Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, March 6

first_imgTrump’s bad policies are driving up debt Trump is still selling the tax cut as a great economic booster. The economy has moderately expanded, but the price has been the accumulation of enormous debt.There will be catastrophic consequences if the national debt is allowed to expand at the current rate.History tells us that too much debt has always resulted in economic disaster.Trump does not care about the future. His only concern is himself and how he looks now. Our economic and political adversaries now have the help of Trump and his political lackeys.Trump businesses have filed for bankruptcy several times. This time, he is managing our money, not his.John DworakRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Comment reactions reveal intoleranceRecently, a Facebook friend posted an article about three teachers suspended for exposing students to a depiction of hangman’s nooses. He was outraged. So was I. I responded with a pun: “No noose is good noose.” When the Trump/ Republican tax cut was passed in Congress, Trump said that the tax cut would pay for itself with robust economic growth.Since Trump took office, the deficit has averaged $1 trillion per year, with a meager economic growth rate of only 0.6 percent.Much of the corporate tax cut money was used for non-productive purposes like stock buybacks.The CBO forecasted the deficits would continue at a rate of $1 trillion per year if nothing is changed.It has become apparent that the Trump administration has been lying or extremely incompetent in their predictions. The Republicans were the party of fiscal responsibility when there was a Democratic president in office.The real motive behind the tax cut was clarified by Sen. Lindsey Graham. He said, “financial contributions will stop” as a result of not passing tax reform.center_img The response was: “Do you think nooses are funny?”  “Hardly,” I replied with the grim humor we experience when a malefactor gets a comeuppance. There followed an increasingly strident series of posts from people on the leftward end of the opinion spectrum who thought it insensitive of me to make fun of nooses. This culminated in: “How about I put that rope around your little chicken white racist bigot neck. And pull so tight you’ll flap like a bird, you ignorant Trump lovin’ scum.”I express my views in a way that is eye-catching and persuasive. My pun was a more arresting way to make my point than to say: “Nooses are bad,” a la Mr. Mackey, the clueless guidance counselor in the cartoon TV series “South Park.” We’ve had three years of President Trump’s rallies of angry people whipped up to a frenzy with his lies and his racist and xenophobic diatribes. My “no noose” controversy brought home that there are dangerously intolerant people on both sides.Terry O’NeillAlbany Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFind ways to make children more activeChildren are increasingly becoming less active. Lack of physical activity in childhood leads to increased risk of being overweight or obese in adulthood, as well as obesity-related health problems.There can be many negative effects other than being overweight. Children who don’t get enough exercise have weaker muscles and bones than kids who exercise regularly. Inactive kids also have a risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, may have higher blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, and tend to have a more dismal outlook on life.Children don’t engage in enough physical activity for a variety of reasons, such as little interest, video games, having friends who are inactive, or fear of being teased about their weight. We owe it to our children for them to get exercise in our schools. This way our children would receive both a daily education along with a daily physical education.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamlast_img