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A welcome mat for veterans

first_imgTo a room full of Harvard students with military backgrounds, Gen. Stanley McChrystal yesterday offered words of advice: Loosen up, and reach out. “Throw yourself on that side,” he said of the civilian and academic worlds where the rules may seem different and the people foreign. “This is a magic opportunity here.”The retired four-star general, now a senior fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, was among those welcoming to Harvard new and continuing students with military backgrounds. McChrystal, the architect of the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, was a National Security Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in 1996.“You’ve been at war for more than a decade,” he added. “You shouldn’t be at war here.”The veterans’ welcome was organized and funded by the Office of the President, the Belfer Center, and the Center for Public Leadership at HKS. Listeners crowded into the main dining room at the Faculty Club.The three-year-old tradition included a welcome from President Drew Faust, a historian of the Civil War and the daughter of a decorated World War II veteran. “Harvard has long had a special commitment to the American military,” she said. Faust pointed across Quincy Street to Loeb House, the longtime residence of Harvard presidents that was taken over by the U.S. Navy for its V-12 officer training program during World War II. (“The Navy treated it as a ship,” she said, including scrubbed “decks” and “polished brightwork,” or exposed metal surfaces.) Seventeen of Harvard’s graduates have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Only the Army and Navy academies record higher totals.One hundred and fifty current or former members of the military are enrolled at Harvard, said Faust, most of them studying business, government, and law. (There are three undergraduate veterans.) The small numbers reflect that just 1 percent of Americans serve in the military, so “it’s especially important for Harvard to connect,” she said. “The military offers special lessons in leadership, and commitment to something larger than oneself.”Event organizer Meghan O’Sullivan also discussed public service in her introduction, saying that veterans add a unique dimension to the concept. “We expect you’ll play a special role at Harvard,” said O’Sullivan, the Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at HKS and the deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2007McChrystal later added a variation on that theme, proposing that civilians be given a one-year opportunity to perform federal service in teaching, conservation, health, and other areas. He came to the Boston area this week in part as an advocate for the Franklin Project, a venture by the Aspen Institute to establish a voluntary civilian counterpart to military service.The generation that came through the cauldron of World War II, including 16 million Americans in uniform, emerged from that conflict “to raise their idea of citizenship beyond war,” he said. Yet today there is “no shared vision” of citizenship and contribution.But there are signs of change, said McChrystal, including at Harvard, where in the beginning of Faust’s presidency 9 percent of graduating seniors applied to Teach for America; that figure is 20 percent today.Time magazine columnist Joe Klein, a fellow at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center this semester, stood up from the audience to tell the gathered veterans about their next “stage” of service — redeploying the social and leadership skills they honed in wartime. “Thank you for your service,” he said, “but we still need you.” (Klein is using his semester to write a book about media coverage of veterans.)During an hourlong panel of speakers, the veterans got more insight and advice. “Everybody has a different Harvard,” and the rules might seem loose to military minds, said Harry R. Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and formerly dean of Harvard College, whose era goes so far back that he has one of the University’s first six email addresses. The best way to get mileage out of the experience is to “build relationships,” he said, echoing McChrystal. “Make Harvard your own.”Linda J. Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer at HKS and a leading researcher on the financial tolls of war, used her time to offer research work to veterans, and to define the size of the problem facing the United States. There are 22 million veterans in the country, including a rising percentage of women, she said, but there is little research into costs that accrue around them. Just for current wars, those costs exceed $1 trillion — with no budgetary provisions built in to fund them.“This is a different world, and you are bring something special to this world,” said Bilmes. “But they will teach you a lot too.”With three years at Harvard so far, Army Col. Everett Spain described the civilian and military interactions that sometimes play out as “crossing the street.” The Harvard Business School doctoral candidate called the military and Harvard “the two greatest honors of my life.”Spain, a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, invited his fellows to look at Harvard as a place with a centuries-long military tradition: 1,352 graduates, faculty, and staff have died in American wars, starting with 22 in the Revolutionary War. Like Faust, Spain pointed to examples, starting with nearby Memorial Church and Harvard’s 20 monuments or other symbols of war. But modern Harvard may need to be reawakened to its military connections, he suggested. “The University is diverse,” said Spain, but generally “it only knows the military through you.”Another panelist, Kevin Kit Parker, is a major in the Army Reserves, and a specialist in traumatic brain injury. He took his first faculty position in 2003 barely 24 hours after returning from a combat tour of Afghanistan. Parker has done two tours now, as well as two missions there in 2011 to assess combat medical care.Today, he is the Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as a primary faculty member at both the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.Everyone brings complaints and observations back from a combat zone, and that can be invaluable for academics grappling with problems, said Parker. “Your responsibility is to leave these problems here [at Harvard]. The faculty needs your battlefield experience.”Veterans arriving in an academic setting “already know what good leadership looks like,” said Kevin W. Sharer, who has been at the University for a year. The Naval Academy graduate and former CEO of Amgen is a senior lecturer of business administration at the Harvard Business School. Arriving veterans have already been tested, and some have even “endured the unendurable.” Of his own years in the submarine service, said Sharer, “the lessons I learned … stuck with me forever.”But the world outside the military, and the University setting itself, both contain cautions for veterans, he said, since the rules are not always as clear-cut. “The world is a wonderfully, wonderfully diverse place,” Sharer added. “Be open to that.”At Loeb House, area and University veterans’ organizations set up information tables, including Crimson Serves, HBS Armed Forces Alumni Association, HKS Armed Forces Committee, Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization, and thelast_img read more

Folic acid may help significantly lower stroke risk

first_imgA new study by Chinese researchers has found that folic acid supplements are associated with significantly lower risk of stroke in people with high blood pressure. In an editorial accompanying the study — which appeared March 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) — two Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health nutrition experts called the new findings “remarkable” and said that they have “important implications for stroke prevention worldwide.”“Large segments of the world’s population, potentially billions of people, including those living in northern China, Bangladesh, and Scandinavia, have low levels of folate,” Meir Stampfer, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, and Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, wrote in their editorial. Given the difficulty in getting adequate levels of folic acid from diet alone, they said the study suggests the importance of either fortifying foods with folic acid or providing supplements. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Salamanca Man Faces Federal Sex Charges

first_imgStock Image.BUFFALO – A Salamanca man was charged by criminal complaint today in U.S. Federal Court on charges of enticement and attempted enticement of a minor and attempted transfer of obscene matter to an individual under the age of 16.The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Richard Buffalo, 36, of Salamanca faces a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $250,000 fine.Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey T. Fiut, who is handling the case, stated that according to the criminal complaint, in October 2020, the defendant began communicating with a minor female victim on the social media application Snapchat. Buffalo allegedly asked the minor victim if she wanted to have sex with him and offered to come pick her up.The minor victim advised the defendant that she was only 14 years old, but Buffalo allegedly persisted in his efforts to meet up with the minor victim. In November 2020, an undercover law enforcement officer, posing as the victim, began communicating with Buffalo on Snapchat and through text messaging. Believing the undercover officer to be the minor victim, Buffalo allegedly asked if she wanted to have sex and requested that she send him nude images of herself. Buffalo also reportedly sent alleged nude images of himself to the undercover officer. Buffalo later asked the undercover officer to meet in person, and the two agreed upon a time and place for the meeting.Buffalo arrived at the predetermined location and was taken into custody. He made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and is being held pending a detention hearing on December 8, 2020.The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the Salamanca Police Department, under the direction of Chief Troy Westfall. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Totally 80s

first_imgMany people thrifted, found, and gathered the perfect 80s outfit for a totally tubular throwback weekend on the slopes. Outfits usually included such accessories as neon jackets, leggings and leg warmers, Grateful Dead goggle straps, and wooden skis with bamboo poles. Beech Mountain Resort held their fourth annual Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend last month on February 20-22. Many people traveled far and wide to partake in a time warp experience like no other. With more than eight fresh inches of snow the week prior and Madonna look-alikes skiing besides you, what more could a shredder want from a weekend on the slopes?Beech Retro WeekendThe resort planned many activities for skiers and snowboarders to partake in over the course of the weekend including live music, contests, and discount prices. The scheduled events started on Friday with Carolina Ghostbusters playing at Fast Eddies. Another retro 80s band, Buick MacKane, played at the Mile High Tavern with a Madonna look-alike contest to close out the night. Events continued with a full day of activities starting on Saturday afternoon with several iconic 80s cars located in the ski village. The Breakfast Club band played at Beech Tree where a totally retro 80s apparel contest took place — the winner would receive $500. The band played from 7:30pm-2am, making this is the largest weekend event that Beech Mountain holds all season. Additionally, to make matters more festive, the resort had specials on lodging, rentals, and food around town which all ended in $0.80.DID YOU KNOW: Beech Mountain Resort is the highest ski area in Eastern America with the peak elevation reaching 5,506 feet. At the peak of the mountain there is a one of a kind amenity that gets its name from the elevation of the resort — 5506’ Skybar. It’s only accessible by taking the longest lift the resort has, and the sky bar offers food, drinks, snacks, and a deck for hanging loose. In the winter it offers a place to defrost and in the summer months it offers a place of relaxation for mountain bikers. The resort has seven total lifts and 16 total trails. They also offer a terrain park for the more gnarly shredders and ice-skating for those that wish to stay off the slopes. A village of several different shops surrounds the ice rink, including the resort’s namesake, Beech Mountain Brewing Co. For a full list of upcoming events hosted by the resort or to plan a last minute trip, visit their website here.last_img read more

Court seeks comments on Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132

first_img August 1, 2005 Regular News Court seeks comments on Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132 The Florida Supreme Court invites all interested persons to comment on Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 (Pretrial Release) and 3.132 (Pretrial Detention), which the court temporarily readopted, after the Florida Legislature repealed the rules to the extent they were inconsistent with Chapter 2000-178, Laws of Florida. See In re: Fla. Rules of Crim. Pro. 3.131 & 3.132, No. SC05-739 (Fla. June 30, 2005); ch. 2000-178, §5, at 1909, Laws of Fla. The court specifically seeks comments concerning whether the rules, which require trial judges to consider nonmonetary pretrial release at the first appearance hearing for defendants charged with dangerous crimes, including domestic violence, should be amended to reflect the Legislature’s intent as demonstrated in section 907.041(4)(b), Florida Statutes (2000), which the Court recently found unconstitutional. See State v. Raymond, No. SC03-1263 (Fla. June 30, 2005). Before taking final action on the rules, the court expressly invites the legislature to file comments addressing the policy concerns that the legislature was attempting to address by enacting section 907.041(4)(b). The court also invites comments from the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. Rules 3.131 and 3.132 are reproduced in full below, as well as online at An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before August 29, along with a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument which may be scheduled in this case. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s Administrative Order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: FLORIDA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 3.131 AND 3.132, CASE NO. SCO5-739 Rule 3.131 Pretrial Release a) Right to Pretrial Release. Unless charged with a capital offense or an offense punishable by life imprisonment and the proof of guilt is evident or the presumption is great, every person charged with a crime or violation of municipal or county ordinance shall be entitled to pretrial release on reasonable conditions. If no conditions of release can reasonably protect the community from risk of physical harm to persons, assure the presence of the accused at trial, or assure the integrity of the judicial process, the accused may be detained. (b) Hearing at First Appearance—Conditions of Release. (1) Unless the state has filed a motion for pretrial detention pursuant to rule 3.132, the court shall conduct a hearing to determine pretrial release. For the purpose of this rule, bail is defined as any of the forms of release stated below. There is a presumption in favor of release on nonmonetary conditions for any person who is granted pretrial release. The judicial officer shall impose the first of the following conditions of release that will reasonably protect the community from risk of physical harm to persons, assure the presence of the accused at trial, or assure the integrity of the judicial process; or, if no single condition gives that assurance, shall impose any combination of the following conditions: (A) personal recognizance of the defendant; (B) execution of an unsecured appearance bond in an amount specified by the judge; (C) placement of restrictions on the travel, association, or place of abode of the defendant during the period of release; (D) placement of the defendant in the custody of a designated person or organization agreeing to supervise the defendant; (E) execution of a bail bond with sufficient solvent sureties, or the deposit of cash in lieu thereof; provided, however, that any criminal defendant who is required to meet monetary bail or bail with any monetary component may satisfy the bail by providing an appearance bond; or (F) any other condition deemed reasonably necessary to assure appearance as required, including a condition requiring that the person return to custody after specified hours. (2) The judge shall at the defendant’s first appearance consider all available relevant factors to determine what form of release is necessary to assure the defendant’s appearance. If a monetary bail is required, the judge shall determine the amount. (3) In determining whether to release a defendant on bail or other conditions, and what that bail or those conditions may be, the court may consider the nature and circumstances of the offense charged and the penalty provided by law; the weight of the evidence against the defendant; the defendant’s family ties, length of residence in the community, employment history, financial resources, and mental condition; the defendant’s past and present conduct, including any record of convictions, previous flight to avoid prosecution, or failure to appear at court proceedings; the nature and probability of danger that the defendant’s release poses to the community; the source of funds used to post bail; whether the defendant is already on release pending resolution of another criminal proceeding or is on probation, parole, or other release pending completion of sentence; and any other facts the court considers relevant. (4) All information provided by a defendant in connection with any application for or attempt to secure bail, to any court, court personnel, or individual soliciting or recording such information for the purpose of evaluating eligibility for or securing bail for the defendant, under circumstances such that the defendant knew or should have known that the information was to be used in connection with an application for bail, shall be accurate, truthful, and complete, without omissions, to the best knowledge of the defendant. Failure to comply with the provisions of this subdivision may result in the revocation or modification of bail. However, no defendant shall be compelled to provide information regarding his or her criminal record. (5) Information stated in, or offered in connection with, any order entered pursuant to this rule need not strictly conform to the rules of evidence. (c) Consequences of Failure to Appear. (1) Any defendant who willfully and knowingly fails to appear and breaches a bond as specified in section 903.26, Florida Statutes, and who voluntarily appears or surrenders shall not be eligible for a recognizance bond. (2) Any defendant who willfully and knowingly fails to appear and breaches a bond as specified in section 903.26, Florida Statutes, and who is arrested at any time following forfeiture shall not be eligible for a recognizance bond or any form of bond that does not require a monetary undertaking or commitment equal to or greater than $2,000 or twice the value of the monetary commitment or undertaking of the original bond, whichever is greater. (d) Subsequent Application for Setting or Modification of Bail. (1) When a judicial officer not possessing trial jurisdiction orders a defendant held to answer before a court having jurisdiction to try the defendant, and bail has been denied or sought to be modified, application by motion may be made to the court having jurisdiction to try the defendant or, in the absence of the judge of the trial court, to the circuit court. The motion shall be determined promptly. No judge or a court of equal or inferior jurisdiction may modify or set a condition of release, unless the judge: (A) imposed the conditions of bail or set the amount of bond required; (B) is the chief judge of the circuit in which the defendant is to be tried; (C) has been assigned to preside over the criminal trial of the defendant; or (D) is the first appearance judge and was authorized by the judge initially setting or denying bail to modify or set conditions of release. (2) Applications by the defendant for modification of bail on any felony charge must be heard by a court in person at a hearing, with the defendant present and with at least 3 hours’ notice to the state attorney and county attorney, if bond forfeiture proceedings are handled by the county attorney. The state may apply for modification of bail by showing good cause and with at least 3 hours’ notice to the attorney for the defendant. (3) If any trial court fixes bail and refuses its reduction before trial, the defendant may institute habeas corpus proceedings seeking reduction of bail. If application is made to the supreme court or district court of appeal, notice and a copy of such application shall be given to the attorney general and the state attorney. Such proceedings shall be determined promptly. (e) Bail Before Conviction; Condition of Undertaking. (1) If a person is admitted to bail for appearance for a preliminary hearing or on a charge that a judge is empowered to try, the condition of the undertaking shall be that the person will appear for the hearing or to answer the charge and will submit to the orders and process of the judge trying the same and will not depart without leave. (2) If a person is admitted to bail after being held to answer by a judge or after an indictment or information on which the person is to be tried has been filed, the condition of the undertaking shall be that the person will appear to answer the charges before the court in which he or she may be prosecuted and submit to the orders and process of the court and will not depart without leave. (f) Revocation of Bail. The court in its discretion for good cause, any time after a defendant who is at large on bail appears for trial, may commit the defendant to the custody of the proper official to abide by the judgment, sentence, and any further order of the court. (g) Arrest and Commitment by Court. The court in which the cause is pending may direct the arrest and commitment of the defendant who is at large on bail when: (1) there has been a breach of the undertaking; (2) it appears that the defendant’s sureties or any of them are dead or cannot be found or are insufficient or have ceased to be residents of the state; or (3) the court is satisfied that the bail should be increased or new or additional security required. The order for the commitment of the defendant shall recite generally the facts on which it is based and shall direct that the defendant be arrested by any official authorized to make arrests and that the defendant be committed to the official in whose custody he or she would be if he or she had not been given bail, to be detained by such official until legally discharged. The defendant shall be arrested pursuant to such order on a certified copy thereof, in any county, in the same manner as on a warrant of arrest. If the order provided for is made because of the failure of the defendant to appear for judgment, the defendant shall be committed. If the order is made for any other cause, the court may determine the conditions of release, if any. (h) Bail after Recommitment. If the defendant applies to be admitted to bail after recommitment, the court that recommitted the defendant shall determine conditions of release, if any, subject to the limitations of (b) above. (i) Qualifications of Surety after Order of Recommitment. If the defendant offers bail after recommitment, each surety shall possess the qualifications and sufficiency and the bail shall be furnished in all respects in the manner prescribed for admission to bail before recommitment. (j) Issuance of Capias; Bail Specified. On the filing of either an indictment or information charging the commission of a crime, if the person named therein is not in custody or at large on bail for the offense charged, the judge shall issue or shall direct the clerk to issue, either immediately or when so directed by the prosecuting attorney, a capias for the arrest of the person. If the person named in the indictment or information is a child and the child has been served with a promise to appear under the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, capias need not be issued. Upon the filing of the indictment or information, the judge shall endorse the amount of bail, if any, and may authorize the setting or modification of bail by the judge presiding over the defendant’s first appearance hearing. This endorsement shall be made on the capias and signed by the judge. (k) Summons on Misdemeanor Charge. When a complaint is filed charging the commission of a misdemeanor only and the judge deems that process should issue as a result, or when an indictment or information on which the defendant is to be tried charging the commission of a misdemeanor only, and the person named in it is not in custody or at large on bail for the offense charged, the judge shall direct the clerk to issue a summons instead of a capias unless the judge has reasonable ground to believe that the person will not appear in response to a summons, in which event an arrest warrant or a capias shall be issued with the amount of bail endorsed on it. The summons shall state substantially the nature of the offense and shall command the person against whom the complaint was made to appear before the judge issuing the summons or the judge having jurisdiction of the offense at a time and place stated in it. (l) Summons When Defendant Is Corporation. On the filing of an indictment or information or complaint charging a corporation with the commission of a crime, whether felony Rule 3.132 Pretrial Detention (a) Motion Filed at First Appearance. A person arrested for an offense for which detention may be ordered under section 907.041, Florida Statutes, shall be taken before a judicial officer for a first appearance within 24 hours of arrest. The state may file with the judicial officer at first appearance a motion seeking pretrial detention, signed by the state attorney or an assistant, setting forth with particularity the grounds and the essential facts on which pretrial detention is sought and certifying that the state attorney has received testimony under oath supporting the grounds and the essential facts alleged in the motion. If no such motion is filed, or the motion is facially insufficient, the judicial officer shall proceed to determine the conditions of release pursuant to the provisions of rule 3.131(b)(1). If the motion for pretrial detention is facially sufficient, the judicial officer shall proceed to determine whether there is probable cause that the person committed the offense. If probable cause is found, the person may be detained in custody pending a final hearing on pretrial detention. If probable cause is established after first appearance pursuant to the provisions of rule 3.133 and the person has been released from custody, the person may be recommitted to custody pending a final hearing on pretrial detention. (b) Motion Filed after First Appearance. A motion for pretrial detention may be filed at any time prior to trial. The motion shall be made to the court with trial jurisdiction. On receipt of a facially sufficient motion and a determination of probable cause, unless otherwise previously established, that an offense eligible for pretrial detention has been committed, the following shall occur: (1) In the event of exigent circumstances, the court shall issue a warrant for the arrest of the named person, if the person has been released from custody. The person may be detained in custody pending a final hearing on pretrial detention. (2) In the absence of exigent circumstances, the court shall order a hearing on the motion as provided in (c) below. (c) Final Order. (1) Hearing Required. A final order of pretrial detention shall be entered only after a hearing in the court of trial jurisdiction. The hearing shall be held within 5 days of the filing of the motion or the date of taking the person in custody pursuant to a motion for pretrial detention, whichever is later. The state attorney has the burden of showing beyond a reasonable doubt the need for pretrial detention pursuant to the criteria in section 907.041, Florida Statutes. The defendant may request a continuance. The state shall be entitled to 1 continuance for good cause. No continuance shall exceed 5 days unless there are extenuating circumstances. The defendant may be detained pending the hearing, but in no case shall the defendant be detained in excess of 10 days, unless the delay is sought by the defendant. The person sought to be detained is entitled to representation by counsel, to present witnesses and evidence, and to cross-examine witnesses. The court may admit relevant evidence and testimony under oath without complying with the rules of evidence, but evidence secured in violation of the United States Constitution or the Constitution of the State of Florida shall not be admissible. A final order of pretrial detention shall not be based exclusively on hearsay evidence. No testimony by the defendant shall be admissible to prove the guilt of the defendant at any other judicial proceeding, but may be admitted in an action for perjury based on the defendant’s statements made at the pretrial detention hearing or for impeachment. (2) Findings and Conclusions to Be Recorded. The court’s pretrial detention order shall be based solely on evidence produced at the hearing and shall contain findings of fact and conclusions of law to support it. The order shall be made either in writing or orally on the record. The court shall render its findings within 24 hours of the pretrial detention hearing. (3) Dissolution of Order. The defendant shall be entitled to dissolution of the pretrial detention order whenever the court finds that a subsequent event has eliminated the basis for detention. (4) Further Proceedings on Order. If any trial court enters a final order of pretrial detention, the defendant may obtain review by motion to the appropriate appellate court. If motion for review is taken to the supreme court or the district court of appeal, notice and a copy of the motion shall be served on the attorney general and the state attorney; if review is taken to the circuit court, service shall be on the state attorney. (d) Length of Detention. If ordered detained pending trial pursuant to section 907.041(4)(b), Florida Statutes, the defendant may not be held more than 90 days. Failure of the state to bring the defendant to trial within that time shall result in the defendant’s release from detention subject to any conditions of release, unless the trial delay was requested or caused by the defendant or the defendant’s counsel.center_img Court seeks comments on Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 28

first_imgTrump impeachment articles underplayedWe are in the middle of the impeachment of the president of the United States of America.By any account, it is a proceeding with implications not only for every New Yorker, but every American, the very existence of our country and consequences for the entire world. It is an event that has only occurred three times before in the history of our country.Yet, on Jan. 23, this momentous proceeding was relegated to a story in the lower right-hand corner of your front page. More important apparently, were stories about a school budget gap and state prosecutors struggling under a new law.Not to diminish either story, but they pale in comparison to the crisis our country is facing.On Jan. 24, the impeachment coverage not only did not make the headline but was buried in a 4×5 small article on page 4. What in the world are you thinking?The only thing I can surmise is that you hope that few people read about this historic event that will change the course of history. Do better.Linda McDermottClifton ParkGive judges power to assess risk on bailRegarding the new bail law, how many Capital Region cases have there been that have raised the sky-is-falling reaction of sheriffs and Republican legislators?A couple? Five, six? It doesn’t seem more than that.On the other hand, how many people are free to continue working, supporting families or otherwise going about their lives as they await court cases?I’m not sure what the number is, but it is enough that a local bail bondsman has said he’s losing 80-90% of his business getting people out of jail who can’t afford the bail.There is no need to repeal the law as Sen. Jim Tedisco has called for. It just needs to be changed to allow judges to decide in a case where there is a clear risk or the need for a cooling-off period, as Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo suggested.Jim MurphyScotiaEnjoyed reading the historic informationI miss the 125 Years of news. I looked forward each day to reading the tidbits of news from The Daily Gazette’s history. Thank you for providing an interesting glimpse into our local past.Suzanne KingScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionClean Lady Liberty and bring her homeReturning Lady Liberty to her former home in Gateway Park will not detract from the new sculptures there. Her old spot is still vacant, waiting for her to return to her place of honor.It is a disgrace to Schenectady for an iconic national symbol to be wedged into a tiny, dangerous corner. Furthermore, was she as dirty as she is now when Mayor Gary McCarthy had her put there?Give her a good cleaning and bring her home.Joyce M. CockerhamSchenectadylast_img read more

After blast, Lebanon has enough grain for less than a month, minister says

first_imgThe explosion was the most powerful ever to rip through Beirut, leaving the port district a wreck of mangled masonry and disabling the main entry port for imports to feed a nation of more than 6 million people.The Beirut silo was capable of holding 120,000 tons of grain, said Ahmed Tamer, the director of the port of Tripoli, Lebanon’s second biggest city.The port in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second biggest port, is not equipped with grain storage facilities but wheat could be transferred to warehouses 2 km (about one mile) away, he said.At the time of the blast, the Beirut silo held no more than 15,000 tons of wheat as some millers had unloaded cargoes directly because of a delay in issuing letters of credit for payment, Ahmed Hattit, the head of the wheat importers union, told the local Al-Akhbar newspaper.Hattit said existing reserves of flour were sufficient to cover market needs for a month and a half and said there were four ships carrying cargoes totaling 28,000 tons of wheat that had not docked at the port yet.Lebanon is trying to immediately transfer four vessels carrying 25,000 tons of flour to the port in Tripoli, an economy ministry official told news channel LBCI.  Lebanon’s main grain silo at Beirut port was destroyed in a blast along with the wheat inside, leaving the nation with less than a month’s reserves of the grain although other vessels with supplies are on the way, the economy minister said on Wednesday.Raoul Nehme told Reuters a day after Tuesday’s devastating blast that Lebanon needed reserves for at least three months to ensure food security and was looking at other storage areas.He said reserves now stood at “a bit less than a month”. Topics :last_img read more


first_imgI was reminiscing about the “good old days” with a friend the other day, and the topic of rainy day activities came up.  We know what a kid would do today–he/she would pull out an electronic device and spend the next 4 hours playing on it.  Since my party-line phone didn’t have any of these game features on it, I had to improvise.My brother and I had a favorite game, and it was an oatmeal box tied to the top of a door and used as a basketball goal.  Sometimes we used a sponge ball, but most of the time it was an old washcloth that we used to do the dishes.  It was usually still wet, so it left splotches on the wall paper.  Not only did we get in trouble for playing ball in the house, but for messing up the wall as well.  Since I was the oldest, I usually won the games but also took the brunt of the punishment.  Before that, however, there were many cries of “this is the winning basket” which could be heard throughout the house.last_img read more

Susan E. Bowles Lancaster

first_imgSusan E. Bowles Lancaster, 48 of Sunman, IN passed away Thursday July 26, 2018 at U.C. Medical Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born Tuesday December 16, 1969 in Orange County, CA; the daughter of Jerry and Glenda (Duckett) Bowles.  Susan worked as a clerk for Meduit in Greensburg.   Susan was a member of the Milan Ladies Auxiliary Post #235. Susan was a BIG avid fan of the Alabama Football-Crimson Tide-. She enjoyed motorcycle rides and hanging out with her family and friends. She will be missed by many; especially her two dogs: Coco and Molly. Susan was an organ donor and by doing so she helped out three families.Susan is survived by father: Jerry Bowles and step-mother: Mary Ann Bowles of Sarasota; FL; best friend/boyfriend: John Brown of Sunman; brother: Matthew (Donna) Bowles of Cumming, GA; sisters: Christina Kremer of Cumming, GA; Catherine Fellarth of Covington, Ky.  She was preceded in death by her mother: Glenda Bowles.Memorial Services will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday August 9, 2018 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Harris Long officiating. Visitation will be Thursday 3-5 p.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Green Hills Cemetery in Ashville, NC.  Memorials may be given to the Milan Ladies Auxiliary Post #235. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street, Box 243 Milan, In 47031. (812)654-2141, Milan, Indiana 47031.  Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more