Welch votes against Wall Street bailoutWashington, D.C. – (September 29, 2008) Vermont Rep. Peter Welch issued the following statement in opposition to the Wall Street bailout. Welch voted no on H.R. 3997, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008:”The economic crisis we face is real. However, I voted against the bailout because it isn’t paid for and because I don’t believe it will work.”First, the Paulsen plan does not offer a path to a strong economic future. Quite simply, it is the biggest taxpayer bailout in American history. It proposes to solve a problem caused by reckless borrowing and reckless lending by borrowing $700 billion more.”Second, it is appalling that the plan is not funded. It is yet another expense put on the taxpayers’ credit card. Just as President Bush told us his tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans would pay for themselves, and Secretary Rumsfeld told us the Iraqi oil revenues would pay for the Iraq war, now Secretary Paulsen is telling us he can sell toxic debt securities that Wall Street can’t.”Since the administration first proposed its Wall Street bailout, I have heard from thousands of Vermonters concerned about their hard earned tax dollars rewarding Wall Street’s reckless behavior. Vermonters are furious about the financial crisis and they have every right to be. They bitterly resent being asked to pay $10,000 each for a $700 billion Wall Street rescue.””Chairman Frank, Chairman Dodd, and House and Senate leadership did a good job making a bad proposal better, but it is still a bad plan. I cannot in good conscience vote for a fundamentally flawed plan that puts so much financial risk on the backs of the already stretched middle class.”There are responsible ways to accomplish stabilizing our markets without leaving the middle class holding the bag. Many of us proposed to pay for an economic stability plan by establishing a financial stabilization escrow account paid for by a small transaction fee on security trades. This would protect the taxpayer and give any plan the financial muscle required for success.”Instead, total responsibility for this crisis is transferred to the middle class. The risk of this proposal is simply too great. The burden on Vermonters is simply too heavy. Vermonters should not get caught in the undertow of greed on Wall Street.”Resolving our economic problems will take more than a quick-fix, taxpayer funded bailout. It will take a return to the core truth Vermonters know: our economic policies must focus on building and preserving our middle class. We must reward work and entrepreneurship, not speculation, market manipulation and corporate self dealing.”# # #
Court funding ‘vital’ for businesses Mar 15, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Uniform levels of judicial service are critical to us in the retail industry’ Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Florida’s business community added its voice to the chorus calling on the legislature to properly fund the court system as it moves to carry out Revision 7 to Art. V of the constitution.An adequately funded, effective, and responsive court system is essential to Florida’s economic well-being, according to Rick McAllister, president of the Retail Federation of Florida.“Protecting our business climate is why I’m here today,” McAllister told a gathering of reporters recently in Tallahassee at a press conference where Florida TaxWatch released the findings of its study to determine how much state funding is needed to carry out Revision 7.“In order to maintain the gains we have made, it is vital that we achieve a smooth implementation of this major funding shift for our judicial system, without allowing services to fall short.”TaxWatch has recommended the legislature provide an additional $35.6 million over Gov. Jeb Bush’s recommendation to adequately fund Florida’s court system. That amount includes more money for judges and judicial assistants for a system that handles 31 percent more cases on average than other states. The state court system has spent the past seven years planning for the implementation of Revision 7, which resulted in a $170-million funding request from the Supreme Court. Gov. Bush has called for the legislature to provide $104.4 million in funding and Florida TaxWatch recommends $140 million in funding. (See March 1 News. )Dominic Calabro, president of TaxWatch, said his organization’s study shows that underfunding of the courts would have significant consequences, including a likely slowdown in civil and family court cases in some circuits. Florida’s citizens and businesses also might have to wait months, instead of weeks, for legal due process, he said.“Underfunding in other states has led to civil courts being in session only four of five days a week or three of four weeks a month,” Calabro said. “It has led to cases not being heard for months on end and a resulting delay in justice. If prolonged, negative commercial and economic development consequences would follow.”Florida Bar President Miles McGrane said the legal community also seeks adequate funding for Florida’s trial courts and has confidence the legislature will provide exactly that.“We believe this TaxWatch study will be of great assistance to our legislature by providing additional data and documentation on which our legislators may base their decisions,” McGrane said.The TaxWatch report said inadequate funding could lead to:• Backlogs of civil cases, thereby hampering citizens’ and business activity.• A reduction or elimination of drug courts by counties receiving decreased state funding.• Reductions in the quality of justice, especially in larger counties.• Negative commercial and economic development consequences if underfunding is prolonged.• Subversion of Revision 7’s intent of a uniform level of judicial service for all Floridians.“If the civil court system is a roadway and the roadway is running at full capacity, what happens if you shut down one lane of traffic — what happens to that system?” McGrane asked. “It is going to slow down or come to a stop.”McAllister said that is exactly the mistake California made and “today businesses there find themselves waiting two or three years to have business issues resolved. That is very business unfriendly.“It is important that the justice served to us be of the highest quality, especially in the bigger counties where the caseloads are so large and the press for time is so great,” McAllister said. “Uniform levels of judicial service are critical to us in the retail industry.”McAllister said a robust judicial system is critical to the future of Florida because investment and jobs depend on businesses and businesses want to locate and expand states with strong judicial systems.“Will the state of Florida provide a court system that works for our business economy?” McAllister asked.The Study’s Findings TaxWatch’s study found more funding is needed for special masters and hearing officers, professional court administrators, judges and judicial assistants, staff attorneys and law clerks, an integrated statewide court technology system, a resources management system for reporting performance and accountability data, and contingency funding to cover unknown costs likely to result from this first-time integration of courts.“If we limit the court’s ability, through inadequate funding, to carry out its constitutional obligations, businesses and citizens may find themselves in the back of the line awaiting their entitled helping of justice,” Calabro said.To help bridge the budget gap and ensure proper court funding, TaxWatch offered the legislature six “well-researched” sources of approximately $180 million in nontax revenue and identified “$30 million worth of cost savings, innovations, and productivity improvements to provide future savings beyond FY 2004-05.”“We have a marvelous court system that we hope will be up and running as it is come July 1,” McGrane said. “In Florida we just cannot stop the progress we have worked so hard to achieve; we must keep our courts running; we must have the same court system on July 1 that we have today.”To access the full TaxWatch report visit www.floridataxwatch.org. Court funding ‘vital’ for businesses
The Schoharie Town Board received a request for a solar farm project at its June 12 meeting.The developer, Borrego Solar, presented maps and photos of the proposed 7 mw solar farm to be sited on our land, well off state Route 30 and screened from the highway and adjoining property owners. It’s a community solar project sized to supply locally produced solar-generated power for up to 2,000 typical residences.Residents in Middleburgh, Cobleskill, Esperance, Gallupville, Berne, Duanesburg and others throughout the National Grid distribution district can purchase their electricity from this project, at a discount.It will allow those who live in apartments, mobile homes and other residences, who don’t have the option or means to install their own rooftop or on-premises solar panels, to purchase solar-generated power. This project is for those who want a more environmentally friendly power source. It will signal that Schoharie County residents care about the environment and are actually doing something about it.Likewise, businesses, particularly tourist- and hospitality enterprises, that want to thrive need to be supportive of environmental stewardship and sustainability.This project’s location was chosen to preserve the valley viewshed; the visual impact is minimized on adjoining properties through topography and tree screening. It has an environmentally friendly design that is supportive of wildlife corridors, promotes pollinators and bee habitat; and is the right size in the right place and at the right time.Len and Meg BerdanSchoharieWant change? Stop being complacentThere are those people who believe that pointing to the problems in the country is un-American. That is incredibly idiotic.Only a fool does not seek to understand and improve his or her own weaknesses.Also, I really don’t want to hear how it’s the fault of liberal politicians and policies.Since 1980, conservatism has been the predominant policy.That is why so few Americans are protected by a union, the wealth and wage gaps have exploded, poverty is looked at punitively, and healthcare is so expensive and covers less and less.We all need to own it. It’s so much easier to ignore or blame than it is to actually do something to fix the problems, because doing something means to re-examine the fundamental policy assumptions by which we have been guided for 40 years.We also will have to change how we do some things in our daily lives. Americans do hate to change their daily habits. We are so reluctant to change that we have allowed actual information — you know, actual facts based on best available information — to become unimportant, even antithetical to beliefs and practices.So, let’s stop pretending that the moat isn’t leaking and figure out how to repair it. Let’s stop blaming everyone else and look at ourselves, as we are the ones whose complacency helped to leak to become a deluge.James CiminoSchenectadyDemocratic clowns belong in a circusI hope that you who voted for the Democratic Party are happy the way our taxes are being wasted [millions] on them trying to impeach our president. They are stupid. All that money could be used on our teachers for better education and the schools. But no, they are so intent on making America the laughing stock of our allies. When it comes time to vote, don’t forget the way they are being idiots.They are putting on a better circus than Barnum & Bailey with so many wanting to be president. I think Ringling Bros. would be glad to have 20 or so more clowns. What’s that song? Send in the clowns?James MaxfieldScotiaVote for what we need in next electionThe New York Times’ June 13 article, “Social Security Faces Shortfall,” spends 800 words pushing cuts to our basic food and shelter retirement fund.Not one single word was written about simply repealing the millionaire-written exemption on all unearned income above $133,000. If they just paid the same rate as us regular people, Social Security would be solid for generations.Imagine if “We The People” took control of our country, how fair, secure and great America would be. Heck, we could have complete Medicare for all, saving us thousands of dollars per person and tens of thousands of lives a year.Let’s vote for what we want and need this time.Peter LookerGlenville Consider disabled at next fireworks showI’d like to thank the Rivers casino for hosting a great 4th of July celebration in Schenectady.I’m not sure what organization is responsible for the safety of the patrons, but care and oversight must occur when people are allowed to set up chairs blocking entire sidewalks.Individuals with disabilities and mobility issues had problems navigating at this event.They were required to roll their wheelchairs or use their canes or crutches in gravel.Please consider placing restrictions on where people can place their chairs so that those with mobility issues can navigate the surroundings safely.Disclaimer: I am a person with a handicap/mobility issue.Kevin ThompsonRotterdamMedia too anxious to trash Trump’s 4thI don’t agree with everything President Trump does. I surely don’t like everything he says.However the mainstream media spends more than 90 percent of their coverage of the president in the negative area.Case in point: The media spent a great deal of time prior to July 4 telling Americans how bad the Washington parade would be.Additionally, they decried the self-serving political speech Mr. Trump was going to give. Funny how they critique a speech prior to it being given.The celebration was fabulous. The speech honored America and outstanding Americans while showcasing and thanking the military of the United States.The same media that bashed the events prior to them being held, for the most part, went silent after they were completed.Why? Because there was nothing negative to say.John MetalloSlingerlandsJuly 4th is not for honoring veteransIt seems the Gazette Classified section led its advertisers astray last week. The July 4 edition included an insert dressed in the American flag but carrying several ads that recognized the service of military veterans.While as a veteran I always appreciate the recognition, the Fourth of July, Independence Day, is intended to celebrate the birth of this great nation.We have other holidays — namely Veterans Day and Memorial Day — on which to recognize the contributions of our veterans, both living and dead.Jerry BoehmAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionChild-obesity needs lifestyle changesIt’s not often an article sends me over the edge from lifelong living experience on the subject.Regarding the article in the June 9 Gazette, “Fat-shaming during childhood leads to long-term risk of obesity,” someone has too much time on their hands. “Childhood and youth over-weight and obesity are at epidemic proportions.” That’s been said for decades and will not change without massive amounts of education on the subject, and the family having some continuity in upbringing.This nation is not the same as it was when going out to dinner or buying takeout was a rare treat. Today, it’s routine. A big difference from home-cooked.Growing up as an obese kid and not really conquering the problem until age 21 left me with memories both happy and sad, including an unnecessary bi-lateral mastectomy in 1973.My actions in the past, like grabbing a kid that made fun of me, sitting on him and slapping him silly are probably not acceptable, but they worked.Name calling did not make me continue having a weight problem. I went through a major lifestyle change to lose my 100 pounds and keep it off. Not all kids are overweight and obese, but the ones that are most assuredly are not happy about it. The ability to change has to come from within. Name calling didn’t make them fat, nor will it keep them fat. The only solution is lifestyle change, which falls into many categories. Sometimes a good name calling, or teasing can spark the change.Bob BelieveGlenvilleSchoharie’s solar project right for all
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Guo went on to say that the tourists could only stay for a maximum of 30 days on a visa-on-arrival. The tourists are also aware that they must obey immigration regulations if they wish to stay for more than 30 days.“We have coordinated with the Bali government to facilitate Chinese [people] who are willing to stay longer in Bali,” he emphasized.Guo ensured that all the Chinese tourists in Bali were healthy. “So far, they seem fine and well. None of them are showing symptoms of the coronavirus.”Bali Tourism Agency head Putu Astawa said the Bali administration would help Chinese tourists who were willing to extend their visas in Bali.“We’ve coordinated with the immigration office. They said they could extend the tourist visas, as long as there is a recommendation from the Bali administration,” Astawa said.The Tourism Ministry’s promotion director for the Chinese market, Vinsensius Jemadu, said the government would help facilitate the needs of Chinese tourists in Bali.”This is a case of force majeure. I think we need to help them as long as they can fulfill all of the requirements,” he said after attending a meeting with tourism players in Bali on Tuesday.Topics : Elsye said many of those Chinese tourists had requested a special policy from the Indonesian government to allow them to stay longer in Indonesia.Chinese Consul General in Denpasar Guo Haodong said China respects Indonesia’s decision to temporarily stop flights as an attempt to prevent the virus from coming into the country. He added, however, that around 5,000 people were at risk of being stranded in Bali as a result.Although they could leave Bali by catching flights via Indonesia’s neighboring countries, Guo admitted that some of the tourists hoped they could stay in Bali.“Because of the outbreak in China, some of them don’t want to return and they are hoping to stay in Bali,” said Guo. Thousands of Chinese tourists are at risk of being stranded in Bali following the Indonesian government’s decision to halt flights to and from mainland China starting on Wednesday at midnight.Most of them, however, are hoping to get a visa extension as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread back home.”Most are worried to go back home for fear of getting infected with the coronavirus,” said Elsye Deliana, chairman of Bali Liang, a member of the Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (Asita) that handles the Chinese market.
Google Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Linkedin An omnibus bill on job creation will grant the President the authority to revoke regional bylaws that contradict the central government’s regulations, effectively weakening the influence of local administrations but resolving business people’s complaints about conflicting rules.The bill will also streamline the licensing process in almost all strategic business sectors, namely mining, energy, agriculture, aviation and construction, under the government.According to a draft of the bill obtained by The Jakarta Post, provincial and regency/city bylaws as well as gubernatorial and regental/mayoral regulations that contradict the government’s regulations will be revoked by presidential regulations.The existing Regional Administration Law stipulates that the authority to revoke bylaws lies with the home minister.The bill, submitted to the House of Representati… Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? omnibus-bill omnibus-law job-creation cipta-kerja Jokowi bylaws regional-administrations investment license
T. Steven Hedges, age 77, peacefully passed away at Shady Nook Care Center on September 30, 2017.Mr. Hedges, as he liked to be called, was a retired teacher of 32 years and a Kentucky Colonel. He grew up in Terre Haute and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University. He worked his way through college by performing for a radio station. He also engaged in such work as a trampoline and dancing instructor.He began his teaching career at Holton High School. While there he became the director of the Durbinette Chorus of Sweet Adeline’s, Inc. His greatest pride was teaching young people drama, music, band and as choral director in the South Dearborn School system. He formed the South Dearborn Swing Choir among other choral groups. He was named to the Southeastern Indiana Music Hall of Fame and formed a nonprofit group called Ohio, Indiana, Northern Kentucky Regional Productions (OINK). He was a previous president of the Dearborn Highland Arts Council, President of Ye Olde Central House and a Versailles No. 7, Indiana Freemason.He performed with the Terre Haute Youth Symphony as well as the University Orchestra with such notables as Skitch Henderson of “Tonight Show” fame, Frank Duvall, Helen Hayes and Winston Churchill’s daughter Sarah Churchill.He was preceded in death by his mother Joan (Roan) and Raymond Heilmiller, his father William and Glennovia Hedges and an uncle, Harry Hedges.He is survived by his faithful friend and family, Jenny and Joe Awad also David Miller. George and Wilma Hedges and their daughters, Debbie, Cathy, son Terry. Aunt Ida Tatlock and her son Max Tatlock. Aunt Elsie Hedges, aunt Alma (Hedges) Hines and her daughter Anita Hines-Hurst. Alice Noel daughter of Harry and Esther Mae Hedges, and a cousin Robert and wife Teresa Henry.Celebration of life services on November 5, 2017 at Dearborn County Country Club. For RSVP and more information please call Jenny @ 513-310-8078 or 812-926-4118. Donations can be made to: Matt MacIntosh Memorial, South Dearborn Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 396, Aurora, IN 47001. Cremation burial in Terre Haute, Indiana.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa – Elijah Zevenbergen added another trophy to his collection after his latest racing vacation to North Dakota and Canada. Elijah Zevenbergen won the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Stock Car Tour championship for the fifth time in 2018. (Photo by Bill Keech) Zevenbergen won the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for a record fourth straight time. His fifth career crown was also a record for the division. HIS SPONSORS: Z Machine, Mega Inc., Bow Tie Auto Repair, Legend Seeds and D & K Transportation, all of Ocheyedan; Raveling Inc. of Melvin; Turbo Charged Performance of Sibley; Fury Energy of Minot, N.D.; Elite Shock Services of Elk River, Minn.; Tieszen Farms of Marion, S.D.; and Sniper Speed of Gillett, Wis. Wins-2 Top Five Finishes-4 Starts-5 “We had a really good year last year,” said Zevenbergen, behind the wheel of a Sniper Speed ride for the duration of this season. “The car almost drove itself when we got some things figured out this season.” HIS CREW: Parents Loren and Sue Zevenbergen, Andrea Johnson and friends. “Those tracks just fit my driving style,” said Zevenbergen, from Ocheyedan, Iowa, and the winner this year of tour features at Nodak Speedway and Southwest Speedway. “They’re smooth and perfectly dry from top to bottom. It seems like those are the tracks where we excel.” He won 10 of 39 starts in all this year, taking the checkers at a number of the division’s top-paying events, among them Hometown Heroes at Kossuth County Speedway, Hancock County Speedway’s Hobo 100 and Arlington Raceway’s Schoknecht Shootout. A record 56 drivers from the U.S. and Canada competed in the Stock Car half of the Dakota Tour. Zevenbergen owns 17 tour victories during his career.
The St. Louis Track & Field team returned to Jac-Cen-Del on Wednesday, April 24 for a 3-way meet with South Decatur and the host Eagles. The girls were just edged out by South Decatur (49.5 – 47.0) to earn second place, while the boys took third place.The rain that had been predicted stayed away until after the meet was completed, and the cooler air made for good performances. Many Cardinals took advantage of the weather to set new Personal Records, as listed later.Event winners for the Cardinals were: Allie Savage – Long Jump; Sadie Wachsmann – Discus; Kate Weber – High Jump, 1600M run, 400M run.2nd place finishes went to: Ella Moster – Hurdles; Allie Savage – 200M dash; Ella Moster, Lilly Schebler, Hope Kroen, Allie Savage – 4x100M relay; Isabelle Wonnell, Sadie Wachsmann, Ava Owens, Kate Weber – 4x400M relay.3rd place was claimed by: Ava Owens – 400M run; Allie Savage – 100M dash; Sadie Wachsmann – Shotput; Isabelle Wonnell – 800M run; Santiago Schutte – 1600M run, 800M run; Henry Wanstrath – High Jump (tie).4th place was earned by: Lexi Scheiner – 400M run and Sadie Wachsmann – 800M run.New PR’s were as follows: Shotput – Lilly Schebler, Sadie Wachsmann, Marco Canessa; High Jump – Kate Weber, Henry Wanstrath; Long Jump – Allie Savage; 100M dash – Ava Owens, Christian Mack; 1600M run – Santiago Schutt; 400M run – Kate Weber, Christian Mack; 800M run – Isabelle Wonnell, Marco Canessa, Santiago Schutte; 200M dash – Ella Moster, Ava Owens, Lilly Schebler, Lexi Scheiner, Thomas Lohmueller, Henry Wanstrath; 4×400 relay – (girls) Isabelle Wonnell, Sadie Wachsmann, Ava Owens, Kate Weber – (boys) Christian Mack, Marco Canessa, Marc Meneses, Santiago Schutte.