first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Recently, the Board of Supervisors approved its 2018 Saratoga County budget and increased the SCPP funding to $808,000, despite no identifiable projects delivered with actual job and wage creation. Of the total, SCPP’s payroll has exploded to $434,000. This increase in salaries comes after a county-commissioned study in 2014 by national expert TIP Strategies called for a total budget of $478,000 and a staff budget of $269,000. Nearly doubling a budget for an organization that has shown no results is one reason the public is so cynical about organizations led by politicians.It doesn’t have to be this way. We have a 40-year-old proven entity producing results that is funded and led by the private sector. Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has helped stimulate $2.5 billion of project investment, 1,700 retained and created jobs and $47 million in new payroll in the same time frame that taxpayer-funded SCPP has produced nothing.I was fortunate to work for the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for 14 years, and in that time I worked with SEDC on a number of successful projects. The staff at SEDC is a competent and hard-working group with a proven record of success in economic development. Our elected officials need to join with community-minded business leaders and end the failure that is the SCPP. It’s time to realign proper roles around market-led economic development while the county continues to support a positive taxpayer-friendly landscape for growth and invests limited funds to enhance community infrastructure needs or Main Street small business initiatives.We all want Saratoga County to continue to thrive and succeed. Saratoga County supervisors need to get back on the same page as the local business community and residents in order to foster future success.Brien F. HollowoodSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Recent reports have revealed that the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership (SCPP) has had a stunning lack of meaningful economic development results for its three years of entirely taxpayer-funded activity. Saratoga County taxpayers, through their elected supervisors, have allowed $2.5 million of public funds to be spent with no meaningful new capital investment or job creation.last_img read more

first_imgI’m writing as a childless homeowner in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district to explain why I have always voted against school budgets.Currently, per-pupil spending in many local districts is around $20,000 per year — so a K-12 education would total $260,000, not including annual increases.A hypothetical family with four kids lives in my district for 25 years, then moves out of state to greener pastures. They average a $10,000 per-year school tax burden (local property, state income and sales tax). The K-12 educational cost for the four kids would be $1 million, while the parents will have paid a school tax burden of just $250,000 — leaving them a $790,000 tax user benefit. Past million-dollar winners of the lottery only take home around $600,000.I believe every state in the United States has a constitutional requirement to provide “basic education.”But as I understand it, electives, after-school sports and grief counselors aren’t part of basic education. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Is it possible that such a huge financial windfall to many public school parents could encourage irresponsible family size amongst some members of our society?Do we continue with this kind of spending because we have a shortage of humans? Is there not enough poverty? Are wages too high for the working class? Or is it because teachers’ unions are the nation’s most powerful lobbying organization and because this system saves a lot of public school parents a ton of money, so they vote accordingly?This nation needs the best education system on the planet. But subsidizing irresponsible parenting isn’t serving us well.My suggestion: a two-budget system — the primary budget placed on the collective to cover basic education and a secondary budget on top of that just for the public school parents to cover all the extras. Donations are always accepted.Paul KuziaScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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first_imgIndonesian national basketball player Abraham Damar Grahita was immediately delisted from the national team’s roster in the ongoing 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, part of the way to qualify for the  2023 FIBA World Cup, after making a facial expression that was deemed unfavorable during a press conference.Read also: Indonesian basketballer with attitude allowed to return to World Cup qualifiers’ rosterIn the post-match press conference after Indonesia lost 109-76 to South Korea in the first of qualifiers against South Korea in Jakarta on Thursday, Abraham, who became the star of Team Indonesia by scoring 25 points and making four assists, seemed unable to contain his disapproval over a statement made by coach Rajko “Toro” Toroman.Abraham’s expression drew negative response from the public as the press conference was streamed online. Hours later, the 24-year-old posted a public apology on his social media account. “My sincerest apologies to all, @perbasi.ina @official_timnasbasket, coach Toro and the people of Indonesia who may feel harmed and hurt over things I did during the press conference last night.“I made a mistake that is unacceptable. Please allow me to take a lesson from this for making me a better person. Once again, I apologize. Thank you for your kind attention,” wrote Abraham in a form of an Instastory on his official Instagram account, @abrahamdg, as quoted by kompas.com on Friday. The Indonesian national team, however, took the incident seriously as reflected in its immediate reaction in delisting Abraham from the national squad. “Timnas [the national squad] has reprimanded Abraham for being imprudent and, as a lesson for him, we have delisted Abraham from the national nteam as of today [Friday] until further notice. We are waiting for sanctions from the Perbasi [Indonesian Basketball Association] to be given to Abraham Damar,” team manager Maulana Tamrela said in a statement on Friday.“Earning the trust to play for the national team is the highest achievement for a basketball player in Indonesia. All national players are expected to behave well in public, as well as in international events as they are representing the country,” he added.On Sunday, Indonesia is to play the second match of the qualifiers against the Philippines.In Thursday’s post-match interview, Abraham seemed to have trouble hiding his disappointment over the final results, despite his stellar performance. “I have nothing to say about making 25 points. [We] lost anyway, so it meant nothing,” he said.Apart from the incident, Abraham made an important note during the press conference, targeting Indonesia’s poor ability to manage the sport, especially in setting up a proper domestic competitive atmosphere to build a decent national team. “The coach [Toroman] talked about us playing against a team that is 50 levels beyond us in terms of the world ranking. However, for me, instead of looking for scapegoats or [saying a] lack of naturalized players [is the cause], it is more important to look at our development and competition system that needs an upgrade.“People can say that FIBA’s rankings are just numbers, but statistics never lie,” said Abraham, referring to Indonesia’s low ranking as one of the reasons for the loss. Indonesia was put in group A in the Asia Cup’s qualifiers alongside the Philippines, South Korea and Thailand. In the FIBA world’s rankings, Indonesia is 88th, while South Korea is 30th and the Philippines is 31st. In the meantime, Thailand is ranked 105th. (rdi/nkn)Topics :last_img read more