Public Participation Gets an Upgrade in Apopka

first_img David Rankin Reply July 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm Reply July 9, 2016 at 10:49 am Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSApopka City Council Previous articleCity Center contract near to close, but will Highland Manor survive?Next articleCorrine Brown Indicted – Pleads Not Guilty Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 3 COMMENTS Apopka’s City Council meetings have always provided an opportunity for citizens to speak their mind on any topic.Unfortunately to exercise your First Amendment right, “… to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” you had to wait until nearly the end of the meeting.  This often meant waiting for several hours while the Council moved deliberately through its agenda.Wednesday’s Council meeting was typical. Members of the public had to wait 2 hours and 20 minutes before being allowed to step to the podium for their allotted four minutes.The first 17 minutes were used to deal with several “routine” items that involved little, if any, discussion:Approval of Minutes from previous meetingsTwo Proclamations:Eight Employee RecognitionThe introduction of four newly sworn in Police OfficersFive Consent Agenda itemsThe first agenda item with discussion and public input was the approval of new Recreation Youth Sports League fees (35 minutes).Six proposed Ordinances and one Resolution were then discussed and voted on next (27 minutes).Two Final Development Plans were then reviewed and approved (20 minutes)A 35 minute presentation on how to improve the Development Review process came next, followed by a well-needed 5 minute break.After the break the City’s CPA firm, Moore Stephens Lovelace, made a 24 minute presentation of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.The approved Public Participation Resolution moves the public comment period to immediately after the Presentations portion of the meeting.  Had the new policy been in place last Wednesday the public comments would have happened 2 hours earlier.The “upgrade” only applies to comments being made about topics not on the meeting agenda.  Those wishing to address items on the agenda will have to wait until that item is brought before the City Council. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img Ms. Reid, you are absolutely correct to commend Commissioner Becker, Bankson & Dean, they really stepped up to support the rights of City of Apopka voters. Commissioner Velazquez and Mayor Kilsheimer do not support the City of Apopka residents, they are more interested in status and power. Velazquez gives the appearance as though she was elected to office my Kilsheimer himself. We need a change and soon!!! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Tenita Reid Please enter your comment! July 12, 2016 at 9:17 am Regardless of the issue and as sure as the sun rises in the east, Diane Velazquez will always cast a vote that is in lockstep with Joe Kilsheimer. In her 2+ year tenure on the Apopka City Commission, I can’t recall a single instance where she wasn’t aligned with him. In fact, there have been multiple occasions where she appeared confused and didn’t seem to understand the complexities of the issue at hand. In those situations, Joe often steps in to bail her out by telling everyone, but mostly Diane, how he will be voting. If it wasn’t so serious it would be comical. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sue Grandy Please enter your name here I want to thank each individual Apopka City Commissioner who supported the public’s rights, regarding the public participation ordinance, and who listened to the members of the public, about their concerns and that they believed their public comment discussion period at the council meetings, were being limited, and to the commissioners who listened, and therefore pushed for the ordinance to be amended, as had been written, and had called for a new rewritten ordinance to be presented for approval. Therefore, I want to personally thank Apopka City Commissioner Kyle Becker, Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson, and Apopka City Commissioner Billie Dean. Government for the people and by the people! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

West Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claims

first_imgLinkedin Print Email Facebook Shannon Foynes Port annual report State agencies join forces to tackle Foynes flooding threat WhatsApp TAGSAskeatonCappagh Farmers Support GroupCroaghfoynesHSE Mid WestlimerickNational Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI)Shanagolden Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img HSE Mid West Community Healthcare and UL Hospitals Group urges public to avoid household visits and social gatherings for St Patrick’s Day NewsLocal NewsWest Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claimsBy Alan Jacques – January 7, 2016 1219 Taoiseach Leo Varadkarby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Health Minister Leo VaradkarHEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar has once again been called upon by families in West Limerick to engage with them over claims of high rates of cancer within their community.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group maintain that Minister Varadkar has ignored findings in the 2001 Askeaton health report indicating that it had a significantly higher rate of deaths in children under the age of 14 than in other areas of the Mid-West.According to the group, this trend has continued and no one has investigated it. They have previously raised concerns over high rates of miscarriages and early pregnancy loss with women in the area, coupled with high respiratory problems over the years from suspected Industrial pollution in the region.“To date, the Minister has refused to meet with us and has failed to inform us fully as to how a review will be conducted and what area it will entail, its time frame to be completed by and what doctors are been spoken to,” said spokesman for the group, Pat Geoghegan.“Overwhelming evidence has been produced to Minister Varadkar to stop a recurrence happening again and families deserve more that a whitewash again this time around. This review must be fully transparent in every aspect of it,” he added.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group also want to see a broadening of any review carried out to cover the areas of Shanagolden, Foynes, Askeaton and Croagh, in relation to cancer problems.In response, a spokesperson for HSE Mid-West said that following concerns arising originally from animal health in Askeaton and its environs during the 1990s several reports by different groups including HSE and University researchers used National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) data to examine human cancer rates in the area.“The NCRI records and reports on all new cases of malignant cancer registered in Ireland and is the only source of incidence rates across geographical areas in Ireland.   “All previous reviews covering the period since cancer registration began in Ireland in 1994 until 2006, showed no significant excess of cancer incidence in the Askeaton area, although significantly elevated rates were noted in parts of Limerick City.”“As a result of new concerns expressed by a community group in the Askeaton/Cappagh area in July 2015 to the Department of Health, the HSE requested an updated analysis from the National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) for the same geographic area as outlined in their previous reports.“The new NCRI report confirms the continuation of this pattern for the period 2003-2012 with cancer incidence ratios in the Askeaton area still below the levels expected when compared to Mid-West incidence and significantly below the level in the Irish population during that period although higher rates persisted in Limerick City.”The HSE also says that it consulted with local GPs on any unusual clusters of cancer since 2013, especially for patients that may have resided close to Cappagh/Askeaton. Only one out of the group of GPs noted a higher rate of tumour of a particular type during this period.The HSE submitted an additional request to the NCRI to undertake a further analysis from their 1994-2012 cancer registration data specifically on this type of tumour.“The rates were analysed by NCRI for the same geographical area and no rates indicating either higher or lower risk of statistical significance were found in either the Askeaton or Limerick City areas.“In summary, rates of invasive cancer reported by NCRI remained below those expected between 2003 and 2012 in the Askeaton study areas. However, because there is a lag period of up to two years between diagnosis and inclusion in published reports, local GPs have been asked to continue to monitor for any unusual patterns in order to maintain a strong system of surveillance through the GP network.” Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community Previous articleFather and son sent for trial in biker murderNext article#WATCH Adams slams ‘bad planning decisions’ leading to region’s flooding Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Twitter Limerick Lotto winners pledge to use winnings to secure children’s futurelast_img read more

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US study says assisted suicide laws rife with dangers to people with disabilities

first_imgBioEdge 13 October 2019Family First Comment: The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a scathing analysis of the effect of assisted suicide laws in the United States on people with disabilities. It finds that safeguards are ineffective and that there is little oversight of abuses and mistakes…. The most prevalent reasons offered by someone requesting assisted suicide are directly related to unmet service and support needs. These should be dealt with through new laws and more funding, says NCD, not assisted suicide. “Assisted suicide laws are premised on the notion of additional choice for people at the end of their lives, however in practice, they often remove choices when the low-cost option is ending one’s life versus providing treatments to lengthen it or services and supports to improve it.” The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a scathing analysis of the effect of assisted suicide laws in the United States on people with disabilities. It finds that safeguards are ineffective and that there is little oversight of abuses and mistakes.In eight states and the District of Columbia it is legal for doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients diagnosed with terminal illness and with a prognosis of six months or less to live, if certain procedural steps are followed.Pain relief is often described as the primary motivation for seeking assisted suicide. In its report, Assisted Suicide Laws and their Danger to People with Disabilities, NCD responds that the most prevalent reasons offered by someone requesting assisted suicide are directly related to unmet service and support needs. These should be dealt with through new laws and more funding, says NCD, not assisted suicide.“Assisted suicide laws are premised on the notion of additional choice for people at the end of their lives, however in practice, they often remove choices when the low-cost option is ending one’s life versus providing treatments to lengthen it or services and supports to improve it,” said NCD Chairman Neil Romano.Closely examining the experience in Oregon, where the practice has been legal for 20 years, NCD found that the list of conditions eligible for assisted suicide has expanded considerably over time, including many disabilities that, when properly treated, do not result in death, including arthritis, diabetes, and kidney failure.Assisted Suicide Laws and their Danger to People with Disabilities also notes suicide contagion in states where assisted suicide is legal; as well as a loosening of existing safeguards both in states with legalized assisted suicide and states considering bills to legalize.READ MORE: https://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/us-study-saysassisted-suicide-laws-rife-with-dangers-to-people-with-disabil/13245last_img read more