NAFCU’s Berger delivers Washington & Industry Update at DCUC conference

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger addressed the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) Tuesday at its 56th Annual Conference in Chicago on current efforts in Washington that could impact credit unions. The conference began Sunday and concludes today.“NAFCU and the DCUC have a strong partnership and remain committed to working together to ensure servicemembers and their families have access to safe, affordable financial products and services,” Berger said.Last week, NAFCU and DCUC teamed up to reiterate their opposition to a provision included in the Senate-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would require the Department of Defense to treat large banks the same as not-for-profit defense credit unions on military bases. The two organizations will continue to advocate that this provision not be included in the final NDAA as House and Senate conferees reconcile differences in the two chambers’ bills.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 24

first_imgCyclists are entitled to share in freedomIn Brian Pelletier’s Oct. 19 letter (“Cyclists don’t belong on roads with cars”) concerning those who ride bicycles on roads, the writer enumerated the many requirements and restrictions facing citizens who want to travel by auto on “public roads,” including license, registration, taxes, tolls and insurance. It’s a valid point. One wonders what a pioneer explorer like Daniel Boone would have thought upon learning that the modern American faces such obstacles to simply making their way about this great nation.One might also then reasonably expect the writer to admire and maybe even wish to join those fellow Americans who still resist the yoke and lash, and get about on bicycles, requiring naught but the strength of their own two legs.But sadly his sentiments are instead the resentment the un-free sometimes feel for the free, longing not so much for their own liberation but for equal bondage on all others. He urges that bicycles be banned from the public roadways, forcing their riders to surrender their independence and accept the wheeled prison cell that is the modern automobile, with all the state-mandated intrusions and burdens that entails. What a sad statement on the regard liberty-loving Americans may expect from some fellow citizens today.John MurphyNiskayunaWhat good have Dems done for us?Talk about turncoats. Democrats are tearing each other apart trying to outdo each other.Folks, Sen. Bernie Sanders is a Socialist, not a Democrat. Get it? Why is he allowed to run on the  Democratic ticket? Hmm. In doing so, he first ran against Hillary Clinton and  Socialist  Democrats. Nancy Pelosi, about the worst Speaker we’ve ever had, period, lets so-called Democrats push socialist views even more. Everything t President Trump has done since his first day in office, they hate and condemn. The economy is doing very well, especially for those who like working and investing.  President Trump’s decision on Syria and Turkey is spot on. How many more years are we supposed to be in Middle East? We’re at $8 trillion and counting, thanks to Bush and Obama.  Plus, the president shined spotlight on deep state Clintons and Obama.They should have been charged with crimes against America and put in prison. What people are afraid of I do not know. As Democrats/socialists say, no one is above the law. That goes for all races, creeds, etc. Lying politicians like Adam Schiff, AOC, Biden, and on, and on, Trump is and has been right about them, and the swamp. What have the Democrats truly done for nation, but tax and spend? True Socialists, that they are.Al MarvellScotiaWe can’t afford four more years of TrumpWhen will “Trumpsters” admit that “Mr.” Trump is selling away the United States, one piece at a time. He is constantly going against the Constitution and obstructs Congress. Before being shamed to dropping the idea, he planned to host the 2020 G7 meeting at his resort in Miami.First of all, this would be against the Constitution. Secondly, he probably doesn’t own most of the properties with his name on them.Russian billionaires and Russian and Chinese banks probably hold the mortgages, making Trump beholden to Putin, China and North Korea. The Turkish government paid him $10 million to have his name on its twin towers in Istanbul. Trump continues to refuse to have his financials investigated, because we would find out he is not as rich as he claims and who he really owes.Trump has got to go. We cannot afford to lose any more of our treasured allies, and especially our troops.Lou BachScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVoters should think what’s best for townFor the past two years, I have witnessed the Democratic Niskayuna Town Board thwart every suggestion put forth by our Republican supervisor. That supervisor was elected in a deeply “blue” town because of overwhelming dissatisfaction with the prior Democratic supervisor, who was seen by many as petty, vindictive and out of control.All of the Democratic candidates I heard at Tuesday’s forum presented by the League of Women Voters purported to be an independent voice of the people of the town. Yet, every one of them aligned themselves with one another, linking their views together as a bloc.That bloc has fought transparency by withholding the ministerial task of approving meeting minutes, violated environmental review laws around the outrageously over-budget Wastewater Treatment Facility, and, despite what several of the candidates argued, has failed to protect parkland, specifically Mohawk River State Park over which the town has a stewardship agreement with the state.For these reasons, even though I am deeply disheartened by Republican politics on the national level, this Democrat will not vote blue locally. I strongly encourage voters in the town of Niskayuna to educate yourselves, decide what you think is best for your town, and vote.Jeffrey MeyersNiskayunaBreak up mayor’s bloc and back RiggiSchenectady residents have no choice in 2019’s mayoral election, in a city where so many resent the antics and arrogance of Mayor Gary McCarthy. The best thing to do for the cause of open, trustworthy, responsive city government is to break up the four-person council clique, that passively enacts the mayor’s agenda, without discussion of alternatives, needed information, tough questions, or public debate.Two of McCarthy’s virtually-sure votes are running, Ed Kosiur and John Polimeni. Professor Polimeni’s record is so filled with unfinished and D-minus ideas, we should take away his seat. Polimeni has, e.g.: ignored the plain words of the union contract to seek sick leave reimbursement for the police chief; ignored enforceability to push for a local ban on plastic straws; ignored factual errors and the approved plan, to sign a petition to send Lady Liberty to Steinmetz Park. And, he ignored universal calls for more details, to push his sidewalk assessment resolution in time for the election, which resulted in costs on Ardsley Road 84 percent higher than his estimates.Elect candidates likely to serve the people, not the mayor. Vote for independent Vince Riggi and perhaps withhold some votes. (Write in Riggi for mayor, too).David GiacaloneSchenectadyOfficials must do good by the peopleAll elected officials owe a dedication to the well-being of their people. In order to address the well-being of the people, you must hear the will of the people.Our concerns are simple and common sense. We demand a more just distribution of economic resources. Raise the tax burden on wealthier Americans and distribute that back to the people in the form of guaranteed healthcare and university education.We demand an end to senseless wars. These wars extract wealth from working class people around the globe and proliferate violence.People are dying and suffering, please tell me how these wars benefit America.We demand an end to corrupt invasions into public affairs. The epitome of injustice is the wealthy enforcing laws on the working class, which has no ability to enforce back onto the wealthy. That is the state of the American justice system, and we are fed up with brazen unfairness.We need our elected officials to lead a society-level charge in addressing the disastrous effects of climate change. Global temperatures are rising. So are sea levels. Once-diverse ecosystems have seen a tragic 50% loss of life worldwide in my lifetime. Life on Earth is shriveling and humanity will have to band together to face what lies ahead. We need you to begin this process, for the future of our families, for the good of our children, for the good of life.Use your position of power to do something good for the environment we all share.Galen HeinsAlbanylast_img read more

Social ban lifted

first_imgThe social probation on fraternities has been lifted effective today, according to a letter sent by Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson. Parties are still only permitted on Friday and Saturday nights while classes are in session.  The ban has prohibited informal gatherings at fraternities on Tuesday and Thursday nights since April 2011, after several negative events occurred within the Greek community.  “Your community is working diligently to demonstrate the ability to self-govern,” Jackson wrote in an email to the Greek community. “Stay focused on this important issue. Your leaders are on the right track and are prepared for a restoration social privileges, in accordance with other university policies, without the necessity of the extra level of scrutiny imposed by the social probation.” The email reminded Greek students that parties are not allowed to continue beyond 10 p.m. on weekday nights, as specified in SCampus.The probation was lifted because the Greek community had begun to successfully implement recommendations of the Greek Task Force, which was developed after the ban began.Jackson wrote that these recommendations would result in a “stronger, more responsible and more respected community.”last_img read more

Dornsife adds minor in Iranian studies

first_imgThis fall, the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will offer a minor in Iranian studies through a partnership with the Farhang Foundation in Los Angeles.The establishment of the minor is part of a multiphase process to establish an Iranian studies program at USC. The first phase began last year, when the university offered its first Persian language classes.According to NPR, Southern California boasts the largest population of Iranians outside Iran, roughly 500,000. UCLA, another large Southern California school, already has a Persian studies program.“UCLA has a Persian studies major so it’s about time that USC became involved in the Persian community, especially with all the resources available around us,” Emily Zolfaghari, secretary for USC’s Iranian Student Organization, said.Zolfaghari hopes to work for Doctors Without Borders in the Middle East, where she believes her Persian language studies will help her.While support for USC’s program exceeded expectations, it was necessary for the program to expand gradually to ensure that there was a demand for the classes and support within the Iranian-American community, according to Haleh Emrani, chair of Farhang’s Iranian Studies Council.“It was important to make sure USC — which is one of the most important universities in Southern California with the largest number of Iranian diaspora students — has an Iranian studies program,” Ali Razi, chair of the Farhang Foundation Board of Trustees, said.According to Emrani, the classes received an overwhelming response.“After we established the Persian language classes and they were received well by the student body, we realized that the time was right for the second part of the process to be implemented.”Professor Hani Khafipour, who previously taught at the University of Chicago, will join the Dornsife staff this semester to teach three courses in Iranian history, arts and culture that the minor will consist of.Khafipour said he hopes to help his students change their thought processes to focus less on the differences between Iran and America that are often emphasized in the media today.“The time has come to move away from this outdated framework and obstructive perspective,” Khafipour said. “I would like to encourage my students to distance their thoughts from such attitudes, challenge their assumptions, orient their viewpoint toward finding commonalities between the countries and to think critically about how to build new ways of developing relationships.”Emrani said the third phase of the process will be the establishment of an endowed chair in Iranian Studies, which would allow for the creation of a major in the subject.Steven Lamy, Dornsife’s vice dean for academic programs, said the university is not rushing to create a major because they want to ensure that they can offer students a quality program first.“We don’t create a major unless we have the faculty expertise as well as student interest,” he said. “We’re hoping this will attract students, then eventually we can create a major.”Hootan Omidvar, a junior majoring in psychology, said he initially took classes because of his Iranian heritage. He is planning to pursue degrees in clinical psychology and business, but he enjoyed the Farsi classes so much he is considering the Iranian studies minor as well.“If I pursue clinical psychology, I could have a niche of clients that are Persian,” he said. “I could more effectively communicate with them and understand them better because understanding their language leads to a deeper understanding of them emotionally. In business, any language skill makes for a more effective entrepreneur.”According to Emrani, the main purpose behind this specific effort at USC is to bring some level of knowledge to the community at large about Iran and Iranian culture.“We’re not only bringing the two communities together and the cultures together but we’re providing a set of skills for students to participate in the global economy,” Emrani said. “If students become familiar with cultures that may not be as well-known to them, it will lead to a more compassionate world.”Follow Kate Guarino on Twitter @km_guarinolast_img read more