Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmerica is a divided nation. We often seem desperate to find a way we can all unite in a common purpose, put aside our petty squabbles and work together to create the future we all want. If only those in Washington cared more about the country than about their party. Then we could find our way out of gridlock and back to the good old days when we were all on the same team. We all know that that’s not going to happen, so all we can do is hope for the best.If you try to think of a time when our country was truly unified, it was the time right after the attacks of 9-11. What brought us together was the moment of crisis and the external threat. That truly was a time that all Americans worked as a united team. We really showed all our support for our great country.Nowadays, the vast majority of the time in Washington, both parties sincerely believe in what is good for their party is what’s good for the country. When they disagree, it’s often because they have incompatible values. Because both parties have become more consistent about what they believe, it’s making it harder for our government to perform basic functions.The unfortunate answer is that all you can do is try to do the best for our country as possible, even if it won’t make for cross-party unity. Because we are living in a very challenging time, it looks like we all just have to deal with it.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: 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 homesRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighbor
The Indian state of West Bengal has reportedly engaged the team from the University of Edinburgh to conduct a survey on the feasibility of tidal energy projects in the Bay of Bengal.The meeting, held on January 18, 2018, facilitated the discussion between West Bengal’s Minister of Power Sovandeb Chattopadhyay and A.R. Wallace from the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Energy Systems on the possibilities of using tidal power for electricity generation in this eastern Indian state.It was arranged that the team from the University of Edinburgh will conduct a survey on the feasibility of tidal energy projects in West Bengal, after which the findings will be summarized in a report for West Bengal’s energy department, according to the Indian news publisher Millennium Post.“They will conduct the survey in the Sunderbans to find out whether tidal energy can be developed at a cheaper rate and can be implemented for commercial purposes. If it is found to be successful, small units with a capacity of 50kW may be set up to produce tidal energy,” Chattopadhyay was quoted as saying by Millennium Post.The Sundarbans are a network of marine streams, mud shores and mangrove forests located in the eastern India in the Bay of Bengal.
“We protest this belated and untimelyadjustment in the strongest terms,” Leonardia lamented, pointing out that the original quota was “alreadyshort of our need” and thousands of families had already been made tobelieve that they can expect assistance from the nationalgovernment. The mayor further said that it was “madeclear to us previously that the quota of 103,658 families excludes thosealready enjoying their social amelioration grants” such as PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, and those receiving similar grantsfrom the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Labor and Employment. According to Leonardia, the change in thequota means barangay captains “will now have to eliminate” 5,515families from their lists which were prepared on the basis of the originalquota. BACOLOD City – The local government unit hereis urging the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to“reinstate” the original number of beneficiaries in this city eligible for thesocial amelioration program. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he was “shocked”after being informed by local social services head Pacita Tero that the quotaof 103,658 beneficiary-families in Bacolod that were supposed to receive thegrants had been slashed. He requested for an immediate writtenexplanation from DSWD 6 director Evelyn Macapobre on why the quota was cutwithout any warning, and after the barangay captains had already identified thefamilies concerned who are, by now, naturally expecting their share. The local social services office initiallyprovided a target number of beneficiaries, but it was later reduced to 98,143,according to Tero. “This is excruciatingly painful to thebarangay officials who will have to make this cut and, more so, to thosefamilies whose expectations will be crushed,” stressed Leonardia. Under Republic Act No. 11469, or theBayanihan to Heal as One Act, 18 million low-income families willreceive a subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000, depending on the region. In MetroManila, low-income households will receive the maximum of P8,000 per month forApril and May, given the higher minimum wage in the region./PN
Photo © – pixabay Celtic will need to score away from home if they’re to progress to the playoff round of the Champions League.Last night’s scoreless draw with Rosenborg at Parkhead leaves Brendan Rodgers’ side needing to find the net in Trondheim (PR: Tront-hyme).===Everton return to European action for the first time in three years tonight. Ronald Koeman’s side play host to Ruzomberok (PR: Roo-zom-bare-ok) of Slovakia in the Europa League third qualifying round first leg.Kick off at Goodison Park is at 8.05.Aberdeen are also in action tonight, playing host to Apollon Limassol with kick-off at Pittodrie at 7.45.