Don’t see point of voting in elections
Well, 1,400 people had their say the other day voting in the SCSD elections, giving the top vote getter about 700 (+/-) votes.
In liberal speak, that is winning with a mandate. Woo-hoo!
I read an article in the paper where one person mentioned that for the first time ever, they were not going to vote in favor of the budget.
My wife and I went a step further and chose not to vote at all.
We figured that no matter who you voted for to sit on the board, it was just going to be policy after policy of whatever drives mainstream media that month — critical race ‘therapy,’ no-gender children, stop teaching math, the new English or something unimaginable except in possibly a bizarro world.
We are thinking of passing on the state and federal elections, too, as they won’t be too far away from the same thought (if you can really call it thinking) process.
Gerald V. Marmuscak
Cuomo takes credit where it’s not due
This is the title of my new book: “How I Managed the Demise of the Pandemic.”
Writing books is one of my passions. Nobody reads them, and the money made from my royalties would not cover the cost of a postage stamp.
But this one has possibilities.
Readers might enjoy having insight into how I single-handedly put out the fires of this deadly disease. Oops! Someone already scooped me. My state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has already taken this topic, and his book is already out on the market.
This modern-day hero tells us that his timely policies won the day and that his unique approach to managing and stemming the pandemic saved the state of New York.
The money to be gained by the governor’s enlightened efforts will earn him close to $5 million.
How will I ever be able to show my appreciation for the long hours he put on his manuscript by writing, editing and promoting work done while in office?
I wonder how the misuse of nursing homes; the under-use of the USS Mercy and the mismanagement of hundreds of ventilators will be broached.
Oh well, more time for pickleball. It’s wonderful being a writer.
Allen R. Remaley
Americans abroad need vaccines, too
I have had several letters published in The Gazette over the years, most focused on public policy and its underlying philosophies.
However, I was messaging with a friend living in Thailand; she and her husband are Americans working and raising a family there. I asked if she and her family have been vaccinated, particularly important because Thailand has gone into another lockdown.
She reported that none of the Americans there have had access to any of the vaccines.
In the United States, vaccines are available in every sized city, swamp “holler” and tundra town.
I realize that there are some Americans who are refusing the protection, believing Bill Gates and George Soros are trying to implant communist clone babies.
And they have that right, as long as they are not in a position to harm others.
We are even starting to export vaccines to other nations that have not had the resources to vaccinate their people, something I wholeheartedly support.
Yet, Americans living abroad are unable to go to the embassy and be given a vaccination, risking their lives and that of their families.
The doses are obviously available. This is something in need of immediate correction.
State must protect small pharmacists
Recently I learned that state Sens. Mike Martucci and James Skoufis are taking on Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), whose predatory practices force many local independent pharmacists to close shop – harming the communities they serve.
My late husband, Ralph, served the Rotterdam community for 34 years as a pharmacist.
He worked hard and sacrificed to improve the lives of his patients. I can’t imagine him trying to do so in today’s market where big-box pharmacies are more concerned about the bottom line than their patients’ needs.
One of the biggest obstacles for local pharmacists these days are the expensive and burdensome administrative requirements forced on them by insurers and PBMs.
Local pharmacists must spend more time filling out paperwork than treating patients. Oftentimes, they lose money doing so because reimbursement rates are less than the cost of filling the prescription.
Fortunately, pharmacists now have a resource that my husband did not. Pharmacy Services Administration Organizations allow local pharmacists to pool their resources to negotiate better terms from insurers and PBMs and outsource burdensome administrative responsibilities so that they can spend more time behind the counter treating patients and less time in the back office.
I want to thank Sens. Martucci and Skoufis for fighting for local independent pharmacists. I know from decades of watching my husband that many of our neighbors rely upon neighborhood pharmacists to stay healthy and manage their chronic conditions.
We cannot afford to lose these invaluable resources.
Congress has a duty to investigate
Remember Benghazi. Investigate Jan. 6!
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