Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionInquiry is just first step in the processLet us not lose sight of the fact that the House of Representatives determines whether Articles of Impeachment should be promulgated. If they determine sufficient evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the Senate conducts a trial. If the Senate finds guilt, the penalty could be as little as censure, with more severe penalties available. In other words, a House vote does not mean immediate removal from office.Bruce S. TrachtenbergNiskayunaTrump’s supporters ignoring the factsColumnist Hugh Hewitt on Sept. 27 (“Welcome to Al Capone’s vault. Look familiar?”) was at it again. He followed up his July op-ed, in which Robert Mueller’s testimony was compared to Lee’s failure at Gettysburg and Napoleon’s and Hitler’s failure in Russia, with a new one. President Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky was “a nothingburger.” Fox News and the president staff person Kellyanne Conway have taken the same line. Nothing to it, just Democrats hating the president.I find it hard to believe that anyone who takes the time to read the full transcript of the conversation between the president and Mr. Zelensky and the whistleblower’s full account wouldn’t have a question or two about the president’s behavior.Jim MurphyScotiaAccusations reflect on the accusersOften at the point that an accusation is leveled, the accusation is more a reflection of the accuser, rather than a proper characterization of the behavior of the accused. This transference is evident in today’s political environment.President Trump was accused of colluding with a foreign power to effect the 2016 election, when the Clinton campaign colluded with a foreign power in hiring Fusion GPS to develop opposition research using Russian-gathered intelligence.As part of the Russian collusion hoax, President Trump was accused of obstruction of justice by not providing documents in a timely manner under subpoena from Congress. Thirty-three-thousand of Secretary of State Clinton’s emails, under subpoena, were deleted.Most recently, President Trump is suffering through an impeachment inquiry, as he is accused of “strong arming” the president of Ukraine, while Vice President Joe Biden bragged about having the prosecutor removed from his son’s case in Ukraine using “strong armed” tactics. Is there something being missed here?John P. SummersSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
HOUSTON — Syracuse was 20 minutes into its NCAA Tournament run and Tyler Lydon couldn’t take it anymore.Not that the Orange had committed 11 turnovers. Not that Dayton had shot 34.5 percent from the field and still only trailed by two. Those things were weighing on him, but this was more serious.This was about socks.“I was just pissed we had to wear these socks that were given to us,” Lydon said in SU’s NRG Stadium locker room on Satuday. “I wanted to wear the socks I’d worn all season, they were more comfortable. So we get into halftime and I just say, ‘You know what? I’m changing them.’“Then what do you know, we win.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd because Syracuse eventually beat the Flyers by 19, its first step toward the Final Four at NRG this weekend, Lydon’s now fully submerged in this superstition: He has to change something about his equipment every game. First it was the socks in the Round of 64. He changed shoes – the new ones SU received were bothering his feet – at halftime of the Middle Tennessee State game. Against Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 he banged his elbow and put a shooting sleeve on his right arm. When Syracuse started slow against Virginia in the Elite 8, Lydon took the sleeve off.He doesn’t remember specific brands, colors or the times that he made some of these changes — who could blame him with how dizzying the Orange’s run has been — but is starting to feel some pressure to keep this up. Trevor Cooney has suggested to Lydon, if only half-jokingly, that he’s now bound to changing some part of his get-up every game. Brad Pike, the Orange’s assistant athletics director for sports medicine, has warned Lydon against strict rituals like this one.Superstitions are abundant this time of the year, especially with just four teams left standing. North Carolina (32-6, 14-4), which Syracuse (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) will face at 8:49 p.m. on Saturday, has a few Lydon-like ticks. UNC center Kennedy Meeks will change his shoes after any bad game, and is always chewing exactly three pieces of Big Red gum. Tar Heels guard Joel Berry II always puts his left shoe on before his right. As a team, North Carolina hasn’t changed its locker room set up, in terms of who sits next to who, since it’s Tournament-opening win over Florida Gulf Coast.Lydon has a lot to think about heading into the matchup with North Carolina — like guarding Meeks in the paint, controlling Brice Johnson in the high post and what he can do to alleviate the Tar Heels pressure on the other end. And on top of that, he has to somewhat wonder what equipment change he could make if things go south early on.“I don’t know, you never really know until it happens,” Lydon said. “I mean if we’re playing well I probably won’t change anything. It would be hard to change.”But wouldn’t that mess with the superstition and the four-game winning streak?“Yeah, it would. Damn, this superstition thing, man. I don’t know.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 1, 2016 at 5:06 pm Contact Jesse: email@example.com | @dougherty_jesse