Hope the move to AP decreases bias
I believe you made a correct movement towards trying to be a bit unbiased in your reporting after using the ultra-liberal New York Times and the Washington Post for your wire services.
Many readers throughout the years commented on the unfairness towards the Republicans and conservative stories, especially stories on our President Donald Trump.
But maybe with your return to The Associated Press as your primary wire service, your reporting will be a bit more unbiased?
What say you Gazette?
Honor Marines on service’s birthday
November 10, 2020, is the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Happy birthday to all Marines out there.
How important is this day?
Imagine combining your own birthday with the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. What a celebration.
I have known Marines to forget their own wedding anniversary, but they always remember the Marine Corps birthday.
So, make their day and serenade your Marine with their favorite song – The Marines’ Hymn. The first stanza is:
From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We will fight our country’s battles
In the air on land and sea
First to fight for right and freedom|
And to keep our honor clean
We are proud to claim the title of
United States Marine.
James P. Kirby
Protect prison staff, inmates from covid
Whether we’re paying attention to the daily vitriol in our 24-hour news cycles, our social media news feeds, and the general banter in our community existence or not, coronavirus is teaching us a lesson in community: Without regard to party affiliation, ethnicity, or socio-economic standing, WE ARE ONE.
While unions representing industry employees take the position that some deserve care while others don’t, that stance only ensures that we all perish.
The handling of COVID-19 in prisons serves as an example.
New York state policy from the start has been that the prison population was on its own.
Unions fought against mass testing of guards and mandatory PPE while on the job, and testing of prison communities didn’t begin until a couple weeks ago.
All because some wished to deny humanity and hope to others.
Prison towns are seeing spikes: An officer from Greene Correctional infected his family, who transmitted the virus to a school and a nursing home. The school closed and did damage to the nursing home. Elmira Correctional has a 40% infection rate.
The prison community deserves equal care as a moral imperative. Guards deserve equal scrutiny, as their health is our health. Decarceration is the only answer. We must protect the vulnerable. To do anything else is immoral.
Clemency now. Elder parole, now. Fair and timely parole, now. It’s way past time.
The writer is the Capital Region organizer for the Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign.
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