Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 24

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDon’t forget Christ on holiday to-do listDo the Gazette editors know the origin of Christmas? I was deeply saddened when reading the Dec. 19 feature of “100 things to do this holiday season” to find not a single reference to attending a church service, taking time for private devotions or singing Christmas carols.Perhaps you are not aware that the “holiday season” includes “Christmas” which comes from the word “Christ.” For many people, the season is a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus, often called “Christ.”  I weep that he’s still forgotten.Paul RandallSlingerlands The best option for Trump is to resignIn Trump’s impeachment, House Republicans attacked the process under Democrats’ control. They engaged in antisocial and counterfactual behavior. Conspicuously, however, they failed to defend Trump as being either honest or innocent.Underlying partisanship of the House vote was near unanimous agreement about Trump’s guilt.This was evident from debate in the Intelligence Oversight and Judiciary committees and the full House. Despite partisan bitterness, the House action sends a powerful, essentially nonpartisan message of guilt to voters and senators.Senators know that all House members’ terms end in 2020. They know that Republican members risk primary challenges at Trump’s instigation if they rebel. They know that House Republicans desiring impeachment did not have to vote for it, as Democrats would do the job.Not so in the Senate. Senators serve six-year terms. Just 23 Republican senators’ terms will end in 2020, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s. Thus, 30 of the 53 Republican senators will join 47 Democrats, totaling 77 Senate trial jurors protected from Trump jury tampering.Republican senators have a weighty responsibility. To keep them in line, Trump relies upon Mitch McConnell. McConnell must avoid the appearance of rebellion, but he could engineer rebellion surreptitiously. He could advise Trump to resign with an immunity deal or face conviction and removal.Resignation seems likely. Trump’s legal peril may become dire if his tax returns must be released. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider this issue. A likely adverse decision could be averted, however, if Trump resignation renders it moot.Dr. Robert A. MichaelsNiskayuna Republicans: Stop defending TrumpTo all Trump supporters: if Bill Clinton could be impeached over lying about having an affair with an intern, pushed by Republicans and Clinton haters for years, then dare I say, it’s only right that Trump be impeached for bribery of a foreign country and obstruction of justice at the highest levels. Call me crazy, but the latter seems much more serious. Republicans, get your heads out of the sand and stop defending the indefensible. History will remember all of this, and you.Mary BakerPerthMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

MEPs’ last-minute bid to save gap funding

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The Omega factor

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Bluewater history

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Tunnel vision

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Steinmetz is key man in Chelsfield MBO attempt

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‘Lease events’ give tenants the chance to get the best terms

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Watch this space

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An unholy row

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International driver permit, valid in 188 countries, can now be processed online in Indonesia

first_imgPeople living in Indonesia are now able to register for international driver permits online as the National Police have launched a service to ease the process of applying for the document, which is valid for use in 188 foreign countries. National Police Traffic Corps head Insp. Gen. Istiono said that Indonesia had cooperated with 188 countries so that international driving permit holders from the country would be able to use their licenses there. “All ASEAN [countries] are included among the 188 countries,” Istiono said as quoted by kompas.com on Friday, without elaborating on the other countries. The National Police’s Traffic Corps launched on Friday a new feature that enables drivers to register and pay for international driving permits online. Before the online feature, applicants had to register themselves manually by visiting the police’s international driving permit center in South Jakarta. With the online feature, applicants — who must already have driving licenses — can register themselves through the traffic corps website for an international driving permit registration.  After filling out the form and making the payment, applicants will still need to visit the police’s international driving permit center in South Jakarta and bring the required documents, including their ID card, national driving license and passport, as well as copies of the registration form and payment. Foreign citizens living in Indonesia are particularly required to bring their permanent stay visa permit (KITAP). By allowing permit applicants to register themselves through the online feature, Istiono expected that it would be able to reduce corrupt practices in the permit-issuing process.“This feature upgrade should make our service more accessible to the public,” Istiono said as quoted by Antara.  (dpk)Topics :last_img read more