Don’t take medical advice from columnist
I urge anyone who read David Harsanyi’s June 6 opinion piece [“Government’s ‘War On Salt’ is bad policy, bad science”] on salt to take it with, well, a grain of salt.
Consult with your doctor about how to best keep your blood pressure under control. Don’t trust your health to a talking head with a political agenda.
Think of kids, alter direction of society
Recently on a beautiful late spring morning, I brought my 4-year-old and 9-month-old grandsons to a free children’s music program at the Niskayuna Public Library.
Led by the exuberant Terri Roben, this crowded room rocked with a capacity crowd of little humans who crawled, toddled, wiggled and danced with abandon to playful renditions of children’s classics and diverse folk tunes. Though many were much too young to grasp the lyrics or sing the words, all obviously got the life beat and the affirmation involved in ” making a joyful noise” in communion with others.
Surrounding the children, parents and caregivers also clapped and sang and modeled the pleasures of creative human solidarity. In many cases, it was clear that these adults were recent immigrants and that we were, at the moment, a multi-ethnic family.
As always in such an environment, great joy welled up in the face of so much life affirmation. But this time, that joy was shadowed by a sense of puzzlement and sadness.
How is it that a politic of fear, of exclusion, of austerity, of greed and materialism, of denial and acrimony, of bitterness and hate, of partisanship and an embrace of ignorance, of saying no rather than exploring and embracing possibility has come to dominate and shape our electoral and legislative processes, as well as our personal political discourse?
“If I had a song, I’d sing it in the morning, I’d sing out danger, I’d sing out warning, I’d sing out love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land” — Terri sang and the children danced and clapped and played along on tiny instruments.
Hopefully, the adults responsible for the future of these innocents can hear and will work harder to change the direction and political momentum that truly presages danger.
Maureen Baillargeon Aumand
Maybe people are seeing the real Hillary
Recently, there seems to be much criticism of The Gazette’s editorial position. Either there is too much liberal or conservative emphasis on the editorial page. As a long-time reader of the paper, I would offer that there seems to be more balance than what appeared in the past. Please keep the balance as it is.
However, I believe the May 26 column, [“What is it about Clinton that makes her so unpopular?”] by David Brooks begs a response.
Mr. Brooks suggests that Mrs. Clinton’s unpopularity is paradoxical and offers two questions. First, why does her popularity worsen as the presidential campaign progresses? And secondly, if she has “dedicated herself to public service,” why should unpopularity be the result?
A recent author wrote an insightful sentence in his book about manual labor. He said, “We all have a deep inner need to know the world is intelligible so we can act responsibly (in it).” What he meant to convey is that each of us determines our own sense of intelligibility and we act in accordance with our beliefs. Our behavior reflects our personal view of the world in which we exist. Mrs. Clinton’s actions, I suggest, are indications of her sense of intelligibility. In this regard, she is no different than the rest of us.
Mr. Brooks offers that if we would regard her “sense of fun” and disregard her intensity at advancing her political career her true nature would then become more evident. Supposedly, we would find her less unpopular. That seems unlikely to me. It is precisely her professional and political actions that offer a more accurate indication of who she really is.
In considering her suitability for high office, it is not her “play, solitude, family, faith, hobbies and leisure” that are paramount. It is her character.It is what she believes in and how that belief motivates her behavior.
Perhaps it is precisely her character which is becoming increasingly evident and unpopular.