Dear Editor,Allow me to express my heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in Wednesday’s gruesome accident. These persons are ordinary people who use buses to go to work or home. They have no other option than to use these buses. They would have held their breath every day in those minibuses until, at last, those same buses took their breath away. We know how unruly the bus drivers and conductors behave when passengers ask them to lower the music or reduce speed. I want to appeal to the authorities to introduce 45-seat buses so that this road carnage will come to end. That is the only solution to put an end to these killing machine minibuses. Besides, let these big buses commute with a scheduled time and stop only in bus stations. An immediate introduction of big buses with time and bus station is needed to resolve road fatalities. Let us put an end to the minibuses which have killed enough people thus far. If the Government cannot afford these buses, at least allow the private companies to import these big buses so that our people can be safe and alive. I have written letters to the Editor on this subject before but no action. I beg, let this letter not go in vain.Sincerely,Kevin Ram
By The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas – Two experts in historical documents say they doubt the authenticity of a Davy Crockett letter that the Texas Historical Commission bought this week for nearly half a million dollars. Both questioned the handwriting in the document, dated Jan. 9, 1836, and one said the grammar was just too good to belong to the Alamo defender. “The letter has better grammar, better punctuation than Davy Crockett had ever used,” said Kevin MacDonnell, a seller of antique books in Austin. The state has 120 days to complete the authentication. Wilke, who has been studying and appraising Americana manuscripts for 30 years, said the signature on the letter is different than Crockett’s signature on other documents. The k in “Crockett” on the East Carolina University letters doesn’t match that in the Texas letter, he said. MacDonnell also expressed doubts about the handwriting, as well as the accuracy of the spelling and grammar. He suggested the letter was probably meant to be a true copy made for reference purposes rather than a hoax. “The copyist or scrivener probably cleaned up the writing on the letter when he was copying it,” MacDonnell said. The letter’s seller, Ray Simpson III of Houston, said he hadn’t heard any doubts about the letter’s authenticity. “I am very positive that this is the original Davy Crockett letter,” he said. “We do think it’s right, and we do think it will be proven through the state’s third-party investigation.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Everett Wilke, a private appraiser of historical manuscripts based in Bluffton, said he compared the handwriting with that in known Crockett letters owned by East Carolina University. “Those are genuine Crockett letters, and it (the letter purchased by the state) doesn’t look a thing like them,” Wilke said. “It’s not that difficult to tell it’s not real.” The Texas Historical Commission announced Tuesday that it was acquiring the letter from Houston-based Simpson Galleries for $490,000. The document is believed to be the last letter Crockett wrote before he and other Alamo defenders were killed by Mexican forces. The letter has yet to be authenticated, but Historical Commission spokeswoman Debbi Head said she is “99.9 percent sure” it is real. The $490,000 the state paid will be held in an escrow account pending the outcome of a third-party investigation, Head said.
Old dredge at Platinum in 2002. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK – Bethel)A jury has convicted 57-year-old James Slade of violating the Federal Clean Water Act.U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler made the announcement after a two-week trial.Slade was Chief Operating Officer for XS Platinum during the events.He’s charged with two counts of violating clean-water regulations by polluting the Salmon River, according to a press release from the U.S. district attorney’s office.Federal prosecutors accused XS Platinum Inc., its executives and on-site managers of violating the Clean Water Act when they increased efforts to recover platinum from an old mine on the edge of Kuskokwim Bay, from 2010-2011.The operation allowed dirty water in a pond to enter the Salmon River, according to prosecutors. The ponds were not lined to prevent waste from leaking into the ground and nearby streams.The wastewater turned the river, “from crystal clear to dirty brown.”This caused the water turbidity, or its cloudiness, to be 200 times the amount permitted under federal law.XS Platinum, Inc., is no longer operating. It’s owned by an offshore company and only registered in name in Delaware.Slade is the third XS Platinum mine manager to be convicted in this case. The other twomanagers are Australian citizens and refuse to return to the U.S. to stand trial.Slade is Canadian and has had his passport revoked and must stay in the U.S. for sentencing.His sentencing hearing is scheduled for next month, on Nov. 12.
Related posts:Victims speak on allegations of abuse within Catholic Church in Costa Rica Pope Francis invited to address US Congress El Salvador’s beatified Romero symbol of new Catholic Church Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic encounter in Cuba At least seven nations’ leaders are scheduled to attend the last mass that Pope Francis will give at the World Youth Day, to be held this month in Panama, said Panamanian deputy foreign minister, Luis Miguel Hincapié.He indicated that Presidents Jimmy Morales (Guatemala), Juan Orlando Hernandez (Honduras), Salvador Sanchez Ceren (El Salvador), Carlos Alvarado (Costa Rica), Iván Duque (Colombia) and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (Portugal), as well as the host, Juan Carlos Varela, will attend the final mass on Jan. 27.“We wanted to invite the presidents of Central America because the World Youth Day (WYD) is a day for all Central America that is taking place in Panama,” Hincapié told reporters.Pope Francis will visit Panama from Jan. 23-27 to participate in WYD, a massive Catholic event that gathers tens of thousands of pilgrims from around the world.The final mass will be held outside the Panamanian capital, where a gigantic platform is erected so that, along almost three kilometers, attendees can follow the Pope’s procession.“We do not see that there will be bilateral meetings because the presidents are invited to the final mass,” said Hincapié.“We think that they will arrive on Saturday night or Sunday and leave on Sunday,” he added.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments