first_imgThe people of the Iroquois Confederacy believe that “All members of Creation have spirits, and that, at the creation of Man, they were instructed that “We who walk about on the Earth are to express a great respect, an affection, and a gratitude toward all the spirits which create and support life ….. when people cease to respect and express gratitude for these many things, then all life will be destroyed, and human life on this planet will come to an end.” They believe that the Earth is our mother, and it’s true, as the Earth nurtures and cares for us all. But a caregiver has to be healthy to give care, and our Earth is anything but healthy.Overpopulation and our consumer society have lead to the pollution of air and water, destruction of forests, and leaching of soil fertility.  Soon, Mother Earth will no longer be able to care for us, and the Iroquois will be right.We will die out. You can help by conserving fossil fuels and think before you buy, “Do I really need this, or do I just want it?”Jahnn Swanker-GibsonJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationBroadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_img May 02, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works,  Press Release,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today pointed to the success of the state’s online voter registration (OVR) system as a factor in the efficient handling of last week’s Primary Election.“Online Voter Registration has been a tremendous success in both its appeal to voters and in increasing efficiencies for our 67 county elections bureaus,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration remains committed to working with the legislature and partners to improve and expand access to voting for all Pennsylvanians, as our commonwealth is stronger when more people participate and have their voices heard.”The OVR site logged more than 358,000 users from the time it launched in August 2015 through the March 28 primary registration deadline. Of those 358,000, just over 200,000 were eligible citizens applying for new voter registrations, while about 157,000 made updates to their existing voter registration, such as a change of name, address or party affiliation.On the final day to register before the primary, the site drew 56,000 users.Upon the launch of OVR, Secretary Cortés said the system would make voter registration more convenient, accessible and secure for eligible citizens. He also predicted that, as in other states, OVR would improve accuracy, increase the integrity of the voting rolls and save time and money for county election offices.“Having more accurate voter rolls means fewer electors who must use a provisional ballot,” Cortés said. “That decreases the time voters wait in line. It also facilitates the counties’ work in tallying the final vote counts.”Cortés said county election directors across the state have confirmed they are already reaping the benefits of OVR.“In this presidential election year when so many Pennsylvanians were registering or changing their registration, the fact that so many last-minute applications were filed online was a great help to the counties,” Cortés said.The OVR system was a hit with the public from the first day. In less than a week, the system tallied its first 5,000 users. During the final days before the registration deadline, the numbers climbed by thousands per day.In March, the Department announced that OVR applications had surpassed paper submissions for the first time.The online system, which is available in English and Spanish, is more secure for applicants because the form is transmitted directly to the appropriate county voter registration office for processing. The latest protocols in data security have been built into the system and are constantly monitored and updated.The Department added a feature in March that allows users to upload signatures electronically if their record cannot be matched to a signature on file with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The OVR system employs the same technology used by financial institutions for online banking transactions that require digital signatures.To learn more about online voter registration, check the frequently asked questions at votesPA.com.# # #center_img Governor Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortés Applaud Success of Online Voter Registrationlast_img read more

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin (18) bunts safely against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Texas Rangers shortstop Logan Forsythe, left, puts out Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun on a fielder’s choice during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is congratulated by Los Angeles Angels third base coach Mike Gallego (86) after hitting a two run home run off of Texas Rangers starting pitcher Joe Palumbo that scored David Fletcher during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) is congratulated by Justin Upton (8) after hitting a two run home run off of Texas Rangers starting pitcher Joe Palumbo that scored David Fletcher during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after his two-run home run in the top of the first inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated by his teammates after his two-run home run in the top of the first inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Joe Palumbo works against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (28) works against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo (4) is congratulated by Wilfredo Tovar (19) after hitting a two run home run off of Texas Rangers relief pitcher Phillips Valdez that scored Brian Goodwin during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo (4) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two run home run off of Texas Rangers relief pitcher Phillips Valdez that scored Brian Goodwin during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with his teammates after scoring in the top of the first inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin (18) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a two run home run by Luis Rengifo during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Texas Rangers’ Nick Solak follows through on a single off of Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the seventh inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. The single was Solak’s first major league hit. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels first baseman Matt Thaiss tags out Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor (12) on a bunt during the fourth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)A thermometer at field level shows 107 degrees fahrenheit during the third inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader between the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout cools off in the dugout during the third inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1 as temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Texas Rangers shortstop Logan Forsythe receives the throw ahead of Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton on a stolen base attempt during the ninth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Upton was thrown out on the play, but Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)A patch honoring former Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died suddenly before a July 1 game against the Texas Rangers, adorns the jersey of Angels’ center fielder Mike Trout during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. This game was a makeup game for the one that was canceled the day Skaggs died. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Wilfredo Tovar fields a groundout by Texas Rangers’ Willie Calhoun during the ninth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) laughs while waiting for a decision on a disputed foul ball call as Texas Rangers catcher Jeff Mathis looks on during the fourth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the first inning during game one of a doubleheader at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels lines out to left field against the Texas Rangers in the top of the ninth inning during game one of a doubleheader at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels slides into third base for a triple against Isiah Kiner-Falefa #9 of the Texas Rangers in the top of the ninth inning during game one of a doubleheader at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Taylor Cole #67 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with Anthony Bemboom #48 of the Los Angeles Angels after defeating the Texas Rangers in game one of a doubleheader at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, Wilfredo Tovar (19), and Luis Rengifo (4), left to right, celebrate their victory over the Texas Rangers in the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin (18) bunts safely against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)NextShow Caption1 of 25Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin (18) bunts safely against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)ExpandARLINGTON, Texas — Andrew Heaney got some advice before pitching in the sweltering afternoon heat on Tuesday.“Conserve energy at all costs,” Heaney recalled. “Don’t back up bases. Don’t even leave the dirt (of the mound). … Arguing with an umpire or backing up bases or just going on and off the field. … It sounds minor, but over the course of nine innings that takes a toll on you.”One other way to have an efficient outing is to simply not stay on the mound for very long, which is what he accomplished while pitching eight dominant innings in the Angels’ 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Angels lost the nightcap 3-2 in 11 innings.Heaney struck out a career-high 14 and he did not walk a batter, allowing him to pitch the most innings of any Angels pitcher in a game this season. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Heaney needed 108 pitches to get through eight innings. He’s the first Angels pitcher this season to pitch at least seven innings in back-to-back games.“He gave us exactly what we needed,” Ausmus said. “He was outstanding. He was efficient. Considering the circumstances of the extra-inning game last night and the doubleheader today, he gave us exactly what we needed.”The Angels, and Heaney, would have loved to have more performances like this before the Angels fell out of the playoff race. Since coming back from his last trip to the injured list, Heaney has allowed five runs in 18-1/3 innings, with 24 strikeouts and one walk.“I want to finish strong,” Heaney said. “I understand I’ve had a disappointing season. I am trying to rectify that anyway I can. I know it’s late but better late than never.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img The first game on Tuesday was sandwiched between night games, an 11-inning loss the night before and the second game of the doubleheader later on Tuesday.The afternoon half of the doubleheader Tuesday was the makeup game from the July 1 postponement in the wake of Tyler Skaggs’ death.Heaney took the mound knowing the Angels needed some innings from him and knowing that he’d have to endure upper 90s temperatures, with a heat index well over 100.His strategy was simply to fill the strike zone as much as possible, waiting until he got to two strikes or there were runners on base to worry about making perfect put-away pitches.It worked.After Heaney allowed a pair of singles in the first, he retired 16 in a row before yielding a solo homer to Willie Calhoun sixth inning.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Having an early lead helped him to be more aggressive, and Mike Trout provided that with his career-high 42nd homer, a two-run shot in the top of the first.Trout nearly hit a couple more, hitting a ball barely foul and another off the top of the left field fence for a triple.“I think this is probably his best offensive year to date,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “He’s getting into what they consider the prime years of a player’s career, so hopefully he continues that trend.”Trout, who turned 28 earlier this month, has been an offensive machine all season. Heaney, on the other hand, has failed to deliver what the Angels hoped, mostly because of two separate stints on the injured list.The pitching-starved Angels have needed this type of performance all season, and on Tuesday they had an even more acute need because of the circumstances. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more