Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Jan. 27

first_imgWhat a difference a hat makes. I don’t condone or make excuses for taunting, intimidating or bullying others with whom we disagree. However, we’re left to wonder if the taunting of the Covington Catholic High students would have occurred if they were not so conspicuously wearing the “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hats. What if the hats had the names of their high school or their favorite sport teams; would they have been seen as just a group of male students simply walking by?Was the sight of the MAGA hats the catalyst or motivating factor for the members of the Hebrew Israelites to taunt and use vulgar language towards the students?We cannot ignore the fact that the presence of the red MAGA hats was the silent instigator and ringleader of the conflict between the various groups in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, for many citizens who didn’t vote for, or currently support Donald Trump, the MAGA hat is perceived to be a symbol of racism, bigotry and hate.Specifically, the red hat has the same imagery as the white hood that was or is still being worn to intimidate specific groups of American citizens. Maxine BrisportRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine MAGA hats serve to taunt and intimidate Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems need serious candidates for 2020After reading The Daily Gazette Jan. 16 article, “Gillibrand joins 2020 race for White House,” my initial reaction was the song written by Stephen Sondheim, “Send in The Clowns.” Here we go again.Another person that wants to make healthcare her main issue rather than bringing the country back into focus. I have never come out for or against Donald Trump,  but shutting down the government because you didn’t get what you wanted is akin to rejecting an offer in a business deal. Except, it’s not his personal company. It’s the United States of America.This is clearly an issue of attitude and outlook unbecoming the leader of the free world. Cuomo at Ellis Island sent right messageIt was with perturbation, but not surprise, that I read Mary McClaine’s Jan. 19 letter entitled,  “Cuomo Insults All Who Came in the Right Way.” The irony in this letter comes from the writer’s disregarding the history of Ellis Island. The letter talks about waiting “your turn.” Ellis Island was created to register those immigrants without visas (documents, “papers”), so that they wouldn’t have to be turned away. This situation caused resentment in our country, and those who came through Ellis Island became labeled as “Without Official Paper(s),” a slur.To those using the slur, the right way to immigrate was with documentation through the Port of New York Terminal. Gov. Cuomo’s venue was a statement against those who do not want to allow immigration without prior documentation, that which inspired the French to give the United States a gift commemorating our welcoming those who did not come “the right way.”Fred ChambersFort Plain Gillibrand chooses to go on the Stephen Colbert show to announce her candidacy. Who is he anyway? Ambassador to the 2020 presidential election? I think not.If she wants to be a serious contender and not another “I’m entitled to the office” candidate, we need to hear some solid vision for the future, not that she’s running because she is a young mom. There’s no doubt that the field for presidential candidates is wide open. But there’s no guarantee the field can beat Trump. His core group of supporters is dug in like ticks on a deer. I fear the show coming for the Democratic candidates for president. Like in the song, “But where are the clowns, send in the clowns; Don’t bother they’re here”. Bob BeliveGlenvillelast_img read more

Woodward favours United ‘B’ team

first_img For some years now, United and many of their fellow Premier League big-hitters have concluded the present set-up does not create a competitive environment for players outside the first team. Even a change from the old reserve sides to the present Under-21 set-up, with the potential for utilising over-age players, has done little to address the problem. Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has claimed the use of a ‘B’ team in a lower league could be the answer to a lack of competitive football for younger players. And Woodward thinks the Spanish system, where Real Madrid and Barcelona operate second teams below La Liga level, is an idea worth looking at. “If we could have a ‘B’ team playing it would solve a lot of the issues,” Woodward told fanzine United We Stand. “The reserves do deliver some of the objectives, the system just isn’t as good as it could be. “Barcelona and Real Madrid have a competitive edge with their system. Ajax have got it. A team in the division below went bust a year ago. Ajax stepped in and now they are developing their players that way. “You can look at different models and what Spurs have done with Swindon. You can look at rotating players in the first team. “There is no clear and obvious answer. If you buy a top 18 year old, they could go straight in with the first team. Or they could go into the squad at number 25 or 26.” The clear issues are the traditional loyalties within the English football system and how fans of a club like Bury, for instance, would take to being reduced to the status of a feeder club. It is certainly hard to see such a structure being implemented in England, even if Woodward’s observations are shared by others at the top end of the game. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more