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first_imgLearn more about climate law options Many say the Green New Deal is unattainable and “anyone who signs on without nailing down specifics will be slammed” (Jennifer Rubin Washington Post). The Green New Deal is a climate emergency response plan that provides a plan to move away from our addiction to fossil fuels by 2030.However, the Green New Deal will change every aspect of the way we currently live in a joyful way if we let it.Unfortunately, the Green New Deal cannot be legislated because it mandates such a broad spectrum of goals that will need to be applied across the country in different ways by 2030.The time associated with legislating an economically sensitive, geographically diverse and market responsive climate emergency plan would be putting us on a path to oblivion.Currently, there are several versions of the Green New Deal at the state level and one at the federal level.Climate change threatens life as we know it on this planet and we need to be certain we get the strongest climate change legislation possible. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOpen minds are cure for white supremacyWhite supremacy seems to be a large epidemic in this country, one no doctor can cure.Only people can cure it, by having an open mind and heart for all people.Rachael WilkinsonSaratoga Springs Nisky needs action on its fund balance Writer wrong about background checksMartha Harausz’s March 17 letter shows that she is well educated and good at creative writing. However, it would be better if she used her talents to preserve the U.S. Constitution instead of creating fiction to try and tear it down. Her assertion that you can buy a firearm without a background check at a gun show, off the internet is patently false.Perhaps she should attempt to buy a firearm this way herself to test it. Eugene SpicerSchenectady  Now is the time to familiarize yourself with the various options and leverage your support. As 15-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg says, she is not looking for hope from adults; she looking for action like the house is on fire. Gary J. Lessard Schenectady In watching the recent Niskayuna Town Board meeting, Supervisor Yasmine Syed’s presentation on establishing a fund balance policy surprised me.While I was glad to see the supervisor take an interest in improving her understanding of the position’s responsibilities, I was frustrated that the presentation didn’t seem to propose a recommendation for moving forward on something that has been discussed for several months. It simply reviewed basic fiscal policy points available from the comptroller. From the coverage I’ve seen, despite her experience as a budget analyst, the Town Board members were the first to suggest this prudent fiscal move after the supervisor attempted to spend reserve funds in her proposed budget.While we may be in good times today, we won’t always be, and we should prepare ourselves for that likelihood.The Town Board’s leadership on this issue is just one more example of the value of professional government experience that has guided Niskayuna in recent years and led me to move to this town. I hope with this policy and in future years, the Town Board will continue their track record of keeping taxes low while continuing to provide quality resident services and adequate recognition for the town’s workforce.Ben SpearNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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first_imgMaurice Jones is weary.He’s weary after watching the USC men’s basketball team lose a school-record 23 times this season.He’s weary after playing more than 1,000 minutes — a rate of 34.1 per game, seventh-highest in the country.He’s weary after scoring more than a quarter of the Trojans’ total points.One-man show · Sophomore Maurice Jones is one of two Trojans averaging double figures. The other, Aaron Fuller, is out for the season. – Luciano Nunez | Daily Trojan“It’s a big difference from last year and I played a lot last year,” the sophomore guard said. “There have been games where I find myself a little more tired. Just running up and down, I kind of feel it in my legs and it takes a little more time to catch my breath.”USC coach Kevin O’Neill never anticipated that the 5-foot-7 Jones would be forced to have such a significant role — not at this stage in his career, at least.O’Neill recruited Jones, a native of Saginaw, Mich., as part of a four-member class in 2010, reeling in other prospects such as Garrett Jackson, Bryce Jones and Curtis Washington.But Jones, a guard from nearby Woodland Hills, Calif., transferred just two months into his freshman season, and Washington, a sophomore forward, hasn’t played a minute all year because of a shoulder injury sustained last August.Factor in four more season-ending injuries to a handful of players, including three starters, and it’s easy to see why Jones has been given such a prominent role in recent months. A role, however, that hasn’t necessarily been all that easy.“It’s a lot to ask of him as a sophomore — to get you 20 [points] a game every game when you have a young team and all these injuries,” O’Neill said.More or less, Jones has been the elder statesman in the Trojans’ starting lineup. Currently, the unit also consists of two freshmen in guards Alexis Moore and Byron Wesley, coupled with Jackson, a sophomore forward, and junior center James Blasczyk who, despite his experience, is still in his first year with the program after transferring from Lee College in Baytown, Texas.“We’re shorthanded right now,” said Jones, who hasn’t played less than 38 minutes in a game all season. “We just want everyone to get better.”But getting better is slightly subjective, especially considering the Trojans have dropped 16 of their last 17 contests and remain in a seemingly never-ending tailspin.And though Jones leads the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game, in his last four games he has struggled scoring-wise, making just 13 of 52 field goal attempts.One explanation: He’s out of position, playing point guard as opposed to shooting guard — his natural position, according to O’Neill.“He plays better off the ball,” O’Neill said. “His game suffered more than anybody’s when Jio [Fontan] went down. It’s just put him where he’s on the ball too much; too many minutes.”Fontan, a senior, was slotted to start at point guard, as he did last season when the Trojans secured an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.But as has been well-documented, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament during an exhibition game in Brazil in August, causing a sort of ripple effect.Jones, as a result, is the Trojans’ only returner who played any significant minutes for last season’s 19-win team.At times, he’s looked more than comfortable. During a 63-60 win over South Carolina in the Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 26, he registered 28 points, one shy of his career high, and connected on all seven 3-point attempts to break USC’s single-game school record. Similarly, a month later, he finished with 25 points and four 3-pointers in a 24-point home rout against TCU.Then, there are the times he struggles. Against UCLA earlier this month, he made 3-of-11 shot attempts for eight points. And during the month of February, he has averaged 10.29 points per game — a dip below his season average, as the Trojans were winless.“It’s always frustrating because you want to win,” Jones said. “I want to do well. And I want to see everyone else do well. We just ]don’t have] the number of guys and the ability to do that.”The hope is that Jones’ load will be a bit lighter next year. He won’t be forced to carry a team so young, so inexperienced. Returning will be backcourt teammates Fontan and Moore, in addition to highly regarded Wake Forest transfer J.T. Terrell. He likely won’t average more than 38 minutes per game again, either.Looking toward 2013 might not make the current predicament any easier — the Trojans still have at least three games left this season — but simply hearing “next year” seems to be the closest thing to a glimmer of hope for now.“It’s not going to be like this next year,” Jones insists. “I don’t plan on us having another season like this. Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”last_img read more

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