RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest The Government has been accused of putting the Corncrake before people.Parts of Malin, Fanad, Falcarragh and five of the county’s islands are now special protection areas.This means there are strict controls on planning and farming to protect the Corncrake.Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill says that with a stroke of a pen acres of land have effectively been made worthless.He has welcomed a council executive commitment to raise his concerns with the Department of the Environment:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/seam830.mp3[/podcast] Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire By News Highland – April 16, 2013 Twitter Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleFine Gael ‘Thatcherites’ fail to block anti property tax council motionNext articleA5 project not over yet – Deputy Charlie McConalogue News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Corncrake should not be put ahead of people – Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill
Gazette provides opposing viewpointsMy letter is in response to Mike Eplite’s Oct. 4 letter (“Paper has shifted too far left.”) Looking at the Letters to the Editor and the Opinion page of The Daily Gazette, I have observed that the paper has included both conservative and more liberal thoughts in the opinion section of the paper. I think it is better to have a paper that prints voices that include people’s views across the spectrum of beliefs, so that we don’t just hear opinions from just the right or the left.While the primary goal of a newspaper is to objectively report the news of the day, the reality is that our country is divided along party lines, and it is our media that can help us to evaluate both sides of an issue.If we only look at one side, then we languish in the side in which we feel most comfortable.As citizens, we need to be challenged to consider the other side and to understand the basis for the other side’s position. We still might come out supporting the side where we’re most comfortable, but at least we have examined both sides of the issue.To refuse to consider a difference of opinion, we fail to use our intelligence to think through different perspectives on the issues of the day.Bill ShapiroSchenectadyNisky should weigh public trash pickupWith 2020 being a national election year, we can expect to hear much overheated rhetoric about the evils of socialism and the joys of free enterprise.So let’s consider a necessary service: garbage pickup. When we moved to our Niskayuna neighborhood in ‘84 there was one service, municipally provided, if memory serves. Now we have three commercial services.Recently a young man tried to sell us on yet a fourth service with aggressive pricing as his selling point. He claimed that some neighbors had signed up. If true, this would mean that four times each week, we will have very heavy trucks making multiple stops, including reversing on neighborhood streets which have numerous curves with short sight distances.In addition to autos, these streets are used by walkers, bicyclists, joggers, schoolchildren waiting in the dark for school buses, UPS, FedEx, USPS, town trucks picking up yard waste and clearing snow, and homeowners allowing yard waste to spill into the street. Such a combination appears to be a recipe for a personal injury accident or even a fatality.Do we just wait for this to happen or act proactively, either by returning to solely municipal garbage pickup (enduring the evils of socialism?) or a single private provider whose pricing is regulated by the town? Ted and Norrine ThompsonSchenectadyGrateful for coverage of Connery servicesI extend a sincere thank you to The Gazette newspaper and all the TV stations that provided extensive positive media coverage of the acceptance of the body at 3 p.m. and the memorial Mass at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Glenville in memory of Reverend J. Thomas Connery, our beloved former pastor, teacher and friend.Your coverage was a great gift to our Catholic community.Joseph M. AglioGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGOP needs to learn art of compromiseRepresentative Elise Stefanik was questioned recently about healthcare, but had no viable answers. She voted to eliminate the Affordable Care Act without a replacement in place, stating that any replacement had to be a bipartisan agreement.She’s denying the Republicans’ efforts in the creation of the ACA through ideas from a Republican think tank, The American Heritage Corporation, in response to the President Clinton’s efforts to institute universal healthcare.Middle class families were going bankrupt at alarming rates. A Harvard study revealed that 51% of the bankruptcies in the country were for medical reasons. Of these, 75%were insured. The Republican plan was a way to preserve the insurance industry and cover all Americans with real coverage. President Obama appointed a committee of six Republican and six Democratic senators to approach the issue, get input and formulate a plan; which became the ACA.The Republican Party had shifted from a center-right party to a radicalized totalitarian party whose sole purpose was to obstruct everything the opposition party put forward. The Republicans’ goal has been dominance and wanting the new president to fail. They have no plans for infrastructure, healthcare or immigration reform.The Affordable Care Act was the compromise, and that’s why the Republicans have no solutions to replace it. It was their own plan. How do you come to a bipartisan agreement with a totalitarian party that refuses to compromise?Frank DeSantisGloversvilleThe writer is a former Republican mayor of the city of Gloversville.
On the eve of the crucial ICC Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Thursday, India skipper Virat Kohli asked his side to be “ruthless” and improve on the fielding, which lacked the sting during the opening tie against Pakistan.Defending champions India got off to a rollicking start, thrashing arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs at Edgbaston on Sunday, but had a lot to answer in the fielding department, which included a few dropped chances.The 28-year-old also cautioned his team against any complacency when they take the field against the islanders who, despite being a young side, boast of a couple of match-winners in Lasith Malinga and Niroshan Dickwella, among others. “In ICC tournaments, the Sri Lankans have done really well. If you see their record over the years, they have always been a side who have reached the semi-finals or the finals. They have got talented players in the team in their team. They are a young team as well but they have the sort of players who can deliver match-winning performances on their day,” Kohli said in the pre-match press conference here.”Be ruthless and finish games off because the teams which bat deep can still have a 60-70 run partnership towards the end. In a tournament like this, we need to plug those holes and we have identified that and going to work hard on those areas.Complimenting young all-rounder Hardik Pandya as a “real asset” to the side, Kohli said he can go down as one of the most accomplished Indian cricketers.advertisement”Hardik is a real asset to Indian cricket, it’s very hard to find someone who can almost touch 140 kms/hr and who strikes the ball as hard. He can also bat through the innings which we saw in the practice matches. It’s very hard to find people with that kind of ability,” he said.”Once you have a player like him, you need to make sure he is always motivated, committed to give his 100 percent for the team and that comes naturally to him.”He can go down as one of the most accomplished Indian cricketers. The kind of balance he brings into the team is priceless and that was on display the other day,” he added.Commenting on the composition of the side, Kohli said: “We still havent spoken about the combination. We are going to look at how their batsmen react to different bowlers and then decide on the combination.””The batsmen get a lot of confidence when they have bowlers who can deliver with the wickets. I think we are in a great position to have such good bowlers. It feels great when to have bowlers who can intimidate the opposition batsmen.”On leaving the leading duo of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and pacer Mohammed Shami out of the playing XI, Kohli said: “Ashwin is a high class bowler and is very professional. He understood the dynamic of the side that we picked in the last game and he was absolutely fine with it. He always puts the team first.””Shami has not played 50-over cricket for a long time and I am glad he bowled really well in the practice games. But I felt the others — Umesh (Yadav), Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah — had much more match practice and had the performances to back that up,” he added.A win in Thursday’s encounter would see the men-in-blue go through to the semi-finals alongside hosts England.