Anti-vaxxers are culling the herd
There have been many articles in the news recently about the COVID-19 “Delta” strain being much more contagious and deadly than previous strains that have recently killed more than a half million people in the United States.
In some areas of the country “Delta” has quickly become the dominant strain.
Doctors have repeatedly assured the public that existing vaccines provide strong protection against Delta and advised getting your free COVID-19 vaccination a priority.
Still the antivaxxers (some might say “deplorables”) resist.
The ultra-conservatives say: “You can’t make me get vaccinated.”
The religious radicals say: “God will protect me.”
The lazy and disorganized can’t find the time to stop at a CVS.
The ignorant and intellectually challenged don’t have a clue nor recognize life-and-death danger.
Unknowingly, the antivaxxers are practicing human eugenics.
That’s the politically sensitive and controversial practice (think blond haired, blue eyed, World War II) involving selective population breeding to obtain the most intelligent, most productive, healthiest, “best” (in someone’s opinion) citizens.
It’s similar to common agricultural eugenics practiced throughout the world for centuries, where we promote/breed the best crops and the healthiest, most productive herds.
So, by not getting vaccinated, antivaxxers are in effect practicing selective breeding of our population (simplistically, vaxxers live and antivaxxers die). The result will be a less radical and more intelligent (better) population.
My message to the antivaxxers: “BEWARE: The COVID-19 Delta strain is coming to get you! Thanks for improving the quality of the herd!”
Seek transparency in hospital merger plan
Ellis Hospital has been an important institution in our community for a very long time, until recently providing much-needed services.
The lack of transparency about the planned merger with St. Peter’s Hospital, under the auspices of Trinity Health, and the lack of accountability about these cost-saving cuts is egregious.
I understand that the bottom line is important but having a fine patient-oriented hospital is more important. Save Our Services.
Janet Olin Altschuller
Will paper push as hard on Nisky search?
I see that the Niskayuna School superintendent is leaving.
I wonder if The Gazette will be as vigilant and forthright in pushing for a fully open search as it has in Schenectady.
I’m sure the residents of Niskayuna deserve the same amount of input and will demand to publicly evaluate each and every person who applies for the job.
I hope this standard, demanded by The Gazette for Schenectady, will be applied to every school district looking to fill leadership positions.
After all, do not the residents of Saratoga, Shenendehowa, Burnt Hills, Glenville, etc. deserve to fill out surveys, conduct focus groups, and review every resume submitted?
Now that the new standard has been set, will the Niskayuna school board even consider conducting a confidential search?
And if they do conduct a confidential search, then I hope The Gazette focuses all its righteousness in calling them cowardly as they labeled the Schenectady school board in selecting a new superintendent.
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