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Letters to the Editor Monday, March 29

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Don’t let covid stop screening for cancer

Employers can promote cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As an employer, you may not be seeing your employees everyday like you used to you, but you can still have an important impact on their health.
In addition to providing safe workspaces and policies to reduce the spread of COVID-19, you can put in place a paid time off for cancer screening policy to promote cancer screening.
In fact, March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer screening can find cancer early when it may be easier to treat. And, screening can also find growths (called polyps) that can be removed before they turn into cancer.
Our Cancer Prevention and Action Program (CPiA), supported with funds from the state of New York works with employers to develop a paid time off for cancer screening benefit, allowing employees to get their life-saving screenings such as cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer, without having to use accrued leave or sick time.
Now more than ever is it important to maintain good health, such as through cancer prevention and early detection. Many people may have postponed colorectal cancer screening throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but now is a good time to encourage your employees to get the screenings they may have put off this past year.
To learn more about the CPiA program and explore how you can make it easier for your employees to get screened for colorectal cancer, contact us at www.takeactionagainstcancer.com.
Kelsey Carpe
Amsterdam
The writer is health education promotions coordinator, Community Cancer Prevention in Action of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.

Liberals keep trying to kill the country

No matter what Trump did for the economy, the liberals won’t stop killing all he did for our country.
He stood up for our country against Korea, Iran, etc.
He brought back businesses from the foreign countries. He wasn’t afraid to stand up for AMERICA.
The only reason the liberals want to legalize the undocumented immigrants is so they can get their votes. These immigrants would repay the liberals by voting for the Democrats.
I am for anyone wanting to come to America as long as they come in the front door not the back door.
I am glad Trump was our president because he couldn’t be bullied by the liberals or other countries. He said it like it is. I hope he runs again in 2024.
It’s unbelievable that after passing a $1.9 TRILLION bill, the Democrats now want another $2 TRILLION more.
Is there anybody out there with brains to see that the Democrats are bankrupting America?
Guess who is going to pay off this debt.
Our children and their offspring. We should take care of our country with all the disasters like weather instead of taking care of the foreign countries.
Biden now wants another $3 trillion for infrastructure.
James Maxfield
Scotia

Put American vets above immigrants

I’m confused. On television constantly there are appeals for aid for our service personnel that has been injured in the line of duty. It seems to me that if the country sent these people in harm’s way, they should continue to aid them medically. Yet we are spending millions of dollars to aid the people coming from Mexico illegally. Why do they come first?
Richard Schaeffer
Scotia

 

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James, interesting that you think the Democrats are the ones bankrupting America when you supported a President who filed bankruptcy six times in his career, then piled on $2.3 trillion in debt while President by cutting the taxes of the wealthiest people and corporations. The Democrats’ relief packages put money in the pockets of average Americans, and an infrastructure bill would create millions of construction jobs in towns and cities all across the country. But sure, let’s give Amazon, Apple and Walmart executives more of our tax money lol.

This is a straight cut ‘n paste from the other day when I posed it to the Thoughtful Fred, who might have been too busy with his stamp collection to answer, and it certainly applies here for those who fantasize that tRump and the Republicans are looking out for the little guy:

“For the wealthy, banks, and other corporations, the tax reform package was considered a lopsided victory given its significant and permanent tax cuts to corporate profits, investment income, estate tax, and more. Financial services companies stood to see huge gains based on the new, lower corporate rate (21%), as well as the more preferable tax treatment of pass-through companies. Some banks said their effective tax rate would drop under 21%. ”
https://www.investopedia.com/taxes/trumps-tax-reform-plan-explained/

Economists are becoming positively giddy about the potential for economic growth this
year as President Biden and Congressional Democrats look set to push forward a $3 trillion infrastructure bill.

What we’re hearing: “Stimulus helps build the bridge for the recovery to reach the other side, but an investment in infrastructure is the fuel to jump start the economic engine,” Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist at S&P Global, says in an email.

S&P predicts Biden’s infrastructure plan will create 2.3 million jobs by 2024, inject $5.7 trillion into the economy — which would be 10 times what was lost during the recession — and raise per-capita income by $2,400.

https://www.axios.com/biden-infrastructure-plan-economists-e2d937d5-d83b-4552-92e2-f85a4794bc2b.html

“…he couldn’t be bullied by the liberals or other countries…”
A-a-and he was promptly voted out… because most people don’t like him.

He lost, he’s a loser.
Sorry if reality seems to have a liberal bias.
(not sorry)

Joseph Vendetti

Chuck

It just didn’t help large businesses. I certainly don’t consider my business that does around $50 million per year large. By government standards we are still considered small – under 750 employees and under $200 million. But I employee over 200 workers, our average wage earners make $90,000 per year with benefits. We had better more affordable health options prior to 2011, now we pay more with a high deductible plan. So the tax cut was certainly welcome. It allowed us to go out and purchase 4 new large excavators (about $2 million) and provide computer upgrades for guys in the field, give all the employees raises and bonuses.

Small businesses like mine are what drives the economy. Businesses invest more during favorable tax climates. We tend to hoard money when taxes are higher.

Sounds like you did good with it, Joe.

On subjects like this which I know very little about I try to when those in positions to know have a unified voice on the matter (say, like pandemics) I will look to them for understanding. You are one of those if, as you say, you’re in a position to actually put that plan into action. Thank you, it’s valuable to the public to know that.

Others I look to are people like Paul Krugman, a Nobel (Memorial) Prize winner in Economics and horrible, scary liberal.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/trump-tax-plan-hate.html

Do you believe in the Trickle-down effect?

(Ugh, when we be able to edit our responses for typos?)

On subjects like this which I know very little about, I try to educate myself. When those in positions to know have a unified voice on the matter (say, like pandemics) I will look to them for understanding. If, as you say, you’re in a position to actually put that plan into action. Thank you, it’s valuable to the public to know that.

Joseph Vendetti

Chuck

I think when you put more money into the hands we will spend, invest, not necessarily save for a rainy day. So I guess I believe that it trickles down into the economy.

There are far too many tax loopholes/exceptions in corporate world. As far a personal taxes I would rather see a Flat tax so at 10% say if you make $100,000 – you pay $10,000 but if you make $1,000,000 you pay $100,000. There wouldn’t be any formulas, kids, housing deductions, etc – think that way the super wealthy are really paying more in taxes and not hiding income in trusts, etc.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Well Chuck, I think your thinking was correct, I don’t necessarily agree with Joe. – I truly have small business, 20 employees. We started it in 1971. Because of hard work and adaptation to the times we’ve survived all the many pitfalls that have hit us over the past 50 years.

From the inception we provided benefits to our employees as best we could, contributions to healthcare, vacation and personal leave. It varied depending of annual profits. We truly work as a team, my partner and my first employee is still working with us 50 years later. We helped his daughter with the cost of some classes when she started working for us at the age of 19. She is now 52 and still with us.

My business is directly related to new home construction and I have been badgered about being a liberal Democrat through the years. “More money, more profitability, better for business, vote republican! How about contributing to the RNC? “ No, not for me or my way of thinking. Period!

In the past two elections I absolutely refused to vote Trump, or for that matter ANY republicans. The GOP is not what it once was. Perhaps that should stand for Grand Old Pigs.

I believed that a trump presidency would improve my bottom line, yet I couldn’t vote for for him and live with myself. As it Turned out he was elected and because of his tax laws, my profits increased.

The problem being that many people are inherently greedy, especially so for aggressive, tenacious business people. The final decision as to where the profit goes is decided by owners, CEO etc. and more often than not, regardless of the size of the business, in ends up in the wrong pockets.

William Marincic

Lou well you admitted that under Trump your profits increased, lets see what you say in four years. It’s nice that you are honest about it, you say the GOP is not the same, were you ever a republican? I can say the democrat party is not the same and yes I was a democrat for most of my life. It’s too bad that you vote against your best interests because you were told you are a democrat, times have changed in 50 years, I was a democrat then too then I stopped voting against my interests and principles and switched parties.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Fred, although I’ve leaned left I was never a Republican or Democratic, I voted for the person. Right now I’m most certainly am not aligned with the ideology of the Republican Party in pretty much any capacity.

You just said; “Lou well you admitted that under Trump your profits increased….It’s too bad that you vote against your best interests”.

There in lies the a huge factor as to what is destroying the economic balance in America. Understand it’s not about my “best interests”, nor is it about the best interest of Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Bank of America, Amazon, Walmart etc. It’s about the best interests of ALL Americans.

I strive for a more level playing field both socially and economically for everyone. It will never work if it’s just about me, me, me, I, I, I.

William Marincic

Lou, if your taxes go down and you are able to hire more people and sell more product and add more equipment and raise the pay on your employees, how was that not helping everyone? Do you think these tax breaks only help the owner of the company they help all of America.

Thanks Lou, I think yours and Joe’s front line perspective is valuable to everyone.

I faced a similar dilemma 2 years ago when faced with being a part of a massive lay-off and the prospect of finding new employment (high tech industry) at my then retirement age. While I did do about a year of job interviews with a couple very near-hits and a couple sure-hits if I’d chosen, I was also holding retirement savings that were doing very well, partially due I’m sure to the previous administration. The dilemma was a moral one: a 20% return doesn’t make up for the insult inflicted on our country by that President and his party. I learned long ago how little I need to survive but now there’s a family, etc. to think about. So retire I did, kinda anti-climaticly and now I get to drone on ad nauseum on online forums. My daughter’s pleased I have something to do.

You and Joe sound like employers I would’ve stuck with a long time (as my final employer was, 10 years). Sounds like you know your business is only as good as those you hire and employ.

The problem with the Republican party’s economic policies is they all rely on those “captains of industry” to do the right thing (as they see it) and that anyone else is undeserving and trying to rip off the government. I’ve had this conversation several times with a local business owner friend who is a Republican (an elected official too) and when I try to distill our differences down to get to the root, it seems Republicans see the public as basically untrustworthy. Most people do want to work, they need a purpose. Most people don’t want a hand-out. They want to work, to contribute and be fairly compensated for their efforts.

This is why the Biden American Rescue Plan is so revolutionary, a true paradigm shift. It side-steps the nonsense those “captains” spout and puts the money right into the hands of those that not only need it the most, but actually fuel the economy. Of course, there will be schysters and scam artists and frauds and they will be and are being found out and prosecuted. Meantime, most people will put that money to immediate use, spending it on goods and services, driving increased demand, driving increased production and driving increased employment opportunities.

CYNTHIA SWANSON

Richard Schaeffer, in his letter in today’s paper seems to be unfamiliar with the Veterans’ Administration. Am I wrong?

LOUIS RESTIFO

Chuck, earlier you asked about the trickle down effect, my take; With Trump tax laws, the floodgates opened for the big business and top earners. The small guy gets exactly that, barely a trickle.

No program is perfect and there will always be abuses, but I like what Biden is doing, giving directly to the people most in need. The money will trickle up when they shop on Amazon, enabling Jeff Bezos to afford hamburger helper and put food on his table.

Joseph Vendetti

Chuck

85-90% of my business is doing industrial asbestos abatement and demolition. Coal power plants have been coming down since 2006. Have demolished 5 million sf for GE between the main plant in Schenectady, Pittsfield MA, Lynn MA, Cicero IL, Youngstown OH, etc.

I am glad to see money invested in our infrastructure and have friends in that line of work. We need that as a country.

With the great dialogue over the last few days it gives me hope in our Democratic society that reasonable people sitting in a room can work out their differences or at least come to a moderate answer that serves all Americans.

I thinks some of the obstacles we face & truly need to be addressed –
1.) Term Limits
2.) Lobbying and/or Dark Money

The main issues that divide Americans that have alot of middle ground –
1.) Border Security/Immigration Policies
2.) 2nd Amendments/ID Checks
3.) Voter ID cards

After 911, after the pandemic, with the over burdened health systems & school systems – I think any logical person would say we can’t just have open borders and allow millions more people into the country. We already have millions of pounds of narcotics flooding america, heroin and fentanyl are cheaper then marijuana. The undocumented people living in the US should be given amnesty and given IDs, SS cards, start paying into a system they get to utilize to start. Set yearly limits on legal immigration and use the infrastructure monies to build more hospitals and schools for our aging systems.

2nd Amendment- as a legal gun owner I am all for multiple background checks, health and mental evaluations. We have too many of these tragedies es were people that have mental health issues get their hands on weapons. The gun lobby in the US is entirely too strong – another reason for term limits and lobby restrictions.

In some places around the world you vote with a thumb print. Because of the pandemic we had more people vote thru the absentee system and thru mail then ever before. Of course that brings out conspiracy individuals. We need to have faith in our democratic processes and one person one vote should carry the same weight in 2022 that it carried in 1952. We have the money, technology to get this done.

Any NCAA predictions?

Nicely worded, Joe.

Afa NCAA, as a past NCAA athlete myself and a modestly successful national level independent athlete (in a previous century) I don’t care much for the organization and how they handle college athletes. I do, though, hold basketball players, male and female, up as some of the best in the world, in any sport.

All that to say Syracuse, if I must.

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