Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 9

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionUnwanted gifts can hurt environmentDid you know that many perfectly good returned online products are actually sent directly to landfills instead of being repackaged for sale?Due to the ease of free online returns, we’re tempted to buy more than needed and then return the wrong sizes, etc.The problem is the companies then need to inspect the item for potential damage, and it’s cheaper to just throw the item away than foot the bill for inspecting the product.Did you spill on it? Did you wrinkle it? Is there hidden damage? It’s easier just to trash the item than to actually put it back on shelves.Reports in France and Germany, for example, show new items, including diapers, toys, washing machines, smartphones and furniture, are simply being destroyed.Some of the European countries are now working on banning the destruction of unsold goods.So what can we do? Be a smart consumer. Look at the company you’re supporting. How do they handle returned merchandise? Talk to them. Companies listen to their customers. Encourage them to donate and recycle returns.Some companies such as Best Buy, Dell, and REI actually sell refurbished and returned goods deeply discounted. Rethink how much you purchase. Do we need so much “stuff?” Donate or swap items instead of sending them back to the retailer. Items can find a way to a good home instead of a landfill this way.Caroline BrooksScotiaLove doesn’t justify assisting in murderIn response to Jill McGrath’s Dec. 26 letter (“Don’t discount love in assisted suicides”), my response is that her ex-husband would not qualify under the pending bill because he can no longer freely choose suicide. The legislation would have to be expanded to allow another person to request his suicide.For any person to request death for another is akin to contract murder, and the bill title should first be changed from physician-assisted suicide to physician-assisted murder.As a young child, I lived under a dictator who instigated the killing of millions of people in order to cure what he perceived to be societal ills. This must never, ever happen again. Yet, in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lauded abortion expansion act does exactly the same: one person can decide the killing of another innocent human life.Love of a terminally suffering person can never justify the act of killing him. The correct response is to provide care and pain-killing medicines to alleviate the pain.For heaven’s sake, we are talking about a human being here, not an injured horse being put down at the Saratoga Race Course.Wendell NeugebauerBallston SpaHonesty needed in recalling of historyKaren Cookson’s Dec. 29 essay raises the question of what making America great should look like. But I am afraid her praise of a pre-Colombian world doesn’t quite work.She describes a peaceful paradise where natives lived in harmony with nature. Nice, except any Comanche raider or warrior in the Aztec, Mayan or Inca empires would laugh at the idea of a peaceful world.Cookson asserts “once our world was at peace, rich and clean and we could ahead to a good life.” Well, no. Until a century ago, we could look forward to short, impoverished disease-filled lives with high infant mortality, famines and no way to deal with natural disasters. Living “in harmony with nature” largely means being at the mercy of nature.It helps to be honest about the past we want to recapture.David OchsePorter CornersMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

UWF Volleyball Defeats North Alabama 3-0 to Improve to 9-0 in the Conference

first_img Share UWF Volleyball Defeats North Alabama 3-0 to Improve to 9-0 in the Conference Oct. 26, 2007 Box Score  FLORENCE, Ala. – The North Alabama Lions have had a stranglehold on the East Division of the Gulf South Conference for the last few years, but the torch may have been handed over to West Florida tonight, as the Argos swept the Lions 3-0 on their home court. Not many teams have gone into Flowers Gymnasium and defeated the Lions, and the Argos did it for the first time ever in convincing fashion, with a 30-27, 30-20, 30-19 victory.”To go into their place, and play real well, and stop their big hitters, is a great accomplishment for us,” exclaimed Coach Melissa Wolter. “We had several players step up at different times and play very well. We served very aggressively and tried to minimize (Danielle) Palasak and (Whitney) Sanders, since they have the ability to take over a match. We did that very well by playing great defense.”The first game was closely contested, as the Argos maintained a slight lead throughout most of the game, until an Alison Jacobs kill for the Lions tied the score at 19. The Argos then scored on an error, and followed that with Kills from Kimberly Clark (Jr. / St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) to regain the momentum. However, moments later, a big block by Whitney Sanders and an Argo hitting error, tied the score at 27. Then the Argos scored what turned out to be the key points of the match, on a kill by Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil), and a service ace from Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.), to close out game one by a 30-27 score.Game two was controlled by the defense of West Florida, as Chelsea Wilhoite (Fr. / Jacksonville, Fla.) repeatedly came up with big digs to set up the Argo offense. Coach Wolter thought Wilhoite’s play was crucial to the match. “There was great defense by both teams tonight, and Chelsea (Wilhoite) played some outstanding defense for us. We were very efficient and won the long rallies, which is a credit to our defense.” The Argos won game two by a 30-20 score, and Wilhoite was on her way to a match high 18 digs.The third game was a continuation of the Argo momentum, as they coasted to a 30-19 win. West Florida spread the offense around, as Rapach, Danielle Spitzer (Sr. / Birmingham, Ala.), and Wilhoite all hit above .300, while Clark added 15 kills at a .290 clip. Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) spread the Argo offense around to the tune of 38 assists. Jacobs lead the Lions with 32 assists, while Jessica Hansen contributed 13 digs. Sanders and Palasak had 11 kills for the Lions, while Clark (15) and Rapach (13) paced the Argo attack. Meanwhile, Gualberto added five blocks for UWF, and Carter chipped in with 10 digs and two service aces.The Argos improved to 26-4 on the season, and 9-0 in the GSC, while North Alabama dropped to 17-14 overall, and 7-3 in the conference. West Florida stays on the road, and plays again tomorrow against Alabama-Huntsville in a 1:00 pm match, with a chance to officially clinch first place in the East Division of the GSC. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Kylian Mbappe Wins Golden Boy Award

first_imgPSG and France striker Kylian Mbappe has won the 2017 Golden Boy award.The 18 year-old beat Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, and fellow French international Ousmane Dembele to the award which recognises the best Under-21 player in Europe during a calendar year.Mbappe was one of the star figures for Monaco last season, scoring 26 goals and providing 14 assists, as The Red and Whites cruised to their first Ligue 1 title since 2000. His goals in the Champions League also helped Monaco reach the semifinal for the first time since 2004.His exceptional performances earned him a loan move to PSG where he’s scored four times in all competitions already.Mbappe succeeds Renato Sanches who won the award last year.RelatedLigue 1 Review: Mbappe Brilliance Leads PSG Past GuingampAugust 19, 2018In “Europe”2018 Golden Boy Award: Mbappe Headlines 100-Man ListJuly 2, 2018In “England”Modric, Mbappe And Others Win World Cup AwardsJuly 15, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more