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Letters to the Editor for Monday, May 6

Letters to the Editor for Monday, May 6

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStop the slander and get more informedToo often, we fire words with reckless intent to smear and demean.A recent writer’s brash claim, “Many Americans are surrendering their values” supporting a president whose “motives are driven by narcissism” trashes both our president and voting citizens exercising their right.Is the writer privy to the president’s motives, or uttering the mantras of a hostile media?Continuing to “illustrate” surrender of “values,” the “horrified” writer asserts, with nary a shred of evidence, that appointing William Barr as attorney general was a “sinister plot” by Trump to gain a protector in the position of the office. She then declares, in an unclear and unsubstantiated statement, “he has forever tainted and dishonored the office of United States Attorney General.”We bear the responsibility to be informed. Though we no longer rely on the media to report facts, we have easy access to information. Bill Barr’s Memorandum of 8 June 2018 on Mueller’s “Obstruction” Theory addressed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is online. You will find more than 18 pages of articulate, carefully measured and weighed reasoning, referencing many legal cases. Kids get a taste of reality about vapingHere’s a lesson for you.One of my daughter’s friends, a teacher, stopped by and told me about a recent lesson she taught at one of the local middle schools.She started her lesson by saying to her 13-year-old students, “Today, we are going to make milkshakes, and we are going to use some of the same ingredients that are used in making e-cigarettes. Let’s start with blueberries. Flavor is important to both concoctions. Next, a little formaldehyde. It’s used to manufacture the colorless, gaseous stuff that makes the smoke in e-pens. Yes, it’s used in fertilizers and embalming fluids, but only large amounts are harmful.Next is the e-liquid. That’s the propellant used to get the smoke into the lungs. It causes cancer in rats and heart disease in humans, but only if used to excess. How about a little arsenic? It’s used in rat poison, but it keeps the ingredients in vape machines free of rodents in stores. Then, a little cyanide. It’s only dangerous in large amounts, but it, too, adds flavor to the smoke inhaled. In keeping with that flavor, let’s add a little yogurt. Our milkshake is complete and just as tasty as those trendy little e-pens. Now, who wants to try my milkshake?”  No hands went up, but a great discussion took place on whether to vape or not to vape.Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinecenter_img U.S. Attorney General Barr is not a novice. He has served under a previous president. His reports to Congress are patient, intelligent, “just the facts” responses to even the most hostile and rude congressional members.Let us all determine to stop the slander and false accusations that ignite hostility.An informed citizenry engaging in civil discussion is one of the greatest blessings in our democratic republic and we ought to carefully safeguard it.Joanne DarlingPattersonvillelast_img read more

PREMIUMBakamla vows to increase presence in strategic waters

PREMIUMBakamla vows to increase presence in strategic waters

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Google Topics : Linkedin Newly inaugurated Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) chief Vice Adm. Aan Kurnia has said increasing the agency’s presence in the country’s strategic waters, including around the resource-rich Natuna islands near the highly disputed South China Sea, is one of his immediate priorities.Aan took an oath before President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo last Wednesday at the State Palace, taking over from Ahmad Taufiqoerrochman, who is retiring.“I will increase [Bakamla’s] presence at sea, particularly in the areas where our presence is needed,” Aan said at the Bakamla headquarters on Friday.He also vowed to improve coordination and synergy with other maritime stakeholders, a measure he deemed necessary to help overcome Bakamla’s lack of human resources, weapons systems and patrol boats to support its operations.“[Bakamla’s] weap… #Bakamla Bakamla #maritime Natuna #Natuna #SeaPatrollast_img read more

Heat, water woes and coronavirus: India’s perfect storm

Heat, water woes and coronavirus: India’s perfect storm

first_imgBollywood stars and political leaders have urged Indians to wash their hands to protect against coronavirus but that’s a pipe dream for slum-dwellers like Bala Devi, now sweltering through a summer heatwave.The 44-year-old widow and her family of eight are among tens of millions of people facing months of torrid weather while stuck at home, in lockdown, without regular access to clean water to keep cool and wash.”It is so hot the children keep asking for water to drink. How can I give them water for washing their hands when we don’t have even enough water to drink?” Devi said at her cramped home in New Delhi. “Already our children are falling sick,” she added, her half-naked toddler hanging from her arms. Liquid gold Even before the coronavirus pandemic, water was in short supply for the 100 million people living in India’s urban slums.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has listed water infrastructure as a key priority, promising to reach 145 million rural households by 2024.But currently roughly a third of the country’s 1.3 billion people cut back on washing and bathing during summer as taps run dry.Trucks deliver water to areas suffering shortfalls during the summer months but fights regularly break out in long queues to the tap.Last year the southern city of Chennai ran out of water entirely.Heatwaves are increasing in frequency, and this week the mercury hit 50 Celsius in western Rajasthan state. Parts of Delhi recorded their hottest May temperatures in almost 20 years.Heat stress has killed around 3,500 people around the country since 2015, according to government figures, while farmers have killed themselves because of droughts ravaging their crops.Only around seven percent of Indian households have air conditioning, despite rising incomes making the luxury more affordable for some.Tarun Gopalakrishnan from the Centre for Science and Environment think-tank said India must brace for frequent periods of extreme heat in the future.”When we look at the seasonal averages we sometimes miss the picture that the extremes are increasing, causing massive social disruptions,” he told AFP. “Every drop of water is a luxury for us. We can’t afford to spend it on bathing,” she told AFP, pinching her nose at the waft of clogged drains as unwashed children milled around her.Outside it is around 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) but her one-bedroom tenement house has just an improvised ceiling fan to keep its occupants cool.There is a piped water connection but the supply is extremely erratic and a pump connected to the groundwater mostly spews air. Her family uses a common public toilet and their “bathroom” is a bucket behind a curtain.”If we can’t wash and clean and there is filth everywhere, obviously the virus will attack us, but what can we do?” asked Devi’s neighbor Anita Bisht.center_img More misery India’s coronavirus lockdown is slowly being eased but the restrictions have compounded the miseries of the current heatwave.In Delhi, a sprawling city teeming with 20 million people, demand for water outstrips supply by an estimated 200 million gallons (760 million litres) per day.The daily wait for water trucks in the capital has become even worse since the pandemic hit the city.Lining up for hours with plastic buckets and bottles, slum dwellers are now meant to stand a suitable distance apart — if the government truck ever comes.Lakhpat, a resident of the Sanjay Niwas slum settlement, recently waited in vain for over two hours with dozens of others for the scheduled water tanker to arrive.”Because of the water problem we can’t follow social distancing rules. People stick together closely in the mad rush to get their buckets filled first,” he said. Topics :last_img read more

Strong Support for Gov. Wolf’s Executive Order to Overhaul Vulnerable Population Systems

Strong Support for Gov. Wolf’s Executive Order to Overhaul Vulnerable Population Systems

first_imgStrong Support for Gov. Wolf’s Executive Order to Overhaul Vulnerable Population Systems August 01, 2019 Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Advocacy groups and legislators praised Governor Tom Wolf for signing an executive order Wednesday making sweeping changes to Pennsylvania’s systems that provide protections and support to vulnerable people.“The new Council on Reform met immediately after the announcement and is already hard at work identifying the changes our commonwealth’s systems need to undergo to better serve Pennsylvanians,” said Gov. Wolf. “I am eagerly anticipating their report, so we can start making the changes that will end the issues that have permeated our systems for decades.”Sen. Lisa Baker and Sen. Judy Schwank released a joint statement commending Wolf’s actions:“In response to Governor Wolf’s announcement of Executive Order 2019-05 and directives intended to increase protection of vulnerable populations, Senator Lisa Baker (R-20th) and Senator Judy Schwank (D-11) said they were pleased the administration is building on legislative efforts to address deficiencies in Pennsylvania’s child welfare system. For more than a year the Senators have been working to establish the Interbranch Commission on the Child Welfare System (SB 297) to advance remedies.‘Given the unacceptable number of tragedies experienced in recent years, and the documented shortcomings in the child protection system, there is a need for the sort of initiatives the governor is advancing,’ Baker said. ‘We also need the thorough and extensive inquiry that an independent interbranch commission can provide, so that will continue to be a priority.’‘I’m very encouraged by Gov. Wolf’s initiative in addressing the delivery of critical children’s services,’ Schwank said. ‘We need to continue to pursue our efforts in the legislature. The children in our care must be kept safe, and I am hopeful that at the end of this process we are ensuring their better future.’‘We have heard the troubling stories and profound questions from survivors of abuse and from family and friends of those lost to abuse. These come from our districts and many places across Pennsylvania. We owe them answers in the way of effective and lasting reform of state law and practices,’ they said.”Rep. Frank Dermody added on Twitter, “I welcome Gov. Wolf’s important action to defend vulnerable people. The state has a vital role here. I’ll work in the #PaHouse to advance any bills needed to keep the progress going. #Plan4PA.”Rep. Christina Sappey echoed his sentiment. “Pleased to share @GovernorTomWolf announced an executive order providing for protection to vulnerable populations. This order makes PA a trauma-informed state and expands on trauma-informed education initiatives I successfully passed in Harrisburg last month. #traumainformed,” she posted on Twitter.Other groups and individuals that have lauded Gov. Wolf’s executive order include:The AARP“AARP and its 1.8 million Pennsylvania members applaud the Wolf Administration for taking steps to better protect vulnerable older adults from potential physical and financial exploitation, and help seniors remain at home and in the community-where they want to be,” said AARP Pennsylvania State Director and Council on Reform Member Bill Johnston-Walsh. “We are optimistic that this work will also lead to a long-overdue update to the state’s Older Adult Protective Services Act, and additional resources to help local aging advocates keep pace with rising reports of elder abuse.”Kari King, President and CEO, PA Partnerships for Children (PPC)“PPC commends Gov. Wolf on this initiative as it creates a prime opportunity to build on work in the child welfare community prioritizing prevention and kinship care, or care that is provided in family-like settings. Research tells us outcomes for children are better when kids are placed in family-like settings rather than in group homes or institutions. Unfortunately, 14 percent of the foster care population were placed in group home settings in 2018. We hope to partner with the administration and other advocates at the table to improve the child welfare system and realize the common goal we all share for at-risk children: that they are placed in loving homes free from abuse and neglect.”Douglas E. Hill, Executive Director, The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania“Counties are major providers of these services. We have long advocated for the resources to permit counties to do our jobs most effectively, and an oversight environment that focuses on outcomes for the clients more than on paper work. Our strong partnership in delivery of protective services to vulnerable populations will benefit from a thorough review and potentially new ways of providing services. We agree system changes are needed to allow us to more efficiently deliver services for which counties have been advocating, and we look forward to working with state officials in advancing the partnership.”Nancy Murray, President of the Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA“ACHIEVA applauds the Wolf Administration for the Executive Order creating the Council on Reform. PA needs to do more to ensure the safety of children, people with disabilities, seniors, victims of domestic abuse and other vulnerable groups. The Council is charged with submitting a report to the Governor with recommendations for changes by November 1, 2019.”The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence“The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) commends Governor Tom Wolf for signing his ‘Protection of Vulnerable Populations’ Executive Order today. The Order establishes an Office of Advocacy and Reform within the governor’s office to help ensure the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians. Additionally, a Council on Reform will be created to support efforts to protect vulnerable populations throughout Pennsylvania. PCADV Chief Executive Officer Susan Higginbotham has been appointed to the Council on Reform, which will focus efforts on protecting vulnerable populations from three perspectives: Prevention and Diversion, Protection and Intervention, and Justice and Support.”Richard S. Edley, President and CEO, RCPA“RCPA congratulates the Governor on taking these important steps toward keeping the citizens of our Commonwealth safe and protected, by increasing oversight and accountability of its institutions, as well as improving responsiveness to incident management. It is clear that Governor Wolf’s administration is committed to improving the system’s ability to address, and help prevent, the mistreatment of Pennsylvanians in vulnerable situations.”Adam Marles, President and CEO, Leading Age“LeadingAge PA, the voice of non-profit senior care in Pennsylvania, today commended Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to form a new Office of Advocacy and Reform to protect vulnerable Pennsylvanians, including our oldest and most frail population.“LeadingAge PA will always support efforts to improve the care and quality of life of Pennsylvania’s seniors and looks forward to working with the administration together on this. For some of our frail elderly, nursing facilities remain the best and most compassionate choice for care. For others, we believe it’s important to help them receive care in the least restrictive settings, including their homes.“Our members take great pride in supporting the many dedicated professionals on their team who care deeply for their patients. It’s our hope the new Office of Advocacy and Reform will work with us to identify resources to help us keep our team members – and compete for new ones.”The Center for Children’s Justice (C4CJ)“The Center for Children’s Justice (C4CJ) celebrates Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to prioritize protecting Pennsylvania’s children and to create a Child Advocate within a newly created Office of Advocacy and Reform.“This is incredible and long overdue news for Pennsylvania children who have experienced sexual and physical violence.“C4CJ, along with other advocates for victimized children, have spent decades urging Pennsylvania policymakers to create an independent Child Advocate as part of a broader commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvania’s child protection laws and practices emphasize evidence, recognize and reduce trauma, promote independent oversight and value transparency.“Even as C4CJ celebrates this news and the words spoken today, it is critical that we acknowledge that fundamental questions still need answers. Among them: Will the Advocate operate with independence and be provided with funding to accomplish the consequential work on behalf of vulnerable children?“The scope of duties outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order (EO) are intentional and represent those fully supported by C4CJ, including triaging complaints about government services for children and families involved in the child protection system and recommending system-wide improvements. The promising scope of duties outlined are a powerful signal that Pennsylvania is done letting institutional practices and loyalties, along with the quirks of state government, be of greater priority than protecting children. Still, translating today’s well-received words into actual protections for children will require intentional actions, independent oversight and a sustained financial investment.“Separately, the Governor’s EO creates a Council of Reform. The scope of the Council’s work and the vulnerable populations to be represented at the table is broad and diverse. That invites some caution in that even with the best of intentions, children, particularly abused and neglected children, may slip off-the-radar. Every effort must be made to ensure that the Council is intentionally child-centered and guards against victimized children being diminished or disregarded.“Finally, none of the promising steps taken today should deter the Pennsylvania General Assembly from acting to ensure Pennsylvania’s child protection statutes sufficiently invest in evidence-based and upfront prevention strategies to keep children safe at home as well as promote child-centered and trauma-informed interventions when abuse has occurred. Ultimately there can be no relenting, on all fronts, to ensure that every Pennsylvania child can live and grow free from sexual and physical violence connected to nurturing and supported families.”To see all of Gov. Wolf’s reforms, view the full Executive Order.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Saturday, December 2. Niall SWEENEY (MAC SUIBHNE)The death has occurred of Niall Sweeney (MacSuibhne), Ballyfallon, Athboy and formally of Meenamara, Dungloe, Co.Donegal. Predeceased by his wife Mary and baby Conall. Sadly missed by his loving family, his daughters Libby and Mary, sons Neal and Aongus, sons in-law, daughters in-law, grandchildren, extended family and friends. Reposing at his residence from 2pm until 8pm this Sunday 3rd Dec. Removal on Monday morning to St.James’ Church, Athboy, arriving for Funeral Mass at 11 am, followed by burial in St.James’ Cemetery. (Family time on Monday morning, please). Ellen Anne MCLAUGHLINThe death has occurred of Ellen Anne McLaughlin, Bunn, Culkeeny, Malin, Donegal.Reposing in the Chapel of Rest at Carndonagh Community Hospital. Reposing today, Saturday, December 2nd, from 11am until removal at 4.30pm to St. Mary’s Church, Lagg, Malin for 5pm. Requiem Mass on Sunday, December 3rd, at 9am with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.  Derek Edgar BROOKThe death has occurred at St. Heliers Hospital, London of Derek Edgar Brook, Park Hill, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, England – and Drumavish, Crossroads, Donegal. Beloved husband of Bridie (nee Patton, formerly Ballinacor, Crossroads, Killygordon) and much loved father of Lorraine, Jeremy, Derek and Andrew. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his wife, daughter, sons, seven grandchildren, extended family circle and friends.Remains reposing at the home of his niece and her husband, Patricia and Austin Mc Govern, Drumavish, Crossroads, Killygordon on Sunday, Dec. 3rd, from 3pm. Funeral leaving from there on Monday, Dec. 4th, at 1.30 pm for Requiem Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Crossroads, Killygordon at 2pm. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: December 2nd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:obituarieslast_img read more