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Letters to the Editor for Monday, June 17

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionProject Dance was exhilarating, joyfulWhen, as a parent, a sibling, or grandparent, as part of the school putting on an annual performance, do you ever find yourself experiencing an exhilarating rush?Maybe that’s when you choke up a little watching in a suspended state, or start to move with the music because that’s what the capacity crowd is experiencing. This was a public school modern dance performance choreographed by three remarkable teachers.But Project Dance at Schenectady High School’s auditorium on June 6 far transcended the expected line-up of participating students who would not necessarily have received creative training in a private dance studio.And yet very little about that evening’s performance distracted the viewer.  Members of each dance performance not only knew their moves, but many injected energy and a personal flair into the instant. This year the costumes were great; the lighting moved and the dancing was remarkable. This was about artistic expression; about precise coordination and the mastery of complicated moves and gestures. All the performers got it. And in this precious context everyone in the theater got it. This event was about the result of young adults working together; about a moment under the lights; about determined pride that they can do this exceeding well.And, this SHS experience clearly has positive implications for what each performer can accomplish in the future. Congratulations.Frank F. GilmoreSchenectadyHearings needed to reveal Mueller factsMarc Thiessen’s May 31 column, “Americans don’t want impeachment, but Dems won’t listen,” is misleading regarding the Mueller report.Mueller stated, “Under long standing [Justice] Department policy, a President cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Charging the president with a crime, therefore, was not an option. If we had confidence that the president did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”Mueller went on to say that the Special Council was not impeded from investigating and did find 10  instances of possible obstruction of justice, which was detailed in the report. He stated that even though the special counsel was prohibited from indicting the president, he implied that Congress could take the information and proceed accordingly.The report also contains grand jury and witness testimony corroborating the findings. Some of this is redacted and Congress has struggled to have the attorney general release the full report.Justin Amash, R-MI, held a town hall meeting in which he outlined the key parts of the report that informed him of his decision to impeach.An attendee said this was the first time she had learned of this information and only gets her information from conservative outlets.Because so few have actually read the report, it’s important for Congress to hold public committee hearings of witnesses so the people can have the information to determine the truth.Sandra J. NataleSaratoga Springs Grateful for student article on deafnessThank you for publishing the Student Gazette on June 7. We’d like to particularly thank Nia Roberts, who wrote “Five things you didn’t know about deaf people.”  It was outstanding, well-written, and hit home with our family.We have a deaf daughter, Kate, who attended the Capital Region BOCES Deaf and Hearing Impaired program from pre-school through 10th grade. In the spring of her sophomore year,  she visited a friend at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. Kate left Schoharie that Friday as a deaf 10th-grade girl, but returned home a few days later as a young woman who identified as deaf. She was very articulate as to why she needed to be part of the larger deaf community, and there was no saying “no” to this young woman. Kate entered MSSD as a junior. She received her undergraduate degree from Gallaudet University and then earned master’s degrees in international relations from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and later from Gallaudet. After working for not-for-profit organizations serving the deaf, including in Haiti and Malawi, she is now on the faculty at Gallaudet University herself.We’ve attended Gallaudet University athletic events and theater productions over the years. If there is something that the deaf cannot do – except to hear – we have yet to discover it.Most deaf people we have met do not consider their deafness to be a disability. That, to us, is key. It’s about how you define yourself. Kudos to Nia for bringing deaf awareness to us all.Gail and Michael BreenSchoharie Isachsen will bring integrity to MiltonFor over 50 years, I have lived in the town of Milton. Elected town government officials have come and gone. Some of those folks have been very effective. Some, however, have not been. I was pleased to read that Ryan Isachsen, one of my fellow Ethics Board members in Milton, was running for Town Council. Ryan was part of the Ethics Board for a number of years, including one term as chairman.Ryan was always unbiased and fair in his assessment of the complaints brought before the board. Ryan never bowed to political pressure during his tenure on the Ethics Board.Ryan is a man of great pride in his work. He’s a local man with a wife and two children, not to mention his four dogs. He will work tirelessly for the benefit of all constituents of the town of Milton, with no partiality or favor to political party. He’s what we need in the town now. I’m a Democrat in a sea of Republicans; however, I have always voted for the folks I thought best suited for a position, not by party line. Please vote write in Ryan Isachsen on June 25. Polls open at noon.Suzanne CanellBallston Spa Get us Chick-fil-A and save the planetAccording to a National Geographic article, replacing the beef on your plate with carbon-light chicken will cut your dietary carbon footprint in half.The article states: “That’s according to a first-ever national study of U.S. eating habits and their carbon footprints.”Maybe now it’s time we fully embrace Chick-fil-A.There’s plenty of room up here in the north. Chick-fil-A, come on up. Oh, I’m sorry. Am I being politically incorrect? To heck with that. Let’s save the planet.John GentileDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Kyrgios withdraws from the US Open

first_img(BBC) – Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it “hurts me at my core” to miss the tournament.Fellow Australian and women’s world number one, Ashleigh Barty withdrew earlier this week.In a video on social media, Kyrgios, 25, also criticised the behaviour of some players during the pandemic.“Let’s take a breath here and remember what’s important, which is health and safety as a community,” said Kyrgios.“We can rebuild our sport and the economy, but we can never recover lives lost.”The world number 40 added: “It hurts me at my core not to be out there competing in one of the sport’s greatest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium.“But I’m sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds and thousands of Americans that have lost their lives, for all of you. It’s my decision.”Last month, the Australian said the United States Tennis Association (USTA) was “selfish” for staging the New York tournament, which starts on 31 August.The event is set to be held without fans at Flushing Meadows with players having to follow strict measures.Murray ‘willing to risk’ playing in US after injury problemsBritain’s former world number one Andy Murray is planning to play, saying he is “willing to take a risk” after being hampered by injury in recent years.The 33-year-old Scot has played singles in only two of the past 10 Grand Slams, stretching back to Wimbledon in 2017, after two major hip operations.“The situation I’ve been in the last few years I’ve not had the opportunity to play in many Slams,” said Murray, who won the first of his three Grand Slam titles at the 2012 US Open.“I don’t know how many opportunities I’ll have left to play in Slams, so while I’m feeling relatively decent, I want to try and play in them and enjoy the biggest events again. I’ve missed that a lot.”Kyrgios says he does not have a problem with the USTA or for players wanting to compete “so long as everyone acts appropriately and acts safely”.Kyrgios has been a critic of men’s world number one Novak Djokovic’s decision to stage exhibition events during the pandemic, with a number of players who took part then testing positive for the virus, including the Serb.“Tennis players, you have to act in the interest of each other and work together,” added Kyrgios.“You can’t be dancing on tables, money grabbing your way around Europe or trying to make a quick buck hosting an exhibition. That’s just so selfish. Think of the other people for once, that is what this virus is about, it doesn’t care about your world ranking or how much money you have.”AnalysisRussell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondentKyrgios’ decision is no surprise, but the timing very pertinent on the day the Australian city of Melbourne announced a nightly curfew.Another Australian, the world number one Ashleigh Barty, withdrew from the US Open last week, and there are likely to be more omissions when the entry list is published in the next few days.Kyrgios does not take issue with the US Open itself going ahead: his argument is with those playing fast and loose with the rules.And once again, in this social media post, he highlights what he considers irresponsible and selfish behaviour by some of those involved in recent exhibition matches in Europe and the United States.last_img read more

Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

first_imgFloyd Mayweather, (47-0, 26 KOs), retained his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, along with his WBC super welterweight title, with an unimpressively dominant decision over Marcos Maidana, (35-5, 31 KOs), that had the 16,144 fans in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas booing through most of the final round. Scores were 115-112, 116-111, 116-111.Like in his only other rematch, against Jose Luis Castillo, Mayweather adjusted from the first fight by minimizing the sustained action with constant movement around the ring and grabbing his opponent when the ring was cut off.As a consequence, Maidana did not have the early success against Mayweather that he had in their first fight, which effectively sapped the fight of any drama or competitive potential. Maidana did occasionally catch Mayweather with his right hand, but unlike their first fight where Mayweather took risks in engaging Maidana against the ropes and standing in the pocket, resulting in a memorable bout, Mayweather’s primary goal this night was to avoid danger.Ironically the most discomfort Mayweather suffered in the fight was a bizarre incident in round eight where Maidana appeared to bite Mayweather’s glove that was pressing onto Maidana’s face. Referee Kenny Bayless also deducted a point from Maidana in round ten for pushing Mayweather down with a forearm to the neck.Mayweather was his usual gracious self in his postfight comments, thanking the fans and saying he could perform better.last_img read more

Verla Mae DeJarnett, 64, Wellington: Jan. 6, 1949 – Aug. 29, 2013

first_imgVerla Mae DeJarnettVerla Mae DeJarnett, age 64, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away Thursday evening, August 29, 2013 at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, KS.Verla M. (Downing) DeJarnett was born on January 6, 1949 in Wellington to Harold P. Downing and Garnett M. Greaves Downing.  She was raised in the Mayfield area and was a 1967 graduate of Wellington High School.She married Bob DeJarnett on December 30, 1967 at the First Baptist Church in Wellington. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents; and an infant sister.Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Bob DeJarnett of Wellington; two sons, Shawn DeJarnett and his wife Kristan of Wellington and Jeff DeJarnett and his wife Brigitte of Wellington; nine grandchildren, Jaden, Ben, Addyson, Baylee, Graysen, Annika, True, Elly, and London; sisters, Joyce Bowen of Sitka, AL, Betty Seagraves and her husband Dick of Mayfield, KS and Patsy DiMauro and her husband Paul of Princeton, TX; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.Funeral Services will be held at First Baptist Church on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.  Pastor John Bliss will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield, KS.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, September 2, 2013 from 1 to 8 p.m. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.Memorials have been established with the First Baptist Church and the Mayfield Community Building Fund.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more