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Trump’s actions are no laughing matter

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The May 16 letter, “Anti-Trump letters to paper are laughable,”: “Rare and enjoyable forms of humor” is provocative and offensive.Donald Trump is the greatest threat to our Democratic institutions in modern history. This corrupt demagogue has shamelessly lied to Americans more than 3,000 times since the inauguration. This is a mental illness, a pathology, way beyond a character flaw. But this is only the “opening act” of his horrifying reality show. His blatant loyalty to, and intimidation by, Putin is treasonous. He has dismissed, and even encouraged Russia’s attack upon the cornerstone of our democracy, free elections. He’s clearly in Putin’s pocket; we have yet to discover exactly why.His sickening assault upon the pillars of our democracy i.e., the free press,  justice system and the media has been relentless and destructive. He calls the free press “the enemy of the people.” He has compared the FBI to Nazis. But his most vicious tirade is aimed at the media, whom he describes as “among the most dishonest beings on earth.” These are Trump’s enemies — the shining beacons of light, the source of truth and enlightenment, which expose Trump’s corruption and lies.Trump is the same con man who was fined $25 million for defrauding innocent Americans with his fake Trump University, the same serial adulterer who proudly bragged about sexually assaulting women, the same thief who has 200 pending lawsuits by contractors whom he “stiffed” for services.So, John Osterlitz, your reference to Gazette letter writers as “clowns’ and “lefty losers” is seriously flawed. Vince DacquistoNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Hamptons haven undergoes mammoth transformation

first_img15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.The pair bought the property in 2015 – it was to be their “forever home” but work in Sydney has forced them to reluctantly sell it. “It is with a very heavy heart that we say good bye to this home,” Ms O’Driscoll said.“We spent so much time and money getting it right and truly thought it would be our forever home.” 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.Since owning the property the pair have devoted countless hours giving the house and backyard a Hamptons-inspired renovation.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We had a landscape architect do the whole outside area with us,” Ms O’Driscoll said. “It is a big 1058 sqm block so we wanted to have a lot of different living areas that you could enjoy outside for both kids and adults,” the mother-of-one said. “When we bought this place what attracted us was we would do up the pool and not lose the grassed area and gardens. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.The pool house features a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen with a deck overlooking stunning vista of the pool.Ms O’Driscoll said the house was the perfect family entertainer. “We finished the renovations a while back now and were able to have people here for Christmas,” she said. “We spent so much time in the pool and in the gardens, it has been fantastic. It’s such a fantastic place to live.” 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.WELCOME to your hidden sanctuary.Relax by the statement pandanus tree, unwind in the resort-inspired pool and sit back in your poolside guesthouse.But this Mermaid Waters house didn’t always look like this – the property had a mammoth backyard transformation thanks to vendors Karen O’Driscoll and husband Michael Goldsworthy. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.Inside, the couple replaced many of the windows overlooking the pool with sliding doors to create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. They also installed white plantation shutters throughout the house.Gema Jackson and Mitch Palmer of Ray White Mermaid Waters are taking the property to auction on May 26. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.“We wanted areas for relaxing and making the most of the sun and we wanted the pool to be suitable for adults and children.”The couple, who have five-year-old son Ethan, have definitely achieved their vision – one step inside the property and you feel a million miles away in a tropical paradise. “We had the pool suitable for adults and children – we basically put shallow steps in and a water feature and made sure the pool was also long enough so we could swim laps,” she said.last_img read more

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Mary T. Schweickert

first_imgMary T. Schweickert passed peacefully after a short illness at her home in Batesville, IN on Saturday May 30, 2020, at the age of 77. Mary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy and worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY as a pharmacist for over 20 years, serving as the head of the outpatient pharmacy at Roswell until 1987. Mary was always active in her community. She was a member of the Allentown Village Society and the Wine & Food Society and a patron of the Arts and the Studio Arena. Mary was a devoted member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Springville, New York, where she was a long-standing member of the Lazarus Committee. Long known to her family, friends and acquaintances as Mary Strawberry, she was the daughter of Charles and Inez (Underberg) Schweickert of Springville, New York. She is survived by her siblings Edith (Kenneth) Kazmark of Springville, New York and Daniel (Juli) Schweickert of Cartersville, Georgia and her special family of Michael and Vicki Kruse and their family of Batesville as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and a multitude of close friends. Mary was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date and she will be interred privately at the St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville. Please consider making contributions in her name to the National Audubon Society (225 Varick Street, New York, New York, 10014) or the Sisters of St. Francis in Springville (71 W. Main Street, Springville, New York, 14141). For online condolences go to Mary’s obituary page at www.weigelfh.com.last_img read more

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Bigger than we think

first_imgWe aren’t important enough or hip enough to be otherwise. We don’t have enough money. There aren’t enough of us. We are a Los Angeles/ We bring our inferiority complexes with us. East on the 10, the 60, the 91, the 210. To our homes in Chino, Colton, Redlands, Victorville. We already “know” it: The Inland Empire is minor league. Orange County afterthought. Even as development explodes, population soars and our demographics trend steadily upward. We not only don’t mind not having major-league sports, we don’t even expect them. Never mind that the combined population of San Bernardino and Riverside counties is about 4 million while our aggregate income approaches $90 billion. It’s time to think big. And bigger. A significant step toward a collective shout of “I am somebody!” occurred this week, when the city of Ontario broke ground on a $130 million arena, to near-universal acclaim. center_img It is a first for a stunningly under-served region: A glittering indoor venue that can play host to professional basketball and hockey, not to mention concerts and family shows of all sorts. Exactly the sort of thing no one in the IE had the vision or will to make happen, until Ontario did. But it isn’t as if we’re building Staples Center here. Or even the Honda Arena. Ontario’s arena will seat about 10,000 for professional sports. And those sports will, in fact, be minor league. Perhaps the ECHL of hockey. The NBA Development League. Maybe some lower-level incarnation of arena football. The indoor equivalents of baseball’s California League, which has four franchises in the IE. That’s cool, for now, because we’re starting from Ground Zero. Can’t even be minor league in indoor sports when you’ve never had an indoor for them to play in. But down the line, we need to act and think like a big market – because we are. A market bigger than Tampa-St. Petersburg (2.5million people). Richer than Kansas City ($77.4billion), Milwaukee ($75.7) and Buffalo ($41.4). All those are “major league” cities. With all the mental, emotional and financial boosts that go along with that designation. The population and income figures cited here come from a study done a year ago by G.Scott Thomas of bizjournals.com. A study that shucked traditional thinking about what is major league (Buffalo) and what is not (us) and looked purely at population and purchasing power – two statistics in which we are big and getting bigger. Tim Lieweke, president of AEG, owners of Staples Center and the Los Angeles Kings, agreed the Inland Empire already has many of the hallmarks of “big league.” “Could this area have its own NBA or NHL team in the future?” he asked himself during a conversation at the Ontario arena ground-breaking. “Yes. But it’s going to take some years to develop the area. Maybe 10 years?” That’s a lot shorter than “never” – which is how most of us think. People who look at these numbers unemotionally see an area prepared to support any sort of franchise. Including Major League Baseball, the most capital-intensive of all sports, requiring a collective income of $89.2billion, by bizjournals.com analysis – which is almost exactly what the IE generates now. Admittedly, the IE is hurt by not existing in a vacuum. Buffered by 100 miles of emptiness. We remain part of the L.A. media market, damaging a team’s ability to develop its own electronic advertising streams. We also will have to go to war with the Dodgers and Angels if we want a ball team, the Lakers and Clippers if we think “NBA,” the Ducks and Kings, on the NHL front. Curiously, perhaps our best chance at a local big-league team might be the National Football League. No current NFL team in L.A. or Orange County to object. How big would the Raiders be, in the IE? The 49ers? Even the Chargers? Think we could fill a stadium 10 times a year for the NFL? All we need is a stadium. (Oh, if only Fontana had built a football stadium instead of an under-used race track!) So far, Ontario seems to be the only IE city thinking big. Greg Devereaux, city manager, has talked of the possibility that a second 20,000-capacity arena could be built on the parking lot of the coming Citizens Business Bank Arena, with a multi-level parking structure constructed to house the extra vehicles. Maybe 10 years from now – the period of time Lieweke suggested – it will make sense. Maybe the Clippers will be ready to leave Staples. Or any number of NHL franchises will be eager to get into the Sun Belt. What can we do? For starters, stop talking ourselves down. Our leaders need to make sure others understand the collective economic clout of this region. And our citizens – you and me – need to stop thinking of ourselves as L.A. refugees good only as seat-warmers for L.A.’s teams. It could happen. Major league teams in a major league market. This one. Think of Ontario’s arena as Step 1 on the journey. DAILYBULLETINFor more musings from columnist Paul Oberjuerge check out his blog at dailybulletin.com/sports. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENT SHORTLISTED FOR TOP THEATRE AWARDS

first_imgA student from Donegal has been shortlisted in the Bord Gais Energy Student Theatre Awards.Amy Huberman launches the awards.Stephen Coyle from St Columba’s College, Stranorlar, Donegal has been shortlisted for the awards.This is the first year of the awards which have been set up by Bord Gáis Energy to encourage and reward participation in drama among school children across Ireland. As a shortlisted student Stephen and his class have won a trip to see War Horse at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Wednesday 9th April, where the overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony after the show.There will be 3 prize categories and the overall winner will receive a €300 One4all voucher as well as a €1,000 bursary for their school and €1,000 worth of books for their school library.Over 7,500 students around Ireland took part in this year’s competition which focused on creative dramatic writing. Students were asked to demonstrate their playwriting skills and write a short scene based on the theme of friendship.Writer, actress and mum, Amy Huberman, who officially launched the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards in January, helped judge the awards along with members of the Bord Gáis Energy and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre teams. Commenting, Amy Huberman said: “I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the standard of entries for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. It was a really tough decision to come up with our shortlist and it’s going to be even tougher to select the winners! All those shortlisted should be extremely proud of themselves and I look forward to presenting the prizes to the winners on Wednesday, 9th April.These awards have been set up to reward and encourage participation in drama in schools and, having reviewed the entries, I think we can safely say that there is a huge amount of young and emerging creative talent out there.”Irene Gowing, Sponsorship & Brand Manager, Bord Gáis Energy said: “The response we have received from schools and students has been phenomenal with over 7,500 entries from students across every county in Ireland. Whittling it down to a shortlist has been a difficult task as there were so many fantastic entries. We look forward to meeting the shortlisted schools and students at the theatre in the coming weeks.”For further information on the awards, visit www.bordgaisenergy.ie/schoolsDONEGAL STUDENT SHORTLISTED FOR TOP THEATRE AWARDS was last modified: March 31st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Bord GaisdonegalStephen CoyleStranorlartheatre awardslast_img read more

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