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Make producers pay for their waste
New York has made small strides in reducing plastic use.
First, New York banned plastic carryout bags (2020), and then in 2022 it banned polystyrene foam containers and loose-fill packing.
It is time to do more. There currently is a progressive bill in the state Legislature, The Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (A5322/S4246) would hold producers accountable for their waste.
The 2023 legislative session ends on June 8, and legislative leaders need to hear from you about the urgent need to reduce plastic production, use, and waste, especially single-use plastics, and packaging through legislative action this session.
The Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act would require producers to reduce the amount of packaging used overall (including single-use plastic and packaging) by 50% over 12 years, make the remaining packaging truly recyclable or reusable, reduce toxins used in packaging, and would hold producers accountable for their waste instead of taxpayers.
Also, you may not be aware that plastic is made from fossil fuel. A recent report estimates less than 6% of plastic is recycled in the United States, as most of it ends up in landfills or is incinerated.
New Yorkers can do their part in getting this bill passed and hold industry accountable.
Contact your state elected officials (www.nyassembly.gov; www.nysenate.gov). And contact Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (518-455-2715) and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (518-455-2585), who have ultimate decision-making power over what the Legislature prioritizes voting on before the end of session on June 8.
Schools must do more on bullying
I loved reading the May 25 editorial (“Inform parents when child is being bullied,”) in The Gazette.
I read an editorial about bullying in our schools. A young teenager was being bullied and could no longer take it. He committed suicide. How sad is that?
I believe when the students return to school in September, and the teacher is talking about the rules of his or her class, bullying should be talked about.
Losing one child to suicide is too much. The students need to know that if they are bullied on the bus or school, they should inform the bus driver or teacher.
I read about a child who was bullied, and guess what? He was being physically and emotionally abused at home. He became like what was happening at home. The student who is bullied needs help along with the student who does the bullying.
Our schools need to wake up. Thank you for the editorial. Hopefully, this will make a difference. I feel so sorry for the parents of that young boy.
GOP voters need to restore country
The Biden administration is the most corrupt in recent memory. Joe is the worst president we’ve ever had.
He stumbles when he walks, mumbles when he talks, is often confused, doesn’t offer news conferences, and stays away from the media.
He goes to his homes in Delaware on Fridays and returns back to D.C. on Mondays, leaving him three days a week in the White House. He’s a total disgrace to our country and isn’t the president he claimed he would be. When all investigations are completed, he and his family members could end up in prison. He’s a worse liar than Trump.
Times were better when Trump was in office. Good economy, low unemployment and the stock market was setting new records. Crime has gotten so much worse in the last three years, and people don’t seem as happy as they were.
Your IRAs have taken a hit. The hate-filled left has brought our once great country down to this level. The Republican Party has a growing list of excellent candidates that can put us back on track to prosperity and happiness. The Democrats have no one worthy. Only we the voters can straighten out this mess.
Let’s bring the United States back to prominence once again.
Nelligan following Trump’s playbook
Anyone following the national political scene is acquainted with the Trump-inspired “politics of White grievance and White nationalism.”
It is embraced not only by Trumpers, but by politicians such as Ron DeSantis. Although DeSantis is now a Trump rival for the GOP presidential nomination, he shares the Trump playbook that tries to criminalize the Black Lives Matter movement, seeks a political takeover of our public schools and universities, supports the ban on books that feature LGBTQ+ folks, and wants to block migrants who fled dangerous conditions in their homelands.
It has become obvious that Matt Nelligan, the candidate for mayor of the mostly defunct Republican Party, is acting out the script created by Trump.
He started out a year ago attacking the BLM lettering on a downtown street.
More recently, he suggested that City Hall should take control of the city schools. And now he has thrown the migrants into the race by calling for the mayor to declare a “state of emergency” to protect the city from being overrun by migrants.
It is not difficult to tell where Mr. Nelligan is coming from or where he is going.
Robert K. Corliss
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