GOP doesn’t care about fiscal obligations

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Right-wing Republicans have long opposed federal spending on Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. But people value these programs, so the Republicans can’t attack them directly. Instead they create federal deficits, and then argue we can’t afford “entitlements.”President Reagan passed big tax cuts while starting an arms race with the Soviet Union. The U.S.S.R. collapsed, but the United States incurred enormous debts. Later, President Clinton managed, with the help of the DotCom boom, to eliminate the annual deficits.President George W. Bush enacted a second tax cut, started wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and passed on an even bigger deficit to President Obama. But by winding down those wars, Obama managed to start reducing the annual deficits by the end of his second term.The Trump administration took the direct approach and tried to end health insurance for 20 million Americans. Having failed at that, they turned to, you guessed it, a tax cut. Trump seems poised to start a war with North Korea.Republicans don’t care a fig about fiscal responsibility or the needs of average citizens. Please remember that the next time you vote.Bruce PomeroyDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: 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?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Aug. 20

first_imgNation must lead on protecting wildlifeRegarding the article by Lisa Friedman, “U.S. significantly weakens Endangered Species Act,” I want to thank you, President Trump, for making it harder to protect our wildlife.Ms. Friedman stated regulators will be allowed to do economical assessments estimating loss revenue when deciding if a “species warrants protection.”Don’t all species warrant protection? Our oceans are being polluted with plastics and other wastes. Sea life is dying because they are either being caught in our garbage or from eating it. Our air is being polluted from outdated sources of energy.As stated in the article, we are endangered of losing the polar bears, whooping cranes and whales because of global warming. Why are you not pushing to find more environmentally friendly ways to replace the oil, gas and coal? Instead of rewarding the big oil and gas companies, reward them when they try to change on how they produce that energyYes, we aren’t the only country that is polluting our earth. I always thought the United States was a leader in the world. We should be showing the world how we save the planet, not how we destroy it.We as a nation can make a difference. We can help stall, not reverse, global warming and in return help save and protect our wildlife and plant life.Oh wait, I forgot Mr. President, you don’t believe in global warming. Shame on you.Deborah BenderSchoharie Many words define a single individualSince the rise of the Trumpists, a number of terms keep appearing in the news, and it seems that many people are unclear or confused about their meanings.As a public service, I offer the following dictionary definitions, taken in part from my old Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary:A “xenophobe” is one unduly fearful of anything foreign, especially people of foreign origins (or different skin color).A “bigot” is not necessarily a “racist.” A bigot is intolerantly devoted to his or her own prejudices, opinions and beliefs. Racism is one of those beliefs, that racial differences (like skin color or national origin) produce an inherent superiority in a particular race (such as in “white supremacy”).Of course, “narcissism” (love of self) compounds these beliefs.“Misogyny” and “homophobia” can be thought of as kinds of xenophobia, the former related to a hatred and demeaning of women (by men) and the latter an irrational fear or aversion of homosexuals.A “fascist” exalts nation and often race above the individual.He or she is a dictatorial leader who employs forcible suppression of any opposition. “Neo-fascism” just means it’s come around again. (Think Mussolini or John Bolton.)A “demagogue” is a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain and expand power. (Think Hitler, Assad, Putin.)Conveniently, there is one word that encapsulates all of these others: Trump.Richard W. Lewis, Jr.Glenville Gazette is the most complete newspaperWe have read a lot of newspapers all over the country and from other countries. My personal favorite has been the Schenectady Daily Gazette since I moved to the Capital District in 1970.It is still my favorite. You have the most interesting articles and my neighbor loves your puzzlesNow that I am retired, I cannot afford to buy multiple newspapers, so I only keep The Gazette as long as I can. But with The Gazette, I find myself reading the whole newspapers, not bits and pieces of a paper, which happens with other newspapers. Thank you.Gayle HitchcockAlbany More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristscenter_img Obama operation led to many deathsThe number of Mexicans murdered by firearms in the United States pales in comparison with the number of Mexicans murdered with over 1,400 firearms (a majority of them “assault firearms”) provided to a Mexican drug cartel.While complaining that those firearms have no reason to exist in U.S. citizens’ hands, it seems that the Obama Administration thought there was a good reason to provide them to Mexican criminals to murder Mexican citizens on their own soil.You can turn a blind eye to this fact, but it doesn’t change the outcome for those Mexicans murdered with the assistance of Eric Holder and his boss.Michael SheedySchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Friendly bombs fall on Slough

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Call centres – Ringing endorsement

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Weatheralls wins £850m prize

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Developer comment

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Argent breaks Manc duck

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Science faction

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Riau elephant calf Puan dies from complications on Valentine’s Day

first_img“She refused to drink the milk,” said Dian. The veterinary team resumed treatment on Thursday, giving her intravenous fluids and vitamins to [try and] improve her condition.”However, the 101-kilogram calf continued to refuse to feed and died at 6 a.m. on Friday, she said.The body of Puan Pandan Wangi, the three-years-old baby elephant, was laying on the ground at Minas Elephant Training Center. Puan died on Friday morning (Feb. 14) after receiving medical treatment for the past two months. She suffered from serious injury after trapped in poacher’s snare. (Courtesy of Riau BKSDA/-)The veterinary team immediately performed a necropsy to determine the cause of the elephant’s death. “She had developed a digestive disorder, so her nutrient absorption was disrupted. This could be seen in changes in her internal organs,” Dian said.Read also: Wild female elephant found dead in RiauPuan was part of a herd of wild elephants that live in Tesso Nilo National Park. Her foot became trapped in a snare as her herd was passing through an industrial forest in Pandan Wangi village of Peranap district, Indragiri Hulu regency. The forest concession is managed by PT Rimba Peranap Indah.The young calf struggled to free herself from the trap, nearly severing her foot in the process, and she was eventually abandoned by her herd.Upon receiving a report from the public on Dec. 16, 2019, officials from Riau BKSDA located Puan, freed her from the trap and transported her to the Minas elephant center for treatment. (hol) Topics :center_img After two months of treatment for injuries caused by a poacher’s snare, 3-year-old elephant calf Puan Pandan Wangi died on Friday morning at the Minas Elephant Training Center in Siak regency, Riau. Spokesperson Dian Indriati of the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Riau) said that officials at Tesso Nilo National Park in Pelalawan regency had rescued the calf in December after they found her with severe foot injuries from a trap. Puan’s condition had initially improved, but started declining mid-month.last_img read more

PREMIUMIt’s Prabowo vs. Anies in 2024, survey says

first_imgTopics : Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google A political survey has suggested that Gerindra Party leader Prabowo Subianto would square off against Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in 2024, with the former allies likely representing two competing political alliances, one led by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the other by the NasDem Party.The survey, conducted by pollster Indo Barometer, shows that voters still expect the former general to run in the 2024 presidential election, even though he has lost every single presidential election since 2009.With President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo out of the equation after completing his second term, Prabowo now comes on top in the polls, with Anies, his former ally, being his strongest competitor.Read also: Anies strongest candidate for president among regional heads, survey saysPrabowo, now the defense minister in Jokowi’s Cabinet, gained 22.5 … Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Linkedin Indonesian-politics survey Prabowo Indo-Barometer Prabowo-Subianto anies-baswedan 2024-presidential-electionlast_img read more