Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCan’t take four more years of amoral TrumpPeople with honor and dignity cannot stand working for President Trump very long.Now we have temporary, unconfirmed, acting heads of customs and border protection, acting homeland secretaries, acting heads of citizenship and immigration, acting defense secretary, and vacancies throughout the government.President Trump prefers acting people because they are compliant.One result is the terrible maltreatment of children on the U.S. southern border.We once were horrified to see Syrian parents and babies washing up to be virtual prisoners on the shores of Greece or arriving to find guns and barbed wire pointing at them in Hungary. Now, here in the United States, it’s little and non-nutritious food, little or no drinking water, no bathing, no sleeping, no parents, no asylum hearings, no love, all punishment for children in our care. Are we no better than Greece or Hungary?If we tolerate our amoral, shameless president for four more years, it will get worse. Take back our honor. Save the children. Close the camps.Help the world. Vote in 2020.David GibsonBallston LakeWhy should we all have to pay again?Why do we have to pay again?Montgomery County broke a contract for garbage disposal with Fulton County. I ask Matt Ossenfort, who is responsible. He is Montgomery county executive, just as Ann Thane was responsible for the city of Amsterdam.Who should take the blame for the $5 million in debt when she left?Who takes the blame that obviously we broke the contract by taking in garbage at a higher price than we were paying Fulton County?Who is responsible for the $450,000 that we must pay Fulton County? Was it the country executive, legislatures or some other employee?Who is responsible for the $450,000 that we have to pay? This county has to smarten up. Ann Thane and her cohort Gerry DeCusatis should be liable for some of the city debt, just as Matt Ossenfort should be liable for the garbage fiasco — especially since now we have to pay more again for disposal. Ann Thane and Gerry DeCusatis both have nice, rewarded jobs with the state (paying $97,000 and $86,000 annually by state records). Maybe they should have their wages garnished to pay back the $5 million deficit, neve rmind blaming dead people and others. The county and city are on a bad path.Take off the rose-colored glasses. You might think things are getting better, but ride around and look.Enough is enough.Sandy “Rogo” RoginskiAmsterdamOnly help immigrants who are here legallyBravo. David DeMarco was absolutely right about coming into our country legally in his July 7 letter, (“Want rights? Enter the country legally”).I think we should help all immigrants who come legally, but I don’t think we should help those who come illegally.They broke our laws to get here and should not take away from those who are here legally or were born here.We have too many poor people who need our help and should get it. I also agree that only those who are legally here should get driver’s licenses.Carol VaccaSharon SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
BRIDGETOIWN, Barbados, CMC – The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Monday, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). This will allow for cooperation on the development of more resilient communities, states and regional actors in preparation for disasters or emergencies in the region.The main purpose of the accord is to tackle the challenges facing vulnerable groups and affected populations, especially children, with a focus on the education sector, child and social protection systems and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), as a pathway to resilience building.UNICEF and CEDMA say they will prioritize national responses in case of emergencies, ensuring support for children, youth, women and vulnerable groups. In this process, innovative data collection instruments will be used to improve the tools implemented for risk analysis.A statement issued following the signing said that climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction within regional and national education sector policies, plans and curricula, beginning at early childhood through secondary level will be applied through existing coordination platforms, strategies and programs. “Based on post Irma and Maria hurricanes emergency response, in 2018 UNICEF Eastern Caribbean (ECA) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding for prepositioning supplies with CDEMA and a new Programme Cooperation Agreement in 2019. CDEMA has the mandate, given by CARICOM (Caribbean Community), to mobilise and coordinate disaster relief in emergency situations in the Caribbean, and to adopt mitigation policies and practices at National and Regional Levels. “CDEMA coordinates the emergency operations system, and responds to emergency situations and humanitarian crisis in 18 participating states of the Caribbean.