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first_imgThe seriousness of the Ebola epidemic calls for extraordinary measures to stop its spread.  It is time to close ranks, not time for political squabbles and constitutional wrangling.   When the State of Emergency was declared it was intended to facilitate the adoption of drastic measures such as the curfew and the quarantine of certain communities which were suspected of having a high risk of infection because of overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions.The State of Emergency, when declared, often overrides the obligation to observe civil liberties among other protected rights including the denial of the right of Habeas Corpus.  That is why the Executive must have the consent of the national Legislature. Once such has been granted, then it gives the President the option of making the list of the prohibited activities under the State of Emergency, thereby ensuring that people are aware of what is expected of them.  Anyone dissatisfied with the imposition of any specific measures may file an injunction to constrain the government from the exercise of such specific powers.  It is for the court to decide on the validity and invalidity of such measures.In addition, the Attorney General/ Minister of Justice may normally be expected to enter a plea of nolly prosequoi against any injunction or other such writ.The aim of the State of Emergency is to create a deterrent to unruly conduct.  It is not to rob people of their liberties so long as there is no abuse of such liberties.  The State of Emergency does not abuse such liberties such as the right to free assembly, free speech, freedom of assembly, the practices of one’s religion etc. Rather, it is meant to dissuade people from act of sedition, libel, and disinformation. What the Emergency Powers do is enable the authorities to detain offenders for a period within the span of the Emergency without necessary recourse to the normal judiciary process.The State of Emergency may be extended at the end of the initial period of such extension is ratified by the legislature. If it is not ratified, the Emergency lapses.It will seem to me that the President, considering the difficulty of and opposition to quarantine and the curfew when they were adopted, forcing the government to cancel the quarantine felt it necessary to ask for more specific powers that will allow it to block demonstrations, public protests, religious and other gatherings that must tend to pose a risk to people in such gatherings. During this Ebola pandemic, it is in such gatherings that the virus is more easily transmitted.  As you know, refusal to heed the instructions on combating the virus explains the rapid spread of the disease.  Hence, all must be done to put an end to such willful conduct.   It is inconvincible that the President will want such extra powers to carry out a draconian rule.  No one needs to be afraid of losing his/her liberties.  For example, when it was clear that the West Point Community had adhered to prevention rules, the government lifted the quarantine. Whatever additional powers she receives will be used to ensure that people are safe from the spread of the virus.  People must by now be convinced of the democratic bonafides of the President.  She has ruled like a democrat in a country with problems of indiscipline.The Legislature, civil societies, and others who may be worried about the potential abuse of power, should realize that the government needs to be well equipped with the necessary and sufficient powers to enable it to gain control over this epidemic.It is not a time for politicking, for the fate of the nation is at stake and the President is under tremendous stress to stop the spread of the disease.  Therefore, everybody, including the Legislature, the Cabinet, Political Parties, Civil Society organizations, the churches, the Mosques, schools, colleges, and universities must all come together to bring this virus to a halt.Those who have come from afar to help us fight the epidemic are curiously watching us to see how united we are in our stand to defeat this disease. Therefore, Political squabbles which tend to deflect our attention from the path of victory will not be encouraging to them.SO LET US CLOSE RANKS NOW TO WIN THE WAR ON EBOLA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDuring the 29 years of their marriage, Kathy Bailey had driven her husband to a lot of airports, not only the one in Boston, but also ones in other places they lived like Washington D.C., Detroit, St. Louis and Edmonton. These all were cities where Ace Bailey played hockey, including as a member of a couple of Boston Bruins teams that won Stanley Cups and also as a roommate and fierce protector of an 18-year-old rookie named Wayne Gretzky when Gretzky was breaking in for the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association during the 1978-79 season. Ace Bailey was now 53, and he was the director of professional scouting for the Kings, who were opening training camp that day at their El Segundo facility. “Ace had me set an alarm clock, but he woke up before it went off and I was the one who overslept,” related Kathy Bailey. “I remember Ace waking me up and saying, `We gotta get going.’ I now wish it had been him who overslept.” Everything was uneventful for Kathy Bailey early that Sept. 11, 2001 morning, as she dropped her husband off at the airport, kissed him good-bye, and returned to their suburban home 20 minutes north of Boston in a hamlet called Lynnfield. “I came home, made some coffee, and turned on the TV to watch the Today show,” she says. “But then it suddenly was interrupted when that first airplane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. “Our son Todd came over, and we watched in amazement as another plane crashed into the other World Trade Center tower.” At exactly 9:02:59, a 767-200 Boeing, flight 175 from Boston carrying 56 passengers – including five terrorists with knives and box cutters – and a crew of nine, tore into the south tower of the WTC. “We had no idea that dad was on that plane,” says Kathy. “I had no thought he was in harm’s way because his plane was headed for L.A. I would soon find out the awful truth.” Ace Bailey would be one of the 2,974 people to die from the terrorists’ suicide attacks that dark day six years ago that caused so much sorrow in this country and dramatically altered the international political landscape. “At first, I just couldn’t believe it,” says Kathy Bailey. “It’s just hard to accept your husband walking out the door, and never returning. I kept expecting him to return home any moment, but it never happened. “Ace was such a good man, and he was so full of life. Obviously, it was such a shocking thing to lose someone in that manner that you love so much, and it was terribly difficult for a long time. “After a while, you learn to live with it, and there are times when I can just hear Ace telling me, `Get going. Start doing things. Life goes on.’ “And it has, but you have to make a concerted effort to bring happiness into your life. The suddenness of it all still defies comprehension. One moment you’re saying bye to your husband at the airport and the next moment you’re watching a plane he’s on crashing into a building. It was all a little unreal. “But something good has come out of the tragedy.” That something good is the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation, which has raised more than $1 million and refurbished a 6,500-square foot room that is now called Ace’s Place at the Floating Hospital for Children at the Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. “It’s a playroom for kids, and there is something there to do for kids of all ages,” says Kathy proudly. “The older kids have air-hockey they can play, and the younger ones have various toys and other things. Ace always loved kids. We always said he was a big kid who never grew up.” On the day of the 9-11 tragedy, Kathy Bailey’s sister, Barbara Pothier, came over to console her – and wound up staying for a year. “Barbara was all set to go to work at a new job, but she wound up becoming the executive director of Ace’s foundation,” she says. “Our family wanted to do something in Ace’s memory, and we thought something that would help children would be what he would have wanted. “And it’s really worked out well. The foundation is now going to help refurbish the neonatal intensive care unit at the children’s hospital. The Boston Bruins and L.A. Kings have been very supportive, as have so many people.” A native of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Ace Bailey, a forward, played in the NHL season for 10 seasons, scoring 107 goals, collecting 171 assistants and amassing 633 penalty minutes. “Ace was a hard-nosed player who didn’t back down to anyone,” said Dave Taylor, the Kings’ former general manger who is now the director of player personnel for the Dallas Stars. “Ace was just a terrific guy, popular with everyone,” said Bob Miller, the Kings’ longtime announcer. “Ace was a great big teddy bear, but he was no shrinking violet,” said Kathy Bailey. “We don’t have any information on what happened on that plane. But if Ace had sensed something was wrong, he would have tried to do something about it. He was a person who protected his turf. There’s just no way he would just sit there and do nothing.” Kathy Bailey was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines in 1970, when she met Ace Bailey as the Bruins were returning to Boston after playing a game in New York. “The Bruins won the Stanley Cup in May of 1972 and we got married in June,” she said. They had one son, Todd, 29, who recently got married. “Ace wound up playing for several teams and became very good friends with Wayne Gretzky,” says Kathy. Ace Bailey served as a scout for the Oilers for 13 seasons, and wound up with five more Stanley Cup rings. Kathy Bailey today will attend a memorial service for the 9-11 victims at the State House in Boston, and then will make an appearance, along with several members of the Bruins, at Ace’s Place. “When I walk into that playroom and see all the kids with smiles on their faces, it makes me really feel good,” she says with emotion. “It’s a place where good things can come out of sadness. It is a happy oasis, and Ace’s spirit is all over that room. The terrorists might have taken away Ace, but they didn’t take away his memory.” doug.krikorian@presstelegram.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COMMENTARY: Ace Bailey’s wife creates a legacy for an NHL veteran who died crashing into WTC. By Doug Krikorian STAFF WRITER It began as another normal day for Kathy Bailey, as she drove her husband, Garnet (Ace) Bailey, out to Logan International Airport so he could catch his 8 a.m. United Airlines flight 175 to Los Angeles. last_img