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Letters to the Editor for Friday, April 24

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How much is bid war costing us?

We hear about the bidding wars going on between states, cities and ultimately, the federal government.
For example, I have heard that the N95 mask which has been in such short supply for the medical workers on the front lines of the Covid crisis, have gone from 85 cents apiece at Home Depot to upwards of $7 each.
And good luck trying to find one even at that price.
Respirators which a few months back cost X dollars now cost X times 10 or more. The list goes on and on.
Meanwhile, our governor has been begging the federal government to let FEMA take over the purchasing of these items to save taxpayers the many millions of dollars the foolish bidding war wastes.
Is there any way that you could obtain some hard numbers on exactly how much the bidding has raised prices so that wondrous citizens can have something tangible to think about as they consider the government’s response to this situation?
Maybe I have missed something, but I don’t think I’m the only person who would appreciate this information laid out in print.
Dave Lambert
Niskayuna

Spend money on legitimate science

There are three fields where physicists have given America the shaft: 1) Hot fusion, 2) Cold fusion and 3) Neutrino detectors.
Hot fusion requires the creation, transportation and burning of the most dangerous isotope in the universe, tritium.
Enough went missing in 1989 to build a fission-fusion-fission with 1000X the explosive yield of Nagasaki or Hiroshima. Physicists want tritium to be ubiquitous.
Cold fusion has yielded positive results from the very first experiments, but hot fusion scientists have poisoned the well springs of experimenters.
Did it ever occur to the funding agencies that neutrino detectors are favored by those who believe in neutrinos but not by opponents of neutrinos like the Argentinian physicist Ricardo Carezani?
The physics community has reduced the average lifespan of the average American by at least a decade and reduced their take home pay by $20,000-$30,000 per year because so many billions of dollars of research have gone to physics and not legitimate branches of science.
Richard Moody
Middleburgh

Some have reasons to avoid vaccines

In answer to Jeanette Christoff’s query in her April 14 letter (“Who will be against Covid-19 vaccines?”), she asked “Will anti-vaxers avoid the covid-19 vaccine, too?” I am cautious about vaccines. I will avoid the new vaccine if it contains mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, or squalene. That is the major complaint about vaccines that concern people who choose to avoid them. Some people avoid vaccines if they are made with fetal tissue.
I will also be more likely to get the vaccine if it is manufactured in the United States. So, I imagine some of us will be waiting to see how and where a proposed vaccine is manufactured before we make that decision. Thanks for asking.
Deborah Kozlowski
Porter Corners

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