Archive : October, 2020

Syed implicitly OK with bigoted views

first_imgThe revelation that the Niskayuna Republican Committee has, on several occasions, shared content on its Facebook page from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Steve Bannon’s Breitbart, and Rush Limbaugh should act as a wake-up call for the town’s voters. It has sadly become clear that even local Republicans no longer represent the moderate ideals of Nelson Rockefeller or George Pataki, but the most deplorable tendencies of Donald Trump and the alt-right.Since confronted with this content, which as of Oct. 16 remained visible on the party’s official Facebook page, Republican standard bearer Yasmine Syed has refused to denounce the anti-Semitic, bigoted, and ignorant views the posts represent.Rather than take a courageous stand like Sen. John McCain, Syed has chosen to pander to extremism and be complicit in the bigotry that has co-opted her once great party and led to the Trump phenomenon.As the leader of her party’s ticket, Yasmine Syed is responsible for its messaging, and she must be held accountable. The fact that Niskayuna’s Republican leadership finds it appropriate to share content from anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones indicates that they are utterly unable to effectively govern one of New York’s most progressive and prosperous towns. Syed has, at best, shown implicit approval of far-right bigotry and has proven her willingness to cater to the forces of dangerous extremism present in her party. This alone should disqualify her from serving as the supervisor of a town known for its inclusiveness and excellent public education.Kevin DuffyNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehem Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

GOP tax plan will be harmful to millions

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Why would this happen? So congressional leaders can give large tax breaks to some of the wealthiest and most powerful individuals and corporations in the world.Those leaders had a real opportunity to tackle tax reform and deliver meaningful support to our working families and the small businesses that drive the New York and U.S. economies.That’s just not what this is, and I am grateful to Keith for sharing his story and shedding a little more light on the millions who would be worse off if this plan becomes law.I voted no, and if it comes down to it I’ll do it again.Rep. Paul D. TonkoAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Re: the Nov. 26 letter from local graduate student Keith Preble expressing concern that the GOP tax plan will hurt him and other students in our region, I share Keith’s concerns and voiced my opposition when the bill came up for a vote in the House.Not only would this bill hurt students, parents, teachers and schools, it raises taxes on millions of our middle class and working poor families, especially in New York, and explodes the deficit just to give tax breaks to billionaires and wealthy corporations.Unfortunately, the plan is even worse for students than Keith describes.More than 140,000 graduate students in the United States pay for their education with something called tuition waivers. These waivers are given by colleges and universities to allow students to attend college tuition-free in exchange for working at the school. For many, this is the only way they can afford an advanced degree in many vitally important specialties.The GOP tax plan closes that door by taxing these waivers as income. In the simplest terms, this means a graduate student making $30,000 to work as a teaching assistant and receiving a tuition waiver of $50,000 in graduate credits would be taxed as if they were making $80,000.For many graduate students like Keith, that will mean a 300- to 400-percent increase in their taxes that could force an early end to their graduate careers.last_img read more

Trump budget will be devastating for U.S. agriculture

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionOur generally strong economy has yet to cast its blessings on American farm country.Incomes there are headed for their lowest level since 2006.And farmers are going deep into debt to keep their heads above water.President Trump’s budget blueprint would only make things worse for U.S. agriculture.Trump’s hostility to trade deals has already inflicted damage on an economic sector highly dependent on exports.And that’s on top of his deficit-exploding tax bill and cranked-up federal spending, sure to make borrowing still more expensive.U.S. farmers have been buffeted by the bumper crops of corn and soybeans. “If food stamps are taken out, it will be the last farm bill. The urban Congress won’t support a crop program without food stamps.”Side note to liberals: Please ignore the stupid food box idea cooked up by Trump’s Agriculture Department.“America’s Harvest Box” would be a government-selected carton of edibles that would replace cash to buy food. It was created to drive liberals crazy. Don’t fall for the distraction.The budget’s proposed slashing of State Department funding by 23 percent is another bad omen for farm country.America’s diplomats devote over a third of their communications pushing U.S. exports, according to one analysis.With Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and threatening the North American Free Trade Agreement, America’s farmers and ranchers are going to need all the support from Washington they can get.Flinchbaugh considered TPP the most lucrative deal for farmers in his lifetime. By rejecting it, he said, “the president has played right into the hands of the Chinese.” Losing markets in Canada and especially Mexico would be devastating.“I’ve been predicting ag policy for 50 years,” Flinchbaugh noted. “It’s never been more difficult than under this administration.”The strange reality is that good, hardworking farm people helped elect the man currently dismantling their economy.They might spend less time watching Fox News herald the magnificence of Donald J. Trump and more time weighing their own economic interests.How is it they became such an easy sacrifice?Froma Harrop is a nationally syndicated columnist.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? The budget plan contains other spending reductions that could do considerable harm to farmers.One would cut what used to be called the food stamp program by 30 percent. Contrary to a common belief, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was not designed to be a free ride for lazy poor people. Most of the recipients are low-income workers, many trying to feed children. Others are disabled or elderly.The food stamp program is important to farmers for political reasons.Farm bills pass thanks to a coalition of representatives from rural and urban areas.The more numerous urban reps would see little value in passing expensive bills serving farm country were it not for the food stamps that help their poor constituents.Trump’s plan would take SNAP benefits away from 4 million people.As Barry Flinchbaugh, veteran ag economist at Kansas State, recently told a convention of grain growers in Manhattan, Kansas: The worldwide grain glut has hammered prices. Russia and Brazil, meanwhile, are taking market share from American grain producers. (Small wonder the Russians love Trump.)The budget would do several things that would further hurt the farm economy.The obvious one would be to chop $47 billion from the federal crop insurance and other farm programs over 10 years.Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said Trump had personally promised him not to cut crop insurance.Trump not keeping his sacred word? Imagine our surprise.The Northern Ag Network reports that some farmers think agriculture has been disproportionately targeted in the budget cuts.“When you look at the agriculture in the scheme of things of the overall federal budget,” North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring complained, “we are decimal dust.”last_img read more

Park should honor Holocaust victims

first_imgThis is in response to the March 26 article about the Holocaust memorial proposed for Niskayuna’s Route 7.While the proponents of this memorial are to be commended for bringing this issue to the public domain, their proposed execution appears to be misdirected. By erecting a death camp gate, a wall, a symbolic oven, and a transportation box car, they are memorializing the tools of the perpetrators instead of focusing on and memorializing the Holocaust victims.Would it not be more appropriate to erect a memorial to these nameless victims? They have no graves or tomb stones; they are forgotten. A simple memorial, with the names of the death camps, since no one is certain in which they perished, would be good. Since there are a number of Capital District residents who have relatives who perished in the Holocaust, a listing of their names on this memorial would be a solemn tribute and connect to the region.Why am I writing this letter? My grandparents and many uncles, aunts and cousins, whom I knew in the 1930s, were deported to a death camp in 1942, according to published deportation lists. So I do have a valid reason to weigh in. I respectfully ask the Niskayuna Town Board and the proponents of this memorial to consider the above.Erwin FriedRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Time for a vacation

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Destination Dundee

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Parliament watch

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PREMIUM4 cities to be transformed into major metropolises in new plan to improve economic equality

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Linkedin Google In addition to building a new capital, the government plans to transform four regional cities into major metropolises with the goal of spreading economic activity beyond the busy island of Java and fostering new economic powerhouses, a minister had said.National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa said the capital relocation would boost investment in East Kalimantan by 47.7 percent. East Kalimantan’s regional domestic product is expected to grow by 7.3 percentage points (ppt) and the multiplier effect is expected to contribute an extra 0.6 ppt to nationwide GDP.Read also: New capital city to contribute little to Indonesia’s economic growth: IndefAside from the capital relocation, the government has also set its sights on transforming four regional cities into major metropolises, namely Palembang in South Sumatra, Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan, Makassar … Log in with your social account Topics : Metropolis cities development capital-city-relocation bappenas development-plan RPJMN-2020-2024last_img read more

Airbus reports 2019 net loss of 1.36 billion euros

first_imgAirbus on Thursday reported a net loss of 1.36 billion euros in 2019 after being hit by a 3.6-billion-euro fine over a bribery scandal and extra development costs for the A400M transport aircraft.The firm said operating profits rose to 6.9 billion euros ($7.5 billion), adding that it expected to deliver about 880 commercial planes in 2020 against 863 in 2019.”We achieved a great deal in 2019. We delivered a strong underlying financial performance driven mainly by our commercial aircraft deliveries,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury. “The reported earnings also reflect the final agreements with the authorities resolving the compliance investigations and a charge related to revised export assumptions for the A400M.”Airbus has agreed to pay 3.6 billion euros in fines to Britain, France and the United States to settle corruption inquiries sparked by suspicious sales.The company said commercial aircraft orders increased to 768 last year from 747 in 2018.Topics :last_img read more

Singapore sends Turkish Airlines flight back empty after coronavirus case

first_imgA Turkish Airlines aircraft was flown back to Istanbul without any passengers on Thursday on orders from authorities in Singapore after a passenger who had arrived on the same plane on Tuesday tested positive for coronavirus.Singapore’s aviation regulator said that the three pilots and 11 other crew of flight TK54 that had arrived on Tuesday were on the return flight to Istanbul, where they would be placed in quarantine.”The crew had come into close contact with a passenger on flight TK54 who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19,” the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said in a statement on Thursday. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in contact with the Turkish Embassy, which has confirmed that the crew will be quarantined upon arrival at Istanbul,” CAAS said.Singapore’s transport ministry said in a statement on its website that authorities had begun tracing passengers on flight TK54 that may have had contact with the infected person.The Straits Times newspaper said 200 passengers were affected. It issued a correction to an earlier report, cited by Reuters, that all of them had been tested for the coronavirus.Turkish Airlines did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the number of passengers on board.Singapore had 112 confirmed cases of coronavirus, which started in China, but a large majority of the patients in the city-state have recovered and been discharged from hospital.Topics :last_img read more