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Convention could erode our rights

first_imgCan we afford to hand over our Constitution to be rewritten? The First Amendment clearly states that Congress is forbidden to make any law abridging either freedom of speech or freedom of the press. However, it’s very much on their agenda to alter the wording of the Second Amendment in order to “clarify” its language for how they want it to read. Will this change the amendment or eliminate it? That depends on how they favor to make these changes. One supporter wrote, “What’s needed is a way for the states to have the power to overturn Supreme Court decisions … a constitutional amendment could be written, for example, allowing a three-fifths vote of the state legislatures to challenge court decisions.” Once the convention is graveled to order, any and all parts of the Constitution would be open to change. Will the 38-state ratification process protect us from bad amendments being passed? One only need look at history to find the answer is no.Who attends this convention? Any sitting or former member of Congress, judges, or legislators can be delegates. This means there could be a group of people serving there making compromises with each other to get the amendments they want passed voted out to the states. It’s an unpredictable situation.All Americans should let the elected officials know that they are expected to support our republic and thus avoid an Article V Convention. Beth JacksonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDid you know that 28 state legislatures have applied for an Article V Convention — also known as a constitutional convention? Since 1787, America has chosen to avoid the risk of a new convention that could rewrite our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Now 28 state legislatures want this. If just six more states apply, Congress will be forced to call an Article V Convention. last_img read more

Rebel killed, soldier hurt in Miag-ao clash

first_imgThe rebels belonged to the SuyakPlatoon, Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon Panay led by Joven Ceralvo alias Lex,said Pancito. The leg-wounded Sergeant Janny Labrador of the 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion (61IB), on the other hand, was hospitalized. A hot pursuit operation was launchedafter the rebels retreated. A New People’s Army fighter was killedwhile a Philippine Army soldier was wounded. After the rebels retreated, soldiersrecovered an M16 rifle, antipersonnel mine, medicines, backpacks, kitchenutensils and subversive documents of high intelligence value, according toCaptain Cenon Pancito III, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 3rd InfantryDivision (3ID). The 30-minute encounter happened ataround 8 a.m. There were an estimated 15 rebels. As of this writing, the dead rebelremained unidentified.  This unidentified New People’s Army fighter is a casualty in an encounter between rebels and troops of the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion in Barangay Ongyod, Miag-ao, Iloilo yesterday morning, Sept. 23, 2019. After this rebel’s companions retreated, soldiers recovered an M16 rifle, antipersonnel mine, medicines, backpacks, kitchen utensils and subversive documents of high intelligence value. 61ST IB PHOTO ILOILO – Government troops and rebelsclashed in Barangay Ongyod, Miag-ao town yesterday morning, three days after askirmish there Friday last week.center_img “Iniwannila ang kanilang namatay na kasama para mabilis ang pagtakbo nila,” said Pancito. An hour before the Miag-ao encounter,rebels fired shots at the detachment of the Citizens Armed Force GeographicalUnit in Sitio Sambag, Barangay Dagami, Maasin town. There were no casualties orinjuries. “The Maasin harassment was adiversionary tactics of the rebels. They did not know we have more soldiers inMiag-ao ready to engage them,” said Pancito. “This group is hampering not onlydevelopment projects in the area but also the people’s peaceful lives,” saidLieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, 61IB commander. https://www.facebook.com/PanayNews/posts/2289561801113591 On the other hand, Major General DinohDolina, commander of the 3ID, called on the rebels to surrender and look afterthe welfare of their wounded rebels. “Don’t leave them. Surrender them tothe government for proper medical attention. Your Army will be happy to acceptand help your companions,” said Dolina./PNlast_img read more

Raiders Split Games With Bengals

first_imgSouth Ripley at Greendale Middle School Boys Basketball.Monday  (12-14)7th Grade-South Ripley 50 Greendale 32.The Raiders jumped out to an early lead over the host Tigers and never looked back in route to a 50-32 victory. Lane Sparks led the visitors with 18 points and Bryce Franklin added 13 in a great all around game. Also scoring was Brady Linkel with 10, Cody Samples 5, Dillon Binion 2 and Jacob Jines 2.The 7th graders improve to 12-1 on the year.8th Grade-Greendale 57 South Ripley 35.The visiting Raiders surrendered a season high 57 points to a very good Tiger team in a 57-35 loss. Dakota Day scored 13 points while Kaleb Rinear chipped in 7 points and 7 rebounds. Eric Vickers 6 points, Aaron Greiwe 5, Jon Adkins 1, and Conner McCarty 1 to round out the scoring.The 8th graders fall to 9-4 on the season.Both teams will be in action on Thursday at home against St. Louis of Batesville, 6:00 tip-off.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Jeff Greiwe.last_img read more

Heyen: Syracuse, despite flashes, didn’t reach its full potential

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — At Syracuse’s Media Day in mid-October, SU head coach Jim Boeheim thought the Orange were ahead of where they’d been at the same point a season ago. All five starters returned from a Sweet 16 team. Elijah Hughes was eligible, and the freshman class showed promise.Thursday, though, SU’s season ended in the NCAA Tournament’s opening round. Syracuse had gone from ahead of the curve to falling short of the heights it had reached last year.“I think you are always disappointed when you lose in a tournament, if you think you had a chance to win,” Boeheim said. “We obviously had a chance to win the game tonight.”In the NCAA Tournament, seasons can end at the hand of one hot shooting night, much as SU’s did on Thursday. But the final loss alone isn’t what makes Syracuse’s season such a disappointment. The Orange had more talent than last year, but they ended two games and three wins short. They proved they could play with anyone in the country, but they never harnessed that enough. Syracuse didn’t reach its full potential.“We didn’t have the consistency from the beginning,” Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore coverage:Tyus Battle ‘isn’t worrying about’ his future right nowSyracuse’s season ends in 78-69 NCAA Tournament defeat to BaylorHot shooting, Elijah Hughes and more takeaways from Syracuse’s season-ending loss Comments Published on March 22, 2019 at 2:19 am Facebook Twitter Google+ All the pieces were in place: A senior point guard in Frank Howard. Potential pros Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett. A 7-foot-2 center in the middle of the 2-3 zone. Sharp-shooters Hughes and Buddy Boeheim. A do-everything 6-foot-10 Marek Dolezaj.But when SU went to Madison Square Garden in November with a chance at two early-season statement wins, it left with none. Howard was still out with injury, and Connecticut and a then-ranked Oregon handled the Orange. A win two weeks later at then-No. 16 Ohio State with Howard back in the fold seemed to show everything was OK.It wasn’t. Old Dominion and Buffalo beat Syracuse twice in four days, both in the Carrier Dome. That put the Orange at a four nonconference loss mark that had never led to an NCAA Tournament-berth before. A loss to Georgia Tech in the Dome on Jan. 12 made the outlook even drearier.“A lot of times people counted us out certain games,” Hughes said on Thursday. “We knew we had a chance, and we went out and competed.”Then, Syracuse provided again a glimpse at the upside: 95 points at then-No. 1 Duke. Overcoming an early 14-2 deficit to beat the Blue Devils even as Zion Williamson dominated not only changed SU’s postseason resume but appeared to show that the Orange could beat anyone. But though Syracuse could knock off the best, it never did again with consistency.Buddy came into his own in ACC play, and Howard finally found his legs. Wins pretty much only came against expectedly worse foes, though, aside from a win over Louisville on a historically bad shooting night for the Cardinals.“We played pretty consistently in the league,” Boeheim said. “We beat the teams we were supposed to.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSU led Duke, North Carolina and Virginia at halftime all in the span of two weeks. Bad teams don’t lead three soon-to-be No. 1-seeds at the half often. But a team with Syracuse’s potential shouldn’t have blown all three. Buddy said the Orange had “great moments” in those games, but they were too infrequent.Brissett emphasized that the NCAA Tournament, a “new season” with everyone starting with the same record, gave the Orange a stage to show what they could really do. But all Syracuse revealed was that its most consistent identity was inconsistency. Inconsistent by no means equals bad. The highest of highs were glorious. No one else beat a healthy Williamson in Cameron this season, and an eventual NCAA Tournament team in UofL had its worst loss of its season against SU.There was never just one answer, though, for why that didn’t show up more often. Sometimes it was the centers or an inability to rebound. Other times, the Orange couldn’t overcome a slow night from Battle, or they failed to defend the 3-point shot. SU searched for an identity all season. Hughes speculated that it was “heart” in February. That wasn’t enough, though, and Syracuse’s warts too frequently showed larger than its skills.Giving his final postgame press conference of his 43rd season at the helm of SU, Boeheim called the year “solid.” Sure, the Orange overcame a nonconference loss total to get into March Madness that they never had before. But no one suits up to lose in the round of 64.“It just wasn’t the year I think we would have liked to have had,” Boeheim said.It wasn’t the year Syracuse had the potential to have, either.Billy Heyen is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at wmheyen@syr.edu or @Wheyen3.last_img read more