Pelosi out of touch with the real people

first_imgIn the Jan. 12 Gazette, Wal-Mart announced it would use the money it expects to save to raise wages and award bonuses to over 1 million hourly employees. Wal-Mart is raising its minimum wage from $9 to $11. That is a 22 percent increase. For a full-time worker, it’s over $4,000 a year. Wal-Mart is also awarding one-time bonuses of up to $1,000 to hourly workers, based on longevity. A full-time, minimum wage employee with sufficient longevity could see an additional $5,000-plus this year.Wal-Mart expects to pay out over $300 million this year in minimum wage increases and $400 million in bonuses. This is a very nice increase for employees, but it also injects a significant amount of money into the American economy. No rational person would call this “insignificant.”As minority leader of the House, Ms. Pelosi earns $193,400 a year. She also is reportedly worth more than $196 million. Now, I can see how $5,000 might seem like “crumbs” to Ms. Pelosi. However, a full time $9-an-hour worker makes $18,720 a year. To that worker, I expect that an additional $5,000 looks (with apologies) Huuuuge. Certainly not “insignificant.” (Here’s a clue for Ms. Pelosi: I receive a monthly Social Security check. It’s scheduled to increase 2 percent this year. Now that’s insignificant.)Nancy Pelosi has become a multimillionaire while (supposedly) acting as a public servant. She’s clearly out of touch with those living on the economic fringe. Her constituents, especially those working for Wal-Mart, should see to it that she gets voted out of a job.George NigrinyScotiaMore 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: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has characterized the bonuses and wage increases announced in the wake of the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as “crumbs,” “pathetic” and “insignificant.”last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Aug. 21

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump’s logic fails to address problemsTrump tags people he opposes with an adjective prefix added to their name. How about one for him?His rationalizations for gun violence are: ”Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” And now: “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.” Logic is beyond him, since without the gun, there would be no killing using guns.This faulty reasoning, always put forth by officers of the NRA, causes him not to push to expand the use of background checks and ban assault rifles. Mental illness is a problem. Sixty percent of deaths by guns are suicides. But tracking the mental state of owners of 393 million guns is impossible. The only solution is to drastically reduce the number of guns.Guns are killing people every day. A young boy in New York City, an excellent student, while playing basketball was shot and killed by two other youngsters who were nearby playing with guns. Where are the laws and regulations that would have prevented this? Isn’t Trump’s lack of leadership partially at fault for this and other recent killings?Trump trumpets racial bias, which emboldens white supremacists to shoot and kill as many people of color as possible aided by the use of assault rifles.The destruction and loss of life caused by climate change isn’t admissible by him. He continues to reduce power plant and automobile emission requirements. This will result in thousands of more deaths caused by air pollution.How should we tag him?Dale M. BrownNiskayunaFor humanity’s sake, end detention campsWhile my private summertime is filled with pleasant activities, I have been plagued by the images of immigrant children detained in crowded cages and facilities with inadequate medical care, insufficient food, and squalid sanitary condition, with no towels and toothbrushes or clean clothes.This is not fake news but documented by the United States Government Office of Inspector General after inspecting several Department of Homeland Security detention centers.These reports have been collaborated by doctors, legislators and journalists, and pictures do not lie.Further, mental health officials, and doctors have documented that such experiences for children will result in “lifetime trauma, and disturbed development.”While former administrations have detained and deported immigrants, the Trump administration has added scapegoating, racism and hatred, whipping up irrational anger and hostility toward immigrants. As history has taught us, scapegoating a specific group, usually a minority, is dangerous with ugly and  disastrous results.Let us not forget the lynching of innocent black people and Jim Crow, the detention of Japanese Americans during World War II, the Holocaust slaughtering of 6 million Jews or the massacre of Tutsis in Rwanda, to name just a few horrors of history.To mistreat any minority group,  whether it be people of color, immigrants or Muslims, is dangerous and not compatible with a nation of diversity and democracy. The vilification of any group of people is a denial of their humanity and becomes a rationalization for mistreatment. To deny a human being’s humanity is to deny your own humanity.Close the detention encampments now.Mabel LeonSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Questions in the house

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Marriage of convenience

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Crystal clear

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New JLL offshoot to take stakes in retail concepts

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King overcomes covenant predjudice

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2006: the big issues

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Advance Australia fair

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Erick Thohir appoints police general Carlo Tewu to help manage state firms

first_img“Pak Carlo from Polhukham is tasked with [settling] disputes between state-owned enterprises. There are around 20-something state-owned enterprises that have problems among one another. He is tasked with identifying the problems faced by the state firms so he understands the root of the problem so as to avoid taking the legal route,” Arya told reporters.In his first weeks in office, Erick has discharged all of the SOE Ministry’s Echelon I officials in a restructuring effort to improve bureaucratic efficiency in accordance with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s mission. The restructuring will reduce the number of undersecretaries at the ministry from seven to three.Arya said Erick appointed three other people to become new officials at the ministry.“Pak Susyanto, who is from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, was appointed as the new Secretary to the SOEs Ministry,” he said. The new ministry secretary will be tasked with assessing the regulations that hamper SOEs’ growth, he added. State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has appointed police Gen. Carlo Brix Tewu as the ministry’s new undersecretary in charge of law and legislation as part of ministry restructuring.The active two-star policeman’s appointment became effective on Jan. 31, ministry spokesman Arya Sinulingga said on Tuesday. Carlo, who graduated from the National Police Academy in 1985, once served as the expert staff member on ideology and constitution for the Coordinating Minister on Political and Legal Affairs (Polhukham) from 2016 to 2017. He was known as a member of the police’s “Cobra Team”, which investigated the death of Supreme Court Judge Safiudin Kartasasmita in 2001. Carlo and his team then arrested former President Soeharto’s son, Hutomo “Tommy Soeharto” Mandala Putra. Arya said the ministry had also appointed a former partner at consultancy firm Ernst & Young (EY) Indonesia, Nawal Nely, as the ministry’s undersecretary for finance and risk management.“She will be tasked with handling risk management for all SOEs so that they can have positive cash flow,” he said.He said the ministry also appointed former Finance Ministry director of government debt paper Loto Srinaita Ginting as an expert staff member on finance and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) development for the SOEs Ministry.“Bu Loto will handle partnerships between SOEs and small and medium businesses, as well as village-owned businesses to expedite their participation in SOE projects,” Arya explained.Topics :last_img read more

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