Women's luge team scores with Hamlin

It's really no big surprise that Remsen's Erin Hamlin will not be leaving luge any time soon, even though her latest gig is just temporary.

Last week it was announced that the two-time world champion and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist will work as a USA Luge assistant coach for two-week stint this month during the world championships in Winterberg, Germany.

“I’m looking forward to helping any way that I can and bring a different perspective to the coaching staff,” Hamlin said. “I was there to see the team grow over the last few years, so knowing the skill and potential they have developed makes it exciting to jump back in, even for just a couple of weeks.”

Our guess is that Hamlin's coaching career may just be getting started. There are few women coaches in the business - in fact, that's part of what intrigued her - and with her credentials, she has plenty to offer.

“I was also always hoping to see more female coaches in my career, so to jump into that role, in a world with very few, is exciting,” she said.

Hamlin, who won four world championship medals during her two-decade luge career, retired after the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

“Even though I’m retired I still feel very connected and part of the team," she said, "probably because I was teammates with the athletes for so long."

We wish her luck.



Nothing funny about this guy

Will Louis C.K. please just go away? The alleged comic isn't funny.

In his latest stand-up routine, he apparently mocked the students-turned-activists from the Parkland, Florida, Feb. 14, 2018, school shooting that killed 17 students. A sound-only recording was posted last Sunday in a YouTube video that said it was from a Dec. 16 set at a Levittown, New York, comedy club. Several media outlets captured and posted clips and transcripts of the set. It has since been removed from YouTube.

“You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot,” C.K. can be heard saying on the recording. “Why does that mean I have to listen to you? Why does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I gotta listen to you talking?“

Parkland parent Fred Guttenberg replied to the C.K. material on Twitter.

“My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting,” Guttenberg said. “My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss every day. Why don’t you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes?“

A message seeking comment left at C.K.’s website wasn’t immediately returned, according to the Associated Press.

C.K., 51, temporarily disappeared from public life after acknowledging and apologizing for sexual misconduct in November 2017. He lost a production deal with FX networks and a movie release was canceled. But since August he has been making unannounced appearances. performing new material at East Coast comedy clubs.

He really needs to give it up. He has nothing to contribute.



Ed Welsh will leave big shoes to fill

Let's be clear from the start: Ed Welsh will be missed. The long-tenured Oneida County legislator announced this week that while he'll serve out this year, he won't be seeking another term.

What's good about that is that Welsh, true to form, did what he felt was best for his district: He announced his impending departure sooner rather than later to give potential candidates in the 19th Legislative District ample time to consider running. The district covers parts of Utica, mostly on the south side.

Such concern is not out of character for Welsh, whose day job is serving as regional general manager for AAA Northeast. He also hosts a radio show, Autotalk, which airs Saturday mornings on WIBX (950 AM). Through his 17 years on the Board of Legislators, the Republican lawmaker has used his professional expertise to skillfully oversee the Legislature’s Economic Development and Tourism committee; he has also served on Ways and Means, Public Works, Government Operations and Workers Compensation.

Welsh has also been very deliberate in his decisions, occasionally calling this newspaper to provide perspective and explain issues that he felt were most critical to the community. His experience as a business manager, advocate of public policy and his nonprofit work has made him a fair and honest representative for the people.

Welsh's community involvement goes beyond his service as a legislator. He serves on several other community boards, chairs the board of directors for Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and also serves on the boards for Utica Landmark Tower Corporation and Engine Eleven, Inc.

“I never intended to be there for my life,” Welsh said of his position in the Legislature. “I never intended on saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to stay there until they have to carry me out of that.’ I have a lot of other things I want to accomplish.”

Eighteen years is time well served. Ed Welsh has been an asset.