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Left keeps chipping away at our traditions

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI see in the news that riders in Bill de Blasio’s New York City subway will no longer be addressed on the PA system as “Ladies and Gentlemen,” but as “Passengers.” Another small civility down the memory hole. Since the ‘60s, the cultural Marxists have chipped away at all forms of tradition, however small. But these things accumulate.The egalitarians are relentless. It’s getting harder and harder to remain optimistic that normal people will finally run the leftists back to their faculty lounges and sit-ins, but I’m still hopeful. David VinceletteDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 20, 2020

Democrats should just give Trump his border wall

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionSomeone, somewhere, somehow is going to have to give President Donald Trump a piece of wall to stand in front of.It might as well be the Democratic congressional leaders Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. The wall is not a good idea; it’s a colossal boondoggle in the making.That’s why many Republicans as well as Democrats oppose the president’s signature initiative.Walls are ill-suited to much of the geography of the U.S.-Mexico border, and much of that geography happens to be owned by private citizens who do not want a 30-foot eyesore destroying their property.Engineering problems will probably prove less daunting than the legal sort.Both pale before another ingenious threat: ladders.Practicalities sometimes get tossed aside in the immigration debate, mostly because immigration policy is forged by joining two irreconcilable ambitions.On one side is the drive for human freedom for people who illegally crossed the border to build better lives and join the fabric of America. Given those facts, a piece of wall is a small concession that Democrats (and border-state Republicans, most of whom also oppose the idea) should make.A wall is a symbol to Trump voters and a promise he desperately wants to fulfill.It’s a symbol Democrats can exploit, as well, reassuring swing voters that they are not the party of “open borders.”Sure, it’s a waste.But a brief, discrete stretch of tremendous, Trumpian edifice may be the incongruous price of human freedom. Francis Wilkinson writes editorials on politics and U.S. domestic policy for Bloomberg View.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census And even if they did, it’s far from fool-proof.Many employers, regardless of industry, cut corners. (Ask Trump.)One way or another, billions of dollars will be spent on security to ransom Dreamers, and eventually others, and much of that spending will be sub-optimal.For example, the doubling of the Border Patrol since 2004, and the deployment of sophisticated surveillance technology, has unquestionably made it harder to cross the border illegally.However, the nature of the crossings has changed as well.Many more immigrants are fleeing violence in Central America and are happy to turn themselves in to U.S. agents once they cross.Drones, surveillance towers and increased personnel merely facilitate the meet and greet.center_img Meanwhile, the militarization of the border has led to the professionalization of sneaking across it.Immigrants now pay increasingly high fees to cartels to secure passage.Enriching those cartels was not exactly the desired outcome.Other expenditures would surely be more cost-effective.The Border Patrol could make good use of paved roads and better technology.But spending money wisely on proven deterrents won’t fulfill the requirements of a political deal: Immigration conservatives must get something expensive and concrete in exchange for freeing Dreamers, even if that something turns out to be wasteful and largely symbolic.Indeed, the Trump administration has already proposed cutting useful programs to fund the symbolically satisfying sort. On the other is a fierce determination to prevent people from crossing the border illegally, period.There is no way to make sense of these contrasting visions except by compromise that fulfills neither.Thus, the price of freedom for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., including Dreamers brought here as children, can only be some form of increased security.Conservatives in Congress cannot face their voters if they agree to legalization, let alone citizenship, for all 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. without being assured that the process will not repeat itself in another few decades.A brief review of American history and a survey of its lengthy borders, staggeringly vast coastline, thousands of airports and magnetic attraction to strivers suggests that this may be an elusive goal.  The only genuine security against illegal immigration is a system, such as E-Verify, to prevent undocumented immigrants from gaining employment.Many industries, including agriculture, construction and food processing, are not eager to adopt E-Verify.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 20, 2020

Metroplex reports on time, complete

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’m responding to Mr. Elmer Bertsch’s Feb. 10 letter to the Daily Gazette concerning The Daily Gazette’s coverage of the fact that some economic development agencies in New York state were cited for late or missing reports. Instead of acknowledging the fact that all Schenectady County agencies complied with the reporting requirements and that Schenectady County agencies have never been cited for late or missing reports, Mr. Bertsch writes that Metroplex missed a local reporting deadline in March 2017. This isn’t true. The Capital Projects report that Mr. Bertsch refers to was reviewed by the Metroplex Governance Committee last Feb. 7. A legal notice ran in The Daily Gazette as required and a public hearing was held on Feb. 28, 2017. The report was adopted by the Metroplex Board on March 8, 2017. It was then presented to the Schenectady County Legislature as required. Mr. Bertsch also referenced a report issued each year on Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) agreements. This isn’t a required report, but is issued each January by Metroplex. It lists all economic development projects throughout Schenectady County that we have been involved with and the total amount of local property taxes paid. Fifty-four of the 61 projects paid $0 or nominal taxes prior to the economic development project taking place, so we are proud of the fact that these properties now produce almost $16 million in revenue for local governments and school districts in Schenectady County. Jayme B. LahutSchenectadyThe writer is executive director of the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority.More from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 20, 2020

Space odyssey

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Regalian to return to resi after £70m sale

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End of an era for Grosvenor

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Inner City

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LandSec’s £900m puzzle

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Auction man

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Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2020

South Korea reports 60 new coronavirus cases, total 893

first_imgThe country has an advanced medical system, a free press and a strong culture of public accountability, and observers say that its health statistics can be treated with confidence.Of the latest cases, 49 are in the southern city of Daegu and the neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, KCDC said.Most of the country’s infections are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, an entity often accused of being a cult.Shincheonji claims its founder, Lee Man-hee, has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgement.A 61-year-old female member developed a fever on February 10, but attended at least four church services before being diagnosed.Topics : South Korea reported 60 more novel coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the smallest increase for four days in the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s morning updates.The country now has 893 cases, the KCDC said — the largest national total anywhere outside China — adding one more person had died, taking the toll to eight.For the previous three days, KCDC had reported triple-digit increases each morning as the outbreak took hold in South Korea, the world’s 12th-largest economy.last_img read more