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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Feb. 16

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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.
Debra Kenfield
Schenectady

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].
Lawrence Wittner
Albany

 

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26 Comments

William Marincic

Debra Kenfield What about Obama‘s mother-in-law who went on worldwide trips on the governments dime? How about Michelle Obama having 18 staff members under her while Melania Trump had four? How about Donald Trump spending time and vacations in Florida which was already set up for Secret Service protection while Obama constantly flew to Hawaii and stayed in five star hotels with his whole family taking Secret Service agents away from their family at Christmas time? And I would have to say Jared Kushner did a pretty good job brokering for Middle East peace deals.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Bill – Let’s go beyond your petty argument about which family made out better. Try swallowing this:
Trump never really got out of business. Sure, he handed day-to-day management of his companies to his children, like a lot of tycoons who get preoccupied with other interests late in life. But the president held onto ownership of his assets after taking office, ensuring that he would continue to generate money while serving in the White House. From 2017 to 2019, the president’s businesses raked in an estimated $1.9 billion of revenue.
It’s a significant sum, no matter how you look at it. Documents from various sources—including private lenders, local governments, federal officials and overseas regulators—help show where the money comes from and roughly how much of it turns into profit. An analysis that relies on those documents and conversations with industry experts, broken down for the first time in the forthcoming book White House, Inc., provides an unprecedented look at the president’s finances, which he has worked so hard to shield from public scrutiny.
Trump’s golf course and club portfolio produced the biggest chunk of revenue, some $753 million in three years. The Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami, Florida led the way, bringing in $228 million of revenue from 2017 to 2019, about three-quarters of the total from the 10 other golf courses Trump owns in the United States. In Europe, another golf resort named Trump Turnberry generated $70 million. Holdings in Doonbeg, Ireland and Aberdeenshire, Scotland added $53 million, while Mar-a-Lago took in $69 million.
The second-biggest revenue generator is Trump’s collection of commercial real estate assets. New York City remains the hub. The president continues to own the commercial space inside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, a lease to 40 Wall Street in the financial district, and a 30% stake in 1290 Avenue of the Americas, one of the broad-shouldered office buildings that defines midtown Manhattan. The New York City holdings generated an estimated $461 million in revenue from 2017 to 2019. Another $114 million or so came from Trump’s 30% interest in 555 California Street, a skyscraper in the heart of San Francisco.

One should realize Trump is history. Now we have a president who wishes to deal with unemployment by increasing immigration. One who with his Key Stone pipe line decision has shown who serious the rest of the world should take or commitments.

Now we can look forward to the state government supplementing to national government’s attempts to protect us from global warming. Those who are concerned about their ocean front compounds bring inundated should follow the example of the Dutch and build dykes. Thus would allow the rest of us to have lower utility bills

RAYMOND HARRIS

How about all those terrible brown people from Mexico and central America who will want to come to the U.S. to be in a cooler climate when global warming blows out our immigration system? Will all the white Americans try to rush to Canada who don’t want us now?

1> “terrible brown people” Thanks for providing evidence of the Democrats double standard.
2> Your are assuming that Blacks will not want to move North should the states become too warm. (Back to point 1)

Fred, The certainty of climate change that you (supposedly) don’t recognize and the mitigation of such that you are unwilling to pay for, affects everyone on earth, including you. Have you noticed what’s happening in Texas and Louisiana right now? The signs are everywhere: the globe is getting warmer, droughts are more prevalent and severe, glaciers retreating, permafrost disappearing, sea level rising, sea ice melting, wildfires and tropical storms more frequent and violent. You seem to expect instant results from mitigation dollars and efforts, but you’re surely intelligent enough to understand the very long term characteristics of climate. So I conclude you write nonsense just for the reaction. Perhaps I’m wrong, and you are indeed oblivious to the obvious.

“Perhaps I’m wrong, and you are indeed oblivious to the obvious. ” Being insulting is not a sign of anything other than ill-manneredness

You will know that the Democrats are serious about global warning when they want to restrict car ownership to one per household. Until then it is billions for posturing.

(Reuters) – At least one person was dead and more than 4 million were without power in Texas after a rare deep freeze forced the state’s electric grid operator to impose rotating blackouts because of higher power demand.

So much for a warmer US

William Marincic

I’m going to give you two separate premises here. The first one is do you believe that the earth makes an exact rotation around the sun or do you believe that the rotation could be off a tiny bit from one year to the next bringing it even closer or further from the sun for a period of time taking into consideration that we had an ice age and a heating of the earth?
Second premise, do you believe that we should be allowing Russia, China, Vietnam, and India to not follow the same standards as the United States when it comes to climate mitigation, should we be the only ones doing this or should the whole world do it equally?

RAYMOND HARRIS

Hot off the wires: Former President Donald Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani are being accused of conspiring with the far-right groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to incite the January 6 insurrection in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court by the Democratic chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee that cites a post-Civil War law designed to combat violence and intimidation by the Ku Klux Klan.

The lawsuit, filed by Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson in his personal capacity, is the first civil action filed against the former President related to the attack at the US Capitol and comes days after the Senate acquitted Trump in his impeachment trial.

It’s only just begun for citizen and conspirator Trump. Discovery, depositions – I love it.

William Marincic

Old news Ray, this was being floated weeks ago to be used against Trump and his 2024 run if the phony impeachment didn’t work. The democrats are so afraid of a Trump 2024 run they are grabbing at straws.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Hopefully more and more Republicans like the senators that voted to impeach will realize, or are willing to admit, that the Emperor Trump is wearing no clothes. It’s pathetic that so many are still donating to his wardrobe that is nonexistent.

Emperor has brought back democracy by administrative degree! I do give credit for delaying a matter of lesser importance, his Covid -19 relief bill, for the mater of greater importance, kicking Trump.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Fred, The order to watch you put your words together is a little confusing to me, but if you’re implying trump brought back democracy, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy is the definition of fascism not democracy.

Additionally, if implementing a viable plan to combat a global pandemic is interpreted as kicking a man who did absolutely nothing other than deny the reality of the severity of the situation, I can only shake my head in disbelief.

LOUIS RESTIFO

No use Chuck, Fred won’t admit that trump complete botched handling every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic, from Initially saying it would go away like a miracle to the lack of ventilators and PPE equipment. Inadequate ordering of vaccine and then making distribution a state by free-for-all.

When Fred said “Trump got us the vaccine” he must have been talking about trumps great idea of injecting us with Clorox.

Fair enough, Louis. There are fine people on both sides of the UV-C in-the-butt debate.

How about any of the other tRumplicans that proudly proclaim His Glory? Who can help us mere mortals understand this strategy?

Maybe they really are tired of all the winning?

LOUIS RESTIFO

Do you know what happened to Robert Jewell? He was spot on with his logic had a great way of expressing himself and wanted a level playing field for ALL.

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