Registration opens for four Perfect Pitch events

first_imgRegistration for the next UK Fundraising Perfect Pitch events is now open. The one-day showcase and network events will cover Donor Retention and Management, Gift Aid (in association with HMRC), Funding/Grants, and IT.The events open for registration are:* Donor Retention and Management – 31 May 2006 at Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London* Gift Aid in association with HMRC – 29 Jun 2006* Funding/Grants – 03 Oct 2006* IT – 30 Nov 2006 Advertisement Howard Lake | 24 April 2006 | News There is no charge to attend but pre-registration is required to gain entry.The events offer a one-day focus on particular key issues affecting fundraisers and charity and voluntary sector organisations. Delegates will get to hear up to 10 experts and service providers present.Our new registration form allows you to register for more than one event at a time. You will receive a separate email confirmation for each event that you register for.Register today for UK Fundraising’s Perfect Pitch. Tagged with: Digital Individual giving Technology  22 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Registration opens for four Perfect Pitch events About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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How to introduce your child to healthy eating

first_imgA NEW book, ‘What should I feed my baby?’, addresses a question that many ask and that is knowing what and how much to feed your baby and how essential that is for mums and dads everywhere to know. Pure Ebba, Iceland’s answer to Annabel Karmel, has written a vibrant and accessible ‘how to’ guide to provide all the necessary answers. Taking your baby home from hospital for the first time can be a daunting experience for many new parents. This vulnerable, small creature you wish with all your heart will grow to be healthy and strong is completely dependent on you for food.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ‘What Should I Feed My Baby?’ takes you as a parent from baby’s first taste of food at around four to six months old, to one year and beyond, showing you how to cook wholesome and nutritious food regardless of proficiency in the kitchen.Drawing on her own experience and passion for cooking pure and healthy food for her two children, Ebba includes a detailed guide of what organic and superfoods your baby can eat, and at what age. Included are simple healthy recipes the whole family can enjoy together, plus delicious recipes for special occasions, such as your baby’s first birthday!This easy-to-read-and-cook-with recipe book will guide you all the way from baby`s first taste of solid food, to the time when your baby has her own kids. A book to pass down the generations…ISBN: 978-1-908974-06-8 Paperback 192 pages €20 January 2013 Linkedin Previous articleCity sees rise in new buildsNext article16th annual New Zealand wine fair admin WhatsApp Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Twitter Email Print NewsHow to introduce your child to healthy eatingBy admin – February 5, 2013 651 last_img
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Attorney for Amber Guyger retained by officer who shot Jonathan Price

first_imgTexas RangersBy IVAN PEREIRA and MARC NATHANSON, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Texas police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Jonathan Price on Saturday has retained the attorney who defended Dallas officer Amber Guyger against similar charges last year.Wolfe City police officer Shaun Lucas has retained attorney Robert Rogers as he faces murder charges for the Oct. 3 shooting of Price while responding to a domestic dispute call at a gas station convenience store.Rogers represented Guyger when she was convicted of murder after she accidentally entered the apartment of her upstairs neighbor, Botham Jean, and fatally shot him when she mistook him for an intruder, on Sept. 6, 2018. Rogers argued that Guyger perceived Jean as a deadly threat and thus committed no crime.She was sentenced last October to 10 years in prison.In a statement, the attorney contended that Lucas, 22, opened fire at Price, who was unarmed, because he resisted arrest.“Mr. Price did not claim to be an uninvolved, innocent party,” Rogers said in the statement. “Officer Lucas told Mr. Price he was detained, and Mr. Price resisted. After Mr. Price refused repeated instructions and physically resisted, Officer Lucas deployed his taser and continued to give Mr. Price instructions. Mr. Price resisted the effects of the taser and attempted to take it away from Officer Lucas. Officer Lucas only discharged his weapon in accordance with Texas law when he was confronted with an aggressive assailant who was attempting to take his taser.”However according to a statement from the Texas Rangers, who are investigating the incident, Price, 31, “resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away” when Lucas deployed his Taser and then discharged his gun.“The preliminary investigation indicates that the actions of Officer Lucas were not objectionably reasonable,” the statement said.Price’s family says Price, who is Black, was attempting to break up the domestic disturbance and didn’t threaten anyone.“He noticed a man assaulting a woman and he intervened,” civil rights attorney Lee Merritt said in a Facebook post. “When police arrived, I’m told, he raised his hands and attempted to explain what was going on. Police fired Tasers at him and when his body convulsed from the electrical current, they ‘perceived a threat’ and shot him to death.”Price worked as a Wolfe City employee and a physical trainer, according to his family.Lucas, who is white, was arrested Monday night and held on $1 million bond.“It’s just — this is just — I can’t wrap my brain around this,” Lucas’ stepfather told Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. “He’s a good kid. He’s devastated. He’s devastated for everybody involved.”The Hunt County District Attorney’s office said Tuesday that the investigation into the incident is continuing.“Though an arrest has been made, our office has not received the case from the Texas Rangers as it remains an active and ongoing investigation,” the DA’s office said in a statement. “As is customary, this case will be filed with our office once the investigation is complete. Until then, the thorough work of the Texas Rangers and others will continue.”Price’s family told WFAA Tuesday that they hoped Lucas would face justice.“My son got life. I want him to get life [in prison],” Price’s mother, Marcella Louis, said of Lucas. “And think about it — he’s going to have time to think about it. My son is not.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Ross scores 19 to carry Pepperdine past BYU 76-73

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Colbey Ross had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists as Pepperdine narrowly beat BYU 76-73.Ross was 11 of 13 from the free-throw line, including two makes with 17 seconds left for a three-point lead.BYU was held scoreless in the final 50 seconds.Kessler Edwards had 18 points for Pepperdine. Jan Zidek added 13 points and Sedrick Altman had 11 points and nine rebounds.Spencer Johnson had 15 points for the Cougars, whose four-game win streak came to an end. Alex Barcello added 12 points and Caleb Lohner had 11 points. Associated Press January 27, 2021 /Sports News – Local Ross scores 19 to carry Pepperdine past BYU 76-73 Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Colbey Ross/Pepperdine Waves/WCClast_img read more

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Number of managing agents to dramatically reduce over next decade

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Number of managing agents to dramatically reduce over next decade previous nextAssociations & BodiesNumber of managing agents to dramatically reduce over next decadeARMA says its research reveals an ageing industry and principals who often take no pay to keep their companies afloat.Nigel Lewis21st June 201901,146 Views Managing agents are to face a dramatic reduction in their ranks over the next ten years, it has been claimed by the sector’s largest membership organisation.The Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) says that although the industry is dominated by hundreds of smaller companies managing between 500 and 2,000 residential properties, this is set to significantly reduce.ARMA claims that a large proportion of the 870 companies within the property management sector are run by ageing principals, many of whom do not pay themselves a salary to keep their operations profitable and who are likely therefore to eventually sell up in increasing numbers to larger, corporate competitors.“The fact that profitability is reliant on the owner effectively working for free, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that there will be a dramatic consolidation of the industry as owners sell up, retire or leave the sector,” says ARMA.OpportunityBut it also claims that the government’s proposed abolition or severe restriction of ground rents, and the more widespread introduction of freehold, present opportunities for managing agents.Also, ARMA claims that many block landlords will exit the sector when ground rents are reformed, leaving agents in a more prominent role, as will the increase in commonhold, a system that also relies heavily on agents.ARMA says 25,000 people are employed within the sector, which contributes half a trillion pounds to the UK economy via VAT payments, National Insurance and also staff and corporate tax contributions.It also says there are 1.7 million leasehold homes in the UK, 1.4 million of which are flats.ground rents Leasehold Reform ARMA Association of Residential Managing Agents June 21, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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IN CHINA, ‘SHARP EYES’ AND CICADAS

first_imgby Michael Shannon FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Recently, business reporter Harrison Jacobs accurately described China as a “techno-authoritarian” state. Where the Nazis used inaccurate Phrenology and calipers to identify enemies of the state, China uses the latest in technology to constantly identify, monitor, exhort and if need be, round up recalcitrant citizens.The government’s reach is so pervasive that the fleeting appearance of a Taiwan flag emoji is enough to crash an iPhone the first time it appears. (The second time a functionary of state security will crash the phone with a hammer.)China’s “Sharp Eyes” program will install a nationwide surveillance camera network extending from public spaces to inside businesses and even private homes. The goal is for everyone to be on TV by 2020.The accelerated development of facial recognition software makes the program feasible. The program’s rollout doesn’t leave much time for worries about early software bugs connected with real-time surveillance of 1.4 billion people. Chinese state security is so efficient that even if the wrong man is identified, they’ll make sure he’s guilty of something.The data produced by “Sharp Eyes” will be used to build an individual “social credit” score for every Chinese citizen. In the U.S., a low credit score might prevent you from buying a car. In China, a low social credit score will keep you from buying a train ticket.According to Breitbart, by using surveillance cameras, informers and state security the government “closely monitors the behavior of all individuals… People considered loyal, law-abiding members of the Communist Party are assigned high social credit scores, while those who violate the law… are assigned lower scores.”By May of this year, 11 million Chinese with low social credit scores had been prevented from boarding airplanes, and another four million couldn’t get on a train. No reports as yet of low scorers being forbidden to buy shoes.The social credit system originally documented Internet activity – where Chinese went on the web, what they posted and even what they bought. Now the system has grown to encompass a wide range of transgressions including “jaywalking, returning library books late [or] possessing frowned-upon religious or political materials, or [exhibiting] insufficient patriotism.”Regardless of how much this system would improve the quality of life in San Francisco and the NFL, it still sounds ominous to me. And now that China has announced a cicada infestation, the other shoe has dropped.For those of you who don’t keep current on bugs, cicadas are noisy critters who are chained to a calendar cycle, much like comets and women. Only the insect’s cycle is once every 17 years. Cicadas make their way out of the ground in multitudes, produce an incredible amount of noise and then molt out of their current body into a completely new version, something like aging trophy wives.My local Washington Post is so obsessed with these bugs that it almost has a cicada beat. As the time for Peak Cicada approaches one finds the paper filled with headlines like:Are Cicada Infestations Harsher and More Frequent Due to Global Warming?Insect Activist Is the First to Take a Selfie With a CicadaTrump and Cicadas: Is There a Russian Connection?Even the Style and Food sections join in the excitement: ‘Expert Suggestions for Removing Cicadas from Your Shoes’; and ‘Cicada Crunch: A Protein-Packed, Summer Casserole With No Trans-fat’.Some claim cicadas even taste like shrimp which, if true, will come in handy, because that’s what the Chinese government wants citizens to do. The South China Morning Post reports the city of Hangzhou, located in eastern China, is under attack by cicadas and a city official is urging residents to save the trees by eating a bug.“Sun Xiaoping, the official in charge of green spaces… [said] the best way to deal with the problem was for the local community to turn the tables on the creepy-crawlies and do some eating of their own.”Cicadas travel in swarms that can approach one million bugs per acre. That’s enough insects to feed an extended Chinese family of 48 for almost a year or a North Korean family for a decade.There’s been no talk of consumption quota, but it’s still early in the infestation. How cicada crunching will affect one’s social credit score is unknown, too. Will eating just one be enough to preserve your social credit score or will you get bonus points for sharing recipes?Vegans may also face a Hobson’s Choice between obeying their dietary neuroses or maintaining a mass-transit level social credit score.The fact cicadas as a whole are able to defeat predators by swarming in such large numbers may offer hope for fastidious Chinese. The trick is to enter a swarm, eat nothing, but emerge smacking their lips. Just don’t forget to face a camera.last_img read more

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Chris Robinson Says The ‘Dysfunctional’ Black Crowes Will Never Play Together Again

first_imgIn a new interview with Rolling Stone, Chris Robinson all but sealed the fate of the Black Crowes, saying “No, never” when asked if the band would ever play together again. The interview primarily focuses on Robinson’s love of psychedelic music, as he’ll be DJing a new program called Chris Robinson’s Gurus Galore on SiriusXM Jam ON radio starting this Monday, April 4th.After some questions exploring Robinson’s psychedelic and musical tastes, the conversation turned to the musical project that propelled Robinson into the spotlight. When asked about the band’s current state of affairs, Robinson spoke at length:“It’s just gross now. I think everyone’s laid down their cards. It’s easy to sit back and say, “Oh, well, that guy said that he wanted all my money!” It’s not true! That’s not how it works and I’ve said it before. I don’t think people should discuss their business. But then again, if you’re a child and you’ve been hurt and someone took your toy, you have a temper tantrum, you know? Like I said, man, you’re allowed to just want the money. You’re allowed to just want to be in that kind of band where you go out and play your hits and you don’t have anything else to say or offer anyone. In the same way I’m allowed to not want to be a part of that!It doesn’t take away from what we did. It just means that I’m not going to spend my life around people who don’t like each other or are all there for the same reason. The reason any of this is interesting at all is because we all jumped into the river, the music. That music starts with us as human beings in our earliest, ancient past, and it will take us to our distant future. That will not change. That’s where we are.”He also discussed the band’s 2013 tour.“For me it was great. I was happy. I got to sing those songs one last time to the people who gave me so much. I would be writing these songs and doing all this on any level, whether it was in my garage to friends or whatever. So for the opportunity to be a part of people’s lives and those shows to be important, that never goes without my respect. So that was special. And I’ve wanted to go, you know what I mean? So I wanted that to be the emphasis. And also I think that summer, touring with the Tedeschi Trucks Band was probably the best touring experience. Great friendships were forged on that.It also opened my eyes to kind of how dysfunctional — and I don’t really want to get into it — how dysfunctional and how disappointed I was with where the Black Crowes ended up. Which hurt. It hurts a person like me who’s very altruistic, in those terms. But you know what? No matter all the ugly shit that people try to say about me … it doesn’t matter. I’m getting to do exactly what I want to do. It makes me happy.We don’t sit around and have some douchebag pull up in his Porsche and come to the studio and start telling us that the bass isn’t loud enough or that he doesn’t like the lyrics or that he doesn’t like the edit. The same people that basically killed the music business are the same people who are still trying to control it. We’ve just removed ourselves from that and we’re completely happy to be independent of it.”You can read the full interview here, which talks about the Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s new album and so much more.last_img read more

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Target breach did not decrease debit card usage

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Thoughts on the Good News and Bad News for Credit UnionsWhen a debit card number is counterfeited, like what happens in a breach of data from a merchant, any counterfeit card number usage results in withdrawals directly from the cardholder’s bank account. Even though the cardholder’s liability for fraudulent transaction is limited – under the FCBA, liability for unauthorized use of the card tops out at $50 and many issuers have a $0 liability for fraud – there also can be additional costs and fees as a result. Checks that bounce result in NSF charges or scheduled bill pays that fail and incur late fees are just some of the aggravations that debit cardholders whose cards were caught in one of the many highly publicized data breaches had to deal with.The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston was conducting its Survey of Consumer Payment Choice at the same time the Target breach was announced in 2013. Some respondents had answered before the breach was made known to the public, and some respondents were not surveyed until after the breach was made public. Even after accounting for the differences in demographics between early respondents and later respondents, there was a statistically significant difference in the perception of security of debit cards. 37% of pre-breach respondents said that using their debit card was “secure” or “very secure”, but that number dropped significantly, down to 23% for post-breach respondents. continue reading »last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, July 27

first_imgBullies reflect their own shortcomingsHave you ever visited an elementary school playground during recess?  It’s a great place for kids to burn off excess energy, enjoy the great outdoors and use catcalls to bully others to whom they have taken a dislike. You might hear such witticisms as, “I’m offended.” “I find that offensive.” “Bigot.” “Black lives matter.” “You’re politically incorrect.” “Me, too.” “You’re not diverse enough.” Ah, but the most often used accusation lately is, “You’re a racist.” All this makes me think of Pee Wee Herman’s famous quip, “I know you are, but what am I?” It has taken me some time to understand what that bicycle-riding, grade-school look-a-like meant. But I am beginning to get it. What I think Pee Wee was saying is, “If you’re going to use verbal put-downs, you just might be espousing the very same personal shortcomings. It kind of makes me think of certain members of Congress.Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsTrump isn’t a racist; he’s just frustrated The four congresswomen calling President Trump a racist are just wrong. President Trump is tired of all roadblocks the Democrats are trying to throw at him because they don’t have any answer for his many successes. Those four women were elected to Congress to do the people’s business. The people elected him president and the Democrats need to get over it.Lowell MontgomeryMayfield Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump needs to be voted out of officeWith all the exaggerated facial expressions of a silent film star, Donald J. Trump takes the stage.His claims are outrageous and blatantly untrue; his base couldn’t care less. They know he’s no negotiator; he’s a bottom feeder. He’s the defender of their faith in a nation the world is leaving behind. For decades, we have produced little other than dissension. Since the rest of world has grown tired of that export, he has decided to sell it at home.If the role of the president is to represent his consistency, that would be all Americans. Trump has failed. It’s his job to join Americans together, not divide them, not to profit off his office or involve his family in some quasi-official role to represent this nation. Trump took an oath to uphold the Constitution and has only worked to contravene it. Our hope to remove him from office is not through impeachment, but to register and vote against him and his supporters. Republicans have been silent through all of this administration’s embarrassments, lies, self-dealing and criminal acts. For their silent endorsement of his behavior they need to be removed too.Nikolas KaiserSchenectadyNursing home costs, tax hurting disabledIn 2009, my wife received a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s. The next 10 years, I took care of her. Now that she can no longer walk, I had to place her in a nursing home. Now comes the rude awakening. The cost is between $340 and $460 per day, plus medicine. As if this was not enough, the state in 2002 placed a luxury tax of 6.8 percent on the disabled. This adds another $693.60 to $938.40 per month, for a total of $10,893.60 to $14,738.40 per month.My question is: Can we get President Trump to issue an executive order giving the legislators and governor who passed this two options? First: Take the tax off the nursing homes and divide loss revenue between those who passed it. Second: Those who refuse should be chained together, shipped to Newfoundland Grand Banks and shoved overboard. We know the morons can vote together. Let’s see if they can swim together.Anyone who thinks politicians care about them better get their head out of the sand. In my opinion, all they care about is how to line their pockets and get good benefits without getting their hands dirty.Joseph GibsonBallston LakeNo grad coverage  for Scotia-Glenville?As a long-time subscriber to The Daily Gazette, a Scotia resident, and the parent of a graduating senior from Scotia-Glenville High School, I was disappointed with the lack of coverage of Scotia-Glenville High School’s commencement ceremony, which was held on June 29 at Proctors Theater. There was no article about it and only one picture of about a dozen students’ backs as they were lined up to enter the theater. I hoped to find photos in the online gallery, but there weren’t any. I found 50 of Duanesburg, 42 of Niskayuna, 70 of Niskayuna, 90 of Saratoga Springs, 32 of Mekeel, many more from six other local high schools, but zero of Scotia-Glenville. Shame on you, Gazette.Suzanne KingScotia With the law that increases the age for smoking from 18 to 21, I have to voice my logical opinion. We the people of New York changed the drinking age from 18 to 21. We the people of New York just changed the smoking age from 18 to 21. Why? Because these people do not have the knowledge to know what is right and what is wrong? To curb underage drinking and smoking? Well in that case, then these individuals don’t have the ability to enter the armed services until 21. If you can fight and die for your country, then you should be able to smoke a cigarette or cigar and drink a beer or alcoholic beverage.I’m a reformed smoker and drinker and I still believe this. Here’s the best part of this. If these “children” can’t drink or smoke until the age of 21, then they shouldn’t be able to have a say in our government until then, either. So I put it up to you New Yorkers: With the left wanting to lower the age of voting to 16, are they nuts? No, this is a calculated move to try and get more votes to maintain power. I say let’s figure out what the age of an adult is and move all adult things to that age, whether it’s 18 to 26, I don’t care. Let’s just be consistent.Bill WhippleCharlton Expand hours that truckers can driveRegarding your editorial about truck driver working hours, I’d like to know how many years of truck driving you have? I have more than 43 years, accident-free. Truckers like me have families and want to work and get home safely just like everyone else. Our first-hand experience means we are the most knowledgeable highway safety advocates. You mention the numbers of crashes involving trucks, but you left out something important. According to government data, about 75 percent truck-related crashes are not the fault of the truck driver at all. You seem to have a problem with letting me take a three-hour break. What is wrong with stopping and taking a nap or avoiding heavy traffic or bad weather? Other motorists have that option. Why can’t I, as long as I don’t go over my total allowable hours?It’s not about extending a driver’s time on the road or making them drive more miles. It’s about letting them drive smarter. It lets us avoid operating in situations we know are not ideal. We are at a time when there are more regulations than ever, more enforcement and compliance than ever, and yet truck crashes are going up. In my opinion, we need driver training standards for all motorists, and we need to address the incredibly high turnover rates in trucking which keep putting the least experienced drivers on the road. That would truly make highways safer for everyone.Terry L. ButtonRushvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Time for us all to call on our better selvesIn our nation today, I see the historical repetition of two dangerous trends. First is the cult of the personality. Throughout history, strong political leaders used the force of personality to crush dissent, disagreement with the leader becomes unpatriotic. Elimination of a free press is essential to this process.The second trend is the idea that the people should go back to “the good old days,” a time when people were secure and happy as long as everyone knew his place.In the 1950s and ‘60s, I learned from my elders about retards, queers, Jews and the colored, different from “us,” someone to fear. Females were to be subservient to males, and the poor were destined to be exploited by the rich. The emphasis was on conformity and authority was not to be questioned.This idea of “knowing one’s place” began to change, not in a neat orderly fashion, but in a noisy mess of gains and setbacks.Today, the carefully worded thoughts of Jefferson and Lincoln have been replaced by the tweet. Unfiltered and simplistic expressions of the leader excite the followers; what the leader says then becomes their truth.Too few of our elected representatives dare to speak out against the cult of the personality, even if that personality is divisive. Lincoln appealed to the “better angels of our nature.” If inflammatory rhetoric replaces reason and civility, then compromise becomes impossible. If we do have better angels, now is the time to call on them. Kermit Ackley Sr.ScotiaSocialist Democrats are the real threatIt’s time to stand for America and what the founding Fathers started.  I and millions of others are sick and tired of the labeling put out by liberals, both political and in the press. Trump is right about the hate groups constantly tearing down nation and leaders of the past, mainly those who stood for law and order, the Constitution, calling out the enemy and not playing up to adversaries with payoffs.Socialist Democrats have taken over the party, thanks to freeloaders looking for some else to pay the bill. It ain’t gonna work, never did.  Joe Biden, told people of color in 2016 and again in 2019 that Republicans “will put you in chains if they win. Well, they won in ‘16, and I don’t see “chains.” I did see Biden and other Socialist Democrats making millions from China, Russia, etc. All the labeling has to stop, from newspapers, TV, bloggers, etc. For those who agree with the liberal view, you really have some soul searching to do.Where has it gotten the nation in education, wages, military strength? If it was up to liberals, we would not have a military at all. So please, just take a strong look at Socialist Democrats. If you still like them and chaos, like the presidential race, we are in big doo-doo.Al Marvell ScotiaThe president should respect others’ views Most parents want to show their children examples of tolerance and civil discourse. The most influential people in our midst, such as the president of the United States, can model for us this tolerance. This is the reason I was so disheartened when our president criticized U.S. Republican Rep. Justin Amash. Rather than repeat the president’s tweet of July 4, let me share what I would have preferred he say: “One of the great things about our country is that everyone is entitled to their opinions. Mr. Amash’s courage to stand up against me and the Republican Party required some soul searching in order to take the stand that he did. He relied on his conscience,, which is laudable, in spite of the fact that I used my conscience and came to a different conclusion.”The sad reality is that this president does not only criticize a person’s point of view, but insults the total person. For our next election, I pray that enough voting citizens will embrace a candidate who respects different points of view as long as they communicate no harm to our country and that they support justice irrespective of race, religion or national origin — cherished American principles.Our president could bring our country together by accepting the reality of peoples’ different beliefs. However, that would require that he be supportive of differences between him and others. So far, he has clearly expressed an unwillingness to do. Bill ShapiroSchenectady Follow the money on immigration reform In response to William Malec’s July 4 letter, “Base immigration on merit, the law,” he neglects to mention the real reason there has not been immigration reform. Legal and illegal immigration is all about the money.I have worked to assist immigrants for over 30 years, and this is what I have discovered. There’s a lot of money to be made keeping the system, sadly, as it is.Here are a few examples.Undocumented immigrants must borrow money to get across. Landlords make money on each immigrant they can cram into their illegally subdivided homes or trailers. Farmers are dependent on their labor to bring in the crops because few Americans will do field work at the wages paid.Immigrants, both legal and undocumented, can legally pay taxes, and often do. When they shop, they pay county and sales taxes. Since those without papers cannot get driver’s licenses in most states, when they are stopped while trying to get work, they pay fines up to $1,200, all to county coffers.Immigration rakes in hundreds of million dollars in application fees. ICE is one huge employment agency. Our taxes go to pay private prisons to house the undocumented in poor conditions. And our president has benefited from the use of illegal labor in his past construction business. On and on it goes.Philip KellermanEast GreenbushIs America really equally polarized?The political cartoon in the July 7 Gazette echoes the myth that this country is uniformly polarized.Liberals are capable of understanding and appreciating context of time, culture and circumstance. If the country is so uniform, is it then a given that killing can be likewise reduced to: allowable vs. unallowable?Arden RauchSchenectady Set a consistent age for legal adulthood Don’t let images detract from realityIn response to your cartoon of a very frazzled Uncle Sam with the caption “I WANT YOU to …,” I am reminded of how tradition makes any atrocity palatable. The cartoon’s intent was to encourage readers to chill out this past 4th of July. I get that. But the imagery – the devil is in the details. “To grab a hot dog…” Eat hotdogs? Thanks, but I’ll pass on colorectal cancer.  “Sense of pride”? Not when fellow citizens are fine with kids in cages. “A good spot to watch the fireworks from”? Works of fire are childish war reenactment games. War is to be avoided, not celebrated. I’d prefer to give the young children, pets and PTSD sufferers a break. And as for the call to put my “politics in time-out for the day,” it’s difficult among the many brightly colored hate hats sitting atop empty, racist heads chanting “Send her back!” Poisonous food. Works of war fire. Social cretins and racists everywhere enamored by a charlatan grifter. In other words, what the cartoon is really saying is let’s ignore the realities and just pretend that the “American way” is OK. Great again? More like sad and embarrassing.David SchachneAlbanylast_img read more

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