Enact term limits to keep officials in line

first_imgCome November, remember this before it’s too late.No incumbent should get re-elected and somebody in power should stand up and demand limits on the amount of time any politician can serve — local, state and country.If there had been term limits, there wouldn’t be allegations of sexual misconduct of 20 to 30 or 40 years ago.Get the picture?Anne FringoMiddleburghMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe the people have the right and option to change the face of Washington, D.C.last_img read more

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Reinventing the appeal

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…New York property giant tipped to be discussing Insignia takeover

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Royal Opera House retail sold in latest Irish swoop

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The holders of high office

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Helios schemes reach 2m sq ft

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The market in minutes

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Sanders under fire for defense of Cuba

first_imgSanders stressed that he opposes “the authoritarian nature of the Cuban regime” but said it was unfair to call everything it has done over decades as wrong.He even made the point to condemn the Americas’ only Communist regime for repressing dissidents. Regardless, some of his rivals seized the chance to criticize Sanders as potentially unable to keep his socialism democratic.Former vice president Joe Biden’s campaign said Sanders had a long habit of espousing the ideas of autocratic leaders.  “Bernie’s comments indicate he either fails to understand the pain and suffering that Fidel Castro, Nicolas Maduro, and Daniel Ortega have caused to so many people, including Americans now living here, or worse, that his ideology blinds him to the realities of life in these countries,” Biden adviser Cristobal Alex said.Billionaire former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said Castro’s long legacy of repression was so dark and vast that talking about literacy was ludicrous.”Fidel Castro left a dark legacy of forced labor camps, religious repression, widespread poverty, firing squads, and the murder of thousands of his own people. But sure, Bernie, let’s talk about his literacy program,” Bloomberg tweeted.Topics : Bernie Sanders, the US Democratic presidential frontrunner, came under fire Monday for defending part of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s record.In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” the Vermont senator who calls himself a democratic socialist noted that after the 1959 Cuban revolution, its leader Castro led a widely successful literacy program.Sanders asked, “is it bad, even if it was Fidel Castro who did it?” last_img read more

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PREMIUMMinisters’ blunders may erode public trust in Jokowi

first_imgGoogle As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration handles crisis after crisis in the first five months of his second term in office, some of his aides have been criticized for public statements that have caused anxiety and distrust in the government.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has been criticized for his lack of transparency and sluggish efforts to test for and trace the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while other countries have scrambled to improve public health measures to contain the global outbreak.While declaring the country virus-free and asking people to keep praying, the minister did not carefully trace potential cases despite reports that certain foreign travelers who had transited in the country had later tested positive for the virus.The first two confirmed COVID-19 patients, who are a mother and daughter, were discovered after bot… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Log in with your social account Jokowi-second-term Terawan-Agus-Putranto health-ministry COVID-19 harun-masiku PDI-P Yasona-Laoly Muhadjir-Effendy marriage Fachrul-Razi niqab Linkedin Topics : Forgot Password ?last_img read more

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Indonesian churches call for online worship, sermons amid concerns over COVID-19

first_imgIn an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) has developed online services to help its followers worship at home.PGI chairman Gomar Gultom said the measure was taken after President Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo asked people to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Sunday. “We support the President’s instruction to limit activities in public places, including in churches,” Gomar said as quoted by the PGI official website, pgi.or.id.”Since yesterday, I’ve distributed letters of advice to our members, urging them to reduce unnecessary travel and meetings. I have also suggested that they consider online fellowship as an alternative by using an e-church,” Gomar said.He explained that several churches had implemented e-church procedures, such as GKI Pondok Indah and JPCC. Both churches have canceled services but they provide online sermons through radio and video streaming.”We don’t have many churches that are ready [for e-church] because of limited infrastructure, but we’ll be more prepared in the future so members can worship from home,” he said. He urged churches that still provide services to prepare hand sanitizers for their members and to check visitor temperatures before entering. He also advised them to clean public spaces with disinfectant prior to services.West Java Synod Assembly Workers’ Board of the Indonesian Christian Church (BPMSW GKI) has adopted a similar approach by advising all churches to perform online Sunday services on March 22 and 29.BPMSW GKI general secretary Cordelia Gunawan said the board would temporarily halt clergy rotations.Cordelia asked pastors to reduce out-of-town services and limit church activities.”We advise [all churches] to cancel all activities besides Sunday services, weddings and funerals,” he said.He also advised all members to avoid physical contact to prevent COVID-19 infection. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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