Find an alternative to covid lockdowns
We are locking down again since it worked so well the last time.
Schools closed on March 16. New York began PAUSE on March 22. State and federal officials said two weeks to “flatten the curve.” How quaint it all sounds. That was 35 weeks ago.
After 245 days, we appear to have learned nothing and are locking down again. I don’t know anyone who really believes remote learning is better than full in-person. And if you do say that, then why were Regents exams cancelled — again?
A potential incoming Biden administration talks about a nationwide four- to six-week lockdown to stop the virus and bring back the economy. Who believes a six-week lockdown (which will stretch into how long?) will actually rejuvenate the economy?
And stop the “Don’t get political” and “You just want to kill people.“ Look at raw numbers, (the “science” and “data” as we keep hearing). Forget who is governor or what party they are from and look at two examples.
New York is very restrictive. Florida is the opposite. With almost the exact same populations, Florida has only half the covid deaths as New York. And Florida is wide open.
Now we hear from state and federal officials that the vaccine will not stop masks, social distancing, and reduced capacity restaurants and gatherings. How does this even make sense?
Lockdowns do not work. Even the World Health Organization says this. Find another way and stop this insanity.
Grateful for those who care for youths
I am a substance abuse prevention educator for Fulton Montgomery Catholic Charities. This year we took on a challenge to find community support in Montgomery County for a very important initiative called “YOUth Decide!”
It is a program that works to educate both youth (ages 12-19) and adults on the risks of falling victim to problem gambling, and what you can do to avoid it as well as ways to get help if someone you know or love is struggling through it.
We had been challenged to get upwards of 50 community leaders to sign a pledge of support, resolutions of support, and policies discouraging underage gambling. And you, our community leaders, stepped up and answered our call.
We want to publicly thank those people who committed to talking about, sharing information on, and discouraging underage gambling.
“Thank you’s” go out to all the people who signed, pledged and talked to youth, or youth who talked to adults. But we especially want to thank those who committed through resolutions of support.
They include: the Montgomery County Cares Coalition, Fort Plain Central School, Montgomery County Domestic Violence and Crime Victims Support Program, and the Montgomery County Youth Bureau, Diane Madej from St. Mary’s Institute, Brent Watterson from Canajoharie Central School, Rural Grove Volunteer Fire Department and the Canajoharie Chief of Police, Bryan MacFadden.
You(th) Decide is a New York state initiative to create awareness and reduce the problems of underage gambling. Thank you again, for your support.
Writer wrong to chastise teacher
Wow! How erudite Donald Jenner appeared to be in his Nov. 3 Letter to the Editor (“Teacher sets bad example with mask.”) His vocabulary and a tad of scientific knowledge were impressive, but big words do not necessarily a good man make. His choice to name, twice, a teacher whom he chastised for not wearing her mask properly was unforgivable.
Hopefully, this teacher has the fortitude and support to withstand such a needless public shaming.
Virginia L. Mee
We need to protect children from covid
In the “Ask a Doctor” section of the Schenectady Gazette on Nov. 15, I was absolutely appalled by the response by Susan Woods to a question about covid.
Woods stated that children are very unlikely to get covid.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over one million children have already had covid. One million is not a number that suggests they are a group “unlikely to get the virus.”
Even if children are “unlikely to get seriously ill from this virus,” as she states despite the one million that have already had it, perhaps she forgot that children are not in school alone. Teachers, assistants, nurses, bus drivers, custodial and other support staff are also in constant contact with the students.
Children go home at the end of the day and can still infect family members despite not showing any symptoms themselves. It is an abomination that someone in her position would not think beyond the children in these schools.
Children need to be protected from this virus just as the adults who work in the schools. We cannot keep schools open and help children cope with the consequences of the pandemic if we cannot control the pandemic.
The original question, about the anxiety many are feeling about the scary times we are living in, was not even answered. Really? Not one suggestion to help. I think this attitude and answer are repugnant and the response very dark.
P. Anne MacNeill
Foolish to defy our Creator on abortion
In Torah (known to Christians as the Pentateuch), the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob gave us a moral non-negotiable – do not kill.
In regard to our bodies, it belongs to God the Father, of which we are the stewards. In the scriptures we are told that God formed us in our mother’s womb. Are you that foolish to fly in the face of the Creator, destroy what he has willed into being and tell him you have the right to do so?
Are you really that foolish?
Joan M. Bellmer
Thanks for moving to Associated Press
I was just about to cancel my subscription until I saw your article in the Nov. 2 Gazette (“Note to readers: Today marks the Gazette’s return to The Associated Press.”).
I too was not happy reading the New York Times and Washington Post. They are far too left and liberal for me and I’m sure most of your readers.
The young liberals get their news online. Us elders are the old school readers.
Thank you for switching to the Associated Press. I will see how it goes and give you another chance.
Why wait to clear Trump out of office
Is there some law that says the lame duck president gets 10 weeks to clear out? President Trump is a clear and present danger to the health and security of everyone right now.
Only just recently was the CDC able to recommend the use of masks, a policy previously squelched by the president.
In his last 10 weeks, Trump will usher in perhaps 10 million new infections. Surely the lives of 10 million people take precedence over a custom that Trump is ignoring anyway.
The president is also refusing to provide security briefings and GSA funding to the incoming administration. This handicaps the Biden presidency and puts the entire nation at risk.
They will have to pry Trump’s fat fingers off the White House door anyway. So why wait?
State workers must get back to offices
I would like to know how much longer we have to pay state employees to work at home.
This issue is seldom covered in the news. As a taxpayer I feel I have a right to ask this question.
Dictator Cuomo never mentions this in all of his press appearances. I don’t know of many jobs that pay employees to work at home.
There is absolutely no accountability in this job situation. The worst part, there is no deadline.
For state employees, this is a lifetime lottery now.
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