Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion A perusal of statistics on the internet reminds us that 54,260 Americans lost their lives in the Korean War. In addition, 415,000 South Koreans were killed and 429,000 were wounded.According to this source, 1.5 million North Korean and Chinese people lost their lives. Why would anyone with an ounce of sense and any sympathy at all for their fellow human beings want to behave in a way that would bring about another catastrophe of this magnitude?FRANCIS R. TAORMINASchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Former England prop Stuart Fielden has switched his allegiance to Ireland for the World Cup, according to Ireland coach Mark Aston. “There will be certain instances in the World Cup when he will be massive for us and he will add the steel and presence that we want at that level. I’m highly delighted that he’ll be with us.” Fielden, who also won 25 caps for Great Britain during his time at Bradford and Wigan, is currently sidelined with a knee injury but is expected back well before the end of the Super League season. Aston, the Sheffield Eagles coach who has succeeded Andy Kelly as Ireland boss, has also revealed that Warrington’s highly-rated second rower Ben Currie has opted for Ireland ahead of England. And he will be joined in the Irish ranks by a host of leading Super League stars, including Pat Richards (Wigan), brothers Scott and Simon Grix (Huddersfield and Warrington respectively), Damien Blanch (Catalan Dragons) and Shannon McDonnell (Hull). “Ben Currie is a big one for us – he has a massive future in the game,” Aston said. “I watched him with great interest in the recent match against Wigan and one of the passes he put out showed exactly the kind of vision and decision making that I love. He’s big and strong as well and we’re delighted he’s pledged his allegiance to Ireland.” Dave Allen (Widnes) and Warrington trio Chris Bridge, Ben Harrison and Gareth O’Brien are among other Super League players that will be included in Ireland’s initial squad, which will be captained by Featherstone scrum-half Liam Finn. Australia and Fiji are the other teams in group A, with three to qualify for the quarter-finals. Ireland lost out to Fiji for a place in the semi-finals of the 2008 World Cup. Press Association The 33-year-old Fielden, who won the last of his eight caps for England against Australia in the 2010 Four Nations Series, is set to play against England in the second round of group matches at his home ground, Huddersfield, on November 2. “Stuart has committed to the cause and will bring vast experience from playing at the highest level,” Aston told Rugby League World magazine.
Sando Johnson and SnoweAs the political battle for Bomi Electoral District #1 rages on between Rep. Edwin Snowe of Montserrado Electoral District #6 and the incumbent, Rep. Samuel Karmo, once again, Bomi County Senator Sando Johnson has vowed not to let Snowe succeed at the “expense of the ignorance of his kinsmen.”Speaking on a local talk show recently in Paynesville, the senator said Rep. Karmo is not alone in the fight to prevent Snowe from contesting the upcoming polls as may be perceived by many in Bomi County and beyond. “Let me say it clearly again for the record that Gayah Karmo is not fighting for his personal benefit but for the integrity of our common traditional heritage. We are aware of the ruling from the magistrate in favor of Snowe, but we are relaxed because I trust that Karmo who is himself a seasoned lawyer wouldn’t have conceded to their made up opinions that lack any legal backing,” Sen. Johnson asserted.“In the first place, Hon. Gayah Karmo is a legal minded person. He took advantage of the law by filing his appeal to the National Elections Commission (NEC) in order to get a proper redress in the case as compared to what the Bomi Magistrate did. He (Karmo) is not alone because I know that other than the few he (Snowe) is right now swaying, a majority of the well-meaning citizens of our county are against his idea and they will not allow him to succeed,” Johnson said, adding that as he and his supporters have carefully considered all legal means associated with the case, he will lobby and ensure that Snowe does not succeed, come what may.He noted that Snowe has nothing to show, not even a payment slip, but is instead using his farm workers as scapegoats who have failed to understand the dynamics of politics. “Snowe is not the only farmer. I own a farm and I pay my workers double the amount he is giving those who go to him for contracts. Snowe just likes to show us that he has money,” Sen. Johnson noted, adding that Snowe even insulted the entire leadership of Bomi by saying that “the people of Bomi are hungry and once he gives them money he is bound to succeed.” This remark, the senator noted, is a misstep and a complete failure to recognize human dignity.Concerning the unity of the Bomi County Legislative Caucus, Sen. Johnson said even though all of them are not in the same political party, they are united. “Individually, all caucus members are not in the same party but we are united in making sure the right things happen in our county. We will not sit and watch Snowe destroy through immorality, the young boys and girls as he is doing in Montserrado,” he noted, adding that Snowe fears contesting in district #6 in the upcoming polls because the constituents have known already and will never make the mistake to allow him to continue robbing them of their district’s benefits for his personal gain.It can be recalled that on June 15 Rep. Karmo filed a complaint to Senior Elections Magistrate Washington V. Farmah, challenging the eligibility of of Rep. Snowe to register to vote, lest speak of contesting for an elective post in Senjeh, Bomi electoral district #1. Farmah heard the complaint on July 1 with Snowe’s defense council, headed by former Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh, taking the witness stand while Karmo chose to plead for himself. He only brought forward his wife Kumba Karmo and Ernest Kamara to testify to their findings at the Weakama Public School where Snowe registered to vote.Snowe was declared victorious as per the magistrate’s ruling and this led him (Snowe) to take to the streets of Tubmanburg with a mammoth crowd celebrating his victory in grand style, particularly so by dishing out money to his supporters.Karmo’s complaint has it that Snowe, a sitting lawmaker for Montserrado County, has transgressed Article 48 of the Constitution which spells out the role of a representative and the opportunity available for said lawmaker to seek reelection in an ensuing election except wherein he or she has resigned earlier and established domicile in another electoral district a year or more prior to said election. He also pointed out that Snowe violated Redistributing Regulations 3.3 and 3.2 of the Threshold Law which has established 73 fixed electoral districts. “Snowe is still an incumbent in Montserrado district #6 and enjoying all benefits in the name of that district,” his complaint said, noting further that cross county registration to vote, as in the case of Snowe, is a clear violation of the law.All efforts, including phone calls and a text message, to hear from Rep. Snowe on Sen. Johnson’s allegations went unanswered. Snowe, however, once said on the Bumper Show that Johnson is not to be taken seriously because he has a serious mental disorder.As the NEC is yet to look into Karmo’s ruling, concerns that the citizens of Bomi, particularly of Senjeh district, have a critical decision to make, either against Karmo, their own, or Snowe, the new comer to their land who has claimed his birth to at least three counties now (Grand Kru in 2005, Grand Cape Mount most recently, and Bomi, the county in which he has cast his political net).The case between Karmo and Snowe is the first of its kind in the country’s political history, where a sitting lawmaker would declare domicile in a constituency other than his own, with the intent to run for legislative office in the newly domiciled constituency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Francis Horton – Advertisement – An eminent Liberian with a significant record of service in government and non-governmental institutions has endorsed Unity Party (UP) standard bearer Joseph Boakai and vice standard bearer Emmanuel Nuquay as the right people to succeed the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regime.Francis L. M. Horton, otherwise referred to as “Chu-Chu,” made his intention clear to the media yesterday at his Old Road residence.Mr. Horton served as deputy governor of the Central Bank (formerly National Bank of Liberia), chairman of Liberia Telecommunications Corporation, vice president of Jaycees International, among others.He identified numerous points, which he believes must be attributes of a person to lead Liberia after President Sirleaf.According to him, besides being a natural born citizen of Liberia, anyone wishing to be president must be be imbibed with moral and ethical attributes that characterize a person of honesty, sincerity, kindness, forgiveness and understanding. The candidate must have moral and ethical attributes that must be espoused in their behavior and family life, within the community, and in their political and civil pursuits and involvements as well as in the workplace and social environment.He added that candidates must be principled, disciplined and sober minded. He sees the Boakai-Nuquay ticket as the best option that he and his family are supporting because, he said, it is the “first among equals.”Additionally, Mr. Horton named experience in private and public sector management, respect for customs, traditions and culture; nationalism and patriotism as other attributes needed in a person that must be elected President of Liberia.His standard for a person to be elected to the presidency encompasses avoidance of corruption, fear of God, religious freedom and belief in the global concept of “One world.”Mr. Horton said though the National Elections Commission (NEC) has qualified all the candidates that will contest the election, who he said are competent, he nonetheless sees the Joseph Boakai-Emmanuel Nuquay ticket as the right one.With respect to how well he knows Boakai, Horton said he and the Vice President at one point served as legal counsel and president of Jaycees, respectively.“I found Mr. Boakai to be an astute and responsible person; unassuming and effectively diligent,” he said.Because of Nuquay’s hard work and commitment marked by discipline and passion, his colleagues saw it befitting to elect him as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Horton observed.People are saying a lot about Boakai and Nuquay during the campaign, but Horton said he is yet to hear their connection to any unethical practices that are contrary to the values he outlined as attributes of leaders that should be elected.Mr. Horton is the chairman of the Board of Deacons at the Saint Simon Baptist Church. He also operates the Operation Mass Support (OpMASS), his church’s choir.With about 25 members of his group in attendance at the declaration, Horton called on them to rise up on Saturday, September 16, to march and demonstrate support at the launch of Boakai’s campaign in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)