Parties should work together in Nisky

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion More from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? According to The Gazette, Denise Murphy McGraw greeted Yasmine Syed with a partisan challenge, saying the Dems still have control and nothing is going to change. This sounds like Washington, D.C., where political conflicts have paralyzed the legislative process. Politicians, please remember you are working for the electorate, not for your political party.So let’s try that welcome again with, “Welcome supervisor-elect. Niskayuna is a great place. How can we work together to keep it that way?”I’m a registered voter but I don’t belong to any political party. I’m old enough to remember when politicians worked together to accomplish great things for this country.I dread the thought of the Washington, D.C., morass smothering the town where I have lived for more than 40 years.Andy FosterNiskayunalast_img read more

My daughter would still be alive if I’d known the danger

first_imgResearch shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, almost 25 percent of suicide victims go from decision to attempt in a mere five minutes, and 70 percent take less than an hour.One impulsive moment explodes into tragedy. We secure guns. Likewise, we should secure medication. Because it isn’t just opioids that can kill.Two children now sleep in my house, where once slept three.A locked medicine chest now sits beneath my sink.The price online was $48.99. Not having it earlier — that was the real cost. It is a price no parent should pay.Jordan Magill is a writer living in Silver Spring, Md.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Statistics quash any notion of this as hyperbole.Children suffer staggering death and injury rates from legal prescription medications.In 2013, according to the CDC, almost 60,000 children arrived at the ER due to overdoses. More than 1,700, in 2014, based on NIH research, died due to prescription drugs. These rates are all rising.The issue isn’t good kids vs. bad kids. It isn’t whether your kid is smart. Or kind. Or behaves.The issue is young brains being undeveloped.A kid at home with an unsecured medication might just as well be left with a loaded gun.No child should be so vulnerable. Nor can you assume “I’d know if it were my child.” The same pharmaceutical magic that allows for steady time release holds the black dog of my depression at bay — tiny particles of slow-dissolving medication designed to pass with ease and rapidity into the intestines — makes them unpurgeable. Irony, meet tragedy.Our daughter plainly expected to wake up in the morning.Last texts with friends speak about weekend plans. She wrote with youthful excitement about an upcoming trip.My wife tucked her in, gave her a kiss.During the night, she slipped into a coma. A massive seizure. And she was dead.The crazy parental nightmare: tucking a child in bed, finding her dead come morning. So many questions.We will never know what she was thinking. Why she took those drugs. Why she vomited. Categories: Editorial, OpinionA little foreknowledge, plus about $50, and my daughter would have lived to see 13. The amount keeps me awake.Many of us spend more each month at Starbucks. Not pocket change, it’s not enough to change your life. Or so I thought.Like every parent, I’d received a dumpster full of child-rearing warnings. The warnings started with pregnancy. They continue to the present day. Why then is my daughter not in her room texting friends, but in the cemetery? It was the warning never given.To begin near the end, one morning last May while I was showering, my wife burst into the bathroom.Our daughter, then 12, wouldn’t wake up. I ran downstairs, naked and dripping, and found her on the floor, unresponsive.I pulled her into the middle of the floor, began pounding on her chest. Our other daughter dialed 911. But few parents think about the pharmacy in the bathroom.Few are ever warned. The pediatricians tell everyone of dangers: grapes (halved!), electrical sockets (covered!), promiscuity (don’t!), screen time (not too much!).Sure, we read brochures about toddlers mistaking pills for candy, and kept caps well secured. That, however, was years ago.Yes, we knew of the danger of opioids (and therefore kept none in our house).No one mentioned securing other pharmaceuticals from adolescents and teens.Our medicine cabinet, the unlocked arsenal of our family tragedy. Now, at a friend’s house, spotting a vial of medicine for convenience sake left on a windowsill is enough to bring a panic attack.Medicine bottles on their bathroom counter look like shotguns. The EMTs pulled me — still dripping, still naked — off her and rushed her to the hospital. The ER doctor, a soft-spoken woman who looked half my age, put her hand on my shoulder.My brilliant, bubbly daughter showed “no brain function.” Ever full of life, she was dead.My wife and I pieced together the course of events from the autopsy report.A day earlier, sometime around 5 p.m., our daughter swallowed a palm full of my prescription anti-depressants, more than 10 times my daily dosage.Right after, she vomited.That evening, she told her friends and us about vomiting. Like any parent, we took her temperature (normal), got her some fluids (ginger ale), and put her to bed early. She never told us about the pills. Critically, this particular drug is time-release.Once capsules rupture, the medication cannot be purged. Vomiting does nothing to rid the body of the poison, a fact to which we are sure she was ignorant (since we were). These unknowns haunt us.Her social media was unremarkable, rife with all the usual drama of adolescents. We will never know that “why.” The question haunts us, and still we have no idea.Much of what we do know applies to every adolescent: Her brain was a teenager’s brain.Despite abundant cleverness, she lacked an adult’s grasp of consequences.Mature decision-making was still eight to 12 years away. Emotional tumult often rules teenagers’ lives.Things that, for an adult, might seem minor, even trivial, can provoke terrible actions. The possible act, not the incendiary, is the grave risk. That’s why many parents who don’t own guns choose not to, why gun-owning parents lock up weapons.last_img read more

Keep discourse on more mature level

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re Feb. 14 letter, “Trump, cronies show their true character”: I know Mary Kuykendall quite well, as she and I were associates at GE. She’s an articulate and knowledgeable woman. So it was a surprise to see her letter where she has joined so many others suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). She’s now reduced to name calling of the president and the entire White House. Folks, if you have something constructive to say, let’s hear it. But if all you’re going to do is call Trump and his supporters names like 90 percent of the mainstream media, then you aren’t helping our country. I’m proud of President Trump hanging in there. A lesser man might get discouraged. So, please think before you accuse. Make it substantive before putting out junk. As more bad stuff is uncovered about the last election, the losers have some potential serious consequences ahead of them. Don’t let TDS effect your judgment.Gerard F. HavasyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…last_img read more

Casino, roundabout cause higher rates

first_imgMy car insurance premium went up this year. I asked the agent if the increase had anything to do with the Zip code where I live — 12305. Yes, it did, because of two factors: 1) the casino, and 2) the traffic circle near the casino (cars exiting the casino property often fail to yield to cars already in the circle; I avoid that part of Erie Boulevard). This gives me another reason to dislike the casino, based on objective criteria — an increase in traffic accidents affecting city residents who happen to live in a certain ZIP code, regardless of their driving records. I hope that in a couple years, when the casino closes, my car insurance rate will go down.Roger ShefferSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Argent chosen as Piccadilly Triangle developer

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Manchester leisure: Camping out in Canal Street

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Agent’s profits rise

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PREMIUMTraffic jam: Jakarta roads remain one of world’s most congested

first_imgGhiffari, 21, an engineer at an online accommodation company, has to take a 20-minute trip by motorbike from his home in Palmerah, West Jakarta, to his office in Gambir, Central Jakarta. Oftentimes, it takes him 15 to 20 minutes longer because of heavy traffic.“The traffic is very irritating,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “My work sometimes requires me to move from one place to another.”Ghiffari’s longer travel time is an example of Jakarta’s decades-long traffic issue, with the city failing to show any improvements in its congestion rate since 2018, according to a report.The TomTom Traffic Index, an annual report published by Dutch location technology company TomTom, shows in its 2019 report that Jakarta’s traffic congestion rate stagnated at 53 percent between 2018 and 2019. The city’s congestion rate had improved by 8 perce… Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Log in with your social account Google Topics : Linkedin TrafficCongestion TrafficJam traffic travel Greater-Jakarta bappenas Transportation East-Kalimantan capital-city-relocationlast_img read more

Have no fear, Indonesia’s Spider-Man will clean up your trash

first_imgTopics : Many parts of Indonesia suffer from having little in the way of organized public services to deal with trash, with plastic waste in particular often ending in rivers or in the oceans.Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, generates 3.2 million tons a year of waste, with nearly half ending up in the sea, a 2015 study in the journal Science showed.Hartono usually collects waste as Spider-Man before his cafe work begins at 7 p.m. and his efforts have helped put a spotlight on the waste issue nationally. He has been interviewed by newspapers and appeared on television chat shows dressed in his Marvel Comics super hero costume to explain his motivation.Initially, he admits, he bought the Spider-Man outfit simply to amuse his nephew, before others in his town took notice. “We need a creative role model to foster society’s active engagement in protecting the environment,” said Saiful Bahri, a resident of Parepare in southwest Sulawesi.With a population of around 142,000, Parepare produces around 2.7 tons of unmanaged waste per day, according to data released in 2018 by the ministry of environment and forestry.Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, is estimated to be the world’s second-largest producer of plastic pollutants in the oceans after China, the study added.Hartono said he hoped the government would throw more weight behind efforts to clean up trash and tighten rules on waste management including on single-use plastic bags.”Minimizing plastic waste is the most important thing to do, because plastic is difficult to decompose,” he said.center_img Indonesian cafe worker Rudi Hartono struggled to persuade residents of his small coastal community of Parepare to follow his example and pick up rubbish strewn on the streets and beaches — until he dressed up as Spider-Man.”At first, I did the same activity without wearing this costume and it did not attract the public’s attention in order for them to join and help pick up trash,” said the 36-year-old Hartono, wearing his red and blue Spider-Man costume.”After wearing this costume, it turns out the public’s response was extraordinary,” he added.last_img read more

PREMIUMProfessional chefs gather to empower culinary entrepreneurship

first_imgFor the approximately 200 members of Chef Republic, the professional chef community is much more than just a place to share recipes or stories about challenges they face in the kitchen; it is a place to find jobs, give back to society and even to get support for their retirement plans. “We created Chef Republic in 2009. At first it was a place for us to hang out together and share new recipes, but along the way, we felt like we had to do something more to help members and give back to society,”  Rizal Djarot from Chef Republic told The Jakarta Post recently.Rizal said the community helped its members, especially those who wanted to retire, launch their own culinary businesses.“Our main focus in 2020 is encouraging our members to be entrepreneurs. We want to help chefs who want to retire or members who no longer want to work in t… Linkedin Google Log in with your social account Chefs Thamrin Thamrin10 food Pasar-Jaya Jakarta-administration LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Topics : Forgot Password ?last_img read more