He did explore some of the deeper causes of racial disparities in the world’s richest country, saying that more would be put into healthcare and the ability to raise business capital in minority communities.Later, in an interview with the generally friendly Fox News network, he described the “horror” of watching Floyd’s death on cellphone footage shot by a witness.But critics say he is incapable of embracing broader public fears, pointing to the contrast between shows of empathy from previous presidents during crises and Trump’s instinct for fighting and insulting foes, even in the midst of calamity.”For weeks we’ve seen President Trump run away from a meaningful conversation on systemic racism and police brutality. Instead, he’s further divided our country,” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday.”Today’s trip to Texas won’t change any of that. President Trump is more interested in photo ops than offering a healing voice as our nation mourns.”Despite his poll numbers being underwater five months ahead of election day, Trump is betting that he needn’t change tack.His base has remained loyal throughout the extraordinary turmoil, and he has made clear his priority is getting back on the campaign trail.Immediately after his remarks in Dallas, the president heads to his first campaign fundraiser since the COVID-19 lockdown began — a $580,600 per couple event. Then he flies to his golf course resort in New Jersey for the weekend, another post-COVID first.On June 19 he will restart his mothballed series of rallies — raucous, often two-hour love fests between Trump the entertainer-in-chief and thousands of his most loyal supporters — with an event in Oklahoma. “We have to work together to confront bigotry and prejudice wherever they appear, but we will make no progress and heal no wounds by falsely labeling tens of millions of decent Americans as racist or bigots,” Trump said.The Republican has struggled to find the right tone to address the explosion of protests over the last two weeks in the wake of the death of an unarmed African-American man, George Floyd, as he was arrested in Minneapolis.That crisis, coupled with the economic devastation of the COVID-19 shutdown — and the fact that the pandemic continues to kill up to 1,000 people a day — has left the country crying out for healing.Trump, whose political style is built largely on fierce division and exciting his right-wing base, faced pressure to encourage unity in Dallas. Magnet for controversy Some Americans may want calm after months of rancor, but that’s one thing the former reality TV star is not giving.Even the choice of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for his resumption of rallies generated controversy.June 19 is known as “Juneteenth,” the day marking the end of slavery in the United States. Tulsa, however, is notorious as the site of a 1921 massacre of African-Americans.As he left for Dallas, Trump lambasted Democratic leaders of Washington state, where he said “domestic terrorists” had taken over Seattle, referring to protesters.He also doubled down on his latest culture wars battle, insisting again he will refuse demands to change the names of US military bases honoring leaders of the slave-owning, rebel South during the Civil War.Back in Washington, there were new tensions between the White House and the military when the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Mark Milley, apologized for appearing alongside Trump during a controversial walk to a church on June 1, minutes after police violently dispersed protesters.”I should not have been there,” Milley said in his unexpected comments. Hitting the trail The choice of Texas for Thursday’s trip was notable because the state — Republican for decades — is turning in to a battleground. Trump won narrowly in 2016 and a Quinnipiac poll last week put him only one percentage point ahead of Biden.In 2016, polls and politics watchers in general got it wrong about Trump, who ran a chaotic campaign against the ultra-professional Hillary Clinton yet still scored a famous electoral college win.This has left many election watchers gun-shy. Even so, current polls make grim reading for the Republican.The FiveThirtyEight average shows Trump’s approval rating at just 41 percent, having taken a big hit from his handling of the COVID-19 and racism crises.The RealClearPolitics average for a presidential election match-up puts Biden at 49.8 to Trump’s 41.7.Worse for Trump — given his hope of repeating his electoral college win, even if losing the overall popular vote — Biden leads in almost every swing state. Topics : US President Donald Trump on Thursday rebooted his flagging reelection campaign with a speech starkly rejecting nationwide protesters’ claims of police racism, saying only a “few bad apples” are to blame.Far from reaching out to demonstrators’ searing anger, he offered only a vague proposal to “encourage” officers to meet “the most current professional standards for the use of force.””You always have a bad apple, no matter where you go,” said Trump, who is making law and order a new keystone of his bid to win a second term on November 3. “There aren’t too many of them in the police department.”
Shirley Jean (Meyer) Kiefer was born on December 15, 1950 in Batesville, Indiana and passed into eternal peace on November 16, 2016 in Greensburg, Indiana. She was born to the late Wilbur J. and Cornelia S. “Connie” (Schebler) Meyer of Hamburg, Indiana. The eldest of five siblings, growing up on the family farm in Hamburg, Indiana, she graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Oldenburg. She was married to Roy G. Kiefer on September 14, 1974, and was a lifelong homemaker, loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, and aunt.Shirley had worked for five years at Hill-Rom in Batesville, had been a member of the St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Hamburg where she loved singing in the choir. Shirley did not know a stranger and befriended all those in need of a smile. She had a love for taking care of others, baking home cooked meals, serving sweet tea, sending cards / handwritten notes, and making afghans.She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Roy G. Kiefer, Greensburg; daughter, Shannon Day, Greensburg; three grandchildren, Rhegan Day, Madelyn Day, and Jimmie Day all of Greensburg; four siblings, Gene (Andie) Meyer, Hamburg, Wanda (Larry) Lecher, Greensburg, Donna Kieffer, Greensburg, and Bernard (Kim) Meyer, Hamburg.She was preceded in death by her parents.Family and friends will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow the rosary until 7:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Oldenburg with Rev. David Kobak officiating.Interment will be held in the St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Hamburg.Memorials may be made to the Decatur County 4 Kids.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – Community members got some much needed information Thursday in a training that could potentially save lives. Alpena residents sat in on an active shooter seminar in the wake of numerous mass shootings this year.Records show there have been more than 300 mass shootings in 2018, averaging nearly one mass shooting per day.The seminar, held at Art in the Loft, highlighted the critical need for preparedness. State Trooper Ashley Simpson says active shooter events can be unpredictable.“With active shooters, a lot of people seem to feel that it’s a certain person or a certain type of person,” says Trooper Simpson, “when in reality, a lot of it has to do with their mental state at that very moment when they’re deciding they’re going to commit an act.”Steve Lappan, executive vice president of Lappan Agency, says he is on a mission to make sure our community is protected.“These events do happen,” says Lappan, “and they do happen not just in large cities, they can happen anywhere. Awareness is much more important to us, so everyone is able to handle these situations.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Winter art walk ready to welcome people in from the coldNext Alpena’s leadership students give back with gift baskets for Christmas
Update:The code red lockdown has been lifted.Police have not released any information at this time.Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach was placed on a code red lockdown due to a phone threat, Thursday.In a code red lockdown, school staff and students are secured in the rooms they are currently in, and no one is allowed to leave until the situation has been safely resolved or evacuated.This procedure is used when there is an imminent threat to the school building population.Police were on the scene Thursday.
Submitted by Marcie Meisenheimer of South Sound DuctlessRecently we spoke with a customer who was quite surprised to learn that ductless heat pumps filter the air. With the great benefits of comfort and energy efficiency, air filtration is often overlooked. Many ductless heat pumps come standard with not only dust filters, but also anti-allergen and deodorizing filters. The prospect of keeping harmful allergens and food and pet odors out of your indoor air can make a ductless heat pump system a great option for your home or business.Each brand of ductless heat pump has its own unique filter, but they are similar in a couple of ways. First, they are really easy to clean. Simply washing or vacuuming them once a month is usually all it takes. You simply lift the cover up on the indoor unit and slide the filters out. Either vacuum, or wash and dry the filters. Reinstall them and you are good to go for another month.The second nice thing about ductless heat pump filters is that they are not only inexpensive but also reusable. Some manufacturers suggest you replace them once a year and others say the filters should last for years. Following the manufacturer’s guidelines is the best recommendation, but a visual inspection during cleaning is also a good indicator of when to replace them. When it does come time to replace them, most filters are inexpensive and easily ordered directly from the manufacturer either by calling or ordering on line.With the variable speed inverter technology, which is built into all ductless heat pumps, these units are made to run continuously and rarely stop moving air throughout your home. This means that high tech filtration is taking place all the time, helping keep the air in your home clean and odor free.South Sound Ductless is a locally owned and operated heating and cooling system company. Ductless heat pumps are all we do because we believe in the technology. To learn more about ductless heat pumps and how you can save money and get big rebates contact South Sound Ductless.www.southsoundductless.com360.529.7567 Facebook3Tweet0Pin0