More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCuomo should sign bill allowing e-bikesAs an aging Baby Boomer with a sore knee, I was elated to see that the Assembly/Senate finally approved an e-bike bill (Senate bill S5294A).Pretty much every other state in the union allows them. The Class I pedal-assisted e-bikes are wonderful. They look, ride and handle (except cost) like regular bikes. They are quiet, non-polluting and get us back outside getting exercise. They should be allowed wherever regular bikes are. We have wonderful bike trails and many roads with wide shoulders. E-bikes fit in well with upstate tourism.I’m concerned about a recent article in the New York Post (https://nypost.com/2019/06/21/cuomo-pumps-break-on-bill-to-legalize-e-bikes-scooters/) that says the governor plans to veto the bill over New York City concerns. New York City already allows certain e-bikes, so vetoing the bill affects upstaters.Chris NafisRexford Much being said about Israel is falseRecent letters have falsely implied that Jews have no claim to the land of Israel; Jews stole Arab land; Israel is the obstacle to peace in the region; and Israelis, and Israelis alone, are guilty of human rights violations in the region. The truth is noted below.Jews have had a presence in the land for millennia. There is overwhelming historical and archaeological evidence to support this fact. By virtue of this presence, Jews do indeed have a legitimate claim to the land.Arabs also have a legitimate claim to the land. In an attempt to resolve this dilemma, in 1947 the United Nations passed a resolution to divide the territory into an Arab state and a Jewish state. The Jewish side agreed to the resolution, but the Arab side did not and instead attacked the Jewish side.The Jewish forces prevailed, capturing Arab land during the conflict. It’s Israel’s policy that there must be a peace treaty before any land captured in battle will be returned.Israel did return captured land when it signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.At the Camp David summit of 2000, a comprehensive peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians was drafted. However, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat withdrew at the eleventh hour without explanation.Both Israelis and Palestinians have been cited for human rights violations, as documented extensively by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light” – George Washington.Don SteinerSchenectadyGrateful for the care received at EllisOn June 25, I went into Ellis hospital for exploratory testing to determine if a heart valve replacement was possible. They did an ultrasound with a camera down my throat and a heart catheterization through my right arm. All of the people I met were compassionate and professional. The nurses, the first was Lorraine, the last was Christine, and Anna was in between, and many others were all good. It was a 12-hour visit because emergencies came in and my routine test was set back, as it should have been.It looks like a heart valve is possible. I hope my doctor takes me back to Ellis.Ken HeckelerGlenvilleU.S. helped destroy democracy in IranIran has a long history of American relationships, some consensual, but some by force. It’s a shameful historical fact that the United States played a role in destroying the Iranian people’s pathway toward a democratic form of government. President Eisenhower promoted a program, “Atoms for Peace,” to sell U.S.-manufactured nuclear reactors.He approached the Iranian government, pointing out that someday, Iranian oil would disappear and therefore they should purchase nuclear reactors to create nuclear power. They agreed, thus starting a nuclear problem for many presidents, including President Trump.In 1952, Mohammed Mosaddegh became the first democratically elected leader in Iran’s history. He nationalized Iran’s oil production that had been confiscated by Great Britain for many years. Winston Churchill asked Eisenhower to overthrow Iran’s government and take back “England’s oil.” The CIA got the job, removed Mosaddegh and put him in jail for three years.The Eisenhower government installed a puppet dictator, Mohammed Pahlavi, known as the shah. After 25 years, he was expelled.In 1988, the captain of the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian passenger plane. His excuse was that the plane was going to attack his ship.Although it was really taking off, 290 people were killed including more than 60 children.When the 9/11 terrorists struck, the Iranians were the only Middle East people who marched in sympathy for the American deaths. Ironically, 15 of the 19 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, the country Trump seems to favor to purchase U.S. military hardware.Mary Jane ValachovicSchenectady
By Randy PospishilNORFOLK, Neb. (Aug. 8) – A week after Gage Koch, a junior at Norfolk Catholic High School, won his first feature in the Hobby Stock division at Off Road Speedway, Joey Haase – who will be entering his junior year at Winside High School this fall – earned his first win in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division Saturday night.The two have crossed paths on a racetrack before as competitors for two seasons in the now-defunct junior hornet class at Riviera Raceway a few years ago.Haase won the division title in their first year of racing, while Koch won the second year.Haase took advantage of his outside second row starting position along with the race’s second caution and restart to obtain the lead, then held off pursuer Justin Addison for the final 13 laps of the 18-lap race.“These last few weeks I’ve had a lot of bad luck. We went through two transmissions in the last two nights and seven DNFs,” Haase said. “It’s been a bad year for us, so to get this win is really awesome.”Addison was second and Troy Bruns finished third.TeJay Mielke took the front spot from Cameron Wilkinson with four laps remaining and built a secure lead en route to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win. Wilkinson fought off Tiffany Bittner and Nate DeSive for second.After just a three-car field a week ago, due to drivers having family obligations–and an agreement among those three drivers not to include last week’s race results in the points race–10 cars took the track on Saturday night in the IMCA Stock Cars “A” feature.Shawn Primrose out-raced Jason Wilkinson and Chad Bruns to the checkered flag for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win.Lance Mielke got to the front midway through the 12-lap race and sped away from the pack for his third local Mach-1 Sport Compact victory this season.