Israel honors victims by refusing to yieldSadly, Matt Oill and others of his ilk overlook the terrorist actions of the Palestinians: rockets into residential areas, suicide bombers, and, yes, raising their children to hate Israel and throw rocks and worse. Israel is reactive, not proactive. Hamas and other Palestinians attack Israel, including but not limited to peaceful citizens on buses, in cafes and in their homes. And their leaders misdirect funds and materials designed to improve the lot of their citizens, not only for rockets and bombs, but to build tunnels into Israel for kidnappings and attacks, with cement that could have built schools, hospitals and homes. These are funds that could have fed citizens and created jobs.If the Palestinians were to recognize Israel’s right to exist and stop their aggression, they could live in peace with Israel and all could prosper.The Holocaust gave rise to the expression “Never again.” Israel honors those who were murdered by refusing to yield to those who would destroy it, those who would destroy the only true democracy in the Middle East, where citizens of all faiths can live in peace if only allowed to do so.Bruce S. TrachtenbergNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPut Liberty back, fix local traffic patternsEnough. Put Lady Liberty back on her pedestal.Mess around with the disaster that is the Eastbound Western Gateway Sidewalk wall/view stopper/dirt cyclone generator. Or, the idiocy that is the eastbound traffic from Washington Avenue attempting to move left, contending with three lanes of commuters and then clashing with the exiting GE/Mont Pleasant traffic off I-890 as that traffic descends, out of the sky, into a blind spot, with the intention of moving to a right-hand lane. All the while traveling, at varying speed, around a tight curve.I have at least six more suggestions for a remedial civil engineering class at Union, RPI, or HVCC to work on, if anyone cares.Dick CurtisSchenectady World is less better without Frank DuciThe world is a less better place with the loss of Frank Duci. I used to work with him downtown in GE in Building 55, and he always had a smile for everyone.I found him to be a man of his word. I used to play in a softball league when they had the diamonds in the park. They were in pretty bad shape. So I asked him if the city could do anything about them.He made a date with me to go and look at them. It was a super-hot day, but he said he would go. So he did, and he took his time and looked at all the fields. The next thing I knew, they were being repaired and much better to play on.When they were talking about limiting dogs to three per household, I explained to him that I had a state license that allowed me to have up to 10 dogs. So he invited me to the next town meeting that was to discuss the issue. The town dog catcher was there and she insisted that dogs cause dirt and cockroaches. I told her to come to my house and if she could find one cockroach, I would give her a year of my salary.Frank had the limit instituted and excepted individuals with state licenses.He was a really great guy and looked out for the people, especially the little guy. Like I said, the world is a less better place without him and too bad there aren’t more like him.He was always easy to reach if you needed to talk to him. Now with some people, they are just too busy to be bothered. So, all I can say is rest in peace, Frank.Wanda HunterSchenectady Thanks to stranger who helped with tireOn May 16, the tire pressure light went on as I was taking my granddaughters to dinner. I stopped at Stewart’s on upper Union Street to fix the problem. As I was finishing, a man offered to check the tires with his gauge. I was so thankful for the help. It is heartwarming to know that this stranger was willing to take the time to help me.Valerie SantoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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 motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Mrs. Juanita Ann (Brown) Richards, age 67, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on January 16, 1949, in Madison, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Carl Clayton and Hazel Gertrude (Carver) Brown. She was raised in Switzerland County where she was a 1967 graduate of the Switzerland County High School. Juanita earned her License Practical Nursing Degree in 1970 from Valdosta Technical University in Valdosta, Georgia. After graduation at 11:00 p.m., Juanita was employed where she served as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Emergency Room at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana. Juanita was united in marriage on April 16, 1980 at the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana, to the late, Ricky D. Hinman. Juanita and Ricky shared nearly 10 years of marriage together until Ricky passed away on January 2, 1990. Juanita was later united in marriage on October 1, 1994, on their Chapel Ridge Farm to Robert H. “Bobby” Richards. Juanita and Bobby shared nearly 22 years of marriage together until her death. In February 2011, Juanita was presented with a plaque for serving 40 years of dedication as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital. She was a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana. Juanita enjoyed traveling and crocheting and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Juanita passed away at 11:38 pm, Sunday, April 10, 2016, at her residence in Vevay, Indiana.Juanita will be dearly missed by her loving husband of nearly 22 years: Robert H. “Bobby” Richards of Vevay, IN; her sons: Dale Richards & his companion: Lynn Schmatz of Vevay, IN, Troy Richards & his wife: Georgia of Vevay, IN, Shane Richards & his wife: Crystal of Carrollton, KY, Todd Richards & his wife: Tracie of Kent, IN & T.J. Richards & his wife: Natasha of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren: Bryan Levell, Justin Levell, Joey Richards, Jaclyn Richards Riley, Matthew Richards, Michael Hall, Brett Hall, Taylor Rowlett, Kassandra Richards, Gabriella Vaught, Chase Rowlett, Zachary Richards, Shalynn Richards, Ty Richards, Teegan Richards & R.J. Cunningham; her great-grandchildren: Carter Levell, Ashton Levell & Kahleigh Riley & her brother: Gordon Brown & his wife: Deanne of Maryland Heights, MO.She was preceded in death by her parents: Carl Clayton Brown, died August 21, 1989 & Hazel Gertrude (Carver) Brown, died August 2, 2010; her 1st husband: Ricky D. Hinman, died January 2, 1990; her paternal grandparents: Anthony Aaron Pete & Rosa Belle (Himelhauer) Brown; her maternal grandparents: Everett Kelso & Marie Gertrude (Cochran) Carver & her cousin: Naomi Blanche Pettit.Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Ron Lee at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Chapel Ridge Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Moorefield Community Fire Department, Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department or to the Switzerland Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.
In desperate need of a win at the halfway point in the regular season, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team looks to take down in-state rival UW-Green Bay Tuesday night.Currently riding a seven-game winless streak, Wisconsin (1-7-1 overall, 0-3-0 conference) see rival Green Bay (3-4-3 overall, 0-1-1 conference) as a prime opportunity to get a much-needed win and possibly turn the season around before it’s too late.That win won’t come easy for the Badgers though, as any rivalry game proves to be a tough test for both teams regardless of the records they have posted.“It’s another derby,” UW head coach John Trask said. “Green Bay verse Wisconsin in any sport is going to be a derby. With that said, it’s going to be a tough test and we expect to see their best tomorrow. You can throw out the records of the two teams, as it’s going to be a derby between two in-state schools.”With the current struggles this UW team is facing, Trask has had to make some adjustments on both sides of the ball.One key adjustment he recently made was moving junior defender Adam Lauko deeper into the backline as an anchor of the Badger defense. Trask had previously placed Lauko in a role that was between the midfield and the backline.With Lauko now in a position he is more comfortable playing, as that is where he played in his first two years at Wisconsin, it not only has had a positive impact on Lauko, but also on the team overall.“It’s a more natural position for him so I think just having that bit of continuity for him in back really helped both him and the team,” senior defender David Caban said.“It’s definitely easier for him to communicate back there. With having him back there, he was calmer, which made the team more calm, and it definitely looked more natural for him.”Having Lauko back as part of UW’s backline is sure to increase the strength of an already strong Badger line of defense.Strong backline play will be needed as Green Bay is bringing a very strong offensive attack into McClimon Soccer Complex lead by lethal goal scorer, sophomore midfielder Audi Jepson. Jepson currently has nine of his team’s 19 goals this season, and he, along with the rest of the Green Bay attack, will be a challenge to contain.Regardless, Caban believes that the team just needs to stay the course and that the adjustments the team has made will work in Wisconsin’s favor.“Regarding their attack, I think we just have to come out focused and stay disciplined,” Caban said. “They are definitely going to come out hard. As an in-state rival, there is always that extra emphasis on trying to get a win. It will be huge for us to match their intensity, and having a guy like Lauko on the back line and more guys in their natural spots will definitely make things come easier for us.”On the other side of the ball, the Badgers have struggled as of late. Offensively, they have only scored one goal in their last three games, but the opportunities have still been there.With that said, the team is looking to simply continue what they have been doing. The biggest change the offense has to make is converting on those opportunities when they become available.“I think we are still trying to stay the course and look to convert,” freshman forward Tom Barlow said. “The ball hasn’t found the back of the net for us these past few games, but with the goal last game hopefully we can get on some kind of roll now. We have been doing a fine job of getting it forward and creating some good chances. Now it’s just about getting it to the back of the net.”It is approaching desperation time for this Badger team, but with the adjustments they have made, they remain optimistic. Green Bay will be a tough challenge to face, but there is no reason why Trask and his team don’t believe they can walk away with a win on Tuesday night.“I know they brought in a lot of new recruits and feel very good about them,” Trask said. “They’re going to have a different look than from when we played them last year, or even in the spring. They’re going to present some problems for us; there isn’t a team in college soccer that wouldn’t present some problems for us. We just have to be ready for it.”The Badgers will hit the pitch against the Phoenix Tuesday night at 7 P.M. at McClimon Soccer Complex.