Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCelebrate work of direct support prosThis week (Sept. 8-14) is National Direct Support Professionals week.Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the people you see throughout our community assisting individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities with shopping, working, and every other aspect of their lives.DSPs are at work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week helping people achieve their goals and lead independent lives.At Schenectady ARC, 80 percent of our workforce are DSPs. As a family-based, not-for-profit organization focused on serving people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, we could not function without our committed and compassionate DSPs.During National DSP week we are honoring our DSPs with lunches donated by our board of directors, and with raffles of gift cards and merchandise donated by grateful family members and our corporate partners.During this week, we hope everyone will join us in celebrating these dedicated workers and thanking them for vital role they play in supporting people and making our communities diverse, inclusive, and better places to live.Kirk LewisSchenectadyThe writer is the executive director of Schenectady ARC.The world cannot afford to lose wasps Had Mr. Barron not sprayed the nest, his chances of getting stung are slim. “But most wasps are actually solitary, non-stinging varieties.And all do far more good for humans…,” according to National Geographic. However wasps with the ability to sting only do so if they feel threatened.Much like bees, wasps are suffering a decline, which humanity cannot afford.If this continues, there will be less pollination and manage of pest control in crops.Haley SurprenantSand LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Humanity has always had its quarrel with wasps.They build nests in our homes and disturb everyday activities. But what society fails to see is the serenity and protection they bring to us. Our negligence in understanding the importance of their role in society could ultimately lead to sacrifice.Despite the disgust and panic they instill upon us, wasps are extremely beneficial to our ecosystems. They prey on virtually every pest.“Wasps are so adept at controlling pest populations that the agricultural industry now regularly deploys them to protect crops,” explains National Geographic.According to the University College of London, next to bees, wasps are “humanity’s most ecologically and economically important organisms.” These pests also carry human diseases.According to an article published by the New York Times, “Mr. Barron immediately retreated, and later sprayed hornet killer on the nest… He said that just angered the yellow jackets, the highly aggressive wasps that live in such colonies. Mr. Barron was stung 11 times.”With that being said, are wasps really that dangerous to mankind?
More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe living area at 62 Cronin St, Annerley. Picture: Supplied. The property backs onto a gully and has a private yard screened by established trees and gardens. The home features timber floors, high ceilings and VJ walls. There is a front porch on the street level, along with the two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and open-plan living and dining room. The home at 62 Cronin St, Annerley. Picture: Supplied. THIS cute as a button cottage was built in 1910 and still retains much of its original character and charm. The two-bedroom home, named Claremont, sits behind a white picket fence and manicured hedges, on a 708sq m block. Lyn Miles has owned the property at 62 Cronin St, Annerley for more than a decade.“I came from the country originally and it was the backyard that sold me,” she said. “It just happened to have a wonderfully comfortable cottage to go with it too.” Part of the backyard at 62 Cronin St, Annerley. Picture: Supplied. Downstairs, there is a storage space, laundry and multipurpose room that opens to the backyard. Ms Miles said she had done a number of improvements to the home, including redoing the sewage line, putting in a laundry downstairs, adding power points, fans and airconditioning, and painting the exterior. Ms Miles said the home would suit anyone who appreciated nature, privacy and community.“It’s on a street that is fairly community minded,” she said.