Trump, GOP policies favor the wealthy

first_imgThe Republicans just passed a tax bill estimated to put the country further in debt to the tune of $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. This is on top of the $20 trillion that we now owe, one-third of which is to foreigners.The bulk of the tax cuts will go to corporations and the owners of corporations, not to the middle class or poor, who would probably spend it and stimulate the economy. President Regan, President George W. Bush, and now President Trump all signed tax bills that benefited rich people, put the country further in debt and didn’t really benefit others. Now we are being told that entitlements — Social Security and Medicare — are the problem and must be fixed before the country goes broke. Joseph J. HehirNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Look past skin color to battle prejudice

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBlack History Month leaves out a lot of information, but then again, I guess everything can’t be covered. So let me add just a bit I have not heard mentioned before. The first concept not heard of before is the absolute fact that many blacks defended the South during the Civil War. There is much historical evidence that supports this fact. While the blacks were not allowed to fight by the side of white soldiers, they still fought and died for the South. Many tales from Union soldiers support the fact of blacks fighting them.The second concept not heard is the one proving that many blacks owned other blacks, and even whites, as slaves at the time of the Civil War. Five of the most prominent individuals were: 1) Anthony Johnson, who owned both black and white slaves. 2) William Ellison Jr., who was a slave himself but bought his freedom and that of his family becoming an owner of a plantation and 60 slaves. 3) Antoine Dubuclet, who owned over 70 slaves. 4) Justus Angel who, with his “mistress,” owned 168 slaves and 5) Widow C. Richards, who along with her son, owned 152 slaves.People are people no matter skin color. Let’s try to remember that as we look at and interact with each other as Dr. King Jr. requested in his “I Have a Dream” speech, all of us living side-by-side both without prejudice.Barry GroatSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashlast_img read more

Men should take June to get healthy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day, I encourage all men to recognize the importance of seeking preventative, timely and appropriate medical care. Let all of us — men and women — remain mindful important role preventative medical care, daily exercise, a balanced diet and refraining from smoking can have in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.Ladies, this June, which is Men’s Health Month, encourage the men in your life to eat healthy, exercise daily and visit the doctor for regular checkups. Are you ready to man-up and schedule a doctor’s appointment this June?If you don’t have health insurance, the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties (CSP) may be able to assist you with some of these annual screenings. CSP provides free mammograms and pap tests to eligible women 40 and older, and colon cancer screenings to eligible men and women 50 and older. For more information, please call 518- 841-3726.Suzanne HagadornAmsterdamThe writer is health education and promotion coordinator for CSP Fulton, Montgomery andSchenectady.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesBroadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Many health conditions can be prevented or detected early with regular checkups from your healthcare provider. Regular screenings may include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, prostate health and more. Did you know that women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit a doctor for annual exams? Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems isn’t just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.last_img read more

John Laing builds up Thames Valley profile

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In deep water

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Revised PPG3 favours brownfield sites

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Rugby on purchase trail after NAV rise

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Corporation fund dusts off cobwebs to develop again

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MP takes up lease code row in Parliament

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Lease reforms on way

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