Military pay should be made comparable

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion New York state is looking for correction officers and running advertisements in many newspapers. They list the “starting” pay rate as $40,590 — $42,695 after six months and $48,889 after one year.Plus, they can retire and start collecting a pension and benefits after 25 years as a guard at any age. So they could pass a test and become a guard by age 20 and retire at age 45.Now I know that they protect and serve, but what about our military? Starting pay is $19,602. A PFC with one-year service makes $21,972. A sergeant with 10 years of experience makes $39,373. And our military people are serving in areas where they are being shot at every day. They don’t get to come home after an eight-hour shift.Just wondering, that is all.Edward F. WagnerClifton Park More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…Controversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton Parklast_img read more

Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with State College Residents

first_img January 30, 2018 National Issues,  Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections State College, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Penn State University faculty and students, community leaders, and residents for a non-partisan panel discussion on gerrymandering in the commonwealth. Nearly 100 constituents joined the discussion on how the current Congressional map affects their representation and how they feel redistricting should be approached. This is the first in a series of listening sessions the governor will hold across Pennsylvania in advance of the February 9 deadline for the General Assembly to deliver a redrawn Congressional map.“It’s important that we engage in open and transparent conversation on gerrymandering,” said Governor Wolf. “This is not a partisan issue and I want to make it clear that the people of Pennsylvania are the ones leading this charge.”Along with Governor Wolf, panelists included Zak Kalp, Penn State University senior and President of Better Politics PSU; Dr. Jessica O’Hara, Associate Teaching Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University; Dr. Bradford Vivian, Associate Professor in Communications Arts and Sciences, Penn State University, and Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation; Debbie Trudeau, Fair Districts PA; and Jonathan Marks, Commissioner, Department of State Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation.Last week Governor Wolf announced he will enlist a non-partisan mathematician, Moon Duchin, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Mathematics from Tufts University, to provide him with guidance on evaluating redistricting maps for fairness. Governor Wolf has it made clear since the Supreme Court ruled the map unconstitutional that he sees this as an opportunity to eliminate partisan gerrymandering and deliver the people of Pennsylvania a fair Congressional map. Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with State College Residentscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Tennis: Williams keen to face Murray in ‘battle of the sexes’

first_imgSerena Williams said that she would be happy to take part in a battle-of-the-sexes showdown with Andy Murray after the Scot issued a playful challenge to the American by proposing a one-off match in Las Vegas.Responding to a suggestion made by a fan on Twitter, Murray said that he would seriously consider an exhibition match against the women’s world No 1.“I’d be up for it. Why not?” Murray said. “I’ve never hit with her, but she’s obviously an incredible player and I think people would be interested to see the men play against the women to see how the styles match up. It’s happened in the past with Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. How about Las Vegas as a venue?”Connors defeated Navratilova in Las Vegas in 1992 in a revival of a two-match challenge 19 years earlier when former men’s world No 1 Bobby Riggs, then aged 55, took on Margaret Court and Billie Jean King. He beat Court, but famously lost in straight sets to King in Houston in a match that grabbed the world’s attention.Williams has her own experience of playing against a male opponent – losing 6-1 to German journeyman Karsten Braasch in a one-set challenge when she was 16 at the Australian Open in 1988.Now 31 and arguably in the best form of her life, Williams believes she would be an entirely different proposition. “I was really young. I’m a lot more experienced now,” she said. Asked whether she was ready to take up Murray’s offer, Williams said: “That would be fun. I doubt I’d win a point, but that would be fun.”Judging by Williams’s progress this week, it could well take the men’s world No 2 to end her winning streak, which she extended to 33 successive matches with a 6-3 6-2 second-round victory against French teenager Caroline Garcia.“I wouldn’t want to play me at 21 or 31,” said the 31-year-old top seed, who is looking to draw level with Roger Federer’s haul of 17 grand slam titles.Her next opponent will be Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm, at 42 the oldest player in this year’s Wimbledon draw.Williams insisted that she would not be underestimating the veteran Japanese player after watching her sister Venus struggle to beat her in a three-hour epic two years ago that was dubbed the ‘Zimmer Frame Thriller’ because both players boasted a combined age of 71last_img read more

Preferably hands off

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “That’s commitment” (Editorial, Oct. 4): Your editorial expresses concern over the Los Angeles City Council’s approval of subsidizing ($270 million) the proposed 56-story convention center hotel to hopefully cure the convention center’s annual $31 million drain. The city’s history shows too many government mistakes. The convention center, the Hollywood & Highland drain, North Hollywood’s decades-old economic languishment (rescued by the subway terminal), several other lethargic Community Redevelopment Agency project areas, and the imprudent rental housing policies are proof. In spite of that, the Daily News wants the city to have “comprehensive visions” for North Hollywood, the Northeast Valley and other parts of the city. With that kind of record, the best vision would be hands off by the government. Victor N. Viereck Valley Village Let’s not forget Re: “Five Americans are killed in fighting to retake towns” (Oct. 5): I noticed that you chose to put the deaths of five brave soldiers on Page 11. As the parent of a soldier fighting in Iraq, I am disappointed that you think county leases are more important. Let’s not forget these young men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unless you are a parent, 2,000 deaths and several wounded are only numbers until you put names to them. Every time you hear “Twenty-one guns,” you know they are bringing home a hero. Jerry Pennington Van Nuys It’s fantastic The schools are still failing our children, the hospitals are still closing or cutting back services, public employees are up in arms, the new special interests have replaced the old special interests, we are spending millions of dollars to hold a referendum election that few really understand or care about, but, thank goodness, the beautiful people are now protected from the paparazzi. In the words of Arnold, “it’s fantastic.” Marshall Barth Encino Why no outcry? Re: “Two men arrested in brutal attacks” (Briefly, Oct. 5): Sen. Diane Feinstein missed another press conference opportunity to demand the abolishment of assault weapons. Usually when an assault weapon is used to commit mass murders the story is on the front page and Sen. Feinstein shouts from the highest mountaintop, “we must abolish assault rifles.” Wednesday, however, the story of the mass murders of six men only made Page 10 and contained no demand from Feinstein to banish the assault weapon used in the crimes, an assault baseball bat. Why Page 10, why no outcry to banish assault baseball bats? Dean Brassfield Toluca Woods Gallant individuals I have lived in Southern California in fire-prone areas for nearly six decades. In 1975, firefighters saved our house from a Porter Ranch fire, and this week they saved my daughter and her family, including our 1-week-old granddaughter, from losing their Calabasas home in Las Virgenes Canyon. What can one say of these noble men and women, dressed in heavy protective clothing and equipment in 100-plus degree temperatures, speeding in their machines into harm’s way to protect lives and cherished property. It brings tears to your eyes to watch these gallant individuals go into action. Words of gratitude are inadequate. One can merely say, thank you and God bless them all. Richard Davis Lake Sherwood Wealthy unions Re: “Spending turns public off reform” (Viewpoint, Oct. 2): It appears Jill Stewart believes that voters today are deciding vital issues by watching force-fed-every-20-minutes lying political TV ads paid for with many millions of dollars by wealthy unions wanting to keep their wealth and to hell with California. I pray she is wrong and that the citizens of California will study these issues carefully and see that they are the only way our state can survive now and thrive in the future. The well-being of California and all of its citizens should be foremost in all voters minds, not the lying garbage that special interests are blasting at us day and night, not the popularity or lack of it of our governor. Millie Derose San Fernandolast_img read more