Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs a dairy farmer for more than 20 years, I’d like to respond to claims made in the Jan. 29 letter to the editor [“Stop abuse of dairy cows, calves”].My most important priority is the health and well-being of my cows. In order to produce milk, cows must be kept comfortable and content. Our barns provide shade and protection from wind, cold, rain and snow – a necessity in the Northeast. Inside, my 200 cows have clean, dry bedding which is replenished at regular intervals, and access to food and water 24 hours a day.Calves are the future of our herd, so it’s crucial to get them off to a healthy start. That includes protecting their fragile immune systems by placing them in clean, dry individual pens, which protect them from older (larger) members of the herd and bad weather. Calves are also bottle-fed in their first few days of life to ensure they are getting adequate nutrition.I’m proud of the work my fellow farmers and I do every day to ensure our communities have access to an affordable, safe, and nutritious milk and other dairy products. I invite you to learn more about dairy farms, dairy farmers and dairy products by visiting dairygood.org or americandairy.com.Kris BrockSchaghticokeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine
Mr. Edward Francis “Eddie” Thompson, age 77, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on October 7, 1939 in New York, New York, the son of the late, James Michael and Florence (Grieser) Thompson. He was raised in New York and Lynhurst, New Jersey where he attended school. Eddie was united in marriage on November 10, 1957 in New York, New York to Jeannie Marie Jurgensen and to this union arrived eight children to bless their home. Eddie and Jeannie shared nearly 60 years of marriage together until his death. He was employed as a pipefitter, plumber and steamfitter for Union Local #440 in Columbus, Indiana, retiring in 2001, after 30 years of service. Eddie resided in the Switzerland County community for the past 42 years. Eddie enjoyed remodeling their house, mowing his lawn and working. Eddie will be deeply missed by his loving family. Eddie passed away at 6:28 am, Monday, August 14, 2017, at the Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.Eddie is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years: Jeannie Marie (Jurgensen) Thompson of Vevay, IN; his daughters: Elizabeth Barone and her husband: David of Lynhurst, NJ, Lori Browning and her husband: Myron of Vevay, IN, Cindy Purnell and her companion: Phil Markland of East Enterprise, IN, Kelly May and her husband: James of Vevay, IN, Tracey Thompson and her companion: Verle Lock of Vevay, IN and Michelle Ritch and her husband: Clayton of Vevay, IN; his sons: James Thompson and his wife: Jessica of Indianapolis, IN and Robert Thompson and his wife: Elka of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren: Jennifer, Melissa, Isiah, Simone, Gernot, Katrina, Ashley, Courtney, Preston, Blake, Destiny, Justin, Eddie, Luke, Michael, Haley, Chase, Cameron and Ella and his 17-great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents: James Michael and Florence (Grieser) Thompson; his grandson: Mirco Wieczorek; his brothers: James and Robert James Thompson; his sister: Eileen Garland and his sister-in-law: Diana Thompson.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Thursday, August 17, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Private family funeral service.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to Keeping Pace Cancer Fund % Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral home.
TEAM Guyana for Round three of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) 2016 in Barbados yesterday loaded their vehicles for the three-week voyage.The five-member team includes three riders in Matthew, Stephen and Elliot Vieira.The battle will be between Stephen and Matthew Vieira with 122 points and the latter on 105 points, as they head to the Land of the Flying Fish to rekindle their tussle.However, Elliot Vieira will be no pushover in this regard as he is still the defending champion but will have a lot of work to do to catch his cousins, as he is only on 45 points and positioned in fourthThird place in the class is currently being held by Robert McDonald of Jamaica.Meanwhile, the drivers for Round three include Group three competitor Nazim Gafoor as well as his Group two counterpart Shan Seejattan, who recently returned from Round two in Trinidad.At the Group three end of things, Gafoor has a lot of ground to make up in the championship as he currently lies sixth with 42 points.He trails the Cayman islands’ Gary Barret (42 points) as well as Barbadian Steve King (50 points), Jamaica’s Alan Chen (63 points), Guyana’s Danny Persaud (66 points) and current leader and defending champion, Trinidad’s Paul Vieira (125 points).After Group two, Seejattan (54 points) sits in fourth, ahead of defending champion Marc Gill of Trinidad (50 points). Ahead of him lies Jamaica’s Sabastien Rae (55 points and the Trinidadian duo of Mark Williams (75 points) and Luke Bhola (93 points).In Group four, both for the four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive, Guyana have opted out, with Jamaicans Doug Gore, Kyle Greg and Trinidadian Kristian Boodoosingh rounding out the top three of the earlier.On the two-wheel end of things, Barbadian Mark Maloney leads with 118 points while Peter Rae of Jamaica has 108 and Trinidad’s Franklyn Boodram has 102 points.Round three is set for September 3-4.
Roberto Di Matteo says he would be prepared to drop Fernando Torres from the Chelsea team to face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League if it is the ‘right thing’ to do.Torres has scored just once in his last seven appearances for Chelsea and again looked out of sorts during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.Di Matteo is ready to make changes for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League game away to Juventus and conceded Torres was one of the players who could lose his place.He said: “Am I prepared to leave Torres out on Tuesday? I think we will have to assess the whole team and see how everybody is, and how they have recovered.“Am I prepared to leave Torres out on Tuesday? I think we will have to assess the whole team and see how everybody is, and how they have recovered.”Roberto Di MatteoQuotes of the week“A lot of players only came back Thursday afternoon or Friday from internationals in Europe and the rest of the world.“We will assess them and see what the right selection is for Tuesday. If I believe it is the right thing to do for the team, then yes.”The Chelsea boss is also aware that his team have to improve defensively after conceding 18 goals in eight games. Di Matteo added: “I think as a team we have to be better defending. You don’t defend with one player – you defend with the whole team, like you want your whole team helping when you are attacking as well.“It is a defensive organisation on the pitch that we need to look at and, as I said before, maybe I have to do some changes.“We have got bodies in midfield – the 4-2-3-1 system really helped us last season after the change (of manager) but maybe in terms of personnel we have to do something different.”Di Matteo is also at a loss to explain another dip by Chelsea during November after picking up just two points from three Premier League games.He said: “It is very difficult to explain. It is not just one year – it has been three years in a row. “You have top, top players – they play every three or four days. That amount of games can affect them, but it is not only that.“It is a challenging time when you don’t win games and you need to instil confidence in players and to the team and that is going to be a tough job.”