Letters to the Editor for Monday, Aug. 26

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLaw makers should support enforcementWhen the media regularly refers to our elected representatives as “law makers” it kind of rubs me the wrong way.But when their carefully drafted laws collide with compassion, and officials move to enforce those laws, some law makers call them cruel, heartless, racists and bigots whose efforts should be terminated. For whatever reason, law makers become complicit with the law breakers. Instead of accusing law enforcement, we would be better represented if our representatives exercise the moral courage to stand behind the laws they created and support their enforcement or modify the law. In our country, the rule of law still reigns.  So, I say out of duty, rigorously enforce the laws. Don’t condemn the enforcer. Keith GasnerDelanson U.S. threatened by turn away from GodWhen I was young boy growing up, black kids and white kids played together. I never even knew what racist meant. Sure we had our fights and quarrels, but I never thought about the fact that the kids I played with were black or white; it did not matter to me.But today, everything the left says, if you don’t agree with them or support President Trump, you are a racist.While I’m so sick of hearing that word all the time, is that maybe making me a racist?I don’t know what’s wrong with people today. They are always knocking America. All they want to do is get rid of murals and statues and erase our history. The TV news never tells the truth about our president, Donald Trump, who in my opinion is doing a great job, even though he has to fight the Democrats all the way.The American people had better wake up, because all the great empires before us fell from within and we are headed in that direction. I believe all the floods and hurricanes are happening because America is turning away from God.Chronicles 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.Tony MonteDuanesburgGet facts straight  on Russian influenceJohn Hoetker’s Aug. 19 letter (“Trump didn’t get his way with Russia help”) uncritically accepts the “alternative facts” presented by Attorney General William Barr.Barr put his inaccurate spin on the report before the rest of us had an opportunity to read it. If  Mr. Hoetker now reads the Mueller report and revisits Mueller’s testimony, he will find that the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election. The Russians wanted Trump to win, and the Trump team welcomed their interference, as indicated by the more than 100 contacts they had with Russian agents. There was insufficient evidence to prosecute for conspiracy, but there was certainly collaboration, which is not a crime. Mr. Hoetker’s letter calls the investigation into our election system, the very bedrock of American democracy, “fruitless,” and claims that Mueller found no instances of obstruction.That too is false. Mueller didn’t seek an indictment because of a Justice Department practice that prevents sitting presidents from being indicted. But he did find 10 cases of possible obstruction and testified that Trump could face indictment when he leaves office. Interference by a foreign power in our electoral system is a major threat to our democracy. Mueller testified that the Russians are already preparing to attack our 2020 elections. Are we going to let Putin pick our next president? Are we going to emulate the German experience of the 1930s when a “strong” leader put himself above the rule of law by peddling “alternative facts” to his worshipping admirers. It can happen here if we allow it.Bill ScheuermanScotiaLook into why TV channels are goneLike others in the Capital District who had been receiving their TV programming over the air, I lost the ability to watch channels 10, 17 and 23 in early August. I’ve written to the stations involved and have learned that they are still working on their transmission antennas and are still not up to full power. An interesting assignment for your reporters might be to investigate the situation for the many of us missing our favorite programs.Edith KlimanSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Aunt: Toddler’s birth and death taxpayer funded

first_imgNZ Herald 22 Feb 2012A coronial inquest into the death of Hail-Sage McClutchie ended this morning with a heart-felt plea from her aunty for communities to protect not only vulnerable children but “vulnerable parents”….Coroner Peter Ryan grilled Child, Youth and Family’s chief social worker Paul Nixon on its information sharing with other government agencies. During the inquest it was revealed that CYF had no knowledge of Hail-Sage’s birth despite Ms Percy’s other child in its care….Hail-Sage’s death prompted the release of two Families Commission reports that look at the issue of children born into families where Child Youth and Family (CYF) have removed previous children from the parents’ care because of abuse.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10787246last_img read more

Church bells, police sirens signal Antique curfew

first_img“Church bells will ring and also thepolice sirens,” he said. Sibalom town’s Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish Church helps the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for coronavirus disease 2019 in signaling the start of Antique’s curfew by sounding off its bell. PNA “So far the people in the provincecooperated well,” Parena added. Antique’s 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew wasimplemented on March 17 following Executive Order No. 35, series of 2020 issuedby Gov. Rhodora Cadiao on March 16. The police have been going around theirrespective municipalities with the assistance of their village watchmen.    The curfew, which is estimated to rununtil April 1, exempts government officials and employees performing officialfunctions; government and private medical personnel or health workers; personsauthorized to engage in business, commerce or industry; and suppliers orsellers of food items, medicines, and other necessities like hardware andconstruction materials. center_img SAN JOSE, Antique – The Inter-AgencyTask Force (IATF) for coronavirus disease 2019 has requested churches inAntique to ring their bells at exactly 8 p.m. They will signal the start of theprovince’s curfew. According to Antique Police ProvincialOffice director Colonel Parena, chair of the IATF, the churches were requested tohelp inform the residents of Antique to stay inside their houses once thecurfew starts. Sugar migrants or locally known as sacadas, call center agents and mediapersonnel are also exempted from the curfew.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

From the Franklin County FSA

first_imgBrookville, In. — Let the fun begin.  Brisk air and falling leaves equals mature crops; football and harvest.  Please take your time, putting safety first.  We wish you a safe and productive harvest.Don’t pay a late-filing fee, for those of you who have perennial grazing and forage crops (alfalfa, grass, mixed forages, clover, etc.), you must report these by November 15, 2017.Need cash flow to pre-buy for 2018 crop inputs or pay cash rent?  Have you tried our Commodity Loan Program (MAL)?  Farm-stored commodity loans are available with low interest rates.  I would love to increase our loan activity.Sign up for our text alerts specific to activity to Franklin County FSA, follow these simple steps to enroll:  1. Go to the area of your phone to send a text message – 2. Type the number 372-669 – 3. Text the word INFRANKLIN (not case sensitive).  You will immediately receive a response in text form “welcome to USDA-FSA text alerts.  You will be sent no more than 2 messages per month.”  Standard text messaging rates apply. Contact your wireless carrier for details associated with your particular data plan. You may unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more

Registration open for ‘Outdoor Women’ event

first_imgMadison, In. — The Big Oaks Conservation Society and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge are hosting the 14th annual Outdoor Women at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, June 09, 2018. The event is held at the historic Old Timbers Lodge.Outdoor Women at Big Oaks is a one-day program designed to offer women ages 12 and over the opportunity to gain valuable in-the-field skills in an environment that encourages fun and success in the outdoors.  The award-winning program teaches outdoor skills to women through a variety of courses including fishing, archery, shooting sports, wild game cooking, falconry, canoeing/kayaking, bird watching and much more.  This event also fosters a greater appreciation for wildlife conservation and allows women to meet others who share their enthusiasm for the outdoors.Registration forms can be downloaded from www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks/    Call the refuge office at 812-273-0783 to receive a mailed registration form.  Classes are limited in size, so early registration is recommended.  The deadline for early discounted registration is May 6th:  The registration fee includes a choice of 4 courses, continental breakfast, lunch, use of equipment and supplies, and a day pass to Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.  Registration fees can be viewed online. Hurry registration is filling up quickly!last_img read more

James is double winner during weekend at Willamette

first_imgBricen James won July 27 and 28 IMCA modified features at Willamette Speedway. (Photo by Stephanie Deatherage)By Ben DeatherageALBANY, Ore. – 2018 has been an ultra-successful campaign for Bricen James.  The Albany, Ore., teenager has nabbed four wins at Cottage Grove Speedway and twice has visited victory lane at Willamette Speedway.James was hoping to add more to that count by participating in two evenings of racing at Willamette Speedway on Friday and Saturday, July 27-28.Friday saw James win his heat race and finish on top in the trophy dash. In the feature, he battled to­ward the front for most of the race. He spent the majority of the time in second place trying to track down the leader.James caught the pace setter and the two battled in some heavy traffic. He got to the front with a daring pass on lap 28 and held on for the final two circuits for the victory.“I really didn’t think we had a chance there,” said James. “Justin (Cady, the leader) was gone and if it hadn’t been for lapped traffic he definitely wouldn’t have won.”The next night, James competed at the Rick Barnes Memorial and picked up right from where the pre­vious race left off. He won his heat race and was second in the trophy dash.“I started sixth and got to third on lap two, got lead after a restart from a caution and led the entire race after that,” he said.It would mark not just a great Saturday night but an incredible weekend as a whole. James col­lected his third and fourth victories of 2018 at Willamette and his eighth win overall.The team will next head to Cottage Grove Speedway on Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4 for another doubleheader weekend.last_img read more

Welshonse wins IMCA Modified main at Southern Oregon

first_imgBy Don Martin IIWHITE CITY, Ore. (Sept. 17) – James Welshonse took advantage of a late race mishap to get the victory in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event Saturday at Southern Oregon Speedway.It was the first career win for Welshonse, who was running right behind leader Scott Lenz and Mauge Wauge on lap 19 when the two cars got together, leaving Wauge stuck in turn two for the yellow flag.Also the winner of his heat and the trophy dash earlier in the evening, Welshonse overtook Lenz on the restart and went on to victory ahead of Jesse Bailey. Lenz was third.Dwayne Melvin won the 20-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Melvin was enjoying a good battle with Rich McCoy during the first half of the race before a stalled car came into play. McCoy made contact with the car to end his race.  Melvin led the rest of the way to win ahead of David Marble and Mike Medel.last_img read more

Trump to become first President to attend anti-abortion rally ‘March for Life’ in Washington

first_imgAccording to the White House, President Donald Trump will become the first president to make an in-person appearance at the annual anti-abortion rally in Washington called the March for Life.Trump made the announcement on Wednesday via Twitter:See you on Friday…Big Crowd! https://t.co/MFyWLG4HFZ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2020 Past Republican presidents have showed support to March For Life but none have attended a rally.In a statement, Jeanne Mancini, the president of March for Life, said “President Trump and his administration have been consistent champions for life,”… “and their support for the March for Life has been unwavering.” “During his presidency Donald Trump and his administration have worked to control abortion access. Trump has appointed anti-abortion judges, opposed abortions in late pregnancies, and cut funding from abortion services.last_img read more

Warner in default over CONCACAF lawsuit

first_imgCMC – A US District judge has found disgraced former FIFA vice-president Austin “Jack” Warner in default, in a US$20 million lawsuit brought against him by CONCACAF.Judge William F Kuntz entered judgement against Warner, who is facing extradition to the US in a separate criminal case, on Monday.Warner, who is also the former president of the North American soccer confederation, is accused of taking millions in bribes and kickbacks. It is alleged that Warner and fellow former FIFA official Chuck Blazer made a fortune through embezzlement.Warner never responded to the lawsuit by CONCACAF after he was served with it in October 2017. Kuntz granted CONCACAF’s motion for default judgement against Warner, with no opposition, as he was unrepresented in court.The lawsuit, filed in April 2017, mirrored allegations in the US indictment that resulted in charges against several top football officials.“There can be no doubt that Warner and Blazer victimised CONCACAF, stealing and defrauding it out of tens of millions of dollars in brazen acts of corruption for their own personal benefit at the expense of the entire CONCACAF region,” the suit said.It also sought US$20 million in compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages. It includes the cost of the Centre of Excellence, which is also the focus of a separate claim in the local courts.Warner has already been banned from FIFA for life.In T&T, CONCACAF filed yet another lawsuit against Warner, in his personal capacity and as a partner in the firm Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence; the centre itself; Renraw Investments Ltd and CCAN and Company, also in its personal capacity as partners in the centre; Warner’s wife Maureen; and accountant Kenny Rampersad and his company.That lawsuit, being heard by Justice Robin Mohammed, seeks compensation for the misappropriation of funds with respect to the ownership and use of the Centre of Excellence (COE) complex in Macoya.last_img read more