Separate settled science from reality

first_imgI read with interest and not a little bit of dismay Mr. John Gaetani’s Oct. 15 letter stating that a flat earth was “settled science” in 1492. In fact, a scholar named Eratosthenes of Cyrene (present day Libya), born 276 BC died 194 BC, knew that the Earth was a sphere and was able to calculate the circumference of the planet to a remarkably accurate degree.Columbus had studied this, but had chosen to believe that the circumference was smaller than calculated and, therefore, didn’t realize that he hadn’t made landfall in Asia. Mr. Gaetani has also confused “settled science” with religious dogma when making the argument that Galileo had “upended the scientific establishment” by proffering a new view of the solar system.In fact, Copernicus, who died in 1543 (Galileo was born in 1564), had already established the hypothesis that the sun was the center of the solar system. Mr. Gaetani’s argument that global climate change isn’t real because he doesn’t agree with the idea is not “settled science.”Debra KenfieldSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Editorials on Cuomo, scheduling hit mark

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Holy smokes, I actually agreed with two editorials in one week by The Gazette.First, the Nov. 14 editorial, “Scheduling goes too far,” was right on the money. Employers in this state face too many regulations as it is.As far as unions go, maybe misguided soul Jonathan Rosen can tell me how I can make up the money, 20 percent that the wonderful Teamsters union cut from my pension. New York should be a right-to-work state. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homescenter_img Second, your Nov. 19 editorial, “Stop naming things after politicians,” is right on the money.The only thing that Mario Cuomo’s name should be on is maybe New York City’s sewage treatment plant. The only governor worse than him is the present governor, his con Gov. “Creepy” Cuomo.He wants to be president. Zimbabwe has an opening. He would a great tin-pot dictator.Ray WeidmanLatham last_img read more

New Yorkers likely to lose under tax bill

first_imgAs residents of New York, as most Gazette readers are, the chances are, based on our representatives’ vote, the tax bill will not be good for us. Our two senators, both Democrats, voted against the bill. That is no surprise because no Senate Democrats voted for it.In the House, 23 of the 27 New York members voted against the tax bill.All 18 of the Democrats and five of the nine Republicans voted no. The four Republican yes votes are all from districts west of Utica. Blame whomever you like, but its pretty clear that we as New Yorkers are about to get screwed by this tax bill.George FerroSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSo now the tax bill has been passed. Time will tell whether the bill is good for America or not. Will it stimulate the economy enough to pay for itself, or will it just increase the deficit and lead to future cuts in programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security?Each of us will more than likely decide how we feel about the tax bill by how if affects our pocketbook.last_img read more

Failed merger hits Barlows

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Three into Severn won’t go

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Offices – Speculate to accommodate

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Poplar culture

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Break for the borders

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Merrill Lynch retains top spot in broker survey

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PREMIUMThis week’s tax updates: Treaty with Singapore, omnibus bill submission

first_imgTopics : The government is amplifying tax collection efforts by submitting an omnibus bill on taxation to the House of Representatives this week as well as signing a double-tax avoidance agreement with Singapore.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the bill, which would reduce corporate income tax and make internet giants pay taxes, was waiting for approval from the House before its implementation.“Though we cut the corporate tax rate, we will widen our tax base and maximize our spending so that there is no economic shock,” Sri Mulyani told reporters on Wednesday. “This must be maintained because of the global economic slowdown.”Indonesia collected Rp 1.33 quadrillion in tax revenue last year, or 84.4 percent of the full-year target, causing a shortfall of Rp 245.5 trillion, the worst in at least five years. This caused the state budget deficit to ri… Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Facebook Google Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Indonesia taxation tax-treaty omnibus-bill Singapore tax-to-GDP-ratio tax-collection Sri-Mulyani Jokowi Halimah-Yacoblast_img read more