Letters to the Editor for Friday, July 12

first_imgCategories: 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 motoristslast_img read more

Racy lad mag Zoo Weekly to close; last edition October 12

first_imgStuff co.nz 17 September 2015Zoo Weekly has become the latest men’s magazine to leave news stands, with publisher Bauer Media on Thursday confirming that poor sales will see its final edition published on October 12.“With tough retail conditions in the men’s market, Bauer has made the call to close Zoo’s operations. I would like to thank the teams here at Bauer, as well as the advertisers and retailers who have supported the brand,” Bauer chief executive David Goodchild said.Associate publisher Ewen Page said it was a tough decision to close the Australian magazine, which is sold in New Zealand and was targeted this week by Family First. A different edition of the magazine is printed in the United Kingdom.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie had called for the supermarket to ban the magazine and said on Thursday he welcomed its demise.“We give some of the credit to groups in both Australia and here in New Zealand who spoke up and highlighted the misogynistic messages which were being normalised in the publication. It’s disappointing that Countdown and other retailers weren’t willing to take a moral lead rather than put up a commercially-driven ‘white flag’.”It was a sign of a confused society when rape culture and the sexual objectification of men, women and children was promoted under the guise of freedom of speech “while at the same time expressing an abhorrence of the ‘Roastbusters’ mentality and lament our unacceptable rates of sexual violence in New Zealand. We can either speak up or remain silent. We won’t be silent,” he said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/72173586/Racy-lad-mag-Zoo-Weekly-to-close-last-edition-October-12?cid=app-iPhoneZoo to come off NZ shelves – but it won’t be because retailers pulled itOneNewsNow 18 September 2015Zoo Weekly magazine will shut down – and a New Zealand family values group says good riddance.The final edition of the lads’ mag, which is published by Bauer Media, will be released on October 12 this year, with the magazine saying in a statement that its closure was due to “tough retail conditions”.Family First NZ welcomed the closure, after it this week campaigned for the magazine to be removed from supermarket and store shelves. “The magazine normalises the sexualisation and objectification of women, teaches boys to be predatory, encourages sexual harassment and violence, and is harmful to young people,” director Bob McCroskrie said in a statement.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/zoo-to-come-off-nz-shelves-but-it-won-t-be-because-retailers-pulled-q11289Zoo magazine to shut doorsNewsTalk ZB 18 September 2015Another ‘lads magazine’ is calling it quits.Bauer Media has announced it will publish its final edition of Zoo Australia on October 12.The publisher said the decision’s driven by what it calls “tough retail conditions”.Ralph Australia finished in 2010 and FHM Australia stopped being published in 2012.Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie welcomes Zoo’s demise, and said the community is sick of misogynistic magazines.He believes the next step to combating rape culture is to stop young people being exposed to negative sexual messages online.“We know that the internet is awash with this type of stuff and the question we’ve got to ask ourselves is ‘Are we willing to take action to stem some of that flow’.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/business/zoo-magazine-to-shut-doors/last_img read more

Gatland sees the need for change

first_imgWarren Gatland has declared the British and Irish Lions’ unique place in the rugby landscape must be safeguarded, but stressed that some changes have to be made to the structure of future tours. “Australia was tougher than it was in South Africa four years ago because the game’s becoming more and more physical. It’s tough to put two games together in a week, so maybe you need a break in between games to rejuvenate yourself. “It’s important that the Lions and home unions get together to agree adequate preparation time. The season needs to be adjusted so that we can spend a couple of weeks in the UK preparing properly. The Lions need to be given the best possible chance to be successful for the future. “New Zealand is harder to tour from a logistical point of view. It wasn’t until I left there that I realised what a difficult country it is to tour because getting around is more challenging.” Gatland is open to the possibility of being at the helm when the elite of British and Irish rugby visit his homeland in four years time. “There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before 2017. You get opportunities in life if you’re part of successful environments and teams,” he said. “Winning a couple of Grand Slams with Wales and reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup has given me this opportunity. “I’m grateful for the chance and if it came up again then it’s something I might look at.” Press Associationcenter_img A first series victory since 1997 was completed with the 41-16 rout of pre-match favourites Australia in the third and final Test of an epic struggle between the rivals. “The Lions are something that we need to preserve for the modern game. It’s special and it has been a privilege for me to experience it,” he said. last_img read more

Debate over anesthesiologist role

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “The use of a physician’s clinical skill and judgment for purposes other than promoting an individual’s health and welfare undermines a basic ethical foundation of medicine – first, do no harm,” said Dr. Priscilla Ray, who chairs an AMA ethics committee. “Requiring physicians to be involved in executions violates their oath to protect lives and erodes public confidence in the medical profession.” Morales is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday for the rape-torture murder of a 17-year-old San Joaquin County girl 25 years ago. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to grant clemency Friday to Morales, 46, who admitted that he murdered and raped Terri Winchell, 17, but said his own life was worth sparing because of his remorse and redemption on Death Row. “There is no compelling evidence that the jury’s punishment is not appropriate in this case,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “Morales’ claim that he is a changed man does not excuse the brutal murder and rape of Terri Winchell.” The issue of doctors’ involvement in executions has been debated since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977 and has intensified now that lethal injection is used in all but one of the 38 states that execute prisoners. Despite the ethical objections, no doctor has ever been formally reprimanded for participating in an execution. That’s because it’s legal for doctors to participate in executions. The AMA and the other professional organizations issue advisory guidelines only. SAN FRANCISCO – The state’s decision to hire an anesthesiologist to monitor the planned lethal injection of the killer Michael Morales on Tuesday has rekindled a fierce ethics debate in medical circles over doctors participating in executions. Responding to a federal judge’s ruling, California for the first time intends to have an anesthesiologist at an execution to ensure Morales is unconscious when a paralyzing agent and heart-stopping drugs are administered at San Quentin State Prison. The anesthesiologist will join another doctor who is on duty at executions to declare the prisoner dead and otherwise ensure proper medical procedures are followed. Defenders of the procedure say the doctors’ presence ensures the execution is carried out as humanely as possible. California prison officials keep confidential the names of doctors who participate in executions. But several influential medical organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the California Medical Association have condemned physicians’ involvement in executions as unethical and unprofessional. “Executions are legal in the state of California,” said Candis Cohen, a spokesman for the state’s disciplinary agency Medical Board of California. Cohen said the board hasn’t received any complaints about doctors participating in executions. A California appellate court in 1998 tossed out a lawsuit challenging the legality of physicians attending executions. The state board that oversees doctors in Kentucky last year dismissed a grievance filed against Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who also is a doctor, alleging he violated medical ethics by signing a death warrant. The board concluded Fletcher was acting as governor and not a doctor when he allowed the execution to happen. Dr. Arthur Zitrin, a New York University psychiatry professor and death penalty foe, filed a formal complaint in Georgia against Dr. Hothur Sanjeeva Rao after Rao stepped in to insert a catheter into a condemned prisoner’s arm after medical technicians failed to do so. In December 2004, the Georgia board dismissed the complaint and an appeal was denied. Rao could not be reached for comment. A lawsuit Zitrin filed to compel the Georgia medical board to punish participating doctors is pending in a Georgia court, but a bill in that state’s Legislature that would shield doctors from punishment for attending executions is advancing rapidly. “All existing standards internationally and nationally held by professional health societies bars doctors from participating,” Zitrin said. “I regret that there are colleagues who, for whatever reason, find it compelling (and) do participate.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more