Back bills to protect highway workers
This year, Workers’ Memorial Day, a day to remember those who died in the course of doing their jobs, coincides with Work Zone Awareness Week, a week set aside to remind motorists to slow down while traveling in work zones.
Sadly, some motorists can’t be bothered.
Perhaps they are running late and feel they don’t have time to slow down. They might be on their phone and too distracted to notice the signs or maybe they just don’t care.
The result is that too many highway workers are injured or killed in work zones every day.
In this same week, three state DOT workers were injured, one seriously, in a work zone crash on the Northway in Malta.
By adhering to the laws, most motorists show respect for the workers and the work being done.
But others can’t be bothered.
Highway workers are menaced, assaulted, injured and killed for simply doing their job.
This is why we need improved safety legislation.
CSEA continues to support legislation that will improve the safety of workers in highway work zones including a work zone speed camera program that other states have shown reduces injuries and death.
We all have a role to play in preventing work zone injuries and death.
For motorists who can’t be bothered, they should face stiffer penalties. Please contact our state legislators and voice support for S4682 and S3957.
The writer is CSEA Capital Region president.
Liz Joy not worthy of moms’ votes
As a mother, I was very disappointed to read that Liz Joy is back at it and again will run against our Congressman Paul Tonko.
Despite her direct appeals to moms like me, many mothers I know find Ms. Joy very unsettling.
Her role in the attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has never been explained despite organizing a bus load of Republicans to travel to Washington. Joy continues to falsely claim the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.
Worst of all, she never conceded her first race against Congressman Tonko.
So, for us moms, how can we possibly tell our children that this insurrectionist sore loser who has spent the last year undermining the sanctity of our free and fair elections is worthy of our votes to represent us in the United States government?
I don’t think we can.
Menthol ban is an invasion on rights
The Biden administration’s proposal to ban menthol cigarettes is foolish and obtrusive.
Adults should have the freedom to decide for themselves whether or not they want to enjoy the pleasure of smoking a menthol cigarette.
Also, it’s hypocritical for the administration to advocate for the decriminalizing of marijuana, which can be smoked and irritate a person’s lungs just the same as cigarettes.
Finally, banning cigarettes will only open the door to smugglers looking for another source of income.
The Biden Administration has turned into a Nanny state that unduly regulates individual freedom and liberty.
Adults don’t need to be reared as children by the government and a proposal of this kind engenders resentment and outrage. Land of the free; I think not.
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