Liz Joy event raises ethical, legal issues
I was so disgusted with Liz Joy when I read The Daily Gazette article on Nov. 5 (“Joy chided over maskless event”) about her election night party for 150 supporters. It is common sense that candidates seeking to become lawmakers should not break the law, nor should they flaunt ignoring public safety regulations. If they are willing to break the law in this way, what other laws do they think do not apply to them?
It is an ethics as well as a legal issue. What kind of example are they setting? It is not just her supporters that Liz Joy put at risk, but the servers and all of us, really.
Remember this the next time she asks for your vote.
Two simple steps to improve policing
The Oct. 31 Gazette has a long front page staff article: “Clergy offers ideas for city policing.”
A panel member urged panelists to pitch concrete ideas for policy changes. While not a panel member, here are two suggestions I have offered before. These suggestions wisely implemented would eliminate about 99.9% of the problems of policing in Schenectady and the United States:
1. The police officer will at all times be polite and helpful to those in the community. Every individual who became an officer because he wants to bully people, who cannot be polite and helpful, will be terminated immediately.
2. Do not resist arrest. If a citizen resists arrest and is hurt, including killed, that is unfortunate, but not in any way considered the fault of the officer.
Family care givers play a pivotal role
November is National Family Caregivers Month and CAPTAIN Community Human Services, and its Care Links program is highlighting the critical and valuable role played by the 2.5 million family caregivers in New York state.
Family caregivers, often overlooked, are essentially the backbone of the state’s long-term care system.
Care-giving issues are growing. Family care giving is more complex. Family structures are changing. More people in the labor force are balancing work and care giving. COVID-19 has rendered care giving a crisis for many families in juggling priorities and dealing with increased isolation. The expectation that families alone will provide care for an older person or an adult with a chronic, disabling, or serious health condition is unsustainable.
There is a range of community support to assist in bolstering the family caregivers. Included is Care Links with its core of trained volunteers providing no-cost supportive services: transportation, respite, shopping and errands, handy-person services, friendly visiting, and telephone reassurance.
As one long-distance family caregiver noted during covid time of social distancing and isolation among seniors, she was very fond of the way the Care Links volunteer remained in contact with her mother and continues to do so now. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed.
Call 518 399-3262. When you support Care Links you support family caregivers.
The writer is chair of the Senior Services Committee, CAPTAIN CHS.
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