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County judge candidates make case

first_img Twitter Ector County judge candidate Debbie Hays, left, explains what she believes are the three most important tasks facing Ector County during a forum with judge candidate Chris Fostel Thursday at the Odessa Country Club. WhatsApp By admin – February 9, 2018 Texas Fried ChickenSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay Both say they support creating a sales tax district for unincorporated areas of Ector County, which county officials estimate would raise about $15 million a year, or more than a fourth of the county’s current expenditure budget that relies mostly on property taxes. Incumbent county judge Ron Eckert said he plans to seek a May election on the issue after voters shot it down in November.Hays and Fostel said they aren’t set on a solution for the courthouse.But Hays, ranking the issue as one of her top three priorities, offered a proposal to build a new courthouse that she’s discussed in recent weeks: Finding a private company to build a new courthouse and the county entering a lease-to-buy arrangement.Hays argued it’s a strategy that would allow the county to avoid public debt, and building extra space to rent could allow that.“The courthouse needs to be remodeled or replaced,” Hays said. “I don’t really know what the best solution to that is, but I would like to start a conversation with those of you in this room, the community and the taxpayers.”Fostel didn’t offer a proposal for building a new courthouse but said Ector County voters might support a bond election if the county presented a better case than they did in 2013, when voters overwhelmingly shot down a $95 million bond issue.“A bond might pass if people knew what they were voting for,” Fostel.He rejected Hays proposal, describing it as a plan to “build a building and lease it like it’s a cheap Honda” and saying it showed a lack of “civic pride.”Fostel argued, repeatedly, that electing Hays, who could hear some cases but not misdemeanors and contested probate cases, would cause a backlog for the two County Courts at Law. In turn, that would lead to higher crime including the felony cases that he used to try in court.“This can’t just be the status quo in Odessa anymore,” Fostel said. “We can’t just set the bar in Odessa so low. If you take out a criminal court, that’s what’s going to happen.”That prompted a rebuke from County Attorney Dusty Gallivan, who supports Hays, during the forum. Gallivan said any backlog depends most on who is running the county attorney’s office and argued he had reduced those left by his predecessors.“I don’t like it when you try to use my office to instill fear in the voter that we will have a huge backlog if you are not elected,” Gallivan said. “Because that is not the case.”Hays, for her part, said it’s more important to have a businessperson who can manage personnel and budget.“If Ector County wants to be in the range of counties that still have attorneys and that’s what you need to do, then you need to vote for Mr. Fostel,” Hays said. “But the majority of counties in Texas do not agree with this logic.”The Republican primary election will decide the race, because there are no other challengers in the race. The election is March 6. Early voting starts on Feb. 20. Pinterest Chris Fostel, left; Debi Hays Republican candidates to become the next Ector County judge split on a strategy for replacing the courthouse and argued whether the county’s top administrator should hold a law license as they pitched themselves to lead a financially troubled government during an Ector County Bar Association forum on Thursday.One of the candidates is businesswoman Debi Hays, who argues that Ector County should prioritize financial acumen and a management background over a legal license and that most counties throughout the state are not run by attorneys. The other candidate is Chris Fostel, a prosecutor who resigned his position in the Ector County District Attorney’s office to run for the top county job and who argues that it’s critical for the county judge to hear misdemeanor criminal cases.The attorneys in the room asked mostly about longstanding issues: Shoring up funds for a county facing the likelihood of another budget deficit and addressing a courthouse in disrepair.The candidates listed different priorities — Hays said her primary concern is tackling the county’s budget crisis and Fostel cited infrastructure, calling for asking the state and federal government for more road funding. 1 of 6 Ector County judge candidate Christ Fostel, right, explains why he believes he is a better candidate than Debbie Hays during a forum hosted by the Ector County Bar Association Thursday at the Odessa Country Club. Facebook Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Pinterestcenter_img Ector County District Court Judge Sara Billingsley speaks about sewage falling from the ceiling in the Ector County Court House during a forum with judge candidates Chris Fostel and Debbie Hays Thursday at the Odessa Country Club. Local NewsGovernment County judge candidates make case Chris Fostel, left; Debi Hays Ector County District Court Judge Sara Billingsley speaks about sewage falling from the ceiling in the Ector County Court House during a forum with judge candidates Chris Fostel and Debbie Hays Thursday at the Odessa Country Club. Twitter Home Local News Government County judge candidates make case Ector County judge candidate Christ Fostel, right, explains why he believes he is a better candidate than Debbie Hays during a forum hosted by the Ector County Bar Association Thursday at the Odessa Country Club. 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American Legion Thanks Freeholders for Support of Veterans

first_img Cape May County Freeholder Marie Hayes, an Ocean City resident, accepts her Appreciation Award from American Legion Post 524 Trustee Steve Cole for her efforts on behalf of returning veterans. Ms. Hayes arranged tours of the Cape May County Zoo for visiting veterans and their families, who are hosted each year by the American Legion’s Rest & Relation Committee. Cape May County Freeholder Marie Hayes, an Ocean City resident, accepts her Appreciation Award from American Legion Post 524 Trustee Steve Cole for her efforts on behalf of returning veterans. Ms. Hayes arranged tours of the Cape May County Zoo for visiting veterans and their families, who are hosted each year by the American Legion’s Rest & Relation Committee. The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders received appreciation awards at a Jan. 28 meeting from Ocean City American Legion Post 524 Trustee Steve Cole in recognition of outstanding support on behalf of veterans.The freeholders were instrumental in welcoming home veterans who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan.“Freeholder Director Gerry Thornton spoke at the Forgotten Heroes Ceremony, held last spring, where we were able to bury, with dignity, four veterans whose remains had lain unclaimed in local funeral homes for as long as two decades or more,” Cole said. “The entire board has worked with our post to make it possible for the four to be buried in the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery.  All the board members have been supportive of Post 524 whenever we have asked for their help.”last_img read more

HUL names deputy director

first_imgRobert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the University Library, has appointed Helen Shenton as the deputy director of the Harvard University Library. Shenton, who is the head of collection care for the British Library, will arrive at Harvard early in 2010.“This is a vital appointment made at a crucial time in the history of the Harvard libraries,” Darnton says. “As the chief steward charged with the care of the vast historical collections in the British Library, Helen Shenton is at the forefront of renewed thinking about libraries, their holdings, and their services. She is a skilled practitioner and an innovative manager. I am counting on her wise counsel and her decisive nature as we act collectively to make our great library even greater.”“I do not underestimate the enormity of the challenges ahead,” Shenton says, “but I am very excited at the prospect of joining Harvard University Library at such a key moment to help make the library and information provision even better for students and faculty now and in the future.”To read the full story, visit the Harvard University Library Web site.last_img read more

Quick Hits: The Freedom to Roam

first_imgIs Free-Range Parenting Risky or Necessary?About a month ago my toddler was digging for worms in our fenced-in backyard while I pulled weeds behind a row of hedges. My neighbor drove past and, seeing my daughter alone, put her car in park and rolled down the window. “What are you doing out here all alone?” I heard her ask. “Where’s your mommy?” Sensing the neighbor’s disapproval, I popped up from my spot 50 feet away and waved hello. My neighbor met my eye, nodded solemnly, and shifted into drive. It was a brief interaction, barely a blip on the social radar, but it made me pause. Was it irresponsible of me to let my two-year-old play out of arm’s reach?“The basic problem is that we have this view today that our children are our products and we are in charge of deciding what they should and should not be doing,” says Dr. Peter Gray. Gray is the author of Free to Learn and a research professor of psychology at Boston College who has been studying play for nearly 30 years. “Throughout human history, children were always in charge of their own activities,” says Gray.“Even parents that want to let their kids out feel that next door neighbor is going to call child protective services on them”The idea that children should be in charge of their own activities is a basic tenant of Free-Range Parenting, a parenting philosophy that encourages children to play independently without constant parental supervision. Free-range parents may let their kids walk to school alone, ride bikes through the neighborhood or play in the park without a parent. For those of us raised in the 80’s or earlier, that might just sound like parenting. But times have changed, and that change is having an impact on families.Several high-profile cases have brought national attention to instances in which parents were investigated and even arrested for allowing their children to play freely. In one instance, a mother in La Porte, Texas was arrested for letting her 6- and 9-year-olds ride motorized scooters in their cul-de-sac as she supervised from her front porch. In another, a Florida mother was arrested and faced up to five years in prison for letting her 7-year-old son walk to the park alone. And in 2015 a Maryland couple was investigated by child welfare services for allowing their 6- and 10-year-old children to walk home alone from a park.Reade Harbitter is a mother of a 7, 4, and 1-year-old from McHenry, Maryland who considers herself a free-range parent. “We live in a rural area so I definitely let my kids play in the yard unsupervised,” she says. “But we are far enough away from neighbors that I don’t have to worry about services being called for letting my children play in the yard.”“Even parents that want to let their kids out feel that next door neighbor is going to call child protective services on them,” says Gray. “That is now a serious consideration for many parents who would otherwise love to send their children out.”Decline in Free Play ImplicationsWhile parents may have to legitimately worry about being arrested for allowing their children to play unsupervised, it’s children who suffer the most when they are not allowed to play freely out from under the eye of an adult.“One of the things we know about parenting is that kids that have the best outcomes have parents who are both warm and engaged but also encourage autonomy,” says Robin Howse, a developmental psychologist in human development and family studies at A-B Tech Community College in Asheville, North Carolina. “You can be available to a child without being overly involved or overly supervising,” she says.“Children know better than any adult of what they are and are not capable of,” adds Gray. “The child that decides to climb a tree knows how high she can go. She knows both physically and emotionally what she is ready for. She naturally wants to challenge herself on her own terms, preferably with no adult watching and judging her,” says Gray.“Where do children learn that they do have control over their own lives if not through play?”In fact, Gray says that all mammals play in risky ways. It’s how we develop courage and the ability to confront real emergencies without falling apart. “It’s a way of preparing for future possible emergencies where your life might depend upon you not being afraid of your own fear. If you have already experienced fear you know how to handle fear and you feel confident dealing with the emotional and physical problems of responding to an emergency,” he says. “Children are practicing that when they play in risky ways, and if we prevent them, it is much more dangerous to their life than the slight danger of falling from that tree.”But playing without a parent hovering above is not just about learning to manage danger. One of the most serious implications of over-supervised children is what happens to them psychologically when they don’t learn to fend for themselves.Gray says that mental disorders in children have risen over the same period of time that children’s freedom to go out and play has declined. Over a 60-year period, Gray says that the rate of major depressive disorder among teenagers has increased eightfold, suicide among school-aged children has increased sixfold, and clinically significant generalized anxiety disorder is about seven times higher than it was in the 1950s.Tests also indicate that today’s kids feel that they are controlled by external factors such as other people or fate. That’s called having an external locus of control. This is significant because clinical research shows those with an external locus of control are far more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, says Gray. “To me this sets up a perfect cause-effect chain. Where do children learn that they do have control over their own lives if not through play? If there are always adults around telling them what to do how can they possibly develop a sense that they can solve their own problems?”Is The Future Free Range?In May, Utah became the first state to pass a free-range parenting law. The law redefines the state’s definition of neglect, stating that properly-cared-for children can walk to school, play at the park, or remain in the car alone if they are developmentally ready to handle it. While there’s no indication that states in the Blue Ridge are considering a similar law, Texas and New York are.And Gray says that he is seeing some evidence that communities and school districts are interested in changing attitudes about free-range kids. “There is more and more recognition [about the dangers of overprotection],” says Gray. “The term helicopter parenting has become a well-known term and most people think of it as negative. What we need now are more practical programs that allow for the problems to be solved.” Solutions include educating parents about the low probability that anything will happen to their child while they play outside alone, allowing kids more time to play and explore outside of school and changing attitudes about scheduling activities and competitive sports for kids, says Gray.For her part, Harbitter says that she’s seen the difference her free-range parenting style makes in her kids’ lives. “They have self-confidence,” she says. They trust themselves, and their willingness to try new things continually grows. “Parenting is about long-term goals,” adds Harbitter. “Sometimes the short-term rewards of having your kiddo exactly what you say as soon as you say it doesn’t fit with the long-term goals of raising a self-confident, adventurous, independent human.”last_img read more

Inzaghi frustrated by Atalanta’s defeat

first_img Lazio had taken a 2-0 lead in Bergamo after 11 minutes through a Marten de Roon own goal and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic rocket, but Robin Gosens, Ruslan Malinovskyi and Jose Luis Palomino turned it around. “It was our first game in three and a half months, we had a strong start to go 2-0 up and had the opportunities to add a third,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.Advertisement “It’s disappointing that we allowed the comeback, especially the first and third goals, which were entirely avoidable. A team like ours cannot concede goals like that. read also:Ronaldo, Messi slammed by Italy legend Inzaghi “This is a very important match, we lost, so there are regrets. I asked the team to take the right approach from the start and I cannot complain about that. If we’d scored a third, the match would’ve gone differently. “We already had some injuries, Luis Alberto couldn’t play more than 70 minutes, Danilo Cataldi and Tucu Correa asked to come off. We didn’t have the options on the bench to rotate towards the end and take some of the heat off.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lazio coach, Simone Inzaghi, was frustrated after their 3-2 defeat at Atalanta.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Ice fishing derby to benefit Camp CaPella

first_imgBANGOR — Local ice fishing enthusiasts can take to the ice on Sunday for Camp CaPella and Darling’s Auto Group’s 2nd Annual Benefit Ice Fishing Derby.All proceeds from the event scheduled for Jan. 25 will benefit Camp CaPella, a local organization in Dedham that offers camp experiences for children and adults with disabilities.The first benefit ice fishing derby held in 2014 raised $1,274 for Camp CaPella.Fish caught from any lake or pond in Hancock County are eligible to participate in the derby, which starts at 7 a.m. The official weigh-in will be held at Camp CaPella on the shore of Phillips Lake, located at 8 Pearl Point Road in Dedham.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWeigh-in starts at 2 p.m. and will run until 3.Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per family, with all children under 18. Tickets are available now at all Darling’s locations in Bangor, Brewer, Ellsworth and Augusta. They also can be bought by calling 992-1727 or on the day of the event at Camp CaPella.“We are looking forward to opening our doors for this great event for a second year,” said Dana Mosher, executive director of Camp CaPella. “Our success depends on the support of our community, and having this fundraiser will be a great way to get our local fishing enthusiasts involved in a great family-friendly event and help out the camp at the same time.”Prizes will be awarded to the heaviest fish in a variety of categories. Prizes will include a 10-person, weekend lakeside cabin rental on Wyman Lake in western Maine; a two-person ice shelter; an ice auger; Jack Traps; and a utility ice sled.In addition, all entrants will be entered into a raffle for a 10-person, weekend lakeside cabin rental on Wyman Lake; a toboggan snowslider; and gift cards to McLaughlin Seafood and Anthony John’s Day Spa.All qualifying fish will receive an additional entry for prizes including a $100 gift card to McLaughlin’s Seafood, a Coleman portable gas grill, Jack Traps and gas cards.“We’re excited that the warmer weather we had earlier in the winter has turned around, and that it got cold enough for us to host this event again this year,” said Lynne Darling, event coordinator at Darling’s. “We think Camp CaPella is a great organization and we’re excited to be able to host a fundraiser that will help them during the coming year.”For more information about the event and full ice fishing derby rules, visit www.darlings.com/annual-icefishingderby.htm, email [email protected], or call 992-1740.last_img read more