Petty’s music will live on for generations

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Tom Petty meant so much to so many people, young and old, that it’s difficult to put into words. Genuine, honest, gifted and funny are just a few words that immediately come to mind.He genuinely loved all types of music, honestly loved his fans, was a gifted song writer and musician, and somehow maintained a great sense of humor throughout his long career.My favorite quote, to CNN is: “Music, as far as I have seen in the world so far, is the only real magic that I know. There is something really honest and clean and pure and it touches you in your heart.” Tom’s music touched our hearts for over 40 years and will continue to touch the hearts of generations to come.Virginia NewtonBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Global warming is a matter of fact, not faith

first_imgPersonally, I use a device called a thermometer to measure temperature. It tends to take all the believing and non-believing out of the process.Mr. Lindinger went on to say, “Climate change proponents have made their cause a matter of faith” (again, an interesting choice of words), citing “a great physicist like Freeman Dyson” for the proposition that predictive climate change models from 1999 were seen as being wrong 10 years later. Mr. Lindinger’s implication is that current predictions may be wrong as well.I suppose. But those predictions are about how quickly the warming will occur, not about whether the warming is actually happening. Since Mr. Lindinger thinks Freeman Dyson is a “great” physicist, I will cite a 2007 article. “Heretical Thoughts about Science and Society,” where Dyson says that “[one] of the main causes of warming is the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulting from our burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal and natural gas.”Global warming and climate change are not things to be believed or not believed. They are facts. Even Freeman Dyson thinks so.Jerry JasinskiNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: 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 motorists In an Oct. 9 letter criticizing an earlier letter to the editor, Bob Lindinger said he was “not a global warming believer or a global warming denier..” I found his choice of the word “believer” an interesting one, since it implies that global temperatures are something that can’t be measured, but must rather be taken on faith. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Paper right to note Union College’s milestone

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Feb. 27 letter, “Why mention race in Union presidency?”: There’s a profound lack of understanding exemplified from Mr. John Metallo.The Gazette did the right thing in mentioning that Union College’s new president is the first African-American to hold that position. Why? Because blacks have been an oppressed minority in our history and it’s taking a long time to overcome and correct that history.So whenever there’s evidence that such is being done, we need to be made aware of it and applaud it. Apparently and sadly, Mr. Metallo isn’t able to acknowledge that reality and that history.Michael FosterNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: 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 homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectlast_img read more

Should we rethink Jefferson’s role in history?

first_imgThe overwrought “defenses” of Jefferson about the stories were varied, ranging from hair-on-fire denials to moral pronouncements that it couldn’t possibly be true.  Historians still argue about, and are ignorant of, the details. A column in this paper recently stated that “Jefferson held many slaves, raping and reproducing with at least one.”Raping? No evidence of that anywhere, though it was probably not unusual on plantations. Forcible sex with white women probably wasn’t all that unusual either, but that’s another story.  The sanctimonious hypocrisy of moral judgments about Jefferson’s family with Sally Hemings is easy if you know little about it.The Monticello Association is an organization of the descendants of Martha and Mary Jefferson, his daughters.They do not accept Sally Hemings’ descendants because their constitution only accepts Martha and Mary’s offspring. In 1801,  Jefferson became third president of the United States.Sally bore five more children, all traceable to Jefferson’s times at Monticello, and when these children reached 21 or so, all were freed by Jefferson. They were the only slaves he ever freed. Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, (50 years after the Revolution and the same day as John Adams) and in 1828, his daughter Martha freed Sally Hemings, who died in 1835. So was Jefferson morally unfit to be president? White supremacists say yes. Anti-slavery folks say yes.What do you think?Karen Cookson lives in Sharon Springs and is a regular contributor to the Sunday Gazette Opinion pages.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? A well-documented program of genocide soon thinned that group to the point that European settlers thought of the New World as uninhabited and ready for occupation. Which they did.  A visit to Monticello this past winter underlined that racism.Just outside the infamous Charlottesville, Thomas Jefferson’s hilltop estate is a tourist attraction, along with nearby estates of James Madison and James Monroe.All owned many slaves, and their working farms fed and supported them.We picked up a booklet entitled “Sally Hemings” that detailed the history and controversy about Jefferson, his relationship with a slave, and their children.  Much has been written about this relationship, beginning when it was happening.  We have no pictures or written word by Sally Hemings, but a contemporary described her as “mighty near white and very handsome, with long straight hair down her back.”She was known as “dashing Sally” for her beauty. She came to Monticello with Jefferson’s wife as a house slave with her mother Elizabeth and other siblings.After wife Martha’s death in 1782, Jefferson (aged 41) was sent to Paris, taking his daughter Martha and Sally’s brother, James.He sends for remaining daughter Mary (age 9) accompanied by Sally (age 14 or 15, and the girls’ aunt) in 1787, and they lived in Paris until the French revolution in 1789. The story is that Sally bore a son soon after their return, named Thomas.  Why did Sally and her brother come back from France, where they could have been free? The Hemings family story is that Jefferson promised her he would free her/their children if she did.center_img And you know how binding constitutions are. So sorry, guys, you’re not eligible.  This from descendants of the man who wrote the self-evident truth “that all men are created equal.”I guess the word “men” in there means only white males. Try these facts on for size.Sally Hemings was the daughter of John Wayles (white plantation owner) and Elizabeth Hemings (slave). Wayles was also father to Martha Wayles, Thomas Jefferson’s wife. So Sally and Martha were half-sisters.Sally was a third-generation offspring of white male/black female. So by Virginia law, after “three crossings,” she was legally white. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWe always knew that racism was bone deep in America.The first slave ship arrived in 1619, beating the Pilgrims by a year. But getting here first didn’t seem to give any advantage to the passengers.Certainly not to the First Nation peoples either, who were already here by the millions.last_img read more

Brum scrum end in sight

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Triplet of deals for Benchmark’s Bruton Street

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NHP on top again towards end of turbulent year

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London plan inspectors back 50% affordable housing

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Simply Bliss: New York’s spa to open at Helical Bar’s Sloane address

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