Gen. Kelly defends Trump over values

first_imgSeveral days ago, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly made some comments defending Donald Trump’s controversial condolence call to the widow of a Green Beret killed in Niger.Mr. Kelly lamented that when he “was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country”, and listed among them 1) women (who he said “were looked upon with great honor”); 2) religion; and 3) Gold Star families. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mr. Kelly and I happen to be the same age. Therefore, I, too, clearly remember the time in this country’s history to which he is referring, and I agree with him.But here are the flagrant inconsistencies in his comments: Mr. Kelly is a man with a high-ranking position in the administration of a president who has; 1) bragged about sexually assaulting women and having described his own daughter as “a piece of ass”; 2) repeatedly attempted to impose a ban on Muslims entering this country; and 3) lambasted/belittled a Gold Star family.Regarding the military, Mr. Kelly also stated: “There’s nothing in our country anymore that seems to suggest that selfless service to the nation is not only appropriate but required.” I agree with that, as well. I served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. But how many of us remember that Donald Trump never donned a military uniform, although he was of prime age to have done so during that era? Evidently, Mr. Kelly isn’t among them.People need to wake up and reject the constant “smoke-and -mirror” duplicity of the current administration. It’s high time for Congress to “repeal and replace,” but I’m not referring to health care; I’m talking about the 25th Amendment and/or impeachment.Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Anderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionslast_img read more

Park will be a great addition to the region

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Dec. 5 is an important date for residents of the Shenendehowa school district. After a year of petitions and referendums, we now must take the final, crucial step and vote yes on the sale of the 37 acres to the town of Clifton Park so it can create a beautiful, wooded Shenendehowa central park in the heart of our commercial downtown for all residents of southern Saratoga County to enjoy. This park will be easily accessible to shoppers, students, senior citizens and visitors to our area. It will connect the Shenendehowa school campus, the Halfmoon/Clifton Park Library, Collins Park and the stores in the mall area with walkable paths under a forest canopy, a place to relax, refresh and enjoy nature.Because it would be a forest park and is adjacent to the Shen campus, it could serve as a living laboratory for our Shenendehowa students.I urge all residents to vote yes and help create a true asset for our town and a priceless piece of nature for future generations to enjoy.Vote yes on Dec. 5 at the Gowana Middle School.Joseph NialClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:Game 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Don’t limit options for business park

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFor the better part of 20 years, every time I traveled Route 5S between Main Street and Riverside Drive, I would go past the sign for the “Glen Canalview Business Park.”Some have lately been referring to this as an “industrial park.” That limits our park. “Industrial” makes it sound like good commercial businesses like a modern office building, a software firm, a fulfillment center, or a call center would be excluded. That’s the wrong impression. Even a small office building could house dozens of good-paying jobs and support many times that number of jobs in Glen, Fonda, Fultonville and nearby communities. The term “Business Park” includes industrial components, but opens the door to so many other possibilities.The county invested significant funds and hopes in the park, assuring it had the right items in place, including high-speed internet.Businesses highly dependent upon communications, such as a call center, insurance company or other commercial enterprise, tend to rely more heavily on modern communications than similarly sized industrial facilities.Small, innovative commercial establishments seem to be the best fit for the Glen Business Park. Let’s not sell ourselves short. Let’s be sure that the names we use describe our best hopes for our community. The name of the place is “Glen Canalview Business Park.” That’s the name that all of us have come to know for our park. If a shortcut must be used, it should be “Business Park.”Names matter — let’s use the right one and make the right decisions.Steve HelminFultonvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Money in politics has corrupted our country

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPeople tend to be tribal. We actually belong to many tribes. And all tribes have leaders. Trump is a leader of our country, but also a tribe called Republicans. The problem arises when the leader is self-aggrandizing and only concerned with himself. The problem arises when the leader lies and is lacking in moral character. The problem arises when the leader favors a small subgroup like the wealthy. Lastly, the problem arises when members blindly follow.Another very powerful factor controlling voters today is propaganda. Propaganda is the art of persuasion. Propaganda identifies with their target population and a play to people’s prejudges, and fears. Propaganda demonizes their opponents. The bed rock of propaganda is the lie. The tactics of propaganda are being used today at an ever-increasing frequency because it works. The goal of propaganda is to gain power and wealth.The power of money has corrupted our political system. Propaganda fills the media. An enormous tax cut for the wealthy isn’t going to help the average working person significantly, if at all. During the Gilded Age, the wealthy controlled the government. It was a very bad time to be a worker. Due to the absence of regulations, significant economic disruptions happened every 10 years on average.To win elections and maintain popular support costs money. The wealthy, who finance propaganda, demand a return on their investments. For the wealthy, the return has been “tax reform” and the new budget. With deficits predicted to explode, the next on their list are cuts in Medicare and Social Security, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan.John DworakRotterdamMore 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 homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnlast_img read more

In the public eye

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Still no case reported in Indonesia as COVID-19 reaches Kuwait, Bahrain

first_imgNine Indonesian crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the virus, bringing the number of Indonesians infected outside the country to 10. A domestic worker in Singapore was the first Indonesian reported to have contracted the virus. She has since recovered.’Not COVID-19’A Japanese national reportedly tested positive for the new coronavirus in Japan after visiting Bali for a vacation. An Indonesian Health Ministry official said that, according to Japanese authorities, the man was infected with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Health Ministry Disease Control Directorate General secretary Achmad Yurianto confirmed that the man had visited Bali but insisted that SARS-CoV-2 was different from COVID-19.“There, he was diagnosed by the doctors to have been infected with the SARS coronavirus type 2,” Yurianto told The Jakarta Post on Monday. Yurianto said that, in dealing with Indonesian crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, Japan had consistently referred to their sickness as COVID-19 rather than saying that they had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Therefore, he insisted, the two things were different.A World Health Organization website explains that COVID-19 is the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. When the Post asked Yurianto to elaborate on his insistence that the Japanese national did not have COVID-19 despite being infected with SARS-CoV-2, he maintained his statement. SARS-CoV-2, previously called nCoV-19, is a strain of the original SARS coronavirus that caused the SARS outbreak in 2003.Previously, Japanese public broadcaster NHK and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported that the Japanese man was in his 60s, lived in Tokyo and worked at a senior citizen care facility.The man visited a healthcare institution on Feb. 12 after developing “cold-like symptoms” but was sent home, as he was not diagnosed with pneumonia. He then worked on Feb 13, spent Feb. 14 at home and reportedly travelled to Indonesia on a family vacation on Feb. 15.The man returned to Japan on Feb. 19 and was soon hospitalized with severe breathing difficulty and said to be in a “serious condition”. He was the 29th reported COVID-19 patient in Japan.Yurianto said that, while in Indonesia, the Japanese man had only been on the island of Bali and had not reported any symptoms of COVID-19.On Monday, NHK reported that the man was also a ride-hailing driver, and the Japanese government ordered around 80 people who had been passengers in his car as well as his colleagues to quarantine themselves.The ministry and the Bali Health Agency in Denpasar would increase active surveillance in Bali and track any possible cases of flu-like diseases and pneumonia within 14 days from Feb. 19, Yurianto said.He said that, even though the name of the Japanese man was not revealed, the ministry would still be able to track where the Japanese man had been in Bali, as it had been informed of the man’s passport number.Meanwhile, Omni Hospital Pulomas vaccinologist Dirga Sakti Rambe said cases like that of the Japanese man could have been going on under the radar, as there had been cases of people infected with the coronavirus but without showing any symptoms.Even though, according to WHO standards, ports of entry like airports should conduct temperature checks and issue health cards for passengers, there could still be cases of missed detection, he said.“[Asymptomatic] cases like this would not be detected in any airport around the world. This is what makes the COVID-19 management hard,” Dirga told the Post.“This is not the fault of an airport’s detection system, but it is the character of this disease. It’s getting harder to control the outbreak because of asymptomatic transmission,” Dirga said.“That’s why it must be followed up, where he went etc. Ideally, we should do contact tracking on him,” Dirga said.Topics : Indonesia has reported zero cases of the novel coronavirus as of Monday evening, while Kuwait and Bahrain have confirmed their first cases and two foreigners have been reported to suffer from the disease upon returning from vacations in Bali.Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung reported on Monday that three patients suspected of having contracted the novel coronavirus had all tested negative. The three had been treated at the hospital since Feb. 20 and had swab samples sent to the Health Ministry’s laboratory in Jakarta. One of the patients, who lives and works in Australia, had come to Bandung after visiting Bali and Surabaya. Another had complained of flu-like symptoms after visiting Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, and the third had reported symptoms after returning from Vietnam.The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread further in the Middle East as Afghanistan, Bahrain and Kuwait announced their first cases on Monday, and the death toll in Iran climbed to 12 – the highest number outside China. As of Monday, more than 79,500 confirmed cases have been reported from at least 32 countries, including Indonesia’s neighbors of Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia.last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia finalizing new NDC, likely to keep old emissions cut target

first_imgTopics : Forgot Password ? Facebook Log in with your social account climate-change Indonesia greenhouse-gas greenhouse-gas-reduction LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Indonesia is likely to maintain its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the new nationally determined commitment (NDC), a pledge made by nations to cut their emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the Environment and Forestry Ministry has stated.The ministry is planning to outline Indonesia’s pledge to reduce emissions by 29 percent independently — or 41 percent if with international assistance — by 2030, the same target outlined in the first NDC submitted in 2016 as a part of the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.The ministry is finalizing the new NDC and will submit it to the UN next month.Prior to the 25th UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP25, in Madrid in December last year, climate observers and the UN urged participating nations to upgr… Googlelast_img read more

​​​​​​​Transjakarta suspends all cash transactions over coronavirus fears

first_imgShe reminded all passengers to ensure there is enough balance in their e-money cards before using Transjakarta bus services.Passengers who want to top-up e-money cards at bus stations may do so using debit cards.Top-up services using debit cards at all Transjakarta stations are valid for all electronic debit cards including BCA, BNI, Mandiri, BRI and DKI Bank.Top-ups can also be done through ATMs, or at the nearest minimarket, or through the Jakarta administration’s Jak Lingko vending machines at several stations including the Blok M, Senayan, Dukuh Atas, Bundaran HI, Harmoni and Tanah Abang stations.Indonesia has recorded 227 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday. Nineteen of the cases have been fatal, with 12 deaths from the disease recorded in Jakarta alone. (aly)Topics : City-owned bus operator Transjakarta will no longer accept cash for the purchase or top-up of e-money cards at all stations starting Thursday.PT Transjakarta spokesperson Nadia Diposanjoyo said the policy was to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 through cash.”Starting Thursday, we will suspend all forms of transactions using cash, including for e-money top-up activities and purchasing cards, at all Transjakarta stations,” Nadia said in a written statement on Wednesday.last_img read more

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