Trump, family made profit off taxpayers
In response to Mr. Mangino’s Feb. 5 letter (“Will Biden donate pay like Trump did?”) I would like to point out that Donald Trump once boasted he was the only president since George Washington to donate his salary.
That was never true. Herbert Hoover and John Kennedy, both wealthy men, donated their salaries. And to make another point, Trump may have donated a portion of his salary (I have seen reports that he gave 25% away), he also realized substantial profits from some of his properties that catered to domestic and international persons looking to influence the president of the United States.
He also soaked the Secret Service for substantial amounts of money for the privilege of acting as his bodyguard and the guards of his extended family. The idea that he worked for “no money” is just another lie.
On the other hand, the Bidens have endowed and work to further endow, more than one foundation for the benefit of various causes. And unlike the Trump Foundation, the Bidens’ foundations are considered to be legitimate and allowed to operate in the United States.
Support nurses by enforcing strike law
Most people agree that our community’s nurses have worked long hours and done admirable work to keep Capital District residents alive and healthy, especially during this terrible COVID-19 pandemic.
But, unfortunately, Albany Medical Center — one of the Capital District’s largest and wealthiest enterprises — is badly mistreating its nurses who, after many years of low wages and disrespect from management, voted for union representation in 2018.
Adopting a tactic frequently used to destroy fledgling unions, Albany Medical Center’s management has refused since that time to negotiate a decent contract.
As a result, its nurses have gone without a pay raise for the past three years and face severe problems of understaffing. During the pandemic, the nurses have also complained bitterly about shortages of personal protective equipment.
Finally, on Dec. 1, 2020, after years of protest rallies, picket lines and press conferences, the nurses staged a one-day strike to call attention to their plight.
In response, the management of Albany Medical Center brought in strikebreakers for that day and then, brought them back for the following two days while locking out its own nurses.
This situation has angered many community members, as well as the Albany Common Council, which, on Thursday (Feb. 18), will be voting on a resolution to have the city of Albany enforce its anti-strikebreaker law.
If you would like further information about this effort to support Albany Medical Center’s nurses, you can contact Albany Common Council member Tom Hoey, at [email protected].
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