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
The Ballydoyle inmate, wearing first-time blinkers, was the outsider of the six-runner field and stable jockey Joseph O’Brien was on Monsieur Joe instead, but he belied his sizeable odds with a big display under Seamie Heffernan. Fellow three-year-old Extortionist, the 2-1 favourite, held a slight advantage passing the furlong marker, but his lead was eroded late on by Fountain Of Youth, whose previous form this term had been moderate at best over longer trips. Press Association O’Brien snr said: “I was running him over the wrong distances, obviously. I was trying to make him get a mile, but we’ll keep at five or six now.” Maarek missed the race after he developed a stone bruise. Line Of Reason (18-1) defied a 5lb penalty for a recent Thirsk victory to take the 60,000 euro first prize in the Paddy Power Scurry for North Yorkshire trainer Paul Midgley. The four-year-old travelled powerfully into the lead two furlongs out from his good draw not too far from the stands rail, and dashed clear under 3lb claimer Leigh Roche to score by half a length from the David Marnane-trained Zalty. British-trained horses also filled the minor places, with Mike Murphy’s Discussiontofollow and Richard Fahey’s Alben Star third and fourth respectively. Midgley said: “We’ve always had a lot of confidence in him and knew when he got fast ground and a fast pace he had a big one in him.” Fountain Of Youth sprung a 14-1 surprise in the Group Three Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh.
Is this worth being upset about?No.Seahawks fans will probably declare “Jimmy Graham was short!” for years to come, just like Cowboys fans have said “Dez caught it!” But this play is far less controversial than the Bryant non-catch. It seemed like Graham picked up the first, but even if he didn’t, the scenario made it extremely difficult for Seattle to win, anyway.Also, this play is not the reason Seattle lost the game. There were plenty of other opportunities for victory, like not being down 28-10 in the second half. Here’s the scenario: It was third-and-9 at the Seattle 45-yard line. The Seahawks had a timeout and were trailing by five points. A stop likely would force Green Bay to punt the ball with about 1:48 remaining.Instead, Seattle gave up a catch to Graham, who was tackled with the ball right at the first down marker. It appeared Graham was clearly short, but that’s because Fox’s computer-generated yellow first down marker for the TV audience was misplaced.MORE: Marshawn Lynch offers advice for NFL playersThe yellow first down line on TV“Jimmy Graham was clearly short.”Just stop. The yellow line is and always has been unofficial. And in this case, the yellow line wasn’t even close. pic.twitter.com/3Vc9Nw4SBn— Packers Stuff (@Packers_Stuff) January 13, 2020A lot of people, myself included, thought the play was short on initial viewing because he was clearly tackled before the yellow line on replay. But a closer inspection of the play shows the yellow line was fairly inaccurate, being placed slightly ahead of the actual first down marker.MORE: Davante Adams proves he’s a superstar in Packers winVideo evidence of Jimmy Graham’s catchThis is the main replay of Graham’s catch.It’s a tough angle, and there’s not really much you can take away from it. He could have the first, he could be a few inches short. But another angle of the play shows what happened with a little more clarity.Graham’s legs kind of flop around in the air, with one landing on top of the Seahawks defender tackling him. This means he is not down until the front part of his body lands, and that’s pretty much right at the first down marker. He almost lands right at the yellow line, which we’ve already noted is past the first down marker.Even if Graham was short, this would have led to a fourth-and-inches play for Green Bay. A QB sneak up the middle probably would have sealed the game one play later.What did Pete Carroll and Aaron Rodgers say about the catch?Even with the yellow first down marker being wrong, the play was close. Several Seahawks players felt it was short, as did coach Pete Carroll.”My guys just were telling me it was short, you know?” Carroll said after the game. “It looked short and had they called him short, then it would’ve been short. It’s the same thing last week: you call ’em a score, you let ’em score. They wouldn’t overturn that one — I’m going back to the Niners game, I guess. That’s how it goes.”MORE: How Packers can upset 49ersWhen Aaron Rodgers was asked about it post-game, he said he couldn’t really see a clear angle of the play when he was on the field. But the Packers QB did add, “We kind of got hosed on the first quarter one, so I was hoping we didn’t get hosed again.”Rodgers is likely referring to the fumble by Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister. Officials ruled on replay that he did fumble, but there was no clear recovery, so the play stood as a first down rather than a turnover. The Packers escaped with another controversial NFL playoff win Sunday night when they defeated the Seahawks 28-23 in the divisional round.In 2014 the phrase was “Dez caught it,” but in 2020, the phrase is “Jimmy Graham was short.” This is the result of a questionable decision by the officials on a critical third-down play coming out of the two minute warning.