Stefanik’s hypocrisy shows over Trump
I read the article in the Dec. 16 Gazette (“Stefanik: Probe Cuomo harassment claim”) that Rep. Elise Stefanik wants a full investigation into the sexual harassment accusation against Gov. Cuomo.
This baffles me, especially since Ms. Stefanik has supported, stood beside, defended and had pictures taken with a man who has cheated on all three of his wives, been accused of rape, admitted to “grabbing women by their genitals,” paid off a stripper and other women for their silence and then lied to the people. Where was her indignation in the past four years?
I would also like to repeat to the Republicans what they have said to the Democrats since the 2016 election. Get over it, you lost the election!
Make delivery fees more transparent
Thank you for giving space to the Dec. 16 article (“Cap on delivery fees for food gets mixed reviews”) about how delivery services are eating the lunches of independent restaurants.
I believe the best answer to this problem has yet to be explored by local and state governments.
Services like Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats charge a percentage of the menu price for delivery, but they charge it to the restaurant, not to the consumer.
Because of this, restaurants are losing their already-skinny margins to the deliverers, at a time when volume is already down because of the pandemic. Customers are led to believe delivery is “free” because it is not itemized and added on, so restaurants get paid $13 for a $20 meal after the deliverer takes their fee out.
Independent restaurants are suffering with every order from customers who are generously trying to keep them busy.
The best answer is to require delivery fees to be “unbundled” and added to the menu price.
Unbundling shows the true cost to the consumer, who might choose to pick up their order instead. It forces the delivery services to compete, rather than hiding their fee where no one can see it.
Restaurants would receive the same revenue they would have gotten from pickup or indoor dining.
We customers add on tips for table service when dining indoors, why not the same deal for deliverers?
Another word for unbundling is “transparency,” and that is always a good thing.
Ellis Hospital staff deserve high praise
The sign in front of Ellis Hospital states “Heroes Work Here. “
Truly, this is an understatement. It should state “Angels Work Here.”
Recently, I spent nine days in the cardiac ICU at Ellis and received the highest quality health care possible. The doctors and nurse’s commitment to the patients’ well-being was extraordinary. Ellis has created a culture where excellence and compassion thrive.
We are entering the season of reflection and gratitude; I am extremely fortunate to have had my triple bypass heart surgery performed by the cardiac team at Ellis. They are all leaders with servant hearts that put their humanity into being great care givers.
Over the years, the negative articles published in The Gazette promote an undeserved image for the hospital: i.e., frequently petty complaints of waiting times in the emergency room, etc.
The Ellis Hospital Cardiac Unit has proven to be superior to any other hospital in the capital region. Thank you thank you thank you Ellis Hospital from a grateful patient.
Philip W. Wagner Sr.
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