Sinclair had right to use free speech

first_imgI know what the mistake is that people make who claim a constitutional infringement for Sinclair’s directive that its stations read a statement about “fake news” and their commitment to provide news that’s confirmed and reliable — read locally by our own Liz Bishop. But what am I missing? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I heard the statement as read and believe it to be saying to people to consider the source, make sure that it’s reliable, and that the stations would only present confirmed facts and attempt to do so without bias. What did I miss?What those who claim a constitutional infringement missed is that the “free speech” constitutional protection is a prohibition against the government limiting speech, not speech in the private sector. Sure, Sinclair is licensed to use the airwaves, but that does not make the company an arm of the government. Sinclair can direct its employees to speak or not speak, just as an employer can hire or fire for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all (unless the reason is discriminatory or violates an employment contract).Freedom of speech isn’t a license to say or not say whatever you please. Nor does it shield you from the fallout from people who don’t like what you say. Freedom of speech isn’t a prohibition against a private-sector employer directing its staff or subsidiaries from taking and stating its position.BRUCE S. TRACHTENBERGNiskayunaThe writer is a former town justice.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehemlast_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to beat N.C. State, advance to ACC semifinals

first_img Published on March 14, 2014 at 6:13 pm Stephen Bailey: Syracuse 68, North Carolina State 60One man WolfpackT.J. Warren gives the Orange fits, but it won’t be enough as the SU defense holds together otherwise. C.J. Fair puts together another strong performance in another big game, and maybe Trevor Cooney even hits a few 3-pointers. Those will be the two biggest keys for Syracuse in every game here on out.Trevor Hass: Syracuse 65, North Carolina State 59Marching onSyracuse moves onto the semifinals with a hard-fought win over N.C. State. Warren and Ralston Turner can score in bunches, but the Wolfpack doesn’t have the depth or balance to hang with the Orange. Expect Tyler Ennis to exploit 5-foot-11 guard Tyler Lewis, and for Fair and Jerami Grant to feast inside on Jordan Vandenberg and Co.David Wilson: Syracuse 71, North Carolina State 58Welcome to the ACC (tournament)Warren will probably score a whole bunch of points for the No. 7-seed Wolfpack, but the No. 2-seed Orange looked good during a 74-58 win against Florida State with Grant back in the lineup. The extra offensive weapons should let Ennis do what he does best and facilitate a victory for No. 11 SU. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Final 2019 survey shows positive outlook for Iowa Business Council members

first_imgDES MOINES — The final economic survey from the Iowa Business Council shows the leaders of the state’s largest businesses are full of optimism for the new year.IBC Executive Director, Joe Murphy, says some economists have continued to predict the economy is going to slow down — but he isn’t seeing that. “I think we sometimes run the risk of talking ourselves into a recession. and we are just not seeing that at all, we remain positive,” Murphy says.The quarterly survey asks members to predict what they see for sales, capital spending and employment for the next six months. Murphy says the final 2019 survey has a score of just above 60.“Anything over 50 is positive,” Murphy says,” and so the fact that we are at 60 is great news for Iowa businesses. I think it is important to look at the data for what the data is.  We have great strength in sales and great strength in spending, and those are two great drivers in business.”Murphy says some yearend action on important issues help push up the mood. “We had some very good legislative action occur at the federal level with the passing of the USMCA by the U.S. House of Representatives. And so that is a great sign. We look forward obviously to the Senate passing that as well and that being signed by president,” according to Murphy. “And then using that as positive momentum as we head into the final phases and stages of the China negotiation.”Murphy says the trade issues are just as important to the business community as they are the ag sector. “Iowa’s biggest employment base is in manufacturing — a lot of people think it is ag — but it’s actually manufacturing and we have some of the world’s premiere manufacturers on the Iowa Business Council,” he says.  “But then when you think about it more broadly — just the general uncertainty of trade deals — the fact that it took so long to get USMCA pinned down and then China has taken longer than anybody anticipated. That just adds to the uncertainty in the markets, uncertainty in businesses.”While the trade situation is moving toward some sort of resolution — Murphy says the lack of workers to fill jobs will continue to be a problem. “This is going to be the central issue of 2020 for us and for our members, and frankly for all of Iowa employers,” Murphy says.Murphy says overall the business community is feeling good heading into the new year. “We would like to see some indicators be better. A lot of that has to do with the political uncertainty, the elections of 2020, what happens with regulations moving forward,” Murphy explains. “But a lot of that will be cleared up as we move into the beginning quarter or two of 2020. So, we remain optimistic and feel pretty good about the future of this state —    particularly from a business perspective.”You can see the full Iowa Business Council survey on their website.last_img read more

Leipzig sporting director calls for fear of players to be respected

first_imgThe sports activities director of the RB Leipzig of the German soccer first division, the Bundesliga, was open this Sunday to the players refusing to take part in coaching and sports activities competitions, for the reason that fear they might have of the pandemic of coronavirus. “If a participant has doubts or perhaps even fear, you could have to respect him,” Krösche instructed the ‘Sky 90′ program. The sports activities director commented that he didn’t communicate individually with every participant of the membership forward of the resumption of the soccer season on Could 16 in a closed sport towards Freiburg. “However when it was time for group coaching, we talked to the workforce. We instructed them that this was mainly our occupation, the one we train, and that additionally it is essential that we take duty for our coworkers,” mentioned Krösche.Due to the particular circumstances generated by the coronavirus disaster, Krösche confirmed understanding for the players’ fears. “Clearly if somebody says they don’t need to or have doubts, then they’ll come and discuss to us. We’re prepared and open to give them a possibility not to practice or to take extra time,” he added.last_img read more