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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, June 5

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, June 5

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Hit-and-run raises variety of questions

My car was victim to a hit-and-run while it was parked on Front Street on May 23.
I just heard from the appraiser that the car has been totaled. \I have a few issues with this scenario.
One, there has been ongoing construction on my street for months and the roads are worse now than before. The workers are rude and there is no warning when a section of the street will be closed.
Two, there is a stop sign on my corner adjacent to the Indian statue that no one obeys.
Three, my car, which was parked and luckily, I was not in, had extensive damage causing it to be declared totaled, and the driver of the car drove away.
Imagine how fast this driver had to be going on a residential street to cause this much damage to a parked car. I know I have to afford a new car, which I wasn’t planning on.
My question is what is going to be done about the construction, the stop sign and the reckless driving on my street?
Barry Makra
Schenectady


It’s time for men to test for colon cancer

Do you see your mechanic more than your doctor? Do you do a great job maintaining your lawnmower, your snowblower and your car?
Well now it’s time for a little self-maintenance.
June is Men’s Health Month. What a perfect time to take control of your health by getting screened for colon cancer. Colon cancer (also called colorectal cancer) screening can find cancer early, when treatment may work better and, in some cases, can prevent colon cancer from beginning altogether.
If you are 50 years old or older, you should be screened for colon cancer.
Worried about the screening test? Getting screened is actually very simple. The FIT (fecal immunochemical test) is an easy-to-do screening kit that is done in the privacy of your own home.
If you are 50-64 and do not have health insurance, you may be eligible for a free FIT kit through the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties.
If you have insurance, talk to your health care provider about where to go for screening. Colon cancer screening is a covered benefit in most health plans.
Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in New York state. Every year, almost 9,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer in the state and more than 3,000 people die from this disease.
To learn more and to see if you are eligible for a free screening, please call 518-841-3726 for more information.
Lesley Montenaro
Amsterdam
The writer is the health education and promotion coordinator for the Cancer Services Program.
 

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