Don’t fall for Trump’s slogans

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Recently, I wrote about Hitler using propaganda to accuse the newspapers of publishing “Jewish lies,” and comparing it with Trump’s “fake news.” This month: slogans. Hitler learned about slogans from the Social Democrats (Communists), whom he hated. Repeat something often enough and the masses will believe it. He always pandered to the “masses.” Hitler: “Make Germany great again.” Trump: “Make America great again.” He took the words right out of Hitler’s mouth. However, many of the things Trump is doing, such as taking us out of the Paris Climate Accords, are not making us look great. Instead, we look like a country full of uneducated, uncaring and entitled fools.Anyway, right from the magazine of the Union of Concerned Scientists, here’s another Trump slogan: “Two for one.” Sounds great, doesn’t it? Like getting two loaves of bread for the price of one — but not so. This order of Trump’s requires federal agencies to repeal two regulations for every one they issue.The Environmental Protection Agency wants to issue a regulation preventing toxic mercury from being discharged into public sewer systems. Sounds like a good rule. But what would they have to do, ditch the Clean Air and Clean Water acts (if they haven’t already been ditched)? What sort of government do we have that happily sets out to purposely poison the world by dumping toxins and filth into our water and air?I say, be aware, be sharp, don’t fall for slogans, and conserve fossil fuels and give up methane-causing beef.JAHNN SWANKER-GIBSONJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Stop insanity of state government

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Here are three steps toward sanity:1) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has got to go. In 2011, he famously echoed French King Louis XIV (“L’etat c’est moi”) by proclaiming “I am the state.”  Since he’s the government, kicking him from office is the logical first step.2) Term limits. We all love our local state senators and Assembly members, but we obviously need term limits for both the Legislature and the executive.3) Voters need to choose legislators. In the present system, the legislators choose their voters. We need to have a non-political, math-driven process to draw legislative boundaries for all state and congressional districts.Lawrence O’ConnorDelansonMore 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 intimidationSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam bar School teachers and school board members, from my experience, are some of the most intelligent, competent and caring people. Yet, something is terribly wrong with the system. The May 28 Gazette revealed the per-pupil costs of local school districts. New York state public schools spend twice the national average, with only mediocre results.What it the answer? The left says spend even more. The well-known definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over while expecting different results.Our system of schools and our system of government in New York has failed. The cesspool of corruption in Albany needs to be pumped out. How do we bring meaningful change to a system totally in the sway of the interests?last_img read more

GUEST COLUMN: SUNY Schenectady continues to thrive

first_imgLikewise, the computer gaming industry is booming, and through our new Programming for Game Development A.S. degree, students take courses to design and code websites, learn programming languages and develop an electronic portfolio of game design elements.Our approach to retention aligns with the national research, and more importantly is designed based upon our students’ specific needs.For example, the college is successfully responding to research indicating that students who earn credits in English and math during their first year of college are more likely to persist.Therefore, within the past year we have scaled our co-requisite English course and are seeing excellent results for students. As a recent recipient of the Strong Start to Finish Grant, in fall 2020 students will have the opportunity to benefit from specialized mathematics course programming.Noting that mentoring fosters personal growth and may easily be a critical factor in student persistence, we designed a Student Mentoring Program and created the Student Success Center, offering one-to-one support for students as they travel through each semester at the College.The college also instituted an early alert warning system that provides faculty, advisers and counselors with real-time information to intervene and assist our students who are struggling.And in fact, our graduation rates are increasing and trending upward in the past three years.  Right now, just as Schenectady is in the midst of a renaissance, so too is our campus, as we meet the needs of future students by building a new $10.1 million Learning Commons, one of the largest capital projects in the college’s history, to enhance support services with: * State-of-the-art equipment and learning tools* Labs for math, writing and accounting* A Tutoring Center* The Center for Excellence in Teaching* Study rooms* Student collaborative spaces Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Sunday GazetteAs I interact with students and colleagues on our SUNY Schenectady campus, I am filled with an overwhelming sense of pride, especially at this time of reflection as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.I am proud of the myriad ways in which our faculty and staff work tirelessly to empower our students.Whether it be professional development programming for faculty and staff or the college’s participation in the Achieving the Dream and Guided Pathways initiatives, our approach at the college is thoughtful, caring, innovative, student-focused and visionary.This commitment to developing resources for students “here and now” while designing programs and strategic/academic plans that will serve generations of students in the future is the best way forward.I would like to share the ways in which we build on the college’s culture of student success by:* Adapting to the needs of our students. * Expanding resources and academic programs to offer them pathways to higher education or to enter the workforce.* Designing retention programs that nurture and educate.* Providing financial assistance to break down the barriers to a college education.* Designing a new Learning Commons to serve students for decades to come. Over the past year, we have added new degrees and certificates, including the Community Health Worker and Direct Support Professional (DSP) Certificates, gateways for those in the health care field.Students in the DSP program receive tuition support and are apprentices, working full time at either Schenectady ARC or Living Resources, while taking courses for the registered apprenticeship with the New York State Department of Labor.Our Mobile Classroom on Wheels (food truck) is a state-of-the-art teaching tool in our new Mobile Food Service Certificate program that was developed in response to the expanding food service industry in the Capital Region and beyond. * A Career Center* IT supportWe do all of this, and continue to offer the lowest tuition in the Capital Region, to inspire our students.Donors to our recent Promise Of Our Common Future campaign have invested in our students just as we have. Through their generosity, we will offer an extra $125,000 per year in scholarships in perpetuity, bringing the annual total to $325,000.We are privileged to educate thousands of students who strive to make their lives better, as we keep our fingers on the pulse of what our students need now and in the future. Steady H. Moono, Ed.D., is president SUNY Schenectady County Community College.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

On the record

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Dublin offices – Pushing the boundaries

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Straining at the lease

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Haslemere enters £850m bid talks

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Chester’s centre back

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Warner to buy Morley’s £160m sheds portfolio

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Floods still deluge Tangerang four days after heavy rains

first_imgSeveral areas across Tangerang in Banten have been inundated by floodwaters for four days and the levels keep rising.Most of the affected areas were housing complexes, such as the Garden City Residence Periuk, with local authorities estimating that hundreds of families were affected.Aceng, one of the affected residents, said that the floods reached a depth of 2.5 meter by Tuesday. He explained that the water level had kept increasing because of a broken embankment in Kali Ledug. Water from the river had been spilling into the housing complex ever since. “The embankment broke on Monday, causing the water level to rise,” he said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.On Tuesday, Aceng and his family were still taking shelter in other places. He said he wished the floodwaters would recede soon. The Garden City Residence Periuk housing complex and other areas in Tangerang have been submerged in water since Saturday, when heavy rains poured down on the municipality. The Tangerang administration estimated that at least 300 families were affected.Read also: Tangerang braces for extreme weather after massive floodState-owned electricity firm PLN was forced to shut down seven electrical substations because of the flooding in Tangerang on Sunday. Due to the electricity blackout, residents could not use their water pumps to extract fresh water from the ground, causing them to lack clean water.Tangerang Mayor Arief Wismansyah said he would summon the housing complex’s developer regarding the persisting floods. He said he would ask the developer to take responsibility, since the location for the complex was not actually suitable for construction.“The housing complex is only located a few meters from Kali Ledug,” Arief said. Periuk subdistrict head Sumardi said this was not the first time for the area to be inundated by floodwaters since the Garden City Residence is lower than the river. The Tangerang administration had planned to relocate the residents because of the worsening flooding over the years.“However, residents reject the plan because they own assets at the complex,” Sumardi said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more