Be more responsible about your recycling
Households, refuse collectors, and recycling centers are the backbone of recycling. Are they saving the planet? Not by themselves, but they are worthwhile.
On my daily dog walk, I habitually check my neighbor’s recyclables put out for collection, and some disappoint. Only clean items should be there. Ever seen greasy pizza boxes, old wood or filthy glasses? These dirty items disrupt the recycling stream, causing those neighbors to find coal in their stockings at Christmas.
Curbside collectors passively collect what we put out and send it on to Capital Region recycling centers. They’re not the ones deciding between fruit or coal in the stocking game.
Recycle centers don’t actually recycle. They sort what can and can’t be sold. What cannot goes into a landfill. Only thoughtful recycling deserves fruits and nuts instead of coal in one’s stocking.
This season, what’s going in your recyclable bin? What do you have in your stocking?
Nursing home lax on covid protocol
Shame on Glendale and its administration. What were you thinking letting an outside dental team in to see the elderly during a pandemic?!
Change conditions for patient isolation
My Mom passed away at 9 p.m. sharp on Friday, Nov. 27. It wasn’t from covid, but one could say it was covid-related.
She was terrified to go to the doctor, afraid to even go out of the house. She went urgently to the hospital on Oct. 25. She never came home. We fell victim to covid precautions halfway through her hospital stay. My father or I visited her for our one visitor-per-day allotment. We thought that was bad … until there was no more visitation.
My mother became extremely disoriented. She hadn’t seen anyone or anything of familiarity for the better part of a month. They moved her to a medical unit. She struggled to breathe on her own and died two days out of the ICU, alone in a hospital room, with no family by her side.
My cat had a better death experience than my very own mother. Especially if covid continues throughout the winter, we need to have better systems to allow families to see their loved ones.
We need to give nurses support in making technology work or have dedicated staff to liaise with families. We need those on the inside to answer the phone every time, and we need to make sure that families can legally take advantage of the end-of-life visitation rules. Someone needs to make sure those that can come in are called in time. We can die better.
Trump supporters need to get the facts
I have read Michael Cohen’s book “Disloyal,” which was written well before the presidential election, and he spelled out exactly what would happen if Donald Trump lost the election.
I did not consider it a Trump-bashing book as much as a road map of how he behaves. The book did not disappoint.
Here’s the point.
Most people spew off at the mouth all kinds of selective facts about what is going on in this country without doing one bit of independent homework (fact checking), and sadly it’s the same people who don’t believe in wearing a mask to protect others from their spread of germs.
I have found that most Trump supporters couldn’t come up with an independent thought if they tried. They simply spew out the same words as he does. That’s not opinion; that’s simply repeating what has already been said.
It’s like a fervent Trump supporter that said to me he would rather have the Affordable Care Act instead of Obamacare.
It’s a travesty that members of Congress and the Senate are playing along with this “rigged election” fantasy, not to mention the electorate not to believe the outcome of this election. It’s un-American.
PS: On Nov. 22, I did not see anything in The Daily Gazette about the John F. Kennedy assassination. Surely an oversight, unless it’s no longer relevant news. Although only 11 years old at the time, I remember the day as much as when the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11/2001.
Fortunate must help the less fortunate
Equality is best rendered through charity. I walk in my own footsteps, and I often watched others make their own. I am at times forgetful in a self-induced effort to hide my shame of once not having. Ego filled as I can be, sometimes it is all about me. I am humbled by disappointment and it is then that I remember to help others along my journey.
Self-preservation is a luxury that the less fortunate often can’t afford. However, charity pays for everyone’s admission.
Collectively we have to be on the same page at the same time, for poverty is a condition, not a disease of mystery, disaster and despair.
Leave no one to an unknown fate that we ourselves avoid by all costs.
Trump’s covid tactics saved Social Security
All those radical leftists, progressives and liberals who voted against Trump because of the way he’s handled the pandemic just don’t get it. He’s had a well thought out, effective plan to use coronavirus to solve the projected shortfall in Social Security funding.
In January he learned how lethal the virus was. When medical professionals who’ve dealt with pandemics for decades recommended masks, social distancing and avoiding crowds, he ignored, contradicted, and finally mocked their advice.
This encouraged millions of his followers to do the same. He then recommended cures that were either ineffective (hydroxychloroquine) or fatal (disinfectant injections). Finally, he continued to hold crowded rallies where no supporters wore masks. Former presidential candidate Herman Cain died of covid after attending the Tulsa rally.
The result: well over a quarter of a million deaths from coronavirus, thus saving Social Security millions of dollars each month in payments that don’t have to be made.
The only question now is whether Hannity, Dobbs, Levin, and Carlson will give him proper credit for this brilliant policy initiative.
We must do what we can to defeat covid
Regarding Robert McMorris’ Nov. 27 letter to The Gazette (“Cuomo’s order is unconstitutional.”) The people in this country are like China. They forgot what was done for them. A little suffering now and a lot of enjoyment comes after it is done. Do what we have to do to fight the virus. Do not think about the Constitution. We didn’t 79 years ago. We did what we had to do. This is fighting a different war. Do what has to be done and shut up.
Bless us all.
Not clear what’s right on climate change
In response to their facts on “climate changes” in Caroline and Bill Brooks’ Nov. 22 letter (“Divest retirement fund from fossil fuels”), there are many reasons a reasonable person could look at and conclude they may contribute to “climate change” i.e. the sun, orbit around it, tilt on its axis, winds, cloud cover, volcanoes – above and below, man-made billions of square yards of asphalt and concrete roadways, buildings and fossil fuels.
How anyone can pick one and say “that’s the problem” is beyond me. They fixate on two, hurricanes and wildfires out West.
It is true that a new record is set this year (two more, so far) than 2005, which was 15 years ago.
There is no mention of the many years that don’t approach 2020.
Likewise, with the “West burning up,” this paper published a piece taken from The New York Times on Sept. 19 (“Firefighter dies in blaze sparked by gender-reveal”) quoting Capt. Bennet Milloy of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
He said, “Nearly 95% of fires in California are caused by people, and the vast majority are unintentional.” I suspect this probably applies to the balance of the West also.
To address the right thing to do and what is morally right, I would say anyone whose retirement fund dabbles in the stock market and expects the taxpayers to pay their losses shouldn’t be lecturing or teaching anyone on the value of the “right and morally right” thing to do.
Le Roy King
Trump did much to earn 70 million votes
In her Nov. 16 letter to The Schenectady Gazette, Joanna DeSilva wrote that she can’t understand why 70 million voted for Trump.
Well, I think I understand it and that I understand her.
Of Trump she wrote “he used rubber bullets and gassed Americans who were peacefully protesting, treating citizens like enemies while gushing over dictators.” Really? Were people who were looting and burning peacefully demonstrating? And such disorders were handled by local authorities, not by Trump.
Your correspondent continued, “everything he did was ultimately in his interest, even when it put our country at risk.” So, let us look at things he did.
* The tax cuts Trump signed into law within 12 months of taking office added more than 2.6 million new jobs in the year following their passage, nearly a 25% increase from the previous year.
* Created the lowest Black and minority unemployment rate in history. (Before the COVID-19 pandemic).
* Increased the share of wealth of poorer households.
* Cut more job-killing regulations than any administration in history. The Federal Register of Regulations has decreased 35% since the Obama Administration.
* Benefited 40 million families with a child tax credit.
* Enacted tax credits for employers who provide paid parental leave for employees earning $72,000 or less.
I will trust your readers to decide.
Cremation article, photo went too far
I am appalled and disgusted as well as somewhat traumatized by the decision of The Gazette to publish a photograph of “new, state-of-the-art” devices featured in the Sunday Dec. 6 paper, in an article (“NYC funeral homes found relief here”) about cremations amid the pandemic. My father passed away three weeks ago, and his wish was to be cremated. As an educated person, I am well aware of the concept of cremation. Do I need a photograph to further educate myself? Absolutely not.
Even the first line of the article, “With one stroke on a touchscreen tablet, the furnace roared to life…”
The incongruity of the wording is not lost on me. I wish I had never read that paper. I cannot shake the image of what I read and saw, and where it led my thoughts.
How utterly insensitive to think that the public would find the details of cremation and the photograph itself in the least bit appropriate. It would be better suited in a trade magazine for funeral directors, or possibly (if you are really compelled to make it available to the public), put it on your website.
But on page 3 of the first section? No. Ironically, the editorial on the opinion page of the same paper (“As covid cases spike, compassion must reign”) calls for compassion, and asks folks to “demonstrate some humanity and compassion.”
Perhaps The Gazette staff needs to follow their own advice.
Liberty can co-exist with compassion
I take issue with The Gazette’s Dec. 6 editorial concerning “compassion” as covid cases spike. The implication is that those who choose to stand for individual rights and the ongoing assault on these rights from our dear governor are somehow lacking compassion for our fellow citizens who have and are suffering from this pandemic.
This is a liberal tactic to attempt to take the moral high ground and cast those who believe in individual liberty and the sanctity of the individual as somehow lacking compassion. This is conflicting two very different subjects.
The fact is, and history confirms this to be true, that sustainable and genuine communities are built individual by individual. Individuals who are self-reliant are the basis for successful and enduring communities as these individuals take responsibility for their own actions and community in turn does the same. Further, our government is defined by our Constitution. A document that at its very origination is cast a set of principles to limit government and promote individual rights. Our governments at all levels are increasingly exploiting events such as this current pandemic to expand their control, and then use this as precedence for future limitations on.
We should hold up liberty as a uniquely protected virtue and celebrate every day as liberty is the virtue from which true and lasting compassion is borne.
We shouldn’t push God out of our lives
Gov. Cuomo is rationalizing his anti-religion fervor. A couple years ago, Cuomo wanted ‘conservative Catholics’ gone from the state. He brags he was Jesuit educated; Jesuitism gave birth to Marxism.
The black robes are more than a fashion statement. Henrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS, created a cult fashioned after the structure of the Jesuit order. There is no difference between a Nazi and a Communist. Both degrade the rights of the individual, promoting a Satanic godhead. Satan is alive and well. God isn’t doing so good.
“Cancel Christmas Culture”: “God is dead” has taken a new twist: Get rid of his ‘message boards’. Push God out of people’s minds. That will compel God to take his show elsewhere. Knowledge is power.
The destruction of religious symbols was a hallmark of the Sovietization of Russia. The czar godhead of Russia’ was taken out (in America it is Founding Fathers) all else follows.
I am sticking with the glass half full, there is a ‘God.’ Better than Marx’s glass half empty Satan. Merry Christmas.
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