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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, July 16

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Florida doing better on covid than NY


The Washington Post article in the June 28 Gazette opined that there is “A dark cloud over the Sun Belt.”
This and other stories about New York’s management of the COVID-19 crisis are simply fake news. An increase in cases without an increase in critical sickness and/or death is like the ray of sunlight which kills the virus.
A comparison between New York and Florida, which has 2 million more people and a higher percentage of older people, shows the truth.
Over 25,000 New York residents have died from COVID-19. Even with the uptick in cases, Florida has lost about 4,400 souls. The death rate in New York is about 161 per 100,000; Florida’s comparable figure is 15 per 100,000. The Gazette can try and divert attention from these numbers by pointing south, but dead men do tell tales.
Art Henningson
Scotia

Grateful for Ellis, Rotterdam EMS

I was a patient at Ellis Hospital on May 13 and was discharged on the 15th. I was transported by Rotterdam EMS at 3:30 a.m. and was greeted at the hospital by outstanding doctors and nursing staff. I want to thank Dr. Quee and Dr. Koleman as well as nurses Kallie K. and Lois for their care and kindness. Once again Ellis Hospital to the rescue. I also want to extend a special thank you to Rotterdam EMS. I am very thankful to you all. You are all my heroes.
Mary Cater
Rotterdam

Progressives are undermining values

On love of country, some facts come to mind:
1. Recall the months of false attacks related to impeachment.
2. Recall how the progressives fought to prevent Brett Kavanaugh’s approval to the Supreme Court. His inhumane treatment was nauseating.
3. Recall Seattle’s First Amendment rights. A group of progressives wanted an autonomous area where no police can enter. The mayor called it the “summer of love.” The result: two young Blacks were killed and her home was spray-painted.
4. Recall Black Lives Matter, a progressive group set up after the murder of George Floyd. Their demands were to defund the police and aid the poor. Their demonstrations resulted in businesses being ravaged, merchandise stolen and buildings burned. Where was Black Lives Matter when hundreds of Blacks were killed in Chicago?
5. Recall the tearing down of statues: Thomas Jefferson, defacing the Lincoln Memorial, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Woodrow Wilson. They showed their power to destroy, but do they know history?
The aforementioned acts are considered their First Amendment rights. What about never forgetting those that gave their lives for our freedom? Where hard work, sacrifice, God fearing and love of family will put in our hearts the meaning of “God Bless America.”
Vince Alescio
Clifton Park

Consider big picture with Washington

In his July 4 column (“Statues celebrating all slave owners must come down”), Charles Blow attacks George Washington, based solely on his slave-holding.
Prior to Washington’s generation, however, slavery was considered an ineradicable feature of the human condition, practiced throughout the world.
It was Washington’s success in leading the American Revolution and implementing the Constitution that resulted in a framework in which American slavery could eventually be abolished and Mr. Blow could become comfortably ensconced as a New York Times columnist.
If Washington had failed in his endeavors, would democratic government found a foothold anywhere in the world? Or would slavery have continued as it was for much longer than it did? Perhaps Mr. Blow should also consider how the future will judge us for greedily consuming Chinese goods and heedlessly relying on their electronics while they mercilessly persecute minorities and ruthlessly squelch freedom in Hong Kong.
In an emotion-laden effort to blame Washington personally for all of slavery’s evils, Mr. Blow reiterates a heart-rendering but well-known account of the cross-Atlantic slave trade.
The 1829 events he describes occurred long after Washington died and after the Constitution, he helped create had prohibited the Atlantic trade. That trade, illegal as it was, wouldn’t have been possible without Africans first enslaving other Africans for sale at the coast. Should we now hold modern African nations where those events took place morally responsible for slavery and its legacy? Current-day wrongs can be rationally addressed through Washington’s framework. What alternative does Mr. Blow have to offer?
Leonard Van Ryn
Cohoes

Confederate flag offensive to many

I understand that the Trump flotilla on Sacandaga Lake on the Fourth of July was newsworthy, but I was stunned to see a photo with the Confederate flag on the front page (top of the fold) of the Sunday July 5 Regional section. That symbol, offensive to the majority today in the South, when flown so defiantly in New York is a blatant declaration of white supremacy.
I feel that top billing of this image was an egregious choice by the editors. But I am sure it was not done without thought, perhaps to remind those who voted for Trump in 2016 with high expectations, what he really stands for.  Racism will not “Make America Great Again.”
I can’t imagine the depth of pain this shocking image must have caused many of your readers and, I hope, disgust to most.
Janet Olin Altschuller
Niskayuna

Don’t all rush to judgment on police

I would like the media, including your newspaper, to please be fair to the police and to not incite needless protests and violence.
On July 8, you published a front page story titled “Video reveals cop punching suspect.”
The story largely relies on the version of the arrested party, which was not the entire story.
What was the rush to publish this story before waiting to see the body cam footage from the police which, according to your July 9 article (“Cop’s body camera footage released”) shows that the arrested person ran from the police?
We all depend on the police to keep law and order and to follow the law themselves. Let’s not handcuff them so they cannot do their job properly.
To all the police officers who do their job properly each day, I thank you.
Patrick Reilly
Saratoga Springs

Lifelong politicians deserve much blame

Before we all go to the polls this November, if we can actually be bothered to go, there are many things to consider. Healthcare, the economy, unemployment, the Virus, police reform, corruption among our supposed leaders, etc.
Many, many people blame President Trump for all these problems. One simple thing all of us should remember is President Trump has been in office less than four years. Joe Biden (1972-48 years), Chuck Schumer (1998-22 years), Nancy Pelosi (1987-33 years), Paul Tonko (1983-37 years), Andrew Cuomo (1993-27 years) et. al. have all been in office for all of these years.
Think about that and ask yourself why we need so much change.
We should all demand (like so many others do) that a citizen should physically go to the polls and vote these lifelong politicians out of office. After all, they are the people that have led us for the last 20-50 years. We didn’t get to this place alone and President Trump is not the leader that brought us here.
Kathleen Lamphere
Canajoharie

Trump needs help from Wizard of Oz

The remaining months of Donald Trump’s term would be best spent searching for a yellow brick road, in hopes of meeting the Wizard of Oz, with expectations of acquiring a brain, a heart and some true courage.
Lou Restifo Sr.
Burnt Hills

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