Letters to the Editor for Monday, Aug. 19

first_imgArts projects are a perfect fit with trailIn mid-July, the Friends of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail hosted the first Color the Canal event with the support of CREATE Community Studios. Both the Friends and CREATE would like to thank Schenectady County for its sponsorship of this event (through Schenectady County’s County Initiative Program Arts, History and Tourism Grant).We’re also grateful to the many community groups and individuals who helped make it a success.Thanks to all our supporters, more than 150 pieces of artwork greeted trail users the weekend of July 13. Art stretched from Kiwanis Park in Rotterdam to SUNY Schenectady and was also placed at locations on the trail in Niskayuna.Color the Canal helped highlight the trail, not just for local users, but also for the more than 650 cyclists taking part in the annual Cycle the Erie Canal ride. The cyclists, from across the country and around the world, ride from Buffalo to Albany over eight days, stopping in communities along the way. Numerous participants told us Color the Canal provided a warm welcome to Schenectady County and was unique to anything they had experienced along the trail.Public art projects serve a valuable role in establishing a trail’s and a community’s identity. We hope this was just the first of many Color the Canal events and that we can continue to use art to promote both our trail, an incredible recreational resource, and the many services Schenectady County has to offer trail users, whether they’re on the trail for an hour or for a longer journey.Gillian ScottSchenectadyThe writer is president of the Friends of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail.Grateful for Engel’s work with veteransI’m writing to inform you and the community about the hard work and dedication that Mr. Dan Engel, director of Veterans Affairs for Fulton County, provides for, and on behalf of, the veterans in Fulton and Hamilton County.Many veterans and their families struggle to navigate the VA and federal government bureaucracy to obtain the care and benefits they are entitled to. They often give up in frustration.Dan works tirelessly and relentlessly striving to push the right buttons and get the proper paperwork submitted in a proper manner in order to satisfy the requirements necessary for the veterans to receive the help they desperately need.As anyone who has had to deal with these agencies knows, it can be a frustrating endeavor. Dan never lets it go and communicates often with the veterans and their families to keep them updated on the progress and what they can expect next.He’s a good listener and genuinely cares about the health and well-being of all veterans in the area. He’s a great asset to the community and to veterans.On behalf of all those he’s helped, and is helping, we’d like to extend a grateful thank you for his tireless efforts in the service of others.All our public servants should be as committed and dedicated as he to the community’s they serve.Joel Stuartthe family of Bill StuartWellsEat thoughtfully and help save the planetSo many of us want to step lighter on the planet, but how?One big step is eating thoughtfully. First, eat locally. Choosing farmer’s markets means more nutritional food, local economic support, and a lighter carbon footprint in delivering food to your table.Also, eat seasonally.Freeze or can produce, then in the dark winter, open up a jar of summer.When store shopping, continue to source food as locally as possible for a lighter carbon footprint. And finally, eating greener means eating less meat.As Bill Gates pointed out, “If cows were a country, they’d rank third in greenhouse gas emissions.” Try thinking of meat as a delicacy instead of a staple.Thoughtful eating will bring more joy to your table and to the planet.Caroline BrooksScotiaMore 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: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCuomo should veto harmful health billAs the operator of a small logistics business that operates on tight margins and relies on attracting the best drivers in the business to ensure our customers get their packages on time, I felt compelled to speak up on an issue that will directly impact our employee healthcare plan.This past legislative session, the Legislature hastily passed a bill that if signed into law by the governor will likely have a serious negative impact on the price of prescription drugs and our employee healthcare plan.Senate bill 6531, which came about after the release of a report on pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) by state Sen. James Skoufis, could drastically increase the cost of prescription drugs.Although probably well-intentioned, this complicated legislation could hinder patient access to medication and reduce doctors’ ability to provide the most effective and affordable prescriptions available. The legislation is extremely complicated and requires careful consideration and review — both of which were not part of the legislative process.For this reason, the governor should veto the bill and begin working with the Legislature and stakeholders from patients to our doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, pharmacies and PBMs, and businesses and unions to improve the legislation.If you’re like me, you probably never heard of a PBM before. In doing my research, I discovered that our company’s healthcare plan relies on PBMs to keep costs down for my employees.Why can’t Albany ever think of the little guy?Jack McCabeMaltaTrump didn’t get his way with Russia helpJim Murphy in his Aug. 3 letter (Think about how Trump got advantage) asks three questions. Here are three possible answers:1. I don’t think that Russia necessarily wanted Trump to win. Any intelligence service worth its salt would have had access to all of the emails that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent and received on her unauthorized server. The blackmail possibilities were almost limitless. The Russians probably thought that Clinton would win. As in past elections, Russia wanted to sow social discord and create a lack of faith in our election process. Robert Mueller’s high-priced, fruitless investigation indicates that this time, they were successful.2. Trump and his campaign were unaware of the Russian efforts as they occurred before the election, during the Obama administration. The FBI director testified under oath that the FBI didn’t advise the Trump campaign of this threat. The Mueller investigation didn’t find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.The investigation also determined that Trump had not obstructed an investigation of a crime that had not occurred. Interestingly enough, the only collusion with Russia that was uncovered was that by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.3. Mueller testified that his investigation was not interfered with, nor were resources, documents and testimony withheld nor executive privilege claimed.Too bad that this amount of interest in Russian activities wasn’t present regarding their orchestration of the “Peace” Movement during the Vietnam War. Think of all of the lives, American and Vietnamese, that could have been spared.John HoetkerSchenectadylast_img read more

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Rising to the top

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Watchdog savages Leeds tower

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Pall Mall pioneer: Haslemere bags unique deal

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Law firm keeps presence in City

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UK firms take stock in wake of tragedy

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Talk of the towns: Yorkshire, north/north-east Lincs

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Man infected with coronavirus in Germany after Italy trip: State ministry

first_img“People in close contact with the patient will be kept in home isolation and be asked about their state of health every day,” it said. “As soon as a contact person develops symptoms, they will also be isolated in hospital.”The new confirmed case takes to 17 the total number of coronavirus cases in Germany. There have been no deaths.Separately, newspaper Rheinische Post reported that a married couple in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia had been admitted to hospital in Duesseldorf on suspicion of suffering from the virus. The paper, which did not cite a source, said at least one of them had tested positive.Car supplier Webasto said last month a Chinese employee had tested positive for the virus upon returning to China following a visit to the company headquarters near Munich. The employee apparently infected several German colleagues during the visit.The new coronavirus, believed to have originated from illegal wildlife sold in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has infected some 80,000 people and killed more than 2,600 people, most of them in China.Neighboring Switzerland confirmed its first case of the coronavirus earlier on Tuesday. Austria also confirmed its first two cases on Tuesday.  Topics : A 25-year-old man living in the southern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday after a trip to Milan, the state’s Health Ministry said.In a statement, the ministry said the man, who had likely become infected during the visit to Italy, had contacted authorities after coming down with flu-like symptoms.He would be taken later on Tuesday to a hospital, where he would be treated in isolation, the ministry said.last_img read more

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Police ban May Day rallies against omnibus bill on job creation

first_imgYusri said police officers would forcefully disperse protesters if they insisted on going ahead with the rallies.”Yes, we will disperse them. We have informed them [about the policy], I hope they understand,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Desperate workers to hold mass rallies against job creation bill despite pandemicPreviously, two large labor groups, the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) and the Indonesian Labor Workers Assembly (MPBI) had announced their plan to hold massive protests in front of the House and the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister on April 30, the day before May Day, which falls on May 1. KSPI head Said Iqbal said workers would comply with the physical-distancing policy during the rallies. They would also wear masks and bring hand sanitizers.”We will demand three things during the rallies: to reject the omnibus bill, to stop job layoffs and to give full compensation and Idul Fitri holiday bonuses [THR] for workers who are staying at home,” Said Iqbal said.He went on to say that the notification letters about the May Day rallies were sent to the Jakarta Police and the National Police headquarters on April 17, but the letters were rejected.Said Iqbal said the labor unions would cancel their plan to stage the mass rallies only if the House ceased the deliberation of the omnibus bill on job creation during the COVID-19 pandemic.Workers, activists and members of the public have criticized the House and government for trying to push through the controversial bill.The bill, which seeks to concurrently amend 79 laws including the 2003 Manpower Law, has been vehemently opposed by labor unions, which have condemned the bill for cutting labor rights and benefiting employers.The deliberation of the disputed omnibus bill on job creation has met further resistance as the country faces massive layoffs as a result of the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Jakarta, the province hardest-hit by coronavirus, has recorded 3,097 people infected, making up nearly half of the country’s official tally of 6,760 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday. At least 590 people in the country have died from the disease, of which 287 were reported in the capital. (nal) The Jakarta Police have announced they will ban all rallies commemorating May Day after workers in the capital city said they planned to hold protests on April 30, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, against the omnibus bill on job creation being deliberated in the House of Representatives.Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. com. Yusri Yunus said such rallies would violate the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) policy implemented by the Jakarta administration to clamp down on the transmission of COVID-19.”The PSBB has regulated physical distancing and the National Police chief’s edict has clearly banned mass gatherings. So, we will not issue any permit for the protest,” Yusri said on Monday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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