Getting rid of unions is not the answer

first_imgIllogical thinking no longer astonishes because it manifests itself so often. Case in point is Ray Weidman’s Nov. 25 letter complaining about the 20 percent cut to his Teamsters Union pension.While his complaint is legitimate and his anger perfectly understandable (No one should have to endure cuts to a promised pension after years of work.), his conclusion — that New York should be a non-union “right-to-work” state — is completely illogical.If there were no unions, there would be no union pensions and Mr. Weidman would be collecting zero dollars every month. Thanks to the union, he will at least collect 80 percent of his expected pension dollars every month for the remainder of what I hope is a very long life.Jerry JasinskiNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Not everyone will be hurt by tax plan

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It seems all the pundits are criticizing the new tax proposals as being a disaster for the middle class, especially in New York and other highly taxed states.I don’t claim to be a tax expert, but basic mathematics is still within my grasp.I understand that the new program will eliminate some valuable deductions. But at the same time, they are proposing to double the standard deduction.I pay taxes on several pieces of real estate and we have had fairly large medical expense. But the last few years, we couldn’t exceed the standard deduction allowance. The retirement incomes of my wife and I are low-middle class, so these very vocal individuals must either own a stupendous amount of property or be complaining for completely political reasons.Maybe they might know a very clever, but not really honest tax attorney. If so, please refer me.Peter HenningsonSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Has Hammersmith missed the bus?

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Refurb for Exchange

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SA discounter looks to Miller for Co-op dividend

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Halfords to continue expansion following sale

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From Munich to Dublin: Hypo gets ready to move

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The return of negative equity

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Social media users laud Batik Air for evacuating Indonesians from virus-hit Wuhan

first_imgTwitter user @alichaniag0 tweeted, “Just be safe and strong, pilot and crew of Batik Air. Thanks for bring [sic] our friends back from Wuhan – not all heroes have superpowers.”Just be safe and strong pilot and crew batik air , thanks for bring back our friend in Wuhan, not all heroes have superpowers,— . (@alichaniag0) February 1, 2020 Following the successful repatriation of over 200 Indonesian nationals from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, Hubei province, and other regions in China via a Batik Air flight that used the Airbus A-330, social media users have taken to Twitter to convey their appreciation for the Lion Air subsidiary.“Thanks to patriotic Indonesian diplomats, Batik Air cabin crew, and the Indonesian evacuation team who braved risks of coronavirus and volunteered for mercy flight to bring back Indonesian students from Wuhan, China. We’re proud of you!” Twitter user @GandhiPP wrote in a tweet on Sunday.Thanks to patriotic indonesian diplomats , batik air cabin crew ,Indonesia evacuation team who braved risk of Coronavirus & volunteered for mercy flight to bring back Indonesianstudents from Wuhan, China, We proud of you! #indonesiahebat @DjoOratmangun @KBRI_Beijing pic.twitter.com/3U9eZxiJe4— Gandhi Priambodho (@GandhiPP) February 1, 2020 “The [crew members] are fantastic, they are wholehearted people. They [underwent] the mission to evacuate Indonesians in Wuhan even though they had to risk their own lives. Can we give them [more respect]? Batik Air is amazing,” @jessicoconut_ tweeted.The aircrews are fantastic, they are “wholehearted” people. They have this mission to evacuate the Indonesians in Wuhan eventhough they are risking their own life.Can we give them 💯💯 respects or even more?Batik air is amazing 🙂 https://t.co/DUO0zWY2fB— 🥥🌿 (@jessicoconut_) February 1, 2020Indonesians evacuated from Wuhan and other cities in China arrived at Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, on Sunday morning and were immediately directed to passenger planes operated by the Indonesian Air Force to be airlifted to Natuna Island for quarantine.The passengers underwent medical check-ups inside the Batik Air aircraft before boarding the planes that transported them to Natuna Island.Batik Air spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro said in a written statement that the airline had prioritized the security and safety of its passengers during the humanitarian mission, in accordance with its standard operating procedures. The flight carried 19 crew members and 270 Indonesian passengers, he said.The safety measures taken by the airline during the mission included providing the passengers with multi-use disinfectant sprays, masks, gloves and other means of protection to prevent the coronavirus from spreading on board, Danang said.He went on to say that the airline extended its gratitude to the crew members of the flight, as well as to other parties that had helped to ensure that the evacuation went according to plan. The crew members would subsequently undergo a medical protocol, including quarantine, to ensure that they were virus-free, Danang added.Previously, the Health Ministry’s head of the emerging infectious diseases subdirectorate, Endang Budi Hastuti, said that the evacuees must be quarantined for at least 14 days, which would allow authorities to observe them throughout the virus’ estimated incubation period. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

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Trump says immigration suspension to last 60 days

first_imgTopics : “By pausing immigration, it will help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs as America reopens,” Trump said at his daily pandemic briefing.”This pause will be in effect for 60 days,” he told reporters, adding that he would decide on any extension or changes “based on economic conditions at the time.”The Republican president said the order would “only apply to individuals seeking a permanent residency — in other words, those receiving green cards.” “It will not apply to those entering on a temporary basis,” he added. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was suspending immigration for green card seekers for 60 days, arguing the controversial move would help Americans find work again after coronavirus caused a surge in unemployment.Trump told reporters at the White House the suspension would come into force through an executive order that he would likely sign on Wednesday as he offered the first details about a vague announcement he made Monday night on Twitter.Addressing an issue key to his conservative base as the country is ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 43,000 people dead in the US, Trump said his move would help Americans who have lost their jobs during the ongoing shutdown.center_img The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted lawful permanent residence to around 577,000 individuals in 2019.Trump said there would be exemptions that his administration would detail before the order is signed.”We’ll sign it most likely tomorrow. Being drawn now and tonight, and it’s something we have to have in this country,” he added.According to US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Wall Street Journal before Trump spoke, the eventual executive order could include exceptions for farm and health care workers.The US government issued 462,000 visas in fiscal 2019, according to official data — a major drop from the 617,000 visas granted in 2016 under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.Any executive order on immigration will likely spark court action to reverse it, and has already raised hackles among Trump’s Democratic opponents.Before Trump’s briefing, Texas lawmaker Joaquin Castro slammed what he called “an attempt to divert attention away from Trump’s failure to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives.”In a tweet, Castro accused Trump of “an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis and advance his anti-immigrant agenda.”The Supreme Court has in recent months offered several significant victories to the Trump administration in cases relating to immigration.A month ago, the high court allowed the federal government to maintain a policy that will send more than 60,000 asylum seekers back to Mexico.The “Remain in Mexico” policy unveiled in December 2018 and implemented a month later calls for non-Mexican asylum seekers who attempt to enter the US via that country to stay there while their cases are being decided.last_img read more

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