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Resolve to give more to others this year

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionEvery year, thousands of people set out to make a New Year’s resolution. Here is a different thought and a different direction we should all try. Instead of giving up chocolate, fatty foods or maybe something as little as how much television we watch, let’s try a different approach. Let’s just give. We can get caught up in our busy schedules and at times lose our focus on what is really important. Let us take the time to think of all who are around us. Even if it’s something as simple as holding a door open, picking up something that someone has dropped, or just being polite by saying hello, there are all kinds acts that can make a difference in a person’s day. When we go home, let us think of our husbands, wives, children, parents or whoever else may be there. Instead of having our own favorite meal, maybe we could consider what others might like instead. Another nice gesture would be to clean up after dinner instead of having someone else do the task. I could list a hundred different ideas on what kind of thoughtful acts we could perform, but that’s up to the individual.The important thing is to think of others. Do no wait, because there’s going to be a time when our loved ones will not always be here. So during the new year, put others first and remember that it’s much better to give than to receive.Sean DefresneAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Guest analyst Mark Gubicza: Dodgers vs. Astros, Game 7

first_imgGUEST ANALYST: Mark Gubicza, a broadcaster for the Angels and a former World Series champion during his 14-year career as a big league pitcher, has been the Southern California News Group’s guest analyst during the World Series.GAME 7 PITCHING MATCHUP: Yu Darvish vs. Lance McCullers: ”With Darvish, I look back at Game 3 and I don’t know if he was tipping his pitches or something with his arm angle. His slider was flat and his fastball command wasn’t good, but it seemed like they had a pretty good idea where he was going. There was a conversation about him tipping before going to the Dodgers. The way they’re reacting (to his pitches), I feel they were seeing something. That’s easily remedied. All you have to do is look at the tapes. … With McCullers, he throws a high percentage of curveballs, but for me, he’s going to have to throw his fastball more. It’s going to be hard to control your emotions in a Game 7, and you can overthrow your curveball, and that can lead to some mistakes and very hittable pitches.”WORTH WATCHING: “You can almost guarantee (Clayton) Kershaw is going to be in the game, and (Dallas) Keuchel too. When you look at Kershaw’s competitiveness, even if he’s not overly strong, that could work to his benefit. He’s not going to try to overpower hitters. He’ll get hitters to swing at pitches out of the strike zone.”X FACTOR: “Being in a couple Game 7’s (with the Kansas City Royals) in 1985, there are always a few guys on the team that keep you under control. George Brett and Hal McRae did it for us. Carlos Beltran, even if he’s not playing for the Astros, will help them relax. On the Dodgers side, there are a lot of guys that are young and energetic. I have seen a lot of emotion from that Dodgers team. If you are looking for one guy to keep them under control, I think Kershaw will be the guy.” Video: Dodgers Game 7 previewRelated Articles WATCH: Joc Jack! Pederson celebrates after his HR gives Dodgers 3-1 lead Whicker: World Series is up for grabs after Game 6 escapes Justin Verlander’s grip Whicker: Dodgers extend themselves to extend it to Game 7 Photos: Dodgers will play in game 7 after 3-1 victory over the Astros Video: Dodgers beat Verlander, force Game 7 center_img Miller: 2017 World Series officially becomes ‘epic’ with a heavyweight Game 7 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers rally to beat Astros, extend World Series to Game 7 World Series Game 7: Dodgers vs. Astros, lineups, starting pitchers, TV info WATCH: Corey Seager, Chris Taylor give Dodgers 2-1 lead in Game 6 last_img read more