first_imgThe people of the Iroquois Confederacy believe that “All members of Creation have spirits, and that, at the creation of Man, they were instructed that “We who walk about on the Earth are to express a great respect, an affection, and a gratitude toward all the spirits which create and support life ….. when people cease to respect and express gratitude for these many things, then all life will be destroyed, and human life on this planet will come to an end.” They believe that the Earth is our mother, and it’s true, as the Earth nurtures and cares for us all. But a caregiver has to be healthy to give care, and our Earth is anything but healthy.Overpopulation and our consumer society have lead to the pollution of air and water, destruction of forests, and leaching of soil fertility.  Soon, Mother Earth will no longer be able to care for us, and the Iroquois will be right.We will die out. You can help by conserving fossil fuels and think before you buy, “Do I really need this, or do I just want it?”Jahnn Swanker-GibsonJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationBroadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_imgNBA superstar @StephenCurry30 discussing how @HowardU student inspired him to bring first division 1 Golf program for men and women to the university. @nbcwashington— Meagan Fitzgerald (@MeaganNBCDC) August 19, 2019“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” Curry said in a release. “It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University, and look forward to building their first men’s and women’s golf teams with them.”According to the Washington Post, Howard had Division II golf teams for decades before dissolving the programs in the 1970s. Now, after conversations with a student at Howard, Otis Ferguson, who said he gave up golf to attend the school, Curry has funded the rebirth of golf at Howard. Related News Now Howard will have those funds from Curry, which will be paid out over the next six years until the program becomes self-sustainable. “It’s a big opportunity for us to expose students to a game that oftentimes is played as business deals are decided and a game that generations of families can play together,” Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick said.The Post noted it will take the school a year to hire a coach, recruit players and figure out course and tournament logistics. The program has targets the 2020-21 academic year to begin competition. Tiger Woods on missing Tour Championship: ‘I’ll be watching the guys on TV’ Thanks to NBA superstar and avid golfer Stephen Curry, Howard University is adding Division I golf teams for the first time in its history.Howard, a historically black university, made the announcement Monday that a seven-figure donation from Curry has enabled the university to form both men’s and women’s teams that will compete at the top level of collegiate golf. “No matter where you come from or what socioeconomic background you had, we all were that kid once upon a time that was just excited about finding out who they were as a person through athletics,” Curry said. “I was blessed at a young age that we could afford to play. I just think about how many kids, especially from underserved communities, have the talent to play but just don’t have the funds or the resources.”last_img read more