5) In contrast, the first President George Bush showed courage and patriotism.As a volunteer teenage combat pilot, he was shot down and rescued at sea.He resigned his NRA membership when its original mission of responsible gun ownership was replaced by fringe group agendas. President Bush also called for a kinder and gentler nation.It’s the antithesis of the fear-mongering NRA.Frank WicksSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash The slaughter of 17 in a Florida school may be a tipping point. Major companies are suddenly dropping National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsements.A new generation of politicians might find the following to be a winning combination.1) Declare the NRA to be a terrorist organization. It enables assault weapons for mass killings of increasing frequency. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Meanwhile, repeated carnage in Australia has been stopped with buybacks.2) Claiming the Second Amendment allows assault weapons is ludicrous. A one-shot musket and bayonet were the weapons of our Founding Fathers.3) Debating age for ownership, banning bump stocks, background checks and arming teachers are red herrings.Responsible assault weapon ownership is an oxymoron.Anyone wanting one should be judged as too dangerous to have one.4) Samuel Johnson observed that patriotism is the refuge of scoundrels. Assault weapons are for cowards and fake patriots.The flag-waving NRA leader and the president of the United States both found ways to avoid military service.
Steven B. Kelts, age 60 of Batesville, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at his home. Born February 1, 1957 in Elmira, New York, he is the son of Gail (Nee: Andrews) and Charles Kelts. He married Constance Lilley May 1, 1982 at Horseheads, New York. He was a Senior Control Engineer for Bosch in Florence, Kentucky.Steve enjoyed many interests. An active individual who liked being outside, he participated in triathlon events, marathons and mini marathons. He was a regular at the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon and several local hospice runs in addition to running at events in Germany and Mexico. Vegetable and flower gardening, fishing and riding his Harley were other outdoor activities he enjoyed. Steve was also an avid reader, a Reds fan and according to his family, an excellent cook. With two huge binders full of recipes, everything he made was delicious. They also indicated he wasn’t necessarily a cat person, but very much loved his dogs and had an interesting hobby of visiting old churches, admiring and photographing their unique architecture. His greatest pleasure, though, was being with his family.He is survived by his wife Connie; daughters Sarah (Joe) VanWhy of Edinburg, Indiana, Linsey Kelts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ali (Matthew) Kelts of Kokomo, Indiana, Anni (Brent) Kelts of Versailles, Indiana; father Charles Kelts of Cincinnati, Ohio; sister Sheryll Popp of Wilmore, Kentucky and grandchildren Seth Hallgren, Harper Hallgren and Lillian Bradley. He is preceded in death by his mother and sister Staci Kelts.Steve’s wishes were to be cremated. The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 8th at the Weigel Funeral Home. The family requests memorials to the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice or Melanoma Know More of Cincinnati.
…says Williams himself retained counsels in private practiceThe Guyana Bar Association has called out Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams for his recent remarks that outlined concerns with lawyers in private practice who make representation for the State, deeming his position “unwarranted”.GBA President Kamal RamkarranTwo weeks ago, the AG, who is also Legal Affairs Minister, referred to the conduct of litigation by lawyers in private practice for the State and was reported to have stated that criminal action needed to be taken against lawyers conducting such litigation.In fact, he said that he “believes that [lawyers] need to start being charged now”. These comments did not sit well with the legal body, which observed that the statements do not consider the constitutional process in place.“These statements of the Attorney General, in addition to ignoring the fact that it is the Director of Public Prosecutions, a constitutional office-holder, whose duty it is to determine when and under what circumstances persons should face criminal charges, may give the incorrect impression to the public that there is something wrong, sinister or unlawful with lawyers in private practice conducting litigation for the State,” the Association stated on Wednesday.Attorney General Basil WilliamsThe Bar Association added that lawyers at the private Bar have always conducted litigation for the State in Guyana and throughout the Commonwealth, and continue to do so today.“This practice is entirely proper and is used where lawyers in private practice have such skills, experience or specialist knowledge of discrete areas of law to enable them to properly and successfully conduct litigation on behalf of the State,” the Bar said, pointing to the writings of then AG, Dr Mohammed Shahabudeen, who shared sentiments similar to that of the Association.Moreover, the Bar said that the fact that Williams has himself retained counsel in private practice from outside of Guyana to conduct litigation (SM Jaleel & Co Ltd and Guyana Beverages Inc v The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Zulfikar Mustapha v Attorney General, and The Attorney General of Guyana v Cedric Richardson) indicated that the practice of the State retaining lawyers in private practice to conduct litigation was both well-established and continues today.“It is clear, therefore, that lawyers who conduct litigation for the State commit no criminal conduct whatsoever by the fact of their conducting that litigation. It is also clear that it is neither improper nor unusual for lawyers in private practice to conduct litigation for the State” said the Association.As such, the Bar Association says it views the comments made by the Attorney General as “an entirely unwarranted attack on the professionalism and the independence of the members of the legal profession, unbecoming of a member of the Inner Bar”. It is urging Williams to strengthen methods of record-keeping at the Attorney General’s Chambers if there were difficulties in that regard.The Association further said that it is calling on the Attorney General’s Chambers to “resolve issues concerning the conduct of litigation with those lawyers appearing for the State privately, with circumspection, and in a manner becoming of the standards of the profession.” It is of the view that such a course of action will avoid bringing the legal profession in Guyana into disrepute, which is “entirely undesirable from an office-holder who has traditionally been recognised in the Commonwealth with the unofficial and honorific title of Leader of the Bar”.