Garrow took joy and innocence from many
I don’t need a new book or an old book on the brutal murders committed by Robert Garrow.
Growing up in the Capital Region, I remember these senseless killings as if they happened yesterday.
The people of the Capital Region will never forget his name or his story because of the viciousness and brutality of his actions and because he stole the innocence of an entire generation.
More than that, he stole the beauty and peacefulness of the Adirondacks from us for a long time and replaced it with fear and anxiety.
He took the simplicity and the joy out of camping and being one with nature. He invoked a sense of paranoia in all of us.
No words can explain the anger and the sadness that I still feel about the Garrow murders, about the loss of innocence, about the torture his victims had to endure, about the pain the families of his victims have to carry for the remainder of their lives.
Garrow was obviously a sick, weak man going so far as to fake paralysis when shot by police. Why? I can only imagine that is because he never had to pay the full consequences of his actions.
Robert Garrow should have been in jail for 20 years for rape, but only did seven, because of “good behavior.”
Maybe we should ask his victims’ families if Robert Garrow’s “good behavior” made a difference for them. The red flags were there — when will we learn?
Vaccinations are part of our civic obligation
When we live together in a community, we have a social contract to do things that benefit the community.
During a pandemic, getting a vaccination is an obligation.
If you do not, you are providing a home for Covid SARs2 (Coronavirus) to mutate and become more infectious and, potentially, more lethal.
Vaccinations do not cause autism and the messenger RNA vaccines will not change your DNA.
The part of the sunlight spectrum that is most dangerous to the virus, and all life, is fortunately, blocked by our upper atmosphere, so don’t count on staying out in the sun to combat the virus unless you also want to get skin cancer.
Decisions about getting a vaccination should be based on science not pseudoscience or a lot of the nonsense lurking on social media.
Smallpox has been wiped off our planet because of vaccinations.
People rushed to get the polio vaccine when they saw what life looks like in an iron lung. If you are not vaccinated, be a good citizen and get the jab or two jabs.
There is no excuse now since the vaccine is very available in our community.
Trump’s legacy is one of irresponsibility
In response to Richard Colyer’s April 25 letter (“Far left Democrats are eroding our rights”), facts are difficult things to ignore when making decisions that affect you and your family.
You can either be a realist or idealist.
For example, when speaking about the accomplishments of former President Trump, we can see that less than 400 miles of wall have been built or replaced; Mexico did not pay the $15 billion to accomplish that (source: The Texas Tribune). Please keep in mind the border is a total of 1,954 miles.
Obamacare was not repealed or replaced. North Korea and Iran are building nuclear weapons, and there is no China trade deal.
The deficit has skyrocketed, race relations have worsened, the pandemic was out of control with the United States as the epicenter of this global health crisis, and we are just now getting our country’s crisis under control after four years of Trump’s “Warp Speed” that allowed over 400,000 of our friends and family to die.
If you believe this track record of the last four years is fine for you, may I suggest that a country where their populace means nothing to the people in control might better suit your needs.
Our government was designed to be responsible for the safety and welfare of all citizens, not just those who are registered Republican. The preamble of our Constitution is clear on this fact.
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