If you’re concerned, then write Congress
Isn’t it time we stopped buying imports? Practically all our manufacturing — from cars to T-shirts — has moved overseas. And with it, our middle class (once 60 percent of the population) has disappeared. The rich took over the government and got much richer. And why? Because we lost interest in what’s important.
We send our chickens overseas to be dressed, our wheat to be ground, our leather and textiles to be made into clothes. No wonder we have no jobs. Wouldn’t it be nice if half the clothes at Wal-Mart were made in the USA?
Do you remember when gambling was illegal — not a state-run industry? When our athletes were heroes and sportsmen? When we saved Europe from godless fascists? When we were the shining example to a shattered world? Couldn’t it be that way again?
Pick up a pencil and write a real letter, not an email. If 10 percent of us write, Congress will listen. They’ll have to; that’s 750,000 letters.
Right now, the House of Representatives is debating a bill to regulate the banks. They sure need it. The addresses are: United States House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., 20515; and United States Senate, Washington, D.C., 20510.
Republican hopefuls can’t match Hillary
The expected Republican rhetoric with regard to Hillary’s announcement reminds me of schoolyard gossip. Yes, Jeb Bush, your words match those of your rivals, whose tongues wag like those of a snake smelling the air. Republicans have faced the reality that they are outclassed. So it’s mud-throwing time.
Never mind that Ted Cruz wasn’t even born in the United States and that Mike Huckabee is a sorry excuse for a Christian. Huckabee’s recent remark about, “All is fair when it comes to politics,” shows his disregard for Christian values. The party of “no” doesn’t have a plan for America, with the exception of creating more wealth for themselves and their supporters.
They have had five years to present a better health plan than the Affordable Care Act. And with both houses under their control, they still favor shutting down our government rather than compromise. The Republican mantra of “bomb, bomb and bomb” is their way of diplomacy, no matter how many American lives are lost. Even arrogant Rand Paul distances himself from the likes of Cruz and Scott Walker as they make outlandish comments. For some reason, they don’t understand that the only people listening are like-minded and in the minority.
The majority of Americans are ready for a return to prosperity for the middle class, and Hillary is our champion. The Republican Party has shown that the average citizen is nothing more than a drone. The drones this time are united and we will elevate our status with Hillary as our president.
Gary P. Guido
Enjoy Phil Johnson’s column on area skiing
I always enjoy reading The Daily Gazette each morning. But last year, I was introduced to Phil Johnson’s “Ski Lines,” which made each Friday extra special. This year was no different. Again, there was something for every skier, young or old, recreational or professional, beginner or advanced. The first few weeks, he acquainted us with specific ski areas, giving us the unique features of each one. Many times, this not only brought back fond memories, but his assessments were right on target.
A real bonus was telling us about ski accessories, which were new (or not so new) to the sport but would make skiing more enjoyable. He also mentioned where the best bargains were locally. I’m sure this was greatly appreciated by all. If that wasn’t enough, Phil updated us on what was happening with professional skiers, as well as our area school teams and individuals. Keep up the good work, Phil. I’ll be looking forward to “Ski Lines” next year.
Higher pay is good for business and economy
Buried on the business page of the April 17 edition of The Daily Gazette was an astounding report. Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, cut his roughly $1 million salary to $70,000 so he could increase his employees’ salaries to that very amount. The process will take three years.
Can you just imagine the morale of those employees? Knowing their salary will increase, and for some double, makes happy workers. Happy workers make a huge impact on their company. Happy people have less stress and, therefore, less illness. They become personally invested in the efficient and profitable operation of their company. They see something amiss and they want to help fix it. If they see something broken, they don’t look at getting the afternoon off. They attend to it or forward it to those that can fix it. They are a committed workforce.
Oh, yes, then there’s the other part: Those very people go home and spread their joy and their money into their environment. One person with $1 million per year does not spend it on the amount of local products and services that 100 people do. Now the local merchants are more profitable, and they go home and spread their joy and money into their environment. Hmmm, I’m sensing a pattern here.
Could it really affect the city, state and federal levels of government with the tax revenue influx? The local would be affected more than the state and the state more than the federal. The point being, there is no deficit, per se. The monies are new. The monies are not getting cut back later. It’s not a one-shot deal. This keeps on coming. It’s almost like those pyramid schemes, only backward.
CEOs everywhere, take note. Dan Price is an innovator. He’s found a new way to make money. Yes, make money. His company is full of happy, enthusiastic employees who are going to be even more productive. One can only venture a guess at what that will do for the company’s financials and for his salary as CEO. Worth watching, maybe even imitating.
Drug company leader already rooted in city
I read with interest the April 14 article, “Drug Company Plans Move to Schenectady,” by Bethany Bump.
What the article failed to mention is that Dr. Paul G. Ambrose is also a resident of Schenectady, having initially moved here in 2005 along with his wife, who is now employed at the local Animal Protection Foundation, and his two kids, who have since graduated from area schools.
When Dr. Ambrose isn’t hopping the globe to lecture about his latest research such as shortening the treatment time for tuberculosis or discussing possible cures for various Third World ills, he can be seen strolling the downtown area, where he has become a regular patron. He makes it a point to buy local and often stops to chat with business owners to see how things are going. He enjoys the ever-growing variety of shops and eateries the area has to offer. But most importantly, he has a positive vision about the future of this city.
It is refreshing to see a business like the Institute for Clinical Pharmacodynamics, Inc. (ICPD) become a part of Schenectady’s revitalization process. Metroplex was right on the money with this investment.
The writer is proprietor of Patricia’s Room Antiques.
Wednesday’s editorial mistakenly referred to a retiring NYRA board member by the incorrect first name. Charles Wait is the board member.
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