Categories: 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.
February 3, 2020 The Hawks had a chance when a video review overturned a call along the baseline that initially gave Boston the ball. But Trae Young turned it over with a bad pass at the other end. The Celtics milked the shot clock before Williams took off down the lane and banked one in with 37.6 seconds remaining. Boston won its fourth straight. Young led Atlanta with 34 points but also had nine turnovers.In other Monday action:— De’Aaron Fox had 31 points and five assists, Bogdan Bogdanovic made five free throws in the final 69 seconds, and the Sacramento Kings held off a late run by Minnesota to win 113-109, handing the Timberwolves their 12th consecutive loss. Bogdanovic scored 23 points, Buddy Hield added 16 and Harrison Barnes had 14 points and seven assists for Sacramento. Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead six Minnesota players in double figures. Shabazz Napier added 17 points and seven assists.— Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-uhn-CHOO’-nuhs) had 26 points and 17 rebounds, Dillon Brooks added 15 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons 96-82 to sweep the season series. Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 14 points and Tyus Jones added 13. Valanciunas also had four blocks. Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 25 points and 18 rebounds.— Nikola Vucevic (NEE’-koh-lah VOOCH’-uh-vihch) scored 22 points, Aaron Gordon had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic snapped a five-game skid with a 112-100 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Evan Fournier added 17 points and Markelle Fultz had 12 points and 14 assists for the Magic, who won for the first time since beating the Hornets by 23 points in Charlotte on Jan. 20. Terry Rozier scored 18 points for the struggling Hornets, who have lost 11 of 12. In other NFL news:— Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Wood has died. He was 83. Wood won five NFL championships with the Green Bay Packers under coach Vince Lombardi and made the first interception in Super Bowl history. He rose from undrafted rookie to play safety in eight Pro Bowls. Longtime friend Robert Schmidt says Wood died of natural causes in Washington. Wood had suffered from advanced dementia for several years.MLB NEWS-MARINERS-GONZALESGonzales, Mariners agree to $30 million deal for 2021-24UNDATED (AP) — Left-hander Marco Gonzales and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a $30 million contract covering 2021-24, a deal that includes a club option and could be worth $45 million over five seasons. Gonzales is coming off the best season of his career. He tied for the American League lead with 34 starts and was tied for fifth with 16 victories. His 3.99 ERA was the lowest of his career and he set career highs in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts. The 27-year-old is about to begin his third full season with Seattle after starting his career with St. Louis. About 350 men alleging sexual misconduct by the late Richard Strauss have sued the school in federal court. Ohio State initially argued those claims are time-barred by law, but it has since committed to a “monetary resolution” for those who were abused.RUSSIAN DOPINGRussian track federation board resigns over doping failureMOSCOW (AP) — The entire board of the Russian Athletics Federation has resigned as Russia faces another ban from Olympic track events and possible expulsion from World Athletics. The federation says the entire board stepped down after a meeting with the new Russian Sports Minister, Oleg Matytsin. The federation has been suspended by World Athletics since 2015 because of widespread doping. The crisis has deepened in recent months after a program allowing Russians to compete internationally as neutral athletes was frozen. Elsewhere:—The Houston Astros have hired James Click as their new general manager. The Tampa Bay Rays executive is now in charge of the scandal-ridden team a week before the start of spring training. Click succeeds Jeff Luhnow, who along with manager AJ Hinch was suspended by Major League Baseball in the wake of a sign-stealing scam and then fired by the Astros. The Astros hired Dusty Baker last week as their new manager.— Right-hander Brandon Kinztler and the Miami Marlins have finalized a one-year contract that guarantees $3,275,000. Miami also completed a $1.5 million, one-year deal with outfielder Matt Joyce. Kintzler was 3-3 with a 2.68 ERA last year in 68 relief appearances for the Chicago Cubs. Joyce hit .295 with 10 doubles, seven home runs, and 23 RBIs in 238 plate appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season.— Jhoulys Chacín (joh-LEES’ cha-SEEN’) has finalized a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins after a miserable 2019 season that saw him go from an opening day start to an August release. The 32-year-old right-hander was 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA for Milwaukee in 2018 after signing a $15.5 million, two-year deal with the Brewers.— The Yankees have more competition in the job for backup catcher. Three players — Erik Kratz, Josh Thole and Chris Iannetta — have agreed to minor league contracts. Austin Romine, Gary Sánchez’s backup the last three seasons, became a free agent and agreed to a contract with Detroit. Kyle Higashioka is the only other catcher on New York’s 40-man roster. — Jimmy Butler scored 38 points against his former club and the Miami Heat ran away in the second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 137-106. Goran Dragic scored 24 points and Bam Adebayo had 18 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 29 points and 12 rebounds. The 76ers have dropped 10 of their last 12 on the road.—Marcus Morris Sr. scored 26 points, including a key jumper in overtime, and the New York Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 139-134. Kevin Love had 33 points and 13 rebounds in possibly his final home game with Cleveland. But the Cavaliers lost for the 11th time in 12 games.—Caris LeVert tied his career high with 29 points in his first start in nearly three months, helping the Brooklyn Nets overcome the absence of Kyrie Irving to beat the Phoenix Suns 119-97. Suns star Devin Booker was held to 11 points on 3-for-15 shooting. Joe Harris added 16 points and Taurean Prince had 15. in the decisive third quarter for the Nets.—Kristaps Porzingis had 38 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Porzingis shot 6 of 13 on 3-pointers and made all 12 of his free throws. Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 25 points for Dallas, which played without injured All-Star Luka Doncic for the third straight game. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 26 points.—Alec Burks scored 30 points, Glenn Robinson III added 22 and the Golden State Warriors beat Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards 125-117. It was the second straight win for the NBA-worst Warriors (12-39), with both coming on the road. In other NBA news:—The Los Angeles Lakers’ first game since Kobe Bryant’s death was the second-most watched regular-season NBA game on ESPN. The game against the Portland Trail Blazers averaged 4.41 million viewers.OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTORHouse leader urges action on bill tied to Ohio State scandalCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Unhappy with Ohio State’s response to allegations of widespread, decades-old sexual abuse by a team doctor, the leader of the Ohio House called Monday for lawmakers to act soon on a stalled proposal to enable the survivors to sue the university under state law. Associated Press — Joe Pavelski scored power-play goals 16 seconds apart, Stephen Johns and Blake Comeau helped chase Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and the Dallas Stars beat New York 5-3. Johns and Comeau scored 4:04 apart in the second period and Corey Perry also scored for Dallas, which improved to 30-18-4 with its second straight win.NFL-SUPER BOWL-CHIEFS-PARADEKansas City set to celebrate Super Bowl win with paradeUNDATED (AP) — Officially, the Super Bowl partying in Kansas City will continue on Wednesday, with a downtown parade for the Chiefs.A parade through downtown is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a rally at Union Station. Several schools in the area canceled Wednesday’s classes, and the Kansas Legislature canceled that day’s session. Officials announced the celebration Sunday night, shortly after the Chiefs defeated San Francisco 31-20. NHL-SCHEDULE-FLYERS-RED WINGSElliott gets 40th shutout in Flyers’ 3-0 win over Red WingsUNDATED (AP) — Brian Elliott made 16 saves to earn his 40th career shutout in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 3-0 win over the sinking Detroit Red Wings. Scott Laughton, Kevin Hayes and defenseman Matt Niskanen scored for Philadelphia. The goals by Hayes and Niskanen were short-handed. The Red Wings have been shut out in two consecutive games and have lost nine straight overall.In other rink action:—Mark Pysyk scored three times in his first career hat trick, and the Florida Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3. Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist for Florida, which trailed 3-1 early in the third period. Mike Matheson had three assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves in the Panthers’ seventh win in eight games. T25-SCHEDULE-NORTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA STATEWilliams, Gray lead No. 8 Florida State past North CarolinaUNDATED (AP) — Patrick Williams had 14 points and nine rebounds, Trent Forrest also scored 14 and No. 8 Florida State beat North Carolina 65-59 on Monday. RaiQuan Gray had 10 second-half points as the Seminoles improved to 9-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Cole Anthony started in his second game back from knee surgery for UNC. The freshman guard scored 16 points on 5-of-23 shooting and added seven rebounds.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL POLLBaylor strengthens hold on No. 1 in AP Top 25 poll UNDATED (AP) — Baylor has strengthened its hold on No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.The Bears received 49 of 65 first-place votes in the latest poll to stay comfortably ahead of Gonzaga and Kansas. The Bears are atop the rankings for a third straight week.Nos. 1-4 remained unchanged, continuing a stretch of stability in what has been an unpredictable season with a record-tying seven different teams reaching No. 1.Atlantic Coast Conference leader Louisville climbed a spot to No. 5, followed by Dayton, Duke, Florida State and Maryland – which jumped six spots to No. 9 after beating Iowa last week for its fourth straight win.Villanova rounded out the top 10. No. 9 Maryland and No. 11 Auburn made the week’s biggest jumps. Each rose six spots. No. 21 Creighton and No. 23 Arizona re-entered the poll. Wichita State and Rutgers fell out. A pair of social gathering areas are being added to the second deck of Yankee Stadium, cutting seating by 500 to 800 seats. New York is adding the Stella Artois Landing in left field and the Michelob Ultra Clubhouse in right field. Both areas are covered because they are below the top deck.NBA-KOBIE BRYANT-STAPLES MEMORIALStaples Center removes public’s massive Kobe Bryant memorialLOS ANGELES (AP) — The massive memorial created by the public outside Staples Center after the death of former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is being dismantled, with an official saying some of the items will go to Bryant’s widow.The cleanup of flowers, balloons, jerseys, stuffed toys and other items began before dawn and behind a barrier. More than 1,300 basketballs were boxed. Fans spontaneously began creating the memorial in a plaza outside the arena when word surfaced that Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. Some of the material will be donated to Bryant’s widow. Update on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULE-CELTICS-HAWKSTatum leads Celtics past Hawks 123-115 for 4th straight winUNDATED (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 28 points and Grant Williams drove for a key basket in the final minute, leading the Boston Celtics to a 123-115 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, (CMC) – Roston Chase was within touching distance of a fourth Test hundred as West Indies carved out a lead in excess of 400 runs to increase their stranglehold on the opening Test against Zimbabwe, on the third day at Queens Sports Club here Monday.The right-hander was unbeaten on 91 at the close, leading a resilient batting display from the Caribbean side that saw them to 369 for eight – a lead of already 429 runs heading into Tuesday’s penultimate day.Opener Kraigg Brathwaite buttressed the Windies effort by fashioning his 14th Test half-century with a battling 86 while the classy Shai Hope and tail-ender Devendra Bishoo both scored 44 and Kyle Hope, 43.Leg-spinner Graeme Cremer once again led the attack with three for 111 while seamer Kyle Jarvis (2-66) and Sean Williams (2-90) both ended with two wickets apiece.Resuming the day on 88 for one, West Indies lost Kyle Hope inside the first hour when he played across a full length one from Jarvis and perished lbw, after adding just 11 to his overnight score.Brathwaite and Shai Hope then combined in a 67-run third wicket stand which pushed the Windies to 155 for two at lunch, and kept Zimbabwe at bay for a nearly an hour afterwards.On 38 at the start, Brathwaite raised his fifty on the stroke of the hour with a couple to mid-wicket off Williams and then survived a chance on 60 to Hamilton Masakadza at slip off Cremer, to be unbeaten on 70 at lunch, partnered by Shai Hope on 24.He was was eyeing three figures when he played around one from off-spinner Sikander Raza and was lbw just before the next drinks break at 174 for three, after facing 229 deliveries and striking four fours and a six.Shai Hope, who faced 106 balls and counted five fours, put on a further 37 for the fourth wicket with Chase but the introduction of the second new ball put an end to the threatening stand, when Hope was hit in front by Jarvis.His demise triggered a slide that saw three wickets tumble for 33 runs, to leave West Indies on 244 for six at the tea interval.Jermaine Blackwood was drawn from his crease and stumped for the second time in the match, this time off Williams for three, while wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich fell to the final delivery before the break, caught by Masakadza at slip for 12 off Williams.Unbeaten on 38 at tea, Chase took control of the innings to ensure West Indies dominated the final session, first posting 33 for the seventh wicket with captain Jason Holder (24) and then an invaluable 92 for the eighth wicket with Bishoo.All told, he faced 127 balls and struck eight fours and a six to put himself on course for his third hundred this year. He gathered his fifty about 40 minutes following the resumption and after losing Holder, caught at point off Cremer, joined forces with the plucky Bishoo to ram home the Windies advantage.He drove Jarvis to the extra cover boundary and then flicked him square for four in one over to move into the 80s, and Bishoo was no less enterprising, lashing four fours and a six – a slog over long-on off Cremer – in his 71-ball knock. WEST INDIES 1st Innings 219Zimbabwe 1st Innings 159West IndiesS 2nd Innings(overnight 88 for one)K Brathwaite lbw b Sikandar Raza 86K Powell b Cremer 17K Hope lbw b Jarvis 43S Hope lbw b Jarvis 44R Chase not out 91J Blackwood st Chakabva b Williams 3S Dowrich c Masakadza b Williams 12J Holder c Mpofu b Cremer 24D Bishoo c Williams b Cremer 44Extras (b3, lb2) 5TOTAL (8 wkts, 122.3 overs) 369Fall of wicket: 1-25, 2-107, 3-174, 4-211, 5-224, 6-244, 7-277, 8-369Bowling: Jarvis 24-1-66-2; Mpofu 10-3-30-0; Williams 33-7-90-2; Cremer 32.3-5-111-3; Sikandar Raza 19-4-53-1; Mire 2-0-5-0; Waller 2-0-9-0Position: West Indies lead by 429 with two second innings wickets standing
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoEntering the weekend there were still question marks as to who would make the best pairing on the power play.Even if UW head coach Mike Eaves hasn’t figured out just who he wants where, he certainly got results. Wisconsin finished 8-for-17 on the man-advantage and used it to pull away both nights against Robert Morris.“The power play is about having offensive people that have ability and take what’s given,” Eaves said. “The defense is going to give you something, and you’ve got to be able to counter and take advantage of it, and we have a few more weapons now whose natural ability is going to take over. … [T]hey’re going to score some goals, and tonight we did that.”Last season the team converted on just 15 percent of its power play opportunities, scoring a mere 30 times in 41 games. Through four games in 2007-08, the Badgers have converted 38.5 percent of their man-advantage opportunities and have 10 goals. On all nine conversions, at least one defenseman had a hand in the scoring, be it a goal or an assist. That’s much different than last season when the Badger blue liners had little to do with any goal-scoring opportunities because the offense as a whole struggled.“We’ve got some talent back there and kids that like to go,” senior defenseman Kyle Klubertanz said. “But, the defense made some big plays tonight.”On the other end, the penalty kill did its part, allowing just one Robert Morris goal on 13 chances. The Colonials’ lone goal came on a 5-on-3 during Friday night’s game — they only scored one time in four such situations. “I think, overall, coach (Mark Osiecki) was pleased looking at the final numbers,” Eaves said. “I think we did well, blocking shots, getting our sticks in the passing lanes — making it tough for them to get shots and passes through,” Klubertanz added. One play in particular that stood out to Eaves was at the end of the second period of Saturday night’s game. Freshman forward Patrick Johnson trapped the puck in the Badgers’ offensive zone and held it there against the wall with his body despite the effort of three bigger Colonials surrounding him. His endeavor helped kill precious seconds off of the RMU power play. “He looked like he was 6-foot-5. He used his body position, his heart and his quickness, and he was able to kill off the period in the corner there,” Eaves said. While what shows up in the line score is positive, Eaves said there were a lot of little corrections that need to be made.“There were moments when we were good on the penalty killing, there were moments where we need to get better and more detailed — you’re learning under the gun,” Eaves said. “We’ll be able to take that, look at some video and build on what happened.”Another point of concern was the amount of penalties Wisconsin’s young team had. In the first period Friday, the Badgers were called for four infractions during a span of eight minutes en route to 16 on the night. Between the two nights they totaled 48 minutes inside the box. Eaves attributed the excessive amount of calls to the new two-line referee system and his players getting too revved up. “We talk about being a smart team, and part of that is recognizing what the referees are calling and try to stay away from those things,” Eaves said. “I’m anxious to go look at those penalties on film and see what kind of interference calls we were making, how were we committing these interference infractions. “Is it them, is it us? Hey, they’re the refs, we have to adapt to them; they’re not going to change for us.”Still, the fact that the Badgers played “under fire” so much without giving up goals is good practice for the road ahead. “I said to Oz, ‘One thing about these penalties is that we’re getting practice at killing them,’” Eaves said.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (9-12-5, 5-6-5-2 Big Ten) had a subpar outing this weekend in East Lansing, Michigan, as they earned just two points in a two-game series with the Michigan State Spartans (10-13-5, 6-8-4-2). The Badgers lost 4–1 in the first game Friday, but came back Saturday with a 2–2 tie before earning an extra point from a shootout victory.In Friday’s game, the Badgers struggled early and trailed 3–0 after 40 minutes of play. Michigan State’s Patrick Khodorenko put the Badgers down 1–0 late in the first period. Khodorenko found the back of the net again in the second period to give the Spartans a 2–0 lead.Mitch Lewandowski scored a power-play goal just four minutes after Khodorenko’s second goal to put the Spartans up 3–0. Wisconsin forward Ty Emberson was able to keep the game in range with a goal nearing the end of the second period, but Michigan State star Taro Hirose put the game away late in the third period with an empty net goal to make it 4–1.Men’s basketball: Badgers turn it up late against No. 21 Maryland to earn fifth straight victoryThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) secured another signature Big Ten victory Friday Read…The Spartans outshot the Badgers 32-28 and the Badgers struggled to contain the Spartans first line of Hirose, Khodorenko and Lewandowski. On the contrary, the Spartans kept Wisconsin’s Sean Dhooghe off the scoresheet, limited K’Andre Miller to just one assist, and capitalized with captain Peter Tischke on the ice twice.Following the bitter loss, Wisconsin opened Saturday’s game with hunger and motivation.Will Johnson put the Badgers up early in the first period with an assist from Tischke. Hirose evened the score with a goal just 55 seconds into the second period, but Wisconsin’s Linus Weissbach answered with a goal to give the Badgers a 2–1 lead. After a Badgers penalty taken late in the second period, Lewandowski was able to cash in on a power-play goal 37 seconds into the third period.Unable to find the back of the net in overtime, the Badgers and Spartans headed for a shootout, where the Badgers came out victorious thanks to a goal from Max Zimmer.Though the Badgers struggled again to shut down Michigan State’s talented first line, they ended the weekend on a strong note, totaling a season-high 58 shots. Wisconsin goalie Jack Berry had a strong performance, stopping 31 of 33 shots.The weekend point leaders were led by the Spartans’ first line, which ended with 12 points in two games. The Badgers had a balance of scoring, as six players recorded points, including Wisconsin defensemen Miller and Emberson with two points apiece.Men’s hockey: Badgers seek to climb up Big Ten standings in road series against Michigan StateComing off of a series split against Big Ten rival Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (9-11-4, 5-5-4-1 Read…The Badgers’ penalty-kill allowed a goal in each game, but improved immensely compared to their last few games. On the other hand, their power-play remained ineffective, an area that they must improve moving forward.Wisconsin Head Coach Tony Granato commended the Badgers for their resiliency on Saturday.“As much as you don’t want to be result-focused, the way the season’s going, we have to be … The game from start to finish was played the way we were supposed to play,” Granato said. “It’s been the pattern of our season. Friday something doesn’t go great. We’re able to respond great on Saturday.”Wisconsin still sits at sixth place in the Big Ten and will look to improve as they prepare for a two-game series against Ohio State at home, who currently sits atop the Big Ten Standings.Puck drops are scheduled for 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday and are available on Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus.