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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

Give them the chance to own commercial property

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Bolt to Miss Charity Match at Old Trafford

first_imgThe Jamaican – the world record holder in both the 100m and 200m – has had further scans on the injury, which showed the damage to be worse than anticipated.Bolt, who also won 11 world titles, has now retired from sprinting.Former United players Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes, Denis Irwin, Dwight Yorke, Phil Neville, Ronny Johnsen, Louis Saha, Mikael Silvestre, Jesper Blomqvist, Quinton Fortune and Dion Dublin are all expected to take part in the charity game.Bolt tweeted an image of his muscle tear and said the injury will require three months of rehabilitation.The Jamaican could only manage bronze in his penultimate race – the men’s 100m at London 2017 – before pulling up injured just as he began to hit top speed in his final event, the 4x100m relay, last Saturday.It meant the 19-time global champion, recently described by Lord Coe, the president of athletics’ governing body the IAAF, as “a genius” akin to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, bowed out being helped off the track by his team-mates, barely able to stand upright.“I don’t usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured,” Bolt said on social media, before later deleting the posts.“I have never been one to cheat my fans in any way and my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will not be able to play in Manchester United Legends’ game against Barcelona at Old Trafford on September 2 due to injury.It had been planned for the 30-year-old sprinting great, a lifelong United fan, to play in the fixture, which will raise money for the Manchester United Foundation.However, Bolt suffered a hamstring injury as he ran the final leg of the 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships in London on Saturday.last_img read more

The Dodgers’ depth – and players willing to accept diminished roles – has proven invaluable

first_imgDave Roberts knows better than anyone how small contributions can have big implications in October.An every-day player with the Dodgers in 2004, Roberts became a role player when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox at midseason. During the playoffs that year, he never picked up a bat – but he will never have to pick up another check in New England thanks to his series-turning stolen base in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.That experience makes Roberts an ideal salesman for the latest iteration of the Dodgers’ win-by-numbers approach, one that has reduced established every-day players like Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger, Brian Dozier and others into cogs in an analytical wheel.“I think the No. 1 sell is to win a championship and to sell guys that they can be a part in this process, in this collaboration, in this team in different capacities,” Roberts said. “And guys have delivered at different spots. So I think that that’s kind of the selling point. “The same thing goes in the bullpen. You can use these guys in the sixth, seventh inning or whenever. Then when you’re shaking hands at the end of a game, you can go, ‘I’m Scott Alexander. I got a lefty to hit into a double play in the seventh inning. That could have been the turning point.’ ‘I’m Max Muncy. I didn’t start but I got four RBIs the other day against the Padres’ or ‘I made a great defensive play’ or ‘I led the inning off and drew a walk.’ For me, that is really tangible stuff. So when we’re shaking hands after a game or we’re looking back on the season I’m going ‘I’m as much a part of this as the next guy.’”There might be a little more kumbaya to that than Roberts would admit. Players focus to varying extents on their numbers during the regular season. As competitors, they measure themselves against other players based on those numbers. As capitalists, they know their paycheck depends on them.In the month of October, though, numbers matter less.“I think it’s a different situation in the playoffs when the roster shrinks and it’s all about winning or losing that day,” Zaidi said. “Certainly you have that during the regular season, but the focus is even heightened now.“Guys have seen and remember too many relievers or pinch-hitters or pinch-runners who swung playoff games and those are the guys that get remembered. Everybody knows it just takes one moment to help win a game or a series this time of year.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “But with that comes a sacrifice, and just understanding that when your number is called, then just be ready when called upon. So it’s tough. It’s an adjustment for a lot of players. But, fortunately, we have players who have bought into that.”That hasn’t been an entirely voluntary process.“Honestly, we have no choice but to buy into it,” Kemp said in Atlanta on Monday with a laugh, adding that he has talked to Chase Utley about accepting his new reality.“It’s been working. Like you said, we got guys on the bench that could go somewhere and play every single day and make an impact. But we’re trying to win a championship, and every guy is on the same page, and our own common goal is to win a championship.”The sacrifices have been widespread, particularly in September when the Dodgers went full capacity, activating everyone on their 40-man roster. With that full house and a wide assortment of positional flexibility, Roberts went all in on platooning. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season As a result, Kemp, Chris Taylor and Brian Dozier have not started more than three games in a row since August. Bellinger didn’t start more than four games in a row (despite being an option at two positions) in September. Max Muncy and Joc Pederson haven’t started more than three in a row since July.Only Justin Turner and Manny Machado were truly every-day players for the Dodgers over the final two months of the season.On the pitching staff, Ross Stripling, Alex Wood and Kenta Maeda were pushed from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Stripling (this year) and Wood (last year) were All-Star selections as starting pitchers. Maeda took a financial hit, giving up any chance of reaching bonuses in his contract based on life as a starter.“It’s hard being platooned. Everybody knows it,” Bellinger said, champagne and beer soaking his shirt in the Dodgers’ third post-game clinching celebration in 10 days on Monday. “Our whole team basically was. That being said, you’ve got to perform when it’s your time – and we started to hit lefties.”That is the ultimate rebuttal for any criticism of Roberts’ revolving lineups or in-house grumbling from players pushed into diminished roles – it worked.“At the end of the day, you look back at September and we were 20-9,” GM Farhan Zaidi said. “We were 20-9 with the expanded roster. We performed as well against left-handed pitching as we did all year. We know that position players want to play and starting pitchers want to start games. When they have that identity, that’s how they want to be used.“In this game, you need that kind of confidence. But I think going through that has put guys in better positions, where there’s some familiarity coming off the bench in this situation. The guys that we put in the ’pen got their feet wet during the season and now are more comfortable doing it.”Roberts no longer has 40 players at his disposal. But the Dodgers still head into their third consecutive NLCS with uncommon depth – in Game 4 of their NLDS against the Braves, Roberts used last year’s NLCS co-MVP (Taylor), a 2018 All-Star Game starter (Kemp) and a former World Series MVP (David Freese) as pinch-hitters.That depth has caused him to evolve his own philosophy as a manager, Roberts admitted, and now he “100 percent believes in” searching for every advantage rather than rolling the same players out day after day because it’s easier for the manager and more comfortable for the players.“The reason I’ve evolved is because the options we have this year versus years past – are better,” Roberts said. “And were they good before? Absolutely. But when you have a certain option and it could be lesser, in my opinion or whatever, then the sell is a lot harder. If it’s a lot more stark and clear, then it’s an easier sell. And I think right now where we’re at when I look at our options they are clearly very good options.Related Articleslast_img read more