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WNY News Now Stock Graphic.JAMESTOWN – A local candidate for the New York State Assembly is voicing her concern about the proposed reopening strategy announced by various officials calling for New York State to move away from the “economic zones” decision-making process for reopening.Christina Cardinale (D) is running against Republican Incumbent NY-50 Assemblyman Andy Goodell this fall. Cardinale released the following statement on her official Facebook page following Tuesday’s press conference with Goodell, Congressman Tom Reed, State Senator George Borrello and other officials:“The “separate Chautauqua County” agenda is still in full effect, as evidenced by this afternoon’s press conference at Crown Street Roasting Company in downtown Jamestown. Our county has a population of about 126,900. Currently, our county has reported 1451 (negative) and 44 (positive) COVID-19 test results. That’s 1.17% of the population. We need a sample size bigger than 1.17% to make educated decisions.”“Our representatives continue to proudly announce our “low infection rate”. They need to remember these low numbers correlate with the low amount of testing. I’m not against reopening. I’m against reopening without being conscientious. I’m against a pandemic strategy that involves a “let the chips fall where they may” mentality.” “Our elected officials are so quick to demand special treatment for Chautauqua County. How can they demand significant treatment for a county without significant metrics?” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Yes, let’s stay locked down until the Fuhrer tells us it is okay. He is so smart. Let’s make him our president cause he has done such a wonderful job. Just follow the democrats. Now excuse me while I puke.,Ms.Cardinale hasn’t a leg to stand on. As per NYS Dept.of Health latest statics 5/12: 85% of COVID-19 deaths in NYS occur in people over 60 yo..89.6% have COMORBIDITY… (COPD, Coronary heart disease, Stroke, Dementia, etc.)..According to NYSDOH: there have been 4 ( four) deaths in total attributed to COVID-19 in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua. These numbers are a total from March 1st until May 12..That’s 10 (ten) weeks!! Granted, people who have risk factors should stay home and wear a mask when in public..This is a good practice for these people to protect themselves from the seasonal FLU! read more
“The training has been comprehensive and complex, introducing us to the latest technology and equipment available. Standard operating procedure instruction on vehicles, weapons and radio communication will make us more successful at accomplishing our mission in Afghanistan,” said Lt. Col. Jose Gonzalez, Salvadoran troop commander. Staff Sgt. Christian Nooney, urban operations instructor, said the techniques used during the exercise were different from what the El Salvadorans were used to. The course model is progressive, starting with individual skills including medical knowledge and weapons, moving on to Afghan culture and language, and wrapping up with tactical lane training. Training isn’t the only thing the Salvadoran Soldiers will take with them. Sometimes something special transpires when you have two groups of people with a base of things in common, like the army. This U.S. Southern Command Commander, United States Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, visited Fort Polk June 24 to observe the Salvadorans training in the Joint Security Forces Assistant Course. He is the first combatant commander to visit Fort Polk in a decade. It is important that the training is as close to what the soldiers will encounter in Afghanistan as possible. “I am most grateful for the friendships we’ve developed with 162nd Infantry Brigade during this training,” said Gonzalez. These are the first foreign soldiers to go through the Joint Security Force Assistance Course and mobilize to Afghanistan immediately after. Kelly already had a relationship with the Salvadoran troops dating back to 2003 when he was a commander in Iraq. In fact, two of the Salvadoran Soldiers in the course served with him in Iraq. Kelly recalled their warrior spirit and sense of duty. “The fight in Afghanistan isn’t an American fight; it’s a fight for the Afghani people and it’s a global fight … what’s so remarkable about small countries like El Salvador is they have nothing really to fear from terrorism. They are good, decent people who stepped forward to be in a fight with other good and decent people,” said Kelly. Training in a foreign land can present some challenges. West Louisiana weather is quite different from El Salvador. Climate can also prove to be a bitter antagonist during the winter months in Afghanistan, which the Salvadoran Soldiers will have to endure. Being physically fit and mentally tough are foundations the Salvadoran Soldiers already have and will allow for rapid acclimatization in extreme conditions, said Kelly. Salvadoran Soldiers spent eight weeks in the Joint Security Forces Assistant Course, administered by the 162nd Infantry Brigade and held at the Joint Readiness Training Center, in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, El Salvador stood by the U.S. to become a part of Coalition Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. By Dialogo July 11, 2013 “This is the dirtiest, toughest kind of war there is. Terrorists have the advantage to act whenever they want to … we always have to remain vigilant,” said Kelly. The U.S.-Salvadoran relationship dates back to the 1980s, when the U.S. provided the country with military aid to assist in suppressing an insurgency. In 1992, peace accords were signed and U.S. assistance shifted to rebuilding the small nation. “This has a little more structure and different tactics but the fundamentals are the same (as what U.S. Soldiers learn).” Along with adjusting to the climate of Louisiana, the Salvadoran Soldiers interacted with role players from Afghanistan as part of their training at Fort Polk. After training on Afghani culture, their knowledge was tested in a situational training exercise. During the 80’s, El Salvador’s president, Napoleon Duarte, had no other than president Reagan as a friend. I remember living in that small Central American Country in 1985, near the tragic days of a group of Marines within Zona Rosa; days later, Ines Guadalupe Duarte would be kidnapped by a Guerrilla Commando of Farabundo MartÃ; she was the daughter of President Duarte.Some time later Duarte got sick and in many occasions his loyal friend President Reagan sent him a plane to be treated at Base Andrews, and that’s how it was until his last days. Those who lived in San Salvador saw that gesture of brotherhood and humanity in a very good light. President Reagan was, without a doubt, a very high-profile man. I was in Colorado and later in Oklahoma, and I learned of the death of President Reagan and thanks to circumstances I was able to see in Oklahoma all the honors and good moments of President Reagan’s life, which is something I remember dearly, it was June 2004 when he passed away. read more