Census question could hurt all of us

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: 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, Opinion When Commerce Secretary Ross announced that the census questionnaire will include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census, he made a decision that will have a negative impact on residents of the Capital Region and in communities around this country. It might seem like an innocuous question, but it is likely to cause fear in the immigrant community and result in substantial undercounting.Many resource allocation decisions are made on the basis of census data. Money for public safety planning and disaster response, education needs, hospitals, veterans’ assistance, transportation, aid to cities, and much else is allocated at least partially by how many people live where. Our business developers use  census data to choose where and how to invest. Undercounting makes all these decisions less efficient, and thus harms us all.The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County calls on our local officials to speak out and oppose the citizenship question in the 2020 census. We must send a strong message to have Congress reverse this decision and remove the citizenship question from the census. The stakes are too high to allow this unnecessary question to derail the count.Cheryl NechamenSchenectadyThe writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.last_img read more

Sonny Bill Williams returns to Australian rugby league

first_img Former All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams made his much-hyped return to the National Rugby League on Saturday, a limited 14-minute playing stint helping his Sydney Roosters to beat the Canberra Raiders 18-6.He was hit hard by Raiders player Dunamis Lui on his first involvement in the second half, but still managed to get an offload pass to halfback Luke Keary and finished with four touches of the ball.Williams left the field with eight minutes to play in his first game since turning out in the English Super League for the Toronto Wolfpack in March.“I love being back in the game,” he said. “It was pretty fast. I know there’s been a lot of talk about me coming back but, for me, it’s just about me playing alongside some of these guys.”James Tedesco scored two tries to lead the Roosters to victory. His second was the most important, taking the team’s lead to 12 points midway through the second half.Williams’ first NRL game since 2014 came after he was included on the Roosters’ bench for a 2019 grand final rematch against the Raiders. His team is now up to third place.He signed a short-term deal to return to the NRL champion Roosters after the Wolfpack withdrew from the Super League in July because of travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The 35-year-old Williams had to spend two weeks in quarantine after returning to Australia.He initially forged a reputation as a hard-hitting, hard-running forward for the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL before switching to rugby union.Williams played 58 tests for the All Blacks and was part of the squads that won World Cup titles in 2011 and 2015, spending two seasons in the NRL with the Roosters in between. He also played for New Zealand in the 2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series and at the 2016 Rio Olympics.(Image Credit Pixabay) Written By First Published: 5th September, 2020 19:40 IST COMMENT WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 19:40 IST Sonny Bill Williams Returns To Australian Rugby League Former All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams made his much-hyped return to the National Rugby League on Saturday, a limited 14-minute playing stint helping his Sydney Roosters to beat the Canberra Raiders 18-6. LIVE TV Associated Press Television News last_img read more