Praise for the people out helping others
It always makes everyone feel just a little better to give to the organizations that are doing their best not to forget all the people who need our support.
To all the kind people who are making use of the people’s generosity during the holidays, you should be recognized for your hard work you do taking care of the loved ones of families all over the United States. This is a step forward to show there is someone who really cares about these people. You all deserve praise for a job well done.
Walter “Neal” Brazell
State needs to enact real election reform
I’m much encouraged by the news that New York state is considering election reform.
Among several good ideas I especially like are improving automatic voter registration, voting by mail and no-excuse early voting.
I feel fortunate that I’ve never had to wait in a long line to vote on Election Day. I can imagine the frustration of having to spend hours away from job and family obligations, standing in line, so I could spend 5 minutes in the voting booth.
Let’s treat citizens right and reduce those lines at the polling place.
New York state could have voter-friendly ballots, ballots that are consistently designed across the state for improved usability. If voters could more readily mark their ballots to indicate their intent, we’d have fewer problems with recounts.
I’m proud to be a New Yorker. Upstate and down, we are a great state. Let’s make it better.
Focus on happiness of people you love
Isn’t it amazing? In just a few days, we’ll be ushering in a new year. My first reaction was, “Should we contemplate what it will bring?” Why not? Planning, foresight and the effort to make the most of it would help bring about a happier result.
So, I’m not going to dwell on the negative. Nope, not me. No energy or stress will be whipped up by dwelling on the celebrities and their missteps.
Whether Kim Kardashian wears a see-through dress or none at all will play no role in what I think or contemplate.
Should Harvey Weinstein be convicted of sexual harassment or not will not generate any opinion good or bad. If some newspaper cartoon artist portrays the American president in a bad light, I will just consider the source of the animosity.
Should Heidi Klum marry for the fourth time or not will not cause me to stop in my tracks and wonder who her heartthrob of the moment might be.
Will Kevin Spacey be convicted of wrong doing with a minor? Who cares? Not my worry. So what if Mazie Hirono (D, Hawaii) condemns all men. Her problem.
So, the message here is simple: Make your own plans so that those around you, those you love, will smile when you are around them. If we do that, we will have a happy New Year.
Allen R. Remaley
Scottsdale, Ariz., and Saratoga Springs