that Albany County sought only to ban tobacco products in pharmacies, while allowing the sale of other unhealthy products such as candy and sugary drinks.Smoking kills 600,000 Americans each year. Of the 580,000 people you mentioned who die of heart disease, it should be noted that one-third of these deaths are from smoking. While tobacco products kill when used as directed, candy and soda do not.Your statement that “many big grocery stores and department stores … all have pharmacies inside them” is in error. The majority of these don’t. You go on to point out that “the county isn’t seeking to ban them from selling tobacco.” Yes, the county Legislature is if the stores contain a pharmacy. I have to wonder if you actually read the bill.Selling a deadly product where people go to buy products to improve their health sends a message, especially to youths, that tobacco may not be hazardous to their health. Selling tobacco there is excellent free advertising for tobacco products. The picture of a wall of cigarette packs that accompanied your article may be even better free advertising. Tobacco companies are not allowed to post such a picture in your newspaper. So, why did you?Carol WatermanAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

NHP recovers its health

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Delancey relaxes its grip on Colliers CRE

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Dome decision looms

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Residential: In the public interest

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Homes, sweet homes

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The bidders of suburbia

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COVID-19: Jokowi calls on task force to accelerate swab tests, rapid tests

first_imgTopics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to improve and accelerate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and mass rapid testing across the country.“I have asked for people at high risk, doctors and their families, people under monitoring and patients under surveillance be prioritized in the PCR and rapid testing,” Jokowi said during a limited meeting on Monday.“We should accelerate the examinations in laboratories, so we can detect [COVID-19] cases faster,” he added. COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said his team had handed Rp 14 billion (US$848,000) to the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta, one of the research agencies conducting lab tests for COVID-19.“We hope the Eijkman Institute can quickly increase its capacity to conduct examinations,” Doni, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said after the meeting with Jokowi.Read also: Indonesia to receive 50,000 COVID-19 PCR test kits from South KoreaIn addition to conducting PCR swab tests, the government is also attempting to gain a clearer picture of the coronavirus spread through rapid testing, and has so far distributed some 400,000 rapid testing kits to regions across the country, with priority given to the hardest-hit areas such as Greater Jakarta.center_img A number of regional administrations have record hundreds of coronavirus cases using rapid testing kits over past few days, although experts warn they are less accurate than PCR tests.The Jakarta administration has recorded 589 positive cases from the 24,015 people who have undergone rapid tests as of Monday.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has said that of the 22,000 rapid tests conducted using blood samples in at least 27 regencies and cities, 677 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in the province.The official figure includes only cases confirmed using PCR tests, with Indonesia recording 2,491 confirmed cases and 209 deaths as of Monday.Read also: Carry out proper mass testing with PCR, experts sayThose who have tested positive for coronavirus using rapid tests could be required to go into immediate isolation, but still need to undergo PCR screening to confirm their status.In addition to testing kits, the government has distributed some 390,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE) to regions across the archipelago with 105,000 more to be distributed soon.Jokowi said during Monday’s meeting that authorities needed to supervise the distribution of PPE to ensure it arrived at hospitals.“We will prioritize distribution to regional hospitals,” Doni said, adding that the government would also focus on deploying volunteers to regional hospitals that lacked medical personnel.last_img read more