Letters to the Editor for Saturday, July 27

first_imgBullies reflect their own shortcomingsHave you ever visited an elementary school playground during recess?  It’s a great place for kids to burn off excess energy, enjoy the great outdoors and use catcalls to bully others to whom they have taken a dislike. You might hear such witticisms as, “I’m offended.” “I find that offensive.” “Bigot.” “Black lives matter.” “You’re politically incorrect.” “Me, too.” “You’re not diverse enough.” Ah, but the most often used accusation lately is, “You’re a racist.” All this makes me think of Pee Wee Herman’s famous quip, “I know you are, but what am I?” It has taken me some time to understand what that bicycle-riding, grade-school look-a-like meant. But I am beginning to get it. What I think Pee Wee was saying is, “If you’re going to use verbal put-downs, you just might be espousing the very same personal shortcomings. It kind of makes me think of certain members of Congress.Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsTrump isn’t a racist; he’s just frustrated The four congresswomen calling President Trump a racist are just wrong. President Trump is tired of all roadblocks the Democrats are trying to throw at him because they don’t have any answer for his many successes. Those four women were elected to Congress to do the people’s business. The people elected him president and the Democrats need to get over it.Lowell MontgomeryMayfield Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump needs to be voted out of officeWith all the exaggerated facial expressions of a silent film star, Donald J. Trump takes the stage.His claims are outrageous and blatantly untrue; his base couldn’t care less. They know he’s no negotiator; he’s a bottom feeder. He’s the defender of their faith in a nation the world is leaving behind. For decades, we have produced little other than dissension. Since the rest of world has grown tired of that export, he has decided to sell it at home.If the role of the president is to represent his consistency, that would be all Americans. Trump has failed. It’s his job to join Americans together, not divide them, not to profit off his office or involve his family in some quasi-official role to represent this nation. Trump took an oath to uphold the Constitution and has only worked to contravene it. Our hope to remove him from office is not through impeachment, but to register and vote against him and his supporters. Republicans have been silent through all of this administration’s embarrassments, lies, self-dealing and criminal acts. For their silent endorsement of his behavior they need to be removed too.Nikolas KaiserSchenectadyNursing home costs, tax hurting disabledIn 2009, my wife received a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s. The next 10 years, I took care of her. Now that she can no longer walk, I had to place her in a nursing home. Now comes the rude awakening. The cost is between $340 and $460 per day, plus medicine. As if this was not enough, the state in 2002 placed a luxury tax of 6.8 percent on the disabled. This adds another $693.60 to $938.40 per month, for a total of $10,893.60 to $14,738.40 per month.My question is: Can we get President Trump to issue an executive order giving the legislators and governor who passed this two options? First: Take the tax off the nursing homes and divide loss revenue between those who passed it. Second: Those who refuse should be chained together, shipped to Newfoundland Grand Banks and shoved overboard. We know the morons can vote together. Let’s see if they can swim together.Anyone who thinks politicians care about them better get their head out of the sand. In my opinion, all they care about is how to line their pockets and get good benefits without getting their hands dirty.Joseph GibsonBallston LakeNo grad coverage  for Scotia-Glenville?As a long-time subscriber to The Daily Gazette, a Scotia resident, and the parent of a graduating senior from Scotia-Glenville High School, I was disappointed with the lack of coverage of Scotia-Glenville High School’s commencement ceremony, which was held on June 29 at Proctors Theater. There was no article about it and only one picture of about a dozen students’ backs as they were lined up to enter the theater. I hoped to find photos in the online gallery, but there weren’t any. I found 50 of Duanesburg, 42 of Niskayuna, 70 of Niskayuna, 90 of Saratoga Springs, 32 of Mekeel, many more from six other local high schools, but zero of Scotia-Glenville. Shame on you, Gazette.Suzanne KingScotia With the law that increases the age for smoking from 18 to 21, I have to voice my logical opinion. We the people of New York changed the drinking age from 18 to 21. We the people of New York just changed the smoking age from 18 to 21. Why? Because these people do not have the knowledge to know what is right and what is wrong? To curb underage drinking and smoking? Well in that case, then these individuals don’t have the ability to enter the armed services until 21. If you can fight and die for your country, then you should be able to smoke a cigarette or cigar and drink a beer or alcoholic beverage.I’m a reformed smoker and drinker and I still believe this. Here’s the best part of this. If these “children” can’t drink or smoke until the age of 21, then they shouldn’t be able to have a say in our government until then, either. So I put it up to you New Yorkers: With the left wanting to lower the age of voting to 16, are they nuts? No, this is a calculated move to try and get more votes to maintain power. I say let’s figure out what the age of an adult is and move all adult things to that age, whether it’s 18 to 26, I don’t care. Let’s just be consistent.Bill WhippleCharlton Expand hours that truckers can driveRegarding your editorial about truck driver working hours, I’d like to know how many years of truck driving you have? I have more than 43 years, accident-free. Truckers like me have families and want to work and get home safely just like everyone else. Our first-hand experience means we are the most knowledgeable highway safety advocates. You mention the numbers of crashes involving trucks, but you left out something important. According to government data, about 75 percent truck-related crashes are not the fault of the truck driver at all. You seem to have a problem with letting me take a three-hour break. What is wrong with stopping and taking a nap or avoiding heavy traffic or bad weather? Other motorists have that option. Why can’t I, as long as I don’t go over my total allowable hours?It’s not about extending a driver’s time on the road or making them drive more miles. It’s about letting them drive smarter. It lets us avoid operating in situations we know are not ideal. We are at a time when there are more regulations than ever, more enforcement and compliance than ever, and yet truck crashes are going up. In my opinion, we need driver training standards for all motorists, and we need to address the incredibly high turnover rates in trucking which keep putting the least experienced drivers on the road. That would truly make highways safer for everyone.Terry L. ButtonRushvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Time for us all to call on our better selvesIn our nation today, I see the historical repetition of two dangerous trends. First is the cult of the personality. Throughout history, strong political leaders used the force of personality to crush dissent, disagreement with the leader becomes unpatriotic. Elimination of a free press is essential to this process.The second trend is the idea that the people should go back to “the good old days,” a time when people were secure and happy as long as everyone knew his place.In the 1950s and ‘60s, I learned from my elders about retards, queers, Jews and the colored, different from “us,” someone to fear. Females were to be subservient to males, and the poor were destined to be exploited by the rich. The emphasis was on conformity and authority was not to be questioned.This idea of “knowing one’s place” began to change, not in a neat orderly fashion, but in a noisy mess of gains and setbacks.Today, the carefully worded thoughts of Jefferson and Lincoln have been replaced by the tweet. Unfiltered and simplistic expressions of the leader excite the followers; what the leader says then becomes their truth.Too few of our elected representatives dare to speak out against the cult of the personality, even if that personality is divisive. Lincoln appealed to the “better angels of our nature.” If inflammatory rhetoric replaces reason and civility, then compromise becomes impossible. If we do have better angels, now is the time to call on them. Kermit Ackley Sr.ScotiaSocialist Democrats are the real threatIt’s time to stand for America and what the founding Fathers started.  I and millions of others are sick and tired of the labeling put out by liberals, both political and in the press. Trump is right about the hate groups constantly tearing down nation and leaders of the past, mainly those who stood for law and order, the Constitution, calling out the enemy and not playing up to adversaries with payoffs.Socialist Democrats have taken over the party, thanks to freeloaders looking for some else to pay the bill. It ain’t gonna work, never did.  Joe Biden, told people of color in 2016 and again in 2019 that Republicans “will put you in chains if they win. Well, they won in ‘16, and I don’t see “chains.” I did see Biden and other Socialist Democrats making millions from China, Russia, etc. All the labeling has to stop, from newspapers, TV, bloggers, etc. For those who agree with the liberal view, you really have some soul searching to do.Where has it gotten the nation in education, wages, military strength? If it was up to liberals, we would not have a military at all. So please, just take a strong look at Socialist Democrats. If you still like them and chaos, like the presidential race, we are in big doo-doo.Al Marvell ScotiaThe president should respect others’ views Most parents want to show their children examples of tolerance and civil discourse. The most influential people in our midst, such as the president of the United States, can model for us this tolerance. This is the reason I was so disheartened when our president criticized U.S. Republican Rep. Justin Amash. Rather than repeat the president’s tweet of July 4, let me share what I would have preferred he say: “One of the great things about our country is that everyone is entitled to their opinions. Mr. Amash’s courage to stand up against me and the Republican Party required some soul searching in order to take the stand that he did. He relied on his conscience,, which is laudable, in spite of the fact that I used my conscience and came to a different conclusion.”The sad reality is that this president does not only criticize a person’s point of view, but insults the total person. For our next election, I pray that enough voting citizens will embrace a candidate who respects different points of view as long as they communicate no harm to our country and that they support justice irrespective of race, religion or national origin — cherished American principles.Our president could bring our country together by accepting the reality of peoples’ different beliefs. However, that would require that he be supportive of differences between him and others. So far, he has clearly expressed an unwillingness to do. Bill ShapiroSchenectady Follow the money on immigration reform In response to William Malec’s July 4 letter, “Base immigration on merit, the law,” he neglects to mention the real reason there has not been immigration reform. Legal and illegal immigration is all about the money.I have worked to assist immigrants for over 30 years, and this is what I have discovered. There’s a lot of money to be made keeping the system, sadly, as it is.Here are a few examples.Undocumented immigrants must borrow money to get across. Landlords make money on each immigrant they can cram into their illegally subdivided homes or trailers. Farmers are dependent on their labor to bring in the crops because few Americans will do field work at the wages paid.Immigrants, both legal and undocumented, can legally pay taxes, and often do. When they shop, they pay county and sales taxes. Since those without papers cannot get driver’s licenses in most states, when they are stopped while trying to get work, they pay fines up to $1,200, all to county coffers.Immigration rakes in hundreds of million dollars in application fees. ICE is one huge employment agency. Our taxes go to pay private prisons to house the undocumented in poor conditions. And our president has benefited from the use of illegal labor in his past construction business. On and on it goes.Philip KellermanEast GreenbushIs America really equally polarized?The political cartoon in the July 7 Gazette echoes the myth that this country is uniformly polarized.Liberals are capable of understanding and appreciating context of time, culture and circumstance. If the country is so uniform, is it then a given that killing can be likewise reduced to: allowable vs. unallowable?Arden RauchSchenectady Set a consistent age for legal adulthood Don’t let images detract from realityIn response to your cartoon of a very frazzled Uncle Sam with the caption “I WANT YOU to …,” I am reminded of how tradition makes any atrocity palatable. The cartoon’s intent was to encourage readers to chill out this past 4th of July. I get that. But the imagery – the devil is in the details. “To grab a hot dog…” Eat hotdogs? Thanks, but I’ll pass on colorectal cancer.  “Sense of pride”? Not when fellow citizens are fine with kids in cages. “A good spot to watch the fireworks from”? Works of fire are childish war reenactment games. War is to be avoided, not celebrated. I’d prefer to give the young children, pets and PTSD sufferers a break. And as for the call to put my “politics in time-out for the day,” it’s difficult among the many brightly colored hate hats sitting atop empty, racist heads chanting “Send her back!” Poisonous food. Works of war fire. Social cretins and racists everywhere enamored by a charlatan grifter. In other words, what the cartoon is really saying is let’s ignore the realities and just pretend that the “American way” is OK. Great again? More like sad and embarrassing.David SchachneAlbanylast_img read more

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UK charity denied permission to lower indexation in landmark case

first_imgThe BT Pension Scheme’s trustee board wants to ditch RPIPinsent Masons’ Scholefield said the next big test for the RPI/CPI debate related to the BT Pension Scheme. The UK High Court ruled against the trustee board of the BTPS earlier this year in relation to its attempt to switch from RPI to CPI for inflation-linked benefits, but the trustees appealed to the Supreme Court.“In the BT case, the wording is about whether RPI has become inappropriate,” Scholefield told IPE. “This is much more subjective. It’s a much more principles-based discussion than the issue that the Supreme Court had in [the Barnardo’s] case.”He added that the BT ruling would be “much more significant” for UK pension schemes, because if RPI was deemed to be “inappropriate” as a measure of inflation it could prompt schemes with more flexibility in their rules to move to alternative measures – which could potentially reduce liabilities. The UK Supreme Court has ruled that a charity cannot change the way it calculates inflation-linked uplifts to defined benefit (DB) pension payments.In the landmark ruling yesterday, judges unanimously ruled that children’s charity Barnardo’s could not shift its inflation measure from the UK retail prices index (RPI) to the consumer prices index (CPI). CPI is typically lower, meaning the change would have likely reduced future payouts.However, lawyers said the ruling was unlikely to set a precedent for many other UK schemes as it related to the particular wording of the Barnardo’s scheme rules.Stephen Scholefield, pensions partner at Pinsent Masons, said: “Those who were hoping for a fundamental rubbishing of pension schemes using RPI will be sadly disappointed. As ever, trustees and employers should think carefully about what their schemes rules actually say, even if this might not give the outcome they want.” Credit: Walter Baxter A Barnardo’s shop in Scotland“This is a rule of which the drafting is likely to have evolved over time. This means that some members will be entitled to RPI, some CPI, and some may be subject to a change to the index either at the discretion of the trustees, the employer, or both.”According to the judgment, the rules of the £688m (€790m) Barnardo’s scheme defined RPI as “the General Index of Retail Prices published by the Department of Employment or any replacement adopted by the trustees without prejudicing approval”.The rules also stated that pension payments should be increased in line with RPI “with an appropriate restatement… if the retail prices index has been replaced or rebased during the period”.The judges ruled that this meant the trustees could only move away from RPI if it was formally removed as a measure of inflation by the government. Although it is used less often than other measures, RPI remains an official UK statistic.A bigger case on the horizoncenter_img Jane Kola, partner at ARC Pensions Law, said: “The decision confirms that the index to be used to increase benefits in both deferment and in retirement depends on the exact wording of scheme rules as they apply to members.“There is no hard and fast rule that schemes can or can’t change their index. Schemes need to ensure that they have looked at all of their rules, not just the last set.last_img read more

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Ronaldo moves into £3.5k-a-week fishing village home

first_img “This new place has a big garden and more privacy of course. Cristiano is very used to having a quiet life. Cristiano’s mum Dolores Aveiro, who is recovering from a stroke, and his older brother Hugo are understood to have stayed on in Funchal. They live on lower floors of the seven-storey apartment block the footballer bought last year so he could enjoy the top two floors and its rooftop swimming pool when he was in town. The lack of privacy Cristiano had by being in Funchal meant that when he went out for a quick walk with his family recently, they were approached by fans and pictures of them were taken which went round the world. Dolores, 65, showed she was continuing to make a great recovery from her March 3 stroke. She posted a selfie photo of her looking happy and relaxed on her balcony overlooking the ocean and said: “Good morning to everyone. “Another day at home and God willing everything is going to be okay.” Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro, has left the family home and returned to Brazil after visiting when Dolores was taken ill. Canical, a half-hour drive east of Funchal, is home to around 6,000 people. It was the centre of the whaling industry until the early eighties and has a whale museum. read also:Ronaldo could return to Real Madrid Emanuel Santos, the sculptor behind a bizarre statue of Cristiano which was mocked all over the world after it was unveiled at Madeira’s airport in March 2017, comes from Canical. One of the sculptures he had crafted before the Ronaldo bust was unveiled, of two fishermen sat in a small fishing boat, is on a roundabout at the entrance to the village. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Cristiano Ronaldo has left his luxury townhouse and moved his family into a £3,500-a-week rented home near a quiet fishing village.center_img The Juventus striker has reportedly opted for a house in the country with a large garden so he enjoys some more space with his Spanish girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and their young children. Ronaldo had been staying in a stunning seven-story apartment complex overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Madeira where he has been on coronavirus lockdown. He was sensationally branded a “tramp” and ordered to leave Madeira by a politician after photos emerged of the Juventus star out enjoying a family stroll during lockdown. Madeira-based GP Rafael Macedo launched the unbelievable attack on Facebook after seeing the pictures of Ronaldo going out for a walk on his home island with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and their children. But in a second post, he backtracked, insisting: “My account was hacked. I would never make those low-level comments about our CR7.” The first clue that the 35-year-old could have moved out of his came with a video he posted on Instagram showing him and Georgina taking turns to sprint up a ramp. The setting, showing them running up the driveway of a red-roofed house surrounded by a large garden in the middle of nowhere, was quite obviously different from the surroundings of the apartment block in Madeira’s capital Funcha. Cristiano bought that last year and has spent time there since returning to his native island last month ahead of the suspension of Serie A football. Respected Portuguese paper Correio da Manha’s magazine Vidas said the player had moved to a detached five-bed home near the fishing village of Canical in the east of Madeira which was costing him £3,500 a week to rent. The house, said to be “off the beaten track”, is understood to have a games room, gym, pool and large garden where children Ronaldo Jr, nine and twins Eva and Mateo, two, can play with his daughter with Georgina, Alana Martina. The magazine quoted a source saying: “He felt he needed space, that he was getting a bit stifled inside four walls.last_img read more

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Clippers hold off feisty Lakers, but just barely, winning 105-100

first_imgScott’s Lakers competed way better. But the Clippers still came away with a 105-100 victory before 19,438 at Staples Center. The Clippers (53-26) have now won 11 of their past 12 games. They also swept the four-game season series from the Lakers and have beaten their hallway neighbors seven consecutive times.The Clippers moved into a virtual tie with third-place Memphis (52-25) in the Western Conference, though the standings still show the Clippers in fifth because fourth-place Portland (50-27) won its division.The Lakers were down by just seven points (76-69) after three quarters and by just a point (89-88) with 4:57 left in the game. But J.J. Redick buried a 3-pointer for the Clippers, Redick then made two free throws and Chris Paul threw up a lob pass that was powered down by Matt Barnes, bringing a thunderous applause from the crowd. The Clippers at that point led 96-88 with 3:24 to play and the Lakers (20-57) could not recover.“That’s what I’m talking about,” Scott said. “We competed. We had the effort tonight.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers was not surprised that the Lakers competed much better after what happened Sunday. “Yeah, I mean, you would assume they would,” Rivers said. “And human nature has it the other way. We competed, but we didn’t play very well. But give them credit. I thought they played extremely hard and it was nice to see.”Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, including two on a 20-footer with 28.3 seconds left for a 100-94 lead, all but sealing the Lakers’ fate. He also had seven rebounds and six assists. Redick also had 27 points and Chris Paul scored 19 points and doled out 10 assists. DeAndre Jordan had eight points and 17 rebounds, and Austin Rivers contributed seven points off the bench.Crawford scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting.“I was OK, I was rusty,” Crawford said. “My legs, I look (at the box score) and it says 19 minutes, it feels like it was 35 minutes. That was to be expected. That was the first time I played 5-on-5 since I actually got hurt.”The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, who scored just two points on 1-of-6 shooting Sunday, proved his worth by coming back with a team-high 20 points on 7 of 17 from the field. He also had six assists. Tarik Black scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Wesley Johnson had 15 points and Jeremy Lin scored 14.Paul, who again was on Clarkson, praised the rookie for coming back the way he did after his humbling effort two nights earlier.“Jordan played great,” Paul said. “Last game, I think he had six shot attempts. Tonight he had like 17 or something like that in the third quarter. So he was a lot more aggressive.”Clarkson had 16 shot attempts through three quarters, but the Clippers clamped down on him in the fourth, limiting him to one shot five minutes and 17 seconds.“I was just coming in and trying to learn from last game,” Clarkson said. “I didn’t feel like I had any impact on the game (Sunday). So we watched film and put the time in and tried to rebound from it.”It was indeed a difficult win to come by. But the way Griffin sees it, they all count the same.“We always want to play better than we did, but you have to give them credit,” he said. “They hit big shots. During this time of the year, you have to take every win you can get.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Lakers coach Byron Scott is not the type to sugarcoat anything. On Sunday, his team got behind the Clippers by 43 points in the fourth quarter on their way to a 28-point drubbing.Prior to the teams squaring off again Tuesday, Scott was asked what his team needs to do to avoid that same fate.“(Expletive) compete,” he said. “Simple as that.”Except that in this one, the Lakers would have one more important member of the Clippers against whom to compete — sixth man Jamal Crawford. He was back after missing 17 games with a calf injury.last_img read more

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Hazard hints at Premier League return

first_imgTransfers Hazard reunion at Chelsea? Thorgan hints at Premier League return Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 00:15 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thorgan Hazard Borussia Monchengladbach Getty Transfers Chelsea Eden Hazard Borussia M’gladbach Leicester City Bundesliga Premier League The younger brother of Blues star Eden, who has already taken in one spell at Stamford Bridge, has sparked talk of renewed Premier League interest Thorgan Hazard could be heading back to join brother Eden in England, with the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder hinting at a Premier League return.Goal revealed during the January transfer window that the 24-year-old was among those being considered by Chelsea .AdChoices广告Hazard has already taken in one spell at Stamford Bridge, but left in 2015 without making a senior appearance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Proving himself in Germany, while earning international recognition with Belgium, has brought the talented playmaker back onto the radar of English clubs, with Leicester another of those said to be keen.Hazard is ruling nothing out at this stage, telling Sport/Foot magazine: “England is appealing, but when you speak to players who play there, they also tell you that Germany seems like a great league.“We have the best stadiums, the best infrastructures. The atmosphere is also ‘hotter’ than in England”.Pressed further on whether he feels now is the right time to take another step forward in his career, Hazard added: “I listen to what is being said about me, but it’s not something I bother myself with. My father deals with off the pitch stuff.“Apparently a few clubs are interested, but we’ll analyse all that at the end of the season.”Hazard is currently in the middle of a campaign which has delivered another eight goals and four assists with Monchengladbach.His creativity could lead him back to Chelsea eventually, with brothers Eden and Kylian already in west London .It could even come to pass that he is acquired by the Blues to fill the boots of a fellow family member, with Real Madrid continuing to be heavily linked with a big-money move for Eden.For now, though, Hazard remains fully focused on the present, with there little point in being dragged into a debate regarding his future until the next window of opportunity swings open.last_img read more

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