Visit a hospital to understand covid
My opinion is that every governor and spokesman in charge who does not believe that COVID-19 is serious enough to follow CDC guidelines go to their local hospital ICU and see what COVID-19 can do to a person.
Talk to the person, if the person can talk, and ask “Why are you here?”
It may break your heart and change your mind.
God is solution to emotional turmoil
The world is becoming a terrorized place to inhabit.
The stress and strain are taking a toll on people’s mental and emotional health. Just think of the medley of problems, troubles and heartaches of Jan. 6.
Some officials who defended the Capitol from a coup committed suicide. Then of course, there is COVID-19.
Families are bereft over their loved ones succumbing to this ravaging disease. Moreover, the murder of George Floyd has the Black community still enraged.
Also, 100 Americans are at the mercy of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The conflagrations in Greece and California have people, who lost their homes — burned to a cinder — worrying if government funding to rebuild will come through. Homes and property were decimated.
So, what is the solution to the mental and emotional turmoil over adversity?
Though it is an unpopular topic which causes the ire of people, God is the solution to every conflict.
As you seek Him, remember He loves you. As you delve in Scripture, you will experience
His peace and you will be victorious over a terrifying world.
John A. Sirtoli
Display yellow ribbons for troops
If you see yellow bows or ribbons, they mean to remember our troops. We should never forget our military. They are there 24/7 to take care of you and me.
Freedom is not free. We put them out so whoever goes by will remember our troops and these families. Pray for them, also do something special for them.
At the Halfmoon Town Hall, Blue Star Mothers have a collection box year-round for donations to send in freedom boxes to deployed military.
Blue Star Mothers are mothers who have a child currently serving or have honorably served in the military.
New York State Yellow Ribbon Day is April 9 to remember current troops. April 9, 2004. is the capture date in Iraq of Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin from Batavia, Ohio.
Matt’s remains were found March 21, 2008.
I have been making yellow bows since Desert Storm. Please put out yellow ribbons and American flags so people can see them when they drive by.
The Yellow Ribbon Day Resolution (H. Res. 263, 116th Congress) co-sponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), has been sitting in Congress since May 2019 awaiting approval.
The Yellow Ribbon Day Resolution is a bipartisan effort to express support from Congress for the designation of April 9 as National Yellow Ribbon Day, a day for all Americans to honor and celebrate our active duty troops and their families.
Save the date: Remember our Troops at 11 a.m. April 9, 2022, at the Halfmoon Town Hall.
Carol Pingelski Hotaling
Black people’s rage is from experiences
I’m dismayed over Carl Strock’s (“Lost in translation”) Sep. 19 guest column. I was a fan of Strock’s previously regular column, greatly appreciating his wit and reasoning. And for the record, I agree that leaders should attempt to rise above the type of behavior they are routinely faced with.
I, too, wish they would refrain from insults and vulgarities. I, too, wish they would minimize inconvenience to those not in public office or law enforcement if only because their actions not only risk giving ammunition to opponents, but can also chill support from possible allies.
I am reminded, however, of a Laurel Thatcher Ulrich quote that can be adapted/applied here: “Well-behaved activists seldom effect change.”
The fact is that police have been murdering and incarcerating Black people in America for little to no reason since the first Black man set foot on U.S. soil.
The fact is that our laws, social constructs and personal prejudices keep people of color in poverty. You can bank on it.
The fact is our governments, at every level, have been criminally slow to take real action except when they have felt threatened.
The fact is that this is all horrifyingly personal for a great many people.
It is not an abstract cause.
If you saw members of your loved ones routinely brutalized or slain, would you not be filled with rage?
Would you not insist on justice this very minute?
Would you not refuse to sit quietly while the business of your oppression is ignored?
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