Attempts to excuse kneeling are offensive

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation On Oct. 6, Briggs McAndrews wrote to support the disrespectful act of kneeling during the national anthem and did so by first stating that our president made the act of kneeling a evil gesture. Not true.President Trump rightfully called out those who disrespect our nation by kneeling during the national anthem. It’s his duty.Mr. Briggs knows full well that Colin Kaepernick stated : “I am not going to stand up and show pride in a flag that oppresses black people.” Briggs twists his support of kneeling during the national anthem into a liberal gobbly-gook statement: “It’s the true role of a school district to impel young people into value forming experiences that ultimately ask them to be compassionate towards their fellow citizens.” What? Like in patty-cake football? As in compassion for those tens of thousands who gave their lives for our nation?If school administrators, coaches, teachers and parents fail to instill a pride and respect for our nation. What then? They, now by default, instill a disrespect for everyone — teachers, parents, grandparents, police, clergy etc. For example, the disrespectful dolt who placed a crucifix in a bottle of urine and called it art. Not OK. McAndrews stated: “The real value of that experience lies in the example to others of human motive and conduct.” You want a real value experience? Then you and Colin go to Arlington National Cemetery and “take a knee.” Pray for those who gave their lives so that misguided folks are allowed to spew their anti-American hogwash.Your “holier-than-thou” letter is just that — hogwash. And your attempt to excuse bad behavior is shameful at best and is extremely hurtful to old veterans like myself. That also applies to those who will write in your support.Recent credible evidence has surfaced claiming that Kaepernick was paid to do this by the center for community change, a progressive community organization funded in part by George Soros. Does anyone have to look any further than the NFL to see the damage that this nonsense does?God bless America.John OsterlitzGlenvillecenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Iraq’s Allawi bows out as PM-designate, rockets hit Green Zone

first_imgIraq’s prime minister-designate Mohammad Allawi bowed out Sunday from the task of forming a government, as two rockets crashed near the US embassy in the capital’s Green Zone.Allawi’s departure prolongs a political vacuum and plunges Iraq deeper into political uncertainty, leaving President Barham Saleh with 15 days to propose a new candidate, whom he can name unilaterally without consulting with parliament.Responding to Allawi’s statement, Saleh said he has started consultations to name a replacement within the constitutional time frame.  Iraq’s bitterly divided parliament had failed three times to convene a confidence vote, with the latest attempt taking place only hours before Allawi’s latest announcement.Only 108 lawmakers of a total of 329 attended the session on Sunday. The vote had already been delayed twice last week.SuccessorIraq is ranked 16th from the bottom in Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index.Even as a months-old protest movement rallies against rampant corruption, ministries are being bought and sold by political parties who have turned them into honey pots, according to political sources.Anti-government demonstrators who have remained mobilised since October have rejected the choice of Allawi for premier, saying he is too close to the elite against which they have protesting.They have backed instead Alaa al-Rikaby, a pharmacist who has emerged as a prominent activist in the protest hotspot of Nasiriyah south of the capital. Iraq’s president, however, intends to propose intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kazimi as premier, according to political sources.Populist cleric Moqtada Sadr, regarded as a backer of the protest movement before he rescinded his support last month, hailed Allaw’s decision as one taken “for the love of Iraq.”He condemned other “corrupt” politicians for “holding the country hostage.”  Rockets crash in Green Zone Allawi’s successor will inherit the daunting task of reconciling the government with an angry street following months of protests which have left nearly 550 dead and 30,000 injured, mostly protesters.In another challenge, the successor must also bridge major rifts between rival factions over ties with the United States and Iran, Iraq’s two main foreign protagonists.Parties representing the Shiite majority have cast a non-binding vote in parliament for the immediate departure of the 5,200 US troops stationed in Iraq, over objections from the Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers. Amid the latest political twist, two rockets landed in Baghdad’s Green Zone, where the US embassy and American troops are based, said the Iraqi military.The rockets landed near the US embassy, said a security source, in the 20th attack against US assets in the country in four months. None of the multiple attacks since October targeting either the US embassy or American troops stationed across Iraq has been claimed.But the US has pointed the finger at Iran-backed groups within the Hashed al-Shaabi, a military network officially incorporated into Iraq’s state security forces. Iraq has been in legal limbo since outgoing premier Adel Abdel Mahdi stepped down in December, as the constitution makes no provisions for such a resignation.Allawi’s latest move also marks the first time a premier-designate has backed out of forming a government, which means that constitutional deadlines and legal procedures moving forward remain largely unclear. In a letter to Saleh, Allawi said he took his decision because “some political factions were not serious about reform or fulfilling their pledges to the people.”He said the repeated failure of lawmakers to convene a session to approve his cabinet was a clear sign that some were trying to obstruct his attempts to form a lineup of independents. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Alice Oleva James

first_imgAlice Oleva James, 92, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born September 9, 1925 in Pike County, IN, daughter of the late Clarence Ropp and Grace Miley Ropp.Oleva worked as a machinist for Campbell Hausefeld, retiring after several years of service.She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church Bellaire, she was very involved in church happenings. Oleva was a Sunday School teacher, a VBS teacher, and a member of WELCA, where she held several offices. Oleva was even the co-author of a play at St. Johns called “He is Risen”. She was also the cemetery historian for many years. Oleva was a 1943 graduate of Hazelton High School in Pike County. After high school, Oleva worked at the airplane factory in Evansville during WWII. She was a secretary for Farm Bureau Insurance and also for the Pike County Court House. Oleva was a co-owner and operator of the Briarwood Market. She enjoyed sewing, yard work, gardening, crocheting, and was a member of the Kitchen Band (RSVP). Oleva loved her church family and friends. Her family was her greatest joy. She was the family genealogist. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.Surviving by her husband of 70 years, Gerald V. James; children, Jeri Alan (Marisella) James, Mary Alice (Michael) Horton, Joseph Edward (Sue Mureng) James, Lora Irene James; grandchildren, Stephanie (Brandon) Jones, Daniel (Jennifer) James, Benjamin James, Ashley (Joe) Goad, Melissa James, Heather James, Brent (Abby) Horton, Michaela (Gunnar) Hoffman, Morgan Horton, Jennifer (Josh) King, Jacob James Reiber, Kobi Michael James; sisters, Vonnie Jean Holland and Mary Hall; 11 great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by,parents, step mother, Lora (Mason) Ropp, son, Robert James, grandson, Jonathon James.Friends will be received Monday, November 20, 2017, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the St. John Lutheran Church of Bellaire, 4937 State Road #48, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Church on Tuesday at 11:00 am with Pastor Matthew Voyer officiating.Interment will follow in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Relay for Life-Hope Highway. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more