Keep us informed on hospital merger
I recommend The Daily Gazette help keep the residents of Schenectady fully informed of the ongoing process whereby Ellis Medicine is transforming to Ellis Catholic Medicine.
Trinity Health owns St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP), and Ellis Medicine is merging with SPHP. Trinity Health and St. Peter’s policies and medical practices are governed by the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) provided by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
This means the institution provides (Catholic) spiritual care, or care guided by Catholic doctrine.
The bishops’ Catholic doctrine guides policy and practices with regard to the “beginning of life,” which according to Catholic doctrine is the moment of conception (anti-abortion, anti-contraception, and “pro-life”).
End-of-life care to a person in a persistent vegetative state will be guided by Catholic doctrine. Non-doctrinal guidelines guaranteed by the First Amendment are accessible only if the patient can afford and manage a transfer of care.
I have no objection to the Catholics of Schenectady having their own hospital, but I am not Catholic, and I also would like to have a hospital — one guided by the freedom of religion guaranteed in the First Amendment.
Greater detail is available at online searches for “Trinity Health” and “ERDs.”
John M. Medeiros
Barber robin photo was life-affirming
I must take this moment to commend Peter Barber for his amazing capture on the front page of The Gazette Local section on July 15, a male robin feeding his young.
What a perfectly beautiful affirmation of life. What a wonderful affirmation of your talent!
Janice Evans Thompson
Coverage of racing wrongs appreciated
Thank you for your paper’s coverage in the July 19 Gazette (“Activists protest horse racing”) of the protest by Horseracing Wrongs at the Saratoga Racecourse.
As one of the protesters, I appreciated seeing this on the front page. I also greatly appreciated the time your reporter spent at the event, and interviewing Patrick Battuello and Ms. Harris.
I am hopeful that sharing facts about the inherent animal cruelty and inevitable death of horses in the racing industry will reach many of your readers and that they, too, will begin to see horseracing for what it is, not a sport or entertainment, but an industry that exists solely to make profits off the backs of horses and one that would not continue in New York without millions of dollars in subsidies.
Keep up the good work.
Stefanik stands up for American people
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik fights to serve both the American people and those who reside in New York’s 21st District.
Stefanik is a strong advocate for strong national security and supports the men and women in blue. She is proud to represent her many constituents who have so bravely and honorably served our country and works diligently to deliver the benefits they deserve. Stefanik recognizes that agriculture is the backbone of the 21st District and works to support local farms and farmers by reducing overburdensome regulations and expanding trade opportunities. Elise Stefanik understands the value of hard work when it comes to growing and running a small business, thus working closely with local small businesses to support and empower them through reducing overregulation and reforming the tax code.
We need more Republican women like Stefanik to show up and represent the values of the party. Through her immense efforts with E-PAC she has brought more Republican women into office, breaking a record. Thanks to both the financial support and campaign support E-PAC offers, more Republican women won their races. The future of Republican women starts now thanks to the hard work of U.S Rep. Elise Stefanik and E-PAC.
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