Focus on what’s really important

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion While you are in a huff about the #MeToo’s, where is your righteous indignation about the women who are actually physically and sexually assaulted? Are you attempting to assign equality to getting your bottom pinched with having a knife to your throat? When I was younger, a slap in the face was expected if you got fresh with a girl. Now, if you pinched a girl decades ago, it becomes front-page news and copious amounts of tears flow. Is Aziz Ansari’s date-gone-wrong the same as a mutilated body dumped in the park?What troubles me is that liberals, as you appear to be, jump on any fad that comes along (PC language rings a bell.) and beat it to death in pursuit of God knows what, while the real injustices don’t raise dust.My memory recalls that the Equal Rights Amendment was going to unite women in their quest for equal pay for equal work. Women have always had the right to not be attacked, as have men, as have all humans. Only liberals seem to find a way to make the trivial newsworthy.Jeff FalaceSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy I read Jim Schaefer’s Jan. 14 letter, “Country is headed back to Puritan age,” and  Ricki Lewis’ Jan. 18 letter, “Writer owes apology for insulting women,” response regarding the #MeToo movement. For the life of me, I can’t see who Mr. Schaefer insulted. Do you think those few women/men — “gold-diggers, the well-bedded Hollywood stars, the trophy-wives, the “Oops-I’m-pregnant” dates, and the faux divorce/alimony/child-support schemes” — who married for money/youth give a hoot about someone writing it? As for the A-list names — the Gloria Alreds, Megyn Kellys and Kirsten Gillibrands — mentioned in both letters, two of them wouldn’t have the decency to feel insulted, and the third would have to have it spelled out for her to understand it. But getting insulted, or offended, is the first thing that liberals think of.last_img read more

Explainer: What 1.1 million foreign students contribute to the US economy

first_imgThe immigration order is likely to affect just a fraction of the total number of students. Nevertheless, two top universities went to court on Wednesday to try to stop it.Foreign students’ financial contributions are keenly felt in some schools and communities, where they pay higher tuition bills than some local students, and support real estate markets and local jobs.Jobs and real estateForeign students contributed $44.7 billion to the US economy during 2018, the IIE report says, citing the US Department of Commerce. The Trump administration said on Monday that foreign university students will have to leave the country if their classes are all taught online – clouding the future of tens of thousands of enrollees and potentially straining budgets at schools struggling to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.About 1.1 million foreign students attended US higher education institutions in the 2018-19 school year, according to a report issued by the State Department and the Institute of International Education (IIE), and they made up 5.5% of the entire US higher education enrollment.Most US universities have not decided yet whether they will have all online classes, in-person teaching, or some sort of hybrid when classes start again in the fall. They supported https://www.nafsa.org/policy-and-advocacy/policy-resources/nafsa-international-student-economic-value-tool-v2#main-content around 460,000 jobs in the United States in the 2018-19 academic year, estimates NAFSA, an international education advocacy group. The majority of these jobs are in higher education itself, but accommodation, retail, transportation, and health insurance also benefit, it concludes.The financial support for these 1.1 million students comes mostly from overseas too, the IIE report says – 57% of foreign students say their primary funding comes from their own personal or family sources, and another 5% from foreign governments, foreign universities, or overseas sponsors.China was the largest contributor to the foreign student body in the United States, followed by India and Saudi Arabia, the reports says.Chinese real estate purchases hit $30 billion in the twelve months ended March 2018, the National Association of Realtors reports https://www.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/documents/2019-profile-of-international-activity-in-u-s-residential-real-estate-07-17-2019.pdf, but fell to $13.4 billion in the next 12 months, in part because of US-China frictions. About 10% of Chinese purchases were made for student use, the realtor group said, the highest portion for any international buyers.Revenues that benefit us studentsForeign students in the United States often pay more to attend school than local students, including paying “out-of-state” tuition at publicly-funded state schools and additional charges aimed at oversees entrants.These charges brought in more than $10 million in extra annual revenue at Purdue University, a dean told the Institute of Higher Education in 2015.Big schools that are household names are likely to have a long waiting list of possible enrollees, available to take the place of any international student, said Terry Hartle, senior vice president of government and public affairs for the American Council on Education, which represents schools in Washington, DC.However, he said, “it’s no secret that many international students pay full tuition, and that this is a source of revenue that enables schools to offer student aid and other discounts to other students.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Officials: Florida Woman Dies in Gunfire Exchange with Deputies

first_imgThe woman was pronounced dead at the scene after being treated by emergency personnel.None of the deputies were injured.The names of those involved have not been released.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation into the shooting. A Florida woman was shot and killed Saturday after firing at sheriff deputies, authorities said.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said in a series of Twitter posts that the woman fled during an investigation in Port Richey.According to authorities, the woman fired a shot at the deputies, who then shot back, striking her once.last_img

Arenado, Rockies sweep NL Central-leading Pirates

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez looks on as the Pirates load the bases but fail to score against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of the Rockies’ 3-2 victory in a baseball game in Denver on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DENVER (AP) – Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies beat Pittsburgh 3-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Pirates. The Pirates came to Coors Field this weekend with a five-game winning streak. They hold a three-game edge over St. Louis, and host the Cardinals in a three-game series starting Tuesday night.Pedro Alvarez homered for the Pirates.last_img

Lacey South Sound Chamber Executive Director Sierra Roundy Accepts Position with…

first_imgFacebook88Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Lacey South Sound Chamber of CommerceSierra Roundy. Photo courtesy: Lacey South Sound ChamberExecutive Director of the Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce, Sierra Roundy has accepted a position with the Premier Media Group and will be officially leaving her position with the Chamber beginning of June but will stay on in a part-time basis through the South Sound BBQ Festival. Martin McElliott, President, says that he is “proud of what Sierra has been able to accomplish in her time with the Chamber.” The Board of Directors are sad to see her go but are confident that she has left the Chamber in a much better place than when she started almost three years ago. Membership, sponsorship dollars, and event participation have all grown at a faster rate. The energy and excitement that Sierra has brought to the Chamber has created a great reputation around the community and the Board of Directors are honored that Premier Media Group would select Sierra to be a part of their organization. The Executive Board of the Lacey South Sound Chamber is currently seeking qualified individuals to apply for the Executive Director position.Lacey South Sound Chamber contact info:Sierra Roundy, sroundy@laceysschamber.com or 360-491-4141Martin McElliott, ThurstonTalk, mcelliott@thurstontalk.com or 360-482-1671last_img read more