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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Feb. 28

first_imgProvide actual cost of trash disposalWhile remembering radio newscaster Paul Harvey, the residents and taxpayers of Montgomery County are waiting to hear, “The Rest of the Story.”A few years back, Montgomery County and Fulton County entered into an agreement whereby Montgomery County could ship its trash and refuse to the Fulton County landfill at a very respectable rate.GottaDo Contracting would do the haulage. One of the “common-sense” stipulations that Fulton County required was that Montgomery County not bring into the deal garbage from outside the county.Unable to resist a money-making scheme by doing just that, tens of thousands of tons of excess garbage went from Montgomery County to the Fulton County landfill. Why do immigrants here illegally come before Americans? Why are immigrants here illegally protected while Americans are killed by many who have been deported with criminal records?Why are these immigrants allowed to come here and overcrowd our schools, hurting their time with teachers that they need and deserve? This is extremely unfair to students and teachers.Why do immigrants in the country illegally receive welfare benefits, free medical, free food stamps, and housing at Americans’ expense?Every Democrat/liberal who supports open borders and letting all undocumented immigrants in should have their addresses and phone numbers published so they can stay with them. They should also have all fences taken down from their property and locks removed from houses.How many more Americans or people here legally have to die at the hands of undocumented immigrants? One is too many.The Left is so concerned with separation of kids from their families temporarily. Where is the concern for the permanent separation of those killed by immigrants here illegally? There is none. Attorneys general, governors and mayors are supposed to uphold laws. Why do they protect immigrants who are here illegally?Bonnie DeckerRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Eventually apparently Fulton County caught on to what was happening and shut down the deal with Montgomery County. Montgomery County had to find another home for its trash. It did, in the Seneca Meadows landfill, some 100 miles away. GottaDo Contracting was brought in to do the haulage.Here’s the rub. Montgomery County legislators and County Executive Matt Ossenfort are falling over themselves explaining the great deal they got to haul the trash. What they are not telling us is what it costs to dump the garbage in Seneca Meadows. The numbers posted in the newspapers are not the true cost of getting rid of our garbage.Give us the complete story, with all the numbers, so we can make a true evaluation as to what our so-called representatives are doing, or not doing in Fonda.Mr. Ossenfort, it’s time to come clean with Montgomery County’s Garbage-gate.Earl F. SpencerCanajoharie No special treatment for undocumentedWhy do Democrats and liberals hate America and Americans?center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSeparatists just pandering to baseI was disheartened recently to see Sens. Jim Tedisco and Daphne Jordan pull out the fear and divisive Trump card by announcing it may be time to break up the great state of New York.Does this mean that if several states in the Midwest decided they don’t agree with the urban populations of the East and West coasts, they should be encouraged to separate from the Union and form a different country?This antic is sickening and a further way to divide us. These politicians know this separatist’s cry will not work economically, but are using it as a way to only pacify their base, not unite this state.As my beloved seventh-grade social studies teacher once told me: Stay engaged, stay involved, stay informed. That’s how a democracy works. It wasn’t too long ago when we had a Republican governor. But since, the party has been in disarray. And instead of reorganizing and getting qualified candidates to run, they revert to fear mongering, separatists’ antics. How disheartening and disappointing of my representatives.Aaron HullNiskayunalast_img read more

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Wynnum’s ‘ensuite without walls’ house flush with fans not bidders

first_imgLead agent Joseph Lordi had no time for pizza. He was on the go throughout the auction.Auctioneer Justin Nickerson delayed the start by five minutes but was forced to begin the auction at 7.05pm with just one of the expected three registered bidders in attendance. What overseas buyers want in these Aussie homes “It was a tough one,” Mr Lordi said afterwards.“Two bidders would have created competition but the second bidder came late.”The property passed in at $1.9 million and is now for sale with offers over $2 million invited. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIslands for sale around Australia00:55 This house was at the centre of a social media frenzy after its ensuite without walls was revealed.The Brisbane house auction that gained international attention last month for its polarising ensuite bathroom with no walls. It also drew quite a crowd to its open inspections and auction, but the strong interest didn’t stop the home from receiving a harsh reality check.The Wynnum home became a huge talking point after it went viral on social media, leading to much hype and big crowds at the auction, but those who gathered hoping to see a happy ending instead saw the home fail to find a buyer. MORE: Buyers flocking back to the market at ‘unprecedented’ levels Aussie islands for sale that are cheaper than a house How to lasso yourself an outback bargain More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoAuctioneer Justin Nickerson made the most of his captive audience to introduce the auction of 18 Alverna Close, Wynnum.“With three bathrooms, there’ll be an absence of morning queues,” he said by way of introduction.It wasn’t the bathroom queues that had created a frenzy on Twitter over the past month, but rather the lack of bathroom walls, with the ensuite toilet, bath and shower having uninterrupted views of the wall-mounted TV, bed and backyard. MORE: Bidders stunned by dance duo’s auction windfall This is the photo that went viral on Twitter.The social media frenzy around the home’s viral tweet attracted attention from over 100,000 people on Twitter.“Anyone with children knows that the walls and doors of the ensuite is the closest thing a parent has to a fully armoured panic room.” said @AnOldWombat from Queensland.The woman with paddle number eight made a quick opening bid of $1.5 million and then one of the neighbourhood children made a move.“Are you winking at me young man?” Mr Nickerson asked.“There’ll be no pocket money for you for the next five years.”This was to be the last attempt at crowd jollying. The auction paused and negotiations moved behind closed doors. Troy Williamson at his newly renovated house in Wynnum where the master bedroom has an ensuite with no walls. Picture: Annette Dew.The auction only attracted two bidders, one who arrived 15 minutes after the auction started.The home ultimately passed in for $1.9 millionA ‘community event’ was created around the auction of 18 Alverna Close, Wynnum, earlier this month with wine and pizza being served to more than 40 people who came for the 7pm start. Pizza and a movie in the home cinema would have been good while the crowd waited for a result.“He’s arrived!” Queensland Sotheby’s International agent Joseph Lordi announced as the second bidder made an entrance at 7.15pm.The auction resumed with an increased bid of $1.8 million but the second bidder, a high school teacher with his own open ensuite at home didn’t lift his paddle and the auction paused again, this time for over an hour.last_img read more

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Sharapova vows to ‘rise up again’ after French Open snub

first_img(REUTERS) – Maria Sharapova said yesterday she remains fully committed to making a successful comeback from her doping ban following a decision by the French Open to deny her a wild card entry.Sharapova was widely expected to be fast-tracked into the year’s second grand slam tournament, which she has won twice, but the French Tennis Federation (FFT) took the unexpected decision on Tuesday to refuse her entry.“If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, every day,” Sharapova said on Twitter yesterday.“No words, games, or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”Sharapova’s return from a 15-month ban has split opinion in tennis circles, with some players arguing she is being given special treatment after receiving wild cards for tournaments in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome.Accepting the decision to bar her from the French Open without rancour would give the Russian a chance to rise above the furore, according to former world number three Pam Shriver.Shriver said Sharapova needed to come to terms with what had happened and turn her attention to preparing for Wimbledon, where she is already one of the bookmakers’ favourites for the title.“She’s smart and savvy,” Shriver, who won 21 grand slam women’s doubles titles, said on ESPN. “She needs to take a step back and reconcile that her return to major tennis is going to have to wait and not be bitter about it.“It’s a chance to be above it all and complimentary.”Sharapova tested positive for heart disease drug meldonium at last year’s Australian Open.The Russian said she had taken the drug “legally” throughout her career to treat medical conditions and had not realised it had been added to WADA’s banned list a few weeks before the tournament began.She was initially banned for two years but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the suspension to 15 months on appeal after finding she was not an “intentional doper” .The five-time Grand Slam champion, one of the sport’s biggest names, is guaranteed a place in the Wimbledon qualifying event but will need a wild card to get straight into the main draw at the All England Club.last_img read more

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