Lies, propaganda keep covid war alive
America is at war, the deadliest war in our history against the most determined enemy.
And it’s not a war we can just call off like Afghanistan where “only” 2,218 have been killed.
Most recent data shows that over 703,000 of our fellow Americans have died so far in this war, and the numbers keep growing.
World War II, with about 405,000 dead, doesn’t even come close, although it hasn’t yet approached the 945,000 deaths between the North and South, most from non-combat causes, in the Civil War.
It even outstrips the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, which took the lives of 655,000 Americans.
Like our Civil War, this one pits Americans against Americans.
But, unlike other wars, this one could be ended (and might already have been ended) without a bullet fired.
All we have to do to win this war is to get vaccinated and wear a mask. What is stopping us are the co-conspirators from within — the anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers who are aiding and abetting the enemy.
Promulgating misinformation, claiming false religious concerns, selfishly asserting their “right” of personal freedom — these people are putting the rest of us at risk and prolonging this horrible war unnecessarily.
They tweet, march with signs and write letters to the editor which, if published, further spread the misinformation and fear.
Yes, we all have freedom of speech. But spreading proven falsehoods is not guaranteed in our Constitution.
Lies are not opinions. They are the propaganda of the enemy.
Richard W. Lewis, Jr.
Editorial on Niskayuna audit went too far
When I stepped up to volunteer as the president of the Niskayuna School Board, I knew that my new role would open my actions up for greater scrutiny.
Yet I, and many of your readers who called me over the long holiday weekend, were horrified to see your Oct. 10 Sunday editorial (“Niskayuna school audit should be released”) compare me to a fictional pathological liar, Joe Isuzu, from 1980’s car commercials.
The visceral reaction of many to your disreputable editorial was very comforting.
Furthermore, the casual tone of your editorial demanding records that need to be reviewed and possibly redacted by our legal team be released “just for kicks” on a “Friday evening” before a long holiday weekend surprised me.
Niskayuna Board of Education Policy 3310 provides guidance for obtaining public records, and to be fair and equitable, I am insisting your newspaper, like everybody else, follow that policy.
To be fair, if we give your newspaper special treatment then we must give everybody special treatment thus, our policies mean nothing because the exception becomes larger than the rule.
I am always glad to see members of the media in the audience at our meetings and welcome media attention to our work, thoughtful analysis of our decisions and honest reporting.
I just ask that we be allowed to follow the law and our policy and not be maligned in your editorials for doing our job.
Editor’s Note: On Wednesday morning, the district acknowledged receipt of our FOIL request and said it would decide by Oct. 22 whether it would release or not release the audit to the public.
Wondering who can now legally vote
I just read that voters can register online for the upcoming November election with a valid ID or New York state driver’s license. With undocumented immigrants being able to get a state driver’s license, what is to prevent them from voting?