Take another look at what Trump’s done

first_imgA recent letter laments the lack of media coverage for what its writer refers to as Trump’s “accomplishments”. The letter exhorts us to “have our country’s best interest at heart.”A Google search for “Daily 202 priorities” finds a Washington Post analysis reporting several governmental actions. When were they announced? ”Underscoring how politically unpopular these moves are, most were rolled out on the Fridays before Christmas and New Year’s Eve to minimize media coverage and public notice.”Summarizing the article: Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion 1) Key regulations on fracking were rescinded, leading to potential for environmental damage.2) Rules designed to prevent another Deepwater Horizon spill weakened.3) Interior Department rolled back a policy protecting migratory birds.4) Mining leases for Ivanka Trump’s landlord reinstated.5) New Medicare guidelines let nursing homes off the hook when patients suffer.6) Expect “deeper cuts in the 2019 budget, part of an effort to … pay for the new tax law… One possible casualty, a pay raise that federal employees historically have received”.7) “Several important government offices that enforce laws and ensure public safety have been decimated by neglect …”center_img 8) Trump’s government has reneged on a federal commitment to fund a major infrastructure project.9) All members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (advising the government since 1995) have been fired (by form letter delivered via FedEx).10) The Justice Department wants a citizenship question added to the 2020 census questionnaire. Per Arturo Vargas, member of the National Advisory Committee of the Census, “This is a recipe for sabotaging the census.”This would seem to be the “other side of the coin” with regard to Trump’s so-called “accomplishments.” And to deliberately time their announcement for limited media coverage? Well, what does that say about taking our country’s best interest to heart?Jerry BoehmAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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No statue for ex-D.C. Mayor Barry

first_imgFormer Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry doesn’t deserve a monument to his greatness to be displayed in our nation’s capital or anywhere else.We have witnessed in recent months the removal of numerous statues of Civil War generals of the Confederacy. We have seen these statues removed because these war heroes were supposedly promoting slavery.We have seen in recent months the careers ruined of many men for their mistreatment of women.Yet, this man, Marion Barry, a convicted drug abuser and woman stalker, has a statue erected and dedicated in our nation’s capitol. That’s a statue that needs to be removed.Wayne CollinsScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes How hypocritical can we, as a nation, be? As a country, we vilify criminals and womanizers. Yet we allow a statue to be erected to reflect the greatness of a man who was arrested, charged, detained, prosecuted and jailed for these specific offenses. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Clean up area near Rotterdam bike path

first_imgI was really pleased to read in The Gazette that they are spending thousands of tax dollars to improve the bicycle path in the Rotterdam Junction area.I’m sure many people are going to really enjoy the scenic view of the once-beautiful Erie Canal.The canal was a home to beavers, muskrats, many varieties of fowl, not to mention great fishing. Unfortunately, a junkyard has ruined the entire area. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion There are decaying vehicles, not to mention a trailer park has also moved in. Instead of adding more blacktop to the path, how about cleaning up the environmental nightmare that has existed for many years. I’m sure the many bikers and joggers would love to see pristine clear waters and abundant wild life instead of the eyesore that presents itself.I have complained to the state Department of Environmental Conservation many times over the years, to no avail.The funding wasn’t there. Everyone who cares about their environment, take a walk or ride on the bicycle path the Mabee Lane section and see the mess.We need to put the Erie Canal back to its original beauty.MARTY SHANTYCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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DETR looks for second Bristol office

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Management company to push West End retail

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McKay announces return of £10m to shareholders

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Crystal gazing

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At least 10 injured in violent dispute during second day of PAN congress

first_imgThe head of the Southeast Sulawesi Police’s General Crime Unit, Sr. Comr. La Ode Aries Elfatar, said four of the injured members were being treated at the Bhayangkara Hospital in Kendari. Several entrances to the meeting room were also damaged in the ruckus.The fight started when supporters of one of the candidates vying to be party chairman, Mulfachri Harahap, entered the meeting room to protest the congress committee’s decision to postpone the meeting.The organizing committee told congress participants to stay outside the meeting room during the recess, but supporters of incumbent chairman Zulkifli Hasan chose to remain inside, triggering the clash.Mulfachri said he predicted that a fight would break out because of what he described as poor management on the part of the organizers.“The registration system is very bad; many people who were not eligible to attend the meeting were given membership cards. Some people also entered the congress without membership cards,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.Meanwhile, Southeast Sulawesi Police chief Brig. Gen. Merdisyam said his team had already secured the meeting room following a request from the event’s organizers.“We will not be involved in deciding what started the fight, since it’s their internal matter,” Merdisyam said. (dpk)Topics : At least 10 National Mandate Party (PAN) members were injured in a violent dispute during the second day of the party’s national congress in the Claro Hotel in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, on Tuesday.In a video of the incident posted on Twitter, several congress participants are seen throwing chairs at each other after the congress leader adjourned the meeting.Begini suasana keributan pada Konggres partai PAN yg katanya Partai IslamPartai Allah tapi kenapa para kadernya tdk bermoral gini ya…Miriiiiiiiis !!!! pic.twitter.com/e3cPYFQjb8— Petruk (@Petruk07139808) February 11, 2020last_img read more

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China sacks party chiefs at virus epicentre

first_imgChina has sacked the top political leaders of virus-stricken Hubei province and its capital Wuhan, the highest-profile figures to be removed so far in a crisis that has killed 1,355.The removals are the latest in a purge that saw Hubei’s two most senior health officials fired earlier this week as criticism grows over the way the outbreak has been handled, with claims of under-reporting.The province reported a dramatic spike in virus cases Thursday, raising the total number of nationwide infections to nearly 60,000 after Hubei authorities changed the way they count infections — fuelling fears over a lack of transparency. Jiang Chaoliang, Hubei’s party secretary, will be replaced by Shanghai mayor Ying Yong, while Wuhan party chief Ma Guoqiang will be replaced by an official from Shandong, Xinhua news agency reported. Thursday’s spike came as Hubei officials said they were correcting previous diagnoses to include people “clinically diagnosed” with the virus, adding 14,840 new cases to its total.The new system means doctors can use lung imaging, rather than solely laboratory tests.The virus is believed to have originated late last year at a seafood market in Hubei province’s capital Wuhan.Pressure on local officials for their perceived incompetence has mounted particularly after the death last week of a Chinese doctor who was punished by Wuhan authorities for raising the alarm about the new virus.Wuhan authorities also faced criticism in January for going ahead with an annual public banquet for 40,000 families just days before the city was placed on lockdown.Other changes have been taking place in the province, including the sacking of a top Red Cross official in Wuhan for dereliction of duty and the removal of health officials in other cities.Topics :last_img read more

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Washington state nursing home on lockdown after two cases of coronavirus found

first_imgThe nursing home said members of its corporate clinical team were on site to provide assistance and that the home was in contact with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington Health Department.On Saturday, officials said a Washington state man in his 50s with underlying health issues became the United States’ first fatality from thecoronavirus.The patient, who was chronically ill before contracting COVID-19, died at EvergreenHealth Hospital in Kirkland, near Seattle, and officials are unsure how he was exposed to the virus, said Jeffrey Duchin, head of the Washington state Health Department’s communicable disease unit.The fast-spreading virus has infected around 83,000 people in more than 50 countries, with about 70 cases in the United States.Topics : The two cases, announced on Saturday by Washington state officials, involved a worker who is in her 40s and in satisfactory condition and a 70-year-old woman who lived there and is in serious condition.State officials said an additional 27 residents of the nursing home and 25 staff members were reporting symptoms of the virus, which can be similar to that of the common flu.”Concerned family members or responsible parties may call our facility,” the statement said. “The facility is currently placing a hold on admissions as well to fully focus on our current residents and associates.”A representative for the nursing home could not be reached by Reuters on Sunday for further comment. A nursing home near Seattle is locked down after a resident and a worker were found to have the coronavirus, officials at the home said, and two other cases in the area were confirmed on Sunday.Officials with King County Public Health said the two latest cases involved men in their 60s with underlying medical issues. Both were listed in critical condition, one at Valley Medical Center, and the other at Virginia Mason Medical Center.Separately, officials at the Life Care Center of Kirkland said in a statement late on Saturday that it was not accepting new patients or allowing visitors, family or vendors into the facility while officials focus on the health of the current residents and staff.last_img read more

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