Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Feb. 16

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first_imgIf Donald Trump declares a national emergency and diverts funds from the military budget to construct a border wall, he will set a dangerous precedent and provoke a constitutional crisis.While it’s true the president has the authority under law to declare a national emergency, he must nevertheless obtain funding from Congress to support whatever measures he deems necessary to alleviate the crisis. Undoubtedly, Trump supporters will point to 10 U.S.C. 2808 as justification for the wall. But that law states that “during a national emergency” that “requires the use of the armed forces,” the president can reallocate funds to “undertake military construction projects … that are necessary to support such use of the armed forces.”No threat posed by undocumented immigration requires the use of armed forces. Immigration problems are the border patrol’s responsibility. Furthermore, the law bars the use of troops for law enforcement. Consequently, a wall is not necessary to support such use. Building the wall without legal justification tramples on the constitutional bedrock of American democracy: Congress’ sole power over the purse strings (Article I, Section 9, Clause 7). The Founding Fathers intended that clause to be the most important curb on presidential power. If Trump carries out his threat and reallocates military funds to build a border wall, it would be a clear abuse of power and Congress should resort to the remedy the Founders provided: impeachment.Fred ComoBurnt Hills We have more than we can take care of now. Let’s get smart and do what is going to be safe for all of us. I hope we make a smart choice for all concerned. I can’t believe people can’t see the direction we are going in. It’s not good.Sid GordonSaratoga Springs SAFE Act infringes on firearms culture Did Trump haters leave as promised?Can The Gazette research and publish the list of names or the number of people that have actually left the country who promised they would if Mr. Trump was elected our president?Many celebrities and private citizens had declared that they would not live in this country with him as president. Just curious.Paul St. OngeCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Don’t sacrifice local aid for educationWhen is enough enough? Once again, our state budget is being formulated, and once again the state Education Department is yelling it needs more. While worthwhile programs go unfunded, they cry until they get their way like a spoiled child.The Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) Program is being cut to 90 percent of towns and villages. Every service for their residents will be affected, especially libraries.The $5 million earmarked for libraries has become a zero. Likewise, the $20 million designated for library maintenance and construction has been erased. These changes, combined with AIM cuts, could close library doors.Communities have consolidated emergency dispatchers, fire, police, highway and other services. They have cut operational costs and streamlined local government. They apply for funds to improve water and sewage systems. And for all this, they have their AIM funding given to the Education Department. Glad to see Cuomo wake up about taxesWell I’m glad Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally admitted it. The taxes are why people are moving out. I do see his point as far as taxing the rich to the point that they’re moving out. And he has people working on the tax problem. But come on. How many New Yorkers have told people for years that they don’t want to live in New York because of the taxes?Now I will say Cuomo does back many New Yorkers on several issues. However, do we need over 200 brewers in New York? The state is making money from beer sales, then makes more money from DWI checkpoints. It makes me scratch my head. How many people have said beer is cheaper than healthy food? Well I can have more fun drinking beer than eating an apple. I’m not the smartest cookie on the block, and have nothing against those who like to drink, but someone needs to wake up and smell the coffee.Rachael WilkinsonSaratoga Springs Legal pot will lead to more troublesTo all concerned, why can’t we take the advice of two experienced county sheriffs that we know, Michael Zurlo of Saratoga County and Dominic D’Agostino of Schenectady County? These caring men, along with every other head of law agencies in New York state and all police officers, know that by passing a law that legalizes marijuana as they want to will increase auto accidents and deaths big time. Is this what we want? We have to fine-tune laws when it comes to drugs. And marijuana is a drug, like it or not. Others that want the law passed are thinking about more taxes coming in and big money for those in the business. The people have to make a choice. Do what is best for our people. Let’s find another way to help those that need pot for health reasons than the way they want to do it.center_img Wounded soldiers need help for basicsAfter reading Roger Williams’ Feb. 2 letter supporting donations for the Wounded Warriors Project, I’m sure wounded solider Anthony Villarreal was transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany right from the front. That brings me to the needs of our wounded warriors at the hospital. They could be there for weeks or months without their basic needs being met. That is why I have been collecting donations since 9/11. People are not aware of the needs of the warriors at the hospital.Marcia CarlsonWatervliet I leave you with this thought: The world is not a crazy place. There are crazy people in it.Joseph KopaczSloansville Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWall doesn’t justify national emergency Governor, you are forcing communities to have layoffs, cut services or raise taxes.The tax cap cannot be sustainable without AIM funding. Balance education and community needs. Don’t sacrifice one for the other.George HebertCohoes My culture is one of an American. A culture passed on to my father from his father, and from my father to me. A culture of God and country. Mine is a culture of hunting, fishing and the love of the great outdoors. A culture that embraces the use of firearms, for harvest, sport and protection against personal attack.In my culture, firearms have been a source of learning responsibility and bonding with others in the shooting sports. Elders pass on their knowledge to youngsters. The youngsters, in turn, impress the elders with their knowledge and abilities. Didn’t the government of New York state emphatically defend the Muslim community and culture after 9/11? Doesn’t the government of New York state emphatically defend the culture of the LGBTQ communities?Hasn’t the government of New York state proclaimed New York City a sanctuary city to ensure the protection and preservation of immigrants’ culture and community?Isn’t every culture protected from the intrusion and interference of local and state governments? If so, why is my culture not afforded the same protections? The state SAFE Act has infringed upon my culture since its illegal implementation. It limits my inalienable right to live my life with liberty and the pursuit of happiness. No culture or community should be held accountable for the violent actions of a few.last_img read more

Town and country matters

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USS and Lend Lease’s Leeds retail scheme in the balance

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Fujitsu set for outsourcing deal with LandSec Trillium

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Inner City

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Argent Manchester plans

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Incentives keeping sheds rents steady, says JLL survey

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Fitting the Portland bill

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Mussarat’s Mancunian mandate

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Jokowi wants contingency plan as coronavirus takes toll on Indonesia’s tourism

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first_imgStatistics Indonesia revealed that from January to November 2019, 1.9 million Chinese tourists visited Indonesia, representing nearly 13 percent of overall foreign tourist visits.Such travel restrictions mean that it will be harder for Jokowi’s administration to achieve the target of attracting 10 million Chinese tourists annually to Indonesia.“Once again, our main priority is protecting the health of the Indonesian people. That is the main thing to consider at the moment,” said Wishnutama.The coronavirus outbreak, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has affected Bali’s tourism, with the Bali chapter of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies saying that thousands of Chinese tourists have canceled their trips to the resort island.Read also: ‘We hope it will be over soon’: Bali holds mass prayer as virus takes toll on tourismAccording to agency data, at least 15,000 Chinese tourists have had their trips to the island canceled amid the virus outbreak. The Indonesian Tour Guide Association in Bali has also reported that some 1,000 Chinese-speaking tour guides are currently unemployed as a result of the pandemic.Some of the unemployed tour guides have switched to other work, such as taxi driving, and others have chosen to return to their hometowns, he said.As of Wednesday, the coronavirus has killed 491 people in mainland China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines and infected tens of thousands of people globally, Johns Hopkins CSSE reported. As China’s coronavirus outbreak spreads to more than 20 countries, Indonesia has imposed a travel ban to and from China starting on Wednesday, preventing people who have stayed more than two weeks in China to visit or transit in the Southeast Asian country.Jakarta has also suspended visa-free and visa-on-arrival provisions for Chinese citizens, who made up the second-highest number of foreign tourist visits to Indonesia, after Malaysia, last year.Read also: ‘Don’t overreact’: Chinese envoy responds to Indonesia’s travel ban amid virus fearsTourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio concurred that such a travel ban would create a big challenge for the country’s tourism as the number of Chinese tourists visiting the archipelago hit nearly 2 million last year. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered his Cabinet ministers to come up with a strategy to save Indonesia’s tourism, as it is being harmed by the country’s decision to impose travel restrictions on tourists from mainland China because of the new coronavirus outbreak.“For the tourism sector, I request contingency plans, especially for Bali and North Sulawesi, both of which are destinations that have seen many visits by tourists from mainland China,” Jokowi said in a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.The President said he also hoped the relevant stakeholders could take advantage of the current situation to attract foreign tourists from other countries who were looking alternatives to going on holiday after canceling plans to visit China.center_img Topics :last_img read more