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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

Anna Sinclair: Unborn Kiwis need more protection

Anna Sinclair: Unborn Kiwis need more protection

first_imgGuest editorial: Unborn Kiwis need more protectionNZ Herald 3 January 2019Family First Comment: Excellent commentary from a Christchurch mum…“It’s time to update our abortion law. It’s the 21st Century; the law is 40 years old, and it needs to be modernised. That’s what we keep hearing, and I couldn’t agree more.Unfortunately, the proposals in the Law Commission’s report would be a big step backwards. A truly progressive society protects the rights of all its members, down to the smallest and most vulnerable. The advice the Law Commission has provided would achieve the opposite of that. It would strip unborn Kiwis of any recognition of humanity under the law, placing them at even greater risk. We should be bolstering the rights of unborn children, not stripping them away.”Well said. #chooselifeIt’s time to update our abortion law. It’s the 21st Century; the law is 40 years old, and it needs to be modernised. That’s what we keep hearing, and I couldn’t agree more.Unfortunately, the proposals in the Law Commission’s report would be a big step backwards.A truly progressive society protects the rights of all its members, down to the smallest and most vulnerable. The advice the Law Commission has provided would achieve the opposite of that. It would strip unborn Kiwis of any recognition of humanity under the law, placing them at even greater risk. We should be bolstering the rights of unborn children, not stripping them away.There is no longer any excuse for imprecision over what is developing in a pregnant woman’s womb. We know that at the point of conception, a new organism comes into being. This new organism has its own DNA and its own blood type, distinct from the mother and father. In other words, it is a unique human being. An unborn baby isn’t part of the woman’s body; it is a different body.We’ve known this for a while, but with today’s technology we have an unprecedented view into the womb.We know that a baby is formed with astonishing speed: by eight weeks’ gestation the baby already has discernible arms and legs, all its organs are present and its heart is beating; by 13 weeks all major development has taken place, tooth buds are developing and the baby has well-defined fingers and toes; by 16 weeks the baby has eyelids, hair, nails and fingerprints. Mothers often feel the baby moving and kicking between 16 and 20 weeks’ gestation. All this has occurred well before the 22-week threshold in Model C of the Law Commission’s report.By 22 weeks, babies born prematurely have been known to survive. By 24 weeks, the baby is almost completely formed; over the remaining 16 weeks, the baby primarily just gets bigger and heavier.This is not fringe theory, and it’s not new. We’ve known all this for some time. Yet Model A of the Law Commission’s report would permit all abortions up to birth.At this point some will protest that this unborn human should not be called a baby — a foetus, instead, or an embryo or zygote for the earliest stages of development. These terms are fine if used for technical accuracy — a human foetus describes a young, unborn human, just as a newborn and toddler describe older, post-birth humans. It becomes problematic, however, when we use the term as a way to dehumanise the unborn child.We have dehumanised unborn children, not in response to but in defiance of the evidence, because it justifies us in treating them as less than human.Some will then argue that, despite its humanity, the foetus should not be considered a person. Arguing for personhood to be bestowed separately to someone’s humanity is arbitrary and not based on scientific fact. There are, not surprisingly, multiple different stages that people point to as marking personhood — implantation, viability, consciousness, even birth.Shouldn’t the fact that it is human be enough for it to have human rights?Abortion deprives unborn Kiwis of their most fundamental human right — their right to life. The express purpose of an abortion is to kill a human being. It is not akin to simply removing life support. In abortions performed before 22 weeks, the foetus normally dies in the process of being removed from the womb. After 22 weeks, killing the foetus before removal needs to be part of a successful abortion procedure.The Law Commission’s report notes the Abortion Supervisory Committee’s advice that “other than in exceptional circumstances, foeticide (the act of causing the death of the foetus) should be part of the abortion process after 22 weeks’ gestation … if a woman does not consent to foeticide, the abortion should not go ahead, because there is a possibility of neonatal survival”.In other words, simple termination of the pregnancy is not enough. The foetus needs to be killed, because we all know that if you end up with a live baby, the abortion hasn’t gone as planned.Abortion is not just a women’s rights issue; it is a human rights issue. The point is not whether women are capable of making good decisions. It’s that no individual should hold such untrammelled power, the power of life and death, over another human being.I don’t deny that many women find themselves in extremely tough situations, and that those who choose an abortion often feel it is their only choice. I don’t want to minimise the stress and trauma of women facing a crisis pregnancy, but too often the discussion ends with the woman’s difficult situation.Any balanced conversation on abortion must acknowledge the two lives involved, and the two sets of rights to be considered. Any decent law on abortion will seek to protect the rights of both. It’s time our laws reflected the value of humans in the womb.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=12185154last_img read more

Food choices vary for the Indiana State Fair

Food choices vary for the Indiana State Fair

first_imgIndianapolis, in. — The animals are a tradition, the Midway is a blast and the wide variety of circus performers will be spectacular, but one of the best parts of the Great Indiana State Fair is the wide variety of fair foods that are featured. And this year, there will be even more wacky, fun fair foods that are better than ever!New food items featured at this year’s State Fair include:Deep Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich (Urick Concessions)Crispy fried chicken strips will be stuffed in a fresh hot fluffy waffle exterior and topped with maple syrup and powdered sugar. This savory dish is located in front of the Administration Building on Main Street.BBQ Pork Potachoes (Indiana Pork Producers Association)BBQ pulled pork will be poured over seasoned pit potatoes and topped with cheese and sour cream. BBQ Pork Potachoes can be found in many places throughout the fairgrounds, including in front of the Champions Pavilion, in front of the West Pavilion and in front of Pioneer Village.Hatch Green Chili Beef Meatballs (Indiana Beef Cattle Association: south location)Just as the name suggests, this new addition to the Fair’s food lineup is seasoned beef meatballs with hatch green chilis cooked into them. These meatballs will be in front of the West Pavilion.Deep Fried Sugar Cream Pie (Urick Concessions)The secret ingredient to this new addition has to be the fact that Wick’s Sugar Cream Pies are deep fried with Funnel Cake Batter. To top things off, the pies are coated with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce. Get your slice across from Kiddie Land or across from Reynolds Farm Equipment.Inside Out Grilled Cheese (American Dairy Association of Indiana Inc.)From the creators of all the good eats at the Dairy Bar, including grilled cheese sandwiches and milkshakes, comes this new item. The Inside Out Grilled Cheese will be grilled with mild cheese on the outside and gouda cheese on the inside on sourdough bread. The Dairy Bar is located across from the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Main Street.Birthday Cake Shake (American Dairy Association of Indiana Inc.)Also from the creators at the Dairy Bar, a new milkshake flavor will be available for fairgoers – the Birthday Cake Shake topped with festive sprinkles.Peach Cider Slush (J. Wilson Group, LLC)This new frozen treat will be a frozen mixture of cider and peach sauce blended together to perfection. This frozen treat can be found west of the Harvest Pavilion, across from the DNR Building, or in front of the Administration Building.The Curd Cup (Meggers Road Concessions)An easy-to-eat treat! Enjoy fried cheese curds in front of the Purdue Extension Ag/Hort Building.Sati Babi® (Sati Babi®)Find Philippine cuisine in front of the West Pavilion or across from Celebration Park and taste this marinated pork on a stick.Caramel Apple Elephant Ear (Coffman Concessions)Get a classic elephant ear topped with apple pie filling, drizzled with caramel and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar in front of Celebration Park or in front of Champions Pavilion.The Waybetter Strawberry Milk Shake (Polar Bear Ice Cream)Try a homemade strawberry shake topped with two cupcakes, a sponge cake, a lollipop, fresh strawberries, whipped cream and fruity pebbles in a souvenir cup across from the DNR Building.Turkey Tips (Gobble Gobble)These turkey tips are marinated in a house rub, grilled and topped with mild or hot BBQ sauce. This food stand is located across from the DNR Building.Piggy Popcorn with Sweet Yum Yum Sauce (Pork-N-More)Try a deep fried seasoned pork cutlet with sweet Hawaiian chili sauce drizzled on top. This item can be found in front of the Indiana Arts Building or across from the Glass Barn.Gourmet Mac & Cheese and Grilled Cheese (Freund Family Foods)Find gourmet mac & cheese with buffalo chicken, along with grilled cheese with buffalo chicken! These savory items can be found across from the DNR Building.Dessert Nachos (Freund Family Foods)Try a twist on classic nachos! This sweet version features ice cream, strawberries, and chocolate sauce and can be found across from the Glass Barn.Wood Fire Pizza (Pele’s Fire Pizza LLC)Grab a slice of pizza across from Reynolds Farm Equipment and choose from a variety of wood fire pizzas. From breakfast slices, veggie slices and meat lovers, there will be no shortage of options to choose from.During last year’s Fair, a whopping 100,000 ears of corn and 64,172 Dairy Bar milkshakes were sold. While the 2018 Indiana State Fair will maintain many staple fair foods of the past, these new food items will be featured in a food contest called “Taste of the Fair,” which encourages fairgoers to vote on their favorite new item.One of the easiest and cheapest ways to taste your way around the fair is to take advantage of $2 Tuesdays, presented by the Indiana Secretary of State, where all food stands offer a $2 option, fair admission is only $2 per person and Midway rides are only $2! Plan your trip to the Indiana State Fair in advance and save big. Admission is only $8 plus convenience fees online now through August 2 at 11:59 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $13.There are even more deals available at this year’s Fair. The Super Family 4-Pack includes four admission tickets, $50 in Fair Bucks and a parking pass all for only $80, a total of 25% off regular price.last_img read more

Tagliapietra predicts bright future for Hamilton’s ‘magic’ Michael McGovern

Tagliapietra predicts bright future for Hamilton’s ‘magic’ Michael McGovern

first_imgHamilton keeper Michael McGovern deserves a big summer move, according to team-mate Lucas Tagliapietra. His New Douglas Park deals expires at the end of the current campaign but Tagliapietra insists he will continue to follow his dreams, even if he finds it difficult saying goodbye each time he moves on. “It’s hard not to get attached to guys in your dressing room because as a player, they are not just a team-mate, sometimes they are a friend,” he explained. “When you move on, that can be the hardest thing in football. It’s your career, though, so you sometimes have to make those hard decisions. “I know what it’s like. I’m always far from home. When you move to a new country, the players and staff at your new club can become like your family. When you have to leave it is difficult. “But I’m not thinking about settling down in one place yet. I’m just thinking about doing my best here and see what the future brings because I have my dreams as well.” But the big Brazilian defender just hopes the Northern Irishman decides to stay put at Accies. McGovern is out of contract at the end of the season and has been liked with a move to Hibernian when his deal expires. Hamilton boss Martin Canning has already set up renewal talks but McGovern is in no rush to make a decision. The 31-year-old has the chance to put himself in the shop window when he appears for Michael O’Neill’s Green and White Army at next summer’s Euro 2016 finals and he could wait until after the tournament to make up his mind. Tagliapietra, speaking ahead of Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership visit of Ross County, said: “We all know Mikey is magic. He is a good keeper. Of course every centre-back wants to have a Mikey behind him. “We know he is working hard and gets what he deserves. But I’d also like it if he stays here. “It’s great having someone like him in the team. He is a leader and gives us security. I feel safe with him in the side. “I have played with some good goalkeepers in my career but here, Mikey is the captain. He has different qualities as well as experience. He passes that on to us and that’s great for a young player like me.” Like McGovern, Tagliapietra is keeping his options open. The 25-year-old has led a nomadic existence since leaving his homeland in 2011, having also had spells in Hong Kong and Moldova. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lokosa Applauds Eunisel for Career Boost

Lokosa Applauds Eunisel for Career Boost

first_imgNigerian International, Junior Lokosa, has applauded Eunisell for the company’s commitment to the Nigerian Professional Football League and for being behind his dramatic change in fortune.Eunisell launched the prestigious Eunisell Boot in 2018 – awarded to the NPFL’s highest goal scorer in a season.Lokosa, the inaugural winner for his impressive 19 goals scored in 2017/2018, was presented with the trophy and a cheque for N3.8 million – N200,000 a goal. The media hype around Lokosa’s award caught the attention of African Champions, Tunisia’s Esperance Sportive, who recently signed the Kano Pillars star.Incidentally, Lokosa had previously travelled to China and Norway seeking a club, but walked away without securing a deal.“It was only after the Eunisell Boot award had been made along with all the publicity, that my career turned a corner. There can be no doubt that the award will spur young, aspiring players and Nigerian league footballers to perform at a much higher level – the rewards are real”, Lokosa said.Eunisell firmly believes that rewarding the top flight League players will improve the standard of football, increase the fans focus on the league and create sports employment opportunities for future generations.Interestingly, several stars are already in the race for The Eunisell Boot this 2018/2019 NPFL season.Heartland’s Chinonso Okonkwo is ahead of the pack with three goals at the conclusion of Match-day 6 proceedings.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more