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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 7

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 7

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Can see why FBI, media aren’t trusted

It is not often that Madame et moi go to the movies. However, when one of our favorite directors, Clint Eastwood, makes a film, we try to see it.
We do not see Eastwood’s films just because he is conservative. We see his films because Hollywood is not. That being said, Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ is one of his best. Jewell was the soft-spoken slightly handicapped security guard working the Olympic Park in Atlanta in 1996.
A somewhat zealous but sincere Jewell discovers a bomb and tries to warn Olympic-goers to move away from danger. But an explosion maims and kills hundreds before he is completely successful.
A female newspaper reporter and an FBI agent conspire and immediately point to Jewell as the perpetrator of the terrorist act. The American media fans the flames of guilt, and an innocent American is swamped (interesting turn of a word) by unnecessary attention.
After viewing the film, it was difficult for me to think of the FBI as anything but a biased, intolerant mob protecting its own derrière. My opinion of the media is worse. However, there does seem to be a similar case of foot-in-mouth disease working its way through Washington, D.C., these days. I am beginning to understand why people are referring to these two organizations (the FBI and the media) as part of the Deep State. Oops, I left out Congress. My bad.
Allen R. Remaley
Scottsdale, Ariz., and Saratoga Springs
 

Prevent cancer with screening, shots

If you could prevent cancer, wouldn’t you? You can. In fact, there are two ways to prevent cervical cancer: vaccination and screening.
Most cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Being vaccinated against HPV could prevent most cervical cancers. The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14, and young adults through age 26.
This vaccine provides protection to girls from cervical cancer later in life, and protection to both boys and girls from several other cancers.
The second way to prevent cervical cancer is by getting screened.
Cervical cancer screening tests can find the cells that lead to cancer before it starts. These cells can then be removed. Screening also helps to find cancer early when it may be most easily treated.
Screening should begin at age 21 and is covered under most health plans, including Medicaid plans and plans participating in the New York State of Health.
No insurance? No problem.
The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties can help eligible, uninsured women age 40 and older get cervical cancer screening.
The program, which is supported with funds from New York State, also provides free breast and colon cancer screening to eligible New York State residents. Call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings.
Talk to your health care provider about cervical cancer screening or you can reach the CSP in Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties by calling 518-841-3726.
Suzanne Hagadorn
Amsterdam

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