Insurrection backers should resign
We the people, not I Donald Trump. For people to watch what took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was an insult to this country.
Now let’s look at others involved such as Sen. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and from New York, Rep. Elise Stefanik.
All three should resign their office. For Rep. Stefanik, you can bet when you run again, this issue will get brought up. You backed and supported this action.
I for one will back Mickey Mouse if he runs against you.
Hope America can heal after Trump
In response to Mr. Colyer’s Jan. 20 letter (“Dems feared Trump threat to status quo”), he stated Democrats espouse “abortion, dependency and the pursuit of political power.”
Trump did have some accomplishments. America gained 7 million new jobs before the coronavirus hit. Some companies came back to the United States.
But he failed to set an example during the onset of the coronavirus. We will never know how many lives would have been saved if he would have told the American people to wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands and be a role model for this.
Mr. Colyer stated the Democrats espouse to the pursuit of political power. Does he imply that Trump did not espouse to power? During his presidency, he made over 30,500 false or misleading statements — many of them to boost his own ego.
I don’t remember him ever stating what accomplishments the country made. It was always he did this; he did that.
He could not have done a majority of them without others. As long as people agreed with him, they were wonderful. If they went against them, they were fired.
We need to move on. I pray for a united America again.
Hopefully, with a new president, there can be healing.
Everyone deserves smoke-free home
An apartment resident recently contacted me for help because secondhand smoke was seeping into her family’s unit causing her son to choke and her eyes to burn.
So much smoke was entering their bedroom that they had to move their bed to the living room. This apartment community doesn’t have a smoke-free policy, but it should.
People living in multi-unit housing often lack the ability to keep their homes as healthy as they’d like, and it can be devastating to their health and well-being.
COVID-19 safety measures encourage people to stay home but for too many, home isn’t a safe and healthy environment.
Prospective tenants are advised to ask about smoking policies, if they exist, what they cover, and how they’re enforced before signing a lease.
But, too often, faced with limited options, they must sacrifice the benefits of a smoke-free unit in order to simply provide a roof over their family’s heads.
Many market rate, affordable and public housing have gone smoke-free, not only supporting the health of their residents and their staff, but also saving money on property damage and turnover costs.
A partial listing of smoke-free apartments can be found on SmokeFreeHousingNY.org, but the need is still greater than the supply. Everyone deserves to live in a healthy, smoke-free home.
Given the respiratory risks associated with COVID-19, reducing all risks to lung health, including smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, is vital.
For those who want to quit smoking, free help is available at 1-866-NY-QUITS.
Jeanie Orr, MPH
The writer is program manager for Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities.
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