In regards to the Holocaust memorial proposed in Niskayuna on the Troy-Schenectady Road, I believe it is planned that the view from the street will be shielded by proposed tree plantings.That is simply an invitation for vandalism. Why not locate it in the New York State Museum in Albany instead?Accessibility is not a problem, and any potential vandalism issue is no longer an issue.Gerald DeAngelusNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
QLD Greens candidate, Kirsten Lovejoy, said renters have been “screwed over” and has introduced a radical policy that’s been labelled “ludicrous” by the property industry. Picture: Chris McCormackLANDLORDS couldn’t charge the rent they wanted to and it could take up to 12 months to evict a tenant under a Queensland Greens proposal to transform rental laws.The proposals, which were labelled, “ludicrous” by industry bodies, could also mean tenants could enforce unlimited lease terms.The proposal released by Greens candidate for McConnel, Kirsten Lovejoy, said existing laws were unfairly weighted in favour of landlords.“Renters have been screwed over for so long that they just assume this is the way it is — unfair rent hikes and evictions, unsafe and unhealthy dwellings, unable to own a pet or hang a picture, all the while not knowing if they will have to move when their lease is up in twelve or six month,” Ms Lovejoy said.“Our plan will fix the rigged system that puts the profits of real estate agents and investors over the rights and dignity of everyday Queenslanders,” she said.The Greens blueprint included proposals such as a right to remain in the property if it’s sold.“Under our plan renters will have the right to remain in their home even if the property is sold. Because as Darryl Kerrigan said in The Castle, ‘it’s not just a house, it’s a home.’” Ms Lovejoy said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoReal Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA) Queensland representative, Zoran Solano, said the proposal lacked an appreciation of existing rental laws.“Tenants have a lot of rights and they exercise their rights regularly, so I don’t think tenants are being screwed over at all. There are a lot of people out there who believe tenants have now got more power than landlords,” he said.Stakeholder concerns could be warranted given the Greens could hold the balance of power after the State Government election due to be held sometime in the next six months.Mr Solano said proposals that were a disincentive to investors would punish the property market and the Greens were trying to address a problem that didn’t exist.Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) CEO Antonia Mercorella said the Green’s proposals would decimate landlords’ rights and it was unworkable and “ludicrous’’.“It’s simply unrealistic to expect that landlords will continue to invest in real estate if they are faced with untenable arrangements that don’t allow them to protect the value of their asset and strip them of fundamental rights,” she said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at@kieranclair or on Facebook at Kieran Clair — journo
Authorities in Henderson County have charged a mother with attempted first-degree murder after she reportedly threw her baby down a ravine and told police that the child had been abducted.35-year-old Krista Noelle Madden is scheduled to appear in court Friday after the child was found safe at the bottom of the ravine.According to the report, authorities received a call about the possible kidnapping of a mother and her 7-week-old baby. After releasing a description of a couple wearing ski masks who were reportedly involved in the kidnapping, authorities began tracking Madden’s cellphone. The cellphone led investigators straight to Madden and her reportedly stolen vehicle.Madden then told police that she’d just escaped the kidnapping but that the suspects still had her daughter.About an hour after finding Madden authorities received a phone call from a woman who lived in the area where Madden was located, stating that she found a baby abandon.According to the witness, she found the child at the end of the ravine while she was checking her mail around 6:00 pm.After an investigation, authorities reported that they believe Madden may have thrown her daughter and her car seat into a ravine then ditched her vehicle and walked down the street to the Barnwell Baptist Church where she told a man that she and her baby had been kidnapped. That man then called them.While Madden did not admit to ditching her daughter and lying about the kidnapping, authorities say her story gave them all the clues they needed:“She did provide enough information about her involvement that gave us the probable cause that working with junction with the district attorney as we made contact and came to the conclusion we would move ahead with the attempted murder charge,” said Sheriff Griffin in a press conference Friday morning.Officials reported that the baby is in “very good” condition considering being thrown into the ravine and falling out of the car seat.Madden was initially taken to a hospital where she was evaluated before being taken to jail where she is being held on $750,000 bond.
Family artistry can be transmitted genetically, some believe; just ask JD Donzo and his kinfolk Switch Kabbah. It is rare to see Liberian families with music as the common denominator still having time for family reunions and dinners. One family does that, proving that music runs in their blood, naturally.Meet Alvin Akoi Kabbah, also known as Switch, JD Donzo’s cousin. He came into the music scene more than a decade ago, the boom-bap in the background while Donzo ‘kick it.’ Today, he sings and raps alongside his brethren; the two have become a notable pair in the USA.Since Donzo left Liberia for the Liberian Music Awards in 2014, the two ‘brothers’ have done hundreds of shows, performed at functions and concerts all under the name of brotherly love.“My mom and dad were musically involved, my father being on the reggae music scene in Liberia,” said Switch Kabbah. Switch is known for hits like “Shake it for me” featuring Donzo, “My mother” featuring Eazy and Zig Zag and “Togar Cogar” a song that plays at every wedding reception and function across the Liberian community in America.Meanwhile, Switch is expected in Liberia next week to get a taste of what he’s been missing since he left here over 15 years ago. He also wants to establish the same foundation Donzo instituted before going abroad.“It’s better to go back where you started from and also to re-carve with all the artists and to create something great beyond expectations, something that will inspire other artists around the world. I love music; I respect music and fear it as well. I don’t sing just for the joy of it, but because it makes a difference and changes lives for other people who are going through something,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)