Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGrocery store needed in RotterdamMy husband and I have had an ongoing discussion about the same subject that was expressed in Dayton Skelly’s March 7 letter. We need a grocery store on this side of Rotterdam. Via Port is a perfect location, with ample parking. The former KMart is a perfect location, with a large store that has entrances on two sides. Shop Rite may be the perfect choice, because the nearest one is in Colonie.There are several apartment complexes in that area, one within walking distance. Unless you are a member of BJ’s, there is no accessible grocery store for many. Campbell Road is a high traffic area, with people cutting through to go to work, either by getting on 890, or going to the Thruway, so you would catch people in the morning and the evening. In warmer weather, people go by to use the walking and bike trail as well. Dunkin’ Donuts is extremely busy in the same area, so that is a good example of how the right business could flourish there. A solid business would encourage other businesses. I still miss the businesses that we have lost.Suzanne CollinsMariaville Lake Recall Secure Fence act of 2006If your readers would open their eyes and look back to 2006, when Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama all yes to a bill for building a physical barrier on the southern border. This was called the Secure Fence act of 2006. At this time, Senators Obama, Clinton, and Schumer voted in favor of the act and it passed in the Senate 80-19. Recently President Trump in his prime time address, said that the Democrats changed their view when he was elected. I have a suggestion. If the liberals do not want a physical barrier in the south anymore, let’s relocate these illegal immigrants to the neighborhoods of these prominent pro-illegal immigration leaders. Then watch how their neighborhoods put up barriers such as walls, fences, and even implement some security measures. Watch how quickly they change their minds and how soon a border wall will be built.Paul MoranRotterdam Voting Connie, Dean, Ed for boardThere has been no school issue more important to me in recent years than safety. Tragedies like Parkland hit all too close to home. As a parent and community member, I was eager to hear Connie Woytowich, Dean Kolligian and Ed Cubanski speak last week at the “Meet the Candidates” evening hosted by Saratoga Parents for Safer Schools.While listening to their introductions, I realized how many other significant issues we have within our district. While safety is still paramount to me, all three candidates spoke about their plans to effectively improve upon our district’s education programs, student wellness, building infrastructure and facilities management.Their qualifications and prior experiences in regard to volunteerism are beyond impressive. More importantly, their dedication to our community and our children is clear. They possess the commitment and experience we need now more than ever.On May 21 I will be voting for Connie, Dean and Ed for the Saratoga Springs Board of Education. Thanks to all three of you for your determination to make our schools a better place for our children.Erika BormanWiltonTrump is worse than we thoughtWhen President Trump was elected, our national nightmare began, leaving many of us shocked, unnerved, even nauseous. But our worst fears have been dwarfed by his shameless corruption, relentless dismantling of our democratic institutions, and his disgraceful behavior at home and internationally.We knew Trump was a liar, but 9,000 lies is sick, insane and a clear pathology. We knew he was a self-absorbed narcissist, an egomaniac, but who could fathom that he would betray America by deliberately alienating our closest allies in favor of “courting” corrupt, despicable dictators, seemingly for personal financial gain.Trump’s outrageous behavior at Helsinki, publicly supporting Putin on the world stage instead of our C.I.A. was blatantly treasonous. His “bromances” with Putin, Kim, and the Saudi crown prince reveal his autocratic desires and intentions; red flags which should alarm every American citizen.We knew Trump’s reputation as a ruthless, corrupt, sleazy businessman, but who could imagine that he would actually cage innocent children at the border and separate them from their families; an inhuman cruelty, an indelible stain on America.Finally, and most alarmingly, who thought that this shameless demagogue, this master con man, could transform the entire Republican Party into a personality cult, obedient toadies supine at the altar of Trump.America has two choices: preserve our cherished democracy and world leadership or Donald Trump. We can’t have both.Vince DacquistoNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. 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The results of this analysis will be launched with the final framework, which is expected to be out before the end of this year.“Setting a long-term net zero target is the easy part, the challenge is to have a credible and transparent framework that enables your fund to convert intent into practical decisions and action,” said Adam Matthews, director of ethics and engagement at the Church of England Pensions Board and co-chair of the PAII.Speaking to IPE, he said those involved felt the framework was “a hugely important piece of work”.Claudia Kruse, managing director, global responsible investment and governance at APG Asset Management, which co-chairs the PAII, said the Net-Zero Investment Framework needed to be established as a global industry standard.Primary objective: real-world decarbonisationThe framework covers four different asset classes – sovereign bonds, listed equities, corporate bonds and real estate – with infrastructure and private equity to be added in a second phase.It identifies five components of an effective net-zero investment strategy – objectives and targets, strategic asset allocation and asset class alignment, policy advocacy, investor engagement activity, and governance – and recommends a comprehensive set of actions, metrics and methodologies. “The framework overcomes limitations of other approaches that leave room for investors to technically meet targets while selling the problem to someone else”More than 25 different methodologies and tools were assessed in the development of the framework, with those considered best fit approaches included.The PAII followed five key principles to guide its work, and to assess methodologies and test conclusions: impact, rigour, practicality, accessibility, and accountability.According to the IIGCC, the focus on driving real-world decarbonisation “overcomes limitations of other approaches that leave room for investors to technically meet targets while selling the problem to someone else”.“This falls short in delivering additional meaningful long-term emission reductions,” it said.Vicki Bakhshi, director in the responsible investment team at BMO Global Asset Management, was involved in the PAII working group on listed equities and corporate fixed income and said that although there were many climate change-related initiatives and methodologies in the market, the PAII framework was the first to bring these together.“It’s a way of piecing all that together for a much more comprehensive strategy across asset classes,” she said.Tools that the framework leans on include the Transition Pathway Initiative and the EU’s “taxonomy” of environmentally sustainable economic activities, which the framework says should be used, to the extent possible, as the basis for targets for allocation to climate solutions.‘No excuses’According to the consultation document, the intention is that once the framework is finalised, investors would adopt it on an “implement or explain” basis, to take account of specific strategies where certain elements may not be applicable.“We really encourage investors to implement the framework as soon as possible,” said Stephanie Pfeifer, CEO of the IIGCC. “There’s no excuses not to do something immediately and certainly no time to waste.”The IIGCC is asking for feedback on the framework by 25 September.It is also launching a second phase of PAII work, aimed at expanding the framework to include infrastructure and private equity, and to address technical issues, such as identifying and measuring material Scope 3 emissions and assessing the potential for methodologies that capture relative impact of climate solutions investment.Besides APG and Church of England Pensions Board, the PAII steering committee include representatives of AP2, Brunel Pension Partnership, LGPS Central, Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees, PKA and TPT Retirement Solutions.The PAII consultation document can be found here. A major collaborative process overseen by some of Europe’s best-known pension investors has produced a framework aimed at enabling asset owners and asset managers to maximise the contribution they can make to keeping global warming to 1.5°C.Published today for consultation, the Net-Zero Investment Framework is the first output of the Paris-Aligned Investment Initiative (PAII), which was established in 2019 by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) at the request of European asset owners who felt that a comprehensive approach to help investors take action in support of the Paris Agreement was missing.More than 70 investor members of the IIGCC contributed to the PAII-produced framework across different working groups, and input from a wide range of stakeholders is being sought to help validate and strengthen the proposed framework.APG, Brunel Pension Partnership, Church of England Pensions Board, PKA and Phoenix Group will be putting the framework to the test across their portfolios, including with a view to assessing the financial implications. Source: European ParliamentParis Agreement signing ceremony in the European ParliamentLooking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.
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