For safety, let state rangers use EpiPens
As the warmer weather sweeps across the state and New Yorkers start hitting the trails at our state parks with their family and friends, I want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to keep people safe.
A number of our state’s most popular trails are located out of immediate reach from local health care facilities.
So when the unexpected happens, our dedicated park rangers, forest rangers, and environmental conservation officers are the first to respond.
With so many more people out on the trails than before, insect bites, stings or even eating a meal that elicits allergic reaction is something we must be better prepared for.
Although these reactions can vary from mild to severe, anyone who has experienced a severe allergic reaction knows that every second counts.
That is why I have proposed a bipartisan piece of legislation to allow our park rangers, forest rangers and environmental conservation officers to carry and administer epinephrine injectors, commonly referred to as an EpiPen (A.4652).
This is an essential medication that has saved the lives of countless people.
By expanding access, we can provide life-saving interventions in the event of the unexpected.
The writer is a state Assemblyman representing the 111th district.
Work together for the sake of future
Looking around this once great country, we have mass shootings with loss of lives.
We have racist laws being passed to hinder peoples’ right to vote.
We have seemingly simple police stops which end up with people of color dead.
We have peaceful protests used by some to do damage. We have so much hate for people who are different. We have workplaces filled with inappropriate behaviors.
And we have a worldwide pandemic denied by some willing to put the rest in harm’s way.
The newspapers are filled with bad news. Efforts by many, including our president and the television media, to shed light and look for ways to make things better are to be commended.
But we also have sides where if one side says it’s good, the other says it’s bad. Agreement, to them, is a sin.
They’ve forgotten that we are in this together. They need to work together to find solutions. Some compromise is needed. The hypocrisy has to stop. Lives are at stake. Peoples’ rights are not the be-all, end-all.
We need to stop sacrificing one person’s rights for another’s. The time is now. Not for us. But for our children and our children’s children.
Each of us doing our part.
Federal aid should help all residents
It was with great disappointment I read the March 29 Gazette article (“Towns eye ways to use federal relief funds”) that specified the plans for money the Town of Princetown will receive.
Princetown Supervisor Lou Esposito was quoted as saying “all $320,000 will go towards fixing the water system.”
While fixing the town’s water system is a laudable enterprise, in Princetown, the water system serves only a small fraction of town residents.
Large portions of the town have no access to this water system.
Spending money provided to the town at large on a project that will benefit just a few of the town residents is inappropriate.
I hope Mr. Esposito and the other town board members will reconsider this decision and open up a discussion on how the money could be spent that would benefit all Princetown residents.
Kudos on effort to help local homeless
It was heartwarming to read Brian Lee’s April 15 Gazette article (“Homeless camp removed, with care”) about the removal of the homeless encampment in Vale Park.
Kudos to all who were involved in patiently handling the situation, beginning with Police Sgt. Nick Mannix and Lt. Ryan Macherone.
Experts in local social service agencies worked collaboratively with the police to help find alternative housing and support.
The long-term efforts and care by many agencies are to be commended. This kind of story and positive outcome help me feel hopeful about our city and future. Thanks to all who were involved.
Letter writer perfectly captured Trumpers
Thank you, Mr. Louis Restifo, Sr. for your most excellent letter (“GOP talking points are preprogrammed”) of April 11, maybe the best I’ve ever read in The Gazette.
It is insightful, wickedly sarcastic, funny and, most of all, TRUE.
Regurgitation of Fox/talk radio propaganda is no match for original thought, a concept Trump thumpers simply cannot grasp.
Great letter! I await a lame response from someone out there in conservative country.
Pay reparations, but not in form of money
I believe in reparations. Compensation to those who have sacrificed, atonement for wrongs committed, and redress of grievances are good for the soul.
For example, I believe that the families who sacrificed their sons during the American Civil War, an event which produced the Emancipation Proclamation, should receive some sort of compensation.
But the compensation shouldn’t be monetary. A simple laying of a wreath or the planting of an American flag would suffice. I believe in reparations for the millions of men and women who worked in World War II defense plants.
Without their efforts, life would have been more difficult. I believe in reparations for the families whose sons and daughters are buried in Normandy and at Punchbowl National Cemetery in Honolulu, those who died on Iwo Jima. I believe in reparations for the 300 members of WWII bomber crews who never came home. And I believe in reparations for the families of those indentured servants, the White slaves who had to give their benefactors over five years of work to pay back the cost of passage to the New World during the 17th and 18th centuries. And, yes, I believe in reparations for the families of former slaves.
But there should never be a monetary fix for them or any of the above-mentioned, that would lead to consequences and further divisiveness — something we don’t need. Plant a flag, not a knee. Think of the future, not of the past.
Give thanks to those who gave you a future.
Allen R. Remaley
Scottsdale, Ariz., Saratoga Springs
Let us all know when restrictions will end
Twenty-four states nationwide have removed, or never had, their mask mandate. In the Northeast, Connecticut, Maryland and Massachusetts removed capacity limits on restaurants and Vermont will reopen everything on July 4 if 60-70% of residents have at least one shot.
Florida and Texas reopened schools using Neanderthal thinking to drop mask mandates and restrictions and their numbers have steadily declined.
New York meanwhile is consistently near or at the top in case rate and deaths. If the smart people in Cuomo’s government looked at the data, they might see their masks and restrictions are not correlating to reduced cases or deaths.
Instead, when the governor feels like it, we get small dribbles of arbitrary reductions (maybe to head off bad press?) like one extra hour of restaurant time.
Using their models and science and data, surely a number exists where New York would reopen and it wouldn’t be a secret.
But we have a power-hungry governor who won’t give up control and uses anyone who might determine this number to cover up nursing home deaths, head off harassment charges, write his book and administer special covid tests to him and his family/friends while hiding from the press.
Does the governor ever plan to reopen? If those in power really believe the vaccine works, they should start acting like it and specify when restrictions will end.
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