‘Electric City’ nickname back in vogue again
Thank you for your front page article (“Electric evermore”) in the Feb. 21 Gazette about Schenectady’s nickname — the Electric City. “Electric City” has recently become popular again, because there are now both a cab company and a church around here with that name. Thanks again!
Our ‘thinking’ is skewed, logic absent
The absence of mathematical logic in thinking makes it possible for people to believe anything. Once reduced to being led by “feelings,” or “intuition,” it is easy to toss logic out the window.
All politicians rely on the fact that voters can be swayed easily by using non-logical techniques. Appeal to feelings, fears, and hopes, and you can steer the masses anywhere you want them.
Let me give just one example:
George Washington not only helped birth our nation, but he also led us into battle for our independence. He trained and led troops on the bloody fields of glory for our independence. He refused to take any titles or power. As president, he continued his service to our country. He was a man of great stature physically, intellectually, and morally. Even our adversaries admired the bravery and tenacity of General Washington.
The San Francisco school board wants to remove his name from school buildings. Not just his, but Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt. These men helped make our great country what it is today.
Sadly, our “thinking” is skewed, our logic is absent, and our understanding of history is nonexistent. No wonder it is so easy to lead people astray. I find it pathetic.
Don’t let pandemic thwart cancer tests
February is National Cancer Prevention Month but being aware is not enough. The Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) urges people to lower cancer risk by making healthy choices, getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to prevent cancer, and staying up to date on cancer screenings.
Screening tests for cervical and colon cancer can find cancer before it starts. Mammograms can find breast cancer early, which means treatment may be easier and more successful. Getting the HPV vaccine can prevent about 90 percent of seven different types of cancer.
Yet, during the pandemic, in two April 2020 reports, cervical cancer screening dropped nationwide by 83 percent, mammograms by 87 percent and colonoscopies by 90 percent. HPV vaccination decreased by 73 percent. This is due to the temporary shutdown of medical offices for routine care to curb the spread of COVID-19.
CPiA works to decrease cancer in our communities. We help employers set policies for paid time off to get cancer screenings for their employees. CPiA provides education in our community on the importance of the HPV vaccine for adolescents. CPiA also works with businesses, schools and community partners to adopt safety policies to reduce exposure to ultraviolet rays.
CPiA continues to do our work throughout the pandemic because cancer will not wait for the pandemic to end. To learn more about CPiA, which is supported with funds from the State of New York, contact us at www.takeactionagainstcancer.com.
The writer is health education promotions coordinator, Community Cancer Prevention in Action of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.
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