The Feb. 12 column, “Fear not, America: Our infrastructure is not ‘crumbling,’”by David Harsanyi is fraught with inaccuracies. The writer claims “crumbling infrastructure” is an inaccurate characterization of our roads and bridges. He states that the Minneapolis bridge collapse in 2007 was a result of a design flaw. While the NTSB did attribute part of the failure to an undersized plate, Harsanyi omits key facts referenced by the investigators. The bridge had been resurfaced with 2-inch of added pavement – a 20 percent increase in load — and 262 tons of stone were piled on the bridge in a concentrated location as part of a repair. Notably, the bridge had functioned adequately for 50 years when it was overloaded. Stating that only 2 percent of bridges are structurally deficient is counter to the American Society of Civil Engineers, which finds the total to be 10 percent.A structurally deficient bridge is one which must be restricted for speed or weight. How many of us want to cross bridges that are unsafe? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Harsanyi mentions poor runways. The runway isn’t the problem. It’s terminals, and access that are issues.Further, he conflates infrastructure investment with social engineering, claiming “no evidence infrastructure creates jobs.” Harsanyi ignores the fact that 11 percent of jobs in America — more than 14 million — are in infrastructure. Stating “the majority of infrastructure is built by the private sector” is untrue. Roads, water systems and airports are public sector efforts, not private investment. Further, recent outcomes with private sector funding have been disappointing — the bankrupt Indiana tollway being one example. Healthy infrastructure is critical to a safe nation and economy. We can fund it or we can continue to postpone the work. If we ignore it, it costs more later and it crumbles.Scott StevensBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
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highlights BCCI will announce the squad for the upcoming series against Australia today. The senior players are likely to be rested for the series. The toss up is between KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant for reserve opener spot. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The upcoming limited overs series against Australia will be India’s last opportunity to get their combinations right before the forthcoming World Cup in England. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee will announce the squad for T20 and ODI series today and it is widely reported that a number of senior players will be rested for this series. It’s known that the swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma is all set to be rested. This means the likes of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane may get a final cut in the squad. However, India legend Sunil Gavaskar backed the young sensation Rishabh Pant and feels India can try a gamble by giving Rishabh Pant an opportunity to open. Recently, Australian sensation Shane Warne had said that Pant can be a good choice as an opener and Gavaskar has backed him by giving a nod to the idea.”Yes, why not. If you open with Rishab Pant, it opens up a third option for you as well. If he does well at the top, he is someone who can also be played in the middle order,” Gavaskar told India Today.”I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman. He is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma. I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles where you surprise the opposition,” he added. Pant had a great outing against Australia in the Test series scoring 350 runs at an average of 58.33. His dream run also includes a blistering century in the final Test. Following this, he also had a decent run against England Lions in the ODI series back home. He was also included in the T20 squad against New Zealand. With less than four months for the World Cup to start, this can be the last opportunity to see what he is capable of. The team management had tried Rishabh Pant against Windies in a home series but didn’t perform to his standards and eventually was dropped in the coming series. This remains to be seen if BCCI goes on his recent form and give him that much-needed extended run.
After almost six months of medical treatments, Boris Pandža has started training with full intensity and will probably be ready for the match with Greece in March.Pandža who is the player of Belgian team Mehelen said that his knee injury is over and that he feels good.He said to Dnevni Avaz that he’s planning to play a match in March for Mehelen, and if everything goes smoothly, by the time BiH plays the match with Greece, he’d have 3 played matches.Pandža said that he will come if Sušić calls him, but he still needs a certain amount of time to get back in shape.
GOT CHA—During better times, V. Stiviano, left, seated with Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2011. Stiviano has the expression on her face of “Got Cha,” for it was an audio recording between Sterling and her that she made public and which led to him being banned from the NBA. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Donald Sterling is being exiled for racist views shared in private.America cherishes its freedom of thought and speech. But Sterling’s comments were so nakedly bigoted that demands intensified for the Los Angeles Clippers owner to pay a heavy price for his views, even though they were taped during a private conversation with his girlfriend.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver heeded the demands and delivered one of the harshest penalties in the history of U.S. sports: a lifetime ban from the league and a $2.5 million fine. Despite Sterling’s donations to black causes and the rich contract he gave the game’s top black coach, Silver also promised to convince owners to force a sale of the Clippers over the 80-year-old Sterling’s “hateful” demands for his 31-year-old girlfriend not to broadcast her association with black people.“He has a right to his beliefs, to his thoughts. He has a right to free speech. He doesn’t have a right to be an owner of an NBA franchise,” said Dr. Harry Edwards, a scholar of race and sports who has worked as a consultant for several professional teams.“We can’t remove racism from American society any more than we can remove murder,” Edwards said. “But just because we can’t remove it, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight it.”Wayne Embry fought racism for decades, by refusing to let it defeat him. Drafted into the NBA in 1958, when quotas limited the number of black players, he was the only African-American on the Cincinnati Royals, and later became the NBA’s first black general manager. He wrote the book “Inside Game: Race, Power and Politics in the NBA.”He thinks that Sterling’s punishment is appropriate, and sends a powerful statement: “Such ignorance cannot and will not be tolerated.”“Not just in the NBA,” said Embry, who now works in the Toronto Raptors’ front office, “but it’s an important message to send throughout society.”“Sterling’s mentality sets us back 150 years,” Embry continued. “We are not going back there. So yes, action needed to be taken. It sends a clear message that as a league, and as a society for a diverse people, we are not going back there.”A variety of factors converged to extend the fight against racism into the heart and mind of Donald Sterling.Racism is often deniable these days, because it has become more subtle and complex than the blatant oppression of the past, and because race is a common political tool. So when Sterling provided such a rare and obvious example of bigotry, it sparked a sort of feeding frenzy.“In general, people in society tend to be very dismissive of claims of racism unless it is really overt. Short of a Klan rally, people generally won’t accept charges of racism,” said Todd Boyd, a USC professor who studies race and sports and is author of the NBA book “Young, Black, Rich and Famous.”Boyd noted that Sterling had escaped basically unscathed despite years of racial missteps. The billionaire had paid a $2.76 million settlement to resolve a federal lawsuit accusing him of systematically excluding blacks and Hispanics from his rental properties. A wrongful termination lawsuit by general manager Elgin Baylor described various slurs and slights.Sterling won the Baylor case. As his racial problems mounted over the years, he donated enough money to black causes to receive two lifetime achievement awards from the NAACP. He hired Doc Rivers, one of the NBA’s top coaches, and gave him GM powers and a contract worth $7 million per year.Still, when an audio recording of Sterling’s comments was leaked, with Sterling telling his girlfriend things like, “it bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” it provided an easy opportunity to address a longstanding issue.Retired NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was bothered by the sudden outrage.“What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism,” he wrote on Time magazine’s website. “I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise.”Boyd also sensed some opportunism among those calling for Sterling’s ouster.“When something like this comes out and it’s so blatant, it’s embarrassing for a lot of people who want to believe that they live in a society where racism doesn’t exist,” he said. “A lot of them might be white; a lot might also be black.”“There also are a lot of African-Americans in society who, it’s almost as though they’re waiting for moments like this to prove their blackness,” Boyd continued. “It gives them an opportunity to say, I’m protesting, I’m boycotting. Get this racist out. It sort of gives their life meaning.”Sterling presented such a huge and rare target, few people stopped to wonder whether punishing someone for private thoughts, instead of actions, was a good idea. What would then prevent other opinions from being targeted?Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Mavericks, was among the few.“In this country, people are allowed to be morons,” Cuban said before the ban was announced. “They’re allowed to be stupid. They’re allowed to think idiotic thoughts.”“But regardless of your background, regardless of the history they have, if we’re taking something somebody said in their home and we’re trying to turn it into something that leads to you being forced to divest property in any way, shape or form, that’s not the United States of America. I don’t want to be part of that,” he said.And yet he was: After Silver handed down the punishment, and said it was based only on the audiotape and not Sterling’s history, Cuban tweeted that he agreed with the decision “100%.”So Sterling is banished. He did not release any comment on the decision Tuesday. Sterling is a lawyer, and he has survived a U.S. government lawsuit accusing him of racist actions.He may not go quietly after getting banned for racist thoughts.___Jesse Washington covers race and ethnicity for The Associated Press. He is reachable at http://www.twitter.com/jessewashington or email@example.com
BETTYS BAMBINO: Rallying from off the pace, he was a convincing 2 ¼ length winner of the Grade III San Simeon Stakes over the course on opening day, Dec. 26, which was his first start since taking the Sensational Star in February, 2015. A winner of the Grade III Daytona Stakes two starts back on Dec. 28, 2014, this Unusual Heat gelding will be bidding for his sixth consecutive win over the course in a run that began on Sept. 27, 2014. Bred in California by his owners, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Joseph Ciaglia, Bettys Bambino is 11-7-0-3 overall with earnings of $378,036. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2017)–Trainer Peter Eurton’s recent graded winner Bettys Bambino will take on Marty Jones’ comebacking Ambitious Brew as this pair heads a field of five older horses bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes, to be contested at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. The one-two finishers in the 2015 Sensational Star, these 7-year-old geldings have accounted for 11 wins over the course throughout their highly successful careers.Second in this race a year ago, trainer Peter Miller’s speedy Richard’s Boy comes off a stakes win versus state-breds on dirt and should be very tough transitioning back to a course he’s enjoyed considerable success over. Bettys Bambino–Corey Nakatani–124Richard’s Boy–Victor Espinoza–124Acceptance–Stewart Elliott–124Ambitious Brew–Mike Smith–124Forest Chatter–Flavien Prat–120First post time for a nine-race card Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. AMBITIOUS BREW: Idle since well beaten in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint here on Nov. 5, this Pamela Ziebarth homebred son of Tizbud was an impressive 1 ¾ length winner down the hill of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes two starts back on Sept. 30 and should be plenty tough off the bench for Jones in what will be his 11th career start down the hillside. With Mike Smith back at the controls, Ambitious Brew should be attentive to the pace as he bids for his eighth career win. With earnings of $499,225, he has an overall mark of 21-7-7-0. RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES RICHARD’S BOY: Head and head for the lead early, he comes off a game nose victory on the main track in the California Cup Sprint going six furlongs here on Jan. 28 and was a close third from off the pace behind Bettys Bambino in the Grade III San Simeon down the hill two starts back on Dec. 26. Second, beaten a head in last year’s Sensational Star, this 5-year-old Idiot Proof gelding has been no worse than third in his last seven starts and can be counted upon to force the issue on Saturday under Victor Espinoza. Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch, Richard’s Boy is 7-2-2-1 over the course and he has an overall mark of 19-8-5-2, with earnings of $536,080. THE SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 3 of 9 Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PT