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Letters to the Editor Thursday, Feb. 4


Super Bowl a time to address gambling

The biggest game of the year is right around the corner, the Super Bowl.
We’ve been watching and hearing about it on the news, sports stations, reading about it in the newspapers and talking about it at work or school. It’s impossible to escape the buzz around the “big game.”
The Super Bowl is also one of the biggest betting events of the year.
From workplace environments betting on squares, to a host of online bets and fantasy leagues, people can literally bet on every aspect of the game.
It is estimated that over 22 million Americans will wager more than $6 billion on the game.
For some people, these wagers may be more costly than they can afford.
Of those 22 million Americans betting on the Super Bowl, approximately 4%, or 880,000 individuals experience a gambling problem.
What does that mean?
It means that they are unable to set and stick to a limit of time and money spent on gambling.
It means that they may be betting to escape feelings of anxiety, stress or depression.
Gambling behaviors may be causing problems at home, impacting their relationships with their spouse and/or children.
They may also be experiencing problems at work as well.
For some, their gambling may turn into an addiction.
Problem gambling can affect anyone at any time.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing problems due to gambling, contact the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center at 518-801-1491 or email us [email protected]
We’re here to help.
Brandy Richards
The writer is a team leader at the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center.

Take action now to screen for cancer

Today is National Cancer Prevention Awareness Day
But being aware is not enough.
According to two April 2020 reports, cervical cancer screening dropped nationwide by 83%, mammograms by 87% and colonoscopies by 90%.
These declines are due to the temporary shutdown of medical offices for routine care to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties is urging anyone overdue for these screenings to talk to your health care provider about getting them back on the calendar.
Together, you can decide if getting a screening is safe at this time.
The following are recommendations for men and women with no risk factors (at average risk) for breast, cervical or colon cancer:
Men and women ages 50 and older should be screened regularly for colon cancer.
There are several ways to be screened.
They include a stool test that can be done in the privacy of your own home.
Women age 50 and older should get a mammogram at least every two years.
Women ages 21-65-years-old should get screened for cervical cancer.
If you don’t have insurance or a health care provider, our program may be able to help.
The CSP can help eligible, uninsured New York state residents get free cervical, breast, and colon cancer screening.
Call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) today to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings.
Suzanne Hagadorn
The writer is a program manager with Ascension.


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In what I think is a brilliant move, the House impeachment managers on Thursday requested Trump testify at his upcoming Senate impeachment trial, in a dramatic move to try to get the former President on the record about his conduct surrounding the January 6 riots at the Capitol.

Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin sent a letter to Trump’s attorney Thursday requesting that Trump testify before or during the upcoming impeachment trial, which begins on Tuesday, arguing that his testimony was needed after he disputed the House’s allegations that he incited the insurrection at the Capitol.
“Two days ago, you filed an Answer in which you denied many factual allegations set forth in the article of impeachment,” Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, wrote. “You have thus attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense. In light of your disputing these factual allegations, I write to invite you to provide testimony under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial, concerning your conduct on January 6, 2021.”
It was not immediately clear how Trump will respond to the request or whether he would consider testifying.

I bet Trump will say he wants to testify, but his attorneys will advise he not do it probably because of trump’s propensity to lie. If necessary, they should subpoena him.

Joseph Vendetti


1.) only fools testify at their own trial, 2.) our Congress & Senate have so little to do that they will hold a “useless” trial? Meaning there are local prosecutors that throw cases out when they know its a waste of money (they can’t get a conviction), 3.) opening up this is a pandora’s box which will now allow future Congresses and Senates to impeach someone out of office.

Our entire system has become a meme, laughing stock around the world. They way we air our dirty laundry in public. The media feeds right into it – as we have no journalistic integrity anymore. Everything is to sell TV spots, sell advertisements. The days of “facts” went out the window & down the drain – everything is “opinion” media now.

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