School districts need leadership on covid
You are on your own!
Our state leaders are abdicating their responsibilities by shuffling off to local school districts and health departments matters of statewide public safety.
State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker is urging school districts to “…develop plans to open in-person in the fall as safely as possible, and I recommend following guidance from the CDC and local health departments.”
As the school board president of the largest school district in Schoharie County, and president of the Schoharie School Boards Association, representing all districts in the county, I say phooey!
This ‘decision’ by the state is simply pitting school boards and constituents against each other in what has become a very divisive political environment.
We need leadership from Albany to help or aid local leaders to prioritize facts rather than spewing political talking points.
Speaking of leadership, we at Cobleskill-Richmondville are working hard during the summer months and we are confident that we can open our schools safely and serve our students and families in September.
Bruce L. Tryon
The writer is president of the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School Board of Education and president of the Schoharie County School Boards Association.
Cuomo should live with Bill and Hillary
Where will Gov. Cuomo go after he’s removed from his throne?
In his Aug. 10 letter (“Where does Cuomo go after he leaves?”) Jason Bare thinks Mar-a-Lago.
I have a better place much closer to home: Chappaqua, N.Y.
I’m sure the Clintons have a room for Andy to slip into. Bill, Hillary and Andy could discuss all their accomplishments from politics over drinks on the patio. They could toast over Andy’s “lessons well learned” from Bill on how to interact with women.
And of course they can compare notes on Benghazi and New York nursing homes, so many similarities, so many ways to hide the real story from us.
What difference does it make now, anyway? And finally, how do we spend all the money made from sham book deals, bogus foundations and, of course, money left from our campaign war chests. After all, we have lifetime pensions from our “public service.” I’m sure this is a much better fit for all.
Thanks for the memories.
Climate change and covid not victimless
I heard Robert Reich, who served Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton, speak about climate change.
One phrase he used was “not a victimless crime.”
That phrase struck me hard, since much of what we debate today seems to some to be victimless actions with no consequences. Not so.
Reich spoke about fossil fuels, which we know have contributed to the growing levels of CO2 in our atmosphere. Using such fuel isn’t a victimless action.
Mining and fracking pollute our air and water and scar the earth. Neither are new voter restrictions victimless. They hurt Americans who have limited access to transportation or don’t have the option of time off for voting. Neither are the rules against making masks a mandate in certain situations victimless.
Hospital workers, teachers, and nursing home workers should be vaccinated. Those vulnerable people, old or ill, need protection from covid with vaccinated caretakers and nurses.
Remember not being able to see patients or parents? Shouldn’t we protect our children by surrounding them with vaccinated people wearing masks, as they are not able to be vaccinated? No doubt.
How many sick children will it take for people to understand wearing masks is like a school uniform? You do it.
The Poor People’s Campaign has a saying. “Not the same banner, but the same battle.”
Our battle today is to live together and get the world healthy again.
Join that battle, the one against climate change and covid virus, not a battle against each other.
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