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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, April 28

first_imgBarr is a disgrace as U.S. attorney generalHow low can we set the “Barr” for the Trump presidency? I have come to accept the fact that many Americans are surrendering their values to support a man whose policies do not always align or fall on the side of decency.This level of support for a president whose motives are driven by narcissism is pervasive. For example, a Florida voter stated that “Trump is a despicable human being, but I will vote from him.” However, the most disturbing illustration of this support is the performance of Attorney General William Barr. As Will Rogers said (for those that know who Will Rogers was), “All I know is what I read in the newspapers.”So about a year or so has gone by and no movement on a Holocaust memorial. At least no mention of it in The Gazette.We have people rallying for a thousand workers of St. Clare’s. We have Gazette writers extolling the virtues of eliminating plastic straws. However, we have nothing about the 6 million-plus who died in the 1940s and the millions who have since been slaughtered. Even with last week’s killing of Christians in Sri Lanka, there’s no movement on a memorial. Come on Niskayuna. Come on Schenectady. Make a mark. Show the state that this is an important issue and get it done. As was stated in the movie “Field of Dreams,” if you build it, they will come.Bob NicolellaScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWaiting for action on Holocaust memorial Mueller witch hunt a waste of time, moneyThe Mueller report is out at last.  Replace songs with sound of sleigh bellsEaster has past and spring is sprung. One of the rituals of the warming season is the roving ice cream truck.Do they really need to continuously play irritating ditties that can drive people within hearing range to exasperation?center_img Well, after a couple years of serious political theater, the report is out. Of course, the Democrats want more. I knew that was going to happen, they have to have some nonsense to impress their less than astute followers. How much has this partisan nonsense cost the taxpayers and what has it done?The usual people are bloviating about it wholesale.Talk about a witch hunt or Kangaroo court. For what it’s worth, I think the Democratic National Committee (DNC) owes us the cost of all this waste of time and money and move on to something the taxpayers of this country want and not all the leftist, commie, progressive things they seem to be so proud of.Oh, I cannot forget the other half of this debacle, that is the so-called “fair and balanced media” that really is the rabble-rousing publicity-raising arm of the DNC.If the “fair and balanced media” had spent one-tenth of the time and money spent in persecuting Trump and done its job, we never would have been stuck with Obama; he never would have gotten the nomination.Same for the goddess of the media, Hillary. She would be in jail for all she has done. Benghazi, her so-called foundation, the nonsense of missing Haiti money, violating secrecy of important items, are just a few things.David G. DeMarcoHadleyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? I’m horrified that Barr, who was appointed by Trump as the 85th United States attorney general, has morphed into his personal attorney. We all know that he publicly auditioned for the job of attorney general by telling Donald Trump what he wanted to hear. This occurred in Barr’s 2017 op-ed defending Trump’s decision on the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Again, in 2018, Barr wrote another defense of the president stating that, “The chief executive is lawfully empowered to interfere with investigations and fire inferiors.” Possibly as a private citizen, Barr’s intense support of Trump occurred with the promise of a role in the administration. Were his memos totally unsolicited or was there a sinister plot to hire Barr with the goal of protecting Trump? Regardless of the circumstances that brought Barr to the role of the attorney general, he has forever tainted and dishonored the office of United States attorney general.  Maxine BrisportRotterdam As a youngster in New York City, the ice cream man had a simple set of sleigh bells activated by pulling a cord. Everyone within hearing knew what those sleigh bells meant and where the truck was parked. The bells even conjured up the cooling image of a cold cone or Popsicle, all without assaulting our ears with an ear worm that infests our minds for hours to come.Surely, the Mister Ding-a-Ling trucks and the like could install a sleigh bell sound in place of interminable repetitions of “It’s a Small World.” Sitting outdoors would be so much more pleasant.Thomas P. HerrmannCharltonlast_img read more


Feghouli, Medjani out of Algeria Squad

first_imgMidfielder Sofiane Feghouli was a surprise omission as Algeria named their 23-man squad on Saturday for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon.Algeria, among the pre-tournament favourites, also left out Carl Medjani, who has been a consistent choice since his debut in 2010.Feghouli has featured in just seven league games for his club West Ham United this season and been the subject of speculation over a move back to France. The choices by coach George Leekens came after just one match in charge for the veteran Belgian trainer, appointed only last month after Algeria’s poor start to the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.He included uncapped 21-year-old Rennes defender Ramy Bensebaini in his squad who will warm-up with two friendlies against Mauritania next week before heading to the tournament.Algeria open their tournament against Zimbabwe in Franceville on January 15 and also meet Tunisia and Senegal in Group B.Squad:Goalkeepers: Malik Asselah (JS Kabylie), Rais Mbolhi (Antalyaspor), Chemseddine Rahmani (MO Bejaia)Defenders: Hicham Belkaroui (Esperance), Mokhtar Belkhiter (Club Africain), Ramy Bensebaini (Stade Rennes), Mohamed Benyahia (USM Alger), Liassine Cadamuro (Servette Geneva), Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli), Aissa Mandi (Real Betis), Mohamed Rabie Meftah (USM Alger), Djamel Mesbah (Crotone)Midfielders: Mehdi Abeid (Dijon), Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke 04), Yassine Brahimi (FC Porto), Rachid Ghezzal (Olympique Lyonnais), Adlene Guedioura (Watford), Saphir Taider (Bologna)Forwards: Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd), Sofiane Hanni (Anderlecht), Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani (both Leicester City), El Arabi Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Syracuse turns to ‘Okie’ package for 2 full possessions in loss to Maryland

first_img Published on September 22, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse It looked like the start of a really bad trend for Syracuse. Maryland’s first drive of the game lasted five plays and ended in a 25-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Brown to Marcus Leak. Then Brown threw a bubble screen to Brandon Ross on the second play of the next drive and Ross ran 90 yards into the end zone. Two drives, two big plays, two scores. Naturally, Syracuse made a defensive shift. “That 3-3-5 allows the blitz to do a lot more,” senior linebacker Cameron Lynch said.On the Terrapins’ third possession, SU switched to a 3-3-5 — its “Okie” package — to put more speed on the field and pressure Brown in the backfield. It only used the Okie on two possessions, Maryland’s third and fourth, in an eventual 34-20 loss on Saturday afternoon, one resulting in a three-and-out and the other in a UMD field goal. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSave a late field goal, Syracuse nearly blanked the Terrapins in the second half and didn’t need the Okie package to do so. But the two possessions showed benefits and pitfalls of the alternative set. “They’re a vertical team,” safety Darius Kelly said of the Terrapins. “We want to have more (defensive backs) on the field to stop the pass. That was one of the emphases with Okie.”The Okie package puts three defensive linemen on the line of scrimmage, three linebackers in the box and five defensive backs on the field. The Syracuse defense began Maryland’s third possession in a base set. After Stefon Diggs beat Durell Eskridge downfield and Brown just barely overthrew him, the Orange subbed safety Darius Kelly into the game for nose tackle Eric Crume to add speed in the secondary. Kelly became the third safety with Ritchy Desir and Durell Eskridge. Ron Thompson, Micah Robinson and Robert Welsh were on the line, Lynch, Marqez Hodge and Josh Kirkland were the linebackers and Brandon Reddish and Julian Whigham were at cornerback. In the next two plays, Ross rushed for 2 yards and then Lynch sacked Brown for a 5-yard loss. It was one of three times that the Terrapins went three-and-out in the game.On Maryland’s next possession, the Terrapins counteracted the Okie by allowing a blitz from the left side and throwing behind it. Syracuse overloaded that side of the ball and it appeared that linebackers Lynch and Luke Arciniega had a free run at Brown while Maryland guard Andrew Zeller moved into the second level. But Brown got rid of the ball just in time and hit Deon Long for a screen pass. Zeller blocked Desir, allowing Long to collect 13 yards. This wrinkle from the Terrapins exposed a weakness in the fast and pressuring package. But the two possessions showed that the Orange has an option if it can’t slow an offense down, even if it’s only usable in certain situations. Syracuse has sporadically used the Okie in third-and-long, but used it as a primary package to hedge the Terrapins’ athleticism. “You’ve got to win first and second down to get in those positions,” defensive line coach Tim Daoust said. “We start to win first and second downs, we can get in those positions. If we don’t do that, then that personnel can’t get on the field.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more