Categories: Editorial, OpinionKay Hagan didn’t get out in public much in recent months.In June, the former U.S. senator from North Carolina helped dedicate a new air traffic control tower at a local airport.Crippled and confined to a wheelchair, she smiled and acknowledged well wishers at the event. Her ability to speak was limited, slow and labored, although her husband Chip said she could comprehend what people were saying.On Oct. 28, the 66-year-old lawmaker died, two years after contracting a brain inflammation from the Powassan virus, a rare but increasingly prevalent disease caused by the bite of an infected tick.In her honor, her colleagues in the U.S. Senate have named a new bill after her that’s aimed at fighting tick-related illnesses, including Lyme disease.In 2017, the number of tick-borne diseases reported to U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) rose 22%, to 59,349. The actual number of cases was likely much closer to 300,000 to 400,000, officials say, due to underreporting. Here in New York, the state saw a 16% increase in tick-related illnesses from 2017 to 2018.As such illnesses have increased in recent years, it’s clear the state and federal governments need to devote more attention and resources to identifying them, treating them and preventing them.The Kay Hagan Tick Act (S1657) and its companion bill in the House of Representatives, the TICK (Ticks: Identify, Control, and Knockout) Act (HR3073), are designed to provide federal assistance to address the escalating burden.Among the bill’s provisions are the creation of an office of oversight and coordination at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategy for the expansion of research, improved testing and affordable treatment.For taxpayers, the bill comes at a relatively small price, given that Lyme disease alone now costs Americans an estimated $75 billion per year, according to lymedisease.org.The bill would provide $10 million a year for the next five years to create regional centers for excellence. These centers would coordinate efforts among academia and public health agencies for surveillance, prevention and outbreak response, as well as provide training and other services to help pubic officials deal with the outbreak.The bill also would authorize $20 million per year for the next five years through the CDC for grants to help states and communities promote awareness, early detection and treatment.Local Reps. Antonio Delgado and Elise Stefanik are two of the House bill’s cosponsors. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have yet to sign on.Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are now a national problem.It’s time for the national government to lead the fight against them.Contact Schumer, Gillibrand and other members of Congress to ensure they support and promote this vital legislation.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
(Image: Nick Goepper’s Facebook page)Dearborn County was represented well during Nick Goepper’s first appearance at the winter games.The 19-year-old, Hidden Valley native competed in the men’s ski slopestyle and fell during the first two qualifying runs, but turned it in his second run scoring 87.00.The United States swept the event with Joss Christensen earning gold and and Gus Kenworthy getting silver in the event.The competition will be televised on NBC at 8p.m. Thursday. A viewing party will also be held at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, the same place Goepper used to ski from age 5 to 15.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nick McGlynn has 20 points and 10 rebounds and Drake pulled away early in the second half for a 78-66 victory over Evansville on Wednesday night.McGlynn collected his fifth 20-point game and fourth double-double of the season. Tremell Murphy, D.J. Wilkins, and Garrett Sturtz added 11 points apiece, and Noah Thomas chipped in 10 for Drake (15-5, 4-3 Missouri Valley Conference). The Bulldogs have won three of its last four games and improved to 9-1 at home.John Hall and Marty Hill scored 13 points each to lead Evansville (9-11, 3-4). K.J. Riley added 12 points.The Bulldogs took the lead for good midway through the first half and built a 35-31 halftime advantage. The Purple Aces stayed within single digits until a 9-2 surge made it 67-48 with about seven minutes left. MASON CITY — Mandy Willems had 31 points while Autam Mendez had a double-double with 30 points and 17 rebounds as the 9th-ranked NIACC women beat Little Priest Tribal College116-69 last night at the NIACC gym, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. NIACC jumped out to a 38-18 lead after the first quarter, as the Lady Trojans for the contest were 35-44 from the free throw line. NIACC is now 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference. MASON CITY — The 17th-ranked NIACC men beat Little Priest Tribal College 110-85, as you also heard on KGLO. Wendell Matthews had his sixth double-double of the season with 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Trojans. Deundra Roberson added 21, James Harris had 19 while Christian Kelly also had 12 for the Trojans. NIACC is now 14-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Both NIACC teams travel to Ellsworth on Saturday, games you’ll hear on KGLO starting at about 1 o’clock. IOWA CITY — Transition defense has been the focus as the 19th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes get set to host sixth ranked Michigan State. The Spartans hammered the Hawkeyes 90-68 back in early December.That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery who says the Hawkeyes need to have good shot selection.The Hawkeyes will be out to snap the Spartans’ 20-game winning streak in Big Ten play.Iowa is 5-3 in the Big Ten and 16-3 overall. You can hear the Iowa-Michigan State game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 5 o’clock, with the tipoff from Carver-Hawkeye Arena scheduled for 6 o’clock . CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Aaron Cook had 17 points and Sean Lloyd Jr. and Darius Beane each added 16 more as Southern Illinois beat Northern Iowa for the second time in 18 days, 70-62 in a Missouri Valley Conference contest on Wednesday night.The victory snaps a four-game losing streak for the Salukis, who had not won since its 58-51 win at Cedar Falls.A.J. Green hit a 3 with 3:43 left to get Northern Iowa within 3, 53-50, but the Salukis pushed the advantage to 13 points before Green hit two 3s in the final minute to get the final deficit to single digits.Southern Illinois (10-10, 3-4) shot 50 percent from the field (26 of 52), including 7 of 20 from long range.Green hit 6 of 7 from distance and finished with 22 points for Northern Iowa (8-12, 3-4). IOWA CITY — Megan Gustafson scored 32 points and added 12 rebounds as 18th ranked Iowa beat 14th ranked Rutgers 72-66, handing the Scarlet Knights their first Big Ten loss. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.Bluder says the Hawkeyes did a good job against the Rutgers defense.Kathleen Doyle had 17 points while Mason City native Makenzie Meyer had 11 points, three assists and one steal in 30 minutes of play. The win was the fourth straight for the Hawkeyes who improve to 6-2 in the Big Ten. — high school girls basketball WednesdayNewman 73, Rockford 56 WACO, TEXAS — Second ranked Baylor outscored Iowa State 25-12 in the third quarter in an 84-69 win over the 20th ranked Cyclones. Senior Bridget Carleton scored 24 points in the opening half before being saddled with foul trouble. She finished with 28.Alexa Middleton chipped in with 18 points but the Cyclones made only seven of 25 from three point range.Iowa State falls to 4-3 in the Big 12.Iowa State visits Oklahoma State Saturday evening. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men vs. Michigan State — pre-game 5:00, tipoff 6:00AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, KRIB mobile app — Clear Lake vs. Crestwood — girls 6:15, boys follow MASON CITY – The NIACC wrestling team dropped a 28-15 decision to Iowa Central in an ICCAC dual meet on Wednesday in the NIACC Recreation Center.NIACC picked up wins from Tony Mendoza (149), Xavier Judge (165), Mason Carpenter (174) and Zach Santee (285).Mendoza stopped Iowa Central’s eighth-ranked Yarhoski Aldiva, 3-2. Judge pinned the Tritons’ Russ Jennett in 1 minute, 40 seconds, Carpenter took a 3-1 decision from Iowa Central’s Austin Lamm and Santee topped Iowa Central’s Gunner Cash, 9-6.NIACC returns to action Jan. 31 in a dual meet at Iowa Western.
DONEGAL Orangemen will lead the Fermanagh 12th march in Irvinestown today – and bring it to a halt in protest at the refusal of the North’s parades commission to allow a march through a nationalist area in north Belfast.A parade will be allowed through Ardoyne this morning, but a return leg will be banned.There are fears of widespread violence this weekend as a result. However the Orange Order says it will have controlled protests; stopping parades for six minutes in solidarity with its north Belfast lodges.The lodges from Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan will head the parade of 100 lodges and 70 bands in Irvinestown. They will stop the parade as part of the protests across the six counties. DONEGAL ORANGEMEN TO TAKE PART IN ‘ARDOYNE’ PROTEST AGAINST NATIONALIST RESIDENTS was last modified: July 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)