Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Jan. 22

first_imgSenate trial rigged for Trump acquittalNow that the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is about to begin, the Republican senators are in a tizzy. Mitch McConnell has made it very clear that having witnesses and additional documents admitted into evidence is not what they had in mind.He has already announced that he will not be impartial, and that is most likely the prevailing sentiment among the GOP senators.To see them all raise their right hands and swear to be impartial was a sight to behold.When a person takes such an oath, although he has no intention of complying, could that be construed as lying to Congress? After all, lying to Congress is what got Bill Clinton impeached.In my opinion, “trial” is synonymous with “witness,” and McConnell coordinating with the Oval Office to determine trial procedure is tantamount to the jury consulting with the plaintiff. It is not the proper way to conduct a trial.Just remember, Andrew Johnson was acquitted by only one vote, but the stigma of impeachment still lives on 157 years later.Jane ReisengerSchenectadyGrateful for man who removes snowI’d like to extend my gratitude to an amazing gentleman for his incredibly generous efforts when it snows heavily. I live on the southern end of Ballston Spa Village on the west side of Church Avenue (aka Route 50) between the light at Route 67E and McMasters Street. This man snow-blows our sidewalks clean along the entire stretch from Stewart’s to McMasters, clearing driveways and bus stops. He does this before we homeowners can even get out there to do it ourselves.We are especially grateful to him for removing the snow from those walks that are never cleared.It is a particularly difficult task because the added snowplow piles become compacted and brutal to clear. This gentleman accepts no payment, cash or other offerings. Even “Thank you, sir,” interrupts his appointed rounds.On behalf of all of us who live on this stretch of the village, we thank you most heartily, kind sir, whoever you are.Leslie SittnerBallston SpaLocal events to mark abortion oppositionOn Friday, buses from the Capitol District area will be bringing people to Washington, D.C., to join in the annual March For Life, in remembrance of over 61 million babies whose lives brutally ended in abortion.Locally today, on the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, churches in Johnstown, Gloversville, Northville, Fonda and Amsterdam will be chiming (tolling) their church bells at noon in sad remembrance of all these precious children.Listen for the church bells and wherever you are at noon today, stop and pray:‘Please Lord, put an end to this evil, touch hearts with your love and forgiveness and help us to do all we can to put an end to abortion.’Madeline DerwinJohnstown  More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOT money could pay for more officersI’m not particularly strong in math. But it seems to me that the amount spent on overtime for our police department could get us three or four more patrol officers – and that’s including benefits.And the current officers would have more time off for their families and other pursuits. Just sayin’.Mary SiegelSchenectadylast_img read more

Class of 1991

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Pillar to push for town status at its retail parks

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Strong medicine

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Lessons learned the hard way

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They’re back

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PREMIUMAfter breaking 1 million passenger record, Transjakarta dreams big in 2020

first_imgLinkedin Log in with your social account Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Forgot Password ? After recording 1 million passengers this year, city-owned bus operator Transjakarta is dreaming big in 2020 with a vision of doubling the figure. The company’s acting president director, Yoga Adiwinarto, expressed his optimism that the country’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) service could unlock even more achievements this year.“Yes, it took us 16 years to transport 1 million passengers a day, but we’re confident that we can reach 2 million in a year,” Yoga told The Jakarta Post in an exclusive interview on Thursday.Transjakarta reached the 1 million passenger mark on Feb. 5, 16 years after the service was introduced to the capital’s streets in January 2004. At the time, it was the first BRT system in Southeast and South Asia.Yoga said he remained optimistic that the ambitious target was feasible this year with netw… Google transjakarta Transjakarta-lanes BRT bus-rapid-transit public-transportation Jakarta-traffic Jakarta-transportationlast_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia stands firm on omnibus bill amid mounting withdrawal requests

first_imgLog in with your social account Google Forgot Password ? omnibus-bill omnibus omnibus-law Airlangga-Hartarto Joko-Widodo Jokowi Jokowi-administration puan-maharani house-of-representatives politics investment business Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Linkedin Despite the growing public outcry surrounding the much-touted omnibus bill on job creation, the government is standing firm on its plan to pass the bill amid demands from experts to withdraw the bill over its many problematic provisions.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the government acknowledged the debate in the public sphere over the bill. But he claimed that any protests should be addressed to the House of Representatives and not to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration as the government had submitted the draft bill to the lawmakers.“The House’s task is to deliberate the bill and to engage in public participation, which will occur during hearing sessions. So please, go to the House if you are looking for any compromise,” Airlangga said during an exclusive interview with The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Monday….last_img read more

Arsenal manager Arteta tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgArsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the Premier League to announce it will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss future fixtures.Arsenal has closed its training ground as a result of Arteta’s positive test, with Gunners players and club staff who had recent contact with the Spaniard now forced to self-isolate.”This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly,” Arteta said in a statement on Arsenal’s website. Topics : “I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”Arsenal confirmed the shock news just minutes after the Premier League had said all fixtures would go ahead this weekend despite the spread of the global pandemic.Arsenal, due to play at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, said it was “clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on the club currently scheduled dates”.Arsenal’s Premier League match at Manchester City on Wednesday was postponed and several Gunners players went into self-isolation after Olympiakos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis contracted the virus.center_img Marinakis, 52, met a number of Arsenal’s players and staff when the Gunners faced Olympiakos in a Europa League tie in February.”Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive Covid-19 result this evening,” the Arsenal statement said.”Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. “We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff.”Arsenal is now trying to trace any other people who may have had contact with Arteta.Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham added: “The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is.”Our thoughts are with Mikel who is disappointed but in good spirits. We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that the government was considering cancelling sporting events in the United Kingdom, but was not ready to do so yet.But the news of Arteta’s positive test could force the Premier League to cancel English top-flight matches.”In light of Arsenal’s announcement tonight confirming that their first-team coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League will convene an emergency club meeting tomorrow morning regarding future fixtures,” the Premier League said.Arsenal is the latest Premier League club to be hit by the virus.Leicester revealed on Thursday that three of their players have self-isolated after showing signs of the virus.Manchester City said one unnamed member of its squad, reportedly France defender Benjamin Mendy, is in self-isolation after a family member suffered a respiratory illness.The relative is being treated in hospital and has undergone tests for the coronavirus, which can cause shortness of breath.Chelsea reportedly cancelled training on Thursday after a member of staff showed signs of the illness.last_img read more

Central Java launches online map detailing COVID-19 spread

first_imgThe Central Java administration has launched an online map detailing the spread of the coronavirus in regions across the province as part of an effort to provide accurate information to the public regarding the scale of local contagion.The constantly updated map – which can be accessed at corona.jatengprov.go.id – provides information on the number of confirmed cases, as well as suspected patients under treatment (ODP) and surveillance (PDP) within a 500-meter to 3-kilometer radius, therefore allowing the public to keep track of the health emergency in their respective communities.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said the online map, which sources its data from every subdistrict across the province, was expected to increase public awareness of the gravity of the current situation and enable residents to take the necessary precautions. “For example, [the map shows] which regions are green zones, indicating they’re still safe. It means those regions have to be protected. Meanwhile, those in red zones […] are obligated to stay home. Don’t be stubborn,” Ganjar said on Tuesday in provincial capital Semarang.Read also: Indonesia’s latest COVID-19 figuresHe went on to say that the map was also expected to quell mass panic among the public as it was designed to provide an up-to-date visual representation of the situation.“When a resident learns that a neighbor is infected with the virus, they need to stay at home. There’s no need to go outside to shop; just shop online,” Ganjar said, adding the administration had seen increased public support as the province recorded more confirmed cases.Central Java has recorded 93 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven deaths as of Wednesday morning.Several other regions across Java have previously established official websites where the public can access online maps of the COVID-19 spread.Residents of Jakarta and West Java, for instance, may monitor the latest developments at corona.jakarta.go.id and pikobar.jabarprov.go.id, respectively. For East Java, the updates of the coronavirus disease can be accessed at infocovid19.jatimprov.go.id. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more