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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Jan. 27

first_imgUse caution when visiting MontrealJust a heads up to those traveling to Montreal, Canada.My daughter and I traveled to Montreal recently and parked in an outside small parking site in Old Montreal.Unfortunately, while seeing Notre Dame and having lunch in a very busy area with lots of people walking around and high rises all around us, her Jeep truck was broken into by the back-passenger window. An iPad, very expensive camera, insulin and other medicines were stolen.City police came, and we have a number of the incident. We went to Home Depot and bought tape and plastic to fix the window.Upon leaving Canada, talking with the officer at the New York border, we told him what took place in Old Montreal. He stated to us that it happens all the time and that Canadians are targeting trucks and New York State vehicles. Yes, we should have booked our hotel and dropped off everything first (lesson learned) and then proceeded to our venture in Old Montreal. It has been suggested that you rent a car if you are going to Canada, especially Montreal, by border patrols. Take heed all. It really spoiled our weekend and has left me feeling very angry.Deborah BowdishSchenectadyCuomo doesn’t care about New YorkersGov. Andrew Cuomo should stay in Puerto Rico and take the Democrats with him (Assembly and Senate). They can have full control there. The laws that are being passed in New York are so far of the rail that they’re killing this state.He should have never gotten a third term; you talk about obstruction and abuse of power. Instead of taking care of this state’s needs, our tax dollars are going elsewhere. New York was once a leader of industrial states, and our ports were doing well with imports and exports. Even the Port of Albany was doing well.Our economy was high due to construction, factories like GE, Ford, Bendix, Barkley Home products, Alco products, Bear Manning, paper mills, CDTA, taxi companies, downtown stores, Sears, Woolworth, Rudnick’s, outlets, soda shops for kids, Ellis Hospital, St. Clare’s Hospital, Bellview Hospital, carpet mills, auto dealerships, etc.What do we have today? Nothing. Cuomo doesn’t care if we have jobs or safety for our kids in school or for a safe state.He lets criminals out of jail to repeat their crimes and wants to disarm the law-abiding citizen.Would you say he has a mental capacity to be a leader? I don’t think so. All of the hunters in this state supported conservation when they bought a firearm, ammo for hunting, target- and competitive shooting. Without the hunters, who is going to take care of our wild animals and keep our woods safe?Claude Rizzicone, Jr.SchenectadyAlbany Civic Theater deserves coverageThe Gazette proclaims itself to be “The Voice of the Capital Region.”Albany has a major role in there being a Capital Region.Albany Civic Theater is in Albany, but The Gazette is too busy, understaffed or whatever else their excuse is for not reviewing Albany Civic Theater’s performances.Consider that Albany Civic Theater has already presented two terrific shows this season.Another, “American Soldiers” coming up starting Jan. 31.Will The Gazette find another excuse for passing on this Albany Civic Theater play, too?John DanielsDuanesburg Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWestinghouse long overdue for a statueTrains were crashing. Brakemen on moving cars were losing life and limbs, until 22-year-old George Westinghouse, in 1868, invented an ingenious system.It allowed the engineer with a lever to safely apply brakes to all cars. The Westinghouse Air Brake remains the global standard.George Westinghouse grew up in Schenectady. He learned invention, manufacturing and marketing in the family Westinghouse Agricultural Works. He served as a shipboard engineer during the Civil War, attended Union College and launched a career with 300 patents and creation of 60 companies. He was scrupulously honest and fair with admiring employees.After Thomas Edison invented the electric light in 1879, he provided DC electricity to nearby customers. George Westinghouse designed lighting for Chicago World’s Fair and an AC system.It transferred high voltage electricity over long distances, starting with Niagara Falls to Buffalo. Westinghouse current continues to power the world.Analyzing the Westinghouse transformer-based AC system required new mathematics, for which Charles Steinmetz gained fame as the Wizard of Schenectady. He also created the electrical engineering program at Union College.Citizen Brian Merriam self-initiated nicely lighted statues of Thomas Edison and Charles Steinmetz on Erie Boulevard, with sponsorship by the Chamber of Commerce. Brian is now leading a team for a George Westinghouse statue for the empty adjacent plaza. A small portion of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding can make it an overdue reality.Frank WicksSchenectadyCome together to help pensionersIn the normal stimulus and response of life, there is a generally held convention that one good deed deserves another. Those who give help in a time of need deserve help if the tables turn.It is, therefore, time for the people of Schenectady to recognize and support the 1,100 retires of Saint Clare’s Hospital who served this community for decades and are now in need of help themselves.Over one year ago, they were informed that their retirement fund had failed and that they would not be receiving their pensions.As a result of the pension fund failure, the retires are now enduring severe financial hardships.Many are experiencing limitations to medical care and even nutrition. Some have died waiting for a resolution to this pension tragedy. Unfortunately, the search for a solution to this terrible problem has no end in sight.There are many and complex reasons for this catastrophic situation. However, one thing is certain: the retirees of St. Clare’s Hospital are not responsible for the failure of their pension fund.Every individual citizen, service group, fraternal organization and church group should speak out and demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, our legislators, church leaders and former fund managers come together to find a solution to this unnecessary suffering.Apathy in this situation is not an option. We, the citizens of Schenectady, are either part of the solution or we are part of the problem.William M. Vacca, MDNiskayunaThe writer is former chief of medicine at St. Clare’s Hospital.Inaction on climate will make it worseI am a volunteer for Citizens Climate Lobby, a nonprofit organization devoted to addressing the issue of climate change.With so many of the recent climate-related stories pointing to the worsening of climate change around the world (the brush fires in Australia, record heat in parts of Europe, the rapidly accelerating melting of large glaciers — just to name a few), it can be frightening to turn on the news nowadays. In fact, with some climate scientists saying that the worst effects of climate change cannot be avoided no matter what steps we take to address the problem, it can be tempting to ask the question, “Why bother if there is no hope?”Even if the worst effects of catastrophic climate change seem likely, doing nothing is simply not an option.Just about any step we take to mitigate the worsening of carbon dioxide levels or the rise of global temperatures would be beneficial for our children and grandchildren. The air would be cleaner, storms would be less severe, diseases would not spread as quickly, and world economies would not be crippled as quickly. If these seem only like holding actions, maybe so. But you never know when the political will to take effective corrective action will emerge or when new technologies might give us renewed hope. We simply cannot allow our planet to deteriorate unchecked. Doing nothing is not an option.Ross LenetGuilderland More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday June 01, 2012

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! ** Tourism Awareness Month 2012 Climax***The Discover Dominica Authority, Ministry of Tourism and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association culminated a successful Tourism Awareness Month in May. From all reports the activties undertaken throughout the month were very well excuted; and would therefore like to extend a heart –felt gratitude to the many sponsors for their invaluable contribution in making this year’s Tourism Awareness Month a major success. The intended purpose of the month of activities were to raise awareness, inform, educate, promote and entertain the general public on the role and importance of the tourism industry to the people and economy of Dominica. It is our hope that Tourism Awarnes Month 2013 will be even bigger and better.**Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival 2012**From general public reports and Prime Minister Skerrit’s glowing media review a fantastic full jazz weekend happened! Patrons of all jazz events enjoyed the best music and ambience the Commonwealth of Dominica had to offer! The 3rd edition of Jazz n’ Creole gave patrons the chance of an extended full week-end offering Creole and Jazz at several venues across the island. Jazz ‘n Creole is a production of the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and worked with several tourism entities to create more fringe benefits enjoyed by visitors and guests on the island.Events ran from Thursday through Sunday. DOMINICA’s Jazz n Creole has become a key event on the tourism’s office calendar of event and is meant to attract jazz lovers from our nearest neighbours in the French islands and our friends from the Caribbean islands. The crowd doubled and families young and old came together to enjoy the great ambience of the picturesque and magnificent looking Cabrits, Fort Shirley, reveling in the fun and thrill of vibrant jazz music. From all reports the enchantment of Creole and Jazz fusion music went down like local honey this 2012 and the experience of top class musicians over the four days of events will be a heart memory. See you in 2013!**Access Strategy Plan for Dominica**Mr. Ian Bertand, air access consultant and his team conducted part two of the Access Strategy Plan for Dominica at the Fort Young Hotel on May 29th.The working session inlcluded particpation from the Discover Dominica Authority staff and other key private sector stakeholders. Having agreed to an overall approach, this session sought to finalize the marketing strategies which needed to be employed to support the overall objective of increasing visitor revenues to EC$350 million by 2015 and getting visitor numbers back to 2007 figures.This session particularly focused on the air access issues and what the Dominica needs to do from a marketing standpoint in partnership with other destinations as well as to attract airlines. Dominica to be promoted at a Mall Exhibition in MartiniqueDiscover Dominica Authority will promote visits to Dominica at the La Galleria Mall in Martinique from June 7 – 9, 2012. The mall exhibition is being organized to encourage more visitors from Martinique to travel to Dominica for summer vacation. Participating hotels at the mall exhibition are Fort Young Hotel, La Flamboyant Hotel, Anchorage Hotel and Sunset Bay Club. **Discover Dominica Authority launches Staycation 2012**Ten tourism companies will participate in Staycation 2012. Fort Young Hotel, Hibiscus Valley Inn, Anchorage Hotel, Comfortel de Champ, Rosalie Beach Resort, Seacliff Cottages, Comfort Cottages, Picard Beach Cottages, Portsmouth Hotel and Rejens Hotel will offer special rates to Dominican residents from June 1 – September 30. Rainforest Riding which offers horseback riding will also offer special rates to locals. The Staycation programme is geared at increasing local hotel occupancy during what is traditionally the slow period, by encouraging locals to get to know Dominica and patronize local tourism service providers. **Dominica to be featured in 2013 edition of French guidebook**Dominica will be featured in the 2013 edition of the French guidebook le Petit Futé. Petit Futé journalist Johann Chabert visited Dominica from May 24 – 31 to obtain information which will be used to update the Dominica segment of the guidebook. While in Dominica, Mr. Chabert visited a number of properties which will be featured in the guide book as well as various sites and attractions. He also attended the Jazz ‘n Creole festival and hiked segment one of the Waitukubuli National Trail. **Discover Dominica Authority host US journalist**Discover Dominica Authority hosted journalist Brooke Morton from May 20-26, 2012. Brooke was on assignment for the US publication Destination Weddings & Honeymoon. This was an opportunity for Dominica to be featured as a Weddings & Honeymoon destination to the 100,000 readers and 639,000 monthly page viewers. Visits were made to wedding locations throughout the island which would provide visitors of the possible wedding options on the island for their destination weddings.With the new amended Marriage Act which now allows visitors to be married on the island in 24hrs, the process is now hassle free and allows persons to obtain their marriage license even on a weekend. This will assist the visitors in choosing the destination of choice without having too many concerns on the process involved.Brooke also writes for other publications such as Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Islands and Caribbean Travel & Life magazines. This advantage allows for the destination to be featured in a variety of publications, increasing the awareness of the island and the value of the trip. While on island Brooke also got the opportunity to dive, whale watch and hike.Press Release Share Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday June 01, 2012 by: – June 8, 2012 24 Views   no discussionslast_img read more