Show support for foster kids, families
I heartily agree with The Gazette’s March 29 editorial, “Budget can’t forget our most vulnerable population.” Children and their caregivers need help more than ever.
At St. Catherine’s Center for Children, we work with an extraordinary group of foster care providers throughout the region, finding potential providers, offering comprehensive training and providing 24/7 support.
Our foster care parents, whether they are family members providing kinship care or non-family members who open their homes to children they’ve never met, are simply incredible. These front line caregivers are the backbone of New York’s foster care system, and they need all the financial support they can get. Foster parents not only provide loving homes, but they also offer therapeutic support to special needs children who often have very few options. Studies show that youth placed in homes with trained and compassionate caregivers are far more likely to succeed.
Supporting foster care providers, and the children who need them, is not only a moral imperative, but it also represents a smart budget approach.
When circumstances require that a child be removed from his or her birth home, foster care placement represents a far more cost-effective option than placement in group homes or congregate care.
Let’s use the state budget to help New York’s 15,000-plus children in foster care, and show our support for the foster care providers who offer these children a home, and hope for the future.
The writer is executive director of St. Catherine’s Center for Children.
Thanks to church for online services
As many Christians are aware, the church will soon be celebrating the most blessed and holy season of the year. While most, if not all, churches have temporarily closed their doors due to the very serious coronavirus, clergy are trying to fulfill the spiritual needs of their parishioners.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fr. Jerry Gingras of the Immaculate Conception Church in Glenville for livestreaming Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday masses at 9 a.m. It is such a wonderful way to begin the day, especially when most people are anxious and nervous about the current health issues. Again, thank you to Father and to the staff at Immaculate Conception for making this possible.
Anne Marie Peltier
Be grateful for health workers on front lines
I think an important recognition needs to be given to our front line public health workers, particularly in Saratoga County.
With the first case in the region, Saratoga County was one of the first counties to mobilize efforts to fight COVID-19. These dedicated professionals spend their entire careers planning for the worst-case scenarios and hoping to never have to deploy those plans.
The health care workers treating the sickest in our hospitals are tremendously dedicated professionals that are sacrificing every day to heal the sick and bring them back to health.
Sometimes though, we forget their counterparts in public health working like those in Saratoga County, for the vital role they play in keeping our communities healthy. These two components – hospital workers and public health workers - must rely upon one another and work in tandem in order for our community to overcome an illness like this.
Administrators and bosses are the ones we see on the news, but a crisis like this shows just how valuable both parts of this front line team are to our community in Saratoga County. Bravo to the doctors, mid-levels, nurses and aides in our hospitals for all they do. And thank you to their counterparts – the many dedicated public health professionals in our county government.
Time to say ‘enough’ to self-serving Trump
On March 29, White House Infectious Disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci went on TV to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and estimated that the United States was on its way to millions of infections and a death toll of up to 200,000 Americans. Later the same day, Donald Trump took to Twitter, to brag: the “ratings” of my news conferences etc. are so high, “Bachelor finale, Monday Night Football type numbers.” The most important word in that sentence: “my.”
The poet Maya Angelou has a well-known quote: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” This is far from the first time that Trump has shown us who he is: a man whose first and last concerns are feeding his ego and his desires. Some might have hoped that a national crisis might change these traits, but the evidence is in. Is the nation as a whole, including members of the party of Abraham Lincoln, ready to say “enough”?
Deep State people have no accountability
John Figliozzi, in his opinion March 29 piece (“Where’s that deep state when we need it?”), seems to assume that the “Deep State” is composed of elected officials in government.
But that is not fully accurate.
The Deep State is composed of people who have no responsibility to anything other than promoting their own power and who broker their own agenda.
To quote John F. Kennedy:
“We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence — on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. Its preparations are concealed, not published.
Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised.
No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”
The power of this is “monolithic…conspiracy” during the Cold War was no theory then and is no theory today. New York City Mayor John F. Hylan said in 1922:
“They control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country.
“They use the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government.
“It operates under cover of a self-created screen [and] seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.”
Cut separation rule to 3 feet instead of 6
An appeal to our governor: The World Health Organization recommends person-to-person separation of 3 feet versus the more restrictive 6 feet of the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Since at least four recent photos of you (including two on March 31 in The Gazette) released by your office show you as close as elbow to elbow with other people, could you please relax the social distance standard for rural upstate New York to 3 feet to allow us greater freedom enjoying our upstate outdoors? We are not New York City.
Robert P. Yunick
Check out EWTN in times of prayer
Our country is facing unprecedented times. On March 31, President Trump warned that the next two weeks will be painful.
For all those who pray, as well as those who wish to begin, I suggest EWTN, the cable TV network.
It offers a variety of religious programs for all ages. The schedule can be found on EWTN.com.
I highly recommend the 20-minute Chaplet of Divine Mercy, shown almost daily at 3:00 p.m. If we ever needed God’s mercy, it is now.
Cuomo delay made coronavirus worse
Regarding Mr. Foster’s April 1 letter (“Cuomo is showing true leadership”), if there is one person who is responsible for the exponential rise in the number of COVID cases in New York state, it is Gov. Andy.
For 3 weeks after the virus was identified in Washington state, he did nothing.
I guess his arrogance led him to believe that the virus would not dare to affect New York while he was in charge.
Had he acted quickly, it is possible he would not have made New York number one.