Catch a Comp at Wintergreen

first_imgThe ESPN X-Games coming up next weekend, and if you are like me you are probably looking forward to them with equal parts enthusiasm and dread. Enthusiasm because you get to watch the best skiers and snowboarders do their thing on the big stage, pushing the limits of physics and physiology with flips, spins, and tweaks; dread because the ones pushing those limits are usually half our age. Sure, we throw the occasional foot high spread eagle on the slopes, but these guys are pros and throw tricks we could only dream about, even in our prime. Don’t get me wrong, I do not watch the Winter X-Games with a pint of ice cream longing for the days of yore and crying myself to sleep. I save that for the Summer X-Games – I always wanted to a skateboarder. No, I watch with respect and awe at what the elite can do on snow. This weekend you will be able to witness some ski and snowboard competitions that are a little more accessible and sample some of the gear the big dogs ride on game day. Wintergreen Resort will be hosting their Freestyle Demo Days in conjunction with a rail jam, the first event of their season-long terrain park series.Check out Wintergreen on Saturday where you can watch the local talent do their thing on rails starting at 6pm. If you have been working on your game, you can sign up to participate from 4:30-5:30 at the Snowsports Desk. The Demo Tent will be set up at the top of Acorn on Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to sample the latest and greatest from the industry’s leading manufacturers.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Church and state should be separate

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mr. Hughes also asserted that the Johnson Amendment empowers the federal government to “punish the clergy and their churches if they choose to speak out and guide their members in regard to choosing government representatives or to comment on legislation” and he urges churches “to permanently regain their guidance role in government affairs.”Thomas Jefferson stated: “History, I believe, furnishes no example of … a people maintaining a free civil government” in a society where clergy dominate and further stated that the clergyman, “In every country and in every age … has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”I believe it’s reasonable to conclude that the Founding Fathers attempted to build a “wall of separation between church and state,” with each institution functioning fully independently of one another, as part of their efforts to ensure the establishment of a sustainable democracy, rather than a theocracy.A February 2017 poll conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals — 89 percent of Evangelical leaders said they don’t think pastors should endorse politicians from the pulpit.Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Re Jan. 2 letter, “Let churches have freedom of speech”: Mr. Wallace Hughes begins by stating “The churches’ influence on our Constitution is obvious. U.S. Law is based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our democracy, Constitution, and Christian heritage eroded due to church muzzling legislation.”John Adams stated “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” The Constitution doesn’t include a single reference to “God,” “the Almighty,” nor any other moniker for a deity. Furthermore, the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In Thomas Jefferson’s words, adoption of this amendment “was meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mohammedan, the Hindu and Infidel of every denomination.”last_img read more

Most in crowds at candidate events have not chosen a favorite yet

first_imgAMES — Last week, nine Democratic presidential candidates passed through the state and, so far this year, the party’s two dozen candidates have appeared at more than 600 events here.Gene Brown, an independent voter who lives north of Fort Dodge, has been checking out a few of the Democratic candidates, hoping to find a uniter.“I’m looking for a candidate who can move this country forward,” Brown said after seeing Elizabeth Warren in Ames. “We’ve had a lot of division in this country.”As he waited at a brewery to see Steve Bullock,Dave Migland of Des Moines said Democrats are reluctant to have a replay of the divisive Hillary Clinton versus Bernie Sanders primary.“I think we realize being too stubborn about your choice has cost us four years and an eternity in terms of some of the policies,” Miglin said.Justin Bayliss of Wellman saw all the 2016 candidates in-person and plans to see all the 2020 candidates, too. Bayliss, as he waited to see a candidate in Keokuk, said he was impressed with Kamala Harris, but he said some of the others just don’t have the “it” factor.“There are some of the candidates that they just don’t have a real presence,” Bayliss said. “I really don’t feel like if they were elected that they would get the job done.”Phyllis Weeks of Albia wore a 2016 “Draft Elizabeth Warren” t-shirt to a Warren event in Oskaloosa, but Weeks is still considering several other candidates.“Well, only because it’s early,” Weeks said, adding she has enough candidate t-shirts to make the blocks for a large quilt.Douglas Mihelich of Ames is a Minnesota native who’s leaning toward supporting Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, but he’s listening to other candidates.“I want a like rational, sane candidate. I think that would be a refreshing thing and also someone who’s very moderate,” Mihelich said as he waited for Beto O’Rourke to speak earlier this week. “A lot of our current leaders have either pushed our nation either far left or far right.”The first big national event of the season has occurred, as 20 candidates appeared over two nights in televised debates organized by the Democratic National Committee.“I DVR’d the debates and am working my way through them,” said Bri Woodbeck of Roland who has two jobs and didn’t have time to sit down and watch two hours of live T-V on one night and two more hours the next.Shawnah Nipper brought her toddler to see Klobuchar and Harris at a picnic in West Des Moines on Wednesday.“We have, for the first time, multiple women candidates. That’s like amazing steps forward,” Nipper said. “I want her to grow up knowing she has opportunities.”Iowans in western Iowa have an opportunity to see another candidate, Julian Castro, on Monday.last_img read more