Not a very Christian act at Easter Mass
I would like to express my (in)sincere thanks to the wonderful Christian that damaged my car during the 8 a.m. Easter service at the Immaculate Conception Church on Saratoga Road in Glenville. When I entered the church, there was no car on the passenger side of my vehicle. When I left the Mass, there was no car on that side of my car as well.
However, whatever car was there in the interim left almost $1,200 of damage ($1,000 out of pocket) to the side of my vehicle and mirror.
You would think that someone attending Mass on Easter Sunday would have the decency to leave a note. But such was not the case.
Gender equality is never-ending fight
A March 29 letter [“American women not second-class citizens”] chided young women for protesting dress codes, saying that sexism “never will” end and that women must “embrace what we have and be thankful.”
With issues like the pay gap, reproductive rights, domestic abuse, political under-representation and sexual assault that still need to be addressed, it is true that most adult women would not plant their flag on the right to wear spaghetti straps and yoga pants.
But these young women are confronting gender inequality in their everyday lives. While the vast majority of dress codes are carefully worded neutral documents, people are rightly angry when dress codes target females as inherently distracting and sexual, when principals say “boys will be boys,” or when a superintendent calls girls “skanks.”
Like the letter writer, I’m grateful that I don’t live in Pakistan, risking an acid attack, or in many other countries where women are still fighting for rights we take for granted, like leaving home without a male chaperone, choosing whether or not to marry, or driving. But appreciating the rights that American women enjoy does not preclude us from fighting for gender equality at home as well as abroad. Feminists may disagree with specific issues and tactics, but history has shown that being grateful for what has been achieved and declaring all further action unnecessary is no way to progress.
I applaud young women and men who recognize gender inequities and speak out to change them. Not so long ago, women like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton donned the radical and “immodest” outfit of a dress that ended below the knee and a pair of bloomers for comfort, as well as the “principle of freedom.”
The ridicule and harassment from “rude and vulgar men” proved more than they could bear, and both were forced to give up their unconventional outfits because, as Anthony said, “the attention of my audiences was fixed upon my clothes instead of my words” supporting female suffrage. They understood that the personal is political, and I’m sure that many young feminists pointing out gendered dress codes will, like their forebears, continue to fight for women’s rights.
I have great hopes for them and the future that they’ll share with those who said it could not be done.
Saved by CPR, urging mandated instruction
The April 19 deadline is fast approaching. That date marks 180 days since the CPR in Schools law went to the state Department of Education. By then, State Ed needs to recommend to the Board of Regents that CPR in Schools be included in the curriculum.
“Needs to” doesn’t overstate the issue — CPR saves lives, and the cost of including it in the curriculum is negligible. I’m one of the reasons we need all high school students to learn CPR.
I collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest while pumping gas five years ago, and am alive because someone started — and continued — CPR for over 40 minutes. I have seen my children graduate from high school and college, as well as have traveled abroad with my wife since then.
The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR can be taught in one or two class periods, usually health or physical education. A YouTube video teaches Hands-Only CPR, and a few manikins give students the chance to practice chest compressions.
Sadly, about nine out of 10 victims of sudden cardiac arrest die. The most common place this happens is the home. Having CPR performed doubles or triples the chances of survival.
Many schools already teach Hands-Only CPR, but it’s often the schools with few resources that don’t teach it. Those schools are often in neighborhoods where people are less likely to call 911. It’s time to end this disparity by teaching all New York high school students Hands-Only CPR.
I’m joining the American Heart Association’s many volunteers and telling State Ed and the Board of Regents that Hands-Only CPR is essential in New York. Twenty-one other states already have it — let’s make New York No. 22.
Please join me in contacting Acting Commissioner of Education Mary Beth Berlin at [email protected] and Chancellor of the Board of Regents Merryl Tisch at [email protected] to tell them that Hands-Only CPR needs to be included in the high school curriculum because it saves lives.
More to worry about than crude oil danger
Locally, people are protesting the transportation of crude oil in rail tank cars primarily because of the potential for a major disaster if a puncture or derailment occurred during transit.
To my knowledge, people are not expressing concern regarding the transportation of non-odorized LPG in railroad tankers. LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) is an odorless and colorless gas that is highly flammable and dangerous to inhale. It appears that there are limited regulations restricting rail transportation of LPG. In fact, federal regulations quoted below actually allow for the transportation of non-odorized LPG as long as the rail cars are properly marked (see 172.328 49CFR below).
I know that LPG rail tankers travel though our local area, as I was recently driving on Maple Avenue and noticed several tankers parked on one of the side rails that clearly indicated their contents as non-odorized LPG. I see two potential issues with this practice: accidental leakage or puncture with no detectable odor present, and derailment. Imagine the fireball a loaded LPG rail tank car would create if ignited.
I wonder if people are aware that other dangerous products besides crude oil may be traveling through our neighborhoods.
§172.328 49 CFR Ch. I (10–1–10 Edition) (d) non–odorized marking on portable tanks containing LPG. After Sept. 30, 2006, no person may offer for transportation or transport a portable tank containing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that is unodorized as authorized in §173.315(b)(1) unless it is legibly marked non–odorized or not odorized on two opposing sides near the marked proper shipping name required by paragraph (a) of this section, or near the placards.
Suit against county should be dropped
Re April 5 article, “Former director of planning files suit against Schoharie County: Alicia Terry files suit vs. county”. “Oh My God” this never ends.
Welcome to Schoharie County, also called “The Laughingstock Region.”
Alicia Terry cites politics for her demotion. How soon she forgets — that’s how she got the job back in 1995. Her father was county clerk and a big player in the Republican Party. Over the past 20 years, Alicia has collected one of the highest salaries in the county. Looking back on her tenure, I don’t see many accomplishments. If I was her, I would be happy I still had a job.
If Ms. Terry cared at all about Schoharie County, she would drop this “it’s all about me” frivolous lawsuit. No matter the outcome, Schoharie County taxpayers lose again.
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