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Letters to the Editor for Monday, May 25

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Grateful for care in wife’s dying days

In 2009, my wife was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s. I was able to keep her at home for the next 10 years.
During the last two years, a very special woman, Linda, from Home Helpers of Saratoga, came in twice a week which allowed me to do outside work and errands.
In June 2019, when my wife could no longer walk, I had to place her in a nursing home, Our Lady of Mercy Life Center. On April 21, she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and passed on May 6.
I would like to thank those who on a daily basis walk into the lion’s den knowing they may come out with COVID-19. While I do not know all their names, I would like to thank some very special people. Terry, Samantha, BB, Megan, Jennifer, Sara, Suzie and all others who do this on a daily basis.
My fear was she would pass alone. They made sure someone sat with her, since I was not allowed in the nursing home. Thank you.
Joseph Gibson
Ballston Lake

With covid, it’s a no-win situation

COVID-19 is the perfect storm for the destructive forces in America to take their toll on human life. You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
Medically, it continues to kill the older more vulnerable members of society. Economically, it destroys the jobs and work opportunities of people in the prime of life. Socially, it prevents the up close and personal contact that we all thrive on.
Politically, it divides the country along partisan lines and centralizes power in the governing elite. Historically, it will continue into the future as the “new normal.”
Pandemics and plagues have taken a toll on humanity and our pre-human ancestors since life began.
Through natural selection we have developed resistance and immunity. Many of the early predictions about the COVID-19 have missed the mark and controversy continues to swirl around the best way to manage it. Lockdowns and quarantines continue but, at this stage many question if they are necessary or even if they are doing more harm than good.
H.G. Wells provides us with some perspective about the struggle we are facing. If we substitute the word “virus” for “Martian” in the words of his classic movie “War of the Worlds”: “By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright of the earth, and it is his against all comers; it would still be his were the (virus) ten times as mighty as they are. For neither do men live nor die in vain.”
George Hughes
Burnt Hills

Take care to avoid getting skin cancer

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. As we find ourselves staying at home, many of us have ventured to the great outdoors to enjoy the sunshine of the new season.
While we enjoy the sunshine, we would like you to be sun safe because did you know one in five Americans will get skin cancer?
You don’t need to have a family history of skin cancer to be concerned and all skin types are at risk. We can take actions to prevent this.
Sun safe strategies include wearing sun protection like a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, dark colored long sleeve tops and pants; apply broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher; and seek shade often.
Also, use the UV index daily, just like checking the daily weather forecast. Provide shade when possible with portable pop-up tents for outings or in your backyard. Be extra careful around surfaces that reflect the sun’s rays like concrete, sand, and water. Reduce your exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when UV rays are strongest and most damaging.
For more tips on how to be sun safe, please visit
Kelsey Carpe
The writer is health education promotions coordinator, Community Cancer Prevention in Action of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.

Supervisor creates Trump-like diversion

In the midst of a national health and economic crisis, while many of our neighbors are applying for unemployment and waiting in line at food banks, Niskayuna Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed’s only concern is to appoint herself co-chair of a committee she’s expressed no interest or acuity in during her tenure simply to spite a political rival?
I thought it had to be fake news when I read it. She has a million-dollar budget deficit that was incurred before the coronavirus crisis, so she’s creating a diversion. How Trumpian.
Michael Marinucci

Greenmarket covid rules went too far

I am a huge supporter of farmer’s markets, but I was really disappointed at the Schenectady Greenmarket’s overzealous enforcement of regulations and “recommendations,” not requirements. I was asked:
1. To put a mask on my toddler – not legally required or safe.
2. To social distance by an additional foot when talking outside with a mask on.
3. I was asked twice to lift up my mask – while carrying the abovementioned toddler.
I support local business and farmers markets, but this was crazy.
I know the Jay Street section of the market is run by a different group, and no one bothered my toddler or asked me to adjust my mask or stand an additional foot apart.
The Niskayuna Farmer’s market at Sheridan Plaza starts June 5, and I’ll go there before the Greenmarket again. I support the businesses, but CVS doesn’t give me a hard time, and that is inside.
Angela Midgley

Start horse racing in Saratoga in June

Horse racing at Saratoga should be considered to start in June and end when the COVID-19 virus has subsided.
Thoroughbred horse racing at Belmont is being considered, but maybe more hot spots exist in the New York City area than in upstate New York (Saratoga).
Florida horse racing has existed, and OTB and NYRA have taken wagers for the races at successful operations.
This could possibly help the business economy for Saratoga.
Bill Doin

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