Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling teamed up for a special night at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on Friday, June 1st. The pair—who recently kicked off their first tour with their new Ghost Light project—treated fans to an acoustic tribute to the Grateful Dead.EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling Talk New Band, Ghost Light, & The Grateful DeadHamilton and Bowling both have plenty of experience with the Grateful Dead catalog. In addition to playing Dead tunes with Ghost Light, Hamilton has been a member of popular Grateful Dead tribute act Joe Russo’s Almost Dead since the band’s inception. Bowling, on the other hand, released a full album of Grateful Dead covers titled Better Left Unsung and rose to fame in the jam scene for her creative solo piano reimaginings of Phish and the Dead. Both artists have performed with original members of the Grateful Dead at various times. For a full list of upcoming Ghost Light tour dates, head to their website.Watch pro-shot video of Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling’s Acoustic Explorations of the Grateful Dead below, courtesy of Relix.[Video: Relix]Check out photos from Hamilton and Bowling’s Acoustic Explorations of the Grateful Dead below, courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling | Acoustic Explorations of the Grateful Dead | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 6/1/18 Load remaining images Photo: Andrew Blackstein
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In reference to Frank Coleman’s March 6 letter, there are unions and there are unions. Private-sector unions are and have been badly needed over the years, i.e., to counter the enormous profit pressure on company management. Public-sector unions serve little legitimate purpose, since bureaucrat management is not under similar pressure to control costs. You simply gradually and quietly increase taxes as salaries go up and employees are added.Books have been written arguing the various pros and cons of the above, but fundamentally cost pressure is the issue.Over time, the impact has become huge. For example, the area surrounding the seat of federal government (Washington, D.C.) is by far the richest locale of the nation. Local public-sector workers may manipulate the bureaucratic system and retire on pensions several times that of similar private-sector workers. A private-sector worker can be terminated almost at will; public-sector workers almost cannot be terminated. Now I recognize this is a highly charged, controversial issue. But private and public unions are extremely different in purpose and impact; it could be argued that they should not even be grouped under the same word, union.Clyde MaughanSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%
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COVID-19 national task force chief Doni Monardo has asked the public to prepare for a “new normal” for the next several months, saying physical distancing and mask-wearing were likely here to stay.The task force had discussed changing public behavior to accommodate the post-pandemic reality with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Doni said.“As we comply with large-scale social restrictions [PSBB], we need to keep wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and washing our hands,” he told the press after a private meeting with Jokowi on Monday. He said a number of red zones across the country had recorded lower transmission rates following the implementation of PSBB but that the country was not out of danger yet.“It will take a very long time for us to fully recover. Perhaps we will adjust to a new normal by wearing masks and maintaining physical distance,” Doni said.Read also: Jakarta’s curve flattened? Experts question government’s claimSeveral provinces across the archipelago had stepped up their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, he said. The Jakarta administration had closed 168 factories and manufacturing plants, while the Riau administration had started enforcing penalties for violations of quarantine rules.Last month, Doni claimed Jakarta – the country’s COVID-19 epicenter – had flattened the transmission curve thanks to the implementation of PSBB.However, experts have warned against taking the government’s assertion at face value, mainly because the country’s lack of PCR testing capacity could cause cases to be underreported or reported late. As of Monday, Indonesia had confirmed more than 11,192 COVID-19 cases and 845 deaths linked to the disease.Topics :
DES MOINES — The Iowa chapter of the Sierra Club is calling for a climate adaptation plan and other policies to overhaul the state’s agricultural economy.The group calls for changes to make farming more environmentally sustainable while still being profitable.Iowa Chapter director Pam Mackey-Taylor says to create a climate adaptation plan, they want farmers, state officials, consumers and environmentalists to meet and address key questions.“How do you sustain farm incomes in the future?” Mackey-Taylor says. “What kinds of things do we need to do to adapt? and how do we make sure that agriculture remains a part of our economy for the future?”Mackey-Taylor says the state could invest economic development dollars in small meat processors and in creating new markets so farmers can expand beyond the standard two-crop rotation.The chapter is also backing the national organization in distancing itself from founder John Muir. In recent weeks, Muir’s ties to eugenics and white supremacy have prompted the nation’s oldest environmental organization to call for a reckoning with its founders and past attitudes.She says many people and groups are reconsidering their actions and language around race.Mackey-Taylor says, “It makes sense for Sierra Club to do that close look and to mend the hurts and the harms that we’ve done and to move forward after that.”Across the country, the environmental movement is confronting its lack of diversity as some of the few activists and staffers who are not white have quit or called for organizational overhauls.The Planned Parenthood affiliate that includes Iowa issued a statement last week denouncing what it called the “problematic positions” of the organization’s founder. The group said Margaret Sanger’s advocacy of racist ideas was wrong and repugnant.