Where are our county representatives? Residents of Glenville continue to have little or no county representation in the Legislature, as it’s still very apparent that our Democratic legislators Catherine Gatta, Rory Fluman and Grant Sochia are more interested in supporting their political party’s interest rather than the needs of the people they represent. The most recent example comes with the announcement of county funding for the bike trail. Funding for Rotterdam, Schenectady and Niskayuna is mentioned, but nothing for Glenville. The lack of funds for the Glenville trail continues despite our status as the largest town in the county; despite of the focus of a bike trail in Glenville in our recently adopted Comprehensive Plan; and despite the glaring need and poor condition of the current trail.Also noteworthy is the lack of any mention of the county sales tax issue and the need to adjust the formula. Real property taxes continue to increase while sales tax receipts to the county and the city increase to unprecedented levels. Yet, there’s no mention of the inequity to the municipalities of the county. After all, the election is over and they all got re-elected by wide margins as they promised to focus on this issue. Well, the election is over and they go back to putting the party first rather than taking up this serious issue of lowering the property tax burden to the residents by directing more sales tax revenue back to the communities.James MartinGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Three more players have joined the Black Stars training base in Dubai for the team’s pre-tournament camp ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, Torino’s Afriyie Acquah and Deportivo Alaves’ Mubarak Wakaso have all linked up with their teammates after missing Monday’s session.Kwasi Appiah now has 26 players overall who took part in Tuesday’s beach and gym fitness sessions as they step up work for the tournament in Egypt.Appiah’s men are expected to play two friendly games against Namibia and South Africa during their 3 week stay in the Middle East before flying out to Egypt for the Afcon.
How many people are truly focused and productive for the entire course of their eight-hour workday? It seems so long, right? It certainly isn’t based on how long a person can concentrate. According to Inc. magazine, the current eight-hour standard workday came about to try to make people’s working lives more humane. In the late 18th century, factory workers could easily work between 10 and 16 hours a day to keep production steady 24/7. Since it was clear that pace wasn’t sustainable for most people, activists like Robert Owen started proposing a shorter workday.When the Ford Motor Company cut hours and doubled pay in 1914, they discovered something that made them really happy – productivity went up.Factory workers, c. 1945.Finding useful ways to boost productivity at work isn’t anything new.There have been methods and products geared toward reducing distractions at the office for far longer than you might think. One of the most radical, and perhaps creepiest, of those products dates from 1925 and was called the Isolator.The Isolator was a device created by Hugo Gernsback. Gernsback was an inventor as well as a writer and editor. He was someone who had a lot to do and wanted to stay focused.Hugo Gernsback obituary photograph published in November 1967 issue of his Radio-Electronics magazine.The device he designed was a solid wooden helmet that covered the entire head. He said it would block out 95 percent of any surrounding noise. Another of its features was that it also severely limited how much the person wearing it could see.The helmet had small pieces of glass that the wearer could look through, but even those were painted black, except for fairly thin lines near the bottom, theoretically allowing the wearer to be able to see what they were working on, but nothing else.The Isolator. Photo by Getty ImagesHe also added an oxygen tank and tube that fed into the front of the device, to prevent the wearer becoming sleepy in the dark, quiet confines of the helmet. That tendency was amplified by the fact that the longer you wore it, the more carbon dioxide would accumulate in it. It seems ridiculous, but Gernsback was prolific in his work, so it must have been effective.Many prominent people throughout history used odd methods to boost their own productivity. Here’s a quick tour through a few of these historical productivity hacks.Bust of Demosthenes. Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen (2011) CC BY SA 2.5Demosthenes was an ancient Greek from the 4th century BC. He had a speech defect which he overcame by filling his mouth with pebbles and walking alone along the shore each morning, while loudly practicing giving speeches. It worked, and he ended up a great orator and statesman of his time.Benjamin Franklin took an air bath every morning. He would spend an hour, naked, in front of an open window.Benjamin FranklinIt was a routine he did year-round, regardless of the weather. Franklin believed it would help prevent him from catching colds or the flu and he recommended the practice to many people, but somehow it never caught on.Ernest Hemingway wrote while standing up. He wasn’t the only author who preferred to work while upright — Kierkegaard, Dickens, Woolf, and even Winston Churchill all ascribed to the same practice. Standing desks are a current productivity trend, as well.Ernest Hemingway at his home in Cuba, c. 1953, standing in front of a 1929 portrait of himself by Waldo Pierce.Standing while you work is said to lower back pain, increase circulation, and may have positive effects on things like blood sugar, weight gain, and obesity.Thomas Edison only slept about four hours a night. He would take 20-minute power naps during the day when he felt it was necessary. Research shows that there are very real benefits to taking power-naps.Thomas Edison in his laboratory, 1901.They are attributed not only with improving alertness and productivity, but also with helping improve memory and learning, reducing blood pressure, and relieving stress. Edison’s habit certainly worked for him, as he is still one of the most famous inventors of modern times.One thing is evident: The people in society who are among its highest producers find their own preferred ways of managing their time to maximize their productivity. The ways they find to do it are often highly individualized reflections of their own personalities and how they think and work.Sometimes those methods can be reproducible and useful for everyone else, other times… not so much.Read another story from us: Ancient Roman Bathroom Discovered and it’s Covered in Dirty JokesThe clear takeaway here is that it’s important to know what works for you, and stick with it. If you can increase your productive work time by even an hour, you’re ahead of the game. If you’re wearing a huge wooden helmet on your head, though, your office mates may start sitting somewhere else.