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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, May 14

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Convenient timing of Biden accusation

I think it’s odd that Joe Biden’s accuser waited until the last minute to come forward with her assault claim. Could it be that someone was getting nervous and found someone who could use some money for a false story? Just wondering.
Marilyn Vitch

Forced quarantine is a form of control

On May 4, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (AKA King Has No Clothes), stated that his new plan (partly funded by Bloomberg) has never been tried before and that it will take an army of tracers. I beg to differ with him. Israel, for one, has been using the controlled quarantine for a while.
A Dr. William Haseltine, former chair of the 9th U.S.-China forum held in Wuhan, was interviewed on cable TV; and he stated that self-isolation is not good enough. He proposes controlled quarantine, and says he knows what works from the experiences of East Asians. Forced quarantining is scary.
According to the doctor, this is how the controlled quarantine – diagnostic testing and contact works. It is traced via iPhone apps. It can be determined what people have coronavirus and who’s been in contact with these people. The people with the virus and anyone in contact with them will be tested, forced into controlled quarantine for a determined amount of time and placed in vacant, single-occupancy hotel rooms.
They will only be allowed a fleeting contact with staff and are to monitor and report temperature and symptoms. Then what happens? Will they be forced to take the ‘miracle drug’ and given the Quantum-DOT tattoos, which are digital certificates that hold vaccination records and ID and human implantable microchips. All funded by Bill Gates, Bloomberg,and Mark Zuckerberg.
Placing people with coronavirus in nursing homes? That’s criminally negligent.
Flora L. Ramonowski

Try buying locally produced food

Choosing to purchase locally grown food, either at a farmers market or through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, is an important way to support your local economy, contribute to your community, improve your health and do your part to protect the environment.
Buying local builds relationships with local food producers and means we know where our food comes from and how it is produced. This provides certainties among the various uncertainties of our modern food production.
A local farmer can answer any questions you have about their sustainability practices. Foods produced by large-scale agricultural operations usually rely on mass spraying with pesticides, and if you are concerned about how the food is produced it is very hard, if not impossible, to find out what is being used.
Locally grown food is harvested and sold within a short period of time. For this reason, food doesn’t need to be genetically engineered in order to keep it fresh during transit.
Saving these transportation miles also reduces the carbon footprint of the food we eat, making local produce the smart environmental choice. The sustainable agriculture methods local farmers use makes them more accountable to consumers and many local farmers are even certified organic.
Keeping local farms operational with our support protects the land from development for industrial or commercial use, keeps our money in local hands and creates jobs for community members.
Locally produced food has countless benefits to offer. Why not give it a try?
Bill Brooks

Wear a mask and keep your distance

Unless you are living in vacuum, it seems obvious the entire state of New York is aware of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just look around and you can see the affects the virus has had on us — shuttering of non-essential businesses, people working from home because of social distancing protocol, companies offering paid leave to high-risk employees, especially with preexisting conditions such as cardiac problems,  COPD, diabetes, age and asthmas.
Is it possible people aren’t aware what social distancing really means?
Is staying six feet apart from one another when in close proximity to another person too complicated to understand?
Perhaps some people forgot their measurement principles from grade school. An arm’s length might be a good rule of thumb . But when people come right up next to you while you are social distancing because they are in a hurry at the checkout, what are we supposed to do? Should we douse them with pepper spray? Should we utter a profanity to state our case? Should we poke them with the grocery checkout separator?
It’s not all about you is what I want to say.
I see people come into stores with no masks or gloves, roaming in and out of aisles with a laissez-faire attitude as if COVID-19 doesn’t exist. Or worse yet, they don’t believe it can come up from New York City.
Please, keep your distance, wear a mask and respect others’ desire to keep the spread at a minimum, and stop acting like a moron.
Bob Belive

Plenty of intrigue in Nisky district

I am responding to two Gazette articles. The first deals with the Niskayuna school district’s proposed tax increase, which is insane. We are in the middle of a crisis and the school board members could care less. An override is unacceptable.
What a tangled web we weave when we mingle bad politics with education. We have a town board member, Jaquith, serving on both town and school board.
We have Backus, a school board member serving as Syed’s assistant, and the school board president’s wife is a county legislator. Politics and education are never a good mix, and Niskayuna is a good example of this.
On the town level, Syed appointed herself to co-chair Public Works. She should be more concerned about the million dollar deficit in her budget. This deficit must be resolved. I supported Syed in the last election, but I am disappointed by her actions. Jaquith stated no one cares about political intrigue. She only cares about the residents. Why isn’t she condemning the school district’s insane proposed tax increase? She appears to be the essence of political intrigue.
In closing, I thank The Gazette’s editorial department for checking on a bogus letter submitted under my name. This is an example of good journalism where all details are verified.
Linda Rizzo

Be concerned about all deaths of blacks

I care about Ahmaud Arbery, the Georgia man recently murdered by two bad guys. These guys got caught in the deceitfulness of judging without knowing facts. Corrupt politics also played into this.
Again, I care about Mr. Arbery since I’m posting here. It seems blacks murdered by whites really matter to pop culture. A Chicago Tribune article said: “of the hundreds of murders that occur in Chicago every year, the majority of the homicide victims in Chicago are young, black men killed by black men.”
I’m sure it’s true in every major U.S. city. Why does the average American rarely hear about them featured in news stories or on social media? It’s sickening and so is the virtue signaling coming from people “claiming to be concerned care” about it on social media. They “stand up” for the poor black guy murdered by the white guy(s), but say absolutely nothing about the thousands of black men murdered yearly on the streets of American cities. Where’s all the concern, my fellow Americans? Yes, even you, my brethren of the faith?
One solution to caring about black people dying like this is for the news to begin reporting the truth and therefore black people will matter more. Yeah, sure. No, the answer is to stop pandering to “fans” and pretending to be somebody you’re not. Jesus Christ spoke about ‘neighbors’ and I believe he meant loving them doesn’t mean picking and choosing who they are. He asked us: Who is thy neighbor? Well…?
Dr. John Gentile

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