Facts are facts when it comes to climate

first_imgBob Lindinger’ Oct. 9 letter correctly faults David Gillikin’s Sept. 14 letter for stating that “the science is settled” in regard to global warming. He points out examples of times when received scientific theories, such as Newtonian physics, have been overturned.But, looking carefully at Mr. Gillikin’s letter, the reader can see that he’s not claiming he has a settled theory. He’s pointing out facts that are settled because they are verifiable: Seas are rising and acidifying, temperatures are rising, the strength of hurricanes is increasing. He then advances the theory, held by 99 percent of all climate scientists, that CO2 [carbon dioxide] from burning fossil fuels is the main cause of these facts.You can argue with all those scientists about the theory if you care to (I don’t), but you can’t argue with the facts.Elizabeth PorebaNew LebanonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Congress should be helping Puerto Rico, not hurting it

first_imgThe supposed goal is to protect and create American jobs.But as Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello told us, it would actually kill American jobs in Puerto Rico, devastating an already struggling economy.“Unconscionable,” he said of the proposals, pointing out how members of Congress have traveled to Puerto Rico, seen the catastrophic damage and promised help. “True hypocrisy,” he said.Full details of final legislation being worked out by House and Senate negotiators have yet to be released, so it’s unclear how the residents of Puerto Rico will be treated.Here’s an idea: How about treating them like the Americans they are?Drop these unfair taxes and, while Congress is at it, approve the federal aid needed to get Puerto Rico on its feet.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Editorial, OpinionDuring his visit to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, President Donald Trump hailed the low number of people killed.“Sixteen people certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands,” he said with some relief about the official death toll, a number that has since been raised to 64.It is now becoming increasingly clear, though, that those numbers are inaccurate.  Far more people died as a result of the storm, and others remain imperiled by life-threatening conditions as Puerto Rico still struggles to recover from back-to-back storms that hit three months ago.The island — home to more than 3 million Americans — needs all the help it can get.But the bad situation there threatens to get even worse if Republican lawmakers persist with a tax-reform bill that would devastate Puerto Rico’s economy with crippling new taxes.The magnitude of the damage suffered by Puerto Rico was underscored with a report from the New York Times that called into question the official death count from Hurricane Maria.Data analysis by the newspaper found that 1,052 more people than usual died on the island during the 42 days after Maria made landfall on Sept. 20.People suffering from certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes, died at higher rates, and there was a surge in deaths from sepsis, a complication of severe infection.Delayed medical treatment and poor conditions in homes and hospitals — notably lack of power or access to safe drinking water – are suspected as playing a role.center_img While there has been some progress, conditions are still grim.Only 64 percent of the power grid has been restored.The human impact of that statistic was poignantly detailed by “Hamilton” creator Lin- Manuel Miranda in a Washington Post op-ed, which describes his uncle going 85 days without being able to turn on a light, stock a refrigerator or take a hot shower.Times reporter Sheri Fink visited a senior-citizen complex without power where vulnerable residents have fallen in the dark, medications are missed and special diets go by the wayside.Such situations would not be tolerated in any mainland American city or state.The disgraceful treatment of Puerto Rico as an afterthought is evident in tax measures being proposed by the GOP in its overhaul of the tax code.Both House and Senate bills would impose new taxes on U.S. companies with operations in Puerto Rico, lumping the U.S. territory into the same category as foreign countries.last_img read more

Niskayuna fields shouldn’t bear Landry’s name

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThere ought to be a law that prohibits naming public spaces after living politicians. Those spaces belong to all of us — not just to the political party that happens to be in power at that particular time. Turning public spaces into advertisements for a political brand is reprehensible and undemocratic.For a case in point, consider the actions of the all-Democrat Niskayuna Town Board after Democrat Supervisor Joe Landry, a 10-year incumbent, was booted out of office last November by Republican Yasmine Syed, a political newcomer. She left him in the dust more than 500 votes behind. Yet, the Town Board’s reaction was to vote to rename the town’s ball fields after him. What a travesty. That land is community property — not Democrat (or Republican) property.Syed swamped Landry by an official tally (provided by the Schenectady County Board of Elections — a very helpful outfit) of 3,774 to 3,021. These results are even more impressive when you consider the fact that registered Democrats in Niskayuna outnumber registered Republicans by 6,287 to 4,044.The fact that Landry’s two running mates on the Democratic ticket won re-election to the Niskayuna Town Board makes it clear that voter dissatisfaction was aimed directly at him. So the vote was not against a particular party. It was a vote against a particular person (and for a strong opponent). To then affix his name to a public space defies logic and fair play.Peter Van AveryNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

If the cap fits, how much will it cost?

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CB Richard Ellis strengthens New York operation

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Irish eyes are smiling on UK after 3% tax hike at home

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Talent show

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Clearing the pipeline

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Hope in St Helier

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Gordon, you don’t know what you’re doing…

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