Unvaccinated not to blame for new cases
As the head of a religious denomination that does not believe in invasive medical care, including vaccines, I am well aware many of the unvaccinated are being blamed for the spread of covid. They are not.
Those refusing to wear masks and distance themselves are.
Vaccines do not keep you from getting covid or spreading it.
The proof is clear: 64% of America is fully vaccinated and the new case numbers daily are at a six-month high. Once again ICU beds are scarce to find.
The rights of those with sincere religious exemptions are guaranteed in law. We are protected from discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
Members of our church will not be vaccinated. We trust in God, not a government desperate to reopen the economy or big pharma looking for a new expensive maintenance program to sell.
Rev. Nikolas Kaiser
The writer is head of the Benedictine Church in Schenectady.
Grateful to city help with baseball camp
In the Aug. 17 Daily Gazette published an article (“Baseball camp a hit”) telling the story of a baseball skills camp conceived and developed by the Schenectady Ole Timers Baseball Club (SOTBC), a group of people devoted to preserving the rich heritage of baseball in Schenectady.
I am happy to report we concluded a very successful two-day camp enjoyed cost-free by more than 50 youngsters ages 7 to 12 as part of our efforts to reinvigorate youth baseball in Schenectady.
We are most appreciative of the excellent coverage given the camp by your newspaper. However, I feel your readers should have been apprised of one additional item, that being the critical role played by the city and Mayor Gary McCarthy.
With the mayor’s active support, the city has welcomed the camp to use the beautiful and newly refurbished Buck Ewing A Diamond in Central Park and has extended the city’s insurance coverage for the event. Without that help, this wonderful opportunity for our kids would not be possible.
SOTBC and the city of Schenectady have now completed two years of our five-year commitment to a program designed to keep baseball alive in our community.
I encourage all parents of kids who want to “play ball” to watch for the announcement of next year’s camp.
The writer is president of SOTBC.
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