Don’t be fooled by North Korean charm

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’m appalled at recent articles from the New York Times printed in The Gazette, and similar stories from CNN and NBC, which treat North Korea as a normal nation and Kim Yo Jong as charming. North Korea may be the worst place on Earth, thanks to Kim Yo Jong and her brother. I lived in Seoul for a year and recently traveled back there, and I follow Korean politics. It’s difficult to summarize how the tragic history tears at the hearts of the Korean people. Koreans are one people, yet a significant fraction of them live in an Orwellian dictatorship in North Korea, where people suffer with diseases that would be easily treatable in South Korea, where hospitals often have no running water, where people even starve to death — except for the few who live like Kim Yo Jong. Even friends of the dictator sometimes fall out of favor and are brutally murdered (his own aunt and uncle). You may read the shocking tales of defectors, if you have a strong stomach. Those suffering are the close relatives of the free people of the democratic South.As for South Korea, current president Moon Jae-In (whose name, appropriately, is a homonym of problem person) won the recall election with 41 percent of the vote because the opposition split votes amongst several candidates. He has always been a strong proponent of closer ties to the brutal dictatorship. This “reunification at any cost” cry may resonate with college students and some others, but not with those who remember the horrible invasion of South Korea by Kim Jong-Eun’s (and Kim Yo Jong’s) grandfather and its aftermath. The entire nation suffered under Japanese occupation, and suffering was prolonged for all by the actions of the North. Sadly, for those in the North, it continues to this day, despite the ludicrous charm offensive.As terrible as the news coverage of Kim Yo Jong has been, it’s matched by the outrageous comment of NBC’s “Asia expert” Joshua Cooper Ramo about “every” Korean respecting Japan. But that’s another story.James T. OrrNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Nov. 17

first_imgArea lost an icon in Raymond ZantaAnother icon passes away with the passing of Raymond Zanta. Our area has lost a great man who was a mentor to many barbers in our area plying their trade over his past 64 years. Besides his many civic achievements mentioned in his obituary, he was also a member and fine supporter of his Barbers Union Local 107. Rest in peace my friend. I remain one of your early students.Richard DiCristofaroRotterdam JunctionIf no pressure, then no impeachmentPresident Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, “ There was no pressure.”End of impeachment inquiry.However, the Democrats have chosen to start the circus back up with this. They take a secondhand (maybe third or fourth) account from an unknown “whistleblower” and run with it. Crazy is as crazy does.Brian BaldwinBurnt HillsManage your money better to pay off debtStudent debt is a hot topic right now. Should it be forgiven? Some of my friends seem to think, so according to the memes they regularly post.But many of those friends also “live their best lives” buying houses at the edge of bank approval, taking expensive vacations, buying new cars or constantly posting pictures of meals at restaurants.Through purposeful decisions and a planned budget, I paid off my student debt. I know what it’s like to feel like it is impossible to pay off such overwhelming amounts of money, but I did it and so can everyone else.The answer is money management, not putting the burden on taxpayers, many of whom have not acquired student debt of their own. There are financial advisers that can help create payoff plans or online financial videos and websites to help you do it yourself, such as my favorite, Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball Plan. Take control of your finances and take control of your life.Christal Wheeler-ClelandScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCome up with better plan for McDonald’sI attended the recent meeting at which plans for renovating McDonald’s were discussed (“Plans emerge for upper Union Street McDonald’s renovation in Schenectady,” Nov. 7).I was deeply disappointed in the plans for the site. I have concerns about both safety and aesthetics.Safety: The developers suggest adding an egress onto Union Street, creating another driveway across the sidewalk in this pedestrian-heavy neighborhood.They did not share traffic data, but it seems inevitable that adding another drive-through would increase the number of cars visiting the site. A similar McDonald’s is located on Route 50 in Glenville, a four-lane road with a turning lane.Aesthetics: The developers plan to demolish the building that currently houses Mr. Wasabi and Simon’s Menswear.It seems the McDonald’s building itself will stay about the same size but will be shifted 25 feet closer to Keyes. This means the parking lot on the Dean Street side of the site will get approximately 25 feet wider. Site plans also showed almost no landscaping to screen the huge expanse of blacktop from the neighborhood.So much work has gone into making the Upper Union Street corridor what it is today; shops and restaurants clustered in a walkable setting, with a harmonious business image.The McDonald’s as presented, taking up more than half a city block, would be unsafe and a blemish in an otherwise attractive district.If developers cannot come up with a better plan, I hope the Planning Board will reject the project.Gillian ScottSchenectadyState bail reform bill needs to be revisedWhile I fully support responsible bail reform, I voted no on the legislation set to take effect next year.I can agree that there’s no reason to hold non-violent minor offenders who pose no danger to public safety on cash bail, but this legislation goes too far.Under the new law, beginning next year, police will be forced to release criminals of violent crimes, burglaries, drug trafficking and grand larcenies.Any reform package should allow judges to hold offenders that pose a danger to others based on the seriousness of each crime and prior offenses.Keeping our communities safe is a continuing challenge. Our police departments and law enforcement agencies work at that challenge every day.But this new law makes the work of deterring crime much more difficult. The state Legislature should reconsider this bill altogether before it begins to eat away at public safety.As legislators we cannot lose sight of what it takes to keep crime down.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer represents the 111th Assembly District in the state Legislature.last_img read more

… but still winning business in Europe

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Far from the madding crowd

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Going for Gold

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Freeport and Helical are best share return performers

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On the broad band wagon

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New order for offices?

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Development: Coach station’s dream ticket

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Social inclusion Ulster style

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