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Letters to the Editor for Monday, March 23

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We will get through this, hopefully

I feel like I’m living in a dystopian society. I went out today for an MRI, only to find out approval wasn’t done. Everyone was wearing masks, the scent of alcohol was in the air and plastic bottles of hand sanitizer were on every shelf. I read in the paper when I get home to find Asian Americans are purchasing firearms for protection.
I’m sure that the dictator has nothing to do with this. After all, calling Covid19 a “Chinese virus” could not possibly cause an uptick in hate crimes. (The GOP saw this as unproblematic.)
A person who grew up during the Great Generation indicated we are crybabies and we’d all be speaking Japanese and German, presumably because we would have lost World War II. The leader of the free world wants to give everyone $1,000. Some say not for millionaires, as they don’t need it. One prediction was that the unemployment rate would hit 20%. I now fear that the only way the current administration will deal with this will be starting another war.
Meanwhile, I will enjoy life as best I can. May peace prevail, but I have my doubts.
Paul Santo
Rotterdam

Buy gift cards to support businesses

The Federal Reserve has cut interest rates to near zero and began QE. While there are talks of helicopter money being deployed, it is time for those of us who are largely unaffected to step in and prop up small businesses.
Here’s a simple solution: Figure out how much you will spend at your favorite small businesses over the next six months and go purchase gift cards today. This provides businesses with much- needed cash today for goods and services that will be delivered at a future date. By the time we redeem these gift cards, businesses will be back in operation and they will be back to normalized income levels. Takeout orders help, but businesses cannot sustain themselves on this alone. I encourage you to purchase some gift cards and use #socialbailout to spread the word.
Ryan Scribner
Ballston Spa

Donate gov’t check to those in need

I hope this idea has better legs than my unsuccessful attempts to put Lady Liberty back.
Take the coronavirus check from the federal government, go into the bathroom and look at yourself in the mirror. Ask your reflective self if your family can survive just fine without the $1,000. Be honest.
If you would, endorse the check and give the whole thing to a food bank, school, day care center, next door neighbor, shelter of any sort, religious institution, struggling small business or refugee assistance group, but no political institution. Be creative, be kind, be caring, be American.
We are better than any stinkin’ slogan and every partisan platitude. Show ‘em that America is great, always has been great, and will continue to always be so.
Dick Curtis
Scotia

Don’t put firehouse in Collins Park

I fully support a new facility for the Scotia Fire Department.
The current situation has gone on far too long. Having said that, I am strongly opposed to the proposed location at Collins Park. I find it amazing that I even have to write this letter. Collins Park has been loved, cherished and protected by generations of village residents. There are a number of viable, underutilized locations in Scotia that could house a new facility.
The idea that we will ignore these sites and instead damage one of the biggest assets the village has is an abomination. Make no mistake, the proposed location will negatively alter that entire section of the park.
Gone will be the beautiful civic space that has seen countless ceremonies and civic activity over the years. Gone will be the beautiful view of the lake and park. Gone will be the tranquil setting that has seen countless children swinging on the swings, going to the library or sledding on the hill.
In its place will be asphalt and an ugly suburban-styled building that will overwhelm the area. I urge residents to look at the presentation on the village website and judge for themselves the merits of this ill-conceived proposal. This area of Collins Park should be protected as the vital civic space it is, not destroyed because pursuing other sites would be too hard. Sometimes in life, you don’t realize what you’ve got until it’s gone. Then it’s too late.
Greg Blick
Scotia

Let big industries fend for themselves

During the 2008 recession, the United States took the drastic step of bailing out the auto industry (GM and Chrysler). Many investors feared that would prove to be a serious mistake, as this precedent of bailing out companies was going to make it harder to resist offering future bailouts.
We currently face that future with the government talking about bailing out the airline industry (including Boeing), the hotel industry and perhaps even the cruise industry. There is no question that these businesses have been hit extremely hard, but where do you draw the line and stop the bailouts?
We can’t bail out the entire country. The United States already is seriously burdened by the level of debt we owe.
It may seem hard to turn away from these industries in their time of need. Historically, however, bankruptcy offers a way to restructure after financial disaster or mismanagement hits a company. When companies think they’re on their own, they are likely to make a greater effort to build their reserves to avoid bankruptcy than they will if they think the U.S. government will bail them out.
Jonathan Pearson
Glenville

Death rates tell real story of coronavirus

To estimate the number of coronavirus cases, look at the number who died, because these are the most reliable figures. If one person dies and the death rate is 1% of all cases, then for every death, there are 100 cases.
However, it takes time to die. So, if it takes 18 days to die, during that time on average, a person has infected three people. If the time it takes to infect someone is nine days, then there have been 3×3, or 9 times as many people infected by the time of death. Round it out to about one death equaling 1,000 cases by the time of death.
As of March 17, there were 108 deaths in the United States and 12 in New York state. This converts to 0.13% of the U.S. population and 0.25% of the state population. As of March 18, the number of U.S. deaths increased by 42 to 150, or 0.18% of the population, and New York state increased by 4 to 16, or 0.32% of the population.
Another important consideration is that as people become infected and survive, they become assets for going back to work and serving as first responders, so an overlooked test of great importance is to be able to test people for being immune and no longer being a carrier.
While my actual numbers and proportions might be off,  10-100%, the methodology I believe is good. Also, it points out the importance of watching the increases in the death rates.
Dixon Southworth
Brunswick

Bernie, Biden put voters, others at risk

Last Sunday evening, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders demonstrated that they don’t think there is a health care crisis, triggered by the spread of the coronavirus, in this country.
Most experts advise seniors to stay at home as much as possible to avoid becoming infected. Sunday evening, both of these 70-plus-year-olds left home to appear on television in a very boring and basically meaningless debate.
Experts urge all of us to maintain a safe distance from others to avoid infection or spreading infection. Technicians cannot apply makeup or fix microphones from six feet away so candidates can appear on television.
Both candidates urged their supporters to vote for them at the Tuesday primaries. To do so, citizens would have had to leave home and socialize. Others will be frustrated by conditions at the polling places and not be able to vote. The real selection of the Democratic candidate takes place not in the primaries, but at the convention next summer.
The recent self-promoting behavior of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders undercut the coordinated national effort to address the coronavirus crisis. Ironically, they criticized the president for doing too little too late.
Forman Phillips
Ballston Spa
 

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