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Tax cut numbers in letter don’t add up

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’d like to give a different perspective on Gary Guido’s May 10 letter on “Trump’s “present to cost us all plenty.”Gary gave a somewhat detailed example related to gas prices and how they’ve increased since 2016 and how they affect family income today. Oil/gas prices are affected by U.S. oil domestic policy, geopolitical events and OPEC, which all presidents have to contend with. Readers, you can do your own research on how OPEC affected the price of oil/gas from 2012 through 2018 and you’ll see why, as Gary mentioned, the price of gas was about $2.10 per gallon in 2016 and is what it is today.Also, if we assume there’s inflation (wage inflation and consumer price inflation) in the market, then people five to six years ago were making less than today and consumer prices were less than today. In Gary’s example, I didn’t see where he mentioned wage inflation, which could offset consumer price inflation.Regarding tax changes, which include changes to the standard deduction and exemptions: For a family with $75,000 income, my calculations indicate a family would pay less under the new tax law and have more in their pocket.Can we now take Gary’s conclusion about President Trump and apply it to President Obama, when in 2012 the price of gas was about $3.50 per gallon?JERRY SMITHRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Sanchi Slick Fire Burns Out but Oil Spill Spreads

first_imgThe fire that was burning on the water surface at the site of the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi has gone out, China’s Oceanic Administration said in an update on Monday.However, Chinese authorities have discovered various oil slicks at the site which have been extending northward from the position of the wreck.There is an 18.5 km long, 1.85-7.4 km wide condensate leak zone around the area, the agency said.Monitoring activities at the site continue and the agency said it was collecting water samples from the site for inspection purposes.Nevertheless, the exact extent of the pollution and environmental impact of the accident is yet to be determined.“There is also the possibility of a fuel oil spill. Given that the fuel tanks in these sorts of vessels are located close to the engine room, it is likely that the fuel tanks have remained intact since the initial collision on January 6. “As the fuel oil cools, it will become more viscous which will help to slow or even prevent leaks. In this scenario, it is possible that we will see chronic low volume leakage over a period of time at the seabed. The impact would remain relatively local,” Paul Johnston from Greenpeace International’s Science Unit in the University of Exeter, UK, said.What is more, according to Greenpeace experts from East Asia and Japan, the explosion and sinking of the Sanchi occurred in an important spawning ground for many commercial species such as the bluefin leatherjacket and the swordtip squid. The area is also on the migratory pathway of many marine mammals, such as humpback whale, right whale and gray whale.The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tons of condensate oil, which is very volatile, meaning that much of the substance will have been consumed in the fire and that most of the spilled condensate will evaporate into the air.A proportion of condensate spilled will dissolve into the water, and this will be locally toxic until it dilutes enough to be broken down by natural processes, probably quite quickly, Greenpece explained.Any condensate that does spill may produce a surface sheen, though that may be hard to see or detect in current weather conditions, which will evaporate, dissolve or disperse quite quickly.Based on the estimates of China’s Ministry of Transport less than 1 percent would remain on the sea surface 5 hours after the collision.“Now that the tanker has sunk, it is important that operations now shift from salvage and recovery, to assessment of the impacts of the potential condensate spill. An assessment of how much condensate has been spilled must be conducted as soon as possible and appropriate containment and clean-up measures adopted,” Greenpeace stressed.The Sanchi sank on January 14, 530 km from Shanghai and 310 km from Naha, Japan.The hope of finding any survivors of Sanchi’s 32 crew members has diminished, according to Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO).Three bodies have been recovered from the vessel and are yet to be identified.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Play Offs

first_imgIn two weeks we will know who will have that infamous one-game playoff to move to the next round in the World Series chase.  I like the idea of an expanded playoff, because when you play 162 games and you have one of the top records in baseball, you should be rewarded–especially the way the National League Central has gone this year.  At one point these 3 teams–Pirates, Cardinals, and Reds–had the best 3 records in all of baseball.  However, when you just play one game of  “winner take all”, 162 games seems like a lot of wasted effort.  I know they don’t want to play in November, but there has to be a way of making this first round 2 out of 3 and still getting the rest of the playoff games in.  If you can’t play 7 games in 10 days or less, I think there is something wrong with your training program.  I feel there are too many days off, especially when you get down to the final round.  At least in this system, you do get to decide it on the field playing a contest rather than some arbitrary formula for picking the one team that is going on.  We have seen this too many times in other sports.  Especially by some high school athletic associations.  A few years ago a 10-0 football team in Cincinnati did not make the playoffs because of their weird formula, and a team with a 4-6 record did.  The reason was that the 10-0 team didn’t play a tough enough schedule.  What a crock!  Let’s hope the Reds win this one game if that is the situation they are in and get a chance to redeem last year’s debacle.last_img read more

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Get Children to Put Down Electronics This Week

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — With all the smartphones, tablets, computers and video games around, it’s easy to forget that there is life beyond a screen. It’s Screen-Free Week, a time to rediscover some of the joys of being unplugged.Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said turning off screens can shift the focus to more engaging activities, which can improve well-being and relationships.“We want to get people to stop looking at those screens and start looking at each other,” he said, “because we have so much to offer each other.”While the idea of having their children go screen-free might send parents into a panic, Golin said they might be surprised with the result.“Kids are much more imaginative at coming up with activities than we give them credit for these days,” he said. “So if we can start to break that habit – as the second we’re bored we reach for the tablet or we turn on the video-game system – we’d be amazed at the ways that kids can entertain themselves.”Excessive use of screens is linked to attention problems, poor school performance, sleep problems and emotional difficulties among children. Because children are always watching their parents, Golin said, it’s important that good habits are practiced in the home.“So that means when we’re having conversations, we’re not distracted looking at our phones,” he said. “That means we’re not bringing our devices to the dining room table. We’re absolutely not glancing at our phones when we’re on the road because our children will be driving someday and we don’t want to be modeling that behavior as well.”Experts discourage screen time for children younger than age 2, and for other children no more than two hours a day of educational programming. But research shows that 8- to 18-year-olds spend about seven hours using screen media every day.last_img read more

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Professional Olympics

first_imgDo you remember when the Olympics were for the young amateur athletes?  This, obviously, is not the case today.  Most of the people who will compete this summer are being paid (some very handily) in their sport making them professionals.  The basketball team will likely be all professional players who make millions.  Only high school age or younger are truly amateurs in the Olympics today.Recently, Sugar Ray Leonard voiced his opposition to this practice in an article of Sports Illustrated.  I am with him.  I liked it a lot better when the athletes were truly amateurs.  Today in order to compete you must use the professionals.This will not keep me, however, from watching and enjoying the competition.  We are all rooting for Chris Giesting and Bryce Timonera to be a couple of those athletes.last_img read more

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Napoleon woman faces charges in stolen credit card investigation

first_imgBrookville, In. — A Napoleon woman is behind bars following an investigation into a stolen credit card in Franklin County.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says the card was reported stolen on August 5, 2017 and had been used several times in the Greensburg area. An acquaintance of the victim, Elizabeth Whipple was located in Brookville and arrested for felony fraud and misdemeanor theft.If convicted Whipple could spend up to 2 ½ years in prison and be required to pay a $10,000 fine.last_img

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Dodge City residents get in free this Saturday at DCRP

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – Following on the heels of this past weekend’s Inaugural Freedom Tour non-wing Sprint Car double, action continues with this Saturday’s championship chase action at Dodge City Raceway Park featuring all five of the track’s regular classes.And it’s time to pack the track’s spacious grandstands, as all residents of Dodge City who can provide proof of residence receive free admission to the Aug. 31 racing action that gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s tilt will include the headliner IMCA Xtreme Motor SportMods along with IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Thunder Cars on the 3/8-mile clay oval with the Hornets on the inner asphalt oval.With only the September 28 Jerry Soderberg Championship Memorial Event remaining after this Saturday night, the championship point battles are hanging in the balance with Austin Allen, Jeff Kaup, Billy Phelps, Matt O’Hair and Jarett Lunow leading their respective divisions into the night. Allen carries a 27-point advantage over Jon Herring Jr. in the Modified title chase with Jesse Smith just another eight points back in third as Kevin Gray and Ryan Heger round out the current top five in points.Cole Traugott picked off his first DCRP score in Modified action this past Saturday night to be­come the seventh different winner of the season through 10 events. With seven winners in 10 United Wireless SportMod events as well, April 20 winner Kaup has opened up a 65-point advantage with Toby Witthuhn moving into second. Only 23 points sepa­rate the drivers ranked second through fourth, Witthuhn, Matthew Crowell and Austin Walker, with Josh Appel rounding out the current top five. Although he isn’t one of the eight drivers to win in the initial Stock Car features, Phelps has built up a 118-point advantage over Marlin Hogie. Hogie is 20 points ahead of Brett Copeland in the battle for second with Justin Temaat and Michael Pepper filling out the top five.The Thunder Cars feature the tightest points battle with O’Hair just four points ahead of Dustin Walker. Lunow holds down the top spot in Hornet action with four wins in five tries. With the Hor­nets taking to the track for the first time since June 15, Lunow has a 30-point advantage over Brandon Bogner. Admission to Saturday’s action for those not residents of Dodge City is $10 for adults with chil­dren 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.last_img read more

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IG Mutyambai says leaders inciting violence to be arrested

first_img“I have given firm instructions to all police officers to deal decisively with such perpetrators,” he said.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauThe Inspector General urged Kenyans to resist any attempts by leaders to incite them to violence.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols“Let us be aware that any individual who incites or threatens violence on people based on ethnic, political or religious affiliations on social media, print media and in public gatherings commits a serious offense and will face drastic legal action,” he said. We will leave no opportunity to any leader intending to incite the public to violence, the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has said.This comes after the Member of Parliament for Emurua Dikiir Johana Ng’eno was arrested for incitement remarks he made over the weekend.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challenges“The National Police Service will leave no opportunity to any leader intending to incite the general public to violence. Such incitement shall be faced with full force of law,” said IG Mutyambai. In a statement, the IG said that leaders who propagate hate speech and incitement to violence through social media postings will not spared.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

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‘Balotelli unlikely to join Inter’

first_img The 24-year-old Liverpool forward has failed to make an impact since moving to Anfield from AC Milan over the summer and has been linked with a move back to Italy. Inter are keen to strengthen their attacking line in the winter transfer market but Zanetti told Sky Italia: “A Balotelli return? We all know Mario is a great player but I think it’s difficult because he only just arrived at Liverpool. Mario Balotelli is unlikely to return to Inter Milan in January, according to club vice-president Javier Zanetti. Press Associationcenter_img “In any case, after our game against Lazio (December 21) we will hold meetings to see what we can do and what is needed in terms of the (transfer) market.” Balotellli has scored only two goals in his 15 appearances for Liverpool. A return to the San Siro would see the Italy international reunited with Roberto Mancini, who coached Balotelli at Inter and Manchester City. Mancini, who took the reins at Inter last month for a second spell in charge, revealed after Monday’s 2-0 triumph at Chievo of the need for his side to bolster their attack. “In certain roles in attack we are lacking,” Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport. “The club are aware of this but in January it will not be easy.” Balotelli came through the ranks at Inter before being sold to Manchester City in 2010. last_img read more

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Stars take to social media to congratulate record-breaking Jamie Vardy

first_img The former United striker’s record had stood since 2003, but it was broken by the England’s striker’s first-half drive. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the best Twitter reaction. All-time leading Premier League goalscorer Alan Shearer (@alanshearer): “Congratulations @vardy7 what a magnificent achievement!!! #11inarow” Leicester favourite and former striker Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker): “Vardy! He scores when he wants.” Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (rioferdy5): “Congratulations to Mr Vardy….what a story…always believe kids…it’s never too late.” Vardy’s fellow England international Kyle Walker (@kylewalker): “Take a bow @vardy7 #recordbreaker #Sheffield” Former England manager Glenn Hoddle (@GlennHoddle): “What a super goal from Leicester for Vardy s record breaking goal. Well done J. V .” Another former Leicester striker, Alan Smith (9smudge): “Absolutely delighted for @vardy7. A record to cherish for the rest of his life #LCFC” It was not just the world of football that was delighted to see the Foxes striker break the record. England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler (josbuttler): “He’s only gone and done it! #Vardy” Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford (@gregjrutherford): “What a dream day for Jamie Vardy. Incredible story and rise to success. Massive well done.” And finally, the man whose record was broken was gracious in seeing his 12-year record disappear. Van Nistelrooy (@RvN1776) offered his congratulations to Vardy, tweeting: “Well done vardy7! You’re number one now and you deserved it. #11inarow.” Press Association Jamie Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Barclays Premier League goalscoring record by netting for an 11th consecutive game in the match against Manchester United.last_img read more

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