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  • Letters to the Editor for Sunday, August 11

    first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSkin color should not shield from criticismI have a question for Dennis Quinn (“We must condemn racist attacks”, August 3) and others who keep “pulling the race card” every time there is criticism of politicians who are people of color.The question is this: Does their being people of color make them right? Does their being people of color make them immune to criticism or protect them in some way?Way back (eons ago in 2009) when President Obama announced his Cash for Clunkers and Stimulus Package, the Tea Party rallies were also called racist, not for criticizing the necessity or financial wisdom of spending so much money, but because Obama was black.No amount of cogent discussion of their opinions against Obama’s policies stopped the call of racism, and I thought to myself that Obama was, then, somehow protected from any criticism simply because of his race.So, here we are with four women of color who had snide and disrespectful comments made about “going back” to their respective towns and cities, and suddenly it’s “racist” simply because they happen to be minorities. Shouldn’t they be judged based on “the content of their character” rather than the content of their melanin — an aspect of their persons over which they have no control, of which they had no decision, and by which they should gain no protection? Trump has been equally nasty toward others who are not minorities, and it should be taken only for what it is, criticism, without imputing racist motivations that are speculative.Dave HartLathamTrump should revel in God-like popularityYour editorial cartoon in the August 5 Daily Gazette on page C6, showing President Trump declaring himself “the most popular president since God,” reminded me of something that happened many years ago.In March 1966, a lad by the name of John Lennon stated in an interview something to the effect that the Beatles, a four-man British rock band at the time, were mentioned a lot more frequently than Jesus.Though this was quite true at that point in history, poor John got a lot of people annoyed at him by saying this.There are people who have told me that I appear to them to enjoy annoying people. I guess that is true. To keep up my reputation, I need to share my take on how things are nowadays, now in your time:Trump has taken the place of the Beatles in this. Trump is now mentioned a lot more frequently than Jesus. Almost a half of the United States talks about how great Trump is. Most of the rest talk about how very not great he is. If I were advertising and recruiting for Trump, I would be enjoying this, because there is no such thing as bad publicity. Alas, I work for someone different, a guy I have also mentioned in this. Guess who.Have I annoyed you yet? Actually, I do hope that this has brought a smile to your face instead.Joel NelsonSchenectadyRotterdam water deal threatens pipesYour news story on August 4 (“Rotterdam and Guilderland reach water agreement”) left out some very important information.As you may not know, the town of Rotterdam has a problem with water pipe breaks. The old pipes cannot handle the increased pressure without breaking.In order for Rotterdam to pump water to Guilderland, it will have to increase the pressure in these lines.The original resolution passed two years ago called for only emergency water to Guilderland.A very serious issue is that in the months of June, July and August, Rotterdam can’t keep up with the demands for water for its residents. That’s why we have water restrictions for those months.We don’t have the capacity to keep our water tanks full, even by drilling another well. The outlet pipes from the pumping station can only pump so many gallons a minute. A study completed by Clark Collins, former water supervisor, supports this. If you try to force too much water through the water lines, you will increase pressure and rupture them.By not keeping the water tanks full for these summer months, you will jeopardize the pressure on the water hydrants to fight fires, which is a real public safety concern.They should have just provided emergency water to Guilderland.No matter how many wells or pumps you put in, you still have to increase the pressure in water lines that are over 50 years old. It’s a recipe for disaster.Bob GodlewskiSchenectadyThe writer is a former town councilman.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

  • Germany urges WHO to hasten review of its handling of pandemic

    first_imgGermany’s health minister urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to speed up its review of how it handled the pandemic, apparently signaling Europe’s tougher line on the United Nations body.Berlin, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, has so far largely shielded the organization from the most intense criticism by Washington, which wants to leave the WHO because of its alleged excessive closeness to China.But now Germany seems to be taking a more assertive position. Tedros has said the panel will provide an interim report to an annual meeting of health ministers in November and present a “substantive report” next May.Spahn said the review was important now, even if the pandemic is still raging across the world, because “we can already draw conclusions.”This could lead to quick actions over the body’s governance and to improve “cooperation between the political and the scientific level” of the organization, Spahn added.EU governments have said the review should be followed by a reform of the organization, a possibility already being discussed with the United States and other members of the G7 group of rich countries, officials told Reuters.One official had said the aim was to ensure WHO’s independence.Topics : Spahn told reporters he had discussed the review of the WHO’s management of the crisis with its chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus twice over the last 20 days.”In both conversations I encouraged him very clearly to launch this independent commission of experts and to expedite its launch,” Spahn said.The WHO said last week it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments.US President Donald Trump has accused the WHO of being too close to China and not doing enough to question Beijing’s actions at the start of the crisis. Tedros has dismissed the suggestions and said his agency kept the world informed.last_img read more

  • Batesville Girls Soccer Team Win Over Greenwood

    first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs broke a 3 game losing streak on Saturday with a 5-0 win against the Greenwood Woodmen.Morgan Puente got the scoring started only 2 minutes into the contest. Emily Rose was able to beat a couple of Woodmen defenders as she made her way across the 18 yard box and was able to assist Morgan Puente on the goal. Rose was able to find the back of the net for the Lady Bulldogs 2nd goal. Sylvia Phillips crossed the ball into the box where Puente was able to settle it and lay it off to Rose who finished the play. Taylor Rowlett was able to extend the lead by adding 2 goals of her own off assists from fellow freshman Baylee Rohlfing. Puente ended the scoring with her second of the match off an assist from Phillips.“Overall, this was a much-needed game for us to regain our confidence and come away with a win. We had a lot of players step up for us today and fill vacancies in our lineup due to injuries. Our defense was excellent today. They shut down #13 for Greenwood who has 21 goals in her freshman year already. She is a very talented player and our defense made it their goal to shut her down and they succeeded all game long.” Batesville Coach Kyle Laker.The Lady Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday as they face East Central.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.last_img read more

  • Ighalo would like to finish the season with Man Utd

    first_imgNigeria’s striker, Odion Ighalo, has said he would like to play out the season with Manchester United. Ighalo has impressed at Old Trafford The striker is on-loan from Shanghai Shanghai – with the original agreement running out next month. “I would like to finish the season if it’s possible,” Ighalo told the BBC World Service. “I was in good form, good shape, scoring goals and now we’ve stopped for over a month. I’ve given it my best and hopefully, we’ll come back to play.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Mysterious Things You Do Not Know About China “The team had good momentum before the pandemic started. At the moment I’m on loan, and this will cut short my time at the club. read also:Man Utd make surprise decision over Ighalo’s permanent deal “The club, myself, every footballer is going through a lot because we can’t do what we love and what we know how to do best, so we’re just thinking about that for now and to finish the season before we start thinking about the contract.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

  • Lavonne M. (Shasky) Scheffler

    first_imgLavonne M. (Shasky) Scheffler 62, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday May 5, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born October 18, 1956 in Mansfield, OH, daughter of Kenneth and Hannah (Hildebrand) Shasky. Lavonne worked at SIEOC as assistant teacher for 5 years and was at Walmart for 12 years prior. She enjoyed yard sales, crafting, collecting dolphin figurines and baking, (she was known for her Christmas platters and Easter baskets) Lavonne was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. Her time with family was her greatest joy and she will be missed by family and friends.Lavonne is survived by her loving spouse of 43 years Robert “Bob” E. Scheffler, sons, Robert D. (Summer) Scheffler of Rising Sun, IN, Ryan (Beth) Scheffler of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Mathew & Jonathan Funk, Joshua Scheffler; sisters, Michele Shasky of Mansfield, OH, Annette Watkins of Galion, OH; .Friends will be received Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, Thursday at 7:00 pm.Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

  • Ward-Prowse fractures foot

    first_img Press Association Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been sidelined for 10 weeks with a fractured foot. However, scans have shown the midfielder has a fracture in his foot which will sideline him for the next 10 weeks, meaning he will be missing for Saints and the England Under-21s in the upcoming European Championship play-off with Croatia. “We’re very disappointed about that, but that’s football and that can happen,” Koeman said. “It’s unlucky but okay. “The boy has to keep going and it’s difficult because he had a great start to the season, but it’s part of the football and he will come back.” center_img Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Arsenal in the Capital One Cup was the first Saints match the 19-year-old academy graduate has missed this season. Ward-Prowse was taken off on a stretcher 69 minutes into Saturday’s win at Swansea, although manager Ronald Koeman was hopeful he would be fit for the return to Barclays Premier League action against QPR. last_img read more

  • Samiya Imad Farooqui, Maisnam Meiraba Clinch Junior Badminton Titles

    first_imgChennai: Telanganas No. 5 seed Samiya Imad Farooqui continued her meteoric rise as she clinched the U-19 girls singles title at the All-India Junior Ranking badminton tournament here on Sunday.The Asia U-15 champion, hailed as the new prodigy from the Pullela Gopichand Academy, comprehensively beat Delhi’s No. 16 seed Aashi Rawat in the final to make up for her friend and top seed P. Gayatri Gopichand’s shock exit in the semifinal.The U-19 boys singles final too proved to be one-sided with Manipur’s Maisnam Meiraba outplaying Aakash Yadav of Delhi before the latter retired hurt. The No. 2 seed Meiraba was leading 21-9, 12-7 when Yadav surrendered to his injury. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

  • Cricket News BCCI Elections On Oct 23 Instead Of Oct 22: CoA Chief Vinod Rai

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The BCCI’s much-awaited elections have been rescheduled by a day to October 23 in the wake of assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, Chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket Vinod Rai told PTI on Tuesday.Both the states will be voting on October 21 in a single-phase elections and to ensure that voter members from the two units are not inconvenienced, the Cricket Board poll, which was to be held on October 22, has been postponed by a day.“The BCCI elections are on track. It’s just because of the state polls, we have decided to reschedule by a day. So it will now be held on October 23 instead of October 22. Anything else that you read anywhere will be factually incorrect,” Rai said on Tuesday.The CoA also extended the deadline for conducting elections of BCCI’s state units by a week, to October 4.Another CoA member Diana Edulji said while she is “against any delay in conducting the BCCI elections”, she understands that a day’s extension is due to state polls.“As per the Supreme Court order passed on September 20, the state units may be granted a few days’ grace but BCCI elections should be on time. We may defer it by a day due to assembly elections in Maharashtra on 21st,” the former India women’s captain said.Rai was happy with the outcome of the Supreme Court hearing on the Tuesday during which its petition seeking clarification on the permission granted to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association to hold elections, was admitted.“Today, the petition came up for hearing. The BCCI counsel was there, TNCA counsel and amicus curiae P S Narsimha was there. I am happy with the outcome,” he said.“The SC took cognisance of the fact that some state units are misinterpreting the order mischievously on ‘disqualification being confined to office-bearers only’,” said Rai.“Many felt that it meant that the 70-year clause (age cap), non-Indian passport holder clause have been done away with, which is not the case,” the former CAG added.The CoA, in its petition to the apex court, has also submitted the status of compliance of 38 state units of BCCI.There are 24 full members, who have registered their respective constitutions as per CoA’s approval. Three members—Railways, Services and Universities—will have an authorised representative as per the BCCI constitution.The CoA has also informed the court that seven full members have had their constitution approved by it but have not yet submitted the document.There are two members, who are in dialogue with CoA and are on their way to compliance.According to the CoA, only two members—Haryana and Tamil Nadu are “not compliant and failed to bring their constitution in line with the approved one.”The BCCI elections will mark an end to the tenure of the Supreme Court-appointed administrators, governing Indian cricket. last_img read more

  • Update on the latest sports

    first_imgUpdate on the latest sports July 5, 2020 Hamilton has spoken widely about racism in recent weeks following the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd in May. F1-AUSTRIAN GPBottas wins F1′s season-opening Austrian GP, Hamilton 4thSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas has won a chaotic season-opening Austrian Grand Prix which saw Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton finish fourth after getting a late time penalty.Hamilton’s penalty saw him drop from second to fourth on Sunday. That meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari and Lando Norris was third.The race was interrupted three times by a safety car and nine of 20 drivers abandoned. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon both went out the race. Braves manager Brian Snitker says the 34-year-old Hernández chose to skip the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.A six-time All-Star in 15 seasons with Seattle, the player known as King Felix needed a fresh start following 2019, his worst season.The decision was made after Hernández participated in workouts Friday and Saturday at Truist Park.The Braves announced Saturday that four-time All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two more Atlanta players tested positive for COVID-19.In other virus-related baseball developments: F1 DRIVERS AGAINST RACISMF1 Drivers all wear “End Racism” T-shirts, but 6 don’t kneelSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas kneeled holding the winners’ trophy at Formula One’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday and the podium trio held up a black T-shirt with “End Racism” written on it.That message was delivered before the race when all drivers wore that T-shirt. World champion Lewis Hamilton, the only black driver in F1, had Black Lives Matter on the front and End Racism on the back.But six drivers did not join Hamilton and 13 others in taking the knee. One of the six, Charles Leclerc, later tweeted that behavior in everyday life matters more than “formal gestures that could be seen as controversial in some countries.” He said his failure to take a knee doesn’t mean he’s “less committed than others in the fight against racism.”center_img CLEVELAND (AP) — Manager Terry Francona believes it’s time for the Cleveland Indians to change their nickname. Francona says the Indians should “move forward” and consider a new name.The American League team has been called the Indians since 1915. On Friday, the team released a statement saying it was committed to determine a “best path forward with regard to our team name.” The move came hours after the NFL’s Washington Redskins announced plans to review their contentious logo and nickname.Last year, the Indians removed the much-criticized Chief Wahoo logo from their game worn caps and jerseys.In other news from baseball’s summer training:— Left-hander Andrew Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his selection before the Angels’ third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24. The 29-year-old Heaney will be the Angels’ fourth different opening day starter in four years. He went 4-6 last season with a 4.91 ERA and 118 strikeouts while missing time with injuries to his left elbow and shoulder. — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says two players out of 60 tested turned up positive for the novel coronavirus. Martinez says the two players took their tests Wednesday before reporting to Nationals Park and that some are still awaiting their results. Reliever Sean Doolittle minutes earlier lamented not having his COVID-19 test results back from Friday and implored baseball to “clean this up.”— The Chicago White Sox say two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation. The team said Sunday that the two unidentified players are asymptomatic, and contact tracing for both was conducted. They are being monitored by team medical staff and will receive follow-up testing in the coming days. They will be allowed to return to baseball activities after they test negative twice and pass other appropriate COVID-19 protocols.— Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich acknowledges he benefited from fortunate timing in his contract negotiations. The Brewers held a March 6 news conference to announce that the 2018 NL MVP had agreed to a nine-year, $215 million contract. Spring training was halted less than a week later because of the coronavirus pandemic. Yelich’s deal was finalized before the loss of revenue from Major League Baseball’s shortened season and labor unrest created at least some uncertainty about the game’s financial future. He says everybody is in a unique situation this season.MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONAIndians manager backs name change Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BRAVES-HERNANDEZFélix Hernandez opts out of 2020 seasonATLANTA (AP) — Former Cy Young winner Félix Hernández has opted out of the 2020 season, at least temporarily ending his bid to revive his career with the Atlanta Braves. Associated Press last_img read more

  • Jones leads Badgers to Wolverine Invite

    first_imgThis weekend the men’s golf team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in the 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate. The 15-team field includes Big Ten programs Indiana, Iowa, Penn State and host Michigan, with a variety of other teams from around the country.Wisconsin will be looking to improve after their 14th place finish last weekend at the 17-team Cleveland State Invitational where redshirt freshman Pat Duffy and true freshmen Nick Engen and Ben Herrera all made their collegiate debuts.This weekend’s tournament will be held at the University of Michigan Golf Course. The 6,704-yard, par-71 lay out was recently ranked as the third-best college course in the nation.”It’s an older golf course,” Wisconsin head coach Jim Schuman said. “You’ve got greens that are very elevated, lots of slope in there. There are some holes there that are short off the tee and they kind of bait you into picking the wrong golf club.”The course underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in the spring of 1994, which restored bunkers and tee boxes, and improved the irrigation system. In addition, a new practice range was constructed, complete with practice greens and sand traps.Scoring at the Wolverine Intercollegiate will be calculated in a five-count-four format. Five players from each team will play each round, and the four best scores from each round will then count toward the team total.This fall, Schuman will be challenged when selecting five players for each tournament, and this weekend is no exception.”It’s a totally different chemistry than we had last year,” Schuman said. “I think we’re much more even across the board. All five guys will be ready to contribute at any time. That’s how we’re going to do well, and that’s how we’re going to win golf tournaments.”The Badgers will be led by junior Garrett Jones, who set the UW record for season scoring average last year with 72.7 shots per 18 holes. Last weekend, he carded the lowest Wisconsin score in each of the three rounds en route to a fourth place overall finish.Jeff Kaiser will be the No. 2 golfer and will be looking to rebound from a 62nd-place finish last weekend.Accompanying Jones and Kaiser to Michigan will be true freshmen Tyler Obermueller, and redshirt freshmen Paul Jacobsen and Engen. These five earned the chance to play by beating their fellow teammates in qualifying rounds at practice this week.”We try to get in a minimum of at least three or four [qualifying rounds], and on a day-in and day-out basis you’re going to get your four or five best players out of there,” Schuman said.Although Schuman does not set his lineup for each tournament based on the course being played, he feels that this week’s course fits his team well.”The five guys that we’re taking this week, they all have decent short games and they’re all very good putters,” Schuman said. “If we can get that short game to overcome some of that inexperience then I would hope to see some good rounds out of the guys.””It’s paramount that the guys, when they are missing, that they miss on the correct side of the green. The greens tend to be very, very quick there, so you’ve got to really take care of your golf ball.”While Schuman concedes that his team is not as seasoned as most of the competition, he remains confident.”It’s a lot to expect out of some young, young guys,” Schuman said. “But I do know this: they’re up to the challenge and I’m really looking forward to it.”last_img read more