Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The dismantling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going to be as hurtful to middle- and low-income Americans, as predicted prior to the November election.Lower- and middle-income Americans who have been able to access decent health care for the last several years will lose their coverage if Congress doesn’t act to save the ACA from the current administration’s defunding efforts. America needs healthy, able-bodied workers in all kinds of jobs in all sorts of occupations to make the economy work.Through no fault of theirs, those in retail and food service and call centers, etc., don’t make enough to pay for good health care on their own. I believe in a system of nationalized care for all Americans modeled after the systems in the other developed nations of the world. Truly, that is the best and most feasible way forward.Patsey ManningSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crash read more
Paul Tonko’s March 7 letter to the editor is disingenuous at best. His concern is over not using proper language, yet he is guilty of the same. He speaks of Dreamers as “Americans in every way but their paperwork” and takes umbrage with the description of them as “illegals” as though this is a slur. As a legislator, he should know that it’s simply a proper legal description of people who aren’t citizens and are living here without legal citizen status, nothing personal.He says the term “sanctuary cities” is the fault of an overzealous federal government, when it’s the cities themselves, such as San Francisco, that have proudly self-described themselves as such. It’s a pretty term that illegally covers the underbelly of accused criminals that are a threat to our citizens. He accuses our hard-working police officers that put their lives in danger to protect ours as acting like “storm troopers rounding up peaceful hardworking people.” His call for “proper language” should start with his own. Storm troopers indeed. Taking offense to the term “chain migration” as referring to families as chains is just plain silly. Does this make him appear more caring than others? It shows to me how far some people will go to back their views that have no substance or common sense.With him being a representative of the House who has sworn to uphold the Constitution, I’m curious as to his stance in reference to the attorney general’s crackdown on California’s “sanctuary cities.”His search for “bipartisan action” should go no further than Congress, of which he is a member. Bipartisan doesn’t mean each side gets what it wants. Rather, it means that each side gets some of what it wants. But it takes two to play this game. And one side, Congress, is ominously silent.ARTHUR SALVATORESaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion read more
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion From preliminary calculations for my 2017 tax return, I’m glad to report that the Trump tax reform will be saving me $5. If I had made the same money last year as this. This bounty derives from the boost in the standard deduction from $6,4000 to $6,350. The other deduction (line 40) remained the same.As a retiree on Social Security with a small side income, I plan to spend my windfall at McDonal’s on a Big Mac.DAVID CHILDSJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census read more
The bill, which has passed the state Assembly, is pretty simple: “Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.” The sentiment is easy to agree with — of course we should have access to clean air and water — but also quietly revolutionary. Should this language be enshrined in the state Constitution, it will be harder to excuse or justify or just plain ignore the environmental hazards contaminating far too many communities throughout the state. Cleaning the state’s waterways and reducing the amount of pollution spewed into the air will come to seem more urgent. Priorities will shift, as state and local governments work to ensure that every resident of New York lives in a healthful environment. Problems once deemed too expensive to fix or solve will finally be addressed. Just last week, New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli issued a report that suggests that contamination of the state’s waterways from untreated sewage and stormwater is extensive. Wouldn’t it be great to live in a state where this kind of pollution was a thing of the past, rather than a common occurrence? A constitutional right to clean air and water won’t fix the environmental hazards that already exist. But it will help change the way we think about pollution, from an unfortunate fact of life to a problem that must be solved. Those who oppose the bill will focus on the cost of cleaning up the state’s air and water, but the status quo carries a cost, too. I want my son to grow up in a world that’s cleaner and healthier than the one I grew up in. An Environmental Bill of Rights would help make this world a reality. Reach Sara Foss at firstname.lastname@example.org. Opinions expressed here are her own and not necessarily the newspaper’s.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 homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Categories: OpinionNow that I’m a parent, I’m starting to think like a parent. This means I take my son into consideration when trying to reach a decision or determine how I feel about something. It means I’m more aware of my surroundings — of potential hazards such as loose dogs and speeding cars. Of course, not all hazards are visible to the naked eye. Poor air quality, poor water quality — we can’t always see these things, but they take a toll on the health and well-being of a community. When children grow up in neighborhoods where the air quality is poor, they are more likely to suffer from asthma. Water filled with pollutants, be it raw sewage or dangerous chemicals, can make people sick. These invisible hazards explain why good-government and environmental groups are pushing to add an Environmental Bill of Rights to the New York state constitution. read more
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