Get seditionists out of our government
By acquitting Trump, the Republican Party in Washington, with the exception of a few who still believe in democracy, have shown themselves to be the party of sedition.
By acquitting Trump, they have shown themselves to be in favor of insurrection and in support of the white supremacist terrorists led by Trump, bent on the destruction of democracy.
And by acquitting Trump, these certain Republicans have declared themselves to have abandoned American values, replacing those values with power-hungry beliefs akin to those of cult-like autocracies.
They even employ the tactics of autocracies, including the use of lies for the purpose of manipulation.
They did this in the impeachment trial by saying it was unconstitutional to impeach as an excuse to acquit Trump.
It had already been established that the impeachment WAS constitutional. But as per usual, the facts were ignored.
We were the very beacon of democracy in the world, but that light dimmed on Jan. 6.
Now, thanks to certain Republicans in Washington, it is barely a flicker. We need to vote seditionists out of our government, while we still can.
Give nurses respect and compensation
I recently read about the covid outbreaks on the oncology floor of Albany Medical Center.
I am so disappointed to read how such a highly regarded medical center treats one of their most vulnerable groups of patients — and the staff that work to provide the care they need.
I have a relative that is a nurse at AMC, and I have heard for years how they are understaffed and underpaid. The nurses voted to unionize in 2018 — and the hospital has not acted in good faith to finalize the contract — almost three years later.
When will Albany Med, and hospitals in general, realize that to provide the best care for their patients they need to treat the staff that deals directly with them with respect?
Fully staffed floors and fair pay are so important to maintain the proper care for all patients. Nurses and staff are literally putting their lives on the line taking care of our loved ones.
AMC administration needs to be held accountable for the way they have treated their nurses and staff. It’s time that they receive the respect and compensation they deserve.
We need to think of America as one
Here’s a note on Black History Month. Dr. Martin Luther King fought for equality and for judgment by character but not skin color. What have we done? Separate by skin color. Duh!
We should not have Black history and white history; it is all American history.
As soon as Blacks and Hispanics were elected to political positions, we developed Black and Hispanic caucuses in the various chambers. Duh.
When a Black person earns a high position, i.e. college president, the media is quick to point out that the new president is the first Black president. Duh! A picture might lead one to that conclusion.
One history. Stop with the firsts. One caucus, one America. Duh!
Dr. John Metallo
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