Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump rescued us from sleazy politicsIf you are going to scrutinize, examine, critique, criticize, fault and dissect every single policy, choice, decision, word, expression and tweet that our duly elected president makes, then you better start doing the same for the foolish, lying, cheating, anti-American, self-serving criminals in Washington who sit on the left side of the aisle with their counterpart conspirators and corrupt media.This country has not seen a president like this in 50 years who puts us, ‘We the American People’ on a pedestal and actively and earnestly works to fix everything broken by Washington.You might ask; Why have prior presidents not done the same? Simple — Trump doesn’t fear the corrupt, conniving, life-long politicians who comprise the Washington machine that rigged a system for their personal benefit of profit and power while ‘We the American People’ pay for it with our hard-earned dollars and freedoms.Trump pulled back the curtain; the Washington criminals and contrived policies have been exposed. If you don’t recognize that America is being destroyed from within by sleazy Washington democRATS, then I’m sorry to tell you that you’re deaf, blind and, I’ll let you figure it out.Don DeMarcoSchenectadyElected officials not earning their payI have heard and read how all the elected officials in state and local government seats have been saying that the minimum wage workers are to get a 70- or 80-cent raise, from $11.10 to $11.80 an hour. Oh, how generous of them and how proud they are of themselves. Simply pathetic. They just gave the legislators a 35% raise, averaging $9,000 raises.Oh, then we pay for their medical and dental; some even get automobiles. Most still have jobs beside politics as lawyers, state or city workers. We, the money tree, must act together and give no more raises, no more perks, no more tax breaks or write-offs.You run for office to help your community. We give you plenty to cover your expenses. It’s not a full-time job and should not be.Meanwhile we were to get a 10%-plus tax break on city taxes for paying for the casino. We are still waiting. It’s time to demand that if the government would like a raise, then we the people of this state demand to set the pay scale for all politicians. We are not getting our money’s worth — no roads, no bridges, tolls are going up, medical costs are out of control, etc. They give you 80 cents and take $8,000 for themselves. You need to demand this change. It’s on you.David KeenanSchenectadyCan’t condemn ad but accept TrumpI have read that a group of conservative mothers have complained about Burger King’s advertisements using the word, “damn.” If these conservative women are supporters of Trump, I would ask them how they feel about Trump’s public use of language to describe how he would grab women, or how he talks about people who do not support him.Without a doubt, he is the most profane man ever elected to national office. If they complain about Burger King and are OK with Trump, the word “hypocrisy” strikes me as an appropriate description.If someone is a conservative Trump supporter, that is certainly their right; if someone objects to the use of “damn” in advertising, that is their right as well. However, you cannot have both conditions without being less than consistent in your beliefs; hence — hypocrisy.Rudy NydeggerBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in need
August 01, 2019 Governor Wolf: TechnipFMC Expansion Will Support Job Creation in Washington County Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that TechnipFMC will expand its operations by establishing a new facility in Speers Borough, Washington County. The project will support the creation and retention of 168 Pennsylvania jobs.“This project is great news for the Mon Valley,” said Governor Wolf. “This expansion project means new full-time jobs and new opportunities for Pennsylvanians.”TechnipFMC will establish a new regional hub facility in Washington County. The new facility will allow for expansion of operations, including service, repair, manufacturing and testing of tools and equipment within the energy industry. The company has committed to investing at least $13.3 million into the project, which is expected to create 40 new, full-time jobs and retain 128 existing Pennsylvania jobs over the next three years.“To successfully operate in today’s market, we must be able to efficiently provide services to our clients that streamline customer site operations and reduce their costs, while operating at the highest safety and quality standards”, said Richard Alabaster, President of Surface Technologies for TechnipFMC. “We look forward to expanding our presence in Western Pennsylvania and contributing to its local economy. We appreciate the support and guidance from the Wolf Administration and the Governor’s Action Team.”TechnipFMC received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $160,000 Pennsylvania First grant and up to $18,000 in grants for workforce training and development. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with additional coordination through the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.“On behalf of Washington County and our lead economic development agency, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, we are proud to welcome TechnipFMC to the Speers Industrial Park. We are excited that they have chosen to develop their new hub facility in Washington County and thrilled at the job creation and workforce opportunities this will create for our residents in the Mon Valley and beyond,” said Larry Maggi, Chairman of the Washington County Board of Commissioners. This is another example of the public/private partnerships that have been a hallmark of our success in Washington County and we thank TechnipFMC, Governor Wolf, and the Governor’s Action Team for allowing us to assist in making this project a success.”TechnipFMC is a provider of systems and solutions for the oil and gas industry. The company designs, manufactures, and services systems and products such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure pumps and fluid control equipment, measurement solutions, and marine loading systems.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
EVERY failure is a stepping stone to success, and Chase Academy’s Claudrice McKoy is currently looking ahead as she prepares to perform at this year’s CARIFTA Games, returning after a not-so-good performance at the event last year.Last year the National Schools Championships record-holder was among Guyana’s CARIFTA Games lineup, in the youth category, but like many on the 15-man team she was unable to medal. More so McKoy was not at all proud of the timings she produced in the events.A distance runner, endurance and strategy play a big part in how McKoy maps out her race tactics, and she believes it was her strategy that failed her last year when she competed in the Girls’ Under-18 1500m and open 3 000m, finishing sixth in both events.“How I ran the 1500m race was that I started extremely hard, and I followed the person who had won the year before. I thought this was the person I had to look out for, so I kept running down this person, but in the end when I realised it, the Jamaicans ended up picking up and because I started off hard I had nothing left at the end.” McKoy explained when we caught up with her training at the National Park earlier this week under coach Julian Edmonds.The Running Brave’s athletics club athlete added, “I’ve learnt a lot (since then). I learnt that never again to go out that hard, and that I have to learn to judge the race better.Her timings came in at over five minutes in the 1500m and in the 3 000m it took her almost 11 minutes. Though she had participated at other regional events, it was her first time being at the prominent CARIFTA Games, so although she was disappointed about the performance she’s already looking ahead at all the opportunities she will have to redeem herself in the coming years.“Even when I’m at home I would sit down in my bed draw the track, look at where I’m supposed to relax, where I’m supposed to accelerate and just visualise it, and get it in my head, so that when I go out there, I look at the track and know what I’m supposed to do where.” she expressed.As it pertains to medalling prospects this year, she’s keeping her eyes on the prize.“I just want to keep calm and when I go out there just think about winning,” she said.Continuing past the struggles is nothing new to the Inter-Guiana Games multiple silver medallist. Running is something she has been doing almost all her life, recalling her days of competing even during her nursery school days.When she moved over to F. E. Pollard Primary School, McKoy had continued to run at school sports always hoping to make it, to compete at the esteemed Nationals, but always ending just short.It wasn’t until she was eleven years old, during her first year at Central High that she made it to Nationals. That first year was everything that she had hoped it would be.“I felt great because at primary school I had always wanted to make it to Nationals; I had always wanted that experience.” She said.McKoy went on to eventually join a club, hone her skills, and last year she not only attended the meet, but left a mark by clinching a few records.She’s now hoping to one day see similar improvements as she continues preparations for the CARIFTA Games.