Outcome highlights injustice in limo case
I find it ironic that the cofounder of NXIVM is sentenced to three and a half years in prison while the owner of the limo that killed 20 people in Schoharie received only probation and community service.
Something is definitely wrong here.
JAMES F. SEFCIK
Town right to return to virtual meetings
In 2008, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Since 2015, I have been in a wheelchair. I require home health aides. Despite these challenges, I have attended Niskayuna Town Board meetings in the past when the supervisor proposed cuts in recreation programs that would have negatively impacted my young daughter. It was difficult because in-person meetings are very exclusionary to the disabled community, and expensive because in cases like mine, we require an aide to accompany us.
While some want to claim there’s greater openness to in-person public meetings I, and many disabilities advocates, vehemently disagree. Since I am also immune-compromised, I would never dream of attending a meeting now and I know I am not alone. I have been able to stay on top of all the issues and communicate easily with our town officials during the pandemic because all of the meetings have been online with closed captioning for my friends in the deaf community; there are regular emails; and there is a strong social media presence. Those not online watch the meetings on television.
I appreciate the supervisor’s action to curtail the spread of the COVID delta variant by returning to virtual meetings while our infection rates are at troubling levels. The residents condemning her are wrongheaded. I hope the supervisor holds her ground and when she reopens the meetings, she permits only those fully vaccinated to attend in person.
Mask mandates hurt deaf community
In any kind of crisis (health or any kind of crisis) our government leaders tell citizens to protect themselves and others by using a little common sense. But when our government leaders called for an unnecessary mandate of all citizens to wear face masks/face coverings, that does not benefit anybody but hurts a certain community more than others.
That community is the deaf community. Because the only forms of communication within the deaf community are sign language and reading lips.
That is how this unnecessary mandate of wearing face masks/ face coverings hurts the deaf community.
So you have to ask yourself the question: Just what were you thinking when you mandated all citizens wear face masks/face coverings?
Biden and Harris sowed vaccine doubt
President Blundering Biden and (Vice President) Chuckles Harris have no one but themselves to blame for 80 million people not taking the vaccine.
They ran around the country last fall before the election telling people you can’t trust the vaccine.
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