Dems use ignorance, hate to smear Syed

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I received a disheartening message recently. As the chairman of the Department of Surgery at Ellis Hospital, a disheartening message usually means a patient has received a terminal prognosis. In this case, the notice was far less critical, but just as disturbing. The Niskayuna Democratic Committee, whose candidates in this year’s election are Joe Landry, Denise Murphy-McGraw, John Della Ratta, Peter Scagnelli and Diane Percy, sent out a “mailer,” claiming that my daughter — at the top of the Republican ticket for this year’s elections — was racist, Anti-Semitic, and Anti-Muslim.How would my daughter, Yasmine Syed, harbor such beliefs? I’m a Muslim. So are three of her uncles and two of her aunts. Her mother, Anne Marie, is of Jewish descent whose ancestors barely evaded persecution in Hitler’s Europe, escaping to America after World War II. Yasmine is half-white, half-Middle Eastern, the daughter of both a Muslim and a Christian, the descendant of Jews. As a parent, I asked, “What did my wife and I do wrong?” I quickly realized we didn’t do anything wrong. It was Joe Landry and his team of Democrats who did something wrong. In Mr. Landry and his political counterparts’ ignorance and haste to smear my daughter and the Republican slate of candidates, they revealed a glaring oversight.They failed to even properly research their opponent. My daughter and all of our children are a living, breathing “League of Nations.” Being of Pakistani descent, she isn’t anti-Muslim. With a mother of Jewish heritage, she isn’t anti-Semitic. And being half-Caucasian, half-Middle Eastern, she isn’t racist. As Jesus said in Mark 3:25: “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Basically, Joe Landry and the Niskayuna Democratic Committee would have you believe my daughter is full of hate — for herself.If Mr. Landry and the Democratic slate don’t even know or respect our family, do you think they care about your family or what’s needed to make Niskayuna a better place? Since my wife and I moved here in 1982, this town has represented every good thing about America that I sought to enjoy when I emigrated from Pakistan in the 1970s.With this ugly, hurtful, and most importantly false mailer, Mr. Landry and his team reminded us of what our families sought to escape by coming here to America: accusations and innuendo based on personal politics or ethnic background. Niskayuna is better than this, and I know you are, too. Politely, I hope you’ll keep this in mind on Election Day, Nov. 7.Iftikhar SyedNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Ronald Koeman: Jurgen Klopp needs time to make a difference at Liverpool

first_img The Reds were expected to enjoy a bounce after Klopp’s much-anticipated arrival but Koeman believes it is still too soon for the German to have imposed his ideas. “He has had a lot of attention in the press,” Koeman said. “But it isn’t easy because as a new manager you need time. I was surprised how they played the first 30 minutes against Tottenham. “It was a very different Liverpool in the fact they did good high pressing. The game yesterday (against Rubin Kazan) was different – but that’s normal. “You need time to put everything you want to put over as a new manager. “It’s a lot of attention because it’s Liverpool, it’s one of the biggest teams in the Premier League. “Maybe the system will change, maybe some players get an opportunity to show their qualities. “What isn’t so easy is in one or two weeks to see a big difference. As a new manager you need more time.” Saints travel to Anfield on Sunday for what will be Klopp’s first Barclays Premier League match on home turf since being appointed Brendan Rodgers’ successor two weeks ago. Klopp will be eager to kick-start his tenure with a win after the stalemate at Tottenham last weekend was followed by a disappointing 1-1 draw against 10-man Rubin Kazan in the Europa League. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman does not believe Jurgen Klopp has had time to make a big impact at Liverpool yet. Southampton head into the clash in good form, having climbed to eighth in the table – two places above Liverpool – with just one defeat in seven matches. Koeman may be without forward Jay Rodriguez, however, who has made five starts this season since returning from 16 months out with a cruciate ligament injury. “He is struggling a bit with his feet now,” Koeman said. “That’s disappointing because Jay likes to improve and be part of the team but he isn’t really 100 per cent physically fit. “He needs to recover from the pain to show what he can do as a player. He must be patient, that’s what he has to do now.” Koeman expressed sympathy for Dutch great Johan Cruyff, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer this week. Cruyff helped Holland reached the 1974 World Cup final and went on to be Barcelona manager during the six years Koeman played at the Nou Camp. “It’s bad news because he was my favourite coach,” Koeman said. “I had six years with Johan Cruyff not only as a player and coach but as friends. “We always had Christmas together with the families in Barcelona at that time. “He was always a winning player and winning coach so I hope he will have the strength to win this battle also. I wish all the best to Johan and his family.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse basketball recruiting: 5-star 2017 point guard Quade Green chooses Kentucky over SU

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Class of 2017 point guard Quade Green has chosen Kentucky over Syracuse, he announced Saturday night before a few hundred friends, family and community members in the Neumann-Goretti (Pennsylvania) High School gym. The five-star high school senior selected UK over offers from Syracuse, Duke, Louisville and Villanova, among others.Green signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, but waited until Saturday night to make a formal announcement. His final decision came down to Syracuse and Kentucky, Neumann-Goretti head coach Carl Arrigale said. There was a 39 percent chance he’d pick SU and 52 percent chance he’d pick UK, 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predicted. Published on November 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He wants to be the one that says what it is,” Arrigale said Saturday morning. “He feels strongly about both places.”When SU offered Green in summer 2015, following his sophomore year, he was the 43rd-rated prospect by ESPN. Now, he’s rated No. 22 in the class and No. 2 in Pennsylvania. Neumann-Goretti alumni to come to SU include Rick Jackson and Scoop Jardine. Dion Waters and Rakeem Christmas have also come from the Philadelphia area.The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Green would have joined forward Oshae Brissett as Syracuse’s second commit from the 2017 class. Brissett, ranked with four stars by ESPN, picked SU last week over Oregon, Memphis and Southern California. That Green did not come to SU means the Orange still has only one commit from the 2017 class.Green liked Syracuse and had a good relationship with SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara, Arrigale told The Daily Orange this summer. Green attended Syracuse’s season opener in the Carrier Dome earlier this month, and he sat courtside at Kentucky’s game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, when UK beat Michigan State by 21.Green would have been Syracuse’s 22nd ESPN Top 100 commit since 2010. In that time, Kentucky has landed the most ESPN Top 100 recruits. The Wildcats’ 36 beats Duke (27), Arizona (25), Syracuse, UCLA and Texas (all three with 21).Next season, Syracuse has five available scholarships if all eligible players return. SU’s guards eligible to play in 2017-18 are Frank Howard and Tyus Battle. The Orange will have 11 scholarships — rather than the typical 13 — as a result of the NCAA’s sanctions against SU.Green’s announcement capped off a Midnight Madness event at the school, where he competed in a 3-point shootout, slam dunk contest and scrimmage before choosing the Wildcats over the Orange. Commentslast_img read more