Guest Column: Preserve city’s history at Liberty Park

first_imgOur local government could capitalize on this rich past by reaffirming liberty in the park’s name, reinstalling the Statue of Liberty replica, and educating students and visitors about Schenectady’s historical support for liberty.The European-American men of Schenectady felt free enough from the encumbrances of monarchial rule in 1766, or perhaps were supportive of it, that they felt no need to form a Schenectady chapter of the Sons of Liberty when requested to do so by the Albany branch.However, by 1775, war had broken out between the Americans and the British, and the people of Schenectady formed a Committee of Safety to defend American interests.The committee elected Christopher Yates chairman, who one year earlier was a founder and the first master of Schenectady’s first Masonic lodge, which was named in honor of St. George.While the first organizational meeting of the Committee of Safety was held at William White’s house, it is possible that future meetings were held in the same location as meetings of St. George’s Lodge.They met at one of the most important meeting places of the time, the Tavern of the Crossed Keys.Robert Clench ran the tavern. Until the city removed it recently, there was a state Department of Education historical marker in Liberty Park designating its location and marking the visit of a certain general. Categories: Editorial, Opinion A record of that meeting does not exist, but Washington wrote a note of thanks to his hosts before he left Schenectady.This note alludes to the discussions about liberty he had with town residents.“In a cause so just and righteous as ours,” he wrote, “May you and the good people of this town … be protected from every insidious or open foe and may the complete blessings of peace soon reward your arduous struggle for establishment of the freedom and independence of our common country.”The city of Schenectady now has a choice.Exile Lady Liberty from her park, eradicate all reference to George Washington’s visit to the location, and eliminate liberty from the park’s name, or continue to capitalize on Schenectady’s historical support and respect for the beautiful idea of liberty.Thomas Hodgkins is a former history teacher and one-time Schenectady resident.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists For The Sunday GazetteIn downtown Schenectady during the Revolutionary War era, Liberty Park was the location where people met to discuss, plan and organize for securing liberty for our people.In the 20th century, people used the site to reflect upon and celebrate the core principle of American life, liberty. The Committee of Safety became the governing committee of the town and helped organize multiple aspects of civic life, including the recruitment and provisioning of two companies of militia men to, in the words of the day, “preserve, if possible, the just liberties of America and to keep and defend the important port of Ticandaroga [sic] in conjunction with brethren of New England”.These were the first soldiers from Schenectady to fight for our country’s freedom, and they marched under company flags emblazoned with the motto “Liberty or Death.”The American Revolution raged on and slowly the British were battered back.On June 30, 1782, Gen. George Washington traveled to Schenectady to discuss the struggle for liberty.Word of his arrival reached the town before he did, so dozens of residents rode their horses out to greet him.When the procession entered the town, about 100 Oneidas and Tuscaroras in full battle array greeted him along with the town’s residents, ringing bells and firing cannons. It was a joyous day.Later that evening, an exclusive group hosted Washington at the Tavern of the Crossed Keys for dinner, toasts and discussions.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Nov. 3

first_imgDyslexia screening is a welcome mandateThe Oct. 27 headline (“Local lawmakers support dyslexia screening mandate”) brings sudden tears to my eyes. My grandson suffered through his early school years, a victim of dyslexia.In spite of continued effort, he could not accomplish success as his classmates did. Consequently, he experienced daily failure and humiliation.This scenario is a very tough one. It’s an awesome burden for a youngster. Parents deal with similar feelings with their inability to help him at home.Teacher conferences were dismal meetings and time was passing without encouragement or answers.On July 28, 2003, Time magazine published an article on dyslexia.Seemingly, there was a wide disparity within the school’s curriculum to train staff to the possibilities of this problem. Teachers began requesting this training when they learned of my grandson’s disability.My daughter persevered with further research now that she had a direction. Ultimately, she presented her findings to the school board. She met with hard resistance, but eventually succeeded in securing classroom assistance for her son.Finally, the long arduous school days began to ebb, and a very bright youngster began to absorb his schoolwork. A completely competent student was finally able to show his prowess. Today, he is a successful young man, well in control and mastery of his dyslexia. My daughter has become the go-to person for many other parents.Godspeed this proposal. Our heartfelt thanks go to all those supporting its passage — a long overdue acknowledgment of this problem.Margaret M. NixonMechanicville‘Socialism’ still a fear tactic of RepublicansIn an October 10, 1952, campaign speech, delivered from the rear platform of a train in Syracuse, President Harry S. Truman said that “Socialism is a scareword (sic) that they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years.“Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports.“Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.”“They” were the Republicans — and 67 years later — they’re still at it.Walter F. WoukSummitTrump killing dream for a better worldDuring my life, I have tried to follow a “do no harm” strategy.For mankind and my children’s sake, I hoped to leave this world in as good or better condition than it was when I was born.Now, in my 80th year, I sadly observe Trump’s destruction of my lifelong dream. Every action taken by the president reduces the possibility of attaining my goal.His environmental deregulations have increased the pollution of our air and water. His denial of global warming threatens the very existence of mankind.His border wall mentality fails to recognize the root causes of mass migration. His economic policies increase the gap between the rich and the poor.His military threats and isolationism jeopardize world peace. His tax revisions benefit the rich and increase the national debt in a time of economic prosperity.His chipping away of the ACA threatens many families with the financial disaster of a serious illness. His subservience to the NRA prevents the adoption of significant gun control legislation.His narcissistic, lying, immoral behavior has destroyed our respect for the office of the president.To restore my broken dream, Trump must either be impeached or defeated in the next election.Charles RiellyAltamontMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: 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 motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe’ve had enough of Trump’s misconductThe clandestine relationship between Trump and Putin, I believe, started long before the 2016 presidential campaign.They could have planned it all in advance. Trump might have agreed to join the race if Putin assured his winning. The Russian hacking of Clinton’s emails, as well as those of the Democratic National Committee, gave the scheme its impetus.This arrangement could explain Trump’s love affair with Putin. As Nancy Pelosi said recently, “All roads lead to Russia.”In an attempt to ensure his winning in 2020, he has overstepped the boundaries enough to cause an impeachment inquiry. His bragging about his “unmatched wisdom” has only proven how dumb he really is.Calling his opponents “human scum” was a nasty thing to say, even for him. He, along with Pence, Pompeo, Barr, Mulvaney, Giuliani and Perry, are the real “human scum.”We absolutely do not need another four years of Donald Trump.Jane ReisengerSchenectadyHappy to see threats now taken seriouslyI read this newspaper daily due to being a person that visits this area frequently, and I read the Oct. 23 story “Saratoga Sheriff: 13-year-old charged in Schuylerville school threat.”When I glanced over this story, I thought of how the school system has changed since I was in high school not too long ago.These days, threats made by anyone have to be taken with an urgent response from the police department. It is very unfortunate that some adolescents make a threat like this without realizing the initial impact it has on others. I am thankful that the district officials were able to pass this along to the police to deal with I believe that things like this should be taken seriously, regardless if it is a joke or not.Kameron KellySharon Springslast_img read more

Shaun Livingston free agency rumors: Vet would like to finish career with Clippers

first_img“At this point, it’s more about finishing my career the right way,” he said. “Going to where the fit is right as far as what I can bring to the table. Coming in and helping a team from a leadership standpoint, helping mentor the young guys and playing spot minutes … I’m at the stage of my career where those are the things where I add the most value.”Livingston averaged 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.1 minutes per game this past season. All of those numbers were career lows and he’s coming off the second consecutive year in which he played less than 16 minutes per game. Shaun Livingston hasn’t been shy about contemplating retirement if he can’t find a team ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season.However, if the veteran guard does continue his career he wants to find the “ideal fit,” and for Livingston, it’s where his career started 15 years ago. Jerry West explains how Clippers landed Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Kawhi Leonard says he was ‘very close’ to choosing Lakers, Raptors over Clippers Livingston spent three seasons with the Clippers after they selected him with the fourth-overall pick in the 2004 draft and sees Los Angeles as the best option to finish out his career — if he works for them, he adds. “(It) would be awesome, the ideal fit,” Livingston said, via the Peoria Journal Star. “That would be a part of coming full circle. But it has to work on their end. If there’s a spot, an opportunity, that would probably make the most sense. There’s been some interest (on the Clippers’ part). It’s about whether they’re ready to pull the trigger.” Related News Clippers, Steve Ballmer unveil plan for potential multi-billion dollar, privately funded arena Livingston was waived by the Warriors in the beginning of July. He spent five seasons with Golden State and won three championships.Livingston, who was set to make $7.7 million next season, will receive his $2 million in guarantees while the Warriors will get some added cap space.He has previously said he’s at a point where he’s ready to retire, citing wear and tear after a long career including knee pain he is struggling to manage. But he does feel he has one more year left in him.last_img read more

Grain terminal being considered for Milan by 2 companies

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — CHS Inc., an energy, grains and food company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and MKC, a full-service farm cooperative offering a complete line of products, programs and services throughout Kansas, are considering plans to build and operate a grain terminal in Milan, Kan.If approved, site preparation would begin in early 2016. Located in Sumner County, the facility will include a high-speed shuttle loader with access to the BNSF line. Upon completion, on-site storage will be approximately 7 million bushels.“This project is part of our continued commitment to meet the needs of producers and to sustain the cooperative model for future generations,” said Dave Christiansen, president and CEO. “The addition of speed and space with access to world markets will bring value to the local producers in the region and allow other cooperatives in the area access to markets through a cooperative partner.”“Helping producers successfully grow their operations today as well as tomorrow takes a strong cooperative system,” said Lynden Johnson, executive vice president, CHS Country Operations division. “We are proud to be partners with MKC to invest on behalf of our owners and meet the growing needs of area farmers.”The facility would operate as Producer Ag, LLC, a limited liability company owned by CHS and MKC. The LLC also operates a high-speed shuttle loading facility in Canton, Kan. The LLC is a member of Team Marketing Alliance (TMA) which would handle grain marketing services for the Sumner County facility.“Our alliance with global grain partner, CHS, connects MKC producer-members directly to the end-user through the cooperative system,” Christiansen said. “Our goal is to strategically position our cooperative for the future to add value for our producers.”About MKCMKC is a full-service farm cooperative offering a complete line of products, programs and services for both farm and urban customers throughout Kansas. With a current membership of more than 9,800 members, MKC specializes in grain, agronomy, energy, feed and risk management.Since its founding in 1965, MKC has expanded its footprint through mergers and acquisitions to meet the needs of the producer. Learn more about MKC at CHSCHS Inc. ( is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations.CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.This document and other CHS Inc. publicly available documents contain, and CHS officers and representatives may from time to time make, “forward–looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Report Act of 1995. Forward–looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “seek,” “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “expect,” “strategy,” “future,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “will” and similar references to future periods.Forward–looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on CHS current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of its businesses, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward–looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of CHS control.CHS actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward–looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward–looking statements. Important factors that could cause CHS actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward–looking statements are discussed or identified in CHS public filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” discussion in Item 1A of CHS Annual Report on Form 10–K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014.Any forward–looking statements made by CHS in this document are based only on information currently available to CHS and speak only as of the date on which the statement is made. CHS undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward–looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

City League roundup—Perry routs Carrick 46-0

first_imgThe first touchdown came on Perry’s first drive from 10 yards out. The other came as in the second quarter on a hitch route that landed Ghafoor in the end zone, giving the Commodores a 27-0 lead going into the half.“We were forced to work on our fundamentals,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “We ran cleaner routes today. We held on to some balls that we would normally drop. I liked, especially, how were able to get big yards after the catch on a couple of little screen plays that we were able to make into big plays.”The Perry defense came through with some big plays as well. With 2:50 left in the game, Raymond Taylor recovered a fumble in the end zone after disrupting a pitch from Carrick’s quarterback Rasheed McKamey to the backfield. McKamey was held to 2 of 8 passing for 34 yards and an interception.“This wasn’t a good week for us, preparation-wise,” Carrick coach Jeff McCafferty said. “We’re not where we need to be right now. I’m not pleased or excited about the attitudes of the players.”Allderdice 24, Oliver 6Major struggles tore apart an Allderdice team that won only one game all year. They looked to make a statement in their City League opener against Oliver and held them to one score as they sailed to a 24-6 victory Friday at Cupples Stadium.Senior quarterback Mike Pfleger had six completions on eight attempts, with a 25-yard pass touchdown pass to Dominick Gardner. He also had a one-yard rush for a score, as well.However, the Dragons can ultimately attribute their success in last Friday’s game to running back Patrick Ferguson, who rushed for 132 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. He scored on a 10-yard run in the first half, as well as a big 40-yarder to help solidify things in the third quarter.Oliver’s score came on a 2-yard run by Shakeem Cox in the second quarter.Brashear 27, Schenley 12The defending champion Schenley Spartans fell to Brashear, due to a nice performance by junior quarterback Adam Lynch, who made his conference debut as the Bulls starter Friday night.He scored the game’s first touchdown on a 68-yard run in the first quarter. Tre Gaines added to that with a 25-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown later in that quarter. Lynch then closed out the first half with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Dom Patterson.Schenley quarterback Calvin Beck led their offense as he completed 8 of 10 passes for 111 yards and an interception. He also connected with DeAndre Black for a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter.(Follow our continuing coverage of City League football on our website at BOMBS AWAY—Perry’s Eric Frye hauls in a TD pass from QB Greg McGhee in the Commodores 46-0 win over Carrick Sept.11 at Cupples Stadium. by D.W. HowzePerry owned the largest margin of victory for the weekend with a 46-0 romp over Carrick.Quarterback Greg McGhee completed 13 of 26 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns. He threw one interception. Eight of those completions went to his favorite target, Devin Ghafoor, for 102 yards and two scores.last_img read more

See how Rahul Dravid’s 14-year-old son Samit proved he is a chip off the…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/TOIAdvertisement tapfpNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9bsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ezvvkro( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ncWould you ever consider trying this?😱ol5rCan your students do this? 🌚iy7Roller skating! Powered by Firework The last generation of Indian cricket had the exceptional Rahul Dravid in the lineup. Nicknamed ‘the Wall’, the iconic cricketer is hailed as one of the greatest batsmen ever to grace the 22 yards, and is also the fourth highest run scorer in Test cricket. But does this enormous talent pass onto the next generation? Say hello to Samit Dravid, the 14 year old son of Rahul who is following his father’s footsteps, piling up gigantic knocks on the pitch!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/TOISamit is a regular for the cricket team of Mallya Aditi International School based in Bengaluru, and has been a stunner in inter school tournaments in the state of Karnataka. In the past three months, the teenager has been on peak form, and his recent heroic showcase against BGS National Public School in the final of the BTR Shield under-14 Group I, Division II tournament is grabbing everyone’s attention.Samit scored an eye catching 211 runs from 144 balls, including asn astounding number of 24 boundaries and a single six. The youngster’s gigantic score ensured a huge 132 run victory for Mallya Aditi IS in the final, and to clinch the trophy at the RSI cricket ground.Advertisement Samit was the highest scorer of the tournament, with 681 runs from five games, with three centuries and one half century.However, this is not the first time Samit has landed a double century. In fact, this is his third 200 in the Karnataka state inter school championships in the past three months. He grabbed eyeballs in the an U14 Karnataka state inter-zonal cricket match back in December 2019. Captaining for Vice-President’s XI, Samit landed a stunning 250-ball-201 against Dharwad Zone.Advertisement The teenager scored another double century for his school in this month. In an U14 BTR Shield match against Sri Kumaran Public School, the Mallya Aditi IS star put up another double century, scoring 204 runs in the match a couple of weeks back.With continuous performances like these, its no doubt that Samit is already under the radar of the senior team selectors. The Men in Blue fans, who cherished Rahul Dravid and his memorable innings in his prime, will be eager to see his son join up the international squad and compliment his father’s legacy.Also read-Meet Shashini Puvi, the 6 year old Indian Chess prodigy whipping up a storm!10 year old Indian kid Dani PK scores ridiculous goal straight from the corner kick! Advertisementlast_img read more