Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn the March 18 letter to the editor, Jacqueline de Witt pleaded for [continued] federal protection of wolves to help them spread into New York. She indicated that this is needed to “perfect the ecological order.” In the western United States the reintroduction of wolves has decimated elk herds, taking hunting opportunities away from a wide variety of humans, from professional guides to lower income individuals for whom a freezer full of elk meat (or lack thereof) has a substantial economic impact. Federal protections continued long after wolf numbers far exceeded the reintroduction targets. Further spread of wolves will further decimate game animal populations.Human hunting is regulated by seasons and limits designed by wildlife biologists to maintain healthy herds. Wolves are not regulated, and unlike humans, wolves feast when new calves or fawns are born. Omitting a description of canine hunting, does anyone claim that a wolf kill is ever as humane as a well placed gun shot?Wolves avoid human contact in proportion to the threat that humans pose. Predatory attacks on people were once common in Europe and have happened sporadically in North America. “Child lifting” by wolves is still a problem in India. Protected wolves will be emboldened and risks to our rural margins will increase.I must ask Ms. de Witt: in a world with many hungry humans, is your aesthetic sense of ecological order so important that we should ignore those risks and squander a fully sustainable supply of organic, free-range protein to canine predators?Norman PerazzoGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
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.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Rakeem Christmas flung his arm forward once to swat Joel James’ layup past the 3-point line.He sprinted downcourt, grabbed a Tyler Ennis miss and found C.J. Fair for an open 18-footer.Then he turned away J.P. Tokoto and James Michael McAdoo on the next possession.“We feed off each other’s energy,” Syracuse forward Jerami Grant said. “Whenever he does something I want to do something, and vice versa.”Christmas finished with only two points, but contributed eight rebounds, four blocks and a couple head-first dives to give No. 2 Syracuse (16-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) extra possessions in its 57-45 win against North Carolina (10-6, 0-3) on Saturday. Christmas was so defensively inept against Eastern Michigan on Dec. 31 that Jim Boeheim decided to walk away from his press conference rather than address the forward’s biggest failures.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut against the Tar Heels, he was a defensive stalwart, continuing to play with a high-octane motor despite his lingering right thumb contusion.“Defensively he’s one of the best bigs we have,” point guard Tyler Ennis said. “We count on him to get stops, we count on him to rebound and he’s just kind of getting the recognition now.“Coach is hard on him, but he always responds. He’s kind of one of the leaders for us.”Christmas helped energize the slow-starting Orange early when he dove to scoop up a mishandled dribble by UNC sophomore forward Brice Johnson with 11:02 left in the first half.He rolled to his side, protecting the ball from a pair of Tar Heels players, before finding Michael Gbinije for the pass.“We’re a different team when you see Rak out there hustling for loose balls and stuff,” Fair said.Christmas also outworked bigger UNC bodies in the paint. Facing 280-pound Joel James and 290-pound Kennedy Meeks, the 250-pound Christmas boxed out and was sure-handed in cleaning the glass.It’s a good sign for the Orange moving forward as sophomore center DaJuan Coleman is still limited with a left leg contusion. Coleman did not play against the Tar Heels.“I think Rakeem was good,” Boeheim said. “He went after the ball.” Comments Published on January 11, 2014 at 5:55 pm Contact Stephen: email@example.com | @Stephen_Bailey1
The Actors Touring Company and Drum Theatre Plymouth in association with Earagail Arts Festival & Clonmel Junction Festival brings you The Golden Dragon.The English language version of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s delightfully surprising play about globalization comes to An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny from July 10 to 12.In the kitchen of the Golden Dragon restaurant and takeaway, a crisis is unfolding. While the customers concentrate on making their choices from the extensive menu, behind the scenes where the food is prepared, a young Chinese kitchen-hand is experiencing agonising tooth ache. Going to the dentist is out of the question, because the boy is an illegal immigrant; someone who, because he is not seen, simply doesn’t exist. Not to the authorities, and not to those who use the restaurant, he never sees beyond the numbered dishes.The first thing you will notice in this production of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play is though it is set in and around a Chinese restaurant, there are no Asian actors involved. But then this is a production, in which the old play the young, and one species plays another, and gender is entirely fluid, too.Over 90 minutes, the play acts like a busy spider weaving a web of connections that spread right across the globe.This is a world where a beautiful giant cricket is exploited by an ant, a tooth lands in a bowl of soup, a dead boy is carried thousands of miles home on a river, and the bustle of everyday life disguises darker truths that only gradually start to be reflected back to us through the action. The beauty of the piece, and Ramin Gray’s production, is that it reveals itself quietly and gradually. If you would like more information on all the great theatre offerings during this year’s Earagail Arts Festival, get your copy of the festival brochure or log onto www.eaf.ie.Follow the festival on donegaldaily.com EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE: SEE THE WORLD THROUGH A CHINESE TAKEAWAY was last modified: July 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE: SEE THE WORLD THROUGH A CHINESE TAKEAWAY