Bogus claim about riots par for course nowadays
Well I thought I had heard everything, but of course I have not.
Sen. Ron Johnson recently championed a theory that the Jan. 6 rioters were in fact led by left-wing radicals pretending to be Donald Trump supporters. Amazing that he was allowed to go on with this foolishness.
Hard as it is to believe he said this, it is even harder to imagine that his fellow senators allowed him to do it. Lying to the public is what got us to the Jan. 6 riots (by Trump supporters).
Next, maybe Johnson will tell us it wasn’t the Japanese that bombed Pearl Harbor but that he had an eyewitness account that in fact it was Chinese who were flying those planes to provoke the United States of America to enter WWII. I know it sounds like something John “Bluto” Blutarsky might have said in “Animal House.” This is, however, how Johnson sounded in the U.S. Senate.
In a more honest time, Johnson would have been told by his leadership to “knock it off” and do his job. Instead, he was allowed to do this by his leadership, leadership which I would contend is no better than him.
Let’s hope in the future the public will elect better people to represent them then Ron Johnson. Although in our area we have elected Elise Stefanik, a little-fish clone of a person like Sen. Johnson.
Today’s newscasters could learn from Harvey
While I don’t claim to be a musician, I do play guitar. One of the most important things in music is not what you play but what you don’t play.
A constant barrage of ON is disconcerting, and fails to get the message and pleasure across.
The same goes for newscasters. Have you noticed the tag-team reporting where not a beat is missed between them?
From one topic to the next, it’s a constant irritating blast. How about “Fine Print Radio?” There’s no pause to allow the thought to penetrate and digest.
Even the CBS Eye Opener is over-shouted by a blast of cheesy, tinny horn music. You expect me to listen? I have this mute button.
Perhaps that’s what they want? You are only to be filled with their pablum and there’s no need to think. Just get programmed.
I dearly miss the likes of Paul Harvey. … Good day.
Dental clinic’s closure cause for concern
Sara Foss’s Feb. 21 column (“Ellis dental clinic slated for closure”) should sound an alarm for all health care consumers in Schenectady County.
Patients currently served by the Ellis Dental Health Center are to be transferred to Hometown Health, the only other Medicaid provider of dental services in Schenectady County.
As currently structured, the Ellis Dental Health Center offers a much wider range of dental services than currently provided at Hometown Health. These services include a hospital-based, full-time graduate dental residency; 24/7 coverage for “after-hours” dental emergencies; and consultations for hospitalized patients with comorbid dental problems.
Also, elimination of the Ellis Dental Health Center would require a significant increase in service capacity at Hometown Health. It is difficult to imagine that the increased manpower and infrastructure needed to support such an increase could be addressed in the short time horizon currently suggested for the Ellis closing.
Any plan to address the future dental health care needs of our community should include the services currently provided by the Ellis Dental Health Center. We should all feel compelled to be sure the Department of Health takes no action to allow closure of the center until these issues are addressed.
WILLIAM M. VACCA, MD, FACC
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