New asylums may help most violent

New asylums may help most violent

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The gun violence fracturing America has produced a new debate over whether the perpetrators of this violence should be put into hospitals designed to help them. It would be better to do this beforehand rather than after the act.That’s the case for the asylum. President Trump has called for more asylums and is joined by some psychiatrists.The new asylum is a more transparent version that provides long-term treatment options. Adults lacking insight and who are chronically psychotic, unable to care for themselves, and potentially dangerous have few high-quality long-term care options available, said Dr. Dominic Sisti, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist. He noted the extreme shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds in the United States and the disastrous policy of states to let the supply of beds dwindle to 1850 levels. That’s what is believed to have led so many distraught and dangerous young men to go untreated and living in our midst as potential time bombs.Today, for the unsafe and unstable, the choice is either prison, homelessness and short-term hospitalization or else long-term psychiatric care. A return to asylums that are safe, modern and humane is believed “morally appropriate.”The Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital in Massachusetts, which combines treatment with research and medical education, is a modern model for asylums where patients are treated with dignity and respect. It may take more than the extended efforts of psychiatrists to work miracles on the angriest individuals, but the ideas are promising.Roy NevilleSchenectadyThe writer is former president of NAMI Schenectady and its newsletter editor.More from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 24

first_imgThe Gazette May 10 edition reported Rep. Paul Tonko saying Attorney General Robert Barr was “seriously misleading” the public about the contents of the Mueller report.Barr’s summary quoted the statement on page 173 Volume I of the Mueller report that “the investigation did not establish that the campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” How copying this statement into Barr’s summary becomes misleading escapes me.Perhaps Tonko was influenced by fellow Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who on April 21 stated there is “ample evidence of collusion in plain sight.” Tonko  should call on Schiff to release this evidence so that Mueller, Barr and the American people can see why Barr was completely misled by the Mueller report.Can obstruction of justice exist with no crime (collusion)? According to page 7 Volume II of the Mueller report it can. It states, “obstruction statues do not require proof of crime” and “evidence we obtained did not establish the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference.” Using this logic, anyone who is falsely accused could be charged with obstruction of justice if they fought the charges.Charging someone with obstruction when they did not commit a crime strikes me as sour grapes and not reflecting the true meaning of justice.A couple final thoughts: Does anyone seriously think the conclusion on page 173 Volume I will be changed if everything is released, and if Trump is guilty of obstruction, than so is Rep. Schiff, who is doing everything to prolong the investigation.Andy BeiniksCharltonIs Trump bucking for a war with Iran?An act of war? Above the objections of our allies, the United States pulled out of the Iran deal. This deal prevented Iran from making a  nuclear bomb. This act by President Trump was simply interpreted as a juvenile act to undo what President Obama had accomplished. Recently, Trump decided again,  above the objections of our allies, to impose harsh economic trade restrictions on Iran.These punishments dramatically cut oil and metal exports to other nations. This act by the United States is very much like a physical blockade in concept and could be interpreted as an act of war upon Iran by the United States. Will this apparent aggression by the United States goad Iran to respond with an aggressive action?And will a retaliatory aggressive action by Iran give reason for the United States to start a real war, with our best men dying in the Middle East again?A president would not be planning to send thousands of troops to the Middle East if he was not considering an invasionary war. The president is well aware that the popularity of a president goes up when the United States goes to war. Is the end game by Trump to start another Middle East war just to increase his popularity for his re-election? I pray not. The president should concentrate on our real enemies, which are China and Russia.John DworakRotterdamGood economy true measure of fitnessIn Arnold Seiken’s May 22 letter, he said he thinks the fact that President Trump lost $1.17 billion over 10 years should somehow be a reason to question his ability to lead our country.Under President Trump, our economy is stronger than it has been in 40 years. Jobs are coming back. Money from overseas is coming back. Unemployment is lower than it has been in 40 years. I guess you are right. President Trump doesn’t know what he is doing. By the way, under his highness Obama, the national debt nearly doubled in eight years, to $20 trillion. That is more than the first 43 presidents accumulated.I’ll take President Trump anyway.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonHome car-chargers  a boon for engineersThis must be the most optimistic time for an electrical engineer since Thomas Edison, for it offers the opportunity to invent gizmos to turn every house in the world into a “gas station” for the emerging electrical cars. Every car sleeps in its garage 10 hours a day, perfect for recharging.This could displace the new formal recharging stations being built and eliminate the middle man. Who knows, maybe GE could exploit this for its long awaited comeback.David ChildsJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWho are those really obstructing justice?last_img read more

Green turns £190m

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Pizza the action

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Counterterrorism measures: Changing of the guard

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On top of the world

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Speech therapy

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Prayers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound suspended over virus

first_imgTopics : All Muslim prayers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound will be suspended from Monday until further notice in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, religious officials said on Sunday.The doors of the mosque and the adjoining Dome of the Rock had already been shut, but worshippers were still able to gather in the open areas of the hilltop compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.”It was decided to suspend the arrival of worshippers to prayers through all the gates to al-Aqsa mosque starting Monday,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs in Jordan, which acts as custodian of the site, the third holiest in Islam after Mecca and Medina. The new edict suspends the outdoor prayers as well. Those sessions usually draw large crowds, though the numbers have dwindled in recent weeks.The Palestinian director of the mosque, Sheikh Omar Kisawni, confirmed the decision to Reuters.Religious leaders at other holy sites in Jerusalem’s walled Old City, such as the adjacent Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, have also set precautionary limitations.The compound’s religious workers and guards will continue to be allowed entry and the Muslim call to prayer will continue as normal, said the Waqf council, which oversees Jerusalem’s Islamic sites.last_img read more

US designates Russian ultra-nationalist group as terrorists

first_imgThe Trump administration has designated an ultra-nationalist group in Russia as terrorists, the first time that the US has applied the label to a white supremacist group.“These designations are unprecedented,” Nathan Sales, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, said in a statement. “This is the first time the United States has ever designated white supremacist terrorists, illustrating how seriously this administration takes the threat. We are taking actions no previous administration has taken to counter this threat.”In addition to the group, the Russian Imperial Movement, the US designated Stanislav Anatolyevich Vorobyev, Denis Valliullovich Gariev and Nikolay Nikolayevich Trushchalov, according to Sales. The Russian Imperial Movement provides paramilitary-style training to neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and it plays a prominent role in trying to rally like-minded Europeans and Americans into a common front against their perceived enemies, according to Sales. The group has two training facilities in St. Petersburg, which the State Department said are probably being used for woodland and urban assault, tactical weapons, and hand-to-hand combat training.“These historic designations are just one part of the administration’s broader efforts to counter white supremacist terrorism abroad,” Sales said. “We’re bringing all of our counterterrorism tools to this fight – information sharing, counter-messaging, combating terrorist travel, engaging with tech companies, and building partner capacity to protect soft targets like synagogues and mosques.”Topics :last_img read more

China’s CDB Financial scraps purchase of 29 Boeing 737 MAX jets

first_imgChina Development Bank (CDB) Financial Leasing Co said on Monday it had agreed with Boeing Co to cancel the purchase of 29 undelivered 737 MAX jets, adding to a string of recent cancellations of the grounded airplane.The model has been grounded globally for more than a year following deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.“In light of evolving aviation market dynamics, we’ve been working together with Boeing over many months to re-calibrate our MAX orderbook to be in line with our long-term view of the market and related opportunities,” Xuedong Wang, chairman of CDB Financial unit CDB Aviation, said in a statement. “As we work to return the 737 MAX to service, our focus remains on addressing our customers’ fleet needs while optimizing the delivery of the more than 4,000 airplanes in our 737 backlog,” it said.Read also: Will the US government nationalize Boeing?“As market conditions normalize, Boeing anticipates that lessors who have restructured or reduced their orderbooks will continue to add MAX aircraft to their portfolios through sale leaseback agreements with airlines,” the planemaker said. “Longer term we expect these lessors will again place orders for direct MAX purchases.”CDB Financial Leasing said that all 737 MAX 10 jets still on order will be switched to the smaller 737 MAX 8 model, and 20 deliveries will be deferred to dates in 2024, 2025 and 2026.Topics : Read also: Boeing finds new software flaws on 737 MaxThe lessor said it retained an order for another 70 of the planes that also have yet to be delivered.Boeing recorded a total of 150 MAX cancellations in March, including 75 from Irish leasing company Avolon. Boeing remains in talks with regulators seeking approval to return the plane to service, but its customers have also seen a sharp fall-off in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.Boeing said in a statement it continued to partner with leasing company customers to help them balance their portfolios in a challenging market.last_img read more