Entertainers lack diversity of opinions

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion After hearing the latest torrent of political opinion proffered by so-called “entertainers” from various social and ethnic backgrounds at the Oscars, a thought comes to mind: “Where there is no diversity of thought, there is no diversity.”Or as someone else once put it: “Where everyone thinks alike, no one thinks at all.”MICHAEL NARDACCIAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

Do more on local level to protect kids

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On Feb. 28, 2018, you published a letter I wrote in which I suggested that debating gun control and the Second Amendment will not protect our children from someone intent on committing mass carnage within our schools. Here we are, only months later, mourning the death of more children. Why? Because we are unrealistic when we erroneously believe the state and/or the federal government are expediently functional enough protect our children. They can’t do so. Where does the responsibility then lie? With us, the parents of our precious children. Children that we send off to school every morning and pray that they come home safely at the end of the day. Responsibility is at the local school district level. We must strongly demand that more than just superficial protection be put in place. While ideological positions are being debated, our children have been and still are left unprotected. As stated on Feb. 28, it’s not if, but when, another tragedy will occur.Carl LaMalfaSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentslast_img read more

YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW: Informative forum on open government

first_imgCategories: OpinionOne of the challenges facing journalists and other citizens, particularly in the age of electronic communication, is obtaining information from government officials when they exchange so much of their information by text and email.The New York State Bar Association is hosting a number of forums on the topic, and it recently hosted a panel discussion at Syracuse University on the Freedom of Information Law. The forum, held Oct. 16, addressed a number of related topics, first focusing on the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the Open Meetings Law, and the government’s efforts to fulfill FOIL requests. The panel then moved on to the day-to-day problems faced by journalists to obtain information.As I’ve said numerous times on this blog, our problems regarding open government are your problems. The state’s transparency laws are available to all citizens, not just journalists. And if professional journalists, who deal with this sort of thing every day, are having problems accessing information from the government, then the task is at least equally as challenging for other citizens.This forum by NYSBA is worth checking out, not just by journalists but by college communications/journalism professors, students and citizens.Click here for a link to a video of the forum. If you’re interested in this subject, it’s well worth your time.It’s your right to know what your government is doing. Take time to learn those rights and how you can exercise them.And as always, if you have an issue with your local government or a question about government access, you can either post a comment here or email me, Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney, at mmahoney@dailygazette.net. I’d be happy to help. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Up-and-coming property firm

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RICS senior vice president dies

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LandSecs results: strong on retail, poor on offices

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Is IT coming back?

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Allsop raises a glass to public house success …

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Capital intensive

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Kadin donates Rp 300 billion for COVID-19 healthcare response

first_imgMedium and large enterprises under Kadin are also channeling their donations through state-owned enterprises.Read also: We’re all in this together: Companies join hands to mitigate COVID-19 pandemicRosan said the businesses were also donating 5,000 rapid test kits and 2,000 items of protective clothing through the Pertamina Bina Medika-Indonesia Healthcare Corporation (Pertamedika-IHC), which was designed to be the holding company for state hospitals.The businesses had also donated 10,000 surgical masks to flag carrier Garuda Indonesia to provide pilots and flight attendants with adequate protection in the air, Sinar Mas Group managing director Sulistiyono said during the teleconference. The Finance Ministry has pledged support for businesses importing medical equipment and medicine needed to handle the pandemic, including eliminating import duties for medicines and COVID-19 testing devices.SOE Minister Erick Thohir said partnership was crucial in helping the country to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.“Along with the private sector, we can fight this virus with mutual cooperation,” he said. Topics : The collaboration between private businesses and SOEs also extends to the procurement of medical supplies as Sulistiyono said that businesses were partnering up with Garuda to help bring the necessary supplies to the country.Sulistiyono also lauded the government for assisting the private sector with the donations by relaxing import requirements for the donated healthcare equipment.“We really thank the government for relaxing import bureaucracy and taxation to help us bring these supplies to Indonesia,” he said.Read also: Gojek bosses give up 25% of annual salary for drivers, partners as COVID-19 deals blowcenter_img The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has collected more than Rp 300 billion (US$18.3 million) from its members for healthcare equipment and aid for healthcare professionals in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.“We are giving the donations in the form of goods such as surgical masks, food and drink and protective clothing,” Kadin chairman Rosan Roeslani said during a joint teleconference with the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry.The donations, which were initially targeted to reach Rp 500 billion, have been channeled directly to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the COVID-19 fast-response team, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) and the Health Ministry.last_img read more