Marijuana is new battleground for states’ rights

first_imgThey claimed they were protecting “states’ rights.”And then there was the “New Federalism” advocated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.For Reagan, it meant cutting federal spending (the main purpose) and transferring responsibilities (mostly responsibilities to the poor and to children) back to the states — who of course couldn’t afford to fulfill them. It wasn’t really about federalism any more than opposition to the New Deal or to civil rights was.Strom Thurmond, the South Carolina senator who led the fight against civil rights, didn’t believe that it should be his home state that provided equality to black schoolchildren.President Reagan’s team was committed to reducing the size of government — and reducing its role in helping the poor and the needy — at both the state and federal level.Justice Louis Brandeis famously wrote of our federal system that the division of powers between the federal government — with its “limited” powers specifically delineated by the Constitution — and the state governments, which continue to possess all powers not given to the federal government, would allow the states to “serve as a laboratory” and “try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”It took a while, but liberals finally got the idea. So why did the Trump administration announce last week that it intends to ignore the will of the voters, trample the rights of the states and enforce federal marijuana laws that are totally and completely inconsistent with everything states such as California are trying to do?Federal prosecutors are not going to be out there prosecuting recreational users, Trump’s posturing notwithstanding.Juries are composed of the very same people who voted to legalize recreational use. Try finding one that would convict.A dealer who imports and sells to kids across state lines is another thing; Trump didn’t need to make an announcement to give notice to them that federal law enforcement was still interested.All Trump accomplished last week was to prove the blatant hypocrisy that has long plagued the concept of federalism. And tick off a whole lot of people in a whole lot of states.Susan Estrich is a nationally syndicated columnist.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor most of the 20th century, “federalism” was the cry of conservatives battling growing federal power that came, constitutionally at least, at the expense of the states.So their response to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal was not that children should work endless hours in unsafe conditions but that the federal government had no business legislating programs and laws to end child labor and establish minimum standards for work, labor and hour regulation and the rest.It was only after President Roosevelt threatened to pack the Supreme Court that the conservatives on the Court finally gave in.Likewise, during the civil rights battles of the 1950s and 1960s, the opponents of civil rights in Congress and in the governors’ mansions did not come right out and say that black law students, college students and schoolchildren should attend schools that were both separate and terrible.center_img Justice William Brennan wrote a famous article in the Harvard Law Review during the dark days (for liberals) of Warren Burger’s tenure as chief justice.Brennan called on states to use their own constitutions to protect their citizens where the federal government refused to.Activists on various issues, including the environment and civil rights, increasingly looked to the states to act where the federal government would not.Federalism.Cannabis, anyone?In California, as in a growing number of states, the voters last year approved the recreational use of marijuana — complete with a whopping 15 percent (or higher) tax.Nationally, a majority of Americans support legalization. State after state has approved initiatives allowing first for medical marijuana and, more recently, for recreational use. States’ rights.last_img read more

Curbing COVID-19: Lessons learned from Sitaro regency

first_imgMeanwhile, North Sulawesi had recorded 4,868 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, with 185 fatalities.According to Sitaro Regent Evangelian Sasingen, her strategy for keeping the region COVID-19-free until June was to impose preventive measures before the central government announced the first COVID-19 in Indonesia.“At every entrance there were strict examinations. At the beginning, we didn’t have personal protective equipment, so we wore raincoats instead”, she said in a statement published on the national COVID-19 task force’s website on Thursday.After the first case in the regency was announced, an infection cluster was detected at a market, prompting Evangelian to lock down the market temporarily while the area was disinfected. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world and Indonesia, Siau Tagulandang Biaro (Sitaro) Islands regency in North Sulawesi has become a rare case of a region with a very low rate of infection.The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was only recorded in the regency that comprises Siau, Tagulandang and Biaro islands, in June, after a resident who had just returned from the provincial capital of Manado tested positive for the deadly virus.As of Thursday, the regency, which has a population of 73,584, had one COVID-19 patient under treatment, while 34 patients had recovered and one had died.  Her administration also traced the contacts of the patient, which lead them to one subdistict. Whenever a reactive result was recorded from an initial test, the suspected carrier was taken to the Rumah Singgah shelter home, which the administration has turned into isolation center.In addition to setting up an isolation center, she also established COVID-19 task forces at every level of the community from district to subdistrict, village to hamlet. The task forces are in charge of monitoring all newcomers to their respective areas.”All newcomers are obliged to undergo isolation for two weeks,” Eva said. Traditional leader of Sitaro Islands regency Erland Jaya Salindeho added that cooperation between the regional administration, traditional leaders and the community had been optimal.The challenge they faced was how to engage remote hamlets.“We addressed the issue by establishing traditional institutions who are in charge of educating and empowering residents and mitigating disasters,” Eva said.For their efforts at curbing COVID-19, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency gave an award to Sitaro regency on Thursday.According to a risk map published on the national COVID-19 task force’s website, as of Oct. 11 there were 11 “low risk” green zones that had recorded zero cases of COVID-19 and 14 regions that were not affected by COVID-19. (iwa) Topics :center_img Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoaplast_img read more

Family ordered to remove Arsenal shirt tribute from dad’s grave

first_imgAdvertisement Comment The grave also has beer can tributes (Picture: SWNS)Mrs Brown added: ‘My daughter made the cross and we had artificial flowers sprayed red and yellow for the Arsenal home and away shirt.‘Every time people went there they said how really nice and colourful it looked. They said it looked amazing.In a letter, she was told she must remove the Arsenal football shirt and the cross it is on, artificial flowers spelling out the words ‘dad’, ‘grandad’ and ‘husband’, and the two beers cans.She was told they were ‘not appropriate’ and do not ‘conform’ to cemetery rules.Mrs Brown said her son has written to her local MP regarding the incident.She said: ‘I am so emotional about it and find it deeply offensive the use of the word inappropriate.’More: UKScotland outlines tier system as millions face new restrictions across UKLondoners ‘should be paid a Universal Basic Income if circuit-breaker comes in’Queen criticised for not wearing face mask in first appearance since lockdownIn the same row is another grave which also has a football shirt on a cross along with an array of other personal tributes.In a statement, Exeter City Council added: ‘Everyone who comes to the cemetery comes to grieve. It is a really special place for so many people.‘Therefore we need to uphold some basic principles on behalf of everyone who considers it a sacred place.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Despite the difficulty in writing to someone who will be on a journey of grief, we have to do so for the benefit of others.’ Dee and Andrew Brown (Picture: SWNS)Mrs Brown, of Exeter, Devon, said: ‘He just absolutely loved Arsenal. He was a gunner in the army and Arsenal was his biggest passion.‘He had every shirt and my son turned them into pillows for us after he died.‘We wanted things on display that were a big part of life and it is not nice they are taking away what he loved.‘This has sent me right back again and brought up all the old heartache.Mrs Brown now faces a battle with Exeter City Council after she said she would not be removing the shirt.She described her husband, who died from cirrhosis of the liver, as a hardworking man who started drinking to block up some trauma from his childhood.He was well known for enjoying cans of John Smiths at family celebrations – and two cans of his favourite beer are also draped over the memorial.The couple married in 1982 and had four children and 12 grandchildren. Got a story for Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at For more stories like this, check our news page. Family ordered to remove Arsenal shirt tribute from dad’s grave his family has been ordered to remove the tribute (Picture: SWNS)center_img Jimmy NsubugaFriday 28 Feb 2020 12:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link497Shares Andrew Brown’s grave disrupted by wind (Picture: SWNS) Andrew Brown’s tribute at his grave (Picture: SWNS)The family of a life-long Arsenal fan who died in 2018 have been told they are not allowed to leave a team jersey at his grave.Exeter City Council has ordered Andrew Brown’s relatives to remove a football shirt from his burial site.The father-of-four died aged 57 two years ago and loved ones celebrated his life with a shrine at his resting place.They installed a famous red and white football shirt taking centre stage hanging on a cross.ADVERTISEMENTBut following a recent inspection, his widow Dee Brown, 61, received a letter from the council ordering her to remove the personal tributes.AdvertisementAdvertisementShe has now been given two weeks before they are forcibly taken away. Advertisement Sign Up for News UpdatesGet your need-to-know latest news, feel-good stories, analysis and moreSign upNot convinced? Find out more »last_img read more

‘Hypochondriac’ Chris Paul a proponent for LASIK

first_imgPaul underwent LASIK eye surgery this summer as part of an offseason filled with medical procedures. In a span of three weeks, Paul had his hand operated on, his eyes fixed and a sports hernia repaired.The LASIK, which was performed by Dr. Kerry Assil in Beverly Hills, caused Paul the most distress.Despite years of telling reporters that his rolled ankles and sprained fingers would be “fine,” on Wednesday, Paul admitted the truth. He’s a hypochondriac.“If something is wrong, I feel like I’m dying,” he said. “When I got the LASIK, they had to give me two Valiums. They tell you it’s going to be grainy for a couple of weeks. I had to put eye drops in for two weeks, four times a day. I was having panic attacks.“I couldn’t sleep. These are your eyes. They get dry. I was stressed out.”When talking about the surgery, which family members had been pushing him to get for years, Paul repeatedly said, “These are your eyes” with disbelief in his voice because of how crazy the notion of laser surgery there seems to him.And, when you’ve watched him play, it makes sense.For years, Paul’s vision has been what’s helped separate him from the rest of the NBA. He’s averaged 9.9 assists per game, leading the league in that category four times. He’s always scanning the floor, looking for the open player or the perfect pass.But, apparently, it would have been easier if he had put on a pair of readers.“As long as I could see the rim,” he said, “I felt like I was cool.”But the Paul family knew what LASIK could do. His father and brother both had the procedure during Paul’s rookie season and they raved about the results. While they were seeing 20/20, Paul was struggling to see when he looked over at the bench.“Everyone used to tell me I squinted on the court,” Paul said. “Like when (coach) Doc (Rivers) was trying to get my attention to call a play, they’d say I squinted all the time.”At his mother’s urging, Paul decided to put his fears, with the help of sedatives, to rest and allow a doctor to slice open his corneas with a laser and reshape his vision.“It was probably the most nerve-wracking thing I ever did,” he said, adding that it helped that close friends LeBron James and Dwyane Wade previously had the procedure.During his recovery, Paul was so concerned when anything was slightly off, he said he called his eye doctor almost daily for three consecutive weeks.“My nerves; my anxiety,” he said. “Those are your eyes!”Paul’s through the anxiety now and he’s an advocate for the procedure. He talked Indiana’s Paul George through his recovery. On Wednesday, he sermonized on the advantages and marveled at his improvement.When he opened his eyes the morning after the surgery, he knew what the rest of the NBA was about to find out.“Oh my God,” he said. “… I can damn near read the fine print.”Oh my God, indeed. There was a small catch, though. Paul wasn’t reading from anything at all. There wasn’t an eye chart inside the Clippers practice facility.He’d memorized the 15 letters, maybe in an effort to convince eye doctors he didn’t need to correct his vision.“Somebody (over the years) might have said I needed contacts or glasses,” Paul said.Until this past May, Paul never considered listening.Six months later, he’s reading the fine print on water bottles 10 feet away. He’s reading street signs at night. And, in what might not be a coincidence, Paul is above his career numbers in every category and making 3-pointers and free throws at a rate better than he had in his 11 previous NBA seasons. LOS ANGELES>> Chris Paul, the Clippers’ sure-fire Hall of Fame point guard, listed them off one after another.“F-E-L-O-P-Z-D. D-E-F-P-O-T-E-C”He recited the 20/25 and 20/20 lines on the eye chart in rapid succession. He didn’t pause to squint. He didn’t strain a single muscle on his face. He made it, pardon the pun, look easy.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

‘Everything clouds over and goes dark’ – Iniesta on depression at Barcelona

first_imgIniesta began having sessions with psychologist Inma Puig, who said the Spaniard’s recovery owed much to those around him, including Guardiola.“Guardiola said this is the first time I’ve been in this situation as a coach,” said Puig. “I remember he said, ‘the most important thing now is Andres, the person not the player’.”“They’re people and this is a very human thing which affects millions of people around the world,” said Guardiola. “They have to know we are there for them.”“Guardiola tried to get him out of that bottomless pit he was in,” said Iniesta’s mother Maria.Iniesta came through Barcelona’s La Masia academy and went on to win nine La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with the club.He also lifted the World Cup with Spain in 2010, after scoring the winning goal against the Netherlands in the final.Despite receiving a hero’s farewell from Barca, Iniesta hinted his relationship with the board influenced his decision to go to Japan.“People at the club never imagined I could leave,” Iniesta said. “It’s like everything, in relationships if you don’t discuss things at the right time there comes a time when there’s no way back.”Share on: WhatsApp Iniesta left Barcelona in 2018 after winning nine La Liga and four Champions League titles with the clubMadrid, Spain | AFP | Andres Iniesta has described his struggle with depression while playing for Barcelona, which his mother says was a “bottomless pit” that caused her 25-year-old son to ask to sleep with his parents.Iniesta recalls his experience with the illness in a Rakuten TV documentary, ‘Andres Iniesta – The Unexpected Hero’, which was released on Thursday and covers his move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe in 2018.After winning the Champions League under Pep Guardiola in 2009, Iniesta was battling injury and then hit by the death of his friend Dani Jarque, the 26-year-old Espanyol defender who suffered a heart attack.“The days pass and you realise you’re not improving, you don’t feel good, you’re not yourself. Everything clouds over and goes dark,” Iniesta said.On Jarque’s death, Iniesta added: “That was like a body blow, something powerful that knocked me down again and I was pretty low, clearly because I wasn’t very well.”Iniesta’s depression is described by those closest to him, including his mother Maria Lujan and father Jose Antonio.“I noticed he wasn’t well one night when we were sleeping downstairs and he came down and said, ‘mum can I sleep here with you?’” Maria said. “Then the world came down on my head.”Jose Antonio said: “Our 25 year-old son coming down at midnight and wanting to sleep with his parents means he can’t be well. He said, ‘I’m not well dad’. I said, ‘what’s wrong?’ ‘I don’t know, I don’t feel well.’”Iniesta’s father admitted he thought his son might have to take a break from football. “At one stage I thought he would have to stop because the most important thing was him,” said Jose Antonio.last_img read more

Landry has the experience, but Joshua Dobbs has more upside (commentary by the Courier’s Rob Taylor Jr.)

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter JOSHUA DOBBS has performed well in the Steelers’ first two preseason games, but he may be on the outside looking in when the Steelers establish their QB depth chart—unless they decide to keep four quarterbacks on the roster. (Photo by Courier photographer Brian Cook)It’s the worst kept secret in Pittsburgh right now concerning the Steelers—Robert Joshua Dobbs will not be on the 53-man roster to start the 2018 regular season.I’ve tried to explore every possible scenario that Dobbs, the second-year quarterback who starred at the University of Tennessee, would be either the No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger.There are a few scenarios that could happen which would bode well for Dobbs’ inclusion on the big club in a few weeks…1. Roethlisberger starts to really like how it feels to wear a headset on the sidelines, dressed only in a Steelers’ short-sleever…really likes how it feels to watch other quarterbacks get pummeled and criticized for a change, and then reveals through his LinkedIn page that he has retired…2. Coach Mike Tomlin institutes the “Rooney Rule” for Steelers quarterbacks, and makes it mandatory that there be at least one African American listed as a quarterback on the team…3. We find out that Mason Rudolph’s father is really Archie Manning, and good ole Archie demands that his son, Mason, is the starting quarterback for the Steelers, or else. The pressure to make the final decision is too much for Art Rooney II, so he asks Antonio Brown to meet him at Heinz Field to help him make the decision. But Antonio shows up four hours late to the meeting…4. Tomlin takes a good look at Dobbs’ impressive preseason outings so far. He recalls the zipline rocket touchdown Dobbs threw on the money to Damoun Patterson in the game against the Eagles. Tomlin watches the tape of Dobbs’ ability to escape a crowded pocket and throw on the run to James Washington, like he did in the third quarter of the game against the Packers. Or the way Dobbs held Packers safety Josh Jones in the middle of the field before he zoomed a pass to Washington for a “Top Play Nominee” touchdown grab a few plays later…Through the first two preseason games, Dobbs is 21-31 for 283 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions. This season will be Landry Jones’ sixth with the Steelers, with five regular season starts under his belt. Two of those starts were against a hapless Cleveland Browns team the last two years (even Mark Malone could have won those games). In the other starts, against the Patriots, Chiefs and Cardinals, Jones had a 60 percent completion percentage, with 219 yards passing per game, and a total of 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. The Steelers won one of those three games.I can’t be the only person who thinks Dobbs, if put in the same situations with the No. 1 offense and targets like Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Jesse James, etc., couldn’t perform just as well, or better.I can’t be the only person who has watched enough of Landry Jones to know that he’s not a starting quarterback in this league, at least not with the powerful Steelers. Sure, he can rack a win or two in a New Year’s regular season finale against the Browns that has no playoff implications. Sure, he can come into an emergency situation and not crumble under the fire. Yes, he knows the offense, he has experience, and he doesn’t kneel during the national anthem.But when Ben eventually does hang it up, the Steelers better be sure Mason Rudolph is the second-coming, because if he’s not, the other protégé, Dobbs, will most likely be coming into his own as a professional quarterback in another city.And that’s unfortunate.We—excuse me…The Steelers—drafted Dobbs for his playmaking ability, his speed, his cannon of an arm, his high IQ, his unbeaten record in collegiate bowl games, his ability to perform in the rough, tough Southeastern Conference. That seems forgotten ever since Rudolph the Red Nosed Mason came to town.Before it’s too late, the Steelers should rethink their quarterback situation. Do you really want to see Joshua Dobbs developing in a different uniform, when you know the talent and ability is there? Or will you stick with the “safe” move, and keep Jones, who’s already received the “vote of confidence” from Roethlisberger?The Steelers are a top-notch organization, and they usually make the best moves, not just for the present, but for the future. In a few years, I can see a healthy battle between the youngsters Dobbs and Rudolph as the Steelers’ new starter, with the competition making both players better. And I can see Landry Jones, who will be 30 years old before next year’s training camp, in a non-Black and Gold uniform, being a backup for another organization.Hopefully the Steelers see it the same way.last_img read more

World Cup Diary: A’ja Wilson talks playing in the World Cup

first_imgJulie Allemand of the Belgian jumps to basket against A’Ja Wilson of the United States during the Women’s basketball World Cup semi final match between Belgium and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Saturday Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo Andres Gutierrez) SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Here we are on the morning of the gold medal game and it’s been quite the experience so far. It’s been a joy to have the opportunity to play and compete against the best in the world and I’ve been capitalizing on every moment I’ve had here. I’ve enjoyed watching the games and playing in them and being with my teammates. You get a real appreciation for how good the players are throughout the world.One special moment for me was playing Nigeria in the quarterfinals and going against my former South Carolina teammate Sarah Imovbioh. She was a teammate I really loved with the Gamecocks. She’s always been herself and brought a lot of energy every time she played. Seeing her playing for her country and making history made my heart smile, to see how much fun she was having and how much pride she has for her country. I know it made coach Staley and I very, very, happy.We took a photo together after the game and I can’t wait to see it.Playing around some of the best ever to play has been a lot of fun, seeing their basketball IQ and their knowledge. The stories they have from being in the league so long. I was talking with my Las Vegas Aces teammate Kelsey Plum and we hope we can be in the game long enough to build stories like that. I’m trying to take it all in.One thing I’ve learned being on this team is to not do anything out of your role just because you’re on a different team. I come from teams where they expect me to do a lot. Here I don’t have to do that. Here I can just be myself and play a certain amount and know someone else is coming in to pick it up.It definitely helps since the other day I got a little bit of food poisoning and was feeling under the weather. Fortunately, we have great doctors with us and they got me back on track and being the A’ja I’m used to being.It’s not been all basketball here. My mom and I found this really great manicure spot so I got my nails done. Then of course we went souvenir shopping a bit. No, I didn’t get a flamingo to bring back, but we got scarves, clothes, jackets, shot glasses and bracelets. Out of our friends we travel the most, so we always try to get them things from every country we go to.And now I hope to bring home one more thing, and that’s a gold medal.___Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson is checking in periodically from the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. It’s been a busy few weeks with USA training camp, winning Rookie of the Year and finally making the team.last_img read more