Lake George car show spoiled by crude political signs
I recently attended the Adirondack Nationals Car Show in Lake George. Lake George has been called The Queen of American Lakes. It has been the vacation destination of many out of state visitors and more importantly the area of choice for families with children.
So why do visitors have to be exposed to large banners on pickup trucks and vendors selling offensive political content? Let’s leave our politics to the wayside for a change.
I get the free speech thing, but what about the right thing to do? There is a right place and a right time for everything including your own political opinions. How about the voting booth?
I wonder how many parents and grandparents had to explain the meanings of the words found on these banners on the way home that weekend? It must have made for a long, uncomfortable ride for some. This is not just a local problem. I have come across the same situation in many other parts of the United States traveling this year. It is sad for,the United States, sad for its citizens and sad for The Queen of American Lakes.
See-through masks help hearing-impaired
Regarding Anthony Carota’s Sept. 15 letter (“Mask mandates hurt deaf community”), he need not be concerned about masks hurting the deaf community. Wearing masks has definitely helped all communities, as evidenced in us seeing practically no flu cases last year, and in the progress we have made in beating this pandemic.
Because I have a niece who is profoundly deaf, I purchased several see-through masks, which I wear all the time, whether I am with her or not. If Mr. Carota is concerned about communicating with the hearing-impaired, he should definitely look for those masks.
They will not only make those who are deaf more comfortable in talking with a hearing person, it will also protect their health.
I’m joining Walk to End Alzheimer’s
On Oct. 2, I am lacing up my shoes and heading to Mohawk Harbor for the Schenectady Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Although dementia hasn’t had a direct impact on me, I’m walking for my best friend whose mother has Alzheimer’s. She and her siblings have been scrambling to rotate caregiving duties and I’ve seen the toll it’s taken on her. Caregiving is mentally, emotionally and physically draining — especially when you’re still working and have your own household to manage.
A lot of people were asking my friend what they could do to help — I feel this is my way. Through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, I’m raising awareness of this disease, as well as the programs and services offered by our local Alzheimer’s Association. You do not need to walk this journey alone — there are wonderful people who can answer your questions, help you create a care plan and make you feel heard.
This past year, due to the pandemic, there has been less socialization. I think those who have a loved one with dementia, have noticed the impact this has had. That is why I am so eager to gather — safely, of course — and experience the comradery of us all fighting for the same goal. I hope it gives families a boost. And whether you’ve experienced Alzheimer’s firsthand or indirectly, I hope you’ll join me at the walk. This is a community-wide issue that deserves community-wide support. You can register at alz.org/walk.
U.S. should mandate exercise, not vaccines
A study on the NIH Research Matters site dated March 9 found that almost two-thirds of COVID-19 hospitalizations were attributable to persons who were obese, had type 2 diabetes, hypertension or heart failure. According to the study, obesity was the greatest risk. I note that NIH is Dr. Fauci’s employer. A companion article on the same site also found that potent antibodies were found in recovered COVID patients that lasted up to eight months (up to March 2021).
Instead of making vaccines mandatory, maybe our government should instead mandate exercise, dietary changes and weight loss, which will eliminate the majority of covid hospitalizations over time. This is not a pandemic of the unvaccinated, it’s a pandemic of the unhealthy.
Bearing children is an extraordinary privilege
Here are some thoughts about abortion.
- Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment says that a state cannot “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
- It sounds like the basic issue of abortion is whether or not a fetus should be considered a “person.”
- In other words, when does personhood begin?
- Note that if either the sperm cell or the ovum — at conception — were different, the result would be a different person.
- It sounds like a specific “person” begins at conception.
- And then, choosing to end a pregnancy must have negative emotional side-effects for most would-be mothers as well as for governments that, by allowing abortion, effectively promote it.
- It is argued that since it is the woman who must carry the physical and emotional burdens of the pregnancy (and the coming child), she should have the right to decide whether to continue the pregnancy.
- But keep in mind that bearing children is an extraordinary privilege that men do not have.
- It seems only appropriate that an extraordinary privilege would assume an extraordinary requirement.
Second-hand clothes can help environment
This fall let’s look closely at our wardrobes before rushing blindly to the stores. Preserving favorites means less washing and drying to prevent fading and wear. Eliminating dry-cleaning is best, as toxic chemicals harm the environment and you.
Next: Donate. Look to worthy organizations like Dress for Success, Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe, and Project Regeneration to help others while reducing harmful textile production.
Instead of buying new, why not try second-hand shops? Search out what speaks to you, including designer and athletic wear, all while saving money and the planet.
When purchasing new clothing, search for hemp, flax, organic cotton and recycled materials. Remember, it takes almost one-third of a pound of chemicals to grow enough cotton for just one T-shirt. Ultimately, think smart to look sharp.
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