Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOppose new toll/tax on upstate driversHere we go again. New York just keeps finding new reasons to take more of our hard-earned money.We’ve seen proposals for toll hikes to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge, then for license plate replacement fees, and this time targeting drivers without E-ZPass. A new proposal from the Thruway Authority would increase tolls for drivers who pay cash, 30% more to be exact, and another $2 for each billing statement.It’s completely unfair to force drivers to have E-ZPass or pay more. This amounts to nothing more than another tax. I’m ready to fight tooth and nail against any toll hikes on upstate drivers.We pay more than enough already, but it seems like the state will never stop trying to take more.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer represents the 111th Assembly District in the state Legislature.Focus on positives to boost your spiritsI have been trying to figure out why I am having difficulty getting into the Christmas spirit this year.In the past, I related it to my career, which I retired from three years ago, of a public safety dispatcher.The constant barrage of complaints, the domestic calls, serious accidents and life-threatening medical calls always made it very difficult. So why this year?Since I retired, it was easy to get in the spirit. But I finally have figured it out. It is due to the constant barrage of negative news, complaining and griping, on the television and at social locations, such as my gym and other locations. All you hear is the negative.Politics, starting at the top, both local and national, and encompassing all parties and levels, has caused a caustic, negative and damaging effect to all levels of the social economic system. The few positives that come out are very soundly trounced by the negative.I was taught, by a very good manager at one of my previous employments, that negativity is like a cancer: Once it starts, it takes over. Positive thoughts and actions have a very difficult time conquering the negative, but when it does, everyone feels better.I, for one, choose to look at the positive and push the positive. I challenge the aforementioned, and everyone else, to do the same and see what a difference each of us can make.That will give us the Christmas and giving spirit all year long.David W. GallupScotia‘Trump Impeached’ photo showed biasA number of readers of The Daily Gazette have written letters to the editor decrying the newspaper’s “left leanings” or “liberal bent.”I personally do not recall any letters alleging the opposite.In fact, I have always considered The Gazette to be a fairly unbiased and impartial publication.Until, that is, I saw the front page of the Dec. 19 edition.Under the larger-than-normal, bold-faced headline, “Trump Impeached” was a huge photograph of Donald Trump with his arms outstretched at his sides, his eyes half-closed, and a somber, somewhat somnolescent expression on his face.Of all the many photos of this man that were available, The Gazette chose to print one that clearly portrays him as a persecuted victim of crucifixion, unmistakably evoking images of another historical figure who claimed to be leading his followers to their salvation. Seriously?Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter continuation contract with Geneva’s Cargill International.Under the deal, the company’s Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, the Myrto, would continue working for Cargill for a period of about nine to eleven months.The parties agreed a gross charter rate of USD 14,000 per day for the 2013-built bulker.Diana Shipping said that the new charter period commenced on July 18, 2019.The employment is expected to generate around USD 3.57 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.
One of the emerging stars of the National Hunt scene, Cooper shot into the limelight when riding three winners at the Cheltenham Festival, while he was also on target with First Lieutenant at the Grand National meeting at Aintree. The young rider was partnering the Tony Martin-trained Tepalo in Monday’s Weatherbys Beginners Chase when he came to grief. Bryan Cooper is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after it was confirmed the leading Irish jockey broke his leg in a fall at Down Royal on Monday. Press Association Cooper’s agent, Alan Donoghue, said: “He’s broken his left femur and it’s a clean break. It’s a bad injury. “Nobody has put a timescale on how long he’s going to be out for yet. He’s going to have an operation later this morning, but you’d imagine it will be a good couple of months. “It’s unfortunate but that’s racing. There are ups and downs.”
LIVE TV The other Indian wrestlers competing were Pawan Kumar (86kg) and Anshu (59kg) in the women’s freestyle, and both the grapplers won gold medals in their categories. READ | 8 Years On, Number Of Boundaries In Virender Sehwag’s 219 Vs Windies Will Still Shock YouWhile Commonwealth Games gold medallist Pawan had to rely on his experience to win 4-1 against his Pakistani counterpart in the finals, Anshu claimed the gold against the Sri Lankan wrestler within record 15 seconds of the bout.India so far has managed to win gold medals in all the 12 categories and will strive to impeccable record on the last day of the competition as Gaurav Baliyan (74kg) and Anita Sheoran (68kg) will take on the challenge in the men’s freestyle and women’s categories respectively.READ | Hyderabad: Saina Nehwal Reacts To Encounter Of Rape & Murder AccusedREAD | Satwik-Chirag, Para Shuttler Pramod Nominated For BWF Awards SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Rio Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik and Ravinder lead India clinch four more gold medals on day three of the wrestling competition at the ongoing 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu on Sunday, December 8.While Sakshi was unstoppable on her way to the podium finish in the 62kg category, U-23 World silver medallist, Ravinder made it a golden double for India as he clinched top honours in the 61kg men’s freestyle.READ | Virat Kohli Just 25 Runs Away From Big T20I Milestone; Here’s What It IsFour more gold medals FOLLOW US Suman Ray First Published: 8th December, 2019 23:23 IST COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 8th December, 2019 23:23 IST Sakshi Malik And Ravinder Win Gold At South Asian Games Sakshi Malik and Ravinder lead India; clinch four more gold medals on day three of the wrestling competition at the ongoing 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu Sakshi won all her matches one-sided by pinning her opponents and bagging the matches one-sided with a steep margin of 10-0 to finish at the top. Ravinder, however, had to work hard to clinch his gold against Pakistan’s M Bilal after easily overcoming the challenge posed by Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi wrestlers in the earlier rounds.