Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We should be the ones who decide these things at the ballot box. Boy, I sure wish I could vote myself a raise in my Social Security benefits. Instead, there’s talk of cuts?Can’t these idiots see that people are fed up with being taxed and re-taxed, while they legislate favor of themselves and their rich donors? This November, I hope that there’s a major shakeup in our state and federal government. It’s not about party or beliefs. It’s time we, the people, actually get a voice. You want a raise? Your base should decide, and that’s us. You don’t want to be ethical? No problem, you’re fired. Politics is to blame for the state of things. We’re being ignored by the local, state and federal government, and it’s time for that to end.Guess who gets to decide whether we vote on raises or ethics reform? They do.This system is horribly broken and we have had enough. There’s a revolution on the horizon, and they will be eligible to vote in November. Get on board and change or look for a new job where your base decides how you act and how much you earn.Ken KimballSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Let the people decide. I’m tired of seeing politicians make laws or decisions that most people don’t want. What set me off was the news that state lawmakers want a raise. Really? When they pretty much refuse to vote on any meaningful ethics reform?
The government stressed that SAP’s priority are families who need cash assistance the most, particularly those belonging in the informal sector whose livelihood has been most affected by the quarantine./PN Of the 39, 11 were barangay captains, eight were barangay councilmen, eight were barangay secretaries, five were barangay health workers, one purok leader, two liaison officers, one municipal social welfare officer, and three were civilians. “We continue to appeal to the public. Report to the nearest police station or PRO-6 irregularities in the distribution of SAP,” said Pamuspusan. In coordination with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), the PRO-6 filed the following charges against the 39 individuals: In Western Visayas, the subsidy is P6,000 for each beneficiary (per family or household basis). The program is headed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). ILOILO City – From May 6 to 29, the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) has charged 39 persons for alleged anomalies in the distribution of emergency cash assistance from the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP). * violation of RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) The amount varies, depending on the prevailing regional minimum wage rates and takes into account the other subsidy programs in cash or in-kind, under the DSWD. Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 Series of 2020 signed by the implementing departments states that each qualified family can receive between P5,000 to P8,000 per month for two months for basic food, medicine, and toiletries. In this time of pandemic, corruption has no place in Western Visayas, he stressed. Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director, commended the people who mustered courage to report the alleged anomalies. * violation of RA 11469 (An Act Declaring the Existence of a National Emergency Arising from the Coronavirus Disease 2019) * falsification and use of falsified documents SAP is a cash emergency subsidy program mandated by the new law, the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 25, 2020. * violation of Republic Act (RA) 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act)