Republican tax plan has familiar ring to it

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs Yogi Berra said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Congressional Republicans are building a big tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, with peanuts for the rest of us. This is the first act in a drama created during the Reagan administration and played again by the younger Bush.The second act features running up a huge deficit, and then in the third, claiming the government can’t afford Medicare and Social Security. This set piece even has a name; In conservative parlance, it’s called “starve the beast.”Bruce PomeroyDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

“1984” is coming to life in Trump regime

first_imgAs Sara Foss moderated the movie “1984” shown in the GE Theater soon after the election, she might have predicted what could happen under a Trump presidency. There’s evidence that what happens in the book and movie is happening in our country. For example, the president’s FCC policies allow corporations to legally buy multiple TV and radio stations as a way to influence people toward the way he thinks. The president touted that the Sinclair Corp. provides more reliable news than any other news outlet. The corporation is directing its newscasters to use a script in line with the president’s belief system. The book and movie “1984” tell the story of what happens when the state, in our case the president and Congress, urges the media to deliver beliefs it wants the people to buy into. The last holdout in the story finally gives in and proclaims that two plus two equals five. No one believes that two plus two equals five, but there are other real facts this administration is pushing away as it attempts to replace them to change people’s sense of what is really going on. See the movie or read the book for the full story, which is in the process of unfolding before us in our own country.Bill ShapiroNiskayunaMore 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 censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Aug. 15

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionState taking right steps on marijuanaNew York lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are being faulted for failing on marijuana reform.I believe they did it right. They did what they should. They didn’t do what they shouldn’t.Possession of small amounts is decriminalized, with provisions to erase past arrests and convictions. This is a triumph for fairness.For decades, the poor and minorities have been arrested. Being unable to afford bail, they have been incarcerated and dehumanized while awaiting a day in court, and then are at the mercy of overworked public defenders, prosecutors and judges, all of whom are on the public payroll.Reputations and employment opportunities have been damaged. Families and communities suffer.Meanwhile, privileged youth and adults have been free to partake with impunity. It has been a cruel mockery of the democratic ideal of equal justice under the law.What New York lawmakers did not do was legalize marijuana. Legalization is another word for commercialization.The privileged are hypocritically investing to profit from behavior that they had supported as criminal conduct when it mostly targeted the most vulnerable and minorities.A new bureau would be needed to regulate a new industry. The state would become the pushers of arguably bad behavior with the uncertain prospects of lowering taxes.The Legislature should now identify the savings by decriminalization. The reduced police, court and incarceration costs should be redirected to improve public education.Frank WicksSchenectadyCuomo puts pets above human beingsWell, Prince Andrew (our Prince Andrew not England’s) has done it again, making news by passing a law to make it illegal to declaw cats. Even better, we are the first state in the Union to do so; again we are watching history in the making.I’m sure all the cat lovers (I’m definitely one) will appreciate the significance of this to all our feline friends.The problem that confronts me is that we care so much about our pets, cats, dogs, etc., but care so little for human life. If an unborn baby was reclassified as a pet, I’m sure there would be a huge outcry to overturn Gov. Cuomo’s previous worst law, that of late-term abortion.It’s surprising how we can have so much empathy for pets and not for humans. Are we not a little bit more vital than an animal? Guess not.That’s why life is so cheap in the inner city and murder is so rampant — human life is worth nothing.Lastly, there may be a ploy here that the prince wants to explore. With these two great laws that liberals must love, it might elevate him to a position of being in contention for those running for King of the Hill and knock some of the other people down a peg.We could only hope not. However there are enough village idiots throughout this great country on both sides to go around. Hopefully one doesn’t get picked.Bob NicolellaScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Offices & industrial

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Looking to pick up pace

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Stock Exchange’s Paternoster move

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St Albans deal for Resolution

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Brixton ties up Pearl venture

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Get ready for a hangover when the retail party ends

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Market forces

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