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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Aug. 9

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Hospital music is a sign of our resilience

I recently recovered from surgery at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. I feel our country needs a little encouragement while we are having to endure the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s been hard.

There’s a wonderful thing they have been doing at this hospital.

Whenever a baby is born, they play Brahms Lullaby over the loudspeaker. In my room, I loudly shouted, “Hallelujah,” when I heard it, because we as a country are not beaten.

A new child is born who is God’s blessing. It tells us we have a next generation that’s going to continue to make our world a better place.

Another song they also played over the loudspeaker was the Rocky movie theme song whenever a COVID-19 patient is released.

I shouted out loud, “Hallelujah,” then, too. That’s because we’ve gone through so much as a country and it hasn’t defeated us yet.

I know it won’t.

Patricia C. Annis


To recharge, take advantage of nature

It’s that time of year, time to walk away from man-made conveniences and run to the hills and lakes to revive flagging spirits and soothe fraying nerves.

Part of the fun starts with the planning and packing. Here’s some tips to enhance your adventure.

Create a reusable mess kit with a washable plate, bowl, cup, and utensils. Packing biodegradable soap keeps the waters clean and wildlife healthy. Think of simple and easy foods, packing reusable containers to reduce waste. Anticipation is part of the fun. Food you’ve made yourself from scratch has an extra helping of accomplishment while using less packaging.

Planning on the traditional campfire? The simple and safe method is buying the wood locally at your campsite area. This way, invasive hitchhikers can’t move to the lovely spot along with you.

“Leave your site better than you found it.” These wise words can ignite a challenge for everyone in the group. Make a game of pre-cleaning the site. When leaving, repeat this activity and see how eco-smart you’ve been during your visit.

What goes on your body goes in the water and onto the land. Using biodegradable toothpaste and soap keeps cleaners out of our aquatic world. Remember your sunscreen but avoid permethrin, as it damages wild water worlds.

Feel the anticipation build by prepping for your outside respite. Once there, be still, breathe deeply, hear thoughtfully. Plant nature’s seeds in your spirit to recharge, refresh, and renew for now and for the days to come.

Caroline Brooks


Forming a group to protest corn stripping

With all of the protests and activism going on now, some, I believe, being counter-productive, I am considering the formation of a group to protest a practice which is very annoying, as well as potentially harmful to everyone’s health.

This is the stripping of sweet corn by some customers in supermarkets.

This has always been particularly annoying to me and others I know, and now, with the potential for spreading COVID-19 infection, is even more of a health risk.

Most markets now have signs asking customers to refrain from stripping the corn, but there are still some who do this.

Recently while in a local market, I had to wait several minutes for a customer who was pulling the husks down on several ears of corn before I could select my own.

Years ago, there may have been a reason to do this because there were occasionally ear-worms in corn. But with advances in corn production that has not been true for decades.

So as not to be confused with Political Action Groups, we could call the group “Peaceful People Against Corn Strippers” (PPACS), and we could form protests outside the local markets. Maybe we could stitch corn husks together to use as masks to guard against infecting others.  

Robert Means


FCC spurs the need to rescan channels

A year or so ago, a reader with a TV antenna wrote that some channels had disappeared. Another reader suggested rescanning the TV set. I had also lost channels, so I rescanned, got back the lost ones, and several new ones.

The same thing has occurred again. I had lost channel 23 and others. I rescanned again and it worked.

I have learned that the FCC has required some TV stations to change frequency in a process they call “repacking” to free up additional spectrum space. This doesn’t affect cable users, only antenna users, who should rescan now and may need to again later because different channels are moved at different times. Further details can be found at

Paul Kirchner


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