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Today, many, many folks (too many, in my book) are plied with psychotropic, mind-altering drugs, of which little is known as to the effects. After all, the bottle states, “Do not drive or operate dangerous equipment while on this medication.” Hmmmm?Vehicles, driven while under the influence/drugs/alcohol, are the most dangerous of all. One never finds out what these drivers were on or were supposed to be on — an unfortunate accident. Alcohol is mentioned if drunk driving is involved. Drugs? Never or seldom mentioned. Texting? Hmmmm?It seems to me that these killers should be checked for what medications are in their bodies and this information should be released to the public for discussion. Of late, the over-prescription of pain meds are a tremendous problem and all kept under the wraps of doctor and patient confidentiality. In my book, it seems, it’s kind of like the fox being in charge of the chicken coop.The huge pharmaceutical industry in this country should be held responsible, in some way, for its indiscretions in pursuit of profits. Where the hell is common sense?Leonard MullerGreenfield Center Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion What? Again? Some stupid individual killed a bunch of folks, in a church no less? What in hell is wrong in this country? These things have happened in the past, but not with the frequency of late.Crimes of passion have been around forever. I guess it’s a very negative part of our human nature. But that usually doesn’t involve wanton, multiple killing of innocents. What is happening? Guns? Drugs? It used to be that folks were taught right from early youth a vast respect for firearms. I was.My friends and classmates were. Dangerous things, these tools of sporting/practice/hunting/self protection and war. It seems today that much of the media portrays guns in a horrific shoot’em up manner. (Of course, in my day, Western shoot-ups were a TV staple.) More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: 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? read more
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI used to envy my friend in Portland, Ore. She could recycle so much more than my community allowed in any of the places where we lived. Now, recycling options are dwindling even there. The reason, according to www.waste360.com, is that China has adopted new standards in the materials they will accept from the rest of the world. The U.S. exports about one-third of its recycling, and nearly half of that goes to China. Now, because the materials are being looked at as too dirty or even hazardous, they have made the decision not to accept it for their own environmental and health reasons.When you are shopping for the holidays, try to make your vision: “reduce, reuse and recycle.” Or buy second-hand. Think about the items you are buying. Consider if they are necessary and take a good look at the packaging. If you have a choice, buy the ones with the least packaging or those in recycled packages. Bring reusable bags to the store with you. You can take them to the hardware store, bookstore or big box store, as well as grocery stores. Think about giving reusable bags as gifts this year. You can never have too many. And wrap in something fun like newspaper or fabric.Maybe Oregon is the “canary in the coal mine,” and the rest of our nation of recyclers could be next. This will affect local landfills. So if that is your concern, please shop wisely because our land and environment are too important to become garbage dumps.Florence CarnahanSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to online read more
Here are some questions for the taxpayers and legislators of New York state. What do you think is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s motives are for all these trips to Puerto Rico? Is he allowed to use New York states’ resources, including money, manpower and air transportation, without questions as to who funded these trips? Is there no ethics committee with any guts to question his spending taxpayers’ funds without authorization or file charges against him? Finally, could it be that New York state has a large Puerto Rican population in our state and Cuomo’s using our resources to further his political ambitions? Either way, there must be checks and balances and accountability even for the self-appointed king of New York. Question is, where is it?Rick SplawnikAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion read more
Property shares are looking much better value than physical property and there is a need for consolidation in the sector with too many companies and liquidity only in the leading stocks.This is the sort of property analyst’s message that the industry has become used to in the 1990s. But the same message was being heard 50 years ago when Warburg (then known as Hurst-Brown, Buckmaster and Peter Hicks) began property research.Warburg’s first note, which came out in January 1949, was re-published this week to celebrate the broker’s 50 years of research and the retirement of head analyst Roger Moore after 25 years.Moore was arguably the doyen of property analysts and, until recently, was voted the best in the sector every year.Fifty years ago, there were 132 quoted property companies – roughly the same number as today.‘Very little changes over the cycles other than the names of companies and personalities,’ concludes Moore.‘Property will always be a sector prone to feast or famine and one in which fortunes can be made with little equity capital outlay won or lost. History shows that the shrewd investor cystallises or consolidates gains but those who become so intoxicated by their success that they begin to think they are infallible often lose their fortunes in cataclysmic fashion.’ read more
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