first_imgOn April 29, Karen Cookson invited thoughts about her Thomas Jefferson column. Truthfully, I’m sick of the pedantry and moral preening involved in opinions that Thomas Jefferson — and by extension 12 of our first 18 presidents who held slaves — is somehow “morally unfit to be president.” I sincerely wish those who espouse selective historical analyses would cease, for two reasons.First, there’s no moral test for the office of president. Do we have the right to question the electors from the Electoral College of another age? Or the successive Congresses that failed to impeach and remove “morally unfit” presidents from office?Refusal to acknowledge that human history is complicated, filled with contradictions and inconsistencies, is adolescent puffery. Was Abraham Lincoln “morally unfit” because he thought that “blacks and whites” shouldn’t have “social and political equality?” Was JFK “morally unfit” because he was a sexual predator? Such oversimplifications have the effect of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, since all made positive contributions to our republic.Second, I worry there may be a hidden agenda involved in these high-toned revelations of past behavior. I worry that those who incessantly pick away at our Founders have as their real plan the debasement of the esteem in which Americans hold their Founders who, while not saints, did give us the most liberating system of government in the history of mankind. Those who wish to discard our Constitution must first make Americans ashamed of their Founders.Rob DicksonClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li… Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_img239 Hulcombe Rd, HighvalePrivately positioned to the rear right of the house is the main bedroom, complete with a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite with twin vanities and a separate shower and bath, and access to the back patio.Other features of the residence include ducted reverse-cycle airconditioning, a ducted vacuum system, aluminium powder-coated security louvres, hardwired and interconnected smoke alarms, plantation shutters and ceiling fans throughout.There is also a solar-powered remote control entry gate with video intercom and release control from the house, a tractor shed and additional parking for four vehicles, while the residence is pre-wired for a security system. 239 Hulcombe Rd, Highvale ENJOY picturesque north to north-easterly views over Samford Valley and Mt Glorious from the living spaces of this five-bedroom house.Designed by Mancorp Quality Homes, the residence offers hinterland-style living on a 10,000sq m block, with cooling mountain breezes, soothing bird songs and the ever-changing colour of the surrounding landscape making every moment at the house a delight.A patio surrounds the single-level design, with the main entrance leading to an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area. 239 Hulcombe Rd, HighvaleMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The modern cooking space includes a walk-in pantry, stainless steel appliances, a gas cooktop, dishwasher and water filtration system, while sliding glass doors in the adjoining dining area open to the rear of the patio.To the left of the front door is access to a double garage, powder room and bedroom, with three more bedrooms to the right.These bedrooms include built-in wardrobes, with two looking to the front patio. A bathroom and laundry are nearby.center_img 239 Hulcombe Rd, HighvaleFurthermore, the property is environmentally conscious, with concrete in-ground rainwater tanks, a biocycle waste water treatment system and a bespoke cubby house made of recycled hardwood and featuring a green roof.Agent James Gwynne said with its rural locality, uninterrupted mountain views and fertile land consisting of established avocado, citrus, banana, fig and olive trees, the property offered perfect potential for those seeking a tree change or lifestyle shift.last_img read more

first_img2008I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix. But —WARREN: Would you support a Constitutional Amendment with that definition?OBAMA: No, I would not.WARREN: Why not?OBAMA: Because historically — because historically, we have not defined marriage in our constitution. It’s been a matter of state law. That has been our tradition. I mean, let’s break it down. The reason that people think there needs to be a constitutional amendment, some people believe, is because of the concern that — about same-sex marriage. I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions. I do believe that we should not — that for gay partners to want to visit each other in the hospital for the state to say, you know what, that’s all right, I don’t think in any way inhibits my core beliefs about what marriage are. I think my faith is strong enough and my marriage is strong enough that I can afford those civil rights to others, even if I have a different perspective or different view.http://votesmart.org/public-statement/658545/full-transcript-saddleback-presidential-forum-sen-barack-obama-john-mccain-moderated-by-rick-warren/?search=saddlebackOBAMA’S FLIP-FLOP PAST ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE1996, running for Illinois State Senate: ‘I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.’2004, running for U.S. Senate in Illinois: ‘My religious faith dictates marriage is between a man and a woman, gay marriage is not a civil right.’2008, running for U.S. President: ‘I believe marriage is the union between a man and a woman. As a Christian it’s also a sacred union.’2010, after Republican wave election: ‘My feelings with this are constantly evolving, I struggle with this.’2012, running for reelection: ‘I think same sex couples should be able to get married.’http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2142198/Gay-marriage-Barack-Obamas-shift-sex-marriage-nets-1m-90-minutes.htmllast_img read more

first_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Zika-hit nations should allow access to contraception, abortion: UN by: Associated Free Press – February 5, 2016 Share Tweet Sharecenter_img 224 Views   no discussions A pregnant woman gets an ultrasound at the maternity of the Guatemalan Social Security Institute (IGSS) in Guatemala City on Tuesday.GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) – The United Nations on Friday urged countries hit by the dangerous Zika virus to let women have access to contraception and abortion.The UN human rights office said the South American countries now urging women to hold off getting pregnant over Zika fears had to offer them the possibility of controlling their fertility.“How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer… the possibility to stop their pregnancies?” spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters.Many of these countries are conservative Catholic and have very restrictive abortion and contraceptive laws.An exploding number of cases of Zika virus — believed to cause a condition called microcephaly in which babies are born with abnormally small heads — have prompted several countries and territories in Latin America to warn women to avoid getting pregnant.But UN human rights chief UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said this warning meant little in countries that ban or heavily restrict access to reproductive health services like contraception and abortion.“The advice of some governments to women to delay getting pregnant ignores the reality that many women and girls simply cannot exercise control over whether or when or under what circumstances they become pregnant, especially in an environment where sexual violence is so common,” Zeid said in a statement.“In situations where sexual violence is rampant, and sexual and reproductive health services are criminalised, or simply unavailable, efforts to halt this crisis will not be enhanced by placing the focus on advising women and girls not to become pregnant,” he said.Instead, he insisted that governments must “ensure women, men and adolescents have access to comprehensive and affordable quality sexual and reproductive health services and information, without discrimination.”This, his office pointed out, includes contraception — including emergency contraception — maternal healthcare and safe abortion services.“Laws and policies that restrict (women’s) access to these services must be urgently reviewed in line with human rights obligations in order to ensure the right to health for all in practice,” Zeid said. Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! 481 Views   no discussions Share LocalNewsSports Dominica Football Association appoints a new president. by: – November 23, 2011 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Image via: flags.redpixart.comFormer Vice President of the Dominica Football Association Glen Etienne has assumed the reins of office of the organization.The new decision follows a move by FIFA to ban former president Patrick John from any football activities for two years after he accepted US$40,000 in cash from Bin Hammam to support him in an election campaign against FIFA President Sepp Blatter.Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Football Association Gerald George made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday.He said according to the constitution governing the organization, in the absence of the president, the vice president shall be vested with the authority and may exercise all powers subject to the same limitation imposed on the president.“Last night we had a meeting, the Board met, we had our lawyer with us and he went over the terms of the decision handed down by FIFA. It was then agreed by the members that the First Vice President will assume the function of the President in the absence of Johns’ two year ban. We all heard that John will be appealing the ban, so until that time, the first vice president will assume the functions of the President,” he explained.John says he is appealing FIFA’s decision and the matter is already in the hands of his lawyers.Meantime the Board says while it may want to support John in his appeal, it is against the constitution of the organization.Secretary of the DFA Philip White said “it is the prerogative of John to launch an appeal. The board cannot openly say that they support John because this is an infringement on the FIFA Code of Conduct,”.Meantime moments after FIFA released its decision to ban Mr John, several individuals called for the resignation of the DFA Board members.Two such calls came from former Football Referee Ibrahim Brohim and Veteran Sports Commentator St. Havis Shillingford.He says for several years football in Dominica has been stagnant.“The very first thing that should occur is that the football executive should resign because the last 15 years, Dominica’s football has not been getting anywhere. It has been getting worst and fifteen years is a long time. Dominica should start with a slate. Clear the air, clear the slate and get people who know about football to run the affairs,” he said.Meantime the incoming President Ettiene said all is well at the DFA.He told Tuesday’s press conference that the board is very active and functional and the football business will continue as normal.“Football matters will carry on as planned; the 2011/12 season is in operation and we will carry on as the plan goes on. In a nutshell, everything is order at the DFA. Things are rolling as planned and with the help of the Board, we will continue to move this beautiful sport of football forward,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – The conduct ofdrug testing among employees in business establishments here with at least 10workers will soon be mandatory, town Mayor Elmer Untaran said. He added the move forms part ofdeclaring an establishment as a drug-free workplace, citing the measureprotects business owners, too.  Untaran added the Sangguniang Bayanconsidered crafting an ordinance highlighting drug test as one of therequirements in the renewal and application of a Mayor’s permit amongcommercial institutions. “No drug testing, no issuance ofMayor’s permit,” Untaran said.center_img Untaran said there were no drugapprehensions and buy-bust operations in the province’s capital town from Dec.2019 to January this year.   “If you have observed, the town of SanJose is peaceful especially during night time,” he added.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

first_imgThere will be visitation from 4-6:30pm with funeral service to follow at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Adams on Thursday January 2nd. Burial will be at Clapps Chapel Cemetery in Corryton, TN. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com. Viola Jeanette Dance, 83, of Greensburg, passed away, surrounded by her children on December 30. Jeanette was born on October 30, 1936 in Knoxville, TN, the daughter of Henry and Nettie (Whitson) Heath. On December 27, 1958 she married Hazen Dance in Maryville, TN. He preceded her in death on February 9, 1979. Jeanette, known to all as “Mama Dance”, was the biggest cheerleader at her family’s sporting events. She traveled extensively, most enjoying time spent with her loved ones. Jeanette worked for Federal Mogul NTN/BCA for more than 30 years and was a long-time member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. She served as a member of the American Baptist Women Mission Group where she served others with love and compassion.center_img She is survived by her seven children – Pamela (John) Steeves, Bud Dance, Donna (Dave) Vanderbur, Jewel Johnson, Victor (Janet) Dance, Catherine Wells, all of Greensburg, and Ginger (Todd) Conwell of Hartsville; One stepdaughter, Connie Disney of Knoxville, TN; four sisters – Mary (Robert) White, Mildred McCarley, Wanda Jeffers and Frankie Steinkamp; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren whom she adored. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, stepdaughters Jeanie Bledsoe and Sally Dance one sister, Barbara Crewsonberry and three brothers Billy, Floyd and Wilford Heath.last_img read more

first_imgColumbus, IN — Our Hospice of South Central Indiana holds one of its largest fundraisers each Labor Day weekend with a concert for all ages, but this year due to the pandemic, like most organizations, they have adapted the event to be safe for the community.This Labor Day weekend, the concert featuring Yacht Rock Review will be virtual. The concert will be streamed live on the Our Hospice Facebook page Saturday, September 5, starting at 7 pm.  Click here for a link to the Facebook page.last_img read more

first_imgFour-times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the season, the Italian team announced on Tuesday.“This is a decision taken jointly by ourselves and Sebastian, one which both parties feel is for the best,” team principal Mattia Binotto said in a statement. “It was not an easy decision to reach, given Sebastian’s worth as a driver and as a person.”Vettel, who joined in 2015 with the dream of emulating boyhood hero Michael Schumacher in winning titles with the sport’s oldest and most glamorous team, is out of contract at the end of the year.Where the 32-year-old German will go now, and indeed whether he will remain in a sport whose delayed season has yet to start due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are the big questions.“The team and I have realised that there is no longer a common desire to stay together beyond the end of this season,” Vettel said.He added: “Financial matters have played no part in this joint decision. That’s not the way I think when it comes to making certain choices and it never will be. “What’s been happening in these past few months has led many of us to reflect on what are our real priorities in life.”Vettel said he would now take time “to reflect on what really matters when it comes to my future”.German media, who flagged up the departure on Monday night, reported hat Vettel had rejected the terms being offered by Ferrari.Italy’s Gazetta dello Sport newspaper recently reported Vettel, who won 14 races with the team and is their third most successful driver, had been offered a one-year extension with a salary reduction.The German, who won his titles with Red Bull, told reporters last month that he could have a new deal done before the start of a season delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. Ferrari had also said the German was their first choice to partner Charles Leclerc.Binotto said there was no one reason that led to the split “apart from the common and amicable belief that the time had come to go our separate ways in order to reach our respective objectives”.Leclerc, who won two races last year and is only 22, has a contract until 2024 and is seen as Ferrari’s future and likely first champion since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.The Monegasque outperformed Vettel last year in his first season at Ferrari, finishing ahead of him overall and taking more points, poles, podiums and wins.RelatedPosts Femi Otedola gifts his daughters Ferrari Portofino + Photo Vettel says Ferrari messed up with nonsensical strategy Formula 1 extends shutdown period again Australian Daniel Ricciardo, at Renault, and McLaren’s Spaniard Carlos Sainz have been installed as the leading candidates to take one of the most coveted seats on the grid.Six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton has also been linked to Ferrari, but has repeatedly indicated he intends to stay with Mercedes.Reuters/NAN.Tags: FerrariFormula 1Sebastien Vettellast_img read more

first_img The hosts had played with 10 men for much of the game after Bobby Zamora was shown a straight red card for catching Jordi Gomez in the face with a high boot, but Loic Remy put them ahead with five minutes left. However, Wigan equalised in dramatic fashion when Maloney curled home a free-kick in stoppage time to earn the Latics a share of the spoils,. Redknapp felt Rangers had done enough to win the game despite their numerical advantage and revealed the equaliser hit him harder than anything in his long career. Asked if he had had a tougher result to take as QPR manager, Redknapp replied: “All season? I don’t know about in my football career, I don’t know about all season.” QPR manager Harry Redknapp admitted he and his players were “low” after a last-minute Shaun Maloney free-kick salvaged a 1-1 draw for Wigan in their Barclays Premier League clash at Loftus Road. Press Associationcenter_img He continued: “We didn’t deserve that, we deserved to win. It was a fantastic performance from everyone one of them. It (the result) was criminal. Even with 10 men I thought we deserved to win. (The players are) low, just like I am, very low. You don’t always get what you deserve in football, that is how it goes.” Zamora’s red card will mean he will be missing for the next three games and Redknapp had no complaints about his dismissal. “I thought it was a sending off,” Redknapp conceded. “It was a rash challenge. He is sorry, of course he is. Bobby is a good lad. I don’t know why he did it, it is not like him.” Wigan boss Roberto Martinez felt the early red card actually worked against his side, who could have leapfrogged Sunderland and Aston Villa with a win. “I don’t think in the position we are in we can go to places and try and get a draw,” he said. “But the draw at the end is a very good result for us. The sending off affected us more than anything because all of a sudden you feel the responsibility of winning a football game. The players took it too seriously and didn’t enjoy their football at all, they were pedestrian. We got cagey and forced the play and getting on the ball and playing was a tough job. “The sending off was something that should have been an advantage but it ended up being a disadvantage because all of a sudden QPR became well organised and the crowd got behind them.” last_img read more