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Letters: One tax and price increase after another

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Increase after increase

Just saw the Pioneer Press article highlighting the expected property tax increase of from 15-20% for next year. In the past two weeks, I have received a letter from my homeowner’s association noting a 22% increase in dues to be assessed next year.

Also received notice from my long-term health care insurance provider that I can expect a 52% increase in premiums over the next several years.

In addition, received notice of an 18% increase in my auto insurance policy.

Of course, this is in addition to the escalating energy cost for gas and electric.

Let us also not forget the rising cost of groceries (went to the grocery hungry for a BLT — at the cash register discovered that I had just purchased a $2 tomato).

Just not sure how long our economy can sustain any type of job growth when so much of our income is going towards the basics.  Somehow government has to rein in expenses and the taxes associated with those expenses or we will start to see a growing number on unemployment.

Don Lohrey, Shoreview

 

What evidence suggests this will help, City Council?

I watched Wednesday’s St. Paul City Council hearing on the proposed amendments to the Rent Stabilization Initiative passed last November by the citizens of St. Paul, in order to begin addressing the problem of insufficient rental housing that is affordable, particularly for city residents whose income is at or below 30% of the average median income.

Council President Amy Brendmoen defended her support for an amendment for new construction to be exempted from rent stabilization for 20 years, saying that she had heard from several developers that they need 30 years of exemption to encourage them to invest in new housing construction in St. Paul.

I wondered why this concern of a few large developers should outweigh the votes of thousands of St. Paul citizens. For many years now the development of rental housing for low-income residents on fixed incomes or the working poor has been inadequate. The failure to construct such housing is a clear example of a market failure. Developers have not been building enough units that are affordable to low-income individuals and families. As a result, we have individuals and families who are homeless, either in shelters or on the streets, endangering our public health at increasing cost to the city. So, why give such a strong voice to a few developers who have failed the city, its residents, and its public health and safety?

Why does the City Council believe that listening to the concerns of developers who have failed the city and its residents in the past will make them do what they have failed to do all along?

Yes, the developers may build more high- and medium-income housing, but will they suddenly begin to build the low-income housing needed for St. Paul’s working poor and elders? On what basis does the City Council believe that?

Since it is now predicted that the city council will vote to pass substantial restrictions to the Rent Stabilization Initiative this week, I ask them to agree to set up an open meeting a year from now to determine whether their deference to developers has, in fact, led to the construction of more right-sized housing for residents earning 30% AMI or less.

In the meantime, since such housing is inadequate, what is the Council going to do to support shelter and care for our city’s homeless residents and its renters living on the verge of homelesssness? When the Council overrides the voice of the majority of St. Paul’s citizens at its meeting this week, I suggest that setting a date certain for such a meeting is the least they can do.

Grant Abbott, St. Paul
The writer is an Episcopal priest and a retired executive director Saint Paul Area Council of Churches (now Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul)

 

‘It doesn’t concern me’

I went to the beauty shop the other day and mentioned the abortion issue. I was shocked when the women there said the issue didn’t concern them, because they were past reproductive age.

Even if they didn’t want a better future for their descendants, voting the wrong way could still affect their lives and health. If the need for abortions for rape, incest and birth control were magically eliminated, the procedure is still necessary for incomplete miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, and in utero deaths. If doctors are not allowed or available to provide surgery, how many women will die from these conditions?

If the doctors are prevented from saving lives, we will lose them. Lack of OB/GYN doctors will increase maternal and infant mortality and delay early detection of reproductive cancers.

Banning abortion will supposedly strengthen our families, according to some candidates. What if Mom dies from otherwise treatable pregnancy complications? What about rape? How many seeds can be planted before he is caught? How many people will have to pay for his crimes? Who provides for the children?

We need comprehensive sex education, including economic consequences, interpersonal relationships, and medication understanding.

“It doesn’t concern me” until the bill comes for the fallout, in the form of higher life insurance, health insurance and taxes.

Rochelle McDonald, Hastings

 

They didn’t shoot all the horses

When Henry Ford made the first Model Ts, they didn’t go out and shoot all the horses – they moved to the automobile by attracting customers.

Sherco is our horse (workhorse) and building additional safe efficient nuclear power plants that can be our ever improving model T.

So many of the new Green ideas (mandates can create resentments) are being forced on the public before overcoming the negatives and are understood and corrected before some new disaster comes to us.

Keep what works until it can be replaced by something that is an attraction and will seamlessly replace our current workhorse.

Richard Larson, Vadnais Heights

 

Falling down on the stairs

I would think the Nicholson family should get a refund (“Will St. Paul stairway ever be reopened,” Sept. 1). It appears, again, St Paul hasn’t lived up to the agreement they signed. (Pedro Park comes to mind.)  St. Paul has done very little, which appears to be how they handle things like this. Maybe they could start a go-fund-me program or use the wall as a training ground for the folks at the tech school.

With the trash program we heard the city council say “we have to study it” when problems were brought before them after the start-up. Years later the problems are ongoing. When will they stop studying things and accomplish things instead? It would be very interesting to track the Nicholsons’ 83 grand to see where it was spent. My guess is it wasn’t on the steps.

Dave DeBace, Cottage Grove

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Next week, the college football schedule switches to October, which means about a third of the season has been played, but even less has been settled.

Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State had previously split – unanimous selections every four weeks – but several teams are vying for fourth place.

USC and Clemson became the leaders of this group.

The Trojans struggled for most of Saturday’s game at Oregon State, trailing for the first time this season. USC didn’t take its first lead until early in the fourth quarter and it took a touchdown pass from Caleb Williams to Jordan Addison with 1:13 to give them the final margin.

Clemson survived a Wake Forest-record six touchdown passes from Sam Hartman to beat the Demon Deacons in double overtime and continues to be a playoff factor.

Tennessee earned its first playoff consideration of the season after a 38-33 win over Florida. The Vols are off to their first 4-0 start since 2016, also the last time they defeated the Gators.

Ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll, Michigan has yet to convince ESPN voters of its legitimacy. The Woverines’ first three opponents have had no FBS wins at this point and Michigan had their hands full at home against previously undefeated Maryland on Saturday.

With all that in mind, here’s how ESPN’s college football reporters view the current playoff picture.


Andrea Adelson: 1. Georgia 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Clemson
Blake Baumgartner: 1. Georgia 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Clemson
Kyle Bonagura: 1. Georgia 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Clemson
Bill Connell: 1. Georgia 2. Ohio State 3. Alabama 4. Michigan
Heather Dinich: 1. Ohio State 2. Georgia 3. Alabama 4. USC
David Hall: 1. Georgia 2. Ohio State 3. Alabama 4. Washington
Harry Lyles Jr.: 1. Georgia 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. USC
Chris Low: 1. Georgia 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Tennessee
Ryan McGee: 1. Georgia 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Oregon
Adam Rittenberg: 1. Georgia 2. Ohio State 3. Alabama 4. Clemson
Alex Scarborough: 1. Georgia 2. Ohio State 3. Alabama 4. USC
Mark Schlabach: 1. Georgia 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Clemson
Paulo Uggetti: 1. Georgia 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. USC
Tom VanHaaren: 1. Georgia 2. Ohio State 3. Alabama 4. USC
David Wilson: 1. Georgia 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Clemson

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Paris Hilton showcases her signature style as the show returns to Milan

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It’s hot.

On September 23, Paris Hilton returned to the catwalks for the first time in a year, closing Versace’s Spring/Summer 2023 show during Milan Fashion Week. The simple life alum showcased an ultra-glamorous take on her signature look seen in the early 2000s, wearing a plunging, shimmering pink mini dress paired with hot pink fingerless gloves and a matching veil and stilettos.

“Live on the catwalk and close the show for @Versace Spring/Summer 2023,” Paris wrote on Instagram. “Thank you @Donatella_Versace for this iconic night! #It’s hot #Sliving #Versace #MFW #Barbiecore.”

The Paris in love The star, who last walked on a catwalk at the Blonds’ NYFW show in September 2021, was joined at the Versace presentation by other runway models Emily Ratajkowski, Irina Sheikhand Bella Hadid and sister Gigi Hadid. Seated in the front row were other celebrities such as the model Camila Morrone—including ex-boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio was recently romantically linked to Gigi, Norman, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Graham.

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Hilaria Baldwin gives birth to her 7th child with Alec Baldwin, ‘Ilaria Catalina Irena’

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Sept. 24 (UPI) — Hilaria Baldwin gave birth Thursday to Ilaria Catalina Irena Baldwin, her seventh child with Alec Baldwin and her eighth, she announced on Instagram Saturday.

” She’s there ! We are thrilled to present our little dream come true,” Hilaria Baldwin wrote in the caption of her post.

“She and I are happy and healthy. Her Baldwinito siblings spend the day bonding and welcoming her into our home. Lots of love to you all. We are very happy to celebrate this wonderful news with you.

Ilaria, weighing 6lb 13oz, is now the couple’s youngest child after Carmen, 9; Raphael, 7 years old; Leonard, 5 years old; Romeo, 4 years old; and Eduardo and Lucia — who are both under 2 years old.

The mother explained how Lucia, just six months younger than her brother Eduardo, was born via surrogate in an Instagram post in August 2021.

“Whenever I meet people and they ask me the age of my children, I wait for their awkward moment when they calculate the age difference of my last two babies. I have not yet found the transparent way to explain it,” Hilaria Baldwin said at the time.

“What I do know is that I’m so existential now, becoming a mom, what makes us family, bonds, communities… what makes us belong. The paths and nuances may be different, but meaning is what gives meaning to our existence.

Alec Baldwin, 64, shares another child, Ireland Baldwin, 26, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

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Nestlé to invest Rs 5,000 Crore by 2025 in capacity and brand building in India: CEO Mark Schneider

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This was Schneider’s first visit to a global market since the Covid-19 pandemic hit as well as the first board meeting in an international market, which is an indication of the importance of India, he told Storyboard18 – CNBC-TV18, in an exclusive interview.

Nestle, the world’s largest food company, has ambitions to invest Rs 5,000 crore in India by 2025, CEO Mark Schneider said during his week-long visit to the country, which is the Nestlé’s tenth global market. The new investments will help the company accelerate its core business in the country and take advantage of new growth opportunities in established and emerging categories.

It was Schneider’s second visit to the country since joining the Swiss food and beverage group from healthcare group Fresenius in 2017, where he was chief executive. This is also its first visit to a global market since the Covid-19 pandemic hit as well as the first board meeting in an international market, which is an indication of the importance and India’s impact on Nestlé’s global agenda, Schneider shared during an exclusive high-profile interview with Storyboard18’s Delshad Irani on CNBC-TV18.

Schneider also said the investment would focus on capital expenditures, expanding and improving Nestlé India’s brand portfolio, acquisitions in emerging segments and establishing new factories.

Today, 99% of what Nestlé sells in India is made in India and the company also has a global R&D center in the country.

Nestlé owns over 2,000 brands globally and is the maker of iconic household brands such as Kit-Kat, Nescafe and Maggi, which is a staple in the Indian pantry and one of the country’s most beloved brands.
Maggi, the undisputed market leader, made a dramatic turnaround when it came back from the brink after the lead crisis in 2015. Packages were pulled from shelves and over 22,000 tons of Maggi had to be destroyed to an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. In the years since, the company has redoubled its efforts to restore trust in the brand and has seen Maggi regain its leading position in the market. But there is increasing competition from established and new players and the challenge of constantly changing tastes and preferences.

The company has also stepped up its sustainability efforts to address the many challenges it faces today, with a focus on the new bottom line – People, Planet, Profits.

In India, initiatives under Nestlé’s “Commitment to Society” relate to the areas of nutrition awareness with the Nestlé Healthy Kids program (launched in 2009) and the Jagriti project to encourage good nutrition practices and food and encourage the use of public health services. In rural development, Nestlé leads Dairy Development (1961) and the Nescafé Plan (2012) to improve the quality and sustainability of coffee sourcing and production. Others include the Spice plan, the Vriddhi project and the Hilldaari project to promote better management of waste collection and segregation.

Nestlé has had a presence in India for over a century and Schneider shared that in the past 60 years since Nestlé started manufacturing in India, it has invested over Rs 8,000 crore in its operations here.

“In 1961 we started our first manufacturing site and so throughout that period it has been Rs 8,000 crore and now in the next three years it will be Rs 5,000 crore,” Schneider told a panel discussion with the media. The investment, subject to board approval, is intended to accelerate core business and increase capital expenditure, development work and brand building with sustainability as one of the main pivots.

Don’t miss the full interview on CNBC-TV18.

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‘The Watcher’ Trailer: Ryan Murphy’s New Netflix Show Looks Super Scary

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A couple move into their dream home in upcoming Netflix series The Watcher, but things quickly turn into a nightmare when disturbing letters start appearing in their mailbox. “Your house is my obsession, and now you are too,” intones a voice in the new trailer that dropped during Netflix Tudum Fan Event Saturday. ” Who am I ? It might not scare you yet, but it will.

Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee) co-created the limited series based on the true unsolved mystery of the Broaddus family’s disturbing experience at their new Dutch Colonial in Westfield, New Jersey. Current residents of the town apparently don’t like to talk much about the “Watcher House”, so named because the unidentified correspondent signed the letters “The Watcher”.

Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale play the new owners of the Brannocks. “Can you keep us safe?” the Brannocks’ son asks his father in the disturbing new trailer featuring strange neighbors and sinister threats. Dad doesn’t look too confident.

Mia Farrow and Richard Kind also appear in the series, which premieres on Netflix on October 13, just in time for Halloween. The White Lotus’ Jennifer Coolidge plays real estate agent Karen Calhoun and has previously appeared as the character in a short teaser in which she points out the house’s perks, including the vintage freight elevator. “I tell you,” she said. “You could accommodate a person there.”

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‘Resilient’ Tennessee Volunteers relish second win over Florida in 18 years

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Knoxville, Tenn. – For only the second time in the past 18 years, Tennessee basked in a win over Florida on Saturday, this one a 38-33 thriller that went all the way.

But as fans celebrated outside the media room at Neyland Stadium, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker smiled and said nothing had changed for the Vols.

“We still have the same mission, and that is to get to Atlanta [for the SEC championship game]”, said Hooker, who passed for 349 yards and rushed for 112 yards. “We’re just going to stay the course, come in every day and keep improving.

The Vols (4-0) last qualified for the SEC Championship Game in 2007, and a big reason for that drought is that they just couldn’t beat Florida.

While Hooker did his best to play down the win, a sold-out checkerboard Neyland Stadium was still buzzing about 15 minutes after Tennessee cornerback Kamal Hadden intercepted Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson’s final shot to the end zone in the final seconds. Tennessee was leading 38-21 with 7:55 remaining when Jaylen Wright crossed the goal line on a 5-yard touchdown run.

But the Vols had to survive a few late touchdowns from the Gators (2-2), not to mention a kick recovery in the final seconds to sweat the win, something that had eluded them in just about every possible way. for many of the last decade and a half.

“I’m really excited for our players, just the growth they’ve shown, the ability to compete regardless of the score, regardless of what’s going on in the football game,” Tennessee coach Josh Heupel said. . “They’re just resilient, fierce competitors, where we’ve grown since I’ve been here. I’m really proud of our players.”

Hooker, making his own claim for the Heisman Trophy, threw a touchdown pass in his 16th consecutive game. He also shook off several fierce punches to stay in the game and lead the Vols to what was by far the biggest victory of the Heupel era. Since taking over as starting quarterback in Week 3 a year ago, Hooker has totaled 45 touchdowns, completed 69% of his passes and thrown just two interceptions during that span.

“I told him after he broke a long run, ‘You’re special,’” Tennessee running back Jabari Small said. “I was impressed. I’m a fan right now, but Hendon is the same person every day. He stays in the game, always smiling and does everything off the pitch. So when you see him on the pitch, it’s is just translated. … He’s just a great player.”

And never was Hooker’s tenacity more apparent than in the second quarter, when he tugged his shoulder and stood up, grimacing. But he never flinched on the pitch.

“There are ups and downs and pain throughout a football game. It’s a physical game,” Hooker said. “To persevere through this is something I’m proud of, just to be a warrior and to compete for my brothers.”

Hooker said getting hit didn’t change the way he played the rest of the way. In fact, he led the Vols on a game-changing 12-play, 99-yard touchdown just before halftime.

“It’s part of the game,” Hooker said. “You’re gonna get hit hard. You’re gonna get punched. If you can go, you can go. If you can’t, you can’t.”

The Vols were without their top receiver, Cedric Tillman, with an ankle injury. Having an open date next week should help the Vols heal some of their wounds. They go to LSU on October 8, then Alabama arrives in Knoxville on October 15.

“There are a lot of things we can do better, but the goal for us is to find a way to win every Saturday we are on the pitch, to be the best team in football,” Heupel said. “We were able to do that tonight. Great game, man.”

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