Letters to the Editor for Sunday, July 7

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWant rights? Enter the country legallyFor the life of me, I have a hard time understanding the support for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. I repeat illegally. Full disclosure, my maternal relatives were here for the Revolution and my paternal grandparents came here in 1897 from Italy. They did it all legally and went through Ellis Island.One thing that frosts me is calling those scoundrels/goniffs/criminals immigrants. You heard me, criminals, not immigrants.  No way. They are here illegally and should not have the same rights as honest citizens. This misuse of words is done regularly by the publicity wing of the Democrat National Committee; most people call them the news media. Those talking heads like to say how fair and balanced they are. Mr. Trump does not pussy-foot around. He calls them what they are: “fake news.” Ditto for the sanctuary cities nonsense. Who gives those people the right to waste taxpayers’ money harboring criminals? Heck, you see demonstrations, and the criminals and their supporters are waving their home countries’ flags. Most of those people really do not want citizenship, just the rights of citizenship.Gov. Andrew Cuomo — you know, the downstate wise guy that preaches at us like an old-time tent revival preacher as if we were fourth-graders — says people are leaving New York due to weather. No Andy, it’s all the progressive, liberal communism you people vote in. This driver license thing means more people leaving this people’s republic for a free state.David G. DeMarcoHadleyNot voting comes with consequencesIn order for democracy to be effective, it must be used.On June 26, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy celebrated a victory in the Democratic primary. Celebrate he should, because without a Republican opponent, this primary victory seals his fate for another term as Schenectady’s mayor. The city of Schenectady has somewhere near 66,000 residents, yet fewer than 2,000 saw their way clear to cast a vote in this important election. Why were the vast majority of citizens unwilling to participate in this Democratic process? While the percentage of votes won by the incumbent looked significant, the vote count revealed that a victory was secured by a mere 65 votes. So the mayor was the deliberate choice of 858 citizens. The rest were willing to take potluck.This is reminiscent of the 2018 election cycle, in which a representative won the primary in a Democrat-controlled district with a total of 15,897 votes, beating the incumbent by slightly more than 6,000 votes. This happened in a district in which nearly 215,000 were registered as Democrats. In this case, the winner has become the voice of the Democratic Party, as if a majority of Americans across the country sent her to Washington to represent them.Many people in the world do not have the privilege of casting a ballot. Shouldn’t we take our democracy a little more seriously?Dennis UleryBallston SpaBrown wasn’t worthy of graduation honorCongratulations to these Mechanicville graduates and all those who made this day a reality for them.The school’s final day with these students should have been reflective of the years of dedication by faculty and students. Sadly, it would seem respect for dedicated educators and the student body were neglected here.Commencement speakers are typically chosen to represent role models, inspirational figures. Chad Brown’s past history of labor violations were corrected under legal direction, not an atonement to underpaid individuals.These fresh young eyes see horse racing as the blood sport that it is and will counteract those of us who blindly find it acceptable simply because it has been around for so long. A personal salute to students Hailey Bub, Jordan Blair and Issac Green for the courage to stand up for their morality. Mr. Brown has won a “prestigious” award for his training accomplishments. This individual’s accomplishments include being the trainer for 16 horses that have died at the track since 2009. With this “track” record of cruelty to man and beast, parents and faculty have to wonder at a choice that necessitated the barring of the press, further marring the day meant for celebration for students and their families.Margaret M. NixonMechanicvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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On the wild side

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Drinks retailer brewing out-of-town schemes

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Moore steamrollers into Mayfair bar scene

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St Modwen’s Elephant hopes

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Jokowi to become second Indonesian president to address Australian parliament

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will address the Australian Parliament on Monday, making him only the second Indonesian president to do so in the 70-year-history of Indonesian-Australian diplomatic relations.“President Jokowi will convey his vision for Indonesia-Australia partnership for the next 30 years to the Australian Parliament to strengthen Australia’s support of our country,” presidential secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono said according to a State Palace press release.Besides Heru, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko and presidential military secretary Maj. Gen. Suharyanto also accompanied the President on his visit to Australia. Topics : By giving the speech, Jokowi would be the second Indonesian president to address Australia’s Parliament, following in the footsteps of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who delivered a speech in front of Australian lawmakers in 2010.In the speech, Yudhoyono announced the death of key Bali bombing suspect Dulmatin and highlighted the importance of Jakarta and Canberra becoming strategic partners.”Indonesia and Australia have a very promising future. We are not only friends. We are not only neighbors. We are strategic partners,” Yudhoyono said at the time.Besides the speech, Jokowi will also discuss the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement’s (IA-CEPA) ratification with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the visit, with both countries set to launch a plan of action for 2020-2024 to support the agreement. The President will also attend the Indonesia-Australia business roundtable. (mfp)last_img read more

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PREMIUM‘Stop prosecuting sex trafficking victims!’: Activists lambaste Gerindra lawmaker

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account Linkedin Gerindra-Party Sex-trafficking sex-workers Padang west-sumatra house-of-representatives Rights activists have urged the West Sumatra Police to stop their legal process against NN, a sex worker currently facing criminal charges after allegedly being entrapped by a lawmaker from the Gerindra Party, Andre Rosiade, in a hotel room in Padang last month, pointing out that the she is actually a victim of unaddressed human trafficking in Indonesia.The director of the Padang Legal Aid Institute (LBH Padang), Wendra Rona Putra, who represents NN in the case, explained that the 27-year-old single mother was involved in prostitution because she struggled to make a living to support her 2-year-old child in a city far from her home in West Java.”NN moved to Padang with her aunt to avoid her abusive partner and eventually became a sex worker to make ends meet,” Wendra said recently.He added that NN did not work alone, but had a manager, aka a pimp, who had allegedly …last_img read more

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Anies strongest candidate for president among regional heads, survey says

first_imgA recent survey conducted by pollster Indo Barometer found Anies Baswedan to be the strongest presidential candidate in a hypothetical electoral race that pitted six regional heads against each other.Conducted from Jan. 9 to 15 involving 1,200 participants across 34 provinces, the survey shows that Anies is the reigning favorite, with 31.7 percent of respondents expressing their support for the governor. He triumphs over Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo (11.8 percent), Surabaya Mayor Tri “Risma” Rismaharini in East Java (9.9 percent), West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil (8.2 percent), East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa (5.6 percent) and South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah (0.8 percent).Anies was also found to be the most recognizable candidate, with 91.7 percent recognizability, followed by Ridwan (65.8 percent) and Khofifah (55.8 percent), then Risma at 49.4 percent recognizability, Ganjar at 47.8 percent and Nurdin with 10.7 percent. Indo Barometer executive director M. Qodari said that despite Anies’ recognizability, he still needed to tread carefully.“If the popularity of Ridwan, Ganjar or Risma reaches 90 percent, the dynamics will change,” Qodari said on Sunday.He went on to say that Anies’ popularity could largely be attributed to his current position as the governor of Jakarta, even though the city accounts for only 4 percent of the national population. Anies also has the advantage of constantly being in the media spotlight, especially on television, practically extending his reach to every person across Indonesia, he said.“This is where the adage ‘the Jakarta governor is a president-flavored governor’ comes from,” Qodari said.Analysts said that like President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a former Jakarta governor, Anies would also use his position at City Hall as a stepping stone to the State Palace.Regardless of their popularity, every presidential candidate must also include other important variables in the electoral equation — such as work performance — to win the public over, Qodari said.“Ultimately, those who are both popular and maintain the best performance will win the most votes from the Indonesian people,” he said. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

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“Really scared” says Kilian, Bundesliga’s first coronavirus case

first_imgTopics : “If I had stayed alone in Paderborn I would have gone to hospital,””I can now talk from experience. I’m a sportsman and in form, but I had to fight a lot against the virus. For the people who already have health issues, it could put their life in danger.”As of late Sunday, 55 people in Germany have died of the disease with 18,610 recorded cases and Chancellor Angela Merkel was in quarantine after meeting a doctor who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Earlier in the day Merkel announced a ban on public gatherings of more than two people and further infection control measures. The first Bundesliga player to test positive for coronavirus said on Monday he had been “really scared” as he suffered from the illness.Paderborn’s Luca Kilian, 20, was the first case of COVID-19 in the German top-flight, which has been postponed until at least April 2 due to the pandemic.The Germany Under-21 international had missed seven matches since suffering a muscle injury in late-January but his club’s last match was the March 6 loss to Cologne.center_img “It started on March 10 with a little bit of irritation in the throat. The day after I had a headache but I kept training” he told newspaper Westfalen-Blatt”On March 12 I had the first of my hot flushes and a day later they were really strong. Fever and strong shivers. It was then I started being really scared for the first time.”It took four days for the fever to drop, and after that I felt better every day,” he added.Defender Kilian, who joined the league’s bottom club from home town side Borussia Dortmund at the start of the season, was able to return home to his family to be taken care of by his mother, a nurse.last_img read more

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President to draft regulation to control ‘mudik’ this year in battle against COVID-19

first_imgRead also: COVID-19: Jakarta to suspend interprovincial buses as ‘mudik’ persists”The President stressed that the public’s safety is the number one priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This means, the public’s safety is the highest law,” Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman said in a statement on Monday.Jodi Mahardi, the spokesperson of the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, said the President also demanded officials in a Cabinet meeting on Monday to study ways to mitigate the economic impacts of the outbreak. The greatest concern is for the most-impacted segments of society, namely informal workers, daily wage workers and small businesses in Jakarta who have lost their source of income.”The results [of the studies] are expected to be ready within two days and the President will make a decision on the matter,” Jodi said in a statement. (trn)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is currently drafting a presidential instruction (Inpres) and presidential regulation (Perpres) as the legal basis to exert more control over this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, officials have said.The President has called on the public to reduce travel between regions as the country struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus with many people beginning mudik early.Jokowi also called on those who have traveled between regions to alert authorities and to abide by health protocols.last_img read more

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