Seniors warrant $350 tax rebates more than high-income parents

Thursday, March 28, 2013
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Seniors warrant $350 tax rebates more than high-income parents

When I read the March 25 article about the state budget and the $350 tax rebate checks, it was noted that to be eligible you have to have at least one child and an income of between $40,000 and $300,000 a year.

I am appalled that someone with one child, and an income of nearly $300,000, will receive $350 when most of our senior citizens do not have any children at home and do not have an income anywhere near $300,000. Our seniors need the help of this tax rebate much more than the upper-income middle class does.

It appears to me that the Legislature — with the backing of our governor — is, by delaying this rebate until an election year, trying to buy votes to assure themselves reelection to their highly paid part-time jobs.

I hope all senior citizens remember this ploy and vote against all incumbents in the next election.

Harry J. Bartik


No good reason to cancel chemistry class

Re March 18 article, “Class cancellation upsets students”: Superintendant Christine Crowley claims our organic chemistry course was canceled due to the subject matter being too hard for high school seniors.

This rings incredibly hollow when you realize that at the end of the second marking period, every one of us was passing, and not by thin margins. True, we were getting grades lower than we were used to, but that was to be expected. We realized fully that this course would be unlike any other we had taken and that greater efforts would be required.

But the fact is that we were handling it, and it was preparing us for what we would face in college. The majority of the students, their parents and the teachers wanted the class to continue.

Duanesburg [high school] offers not a single AP [advance placement] science course, so this was a unique opportunity. Next year we will be competing with students from schools that provide plenty of such courses, and the organic chemistry class was a chance to catch up, in some small measure.

Then, it was snatched from us — no explanation given. The board claimed it was unable to divulge the reason due to confidentiality. And now, Superintendant Crowley brings to the Gazette (having never voiced this concern to the parents or students before the class was cancelled) an unsubstantiated explanation that the course was too hard.

We suspect the debacle may have had to do with a student who would benefit by the course becoming pass/fail, resulting in a “P” on the transcript, with no numerical grade to reduce cumulative grade-point average.

Jacob V. Tanzman


Defend us from anarchy in Schoharie County

Thank you for your March 20 editorial [“Schoharie County’s ‘insurrection’”] regarding the stand the Schoharie County supervisors and our sheriff took against the SAFE Act.

Their actions made me wonder if we can flaunt any law we choose and not worry about repercussions. I think that is called anarchy.

We will have to form the militia, guaranteed by the Second Amendment, and would probably need a gun — whether we want one or not.

Ethel Robinson


New budget helps most those who need it least

Congratulations to Gov. Cuomo and legislators, who are in the process of passing an on-time budget — a budget that according to Independent Democratic Conference leader Sen. Jeffrey Klein’s March 21 quote, is the most family-friendly budget ever.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver [says] the new minimum wage increase will help turn the economy around to create jobs. Some of us are actually going to receive $350; that is if you are a “middle-income” family, earning $40,000 to $300,000, and have at least one child. These checks won’t be sent out until 2014 (election year), so if you only lack the child part, get busy; you may still qualify.

The future is even looking up for those earning the minimum wage. Gone are the days trying to survive on a gross weekly pay of $290, and yearly wage of $15,080. In three years, you will be earning $9 per hour. You will still miss out on the $350, because even at $9 for a 40-hour week, 52 weeks a year, your gross wages will only be $18,720.

So who is Gov. Cuomo really trying to help? A family earning $40,000 a year with children is probably just making it in this economy and deserves that $350. However, they are earning $19.23 per hour. Giving $350 to a family making $300,000 is an election campaign joke. This family would be making $144.23 per hour, $5,769.23 gross per week. How many Gazette readers are currently making that kind of money? Just stop for a moment and think what you could do with $5,000 per week. My every need and desire would be fulfilled, with plenty of money left over to give to individuals, churches, schools or other places of need.

The new budget extends the state’s millionaire’s tax, [but only] temporarily, bringing in $2 billion per year. However, for election consideration this tax will expire next year. Who needs an extra $2 billion? In another year we will have more people on their way to earning $9 per hour, and they can be taxed.

Bonnie Jorgensen


Response to gun law seems out of proportion

While I personally do not own any guns, I have a number of friends who do. Almost to a person, they are feverishly afraid of the current movement to restrict assault rifles and the size of ammunition clips.

Again almost to a person, they are stockpiling ammunition and buying new guns. I asked one of my friends why. His response was, “Don’t you know? This is the beginning of the government goal to take away everyone’s guns.” I don’t quite see the connection between a reasonable response to a tragedy and a gun-buying frenzy. “A” doesn’t always lead to “B.”

If someone can’t do what he or she needs to with a standard, seven-bullet ammunition clip (killing a varmint praying on farm animals, for example) then they are pretty lame and incompetent, and shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.

So have a test to see if people can shoot straight, and if they can’t, take away their guns. That will fix it.



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March 28, 2013
6:27 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

Hey John maybe you should pay attention when they say "confiscate" (Cuomo) or "this is just the beginning" (Biden). These lefties have an agenda. You're okay with what they do until they come after you. If you love socialism, communism or dictatorships, you have plenty of countries you can travel to and try them out. Democrats are anti American, anti capitalists and anti- democracy. History has always repeated because evil people bent on greed and power dont change from generation to generation. If you can say you'd follow Durbin, Schumer, Peolsi, Reid, Cuomo, Obama or Biden into battle then we're lost, otherwise wake up and realize these people are creating your future. If thats not a wake up call I dont know what is.

March 28, 2013
6:39 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

Ethel, please explain why it is anarchy when Schoharie opposes clearly unconstitutional regulation and not anarchy when your president clearly ignores his constitutional obligations and laws? We have two sets of rules in this country. One that says conservatives must give up their principles and values, submitting to rule by fiat. One that says liberals can do whatever they damn well please. Lying is okay, hypocrisy is okay and laws are nothing more then suggestions that they can choose to ignore. Your president sent thousands of weapons to Mexico that killed hundreds, He should be impeached, but you only pay attention to Schoharie residents taking a stand against tyranny. How pathetic....

March 28, 2013
7:43 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Ethel and John, Lets not forget Obama sued Arizona for protecting it's borders from illegals and then giving illegals a free pass. How about Cuomo and Schumer telling us that we MUST give illegal aliens in state tuition and a free education. Is that alright? If this law was so great and full of support, why was it passed in the middle of the night without public opinion?

March 28, 2013
8:24 a.m.
galloboys says...

Organic Chemistry is not a first year chem course in college and is a known cum buster. I know nothing about who is involved in the class but it is unfair to students to be offered a course without the pre requisites. The class as offered would not be accepted as an AP course at any college and would only hurt the students. The AP Chemistry class should have been offered was a poor planning decision on the part of administration. Kudos to you for taking the course knowing it would be hard!
K Gallo

March 30, 2013
6:57 p.m.
dlittlecook says...

John, a seven bullet clip is not standard. Most guns that are sold with clips come with a 10 round clip. Seven round clips are not and won't be manufactured. Cuomo has agreed to allow the buying of the standard 10 round clip however, you are not allowed to put more than 7 bullets in that clip unless you are at an authorized firing range or in competition. It is a crime to have a clip in your house with more than 7 rounds in it. Makes sense doesn't it? In other words, if I am in my house and the house is being burglarized by a criminal and if he is carrying a weapon with 10 bullets in his clip and starts shooting at me, I am three bullets short. Unless of course he is a nice criminal and is following the law.

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