Anti-vaxx religious objections run deep
As a local pastor, I want to thank The Daily Gazette for publishing J.M. Opal’s column (“Reaching the vaccine-hesitant among the religious”) on Aug. 14.
Opal’s essay offered not only a historical explanation for both the rise of Christian conservatism and fundamentalism in this country, but also a reason for the proliferation of anti-scientific bias by the religious right.
We need to remember that when dealing with the vaccine hesitant in these communities we simply are not trying to convince an individual with reasoned arguments, but a person formed by over 300 years of cultural skepticism of all forms of academia.
The problem for fundamentalist is that their religious thinking is a house of cards.
f they admit being wrong about covid science, it threatens their whole theological construct.
Opal is correct when he suggests that our main course of action is to approach them with Jesus’ teaching that “loving your neighbor as yourself” is the basis for getting the vaccine.
By the way, implied in that teaching is the idea that you must love yourself. To my conservative Christian siblings, Jesus wants you to get vaccinated!
The writer is co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Cuomo owes victims, citizens an apology
I’m not a person who kicks a man when he is down, but in the current situation with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, I’m making an exception.
I am a 79-year-old proud Italian-American New Yorker (for most of my life).
Gov. Cuomo, with his excessive hubris and ambition, has brought shame to New Yorkers and Italian-Americans — through high-handed behavior, and failure to take responsibility for hundreds of nursing home covid deaths, and sexual harassment of women working in his administration.
His explanations, excuses and evasions lack credibility.
Gov. Cuomo: It’s time for you to “man up” and apologize to the women you’ve abused, to the citizens of New York state.
Trump did right by the United States
I read the July 2 letter from Fred McGillicuddy (“Trump looked out for the ‘forgotten man’.”) I applauded his remarks. I agree with him, as millions feel the same way.
I will quote Thomas Jefferson, “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.”
A quote from George Washington, “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”
I hope and pray that the people who think this country is going the right way should think long and hard at what is really happening to this country.
I pray this happens. God Bless President Trump. He did right for our country.
Nancy E. Faucher
State must shut down Norlite plant
The next few years are critical to the health and safety of Cohoes and Troy residents. The state government will likely decide whether to renew or deny permits for continued operations of the Norlite hazardous waste incinerator in Cohoes.
Norlite, owned by a Spanish company, is a notorious and arrogant polluter. Norlite air pollution is often visible, and neighbors say it makes them and their children ill. The state cited Norlite for six violations in February.
The issue is not how to make Norlite’s hazardous waste incineration less harmful to human health, thus facilitating long-term continued operations, but to finally acknowledge that this industrial operation is inappropriately sited, can never be made safe, and must be halted.
Now is the time for state legislators and the governor to act. We elect you to lead and protect public health and the environment, and not to allow corporations to poison us. Public health and children’s health should trump corporate profits.
Revoking Notlite’s permit to incinerate hazardous waste will not force Norlite to close its factory.
Biden spending plan worth the investment
Biden’s spending plan is a small price to pay for America’s future.
The Aug. 17 political cartoon on the Opinion page of The Gazette criticized Biden’s plan to spend $3.5 trillion for the next 10 years as excessive. It includes spending for badly needed infrastructure repairs and upgrades that had been neglected for years. Our international airports, train stations and trains are an embarrassment compared to those in Europe and Asia.
In addition, the $3.5 trillion will be aiding families with federal support of childcare and universal pre-K. These programs will aid more women to enter the paid workforce to reduce poverty.
Yes, $3.5 trillion is a lot of money.
But Paul Krugman, economics Nobel Prize winner and New York Times columnist, points out that America’s gross domestic product (G.D.P.) will be $300 trillion. Spending 1% of the GDP is a small price to pay for all the improvements that will benefit all the people. In contrast, Trump’s trillion-dollar tax cut benefited only the rich who least needed the money.
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