Give back to local volunteer firefighters
Every day is a gift we should be thankful for. It’s also good to do things for other people. Most of us have a volunteer fire department. Did you know that? You should call your fire department to see if they are volunteers. We should support them; they are there for us 24/7 and have a family and also a job.
So, this year and every year, send them gift cards or even money donations during the year for their families. It’s a great way to give back. They are also looking for volunteers. You will even feel better doing something for someone else.
Bless everyone with good health. All lives matter. Remember Jesus is the reason for Christmas.
Carol Pingelski Hotaling
Niskayuna didn’t clear snow very well
Citizens of Schenectady, you are not the only ones dealing with issues of snow removal and limited egress out of your homes.
It is unthinkable that more than a week after a record snowfall (as of this writing), those of us who live on Troy Schenectady Road in Niskayuna still do not have access to our sidewalks, mailboxes, fire hydrants and bus stops. We are in danger of getting hit by an oncoming car when we pull out of our driveways.
The town of Colonie has had the sidewalks plowed for almost a week. The state plows have come by to cut back the banks, yet the town of Niskayuna has done nothing. I have lived here for over 40 years and have never experienced a situation like this that was left unattended for so long. Shame on the town for abandoning its citizens during these difficult times.
Politicians should wait turn on vaccine
I was appalled upon hearing that certain of our local federal lawmakers, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Anthony Delgado and Sen.Chuck Schumer to name a few, were jumping to the front of the line to receive the first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines.
They are using justification such as government continuity and to boost confidence among the American people.
This is being done at the expense of front line health workers and vulnerable seniors.
These are the same people that since the beginning of the pandemic were blaming the current administration for covid deaths and for not doing enough to develop a vaccine.
I believe that, deep down, they are only selfishly thinking of their own interest. Every dose of vaccine going to them is a dose that is not going to their vulnerable population.
Health officials have been spending a lot of time to make sure that the vaccine is getting to the right people at the right time.
I congratulate Rep. Elise Stefanik and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for stepping aside and waiting their turn for the vaccine based on health officials’ recommendations.
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