If St Anselm’s thought a boozy bakery was bad, heaven knows how they might have reacted had Grand View Topless Coffee Shop – which has opened in the US town of Maine – opened next door. The name captures the essence of what this café has to offer without the need of further elaboration from Stop the Week.But elaborate we must! This over-18s-only emporium to beans and bosoms breezed past local objections and was given planning permission to open last week. Topless waitress Susie Wiley, 23, believed the work was not degrading to women. “No, I love it. I find it very empowering,” she said. And if that’s not testament enough to convince you that this venture is anything other than a sexist, retrograde step, there is also a bare-chested waiter on the books. And the topless nature of the work might be the answer to your recruitment problems – the café attracted 150 applicants for just 10 jobs.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPlease, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, we need your help. You as well, Rep. Paul Tonko.I’m a PhD student at the University at Albany, SUNY.I’m getting my PhD in political science, and I’ve written before about my fear that the new tax plan will eliminate the tuition deduction and the student loan interest deduction. This appears to be an attack on students.Education in this country is very expensive, and even with tuition scholarships and assistantships, education is still costly. Most students at my level live at a subsistence level and make a lot of sacrifices for their education.Our contracts don’t let us have second or third jobs (nor do we really have time for them), so a tuition deduction and being able to deduct student loan interest are valuable benefits that make the whole process affordable.I want to be a college professor and return to public service, and these measures by the GOP are making such aspirations difficult if not impossible.Please communicate to your colleagues the importance of these deductions for working students.Keith PrebleRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burn
Close has been coaching Division I basketball for 29 years, and he has spent the last 13 of those years on Wisconsin’s bench.It was assumed that head coach Greg Gard wished to retain the entire staff consisting of assistants Close, Lamont Paris and Howard Moore, who Gard hired as soon as he took over on an interim basis, and all had said they hoped to return for the first full season under the new head coach.It appears, according to a statement by Close, that family is the driving force of his next professional decision, but he could not have expressed greater appreciation for the players he has coached and the coaches he had the opportunity to work with.According to his statement:“Being an assistant coach at the Division I level is an increasingly demanding position. While I plan to keep basketball a part of my future plans, I do want my next professional stop to provide me with greater flexibility to spend more quality time with my wife and two growing children.“I want to thank Bo Ryan for giving me the opportunity to be part of this tremendous run here. I want to thank the other coaches and men’s basketball staff, as well as the athletic department support staff, and especially all the loyal Badger fans who have been so supportive of me and my family over the years.“Finally and most importantly, I want to say thank you to all those terrific players whose hard work and dedication over the years has brought so much joy to me, my family and this community. From the All-Americans to the walk-ons, each and everyone played an important part in the success of this program and to our lives. To have had the opportunity to help them in a small way, chase their dreams and achieve their goals, is an experience I will always treasure, one filled with moments that I can look back on with great satisfaction and pride.”The most popular name to pop up as a potential replacement for Close on the bench is former UW-Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter, who was just fired following the team’s 2015-16 campaign.Jeter not only played under Bo Ryan at UW-Platteville, but also served as an assistant coach at the school under Ryan from 1994-1998. He then, after serving as an assistant coach at Marquette for one season, went back to coaching under Ryan as an assistant at both Milwaukee and Wisconsin from 1999-2005 before taking over the head coaching job at Milwaukee.Jeter’s familiarity with the program is likely going to intrigue Gard, but the head coach will surely have a lengthy list of candidates to replace Close.“On behalf of the team and staff, I want to thank Gary for his dedication to the Wisconsin basketball program,” Gard said in a statement. “He has been a consistent piece of our success over the last 13 years and we all wish him well with his next endeavor.” University of Wisconsin Athletics announced Wednesday morning that longtime Wisconsin men’s basketball assistant coach Gary Close will be stepping down from his position on the staff to pursue other professional opportunities. The story was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tuesday night.