National officials should be like Cuomo
In our current issues we are facing on a daily basis dealing with the global pandemic, it is refreshing to hear how Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses this issue on a daily basis. Residents of New York state need to appreciate and support how our state has responded to this pandemic, not only on a state basis, but a national basis as well.
I am very thankful that New York is currently being governed by someone with integrity and honesty and coveys these viewpoints in a positive manner. The leaders of the federal government should take a similar path forward.
Have hope we can get back to basics
If we’ve learned anything from this horrible virus that has essentially locked down the world, it is we still have optimism to see us through.
Let’s be honest, our world was moving far too fast. The rapid pace has affected every aspect of human life, much of it being driven by money and greed brought on by technological advancements and the desire to be powerful. We’ve become morally broke, our family structure inept or non-existent. Ignorance of our laws has led to the erosion of the true meaning of respect. We’ve abandoned our children, robbing them of their innocence and the importance of education.
Then came COVID-19, a pandemic no one would believe possible, that stopped us in our tracks globally. It’s given us time to realize how important life truly is and how much we’ve taken for granted. It’s given us time to reflect on our strengths and shortfalls. It’s bringing the best out of people through acts of kindness and heroism. It’s bringing families together and it’s making us all communicate better.
No one deserves to die from this virus, and we are far from out of the woods. However, there is optimism. A glimmer of hope that instead of the world resuming at a breakneck pace once this is over, that we all take a step back to appreciate the value of human life. The importance of family, education and the respect of our laws and of each other.
I’m optimistic we can and will achieve this.
New view of gov’t won’t be positive
John Figliozzi may be right in his April 12 column (“Virus has forced us to rethink our way of looking at gov’t”) that the COVID-19 crisis will cause us to rethink our way of looking at government, but I don’t think it will be in way he thinks.
He writes that “For the past 40 years, prevailing mainstream American political thought has disparaged government’s role in American society.”
Really? Confusing the occasional lip service Republican candidates pay to Reagan is hardly “conventional wisdom,” nor are Wall Street Journal editorials or National Review essays “mainstream American thought.” The unabated growth of government spending and growth by Democrat and Republican administrations alike is a far truer reflection of conventional wisdom.
When this crisis ends, the failure of the CDC to develop and distribute tests, the failures of the federal and state governments to create and maintain strategic stockpiles of supplies, and the misleading statements of leaders of both parties at all levels will diminish faith in government more than Reagan’s 40-year-old rhetoric.
These are not “imperfections”, but defects built into the system.
Give pedestrians and cyclists a wide berth
Six feet or more is the social barrier we should be giving to all our neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More so, 6 feet is also the same distance that we need to provide for bike riders and pedestrians on the roadway during the driving pandemic of our time.
The 1.35 million worldwide roadway deaths (2018) are 100% avoidable and preventable if we become more respectful of the power and potential danger of the vehicles that we operate on a daily basis.
The burden is disproportionately borne by bicycle riders and pedestrians, who become endangered if the operators of cars or trucks provide them with less than 6 feet of space.
It’s not any different than if an infected person got into our space and started coughing; it’s scary and potentially deadly.
As a motorist, protected with a metal cage, it’s difficult to understand the uneasiness and fear that erupts from being unprotected and having a large powerful vehicle pass you without appropriate clearance.
When we are biking, walking or driving, we are just as unpredictable as a virus and providing 6 feet is a must, no matter how we roll.
Add more people to the list of heroes
I need to add two more layers to the strata of heroes and heroines who are dealing with various aspects of COVID-19.
First and foremost, at least from my perspective, are the survivors themselves.
Medical science is going to, and most likely already has, approached these people asking them to volunteer to be human guinea pigs to find out how they survived and whether or not they developed antibodies that could further help research the development of vaccines — as well as for study on the long-term (if any) effects the virus has taken on their health.
The last layer are the people who have to deal with the remains of someone who died as a direct result of COVID-19.
I found out those bodies have to be double-bagged for safety reasons and they are cremated because nobody knows yet if the virus dies when the host dies.
That means the addition of the orderlies who transport the people to the morgue, the coroners and their staff, the funeral directors and the people who do the cremations.
Add them to the list of people “in harm’s way.”
GOP bears the blame for Trump’s failures
In emergencies – flood, hurricane, war, terrorist attack – the federal government has always taken the lead. It alone has the resources and authority to respond to national emergencies.
Since 2018, the CDC budget for combating disease outbreaks was reduced by 80%, and the NSC Pandemic Response Agency was disbanded.
Trump was warned in early January 2020 but lied about the seriousness of the crisis. What was he doing during this time? Getting the country ready? Gathering needed medical equipment?
No. He was campaigning and golfing. From January 9 to March 8, Trump held nine political rallies and played six golf rounds – all on the taxpayers’ dime.
Unusually truthful, he admitted he did not take responsibility “at all,” even though he stated he knew COVID-19 was always going to be a pandemic.
The entire Republican Party bears responsibility for deaths resulting from this virus, having failed to check this president’s worst dictatorial abuses.
The country was unprepared because of this president. People have died. He wasted 70 days campaigning, golfing, lying; but he will blame others for his abject failure and claim to have done a great job.
Vote them all out.
President is doing the best that he can
Re: Vince Dacquisto’s April 2 letter (“Shameless Trump making crisis worse”), I believe he is referring to President Donald Trump when he uses words like shameless, insidious, lies, false hopes, medical nonsense, lack of empathy for infected Americans.
He actually accuses the president of causing widespread suffering and death to Americans. Why is he talking about the president like that?
In our country, if you don’t think your leaders are doing a good job, you can vote against them. Mr. Dacquisto shouldn’t slander people who are doing the best they can. Can he do better with no help from the opposition?
I’m not a supporter of Gov. Cuomo, but I do agree with one thing he recently said about President Trump. He said [and I paraphrase] it makes no sense for each governor to actively purchase their own supplies, because they end up bidding against each other and effectively driving up the cost.
I think the president is doing the best job possible given all the facts — facts the vast majority of Americans including myself, are not aware of. And by the way, that’s the way it should be.
Upstate, downstate should be split up
This is not the first time that this has come up, but it is time to split up the state downstate and upstate.
Upstate is not the hotspot during this virus and we should not have to follow Gov. Cuomo’s orders for the whole state.
Cuomo has spent more time in Israel and Puerto Rico than he has in Syracuse and Buffalo. Upstate is mainly rural and does not have the issues of New York City, so we should not have the same guidelines. As Cuomo says, the president does not have the authority when states open. Likewise, Cuomo should not have the authority when upstate cities should open back up, but leave it up to local municipalities. Again, split up the state.
Sandy “Rogo” Roginski
Support farmers by buying their products
On behalf of the 10,000 dairy farm families that I have the privilege to represent, I want to acknowledge how difficult this time is for everyone. Our prayers are especially with those families whose health has been affected by the coronavirus.
Our dairy farm families are committed to providing wholesome dairy products to feed our communities, especially during these challenging, changing times. And even though times are tough, we are in this together, stronger together.
While consumers are facing unprecedented changes in the way they live their lives, dairy farmers are affected as well. With dramatic shifts in the distribution network, school and restaurant closures, the dairy supply chain has been disrupted.
Half of all the cheese that’s produced is normally consumed through restaurants, and about 7% of the milk that’s produced is used for in-school meals. And while school meals are still being provided to families, it’s not nearly as much as when school is in session.
The good news is that more consumers are preparing meals at home, so the demand for milk at grocery stores has skyrocketed. Initially, panic-buying led to limited availability in stores; however, the distribution system is catching up, products are becoming more readily available, and supply limits are few.
Rest assured that there is no shortage of milk. Farmers will continue to produce a product that is safe and nutritious. Consumers can continue to support the local economy and farmers by purchasing dairy as a part of their regular groceries.
The writer is CEO of the American Dairy Association North East.