You can respect office and not its holder

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn her Feb. 17 letter to the editor, “Respect the office of the president,” Linda Feuz asks what the purpose is of objecting to President Trump, and stated, “One doesn’t have to love the man, but for goodness sake, respect the office that he holds.”Growing up, I was taught to respect positions of authority. But I was also taught that respect for any individual – especially if he or she occupied a position of authority – was something that was earned, based on one’s conduct. The position and the person holding it are not unitary. That concept has been continually reinforced throughout my life.I respect the institution of the priesthood, but harbor only disdain for priests who engage in the sexual abuse of children.I respect the institution of the presidency, despite the fact that Donald Trump has exhibited no respect for the office he holds. Mr. Trump’s conduct has been abhorrent. Accordingly, he has earned an abundance of my contempt, but not one iota of my respect.In each of these instances, the behaviors of the individual do not merely reflect poorly upon the institutions they represent; they debase them.Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

West Yorkshire industrial

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Cambridge research: Capital nourishment

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Booker subsidiary sale lets up space

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Wigmore St chosen to showcase new Daimler

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Lend Lease gears up for Euro drive with Bovis

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MoD’s Woolwich retreat secures residential future

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Houston: we have lift-off

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Death toll rises to eight after flash flood sweeps away scouts in Yogyakarta

first_imgThe victims were among 257 seventh and eighth graders of Turi 1 junior high school taking part in scouting activities on Friday. The student participants went river trekking despite the weather conditions.Tarnoto, the head of Dukuh hamlet in the village, said hamlet residents had remined the scout group to cancel the river trekking on Friday because drizzling had started at the time.“The sky was full of dark clouds above the river’s upstream area. The residents were worried that it would rain in the upstream and cause a flash flood,” Tarnoto told the Post.He went on to say that Sempor River had for years been used for trekking and was known for its cleanliness.Topics : Several rescuers were also looking at a weir located near the incident. A diver searched for victims at the bottom of the river, as observed by The Jakarta Post.Read also: At least six dead after flash flood sweeps away 250 students in Yogyakarta Wahyu said the rescue operation was under way, with 853 personnel deployed to find the missing students. The operation had continued at 7 a.m. on Saturday.“The focus of the search today is from the location of the incident [in Donokerto village] to [Pondok Gajah Homestay in Sleman], with a total area of operation of 25.19 kilometers. The personnel are divided into four teams, dispatched to separate locations,” as written on the agency’s official Twitter account, @Pusdalops_diy.center_img A joint search and rescue team reported on Saturday that eight students had died during a flash flood that swept away a group of scouts trekking on the banks of the Sembor River in Donokerto village in Sleman, Yogyakarta.“Rescue team personnel have found eight bodies and are still looking for two more that are still missing,” said Yogyakarta Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) head Lalu Wahyu Effendi on Saturday at noon.The dead and missing students are all girls aged 12 to 15 years old. Meanwhile, 23 students were injured during the incident.last_img read more