Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI am a disabled veteran of World War II. To all you liberal Democrats: You don’t know what it is to suffer for this great country of ours.You want everything, but you will not sacrifice anything for this great country. You want the Dreamers to become citizens. Regarding Dec. 7, 1941, if we where all liberals and let the Japanese take over our great country, would you have the freedom we have now? If you want the Dreamers to be citizens of our great country, let them serve four years in the military — active duty — and then they will be come good citizens of this great country of ours.Thank God, we have a president that is trying to protect us. Vincent BelardoAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Freshman Ethan Happ’s decision to redshirt last year may have salvaged Wisconsin’s season this year.For the better part of this season, Happ’s name was chained to comparisons of previous Badger great, Frank Kaminsky. Every time Happ was mentioned, immediate comments loaded with similarities to last year’s national player of the year followed.But for Happ, living up to the expectations left by one of the greatest basketball players in school history would only prove half the battle during his first year on the court.Understanding the value of learning from — rather than competing against — eventual first round draft picks Sam Dekker and Kaminsky in last year’s campaign led Happ to redshirt his first season with the Badgers.“Going against Frank and Nigel [Hayes] and Sam every day in practice made my game jump a lot more than playing six to eight minutes [off the bench] would have,” Happ said in October before the season began.Men’s basketball: Happ’s emergence vital in Badgers’ midseason resurgenceThis was not the year the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball anticipated. The Badgers, who entered the season ranked No. Read…Under new head coach Greg Gard, Happ quickly began to blossom into the player that many fans had expected to see one day, but certainly not this soon into his career. The forward began to rattle off double-doubles night after night, finishing the season with yet another freshman school record by claiming 10 of these feats in one season.All of a sudden a team that had started conference play in shambles, losing four of its first five games, was turning into a legitimate contender after rolling to a seven-game win streak.After Happ’s game-winning layup against Michigan State, Wisconsin would finish the regular season with 11 wins and only two losses, both of which came against top-15 opponents on the road.Men’s basketball: Happ’s game-winning layup pushes Wisconsin over No. 4 Michigan StateIt was another game for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and another down-to-the-wire finish, and for the first time in Read…Happ’s integral role in the team’s success did not go unnoticed nationally either. Despite competition against freshmen projected as first-round NBA draft picks, Happ’s 12.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game earned him the 2016 Big 10 Freshman of the Year award, becoming only the second player in school history to achieve this honor. He was named to the conference All-Defensive Team after leading the Big Ten in steals.Now with the team’s leading scorer junior forward Hayes uncertain about his future in Madison, Happ’s sophomore season could serve as a glimpse into the future success of University of Wisconsin’s men’s basketball for years to come.
In this 2013 photo, San Francisco 49ers’ Aldon Smith poses for a photo, location not known. (AP Photo)LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.The 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 and became uncooperative with the process, airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said. She said he told a TSA agent that he had a bomb before walking to the gate. When airport police officers caught up with him, Ortiz said Smith became uncooperative and was taken into custody.A witness video posted on TMZ.com shows Smith exchanging words with an officer as he was being handcuffed and escorted out of the gate area.Smith was booked for investigation of making a false bomb threat. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said anyone who makes a bomb threat at an airport is potentially subject to federal charges, although no such charges have been filed against Smith.A message seeking comment from Smith’s agent wasn’t immediately returned.With the arrest, Smith is involved in three pending criminal cases.“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”A fearsome pass-rushing specialist, Smith took a five-game leave of absence from the 49ers last season to undergo treatment for substance abuse. He rejoined the team Nov. 5.Smith played in a 27-7 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 22, two days after he was arrested and jailed on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. After the game, he publicly apologized for his behavior and later announced he would leave for treatment.Leading up to the playoffs in early January, Smith said during an interview with The Associated Press he was encouraged by the strides he had made to better himself off the football field that put life — and his work — in perspective. He said at the time he hadn’t had any alcohol since before his Sept. 20 DUI arrest, and that he wasn’t craving it. When he rejoined the team Nov. 5, he insisted he was on the path to lifelong sobriety stuck by that statement.His teammates rallied around him in support of his rehab and, later, his return to the team.Smith emerged as one of the NFL’s most-feared pass rushers in 2012. He had a franchise-record 19.5 sacks that year, but failed to record a sack in his final six games including the team’s postseason Super Bowl run.Smith finished with 8½ sacks and 34 tackles in 11 games last season, making eight starts.In November, Smith pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a June 2012 party at his home. Investigators say several shots were fired, two partygoers were injured and Smith was stabbed. In the subsequent investigation, prosecutors say detectives found five unregistered weapons in Smith’s house, including two Bushmaster rifles and an Armalite AR-10T. They say those are assault weapons illegal to possess under California law.Smith and former teammate Delanie Walker were named in a lawsuit last September filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by a Northern California man who said he was shot at a party at Smith’s house on June 29, 2012. The players charged a $10 admission and $5 per drink, the lawsuit said. Smith and now-Tennessee Titans tight end Walker were allegedly intoxicated on Smith’s balcony when they fired gunshots in the air while trying to end the party, the lawsuit said.Smith, selected seventh overall in the 2011 draft out of Missouri, had previously been arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012 in Miami shortly after the 49ers lost in the NFC championship game.This is the latest in a long list of legal issues for 49ers players the past two years — and recently, too. The Niners, who lost to the rival and eventual champion Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game, have made nearly as much news away from the field as they have in free agency this offseason.On Thursday, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was one of three NFL players named in a Miami police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there, though no one has been charged with a crime. Kaepernick, 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette — a former 49er — were with the woman at a Miami hotel where Lockette lives, according to the Miami Police Department report. The police say it’s too early to determine whether a crime was committed.Late last month in San Jose, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run and reckless driving after he drove a car into a bicyclist and fled. He is the player who underwent sensitivity training after his anti-gay remarks leading up to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season. He has done outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Last summer, another starting linebacker, Ahmad Brooks, was investigated by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office on allegations that Brooks repeatedly hit a teammate on the head with a beer bottle. No assault charges were filed because of insufficient evidence.According to police, Brooks hit then-teammate Lamar Divens with the bottle three times and then punched him in the face during an early morning argument June 8. Divens sustained a 3-inch cut on his forehead.Another member of the defense, Demarcus Dobbs, was suspended for Week 1 last season for his own arrest on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession in 2012.___AP Sports Writers Janie McCauley and Josh Dubow in San Francisco contributed to this report.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Those attending will enjoy a mix of early Michael Jackson and more as the singers explore several decades of music, including classical, contemporary, and maybe even a few unexpected surprises! This is a fun concert for all ages, so plan to join us and be entertained by some of the finest young talent (ages 5-18) Olympia has to offer.The concert will be held at the Westwood Baptist Church located at 333 Kaiser Rd NW in Olympia on Saturday, May 18 beginning at 4 p.m. Submitted by Olympia Youth ChorusOlympia Youth Chorus presents “Bach to Rock” Saturday, May 18 at 4pm. The concert will bring to listeners a sampling of choral music from J.S. Bach and Hildegard von Bingen to Sister Act’s “Joyful, Joyful.” Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Children 3 and under are admitted at no charge. Tickets can be purchased by emailing Olympia Youth Chorus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook275Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Iron RabbitBeginning November 28, Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar will begin applying an 18-percent service charge on all in-restaurant checks, instead of a gratuity. All proceeds will be redistributed to staff in the form of wages, commissions, and benefits.“We are proud to be among the first restaurants in Olympia to take this step. We believe it invests in our employees while helping us modernize and improve our guests’ experience,” said Christian Skillings, Iron Rabbit owner.Several factors prompted the switch:Rich, creamy Artichoke Heart Alfredo with Proscuitto is featured on Iron Rabbit’s dinner menu.More equitable pay: Federal and state labor laws now prohibit restaurant operators from requiring servers and bartenders to share tips with kitchen staff, which has led to a growing inequity in how employees are paid.Higher minimum wage: With the passage of Initiative 1433, the state’s minimum wage will rise to $11 in 2017. Iron Rabbit is raising its wages right away on November 28. The service charge will help fund the increase.Expanded employee benefits: Beginning in January 2017, the restaurant will also expand benefits for employees with new, paid sick leave, a 401K program, and opportunities to earn extra pay based on performance.“By treating all team members fairly, we create better experiences for our guests by attracting and keeping the best people, committed to service and quality,” said Skillings.Service charges have become more common in restaurants, from Seattle and Tacoma to cities nationwide.“The restaurant has a unique opportunity to change for the better, and this is our latest step to keep improving. We are also very proud of Iron Rabbit’s commitment to sourcing local foods and to operating sustainably by reducing waste through composting,” said Skillings.
Facebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Washington State LegislatureFor the fifth annual Valentines for Veterans Drive, Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) is encouraging students of all ages around the South Sound to pen and design valentines for local veterans. The cards are one way to say to veterans, “thank you for your service.”Congressman Heck and his office will then deliver the cards to veterans organizations on Valentine’s Day.“In this world full of emails and text messages, a handwritten card is a special memento that any person can appreciate,” Heck said. “Nobody deserves a handmade note of gratitude more than our veterans, and each year I’m touched by the heartfelt valentines that students produce.” Students of all grade levels and ages are welcome to participate. The following schools in the Thurston County have signed on to provide valentines: Evergreen Forest Elementary (Lacey)Madison Elementary (Olympia)Anyone wishing to participate can drop off Valentine’s Day cards at Congressman Heck’s district offices between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, January 30 to February 3. Teachers and school districts can contact the Pierce County office at (253) 533-8332 or the Thurston/Mason County office at (360) 459-8514 to arrange an appointment for large pickups.The Thurston/Mason County office is located on the third floor of Lacey City Hall, 420 College Street SE, Third Floor.