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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 25

first_imgThe efforts to keep our schools safe came one step closer to home, as reported by the Jan. 12 Gazette (“Parents voice school safety fears.”) It is a given that that parents, teachers and school administrators have the responsibility to make student safety a number one priority, not just part of an agenda and paying it only lip service, as public concerns were aired in a December school board meeting.While attempting to solve this dilemma, parents, teachers and school administrators had to endure pernicious twaddle from self-styled student “activists” who have never been in front of a class nor understood the dynamics of teaching, who prattle on with such useless advice as, “If you teach our children that they are valued, that they are people, that they are human beings, and that we love them, they will show up to be loved.”I was an educator and I deeply resent the inference that I was a nanny as well.I suggest that I was charged to teach young people; loving them was never part of my job description.Today’s “children” do not suffer from a lack of love.Rather, they suffer from a lack of discipline, which at one time came from the home, and have no need for any more excuses, no matter how eloquent, mitigating their behavior.The school’s task is to keep children safe.When we have successfully completed this task and the children feel safe, it stands to reason that they will learn.Michael G. DeckerSchenectadyThe writer is a retired Schenectady High School teacher.Is Congress worthy of your mountain?In the Bible, Psalm 15 starts with a question: “Lord, who may live on your holy mountain?”As I read it, I was struck by how much we would be blessed if those we elect to serve on our own Capitol Hill might be possessed of those same qualities.Katie FinneganMiddle GroveStart investing now to secure your futureI graduated high school in 1969.I bought myself a red convertible for $2,000.Had I instead invested that $2,000 in a total stock market fund and added just $2.50 per day, that little pile would now be worth over $1 million today.The moral of the story is simple. To accumulate large sums of money, one must start early, save steadily and let time and compounding do the magic for you.For those who feel the market is risky, I assure you that saving money in a lock box is much riskier.Instead of $1 million, your coffee can, lock box, mattress, whatever, would have just over $50,000. The other $950,000 in compounded earnings would be lost to you forever.Albert Einstein once said compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. He said it is the eighth wonder of the world. It is something you should know about early in life.Don’t wake up 50 years from now and wish you did.James PavoldiDuanesburg Work harder to make  pensioners wholeThe state of New York and St. Clare’s Corp. (aka Albany Catholic Diocese) agreed to the closure of St. Clare’s Hospital in 2007 with a promise to make our pensions whole. The promise was broken, and we are not looking for a handout.Fiduciaries made some serious miscalculations for the amount needed to make our pensions whole, and St. Clare’s pensioners are paying the price for this enormous mistake by facing a bleak financial future — and as a result having to sell our homes and inability to stay afloat paying bills.As directed by the state in 2007, The Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century (known as the Berger Commission) mandated closure of Bellevue Hospital and consolidation of Ellis and St. Clare’s Hospitals; this mandate never happened. Instead, Ellis Hospital took over St. Clare’s Hospital, Bellevue remained open, and an agreement was made by the state and St. Clare’s Corporation/Albany Catholic Diocese to make St. Clare’s Pensions whole; this never transpired.In the last 14 months, we have tirelessly made strong efforts to have our voices heard by telling our personal stories; appearing in TV interviews; received support from local newspapers, politicians, AARP and TV stations; held meetings; attended rallies and court appearances; had numerous meetings with Bishop Edward Scharfenberger and politicians, and many other efforts.Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Bishop Scharfenberger — let’s work together to make our pensions whole so we can have some dignity and security in our retirement.Patricia PangburnSchenectadyThe writer is a St. Clare’s pensioner. Criticism of Polimeni a sign of hypocrisyRegarding the Jan. 15 Gazette article “NAACP calls for city to employ diversity training:” It is beyond ridiculous that Schenectady City Councilman John Polimeni’s minor speech gaffe caused such a stir.Mr. Polimeni nearly used the term “colored” before immediately correcting his own wording. But his message was that the council is “very fortunate” to have diversity of race and gender.Why would he make this statement if he was racially biased?Several meeting attendees called for city officials to receive “diversity training,” despite diversity being the very thing Mr. Polimeni praised.Members of Schenectady NAACP addressing city officials by reading the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is completely illogical, as Dr. King’s agenda was the exact opposite of today’s “tolerant” left.If meeting attendees strictly followed Dr. King’s vision of abolishing recognition of race, the word in question wouldn’t have even come up, let alone the controversy that followed.The most blatant hypocrisy of all comes in the fact that the word “colored” is right in the name of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). The term under scrutiny is used prominently by the organization scrutinizing it.Mr. Polimeni’s intentions were clear, but intentions no longer count for anything on the political left.David NosekGlenvilleSenators should have to explain voteThe impeachment trial of Donald Trump in the United States Senate is not about whether he held back military aid to the Ukraine for “dirt” on Joe Biden.The trial is not about whether he prevented key witnesses to the event from testifying.The overwhelming evidence indicates that he did both.Rather, the trial is about whether his actions, either one or both, meet the constitutional criteria for impeachment.Each senator has taken a sworn oath to being impartial. An impartial informed decision requires all the evidence to be examined.It’s a travesty of justice to deny new discoveries from being introduced.To make the trial result even more legitimate and accepted, every senator, not on a tribal basis but on an individual basis, should explain the reason for their vote on impeachment.Charles RiellyAltamontPoliticians must put end to sex traffickingNew York City is a major sex trafficking destination in the world.When will politicians stand up and put an end to this?Question: What sort of ‘man’ enjoys sex with a ‘girl’ (or could be a boy) who was gang-raped as part of the ‘on the job training?’Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Paul Tonko, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are AWOL on this matter. Republicans do not exist on this issue either. They are spineless.Silence is golden for politicians on the sex trafficking matter. Why?Pride without honor exemplifies politicians in Washington and Albany. Congress turns a blind eye toward sex trafficking.They do have time to schedule hearings on cheating in professional sports while Albany worries about plastic bags. Silence of the lambs is how some ‘live.’Edmond DayRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSchool task: Teach, keep students safelast_img read more

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Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday November 18th, 2011

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 23 Views   no discussions LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday November 18th, 2011 by: – November 18, 2011center_img Share Share **Positive Growth in Stay Over Visitation for the 3rd Quarter 2011*The preliminary third quarter review showed a 4.6% growth in stay over arrivals for July to September 2011 (20,736) over 2010 (19,827). Arrivals during July just surpassed the previous high of 9,935 in 2006 by only two arrivals, but this represented a 12.5% growth over 2010 (8,831), and almost 20% over 2001’s 8,292. There was a 1.5% growth in August (7,312) while September (3,487) saw a 7.9% decline in arrivals over 2010. Despite the decline in September, the quarter presents a positive outlook for tourism following declining arrivals in both the first (-5.6%) and second (-7.3%) quarters.Intra regional arrivals grew 5.8% to 12,407 during the 3rd quarter, driven primarily by a 9.3% growth in arrivals from the OECS territories and an 8% growth in arrivals from the French West Indies. There were also increased arrivals from North America; US visitation grew 2.1%, while Canadian 3rd quarter visitation was the highest for the decade and grew 10.3% over 2010. Overall, there was 2.3% contraction in European arrivals for the quarter, with the highest percentage of that decline as a result 20.4% contraction in arrivals from France. However arrivals from the United Kingdom and German Speaking Markets both grew in the quarter, at 7.5% and 45.2%, respectively.There was an 11% increase in the number of visitors (excluding medical students) indicating Hotels, Guest Houses, and similar accommodations as their intended place of stay during July to September 2011. Vacation and other leisure reasons for visiting Dominica represented 70% of stay over visitation for the quarter, while Meetings and other Business accounted for 10.5% and Medical Student arrivals 7%. **Dominica welcomed another new cruise ship **On Tuesday November 15th Dominica welcomed to its shores another new ship from TUI Cruise Lines. The Ship was docked at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth this week, and is expected to make a total of eleven calls for the 2011/2012 cruise season bringing in over 1800 persons to the destination.A brief welcome ceremony was organized by the Discover Dominica Authority with government Officials, tourism stakeholders and the media. Discover Dominica Authority and the Ministry of Tourism continues to urge all stakeholders to play their respective roles in ensuring that the overall guest experience is positive and enhanced during the ship’s visit.**Discover Dominica Authority makes I am Dominica. Are You? Presentation to St. Martin Secondary Schhool**Discover Dominica Authority will present the I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign to first form students of the St. Martin Secondary School on Friday November 18, 2011. The presentation will be made to the group of 54 students as part of the school’s activities for Enrichment Days which encourages students to learn more about career choices and opportunities for self development. The I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign seeks to instill pride in country and knowledge of the tourism industry and one’s contribution to its sustained development. The presentation to the St. Martin Secondary School forms part of the Authority’s programme of activities to present the campaign to school children around Dominica. I am Dominica. Are You? Presentations have been made to the Morne Jaune Primary School, Roseau Primary School and parents of the Sunflower Preschool and Day Care Centre. **Dominica being featured in Food & Travel Magazine.**Dominica was featured in the Food and Travel Magazine as a result of a hosted press trip with UK journalist Judy Bastyra. Judy was on island with a photographer to cover the restaurants, cuisine and beauty of the island. The 8 day trip covered the full length of the island with activities ranging from visits to local bakeries to fine dining spots on the island and local organic farms. As a result of this visit, Judy was also able to run a small article in the Health & Fitness Magazine. Dominica continues to obtain increased exposure in the US market and with this is hoping to transfer this exposure into interest in the destination which would increase our visitor counts by the end of 2012.For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authoritylast_img read more

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