Not playing anthem disrespected vets

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Oct. 7 Daily Gazette front page headline: “Anthem not played at school pep rally.” Well, isn’t that nice. Sure you have a right to express your feelings. But I also have a right to question how my school tax dollars are being used.I served two tours in Vietnam, so I know what the flag, anthem and our country means to me. So the next time you take a knee remember — don’t get any grass stains. I paid for that uniform you are wearing.Bryon J. MiglucciNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Students lose most from DeVos’ deregulation efforts

first_imgIn a crowded field, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has emerged as the least popular member of President Donald Trump’s administration.Her support of the for-profit college industry at the expense of students is unlikely to improve her standing.Under President Barack Obama, the government took steps to impose greater accountability on the industry and protect students from predatory schools.The policy is both just and cost-effective.For-profit schools saddle students with more debt and lead to higher default rates than traditional schools.In 2016, the department issued the gainful-employment rule, which requires any educational program receiving federal student aid to demonstrate that its graduates earn enough money to pay back their loans.Another set of regulations, known as borrower defense to repayment, makes it easier for students who believe they were defrauded by for-profit entities to plead their case and discharge their loans. It also makes the schools responsible for paying back the federal government if student borrowers demonstrate they’ve been misled.DeVos wants to reverse those reforms.Last summer she announced plans to rewrite both sets of regulations, though the process will take at least two years.Meanwhile, the Education Department is actively undermining the rules already on the books.In July, DeVos delayed enforcement of the gainful-employment rule until next summer — a reprieve for more than 800 programs that had failed to meet minimum debt-to-earnings benchmarks.The department has extended the appeals process for failing programs and given schools more latitude to dispute the government’s data by simply supplying their own.And it has blocked for two more years the measures that would help defrauded borrowers get out from under their student debts. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared on Bloomberg View:center_img In the meantime, the government has delayed processing any of the 87,000 claims from students who’ve requested discharge of their loans under the existing law and is considering a plan that would make defrauded students pay back a portion of their loans rather than receive full relief.The impasse has prevented some victims from getting mortgages, passing employer background checks or resuming their educations at other schools.The Education Department says these changes will save taxpayers as much as $46 million a year.But in the long run, holding for-profit colleges accountable for predatory and misleading practices will save the public even more.The Trump administration has every right to re-examine the efficacy of federal regulations.But weakening the government’s oversight of the for-profit education market is a bad deal for students and taxpayers alike.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: 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 censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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How can others trust our country now?

first_imgCadet bone spurs pulled the United States out of the TransPacific Parnership, thus inviting China to be the economic leader of the dynamic Pacific Rim countries. He pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords, thus flaunting his ignorance of climate science.He now pulls out of the Iran nuclear agreement, overriding the objections of people and nations who know far more about the situation than he will ever know. Given these precedents, how can North and South Korea, indeed any country, trust the United States to abide by international agreements it is a part of?NORRINE THOMPSONTED THOMPSONSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Team spirit

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Stock market ignores 23% Asda NAV rise

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Byker growth

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Stanhope set for Treasury coup

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Hammersmith offices: Under the Hammersmith

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Brothers in arms

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Chartwell in Bristol deal

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