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
BOONE, Iowa – Their support of their local sanctioned tracks will pay off again this September for champions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.As much as $13,000 in bonuses, determined by driver’s number of sanctioned starts during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season, will be paid to the seven champions crowned during the 34th annual Super Nationals, to be held Sept. 5-10 at Boone Speedway.“Super Nationals is now the biggest stage for seven of our divisions,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “As such, it’s the perfect opportunity to reward the champions who have supported our weekly tracks throughout the season.”The Modified champion can take home as much as $5,000 in bonus money, getting $100 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts.Winner of the Stock Car main event earns an additional $50 for each of as many as 50 starts, making for a potential $2,500 bonus. The winner of the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature gets a $50 bonus for each of as many as 30 weekly Late Model starts, which multiplies out to as much as $1,500.The Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod champs could each take home another $1,250, getting $25 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts. There’s a $5 bonus for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts for the Sport Compacts.Beginning this year, champions in all divisions except the Late Models are required to be pre-registered to be eligible for the weekly racing bonus.