August 25, 2014 Canadian Navy Vessels Return Home from TGEX View post tag: from View post tag: home View post tag: vessels As ships of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) arrive alongside after a demanding two week Task Group Exercise (TGEX) that involved members of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) they can be assured their performance demonstrated that the RCN remains a ready response for Canada, at home or abroad. Share this article View post tag: Canadian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Canadian Navy Vessels Return Home from TGEX Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas View post tag: TGEX View post tag: Return From numerous manoeuvering serials, a steady stream of helicopter operations, challenging weaponry shoots, and other demanding evolutions there was never a dull moment for the crews of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Athabaskan, Fredericton, Halifax, Glace Bay and Shawinigan. Faced with such a taxing schedule the ships’ companies rose to the occasion, demonstrating high levels of competency and professionalism.“The whole ship came together during these evolutions and strived to achieve the best possible results. For our gunnery serials everyone involved, from the technicians to the operators performed to a high standard, ensuring we were able to achieve our goals. Our crew lived up to the ship’s motto showing that on Athabaskan: We Fight as One,” commented the Above Water Warfare Officer, Lieutenant (Navy) Warren Graham.Aside from working together with allied partners in demanding serials several sailors from various ships, including both HMCS Athabaskan and Halifax, were afforded the opportunity to participate in a day long exchange. While taking part in the exchange sailors were able to learn about the history of the vessel, speak with their counterparts on the similarities and differences in their work, and see what life is like aboard another vessel. For junior personnel it proved to be a valuable experience, both professionally and personally.[mappress]Press Release, August 25, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: News by topic
View post tag: Guardsman US Coast Guardsman Convicted of Sexual Assault Authorities View post tag: US Back to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guardsman Convicted of Sexual Assault Share this article View post tag: Coast Guard View post tag: coast View post tag: Assault View post tag: Sexual View post tag: americas December 17, 2014 View post tag: Convicted View post tag: USCG View post tag: News by topic A US Coast Guardsman was sentenced to six months confinement for Sexual Assault and other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice during a general court-martial aboard Coast Guard Base Alameda Friday.Petty Officer 2nd Class Harold C. Sanchez was also sentenced to a reduction in pay grade to E-1, the military’s lowest pay grade, for Sexual Assault, Failure to Obey an Order and Making False Official Statements. Sanchez was stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon in Seattle when he committed the violations.On the night of Aug. 21, 2013, Sanchez provided alcohol to a person who was under the legal drinking age at the time. Later that evening or early the next morning, Sanchez sexually assaulted his fellow crewmember.The victim initially made a restricted report to a victim advocate and sought medical services Aug. 23 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A registered nurse administered a sexual assault exam. Further analysis of the exam evidence found Sanchez’s DNA, providing strong evidence that he had sex with the victim. The victim later changed her restricted report to an unrestricted report.After learning of the assault, the victim was reassigned to Coast Guard Base Alameda, while Sanchez was reassigned to Base Seattle pending the outcome of the investigation. He will serve his sentence at U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, in Miramar, Calif.The U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service led the investigation. Attorneys from Coast Guard Pacific Area in Alameda prosecuted the case.[mappress mapid=”14750″]Press release, Image: USCG
Oxford has been declared the least affordable city in the United Kingdom in the midst of the affordable housing crisis affecting the South of England, according to Lloyd’s.In Oxford, average prices are at 10.68 times local earnings, with Winchester coming a close second at 10.54 and London in third at 10.06.The bank’s analysis revealed that there is no longer a city in the South of England where house prices are less than seven and a half times average local incomes.Leader of Oxford city council, Bob Price, told Cherwell, “Oxford has held this unenviable position for the past seven years. The city area is highly developed with virtually no sizeable brownfield sites left, and the natural areas for housing growth to the north and south are designated Green Belt and in other District Council planning control.“The Green Belt has become Green Noose condemning half of the city’s workers to live many miles from their employment and commute into Oxford on congested roads. The impact of ridiculously high house prices and the requirements of commuting are causing major recruitment and retention problems for the universities, schools, the health service and for many firms in the booming high tech sectors where there is major competition for labour.”Oxford professor of human geography Danny Dorling, author of a book on housing affordability, told Cherwell, “The question people in the university should be asking is who will be able to afford to live in Oxford who will teach their children, empty their bins and staff the shops they use? And who owns so much of the land around the end of the city within cycling distance of Carfax, where people could live who work in the city? Only after asking these two questions should we worry about how unaffordable housing is for our own students and staff.”In its analysis, Lloyd’s noted that the last time prices reached such a high was at the pinnacle of the real estate boom in 2008, just prior to the financial crisis.The insurance market’s analysis is unique in that it compares local house prices with local earnings rather than national averages.As a result, the most expensive house prices are not in London but in other parts of the southeast.In Cambridge, Brighton and Bath, prices are all now nearly 10 times local earnings, while in Bristol and Southampton prices are closer to eight times earnings.Lloyd’s attributes the increasing problem with affordability to the slow growth of wages, which has fallen far behind the rate that house prices are increasing.Sixty years ago, buyers could usually find a home with a mortgage three to four times their income, but this is now only the case in Derry in Northern Ireland where house prices in the city are currently 3.81 times local incomes.Although the majority of the cities branded “most affordable” by Lloyd’s are in the North, Scotland and Northern Ireland, buyers will still find it difficult to afford a home if local salaries are taken into consideration.OUSU Rent and Accomodations and Oxford Homeless Pathways have been contacted for comment. The University declined to comment.
City Hall in Ocean CityBy Missy RittiFor OCNJ DailyCity Council on Thursday approved the first reading of an ordinance that would restructure city departments to look a lot like they did two years ago.The measure, which will eliminate the Department of Community Operations and reinstate the Department of Public Works, will receive a second reading on August 27.Business Administrator Jim Mallon said the changes are necessary to “increase efficiencies” as the City tackles an ambitious list of capital improvement projects in coming years.“This allows us to take care of tasks on a day-to-day basis, and it allows project managers to focus on the capital plan,” Mallon added.Councilman Mike DeVlieger agreed, citing the “huge” capital projects list as a factor in his vote.In May 2013, the city merged the Public Works Department and Community Services Department into a new Department of Community Operations.Roger McLarnon was hired to lead the new department, based on his qualifications in engineering, zoning, planning and capital projects, areas of emphasis in creating the new structure.In August 2014, the city re-established the Community Services Department to handle recreation and public relations services, among other tasks. Kristin Gallagher was hired in September 2014 to lead the department, but she resigned in May, and the position has not yet been filled.The new ordinance would bring back the Public Works Department and retain the Community Services Department in a structure similar to what existed before May 2013. See attached PDF for full documentation on the reassignment of duties.Councilman Pete Guinosso abstained from voting on the first reading of the ordinance.Neither Mallon nor City Council discussed how the change will affect individual personnel.Download (PDF, 7.86MB)
Bakery rise for RGFCThe Real Good Food Company, parent firm of Renshawnapier, announced “significantly improved operating performance” within its bakery and bakery ingredients divisions. However, total group sales were down by 1% to £215.6m for the year ended 31 December 2009. The firm’s bakery arm, Hayden’s, saw an overall sales increase of 15%, with double-digit growth achieved for all major customers including Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Costa Coffee.Northern strengthBakery and sandwiches were among the top three performing categories for Northern Foods, which announced group like-for-like sales up 1% on last year. In its interim statement for the 14 weeks to 3 April 2010, the firm said trading was strong within its Chilled division, with new sandwich business secured with Costa Coffee due to commence during the second quarter of the new financial year.Chocolate enticementWaitrose has launched Belgian chocolate chunk hot cross buns, made by Nicholas & Harris, as an alternative for children who do not like the dried fruit found in traditional products. The retailer expected to sell around nine million hot cross buns over the Easter period.PepsiCo’s health drivePepsiCo UK has announced a 10-year pledge to focus its future profit and growth on the sale of healthier products. Its first health report details its commitments, which include ’reshaping’ its savoury snack and soft drink categories, with 50% of its savoury snacks to be baked or include positive nutrition by 2015. The company also plans to make 65% of its carbonated soft drink can and bottle sales ’no sugar’ by 2015.
Read Full Story In May 2012, Ralph Lieberman began photographing Harvard’s architecture ― from bicycle racks to library stacks ― for a project commissioned by Harvard College Library’s Fine Arts Library (FAL) and the Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library.“These photographs may be useful to multiple disciplines at Harvard, from Design and Fine Arts to the Humanities, as everyone has their own lens through which they see Harvard,” said Alix Reiskind, digital initiatives librarian at the Frances Loeb Library, who was involved in the project’s organization.The images, which cover nearly every campus building, are now cataloged and available for use by the entire Harvard community through the Library’s Visual Information Access (VIA) system, and the campaign is not yet finished: Lieberman plans to add another 500 images to the database in next few months.Lieberman has had a long association with Harvard. In the early 1980s, the Fine Arts Library began acquiring his photographs. Now, some 15,000 of his black-and-white prints and negatives are part of the FAL’s special collections. The library partnered with ARTstor, a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities and sciences, to scan 3,500 of Lieberman’s images and make them accessible online.
A crucial part of Black history sits hidden underwater amid the ruins of slave ships that sank during voyages. A group of marine archaeologists, known as Diving with a Purpose, has taken on the task of viewing those artifacts and bringing the untold stories they represent into the light.Two of the group’s founders, Albert José Jones, professor emeritus, marine and environmental science, University of the District of Columbia, and Jay Haigler, a master scuba diver trainer, will speak Thursday evening in an online talk presented by the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. They will trace the organization’s 15-year history, which has included expeditions in Africa, Brazil, Cuba, and Florida and recovering relics from slave ships as well as investigating aircraft flown by African American pilots in World War II.A Korean War veteran who learned to dive during his time in the service, Jones formed a diving group that eventually became the National Association of Black SCUBA Divers, of which Haigler was a member. Diving with a Purpose was an outgrowth of the Divers.Both Jones and Haigler were called in after another organization, looking for the wreckage of a Spanish treasure galleon, discovered the Henrietta Marie, a British slave ship that sank off the coast of Florida around 1701.“We were shown the artifacts, and it moved us so much that we decided to raise money to put a memorial on the side of the Henrietta Marie, and for years we made an annual pilgrimage to that plaque,” Haigler said. That led to the more ambitious project of documenting the wrecks of other ships.Jones recalled, “Many of us got upset and cried when we saw the Henrietta Marie. After that we had a meeting and decided we needed to do something. We need to honor the people who were on those ships so that they wouldn’t be lost. We decided that we needed to be trained properly to do this. We don’t want people down there with picks and shovels destroying 100 years of history.”During 2015 Diving with a Purpose was part of a major effort, directed by the international Slave Wrecks Project, to document the remnants of the São José-Paquete de Africa, a Portuguese ship that sank off Cape Town in South Africa in 1794, its enslaved passengers bound for sugar plantations in Brazil. Researchers believe this was the first time wreckage was recovered from a ship that went down with slaves aboard. Artifacts were eventually displayed at the Smithsonian.,According to Haigler, some of these excursions begin as pure detective work. “One place where we start looking is insurance records: These ships were insured. There was an investigation. A claim was filed, and a payment was made for cargo that was lost — no different from when there is a car accident. But unfortunately, at this time human beings were the cargo. So as you make your way through the claims you start to connect with the idea that these are your ancestors.”Haigler said the research filled him with a sense of mission. “When we are documenting ships involved in the global slave trade, this is consecrated ground. We are investigating the greatest crime ever against humanity. Then comes the feeling of aspiration — because the important thing is to make sure the story is told,” he said.Each new artifact adds to the picture, Jones said. “If you find pottery or a musket, you can investigate where that was made. We’ve found pottery of Chinese origin [in the São José], which means the ship would have been to China or to a port where it was sold. Every little piece puts something in the puzzle that wasn’t there before.” “When we are documenting ships involved in the global slave trade, this is consecrated ground. We are investigating the greatest crime ever against humanity.” — Jay Haigler Not all of the diving group’s excursions involve slave ships. One of the most memorable involved the ruins of airplanes flown by World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of Black military aviators in America’s history.Haigler said, “The airmen prevailed through the thought that African Americans did not have the ability to become fighter pilots. They overcame segregation in the Jim Crow South while becoming world class. That was their story. But it isn’t as well known that after their basic training, they got advanced training in the great state of Michigan. There were 14 accidents where there was loss of life, and five of those 14 had crashed in the Great Lakes.”They visited a site where the plane, because it went down in the fresh water of Lake Huron, was remarkably well preserved.“The rubber tires were still there,” he said. “And we know that this was the plane of 2nd Lt. Frank H. Moody.”A Michigan diver had found the plane during salvage operations for a sunken tugboat, and he reported it to state officials. Until then, the plane’s location had been hidden, like much of African American history itself.This article was updated because of new information on Feb. 11, 2021.
Ørsted remains optimistic about opportunities in Asia’s offshore wind market FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Ørsted, the world’s largest offshore wind farm developer, is concerned the coronavirus may delay auctions for offshore projects as it prepares to enter the market, the head of its Asia-Pacific unit said.“The pandemic will not influence investment decisions and general confidence in offshore wind, but it could delay the projects’ timeline,” Matthias Bausenwein, president of Ørsted Asia-Pacific, told Reuters in a telephone interview. “We hope that we won’t see any major delays,” he said.The Danish company and Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) will make a joint bid for a project off Choshi city, near Tokyo, which could happen later this year.Ørsted’s offshore wind projects in Taiwan have not been affected, but they may see an impact over time, Bausenwein said in the late Thursday interview.Still, Ørsted is optimistic about growth potential in Japan. “There is strong fundamental need for offshore wind power in Japan,” he said, pointing to the country’s plan to boost renewable energy and its need to replace some coal-fired power and nuclear power. “We see that there is a momentum in Japan’s wind power market finally,” he said, as an auction framework has been put in place, making it easier for the company to make an entry.Bausenwein declined to give Ørsted’s business target for Japan, but said it planned to stay for a long time. “We never enter a market just for one project, we always want to build a long-term presence…build a portfolio of projects in order to build our local team and local footprint,” he said.[Yuka Obayashi]More: Orsted hopes coronavirus will not slow Japan’s offshore wind projects
News and Notes Arthur J. Spector, a former bankruptcy judge, recently served as a panelist in a discussion titled, “Judicial Perspectives in Asbestos Bankruptcy” at the Mealey’s Asbestos Bankruptcy Conference. Heidi Schulz of Astigarraga Davis in Miami hosted Pim Vanwalleghem, public prosecutor of the narcotics division of Brussels, Belgium, as part of the Miami Council for International Visitors and the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Louis Martinez was named chair of the Miami Beach Community Development Corporation and was appointed to the board of governors for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Donald R. Kirk of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa was elected chair-elect of the Children’s Dream Fund. Martin and Jane Raskin of Raskin & Raskin in Miami were featured speakers at the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime. Jane Raskin spoke on the topic of Internet pharmacy fraud, and Martin Raskin discussed emerging evidentiary issues in white collar criminal cases. Timothy P. Shusta of Phelps Dunbar in Tampa was awarded the Propeller Club Member of the Year award. Lisa Polak Edgar of Tallahassee has been appointed to a term on the Florida Public Service Commission. Dennis J. Wall of Orlando was a speaker and moderator at the ABA seminar, “Finding and Retaining Expert Witnesses and Presenting Their Testimony.” Justin Ziegler of the Law Offices of Justin Ziegler in Miami was elected to the board of directors of Prom N’ Aid. Donna Marie De Simone and Anthony J. Diaz of Adams, Coogler, Watson, Merkel, Barry & Kellnet were admitted to practice before the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Simon of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart was been elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Jason A. Bernstein of Powell Goldstein in Atlanta presented “Trademarks and Branding Strategies: Not Just for Big Banks Anymore” at the 2005 annual conference of the Independent Community Bankers of America. Bernstein was also elected to the board of directors of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Craig Marc Rappel of Rappel & Rappel in Vero Beach was re-appointed to the Florida Statewide Advocacy Council in the executive office of the governor. Edward G. Rubinoff of Kutner, Rubinoff & Bush in Miami was elected 2005 chair of the board of the Greater Miami Tennis Foundation. G. Scott Baity donated his abstract painting, “Cascade” to I-Care’s Arts for Autism festival. Julio Jaramillo of Abadin, Jaramillo, Cook & Heffernan in Miami was appointed to The Florida Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors for a three-year term. Steve Uhlfelder of Tallahassee was honored by Gov. Jeb Bush for his work advancing mentoring in Florida. Uhlfelder is chair of the governor’s mentoring initiative. David S. Hendrix of GrayRobinson in Tampa was elected to serve as vice president of the endowment and investment committee of the Boy Scouts of America. Hendrix was also elected to an eighth term on the executive board of the Gulf Ridge Council. Earl M. Johnson, Jr., of Johnson Chauhan Law Group delivered the key- note address at the annual Black History Month Gala at Jacksonville University, sponsored by the United Multicultural Association. Johnson was also appointed to the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., Board of Directors. Mary W. Bridgman of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Ervin A. Gonzalez of Miami was a featured speaker at the “Taking and Defending Depositions” legal seminar presented by Lorman Educational Services. Andrew L. Waks of Waks & Barnett co-wrote the chapter, “Personal Injury and Wrongful Death of Seamen and Other Maritime Workers” in the Maritime Law and Practice Manual. Thomas F. Icard of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg in Sarasota was among a delegation of U.S. lawyers composed of fellows of the American Bar Foundation to visit Russia. William W. Corry received the 2004 Trial Lawyer of the Year award from the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates at their annual judicial reception. Mark Eiglarsh of Robbins, Tunkey, Ross, Amsel, Raben, Waxman & Eiglarsh in Miami and Tiffani Lee of Holland & Knight presented “The Road to Partnership” at a CLE seminar sponsored by the Dade County Bar, Young Lawyers Section. Jacqueline Calderin of Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin spoke at the Lorman Education Services “Bankruptcy in Florida” seminar in Miami. Calderin addressed specific issues affecting Chapter 11 cases, such as creating a disclosure statement and implementing a plan of reorganization. Jason E. Havens of Havens & Miller presented a half-day program that focused on charitable gift planning sponsored by Capital Trust Company of Delaware. Jennifer Estrella of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Miami participated in the annual meeting of the executive committee of the World Alliance of Young Men’s Christian Associations. She was one of three U.S. delegates. Michael McMahon of Akerman Senterfitt in Orlando was named the recipient of the Orange County Bar Association Professionalism Award. Wm. Andrew Haggard of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Lewis in Coral Gables was elected vice chair of the FSU Board of Trustees. Allison K. Bethel of the Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights spoke on predatory lending and Florida’s Fair Lending Law at a HUD sponsored conference in Tampa. Bethal also discussed the inquiry into the 1951 murders of civil rights pioneers Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore at a luncheon in Tampa in connection with the One Community, One-Book program, sponsored by the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative. John W. Wilcox of Saxon, Gilmore, Carraway, Gibbons, Lash & Wilcox in Tampa spoke at the Design-Build Institute of America’s 2005 “Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Projects” conference in Orlando. Wilcox was a featured speaker on the topic of risk management. Howard D. Rosen was named chair of the Asset Protection Committee of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. Tracy Raffles Gunn of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa was appointed vice-chair of the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases by the Florida Supreme Court. Arthur J. Furia of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Miami joined a group of Florida business leaders for a weeklong exploratory mission to Rome and Milan to promote commercial ties between Florida and Italy. Lyndel Mason of Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe in Orlando was the featured speaker at the Business and Professional Women’s Association meeting in April. Manuel Garcia-Linares of Richman, Greer, Weil, Brumbaugh, Mirabito & Christensen in Miami was elected to the board of directors of the Cuban American Bar Association. Rick Ellsley of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman & McKee in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed to serve on the Community Relations Committee of the United Jewish Community of Broward County. Also, Ellsley was a guest lecturer for the National Business Institute’s seminar in Miami where he presented “Winning Ways with Direct and Cross-Examination.” Sharon Bock was elected clerk & comptroller of Palm Beach County and was recently sworn in by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente. George F. Gramling of Frank & Gramling was inducted as president of the board of directors of the Bay Area Legal Services. William Simonitsch of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham was elected president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida, an affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Peter Reinert with Akerman Senterfitt in Orlando was elected president of the Christian Service Center of Central Florida, Inc. L. David Shear with Ruden McClosky in Tampa was named chair of the governing board of the Memorial Hospital of Tampa for 2005. Spencer Levine of the Florida Attorney General’s Office was a speaker at the Health Care Compliance Association South Atlantic Annual Conference. Levine’s presented “Today’s Compliance Challenges: Current Issues and Priorities in Florida Medicaid Fraud Enforcement.” Heui Young Choi of Clarke Silverglate & Campbell was appointed to serve on the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. May 1, 2005 News and Notes May 1, 2005 News & Notes
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan vetoed a highway bill because it contained 152 earmarks.By 2005, President George W. Bush signed a transportation bill that included 6,371.Earmark money is not equally divided among all members and senators. Nor is it allocated based on the needs of a particular state or congressional district.Earmark spending is controlled by power.More money is spent to assuage members on the “right” committee, with greater seniority or whose votes leadership needs on an unrelated issue.That’s great for voters living in a state or district represented by a powerful member of the majority party, but it’s inherently unfair.Further, earmarks replace the open, democratic process that should be used to allocate federal spending with backroom deals and graft. This has become a popular position for both Democrats and Republicans in Washington. Even President Donald Trump has suggested ending the ban.But eliminating this reform would be a costly and counterproductive mistake.“Congressionally directed spending” — the preferred euphemism of earmark supporters — has allowed politicians to insert individual spending provisions into larger bills, often without debate or an amendment vote and usually benefiting one congressional district or state.Supporters argue the long-standing practice allowed democratically elected members of Congress — rather than unaccountable bureaucrats — to set spending priorities in their districts and states.They also believe earmarks could help stifle chaos on Capitol Hill by giving congressional leaders carrots to reward team players and sticks to penalize the recalcitrant.While it is true that earmarks in some form or fashion date back more than two centuries, their use and abuse exploded after Republicans took control of the House in 1994.This accelerated after the turn of the century as then-Speaker Dennis Hastert and then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay kept slim GOP House majorities in line by ladling out buckets of pork-barrel spending. Earmarks figured prominently in the long litany of scandals leading up to Republicans losing their House majority in 2006.Boehner, then the House Republican leader, responded by telling members that an earmark ban was the first step they needed to repair the broken bonds of trust between Congress and the American people.Plus, earmarks today simply would not work the way they did in the past.The system relied on members and senators being able to brag about securing projects at home without facing scrutiny from the national media.The climate and media landscape have only become more transparent, aggressive and immediate since then.Can you imagine a member or senator, facing a tough decision on repealing and replacing Obamacare or overhauling the tax code, flipping his or her vote in exchange for a new post office or highway rest stop or any kind of new federal spending back home?They would be exposed instantly and pilloried mercilessly. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAs lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to negotiate a tough spending bill this week, many commenters are lamenting the earmark ban put in place by then-House Speaker John A. Boehner in 2010. Explaining his opposition to earmarks to his local editorial board, then-Arizona Rep. John Shadegg once pointed across the street to the Arizona Department of Transportation.Those experts working on transportation issues every day and assessing the needs of the whole state, he said, should decide where a new overpass or highway exit belonged — not a leadership or committee aide haggling with a congressman or senator in a Washington, D.C., cloakroom.Worse, earmarks entice members and senators to vote for things they wouldn’t otherwise support.If you want “your” money for “your” projects, you have to vote for the overall bill.That’s why, even though earmarks constituted a small portion of federal appropriations, then-Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn used to call them a “gateway drug” to higher government spending.If you balked at a pricy spending bill or disagreed with leadership on policy, your provisions wound up on the legislative cutting-room floor.Finally, the practice of earmarking inevitably invites corruption. Democratic senators who secured state-specific carve-outs in 2009 during the debate over the Affordable Care Act — changes they assumed voters back home would appreciate — know this well.They were startled to find their cherished provisions rechristened in national headlines as “The Cornhusker Kickback” or “The Second Louisiana Purchase.”There is no question that Congress is struggling to operate successfully in the face of changing technology and a changing society. Incentives have changed, and the institution has not yet changed with them.But ending the earmark ban would not simply turn back the clock to a more orderly era, any more than protectionist trade policies would bring back the “good old days” of the 1950s American economy.We need new thinking and new approaches.Michael Steel served as press secretary for former House speaker John A. Boehner from 2008 to 2015.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census