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Young Democrats club advocates voting

first_imgAs the 2012 presidential election nears, students at Saint Mary’s College are gearing up to vote in both Indiana polls and via absentee ballot. Senior London Lamar, president of Young Democrats at Saint Mary’s, said she wants her College peers to realize that exercising their right to vote demonstrates appreciation to earlier generations of politically active women. “Women fought for so many years for the right to vote,” Lamar said. “It is our duty as educated women to take full advantage of the paths those women paved for us and vote in every election being held throughout the year.” As a Young Democrats member, Lamar said vocalizing her political interests enhances her Saint Mary’s experience, but she also realizes other students on campus may not share her views. She said she recognizes the group has a responsibility since there is no official Republican group on campus. “Our organization on campus knows that while expressing our own views of the Democratic party is important, we must also be a bipartisan club for those students who do not share the same views, but express interest in the election and voting,” Lamar said. Senior Young Democrats member Ambreen Ahmad said she is committed to promoting the vote across party lines on the Saint Mary’s campus. “My primary responsibility is to make the bipartisan effort about being able to vote,” Ahmad said. “Over the summer, I was able to look at how democracy has affected the U.S. and how voter turnout is still so low. By being a part of Young Democrats on campus, I am hoping girls will realize that voting is important on so many different levels.” Lamar and Ahmad said they hope to spread the word about the importance of voting through the Young Democrats’ voter registration table, which will be open through Thursday in the Student Center Lounge. The table helps students register to vote, sign up for an absentee ballot and have the organization pay for the postage when voting forms are ready to be mailed. “This is an exciting time for the students here. For most of us, this is our first time voting in a presidential election,” Lamar said. “While this is a great thing to do, Ambreen and I really want our peers to remember that elections happen more frequently for our local governments. We want people to become politically aware and remain politically aware.” Taking initiative to vote in all elections is a crucial American civic duty, Ahmad said. “As educated women, it is even more important for us to exercise our right to vote at every opportunity we have,” she said. As such, the Saint Mary’s Young Democrats’ responsibilities as representatives for the national organization do not end with the Nov. 6 election, Lamar said. “It is our responsibility to keep the laws and policies that are a result of the election in the public’s eye on campus,” she said. “This is our chance to stay active in the community and remain active. By showing what we stand for and not just saying it, the Young Democrats can achieve a greater foothold here.” The Young Democrats will hold a watch night for the first presidential debate Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. in Room 152 of Regina Hall. The club will also meet to watch election night coverage Nov. 6 from 8 to 12 p.m. in Vander Vennet in the Student Center basement.last_img read more

Let’s give California back to Mexico

first_imgWe Americans have many things of which to be proud. But in achieving our manifest destiny and becoming a world power, there are many things that we cannot be proud of. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion One such thing is our theft of what is now the state of California from Mexico in the 1800s. The time has come to undo that particular wrong by ceding California back to Mexico. This would be an unprecedented and magnanimous act of introspection.The state of California and the United States would both benefit by such action. The people of California could welcome, openly and without guilt, anyone they felt needed sanctuary from any of our laws.The United States would rid itself of malcontents like Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Brown, not to mention 55 liberally cast electoral votes. Reallocated ICE agents could enforce our laws where they are welcomed. Undocumented immigrants might actually begin to leave our country through California’s open borders.The loser in such a tripartite action, however, would be Mexico. It would reacquire a vastly changed California. Once a lush paradise, but lacking leadership in recent years, it is now plagued by huge debt, the worst overall quality of life of all our states, high levels of legal and illegal drug addiction, and high poverty and crime rates. Many of its cities are in worse shape than Tijuana. So if we need to sweeten the deal, maybe we could offer up Seattle, too.Jim MoorheadScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: 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?Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…last_img read more

HRI gives racing the green light to take place behind closed doors

first_img HRI boosts coverage of Irish racing with RTÉ agreement May 28, 2020 Submit Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has confirmed that race meetings will go ahead, but will be ‘held in strict adherence to Government guidelines regarding COVID-19’. The decision, which is reported to be motivated by employment and incomes for those across the sector, will see all fixtures staged without spectators. Nicky Hartery, Chairman of Horse Racing Ireland, said: “These are unprecedented and sombre times and we are seeking the best ways to support the racing community and industry throughout what lies ahead.  “Health and welfare of employees and industry participants is the prime consideration and within that context, we have introduced protocols which can allow racing to continue and thousands of families who rely on the sector to maintain a livelihood. “This will be kept under review on a daily basis and we are also planning measures for reprogramming fixtures as it becomes required. Changes to the programme will be separately announced.“We have consulted with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine throughout this process and we will continue to strictly adhere to the Government and HSE advice.  We have made it clear at all times that our medical facilities and personnel will be available for the Government to use if necessary – that will take precedence above any other consideration.”Following a blanket restriction on outdoor gatherings over 500 people in Ireland, five race meetings have taken place behind closed doors. Access has been limited to key personnel such as stable staff, jockeys and trainers, while strict protocols around social distancing and sanitisation have also been rolled out.The Board of HRI have since reviewed the five meetings that have taken place since Friday, and recommended some extra measures:There will be no evening meetings and no double meetings – this will reduce  the draw on medical resources, a principal concern for larger racing jurisdictions with multiple meetings every dayA maximum of one meeting per day to reduce impact on resourcesJockeys’ weights to increase by 2lb from Friday, on the Flat and in National Hunt – all racecourse saunas are closedNo owners permitted to attend race meetingsNo overseas runners will be permitted for the time being in Irish racesA maximum of 30-minute intervals between races to assist social distancing The previously approved protocols will continue and are set out in the attached AppendixBrian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, added: “This is clearly a rapidly changing situation and Horse Racing Ireland will continue to liaise with the relevant Government Departments and with our health advisors.“The executive sub-committee of Horse Racing Ireland and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board is meeting daily to assess the situation, and the Board of Horse Racing Ireland will continue to convene as required.“Racecourses by their nature offer opportunities for social distancing that few other workplaces can. Nothing in Irish life is as it was a week ago, and in the same way, these are not race fixtures as we previously knew them, they are big open-air sites with very few people present and nobody on-site if they are not involved: once a jockey or trainer has finished their business for the afternoon, they are required to leave.  “Furthermore, we have carried out risk assessments according to each individual racecourse facility, and some fixtures may be subject to greater restrictions and limitations to ensure social distancing is easily achievable and maintained.“The Board paid tribute to the flexibility shown by stable staff, jockeys, trainers, owners and employees of the IHRB, HRI, the media and broadcasters. Strict measures were imposed on them almost immediately last Friday but their actions, care and vigilance have ensured that social distancing is being observed and racecourses continue to be a safe working environment.”last_img read more