Photos See ASA in Action at the Farm Progress Show

first_imgASA President Ray Gaesser (left) and Executive Director Bill Schuermann (right) talk with owa Soybean Association CEO Kirk Leeds (center) at the ASA table in the ISA tent at Farm Progress. ASA farmer leaders and staff attended the 2014 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa this week, where they spoke with ag media on the policy issues impacting the nation’s soybean farmers, including the potential effect of EPA’s Waters of the U.S.; the RFS and biodiesel’s continued wait for 2014 volume numbers; GMO labeling and the approvals framework for biotechnology traits here in the U.S., in China and in other foreign markets, trade and other important topics. ASA also had a booth in the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) tent, where they met farmers from across the country.See photos from the event below: ASA President Ray Gaesser chats with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in the ADM booth at the Farm Progress Show. LDS’ Roger Ward interviews ASA Vice President Ron Moore from Atlanta, Ill., in the media pavilion at the Farm Progress Show.center_img ASA President Ray Gaesser discusses Farm Bill implementation with Chris Clayton of DTN in the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) booth at the Farm Progress Show.last_img read more

LewisMcChord hunkers down in media glare

first_imgLAKEWOOD — For the last two years, Joint Base Lewis-McChord has become accustomed to the media’s glare, and not just for its contributions of thousands of troops to U.S. war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.The sprawling installation between Mount Rainier and Puget Sound, home to both Army and Air Force commands, has played a critical role in the wars, providing everything from infantry brigades built around Stryker armored vehicles, to giant transport aircraft, to elite Special Forces and Rangers units.Lewis-McChord, the biggest base on the West Coast, also has been the focus of headlines and government inquiries into suicides, deaths and crimes by soldiers based there. Now it’s attracting international attention because a 38-year-old Army staff sergeant deployed from the base is accused of killing at least 16 civilians in Afghanistan villages.“Every base has its own problems, but no other base has had as much bad press as this base,” said Jorge Gonzalez, 32, executive director of Coffee Strong, a veteran-run nonprofit coffee shop in Lakewood adjacent to Interstate 5 near the base.It’s an unfair rap, Washington’s governor says.Leaders at the base care “very much about its returning military personnel, and making sure that they are doing it right,” Gov. Christine Gregoire told reporters in Seattle. Base officials have learned the lessons from Vietnam War veterans and are trying to help troops adjust to their jobs and families, she said.last_img read more

Blazers hold off Warriors 9087

first_imgPORTLAND — Charles Jenkins has played in 32 games this season for the Warriors and started just 10. Only once had the rookie scored more than 10 points, and had he made one free throw Sunday night, his scoring total would have been 10 times the amount of his season average of 2.8 points per game. It was, inarguably, the biggest night of his professional career. And yet, for a Trail Blazers fan, it probably wasn’t even the most surprising performance for a point guard. Portland’s 90-87 win over Golden State on Sunday likely didn’t shock the rabid Rose Garden fans. But the fact that Raymond Felton scored 24 points and knocked down four of his seven 3-pointers might have had them doing quadruple takes at the stat sheet. The 27-year-old has been one of the more maligned Blazers of the past few years, but after his clutch fourth-quarter led Portland (23-26) to a win, he may get a temporary reprieve.“I can score if I have to, but if I don’t need to, we’ve got enough scorers. Guys weren’t hitting their shots — it happens like that sometimes,” said Felton, who knocked three 3-pointers in the final period. “It felt good. It’s just good to get a win.”last_img read more

Safety health at issue at woolen mill in Washougal

first_imgOne of Oregon’s largest and oldest family-owned businesses, known for its Pacific Northwest-inspired wool apparel and Native American blanket designs.? Headquarters: Portland.? Executives: Bill Lawrence, CEO; Broughton (Brot) Bishop, vice chairman; C. M. (Mort) Bishop III, president; Dennis Simmonds, CFO; John Bishop, vice president and chairman of the board; Charles Bishop, vice president; and Peter Bishop, vice president.? Total employees: 830.? Pendleton Washougal mill: The company’s largest wool-weaving mill.? Where: 2 Pendleton Way, Washougal.? Division manager: Charles Bishop.? Employees: 190.The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined Pendleton Woolen Mills $93,300 for 36 “serious” violations of workplace safety and health rules at its textile mill in Washougal. It also tagged the company for five smaller violations that carried no penalties.State officials said Tuesday that their designation of “serious” indicates situations in which a person could be seriously injured or killed. While penalties and fine amounts depend on various factors, said L&I spokeswoman Elaine Fischer, “the thing that really stands out here is the number of serious violations.”In a written statement issued to The Columbian, Charlie Bishop, manager of the Washougal textile mill, said the company “works hard to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all of its employees.” He said he hasn’t seen the official report from L&I, dated June 19 and addressed to Pendleton’s post office box in Portland, where the company is headquartered.Said Bishop: “When we do get the opportunity to review it, we will work with (L&I) to better understand the issues and immediately move forward to correct them.”last_img read more

Weather Eye Northwest weather remains difficult for forecasters

first_img“The Rise and Fall of Weather Forecasting.” That sounds like a good title for a book, especially after the variety of weather we have endured the past week or so and with the forecasts of windstorms and snowstorms and not really much of either materialized.I started a book on Northwest weather and haven’t completed it as I ventured into writing my first fiction novel. But I will return to the weather book eventually, which will talk among other things about the ups and downs of weather forecasting here in the Pacific Northwest.There was more kinds of weather around the Northwest on Wednesday than I can describe in this column but everything from rain, snow, hail, thunder, winds, flooding, blizzards to name a few. A large storm off the coast fueled high winds and surf along the coastal strip and heavy snow in the Cascades. Even the Columbia River Gorge received upwards of six inches of snow from the Oregon towns of Cascade Locks to Hood River.The combination of southerly winds and lack of heavy precipitation to bring down the snow level eliminated the threat of snow here in Clark County, except at the highest elevations. Snow did fall in the Olympia-to-Everett areas early Wednesday, however.We aren’t through with the active weather as more rain and wind and low-elevation snow daunts the Northwest. As heavier precipitation falls, snow levels behind the cold front will drop again to the Coast Range and foothills. Snow levels remain low through the weekend.last_img read more

Perch in the surf

first_imgLONG BEACH — It was windy, raining intermittently, and the tide was ebbing — conditions not conducive to good fishing for redtail surf perch along the Washington coast.But the conditions did not stop Rick Weir of Ocean Park from catching 21 pounds of surf perch in his 12-fish limit in the annual Long Beach Lions Club Surf Perch Derby on Saturday.SEASON: Angling is open daily year-around.SIZE LIMIT: NoneDAILY LIMIT: 12LICENSES: A combination license cots $54.25 for state residents and $123.55 for others.A saltwater-only license is $30.05 for residents and $59.75 for others.A one-day license is $11.35 for residents and $20.15 for non-residents.TIP: Anglers need something to carry their surf perch in after they catch them. A small net that attaches to the belt works well.The conditions did not stop Mike Ragan of Ocean Park from catching a lunker 3 1/2-pound redtail, only a bit shy of the 4.05-pound state record.“You’d see a lot more guys with limits if the weather was better,” Ragan said. “When it is clear and nice, and the sea is not rough, it’s good fishing.”last_img read more

Winterfest Boat Parade holds award ceremony

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Participants and sponsors of the Winterfest Boat Parade attended the Captain’s Cup, Thursday night, to honor those who helped make the parade possible.The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade hosted the annual awards ceremony at the Broward County Convention Center.The annual parade brings together dozens of boats all decked out in their holiday best, as they set sail along the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale.WSVN is a proud sponsor of the Winterfest Boat Parade.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Report Rubio under increased protection after threat

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Is Venezuela behind a plot to kill one of its most outspoken critics in the United States? Sen. Marco Rubio is reportedly not taking any chances.The Miami Herald reported that Florida’s junior senator has been under increased protection, both in Washington, D.C. and in South Florida, since a threat against his life was uncovered by U.S. intelligence, last month.According to the report, officials believe Diosdado Cabello, a top Venezuelan government official, may have already hired “unspecified Mexican nationals” to carry out his assassination plan.On Friday, Rubio sat down with 7News and again called out the country’s socialist leadership. “The answer to Venezuela is not a military coup or civil war or violence. The answer to Venezuela is an election, under their own constitution. Have an election,” he said. “Of course, the leaders there don’t want to have an election ’cause they’ll lose, and some of the people who are leaders in Venezuela are narco-traffickers, so they think, if they lose, they’ll be out of power, they’ll be extradited, tried in the United States for drug crimes, so they’re going to do everything they can to hold on to power.”A spokesperson for U.S. Capitol Police declined to elaborate on security measures being taken to ensure Rubio’s safety, issuing a statement that read, “We do not comment on how we carry out our protective responsibilities for Congress.”At least 124 people have been killed protesting Venezuela’s government in recent months.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Student faces disciplinary action for bringing fake gun to Miami school

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A student at Santa Clara Elementary School in Miami is facing disciplinary action after bringing a fake gun to class.Miami-Dade Schools Police said the student showed the toy gun to a classmate at the school, near Northwest 10th Avenue and Northwest 29th Terrace, Wednesday morning.Officials said the classmate informed a teacher, who then reported the incident to administration.No threat was made at the time of the incident, according to police.The student will now be disciplined in accordance with the student code of conduct.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

KPBSD Grapples With Possible Cuts To Education Funding

first_imgErkeneff: “We are communicating with the Department of Education, and are hearing the cut will come from under-funding K-12 Education Foundation Formula, not reducing the Base Student Allocation (BSA) value as some media is reporting. This is significant to us because of the way the BSA corresponds to the minimum and maximum range the Borough can contribute to K-12 education. In contrast, under-funding the foundation formula and keeping the BSA intact would not reduce the range the Borough can fund to education.” University of Alaska system President Jim Johnsen said the system faces a cut of more than $130 million, which could force layoffs of up to 1,300 people and the elimination of programs. Erkeneff said there was some confusion with the information provided on how those cuts will be determined, but that the district is ready for a number of scenarios for the budget possibilities. The current plan calls for cutting roughly $310 million from the state Department of Education and Early Childhood Development from the department’s current $1.3 billion budget. According to Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff, the budget documentation made available to this point does not give the district enough detail to determine the amounts specific to the Kenai Peninsula.center_img Erkeneff: “Analyzing information that we have that’s available there’s not enough information right now for the district to specifically what the impact will be to the Kenai. That’s because there is still some confusion with details that have been released.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy released an amended FY20 budget on Wednesday. The budget proposes a significant reduction to education funding throughout the state. It’s unknown at this time how those cuts would impact the Kenai Peninsula campus.last_img read more

Winter Weather Advisory For Heavy Snow Across The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgOriginal Story: Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will be reduced to one half mile or less at times in falling and blowing snow. Use caution when traveling, especially in open areas. Travel may be difficult. The advisory has been extended until 4pm on Sunday. Another advisory is in effect  from Noon Saturday and until Noon Sunday for Portage Valley and the Eastern Turnagain Arm which includes the cities of Whittier, Seward, Girdwood, and Moose Pass. Plan on slippery road conditions. Expect reduced visibilities at times. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory is in effect until Midnight Saturday for large amounts of snow for the cities for Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski, Homer and Cooper Landing. Snow and blowing snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 15 inches, are expected. Heavy snow is expected throughout. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9  inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches, are expected. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 06:12 pmUpdated- 2/17 A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit 511.alaska.gov.last_img read more

DOT Begins Beaver Loop Road Improvements Pedestrian Pathway Project

first_imgConcurrent with this project, ENSTAR Natural Gas Company is planning to replace their steel distribution lines with flexible HDPE lines. With input from the community and the City of Kenai, a final decision was reached to place the pedestrian pathway along the right side (river side) of Beaver Loop Road. According to the DOT website there will be new right turn lanes added at Bridge Access Road and Kenai Spur Highway. The project is needed because the roadway, ditches, and culverts have deteriorated and require frequent spot repairs, according to the City of Kenai.The improvements will include; new pavement in areas where there are dips and bumps in the roadway, spot repairs will be made to the underlying road subgrade to provide for a smoother longer lasting pavement, a new intersection lighting at Barbara Dr., Angler Dr./Cone Ave., Ames Rd., and Dolchok Ln., and will also include designs for a pedestrian pathway. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation and the City of Kenai have officially begun improvements to the Beaver Loop Road area as well as the construction of the pedestrian pathway project.last_img read more

Wildlife Response Team Respond To Two Juvenile Northern Elephant Seals

first_imgSeals haul out on Alaska beaches when it is time to molt (shed their hair). Molting is a very energetically demanding process for pinnipeds, especially for elephant seals. Elephant seals experience a catastrophic molt where they lose all their fur at once. ASLC operates a 24-hour stranding hotline where trained professionals will walk people through the proper steps to assist an animal in distress. Call 1-888-774-SEAL if you see a sick or injured marine mammal. ASLC Wildlife Response Curator, Jane Belovarac notes, “When elephant seals are in their molt, they can look sickly. They don’t just lose their hair, but they also shed the underlying segments of skin as well.” ASLC professionals are confident that while these animals appear lethargic and injured, it is due to their molt. Both elephant seals that were reported in Seward had robust and healthy body conditions, and did not require veterinary treatment.center_img Wildlife Research Biologist Sharon Melin, with NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center: “While it is unusual to see northern elephant seals on the beaches of Alaska, it is not outside their range of behavior. During their solitary migration, individuals haul out in small numbers all along west coast beaches. After the long migration from California to feeding areas near Alaska, the juvenile seals may have needed to haul out to rest before continuing their migration or foraging activities.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Wildlife Response Team with the Alaska Sealife Center responded to two juvenile northern elephant seals hauled out on the shores of Seward. Since opening in 1998, the Center has only received eleven elephant seal response calls.last_img read more

Ad Pages Dip 5 Percent in Q1

first_imgMPA CEO Mary Berner says PIB reporting is in a period of transition as the association investigates ways to incorporate digital numbers. “We’re very focused on trying to expand PIB measurement to include all of the digital advertising as well. We should have that in the next several months,” she says.Berner also points out that categories that did not perform so well in the first quarter, such as drugs/remedies and retail, were in the midst of a cyclical decline. But automotive, which has traditionally been a strong category, has turned into a “magazine problem,” says Berner. “They’ve shifted to deal promotions and shorter term campaigns to move product,” she says, indicating that the print platform isn’t suitable for this kind of marketing.The food and technology categories, which had suffered extended declines, were also up, as were toiletries and cosmetics.Looking at Q1 numbers since 2007, total ad page counts across all of the titles tracked have declined 38 percent. Business and finance titles, except Kiplinger’s (up 19 percent), took a hit on pages for the quarter. Bloomberg Businessweek was down 33 percent, Forbes dropped 20 percent, Fortune remained flat and Harvard Business Review dipped 17 percent.Newsweeklies did not fare well either—Time was down 13 percent in pages, The Week dropped 21 percent and the Economist was down 27 percent.In aggregate, however, some of the major publishers showed increases for the quarter. Condé Nast is reporting a first quarter increase of 3 percent across titles. Titles such as Bon Appétit (+38 percent) and Details (+25 percent) helped shore up some that dipped—Architectural Digest dropped 16 percent, Self slipped 10 percent and The New Yorker was down 11 percent. Meanwhile, Condé Nast says digital grew 35 percent in the quarter while integrated campaign programs jumped 50 percent in the quarter compared to the same period last year.Hearst also cited integrated programs as a growth source, with overall pages up about 7 percent. Fashion and shelter categories performed well in the quarter, again helping to push overall ad page growth into the positive while other titles, like Country Living (-18 percent) and Redbook (-11 percent) stumbled. At Time Inc., the company notes that 10 of its titles were up in pages, with increases across 11 of 15 ad categories. First-quarter PIB numbers are out from the MPA and ad pages have continued their decline, dropping about 5 percent when compared to the same period last year. The MPA points out that revenue eked out a half-point gain in the quarter, the first in two years, but given the vagaries of rate card reporting versus what an ad is actually sold for, revenue figures are difficult to estimate at face value. Yet reporting on PIB numbers has become challenging not simply because print ad pages have been pinched, but because they now only tell part of a larger story. Nevertheless, print is still one of the three main legs of the magazine publisher’s business model. last_img read more

Updated AAM Tweaks Digital Issue Reporting Guidelines

first_img U.S. Digital Sponsored Magazines to Report “Unique Opens” on December 2017 AAM Reports When the delivery of digital magazine issues are sponsored by third-party companies, magazine publishers may report the copies as “digital sponsored” subscriptions or single-copy sales on AAM reports. The AAM board approved a change that applies to only U.S. magazine publishers, which will require them to prove that the issue was delivered and opened by the consumer, starting with July 2017 issues. Editor’s note: The original article on this Alliance for Audited Media rule change contained a series of misconceptions about what classes of digital magazine circulation were actually affected. In the interest of accuracy, we’ve provided the AAM’s original announcement below. The Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) announced yesterday a trio of new initiatives stemming from the latest meeting of its board of directors — among them, a rule change requiring publishers to prove “unique opens” of those digital magazines whose delivery is sponsored by a third-party company. View the full announcement from the AAM below. In connection with this change, AAM recently certified ValueMags—a platform that fulfills digital sponsored magazine subscriptions—to ensure the platform tracks “unique opens” in a way that is consistent with industry guidelines and best practices as well as AAM magazine reporting criteria. The certification helps fast-track AAM audits for magazines that use ValueMags to deliver their sponsored issues.last_img read more

Veterans Would Receive Free Public Education under Massachusetts Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Legislation introduced in the Massachusetts House would eliminate any gaps in federal G.I. benefits allowing veterans to attend public colleges in the state for free.The bill, sponsored by Rep. James Arciero, is supported by dozens of lawmakers, but there are still questions about how much the proposal would cost the state. The bill would provide full coverage of all tuition and fees for any veteran who has served 90 days of active duty, reported the Lowell Sun.“I am proud that Massachusetts leads the nation in providing for veterans and their families and offers the most generous veterans’ benefits of any of the 50 states,” Arciero said in a statement. “We need to continue to strengthen our ability to care for our veterans and ensure all veterans in Massachusetts receive free public higher education.”The G.I. bill covers tuition and fees for Massachusetts veterans at colleges and universities, but time restrictions on when the benefits must be used and a sliding scale for the cost of education depending on how many years the veteran served leave gaps in coverage, according to Arciero.“While the G.I. bills lift the financial burden of the cost of higher education from most veterans, my legislation will ensure that no veteran will ever slip through the cracks,” Arciero said.A spokesman for the state Executive Office for Administration and Finance said it is too early to determine if it would be feasible to fund the bill in the state’s budget, according to the story.Last month Arciero testified before the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs to support a favorable recommendation from the panel, which would move the bill to the Ways & Means Committee.last_img read more

ArtRock SingerComposer Scott Walker Of The Walker Brothers Dies At 76

first_img Art-Rock Singer/Composer Scott Walker Of The Walker Brothers Dies At 76 Art-Rock Singer/Composer Scott Walker Dies At 76 art-rock-singercomposer-scott-walker-walker-brothers-dies-76 The 2006 documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man tried to do justice to the man’s hard-to-categorize and wide-ranging talent. Walker’s musical gifts were so strong, he got session work as a bassist in his teens. His singing made the Walker Brothers teen idols. His final solo album was 2012’s Bish Bosch, but Walker also kept busy with collaborations and composing for film.In 2017, Walker’s lyrics were published by Faber & Faber, while the Los Angeles Philharmonic commissioned and performed a special work of his. Also, the BBC threw him a tribute concert. In 2018, the music movie Vox Lux featured songs by Sia alongside Walker’s original score.Few musicians of such stature have managed to be obscure cult figures at the same time. Convention-breaking contradictions were part of Scott Walker’s signature style, but this appears to have been artistically organic rather than a result of trying to be unconventional. Even Britain’s own BBC, knowing Walker’s history intimately and having honored him in 2017, described him as an “enigma” in their obituary headline on March 25.Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox: “I’m The Closest Thing That Our Age Has To A Bowie”Read more News The musical non-conformist left America, only to return as part of rock’s ’60s British InvasionPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 25, 2019 – 5:57 pm ’60s pop-rock idol Scott Walker has died. Born Noel Scott Engel in Ohio, Walker was 76 years old. The news was confirmed by his label, 4AD Records.Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich were among the first, along with Nadine Shah, to publicly express sadness at Walker’s passing.After relocating to the U.K. in the 60s, the Walker Brothers’ fame was comparable to the Beatles. Later, Scott found solo success with albums titled Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4, which culminated with his 1969 Scott Sings Songs from His TV Series album. On March 25, David Bowie’s official website blogged their Farewell to Scott Walker, noting Bowie’s past remark, “I think he’s probably been my idol since I was a kid.” (In 1993, Bowie covered the Walker Brothers’ song “Nite Flights” on his album Black Tie White Noise.) Facebook Email Twitter https://twitter.com/4AD_Official/status/1110091122741776385last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Erika Johnson Discusses Her Positions On Gun Control

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington).#3) What is your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment? When, if ever, should a citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights be curtailed? Do you consider yourself a pro 2ndAmendment candidate? (submitted by Rob Fasulo of Wilmington)  My interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is as read “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”, written in 1789. While I respect the constitutional right to bear arms, we must acknowledge that much has changed within our government, society and gun technology since 1789. I believe in 2nd Amendment but also support universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks and assault rifles. I stand with Congressman Seth Moulton and many other fellow veterans who have called for the ban of assault rifles; saying these dangerous weapons should only be in the hands of trained military personnel.Gun violence is an epidemic in our country and we must put safeguards in place to protect the population. I applaud the Massachusetts Legislature for passing the Red Flag Gun Law which gives judges the power to strip weapons from individuals flagged as a danger to themselves or others. We, as a society, are becoming desensitized to the atrocities that have happened from Newtown to Virginia Tech to Aurora to Las Vegas; schools to movie theaters to concerts, it’s overdue that we act on common sense gun reform and I’m so proud to live in a state that although slow, has taken action to protect its people.#4) Do you support capital punishment? When, if ever, should a person convicted of a crime be put to death by its government? Would you support reinstating the death penalty in Massachusetts? (submitted by George Ferdinand of Tewksbury) I do not support capital punishment and would not support reinstating the death penalty in Massachusetts. I believe capital punishment violates the constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment, a state should not be able to kill one of their own. As a country, the US is seen as a leader yet this practice is seen internationally as inhumane.When this issue is brought up, I often think of the victim’s family and the quote “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” – Mahatma Gandhi. Personally, (god forbid) if I was put in that situation, I would feel more at peace knowing the person who killed my loved one was spending the rest of their life behind bars 23 hours a day than killed.Also, the sheer cost of capital punishment cases is astronomical; Cases without the death penalty cost an average of $740,000, while cases where the death penalty is sought cost an average of $1.26 million. Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population. (https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty). If other states took Massachusetts’ lead and abolished capital punishment, that money saved could be reinvested in more effective crime deterrents such as education, gang prevention programs, mental health and drug treatment programs. Between the money spent, long appeals process, media coverage and drawn-out, painful process for the victim’s family, Massachusetts made the right decision when the death penalty was abolished in 1984.  Bonus “Fun” Question: Which town has the best breakfast spots? TEWKSBURY with Donna’s Donuts, Vic’s Waffle House, Perfecto’s, Bradford Lantern, Deli King, Route 38 Café, IHOP, & Cracker Barrel or WILMINGTON with As Good As It Gets, Country Chef, Sunny Side Café, Modash Café, Heav’nly Donuts, Starbucks & Panera Bread? For the record, each town has 8 Dunkin Donuts. In Tewksbury, Perfecto’s, I love their fun coffee flavors and delicious breakfast sandwiches. However, Wilmington takes the cake as Heav’nly Donuts is my go-to spot! My favorite is their Samoa Iced Coffee and every once in a while, a blueberry cake donut. You also can’t beat As Good As It Gets and it’s always nice to have a Starbucks in town!(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Her Positions On Gun Control, Death PenaltyIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Erin Buckley Discusses Her Positions On Gun Control, Death PenaltyIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Dave Robertson Discusses His Positions On Gun Control, Death PenaltyIn “Government”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Reading Cooperative Bank Donates To Ipswich River Watershed Association

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) has donated $1,000 to the Ipswich River Watershed Association to help support its clean water initiatives. The Ipswich River Watershed Association works to protect nature and make sure that there is enough clean water for people, fish, wildlife and the children of tomorrow.The Ipswich River Watershed Association is the voice of the Ipswich River. They work to protect nature and make sure that there is enough clean water for people, fish and wildlife, today and for our children and theirs. The Ipswich River and streams, ponds and coastal waters of our region are healthy and beautiful. Clean water flows year-round, and native fish and wildlife thrive. Natural areas help keep the river clean and provide places for families to enjoy nature. The Ipswich River Watershed Association works in partnership with communities, businesses, schools, and other organizations and residents to protect the river.“Protecting the environment means protecting our communities,” said Bryan Greenbaum, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “It’s important to support efforts which seek to ensure that our drinking water is clean and safe.”To learn more about or donate to the Ipswich River Watershed Association, please visit their website: https://www.ipswichriver.org/About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Reading Cooperative Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedReading Cooperative Bank Donates $2,500 To Ipswich River Watershed AssociationIn “Business”Ipswich River Watershed Association Announces Paddle-A-Thon 2018, Registration Now OpenIn “Community”Recommended Winter Hikes From Ipswich River Watershed AssociationIn “Community”last_img read more