A Central New York Vietnam Veteran who likely died of cancer from Agent Orange exposure now has his name on proposed legislation to support other veterans and families. The Lawrence J. Hackett, Jr. Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Fairness Act unveiled today would ensure that veterans and their families would get the necessary healthcare and compensation to cover them. A longtime friend of Hackett’s, Judge Joseph Fahey says his friend’s story is similar to others.
The Director of National Security Studies at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School is relieved that a US soldier has been returned but, he's also concerned about the release of five high level Taliban operatives. Bill Smullen has been keeping a close watch on developments. He says the released detainees are dangerous planners and thinkers.
A national Democracy Activist speaking tonight (6/2/2014) in Syracuse is hoping to keep the momentum going for a movement to end Corporate Personhood. In essence, he says it provides for the same rights as humans. Move to Amend Spokesperson David Cobb says the problem is that several laws safeguard corporations through constitutional rights.
A combination of stormy weather and spending more time outdoors this summer is a good refresher for what to do when encountering power lines on the ground in Central New York. About 400 students at Allen Road Elementary in North Syracuse participated in workshops today with National Grid representatives.