SPAC: Stop cutting New York City Ballet

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first_imgWhy has the SPAC board cut the New York City Ballet for the third time since 2004? Money isn’t the answer, since no other classical programs are ever cut.SPAC was built in 1966 to be the summer home of the NYC Ballet, arguably the greatest ballet company in the world. Saratoga has the honor of being the only summer home of any ballet company in the world.SPAC and its board keep raising ticket prices for the ballet, allow no community input, and then complain when ballet fans can no longer afford to attend performances as often as they would like. SPAC is housed in Saratoga Spa State Park, which is paid for by the taxpayers, who aren’t allowed to have input about what goes on there. If SPAC board members are unwilling to raise funds to have the NYC Ballet two to four weeks a year, they should resign.Louise J. GoldsteinSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more


Police are still shooting too many citizens

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first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:Police shot and killed 987 people in the United States last year.That is two dozen more than in the year before and nearly identical to the number of people killed by police the year before that.The lack of appreciable change in the numbers is a depressing sign that, though much attention has been focused on this issue in the past three years, authorities are falling short in devising and implementing solutions.The sobering look at the use of deadly force by police is the result of an unprecedented effort by The Washington Post to track fatal shootings in the aftermath of the national debate sparked by the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, outside St. Louis. As the public mental-health system has been depleted, with insufficient facilities and other barriers to treatment, police have been unfairly burdened with having to deal with people in mental crisis.The results are too often tragic, as The Post detailed in the heartbreaking case of a 15-year-old Prince William County, Virginia, boy suffering from depression who was shot and killed last year in a confrontation with police he initiated, apparently as a way of committing suicide.Expanding mental-health services could reduce the number of police shootings.So might better training of police and the use of intervention teams schooled in how to respond to people in mental distress so that situations don’t escalate into someone being killed.Police have dangerous jobs, and sometimes they must use deadly force to protect themselves or the public.But figuring out ways to avoid such shootings is in the interests of both the police and the public they serve.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: 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 census The ongoing project, using local news coverage, public records and social-media reports, has logged details of 2,945 shooting deaths.The Post’s compilation has pointed up the inadequacies of the FBI’s record-keeping, which relies on voluntary submissions from police and shows far fewer shootings.More importantly, the project has revealed patterns in the shootings that could lead to more effective action.The decline in the number of unarmed people shot suggests, for example, that heightened awareness and scrutiny may result in police showing more restraint before using deadly force in some circumstances. Particularly striking is how often mental-health issues play a role in police shootings.In 2017, 236 people — nearly 1 in 4 of those killed — were reported to have been experiencing some form of mental distress at the time of their encounter with police.That rate, the Treatment Advocacy Center calculated in a 2015 report, means the risk of being killed during a police incident is 16 times greater for individuals with untreated serious mental illness than for other civilians.last_img read more


Stop abuse of dairy cows, calves

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIt really upsets me and I know a lot of other people, too. A lot of daily cows are abused every day. Some have their tails cut off, they live in a pole barn; they never get out on green grass or in a pasture. As soon as calves are born, they are taken and tied short in a small coop. They can’t even turn around.Cows are mothers. They are being treated like a machine, that’s why I (and others) drink  other kinds of milk. When will this inhumane treatment end? There is a lot more to life than money.Eunice KilmerJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more


Explore tough love

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI just finished reading the Families article in the Sunday Gazette (2/25/2018) by family psychologist John Rosemond.I agree with his treatment suggestions for an out-of-control 13-year-old completely.This is certainly a form of “tough love“ that many parents might think to use on an unruly son or daughter. Bravos to John Rosemond.Roger PeughScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more


Dig deep

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Fujitsu Siemens flies ICL’s Bracknell nest

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Quoting rents fall at prime Mayfair offices

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Essex industrial: Industrial parklife

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Public and private sectors can work together despite Elephant pitfall

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Business is cornered in Council Tax crisis

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