Meet to resolve St. Clare’s pension case
The now defunct St. Clare’s Hospital was dissolved by New York state, the diocese and Ellis.
The assets are gone and the three are left finger-pointing over who is responsible for the pensions. All three need to be put in a room until this issue is solved.
The lawyers got paid. The state watchdog was not watching. The Catholic Church is ducking its moral obligations. Ellis got the assets. Shame on all of you until this debt is paid.
Trump’s treatment of McCain is galling
In his recent diatribe attacking John McCain while addressing factory workers in Lima, Ohio, our magnificently untalented and unqualified president Donald Trump has managed to sink to a new nadir in his personal behavior.
If memory serves, thank-you notes are sent to those people who have done something to aid or comfort the family of the bereaved. Donald Trump deserves no gratitude from the McCain family because he provided neither aid nor comfort; only derision and scorn. In point of fact, he did everything in his power to demean and dishonor the death of John McCain, an American hero, by briefly lowering the flags over the White House before they were raised again.
Only after a fierce backlash by Americans were the flags lowered again. Yet Mr. Trump has the unmitigated gall to wonder why he didn’t get a thank-you note for his role in the funeral. Who would send a thank-you note acknowledging such foolishness? I submit that Mr. Trump only knows one hero — Donald Trump.
If I remember correctly, the family of John McCain sent a note to Mr. Trump requesting that he not attend the funeral at all.
Perhaps the McCain family and the American people in general should send Mr. Trump a thank you note for that instead.
Cuomo benefits from film tax break
On March 20, The Gazette printed an editorial about the state’s film tax credit being too generous. The editorial did not mention the amount of political donations that our governor received from this industry. Last year, The Gazette published my letter on the opinion page which I wrote about this subject.
“Our governor and his failed economic development programs have cost state taxpayers $4.6 billion since 2011 with little or no return. New York state spends $420 million a year on the film industries tax incentives.
“This industry does little to support any long-term jobs. They shoot their movies/programs and leave the state with a huge tax break. Our governor received $860,000 in political donations from the film industry in California and another $400,000 from the film industry based in New York City — taxpayer money paid out and political donations in his pocket.”
Remember our failed state economic development programs when elections come around.