GOP has abandoned its core principles
Even the most casual American citizen can observe, and in my humble opinion should fear, the nihilism that has become a key plank of current Republican Party policy.
Nothing matters to the likes of Ted Cruz, Lindsay Graham, Mike Pence (who remains silent despite being a principal target on Jan. 6), Mitch McConnell, and, of course, New York’s own Elise Stefanik, than power – even if it requires membership in a cult of personality that worships a xenophobic, white nationalist, authoritarian, anti-intellectual “dear leader.”
They repudiate what they label “cancel culture.” However, those (Cheney, Burr, Cassidy, Toomey), who would challenge the “Big Lie” or renounce a coup attempt to overthrow the results of a free and fair election are censured, silenced and canceled nonetheless.
The dear leader must not be questioned, defied or diminished in any degree; let fear of retribution inhibit the exercise of integrity.
Welcome to this new Republican Party — a party that, in the words of one much more clever than I, worships gain over principle (GOP).
What could go wrong for democracy and our nation?
Make room for different viewpoints
A few years ago when singers were presenting their political messages at concerts, many people started shouting, “shut up and sing.“
I think we can apply that same logic to governing right now.
The Dems have all three branches of government, yet are still intent on trying to make all those who do not agree with them, agree.
Sorry folks, but there has to be room for differences of opinion, and one side cannot expect to have the other side agree with their opinions just because they won.
Instead of trying to get the other side to agree with them, try to do what you promised your constituents you would do.
Let the chips fall where they may.
There will be good decisions and bad decisions, but “shut up and govern.”
Gerard F. Havasy
State needs better vaccination system
We’ve known of a vaccine coming for many months and have now had a vaccine for approximately two months.
Yet New York state still suffers with vaccine deployment.
The state Department of Health should develop an app for deployment of the covid vaccine. For those that qualify for the vaccine, they have to frequently check the Health Department website because it typically says no availability.
For those who aren’t yet eligible, there’s no system to inform them when they are eligible.
Notifying someone that they’re eligible will keep the public better informed, especially given the difficult-to-understand and constantly changing requirements to qualify for the vaccine.
The state should develop a legitimate mobile app that informs people when they are qualified and when there is availability.
For those that don’t yet meet eligibility requirements, the system should save their information, and inform them when they are eligible.
The two suggestions to prevent bridge strikes by large trucks will not work.
Adding a truck turnaround still won’t stop drivers from thinking they can get through. If they ignore all the current signs, they will ignore signs for the turnaround. Adding a fine (perhaps $500) for hits to pay for adding lasers and flashing lights would possibly help, but you can’t count on the money to reimburse the up-front costs. If it works, there won’t be any money coming in.
I suggest you add signs that say there is a $5,000 fine if you hit the bridge. Then you can pay for the expenses that are incurred. The new signs are the only up-front cost.
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