New cigarette tax helps illegal aliens at smokers’ expense

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Normally, I would wait until later in the year to protest a proposed $2.60 per-pack tax on cigarettes being pushed for next fall by the American Cancer Society and other powerful health associations. But it’s such a rotten idea, I can’t wait. Huge new taxes on specific groups of people create weird backlashes – in this case probably skyrocketing sales of black-market cigarettes as smokers find creative ways to avoid this massive grab at their wallets. But far worse, the proposed $2.1 billion tax, which will hit a shrinking population of smokers, is horribly backward. It uses scandalously little of the windfall to pay for research into lung cancer or other smokers’ diseases – 2 percent. Instead, in one of the great stealth political moves I’ve seen in a while, this measure would transfer money from smokers’ wallets into the wallets of illegal aliens. In our hopelessly PC world, we aren’t supposed to talk about illegal immigrants anymore. But let’s be bad and do it anyway. This proposal diverts most of the $2.1 billion tax to emergency-room care and to health coverage for children – two services that, in California, provide out-sized assistance to illegal immigrants. It’s a political ploy backed by the American Cancer Society, California Hospital Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Children’s Partnership. California already pours vast sums into free health insurance for children. We are probably the most generous state, offering Healthy Families and other programs to families who need not even be poor. You can make around $50,000 and get Healthy Families coverage as good as a private plan, and you don’t need to be legal. John Graham, director of health-care studies for the fiscally conservative Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco, tells me: “If your child hasn’t got health care in California, you are a negligent parent. There are 900,000 children who qualify for Healthy Families and other programs. … They are eligible but still not enrolled due to parents’ inattentiveness, laziness or the feeling that the kids are healthy so they don’t give a hoot.” Smokers should take the hit for this? (And no, I don’t smoke.) Graham, who will soon release a study of California insurance, says “The number of children not insured, who are not eligible, is probably very, very close to zero in California. We don’t have a crisis of coverage here.” The other sneak feature of the proposed $2.1 billion tax is its intent to spend vast sums on emergency-room care – a staggering $902 million each year. As Graham notes, “If this were a rational tax, it would go to programs on smoking cessation and curing lung cancer. But it is not rational. … The system is highly biased toward illegal immigrants and not toward smokers.” Illegal immigrants badly overuse ERs instead of tapping into often-free health care clinics or finding a family doctor. Their behavior cries out for reform, not encouragement. California should spend dough to educate immigrant families to stop using incredibly costly ERs as a replacement for the family doctor. Again, we are not supposed to talk like this. But if the misuse of the ER system ended, we’d quickly discover that taxpayers are pouring more than enough into California ER care, and people with true emergencies would be far better served. But California loves to misspend the money it shakes out of the tobacco industry and smokers. The state has, for instance, blown billions from its “tobacco settlement” paid out by Big Tobacco, thanks to former President Bill Clinton’s foolish decision to allow the states to spend the windfall any way they wished. California poured its fat settlement into – guess what? – big deficits created by the Legislature in Sacramento. So this turkey of an idea has a real chance with California voters. Smokers, after all, are among the only people you can still be openly bigoted against with society’s approval. So let’s create a fat, new tax that spends a paltry 2 percent on research into lung cancer and other horrible diseases, that rewards the exploding misuse of ERs, and that throws more money at health insurance for children who should have been signed up by their parents long ago. Sounds like a classic California fiscal plan to me. Jill Stewart is a print, radio and television commentator on California politics. She can be reached via her Web site, read more


first_imgToday sees the launch of the inaugural Ronald McDonald 5k Walk/Fun day with a super event taking place in Letterkenny.The Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation and a caring and supportive environment for families whose children are seriously ill and are hospitalised or undergoing medical treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in Dublin.This service has helped many families in Donegal down through the years and has made difficult situations a little bit more bearable at a time when they are feeling at their most vulnerable. Now it’s Donegal’s turn to give a little bit back and help the dedicated staff of RMD continue their wonderful work.This Saturday the kind and generous Gerard and Margaret of Lurgybrack Farm, Letterkenny have turned over their wonderful premises to facilitate the first Ronald Mc Donald family fun day. The day kicks off at 1pm and runs to 5pm with a FUN DAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY GUARANTEED.Not only will the farm be fully up and running but many more special attractions will be added for this wonderful event, they include some of your favorite Disney characters courtesy of Paddy Kelly of Donegal Entertainments Management, roaming around the farm with the odd (as in more than one!) Donegal footballer, helping to milk the cows and take a few selfies.For those of you who want to sit and enjoy the fresh air, there will be face painting and music all day provided by the one and only DJ Brian McDaid. Should you feel a bit hungry after all the fresh air and exercise (only a little bit of exercise), food will be available courtesy of “The Kitchen” who will be cooking up a storm on their BBQ. This can all be topped off with a dollop of Ice Cream supplied by Rockets.In between all this fun, madness and mayhem there will be a short walk (Part of the terms and conditions, Sorry!) which will commence at 2pm, followed very quickly by more fun and mayhem.There will also be a raffle running throughout the day with some amazing prices on offer, they include:2 tickets for Daniel O Donnell (formally singer, now dancer!) in Killarney including a meet and greet.Donegal Airport have graciously supplied 2 tickets to Dublin open for the next 6 months A 2012 signed Donegal JerseyA ½ ton of CoalPlus many many more wonderful prizes.So come one, come all, everyone is welcome for what promises to be a great family day out. As it is Donegal, sun, rain, hail and snow can all be expected however with the fantastic indoor areas as well as outdoor areas available at Lurgybrack farm, there will be more than enough to do to keep everyone entertained.See you all there….SUPER DAY PROMISED AT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE WALK/FUN DAY IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man who harassed doctor’s family told not to loiter outside home or school

first_imgA deaf man has been ordered not to loiter outside his neighbour’s home or a local school after appearing in court charged with harassing a doctor and his family.John McGrotty, 65, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal. He is charged with a range of offences against his neighbours, Dr Dara McEniff, his wife and their four children aged 15, 14, 11 and 6 at Chapel Road, Dungloe.A previous court sitting had heard how McGrotty had made rude gestures to the McEniff family, and their children, and threw rusty nails under the tyres of the family’s car.He had also appeared naked in front of Mrs McEniff and was also charged with more than 30 other charges of harassment against the McEniffs going back over a number of years.McGrotty had previously been sent to stay in Dublin with his daughter while the case was ongoing.McGrotty, of St Peter’s Terrace, Dungloe, who is deaf and speech impaired communicated to the court with the assistance of a sign language interpreter.The court had heard from Garda Eamon Roarty who said that Mr McGrotty was no longer harassing the McEniff family since the case was ongoing.“He has been abiding by all the bail conditions. The McEniff family have had great peace since the bail conditions put in place,” he said.Judge Kelly heard how progress was being made with McGrotty following intervention from Mr Declan Boyle, the only social worker in Donegal who is qualified to work with speech and hearing impaired people.Judge Kelly said he had read the recommendations of the Probation Service.He adjourned the case until 14th February next to determine if McGrotty is continuing to follow all the bail conditions.He imposed a number of conditions warning not to interfere with the McEniff family, not to loiter on Chapel Road outside the local schools and also to engage in victim empathy development.He asked the sign-language interpreter to make sure that Mr McGrotty understood all the bail conditions and he replied by signing “I absolutely understand that.”Man who harassed doctor’s family told not to loiter outside home or school was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Culture Night: Which of these free events will you be attending?

first_imgThis evening Donegal County Council Arts Service is delighted to present another fantastic programme for Culture Night, the annual all-island public event celebrating culture, creativity and the arts.This will be Letterkenny’s 9th occasion to take part in Culture Night and the programme for 2017 offers 40 diverse events in 25 venues that celebrate our unique local cultural identity.In common with other participating towns and cities, Letterkenny will open up to an evening of accessible, family-friendly events – completely free of charge. Once again you can expect a night-time experience of all types of culture – visual art, music, theatre, sculpture, spoken word, dance, moving image and more.Your trail through Culture Night Letterkenny will lead you all over the town, with indoor and outdoor events in diverse places from the Masonic Hall to Wholegreen Cafe.You can explore all sorts of happenings presented by the Donegal County Museum, Regional Cultural Centre, An Grianán Theatre, The Central Library and Donegal County Council Heritage Office – to name but a few. Voices will soar as special choir events take place around the Cathedral Quarter area. It kicks off with local African Church, the Choir of the Church of Pentecost, performing at 6.15 in the Pastoral Centre; next the Gaudium choir present high quality choral liturgies at 7pm in Conwal Parish Church before the Conwal Singers and guests host an evening of reflective choral music in St. Eunans Cathedral from 8.30pm.The Letterkenny Town Park will once again welcome families for a brilliant Culture Night adventure.Inishowen Carnival Group along with performers from the Aisling Academy & Dynamic Waves will present The Ancient Ones at 7.30 & 9pm.The Spacescape team will create a beautiful illuminated installation inspired by the peaks of Donegal. And there is a host of incredible artists in their children’s workshop tent from 6pm – 9..30pm! Don’t forget to wrap up warm and bring a torch.Full venues, programmes and events are listed throughout the Culture Night Donegal programme, available in venues throughout Letterkenny and online via can also follow the official Facebook page for Culture Night: and go to your app store to download the free Culture Night App. This year organisers are asking everyone to share the Culture Night love with @culturenight / @culturenightdonegal!Culture Night: Which of these free events will you be attending? was last modified: September 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Culture NightdonegalWhat’s on?last_img read more

B*Witched are back for the ultimate 90s party at Pulse Letterkenny!

first_imgIconic Irish pop group B*Witched are bringing the 90s back to Letterkenny this Bank Holiday weekend. The band will be taking to the stage at Pulse Letterkenny on May 4th to revive their number one hits, including C’est la Vie, Blame It on the Weatherman and Rollercoaster!If you’re a fan of B*Witched, you won’t want to miss this pop throwback party. COMPETITION: One lucky Donegal Daily reader will get to experience this special night in style with 6 VIP entries and a €50 Bar Tab!Visit our Facebook giveaway here to enter: The party begins from 11pm at the Pulse this Saturday. The mighty Bow Tie will also be taking to the stage, top DJ Ivan Boreland will be in the main room and DJ Tubbsy from the island will be a big hit in the living room. Admission €15. See for more details.B*Witched are back for the ultimate 90s party at Pulse Letterkenny! was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bwitchedPulselast_img read more

An Energy Efficiency Ranking and a Clean-Energy Proposal Take Center Stage

first_imgEven though political gridlock in Washington, D.C., has thwarted efforts to impose market-based curbs on climate change, the states, by and large, have managed to advance energy efficiency policies in ways that both address ecological issues and stimulate economic activity, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, which this week released the fourth edition of its State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.The most notable advances indicated by the Scorecard results, the ACEEE says, include a near doubling of state energy efficiency budgets from 2007 level, and the adoption or serious consideration by more than half the states of Energy Efficiency Resource Standards, which require commitments to long-term, fixed energy-savings targets. Another highlight: a doubling in one year of the number of states that have adopted or progressed toward adoption of the latest energy-saving building codes for residential and commercial construction.As for the ranking itself, past winner California remains in first place for its relatively large investments in energy efficiency, although the remaining states near the top of the ranking are all veterans of the previous edition’s top 10. The rankings in descending order (with the previous ranking in parentheses): Massachusetts (holding steady at No. 2), Oregon (previously No. 4); New York (previously No. 5); Vermont (previously No. 6); Washington (up from No. 7); Rhode Island (up from No. 9); Connecticut (tied for No. 8, but down from No. 3); Minnesota (tied for No. 8, holding steady); and Maine (holding steady at No. 10).The four most improved states: Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Alaska, which moved up 11, 11, 8, and 8 spots, respectively. The 10 states in most need of improvement (in descending order): Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Alabama, Mississippi, and North Dakota.The ACEEE report and Scorecard is based on examinations of energy efficiency policy in six areas: utility and public benefits programs and policies; transportation policies; building energy codes; combined heat and power; state government initiatives; and appliance efficiency standards. A state can earn a maximum of 50 points overall.Advocating a major clean energy planThe release of the ACEEE Scorecard results was timely, because it not only helps focus attention on the evolution of state policy but nicely frames a position paper on energy policy co-presented Wednesday by the conservative American Enterprise Institute and two liberal-leaning think tanks, the Brookings Institution and the Breakthrough Institute. Titled “Post-Partisan Power,” the paper is designed to sidestep the partisan bickering that has stalled market-driven cap-and-trade legislation by suggesting that the federal government invest $25 billion a year in military procurement, research and development, and academic/private-sector alliances devoted to boosting innovation in alternative sources of energy.The exact funding mechanism for the initiative – a modest cap-and-trade program and increasing royalties from oil and gas production are among the possibilities – obviously would have to be hammered out. But the proposal is especially compelling, the report notes, because the government has a history of successful research programs, such as those for “developing computers to allow for rocket systems, building a communications network to survive a nuclear attack, or creating increasingly efficient and powerful jet engines.” Research into clean energy fits the profile.The report adds that reducing the cost of clean-energy technologies – rather than reorganizing the entire energy economy of the U.S., and/or subsidizing existing energy sources in the hope they could be scaled up to new efficiencies – would be the most direct and, very likely, the quickest way to bring the technologies into general use, and expedite a transition from conventional sources such as oil and gas.last_img read more

Google Reportedly In Search Of Programming For An Online TV Service

first_imgRelated Posts readwrite Google is meeting with media companies to pitch an upcoming Internet TV service, a so-called over-the-top package that would offer cable-channel bundles over online connections, the Wall Street Journal reports. This proposed service, for which Google is still currently seeking licensing, could potentially join a plethora of rumored Internet TV packages from companies like Intel. Image via Shutterstock Tags:#cable#Google#now#television Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

SAI Kabaddi coach accused of molesting girl, commits suicide

first_imgBengaluru, Oct 16 (PTI) A 59-year-old Kabbadi coach with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) allegedly committed suicide in a hotel room here after being accused of molesting a teenage girl at the training centre, police said Tuesday.”Rudrappa V Hosamani, a senior coach at SAI in Bengaluru, committed suicide by hanging himself in the hotel room in Harihara on Monday.He was accused of molestation,”Davanagere Superintendent of Police R Chetan told PTI.On October 13, Hosamani checked into the hotel and didnot step out of his room for a long time, following which thestaff alerted the police.Police said they broke open the door and found himhanging.The alleged incident of molestation took place in the girls’ dressing room of the centre on October 9.SAI authorities were informed after the victim told her parents about it.Subsequently, an internal probe was conducted andHosamani was placed under suspension, police said, adding acase was filed under the Protection of Children from SexualOffences (Pocso) Act against him based on their complaint.Hosamani’s father has also lodged a complaint. PTI BDN ROH DVDVlast_img read more

This university has banned PUBG in its campus: Here’s how internet reacted

first_imgA few days ago, Vellore Insitute of Technology (VIT) had banned PUBG- Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, from its campus.Earlier this year the mobile version of PUBG was launched on Android and iOS stores and from then, this game has attracted a lot of people and has become their addiction.Since then the game has taken the world by storm. People now waste hours after getting that precious ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.’The university put up a notice saying that the hostellers are disturbing their fellow roommates by playing PUBG inside their rooms and spoiling the entire atmosphere of the hostel. VIT circular on PUBG banNotice to PUBG players The Chief of Wardens, VIT had e-mailed a statement to all hostelers, which reads:”It has come to our notice that a few students are playing online games like ‘PUBG’ which is NOT PERMITTED.”Deposited our repeated instructions, hostellers are violating our instructions by playing online games inside the rooms which disturbs fellow roommates and spoiling the entire atmosphere of the hostel.””It is strictly warned that playing online games and betting for such games are totally prohibited in VIT. Hence, the defaulters will be dealt seriously under VIT CODE OF CONDUCT. Students are asked to concentrate on physical games or sports and give more importance to their career growth.”Reaction on social mediaSocial media users criticized the circular and lashed out at the college for interfering in their personal life. Here’s how the internet reacted on PUBG ban in the VIT campus:advertisementInhumane college conditions:1.) Ragging2.) Eve-teasing3.) Banning @PUBGMOBILE on hostel wi-fi#VIT #vellore #nomorevella @PUBG #pubg #pubgindiaTJ Baba (@TuhinKalia) December 14, 2018Apparently VIT Vellore bans PUBG in hostels claiming impact on grades. This is called true dictatorship. @PUBG @PLAYERUNKNOWN what do you say to that.Paul Mathai (@paulmathai01) December 8, 2018With admission around the corner and the need of fake publicity will make VIT administration do wonders. These rules are rouge. No one can control what we play and what we not. These people will never treat female students equal making their life hell.#vit #PUBG #VITPUBGBANsaurabh kumar (@100rabh_kr) December 13, 2018#PUBG atrocities reached VIT now. How can you just ban the game, you then need to ban the phones altogether. (@vfxaholic) December 13, 2018Read: Game-based learning benefits: The new education process that can change everythingRead: Momo Challenge: CBSE alerts students for online suicidal game in its public advisorylast_img read more