Do what you can to end the covid crisis
Mask not what your country can do for you, mask what you can do for your country! I’m paraphrasing JFK’s inaugural speech. Yes, masks and vaccines are what we can do for our country to try to end this terrible covid scourge.
The sight of over 730,000 white flags on the National Mall commemorating lives lost (each with a pitiful story) makes it heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, tears-inducing and incredibly sad. Let’s please get together and MAKE AMERICA WELL AGAIN.
Carole Anne Frank
Firefighters, cops don’t have desk jobs
I’d like to respond to Bill Denison’s Oct. 21 letter (“Police pay should consider taxpayers.”) Mr. Denison is disputing the fact that police and firefighters can get full retirement by working only 20 years. He said that state workers have to be 55 years old or work 30 years. You can’t possibly compare a state worker to firefighters and police. I am a retired state worker. I didn’t have to wear a heavy suit, carry all sorts of equipment on my back and run into a burning building.
I didn’t have to wear a heavy bulletproof vest and chase after criminals while being shot at. I sat at my desk and did my work.
Occasionally, I’d get up to file (just so I didn’t develop a blood clot from sitting). I worked hard at my desk, but my work certainly was not strenuous. My point is this — I can’t see firefighters or police doing the things they do at 55 years old or even late 40’s. I do agree with Mr. Denison about all of the overtime being allowed when determining the amount of pensions. I think this has been changed, but a lot of people are still grandfathered in.
Return Lady Liberty and clean her up
I frequently pass the local Statue of Liberty where she has been placed by the railroad bridge. I wholeheartedly agree with James Wilson’s Oct. 9 letter (“Mayor should return Liberty to her home”) recommending that she be returned to Gateway Park, and I would add that she needs a thorough cleaning in the process.
In addition, I believe that all candidates for City Council should be asked to support this proposal.
Joyce M. Cockerham
Republicans are hypocrites, cowards
Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) will not force the women of Texas to be vaccinated against covid, but he is forcing the women of Texas to carry a pregnancy to term, even if the pregnancy is the result of a rape. What a hero!
The GOP touts itself as the guardian of the freedom and liberty of the individual unless, of course, that individual is a pregnant woman.
Republicans cherish innocent life in the womb, but have total disregard for innocent life when it is collateral damage. Remember Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq?
You are colossal hypocrites worthy of contempt.
Why don’t each of you pro-life Republicans make a genuine commitment to your cause and adopt a child? Just one more question I pose which will go unanswered by the cowards on the right.
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