Trump has many accomplishments

first_imgYear One list: 81 major Trump achievements, Too many to list. Eleven Obama legacy items repealed.Passage of the tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obama care mandate; Increase of the GDP above 3 percent; Creation of 1.7 million new jobs, cutting unemployment to 4.1 percent; Saw the Dow Jones reach record highs; A rebound in economic confidence to a 17-year high; A new executive order to boost apprenticeships; A move to boost computer sciences in Education Department programs; Prioritizing women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.President trump also killed several job-stifling regulations: Signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one created. He beat that big and cut 16 rules and regulations for every one created, saving $8.1 billion; Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts; Withdrew from the Obama-era Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of environmental regulations; Signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals; Eliminated an Obama rule on streams that Trump felt unfairly targeted the coal industry.On fair trade, he made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. My hat is off to President Trump. Yes, he sticks his foot in his mouth. That’s because he was brought up on the streets of New York and he talks like we normal people do.Tony MontePrincetown More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsLocal movie theater operators react to green light Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump has many accomplishmentsHere is a list of things President Trump did in his first year. The news won’t tell you this and I’ll be surprised if The Gazette prints it.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Feb. 4

first_imgWrestlers need less input from sideline On the evening of Jan. 25, I attended my 10-year-old son’s youth wrestling match. Now in fifth grade, he has been wrestling with the same coaches and teammates since second grade. That night’s match was against a powerhouse rival team and my alma mater. My son’s team had prepared for the challenge, and I was both excited and nervous to observe.What I witnessed, unfortunately, was a deafening bout with the opposing team’s three coaches and wrestlers’ families shouting repeated instructions to the elementary school-aged wrestlers, while our two coaches and team family members observed with relatively quiet reservation.The yelling and screaming from the opposing team’s sideline forced me to leave the gym during the match. I liken wrestling to a more physical version of chess. Two worthy opponents meet head to head in a duel and only one will emerge the victor. Both sports require concentration, intensity, strategy and execution. Chess is a game played in silence, an environment conducive to the above requirements to succeed. I feel wrestling should be performed in a similar environment, with the two challengers facing off without explicit sideline instruction or coercion.Coaches and parents should trust these young athletes to develop their own strategies and formulate their own sequences of moves. Otherwise these wrestlers are mere puppets, with the coaches and parents pulling the strings. The sidelines should keep quiet and observe with reverence, as is customary at a chess match, and allow the youth wrestlers to compete on their own.Carolyn EatonRexford Now Cuomo is about to allow illegal immigrants to have access to state financial aid and scholarships for higher education.The assumption is that being better educated, the illegal immigrants will be able to get better-paying jobs and pay more in taxes. Well, how about the students who are here legally who will lose out on the aid and scholarships because it went to an illegal immigrant? Wouldn’t they also benefit from a better education and also pay more taxes?Nobody asked me if I wanted to aid criminals. My answer would obviously be no. Where is Cuomo’s sense of justice?James SeverinoScotia Investigate impact of PILOT agreementsThe Gazette often prints as “local news” press releases provided by some local government or quasi-government entity with no independent assessment for accuracy and completeness. When this is the only source for a local news story, the reader is short-changed.Many of the problems with this are found in the 1/11/19 story, “Metroplex generated $15.4 M locally in 2018”.This Metroplex release claims to be reporting the reduced taxes paid in 2018 by the businesses to which it awarded PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes). PILOTs allow selected business to pay reduced property and other taxes for up to 10 years. We aren’t told how much each business’s 2018 taxes would have been without the PILOT,  nor if businesses are expected to create additional jobs or do anything beyond being selected for their PILOT by the Metroplex Board, chaired by Ray Gillen. Cuomo can’t be both pro-choice, CatholicIt never is a wise thing to say we are something we are not. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not a practicing Catholic and he should know that. A practicing Catholic can never be pro-choice or believe in abortion. He could choose to be, but hasn’t.He is a public figure and should not be claiming faithfulness to the Catholic Church. We hope his heart will be changed and he may reap the benefits of the faith.After the living is done, it is all about the ending, when Jesus will say “Come Faithful Servant, enter into the Kingdom I have created for you.” Nothing else will matter.Lorraine ConnellySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Just imagine how many mouths could be fed; how many children could be educated; how many roads and bridges could be fixed. Just imagine!Mary SiegelSchenectady  Blame Republicans, Trump for shutdownIt’s evident by the opinion letters in The Gazette that Republicans have short memories. Several opinion writers have blamed Nancy Pelosi and the newly elected Democratic majority in the House for the “shutdown that started Dec. 22.” The facts differ, as Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats were not in the majority party on the date the “shutdown” started. It was Senate Republicans that wouldn’t compromise, not Democrats. Our president enjoyed a House and Senate majority, as Republicans ruled all three branches of our government for two years. It was his Republican House and Senate that denied him the $5.7 billion he demanded for the wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for. Republicans should be upset with those of their own party and stop blaming others for their shortfalls.Mitch O’Connell couldn’t get those in his own party to give in to Trump’s hissy fit and threat to close the government, which ultimately cost more than double the $5.7 billion he wanted. This president is a disgrace to the office, and Mitch O’Connell isn’t far behind.  And readers can’t easily tell if certain businesses are favored to receive PILOTs. Are local developers who contribute more generously to the dominant political party favored with generous PILOTs? In addition to Metroplex, both the city and county Industrial Development Agency (IDA) awards PILOTS.  When I asked IDA staff about PILOTs they awarded in 2018, I was told they were included in the Metroplex press release claiming to be reporting on “Metroplex  PILOTs” in 2018. The Schenectady League of Women Voters 2019 plan of activities includes a more detailed look at Metroplex. We should encourage this work by the League and encourage it to also look at the two IDAs.Elmer BertschNiskayuna No education aid for illegal residentsIn 2015 Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to give college educations to criminals. Now it’s the “Dream Act.”What don’t politicians understand about illegal? Not only are they allowing illegal immigrants to stay in this country when they know that they are here illegally, they give them a license to drive and they reduce maximum jail sentences for misdemeanors that could otherwise lead to them being deported.Why wouldn’t we want to deport someone who ignores the laws of this country by coming here illegally then goes on to commit another crime? It’s obvious that that person has no respect for the law. I would suggest those writing opinions be truthful and put the blame for this fiasco where it belongs. God bless America and long live our Republic.Gary Philip GuidoRotterdam Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMoney for wall could do good elsewhere$5.7 billion.last_img read more

Great Portland offers £96m for Pollen Estate

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Arlington underway without Green agreement

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Glasgow offices: Can demand stand the test?

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Council criticised for its planning conduct

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High pressure

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Firms eager for older surveyors

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Hermes’ £240m Freeport deal

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China virus death toll soars to 717: Official

first_imgSevere Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a disease in the same family as the new coronavirus, left nearly 650 people dead in mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.China has struggled to contain the current virus despite having placed some 56 million people under effective lockdown in Hubei and its provincial capital, Wuhan.Other cities far from the epicentre have also taken measures to keep people indoors, limiting the number of individuals who can leave their home.Friday’s death of a 34-year-old Wuhan doctor who was punished for raising the alarm about the virus in December sparked an outpouring of grief and anger over the government’s handling of the crisis.The virus has spread to two dozen countries, prompting several governments to ban arrivals from China and urge their citizens to avoid travelling to the country. Some have recommended their citizens leave China.Major airlines have suspended flights to and from China.At least 61 people on board a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, with thousands of passengers and crew facing a two-week quarantine.Topics : The number of deaths from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 717 on Saturday, surpassing the toll from the SARS outbreak on the mainland and Hong Kong almost two decades ago.Another 81 people died from the virus in central Hubei province, where the disease emerged in December, according to the regional health commission.In its daily update, the commission also confirmed another 2,841 new cases. There are now more than 34,000 confirmed infections across the country.last_img read more