While reports initially suggested that Clare quit the show, she has since “liked” a series of tweets implying she was forced to step down. Host Chris Harrison, for his part, has maintained that Clare is in control of her own destiny.“This season of The Bachelorette was completely about Clare. It’s all about Clare, and she will decide where we go from here. It’s totally, completely up to her,” he told Entertainment Tonight on October 28.- Advertisement – Clare’s bestie and Bachelor in Paradise season 1 costar Michelle Money, however, believes the network may have been planning to bring in Tayshia from the beginning.“It feels to me that they had a plan, and they were executing the plan and I’m not necessarily saying it’s a bad plan. Clare obviously fell in love with Dale really quickly, but the irony is that Tayshia had to have come in and quarantined before even filming,” Michelle dished on Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. “They had this girl already on standby before they even knew what was going on with Clare and Dale. What was going on behind-the-scenes that Clare had no idea was going on that was completely manipulated and produced?”Scroll through for reactions to Clare’s stint as the Bachelorette: ABC executive Robert Mills, meanwhile, admitted that production was worried that the season was “going to be Dale from episode 1 to episode 10” during shooting.“When she didn’t give out that rose [on the roast group date] and she just gave it to herself, that was it. That was really it, when we started making the call [to replace her],” he said on the October 27 episode of the “Viall Files” podcast.“I think that Clare was exactly what we thought she’d be, which is Clare — unpredictable,” Mills added. “Nothing ever comes easy to Clare. The one time she’s the Bachelorette, she would have been better off in that group setting.”- Advertisement – While it seems Dale Moss has secured Clare Crawley’s final rose, would other members of Bachelor Nation be down to accept it?Former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants have been very vocal about the 39-year-old hairstylist’s stint as the season 16 lead … which will seemingly come to an end during the Thursday, November 5, episode. Us Weekly confirmed in August that Clare stopped filming the show within the first two weeks of production because she was already in love with one of her suitors. ABC subsequently called Tayshia Adams to take over the role.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
– Advertisement – World Travel Awards has unveiled its Oceania 2020 winners to coincide with its inaugural Oceania Winners Day.The untamed wilderness, golden beaches and laid-back charms of New Zealand helped it lift the title of ‘Oceania’s Leading Destination’, with its adrenaline hub Queenstown voted ‘Oceania’s Leading City Destination’.- Advertisement – French Polynesia, with its mesmerising atolls and marine life, was named ‘Oceania’s Leading Dive Destination’. Australia cemented its reputation as the definitive thrill-seekers paradise to secure ‘Oceania’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’. Melbourne won ‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination’.In the hospitality sector, Millbrook Resort, New Zealand fended off a tough field to emerge as ‘Oceania’s Leading Hotel’ whilst Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands claimed ‘Oceania’s Leading Resort’. – Advertisement – In the aviation sector, Air New Zealand lifted ‘Oceania’s Leading Airline’, whilst ‘Oceania’s Leading Airport’ went to Melbourne Airport.The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.Graham Cooke, founder, World Travel Awards, said: “Our winners represent the very best of Oceania’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. “They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”He added: “The World Travel Awards 2020 programme received a record number of votes cast by the public. “This shows that the appetite for travel and tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for the industry’s future as the global recovery begins.”Other winners include Royal Caribbean International (‘Oceania’s Leading Cruise Line’); Hertz (‘Oceania’s Leading Car Rental Company’); Abercrombie & Kent (‘Oceania’s Leading Tour Operator’); Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’); Eagles Nest, New Zealand (‘Oceania’s Leading Villa Resort’); Pacific Resort Rarotonga (‘Oceania’s Leading Family Resort’); and Laucala Island, Fiji (‘Oceania’s Leading Private Island Resort’).More InformationFor a full list of winners from the Oceanian World Travel Awards click here. World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.For more information about WTA visit the official website. OlderPalm Fountain to celebrate Diwali this year Sydney’s über-hip Ovolo Woolloomooloo took ‘Oceania’s Leading Boutique Hotel’, whilst Samoa’s Seabreeze Resort was acknowledged with the title for ‘Oceania’s Most Romantic Resort’.New arrival on Oceania’s luxury hospitality scene, the Ritz-Carlton, Perth was named ‘Oceania’s Leading New Hotel’. Meanwhile InterContinental Hotels & Resorts claimed the title for ‘Oceania’s Leading Hotel Brand’, and the eco credentials of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia were recognised with ‘Oceania’s Leading Green Hotel’.- Advertisement –
GoodRx signage on the outside of the Nasdaq on the day of its IPO, September 23, 2020.Source: GoodRx Shares of GoodRx, a company that finds users prescription drugs at a discount, plunged more than 17% in premarket trading Tuesday after Amazon announced its biggest move yet into the pharmacy space. The e-commerce giant revealed Amazon Pharmacy on Tuesday, which will allow customers in the United States to order prescription medications for home delivery. Amazon Prime members will get free delivery.The announcement also spooked investors in traditional pharmacy giants. Shares of CVS and Walgreens dropped more than 8% and 11%, respectively, while Rite Aid‘s stock dropped more than 12% in the premarket. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Amazon shares were up more than 2% in early trading.Doctors will be able to send prescription requests directly to Amazon Pharmacy. Patients can also request to transfer their prescriptions from an existing retailer, like Rite Aid or CVS. GoodRx, meanwhile, offers users a free list of discount cards and coupons to cut down costs of their prescription medication. The company collects fees from the pharmacy benefits managers it works with. – Advertisement – Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. – Advertisement –
Mar 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A new study suggests that the reason the H5N1 avian influenza virus infects humans relatively rarely and does not spread from person to person is that it lacks the right key to unlock many cells in the upper respiratory tract.The virus is better equipped to infect cells deep in the lungs, because some of those cells have a different kind of receptor molecule from those in the upper airways, according to the study by a team led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Tokyo. It was published online yesterday by Nature.”Our findings may provide a rational explanation for why H5N1 viruses at present rarely infect and spread between humans although they can replicate efficiently in the lungs,” Kawaoka and his colleagues write.”Deep in the respiratory system, [cell] receptors for avian viruses, including avian H5N1 viruses, are present,” Kawaoka explained in a University of Wisconsin news release. “But these receptors are rare in the upper portion of the respiratory system. For the viruses to be transmitted efficiently, they have to multiply in the upper portion of the respiratory system so that they can be transmitted by coughing and sneezing.”He added, however, that mutations could enable the virus to infect cells in the upper airway, which could help set the stage for a flu pandemic.Global health agencies have documented 184 human cases of avian flu, with 103 deaths, since the H5N1 virus began spreading widely among birds in late 2003. Given its ability to cause severe human illness, the virus’s failure to infect many more people or spread from person to person has puzzled scientists. Kawaoka’s study appears to offer the best explanation so far.Flu viruses use a protein called hemagglutinin to latch onto receptor molecules on the surface of host cells. The article explains that avian flu viruses prefer a cell receptor molecule consisting of sialic acid linked to galactose by an alpha-2,3 linkage, called SA-alpha2,3Gal, whereas human flu viruses prefer receptors consisting of sialic acid with an alpha2,6 linkage to galactose (called SA-alpha2,6Gal).The authors sought to determine the distribution of these two kinds of receptors in the human respiratory tract. By exposing respiratory tract cells in laboratory cultures to lectins—plant proteins that bind preferentially to different cell-surface molecules—they determined that the human-type receptors were dominant in the nose, nasal sinuses, throat, trachea, and bronchi. They found few of the avian-type receptors in the upper airways, but there were “substantial” numbers in the alveoli, the small air sacks in the lungs.The researchers then exposed respiratory tract cells to human and avian flu viruses. They found that human-derived viruses, preferring the “2,6” receptor, efficiently infected cells from both the bronchial lining and alveoli, whereas avian viruses, preferring the “2,3” receptor, infected alveolar cells but not bronchial cells, according to the report. The experiment included an H5N1 virus and two other avian flu viruses, an H3N2 and an H4N6.”Our findings indicate that although H5N1 viruses preferentially recognizing SAalpha2,3Gal can be transmitted from birds to humans, they can replicate efficiently only in cells in the lower region of the respiratory tract, where the avian-virus receptor is prevalent,” the report states.This may help explain the “inefficient” human-to-human transmission of H5N1 viruses seen so far, the article continues. But a mutation in the hemagglutinin molecule could enable the virus to “recognize” the human type receptor. Then it could grow in the upper respiratory tract, where sneezing and coughing could spread it to others, the authors say.However, they add, “Changes in other viral proteins, including PB2, may be required to confer pandemic potential on avian viruses that can efficiently replicate in humans.”In the news release, Kawaoka commented, “No one knows whether the virus will evolve into a pandemic strain, but flu viruses constantly change. Certainly, multiple mutations need to be accumulated for the H5N1 virus to become a pandemic strain.”The news release says the finding suggests the world may have more time to prepare for an eventual pandemic of avian flu, though most scientists agree that a pandemic will occur sooner or later.The finding also puts scientists in a better position to look for the kinds of mutations that could lead a pandemic strain of H5N1, the news release says.”Identification of H5N1 viruses with the ability to recognize human receptors would bring us one step closer to a pandemic strain,” Kawaoka commented in the release. He added that the human receptors “can serve as molecular markers for the pandemic potential of the isolates.”Shinya K, Ebina M, Yamada S, et al. Avian flu: influenza virus receptors in the human airway. Nature 2006 Mar 23;440:435-6 [Abstract]See also:Mar 22 University of Wisconsin news releasehttp://www.news.wisc.edu/releases/12345.html
The Ministry of Science and Education has made a decision on the beginning and end of the school year, the number of working days and the duration of holidays for primary and secondary school students for the 2017/2018 school year.Thus, in 2018, the school year begins on September 4, 2017 and ends on June 15, 2018. The first semester lasts from September 4, 2017 to December 22, 2017, while the second semester lasts from January 15, 2018 to June 15. 2018, and for high school seniors until May 22, 2018.The students ‘winter vacation begins on December 27, 2017 and ends on January 12, 2018, while the students’ spring vacation begins on March 29, 2018, and ends on April 6, 2018, and classes begin on April 9, 2018.Summer vacation begins on June 18, 2018, except for students who take the subject, class, supplementary, differential or other exam, who have additional work, final work or state matura exams, and for students in programs most of which are performed in the form of exercises and practical classes for students who have professional practice at that time, which is determined by the annual plan and program of the school.Find out more details here
The Betina Wooden Shipbuilding Museum won the Silletto Award in Warsaw for the best European Museum of the Year in the category of working with the local community ‘Museums and communitiesThe Silletto Award is a special award European Museum Forum, which is awarded to museums that achieve the most successful model of cooperation with the local community, presenting the identity of the community through constant exhibition and activities, in their work guided by vision, dedication and enthusiasm, and involve different groups of people in educational work – children, the elderly. work with volunteers.”Our presentation with its main part referred to the influence and cooperation we have with the local community from the beginning – the founding of the Museum, preparation of exhibitions and countless activities that followed its establishment, which could not be realized without the support of the whole place. We emphasized how proud we are of our people from Betina and the help they provide us. We talked about the ideas we have for the future, about the Museum outside the walls, and how much the realization of these ideas will mean for our future activities.”Point out the Museum of Betina Wooden Shipbuilding.The museum preserves the knowledge of traditional wooden shipbuilding, which is an indispensable part of Croatian maritime heritage, and thus an important part of European maritime cultural heritage.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”A story of a tradition that lasts and remains The Museum of Betina Wooden Shipbuilding is located in the protected cultural and historical ensemble of Betina in the very center of the town, in a building that in itself has cultural and historical-architectural importance. Betina is a small place, typical of Dalmatian architecture, and has about 800 inhabitants who are mainly engaged in tourism, agriculture, fishing, crafts and handicrafts.The knowledge of shipbuilding was jealously guarded for generations and even family members did not know the secret of the shipbuilding craft – drawing ship lines. Knowledge of design was strictly guarded within the shipbuilding families, passed down from the master prota to the most able apprentice. It’s just proto he knew how to design a ship and he decided to whom he would transfer the knowledge. One of the most important roles of this Museum is the transfer of knowledgeThe pinnacle of Betina’s shipbuilding skills can be summarized in Betinska gajeta, a wooden boat 5 – 8 meters long and 2 to 2,6 meters wide, with a sail as the main propulsion means. The art of construction of this wooden ship was recognized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and included in the Register of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Croatia as intangible cultural heritage.You have to experience this tourist story and put it on your bucket list.
An anthropological view of tourism says that tourism is a crazy, fun activity with a symbolic meaning.Communication in tourism is therefore viewed from a broader level and thus we get a “big picture” where the meaning of tourism for tourists can not be sought in the utilitarian facts and functions of travel, but more in research, experience and experience. Leisure and entertainment are often characterized by play as the basic content. Play as a form of communication has a significant place not only in the life of an individual but forms an integral part of social life, tradition and customs. Tourism is such a specific form of play that by definition cannot be realized in the place of residence, and, precisely because of that, it has a greater potential to entertain and relax people than everyday recreation.Tourism as one of the possible models of the game is not only psychological but also a social and anthropological phenomenon. Anthropologically, the game is a cultural universal. In that sense, the term game is used in the broadest sense. Some authors argue that civilization is born from a form of play, and since its inception people have been playing and through this process society expresses its interpretation of life and the world. The game precedes civilization, since animals also play, and civilization represents human detachment. There is something transcendent in the game in relation to the current needs of life. The game means something. Tourism represents a limited order in time and space, outside of everyday life and seriousness, and at the same time intensively and completely absorbs the personality of travelers – tourists. Tourism is credited with the ability to preserve the individuality of the individual in an alienated world where there is increasing unification and standardization. In this context, tourism allows a temporary spatio-temporal escape from reality by transporting tourists to other worlds, whether it is a journey to distant and exotic countries or to a world of past, future or fantasy. This is about a person’s aspiration to express and confirm himself through play. Different creative games can be viewed as a form of expression and self-fulfilling, but also a means of compensation. Certain crazy activities in tourism enable self-affirmation, but also the expression and development of the creative potential of tourists. In this sense, some authors advocate the development of a new model of “creative tourism” whose main goal is to develop the generic abilities of each individual, not only during the trip but and upon returning the house to permanent residence. Play as a form of communication in tourism also becomes a socially acceptable safety valve because it gives an individual the opportunity to empty himself and get rid of aggression. Aggression is a law of self-preservation of the species, but for a man living in a society it needs to be mastered and controlled. Entertainment philosophers, who rely on anthropology, attach great importance to the universal existence of games in all nations, in a wide range of group-dependent forms. i relations with the institutional social and economic base. Play is an element of every civilization, so in that sense, tourism is a paradigm of postmodern crazy existence in the global consumer society. The vacation that tourists enjoy is a temporary break in which they live. This corresponds to the so-called. phase of the transition ritual located somewhere “between” in in relation to the recognized status of structured life, so that tourists both physically and symbolically stand out from their normal life and the world of everyday life, with this intermediate period having a transitional character. In communication on vacation, for example, nautical tourists rarely mention their occupation and social status at home. They usually get to know each other and present themselves only by name. The way of addressing takes place spontaneously. These tourists have left behind most of the things that usually, at home, are indicators of their social and economic status, including cars, houses, clothes, jewelry, etc. They also manifest a similar way and level of spending: renting similar yachts, wearing similar swimsuits, they are supplied and bought in the same shops, they buy fuel in the same marinas, etc. The game would not be a game if it were not free, if the players did not participate voluntarily, that is, they started and stopped the game voluntarily. Any external coercion, whether in the form of punishment or reward, deprives the game of its essence, and that is that it has meaning in itself, and not outside itself. Tourist travel must also be, above all, free, without any external or internal coercion, in order to be touristy. Tourists travel exclusively for work personal satisfaction, where they want, when they want and with whom they want, and within the limits of their own time and financial budget.Prescription and regulation of mass tourism as opposed to the true nature of tourism The Games are subject to their own rules which for the duration of the game constitute only the applicable law. However, some games have no rules and imply freedom of improvisation. According to this rule, games can be regulated by rules or fictitious. Organized mass tourism is most often a prescribed activity, given that certain written and unwritten rules of conduct are set in advance by travel organizers, and tourists by purchasing arrangements undertake to respect them (adequate behavior on the train, plane, hotel, camp, on the beach, to respect the scheduled time of going to lunch, dinner, sightseeing, etc.). Here, in fact, one system of rules that applies at home in everyday life is replaced by another, temporary, system of rules that is valid during travel and stay in a tourist destination. In this way, one type of non-freedom is replaced by another, so that the expected temporary release from reality and entry into a radically different world is absent. In practice, a relatively small number of tourists are in a position to behave freely, without regulations and rules, to improvise, which is the very essence of tourism. The behavior of these few tourists is based on the principle of free improvisation. Their game is against the rules and has a fictitious character. Fictional games are accompanied by the realization of some kind of different reality or completely unreality in relation to everyday life. Despite the regulation and regulation of mass tourism, the true nature of tourism is closer to a fictional game. The main attraction of fictional games is that they play a role, that they act like someone else. For many tourists, vacation life is more about choosing a person to identify with and play with, than about the holiday itself.Through the choice of these fictitious characters, the true nature of each individual comes to the surface, so yes are temporary tourist roles closer to what individuals would like to be than the social roles they are forced to play in everyday life at home. Playing such fictitious roles is not subject to some rigid rules, but comes down to more or less successfully supporting certain roles. The degree of immersion of tourists in certain roles is different: while some are constantly aware of illusions, others indulge in illusion and self-deception, immerse themselves deeply in the role, to the extent that it is very difficult for them to return to the real world and take over again the role they are forced into in everyday life. We can conclude that vacations and trips are not only refreshing interludes in nature (sleep, rest, walking) but also a time of pleasure and games, which is achieved either by reviving through play, life activities of our ancestors (fishing, harvesting, hunting), or by participating in new games (beach sports, water skiing, spearfishing, etc.). Life during the holidays thus becomes a big game: we play peasants, winemakers, mountaineers, hunters, fishermen, fighters, runners, dancers, singers, swimmers, adventurers, the rich, seducers, and so on.Uncertainty is immanent to the game, the excitement of the game lies precisely in the fact that the course and outcome are uncertain and unpredictable. As soon as the further course and outcome of the game become known, the game ceases to be interesting and is usually interrupted. What modern mass tourism lacks is an element of uncertainty that contributes to the curiosity and excitement of travel. Critics say the over-organization, planning and predictability of tourism package deals leave very little room for surprise and unpredictability, depriving tourism of the excitement of encountering the sudden unpredictable. i unknown. As this type of tourism is deprived of adventure, travel agencies began to organize more and more so-called. “Adventure travel” that should meet the needs of those tourists who are eager for adventure and risk. However, most critics believe that these are mostly “pseudo-adventures”, which have only the appearance of an adventure, while the “invisible hand” of the travel organizer cares on the safety of tourists, with both sides tacitly accepting this kind of “adventure game”. Tourist culture as a “film negative” of everyday existenceThe choice of tourist lifestyle is based on the culture and social structure that dominates in one’s own society from which the tourist comes. The values chosen to be “reversed” represent the “magic” of tourism and have a symbolic character because they provide meaning in the context of the culture of the structure of the society from which tourists come. In fact, by choosing what they want to change (reverse) on the trip, tourists point out what they miss the most in everyday life at home, as well as in the culture in which they live. The lifestyle and behavior of tourists in selected destinations is actually a “film negative” of everyday existence, but also a kind of temporary rebellion against the structure of their own society and its dominant culture where they can not find complete happiness.As the distance between the tourist destination and the tourists grows, “mimicry and transvestite” disappear. and the actual return to the usual, whether by land, air or water, provides an opportunity for various “ritual” forms of farewell to tourist existence.Eg. Saudi or Iranian tourists, before boarding for a return flight to their homeland, or already during the flight, disguise their Western appearance. This is the moment when the phase of animation, ie the game, comes to an end and the way in which the tourist rationalizes and accepts the return from the heights of the tourist trance into the reality of ordinary everyday life.ConclusionAs the transformation of the individual into a tourist progresses, the everyday environment in the place of residence acquires a position of background – “back home”, the culture of origin is banished to the residual culture that is in the background, and the tourist culture of the new world prevails. In other words, the usual temporal spatial and cultural dimension “distances” itself into the past, and the unusual “now and here” comes to the fore and becomes a new reality. Tourist culture as modus operandi i vivendi tourist existence begins to define and redefine roles, rules, norms, movements, forms, expectations and processes; as well as the notion of animation or entertainment (filled with new spirit, courage and determination, for example). The life of tourists is in contrast to the culturally shaped and sanctioned life at home, and the ludicrous forces and desire for leisure are gaining strength. The new tourist situation, in fact, encourages anti-structural manifestations so that tourism acquires the characteristics of a game.As the immersion in the tourist existence deepens, the tourist continues to realize the idea that he is no longer closed in his former self (self) but is temporarily transformed into a new person, with a different identity (tourists) playing on a new stage (tourist destination). In a world like this, outside the usual time and space, which is far from the reality left at home, the tourist becomes an actor and the tourist culture a script. Immersion and adaptation to the tourist culture can be gradual. The best immersed in a new lifestyle are those who have gone deeper into the ecstasy and magic of travel. The tourist continues to “peel” the cultural layers he brought from home, until he is “peeled” enough to be able to continue the journey on his own. The tourist can now play any role, from those children’s games to concealment and identity change. Still, tourists know the ultimate reach of jumping out of the confines of everyday life and because of it they seldom exceed that.An important term, which illustrates the usual practice in tourism is inversion (radical change) or life completely different or opposite to what tourists are in their daily lives. Being a “queen / king” in one day or a “peasant / peasant” in one day, as two different cultural styles, represent extreme possibilities in a wide range of potential inversions in the tourist universe of the unusual. For the newly created king, tourism became a “mimicry of a high lifestyle” that can be achieved today with the help of credit cards.An individual wants to experience in one week what he is missing during the rest of the year. That’s why it’s a big part tourism spending above the daily budget.Fantasy, illusion or dream have an additional deepening effect. It’s the kind of freedom a jumper on a springboard feels once he finds himself in the air. While in the “tourist trance”, the traveler / tourist enters the “promised paradise” already in this world – although sometimes he feels out of the world. Tourism, as a powerful illusionist opiate, can make many doors that are closed in everyday life open in the universe of the unusual. Published by: dr. sc. Romana Lekić, prof. v. š. ,, Assistant Dean for Tourism Studies Edward Bernays, College of Communication Management
The Croatian Tourism Association launched a website four days ago www.croatiacovid19.info with the aim of timely and accurate informing the public about the number of COVID-19 cases in Croatian regions. Namely, until yesterday, in the last 24 hours, according to the data of the county headquarters, only five new cases of COVID-19 were recorded from Istria to Dubrovnik. Given that this area has about 1,4 million inhabitants, it means that we have only 0,357 new cases per 100.000 inhabitants. However, there are more than 700.000 guests on the Adriatic, so the situation is even more favorable – 0,238 new cases per 100.000 people. The Croatian coast is still the safest destination for EU guests in the Mediterranean, according to the latest data on the number of newly infected and total active cases.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFlag statements don’t dishonor the countryThe flag and anthem are more than symbols of patriotism and the military. The flag is a symbol of freedom for all citizens.And when some citizens feel the flag does not fly over them with the same resonance that it flies over others, then making that statement in the presence of the flag is what should be done.It doesn’t dishonor the flag or the military. Rather, it states that all citizens have an equal right to the same level of freedom, and no political son of a bee should defame the First Amendment. It’s for the First Amendment and other fundamental rights that our forefathers fought, sacrificed and died. To denigrate free speech is to dishonor the flag and the military. It’s to hurl insult at our heritage. The First Amendment is why these very words can be written and shared. Without freedom in our country, the flag is no more than colored cloth blowing in the wind. Now we see that some are more interested in stirring up conflict than they are in offering condolences to the grief-stricken families whose loved ones paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Shame. Humpty Trumpty sat on a wall.Humpty Trumpty was vindictive to all.All his advisers. And all of his men.Dreaded the moment he would tweet once again.Glenn WiteckiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIt’s with grateful hearts that my mother and I wish to publicly thank the Glenville first responders who came to her assistance after a sudden fall outside a local business on Feb. 2. We particularly thank the Glenville police officer who was miraculously just feet away from us when mom fell. He rushed to her side and called the medics. His direction to me, his compassion and kindness provided a sense of calm. Thank you, too, to the thoughtful customer who stopped to help me get two grocery carts to my car. By the time I finished getting the groceries into my car, Mom had already been moved indoors. Another customer, “Dusty,” had provided a transport chair for mom to sit in, along with a warm blanket, while Mohawk Ambulance Service personnel capably attended to her injuries. What a special feeling knowing that there were so many caring people that surrounded her in her time of need. Please forgive me for not recalling each of your names. But know that your kindnesses will never be forgotten.Darleen KellyCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?