Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’m ashamed to be associated as an alumni of Niskayuna High School. I read in the Oct. 7 Gazette: “Niskayuna Central School District Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. issued a statement just after noon Friday stating that the national anthem will not be played at the high school pep rally Friday afternoon, as has been the custom in past years.The statement read in part: “After careful thought and consideration by our administration, and after meeting with members of our student body, it was decided that the national anthem would not be played as it has been in the past. This is an event focused on school spirit and unity, and there was a concern that given the intensity of this issue and the diversity of viewpoints, that this event could turn what is supposed to be a positive experience for our students into a negative one.”What a cowardly and unpatriotic statement. I’m calling for the immediate removal of Superintendent Tangorra. A person in that leadership role shouldn’t be in a position to influence our children. His statement claims that in the interest of the diversity of viewpoints, the anthem will not be played. Has he disregarded the viewpoint of the majority of students and Americans? Why is a patriotic viewpoint being discriminated? Why does he insist on soiling our freedom and flag and national pride by refusing to continue the traditional playing of the anthem at pep rallies? The students should be taught respect and honor, not encouraged to participate in an act of such disrespect. Freedom of speech is of utmost importance, but what the superintendant has done here is extinguish that freedom of speech. He’s denying the majority of the students rights to express their love of country when putting their hand over their heart while playing our anthem, as has been tradition.I will never support NHS fund-raisers or any other event sponsored by NHS until the superintendant has been removed or issues a statement of apology and reverses his deplorable, yes deplorable, actions banning our national anthem. His statement and actions are a disgrace and are cowardly. We all should be ashamed.Joseph WolfeOrmand Beach, Fla. (formerly of Niskayuna)More 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 censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect
Share Tweet LocalNews Put lionfish on domestic tables as food source, fisheries official urge by: – July 10, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Andrew MagloireChief Fisheries Officer, Andrew Magloire, has appealed to citizens to assist the Fisheries Department in getting rid of the lionfish in Dominica’s waters by consuming it as a food source.The lionfish which he described as a “very veracious feeder” can potentially threaten the reef system as it consumes any living organism which is about half its size. He highlighted the importance of protecting the reef system where the lionfish predominately inhabits.“Without the reef the lionfish would not be present. By virtue of its nature, a reef species although it can inhabit other marine environments but predominantly the reefs systems provide the best home situation and setting for the lionfish. The reef system also provides the best attraction to many of our visitors to Dominica, not only those who can scuba dive but also those who can snorkel and also by virtue of the unique nature of some of our marine environments”.He noted that it is “critical” that citizens understand the invasiveness of the lionfish and the “challenges that the lionfish will pose” to marine life as well.According to Magloire, if urgent measures are not implemented to eliminate the lionfish, within the space of four years, our reef systems could be “completely transformed”. “If lionfish were to be left alone by our human interventions, in a very short space of time; two to three years, four years probably, our reef systems would be completely transformed into a reef with predominantly, say 99 % of the fish you will find there would probably be lionfish. That is significant in the sense that many of us who enjoy many of our reef species, would no longer, within five years, have those species on our tables to enjoy, simply because the lionfish as a major predator would have consumed all of that”.Lionfish In light of this, the Fisheries Department has teamed up with the Dominica Watersports Association to devise an action plan to rid Dominican waters of the lionfish. He explained that the lionfish has provided “a unique opportunity” whereby with proper education, citizens will be encouraged to eat the fish so as to prevent them from damaging the reef systems.“What we have embarked upon with the Watersports Association, is to ensure that the reefs that are utilized for dive in Dominica are kept clean and free from lionfish, so some of our programs embarked upon include diving to those reefs with a special intention of eradicating lionfish from those reef systems”.While he noted that “it is an impossible challenge” to free Dominican waters from the lionfish “by virtue of its reproductive process”, their current initiative is to put lionfish on the domestic tables as a food source.“The Fisheries Department will strive to ensure that every Dominican citizen acquires the taste for lionfish. If you love the species of fish we call Koni and Tash then you will like the lionfish, they are very similar in terms of texture and flavor”. The lionfish has toxins which can be released if one is stung by it, however, Magloire sought to assure citizens that this can also be “addressed very easily through education”.“We will teach Dominicans to overcome those fear of lionfish by teaching you and demonstrating to you how easy it can be with the necessary precautions, to address that scare of lionfish and to put lionfish on the tables of Dominicans as a normal, edible fish product that we have now currently with us”. Magloire, who addressed the official launch of Dive Fest 2012 on Friday, urged citizens to participate in the activities as they will be afforded an opportunity to sample the lionfish. Dominica Vibes News Share 38 Views 2 comments
Four-team Playoff lives (for now)The Playoff committee will not hot have to deal with the Alabama debate. That won’t completely stop the eight-team playoff push, especially knowing at least one Power 5 conference champion — perhaps two — could be left out. The Oklahoma-Utah argument is more palatable knowing a one-loss Power 5 champion could get in while the other doesn’t. That wouldn’t be the case if a one-loss non-champion got in over both.Bama faces big questionsThe Crimson Tide likely will still make a New Year’s Day 6 Bowl, but this will be the first time Saban coaches a team in the Playoff era in what could be considered a “consolation game.” LSU and Auburn shredded Alabama’s defense, which could mean some shifting on the defensive staff. The truth is the Crimson Tide did not have a championship-caliber unit on that side of the ball.Tua Tagovailoa could also opt for the 2020 NFL Draft, and that creates an interesting quarterback controversy for next season (do you go with Mac Jones, four-star freshmen Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson or incoming five-star recruit Bryce Young?) Nick Saban will once again need to ask some tough questions in the offseason. No. 5 Alabama lost to No. 16 Auburn 48-45 in the Iron Bowl on Saturday, which clinched a virtual certainty for the first time in the College Football Playoff era:Nick Saban-led Alabama will not be one of the four final teams in the Playoff. It’s a loss that shakes up the entire Playoff picture heading into conference championship weekend. Here are the biggest impacts on the SEC and Playoff picture: MORE: Tigers win a wild one in Jordan-HarePac-12, Big 12 rejoiceAlabama’s loss eliminates the Tide from the Playoff, based on the standard that no two-loss team has made the Playoff.That opens the door for Utah in the Pac-12 and, potentially, the winner of the Big 12 championship between Oklahoma and Baylor. Now those teams won’t have to become entangled in a philosophical argument with the Crimson Tide. It also will create an interesting argument between those three one-loss teams. Would you take the winner of Oklahoma-Baylor or Utah for that final spot if LSU beats Georgia?SEC can still get two teamsIt’s just the two teams everyone envisioned. Georgia, despite a loss to South Carolina on Oct. 12, still controls its Playoff destiny. The Bulldogs can get in with a victory against LSU, and the Tigers likely would stay in the top four unless it is a total catastrophe in Atlanta.Those two teams have enough quality victories piled up to stave off the Pac-12 and Big 12 champion — if you’re Baylor, Oklahoma or Utah, you are rooting hard for LSU so the SEC becomes only a one-Playoff team league.