My Journey to Heaven and Back

first_imgGod knows why I became curious to have first-hand information about Heaven beforehand. That night, I had difficulty in getting sleep. After a while, I found myself on a flight to heaven. When I landed it was a vast expanse of land replete with wild cactus. There was nothing heavenly about it. I asked the Lord, “Where are the gardens and great souls like Mahatma Buddha, Purandara Dasa, Tyagaraja, and Swami Vivekananda…?” “They have all gone to Hell!” was the reply. I could not believe it. I wondered, ‘what the hell such great souls are doing in the hell!’ Quickly I headed towards my next destination. Soon I saw a colourful landscape replete with clusters of orchids and orchards. For a moment I got the doubt whether the signboards of the two places had been swapped to confuse me. I asked the Lord for an explanation for this incredible transformation. He smiled and said, “It was really as hellish as what you had imagined, but ever since these people came here, this place has totally changed.” Yes, the indisputable lesson emerging from my journey is, wherever good people are there, they can create a Heaven.There was an old man, who could often be seen wherever some social service activities were going on. Once he was attending to dishwashing and other arrangements after a community dinner, while others were enjoying the music and dance. He saw a hazy figure in front of him. It was the messenger from the other world, as it was the time for the old man to leave this planet. The old man said, “Look, so much work is left. I wish to finish it and let others enjoy the party. Could you not take me some other time?” The next time when the angel reappeared, he was engrossed in weed removal and clearing ground near a camp, where a social fanfare was on. He told the messenger, “See, no one is aware of this potential danger and each one of them is busy in one’s own way. So if you can wait…” The uninvited visitor smiled and disappeared. Days and months passed like this. Every time the celestial messenger saw him doing some noble work. One day, the old man started feeling really weak and tired and started longing for the Clarion call. On his arrival, he said, “I am ready to come with you. Please take me to Heaven.” The visitor smiled and replied, “O Noble Man! You are already in Heaven. Where else?”So, my friends! Heaven or Hell, it is our own creation and our own choice!last_img read more

Professor, Medical Assisting (Fall 2021)

first_imgRequired Qualifications:Associate degree in a Health Science profession from a regionallyaccredited institution is required. Bachelor’s degree,preferred.Minimum of three (3) years’ work experience with direct patientcare is required. Ambulatory care experience is preferred. Teachingexperience is preferred.Previous teaching experience and previous experience in aphysician’s office preferred. This position may involve teachingboth adult students and/or dual credit students in a high schoolsetting.Licenses and CertificationsMust be a RegisteredNurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse or possess a current MedicalAssisting Certification in one of the following credentials inMedical Assisting:- CMA (AAMA)- RMA (AMT)- NCMA (NCCT)- CCMA (NHA)- CMAC (AMCA)Additional RequirementsApplicants should submit a cover letter, resume, collegetranscripts and copy of certification(s) or license(s).The Medical Assisting Advanced Practice Department offers bothcredit and dual credit courses, which may be taught at any of theCollin campuses, including the Plano Health Science Academy, and/orany partner school district campus. Teaching assignments may be onone or more campus and may include concurrent enrollment, distanceeducation, evening and weekend programs, online instruction and/orother instructional modalities.Physical Demands and Working Conditions:Light Work – Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, up to10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of forceconstantly having to move objects. If the use of arm and/or legcontrols requires exertion of forces greater than that for theSedentary Work category and the worker sits most of the time, thejob is rated Light Work. Positions in this class typically includetalking, hearing, seeing, grasping, standing, walking andrepetitive motions, plus stooping, kneeling, crouching, andreaching. Relatively free from unpleasant environmental conditionsor hazards. Office environment. Little physical effortrequired.***This is a Security Sensitive position. Therefore candidateswill be subject to a criminal background check.***The intent of this job description is to provide arepresentative summary of the types of duties and responsibilitiesthat will be required of the positions given this title and shallnot be construed as a declaration of the specific duties andresponsibilities of any particular position. Employees may berequested to perform job-related tasks other than thosespecifically presented in this description. Fair Labor StandardsAct (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. The employeractively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will considerreasonable accommodations.Employment Type: Full-time FacultyCompensation Type: AnnualCompensation Range: $52,025.00 – 65,048.00 *Salary iscontingent upon contract days, education, andexperience.*For any employment questions, please contact HR at (972) 985-3783or [email protected] .Collin College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) toall employees and applicants for employment without regard to race,color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability orgenetics. Assist in maintaining a clean and organized laboratoryenvironment and laboratory storage to optimize facility/equipmentutilization and safety.Conduct initial troubleshooting measures on equipment andpromptly labels and reports all equipment in need of repair. Ensurecompliance with warranty requirements as needed and preventativemaintenance on equipment as scheduled.Provide adequate safety and security measures to ensure studentsafety and protection of laboratory equipment. Remain current in industry certification, designation, andstate license(s) if required.Requests classroom and lab supplies as needed by followingcollege procedures.Actively seek ways to improve instruction.Provide advice and/or assistance to associate faculty in regardto course content and instructional materials.Post and observe a minimum of six office hours per week forpurposes of academic advising and student consultation at timeswhich will be most convenient for students. Meet with students asneeded by appointment.Advise and assist students during the ongoing registrationprocess and as needed to improve program completion andsuccess.Actively participate in discipline, division and college-widetask forces and committees for an average of two hours perweek.Attend scheduled discipline, division and college-wide meetingsand participate in official graduation ceremonies and departmentlevel recognition events.Actively participate in initiatives to maintain college-wideaccreditation as well as maintaining standards required fordiscipline program review, accreditation and/or approval.Work with Library staff in the selection of print and non-printmaterials in the overall collection development of theLibrary.Establish annual objectives mutually determined with thedivision associate dean or director, including personal andprofessional growth plans.Maintain current knowledge and competence in the appropriateacademic or workforce disciplines by engaging in industrynetworking events, meetings, job site visits, and conferences.Participate in program advisory committee meetings.Contribute to and participate in staff developmentprograms.Participate in community activities and services. >Perform all duties and maintain all standards in accordancewith college policies, procedures and Core Values.Perform other duties as determined in consultation with thedivision associate dean, dean, or director. For Lab Courses: Professor, Medical Assisting (Fall 2021)Location:2550 Bending Branch Way, Collin College Technical CampusAllen, Texas, 75013United StatesWe are searching for an experienced Professor, Medical Assisting(Fall 2021) .Job Purpose:Teach assigned workforce courses, including linked courses(credit/non-credit), in accordance with the course syllabus andcollege policy. Continue to update and revise course content andteaching methodology in order to maintain currency and relevance inthe respective industry. Maintain familiarity with current texts,materials, teaching aids and techniques relative to courses withinthe discipline and recommend their adoption when appropriate.Establish professional relationships with respective industrypartners to enhance student job and career readiness.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:last_img read more

Laura Benanti’s Turn as Eliza Doolittle to Be Preserved on Songs from My Fair Lady Album

first_img Related Shows My Fair Lady Laura Benanti Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on July 7, 2019center_img View Comments Laura Benanti in “My Fair Lady”(Photo: Joan Marcus) This news is just loverly! Broadway Records has announced the upcoming release of Songs from My Fair Lady, an EP of four new tracks from Lincoln Center Theater’s celebrated revival of My Fair Lady featuring current star, Tony winner Laura Benanti, who replaced Tony-nominated original cast member Lauren Ambrose in October.The recording will capture Benanti’s acclaimed renditions of four of Lerner & Loewe’s signature songs from the musical, including “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Just You Wait” and “Show Me.” This recording, as well as the production’s 2018 original cast recording, was produced by David Lai and Ted Sperling.The special CD is now available for pre-order online; it will be available beginning on June 4 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, where the production plays.last_img read more

Leawood to widen scenic stretch of Lee Boulevard to accommodate cyclists

first_imgLee Boulevard is a popular route for cyclists. The city of Leawood plans to add bike lanes to accommodate them.A scenic stretch of Lee Boulevard in north Leawood, known for its popularity among cyclists, is getting bicycle lanes and some related road improvements this summer.The city plans to widen the roadway on Lee Boulevard between 93rd and 103rd streets by two feet and narrow the driving lanes to accommodate four-foot-wide bike lanes going both directions.Brian Scovill, city engineer of the city of Leawood, said the city’s pedestrian and bicycle master plan “Self-Propelled Leawood,” a document created in collaboration with residents, identified Lee Boulevard as a principal route for cyclists.Scovill said WaterOne and the city are also collaborating to replace the water main along Lee Boulevard during the street widening project to minimize additional disruption to the neighborhood and motorists.Here is a list of components of the project:Two 11-foot driving lanesTwo 4-foot bike lanesAdd 8-inch concrete edge curb on both sides of streetReplace curb and gutter on west side of Lee Boulevard from Lee Circle (north) to 98th Street.Mill and overlay and repair troubled areas with deep patchesReplace driveway approachesInstall about 1,500 feet of stormwater pipe and nine area inlets along the west side of Lee Boulevard between 97th and 98th streetsReplace guardrail south of 98th StreetScovill said the city doesn’t need to acquire additional private property to widen Lee Boulevard.The city plans to fund the $1.9 million road widening project with “pay as you go” city funds as well as $888,000 in matching funds from the Johnson County County Assistance Road System program.Scovill said the Lee Boulevard widening project is part of the city’s five-year capital improvement plan. The city invited property owners near next to the roadway to attend a public meeting March 25 to learn about the project and ask questions.Scovill said the city plans to start the project in June and complete it in November. During construction, Lee Boulevard will be closed to through traffic and detoured to State Line Road.Here’s what other parts of Lee Boulevard look like, although the lines mark the edge of the lane and are not actually bike lanes:Lee Boulevard just south of Brook Beatty Park. Photo courtesy of Mary Lee DuffOnce the project is complete, the city will upkeep the street with regular sweeping of bike lanes. Scovill said the city sweeps streets with bike lanes more frequently to make sure they’re safe to use.Jay Dunfield, a Leawood resident and casual cyclist who lives north of the project area, said he also wants bike lanes near his home, but he is concerned that bike lanes will not be maintained well.“I have my head on a swivel the whole time, probably more so on Lee Boulevard than I would on Mission or Roe just because there’s not any room to bail out,” Dunfield said. “At least I have a curb or a sidewalk I can get up to on the other streets. There’s no way for traffic to get around you on Lee Boulevard…Even with that little two-foot strip that they kinda have marked off now, it’s horribly inadequate, and if I have to ditch, I’m literally going into a ditch most of the time.”Dunfield said he thinks the city should not install bike lanes on roads that require “substantial infrastructure.”“Lee Boulevard seems so crowded already,” he said. “I just don’t know how they’re physically going to make that possible.”In recent years, the street has had an uptick of cyclists along Lee Boulevard. Mary Lee Duff, a Leawood resident who lives on Lee Boulevard just north of the project area, said she’s seen groups of 50 or more cyclists at a time; she’s also noticed an increase in cut-through traffic as well as construction equipment moving through the area, another hazard.“It sounds scary to me,” Duff said, adding that she wondered if the city would consider reducing the speed limit of 35 mph to make it safer for cyclists.Scovill said city leaders are looking into performing a traffic study along Lee Boulevard from Somerset Drive to the Leawood City Park later this year or in early 2020 to evaluate and recommend a consistent speed limit along the corridor.Duff said she hopes residents can be more involved in creating a vision for the future of Lee Boulevard.“We just think it would be great for the residents to know what the city envisions for the future of Lee Boulevard,” Duff said, adding that she hopes residents can also be included in the city conversations about widening Lee Boulevard. “I’m concerned that we might be throwing pavement at the problem.”last_img read more

Cinionic Announces Long-term Strategic Laser Agreement with Cinemark Holdings

first_imgCinionic announced an exclusive long-term strategic laser agreement with Cinemark Holdings, one of the world’s largest movie exhibitors, operating more than 6,000 screens. During the 10-year deal, Cinionic will upgrade Cinemark’s chain with arco Series 4 laser projectors and integrated Barco Alchemy media servers. The transformation of Cinemark’s fleet in the United States and Latin America into state-of-the-art, laser-powered entertainment destinations further solidifies both companies’ commitment to elevating the movie-going experience.Following the digital cinema revolution, the companies enabled an enhanced visual experience on thousands of screens. More than seven years ago, Barco pioneered laser technology for the cinema industry and has continually invested in the solution, building to more than 20,000 laser-powered screens around the world. Today, Cinionic and Cinemark renew their commitment to the future of cinema, their partnership and laser to power the next generation.“We are extremely pleased to continue our decade-long relationship with Cinionic, a trusted and valued business partner,” stated Damian Wardle, EVP of technology operations and presentation at Cinemark. “Key considerations in the selection of Cinionic’s and Barco’s laser technology included the quality of the presentation, as well as the best overall cost of ownership and maintenance over the long-run.”Since its debut at CinemaCon 2019, Series 4 has powered the laser renewal in the cinema industry with patented technologies and stunning 4K image experiences. Harnessing the power of laser projection from Cinionic, Cinemark benefits from significant cost-savings and a reduced carbon footprint with 80% less power consumption and no more waste from lamps. The laser transition offers millions of moviegoers a greener way to go to the cinema.Wim Buyens, CEO of Cinionic, said, “This landmark partnership marks the single largest circuit upgrade to laser, setting a new visual standard for moviegoers. Honoring our joint achievements, we are spearheading the renewal wave in cinema. This is a watershed moment for the industry, 2019 is the year laser became the new norm for cinemas around the world.”Cinemark consistently reports the highest attendance per screen among leading exhibitors due to its continuous efforts to enhance its in-theater quality, services and amenities, including stunning and consistent visual experiences. The fully integrated Cinionic solution for Cinemark will deliver vivid colors, sharp focus and brighter cinema projection for a future film slate that includes highly anticipated Hollywood titles in 2020. These include: “Wonder Woman 1984,” Disney’s “Mulan,” Marvel’s “Eternals” and Pixar releases “Onward” and “Soul.”last_img read more

The Science Behind South Korea’s Race-Based World Cup Strategy

first_imgWhenever you bring together dozens of different countries from around the globe, there’s bound be some cross-cultural confusion. The World Cup is no exception.And if you’re Shin Tae-yong, coach of the South Korean national team, you figure out how to work that confusion to your advantage. In a press conference Sunday, Shin explained the unusual tactic he’d employed against scouts from the Swedish team: He’d had his team members swap jersey numbers for the warm-up games, in hopes that scouts wouldn’t be able to tell the players apart.“It’s very difficult for Westerners to distinguish between Asians,” Shin explained, as quoted by ESPN. He added, “We wanted to confuse the Swedish team … That’s why we did that.” Shin’s comments came after a Swedish scout was believed to have observed a closed practice of the South Korean team.Shin’s strategy didn’t pay off quite the way he intended — Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 in their match earlier today.But we wanted to know whether or not the jersey-swap actually might have tripped people up. Are Westerners really that bad at telling apart Asian faces, as Shin claimed?To help explain the science, we spoke to Alice O’Toole, a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, who has been researching human recognition of faces since the late 1990s. Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Sales Manager – MAHLE CLEVITE, Inc.

first_imgSales Manager MAHLE CLEVITE, Inc. Southern CaliforniaAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement MAHLE is a technology driven corporation utilizing world-class manufacturing processes and innovative work practices. The MAHLE group is among the top 30 automotive suppliers globally and is the world market leader for combustion engine components, systems and peripherals. With a solid commitment to quality, we provide an environment conducive to personal and professional growth. MAHLE Clevite currently has an opening in Southern California for a Sales Manager.  This position will be based out of your home. This is what you can look forward to: • Using your knowledge of Aftermarket players to develop (& increase) profitable sales by addressing the market needs with our product and sales programs.   • Analyzing industry/customer trends to assist with developing new business strategy. These are your accomplishments: • A demonstrated ability to increase profitable sales in the aftermarket industry which is consistent with a minimum of 5 years of related experience. This is what you can offer: • Track history of impressive sales growth with pistons, rings, bearing, gaskets, filters, turbo chargers and valve trains in the aftermarket. • Strong computer skills. • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred. • Spanish fluency a plus. • Must be able to travel up to 30%. MAHLE offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits and a team-based environment. We are an equal opportunity employer.    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Click the Apply Now button below to submit your resume and cover letter directly to MAHLE.last_img read more

Standard Life set to fund Delancey’s Portman Square…

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Eighties revival signals Hippodrome’s last dance

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, June 27

first_imgUse Schuyler statue for educationAs a retired teacher I would like to propose an alternative to the removal of General Schuyler’s statue from Albany’s City Hall. Perhaps it could be reinterpreted as an educational experience.I have visited both Mount Vernon and Monticello and found that both have not only told the story of their owners, but the lives and hardships of their slaves. A visit to both the grand homes and the slaves’ quarters leaves one with a realistic view of the era.Perhaps an educational plaque could be added to the Schuyler statue addressing his ownership and dependence on slavery. Another possibility is a nearby kiosk with brochures outlining the history of slavery in New York State.History is rife with both despicable acts and brave steps forward. The biggest mistake is to forget either.Katherine AllenFondaKudos for exposing blackface incidentThank you to the founders of Progressive Schenectady for bringing to light allegations that a high-level, appointed Niskayuna town employee had posted a picture of himself in blackface on Facebook. Thank you to the Daily Gazette for investigating this newsworthy and terribly disturbing occurrence. Anti-racism begins by calling out bad behaviors like this and publicly denouncing them as wrong. For too long, too many of us stayed silent and have been complicit in allowing racism to continue to traumatize people of color, especially our Black community members. The practice of blackface is an insidious vestige of stereotyping and racial derision. There can be absolutely no excuse or rationalization that any person, especially one whose job includes human resources, wouldn’t recognize this as highly offensive. I applaud the members of the Niskayuna Town Council who denounced the use of blackface, took swift action and support anti-racist policies.Michelle OstrelichRotterdamThe writer is a County Legislator, District 3. Go native with your home plant environment. An attractive yard is not dependent on foreign plants, trees and bushes to be beautiful. Native gardens also are a pleasure to view and stand out in neighborhoods.Many of us think about pollinators and some wildlife plant needs but natural gardens can offer pleasing ascetics. Designing and implementing a natural northeast environment around our homes requires rethinking what we want our surroundings to look like. Going native reduces grass area, many non-native plants and shrubs and replacing them with natural Northeast plants.There is opportunity here. We have covered how to create a wildlife sanctuary, how to attract pollinators. Now we are addressing how to make all this pleasing to human eyes, yours and your neighbors, as well.First things first. What design are the flower beds: square, rectangles, curvy? Do they look natural or formal? What types of plants native, non-native, annuals, perennials? You will want to identify what is basically harmful and invasive and what goes well with your locations.Replacing them with native plants offers numerous opportunities. This is where you can determine exactly the colors, types, and height you want. Features can be added as well. This last step will keep you busy for months, years, or decades. Your choice. Allow your neighbors to kibitz. Remember they love to look too.Renate Reeves-EllingtonDelmarTrump exposes himself on testingOur president, in a meeting with the governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, said last month: “So the media likes to say we have the most cases, but we do, by far, the most testing. If we did very little testing, we wouldn’t have the most cases.”That thought is stuck in his mind and apparently his advisers cannot dislodge it. This month: “If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, actually,”This incisive mind has about 4,000 nuclear weapons at his beck and call. Scary, isn’t it?Jim FogartyGlenvilleEnd glorifying those who inflicted painAllow me to take issue with the letter that recently argued against removingConfederate statues. Seriously? No one should want historical facts hidden away, no matter how painful. But I strongly believe we should never glorify those who caused or helped to inflict the pain.Virginia NewtonBurnt HillsDowntown bank was not an architectural ‘blunder’In 1958, two young architects arrived in Schenectady to begin careers in architecture. From radically different backgrounds (one escaped Nazi Germany, the other fought in WWII), both earned degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and shared a passion for modern architecture and historic preservation. James Schmitt and Werner Feibes established the firm of Feibes & Schmitt.Their signature style was influenced by the Bauhaus and American Modernism, both significant architectural expressions. They designed many Schenectady civic buildings, regional religious buildings and private homes. Perhaps their finest building is the Karen B. Johnson Library, honored by the American Institute of Architects as among the most notable architecture in New York State in the 20th century.They also designed Carver Community Center. Its current renewal, led by the organization “Miracle on Craig Street,” includes advocacy that has resulted in Carver’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.Feibes and Schmitt were instrumental in establishing the Stockade as New York State’s first historic district. Additionally, they were honored as Schenectady “Patroons” for their significant contributions to the city.Redburn Development is demolishing a building designed by Feibes & Schmitt. While arguably not their finest work, it’s part of the unique collection of buildings designed by this prestigious architectural firm. Schenectady is fortunate to have many examples of their work still standing.Defaming the former bank building as a “blunder” reflects a lack of understanding and knowledge of American architecture. Perhaps we should aspire to understand and appreciate the wide variety of architectural treasures Schenectady possesses.Gloria KishtonSchenectadyThe writer is chair of the Schenectady Heritage Foundation. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTime to reopen the restaurants libraries, gymsLiving in the 21st century is becoming difficult. Watching the violence and mayhem on the nightly news is nauseating. Seeing rioters loot, burn and advocate that only one class of the human race matters is not only racist, it is inflammatory. Is there injustice in the administration of the law? Of course there is. Is there injustice in the destruction of private and public property? Of course there is. In all this turmoil, in all this supposed pent-up emotion, perhaps caused by a lethal, stealth-like virus that has penned up millions of Americans, one must ask, “What good comes from more violence?” If the gyms were open, if the libraries were again loaning books, if Americans could have a meal at a restaurant with a friend or a spouse, wouldn’t that be a welcomed change? For God’s sake, end the nonsense and get back to work. Some of us need a night out at a place where there is no broken glass.Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsDefend the police; don’t defund themI am heartsick. I am fearful for the future of my grandchildren and my nation. You, the general public, are the cause of my distress. You have allowed and are allowing a massive, grotesque lie to exist, and are even encouraging others to accept and believe it. It is why a polarizing culture of fear grips our nation. That lie is that we live in a racist country and that white police are shooting down young black and brown men in large numbers because of that racism. This blood libel is as utterly without evidence as that the moon is made of green cheese.Name for me the other country with a majority white population that has elected a black man as leader twice. Multiple studies have proven that there is no war on people of color. You can look it up, people. But that’s too difficult. It is a lot easier to listen to those whose goal is to manipulate you into supporters of their hate and nonsense. Accepting the lies and deceptions of the violent radical anarchists, looters, and thugs is as bad as throwing a Molotov cocktail.Do not accept the “Defund the Police” claptrap. The real result of your war on the police, people, is predictable: you will have fewer good people going into that fine profession. That is not a world you want. Defend the police; don’t defund them.Rob DicksonClifton Park Yes to Niskayuna equality task forceThe Niskayuna Town Board should vote yes on a resolution that will be offered on June 30 forming a task force charged with investigating how our town addresses equality and justice.I attended my first Black Lives Matter protest on June 7. It was organized at town hall by our own Niskayuna middle and high school students. After listening to our children’s stories, I want to know how we can do better in our own town.My conviction was reinforced when I read in the June19 Gazette that the Niskayuna Comptroller resigned on June 18 in the wake of an allegation that he wore blackface in a photo. Blackface was designed to humiliate African Americans and it reflects the bigotry and racism that our children protested only 12 days ago at town hall.The Task force that Council Member Rosemarie Perez Jaquith is proposing on June 30 will be spearheaded by people of color, it will look into town policies, procedures and practices and will recommend changes.Join me to support taking action to improve equity and justice. Please email or write Supervisor Syed, Council Member Della Ratta, Council Member McPartlon, Council Member McGraw and Council Member Perez-Jaquith and urge them to vote yes on the resolution to form a task force on race and equity.Susan PolsinelliNiskayunaReplace foreign flora with native species Despite bad eggs, most cops are goodThank God for our police. What happened to that black man in Minneapolis was simply murder and the officer should be tried for murder. Ninety-nine percent of police are dedicated to protecting the public under incredible stress. I know if I pick up the phone and dial 911, a police officer will respond not knowing what to expect.I don’t know many policemen, but I do know a trooper named Brandon. I have known him since he was in high school and he was a decent and respectful young man then, and he still is a decent and respectful state trooper. Those are the people that are putting their lives on the line for us. God Bless them and protect them.Peter GrippoSchenectadyThanks Stefanik for support of businessesMany businesses shut down due to COVID-19 are currently struggling to pay back their loans. Businesses shouldn’t have to be at risk financially for closing down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 since by closing they are prioritizing the safety of the public even if it means lost business. Thanks in part to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, North Country businesses and businesses across the United States have been granted an extension to pay back Paycheck Protection Program loans.We need leaders like Congresswoman Stefanik who protect businesses during hard times like we are encountering today. By granting extra time to pay back PPP loans, Stefanik and her fellow lawmakers are building a path for the economy to return to where it was before COVID-19 sent the country into a shutdown. Actions like these contribute to a successful reopening of the North Country and will help businesses get back on their feet.Additionally, the ability of Stefanik to co-sponsor and pass the bill that provided for the extension time for paying back PPP loans with bipartisan support shows how willing she is to work with both sides of the aisle to ensure that the needs of constituents of the North Country are met.Maddie KatzLake GeorgeAll 4 cops responsible for Floyd’s deathIt’s too often I see in this paper that citizens are charged with felony charges even though they themselves did not commit said crime but had been complicit in the act. After watching the video on the internet and listening to many parrots on the news I couldn’t understand why no one commented on the fact that said police officer not only knelt on another man’s neck until the victim died. He did so with his hand in his pocket with a grin on his face.Most people with common sense would be ashamed to see such a travesty of police actions go unpunished. I am 72 and remember horrors of the 1960s, forward to now. By law the three police officers are guilty of the same crime as the perpetrator.I have sorrow in my heart for George Floyd and his family. After witnessing three different protests in my area and seeing many Caucasians such as myself, my hope is that these police officers are found guilty of murder and set a pathway to equality and justice for all.Responsibility isn’t only for the citizenry it’s for the police, and those above them all the way to the Oval Office. The only way to that conclusion isn’t by rioting, but by peaceful demonstration.On seeing me with my hands in my pockets, my grandfather would say “Confucius say man with hands in pockets feel cocky.” Well officers are you feeling cocky now? Responsibility is a heavy cross to bear.Jeffrey PelkyBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.last_img read more