Professors debate free speech and protest

first_imgProfessors debated the role of the freedom of speech at public universities in a debate sponsored by the Notre Dame Student Chapter of the Federalist Society, American Civil Liberties Union and the Constitutional Studies Program Wednesday at Eck Hall of Law.Josh Blackman, a law professor at the South Texas College of Law, began the debate by sharing his own personal experience reconciling free speech with social protest. He said he was once protested by students while giving a lecture at the City University of New York (CUNY). The protest ultimately prevented from him from delivering his lecture, he said.Blackman said students protested his lecture because of his conservative views on topics such as President Donald Trump’s travel ban and DACA.“They were convinced that because of these positions. … I didn’t belong on their campus,” he said.The students’ belief in making their campus a safe space — a space free from prejudice — was what motivated them to protest against him, Blackman said.Blackman said although he believes the protest was organized with good intentions, it insulated students from hearing opinions different from their own.“Where I think they went awry was instead of presenting themselves in a way that challenged me and ask[ed] questions, they sought to shout them down,” he said. “And when I tried to engage them and ask them questions, they were utterly unable to effectively respond.”Instead, he said, colleges and universities ought to encourage those holding different opinions to engage in conversation with one another.“Law schools, I think, have an obligation, and all colleges have a duty, to expose their students to a wide range of perspectives,” he said.To do so, he said he believes guest speakers should be protected from protestors seeking to interrupt their presentations or antagonize them.“Why does a speaker need security?” he asked. “At CUNY, I was actually quite afraid.”Agustin Fuentes, a professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, followed Blackman. He said he acknowledged the importance of free speech but warned it can also be used as a tool of prejudice.“To understand why protests happen on campus, we have to understand the world in which we live,” he said. “The landscape of inequality is real. Discrimination is pervasive and powerful. Racism, sexism, bias and inequality create very unequal experiences and difference perceptions of and relationships with U.S.A. society.”He added that social protest is crucial because it is a significant way in which students today challenge inequality.“The current movement to speak up, speak out and not shut up — that is, to protest — is about opposing the intentional propagation of lies, misrepresentations and deliberate assertions that seek to deny or remove the rights of others,” he said.Fuentes also said he defended making campuses safe spaces because it offers protection to those who are victims of prejudice.“Freedom of speech does not mean that those individuals who are unfairly at risk for [hate] cannot be offered spaces of protection where they’re able to participate or engage with others in a context free of direct targeting,” he said.Fuentes said because freedom of speech risks harming victims of inequality, whether intentionally or unintentionally, discussions about free speech should not be made outside of the context of social prejudice.“If we engage in this conversation without thinking about context of all involved, if we think there is some bottom line that no matter what, words cannot do the damage, I think we’re really short selling what words do,” he said.Tags: ACLU, Constitutional Studies Program, Debate, Free speechlast_img read more

Farm Gate Value

first_imgThanks to dwindling commodity prices during 2015, Georgia farmers’ produce and livestock were worth about $151 million less in 2015 than they were the previous year. However, even with the dip in production value, agriculture remained the most valuable industry in the state. The University of Georgia’s 2015 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, which was released this week, provides each county’s agricultural acreage and the value of farmers’ agricultural production. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development compiles the previous year’s complete sales and production numbers, which provides the most in-depth glimpse of Georgia agriculture available. “We collect data for more than 80 commodities, and we collect data at the county level,” said Karen Stubbs, an analyst for the center and the report’s editor. “Reporting at the county level is important because it helps us get a handle on both the big and small picture of what’s happening in Georgia agriculture.” While the U.S. Department of Agriculture keeps an encyclopedia of statistics on agriculture throughout the nation, no other report drills down to capture information on less pervasive or new commodities, like sheep and barley. The report is a testament to just how diverse the agricultural sector is, Stubbs said. While broilers are perennially the largest portion of the state’s overall farm gate value, they only make up about 32 percent of the total. The rest of the listed commodities take up between 1 and 7 percent of the $13.84 billion total. Having all of the production numbers at the state and local levels is important because it allows officials to access the economic impact of agriculture in each county and across Georgia.Results “Last year, row crops and livestock really saw a decrease, but poultry and eggs, which are always the largest portion of the state’s farm gate value, stayed the same,” Stubbs said. The value of the state’s broiler crop dipped very, very slightly, by about 0.025 percent, while the value of the state’s egg crop increased by about 14 percent. Vegetables and ornamental horticulture crops also increased in value during 2015, by 7 percent and 29.7 percent, respectively. The value of other Georgia commodities fell in response to low commodity prices nationally, meaning farmers planted fewer acres of low-priced crops and got paid a lower price for the crops they did plant. Cotton, Georgia’s most abundant row crop, fell in value by 26 percent. Despite increases in the value of the state’s peanut and soybean crops, the decrease in cotton helped fuel a nearly 9 percent drop in the value of the state’s row crops. The value of beef and the state’s livestock fell by about 14 percent; agritourism receipts were down nearly 30 percent; and the value of Georgia’s fruit and nut crops fell by 8.5 percent.To view the entire report visit top commodities in Georgia in 2015 were:Broilers, with $4.4 billion in productionEggs, with $937 million in productionBeef, with $923 million in productionCotton, with $713 million in productionPeanuts, with about $685 million in productionTimber, with $681 million in productionGreenhouse/Ornamental Horticulture, with $428 million in productionDairy, with about $408 million in productionPecans, with $361 million in productionHorses, with $280 million in productionlast_img read more

Anyone can cook

first_imgRatatouille’s famous Chef Gusteau once stated, “Anyone can cook.”  Greatness therefore is not limited to a select few, but available to all.  Leaders have the distinct honor and responsibility of crafting an organizational culture that fosters creativity, empowering all those whom they lead to become the great innovators they were destined to become.  In any game of life, including business, there are clear winners and losers.  So, what makes a championship team?  Simply answered, it is how leaders capitalize talent.  To win, you had better capitalize better than the competition and that is impossible unless you harness the creative power of your team members.  Three core concepts will assist any leader, whether starting a new venture, or maintaining an existing organization, to build and sustain a people of purpose and a culture of excellence, dedicated to becoming innovating machines.  Anyone Can CookFirst, destroy the notion that good ideas only come from the top.  Unless you believe and practice the concept that good ideas can come from anywhere, you will risk stifling creativity in your organization.  In today’s ever increasing competitive environment, organizations cannot hope to win without first demonstrating a commitment to building high performing teams which are dedicated to a common vision, and that vision must include encouraging all employees, from the part-time teller to the CEO, to express their ideas.  One of the simplest recipes to remedy stifling innovation is to believe and practice that anyone can cook.  Then you will build winning teams, comprised of individuals who believe in the journey.  That flexibility will help to ensure that you are always at the cutting edge of innovation, as you empower your cooks to create a delicacy.     Inclusion: Recipe For SuccessSecond, foster an atmosphere of inclusion in which diversity and empathy are flourishing.   A diversity of perspectives and opinions is crucial for organizational success, especially for those that compete in a highly commoditized market.  A higher level of perspective can assist the organization in meeting and exceeding the needs of a larger group of current and potential members.  Understand however, that with diversity, conflict is inevitable.  Organizations can sometimes be plagued with judgment and ridicule from supervisors and co-workers alike.  A negative, judgmental working environment can quickly stifle creativity and innovation.  Without these two components, an organization cannot hope to identify opportunities, let alone be on the cutting edge of adding member value.  However, it is not the conflict itself that will destroy an organization; it is the inability of leaders to effectively manage it.  When properly managed, conflict can present great opportunities for growth and development, spurring creativity and innovation.  To ensure highly effective idea generation, leaders should tirelessly work to create an open-minded organization in which ideas are shared, mutual respect is embraced, diversity is encouraged, and empathy is a core practice.  Empathy leads to the path of understanding and inclusion.  The most successful leaders will be those who constantly observe the behavior of others, especially members.  Observing human nature will teach you more than any survey you could ever conduct.  As you observe and interact with existing and potential members, you will form relationships of trust that will shape the user experience and bring your brand to top of mind.   Never Skip DessertThird, reward good ideas immediately and consistently.  Recognizing and rewarding creativity can act as a strong catalyst in promoting a culture of innovation.  This process first begins with eliminating the notion that mistakes cannot happen.  If simple mistakes are punished, you will create an atmosphere of secrecy.  As a result, training suffers, trust deteriorates, and members suffer the consequences.  Change this mindset by instilling in employees the knowledge that mistakes can and do happen, and that they are accepted as opportunities to learn.  Further encourage idea generation by rewarding employees for positive impacts their ideas have on the organization.  Rewarding employees builds confidence and successful innovation is inseparably connected to the human condition.  People-focused creativity can be cultivated, taught, and mastered.  Leaders should encourage and reward small successes, as this will instill confidence in your team, inspiring them to share more ideas and embrace more challenging goals for creativity and innovation.  Leaders play a pivotal role in shaping the organization’s DNA.  Innovative individuals exist everywhere and the savvy leader will build a championship team by ensuring the creation of an innovation machine within their organization.  Inspire your people to share your vision and perhaps more importantly, your insatiable curiosity. 44SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joshua W. Poole Joshua W. Poole began his credit union career as a part-time teller, shortly after graduating from high school in 1999.  He has a passion for leadership and change management, and … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Chenango and Delaware counties coronavirus update (May 10)

first_img109 positive cases79 recoveriesFive active hospitalizations37 mandatory quarantinesFive precautionary quarantinesFour total deaths1281 total tests performed For more coronavirus coverage, click here. (WBNG) — The following are updated coronavirus numbers from Chenango and Delaware counties. Chenango County: The information released varies by county: 75 positive cases13 positive cases transferred out of county49 recoveriesThree active hospitalizations12 mandatory quarantineFour total deaths987 total tests performed Seven pending results Delaware County:last_img

Everybody hates the Trump tax plan, for good reason

first_imgA few days ago Gary Cohn, Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser, met with a group of top executives.They were asked to raise their hands if lower taxes would lead them to raise capital expenditures; only a handful did.“Why aren’t the other hands up?” asked Cohn, plaintively.The answer is that CEOs, living in the real world of business, not the imaginary world of right-wing ideologues, know that tax rates aren’t that important a factor in investment decisions.So they realize that even a huge tax cut wouldn’t lead to much more spending.And with that realization, the rationale for this tax plan, such as it is, falls apart, leaving nothing but a scheme to make the rich — especially those who rake in investment income rather than working for a living — richer at everyone else’s expense.For what it’s worth, here’s the story the Trump administration and its allies are telling. The only significant winners would be those making more than $1 million a year. Populism!Oh, and this doesn’t even take account of the health care sabotage that’s an integral part of the Senate plan.By repealing the mandate — the requirement that people purchase insurance — the plan would, as I said, cause 13 million to lose coverage; that loss of coverage, and the associated government subsidies, is why mandate repeal saves money that can be given to corporations.But the move would also drive up premiums for those who keep their insurance, because the dropouts would tend to be those with lower health costs.So that’s an additional, hidden indirect tax on the middle class.Nor does it take account of what would inevitably come next: tax-cut-induced deficits would, by law, trigger cuts in Medicare, and this would just be the start of a GOP assault on programs like disability insurance that provide a crucial safety net for millions of working-class Americans.All of which raises the question, why are Republicans even trying to do this? Their claim is that cutting taxes on corporate profits would lead to an explosion in private investment and faster economic growth.Furthermore, the fruits of this growth would trickle down to American workers in the form of higher wages — and rising incomes would raise tax receipts, so the tax cuts would end up paying for themselves.Even if some part of this story were true, there would be side consequences they’re carefully not discussing.After all, if we’re talking about a big increase in capital expenditure, where does the money for that expenditure come from?Nothing in the bill would make Americans consume less and save more.So the money would have to come from abroad — from selling stocks, bonds and other assets to foreigners, on a massive scale.And this inflow of foreign money would drive up the value of the dollar and lead to huge trade deficits: according to my analysis of the most optimistic forecast out there, more than $6 trillion in deficits over the next decade. These trade deficits would have a devastating effect on manufacturing — remember those jobs Trump promised to bring back? — to the likely tune of more than 2 million jobs lost.Oh, and about that economic growth: Foreign investors would be earning profits and taking them home.So much — probably most — of any growth we would get from cutting corporate taxes would accrue to the benefit of foreigners, not Americans.But don’t worry too much about this stuff. Most serious economic analyses agree with those CEOs who disappointed Gary Cohn: Corporate tax cuts wouldn’t actually do much to raise investment.They would, however, explode the budget deficit.So in an attempt to limit that deficit blowout, Senate Republicans are proposing significant tax increases on working families.In fact, according to Congress’ own Joint Committee on Taxation, taxes would rise on average for every group with incomes under $75,000 a year, and would surely rise for many families even in higher-income groups.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionLooking at the reactions to Republican tax plans, I found myself remembering what people used to say about former Sen. Phil Gramm, whose presidential ambitions never went anywhere but who did help cause the 2008 financial crisis:“Even his friends don’t like him.”So it is with GOP tax “reform,” especially the Senate version, which would raise taxes on most individuals, especially in the middle and working classes, and add around 13 million Americans to the ranks of the uninsured, all to pay for big cuts in corporate taxes.The general public strongly disapproves — by a 2-1 majority, according to Quinnipiac, although the majority would be even bigger if people really understood what’s going on.But surely at least CEOs like the plan, right?Actually, not so much. It’s bad policy and bad politics, and the politics will get worse as voters learn more about the facts.Well, last week one GOP congressman, Chris Collins of New York, gave the game away: “My donors are basically saying get it done or don’t ever call me again.”So we’re talking about government of the people, not by the people, but by wealthy donors, for wealthy donors.Everyone else hates this plan — and they should.Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and a columnist for The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Mob sets fire to tourist spot in East Java for alleged ‘sinful activities’

first_imgHe further claimed that activities in Bukit Bintang had also disturbed the learning process in a nearby Islamic boarding school.Pamekasan Satpol PP’s regional regulation enforcement division head Yusuf Wibiseno said the business practices conducted in Bukit Bintang were different from the one written on its permit, which stipulated that the place operated as a food stall.”The permit and the business practice in the field are different,” he said as quoted by police chief Sri Sugiharto said the police had previously tried to bridge the communication between locals who opposed the business and the Bukit Bintang owner, Mustofa, to solve the issue.”We had held a meeting attended by the owner, locals, stakeholders and personnel from the police and military. We had advised the owner to temporary close the establishment, but he refused,” Sugiharto said. (nal)Topics : The fire quickly spread to other huts, despite efforts by some people in the area to put out the blaze.Police and military personnel as well as members of the Pamekasan Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) also failed to extinguish the fire.In’am Kholil, the coordinator of the protest, said the tourist establishment had caused unrest among the locals for allegedly being a popular spot for “sinful activities”.”Being a tourist spot is only a façade. In reality many locals reported [Bukit Bintang] as a location for sinful activities,” In’am said without specifying details on the activities. Hundreds of people staged a protest and destroyed facilities at a tourist spot called Bukit Bintang (hill of stars) in Larangan Badung village, Pamekasan regency on Madura Island, East Java, on Monday.The mob demanded the tourist spot be shut down, alleging the place to be a location for “sinful activities”.The protest soon turned violent as some people started to damage facilities in the area, including fences and shelter for visitors, with several protesters burning down a hut in the area.last_img read more

Uninterrupted river views were behind the appeal of this popular home

first_img33 Tooth Ave, Paddington. Picture: five-bedroom home has more than 700sq m of living space and has been smart wired across all four levels.There is a swimming pool and a double fire pit in the yard and built-in wine collars in the outdoor area.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago33 Tooth Ave, Paddington. Picture: were imported from Turkey for the natural stack stone driveway. Inside the home are 4m ceilings, glass bi-fold doors, custom smart lighting and timber floors.It is listed through Emil Juresic of NGU Real Estate head office.The third most popular listing this week was an apartment at 2/27 Hillcrest Ave, Tugun. The three-bedroom unit is listed for offers of more than $499,000. The complex is in a cul-de-sac and is about a five-minute walk to the beach. It has a galley style kitchen, which has a custom made splash back featuring a photo of Flat Rock at Tugun. 10 Aranui St, Yeronga. Picture: well as numerous bedrooms the home has a study. Upstairs are Cathedral ceilings and exposed timber beams. There is also a built in bar and large balcony running along the full length of the house and overlooking the river on this level.On the lower level of the home is a kitchen, television room, office with a view and an outdoor covered area.The home is listed through Jane Elvin and Bernadette Howe of LJ Hooker Annerley/Yeronga.A brand new build at 33 Tooth Ave, Paddington was the second most popular listing this week. 10 Aranui St, Yeronga. Picture: river views were part of the appeal for the most viewed property in Queensland his week.The home at 10 Aranui St, Yeronga was the most clicked on listing in the state on seven-bedroom riverfront home is at the end of a cul-de-sac and has 36m of parkland frontage as well. 2/27 Hillcrest Ave, Tugun. Picture: is listed through Bruce Sohier of Armstrong Real Estate – Gold Coast.The fourth most viewed listing this week is a frequent entrant on the list.The home at 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach is listed for $22 million.It has seven bedrooms and is on the absolute beachfront. The home has a tennis court and has been renovated by international designer David Hicks.center_img 21-23 Webb Road, Sunshine Beach.It is listed through Nic Hunter of Tom Offermann Real Estate – Noosa Heads.Rounding out the top five this week is a four-bedroom home at 3 Lyne Court, Tewantin which is listed for $559,000. 3 Lyne Court, Tewantin. Picture: home has an open plan layout and tiles throughout the living areas. Once in the living area glass sliding doors open out onto a veranda at the rear of the home.All four bedrooms have new carpets.The home is listed through Sandra Upton of HANGloosa Property Noosa.last_img read more

Chair of Dutch regulator laments complexity of pension communications

first_imgThe chair of Dutch communications watchdog AFM has admitted she struggled with the complexity of pension value transfers when moving to the regulator last year.Upon moving from her previous employer – the Dutch Railways (NS), where she had been a board member – to the AFM, Merel van Vroonhoven said she had been considering a transfer of her pension rights between the railways pension fund SPF and the AFM scheme.However, as the information provided by both pension funds was too complex, she ultimately decided not to act at all, she said during the annual symposium of the pensions magazine PBM, last Thursday.In 2013, Job Swank, a board member of regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) conceded that he had difficulties comprehending his own universal pensions statement (UPO). According to Swank, who is also a professor of economic policy at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University, the Dutch pensions system had become far too complicated.In Van Vroonhoven’s opinion, despite new legislation on pensions communication, the biggest challenge for pension funds was still to get people in their twenties and thirties thinking about an additional pension, and actually start saving for it.“The new Pension Communication Act isn’t a cure against all illnesses,” she stressed, adding that participants were “insufficiently using the already available digital channels”.Van Vroonhoven said that the AFM was currently looking into how the pensions industry can digitally increase interest in pensions, and how participants could be taught to take steps themselves, “as this is a good way to keep their interest alive”.The AFM chair indicated that the regulator was also scrutinising how transparent pension funds were about the risks to participants future purchasing power. “We want to know whether the effect of non-indexation is properly explicable.”She further said that her biggest worry was that all risks were gradually shifted to participants without them being aware of it.The new Pensions Communication Act, with its options for a tailor-made approach as well as picturing scenarios, could help to prevent this from happening.Referring to the nation-wide debate about a new and sustainable pensions system, she reiterated that the AFM favoured fewer mandatory elements.Increased freedom of choice should, for example, apply to the contribution level, but not allow people to choose their pension fund or to invest individually, she pointed out.last_img read more

Kenny’s YO-YO budget of handouts and theatrics!

first_imgNewsPoliticsRegional Kenny’s YO-YO budget of handouts and theatrics! by: – May 29, 2012 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share 34 Views   no discussions St. Lucia’s Prime Minister, Kenny Anthony. Photo credit: thevoiceslu.comThe estimates of revenue and expenditure as tabled on April 26th 2012 and crystallized on May 08th 2012 via the policy statement by the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony, is best illustrated as insulated and deficient in the market place of political and business vanguards.This annual exercise is yet another charade of political messaging and economic competence. But it will take credible judgment, political stability and an economic action plan of precision, towards a prudent course correction.In light of this, the 2012/2013 estimates of revenue and expenditure and policy statement is worrisome – in contrast to the complex problems of insurmountable and unplayable debt, increase poverty and record unemployment.As presented, the budget statement is a wild ride of public handouts coupled with the vulnerable nature of part-time, casual, low-pay, unskilled jobs, – will in very short order lead to economic starvation and structural imbalance.Both unemployment and slow economic growth will continue to restrict disbursements.There has to be a better way. Here’s what is at stake – what is happening and the possibilities.During the general election, the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) promised better days, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, priority number one, and $100 million in one hundred days to jump start the economy. Five months later with a $1.457 billion budget, there is a sudden flip flop. Indeed there is an admission of the obvious that the King administration had a nice time. But equally so, this budget statement is insulated and deficient, because the point of origin begs the question. So whose economy and political well being is the yo-yo budget going to serve? The social reflection of Saint Lucia is a challenge. Its energy dependent structure, decrease investments (local and foreign), and its import/ export model requires substantive economic reformulation and orderly action, rather than antiquated rhetoric.Now, in order to grow socially and economically in an atmosphere of optimism, the wider population and, particularly, the middle class, needs to recover in tandem with a national development strategy.Therefore, the acronymic formulations (yep, big, nice, smiles, step, leap) of the estimates of revenue and expenditure and its carefully crafted macrocosmic political structure is not an alternative to diversify the economy and reach out to the wider population.This discomfort means that Saint Lucians will have insulated options as prescribed in the carefully crafted macrocosmic politically structured handouts. In light of this, more tax revenue is required and Saint Lucians will be required to work harder to pay more taxes, pay 15 percent Value Added Tax (VAT), get fewer services and make do with less.Let’s discuss this further, with dynamic possibilities.To be physically fit you have to burn fat and build muscle. To attain fiscal prudence a simple equation is to reduce debt and build credit – then you can begin to have leverage. The Achilles heel is this. Family wages within the past fifteen years have not kept-up with inflation in order to cushion the increase in food and fuel prices. Meanwhile, government expenditure has leap by seven percent annually.The economy is averaging 21 percent youth unemployment, with a widening deficit of $254.4 million dollars; a budget shortfall of at least $40 million, with a population of 170,000 contributing to less that forty percent of the legal economy, in addition to the national debt of $2.2 billion. This is the resistance that the 2012/2013 budget needs to face- up to. And don’t expect that the value added tax (VAT), revenue is going to stop the hemorrhage. Which again begs the following questions from the yo – yo budget? Where is the fresh start to a smaller and smarter government? Where is the fresh start to a transformative solution?And, where is the substantial reduction in government operational cost and elective spending that the SLP talk and talk about for five years in opposition? Once again, this is an aberration from chatter to flip flops.And, given variable matrix formulations, the 2012/2013 estimates of revenue and expenditure and policy statement has not offered a formula for success and a road map for the future of Saint Lucia.One would have expected this budget statement to deliver strong resolve, display political courage and economic change for the future of Saint Lucia, but alas, this is not the case. In the main, it is incapable to advance the molecules of progressive thinkers, investors, social leaders and entrepreneurs. In conclusion, the advancement of Saint Lucia’s resource development (human and natural resources) is where the hope, opportunity and a prosperous future lie.The development of a future that is free and safe to explore solutions and implement change is critical for the future of Saint Lucia.Including the need for principle measurements to enable Saint Lucia to meet local and international targets, maintain social and economic stability, achieve economic growth and abide by the rule of law.In the coming years, government will be struggling to face itself from the careless promises made to public employees, labour unions, voters, creditors and the irreparable damage made by the King administration. This is sure to create a Pandora’s Box of mass disappointments and annoyance. This is a problem. It will cause suppression with the persistence of big government, free -spending and unplayable public debt.The creaming of tax payers must come to an end. Other aspects include the government’s lack of awareness and failure to remove cumbersome bureaucracy and to facilitate a discourse on market economics that would enable business -led initiatives to come to market quickly, enable economic diversification through small and medium size development (SME) that would help improve economic conditions.This would play right into the hands of business and investors, to build up cash flow and seek out local entrepreneurs to form public – private ventures in (SME) manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, infrastructure development, information and communication technology and build long term investment asset that boost market confidence.This is the better way to better days – not public handouts of tax revenue and theatrics.If not, there will likely be more disappointments among the youth, to whom jobs, jobs, jobs is paramount for the hope of securing a strong career and a bright future.And if I am not mistaken by the analysis of the 2012/2013 estimates of revenue and expenditure and policy statement, there are three symptoms to overcome.First, it suffers from an authenticity deficit. Second, it has a calculation problem and truly it is a liberal flip flop from better days to the historical discomfort that “the Saint Lucian people are no strangers to hardship.”Therefore, the reliance of Saint Lucia to provide for itself is at stake.By: Melanius Alphonselast_img read more

Franklin County engineer resigns

first_imgBrookville, In. — Franklin County engineer Joe Copeland has tendered his resignation and his last day of work will be Tuesday, February 12. Copeland took the job in January of 2018 after Ted Cooley resigned the post following a failed Community Crossings Grant application.Copeland, who lives outside the county, cited many hours of travel as a contributing factor.last_img