Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Congratulations to the NFL. They have decreed that a piece of cloth (i.e., flag) which represents an image of America is more basic than the ideals (i.e., freedom of speech and expression) which are the essence of what it means to be an American. If they claim that they took this action to protect the NFL’s appearance as patriotic, I suggest they reconsider.Forced patriotic expression is perfidious — and fundamentally unAmerican. Denis BrennanNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect
September 19, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare, National Issues, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf joined a group of bipartisan governors on a letter to U.S. Senate leadership opposing the Graham-Cassidy amendment. The governors asked that the Senate reject the proposed amendment and focus on bipartisan efforts already underway to stabilize health insurance markets and address affordability for consumers.“Providing and protecting health care for all Americans should be a bipartisan effort,” said Governor Wolf. “I am proud to join fellow governors in calling for Senate leadership to improve and stabilize our health insurance markets through bipartisan supported legislation. We must continue to work on protecting the gains we made in Pennsylvania and many other states that have allowed Americans to access affordable health care. For Washington to disrupt this process now and proceed out of regular order, the faith of the American people in the federal government would be further eroded.”Governor Wolf was joined by Governors Hickenlooper (Colorado), Kasich (Ohio), Walker (Alaska), Bullock (Montana), McAuliffe (Virginia), Edwards (Louisiana), Sandoval (Nevada), Baker (Massachusetts), and Scott (Vermont).Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer:As you continue to consider changes to the American health care system, we ask you to not consider the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment and renew support for bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans. Only open, bipartisan approaches can achieve true, lasting reforms.Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray have held bipartisan hearings in the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and have negotiated in good faith to stabilize the individual market. At the committee’s recent hearing with Governors, there was broad bipartisan agreement about many of the initial steps that need to be taken to make individual health insurance more stable and affordable. We are hopeful that the HELP committee, through an open process, can develop bipartisan legislation and believe their efforts deserve support.We ask you to support bipartisan efforts to bring stability and affordability to our insurance markets. Legislation should receive consideration under regular order, including hearings in health committees and input from the appropriate health-related parties. Improvements to our health insurance markets should control costs, stabilize the market, and positively impact coverage and care of millions of Americans, including many who are dealing with mental illness, chronic health problems, and drug addiction.We look forward to continuing to work with you to improve the American health care system.Bipartisan Governors Letter on Graham-Cassidy by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Governor Wolf Opposes Graham-Cassidy; Urges Bipartisan Stabilization Progress
Ghana’s position in the October edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released Wednesday remains unchanged from the previous month of September.The Black Stars are still placed 31st on the overall table despite gaining 8 points more to take their accumulation to 722 points.The October edition of the ranking took into account 136 matches played over the past month, 76 of which were 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifiers.However, Mali’s surge on the ranking table has seen the Black Stars who play Malawi in the return leg of the final round of qualifying for the 2013 African Nations Cup, slip to fourth on the continental table. Ivory Coast are still leaders followed by Algeria and Mali in that order.Spain are still tops with Germany second and Portugal beating England to third on the world ranking table.
MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We can’t afford to let that happen in future games. We have tougher teams coming up,” said Ravena, whose squad faces the perennial contenders in the latter part of their elimination round campaign.Coach Aris Dimaunahan got his Blackwater crew to hold it together earlier, as the Elite clipped NorthPort, 107-98, for their first win in the season-closing conference.“From being beaten by 30 by TNT, we got beaten by six by NLEX, the challenge was to get a win,” Dimaunahan said.Blackwater drew 13 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists from import Marqus Blakely and twin digits from four locals, led by the 21 of Ray Parks as the Elite improved to 1-2.“That’s the old Blakely we know: protecting the rim, hustling, defending and giving out assists,” Dimaunahan said of his import. “He’s like ‘Mr. All-Around.’”ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Some MPBL squads in dire financial straits Becoming his own man Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—TNT held off tough-as-nails Columbian, 125-120, to vault out front in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations on Saturday night at Ynares Center here—a narrow victory that raised concerns more than spirits.“We barely survived. Columbian played really well,” said KaTropa coach Bong Ravena, who was visibly bothered by how many points they allowed their foes to score.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I think I’m just a little bit more comfortable in the system, knowing what my teammates need out of me,” said Blakely.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer notched a third straight win after scoring a 98-94 nipping of NLEX in Dubai on Saturday.Dez Wells scored 32 points and Alex Cabagnot had 20 for San Miguel.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “Yes, we’re happy [with the victory]. But our concern now is our defense—which we haven’t been doing good [so far],” he added.Import KJ McDaniels had 29 points to lead all TNT shooters, while Roger Pogoy had 27 and Jayson Castro 25 in the KaTropa’s fourth straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manBut what bothers Ravena and the rest of the TNT brain trust is that they allowed three players to almost beat them.Import Khapri Alston fired 38 points, while Rashawn McCarthy and CJ Perez tossed in 26 and 23, respectively for Columbian, which dropped to 2-2. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics