Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion There’s a Native American Proverb: “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Perhaps that’s what Chevrolet was thinking when it wouldn’t allow Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to make his announcement on the rollback of emissions standards in front of its headquarters. For me, it was a sign that a shred of decency still exists among the rapacious capitalists. Applauding the rollback of air emission standards and fuel mileage requirements for automobiles just looks bad.As Pruitt turns the EPA into the “Environmental Polluting Agency,” my thoughts turn to another man, Donald Trump. Eighteen women have accused that man of sexual assault. I don’t remember even one such accusation for his predecessor.I will admit that Trump threw back the curtain to reveal a corrupt government. But instead of draining the swamp, he’s arrived to feed the beast.The definition of “cynical” is to show contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality. In this cynical Trump era, I applaud Chevy for refusing to engage in the farce of our EPA administrator. I only wish Mother Earth could also shun Scott Pruitt. Instead on “Earth Day,” she will cry out “Me too.”Deborah KrolFultonhamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18
A jam-packed United Center fell silent for eight seconds before Sunday’s 69th NBA All-Star game as some 21,000 fans joined hands to pay their respects to the late Kobe Bryant, the global sports icon who dominated professional basketball for two decades.The silence was broken by a string of thunderous “Kobe, Kobe, Kobe,” chants that rocked the stadium as they honored Bryant, who wore the No. 8 and No. 24 during his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers that was highlighted by five National Basketball Association championships.The stirring pre-game tribute began with Lakers great Magic Johnson rousing the crowd and paying homage to Bryant, who was killed along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other victims in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26. “We will never see another basketball player quite like Kobe,” Johnson said, noting his work with the Los Angeles community along with the love he had for his family. “This is a tough time for the whole NBA family.”Johnson also paid tribute to former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who oversaw explosive growth in the popularity of the game during his 30-year tenure. Stern died on Jan. 1.Before tip-off, the singer and actor Jennifer Hudson, who is a Chicago native, sang with a montage of photos of Bryant and his daughter in the background.The game was a culmination of a weekend filled with tributes to the former Los Angeles Lakers star who was an 18-time All-Star and won the All-Star game’s MVP award four times.On Friday, Bryant, who is fourth all-time in league scoring, was named a finalist to the Basketball Hall of Fame. On Saturday, the league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, announced that the league’s All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award has been permanently named for Bryant.Bryant made his NBA All-Star Game debut in 1998 at age 19 – the youngest player to ever play in an All-Star Game. His 18 All-Star selections are the second-most in NBA history, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at 19.Players in Sunday’s All-Star game wore No. 2 and No. 24 on their jerseys to honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant, while the game’s format paid homage to Bryant. The team with the most points after three quarters needed to score 24 points to win, while the trailing team would need to score 24 plus the number of points it was down.Topics : read more
Greensburg, IN—According to an update on Tuesday from Decatur County Memorial Hospital President and CEO Rex McKinney, the hospital has treated over 80 patients since May 5 for COVID-19 like symptoms though in that time period only 22 positive cases were reported in the County by the Indiana State Department of Health. During this time period, 142 tests were administered to individuals strictly from DCMH.
Daniel Sturridge shouldered the responsibility as Liverpool’s new main man up front with a late winner in a 2-1 defeat of a Southampton side who suggested there is still life after their summer exodus. But Liverpool’s strength remains in the final third of the field and after scoring 101 goals last season, Sterling opened their account in an incisive attack which split Southampton wide open. Midfielder Jordan Henderson won the ball in a tackle with Morgan Schneiderlin 10 yards inside his own half and produced a great through-ball for Sterling, who rushed through and shot past Fraser Forster, making his debut following a £10million move from Celtic. Forster got closer to Sterling’s snap-shot on the stroke of half-time and parried – but it was his Liverpool counterpart who produced the better saves of the first half as he clawed away a James Ward-Prowse inswinging free-kick and tipped over a Schneiderlin effort. However, 10 minutes after the break he could do nothing with Clyne’s powerful drive after the Saints full-back continued his run off the right flank to collect a Dusan Tadic backheel which beat Lovren. Mignolet kept out Davis minutes later with a low save after the midfielder found himself unmarked 12 yards out as Southampton stepped up the pressure, while another surging Clyne run was halted only by a desperate Glen Johnson tackle. England striker Rickie Lambert, another Liverpool acquisition from Southampton, came off the bench and had a chance to score with his second touch before Sturridge grabbed the winner with 10 minutes remaining. Henderson’s cross was half-cleared by Victor Wanyama and Sterling nodded it back into the danger area, where his England team-mate poked home from close range. But Liverpool were ultimately indebted to Mignolet, who in the opening game 12 months ago saved a last-minute penalty to secure victory. This time he brilliantly tipped Schneiderlin’s shot onto the bar in the 88th minute – and watched relieved as Long headed the rebound wide from six yards out. With last season’s 31-goal star Luis Suarez having departed to Barcelona for £75million there is a shortfall to be accounted for – but Sturridge and the Reds’ other scorer Raheem Sterling showed they are up for the challenge. Such was Suarez’s brilliance it is almost forgotten Sturridge was the Barclays Premier League’s second highest scorer with 24 last season – but without his world-class partner beside him there is a greater burden on him to deliver. With the England striker having a relatively quiet 80 minutes it seemed Saints would leave Anfield with at least a point after Nathaniel Clyne’s second-half equaliser, only for the 24-year-old to pounce on his first clear-cut chance. There had been significant change for both sides over the summer. Liverpool spent upwards of £100million on eight new signings, while their opponents were still in debit having seen a raft of departures – three players to Anfield and manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham. Only five of Saints’ starting line-up started their final match of last season, with four players making their debuts and new £12million striker Shane Long on the bench. The most significant absentee, however, was Suarez. However, a year ago Liverpool began the season without the suspended Uruguayan and took 10 points from their first four matches. While a suitable replacement up front still remains a target for Brendan Rodgers, arguably his most important summer signing was that of Dejan Lovren – who made his debut against the club he left acrimoniously, albeit for £20million. Liverpool are still looking for a leader in defence to fill the void left by Jamie Carragher’s retirement the year before last and the manager’s hope is the Croatian fits the bill as it was an area of weakness which cost them valuable points in their surprise title challenge last season. The centre-back, incessantly booed by the visiting fans, certainly added more of a presence alongside Martin Skrtel and won headers in situations which have often caused problems in the past. It was not all plain sailing at the back in the first half with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet getting in a tangle with Graziano Pelle at Southampton’s first corner and almost presenting the visitors with an easy chance. Press Association read more