Schenectady County DMV service leaves much to be desired

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Schenectady County Department of Motor Vehicles should be ashamed of itself. The lines are constantly out the door here compared to Troy, which also has a high volume of people. The new building is great for the people who have to sit in there for three to five hours, where for most part other departments are not only quicker in what they do for a living, but seem much more polite than the individuals who have their heads in their laps texting while dealing with you. Their operation moves slow and the workers are constantly leaving their desks for 10-15 minute bathroom breaks from what I was told. Along with that, there are 11 teller windows, but only half of them are being used. It makes no sense to me or other people that these windows don’t have employees working them. Common courtesy is one thing, but when you’re blatantly texting while a customer is in front of you, I find that to be rude and a waste of time. While recently visiting the Schenectady County DMV, a friend of one worker came in, and not only did the worker come out into lobby to meet and greet their friend, she advanced her number so she was called within five minutes of being in building. The friend of the employee walked out all in smiles, while the rest of the people in the place were pondering whether their number would ever be called. That smile was the only one I saw in my three hours at your local DMV.Nicholas SilverioNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectlast_img read more

Shutdown showed weak Trump, GOP

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn today’s America, facts are replaced by alternate facts. Claims of “fake news” distort reality with evil intent eerily similar to “lugenpresse” in 1930’s Germany.The comfortable lie is that we are a democracy that conceals the uncomfortable truth that we have one political party. This party controls all three branches in what was intended by our founding fathers to be a separation of powers and checks-and-balances government. The recent government shutdown was a picture of a destabilized America.During the Republican-orchestrated government shutdown in 2013, this is what private citizen Donald Trump said of President Obama: “A shutdown falls on the president’s lack of leadership. He can’t even control his party and get people together in a room. A shutdown means the president is weak.”The recent government shutdown not only proved Trump is a weak president by his own description, it also proved the Democrat Party lacks the courage of its convictions. And soon, it will prove whether or not the Republican Party can be trusted to put country above party.One of the primary reasons Vladimir Putin supported Donald Trump by interfering in the 2016 presidential election was that he calculated a Trump presidency would be the fastest way to destabilize the United States, thereby allowing Russia to become a dominant superpower. The recent government shutdown exposed a weak President Trump whose lack of leadership has proven Putin to be correct.John PagodaRensselaerMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Plenty of other news sources for us to trust

first_imgThe final straw came recently when you and scores of other local news anchors were forced by Sinclair management to read word-for-word a statement criticizing other outlets, along with the internet and networks not owned by them for airing “fake news.”  Sinclair is owned by David Smith, a far-right (read “wrong”) conservative billionaire who supports Trump’s agenda.  A principal executive in Sinclair was an important member of Trump’s campaign team.  At least with Fox, you know you’ll get Trump news 24/7. But Sinclair pressures the local folk we used to trust to recite its biased rhetoric. And now, they’re trying to buy many more outlets for a mere $3.9 billion.We still have a few other channels and this newspaper for local news and, for national and world news, there are still a few truthful sites. Until the Trump administration manages to destroy public radio and television, there’s WAMC and Channel 17. I listen to “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman every morning at 9 a.m. on WRPI, 91.5.  It’s available any time at Democracynow.com, and there’s the Manchester Guardian online at theguardian.com.So long, Liz. It’s been good to know you.Richard W. Lewis, Jr.GlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion My wife and I have decided not to watch CBS6-WRGB news anymore. Sorry, Liz. It’s not you. It’s the fact that you’ve been bought, along with 173 other “local” television stations throughout the United States, by mega-corporation Sinclair Communications.    last_img read more

Younger vets should join vets’ groups

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This is an open letter to all the younger veterans in the tri-city area who aren’t involved with the various veterans’ organizations in the area: I realize that you all have families to raise and other obligations, but a lot of the veterans’ groups are hurting for membership. If the younger veterans don’t get involved, then some of these organizations might not be around later in your life when you might need them.I know, because I’m a Vietnam veteran and didn’t appreciate these groups until I joined them myself. Also, when you get involved, you will learn about some benefits that might apply to you.James M. BleserSchenectadyThe writer is treasurer of Disabled American Veterans Lt. V.O. Fryer Chapter 88.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stoplast_img read more

NPC founder Gosling sets up property firm

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Penitent Church rewarded with solid performance

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Marks sparks again

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Brighton knights

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More for Moorfield

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Eight missing after speedboat carrying Dutch royal visit advance team crashes in C. Kalimantan river

first_imgAt least eight people are missing following a speedboat collision on the Sebangau River in Central Kalimantan involving members of an advance team preparing for a Dutch royal visit. Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah confirmed the incident on Monday.The team was preparing for a visit by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his delegation to the Sebangau National Park near Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan scheduled for Thursday. The national park is one of several places the Dutch king plans to visit during his four-day stay in the archipelago. “The accident occurred when the boat owned by the area’s military command hit a boat owned by the Sebangau National Park that was sailing back from the Mangkok Resort,” Faizasyah said in a statement.At least seven passengers aboard the Sebangau National Park’s boat and one passenger aboard the military command’s boat have reportedly gone missing. “We’re still searching for them,” Faizasyah added.Two staff members of the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta who were also involved in the accident have been taken to the Siloam Hospital in Palangkaraya. Meanwhile, two officers from the National Sebangau Park have been taken to the Doris Sylvanus General Hospital in Palangkaraya.“The government is following all developments regarding the accident and has taken the necessary measures in the field,” Faizasyah added.Topics :last_img read more