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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Nov. 21 guest column, “Ending poverty takes more than charity”: No one should discount the extent to which charity and charitability can alleviate systemic poverty. Mother Theresa reminded the world that charity and love are the same. What the world needs is to love without getting tired, she added.But research corroborates that Americans are increasingly less charitable, and that donors lack confidence that their contributions actually help those in need. Too often, Americans rely on policy makers, protesters and political activists for social change, which is always ill-advised especially in a world of hyper-partisan politicking.Although lawmakers and loudspeakers have their place, a lasting solution for poverty will only come from reinvigorating a nationwide spirit of charity. Nothing else will suffice. To truly help the disadvantaged and suffering, Americans must love without getting tired.Zack VoellLeesburg, VirginiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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 censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re April 7 Linda Chavez op-ed, “Sending Troops to Border is Harmful,” President Trump says he needs to send our army to defend the southern border even though the actual number of immigrants is the lowest in years and there are plenty of borders guards etc. Oh, that’s right, there is a scary caravan coming to get us, I forgot. We need more troops, even though the Mexican government is interviewing these people leaving the violence of Honduras.It seems those people have been scattered and lost that powerful thrust to enter our country. Perhaps, the president wants to create a situation similar to that of Gaza, where Hamas is whipping up the Palestinians to challenge their border wall.  Consequently, the Israeli army shoots the people who get too close to the wall.Is that the real reason Trump wants a wall? To show how tough our army is when they shoot people who come too close to our wall? Just trying to understand the reason behind our army covering the border.Oh, that’s right — there’s no reason.Janice WalzScotia More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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first_imgThis is in response to “Atonement for 400 years of racism.”  The accompanying picture of that article showing a white captor on a ship with black slaves, tells half the story. I suggest another picture to go alongside of it. It would depict black prisoners being held in one of the notorious slave castles (ex. Elmina) and being sold to slave traders by blacks. Why do Ghana and Benin have a “Day of Atonement” once a year? Why? For their role in the slave trade.Elizabeth Weber GlenvilleSaratoga track papers more logical this yearThis time last year I wrote because, among other sections, the obituary section was displaced in favor of stories about the Saratoga Race Track season.This year the majority of racing news has its own pages attached to the Sports section.Thank you for finally making a logical change.Sharon TrumplerScotiaEvaluate Trump on local impact of policiesThere’s an old story of three blind men and an elephant.Each man felt a different part of the elephant and each of the three reported a different aspect of the large beast.Going a bit further, the elephant then felt all of the three blind men and rendered them flat.I suggest an allegory to the upcoming presidential campaign. Say the elephant has been a rogue beast. The three blind men were concentrating on the beast itself. This is perhaps a waste of time, as the beast’s qualities and culture were well known and the beast’s trumpeting easily drowns out an ordinary individual’s complaint. As “all politics is local,” perhaps the men should have concentrated on discerning and proclaiming the toxic effects of the beast’s performance or non-performance, such as lack of job restoration in some areas, lack of wage growth in others and unabated infrastructure rot in still others. I suggest we all review and evaluate the performance record of meaningful jobs. Is building a wall a meaningful job?John HersheyCharltonWe must face up to our current problemsIn response to July 28 Gazette stories: First was the tragic end to a New York City teen from gang violence, a young man killed by a deliberate gang shooting over a fight. This type of violence is being carried out in several major cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles. The second was in the Opinion page about atonement for slavery committed 400 years ago and the current white privilege that exists today. The story of slavery is a tragic and horrible part of our country’s history.My issue is that 620,000 men died in the Civil War to end this atrocity. The writer of that column tries to connect current white citizens and the current president to this part of history that happened 400 years ago. Yet no mention was made of the countries currently enslaving people, including Africa, which has the highest rate of modern-day slavery.The amount of black-on-black crimes going on all over our country through gang violence would seem a more important societal problem to change. I’m not saying we forget where we came from and how we got here. I’m saying we cannot move forward if we cannot accept and change what we are doing now.Robert SponableSchenectady Think about how Trump got advantage Writer Hugh Hewitt in the July 29 Opinion section commented that as a result of Robert Mueller’s testimony, President Trump has an advantage.He compared the event to Lee’s failure at Gettysburg and Napoleon’s and Hitler’s failures in Russia.I guess his conclusion depends on what you and I take from the Robert Mueller’s testimony on these questions.Do you think that Russia wanted President Trump to win and conducted multiple disinformation strategies to accomplish his victory? Do you think that the president’s campaign knew about the Russian effort and shared information with the Russians, including the states to focus on? Do you think that the president tried to stop the investigation, including pressuring then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Counsel Donald McGhan to end the investigation? If the answer is yes to all three, it certainly matters to me. Does it matter to you?Jim MurphyScotiaPoliticians: Back up words with actionsA number of our politicians have constantly harangued for our nation to let these immigrants in.They believe America has the duty to feed, clothe, home and give medical care to these people. I, for one, don’t see how this can be accomplished without depriving some Americans of their futures. Americans will continue to pay Social Security and may never benefit from it. While this is going on, we have thousands of homeless citizens in this country who would benefit by this same approach.We need an example of how this would work. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a number of New York politicians are strong advocates.I suggest a way they can show this country how to do it. Bring in a number of military transport planes and fly some of these immigrants to JFK airport. While the governor is working on a plan, he can let the immigrants reside at the airport.Since he doesn’t reside at the governor’s mansion, he could house many there. Not to ignore the other states that have like-minded politicians, we can send other planes to their state airports. Show us the way.Just remember these politicians don’t have the same health care they subject us to. Some people climbed over the fence on Nancy Pelosi’s home and tried to camp out. She called the police.“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, unless you’re an elected official.”Pete PidgeonScotiaLook at who’s really taking Social SecurityPresident Kennedy and Sargent Shriver were the first to misuse the Social Security account. They used Social Security funds to start the Peace Corps.This was not the first or last time our money has been taken from American citizens and given to foreign nations. Up until the 1980s, Social Security cards expressly stated it was not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has one, it became convenient to use, and the message, “Not for identification,” was removed. Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) program. He promised that participation in the program would be completely voluntary and participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual income into the program. It’s no longer voluntary and now you pay 7.65% on the first $90,000. Originally the money participants elected to put into the program would be deductible from their income; it’s no longer deductible. This money was supposed to go into the independent trust fund rather than into the general operating fund and was only to be used to fund the Social Security retirement program. The income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding was eliminated, taxing Social Security annuities, moving money to the general fund and spent, and giving annuity payments to immigrants were all started by Democratic Party leaders.Then after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and say the Republicans took away your Social Security.Vincent BelardoAlbany Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionReparations should also go to othersThis is an open letter to the general minority public. I just want you to know, I’m willing to go along with reparations for minority cruelty during America’s past.But the caveat is this, you must also convince the Egyptian people to reimburse the people of the Jewish faith for 400 years of bondage during the age of pharaohs.Until then, please be patient for your free money. I will end my soapbox diatribe with a famous cartoon character tagline: “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for …”Scott DavisSchenectadyHorse-racing isn’t only sport going onOK, it’s track season. That doesn’t mean that all other sports have ended.  It’s not that I’m not a fan of racing. I do try to attend the track at least once a year.  I kind of understand the emphasis on the track with the “extra” couple of pages of track events but, at the cost of minimizing all other sports articles? The July 21 Sunday paper had the usual Saratoga pages enclosing the rest of the sport section. Inside those remaining couple of pages were several more Saratoga horse racing articles, and there weren’t even any races the day before due to the heat. Enough already.There are several other professional, collegiate and local sports taking place this time of year. For example, there was absolutely no listing of the NASCAR race that took place on July 21. There wasn’t anything in the July 20 paper regarding the qualifiers results for the race either. Please try and cover all major sports in the space available sensibly.  Guy HildrethSchenectadyWhat’s city’s agenda over Lady Liberty? Re the July 14 column, “Time for clarity on Lady Liberty”: I agree with Sara Foss that Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy needs to be open with residents about the city’s Statue of Liberty replica.The statue has been mysteriously stored in a garage since its 2017 removal from Liberty Park (now Gateway Plaza), and residents have become understandably angry over the lack of an official plan for the statue.There would be no reason to keep secret any damage or need for restoration; this leads me to question if there are socio-political motives behind Mayor McCarthy’s evasiveness. Does he and/or the city no longer stand for American liberty?Ms. Foss explained that the replica originated from a 1950 Boy Scouts campaign celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary. Do city officials oppose the traditional values of the Boy Scouts, like the “progressives” who interfered with the organization in recent years?Schenectady residents already live in an authoritarian state in which the governor places his own agenda over the needs of upstate residents. The last thing they need is a city government that also places its agenda above its residents.David NosekGlenville Mueller dropped ball on obstruction chargeAs a lay citizen who is not a legal scholar, I believe that Robert Mueller dropped the ball and did a disservice to our country by not concluding that President Trump obstructed justice.The stated evidence in his report is damning. Apparently, he made a decision not to decide this key charge due to his respect for Department of Justice policies. Since when does a DOJ policy trump our Constitution that upholds that no one is above the law? It’s clear to me that Mr. Mueller would have concluded the obstruction of justice charge if Trump were an ordinary person.Bahram KeramatiSaratoga Springs‘The Squad’ is good for Republican PartyI think we should all take a few minutes and say a prayer to our God for giving us the four new congresswomen: Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Taib (The Squad). They are the best thing to happened to our country and the Republican Party since Donald Trump was elected. They have pretty much assured us we will have four more years of Donald Trump and great things for America. In fact, I think maybe they are actually Republicans in disguise. God bless America.Bruce BakerSchenectadycenter_img We must condemn Trump’s racist tacticsAs readers to this page know, many letters have been devoted to the subject of President Donald Trump, his policies and assorted controversies.Yet his recent remarks directed toward several members of Congress, all persons of color, amount to a new low for this immoral man. I’m referencing his attacks against four female congresswomen and, most recently, black Congressman Elijah Cummings. It’s time for more Americans to call out Trump’s comments for what they are: blatantly racist.Trump has a long history of racism going back to his days with his father, Fred Trump, discriminating against blacks in housing in New York City. More recently, he has disparaged Mexicans, denigrated African and Caribbean countries and now residents of Baltimore. He has blown the racist dog whistle with gusto. His comments about the four congresswomen going back to the corrupt countries they came from, though all are American citizens, was particularly contemptible.In further attacks against the women, Trump has attempted to use Jewish people as a political football and thereby introduced further divisiveness into his rhetoric.Philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke was famously quoted as saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”Trump’s racism is evil being injected into the body politic of our country and it must not go unchallenged. Americans of every political stripe must condemn his hateful statements that attempt to divide us rather than unite us.Dennis J. QuinnNiskayunaBlack slave traders are also responsible More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. 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first_imgThey shouldn’t make the same mistakes on parole reform.One major change supported by reform advocates is eliminating mandatory incarceration for technical violations of parole, such missing meetings, drinking or associating with other parolees. While this reform sounds reasonable, there’s a reason the restrictions were enacted in the first place. Lawmakers need to examine them individually to ensure that the changes they make don’t inadvertently result in people who belong in jail being set free.Legislators should also look at time limitations on jail time for certain violations and examine other incentives for encouraging former inmates to adhere to the terms of their parole.There’s no question the state’s parole system is in need of reform.But lawmakers need to carefully research and evaluate all proposed reforms to ensure that society is best served and protected by them.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Editorial, OpinionAfter bail reform and discovery reform, the next big reform to address in re-examining the state’s criminal justice system is parole reform.There are legitimate problems with the existing parole system that undermine the ability of parolees to reintegrate into society, that unnecessarily overburden our jails and prisons, that prevent people in need of mental health and drug treatment from getting the consistent care they need, and that result in uneven and inconsistent supervision of parolees.But before leaping to enact even simple and seemingly benign reforms, state lawmakers should learn from the experiences with other reforms to make sure there are no unintended consequences that need to be corrected later. The resulting patchwork of regulations and amendments to fix the original law could make the system even more unfair and inconsistent.Before passing parole reform legislation, lawmakers need to listen closely to all those with a stake in the system, including prosecutors, judges, parole officers, police, jail administrators, defense attorneys, social workers and families.Had lawmakers, for instance, listened to prosecutors and judges on bail reform regarding the release of non-violent offenders, they would have been able to avert the situation they’ll face in the coming months in which some potentially dangerous criminals such as drug dealers, drivers in fatal car crashes and foreign suspects could avoid prosecution because of overly broad terms of release and limitations on judges to determine a suspect’s dangerousness.Had they listened to prosecutors on discovery reform, they may have avoided upcoming situations in which witnesses could be intimidated into not testifying because of broad new disclosure rules.Legislators also didn’t adequately consider the financial costs of complying with the new reforms.last_img read more

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first_imgLog in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? Topics : The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has foreseen a huge shortage in construction workers for the development of infrastructure, such as roads and office buildings, in the new capital in North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan .The agency’s deputy of workforce and population, Pungky Sumadi, estimates that the development of the new capital will require at least 300,000 workers, while the number of registered construction workers in the province totaled 101,671 people.“We will prioritize locals for construction jobs,” he said during the seventh national dialogue on capital relocation at the University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, on Tuesday.The construction sector workforce is also growing at a sluggish rate in the province. Since 2015, it has recorded 16,099 additional construction workers, according to Bappenas.Pungky, however, to… Linkedin Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Indonesia capital-city-relocation infrastructure-development construction-workers shortage bappenas Penajam-Paser-Utara East-Kalimantanlast_img read more

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first_imgWorldwide around 3,200 people have died from the virus with more than 90,000 infections — with China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan the worst affected.India confirmed three cases in late January and early February, all of whom arrived from China and who have since recovered.But until last week no more infections were reported when an Indian man who returned from Italy via Austria to New Delhi tested positive.The man has since infected six family members in Agra south of the capital and home to tourist hotspot the Taj Mahal. Hotels and tourist sites in Agra have been told to report any visitors from Italy, Iran or China, so that they can be screened, local medical official Mukesh Vats told the Press Trust of India.One other infection was confirmed in the southern state of Telangana, reportedly a software engineer who arrived from Dubai, where he met fellow technicians from Hong Kong.On Feb. 4, India blocked the entry of new arrivals from China or anyone who had visited China in the preceding two weeks. It has also been screening arrivals from certain countries.Gagandeep Kang, a leading infectious diseases expert and the first Indian woman to become a Royal Society Fellow, said that India’s actions until now have been “entirely appropriate”.”But it is also a limited strategy. Maybe it’s time to think about whether we should be doing more than this,” Kang told AFP.Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Tuesday that he had held an “extensive review regarding preparedness” for the virus and that different ministries and states were “working together”.”There is no need to panic. We need to work together, take small yet important measures to ensure self-protection,” Modi said.On Wednesday Modi said he would stay away from celebrations during Holi, one of India’s biggest festivals when paint and water are thrown around in an explosion of color. Topics : A group of Italian tourists were under quarantine in India Wednesday, with 16 testing positive for the new coronavirus, prompting authorities to tighten controls.Italy is a hotspot of the virus with 79 deaths and over 2,500 infected, while India’s case total stands officially at just 28 — including the Italians and their Indian driver.Confirming the new cases, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Wednesday that passengers on all international flights would now be screened.center_img Visitors from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan — except diplomats and officials from international bodies — were already barred, on Tuesday, along with those from China last month.Vardhan said a husband and wife in the Italian group — who arrived last month and number around 20 — fell ill while visiting the western state of Rajasthan, a popular tourist destination.The remainder were moved to a quarantine center in New Delhi, where 14 members plus their Indian driver were confirmed as being infected.”We are awaiting test results of the others,” a source told AFP said on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

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