America has a history of backing despots

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn Vice President Pence’s address to one of the most right leaning organizations in this country, CPAC, one of the others being the NRA, he claimed, rightfully so, that the United States doesn’t stand with murderous dictatorships; we stand up to them, referring to North Korea. That’s certainly an admirable position. But by feeding these organizations the “red meat,” the Trump administration feels it needs to placate the base. We have neglected our history in dealing with and supporting despotic, tyrannical and murderous regimes. I don’t expect Donald Trump to have much interest or knowledge of history, so let me give a few examples of the rogue nations we have supported or turned a blind eye to because it suited our needs. First and foremost is Russia under Stalin, who had millions of his citizens sent to the gulag. How about Chile, where we had a democratically elected leader, Salvador Allende, removed in favor of a military dictator, Gen. Pinochet? Next, I might mention Iran, where we and the British installed Shah Pahlavi in support of our and their oil needs. We all know how that turned out. I could go on, but on the chance Mr. Trump reads The Gazette, I wanted to keep this within his intellectual capacity to absorb.James BrodieSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musiclast_img read more

Ennis plays well against Western Michigan’s various defensive looks

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — Steve Hawkins had a plan. Throw multiple defenders at Tyler Ennis and try to fluster him with a bunch of different looks.But it didn’t matter what the Western Michigan coach did or whom he had guarding Ennis. The freshman point guard wasn’t to be denied in his first NCAA Tournament game. Ennis finished with 16 points and six assists in 36 minutes, slicing through the WMU (23-10, 14-4 Mid-American Conference) defense with ease in Syracuse’s (27-5, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) 77-53 win on Thursday.Ennis showcased a smooth mid-range jumper. When the Bronco defense played off him, he nailed shots and looked comfortable pulling up off the dribble. “He’s being more aggressive,” SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara said. “It’s good for our offense. Anytime he has open shots he needs to shoot them because he’s more than capable of making it.”At times this year, Ennis has deferred and served as a pass-first point guard. That works well for Syracuse, but the Orange is even more lethal when he’s draining jump shots. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEnnis said he hasn’t changed his approach at all. He’s playing the same style he has all season. When a shot’s there, he’ll take it. “I’m just getting open shots and I’m just taking them,” Ennis said. “I don’t think there’s more of a focus for me.”In the first half, he dribbled toward the corner and found himself wide open. Instead of looking for a slashing Jerami Grant or C.J. Fair — which has worked perfectly fine this season — Ennis drilled a baseline jumper. Later on, he curled off a Rakeem Christmas screen and nailed another mid-range jumper. Ennis didn’t just help SU with his jump shot, though. In the first half, he penetrated and spun his body toward the basket. The ball swirled around the rim before eventually falling. Every time he shot, Ennis looked smooth, as he was able to help the Orange blow by the Broncos.“It’s great for us,” Grant said. “Just like Trevor, it opens up the court. When they’re hitting shots we definitely need that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more