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Charter review deserves time

Charter review deserves time

first_imgMayor Meg Kelly has formed a new Charter Review Commission comprised of the commissioners and deputies, to review the existing charter and propose improvements. Fortunately, the 2016-17 Charter Commission produced a compendium of recommendations in this direction (separate from the Council Manager proposal) that the new commission would do well to consider.Amending the existing charter was our hedge against the possibility that the council/manager proposal was defeated at the polls. So in this way, at least, the mayor’s initiative is in keeping with the former commission’s mandate. If the new commission’s proposal is on the November ballot, there will be plenty of time and space to comment.For now, advocates of charter change need to lower their voices so that the discussion can be heard how the commissioners want to change things. We also need to give Mayor Kelly the consideration due to anyone who enters a competitive election and ends up on top. The voters made their choice, and the outcome deserves its time on the stage.GORDON BOYDSaratoga SpringsThe writer was treasurer of the 2016-17 Charter Review Commission.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLast November’s referendum on the Saratoga Springs City Charter produced an excruciatingly close result. The 10-vote margin against change, out of more than 9,000 cast has, if anything, amplified the voices on both sides who want the issue to be settled their way. As a member of the former Charter Review Commission and an activist in the Yes campaign, I think it is in everyone’s best interest at this point to lower the volume and give the community a breather.last_img read more

Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers star escapes with lower back contusion after scary fall vs. Knicks

Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers star escapes with lower back contusion after scary fall vs. Knicks

first_imgLakers fans can collectively exhale.Anthony Davis’ MRI came back clean Wednesday morning and revealed only a gluteus maximus contusion. He will travel with the team for its upcoming two-game road trip and be listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Mavericks. MORE: Why Davis declining Lakers’ extension offer doesn’t matterDavis gingerly walked off the floor during the third quarter of Tuesday night’s contest against the Knicks after a scary fall. He collided with New York forward Julius Randle at the basket and landed directly on his back, leaving the six-time All-Star in considerable pain. Davis was surrounded by his teammates and medical personnel before leaving the floor slowly under his own power. The official diagnosis is good news for the Lakers and Davis, who is averaging 27.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.5 steals in his first season with Los Angeles. Davis should be able to return relatively quickly from the contusion, though it’s unclear whether he will be available for this weekend’s back-to-back set.It will be a challenge for the Lakers to extend their current six-game winning streak without Davis, but they do hold the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference by 4.5 games over the Nuggets. They can afford to lose a a few regular-season games — they can’t afford to lose Davis for an extended stretch.last_img read more

Local Judge Stops Sale of Bleach Marketed as COVID-19 Treatment

Local Judge Stops Sale of Bleach Marketed as COVID-19 Treatment

first_imgA federal judge in South Florida last week ordered a Colombia-based church to stop selling an industrial bleach that it was marketing as a treatment for the novel coronavirus and other illnesses.Judge Kathleen Williams entered a temporary injunction on Friday which stops Genesis II Church of Health and Healing’s continued sale of Miracle Mineral Solution in the United States.Genesis sells MMS through its websites, according to a U.S. Justice Department civil complaint that was filed last Thursday in the Southern District of Florida.According to prosecutors, Genesis markets the solution as a treatment for COVID-19 in addition to Alzheimer’s disease, autism, brain cancer, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis.The Food and Drug Administration has previously issued public warnings that MMS can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and severe dehydration.The chemical product, chlorine dioxide, becomes a powerful bleach when it is combined with the included activator, officials explain.“We will zealously pursue perpetrators of fraud schemes seeking to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic,” U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan said in a statement.The complaint adds that disease-related treatment claims for MMS are unsupported by any well-controlled clinical studies or other credible scientific substantiation.last_img read more