October 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Returns To Action At Northern Arizona Saturday Tags: AFCA Coaches/Big Sky Conference/Idaho State/Josh Davis/Northern Arizona Football/Southern Utah/STATS FCS/Texas-El Paso/Walkup Skydome/Weber State Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-Saturday, Weber State football, coming off of the bye week, returns to action against Northern Arizona in a key Big Sky Conference tilt at the Walkup Skydome of Flagstaff, Ariz.The 3-1 Wildcats, who are 1-0 in Big Sky play, are on a 3-game winning streak, having bested Cal Poly, South Dakota and Northern Colorado in succession after losing the season-opener to FBS foe Utah.Weber State remains ranked highly in the polls headed into Saturday’s tilt against the Lumberjacks as they are #6 in the STATS FCS poll and #7 in the AFCA Coaches poll.The Lumberjacks, who have vanquished FBS foe Texas-El Paso already this season, are 2-3 and 1-1 in Big Sky action, having bested Southern Utah September 22 and dropping a 56-42 game to Idaho State at Pocatello, Idaho last Saturday.Traditionally, this series, which dates back to 1964, has been highly competitive. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 26-25 with the Lumberjacks leading 16-8 in the series at home.The Wildcats have been blessed this season by the talents of freshman tailback Josh Davis, who averages 166.3 rushing yards per game and is second nationally in all-purpose yards with 219.3 such yards per game.This is a 3:30 pm MDT kickoff Saturday afternoon. Written by Brad James
January 4, 2018 By Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Instead of enjoying time with his three children, his “sweetheart” of a wife and living out his passion for coaching sports, Corey Polen travels a difficult road with limited options.What Polen now describes as “torture” started small. While hiking with his wife in an Arizona park in 2015, his right ankle started to give out. Over the next few months, he would experience additional pains in his leg.By March 2016, Polen was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease — an incurable neurological illness that, for many, results in death within three yearsFrom day one, the Brownsburg resident faced confusion, vague diagnoses and an agonizing fate.Corey Polen of Brownsburg shares his story of living with ALS and why he supports the proposed legislation. Photo by Zoie Richey, TheStatehouseFile.com“My future is not a nice one,” Polen said. “Knowing what is to come is torturous. It’s a future that is worse than what we label as torture for our military.”Polen appeared with Rep. Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington, and Bev Hmurovic of Compassion & Choices of Indiana at a press conference Thursday to announce the first draft of Pierce’s reborn medical aid in dying bill.House Bill 1157 would expand end-of-life options for patients with terminal illnesses, like Polen, by legalizing physician-assisted suicide. The procedures listed in the bill are modeled on an existing law in Oregon.Apart from Oregon, only four other states have laws permitting physician-assisted suicide — Washington, Vermont, Colorado and California. The District of Columbia also permits the practice.Pierce introduced a similar bill in 2017, the first of its kind to be proposed in the Indiana legislature, but it never received a hearing.Hmurovic cited the impact of assisted suicide laws in states like Oregon when defending the legislation Thursday.She said that in the 20 years since the law was first passed in Oregon, there were no reported instances of abuse. Additionally, only one-third of patients who request the medical aid actually went through with the procedure.Bev of Compassion and Choices of Indiana speaks out on a bill that would allow individuals with terminal illnesses to partake in assisted suicide. Photo by Zoie Richey, TheStatehouseFile.comWith one more option, Hmurovic said, patients have more control over an unpredictable situation and may further reflect on their decision. Likewise, hospice care in Oregon increased to its highest point since the bill became law, she added.Pierce’s legislation requires that individuals have a diagnosed terminal illness with a prognosis of fewer than six months. They would then submit two separate requests to the Indiana Department of Health for the life-ending medical aid.In the first, the patient’s physician would be required to provide alternatives, such as hospice care and pain management. After a 15-day waiting period, a second request would be submitted with the help of a consulting physician, who would confirm the diagnoses of the patient’s physician.At each stage of the process, two independent witnesses would testify that the patient’s decision is voluntary.Additionally, a patient is diagnosed with depression or another mental illness would be referred to separate counseling.“I am hopeful the introduction of this bill will begin a discussion among Hoosiers about this difficult end-of-life issue,” Pierce said.The lawmaker emphasized that every voice counts in assessing this practice.“The truth of it is, if you even look at Oregon, there’s only a very small subset of the population that needs this help,” Pierce said. “It’s a very small number of people, but they’re people who deserve the help of the legislature.”While Polen continues to face an incurable illness, his mission remains firm.“Why does a pet have more options than me?” Polen asks in a post on his YouCaring fundraising page. “Timothy McVeigh, who killed 168 people and injured over 600 in the Oklahoma City bombing, was put to death compassionately in my state of Indiana. Why does he get to die compassionately? Yet, my state wants me to have a torturous death in front of my children. I don’t understand.”Before Polen and others with terminal illnesses receive an answer, they will have to wait to see how HB 1157 progresses.“I’ve only heard the title, which is a little disturbing to me,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis. “If it’s a euthanasia bill of some sort, I would have to say I’m disinclined to think that’s a good idea for Hoosiers. But, I really haven’t looked at the details yet.”Until then, Polen will work with Pierce and share his experiences with ALS with lawmakers.“I’m reaching out to find out how we can be in less pain,” Polen said. “Because, in the end, it’s a life of drowning yourself in your own saliva.”Erica Irish is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Lees Foods has seen its year-on-year pre-tax profit increase more than twofold from £379k in 2008 to £843k in 2009.The Coatbridge-based firm also announced a 13% sales rise to £18.2m in its final results for the year ended 31 December 2009. Gross profit was up 15% to £5.8m.“Both companies in the Group, Lees of Scotland and Waverley Bakery, enjoyed record years in terms of sales and profits,” commented non-executive chairman Chris Greig.Chief executive Clive Miquel said these trading levels had been sustained into 2010, “with our sales during the first quarter of 2010 slightly ahead of the same period in 2009”.He said the firm had grown sales of its existing range of teacakes, snowballs, confectionery, ice cream cones and meringues, as well as introducing new products, and entering new markets with existing retail customers in the UK. The firm has also started exporting to customers in Kuwait, France, the USA and Australia.“During the year we invested further in our production facilities, including the purchase of a new meringue depositor, which gives us increased capacity and greater flexibility in our meringue production,” said Miquel. “We have a planned programme of capital investment over the next three years, which includes the installation of new ovens during the first half of 2010. This will give us additional capacity to support our future growth ambitions.“We are excited about the future and while we are focusing on organic growth, we will look at complementary acquisition opportunities if and when these arise,” he added.* In March 2009, its subsidiary Patisserie UK was placed into administration. In June, Lees announced it would take legal action against the people from whom it bought Patisserie UK, after anticipated sales did not materialise as forecast. A settlement was reached, which saw Lees receive approximately £225,000.
IndianaLocalMichiganNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleMichigan on list of states warned about militia activity of election dayNext articleHolcomb extends emergency declaration to December Brooklyne Beatty By Brooklyne Beatty – October 31, 2020 0 905 TAGSclocksdaylight saving timeDSTset backsunday Pinterest Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday Pinterest Facebook Don’t forget to set back your clocks this weekend.Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday at 2 a.m., so you’ll need to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.Your cell phone, laptop or any device connected to the internet should fall back an hour that night without any help from you.But devices like microwaves, ovens or clocks around your home and office will need to be manually set.Daylight Saving Time was enacted by the federal government 101 years ago as a way to save coal during World War I. Google+ Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Twitter
Georgia farmers begin to prepare land for planting despite unfinished farm bill. Georgia farmers will have to wait at least until the end of April to get the federal programs they need to make this year’s final planting decisions, say University of Georgia economists.The U.S. House and Senate have both passed versions of a new farm bill. A house-senate conference committee is trying to hammer out the differences to come up with a final bill. Photo:Brad Haire With congress adjourned for its Easter break, staffers will keep negotiating. But the committee won’t take up public discussion of the bill until April 9.UnderestimatedObservers say much of the delay has centered around the cost of the Senate bill. The Congressional Budget Office underestimated this bill by $6.3 billion. The conference committee had to find ways to trim the cost.The committee did this, though, and agreed on a funding framework for the bill before the Easter break.So when they pick it back up April 9, they can tackle “in earnest” some of the differences in provisions, said Don Shurley, an Extension Service economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.However, it’s still unclear whether a new farm bill will be passed before farmers begin planting their crops. The current farm bill still has one more year. It would cover this growing season if no new farm bill is passed.So farmers don’t know if they should decide what or how much to grow this year on the old farm bill or on the new, unfinished one. They’re cutting it close.Tough on GeorgiaThis is particularly tough for Georgia farmers, who plant their biggest crops mainly in May. Because of the climate, Georgia farmers can plant earlier than many U.S. farmers.”Also, unlike, say, Midwest farmers, this new farm bill has some critical issues unique to Southern growers,” Shurley said.Georgia farmers depend greatly on cotton and peanuts, two crops sensitive to the final wording in the new farm bill.Because a new farm bill is bound to be passed sooner or later, it would be better to get one passed for this season, said UGA Extension Service peanut economist Nathan Smith. It would help some peanut farmers economically.A new farm bill this year would be better for Georgia cotton farmers, too. It could mean a difference of as much as 10 cents per pound in program payments — a considerable amount, Shurley said.House and senate versions differ on payment limitations for farmers, conservation payments and the establishment or updating of base acres, or the average number of yield and acres of a particular crop grown on a farm. Subsidies and payments are based on this number.After a bill is passed, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will then have to write regulations to implement it. USDA is reportedly already preparing these regulations to put the bill into practice as soon as possible.
By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Gold Kist Inc. announced the establishment of the Gold Kist Professorship in Poultry Science and Health Oct. 4 in Athens, Ga.This endowed research position is being funded through a bequest from the late founder of Gold Kist, D.W. Brooks. The new professor will conduct research in avian disease and poultry health enhancement. “This position will bring a researcher of national and international acclaim to UGA to complement and strengthen our poultry research programs,” said CAES Dean J. Scott Angle. “This professorship will allow the department to continue to build upon its outstanding reputation and will ensure that U.S. poultry producers remain global leaders in the efficient production of wholesome and high quality poultry products.” Gold Kist President and CEO John Bekkers added, “Our company has a long history of support and commitment to UGA. We believe the establishment of this professorship has the potential of being one of the most important investments Gold Kist has made for the future of the poultry industry. Research in avian disease prevention is critical to the industry’s success, and we are proud to be taking a leadership role along with UGA in this research area.” Georgia is the No. 1 poultry-producing state in the nation. Poultry represents more than half of the state’s agricultural income, employs more than 100,000 people and contributes more than $13 billion annually to the state’s economy. UGA’s Department of Poultry Science has developed a longstanding reputation as one of the premier centers of poultry research in the world. “The position will be a joint appointment of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Mike Lacy, CAES poultry science department head. “This innovative approach strengthens the natural relationship and interaction between our two colleges and links our research in poultry nutrition, genetics and avian health. The benefits of such research to Georgia poultry farmers and consumers are critically important, whether we are talking about routine disease prevention, food safety, bioterrorism or keeping avian influenza out of the United States.””This new professorship will be a great addition to our already well-respected graduate program and add to our ability to provide highly trained specialists to meet the food industry’s needs in our state and nation,” Lacy added.”We are grateful for Gold Kist’s continued leadership in the poultry industry and at our university. This endowed position will allow us to bring another world-class scientist to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty,” Angle said.Gold Kist is the third largest chicken company in the United States, accounting for more than 9 percent of the chicken produced in the United States in 2005. The company operates a fully integrated business that includes live production, processing, marketing and distribution. Gold Kist’s operations include nine divisions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 76-year-old woman died after crashing her vehicle in her hometown of Riverside on Tuesday afternoon.New York State police said Saundra Highland was driving a Ford southbound on Nugent Drive when it drifted into the center median and struck a tree at 3:24 p.m.The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.State police ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-208-9002.
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Nothing strikes fear like receiving a notice in the mail from the IRS or your state tax revenue agency that you are being audited.A NerdWallet.com 2018 Tax Study found 89% of Americans surveyed were worried about making a mistake in filing their income taxes. The top two concerns included being audited and having to pay more after filing.When it comes to being audited, the good news is that for most Americans, the odds are against it. It is estimated that less than 1% of tax returns are audited.That doesn’t ease the anxiety.To help stay under the radar, ConsumerReports.org shared the most common moves that can trigger a closer look by the IRS.Mistakes: This includes any typos. The IRS estimates people are 20 times more likely to make a mistake on a handwritten form so consider electronic filing. The IRS doesn’t care who made the error, the taxpayer is held accountable. Take the time to double check everything. If you have any questions or doubts regarding your taxes don’t hesitate to tap into free online or local resources at your financial institution or reach out to a reputable professional.Embellished deductions/credits: Be careful of getting creative with your deductions without having the proof to back it up. The IRS is well aware of the tendency to exaggerate certain credits or common deductions, so understand eligibility requirements and play by the rules. If you list something, have the supporting documentation ready.Business expenses: Running a small business out of your home? Before taking advantage of the many small business tax credits and deductions, double check it meets the IRS classification of a small business. For example, if your side gig has been losing money for three consecutive years, the IRS may consider it a hobby. A hobby doesn’t qualify for small business tax breaks. Keep good records of any business expenses claimed. Also be sure to report all the income from your side hustle. While thegeneral rule is any income earned over $600 requires a 1099 be filed by each payer, any and all income is subject to US taxation.
A health worker holds blood samples during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine at Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.Eva Marie Uzcategui | Bloomberg | Getty Images It means that protection from Covid-19 is achieved 28 days after the initial vaccination, which consists of a two-dose schedule.The final vaccine efficacy percentage may vary, however, as safety and additional data continues to be collected.“The first set of results from our Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of our vaccine’s ability to prevent COVID-19,” Pfizer’s Bourla said in a statement.“We are reaching this critical milestone in our vaccine development program at a time when the world needs it most with infection rates setting new records, hospitals nearing over-capacity and economies struggling to reopen,” Bourla continued.“With today’s news, we are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis. We look forward to sharing additional efficacy and safety data generated from thousands of participants in the coming weeks.”Roughly 42% of the trial’s participants had diverse backgrounds, Pfizer and BioNTech said, adding that there haven’t been any serious safety concerns reported yet.The companies said they planned to submit for emergency use authorization to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration soon after they have two months of data, which is currently on track for the third week of November.Based on current projections, Pfizer and BioNTech expect to produce up to 50 million vaccine doses in 2020, and up to 1.3 billion doses in 2021.The companies said they plan to submit data from the full phase three trial, which began on July 27, for scientific peer-review publication. Albert Bourla, chairman and CEO of Pfizer, hailed the development as a “great day for science and humanity.”The results were based on the first interim efficacy analysis conducted by an external and independent Data Monitoring Committee from the phase three clinical study. The independent group of experts oversee U.S. clinical trials to ensure the safety of participants.The analysis evaluated 94 confirmed Covid-19 infections among the trial’s 43,538 participants. Pfizer and BioNTech said the case split between vaccinated individuals and those who received a placebo indicated a vaccine efficacy rate of above 90% at seven days after the second dose.- Advertisement – U.S pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech said their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 among those without evidence of prior infection, according to data published Monday from their late-stage vaccine trial.It comes as drugmakers and research centers around the world scramble to deliver a safe and effective vaccine in an attempt to bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 1.25 million lives worldwide.Scientists are hoping for a coronavirus vaccine that is at least 75% effective, while White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has previously said one that is 50% or 60% effective would be acceptable.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionState’s Republicans need to stop declineIt seems like every week we hear about another New York State Senate Republican announcing their retirement. I hear many complaining about not being in the majority anymore. So instead of standing up for themselves, their beliefs and their constituents they have decided to call it quits.Cowards. Also, The Grand Old Poltroons have not won a statewide election in almost two decades and I don’t see that changing any time soon with the group of throw-away candidates they put on the ballot come Election Day.This train wreck didn’t happen overnight. The slow, steady decline started many years ago.Things like this happen when you have no leadership at the top.Yes, I know they got themselves a new state chairman this year, and with the little I have seen and heard, I’m not impressed. One has to do a little more than just keep saying how bad the other party is. In this political climate in New York, the Republicans must promote more viable (moderate) candidates to run for statewide office for any chance to win anything.We could really use some checks and balances in our state government. It’s really not good for the people when one party rules everything. A perfect example is Schoharie County.Jerry FioreSummitSantabarbara is far left and ineffective Democrat Angelo Santabarbara is a fraud. He brags about voting no on his party’s disastrous bail reform bill, but he did nothing to stop it.If he truly cared about our safety, he would have tried to change his party’s view and debate the bill on the Assembly floor. But he did nothing.As a result, child molesters, like the one who groped 13 young girls at the Saratoga County Fair, could still be prowling around. Thanks a lot, Angelo. Santabarbara’s attempts to stop the release of dangerous criminals were either feeble or non-existent, and now he wants to swoop in and save us from a problem he created. Santabarbara fears his party’s leaders.He failed to stop bail reform, because he follows his Democratic Party, which only cares about passing laws for New York City.Santabarbara tries to portray himself as independent from his party, but do not be fooled.The Democrats controlling the New York State Senate, Assembly and governorship are extreme left fanatics who decriminalize assault on pregnant women, elevate the rights of animals over the rights of babies, murder pre-born babies moments from birth and refuse medical care to babies who survive abortion. Santabarbara voted in favor of those heinous laws. No matter how far to the right Santabarbara runs before election, he’s still a member of the crazy far-left Democrats.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hills The popular belief in the paranormal realm is of some unusual physical phenomenon. In this letter, I document a case of extreme intelligence in the paranormal zoo.I have been analyzing world class chess for 35 years. In the 1980s, I used a weak computer for analysis.Fifty players in the Capital District could beat this program.Now computers are so strong they would crush World Champion Magnus Carlsen.One day, I was analyzing my favorite opening, the Evans Gambit, with a weak computer. Then it did the impossible. It played both sides of the position at blitz speed and was calculating better than the strongest computers today.Because it was playing at blitz speed, it gave me a lesson on just how deeply it was analyzing. It came up with a position where I did not need to calculate anything. All I had to do was count moves, not analyze. In a critical position, it was clearly seeing ahead 10-15 moves in a matter of seconds.Richard MoodyMiddleburghFacts get in the way of Trump accusationsIn response to Mr. Gray’s rebuttal in his “What are Trump’s crimes?” Nov. 19 letter to The Gazette:1. Can you name the ‘collusion,’ or is it just an uncorroborated accusation? See Mueller Report.2 and 3. There’s no obstruction if what you wanted never happened; read the definition.4. Comey should have been fired long before he was, and nothing was obstructed. The witch hunt continued.5. What conduct? Flynn was railroaded. You should be happy.6 to 10. Your mastery of the numbers designating laws is admirable.Do you have a particular instance or event you could mention for one of them, or just more uncorroborated accusations?11. Really? Was he accused of these while he was in the Oval Office (like another president I could name) or when he was a private citizen? Both parties have more than their share of this tripe.12. Where did you read this? Do you have an unnamed source the MSM haven’t discovered?13. You’re really swinging at nothing here. You must have gotten this from CNN or Adam what’s-his-face.The delay in aid to Ukraine was to ensure that our taxpayer money wasn’t going to a corrupt government. The Ukrainian president stated he had no idea it had happened, and it’s difficult to bribe someone who isn’t in on the secret.Maybe some actual facts will help clear up the confusion you obviously have, although facts don’t seem to sit well with the liberal agenda.Jeffrey FalaceSchenectadyTo win, just don’t do what GOP, Trump doRegardless of whether a woman or man wins the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, we’ll have a candidate with a positive, inclusive non-racist, law abiding and patriotic agenda.Our candidate assuredly will believe in: the rule of law; our intelligence community; science, including combating climate change; that the environment needs to be protected with an EPA that works for the people, not fossil fuel companies; that the Interior Department needs to protect our national parks and monuments and not give them away to the fossil fuel industry; that women and minorities matter; the right to affordable health care and prescription drugs; protecting voting rights; maintaining good, strong relations with our allies and demonstrating world leadership; not allowing foreign nations to meddle in our elections; holding dictators accountable; valuing human rights again; a rational, humane immigration system that doesn’t separate families; a balanced tax system that benefits the middle class and disclosing their tax returns; rebuilding our infrastructure; ensuring workers get a living wage; the value and honor of public service; hiring honorable, non-corrupt, non-racist advisers; eliminating nepotism; not accepting emoluments; maintaining a strong strategic military; prosecuting domestic terrorism; holding groups like the KKK and NRA accountable; and so on.Everything listed above is the opposite of the current administration and, for that matter, most of the GOP.If the Democratic candidate can communicate this belief agenda, there should be little problem in winning the 2020 presidential election, regardless of the Republican opponent.Raymond HarrisGlenvilleExperienced teachers are worth the costAs I read your editorial “Time to rethink LIFO” in the Dec. 15 Gazette, I found myself becoming more and more agitated by your characterization of longer-tenured teachers.To suggest in the editorial that higher paid, longer tenured teachers are underperforming is a slap in the face to every tenured teacher. Districts have the opportunity to remove ineffective teachers in the years before tenure is granted. Administrators need to evaluate the performance of new teachers during their probationary period to ensure that they are being successful in the classroom.We are all well aware that the cost of education is high and that districts across the state are having a problem funding programs.But to suggest that laying off longer-tenured teachers is the way to save money and help balance the budget is unconscionable. It is also not a reasonable assumption to suggest that the newer, younger teachers are going to be more successful in the classroom. It is true they’re cheaper. But keep in mind the old adage “You get what you pay for.”Teaching is difficult these days under the best of circumstances, and new teachers may not have developed skills that will allow them to adapt successfully to constantly changing conditions in the classroom. Students come to school with myriad issues, and having an experienced teacher may be the best chance a student has of achieving success.I suggest that we look at better ways to fund education than paying teachers less money.Carol SzczepanskiNiskayuna When did we stop thinking for ourselvesI was chagrined by the idea that a belief in a Qanon conspiracy could become a legal defense. When, exactly, did we become an idiocracy?Will lack of critical thinking skills also become a legal defense someday? And, along those same lines, exactly what is POTUS trying to flush down his toilet?I was also chagrined to read a letter that compared robocalls to liberals. I am, definitely, liberal. But I have many conservative co-workers and friends, and I enjoy a rousing debate. I would never compare any of them to a robocall.I think that Mr. Marincic’s Dec. 7 letter (“Paper should remove spammer comments”) is emblematic of where our country is right now.Debra KenfieldSchenectadyEditor’s Note: This letter was corrected to change the word “ideocracy” to “idiocracy” in the first paragraph.Look at who profits off of downtroddenI appreciate the nothingness of a Victorian Christmas as much as the next person. At 72, sitting on Santa’s lap is not for me.During the Victorian Period, the English (British Empire) allowed Ireland to be depopulated by famine. Who could afford a Victorian Christmas in England during the 19th century? Tiny Tim?The people partaking in the English Victorian Christmas profited from the fruits of Irish starvation. Most of the people in England did not connect the dots, nor did they care to.The merchants of death did profit. The Catholic Church and Protestant denominations profited also.The land of dead or immigrated ‘peasants’ was picked up by various sects. Church holding increased after the famine. Who profits today from illegal immigration and peasant labor? Catholic charities for sure. Others do also, but not as obvious.Yes, the Jesus Christmas is still with us, for now. I have little doubt English Victorians were strolling to church praying for Irish famine victims and folks shipped to an Australian penal colony, while visualizing Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Christmas Carol rerun time. God Bless Tiny Tim.Edmond DayRotterdamComputers transcend our idea of normal Cartoon reflective of the cruelty of TrumpThe tasteless caricature of young climate activist Greta Thunberg by Trump-worshipper Stiglich in the Dec. 15 Gazette was just plain cruel.This young woman never asked to be Time magazine’s Person of the Year. The vulgar, selfish, narcissistic scoundrel and climate change-denier in the White House thinks otherwise. He cannot abide someone else in the spotlight.Speaking of cruelty, this administration is responsible for 425,000 children losing their health insurance in 2018. They are attempting to kick poor families off Medicaid, and the last straw is 700,000 Americans losing food stamps, although even more rules are being pursued that will kick an additional 3 million off the rolls. Nearly 1 million children will lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches as well.The much-touted “parental leave” bills being considered are not truly paid-leave programs at all. Yhey merely allow workers to take out loans to fund their leave, loans that must eventually be repaid through cuts to their future Social Security benefits or future child tax credits.The sooner this crass, coarse twit and his entire corrupt cabal is history, the better.Cynthia SwansonNiskayunaCongress should resolve to end hungerAround the world, about 150 million children under age 5 are malnourished. The majority of hungry children live in Latin America, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, where poor countries struggle to provide basic education, health care, clean water and food.Malnutrition is especially harmful to women and children in the 1,000 days between conception and a child’s second birthday. It stunts mental and physical growth and weakens immune systems that fight disease.Malnutrition causes or contributes to the death of 2.6 million children under age five each year.To address this tragedy, Congress should pass the Global Nutrition Resolutions (H.Res.189/S.Res.260).These bipartisan resolutions make improving global nutrition a priority of the United States government.For example, the resolutions would ensure Congressional support for humanitarian aid in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Such aid reduces the extreme poverty and chronic hunger that drives migrants to flee to the U.S. border.Meanwhile, 13 million American children live in food-insecure families. Expanding summer feeding programs would help them to grow and learn.Americans donate about $14 billion a year to food banks, pantries and soup kitchens. It is heartwarming to see so many people helping the homeless and hungry. In that spirit of American generosity, Congress should make reducing hunger a national priority while supporting international efforts to create a more peaceful, just and loving world.That would be a wonderful Christmas gift to hungry children and a great resolution for the new year.Frank HauprichBallston SpaGrateful for support of league homes tourOn behalf of all the acting, sustaining and provisional members of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties, a sincere thank you to everyone who supported our biennial Homes for the Holidays House Tour.The tour was very successful this year, thanks in large part to five wonderful properties that highlighted the past, present and future of our community, the talented designers that decked their halls for the holidays, including Felthousen’s Florist, Experience Creative Design, Karen Splendido of Splendid Stems and Denise Maurer Interiors and our generous sponsors and patrons.For almost 40 years the community has embraced Homes for the Holidays and made it a delightful holiday tradition.Every penny raised helps fund the League’s community programs including Operation Back to School, Kids in the Kitchen, and Discrete Dignity.We look forward to seeing everyone again Dec. 3-4, 2021.Denise Murphy McGrawNiskayunaThe writer is president of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census