June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders calls on the International Olympic Committee to investigate this censorship directive, which is both a violation of the commitments given in 2001 and yet another infringement of the free flow of news in China. RSF_en News ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts China’s Cyber Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information August 26, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 21-point directive to Chinese media proves coverage of games was biased and politicised News News Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation News A 21-point directive which the Propaganda Department sent to the Chinese media prior to the Olympic Games shows the degree to which their coverage of the games was “biased and politicised,” Reporters Without Borders said today. The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post first reported the existence of the directive more than two weeks ago. Now a Chinese blogger has posted what is said to be the text of the directive online.“It is not at all surprising that the Communist Party’s censorship agency banned coverage of demonstrations by pro-Tibetan groups or the existence of designated protest areas in Beijing but the instructions regarding food security and the Chinese team’s results are astounding,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on the International Olympic Committee to investigate this censorship directive, which is both a violation of the commitments given in 2001 and yet another infringement of the free flow of news in China.”Because of its timing, most of the subjects mentioned in the directive concern the Olympic Games. The Communist Party, the organiser of the games, was clearly afraid that they might be disrupted by sports, political or international news. So much so, that it even banned the media from criticising the Chinese Olympic team’s selection process (point 21).Security is a major concern, with the party asking Chinese journalists to stick to the official version in the event that foreigners are involved in any emergency (point 17). The media are also asked to be “positive” in their coverage of the security measures adopted during the games (point 19).As regards international affairs, the directive strongly advises the media to limit coverage of such current thorny issues as Burma, Darfur and North Korea (point 13). As is customary, the Propaganda Department urges the media to use the dispatches of the official news agency Xinhua when tackling any sensitive subject.The directive also forbids the media to mention food security problems, the unblocking of dozens of websites, including the Reporters Without Borders site, on 1 August (point 2) and Chinese businessman Lai Changxing, who fled to Canada in 1999 to escape corruption charges (point 11). Any criticism of the 8 August opening ceremony is also forbidden (point 8), although the Chinese Internet was abuzz with comments of all kinds about the ceremony (point 10). 21点中文版 1、本次广电直播不延时，如遇现场突出情况，无新闻宣传协调小组通知，所有媒体不得报道；如需报道，会有正式通知 2、从8月1日，对所有境外注册的境外网站，全面解封不得报道，也不得转载、链接。 3、慎重把握民族、宗教问题报道，对本会提供的宗教服务，境内一般不报。 4、对外国政要观看开幕式，不炒作，对座次不报道，不评论，对私生活不报道 5、要体现平等原则，各族运动员一律平等，不得出现白人、黑人运动员称呼；正式直播时对台可称“中华台北”平时亦可称“来自宝岛台湾的……”如出现台独……按第1条处理， 6、对海外华人来京，不简单归结为“爱国热情”，以免对其造成被动，如：栾菊杰、郎平 7、藏 独、东 突不报，对反恐不炒作 8、矿泉水致癌等食品安全一律不报 9、对北京3个专供示威公园一事，一律不采访，不报道 10、2、5的彩排不炒作，不报细节，对8号的只能说好，不能说“NO” 11、不炒赖昌星问题 12、不报非法入境人员，不报在华外国人事件 13、有关国际问题的报道，如朝核按统一口径；中东客观、低调；苏丹达尔福尔等不炒作；不炒联合国有关改革；慎重古巴问题；如出现突发事件，要报外交部 14、涉及近邻领土纠纷，不炒作；有关独岛不表明立场、不评论；缅甸问题淡化，不炒作 15、对中国和一些国家双边关系，地方不采访，不转网络稿，只用新华社稿件，尤其是多哈回合谈判、美大选、中伊合作、中澳合作、中与津巴布韦合作、中与巴拉圭合作等有关热点问题； 16、慎报奥运电视收视率情况，只能用境内权威机构发布的情况，如出现下降，不炒作； 17、境外游客发生意外，要按统一口径报道；没有要求则不报； 18、对首都地铁可能发生的事故，要统一报道口径 19、对安保措施，正面引导 20、股市报道要谨慎 21、妥善处理中国代表团的报道 A、运动员的选拔问题不说三道四，不反思 B、不炒金牌；不预测金牌数，不将成绩作为唯一参赛指标，不炒运动员的奖励 C、正确对待运动员的文明礼仪，理解个别人的不当表现，不炒作 D、加大反兴奋剂的宣传力度，突出立场，措施、成就 E、正确宣传对运动员的保障工作，宣传国家社会共同努力、尽最大可能解决其退役后的安置问题，对个别情况不炒作，不放大； F、冷静分析我运动员的参赛情况，对可能出现的金牌排名变化情况，要客观，适当报道 G、凡涉及中国代表团的新闻，要遵守宣传口径，不随意报道，发表不同意见
More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News After Days Long Lull, Pasadena Health Officials Report Three More Coronavirus Deaths Local cases increase over 600 By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 4:30 pm Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News 24 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Health officials reported three more deaths in Pasadena on Wednesday, including a 102-year old local resident.The three fatalities take the death toll to 69. In total, officials have confirmed 607 cases since the pandemic began.The fatalities came after four days of no fatalities and one death yesterday.The new numbers came shortly after Public Health Director Dr. Ying Ying Goh issued a new order allowing all of the city’s 351 retail companies to do business from curbsides.The order also provides guidelines for car washes, restaurants doing takeout and delivery and dog groomers, which means pet owners can finally get their animals groomed.The new order remains consistent with recent efforts to reopen businesses and recreational areas as the city enters the early part of stage two of the recovery.On Wednesday, the popular Rose Bowl Loop reopened, but vehicular traffic is prohibited in the loop.Los Angeles County also released a new order allowing all retail to begin operated under curbside guidelines.Pasadena continues to work closely with the county, Long Beach and city of Los Angeles.The new order which continues to urge people to stay home as much as possible, engage in social distancing and wear face coverings when interacting in public — has no expiration date, an indication such mandates will be in place for months to come.The county’s “Safer At Home” order has never barred people from leaving their homes, but it continues to mandate closures of dine-in restaurants, museums and gyms, while also banning large gatherings.On Tuesday, county public health director Barbara Ferrer created a stir when she told the county Board of Supervisors that some form of public health restrictions will likely be in place at least another three months due to the continuing threat of the coronavirus.The remark, made during a debate over a proposed moratorium on evictions, quickly made headlines and prompted groans from residents growing weary of business closures, stay-at-home orders and shuttered restaurants and bars. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment HerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Simple Steps To Catch Your Crush’s Eye On InstagramHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
WLS-TV(CHICAGO) — A Chicago mother is accusing Chicago police of using excessive force on her family, including her 8-year-old son, who officers allegedly handcuffed and left in the freezing rain for 40 minutes, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the Chicago Police Department.On March 15, Alberta Wilson and her children, who live in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood, were awoken by bullhorn at 6 a.m. by Chicago Police officers surrounding their home, according to the lawsuit. The officers were executing a search warrant for an assault rifle they thought was in the possession of one of Wilson’s older sons, according to Chicago Police Sgt. Rocco Alioto.Officers in tactical gear allegedly pointed assault rifles at the family as they exited the home, even after Wilson requested that they lower the weapons due to the presence of children, the lawsuit states.Once the family reached the street the officers handcuffed them, including Wilson’s 8-year-old son Royal, according to the court documents, which say it was 32 degrees that morning.“He stood in the street shaking from fear and cold and drenched in the freezing rain,” the lawsuit alleges.During a press conference Wednesday, Wilson said Royal was crying and complaining that the handcuffs were too tight. His wrists were bruised from the handcuffs, according to the lawsuit. Wilson says her 9-year-old son Roy and 6-year-old daughter Royalty were not handcuffed.“And I had to reassure him, God is not gonna let anything happen to us,” she said.Wilson and other adult family members were also handcuffed and kept standing in the cold for two hours while the officers searched the home, according to the lawsuit.In addition, officers used a “loud explosive device to blow a large hole” in the second-floor ceiling of the home and then detained the adult family members inside the home for another two hours,” the lawsuit states.Officers also allegedly damaged or destroyed personal property and “shouted profanity and insults at the family” as well as “used abusive and contemptuous language, all within the sight and hearing of the children,” according to the lawsuit.Police finally left the home around 10 a.m., the lawsuit states.Wilson said the incident has traumatized her younger children, describing them as “very nervous and jumpy.”“They’re afraid to go to the washroom,” she said. “They’re afraid to sleep by themselves.”Wilson’s attorney, Al Holfield Jr., said during the news conference that “Chicago Police officers behave as if our children of color and their trauma is collateral damage.”In a statement to ABC News, Sgt. Alioto said the department “makes every effort to ensure the validity of all information used to apply for and execute search warrants.”“Due to the risk involved with a weapon that could penetrate body armor, the occupants of the residence followed verbal direction given over a public address system and exited the residence without needing to breach the door,” Alioto said.The target of the search warrant was on the scene, and there were no weapons located in the search, Alioto said. The location searched was the same as the one described on the search warrant, he added.No one was arrested or charged, according to the lawsuit.It is against Chicago Police protocol to handcuff children, ABC Chicago station WLS reported. Officers say they did not know Royal’s age when they handcuffed him, according to the local station.“We’re not perfect, but we do try to ensure that those types of things do not occur,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told WLS. “So, I’ll look into it, and if someone has to be held accountable, then we’ll do that.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — More than 140 damaging storms were reported on Monday from Georgia up to Maine. New Jersey and Delaware experienced gusts of 75 mph, and wind speeds in Long Island, New York, reached 67 mph. Parts of Massachusetts saw hail larger than golf balls as areas around Philadelphia had trees knocked onto power lines and cars. Severe weather in the Midwest on Tuesday — including potential storms all the way from Nebraska to Ohio — is likely to make its way to the Northeast by Wednesday. Damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes are the biggest threats.The cold front is forecast to reach the Northeast on Wednesday afternoon. Damaging winds and flash flooding are the biggest threats.Nine southern states are under heat warnings and advisories as heat indices could top 110.The Southwest remains hot, and parts of California, Nevada and Arizona could see record highs by Wednesday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
July 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State’s Quin Ficklin Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List Tags: Austin Stephens/Brent DeLadurantey/Cottonwood High School/Lo Falemaka/Quin Ficklin/Rimington Trophy/Rococo Theater/Ryan Tonnemacher/USU Football/Utah Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Friday, Utah State senior center Quin Ficklin was advanced to the Rimington Trophy fall watch list by the Rimington Trophy watch committee.This award is annually presented to the most outstanding center in Division I-A (FBS) college football.Ficklin was named to this preliminary watch list this past spring but is still on the radar, becoming one of two Mountain West centers to do so. The other is Nevada’s Sean Krepsz.This award will be presented at the Rococo Theater of Lincoln, Neb. January 12, 2019.The Mesa, Ariz. native and BYU transfer is only the fifth Aggies center in program history to be considered for the award.Others include Austin Stephens (2015, 2016), Tyler Larsen (2011, 2012, 2013), Ryan Tonnemacher (2007) and Brent DeLadurantey (2005).The 6’2″ 290-pound Ficklin earned honorable mention All-Mountain West honors from the league’s coaches after durably starting all 13 of the Aggies’ games last season.In 2017, Ficklin obtained an overall grade performance of 93 percent, ranking him first on the team, and played 911 snaps, the most on the squad for an offensive lineman.Ficklin also netted a team-best 56 knockdowns, including a season-high 11 in a 28-23 loss to Wyoming.Additionally, Utah senior center Lo Falemaka, a 6’5″ 295-pounder out of West Valley City and Cottonwood High, was named to this watch list as well. Written by Brad James
Home » News » Housing Market » Rush to purchase buy-to-lets before SDLT surcharge Rush to purchase buy-to-lets before SDLT surcharge31st March 20160495 Views Estate agents report that there has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let investors attempting to push sales through before this Friday’s stamp duty deadline.Landlord investors are naturally keen to beat the 1st April deadline, after which they will pay an additional 3 per cent above existing stamp duty rates on buying a buy-to-let property.Some 85 per cent of estate agents reported an increase in the number of buy-to-let investors looking beat the stamp duty changes on second homes in February as demand for housing hit a 12-year high, with an average 463 house hunters registered per member branch, according to the NAEA.Mark Hayward, Managing Director of the NAEA, commented, “It is evident from February’s report findings that we’ve seen a real sense of urgency from landlords trying to complete on sales ahead of the stamp duty reforms. However, the mounting pressure and increased demand for housing has meant that first time buyers have had to compete with landlords for property and as a result they have lost out.”Many housing market analysts expect the new buy-to-let tax measures to dampen demand for buy-to-let investments in the near term, while there is every chance that some landlords will opt to sell up ahead of the changes being introduced.But if there are fewer buy-to-let properties available as a result of the tax changes, as well as concerns over Brexit and global economic uncertainty, thereby creating a squeeze on the market, there is every chance that this could result in higher rental rates as landlords seek to compensate for increased costs.“If investors and landlords are put off purchasing new buy-to-let properties, this can affect the supply of properties in the rental market which is likely to push rents up,” said Wayne Treveil, CEO of Tenants Plus.Research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research found that rents are set to rise by 28 per cent over the next 10 years on the back of greater demand. By 2026 some 7.2million households in England and Wales are estimated to be privately rented; this is around two thirds more than now.“Given the continued imbalance of demand and supply in residential housing, and the growing population in the UK the rentals market will continue to offer relatively strong returns to investors,” said Marcus Whewell (right), CEO of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents.landlord investors stamp duty deadline buy-to-let investors SDLT surcharge 2016-03-31The Negotiator Related articles City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 First-time buyers, not Stamp Duty, now driving market says leading agency29th April 2021 Lettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdown29th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
The upper-class tool kit Rethinking inclusion Related Affluent parents concentrate more on improving their children’s status, panelists say When Julian Fisher took his camera to Lowell, Mass., to document the struggles of middle-class Americans, he stopped to photograph a man crossing a bridge. Behind the bridge, visible between the metal girders, stood the city’s historic textile mills, now luxury condos.In the day, this man could have worked in the mills, said Fisher, a neurology instructor at Harvard Medical School. Today, he now probably could not afford to live in them.That photo is one that Fisher uses to tell the story of “Trapped in the Middle: The Effect of Income Inequality on the Middle Class in America,” an exhibit on display at the Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse Gallery in the GCIS Building until April 26.Fisher’s 18-month process to seek out middle-class families and individuals willing to tell their stories began in late fall 2014. He stayed local, mainly exploring the towns surrounding Brookline, where he lives.“You don’t have to look very far to find the middle class; they’re here,” he said.Inspired by Walker Evans’ photographs of sharecroppers in the 1930s, the issues raised by the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011, and the work of economist Joseph Stiglitz, Fisher defined the categories that he wanted to examine. The middle class, he said, is defined not only by how much money a household makes, but also by “practical goals,” including housing, transportation, health care, and education — all of which have gone up in cost, while the buying power of the American dollar declined.“I wanted to find people who had stories to tell about how they were treading water,” Fisher said. “They have to work harder or give up something to stay where they are.”Fisher found his subjects through a series of connections: tradespeople with whom he did business, neighbors, and mutual acquaintances. People opened their homes and their lives to him for an hour or two, and he photographed them helping their children with their homework, walking their dog, going to work.,It was a challenge to relay his message through photos, and Fisher said he needed to think on his feet to find the settings to best tell the story.“I felt like I was photographing ghosts,” he said. “Concepts are abstract, pictures are literal.”After the photos were taken, he showed them to his subjects, turned on a recorder, and said: “Tell me about this.” Though the recordings did not become part of the final product, he used their words as evocative captions to further illustrate their stories.“Everybody felt a certain degree of stress,” Fisher said. “What the prior generation had promised would not be achievable. … There was also a subtle disappointment; promises made are not going to be promises kept.”The subjects’ names and towns are not included in the exhibit, as Fisher wished to maintain their privacy and anonymity. He also wanted the photographs to be universal, and for any viewer to be able to relate to them.“I’ve always admired the role of photojournalism and its ability to change society. In the back of my mind, I didn’t end up going into it as a career and I ultimately regretted it,” he said. “It was a good experience to devote myself to a love from long ago.“Income inequality is more pervasive and broad-based and maybe a greater problem for the future of the country than anything else we’re facing, other than climate change,” Fisher said. Paraphrasing Stiglitz, he added: “A middle class under threat is a threat to democracy itself.” Professor’s book explores the struggles of low-income students at elite schools
BLAST LEA MICHELE’S “LOUDER”Album hits store shelves March 3Spring Awakening-sweetheart-turned-Glee-superstar Lea Michele’s debut album officially drops, and after getting a preview on iTunes, we can already tell “On My Way” is our new workout song, “Louder” is an awesome driving track and “What Is Love?” will be reserved for bawling-our-eyes-out sob sessions. Buy the album! RAISE A TOAST TO THE GREAT COMETClosing March 2 at the Kazino Off-BroadwayGrab a shot glass and your favorite Russian vodka, because it’s your last chance to drink to one of the season’s must-see musicals, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. The immersive extravaganza invites you to pass love notes with Pierre, learn secrets from Natasha and swoon over Anatole, all in a tent in the middle of Times Square. Oh, and it comes with pierogis. Click for tickets! Star Files WATCH IDINA MENZEL “LET IT GO” LIVEMarch 2 on ABCThe day is finally here! After weeks of belting in the shower, braiding our hair and making snowmen, we’re finally ready for the highlight of our year: Idina Menzel is singing “Let It Go” at the Oscars! Idina, we hope you’ve had plenty of rest, steamed your voice and had your pastilles, because it’s show time. Knock ‘em dead (and bring home an EGOT for Frozen composer Robert Lopez)! View Comments SING THE HITS WITH NORM LEWISMarch 8 at the Allen RoomYou’ve seen him swoon over Audra McDonald in Porgy and Bess, go under the sea in The Little Mermaid and survey the stars in Les Miz—now see Norm just be Norm! In his American Songbook concert, the Tony nominee will pay tribute to the performers that inspire him. Plus, this gorgeous view is included. Click for tickets! Winter: Will it ever end? We’re actually starting to believe this ridiculous weather might last forever, but instead of pouting about it and hiding under a blanket, we’re (gasp) venturing out of the house to check out a few of the awesome events happening in the real world. (But just in case you’re still hibernating, we’ve also included two completely indoor activities you can do without opening the front door—you’re welcome!) Check out our picks of the week! GO ALL THE WAY WITH LBJOpens March 6 at the Neil Simon TheatreBreaking Bad fave Bryan Cranston is trying his hand at Broadway—no, not as the mastermind behind an underground meth ring, but as a U.S. President. Cranston will recreate history as Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way, the story of the 36th president’s first tumultuous year in office. Yes we can! Oh wait, wrong guy. Click for tickets! Idina Menzel
Albert Einstein said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Intellectual curiosity, the passion to grow and to learn, can actually help to develop intelligence and ability. Dr. Carol S. Dweck, a Stanford psychologist, who has researched development, motivation, and personality for decades, tells how those with a “growth mindset” are able to increase their talent, ability and even intelligence. Her research shows that these traits are not fixed, but can be developed and cultivated. With a growth mindset, mistakes and struggles are opportunities to learn and evolve. Conversely, a “fixed mindset”, the belief that our personal endowments are fixed and that native ability cannot be changed, actually limits our growth. A growth mindset doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is the same or that anyone can be Einstein, but it does mean that almost anyone can become smarter if they work at it.Adopting a growth mindset can begin a transformation. When mistakes are used by leaders and teams as learning opportunities and not judged negatively, this can serve as a foundation for achievement. When leaders set the example of continuous learning for themselves, they enhance the total environment for learning. A culture of learning becomes part of the fabric of the organization and the organization will prosper through everyone’s disciplined commitment to personal and organizational growth.Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence (described as IQ and EQ) are qualities that help us manage complexity. They can be further developed if you are open to developing them and disciplined in their pursuit. Complex environments are overflowing with information, creating more demand for the cognitive and psychological skill to navigate this complexity. A higher IQ enables faster learning and problem solving. Even intelligence can be developed through disciplined perseverance in learning new things. Neurological research shows that anatomical changes occur in the brain when we learn something new. Additional neural pathways are created and the brain network becomes better integrated.EQ involves the ability to recognize, manage, and express emotion. A mindset of openness to continuous learning can improve these skills as well. Growth in interpersonal skills allows for better navigation through increasing complexity and enhances leadership abilities to create stronger and more trusting interactions. Learning from mistakes allows people to take smart risks to advance themselves and their organizations. They can be more entrepreneurial, proactive and able to exploit opportunities. Increased EQ is also associated with less stress and anxiety.As New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman aptly reports, “The winners won’t just be those with more I.Q. They will those with more P.Q. (passion quotient) and C.Q. (curiosity quotient) to leverage all the new digital tools to not just find a job, but to invent one or reinvent one, and to not just learn but to relearn for a lifetime”. Einstein’s observation to be passionately curious will serve us well. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details
The Obama White House was fired upon — he was not in residence at the time. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were also assassinated. Two members of Congress were shot, but survived with the female victim suffering severe brain damage.Why is it that the powerful NRA gun lobby can’t provide any information or data on its claim that guns are needed for individuals to protect themselves by having guns? Could it be that there are no practical facts or records? The American people need to instill a backbone in our faint-hearted Congress, which always backs away from any meaningful gun control despite our ghastly record of unnecessary mass deaths by guns.The American public must demand action from their government to end these horrific mass murders by guns, otherwise the killings will never end.Benjamin Franklin wisely stated the results of inaction when he pointed out that people who behave like sheep will be devoured by the wolves.Mary Jane ValachovicNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists From 2005 to 2016, over 300,000 people were killed by guns. No other industrialized country in the world has such a tragic record.In addition, many of our presidents and leaders have been assassinated, including Lincoln, McKinley, Garfield and Kennedy. Theodore Roosevelt was shot while giving a speech. He survived because the bullet hit his metal glass case. Franklin Roosevelt was attacked while riding in an open car. The bullet missed him, but killed his passenger.President Truman’s residence was fired on by two gunmen, who killed one guard. The second guard was able to kill the attackers. President Reagan was seriously wounded, but did recover. President Ford had an attempt made on his life by a deranged woman. Gov. Wallace was shot and disabled by a lone gunman. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion