This 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 BakerSchenectady 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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Advertisement Wilshere was named man of the match after his performance at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Injury problems have largely defined Wilshere’s career in the years that have followed and the England international completed a move across London to West Ham ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTReflecting on his showing against the Catalan giants nine years ago, Wilshere told Arsenal’s ‘In Lockdown’ podcast: ‘To be honest, I didn’t even think I was [playing that well]‘I thought I was doing alright. When we got to half-time, I had done a few good things in the first half but I felt like they had dominated.‘They had a way of making you feel like you were running around in circles for no reason. They used to make these little passes in midfield and you didn’t know whether to press or to hold back and wait for them. Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri both starred in Arsenal’s win over Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Jack Wilshere has revealed how Samir Nasri told him he should aim to stay at the same level ‘week in, week out’ after his unforgettable midfield masterclass in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Barcelona back in 2011.The then 19-year-old produced a sublime individual performance versus Barcelona’s iconic midfield three of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets as a pair of late goals from Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin sealed a narrow win for the Gunners at the Emirates.Lionel Messi struck twice against ten-man Arsenal at the Nou Camp to book Barca’s place in the Champions League quarter-finals and Pep Guardiola’s side went on to beat Manchester United at Wembley to get their hands on the trophy. Jack Wilshere reveals what Samir Nasri said to him after his masterclass in Arsenal’s win over Barcelona Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 May 2020 10:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link279Shares Comment The Gunners came back to beat Barcelona at the Emirates before losing the second leg (Picture: Getty)‘It wasn’t until after the game actually [that I realised how well I’d played]. It was Paul Akers, the kit man, who was like, “You just had Xavi and Iniesta in your pocket”. I said, “no chance” and he was like, “I’m telling you”. Then I got man of the match. ‘It’s difficult when you’re in a game to know how well you played and what people are thinking of games. ‘It wasn’t until a couple of times in the game where I had beaten a midfielder where I thought, “Okay, right, if I can beat that first man you get a little bit of time to get your head up and make a forward pass”. I remember thinking, “Right, just beat the first press and you’ll be alright”.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalA few days after the clash, Nasri told his young team-mate he should strive to play to the same standard on a more consistent basis for Arsenal.Wilshere added: ‘Over the next few days I remember Nasri saying to me after the game, “You need to stay at this level now, you’ve just gone up a couple of levels, this needs to be your level, week in, week out”. ‘It’s alright everyone else saying it, but when it comes from your team-mates, the people who see you every day, it meant more.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal blow as Atletico Madrid offer Thomas Partey to Liverpool in deal for Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainMORE: Bernd Leno tips Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli to become ‘world class’ under Mikel Arteta Advertisement
Sold On Pointer about how property analysts think in 12 months time the property market will boom in Townsville. Local agent Julie Munro of Ray White.THINGS might slow down during the silly season as workers and businesses take a break for Christmas, but it was still a busy time for Townsville’s real estate agents.Ray White’s Julie Munro said it was her “best festive season in five years” as she did more private inspections and the highest number of inquiries compared to past festive periods.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“In this modern era, people expect us to return their call so we are available virtually 363 days of the year,” she said. “I did an inspection on Boxing Day and an inspection on Christmas Eve, and I did get an email inquiry on Christmas Day, so people were clearly thinking of property on Christmas,” she said.Although she got two offers on properties, there were no sales during the festive period, but she believed the heavy interest was a sign that the new year would be busy.“From talking with other real estate agents there are a lot of property owners coming to market in January,” she said. Damien Keyes from Keyes and Co Property said he had received some offers but no sales during the festive period, but there were offers made.“It hasn’t been a dead market, that’s for sure,” he said.
PASSENGERS on France’s Paris Sud-Est line are enjoying more space and a revised seating layout on the route’s TGV fleet. The first three sets refurbished by SNCF’s Bischheim works entered service at the end of last year, and the mid-life overhaul of a further 14 is due to be completed this year.As well as modifying SNCF’s first production series of high-speed trainsets for 300 km/h operation and replacing the familiar orange livery with the silver and blue applied to their Atlantique, Réseau and Duplex descendants, Bischheim is updating interiors that date from 1981.To give passengers more leg room, each refurbished set has 21 fewer seats, with a total of 110 in first class and 240 in second. Luggage racks incorporating lighting units similar to those on Eurostar have been fitted throughout. In first class, where lighting can now be set at two different levels, red carpets have been fitted and TGV Réseau reclining seats with head- and armrests in black leather installed. Groups of facing seats screened by partitions are provided in one car.In second class new seats finished in grey and green moquette have replaced mock leather green and blue coverings, and layouts have been altered to provide more facing pairs of seats. One of the five second class trailers in each set has all seats arranged in this way, and similar areas for families travelling with children have been installed elsewhere. The bar cars, previously refurbished in 1987, remain unchanged. oCAPTION: Above: In response to passengers’ wishes, there is more legroom and more face-to-face seating in second classRight: First class seating arranged with tables in refurbished Paris Sud-Est TGV
Global dividends hit an all-time quarterly high in the second quarter of this year, with Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland all posting new records, according to Janus Henderson.The asset manager raised its forecast for 2017 to a record $1.208trn (€1.06trn), up by $50bn since its preliminary forecast in January, as a result of the strong quarterly growth. Global dividends totalled $447.5bn in the second quarter on the back of a 5.4% year-on-year increase.Dividends grew in every region of the world except the UK, due to the currency devaluation in the middle of last year after the Brexit referendum. Underlying growth – which accounts for changes in exchange rates, one-off special dividends and other factors – was 7.2%, the fastest rise since 2015, according to the asset manager’s annual Global Dividend Index.In the UK, underlying growth was 6.1%, despite a headline decline of 3.5% in dollar terms. Janus Henderson said the second quarter should be the last quarter to be impacted by sterling’s devaluation, which masked increases in dividends paid by UK companies.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Source: Janus Henderson Investors#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Source: Janus Henderson InvestorsEurope dominated the second quarter as most of the region’s listed companies make a single annual payment rather than quarterly, Janus Henderson said.European firms paid out $149.5bn in dividends, two-fifths of the global total, with 86% of the companies raising or maintaining their dividends year-on-year.The largest increases were in smaller countries, such as Austria, Portugal, Belgium and Finland. In Belgium, for example, dividends were up 19.1% on an underlying basis to $5.9bn, after banking group KBC made its second consecutive semi-annual payment. It cancelled its dividend this time last year.US payouts reached a new record of $111.6bn, up by 9.8%, and 5.9% on an underlying growth basis.At $31.6bn, there was also a new record in Japan, where the second quarter is “crucial” as payments account for roughly half of the year’s total payout, Janus Henderson said. More than three quarters of Japanese companies raised their dividends in yen terms.Dividends also reached a new record in South Korea, while Indonesia, Brazil, Russia, and Mexico were among the best performers in emerging markets.Alex Crooke, head of global equity income at Janus Henderson said: “The global economy is very supportive for company profits and dividends at present, and helped drive record payouts in many countries around the world.”The improvement reflects a normalisation in dividend growth, following two years during which it has been rather subdued. The first half of 2017 has been stronger than we expected, and the second half is looking promising too.” According to Mercer’s 2017 European asset allocation survey, European pension plans had on average a 30% strategic allocation to equities, two-thirds of which was to foreign equity and one-third to domestic equity. On the whole, they were expecting to continue reducing allocations to equities.
The province of Iloilo had the mostnumber of cumulative blast injuries within the period at 15, followed by Capiz(13), Negros Occidental (11), Antique (six), Bacolod City (four), and Guimarasand Iloilo City (three cases each). Nine or 16 percent of the victims were reported to be intoxicated, according to DOH. The age of the blast victims rangedfrom two years old to 49 years old, with those in the age range between 11 to20 having the most number of injuries. Of the six provinces and twohighly-urbanized cities in the region, only the province of Aklan had no caseof firecracker blast injuries within the 10-day period. On the other hand, the most common body parts affected by firecracker blasts were the eyes (23), and hands (20) cases. ILOILO City – The Department of Health(DOH) recorded a total of 55 cumulative cases of firecracker blast injuries inWestern Visayas from Dec. 21, 2019 up to yesterday, the first day of the newyear 2020. DOH-6’s record showed that 32 of thevictims had “active involvement” (they were the ones who lit the firecrackers)while 22 were “passive” (merely watching or passing by). There were no reports of death due tofirecrackers.DOH-6’s monitoring will be until Jan. 5./PN DOH Region 6 had campaigned for theuse safer alternatives to firecrackers such as community fireworks display,street parties, musical concerts and horns. Eleven of the firecracker blastinjuries were reported by DOH-designated sentinel sites (government hospitals)while 44 were from non-sentinel sites. The most common type of firecrackers that caused injuries, according to DOH-6, were the following: boga (17), kwitis (10), triangulo (seven), fireworks display or pailaw, whistle bomb (four), kamara (three), fountain (two), piccolo (one), pillbox (one), Judas belt (one),and unknown (three). This saddened the department’sregional office which aimed for zero cases of firecracker-related New Yearcelebration injuries. **
The Batesville Bulldogs Varsity seize victory thanks to late single to drop South Dearborn 3-2.BHS vs SD Varsity Softball (5-4)JV loses to South Dearborn 12-2.BHS vs SD JV Softball (5-4)Both teams will step up to the plate at Franklin County tonight. Both teams will play at 5 PM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.
Jason Bosse of The East Central Trojans participated in The Boys Tennis Individual Regional Tournament at Fishers falling to Jon Hornett of Fishers 6-0, 6-0 in the Opening Round.Courtesy of the IHSAA.
Holton, In. — The Ripley County coroner has identified a Columbus resident dead following a hunting accident near Holton Saturday around 11:30 a.m. No foul play is expected.Reports indicate Anthony Thompson, 29, his brother and another juvenile, all of Columbus, were from a ground blind when the incident occurred at 8:35 a.m. Ripley County EMS were the first to arrive to offer assistance and secure the scene.The investigation is ongoing.
Batesville, In. —The Southeastern Indiana YMCA will host “Medicare & You Medicare Fair” on Tuesday, October 9.The free event is from 9 a.m. to noon. A presentation that will be very important for anyone who is eligible or maybe eligible in the coming year or anyone who thinks they might be eligible will be from 11 a.m. to noon. There will be snacks, refreshments and giveaways.For more information please call 812-934-6006 or check out the website.