Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> After a belt-tightening eight-game stretch during which they were limited to 18 runs and a .166 batting average by three of the best starting rotations in baseball, the Dodgers can put on their fat pants this weekend.Justin Turner hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat after returning from the DL and the Dodgers pulled away early in a 7-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.The Reds’ starting rotation came into this weekend series with the highest ERA in the majors (5.81) by a wide margin. Friday’s starter, left-hander Amir Garrett, wasn’t around for long.After giving up Turner’s homer in the first inning, Garrett took a line drive off his pitching hand to start the second inning. The bullet came off Austin Barnes’ bat at 103 mph and left Garrett on the ground in pain. He left the game with a contusion. X-rays were negative. Maeda, on the other hand, emerged from the bullpen a new man.Bumped from the rotation to accommodate Alex Wood’s return from the DL on Saturday, Maeda had made just one previous relief appearance in his professional career – as a rookie with the Hiroshima Carp in 2008.In 10 starts this season, he had allowed 12 runs in the first innings along with a .349 batting average and 1.083 OPS. In his first inning as a reliever, he retired the side in order, striking out two.He kept going, striking out four of the first six batters he faced and retiring the first nine in order before Joey Votto led off the ninth with a home run. The Dodgers’ offense went on to do most of its damage against the Reds relievers who followed.Two runs scored in the third inning when right-hander Jake Buchanan tried to make a highlight-reel play on Barnes’ chopper to the left of the pitcher’s mound with the bases loaded. This one Buchanan tried to bare hand and spin to throw Barnes out at first. His throw was wide of first, allowing the two runs to score.An inning later, Buchanan loaded the bases again on a double by Chris Taylor, a walk and a hit batter. Franklin Gutierrez’s first hit since May 16 – a ground ball single into left field – drove in two more runs.Kike’ Hernandez added a solo home run later, plenty of offense to support the a new tag team duo – Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda.Hill continued to struggle with his control, walking three in the second and third innings, and needed 98 pitches to get through five innings. He allowed just one run on two hits in that time but has now walked 16 batters in his past 18 innings.
After reading Wendell Neugebauer’s Dec. 6 letter “Assisted suicide laws do more harm,” I feel compelled to speak for many who face a situation similar to the one my family is facing.Please reference Eleanor Aronstein’s fact-filled letter on Dec. 13 (“Allow New Yorkers to die with dignity”).My ex-husband no longer has a voice to express his fears and wishes. My grown children’s father is diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). His children lovingly took him into their homes and fully supported him, physically, emotionally and financially, until it became impossible.He is now in an assisted living facility, but as his condition continues to deteriorate, his quality of life diminishes. He has lost his ability to laugh, smile, communicate or control his body.A proud and meticulous man, he would never have chosen to end his life like this. I cannot say what choice he would have made between this slow and painful way, or to “die peacefully’’, but he would not have opted to have his children see him tied into a wheelchair to keep him safe and have his loved ones witness such a demise.Mr. Neugebauer’s cutting paragraph about “greedy relatives” not wanting to see their inheritance “frittered away” changed my anger to tears. I’m sad for him and anyone who fears that that’s how their relatives would treat their end days. But unless you have walked in the moccasins of those who live this nightmare, you know not of what you speak. Jill McGrathHowes CaveIf Joe Biden gets in, he must impeachedIn 2013, Harry Reid (D-NV) changed Senate rules to use the so-called “nuclear option” to allow the Senate to basically approve any candidate for a federal judge position with a simple majority versus two-thirds rule.Using the same rules Reid implemented in 2013, the Republican Senate has approved a record number of judges to the bench.Unfortunately for Democrats, all of them are conservative. This will impact the Supreme Court and all federal courts for years.Now we have an impeachment passed by the Democrats in a totally partisan process.The bar on the impeachment has reached a new low. The articles of impeachment don’t identify a “high crime or misdemeanor” by any definition. No bribery, no quid pro quo. Strictly as a non-professional in law, I would suggest that Hunter Biden and his dad, Joe Biden, should be investigated in the hiring of Hunter by Burisma as a member of its board. He had no experience on the job. He landed a spot on a corrupt Ukraine oil company’s board of directors and got paid an obscene monthly payment. It’s obvious to the most casual observer that his last name got him the job.If Joe Biden gets the job of president of the United States and the Republicans get control of the House, the first order of the House of Representatives should be his impeachment. If not, every Democrat should be asked if they are comfortable with what Hunter and Joe did in Ukraine. What goes around, comes around.Mark SampsonNiskayunaEllen’s generosity worthy of giddinessThis is in response to Rick Splawnik’s Dec. 18 letter (“Ellen audience a bit too giddy over gifts.”): If you have ever watched the Ellen DeGeneres Show, you would know that she has 12 days of giveaways during Christmas season. No, they are not just a free toaster or whatever. They are gifts that are worth thousands of dollars. They are trips, gift cards, etc. So yes, I would be just as giddy as them. In fact, I have been to the bonus days of giveaways at the Ellen Show years ago and there were gifts that totaled more than $2,000, and the show even paid the taxes on what we were given. I had donated everything I received to a family who needed it more.Ellen is not only generous, she is funny. So maybe next time you can sit down and actually watch her show.Judy YoungRotterdamPoorly chosen words promote stereotypesThe Dec. 18 article, “Official: ‘Gang-related’ fight breaks out in Schenectady High hallway” includes a quote from district spokesperson Karen Corona, “Kids (are) bringing issues from the community into the school…sometimes the kids just show up and they start fighting.” Both Corona’s comment and the headline of this article support stereotypes that Schenectady students know only violence. They also highlight a larger lack of understanding for how external factors affect student performance.Issues of the community cannot be detached from school, for they are both apart of a larger community. Rather than perpetuating the idea that students should detach school life from their community, they should be supported in figuring out the interconnections.Superintendent Larry Spring’s comment on focusing on solutions rather than blaming students would have made for a less divisive heading.By solely relegating the high school’s issues into being gang-related, the community becomes scared off. And it is only through engagement that we can hope to grow.Intent does not negate impact, and the impact of this headline and Corona’s comment perpetuate longstanding racist and classist stereotypes. Thus, Schenectady students have been failed support and are owed a great apology.I call upon readers to think reflexively over the words you use in relation to Schenectady High and the assumptions they make.If your words smuggle in gross stereotypes, then you halt progress and bolster discrimination.Grace HerrmannSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDon’t discount love in assisted suicides Allow secret ballots in Senate trialI urge Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who will serve as judge for the impeachment trial in the Senate, to take politics out of the trial.Senators serve as the jury. Allow them to have a secret ballot. All other jury trials are secret ballot, and the Constitution doesn’t prohibit this. Remove the threat of Trump’s attacks against those who vote for impeachment.I suggest this will make the trial fair and impartial.Herb DieckGlenvilleBring the Stockade’s roads up to standardThe Stockade is one of Schenectady’s jewels, with its long history, many important structures and some small businesses.The condition of its streets is deplorable.When does the city expect to address this? Union Street from Erie to Washington is an adventure in pothole-dodging, and it’s only December. This would seem like a good place to invest.Perhaps before we make the city Smart, we can bring its streets up to 20th century standards.Mark VermilyeaNiskayuna Impeachment is a hollow win for DemsCongratulations Democrats for a tremendous win for our country. The impeachment of Donald Trump is an enormous victory.I think the leadership of Schumer, Pelosi, Nadler, Schiff, among others is very commendable. They have successfully and, might I add, finally accomplished something in the nearly three years of Trump’s presidency. May you all be very proud. Stand tall, shout “impeachment” from the rooftops. Why? Because at the end of the day, that’s all you will have. He won’t be removed from office. And even if he were to be removed, he could simply run again. Oh yes, it’s true. He would win also, again, because clearly, there is no one who can beat him. Joe Biden? I don`t think we want to have his abuse of power exposed like that, do we? How else could his son get on the Burisma board with no experience or knowledge in that field making $50,000 a month? Well, I’m happy for you Dems, to be honest. You finally got this done. Congratulations.Brian BaldwinBurnt Hills More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18