Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCan’t take four more years of amoral TrumpPeople with honor and dignity cannot stand working for President Trump very long.Now we have temporary, unconfirmed, acting heads of customs and border protection, acting homeland secretaries, acting heads of citizenship and immigration, acting defense secretary, and vacancies throughout the government.President Trump prefers acting people because they are compliant.One result is the terrible maltreatment of children on the U.S. southern border.We once were horrified to see Syrian parents and babies washing up to be virtual prisoners on the shores of Greece or arriving to find guns and barbed wire pointing at them in Hungary. Now, here in the United States, it’s little and non-nutritious food, little or no drinking water, no bathing, no sleeping, no parents, no asylum hearings, no love, all punishment for children in our care. Are we no better than Greece or Hungary?If we tolerate our amoral, shameless president for four more years, it will get worse. Take back our honor. Save the children. Close the camps.Help the world. Vote in 2020.David GibsonBallston LakeWhy should we all have to pay again?Why do we have to pay again?Montgomery County broke a contract for garbage disposal with Fulton County. I ask Matt Ossenfort, who is responsible. He is Montgomery county executive, just as Ann Thane was responsible for the city of Amsterdam.Who should take the blame for the $5 million in debt when she left?Who takes the blame that obviously we broke the contract by taking in garbage at a higher price than we were paying Fulton County?Who is responsible for the $450,000 that we must pay Fulton County? Was it the country executive, legislatures or some other employee?Who is responsible for the $450,000 that we have to pay? This county has to smarten up. Ann Thane and her cohort Gerry DeCusatis should be liable for some of the city debt, just as Matt Ossenfort should be liable for the garbage fiasco — especially since now we have to pay more again for disposal. Ann Thane and Gerry DeCusatis both have nice, rewarded jobs with the state (paying $97,000 and $86,000 annually by state records). Maybe they should have their wages garnished to pay back the $5 million deficit, neve rmind blaming dead people and others. The county and city are on a bad path.Take off the rose-colored glasses. You might think things are getting better, but ride around and look.Enough is enough.Sandy “Rogo” RoginskiAmsterdamOnly help immigrants who are here legallyBravo. David DeMarco was absolutely right about coming into our country legally in his July 7 letter, (“Want rights? Enter the country legally”).I think we should help all immigrants who come legally, but I don’t think we should help those who come illegally.They broke our laws to get here and should not take away from those who are here legally or were born here.We have too many poor people who need our help and should get it. I also agree that only those who are legally here should get driver’s licenses.Carol VaccaSharon SpringsMore 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 homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Press Association Foley added: “I loved this horse last year. He just does enough. He only won by a length in Cork last week, but he relishes the ground. “There was no pace today and he stays well. He almost ran off the track and there was a lot left in the locker. He had the fitness, he handled the ground well. If there were any question marks (about the favourite), I was going to find out. Had he run straight he would have been more impressive. “It was testing ground out there, but it seems so easy for him. Maybe he is better on it. It’s onwards and upwards with him. We don’t know how good he is, but he’s done that well today.” Success Days, a winner at Cork eight days earlier, put his fitness to full use as he made all the running to take the Group Three contest over a mile and a quarter. Shane Foley ensured a true test by setting a solid pace on the Ken Condon-trained colt, with the 1-4 shot John F Kennedy settled in second place by Ryan Moore and Zafilani bringing up the rear. The writing was on the wall early in the straight and Success Days kicked clear to win unopposed, despite hanging left towards the rail, while Zafilani claimed the runner-up spot as John F Kennedy tired in the closing stages. Condon said of the winner: “He has a very level temperament and a very good attitude. He won on his second start at 25-1 and it was a little unexpected. He keeps giving us nice surprises. He doesn’t show a lot in the mornings at home, but obviously relishes those (testing) conditions. “We said we’d make use of him as he had the run under his belt and possibly had the edge in fitness. The other two were always going to want a lead and it worked out great. I’m delighted.” On future plans, he added: “He’s in the Irish Guineas, but has no other fancy entries. I think the Irish Derby is later closing now and that’s something we could look at. I’m sure the favourite will come out and do great things in the summer, but it was our day today. “I think he’ll get further. The dam was Albany-placed, but he has such a relaxed way of doing things. He got a little bit anxious in a Listed race here last year and we drew a line through that. He was good at Cork and here today. “He wintered well. He had been training well in the spring and was better than he showed last year, but he doesn’t work like a Group horse at home. Sometimes those type of horses can improve and be very good.” John F Kennedy lost his place as favourite for the Investec Derby after finishing a well-beaten last of three on his seasonal debut at Leopardstown. There was a major shake-up in the betting for the Epsom Classic, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt being replaced as market leader by his stablemate Ol’ Man River. The latter was promoted to head of the market at 6-1 with BetVictor as John F Kennedy was eased out to 7-1 from 7-2 after his flop behind the race-fit Success Days (10-1) in the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes.
Could this be the end of the Mason Rudolph era in Pittsburgh?It’s been a tumultuous week and a half for the Steelers’ backup-turned-starter. Days after he was clocked in the head with his own helmet late in Pittsburgh’s loss to Cleveland last week, courtesy of Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, he was accused of speaking a racial slur to the Browns defensive end, prompting the viral brawl. (The NFL “found no such evidence” Rudolph uttered a racial slur, per ESPN.) On Sunday, he was benched in the second hald of Pittsburgh’s 16-10 win over hapless Cincinnati. Rudolph had an 8-for-16 line for 85 yards and an interception vs. the Bengals.😤 @Carlos_Dunlap with the tip ➡ @36SLY36 with the pick 😤#PITvsCIN | #SeizeTheDEY pic.twitter.com/xuDmiWYd7e— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 24, 2019Devlin Hodges entered the game to play QB for the Steelers, and the move paid immediate dividends: Hodges was 2-for-2 passing with a touchdown in his first series on the field.Rudolph entered Sunday’s matchup with a 4-3 record, 12 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on the season, replacing the injured Ben Roethlisberger.”I saw enough of what I need to see,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters after the game when asked about the decision to bench Rudolph. “Thought we needed a spark.” Mike Tomlin on all questions related to QB change from Mason To Duck #Steelers pic.twitter.com/hM022Pd7bo— Steel-Videos (@sdextrasmedia) November 24, 2019When asked who would start at QB in Pittsburgh’s Week 13 rematch against Cleveland, Tomlin would not say.Rudolph, who helped cause the Steelers-Browns fight by attempting to take Garrett’s helmet off, won’t be suspended but did receive a $50,000 fine, according to NFL Media. Rudolph did not admit fault while addressing the media with a prepared statement Nov. 20.“The way I saw it, on the final play of the game with the game in hand the way it was, it had been, we had already lost two of our players to targeting penalties from the game,’’ Rudolph said. “As I released the ball, I took a late shot. Did not agree with way he took me to the ground and my natural reaction was to get him from off on top of me. And again, I should have done a better job of handling that situation.”