Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This is in regard to the Oct. 5 article about the Hamburg Street sewer line.I quote, “A sanitary sewer line is also being installed and will be paid for by the town of Rotterdam.” It will not be paid for by the town of Rotterdam. The residents of Hamburg Street alone are paying for the sewer line, which comes to $1,200 to $1,400 per year for 30 years. This is a sewer line the residents don’t want and didn’t vote on. The members of the town board voted. We had no say in the matter.This was forced on us by the town board members who don’t live on Hamburg Street. Every petition we sent in was the wrong one — even the ones the town said we had to use.I hope this opinion gets published, but I doubt is since The Daily Gazette seems to be biased in favor of our illustrious town board.Sandra RudeshiemRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
Fallen champions Chelsea suffered a ninth defeat in 16 Premier League games at Leicester with the pressure growing on Jose Mourinho’s position as coach. After suggesting he was “betrayed” by his players, where does such an evening leave the ‘Special One’ as his side’s season continues to unravel at a startling pace.Another match, another defeat for ChelseaIndeed. A 2-1 defeat at Premier League leaders Leicester does not sound bad in isolation, but as part of a body of work it doesn’t look great for coach or players, but of course you cannnot dismiss an entire squad. Goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez did for Chelsea with Loic Remy’s late effort merely a consolation. The longer this goes on, the more in jeopardy Jose’s position would appear to be. Or maybe not. It depends on what owner Roman Abramovich is making of all these happenings, and he does doesn’t do interviews with anybody. So it is difficult to get a reading of what is going through his mind. The facts of the matter do not lie: Chelsea are only one point above the relegation spots in a lowly 16th spot after 16 games of a turbulent season.What did he have to say this time?As per usual, plenty. It has reached the farcical juncture at Chelsea where Mourinho has taken to berating Premier League ball boys after his side’s ongoing shortcomings, but not before he had made his feelings known about his players. “We were better for a maximum of 30 minutes, they were better for an hour. They didn’t make many mistakes, they were aggressive and played at a high intensity and high tempo.It’s unacceptable for me because I know that one of my strengths is to read the game for my players, read the opponents and I feel like my work was betrayed.”Was he right to say he was betrayed?You could argue that he was correct in this assertion, but one can’t look at such swingeing criticism in isolation. You have to look at what the manager has contributed to such a shambolic demise, and how a squad who won the Premier League by eight points in May can suddenly be in the nether regions in mid-December. Ranging from Chelsea’s gone-but-not forgotten doctor Eva Carneiro, the club’s medical staff, referees, the Football Association, the media and not forgetting Arsene Wenger, Mourinho has criticised everything that moves, but football management always comes down to how you are treating your players and what you are getting out of them. On such a respect, Mourinho has to take as much responsibility. When Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said there is “massive disconnect” between players and coach, he wasn’t indulging in fantasy.Any players in particular?Eden Hazard, who doesn’t sound or look like an object of his affection. Mourinho’s reaction to his injury early in the match tended to suggest if his manager wondered if he had an injury. “I don’t know. He was on the floor he came out, he says he can’t do it,” commented Jose.”A couple of seconds later he says he goes inside to try and when he goes inside two steps he immediately decides to go back. I think Eden is injured. I didn’t speak yet with the doctor, but I have to believe he is injured.” Was he right to attack the ball boys?This one really is clutching at straws. When you start quizzing the amount of time and effort ball boys are taking to get the ball into play, you begin to lose credibility. “They were a disgrace to the Premier League.” Maybe frustrating, but they are hoping for a Leicester win. It is wholly wrong to suggest ball boys contributed to Chelsea’s defeat.Do club icons share the same view?Diego Costa has accused his team-mates of sleeping on the job during the match with an image during the match that was fairly damning, but Frank Lampard, working as a Sky pundit, claims the club’s owner will resist pulling the trigger.”It has to change right now. Whether it’s attitude or performance or something else, it has to change. He (Abramovich) probably looking at it very closely. Obviously we’ve been here before with Chelsea when managers change midway through the season. I don’t know how many times you can do that. We had some good results from doing it before but we had a different set of players at that point. What can they gain by getting rid of him now? They are probably not going to make the top four anyway or the top six. They’re not going to get relegated I think if we are honest so I’m sure there’s a view from Roman Abramovich to say, ‘Hang on, let’s see what happens at the end of the season.”Will he fall on his sword?Doesn’t sound like it. If Mourinho goes, apparently with several million pounds in compensation, the action will be instigated by the owner. “I think you know me well enough, three years this time plus three years in another time so six years with you, you know me well enough that I am not afraid of a big challenge,” said Mourinho. “In this moment it is a real big challenge. I want to stay. I hope Mr Abramovich and the board want me to stay.”–
DES MOINES — As so many Iowans are dealing with excess water lately due to flooding, we’re reminded the resource is precious and not to waste it.Residents in towns where water treatment plants have shut down already know the value of fresh, clean water. Don Tormey, spokesman for the Iowa Utilities Board, says we should all check our homes for sources of drips to save water — and money.“Nearly one trillion gallons of water is wasted each year in the U.S. through minor residential drips and leaks,” Tormey says. “That’s equal to the total water used by more than 11 million homes.”A federal report finds 10 percent of homes have leaks that drain more than 90 gallons a day, typically through worn toilet flappers, faulty valves and dripping faucets.“According to the EPA, a faucet that drips once per second leaks 3,000 gallons a year and an average household leak can lead to 10,000 gallons of lost water annually,” Tormey says. “That’s a lot of water.”He suggests you check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water was used. A change in the meter reading indicates you could have a leak and there are a few ways you can check.“You can place a drop of food coloring in a toilet tank to check for leaks. Without flushing, wait 10 minutes to see if any color appears in the bowl. If it does, you have a leak,” Tormey says. “You can check your faucet handles, gaskets and fittings for signs of water outside the pipe that could indicate a leak. Also, if you have an irrigation systems, you should check that each spring.”Learn more about leaks and water conservation at the website: www.epa.gov/watersense.
DES MOINES — As dozens of Iowans die every year from opioid overdoses, the state is sponsoring a new initiative offering every law officer in the state a free two-pack naloxone kit.Kevin Gabbert, the state health department’s opioid treatment program director, says the kits are easy to use and they’re genuine life-savers. “This nasal spray can be used to provide naloxone to the person and it’s something that’s done through the nose,” Gabbert says, “and the intent is that it will reverse the opioid overdose that’s occurring and allow time until medical care can be provided.”Gabbert says if the spray is used on someone who is -not- having an overdose, there are no ill effects. In 2017, there were 206 opioid-involved deaths in Iowa. Preliminary data for 2018 shows that number has dropped to 137. Until those numbers drop to zero, Gabbert says it’s important that our police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and others are prepared.“Quite often, our law enforcement personnel are the first to a scene when a suspected overdose has occurred,” Gabbert says. “Having the ability to administer naloxone without delay could mean the difference between life and death. In some cases, it may actually be the law enforcement officer whose life is in danger because of accidental exposure to an opioid or suspected opioid.”There are about 6,000 law officers in the state and it’s unclear how many individuals or departments may request the kits. The state is planning to make one large purchase, at a discount. “Typically, if a person were to go to a pharmacy and purchase the two-pack Narcan kit that we’re providing, it would be about $150,” Gabbert says. “We’re able to purchase it directly from the manufacturer and obtain what they call ‘public interest pricing,’ and so we can get it for $75 for the same two-pack kit.”The program is being sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health, with support from the Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association and the Iowa Police Chiefs Association. Law agencies can request the free kits by calling the IDPH at 515-281-7689.