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first_imgThere have been many articles about the failure of our governor and his state economic development programs trying to bring jobs back to New York state. These failed programs consist of state tax credits ($4.6 billion since 2011) for new jobs.The film industry tax incentives also consist of tax credits for filming in the state and are a cash cow for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor has received $860,000 in political donations from the film industry from California and another $400,000 from studios based in New York City.New York state spends $420 million a year for tax incentives for the film industry. This industry does little to support any long-term jobs. They shoot their movies and leave the area, taking along a huge tax break. They can amount to as much as 40 percent of what they spend. Many states have stopped their film incentives for lack of a monetary return. Yet, our governor continues to give these tax breaks away. Taxpayer money out, political donations in his pocket. Gov. Cuomo has his eye on being a potential 2020 presidential candidate. Remember New York City and the large cities in New York, along with California, largely vote Democratic. President Andy and First Girlfriend Sandra Lee — they make a great couple.Jay JanczakBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more


first_imgRe March 23 New York Times column, “President phones his pal Putin: The transcript”: As a reader of the Gazette for 47 years, I can’t believe you printed that column. Mr. Bret Stevens’ column contained more lies, and only two things that can be considered true — President Trump did call Putin, did congratulate him on this election, and did mentioned a possible meeting between the two in the future. The rest was the Times’ complete hatred of President Trump. Print facts, not personal opinion like Mr. Stevens. As a former paper boy in my youth in New Jersey, newspapers are to research and print facts — not opinion and lies.I hope you print this, but it criticizes newspapers.Herbert ThorneSchenectadyEditor’s Note: The column was a satire and therefore was published in the Opinion section, not the News section.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion There’s too much mowing. Remember the old push mowers? Our lawns were smaller. We had lots of bees and butterflies. Why such big lawns? I don’t get it.We put pesticides and herbicides and other chemicals on our lawns to kill everything but the grass. What are we doing?Clover is beautiful, but it is mowed off. No, no, no, they aren’t weeds; they’re wild flowers. Stop, for our honey bees are having a hard time. Give a piece of your lawn to the “wild side” and see what you get. Watch the lightning bugs and get rid of Spectrum and have free TV.Eunice KilmerJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationTroopers: Colonie man dies in Montgomery County Thruway crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familylast_img read more


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmerica can’t take another Trump termRobert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, often shows up on YouTube, addressing issues with thoughtful consideration.As one of his interviews was being shown, apparently on Fox, there was a flow of comments insulting him.Even worse was the vitriol written against other U.S. citizens. I have heard these responses before. I just had not seen so many of them. It was frightening. It was a mob without bodies hurling all they had as weapons against not just Reich, but anyone who didn’t believe what they believed.These unnerving comments, made with no thought behind them, are the same as we are hearing now against the four representatives recently targeted by President Trump.He was shouting at his rallies, “Go back where you came from.” But three out of the four were born here. Where should they go? Anywhere but here. Most of us have met people we wish would go “anywhere but here,” but to hear words like those from our president is appalling. Who can be here?I don’t frighten easily, but I am terrified for our country. There’s a tribe of mad dogs roaming our country, and unless the Democrats select a person who can beat Trump and totally support that person, we will have Trump again. Robert Reich said, “The largest party in America is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. It’s the party of non-voters.”We must dialog with those non-voters; the situation is too serious not to do so.Janice WalzScotiaWe shouldn’t lock up kids seeking helpThis has got to be fake news. “America puts kids in cages.” That couldn’t be true.Throughout our history, we never locked up kids because they came to us asking for help. I’m glad I don’t have grandchildren. How would I explain this to them?Arthur HombachSchenectadyGet kids hooked on books early in lifeBooks are the fundamental beginning of all knowledge, which is why it is key to instill the importance of books in the minds of our future.Children learn a wealth of information from books, and it all starts at a very young age. As former President Harry Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Children grow every day, which is why their variety of books should grow, too. In order to form the next greatest leaders, parents need to start helping our children reap the benefits of reading.Here are several tips to help make reading enjoyable and educational for both the kids and parents:By associating words with pictures within books, children begin to learn new words.Encourage your children to pick out books they favor by having a variety of options, so that they look forward to reading.We all know kids like to do what their parent is doing, so let them see you reading. This will push them to read more.Use funny voices and sing songs while reading so kids remember the information even more.When on vacation, have kids read signs from everywhere you go by pointing out letters. This will help them learn our language.The greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and age 5, so it’s never too early to start reading with children. With the growing nation, it’s important to encourage our children to read from their first day in our ever-changing world.Lillian KronauPoestenkillMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more


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