She’s enshrined in a virtual palace atop a New York City skyscraper. The carefree young socialite has the best of everything, including stylish clothing and her own dedicated servants, traveling in the best circles, thoroughly enjoying her status as the wife of one of the world’s richest men. It’s like a fairy tale.But then disaster strikes. Melania’s husband gives up control of much of his fortune and accepts a public service position in Washington, D.C. Dutifully, she accompanies him on his career move. She’s now reduced to living in a 200-year-old house provided, furnished and provisioned by the government in the middle of a vast swamp, where the swamp creatures jostle for position to tear her apart. Her servants are government workers dedicated to maintaining proper protocols. Her social life is dominated by people that her husband needs to impress.She has fallen from her lofty position as a billionaire’s wife to being simply first lady of the United States, replete with the duties and restrictions of the position. How can one not feel sorry for her?Jim MoorheadScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff… Like many people, I have begun to feel sorry for Melania Trump and what has befallen her recently. Picture a young immigrant from Eastern Europe. While pursuing her modeling career, she catches the eye of a multi-billionaire, a modern day prince who could have had almost any woman he wanted. But of them all, he chooses her to be his wife and bear his child. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Esther Green, 88, of North Vernon passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019 at The Waters of Dillsboro – Ross Manor. Esther was born Sunday, June 29, 1930 at Versailles the daughter of Louis and Martha (Lingo) Struckman. She married Garnett Stanley Green June 1974 and he preceded her in death December 29, 1985. She worked as a welder for Gateway Engineers at Miamitown, a former employee for Seagrams and Anchor Glass in Greendale. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, antiquing and yard sales.Esther is survived by daughter Elaine “Tinker” (Gerald) Sutton of Dayton, Ohio; 3 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Garnett, parents, brothers Hap, Millard, Roy, John, Jim and Estol Struckman; sisters Ruth Ekstrand, Luella Richter, Mary Brewington, Grace Askins and Catherine Fischer; Edward Huge long-term relationship and good friend Earl Rice.A service celebrating her life will be held 1 PM Monday, January 28, 2019 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Harris Long officiating. Burial will follow at German Lutheran Cemetery North of Milan. Family and friends may gather to honor and remember her Monday 11 AM – 1 PM also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Esther to The Waters of Dillsboro – Ross Manor activity fund. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S. Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812)654-2141. You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
For the second-straight year, Drake took home the league’s top pitching award as sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) was named the 2016 MVC Pitcher of the Year. Newman was also selected to the All-MVC First Team for the second-consecutive season. Rebekah Schmidt won the award in 2015. Drake will play its first game at the MVC Tournament, held in Carbondale, Ill., Friday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of Friday morning’s quarterfinal action between Evansville or Illinois State versus UNI. Every game of the MVC Tournament will be broadcast online via The Valley On ESPN3. Print Friendly Version CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Drake University softball team earned multiple Missouri Valley Conference honors on Wednesday night at the 2016 MVC Softball awards banquet. Newman, who was named the 2015 MVC Freshman of the Year, is having an outstanding sophomore campaign. She is 21-12 with a 2.96 earned run average with a program-record and league-leading 269 strikeouts. Newman recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game 10 times this season. Smith is hitting .309 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 36 RBI. She has also pitched well in the circle with a 3-2 record and 31 strikeouts. Frank is batting a team-leading .354 along with slugging a team-high nine home runs with 29 runs batted in. Her 58 hits this season is the seventh-best single-season total in program history. Frank collected three MVC Newcomer of the Week awards in her first season. Sowa earned her third career All-MVC accolade also being named to the first team as a freshman and to the second team as a sophomore. This season, she is hitting .302 with a team-high 14 doubles and 39 RBI along with tallying one triple and six home runs. Sowa’s doubles and RBI totals are each tied for the fourth best single-season marks in program history. Rounding out Drake’s award winners is Alexander, who started all 52 games for the Bulldogs in the regular season. She is hitting .250 with a career-high five home runs and 24 RBI. Alexander started the first 15 games in center field before shifting to shortstop where she started the final 37 games. This is the second season for the MVC All-Defensive team, which is completed by the league coaches who nominate one player each. Joining Newman on the All-MVC First Team were freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.), junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) and sophomore Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.). Freshman Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and sophomore Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) were All-MVC Second Team honorees. Sophomore Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) was picked to the MVC All-Defensive Team. In her first season, Pena is second on the team in hitting with a .340 batting average and has four home runs, 11 doubles and 34 RBI along with a team-high .467 on-base percentage. On Monday, Pena was named MVC Newcomer of the Week for the first time in her career after having a great final weekend of regular season play. Wright collected her first All-MVC honor after a great second season. Batting in the leadoff spot, she is hitting .324 with two triples, two home runs, 14 doubles, 24 RBI and 40 runs scored. Wright’s runs scored total is the fourth-highest single-season mark in program history and her doubles total ranks tied for fourth-best in program history.