Won’t watch NFL over anthem protests

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSince 1948, I have been a die-hard New York Giants fan. That was the year the Giants acquired Charlie Conerly from the Washington Redskins. Sunday was the best day of the week during football season, and I proudly watched every game, cheering on my team, wearing my Giants sweatshirt that I refused to wash because it would wash away their luck of winning the game.That was until the day Giants players didn’t stand for the national anthem. That day was the end of my football season. I was so disgusted and hurt by that display of disrespect toward our country that it brought tears to my eyes. It was beyond my comprehension. I never thought my Giants would display such hatred toward America — the America that provides them with the freedoms and economic success they enjoy today.For me, I find this behavior unacceptable and I will not support it. Additionally, the NFL franchise owners’ reaction to not televise the playing of the national anthem is just as unacceptable.So until Americans like me, who just want to watch talented athletes perform on the field and not feel we are betraying our country, I will not be, nor have not been, watching any games or purchasing any items from their sponsors.George J. Kot Jr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Anti-union group hurts all workers

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Uniform Law Commission estimates that 150,000 to 200,000 employees are wrongfully discharged each year as a result of being employed at will without legally protected rights that unions demand for their members. The charge for this protection, called dues, is a tiny fraction of a penny on the dollar compared to a wrongful discharge.Mark Janus, the plaintiff in the case Janus v. AFSCME, does not feel he should be required to pay union dues, hence the suit against his union, the American Federation of state, county, and municipal employees.Did you know that Mr. Janus’s legal fees are being paid in part by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc. (NRTW). The NRTW’s mission, according to its website, is to “eliminate union power through strategic litigation, public information and education programs.”On the same website, they state that they do not defend workers who feel they have been victimized by employment at will. So the question to be asked of NRTW is, “What happens when unions lose power, leaving us all at-will employees without legally protected rights?”Frank ColemanScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

GUEST COLUMN: King’s forgotten legacy? The fight for economic justice

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Daily GazetteEach January, the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission’s MLK Coalition and all Americans join together to honor the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, Jr.In 2018, marked the 50th anniversary of that tragic day on which Dr. King’s life was taken, making this a fitting opportunity as we are in a new decade and our in critical times in our nation to reflect upon some of the most important principles that Dr. King fought for-those of liberty, peace, equality and justice for all. Last year marked the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was born on Jan. 15, 1929.Dr. King was dedicated to achieving his vision of civil rights for all people and his voice and words were heard by millions across our great nation and the world. He was committed to human rights, civil rights and social justice and had a determination to follow a course of social change through non-violent means and which cost him his life for us to have the human rights and civil rights we have in America today. The King we rarely talk about fought to remake America’s political and economic system from the ground up.Fifty years after he was assassinated in Memphis and celebrating his 90th birthday, I pose a question to you: How should we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Dr. King has been primarily positively portrayed through his magnificent “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.King called on America to live up to its historic ideals of equal rights, in which all people would be defined by the “content of their character” and not the color of their skin. One major failing in how we remember King is our typing of him as a civil rights leader, the activist and pastor. However, we do not type him as a Baptist pastor, preacher, theologian and scholar.But King offered just such an analysis. Remembering King’s unfinished fight for economic justice, broadly conceived, might help us to better understand the relevance of his legacy to us today.It might help us to realize that King’s moral discourse about the gap between the “haves and the have-nots” resulted from his role in the labor movement as well as in the civil rights movement. The nation may honor him now, but we should also remember the right-wing crusade against him in his own time as he sought just alternatives to America’s exploitative racial capitalism. How we remember King matters.It helps us to see where we have been and to understand King’s unfinished agenda for our own times and generations to come. Ang A. Morris is executive director of the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: 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 censuscenter_img We know him as a civil rights advocate, but he also waged a lifelong struggle for economic justice and the empowerment of poor and working-class people of all colors.Beyond his dream of civil rights lay a demand that every person have the right to vote, adequate food, education, a decent job and income and housing. In the months before he traveled to Memphis in 1968 to participate in a garbage-workers’ strike and was assassinated, King had been crisscrossing the country for weeks, promoting a multi-racial coalition to pressure Congress to reallocate money from the Vietnam War to money for human needs.In a speech dated March 10, 1968, which took place in New York City, King said:“One America is flowing with the milk of prosperity and honey of equality and that America is the habitat of millions of people who have food and materials necessities for their bodies, culture and education for their minds, freedom and human dignity for their spirits.“But as painfully aware of the fact that there is another America, and that other America has daily ugliness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope with the fatigue of despair” King called it the “Poor People’s Campaign,” and it promoted an “economic bill of rights for all Americans,” which included five pillars: a meaningful job at a living wage; a secure and adequate  income; access to land; access to capital, especially for poor people and minorities; and the ability for ordinary people to “play a truly significant role” in the government. In 2020, when “everything decent and fair in American life” is under threat, as King also said it was during his time, we might do well to remember his fight for economic justice as part of King’s dream for a better America that was all encompassing. last_img read more

Great Portland joins chase to buy back expensive bonds

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Get out of out-of-town

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South Manc hits office space low

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Valuation office defeated in 10-year business rates fight

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End of an era for Chartwell

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Eade on: Holding the Fort

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Pru to reduce Thames Valley exposure to minimise risks

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