Trump should be transparent about health

first_img“Given heightened tensions with a nuclear-armed North Korea, among many other tense global problems, Americans also need to know that their president, with ultimate control over our nation’s vast nuclear power, is of sound mind.“Some people wondered about Ronald Reagan’s mental fitness during his second term, before he was tragically diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.“I hope to show Americans they need not harbor any similar doubts about me.“When George W. Bush had my job at a substantially younger age, he submitted himself to a wide battery of tests from a team of doctors, and he released detailed results.I owe the public the same — or a greater — level of transparency.“Medical records are confidential by law, and I can choose to withhold the results from the public, selectively or entirely. But I realize that I am not an ordinary citizen, and my health is a public concern.“I pledge to release all results, whether positive or negative, including any medications that are prescribed for me and any other doctors’ recommendations. In the run-up to the exam, the president rebutted questions about his mental health by tweeting that he “would qualify as not smart, but genius … and a very stable genius at that!”Here’s what a more presidential president would be saying this week about his health, mental and physical:“I know that, at 70, I was the oldest president ever to be sworn in for his first term.“Although I believe I am in good shape, the public cannot help but wonder about my health.“Media reports about my eating and sleeping habits, as well as my own admission during the campaign that I could lose a few pounds, can only contribute to the concern.“The days in which a president could hide health problems, even major ones, from the public are rightly gone.“Americans should know whether their president has the energy to stay focused through a long workday and the chances that a significant health issue could compromise the executive office in the years to come. “Given my father’s Alzheimer’s and my own age, I will also insist on taking a mental acuity test. I will release the results of that test also, and I will repeat it every year.“In my effort to show the American people the same respect my predecessors did, I will also honor another long-held tradition and release two decades of tax returns along with the results of my medical exam.“Presidents releasing their tax records is a bipartisan norm and a valuable one“It gives Americans a sense of how their president has conducted his private affairs and of what potential conflicts of interest he has.“These traditions exist for good reasons.“I am no more special than any other person who has held my office, and I deserve no exceptions from these expectations.”More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationcenter_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:President Donald Trump is scheduled to undergo a routine physical examination Friday.last_img read more

Stop importing hydropower from Quebec

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNot all hydro-power generation is renewable. Economic advisors to Hydro-Quebec U.S. fail to mention that the “Hydro- Quebec reservoir based hydropower system” has built mega dams on pristine wilderness rivers in Canada, creating methane gas releases and mercury concentrations in water. This has resulted in driving Native Americans away from their hunting and foraging way of life, thus destroying their culture. One of these projects in James Bay was opposed and defeated by a coalition of Native Americans of the Cree Nation, environmentalists and New York state unions who banded together in the 1980s. They realized that a better way was to harness renewable energy and energy conservation locally, thus creating long-term employment and avoiding the pitfalls of environmentally unsound, massive centralized energy production. At the time, Gov. Mario Cuomo was looking at developing long-term contracts with Hydro-Quebec to finance their mega-dam projects. After becoming aware of the consequences, he changed his mind. In Quebec, the territory of Labrador is now being pulled into similar projects by the Province of Newfoundland and utility companies there to make the same mistakes by damming the Churchill River.Would that Gov. Andrew Cuomo review and follow his father’s legacy in this area rather than import more energy form Quebec.Fred PfeifferAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Look into restaurant industry for sex-assault problems

first_imgRecent articles in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Sacramento Bee as well as numerous magazines point out the high rate of harassment, gropings and assaults faced by female restaurant workers. Nearly 40 percent of sexual harassment complaints to the Federal EEOC come from females in the restaurant industry.My friend’s experience may have been unusual for Schenectady — but maybe not. It seems timely for Schenectady to do some preventative investigation into these kind of situations. I urge the county Legislature and the city council to look into the matter, and to empower or direct the Schenectady Human Rights Commission to hold hearings.Other cities are doing this, we can as well.Ed GuiderBallston LakeThe writer is a member of Schenectady Stand Up Guys.More from The Daily Gazette: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 intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI have been working the last 15 years to increase awareness about domestic and sexual violence, sexual harassment, sex trafficking and getting more men involved in the struggle to end these problems. Part of that effort has been as a community member on the Schenectady Domestic Violence Task Force and the Community Sexual Assault Response Team.I was approached by a young woman who had been assaulted at her restaurant job. Her police complaint wasn’t prosecuted by the DA due to an error on dates. As a response, some additional training has been developed to hopefully avoid similar problems in the future.The woman was also threatened by her assailant for going to the police. She and her roommate fled their apartment in Schenectady as it was in the same building as the restaurant and they felt very unsafe. After living in their car for several days, they found shelter in another city.last_img read more

Wege misses point on fossil fuel impact

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As usual, Russell Wege, an advocate for the fossil fuel industry, spews facts illogically thinking that he’s persuading us that “fossil fuels not solely to blame for climate change [May 13 Op-ed].” He starts off by saying that the climate began to warm 200 years ago, which is absolutely true. And that was because of the start of the Industrial Revolution and the burning of fossil fuels.  Since the Industrial Revolution, the concentration globally has increased by about 40 percent.According to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the burning of fossil fuels has everything to do with the warming of our climate.Even if Mr. Wege refuses to agree with the leading scientists and institutions of our day, here’s a question for him: Has he been on roads in Albany during rush hour? Where does he think the exhaust fumes go? Has he seen snow in the winter black from fossil fuels dissolving in it and then going down the sewers into our water supply?There’s something that Mr. Wege doesn’t even consider in his call to not lessen our use of fossil fuels: Do future generations not deserve to have some fossil fuels left in the ground? Will future inhabitants of planet Earth be denied from using fossil fuels in, for example, medicines, because they are gone? Our descendants may call the time we are living in the Age of Greed.Christine BishopGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesAlbany County warns of COVID increaselast_img read more

Royal London trims rent

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Market hits boiling point with £85m Paddington bid

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Industrial: Steady as she goes

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Huge regeneration boost for South Wales

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In a state of flux

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Back from the wilderness

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