Should we all sue over accidental acts?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’m confused with mixed messages on TV commercials. I see a car sales ad with a woman talking to her kids telling them to behave in the backseat and an attorney’s ad urging people to sue for distracted driving.I see someone putting a pizza on the roof of their car. I watch movies where guys/gals freak when they find bees, spiders and other animals in their cars. Guys will turn their heads to look at pretty girls, electronic billboard signs, flashing lights like in Vegas, etc., which I consider all to be distractions for driving. I see people falling asleep behind the wheel. People fall asleep in church, in the classroom, on the job. Is that intentional? It’s just a part of life. I understand how horrible accidents are. They are accidents. Somebody got hurt on both sides. Both sides need healing and prayers. So how is this helpful? Is this the only answer, to sue? What else can we do?Michael SargalisDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 23

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAct now to ensure safety in our schoolsSome years ago, my son was quite popular with the other students, and was doing well scholastically and in sports.One student began assaulting my son and threatening other students who hung with him. The extreme stress this caused my son ruined his ability to get a proper education, leaving a life-long, negative impact on him.  Today’s students experiencing extreme stress and fear, which if gone unattended, could harm them emotionally, physically and mentally. Do not allow what happened to my son to happen to these students.At a recent school board meeting, teachers bravely came forth stating that they were afraid to go to school. If they are afraid, what about the students?  This is not ‘fear-mongering.’ It is discrimination, being teachers and the majority of students’ issues are apparently being ignored and swept under the rug.Students are given ear plugs in order to take exams, classroom doors are being locked to keep perpetrators out, and physical threats to teachers and students? If teachers can’t teach, how can students learn?Therefore, the community must come together, speak out and demand to know what is being done to ensure the safety of all who are in the school system.The superintendent and school board members must be held accountable if these issues and concerns are not being addressed.Also, there have to be cameras in every classroom and throughout the school, and the solution must include law enforcement officials.We must act now before any more harm is done.  Flora L. RamonowskiSchenectadyWhy are road signs still down on I-87?Traffic signs on the Northway (I-87) have been down most of the summer and now well into the winter. This is the case at exits 12, 13, 14 and 15. This is most concerning for people who are traveling through and are not familiar with the area.Albany spends money to encourage tourism, yet makes it difficult to those visiting this area. The signs have been on the ground, right where they fell.It is interesting that the state of New York can spend money for college tuition fees, yet cannot or will not find the money to make the necessary sign repairs.Thomas H. King Sr.Ballston SpaSleazy politicians are in both partiesWhile I agree in part to Don Demarco’s Jan. 17 letter (“Trump rescued us from sleazy politics”), I fail to see where he feels it is just the Democrats that are the only “foolish, lying, cheating, anti-American, self -serving criminals.”This president has had six associates convicted of crimes.He has been accused of sexual misconduct by 25 women and he himself has made over 15,413 false statements through mid-December.He is correct, the economy has gotten better. But it appears it is the big businesses and corporations that are the main benefactors. According to Bloomberg’s Oct. 31 article, “Trump Boasts on Economy Undercut by Weak Middle-Class Pay Gains,”: “By several measures, middle-class Americans’ incomes have risen more slowly under Trump than during Barack Obama’s final years — hardly a period renowned for gangbuster pay increases.”Mr. Demarco, instead of bashing those in the system, how about changing the system to have those “corrupt, conniving life-long politicians” of all parties serve term-limits?Deborah BenderSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.last_img read more

Frogmore hops into Equitable partnership

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1,160 sq m pre-let due at Wirral business park

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Leisure: Hooray for Valleywood

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Taylor Woodrow has green ambitions

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Developers on Mayor Livingstone:

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Primed for action

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37 migrant workers still in China amid virus outbreak: Denpasar agency

first_imgThe Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Denpasar, Bali, has said that there are still at least 37 migrant workers working in China, where the fast-spreading coronavirus has killed at least 213 in the mainland.“Thirty-seven Indonesian migrant workers set off to China in 2019. They mostly work as spa therapists or in the hotel business. We are still waiting for further information from the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing,” the agency’s Denpasar head, Soleh Hidayat, said on Friday as quoted by Antara.Soleh said agency data indicated that no Indonesian migrant workers from Bali were sent to China in January and, even if there were those who applied to work there, they would be restricted from travel.  “Perhaps the workers have contacted their families directly,” Soleh said.He said the central government had floated an evacuation plan as authorities monitor the outbreak, which had affected flights between China and Indonesia.Soleh remained hopeful that the migrant workers in China were still healthy.“Indonesian migrant workers should immediately report to the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing in case anything happens and inform [the embassy] of their whereabouts if they are OK,” he said. (ami) Topics :center_img Thirty-six of the migrant workers currently in China come from Denpasar and other regencies on the tourist island, including Badung, Gianyar, Jembrana and Tabanan. Only one worker originates from Banyuwangi in East Java.Of the 37 workers, 13 of them work as spa therapists and nine of them as therapists in other sectors, while the remaining work various other jobs such as operation manager, sales manager and assistant manager.Soleh, however, stopped short of mentioning whether the workers lived outside Wuhan and other cities in Hubei – the epicenter of the outbreak – or outside the virus-hit province.He said none of the families had asked about the whereabouts of the 37 migrant workers by visiting the agency’s office.last_img read more

Hundreds affected by floods within location of Indonesia’s future capital

first_imgAt least 422 residents of Penajam district in North Penajam Paser regency – the planned location of Indonesia’s new capital in East Kalimantan – have been affected by floods that hit the area on Tuesday morning.The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNBD) said in a statement that authorities were still assessing damages in the affected areas of the district’s Riko subdistrict and Bukit Subur village as of 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The flood, which affected 379 people in Bukit Subur village and 43 people in Riko subdistrict, severely damaged a wooden bridge above a river in the area, preventing locals from easily crossing it by car or motorbike, the BNPB said.  A joint task force comprising North Penajam Paser Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) personnel and local officials had installed safety ropes on the bridge to help residents cross it and made sure that supplies were properly distributed.Local authorities also used canoes in several areas to evacuate residents. “The water level was 0.8 to 1.9 meters high,” BNPB Disaster Information Center head Agus Wibowo said on Tuesday. Read also: Partial survey of new capital’s site finds flood risk, low quake risk – but no volcanoes Siltation and a large amount of garbage in the river were among the main factors behind the flooding in Bukit Subur, while the flood in Riko subdistrict was mostly due to high-intensity rainfall, Agus said.He said that the areas had poor cellular connections as result of the floods, which made it difficult for local authorities to submit timely reports on the situation to the agency’s emergency operation center.Affected residents faced difficulties cooking meals due to a lack of resources, Agus said, adding that they were currently in dire need of food supplies, hygiene products and mattresses. According to BNPB data, North Penajam Paser regency was hit by floods at least 31 times between 2010 and 2019. A flood in 2013 saw one casualty while three houses were damaged during a flood in 2018.North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara regencies in East Kalimantan were chosen as the locations of the country’s future capital city, which is to replace the heavily populated and polluted Jakarta.The project is estimated to cost Rp 466 trillion (US$32.7 billion) with construction to begin this year.Topics :last_img read more