first_img1) Trump’s constant tweeting, denigrating free press, accusations of fake news, and personal attacks of newsmen and women denies them bringing the truth forward to the citizenry.2) Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order barring all entry from citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations, which has prompted Immigration officials to block legal permanent detainees from legal counsel, in direct violation of an order from Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.3) In February, Trump met with FBI Director James Comey a day after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid controversy over his contacts with the Russians. Comey says Trump told him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.” This is obstruction and manipulation. 4) Trump’s private meetings with other foreign dignitaries and powerful people in his private Mar-a-Lago estate who maybe contributing to his private empire (without transparency) through countless undisclosed financial entanglements and obscure resources. Jackie LangloisBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the… The U.S. Constitution has been called into question repeatedly by President Trump’s actions and words. He has attacked the freedom of the press, the independence of the judiciary, obstructed justice, and failed to separate his business from his office. Here are but a but a few examples of presidential abuses of the Constitution: Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_imgLIONS registered a comprehensive victory when the Trophy Stall-sponsored feature dominoes tournament took place at the Everest Cricket Club (ECC), Camp Road, Georgetown last Friday night.Apart from trailing by a mere two games in the second sitting when International 6 led with 28 games to their 26, and Canal 6 trailing on 19, Lions never relinquished the lead. They eventually finished on 83 games while International 6 placed second on 78 and Canal 6 in the cellar on 74.Keith Riley led the way for the winners with the maximum 18 games while great support came from Orin Jordan (17), Vanroy Alfred 13), Ken Phillips (12) and Leonard Leung (12).The top players for International 6 were Intikab ‘Corbie’ Ali with 17 games, Claude Stuart (14) and Ronald Beharry who made 28 games (playing through).For Canal 6, Avinash Persaud and B. Mahdu scored 14 games each while there were also 13 each for Maheshwar Samjewan and Rajiv Doodnauth.Apart from the winners’ and first runners-up trophies, prizes were awarded to the top player in each team. Riley of Lions, Ali of International 6 and Persaud of Canal 6 were the recipients. Persaud, by virtue of giving away fewer games than Mahdu, received the coveted trophy.At the presentation ceremony, which followed, organiser Manniram ‘Packer’ Shew expressed sincere thanks to proprietor Ramesh Sunich of Trophy Stall for his kind gesture in sponsoring the trophies.last_img read more

first_imgIf Kevin Durant’s mission is the ruination of the NBA, he is failing.Two weeks ago, four of the top five-rated programs in prime-time were pro basketball games. Last year’s NBA Finals, which were Durant’s first with Golden State, sported the highest ratings since Michael Jordan’s strike-a-pose goodbye shot in 1998.The 2018 sweep of Cleveland didn’t do as well, because reruns generally don’t, but it still topped the average by 7.7 percent.This seems to indicate that if Durant really (A) destroyed the NBA’s competitive balance when he joined the Warriors, or (B) took the easy road to his first and second championships, most fans are OK with it. They should be. From 2000-2010, the Lakers and Spurs won eight of 11 championships. From 1981-98, the Celtics, Lakers and Bulls won 13 of 18. From 1957-69, the Celtics won 11 of 13.Durant’s Oklahoma City squad had the Warriors down 3-1 in 2016 but couldn’t close. More than anyone, he saw how integrated they were. Their ball movement is still exquisite.Durant sensed he would not rupture a disk while he carried these teammates to the promised land. But if he had to erupt for 40 points, they would also be fine with that. That is why they recruited him..All-star bands don’t always mesh like the Highwaymen did. The smoke is still clearing from the crash of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.Russell Westbrook-Paul George-Carmelo Anthony lost in the first round just as Oklahoma City had the year before (the Thunder has not won a playoff series since Durant left). LeBron James won only two in Miami when Chris Bosh receded into the curtains and let James and Dwayne Wade take the microphone.Some thought Klay Thompson would have to accept the tambourine when Durant showed up. Actually his minutes and shots have held steady and were above his career averages both years.Incredibly, Durant is being ripped because he wanted to win. He could have signed with Sacramento and averaged 40 points. Instead, he chose to make history with the most symphonic lineup in the game, one in which egos might compete but don’t explode. David West made vague references to the turmoil that enveloped the Warriors this season. Whatever it was, it stayed underneath the lid.Now it becomes James’ season.A championship probably lies on the path to Philadelphia, but it’s more likely he’ll sign with the Lakers. With Steph Curry turning 31, Durant 30 and Thompson and Draymond Green 29 next season, and with the Celtics welcoming Irving and Gordon Hayward, it’s not likely it will matter what James does.Words dissipate in the effort to describe James’ play in the postseason. But the prevailing image comes from Cleveland’s huddle between the end of regulation and the overtime in Game 1.J.R. Smith had just dribbled out the clock because he thought Cleveland was ahead. Still, Cleveland should have been engaged, with a chance to beat the champs on the road.But James sat silently. He covered his head. He radiated my-dog-just-died grief. No one but Kyle Korver tried to buck up Smith. Coach Tyronn Lue was nowhere to be found. And the Cavaliers mailed in the OT. Series over.One cannot imagine Green, Curry, Steve Kerr or anyone in the Warriors huddle allowing a wounded player to suffer.Then James apparently broke his hand punching the whiteboard in the locker room and, when the series ended, dramatically announced he’d broken it.If the Lakers sign James, they are signing up for late May fun, at least. They should also expect their share of “Days Of Our Lives” drama.Of course, there’s always the chance Durant will have finally succeeded in reducing the NBA to box lacrosse.But he’s off to a bad start. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThis might be a big statement, but the criticism of Durant for leaving Oklahoma City and joining Golden State might be the most asinine talking point in the history of sports.Pro basketball is doing fine. In the 2016-17 season, the NBA’s revenues reached $7.37 billion, an increase of $1.5B from the year before. Young talent floods the league. This year, it was Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell. In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo is 23. New Orleans big man Anthony Davis is 25. For that matter, Kyrie Irving is only 26.As baseball gets more sclerotic and as football keeps eating its young, basketball is the growth sport, the one that still enchants the Fortnite generation.A true subversive never would let that happen.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Neither has Durant turned the NBA into the Warriors’ colony. Sure, he is 2 for 2 in titles and Finals MVP awards, but the league never has been equitable.last_img read more