“READERS FORUM” FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

first_imgTodays “Readers Poll’ question is: Do you feel that the new owners of Ellis Park are going to invest the money to make this Historic race track upscale and customer friendly?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertise. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY? We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?center_img Todays “Readers Poll’ question is: Do you feel that the new owners of Ellis Park are going to invest the money to make this Historic race track upscale and customer friendly?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertise.last_img read more

Hoboken housing commissioner says controversial Facebook post was not an endorsement…

first_imgHOBOKEN — At Wednesday’s Hoboken City Council meeting, Councilman Ruben Ramos questioned a Facebook post made last month by Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner Hovie Forman.Howie Forman is one of seven unpaid commissioners on the board that oversees the city’s 1,353 federally funded units of low-income housing.The meme in question, posted by Forman to his personal Facebook page, stated “Over 620,000 white people died to free black slaves and still to this day not even 1 thank you and we’re now known as racists.”The number appears to refer to the loss of life during the Civil War. Forman has also made several political posts in favor of Donald Trump, but none of those referred to racial issues.While Forman did not respond to e-mail, Facebook, and phone messages left for him on Thursday, he reached the reporter on Friday just after press time. Forman said in a phone interview that he recalled posting the image on his Facebook page, but that he posted it because he thought it was wrong.He said, “Actually on top of it I should have put ‘yeah right’.”“I remember when I looked at it, I said to myself, who in their right mind expects a thank you,” said Forman.Forman said he regrets not taking his time with the post.“I didn’t put it up to expect someone to tell me thank you, “ said Forman who added that his mother is Puerto Rican and that he grew up in the Hoboken Housing Authority.Over the conversation at City Hall, Forman said he was not contacted by Ramos to ask for an explanation.“Ruben knows me, we both grew up in Hoboken, I don’t know why he didn’t call me,” said Forman. He did say a mutual friend of theirs asked the day after the meeting whether they could give Forman’s number to Ramos.“At least give me a courtesy call and say ‘Hovie what is this?’ and let me explain,” said Forman.Forman said “If anybody thinks I’m racist I’m more than happy to take them through a tour of the Hoboken Housing Authority and show that they will talk to me there and they will tell you I’m not racist.”Forman said he had not been contacted before about his postings on social media other than a conversation with Councilman Michael DeFusco and HHA Chair Dana Wefer “who contacted me about it to let me know to reach out to [the Reporter].”To read the full story on Wednesday’s meeting, see Hoboken news starting Sunday, Dec. 10, or read the Hoboken Reporter on your doorstep. ×last_img read more

As anticipated RV shipments took a big hit in April

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews As anticipated RV shipments took a big hit in April Twitter Twitter Previous articleThree arrests in two separate incidents for LaPorte County Sheriff bookends holiday weekendNext articleMore than 100,000 Americans have now died of COVID-19 Carl Stutsman Google+ Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Craig Steinmetz checks out new recreational vehicles at United RV Center store in Haltom City, Texas. Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for January on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero, FIle) The new isn’t unexpected, but still not great to hear as RV Shipments were down again in April. In fact, it was huge dip from 2019 of about 82%. By the numbers less than 7,200 units were shipped this past month compared to more than 40,000 in April of last year.If there is any good news it’s that RV manufacturing has since largely resumed and rental companies are reporting a significant increase in interest. The Elkhart Truth says that one company, El Monte RV, in California reported a 400% spike in individuals that wanted to rent an RV during the pandemic.It’s also expected that demand will increase again with the reopening of parks and campgrounds in some states.You can read more here with The Elkhart Truth By Carl Stutsman – May 27, 2020 1 379 Google+ WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

31 Lengths raises money for Uganda

first_imgThrough the 31 Lengths Campaign, a team of passionate Notre Dame students is using its business skills to create an entrepreneurship center at the Lacor Secondary School near Gulu, Uganda. Freshman Emily Mediate, undergraduate project leader, said the center’s resources will benefit the entire community of Gulu. “We are working on implementing a variety of programs at the center, including a speaker series, training of the librarian at the entrepreneurship center [and] implementation of entrepreneur teaching materials and an MBA internship program,” Mediate said. MBA student Conor Evans and his wife Lauren Evans used their talents in construction design and their interest in the role of business in emerging economies to found the campaign, Mediate said. She said Conor spoke with several non-governmental organizations in developing countries during the first year of his master’s program. Mediate said the story of Secretariat, a racehorse that won the 1973 Belmont Stakes by 31 horse lengths, inspired the campaign. According to the campaign’s website, Secretariat serves as a metaphor for people’s ability to achieve when they are empowered. The project is meant to strengthen education in Gulu and requires 90 thousand dollars to complete, Mediate said. “We are finishing raising the last part of funds for the library and will finish construction and begin implementation of business programs over the summer,” she said. Mediate said some of the campaign’s most successful fundraisers so far have been small. “We actually held an undergraduate dodgeball tournament event earlier in the month to raise awareness and funding for the project,” she said. “The event was a huge success.” Members of the campaign helped construct the entrepreneurship center during Notre Dame’s spring break, Mediate said. She said they will collaborate with the Invisible Children organization and Ugandan professionals to train the staff members that will run the center. “I heard from MBA students who went over spring break that there was a huge response from the children at the school,” Mediate said. “They are more than thrilled to be getting an entrepreneurship center at their school available with numerous resources to them.” Mediate said the campaign’s mission extends beyond raising money to construct a building. “This project is about using each individual’s talent in a way that unlocks the potential of others,” she said. The entrepreneurship center’s grand opening is scheduled for late August, Mediate said. She said she thinks the center’s inception will mark the beginning of educational growth in Gulu. “It has been amazing to see the project grow from an idea to a plan to a structure and an implementation,” Mediate said. “Not only is this project focused on building an entrepreneurship center with resources for the children at the secondary school, it aims to empower the Ugandan people to take advantage of the economic opportunities flourishing in Gulu.” For more information or to donate to the campaign, visit 31lengthscampaign.com.last_img read more

Leahy wins initial approval to permanently reduce heavy truck traffic in Vermont downtowns

first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has won initial approval of legislation that would permanently move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state’s Interstate highways.  Leahy’s provision will help Vermont businesses and communities struggling due to the large number of state and local roads heavily damaged during the recent flooding disaster.  Leahy included his provision in the annual transportation funding bill that the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee approved Tuesday ‘ the key step for his legislation.  Leahy is a senior member of the transportation funding panel.  The bill now moves to the full Senate Appropriations Committee, where Leahy is number two in seniority and where approval is expected tomorrow.  Leahy’s Vermont provision is paired with a similar change for Maine, authored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is the lead Republican member of the Transportation Subcommittee. Current federal law restricts trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds from regularly using the nation’s Interstate highway system.  But portions of the Interstate network in neighboring states allow higher-weight trucks to operate on those Interstates due to special circumstances, from tolling to grandfather clauses.  Prior to Leahy securing the initial pilot program in 2010,  these exceptions, combined with a Vermont law that allows trucks over 80,000 pounds to operate on Vermont’s secondary roadways, resulted in overweight truck traffic traveling through Vermont on some of the state’s smaller roads, creating safety concerns and straining the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. Leahy said, ‘No one thinks that overweight trucks should rumble through our historic villages and downtowns on two-lane roads, putting people and our state’s aging infrastructure at risk.  Storm damage has further strained our smaller roads and bridges.  This extension will keep these trucks out of our downtowns permanently.  I have heard from many truckers, Vermont businesses and state and town leaders who reported a significant reduction of heavy truck traffic in our downtowns and villages while the pilot program that I authored was in effect.  I am pleased that they join me in support of moving these heavier trucks onto the Interstates.’  Governor Peter Shumlin said, “I am thankful to Senator Leahy for securing this exemption for Vermont.  Getting our heaviest trucks off of our town roads will alleviate pressure as we rebuild our local infrastructure affected by Irene and in the long run will boost economic development and the quality of life in our downtowns.”Leahy said he hopes the extension will help ease truck traffic in commercial and residential areas like Derby Line, where heavy trucks from Canada are forced to exit from Interstate 91 to take U.S. Route 5 South through Vermont.  Leahy said he has heard similar stories of overweight truck traffic taking state routes along the Interstate from several communities, including in Burlington along U.S. Routes 2 and 7, in Brattleboro along U.S. Route 5, and in St. Johnsbury along U.S. Routes 2 and 5.  Leahy and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have been working with state and municipal officials across Vermont to find a solution to the problem of excessive numbers of overweight trucks rumbling through downtowns and villages.  Sanders and Welch support the Leahy legislation. WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2011) ‘last_img read more

Heavy wet snow knocks out power to 6,300 in Windham County

first_imgThe early season snowstorm that has knocked out power to 1.5 million customers in the Northeast, caused more than 6,300 CVPS customer outages in Windham County Saturday night. As of 9 am Monday morning, only 11 customers statewide were still without power.Heavy wet snow that started falling Saturday afternoon in southern Vermont brought down trees, tree limbs and power lines. Brattleboro and surrounding towns were hit hardest tonight. Multiple trees and limbs started coming down just outside of the downtown Brattleboro substation around 5 pm. No broken poles were reported, but the heavy wet snow also knocked out a transmission line in National Grid service territory around 8:30 pm, affecting about 1,000 CVPS customers. Many large distribution lines in Brattleboro were downed by trees and tree limbs. About 500 customers in Wardsboro and Dummerston are also without power. CVPS line crews, contract tree crews and support staff were working through the night and through Sunday to restore power. Slippery road conditions and continued snow fall through the night will slow restoration efforts, but crews will work as quickly as they safely can to restore power. Check vtoutages.com and http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages(link is external) for up-to-date power outage numbers by town. SAFETY — STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES Don’t touch or even go near downed wires! These wires can be energized and can cause serious injuries or death. If the line is blocking the road or in contact with a vehicle with people inside, call your local police or fire emergency number first. Then call CVPS. Instruct others to keep at least 50 feet away, and keep pets and livestock away as well.Assume all objects touching the power line are also energized. Never attempt to remove trees or limbs from any utility lines! Notify CVPS of the situation. CVPS offered several safety tips for coping with the outages:Treat any downed line as if it is live. Report the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 50 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator. Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure. Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment back on slowly. CVPS 10.29.2011last_img read more

Brentwood Crash Leaves Driver Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 50-year-old Central Islip man was killed when he flipped the truck he was driving in Brentwood early Monday morning.Suffolk County police said Leonard Joseph was driving a Chevrolet Express van eastbound on Express Drive South when he lost control of the vehicle at the corner of Hill Road, struck several trees and a fence before the van overturned in a wooded area at 3:35 a.m.The driver was ejected from the van. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, 25-year-old Rachel Boerke of Huntington Station, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Third Squad detectives impounded the van, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img read more

Biden Will Run For President, Says Top Dem LI Fundraiser Jon Cooper

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When former Suffolk Legis. Jon Cooper follows his heart in politics, he makes news. In 2008, the Huntington resident made headlines when he became the first elected Democrat here to throw his support to a long shot, an Illinois Senator running for president named Barack Obama, while the rest of the party establishment in New York was backing a sure thing, the Empire State’s junior Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Now Cooper is making news about the 2016 presidential race—and once again it involves her.Early this month Cooper sent ripples nationwide when he announced that he would become the finance chairman of the Draft Joe Biden 2016 committee. It sounds like he’s betting on another long shot. Vice President Joe Biden, 72, still has 18 months left in the Obama administration. Biden has not announced that he’s running—and a story this Monday in The New York Times quoted anonymous aides discounting the notion that Biden ever would.But to Cooper, the former majority leader of the Suffolk Legislature, that story, despite the headline “Grieving Biden Focuses on Job He Has Now, Not the Next One,” was not the last word about the vice president, who’s still reeling from the loss of his son Beau to brain cancer. On Facebook, Cooper posted the article with the comment: “Obviously that reporter is talking to different folks than I’m talking to.”In fact, Cooper claims that this week top officials in the Draft Biden organization have been contacted by half a dozen people in Biden’s “inner circle” who sent them “very encouraging signals.” He says they’ve also heard from “a growing number” of White House staffers, both current and former, who are “actively expressing support” for a presidential run by Biden.“I really think this is going to happen,” Cooper told the Press. His gut feeling is that Biden will declare his candidacy “over the next two or three weeks, if not by the end of this month, then by the first week of August; and everything I’ve heard, certainly over the past two or three days, tends to reinforce that.”Cooper and his pro-Biden cohort can’t wait. Their seemingly quixotic campaign has drawn interest from the Washington Post to the National Journal and beyond.“When he does enter the race, it’ll be a game changer,” Cooper said. “It’s going to upend the whole campaign. Overnight the vice president will be able to put a fundraising structure in place because he’ll be able to draw on all the folks who raised money for Obama. A disproportionate number of them will be willing to sign on with Joe Biden.”That day may never come, insists Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, a long-time Hillary Clinton supporter, a current member of the Democratic National Committee and the former leader of the New York Democratic State Committee.“No, I don’t believe he would run,” the politically well-connected Jacobs told the Press. “Because if he would run, he would be talking to two sets of people, and we’d know it. One, he’d be talking to major financial people around the country, and, no disrespect, but Jon Cooper’s not one of those; and number two, he would be talking to major campaign operatives that he would need to be lining up to help run his campaign, and he has not been talking to them.”Before enlisting in the Draft Biden 2016 enterprise, Cooper, the president of the Spectronics Corporation based in Westbury, was a top Obama “bundler” for his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, even serving as the regional chair of the Obama Victory Trustees, a major group of donors. Now he’s been joined by Shiva Sarram, a Connecticut woman who was a major Obama fundraiser; she reportedly hosted a luncheon in 2008 that netted Obama “nearly $400,000.” According to Cooper, the Draft Biden SuperPAC has begun focusing on South Carolina, one of the early states to hold primaries next year, and will probably spend “about $15,000” in outreach over the next couple of weeks to identify potential Biden supporters in the Palmetto State and build up his donor base.“I think that clearly there’s no one better suited than Joe Biden to carry on the legacy of the Obama administration and to continue the great work they did together as a team,” said Cooper. “He was part of the administration from Day One, and he supported Obama on every initiative.”“Joe Biden would be a wonderful person to run if we didn’t already have another wonderful person running!” countered Jacobs. “When you’re groping around for anybody else, it’s really more about personal agendas than it is about the political agenda.”The 2016 Democratic race for president is split between “Hillary Clinton and the anti-Hillary Clintons,” Jacobs explained. “That’s really what this is.”The numbers for the anti-Clinton candidates look daunting, Jacobs said, at least on the Democratic side of the accounts ledger.“Hillary Clinton just raised $45 million to become the 45th president and nobody else is near that,” Jacobs said. “Bernie Sanders raised $15 million. Anybody else who comes into the race is going to have to split up the anti-Hillary money even further.” The New York Democratic leader seriously doubted that Clinton supporters, whether grassroots volunteers or financial benefactors, will start “peeling off to go now with Joe Biden or any other candidate. We’re committed.”Cooper recounted how he came to this critical juncture. The day Hillary Clinton formally announced her 2016 candidacy for the White House, a friend of his from the Obama campaign reached out to him and asked if he’d become “a Hill-Starter,” someone who’d commit to raise $27,000 in 27 days for her. Cooper agreed, but when it came time for him to draft an email to his extensive contact list, he was unable to enunciate his rationale for supporting Clinton.“I couldn’t do it; I really tried,” recalled Cooper. He said he labored for a couple of hours trying to draft his email. “My heart just wasn’t in it.”He wrote his friend back that he was on the fence. His ambivalence ended up in a Newsday column, which “accurately” quoted his reaction to Clinton’s candidacy as “meh!” His lack of enthusiasm got widely circulated by political pundits in media circles, Cooper claims, and calls started coming in. Jacobs tried to no avail to get him back on board with Clinton. Then Cooper heard from two of her rivals: former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who spent hours on the phone with him, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who ultimately took him to a Manhattan steakhouse for dinner. About two weeks ago the executive director and the finance director of the Draft Biden group flew out to meet him, and that sealed the deal.“I was convinced that it was very likely that Joe Biden would be running,” Cooper said. So he signed on.Even now, with more “encouraging signs” that Biden’s presidential declaration is imminent, Cooper insists that his support for Obama’s vice president has nothing to do with his attitude toward the former Secretary of State.“I really don’t want to criticize Hillary,” Cooper said. “I like her. I respect her. But I think she’s a little too cautious and calculating and managed for my taste; whereas with Joe Biden, he’s not afraid to lead; he’s not afraid to speak his mind. Sometimes he’s been ahead of the curve—and ahead of Obama on some issues—and I like and respect that, and I think it really resonates. I think the American people like that.”Vice President Joe Biden has yet to say if he’s running for president. (White House Photo by David Lienemann)For five years, Cooper and his husband Rob and their kids would spend New Year’s Eve at Hilton Head, S.C., where the Clintons were also attending the Renaissance Weekend festivities at the famous resort. Once Cooper was elected Suffolk legislator, he stopped going there.“We did get to know the Clintons, not that we are friends, but certainly we got to hang out with them. I still like her and respect her,” Cooper said. “I have to do what my heart dictates.”As for those pushing the candidacy of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Cooper scoffed. “I just don’t think a Democratic Socialist has a chance in the general election…I think Joe Biden would be the strongest of the Democratic candidates.”The first time Cooper met Biden, they had a long talk in Manhattan after the vice president had given a speech at an Obama fundraiser in 2012, and he was impressed by Biden’s range and commitment—as well as his personal style.“He didn’t know me from Adam!” Cooper said. “He wanted to continue the conversation…even though I was somebody he’d never met before. That’s Joe Biden!”Cooper adamantly does not believe his supporting Biden is doing the bidding of the Republican SuperPACs and their well-oiled attack machines, not to mention the plethora of GOP candidates who are out to slime Hillary Clinton any way they can.“I don’t buy into that at all,” Cooper said. “I think a primary is a good thing for the Democratic Party and will increase the chance that we’ll win the general election.”He recalled hearing what Sen. Obama said to a dwindling group of supporters huddled at a restaurant in New Hampshire after he’d just lost that state’s Democratic primary in 2008 to Sen. Clinton.“Obama gave one of the best speeches I heard him give the entire campaign,” Cooper said. “He said that ‘if we had won tonight, the primary campaign would have been over. But now this is proof that we’ll have a tough battle ahead, Hillary’s going to be a formidable opponent, and it will make me a much better candidate; it’s going to toughen me up.’”Cooper insisted that the ultimate results proved Obama right in 2008 and the same scenario now in the primary would make Clinton a stronger candidate in 2016—assuming she’s the eventual Democratic nominee.“It doesn’t have to be a negative campaign,” Cooper claimed. “If there’s a primary campaign on the issues, as I hope it will be, then…whether it’s Hillary or Joe or Bernie, I think they’re going to be a stronger candidate for it, and it’s going to toughen them up for the general election battle against whoever the Republican nominee is.”On Monday at the New School in Greenwich Village, Clinton delivered what The New York Times called the “most comprehensive policy speech of her presidential campaign,” in which she evoked her vision of a “growth and fairness economy” to close the gap between rich and poor and give the middle class a lift while taxing the wealthiest Americans and expanding social services.“She spoke in broad strokes and she tried to hit the progressive talking points,” Cooper conceded. “But if you’re looking for specifics and details, I still don’t know what minimum wage she’d support… I want specifics; I don’t want generalities. At least with Joe Biden you get that.”Jacobs thought Clinton’s speech was right on the money.“She is laying out the platform that a candidate running for president ought to be laying out with enough information to give people a general sense,” Jacobs said. “You do not write every bill for every issue and present it to the public in a campaign. Give the public the sense of what your general view is, your philosophy, and your hopes and aspirations for the future, your vision. That is what they vote on. Whether Hillary believes in the $15 minimum wage or in the $14.75 minimum wage or the $15.25 minimum wage, I’m saying those are words from someone groping for an excuse—and it’s not a good one.”Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is considered the favorite to represent the Democratic party in the 2016 Presidential election. (State Department Photo)Another bone of contention between these two top Long Island Democrats is the issue over Clinton’s release of her private emails when she was Secretary of State. Jacobs referred to the House Select Committee’s focus on her tenure in office as a partisan fishing expedition led by Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina conservative, who’s trying to smear the prospective Democratic presidential front-runner by making the Benghazi attack and her private emails a campaign issue for the Republicans rather than an objective investigation into what happened in Libya that night in 2012 when four Americans were killed at the poorly protected compound.“This is politics,” exclaimed Jacobs. “This is all about trying to embarrass somebody running for president.”By comparison, Cooper insists that “there are some valid issues being raised. I don’t think it’s fair to blame it all on the right-wing media…” He said he’s “not buying into the Benghazi thing, but the way her emails were handled” looked bad, producing “horrible optics.”Those issues aside, Cooper says the race for the White House is really about another branch of government.“The next president is going to appoint at least three justices to the Supreme Court, and it’s scary if it goes the wrong way,” he said. “If there’s a Republican elected, it could easily unravel all the progress that we’ve made over the past 10, 20 years. I think it’s critically important that we elect a candidate with the least amount of baggage, who can speak to the American people and can gain the respect of the American people, and I honestly think it’s Joe Biden.”Jacobs has kind words for Biden but he thinks Cooper is sadly mistaken.“I like Joe Biden an awful lot. I think he’s a great guy,” said Jacobs, adding that he thought Biden wouldn’t win a New York Democratic primary. “I just don’t feel that this is his time. At the end of the day, I don’t think that he feels it is, either.”Fortunately for Clinton, all hope is not lost on Cooper.“If Hillary ends up being the nominee, I’ll support her,” Cooper said. “Whoever the Democratic nominee is I’ll support. Having Joe Biden run against Hillary Clinton…she will be a better nominee for it.”She probably doesn’t see it that way, but so it goes with Jon Cooper, an affluent and influential Long Island Democrat who follows his heart and puts his money where his mouth is.last_img read more

3 tips for winning over your harshest critics

first_imgLet’s face it: we can’t please everyone. If you’re like me, sometimes this is hard to accept. When certain colleagues don’t see your full potential or are skeptical of your abilities, it’s important you not get discouraged, even though that can prove difficult. The next time you face critics at work, consider these three tips for changing their mind and knocking it out of the park.Keep your head downWhen coworkers demonstrate doubt in your ability to perform in your position, the best decision you can make is to lay low and keep your nose to the grindstone. Many critics are only out for themselves, so don’t let them negatively influence you. The most effective way to prove yourself is to stay focused and work toward your goal.Communicate your strengthsWhen someone doubts you when you know for certain you are capable, don’t be afraid to communicate to them why you are sure of yourself. If you’ve been tasked with a project that others think you may not be right for, demonstrate to your colleagues what it is that makes you perfect for the role.Resist the urge to get defensiveRemember it’s not personal, it’s work. That can be hard for some (including myself) to accept. But when others are critical, it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t appreciate you as a person. Remain calm when your critics express themselves and consider their feedback and look at things from their perspective. You never know; what may seem like negative criticisms may actually end up benefiting you in the end. 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Don’t just tell members to pack their lunches

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The concept of perpetuating awareness about the importance of financial literacy education and the consequences of not understanding personal finances was boosted when in 2004 the U.S. Congress designated April as “National Financial Literacy Month,” also known as “National Financial Capability Month.”Each April, federal and state agencies, credit unions, banks and a bevy of nonprofit organizations take a stab at reminding consumers about the importance of sound financial practices with a goal of penetrating through the static and noise of normal everyday life.Let’s face it—there are consumers with needs that may never be met through regular savings practices and advice gleaned from the public domain. A 2018 Money.com article cites the New York Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances, which found “people’s peak earning years also appear to be their peak debt years.” It’s understandable—students enter the workforce, raise families and incur debt to support their needs for more space, education and cost of living.last_img read more