Hochul should focus on shared services
The Sunday Aug. 8 Gazette published Carolyn Thompson’s article (“Hochul moves into spotlight as scandal roils Cuomo’s reign”) wherein Honorable Hochul’s advocacy for job training in Utica, manufacturing in Rome and downtown revitalization in Cazenovia were mentioned.
Since Honorable Hochul has county government experience, I hope her administration of our state government distribution of federal funding will enhance County Shared Services plans’ coordination of essential services and infrastructure projects.
The need for coordination of municipal and school district services — such as public health and safety, career and technical education, apprenticeships, job training and employment — will benefit businesses, workers and families renovating our 21st Century communities.
In addition, Will Bunch’s opinion column on the same day, (“What took so long?”) suggests “the global pandemic forced the government to take the economic struggles of the poor and the lower middle class more seriously.” And “a real safety net can improve daily life, especially for children” of “beleaguered working-class folks.”
It seems Honorable Hochul has a chance to use federal monies and to improve state government human rights’ policies, among county programs to magnify our neighbors’ spirit of “the public good.”
Don’t back banks that fund pipeline
Line 3 is a pipeline under construction that if completed will transport tar sand oil from Canada to the United States through Minnesota.
Tar sand oil is one of the most carbon intensive forms of energy and fuels climate change twenty times the rate of conventional oil.
As a result, Line 3 would serve as the equivalent of 50 coal-fired power plants. Tar sand pipelines have also been ruptured hundreds of times in the past 10 years which have spilled over a million gallons of oil and polluted rivers and wetlands threatening wildlife and nearby communities.
The construction also violates the treaty rights of the Anishinaabe Peoples as Line 3 would run directly through their land and poison their water supply and numerous watersheds used to grow wild rice, which is a centerpiece of Anishinaabe culture.
With construction potentially being completed as early as the end of this month and President Biden being unwilling to use his power to revoke Line 3’s permit, it’s up to we the people to ensure that this destructive pipeline is shut down.
Among the banks funding Line 3, three of them have branches in the Capital Region: JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and TD. Give those banks a call and demand that they stop funding Line 3.
And if you are a customer at any of those banks, I urge you to cancel your account with that bank (and post about why on social media).
Do not be complicit in environmental and indigenous destruction.
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