As 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.
Holidays, Press Release, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is reminding motorists to be aware that heavy rain overnight, with rain showers through most of the day tomorrow, could impact travel across much of eastern Pennsylvania. Motorists should watch for ponding on roadways and flooding in poor drainage areas while traveling.“I want every Pennsylvanian and every visitor to our state to have a safe holiday season,” Gov. Wolf said. “Please don’t let the distractions of the holidays keep you from driving safely and heeding weather forecasts, especially as we anticipate heavy rain and possible flooding over the next day or so in the eastern portion of the state.”Anyone with properties along rivers and other waterways should keep an eye out for rising water levels from Friday morning into the weekend. Major flooding is not expected at this time, but conditions can change quickly.The National Weather Service says parts of the state could see scattered snow showers Friday into early next week. While significant accumulations are not anticipated, light amounts of snow can create hazardous road conditions.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will be in contact with county emergency management personnel to monitor any unmet local needs.PennDOT warns motorists not to drive across roads covered with water because even shallow, swiftly flowing water can wash a car from a roadway. Also, the roadbed may not be intact under the water. And never drive around barricades or signs on closed roads – Turn Around, Don’t Drown.Fines for going around a barricade are $250; if emergency responders need to perform a water rescue or have a vehicle towed, the fine increases to $500 plus two points on the driver’s license.Anyone planning to travel through the holiday weekend should closely monitor weather conditions along travel routes.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. Motorists Reminded to Watch for Heavy Rain and Flooding; Monitor Weather Through the Holiday SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 20, 2018
ELLSWORTH — Nearly 200 competitors from Maine and Canada came to Ellsworth recently to participate in Tracy’s Karate’s 102nd tournament.Students as young as 4 and as old as 75 competed for over 200 trophies. Those who won first-, second- and third-place prizes secured qualification for October’s championship tournament in Bucksport.Ten students were promoted to the next degree of the black belt rank at the tournament. Those students were Linwood Bridges, Eben Richardson, Kelton Hallett, Jay Peavey, Malorie Young, Malcolm Grant, Jenna Rice, William Wilson, Adam Edgerly and Olivia Underwood.Also acknowledged were local students who received awards for throwing and fighting in their respective divisions. Those students were Marissa Richardson, Marleigh Richardson, Bridget Kutney, Jordan Brouty, Brendan Hamby, Spencer Hamby, Ryan Gross, Howie Curtis, Tom Anderson, Jim Dunn, Nick Dunn, Everett Beal, John Baranowski, Matt Shea, William Wilson and Parker Cross.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe students will head to Presque Isle on June 17 for the next competition.
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One person was arrested after an apparently random home invasion in Fort St. John’s downtown area.The incident happened early Saturday morning at the Wesnor Apartments at 97 Ave. and 98 St.- Advertisement -Sergeant Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP says the residents of a neighbouring apartment called police about a disturbance next door. When police arrived at the apartment the suspect had already fled, but the victim provided police with a description of the male.Police quickly located a male matching the suspect’s description nearby and arrested him. Police say the male was later identified as the suspect but was released on a promise to appear in court.Perrett says that the suspect punched and kicked the victim several times and threatened to kill him. He also says that the suspect left behind what police believe is stolen property.The victim has already identified himself as reporter Ryan Lux with the Alaska Highway News through an editorial he wrote for the newspaper.Advertisement In the editorial Lux says his apartment door had been left unlocked, which he attributed as being a factor in the break and enter. Police could not confirm that Lux’s door was unlocked at the time of the break-in; however, a locked door can often act as a deterrent.To help avoid being a victim of a break and enter or home invasion, Perret suggests ensuring all doors and windows in a home are locked and secured, including having a good quality deadbolt, and keeping a few indoor and outdoor lights on, even if people are in the home or asleep. He says lights will often act as a deterrent since thieves are less likely to approach a home that could allow potential witnesses to see what they are doing.