first_imgFourteen girls from Mater Dei Prep trudge into the Middletown Ice World rink a few minutes before another 8 a.m. practice on most school days.“They come walking in tired, and then everything is fine. You can see their passion for the game,” said coach Olivia Mucha, who will guide the Lady Seraphs into their maiden season as one of the few girls ice hockey teams in New Jersey. “They want to be there, and they’re excited.”Because of that, they’ll play a tri-state schedule against teams from Pennsylvania and Long Island, N.Y., as well as New Jersey.Garden State opponents include Summit High School, Pingry School, Morristown- Beard School and Princeton Day School.Mucha seems pleased with the team’s progress. Their time spent before the start of the school day is regarded as part of their academic curriculum in physical education.Although it’s a new team, half of the players have played before for Mucha’s New Jersey Titans U16 travel team that plays in the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Hockey Association with five other teams and is 7-4-1. She also coaches a Titans U12 team that plays in a division against six other teams. She started coaching in July after graduating from Princeton University, where she played women’s hockey from her freshman year and was sidelined midway through her senior season last winter with a “health issue.” She could not play after that. Now she’s director of the Titans’ women’s ice hockey program that has four age-level teams, including her two squads, a U8 team and a U10 team.A few of Mater Dei’s girls play for the Brick Hockey Club and another with the New Jersey Colonials out of Morristown.Mater Dei will open its season on Dec. 1 against Portledge School in Long Island. “My biggest thing is teaching basic skill — all the little things [like] passing, give and gos and breakouts in the zone,” Mucha said. “Every goal scored comes from working together.”Mucha understands the value of the finer points of the game. She said she has played hockey since she was 3 years old and excelled in her high school years at The Hotchkiss School, a private school in Lakeville, Conn.“Every game at Princeton was memorable,” she said. “I just loved every game to put on a jersey and the challenge of it. I always enjoyed working with my teammates, getting advice from my coaches.”She earned a degree in developmental psychology at Princeton and said her biggest challenge is that each player is motivated differently.The most enjoyable part of it all, she said, is “every kid brings attitude and different skills. It’s getting to see it all work for the game.”She hopes to see that come together when the team plays Summit at Middletown Ice World at 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 4.The roster includes juniors Alexa Kaminski, Samantha Gatti and Jordan Pirrello; sophomores Tabitha Franceschini, Jesse De- Vito, Mia Beuthe, Elisabeth Hill, Brianna Haviland and Sarah Gallagher; and freshmen Mackenzie Materese, Lexie Tedeschi, Caitlyn Keenan, Tea Ferrara and Ally Freeman.After the Summit home opener on Dec. 4, the Seraphs play another home game at 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 11 against Pingry, followed by a Dec. 19 game against Summit in Bridgewater at 5:15 p.m.After the holiday break, action resumes on Jan. 8 (6:30 p.m.) against Princeton Day, on Jan. 15 (3:30 p.m.) against Pingry in Bridgewater, on Jan. 17 (3 p.m.) at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., on Jan. 30 (5:00 p.m.) against Morristown-Beard in Twin Oaks and on Feb. 2 (5:45 p.m.) at Princeton Day. By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Most days I take a glimpse of what Frederick Kissoon says though everything is taken with a grain of salt. I never expected Kissoon would stoop so low and pen that 09-24-17 column, “Context rules life Ms Nicholas-Garrett”.Kissoon has been known to exaggerate, twist and manipulate stories so that he can look good in the right light. (A case in point is his story about Dr Dennis Leblanc’s visit to Guyana. I exposed Kissoon’s lies in my KN letter after engaging with some cursory research about Dr Leblanc. The medical doctor sought me out and thanked me for giving an accurate picture of his mission and perception of Guyana).To a degree, Kissoon is right about his view that “context is everything in life” – especially when it comes to racial sensitivities. Most blacks of the United States, for example, are quite divided on the use of the N-word; a simple Google search will turn up umpteen articles on the subject. Some argue it is okay to use the term – depending on who says it to whom, when, where, tone of voice, and so on; in other words, it depends on the context. Some vehemently argue that it is okay for Blacks and Latinos to use the term whereas it is ‘no-no’ if a white person utters it on their lips.It is downright despicable for Kissoon to defend a senior Government worker, Lloyda Nicholas-Garrett, for her racial tirades –- especially since she works in the Office of the President. The columnist should be sanctioned for that missive since it gives tacit approval for office (or any) worker to cascade racial slurs. Defending racial slurs is unpardonable at its worst and repugnant at its best, for it sends the wrong message to the Guyanese people when they are in the throes of racial insecurities. In a highly charged racial atmosphere as in Guyana, there should be zero tolerance for racial harangues – whether that is directed to fellow workers or to the public. The hallowed Office of the President ought to be the touchstone on how Guyanese should behave towards each other.The incident brings back a memory of an episode that took place in 2003. I was in the process of organising a show for a foreign artiste at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) when I heard one of the staff howling at the top of her voice about “coolie people” and “black people”. These terms in themselves could be very harmless or harmful; it depends on the context of what was spoken. Suffice it to say that that incident was a clear case of the woman spewing her racial rant – directed at me. Her tone of voice, her emphasis, her stares and her anger told the whole story – even though it was the first time we encountered each other.Being a target of racial hatred was bad enough. What really hurt was where and when this hatred was unfurled. It took place at the NCC – which was apparently built by Indian immigration fund money. My blood was boiling at the thought that I was a racial target at an institution where my fore-parents paid with their sweat, blood, and tears to build.Again, it all comes down to context. Some will go to the depths of any sleaze hole to punctuate the frame of reference so that the writer could look good – as in the Dr Leblanc citation. Many are aware that certain columnists will stretch to the abyss, if necessary, so as to retain their fan base. Pity!Sincerely,Devanand BhagwanBrampton, ON, Canadalast_img read more

first_imgThe Brazilian’s desired move back to Spain has yet to materialise with just a week remaining before the European transfer window closes.However, even if he stays, the world’s most expensive player is suspended for the first three games of this season’s Champions League.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pitcher discovered on social media lands chance with Oakland A’s BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery The injury means he will miss PSG’s opening Champions League group game, which is set for September 17 or 18.He is also set to sit out three league matches as well as France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Albania and Andorra early next month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFellow forward Cavani came off with a hip injury in the same game and PSG confirmed the Uruguayan will be out for three weeks, meaning he could be ready in time for the start of their Champions League campaign.The injuries come as uncertainty continues to surround Neymar. LATEST STORIES Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe reacts following an injury during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Toulouse (TFC) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on August 25, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe will be out for four weeks and Edinson Cavani for three weeks after both came off injured in a Ligue 1 match against Toulouse on Sunday, the French champions have confirmed.French World Cup-winning star Mbappe limped off after hurting his left hamstring during a trademark sprint in PSG’s 4-0 win at the Parc des Princes.ADVERTISEMENT Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon MOST READ Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community View commentslast_img read more

first_imgA day to celebrate mountains? This question may have crossed your minds, but, have you ever wondered what the world would have been like without mountains? They add a special touch to the landscape and have enormous benefits.  Recognising the value of mountains, not only as home to 15% of the world’s population but also a vital source of freshwater for half of humanity, the United Nations declared 2002 as the UN International Year of Mountains. One year later (2003), International Mountains Day was celebrated for the first time. Celebrated under the theme, “Mountains Matter for Youth”, this year’s observance aims to educate children about the role mountains play in supporting billions up and downstream by providing fresh water, clean energy, food and recreation. It also seeks to connect with youths living in rural areas where mountains are prevalent and life can be very challenging.Why are mountains important?Mountain environments cover approximately 25% of the world’s land surface and directly support one-tenth of the world’s people who live within mountainous regions. Lowland people also depend on mountain environments for a wide range of goods and services, including:* water* energy* timber* biodiversity maintenance* Opportunities for recreation* Spiritual renewalMountains provide for the freshwater (60-80%) needs of more than half of humanity, and are, in effect, the water towers of the world.The world’s mountains encompass some of the most spectacular landscapes, a great diversity of species and habitat types, and distinctive human communities. Mountains support a wide variety of ecosystems and occur on all continents, in all latitude zones.Mountain ecosystems are important for biological diversity, particularly in the tropics and warmer temperate latitudes. Isolated mountain blocks are known for their rich endemic species.With the sustainability of mountains being threatened by several human-induced and environmental factors, International Mountain Day plays a key role in the support of global environmental, economic, social and cultural sectors through connections to invasive species, air pollution, climate change, mining, hydropower, tourism, forests, and agriculture.Mountains in GuyanaGuyana is home to many breath-taking mountains and mountain ranges. Like other mountains around the world, these boast enormous biological wealth and are home to many, especially our Indigenous communities.Did you know Guyana has over 100 mountains and 4 mountain ranges?Activity* How many mountains in Guyana can you name?* Test your knowledge of Guyana’s mountains by trying to identify the two highlighted in the photos below.You can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEA Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN, or email us at eit.epaguyana@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram Reference:https://www.greeningtheblue.org/event/international-mountain-dayhttp://www.fao.org/international-mountain-day/key-messages/en/http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/mountain_partnership/doc/POLICY_BRIEFS/Mountains_and_the_Sustainable_Development_Goals_-_NY_-_8Jan.2014.pdflast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The Alliance for Change has once again embarked on a journey of lies and deceit since election is once again in the air. We must recall that during the Local Government Elections campaign they spun their web of deceit and lies as they did in 2015, but this time the masses are ready since many have awoken from their self-inflicted slumber.The AFC was given a sound thrashing at the LGE polls after Granger wilfully threw them to face the gauntlet. Guyanese have now become wary of these political mercenaries!The lure for power and pecuniary gains will always rule paramount for third parties, which was evidenced in 1964 and again in 2015 by both the UF and the AFC. The pretenders and the pretensions of these third parties are well documented.In fact, those in the AFC have squandered the opportunity to be patriots who can bring about the necessary changes to propel this country towards socio-economic growth. Where have the progressives gone? Without an iota of doubt, they have been utterly consumed by the PNC because of their greed and lust for power. Another third party just dissipated!However, it is now evidenced also that the AFC leaders’ main thrust and objective were to “get rid of the PPP”. The subversive tactics they used in Parliament bear testimony. It was never about putting Guyana first but rather to get rid of their arch enemy and loot the Treasury.At no point in time was the AFC honest about tackling the socio-economic problems facing this country. They made the country ungovernable which led to a vote of no-confidence tabled by Nagamootoo, the dissolution of Parliament and the calling of an early election in 2015.It must also be recalled that at its formation, the founding leaders had vowed never to coalesce with either the PPP or the PNC since they claimed that both had destroyed this country. They had vowed to remain independent but the grand entry of the genuine pretender, Moses Nagamootoo, just before the 2011 elections, changed all of that with his guile and innate ability to manipulate and achieve his selfish objectives.Now after nearly a year of the successful No-Confidence Motion against the coalition and the CCJ’s emphatic pronouncements, we have seen that the political mercenaries are hovering to plunder what opportunities are available due to the Herculean efforts of Jagdeo and the PPP. Like the hyenas who cannot hunt their own preys, they are willing to dine on the leftovers, even if it means being subservient like the AFC!There are political parties all over and one has the make great efforts to remember their names or hilarious acronyms. One even echoed the mental state of Guyanese with regards to political parties – FED-UP. A new political party took a premature birth even though it may have been conceived a long time ago.Some said that it was birthed three and a half years ago but due to its feebleness, it was nurtured in an incubator awaiting an opportunity to be piggybacked into the Guyanese political arena. It could not have ventured on its own, it had to ride on the success of the No-Confidence Motion. This party, A New United Guyana, founded by Ralph, suddenly emerged in the arena spewing similar rhetoric like the now-defunct AFC.But where were these ‘saviours’ over three and a half years ago when the APNU/AFC coalition was wreaking havoc in our country? Mr Ramkarran hid behind his “conversation tree” with articles which failed to directly confront the plethora of ills and wrongdoings meted out to the Guyanese people. What did these ‘saviors’ say or do about the massive corruption, the gross mismanagement of the economy, the callous closures of the sugar estates and the vindictive dismissal of over 7000 sugar workers and thousands of others, the endless stream of wastage and extravagance, the cronyism, the debilitating burden of increased taxation and worsening standard of living, the catapulting of numerous communities into poverty, the completely visionless annual budgets, the destruction of all the productive sectors, the increasingly huge deficits of the public enterprises, the voracious appetite for borrowing , and the ignoring of the old, the young and the vulnerable groups?Yet now these fledgeling parties like ANUG, FED-UP and the Liberty and Justice Party are seeing these atrocities for the first time! The Rip Van Winkles of politics! Where were these “true progressives and patriots”, who will now stand for what is right, even in the face of death? Where was the FED-UP leader? Where was the LJP leadership? These pretenders and hypocrites have shamelessly come out not to save Guyana but to fulfil their own political ambitions.The pertinent question is: Where will we find a third party which possesses “that higher purpose which resonates with the Guyanese people?” That has now become a myth. Third parties have proven themselves to be the means by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of Government.Third parties have only made lives for Guyanese increasingly worse as is evidenced by the “dead meat” AFC and the long-dead United Force. Third parties have become synonymous with dictatorship in this country. These third parties are willing to sacrifice their principles in order to make a short cut into Government and plunder the nation.The only unwavering and unflinching constant in the political arena is the People’s Progressive Party and it is this party that has fought ceaselessly to bring not only democracy but socio-economic development to this nation from bankruptcy and it is this party which has once again risen up to tirelessly and successfully fight another PNC dictatorship under Granger in its bid to restore progress. Guyanese cannot be fooled again! No ‘third farce’ again!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

first_imgIn light of two recent incidents of utility poles falling and causing substantial damage to private property and a vehicle, citizens are calling on the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc to examine utility poles that have been in place for a number of years to identify those that are rotting and have them replaced so as to prevent a repetition of those incidents.The fallen poles at Diamond, EBDOn Monday, three utility poles collapsed, with one causing extensive damage to a Honda CRV that was parked outside the Bonny’s Supermarket on Church Street, Georgetown. Earlier last month, a similar incident occurred in Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD). On Monday, June 13, heavy winds uprooted five utility poles along the Diamond Housing Scheme access road, causing them to collapse on the surrounding houses.A resident of Pike Street, Kitty, explained that the poles in her community have been there for over a decade, and some have started to lean. She related that it was her view that GPL should deploy its personnel to check on these poles, and replace those that seemed to be hazards to residents.“Some of the posts in Kitty been there for over ten years. If you go around and check, you gon see quite a few of them leaning slightly,” she explained, adding “they [GPL] should send out people to check and see if these posts rotten or weak, so that they could replace them. It gon avoid having one of these things falling and damaging people property, or worse hurting somebody,” she stated.Kevin Gowlall, a resident of Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), also shared similar sentiments, positing that these poles should be erected using a safer method.“They does just come and jook these posts down into the ground, forgetting that moisture does weaken these posts and rot them.I think that they need to use another measure to secure these posts, possibly cement or maybe steel base,” he stated.Hemwattie Lowchand, who also resides in Diamond, EBD, opined that the poles should be installed a safer distance from houses. She stated that the fact that some poles were erected extremely close to houses and other buildings showed that GPL personnel failed to take the safety of residents into consideration.“We have some posts placed less than 10 feet away from houses. This is unsafe. Didn’t they take the hazards into consideration? They need to cater for the event that a freak storm or accident occurs, and leave enough space between these buildings and poles,” she stated.last_img read more

first_imgNew Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Jiantong Xia is considering plans to rebrand Villa Park upon completion of his takeover of the club, according to a report in the Beijing Times.The Chinese businessman, 39, this week bought Villa from American Randy Lerner, who had been looking to sell since 2014.As part of the drive to try to get Villa promoted back to the Premier League as soon as possible, Xia is considering changing the name of the Villa Park – the club’s home since 1897 – possibly to incorporate his health food business.He told the Beijing Times: “One of the things we have thought about is using the Lotus Health name to rebrand Villa Park.“Villa Park is a very historical stadium, so we will not simply and callously destroy a club’s history.“We want to use Villa’s history and its’ substantial fan base around the world to also promote Lotus Health products and services globally.“The ideal scenario would be for fans to enjoy Lotus Health products at Lotus Villa Park, it would be a great advert for both brands.”Any such change to the name of Villa Park could run the risk of angering supporters and the report also claims that Xia will try to get fans on side by promising major investment in the transfer market.Meanwhile, following Xia’s takeover Villa are expected to step up their attempts to persuade Roberto Di Matteo to become the club’s new manager. 1 Villa Park will host Championship football in 2016/17 last_img read more

first_imgThe Cope Builders Providers Dungloe are now seeking a Sales Assistant for a permanent full-time position at the leading building supplies firm.Location: Dungloe, County DonegalAn excellent opportunity exists for a Sales Assistant in one of the North West’s most established retailers. We are looking for an energetic and well organised individual to join our successful team in our Builders Providers based in Dungloe. The successful candidate will ideally have experience in a customer facing environment and possess excellent customer care skills together with a good knowledge of the building industry and associated products.Responsibilities & Requirements:Liaise with customers, suppliers and internal departments in order to provide a timely service.Excellent customer service skills in a similar retail environment.Attention to detail, ensuring speedy processing of orders and queriesExcellent telephone manner with clear and precise communication skillsA good understanding of computers and Microsoft Office package skills requiredCross-department flexibility in terms of working role and environment as and when required.Fluent & articulate English speaker.The checking and processing of incoming and outgoing deliveries Reporting and follow up of any stock shortages or overagesAccurate and timely handling of stockFull clean driving licence to include, at least, category C1 an advantage.A knowledge of the construction industry and construction related products would be an advantageIf you think you have what it takes to be part of a successful team. Please apply with full C.V and covering letter to:Post: H.R Officer, The Cope, Main Street, Dungloe, Co. Donegal Email: careers@thecope.ieFinal Closing Date for applications: Sunday 11th November.Job Vacancy: Sales Assistant opportunity at well-established retailer was last modified: November 6th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cope Builders Providers DungloedungloeSales AssistantTemplecrone Co-operative Agricultural Society LtdTHE COPEwest donegal jobslast_img read more

first_imgMembers of Letterkenny Gaels make the lotto presentation to St Vincent de PaulWhen the winning numbers in the Letterkenny Gaels G.A.A. Club Lotto were checked last weekend, the winner turned out to be the local Society of St Vincent de Paul!Some generous punter had decided, when filling out their entry, to donate the winnings to the local charitable organisation by simply signing their name to the lotto slip.The winning envelope contained no other information to assist the club in identifying the mystery donor! The winning numbers 3, 12, 16 & 23 were drawn by the Club Committee on Monday night last and now the local Charity stands to receive a cheque for €1,450 which was presented to them last night.The club said it is delighted to be associated with this timely boost for the local St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference of St. Thérèse.Dan Harnett, Letterkenny Gaels GAA Club Chairman said: “As a voluntary organisation we rely on the generosity of people in order to be in a position to help the youth of Letterkenny.“We’re very happy on this occasion to also assist the St. Vincent de Paul Society, who also do such great work in our community. It says much for the person who bought the ticket that they would put the less fortunate in our society before themselves. It’s a real Christmas story!”  ST VINCENT DE PAUL RECEIVE CHEQUE FROM MYSTERY LOTTO WINNER was last modified: December 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Gaelslotto winnerST VINCENT DE PAULlast_img read more

first_imgIt is true that in 2001, Los Angeles County had an unacceptably high food stamp error rate of 23 percent. In recent years, accuracy in the food stamp program has been our highest management priority. Annually, more than 35,000 county and federal audits are conducted on food stamp cases. Last federal fiscal year, our error rate was reduced to 6.27 percent, the lowest in our county’s history. If we indeed are encouraging a “scandal” of issuing food stamps without verifying eligibility, it certainly is not evidenced by the improved error rate and federal audit findings in Los Angeles County. – Bryce Yokomizo Director Department of Public Social Services Weasel words Re “Signature gatherers under fire” (Dec. 16): Listen to the kettle calling the frying pan black. A quote from Councilman Bill Rosendahl: “Truth should not be a casualty in a democracy.” My, isn’t it refreshing to hear a member of our City Council expressing such high ideals? It is positively overwhelming. However, what is not overwhelming is the lack of a single comment from any member of our illustrious City Council relating to the plethora of weasel words used to promote the extension of term limits. Obviously, what is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. – Nellson H. Vels Tarzana Best of both Hmmmm, Hillary or Barack, Clinton or Obama. Why not have both? Clinton for president and Obama for vice president. – Mili Lang Woodland Hills Fever-dream visions Re “Orange Line monorail” (Your Opinions, Dec. 18): In promoting a monorail above the Orange Line in his letter to the editor, Robert L. Rosebrock proclaims this would move people “quickly, quietly and efficiently.” Sadly he is offering a pipe dream, as monorail actually has none of those attributes. And can you imagine the outcry of the adjacent communities over having elevated structures shadowing them? We need real solutions, not fever-dream visions that most certainly do not make sense. – Dana Gabbard Executive secretary Southern California Transit Advocates Why not Re “Bush blesses Cheney birth” (Dec. 16) If a straight married couple made a gay child, will a gay married couple make a straight child? – Phillip Carter Encino160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeMission Hills ‘Scandal’ response Re “L.A.’s food stamp scandal” (Dec. 10): As a former welfare fraud investigator and past head of the welfare fraud investigations section, I know of our county’s commitment to combating fraud. The county Department of Public Social Services’ 248-person welfare fraud investigative staff, which includes 35 district attorney’s investigators, handled more than 60,000 investigations in the past year. This was the first county in the country to require fingerprinting of cash and food stamp applicants to stop duplicate aid, and our county continues to utilize innovative computer match systems to detect fraud. Re “Dazzle of Alarcón cuts council field” (Dec. 12) and “Uncompetitive edge” (Our Opinions, Dec. 13): So the merry-go-round of politics continues. First, it was Alex Padilla who, despite his promises to complete his term on the City Council, abandoned his constituents early for a state Senate job, to keep his political lifeline flowing for several terms. Now it’s state Sen. Richard Alarcón, who won an Assembly seat in November but no longer wants it. He expects us to believe that the mere mention of his name, as well as his supposed desire to serve the local community, resulted in his now having a virtually clear path to his old City Council job, which incidentally carries a much higher salary and more perks than the state Assembly position. It’s disheartening that the voters’ choice was taken away so easily after the deadline to file for a candidacy had passed. It’s time we put an end to this nonsense. – David M. Kritzer last_img read more