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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, March 22

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Trump needs to stop showing he’s a fool

Since you may be familiar with the many letters I’ve written regarding Mr. Trump, there is no further need to explain just how dishonest, incompetent and self-serving he is except to say, “Sometime(s) [Mr. Trump], it is better to remain silent and appear the fool than it is to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” The quote is mostly attributed to Abraham Lincoln.
Livia Carroll
Schenectady

Rather listen to the experts about virus

I now realize how foolish it was of me to listen to public health experts. Mr. Marvell’s March 18 letter (Older generations were a lot tougher) has set me straight.
I’m renting a 1,000 square foot space and having a belated St. Patrick’s Day party with 500 friends. I’m sure everything will be fine. Just…fine.
Michael Fondacaro
Albany

Stop tearing down America, president

Thank you, Allen Remaley, for writing a most perfect and timely March 15 letter (“Coronavirus; a chance to reunite America”); and, thank you Daily Gazette for publishing it.
Rarely since World War II have we as a nation had reasons to unite against such a common enemy.
So, out of every bad can come some good. It is past time for the haters of our nation to stop trashing our country and our president.
I speak to local hate mongers who write childlike letters calling Donald Trump “idiot in chief,” “liar,” “brutal dictators are part of Trump’s base,“ etc.  As well, there are the more sophisticated hate mongers of The Washington Post and New York Times, whose excuses for good journalism are snide, twisted and misleading news events, and in some cases just outright lies taken out of context.
Shame on all of you. Will you continue to be part of the problem or will you be part of the solution?
I am old enough to remember the 40s. We were united as a great nation then and we are still a great nation. So, please stop tearing us and our president down. Make America great again indeed.
Jack Osterlitz
Glenville

To interrupt virus, we must alter our habits

It’s a generational thing: If you think that it is the “Corona Beer” virus, then you should exercise caution. If you think it’s funny to call it the “Smith Corona” virus, you need to be in complete isolation.
How did this virus come about? It’s not “rocket science” at all. It is, however, “evolutionary science.”
The habitat for this newly evolved virus is the human body. But that habitat is able, over time, to muster an immune defense which changes the habitat and makes it more than inhospitable to the virus.
If the habitat dies, then all of the virus within die also. So, what’s a poor virus to do? It has to be effective in continually moving on to new and greener fields.
To do this it takes advantage of human culture and need. Humans are social creatures and in order to thrive and even survive, we require communication and intimacy. Close conversation and contact are the human habits that allow the virus to move from one person’s mucus membrane to another’s.
These are the traits and the joys we are asked to suspend, and we should. We should make it difficult for this newly evolved species to invade a new habitat.
Ultimately, we need to go back to being the social critters we are. We need intimate conversation. We need to shake hands and to hold hands and hold each other.
And, we need to tell each other that everything is alright, even if it is not.
Bill MacTiernan
Schenectady

I shouldn’t have to be fearful of your dog

I like walking in my neighborhood (Colonial Manor). But recently, I have encountered dogs that are loose. As a matter of fact, one neighbor’s dog has been in my backyard no less than six times.
I like dogs but am afraid of ones that aren’t on a leash or tied up. It doesn’t matter if you think your dog won’t bite. You can’t be sur. And since I’m afraid, most dogs can smell the fear and become more aggressive. Being bitten by your dog is not on my bucket list and I’m sure you don’t want a lawsuit. So please, keep your dogs either confined to your own yard or on a leash. I shouldn’t have to be afraid to go in my own backyard or walk around the neighborhood.
Lorraine VanDerWerken
Schenectady

Thank nurses, aides for their dedication

I am applauding the nurses and nurses’ aides who work in the “trenches” every day. I feel that they have been taken for granted at times for their humble service, when in reality they are in dangerous jobs.
No matter if it’s a violent patient or patient family or a deadly disease they forge ahead and care for us in full knowledge of the possible consequences of their service.
These women and men deserve our support and recognition for their actions, which can many times be accurately described as heroic.
Sometimes the public is never made aware of the sacrifices that they have made or incurable disease they may have been exposed to. The stress of the job affects their families as well. I know this because I am a retired RN.
I ask for no accolades for myself,  but ask that we each somehow thank these professionals, who are at work today, for their total dedication. I know I will.
Lois Mills
Niskayuna
 

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