Can U.S. overcome its own history?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe “America First” slogan has a history much longer than the tenure of the current administration. To infer where it will take us, one must look to the past, much as one might infer the destination of a missile or a meteor from its trajectory. “America First” was launched in the 1916 campaign of isolationist President Woodrow Wilson, embodying his desire to keep the United States out of World War I. In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan adopted it, embodying the Klan’s racism.The slogan was reborn in 1940 as the “America First Committee” of isolationist aviator and Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh, embodying his desire to keep the United States out of World War II. The America First Committee also embodied domestically Lindbergh’s own anti-Semitism. He said that the “greatest danger [of Jews] to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government.”The past is easier to “predict” than the future. Where is “America First” taking us? My best answer, besides “I don’t know,” is to avert destruction. Missiles can be intercepted and meteors diverted. Overcoming the momentum of projectiles, however, may be easier than overcoming the ominous momentum of history. A mighty effort will be required, including befriending people with whom we may disagree politically, if they are like-minded on existential issues for our democracy.Robert MichaelsNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Aba welcomes proposal to increase flexibility for Pensionsfonds

first_imgGermany’s pension fund association (aba) has endorsed government proposals to give Pensionfonds more flexibility. In August, the Labour Ministry (BMAS) called for stakeholder comment on a proposal that would allow the relaxation of minimum guarantees during the payout phase from a Pensionsfonds. In Germany, defined contribution (DC) funds have to be set up with a minimum guarantee, or Beitragszusage mit Mindestleistung, and, if a Pensionsfonds is used as a vehicle, the payout phase has to contain an insurance element.At present, Pensionsfonds are used infrequently on retirement but rather as a financing instrument for pension payouts. The BMAS’s new proposal aims to change the norm by allowing the application of a 0% discount rate on all pensioners’ assets in Pensionsfonds.In a statement, the aba welcomed the changes, as Pensionsfonds with minimum guarantees are considered the “German alternative to international defined contribution plans”, which enjoy greater flexibility.One of the main advantages of the government’s proposal, according to the aba, is that it “makes it possible to have a less restrictive and more flexible asset allocation, which is particularly fitting in light of the low-interest-rate environment.”If the proposal is passed, Pensionsfonds will no longer require separate asset allocations for active and retired members.“This will create opportunities for higher returns,” the aba said.The association, however, did raise a number of concerns, most notably the volatility of pension payouts that people “will have to deal with”.It said German workers had grown accustomed to “very predictable” pension payouts and that the new regulation would guarantee only a minimum, with “volatile top-up elements”.Further, it warned that company liabilities could increase in certain cases under the new regulations compared with the current ones.Overall, however, the new regulation can help “increase acceptance of and participation in the second pillar”, the aba said.Another proposal by the BMAS would allow certain employees to opt out of the protection offered by the insolvency fund PSV.The aba said it had questions regarding taxation on this issue, but it generally welcomed the proposal.last_img read more

If the state track meet was held today; 44 entries would be from Sumner County

first_imgBoys: 200 M7th26.53 Colin Reichenberger110 hurdles2nd14.66 Kassie BowmanLong jump2nd16-9 Tanner BalstersShot put9th48 9-5 Colten Ward400 M9th54.24 300 hurdles1st39.48 Girls:  Timmie Catlin300 hurdles10th43.22 Jaycee Schettler100 M12th12.74 High jump10th6-0 Skyler MisakJavelin7th119-0 Tyler Balsters1600 M14th04:52.8 Girls:  OXFORD – Class 2A    Boys:  Brenton Troutman400 M13th52.54 Jennifer Grandoleo100 M14th13.06 Girls: Boys:  Makayla HollisPole Vault5th9-6 4x800M relay15th09:26.1 Sara EckelberryDiscus2nd126-2 Triple Jump13th33-1.5 CONWAY SPRINGS – Class 3A   Triple jump7th48 – 9.5 4x800M relay2nd08:56.9 Todd Ray400 M14th54.5 4x400M relay11th3:46.46 Long jump5th16-6 4x800M relay8th10:42.4 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down sportsfan · 275 weeks ago Kaleb Hunt of Oxford also jumped 6 feet in the men’s high jump competition Friday, 5/1 at meet in Cheney, tying Colten Ward. Report Reply 0 replies · active 275 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down aegeaea · 275 weeks ago I was throwing the discus at like 150-160 ft every time. Wonder what I would be ranked lol Report Reply 0 replies · active 275 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Lacey PaulyHigh jump13th5-0 4x400M relay8th03:44.9 Sumner County athletes    Lucas ShafferHigh jump3rd6 ft. 2 There are a few Sumner County track athletes to keep your eye on. Caldwell’s Shelby Schmidt currently has the top Class 1A time in the 100 meter hurdles with a 15.85 time. She did not participate in the 100 hurdles in Wellington after hurting her ankle in the pole vault.Those currently in the top two include:•Kassie Bowman of Belle Plaine in the long jump in Class 3A.•Sara Eckelberry of Conway Springs in the discus in Class 3A.•Caldwell’s 4×800 meter boys relay team, who broke its own record Friday in Wellington has a 8:52.28 in Class 1A.•••••Tyler Balsters sweeps the 1600 and 3200 meter relays Friday in Wellington.As far as the Wellington Invite goes which included several Sumner County schools as well as Rose Hill and Circle, there were no team scores. Some notable Sumner County performances at the meet include:•Wellington Austin’s Pfalzgraf placing first in the 800 meters in a tight race with Zach Pounds of South Haven.•Belle Plaine’s Tyler Balsters was a first place winner in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.•The Caldwell boys pulled within four seconds of the Hanover, 8:48 time.Austin Pfalzgraf survives a close victory in the 800 meters Friday.•Wellington’s Schettler swept both the 100 and 200 meters and Nelson won the 400 girls.•The Wellington girls 4×100 meter relay team finished first with a 51.69 time and the 4.400 meter relay team placed first with a 4:25.91 time.•Belle Plaine’s Heidel was first in both the long jump and triple jump.•Conway Springs Echelberry was first in the discus.Follow us on Twitter. Javelin5th121-10 Shelby Schmidt100 hurdles1st15.85 Mason MisakJavelin8th169 – 8 Colin Reichenberger in the 110 hurdles at Wellington Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County track athletes are less than a month away from the 2015 Kansas State Track and Field Championships at Cessna Stadium in Wichita on May 29-30.Currently, several Sumner athletes have a shot at winning a state title. No more than Colin Reichenberger of Wellington, who continues to record some of the best times in the state in 110 and 300 meter hurdles.Currently, Reichenberger has the best 300 meter time in the state at 39.48. He is also second in the 110 meter hurdles with a 14.66 time. Jacoby Greenwood of Osawatomie currently has the state’s best 4A time at 14.47. Reichenberger only ran the 110 meters in the Wellington Invitational on Friday due to shin splints. Full results for Wellington Invite can be found here. Photo gallery of the event can be found here.Currently, there would be 44 Sumner County entries at the state track meet if the qualifying times were accumulated today. The list of Sumner County athletes who were in the top 16 of their event as of April 27 according to CatchitKansas are as follows:  Girls:   EventState rankTime-distance Logan CreekDiscus5th143-7.5 none. 3200 M5th10:33.1 WELLINGTON -Class 4A    Jessica Heidel100 M5th12.51 Girls: Leah Nelson400 M8th61.63 Remington Gilkey110 hurdles16th15.93 Shot put12th47- 1.25 Girls: Girls 4x400M reley5th04:17.0 Boys: Boys: 4x100M relay10th54.55 SOUTH HAVEN – Class 1A   Boys:  Boys:  Triple jump14th32 – 11.25 200 M16th27.72 ARGONIA – Class 1A    BELLE PLAINE – Class 3A    4×400 M relay15th03:48.5 Austin TracyShot Put9th44-.25 Alicia CarterShot put8th36-7 Faith GaddieLong jump15th15 -10 CALDWELL – Class 1A    Devyn Smith3200 M13th12:54.7 Girls: last_img read more