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first_imgVoters have a chance to vote early this yearElection Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, but for the first time, New Yorkers will be able to vote before then. You may now cast your vote early, beginning Saturday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 3. The early voting sites are: Karen B. Johnson Library, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady; Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Road, Glenville; Niskayuna Town Hall, 1 Niskayuna Circle, Niskayuna; and, ViaPort Rotterdam, 93 West Campbell Road, Schenectady.Voters may go to any of these sites to vote early. All sites are handicap accessible, and there is public CDTA transportation to these locations.The times for early voting at all of the sites are Sat., Oct. 26 and Sun., Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 28 from noon to 8 p.m.; Tues., Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wed. Oct. 30 from noon to 8 p.m.; Thurs. Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fri. Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. Nov 2 and Sun. Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Election Day, Nov. 5 voters must go to their regular assigned polling site.To see if you are registered to vote, visit www.nyearlyvoting.org or the Schenectady County Board of Elections at www.schenectadycounty.com/boe. For information about voting, contact www.Lwvschenectady.org or www.vote411.org.Ann HatkeSchenectadyThe writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.Holmes offers a kind alternative for mayorA prominent Saratoga Springs Democrat contacted me about my support for Tim Holmes, a Republican. The Democrat, considering voting for Holmes, asked why I don’t support the re-election of Mayor Meg Kelly, who is running as a Democrat.I wasn’t acquainted with Ms. Kelly previously to her request that the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee endorse her candidacy for mayor in 2017. Soon after, I visited the mayor’s office to introduce myself and get acquainted with Meg and Lisa. I was met with abject disdain. I had never been treated so poorly by any government staff.Mayor Kelly routinely treats constituents with cold disdain. The constituencies I hold most dear are those whom she appears to hold with the greatest contempt. Our city deserves a mayor who recognizes that each citizen has value and deserves to be treated with respect. I have had the pleasure of working with Tim on the Open Space Advisory Committee, where his diligence, congenial demeanor, deep understanding of municipal policy and administration is an asset.Please vote for Tim Holmes on Nov. 5.  We are fortunate to have the option of electing a kind, thoughtful and capable person who will work for the good of all Saratoga Springs residents.Suzanne “Zuzia” KwasniewskiSaratoga SpringsPraying for Trump and his speedy trialPresident Trump’s newest ploy is to try and use Hunter Biden to get his supporters up in arms.It seems every time he’s cornered, he throws another Pinocchio tale to distract from the fact that he’s without doubt our worst president.His language shows just how much his intelligence is limited.His audience members bring their children to hear his filthy language as he spews his hate for the news media and clap when he curses. Is it no wonder why these children grow up with twisted minds? How anyone can stand the stench coming out of this man is unbelievable. A draft dodger he is, but he’s willing to start wars where our sons, daughters and grandchildren will die or be maimed.His loyalty to Putin and other dictators instead of America is shown by his actions.Evangelicals look to him as their messiah and have all but forgotten the Christian Bible. They evidently have a different set of commandments than those of us who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.Trump’s language is straight from the gutter and should be condemned by those of every faith. What’s happening to him was brought on by him and he will one day be judged by a power greater than any on Earth. This goes for his supporters. And for that fact, so will I be judged. Will his supporters stay with him when he throws them under the bus? I wish Trump a speedy trial and each day I pray for him.Gary Philip Guido  Rotterdam Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump not making America great for disabledWhile making a trip to the market the other day, I parked in the lot and walked to the store when a big pickup truck cut me off and pulled into the handicapped spot closest to the store.The driver jumped out, and with his bright red “Make America Great Again” hat on, walked briskly into the store.There was nothing on his truck to indicate that he had the right to park in a handicapped spot. But if Donald Trump can make fun of disabled people, then I guess it must be OK to take their parking spots as well.Yes sir, making America great again, one parking spot at a time.        David MorganSchroon Lake More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more


first_img Press Association Madejski favours a silence, but with the Royals facing Liverpool – where Thatcher was a particularly unpopular figure – that seems an unlikely outcome. “We have got to appreciate that Margaret Thatcher was a world leader who did so much for this country. So much that she deserves a minute’s silence,” he told Radio Five Live. “The funeral’s going to take place at St Paul’s attended by the Queen and Prince Philip so I think it would be a fitting tribute from the world of football to Margaret Thatcher, one of our greatest leaders.” Reflecting on the possibility of a silence being spoiled by dissenting factions, Madejski added: “Obviously I can appreciate that perhaps some people won’t pay attention to it which is sometimes the way at football but I just think she was such a colossus in terms of the world stage that she deserves that respect from the whole nation. “No colossus like that strides the world’s stage without disenfranchising people at some stage or another, however the positive things that Margaret Thatcher achieved for our country speaks volumes and I think that outshines things that might not be considered so brilliant like the poll tax and so on.” Neither the Premier League nor the Football League have asked clubs to hold a minute’s silence – or applause – in relation to the former Prime Minister. The Football Association, who preside over Wigan’s FA Cup semi-final against Millwall, is also yet to make such a request. Whelan believes a symbolic gesture would be fitting, though and he told BBC Sport: “It is not my decision, it is for the FA to decide, but I would be in favour of wearing an armband out of respect to Mrs Thatcher. We have to say thank you very much for the services the former PM has given us.” center_img Wigan chairman Dave Whelan and his Reading counterpart Sir John Madejski would welcome a tribute to the late Baroness Thatcher during the weekend fixtures.last_img read more


first_img(REUTERS)-India opener Lokesh Rahul fell agonisingly short of his maiden Test double century as he helped his team to 391 for four in a robust reply to England’s first innings total of 477 in the fifth and final Test in Chennai yesterday.The elegant right-hander made 199 before throwing his wicket away and squatting at the crease, head-in-hands, after the anti-climactic end to a stellar 311-ball knock.India, who have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, finished day three at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, on course for a first-innings lead.Karun Nair was batting on 71, his maiden Test fifty, at stumps with Murali Vijay, who dropped down the order following a shoulder injury, on 17 at the other end.Rahul featured in century-plus stands with stop-gap opener Parthiv Patel and number five Nair to provide the bedrock of India’s reply.Resuming on 60 for no loss, the hosts got off to a solid start with their make-shift opening pair of Rahul and Patel adding 152 runs.Rahul was particularly harsh on debutant Liam Dawson, twice stepping out against the left-arm spinner to hit him for sixes in the morning session.Patel made a career-best 71 before falling to Moeen Ali, having impressed as he and Rahul combined to forge India’s first century-plus opening stand in 32 innings.Drafted into the side after the second test to replace the injured Wriddhiman Saha, Patel kept wicket for over 157 overs and then returned to partner Rahul after regular opener Vijay sustained the injury.England claimed two big wickets after lunch with Cheteshwar Pujara edging Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad dismissing the in-form Virat Kohli with a slow leg-cutter which the India captain drove straight to short cover.Kohli made 15 and it was the first time in the series that the Indian run-machine was dismissed for a sub-40 score.Rashid followed it with a tossed up innocuous delivery way outside the off-stump and Rahul offered a reckless shot, lobbing the ball to Jos Buttler at cover point.“I will always have to live with it,” Rahul said of the shot.“I didn’t get a double hundred, I played a horrible shot. It will take some time to sink in. I thought I would get a double hundred with ease. I just have to come back stronger,” he added.ENGLAND 1st innings 477 (M. Ali 146, J. Root 88, L. Dawson 66no, A. Rashid 60)India 1st innings (Overnight: 60-0)L. Rahul c Buttler b Rashid 199P. Patel c Buttler b Ali 71C. Pujara c Cook b Stokes 16V. Kohli c Jennings b Broad 15K. Nair not out 71M. Vijay not out 17Extras (lb-2) 2Total (for 4 wickets, 108 overs) 391Fall of wickets: 1-152 P. Patel,2-181 C. Pujara,3-211 V. Kohli,4-372 L. RahulTo bat: R. Ashwin, R. Jadeja, A. Mishra, I. Sharma, U. YadavBowling: S. Broad 18 – 4 – 46 – 1,J. Ball 15 – 1 – 50 – 0, M. Al 24 – 1 – 96 – 1,B. Stokes 9 – 1 – 37 – 1, A. Rashid 17 – 0 – 76 – 1,L. Dawson 23 – 3 – 72 – 0, J. Root 2 – 0 – 12 – 0.last_img read more


first_imgIn Great Company, an all-inclusive media startup community, aims to help women become entrepreneurs of the future. Founded by Caitlin Tran, a senior studying arts, technology and the business of innovation, the organization chartered in Fall 2017 at USC to serve the needs of female student and alumni innovators. IGC currently has a USC chapter, which is exclusive to the Trojan family, and an additional online community of 450 people in its Facebook group.An In Great Company team member hosted a discussion with Talia Goldstein (right), the founder of the matchmaking service Three Day Rule in hopes of inspiring future women entrepreneurs. Photo courtesy of In Great Company.The group’s mission was inspired by Tran’s realization of the disparity between male and female entrepreneurs, especially in the tech industry. IGC aims to provide members with opportunities to review pitches, strategies for venture capital funding and entrepreneurship-related resources via a weekly newsletter. In addition, the community will host a consistent speaker series to feature female entrepreneurs.“I’ve noticed most of the guest speakers we had on campus were white males, which isn’t a problem,” Tran said. “But it is a problem when the only perspective or role models you’re constantly seeing are the same group of people. I think it’s really important for everyone — not just young women, but also people of color and different sexual orientations — to have someone to look up to that reminds themselves that the model of success doesn’t have to look like this every time.”Annie Oh, a freshman majoring in arts, technology and the business of innovation, leads In Great Company as its founding member and chapter president. Oh found the gender disparities in the technology industry alarming and jumped at the opportunity to make a difference.“The tech industry is just not a level place in terms of gender equality,” Oh said. “And that is one of the problems that In Great Company tries to solve on a micro-scale. Ultimately, when you have diversity with founders and diversity in startups, you have diversity in solutions and the solutions you create are more inclusive.” IGC aims to stand apart from other clubs on campus by catering to a specific group of students. According to Oh, the club’s motto is  “Helping Women Start the Next Billion-Dollar Startup.”“There is an archetype venture capitalists used to look for: the college dropout guy in the hoodie who later founds Facebook,” Tran said. “But when they’re doing that, they’re really underestimating a large group of young founders.”In Great Company is chiefly concerned with entrepreneurship and venture capital funding for startups, which is considered a different culture than the “classic entrepreneurship” that comes to mind; it is in many ways considered a niche scene. Oh highlighted the club’s ongoing female speaker series and its importance for aspiring female innovators that have begun since last semester. Some previous speakers include Talia Goldstein of matchmaking and dating website Three Day Rule and CEO and Co-Founder Beatrice Fischel-Bock of the augmented reality interior design app Hutch.“When you hear women come in and give tangible experiences … it’s so real,” Oh said. “When you hear them say it in front of you, it becomes so tangible.”Additionally, the depth of what In Great Company provides for members and participants varies. “[IGC offers] very specific instructions and resources for women who are very serious about starting up,” Oh said. “This is for women who have an idea and want to get into the scene, but don’t know how. That’s where IGC comes in.”While the club focuses on women in the entrepreneurial realm, it tries to remain as inclusive and accessible as possible for students of all genders, Oh says. In exchange, In Great Company asks that the members are allies of female empowerment and female entrepreneurship.“Female empowerment is not just women working, it’s men adapting,” Oh said. “You can’t achieve change unless men also realize [they] have subconscious biases.” In addition to the speaker series, In Great Company offers office hours or working times with founding members and a “Pitch and Catch” event where members can practice their pitches and receive criticism and advice. The next upcoming event for In Great Company will be a collaborative panel with another club on campus called Girls in Tech. Taking place next month, it will feature female entrepreneurs on their experiences and accomplishments.last_img read more


first_imgNestled around a bookshelf behind Ian McIntyre’s desk, there’s a ball from each postseason game he has coached at Syracuse. They’re signed by every SU player who was on the team for the game.Then there’s the ACC championship trophy sitting right by the door. Just six years ago, none of those trophies or balls were within McIntyre’s periphery. Now they’re in his rear view.Since he was hired at SU in 2010, McIntyre has turned around what was once a struggling program that had failed to reach an NCAA tournament game since 1984. In just six years, the program flipped from a 2-10-5 team floundering in the Big East to reaching a College Cup, college soccer’s final four.The transformation happened quicker than McIntyre and assistant coach Jukka Masalin would have thought.“The first year, we won two games,” McIntyre said before SU played Clemson last December. “If you had a conversation with me at the end of that season and said, ‘Yeah, five year’s time, we’re going to be ready to board a plane to go to the College Cup,’ I’d have hugged you … Or I’d have slapped you.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMcIntyre took over a program that had a 141-171-33 record in the 19 years prior to his arrival. Dean Foti had guided SU in each of those seasons, failing to reach the NCAA tournament in every one of them. In Foti’s final season, Syracuse posted a 3-15 record.Foti was a homegrown guy, playing for the Orange from 1979-82. He started for SU every year, was a two-time captain and helped the Orange win the inaugural Big East championship.But he had overstayed his welcome. Some of Foti’s players wrote a letter before his last season, intended for athletic director Daryl Gross. It called for Foti to be fired, and as a result, factions formed within the team in the head coach’s last year.Enter McIntyre, who had compiled a 71-36-25 record at Hartwick, where he played (he even faced SU in the Carrier Dome) as a collegiate soccer player. Now, in the last five seasons at SU including this one, McIntyre has put together a 60-22-7 record, rebounding from two tumultuous seasons in which SU finished a combined 5-22-6. In 2010, 5,873 people attended SU home games. That number has already been surpassed in four games this season. The changes McIntyre made have resonated for years, no matter how small.“It was brutal,” Masalin, who came to Syracuse with McIntyre, said of the early portion of his time at SU. “… It took a while to change that culture. A couple years we needed to dig pretty deep.”Sam Ogozalek | Contributing PhotographerThe first indication of how McIntyre’s first season would go came early on, when, per Masalin, several of SU’s players went abroad during the spring semester. There were players the coaches didn’t see until training for the new staff’s first season was about to start in the fall.One of McIntyre’s first moves was to recruit goalie Jeremy Vuolo and midfielder Nick Roydhouse from Hartwick to transfer. While Foti’s tenure was unsuccessful, he still had players who supported him when McIntyre took over.Vuolo and Roydhouse, “generals” as Masalin called them, had already bought into what McIntyre and Masalin had been preaching at Hartwick.In addition to selling Vuolo and Roydhouse on his vision for the program, McIntyre was able to draw them away from Hartwick with the SU brand. They visited SU when the Orange men’s basketball team played Villanova in the Carrier Dome on Feb. 27, 2010 and set an on-campus attendance record, just more than a month after McIntyre had been hired. The Orange’s brand had to be a selling point for recruits early on when SU had a combined five wins in two years.“You need to get your own guys in here who believe in what you do,” Masalin said.Immediately, McIntyre molded the fitness level of the team and its competitiveness. They started testing SU players’ fitness five to six times per year with a mix of running, muscular and body fat tests. During breaks, players received specific fitness plans. If they didn’t follow them or came up short in tests, McIntyre and Masalin would drill specific areas to get players where they expected them to be.Practice was no longer just a place to practice. McIntyre and Masalin made it more of a competition, tracking goals. The former said it wasn’t quite the “old-fashioned” way of pushing them mentally and physically, but it was intense.Some players hardly bought in during McIntyre’s first season. Some older players would consistently pull out of training with injuries.Former SU players Nick Perea, Jordan Murrell and Skylar Thomas came in as part of the 2011 recruiting class and got immediate playing time. At the time, bringing in their own players fractured the team, but SU had to go through a process of flushing out the “old” mentality.McIntyre wanted to transition his team from a mindset of survival — playing in games just to be in them — to a winning one. That season, Perea, Murrell and Thomas each started more than 85 percent of Syracuse’s games as freshmen.“They were thrown in the deep end,” McIntyre said of the players he recruited early on. “… The groundwork was laid by the guys that came in on the ground level and really had to fight and scrap to move forward.”Daily Orange File PhotoCurrent assistant coach Andrew Coughlin started to see change early before the 2012 season when he played goalie for SU. The coaching staff brought in players who wanted to continue their soccer careers beyond college, he said, which made them more receptive to intense training.Although Coughlin couldn’t point to a specific moment where the program started changing, he remembered when Murrell yelled at him in training because Coughlin gave up a goal both knew he shouldn’t give up. That was symbolic of a shift from survival to believing the team could be better. Players started holding each other accountable. 2012 proved to be the year McIntyre turned the program around. SU went 14-6-1.“It was kind of a ‘You have nothing to lose attitude’ because we only had three wins the year before,” Coughlin said.By 2013, SU posted a record of 10-7-1. In 2014, the Orange earned the first No. 1 ranking in program history. And last year, Syracuse won its first conference championship since 1985 before advancing to college soccer’s version of the Final Four.McIntyre, sitting behind his desk, picked up a ball turned it in his hands. He cherishes each because he’s seen the depths the program had to sink just to rise as far as it has.But while he cherishes them, he also understands the flip side: The soccer balls and their significance are behind him for a reason. It’s the ones ahead that count.“A great year has no impact on us moving forward,” McIntyre said.He put the ball back in place then swiveled forward in his chair. Everything behind him left his view.“I hope we’ll get a chance at some stage to add to those soccer balls.” Comments Related Stories Chris Nanco improves finishing ability in senior seasonMiles Robinson sets up Syracuse to win, 3-2, in overtime against St. John’sSyracuse men’s soccer takes down St. John’s, 3-2, on Jonathan Hagman’s overtime goal Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 8, 2016 at 12:40 am Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more


first_imgHe told the Reds’ website: “I’m very happy to be here. I came here to win trophies. I came here to reach some great goals with the team.“I think it was the right club for me because I had a good chat with the manager and I wanted to be part of his project.”Liverpool struggled for goals last season following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and prolonged injury absences for England international Daniel Sturridge as they finished fifth in the Premier League.Signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert produced three league goals and, after acknowledging the lack of scoring last season, manager Brendan Rodgers has added Benteke to revive the Reds’ attack.Liverpool has also signed forwards Danny Ings from Burnley and Brazil international Roberto Firminio from Hoffenheim, while Benteke’s international team-mate Divock Origi has returned to the club after spending last season on loan at Lille.Benteke missed the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with an Achilles tendon injury but returned to action last October and scored 15 times to help Villa stay in the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final.Former Villa manager Paul Lambert, who brought Benteke into English football, believes he will do well at Anfield.Lambert told BBC Sport: “He’s a brilliant number nine. He won’t need just crosses to come into the box. If he gets the service he’ll get goals.“That’s the type of guy he is and on his game he’s a handful. I’m delighted for him. He’s earned that move and if he can do what I think he can do, he’ll do great for them.“He’s going to have to handle the expectancy level of winning [at Liverpool]. When you speak to Christian, he has a great belief in himself to do well.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool has completed the signing of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke for £32.5m.Benteke, 24, has agreed a long-term contract at Anfield and becomes the club’s second most expensive signing ever.The Reds triggered a release clause in his contract to make him their seventh summer signing after selling Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49m.Belgium international Benteke scored 49 goals in 101 games for Villa after signing from Genk for £7m in 2012.last_img read more


first_imgA soggy outfield at the Brian Lara Stadium forced the abandonment of the third Twenty20 International between West Indies and South Africa in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.The match was scheduled to begin at 4 pm but the impaired outfield, resulting from rain, ensured that players remained off the field.Inspections by officials at 4 pm and then again at 5:45 pm, failed to bring any good news as conditions remained unfit for play.West Indies lead the five-match series 2-0 after winning the opening match in Barbados by 17 runs last Monday at Kensington Oval and taking the second game by nine wickets last Friday here.The fourth T20 International is set for Thursday, also at the Brian Lara Stadium.last_img


first_imgThe Blacks Stars were held to a goalless draw in their training match against Bafana Bafana of South Africa played at the Police Academy Stadium in Dubai on Saturday.Coach Kwesi Appiah’s side put up an impressive display and had a legitimate goal disallowed after the referee ruled that Jordan Ayew’s first half header did not cross the line.The South Africans started the game strongly and forced an early save from Richard Ofori who started in post for the Black Stars.Ghana however took control of the game within the first 10 minutes with exciting displays which nearly resulted in a goal after Thomas Agyepong’s shot was stopped by  Darren Keet.Minutes later, midfielder Thomas Partey drove in a long range shot which went wide.Ghana however managed to get the ball into South Africa’s net after the 30th minute after Jordan Ayew headed in from the penalty box only for the match officials to rule that the ball did not cross the line.The Black Stars maintained the momentum and dictated the game till the end of the first half.Both teams made changes to their  sides with Samuel Owusu, Mubarak Wakaso and Kwabena Owusu coming on for Thomas Agyepong, Kwadwo Asamoah  and Christian Atsu respectively.Caleb Ekuban and Afriyie Acquah also replaced André Ayew and Thomas Partey, which saw the  captain’s arm band switch to John Boye.Asamoah Gyan was introduced into the game after the 60th minute with Baba Rahman, replacing Jordan Ayew and Lumor Agbenyenu. John Boye also handed over the captains armband to Jonathan Mensah who replaced him.With few minutes to the end of the game, Asamoah Gyan connected in a powerful header only to be denied by the goalpost in what could have crowned the efforts of the Black Stars.The match however ended goalless at full time after a good display from the two sides.The Black Stars will resume training on Monday as they focus on their AFCON opener against Benin in Ismailia on June 25.The team will leave their training base in Dubai on Friday June 21 to Egypt, four days before the match against the Squirrels. Source: Ghana FAlast_img read more


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Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down FORE · 210 weeks ago 8 to 12 % return, I wonder what the percentage will be of those that vote. If I am correct we haven’t had a 12% turn out in awhile in an election??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +22 Vote up Vote down John Munro · 210 weeks ago Right now our local tax rate for the city is 8.55%. Personally I think that is way too high, but due to all the funding needed, including the hospital, that’s where it is. My question for the funding of the proposed addition of the community college is this: Isn’t there some other way of funding this project without having to raise our local sales tax to 9.05%? How about some kind of industrial revenue bond, or something along that order. Also, are any of the sales tax additions we have added over the years due to expire anytime soon? I’d feel a lot more receptive to the sales tax addition if one of the .5% tax additions were to expire, and we could then just continue it for the college. Somewhere down the line, we have to reign in all this spending. Small wonder we’re losing population with the high price of living here. Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Curious · 210 weeks ago I am personally fine with Cowley coming to town, but I wonder how this sales tax increase will effect some of the local car dealerships? It seems like raising the sales tax could really hurt them?? Maybe not…I think we’re lucky to have them here in town too! Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Jeff · 210 weeks ago Taxes stifle growth. They do not promote it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Hmmm… · 210 weeks ago The way I read the article the rural health care tax is due to expire and you can either vote to renew it or let it expire. Is this right? If so it seems to me that bringing a college to town would cost us no more than we are spending now. I for one will not support a tax that goes to Sumner Mental Health when they don’t even do mental health screens on patients that can’t pay. They get to pick and chose who they help and that’s just not right! Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Jim · 210 weeks ago Mulvane has a Cowley campus now and they are supposedly struggling. There is talk of Mulvane using their casino money to expand and take on the dorms and new campus of Cowley College. They would be competing with Wichita post secondary schools for income and students. If Cowley came to Wellington, they would compete for Harper and Kingman Co. students and tuition. How willing is Cowley College Board of Directors willing to spend some of their large tank of endowment money in Wellington, instead of Wellington doing all the financing? Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 210 weeks ago I have mixed feelings for this raise in sales tax… Im asking the same as John…do we have anything expiring soon that can help in relieving this increase? I think Cowley would be a great thing for the community but also wonder how we are going to bring jobs and business to Wellington to stop the decline of the population if we continue to keep raising taxes period !! Our utility rates are through the roof, how many can’t pay their bills this month or last, who is already without? Now we want to raise sales tax another half percent for this adventure, don’t you think people shop out of Wellington to get more for there money? As for the other increase for health care, we have to keep that but how much more can our plate hold? We seem to have people with huge dreams here and that is great if you have the town with adequate income to support it all. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down DocBlaster · 210 weeks ago Kansas already has one of the highest average sales taxes in the country. a 10+% sales tax would put little Wellington KS near the top of the list nationally, right behind Chicago IL and Birmingham AL. Between the sales tax, personal property tax, county property tax, state tax, and federal tax, I pay about 43% of my pay in taxes. If you work, you probably do as well. I will not be voting for this. Why should the tax payers be paying for a FOR PROFIT business to come to town anyway? Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Casie Risley · 210 weeks ago Look around the County and it isn’t hard to see that we need new development. This new development will most certainly follow Cowley College building in Wellington. Creation of new jobs and the ability to train a work force that’s already here will have a positive affect County wide. This is something that Sumner County desperately needs! I urge everyone to look at the long-term goal of Cowley College on this project. It would be a HUGE shot in the arm for all of Sumner County. Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Just me · 210 weeks ago It would seem that CCCC has everything to gain but doesn’t want to put much on the line to lose. I don’t want to pay even more sales tax than I already am. I agree it would be nice for CCCC to be here IF they want to foot the bill but kids for many MANY years have been able to get great educations without a college in Wellington and have several choices of colleges within an hour if not less. As far as this being good for the manufacturing plants, if they want good employees they will find them no matter where at job fairs, etc. I would much rather have SRMC than CCCC. Report Reply 3 replies · active 210 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Commissioners took no action on a request by Cowley County Community College to vote on a sales tax referendum through a mail-in ballot sometime in early 2017. Instead, the question will go on the ballot this November.The ballot question will ask whether or not Sumner County voters will pay a half-cent sales tax to help construct a Cowley College-Wellington Campus. The campus hopes to be open by early 2018 (see story here).“Our position has been the same from the start,” said Steve Warner, Sumner County Commissioner. “We want to have the input of the largest representation of Sumner County.”Sumner County voters will have two sales tax questions on the ballot. The first will include the renewal of the half-cent sales tax for rural healthcare services, the Sumner Mental Health Center and the Sumner County Health Department.The second will be the Cowley College proposal.Sumner County Economic Development Director Stacy Davis said the hope of Cowley College officials was to separate the Cowley question from the rural health care question so that both proposals have a good chance of passing.Cowley College President Dennis Rittle said in a community forum held yesterday at the Wellington High School auditorium, that he didn’t like the idea of putting it on the November ballot because of the various races and the emotion surrounding the general election. Cowley College was to pay for the mail-in ballot expenses in which the question would be sent to individual voters home.Warner said his biggest worry with mail in ballots is that it does not accurately reflect the large number of voters out there.“Traditionally, mail in ballots have a 8 to 12 percent return rate,” Warner said. “I’m not comfortable with that kind of return. Yes, you can argue that is the fault of the electorate. I just believe putting it on the ballot is a more fair way of doing it.”All three commissioners said they are not taking a public position on the question.“I’ll decide when I get in the election booth, but I don’t think I want to share my view with the public,” said Jim Newell, Sumner County Commissioner. Newell, himself, will be on the November ballot unopposed, barring a write-in candidate.Sumner County Clerk Debra Norris said the ballot question will be ready for review during the first of September. The commissioners want Cowley College officials to review the ballot in a nonpartisan way.Davis said she understands the commissioners position and will fight to pass both sales tax proposals.“From the data we have collected, we feel strongly that the Sumner County voters will pass a referendum to build a wonderful Cowley College facility,” she said.The general election is slated for November 8.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESKENT DESORMEAUX, APACHE PRINCESS, WINNER: “Not at all confident, Keith called and we had a long discussion about it, he decided we would stay in and I thought the end result worked out very well…In regards to Apache Princess’ last race on  1/21/2019 and today dropping his whip .., I had already asked her and encouraged her for the best, I encouraged her three times and I was underhanded and when I tried to raise it, it just went towards the earth. That’s embarrassing, but (it’s) the second time I’ve done that with her and she’s won the race for me,” said Kent.  “She proves that she doesn’t need it, she just needs encouragement with my mouth.  If I kiss at her, shake the reins at her, throw crosses and she continues.“I think its camera angle a lot of times people tell me wow you were out in front why did you take back…well I wasn’t especially seven eighths,  it always looks like the one is way in front but its terrible camera angle, I thought we all broke head-in-head, Rafael (Bejarano), I looked over and he wanted to lead and I just didn’t ask her to do anything and she ended up camping outright behind him, We started racing at the Three in a half and she beat him.TRAINER QUOTES          KEITH DESORMEAUX, APACHE PRINCESS WINNER:”I picked this (whip) up off the track for you… Thanks for the ride.”NOTES:  KMN Racing LLC.KMN Racing’s Apache Princess and jockey Kent Desormeaux win the Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes, Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more