Maintain the mission of America's Founders
Democrat operatives got their just deserts for perpetrating the biggest prosecutorial conspiracy in U.S. history. Their nefarious plot backfired when proud supporters put an exceptional business man in the White House.
As the president's popularity reaches new highs, so does Trump Derangement Syndrome. Once a respected entity, has become the purveyor of hatred and resentment, who routinely practice what they pretend to condemn. The new faces of the Democrat Party are borderline psychopaths bent on destroying the greatest constitutional republic in recorded history. Their fellow-compatriots, a cabal of hard-core socialists competing for their party's nomination, are a national disgrace.
We're living in an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity. What reasonable person would saddle this great country with a sham ideology enforced by hate-filled demagogues? Think about it. Help bury this gaggle of jackals in the dustbin of history and protect the Founders' America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.
"Government's job is to protect the people, not run their lives"- Ronald Reagan.
Tom Williams, Clinton
Family's share of HCCC costs a stretch
Being a proud graduate of Herkimer County Community College, and having spent the majority of my professional career there as a member of the administration, I wholeheartedly agree with the county legislator, quoted in an article on the college budget, who said HCCC is a “gem” whose economic and cultural impact is significant in Herkimer County.
Where my opinion parts with the legislator’s is the point where he asserts that the students’ share of the cost of an HCCC education is “quite a deal”. In fact it is far from it.
The original plan for community college funding in New York state calls for the state, students, and county sponsors to share equally in the cost of operating them (33 percent each). If, as reported, students and their families will pay $4,870 of the $12,500 annual cost to educate one student, that share would be around 38.9 percent of the burden. The county’s share, according to the story in the O-D, would be around $1,525 per student or 12.2 percent.
Some will say that figure does not include chargeback funds (the monies exchanged between counties to help offset costs of educating students who reside outside the county where they attend community college) which may bring the total somewhat closer to parity. But make no mistake, students and their families pay more than their fair share. Even in today’s economy, $4,870/year per student is a stretch for a working family in upstate New York. Made even more-so when one considers the disparity between what the county pays and what it should be paying.
John Bullis, Fairfield