Sitting for anthem shows lack of ethics

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’ve been sitting on the sideline listening to various opinions on the seemingly vogue practice of professional football players, at least for some of them, refusing to stand for the National Anthem. They’ve fabricated reasons to justify their actions, of which many have supported on First Amendment grounds.I strongly support the Constitution and do my best to avoid picking and choosing only the parts that support my opinions. I thus agree that the players have a right to protest. One thing that I’ve noticed to be conspicuously absent from the various pro and con statements on this issue is one very important word; that word is “ethics.” Though the players have the First Amendment right to protest, doing so during the National Anthem is abhorrently unethical. It’s disrespectful to everyone who’s served this nation, living and dead. It’s disrespectful to every patriot in our nation.Another right these players don’t have is the right to protest on the job. I know that I would be fired for doing so.The statement the protesting players are really making is that they lack basic moral values. They lack the ability to determine that the protesting should be done on their own time and not during the National Anthem; not the message they wanted to get across.Niskayuna High School announcing it won’t play the anthem before a game is a stunningly poor decision. The school’s job is to teach its students to better prepare them for their adult lives. Instead, they’ve been taught how to dodge an issue.Don SteciakGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: 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 homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Ellis needs change in hospital management

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHaving seen negative and positive reports about experiences at Ellis Hospital, I had the misfortune of visiting a cousin who had spent over 20 days at this facility. My first contact was in the Ellis Hospital E-wing, which I was told is an intensive-care-type Unit. My cousin was treated rather poorly, from not getting proper nutritional support to obtaining no food at all. Attempting to remedy the no food situation on a particular day, I was told. “We have had an emergency and were very busy.” This is while all staff were making rounds with the doctor and plenty of people around to do something. But none took the extra step to proceed.He was then transferred to A-wing, sixth floor. Sorry to say the experience was no better. The staff is very friendly and is trying to help everyone. However on Feb 11, breakfast was not delivered until 11:30 a.m. This would be OK if he had to fast or have tests preformed. But that wasn’t the case. We questioned the staff why no food and they contacted the Dietary Department. The answer was food staff is very busy. They were so busy that breakfast never came up to this patient until 11:30 a.m. and lunch was sent up at 12:30 p.m.?Having been a director of a couple of departments at a hospital in Amsterdam for the better part of 40 years, I believe I have a working knowledge of what’s acceptable and what’s not in a hospital environment. This is totally unacceptable. No one even came up with crackers or a dish of ice cream.In the past, being biased as a former hospital manager, I took the negative writings about Ellis as just an unfortunate incident. But when so many of these incidents occur and are reported, a trend emerges. This trend is that Ellis needs to shake up management and staff to pull out of this downward spiral.Robert G. NicolellaRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Some issues need to get more attention

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Some things that aren’t being talked about include the savings rate being down and consumer debt going up since the end of 2016. Consumer spending looks great, but assuming a normal savings rate and taking away the consumer debt, it doesn’t look very good at all. In the effort to deliver wealth for the citizens, the Bush, Obama and Trump economies all look like failures.There are recent claims about Europe’s bird and insect populations doing very poorly. It’s obviously a worldwide problem, but it’s getting even worse and deserves a lot of attention.The copper industry is worried about future production. And even in the short time this year, there are more warnings about future water shortages. No matter how hard humans try to ignore resource depletion, it’ll be impossible to ignore at some point.Colin YunickCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: 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 motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Vaccinations are to protect everyone

first_imgThe June 2 article: “Bill would ease path to exemption … Religious objection to student vaccines would become easier to claim” is so light on the science that it buries the very reason to vaccinate.The article describes the plight of parents who, for religious reasons, don’t want their children vaccinated. The lone single-sentence quote about the science is vague and doesn’t even mention the concept of herd immunity – the main point. That is, a certain percentage of a population must be vaccinated to prevent the spread of an infectious disease. For this concept, a picture is worth a thousand words, so google it.An unvaccinated child could transmit a disease if she or he is in the incubation stage or has mild symptoms and goes to school. A classmate who is being treated for or recovering from cancer or a transplant, or perhaps has an inherited immune deficiency, could contract such an unchecked infection and die. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The vaccine for chickenpox was developed decades ago. For years before it became publicly available, it was given to protect kids who had leukemia. To get a sense of the angst, anger and terror that refusing to vaccinate a child can cause, read a pediatrician’s account in Mother Jones, “To the Parent of the Unvaccinated Child Who Exposed My Family to Measles.” His child has cancer.Sen. James Seward stated in the article, “We should respect the religious beliefs of others, as well as parental rights.” And we should care that parents he’d heard from “have been treated unfairly by administrators.” Really? I think we should respect the rights of children to attend school without risking contracting a preventable infection. “Do unto others” shouldn’t include passing along pertussis or measles or chickenpox.If a parent, religious or not, and a school system allow an unvaccinated child to attend school and an infection passed in a sneeze, wipe, or held hand kills another, that’s murder. It’s not “respecting religious beliefs.”Ricki LewisGlenvilleThe writer is a PhD geneticist and writes textbooks health care professionals use.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Development projects propel DevSecs profits

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CSFB experts slam FRS13

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Comeback king Mahomes sparks Chiefs to Super Bowl win

first_imgPatrick Mahomes led a thrilling late comeback as the Kansas City Chiefs ended their 50-year wait for a Super Bowl crown with a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.Chiefs quarterback Mahomes shrugged off an error-strewn start to the game to overturn a 20-10 fourth quarter deficit in a nail-biting contest at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.The Super Bowl win was Kansas City’s first NFL Championship since their triumph over the Minnesota Vikings in 1970. Those scores put the Chiefs into a 24-20 lead and Kansas City made the game safe when Williams danced up the sideline for a 38-yard rushing score with 1min 12sec remaining.Mahomes finished with 286 passing yards and 26 completions from 42 attempts with two touchdowns. The Chiefs quarterback also rushed for a touchdown early in the first quarter.But the defeat was desperately hard on the 49ers, who were chasing a record-equalling sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy.The 49ers had barely put a foot wrong through three quarters, with their defense shackling Mahomes superbly and their offense moving the ball confidently to put them in the driving seat late in the game.But as the pressure in the fourth quarter mounted, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s sure touch deserted him and the Niners offense dried up.The fourth quarter collapse was also 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan’s worst nightmare.Shanahan had been the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons at the 2017 Super Bowl when they let a 28-3 lead slip in a stunning loss to the New England Patriots.Topics : And it owed everything to the nerve of Mahomes, who for the third straight game led the Chiefs back from a double-digit deficit to seal victory.”We never lost faith. Everybody on this team, no one had their head down and we found a way to win in the end,” Mahomes told a television reporter as cannons blasted confetti into the Florida night sky.The Chiefs quarterback had looked out of sorts through the first three quarters, throwing two interceptions in the face of fierce pressure from the magnificent San Francisco defense.But with the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Mahomes led his team on two long drives to set up touchdowns for tight end Travis Kelce and running back Damien Williams.last_img read more

PREMIUMPLN expects to raise Rp 4.92 trillion from new bonds

first_imgForgot Password ? Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Facebook Google Linkedin State-owned electricity company PLN expects to raise about Rp 4.92 trillion (US$360.7 million)  from the issuance of new bonds later this month to improve cash flow and finance electricity infrastructure expansion.In a statement sent to the Indonesia Stock Exchange on Friday, PLN said the new bonds would comprise five series: Series A worth Rp 540.6 billion with a five-year tenure, Series B worth Rp 672.5 billion with a seven-year tenure, Series C worth Rp 544.2 billion with a 10-year tenure, Series D worth Rp 1.46 trillion with a 15-year tenure and Series E worth Rp 1.59 trillion with a 20-year tenure.The bonds, which are to be officially offered to the public on Feb. 12 and 13, would offer coupon rates of between 7.2 and 9.05 percent a year. The interest rates are to be higher than the average 6.65 percent offered by government bonds, but lower than those offered by the co… Indonesia PLN bonds expansion cashflow DPR hearing samurai-bondslast_img read more

Former South Korean president jailed after losing appeal

first_imgAt a hearing on Wednesday, Seoul’s Central District Court ordered a heavier sentence, saying Lee “did not show a sign of remorse or sense of responsibility” for his wrongdoings.He instead blamed civil servants he worked with and Samsung employees, the court said.Several South Korean presidents have ended up in prison after leaving office — often as a result of investigations started by political rivals.Lee’s successor, Park Geun-hye, is currently serving 32 years in jail for bribery and abuse of power after being ousted in 2017 over a nationwide corruption scandal that prompted massive street protests.Another former leader, Roh Moo-hyun, committed suicide after being questioned in a corruption probe involving his family. Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was taken to prison Wednesday to begin a 17-year term for bribery and embezzlement after losing an appeal against a lighter sentence. Lee, in office from 2008 to 2013, was briefly jailed in 2018 after being sentenced to 15 years and fined 13 billion won (US$11 million), but was granted bail while he appealed.He was found guilty of creating slush funds of tens of millions of dollars and accepting bribes from Samsung Electronics in return for a presidential pardon for its chairman, Lee Kun-hee, who was jailed for tax evasion. Topics :last_img read more

Malaysia’s king summons Mahathir amid showdown with Anwar for PM

first_imgMalaysia’s king summoned Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday, as the country waits for an end to the political chaos caused by his shock resignation as prime minister amid an intense power struggle.Decades-old political rivals Mahathir, 94, and Anwar Ibrahim, 72, have both sought the prime minister’s job, leaving the king to decide who governs the country next or whether fresh elections should be called.Mahathir, who agreed to act as interim prime minister after resigning earlier this week amid political maneuvering between his coalition and the opposition, on Wednesday proposed a unified administration without political party allegiances. A spokesman for Mahathir’s office said Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah had called him for a meeting at 11 a.m. The spokesman did not know why.The king has met all the 222 elected members of parliament over two days in a bid to end the crisis, which comes as Malaysia faces a flagging economy and the impact of the new coronavirus.The resignation of Mahathir broke apart a coalition with Anwar that had scored a surprise election victory in 2018, and was not part of a pre-election promise that Mahathir would eventually cede power to Anwar.Anwar said on Wednesday he was opposed to forming a “backdoor government” and that three parties from the former Pakatan Harapan ruling coalition had proposed his name to the king as candidate for prime minister.”We wait for the decision of the king,” he told a news conference.  Topics :last_img read more