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Letters to the Editor for Monday, July 13

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Why aren’t stores enforcing mask rule

What difference does it make if I wear a face mask or not wear a face mask?
While waiting for someone in a Stewart’s shop parking lot, I watched the majority of the people entering the shop without face coverings (even one smoking with a small dog in tow). Some business owners do nothing to enforce the wearing of face masks inside their business or show any concern or attempt to keep safe distancing at checkout lines. I have watched this numerous times.
Could it be that making money trumps the safety of customers entering these businesses? I realize that most purchases at Stewart’s shops are not for the health-conscious person, but sometimes even the most careful people have to purchase gasoline.
I am thinking it’s not worth the risk to go in there. I will wear my mask when around people but don’t get why so many people don’t or won’t.
Marian O’Keefe
Saratoga Springs

America must unite against pandemic

We recently celebrated the 4th of July honoring the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It includes the words: “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
John Locke said: “All men by nature are equal in that equal right that every man hath to his natural freedom, without being subjected to the will or authority of any other man; being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.”
We hear some people proclaiming their right to not follow medical and government guidance to wear masks and practice social distancing in the midst of a pandemic.
While our Constitution grants us the right of assembly, we have to remember we don’t have the right to harm our fellow citizens by spreading the virus amongst each other.
All of us have the right to life and liberty. Perpetuating this infection at an uncontrolled rate risks our health and liberty.
Abraham Lincoln said: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” James Madison said:” No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
We need to unite against the war on this pandemic and not selfishly think only of ourselves and fight with our neighbors. It is our duty as Americans.
Paul Zawistowski
Broadalbin

Everything doesn’t have to be political

I have to comment on the July 4th political “flotilla” article in the July 5 Gazette (“Pro-Trump flotilla draws hundreds of boats.”) I firmly believe the 4th of July is not a political affirmation. It is, however, our Independence Day.
What bothers me with this event is the waving of the Confederate flag, the waving of a giant foam hand with the middle finger extended. The retaliation of shouting “Black Sabbath Matters.”
Doesn’t this just make you proud that people in this country act this way? Yes, we have freedom of the press. And yet it was stated in the article that liberal media won’t give us the true facts.  Could this be about “fake” news?
Black people may be a small percentage of our population, as is stated in this article. Does that mean we should not care about them?
When a person is subjected to tactics that kill, shouldn’t all of us be appalled? Shouldn’t we all wear a mask, when wearing a mask means saving someone else’s life?
Why is wearing a mask infringing on our rights? Isn’t this just protecting our society from a virus we are yet not sure of.
Politics are alive and well in America and to a point that’s fine.
But making this virus political is wrong and making the 4th of July political is not in society’s best interests.
Vincent F. Carelli
Amsterdam

To resolve conflicts, consider mediation

The “Few details on release of police disciplinary records” July 4 news article mentioned ideas to improve responsibilities for government and residents to sustain “The Right of the people to be secure in their persons…against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,” (NYS Constitution Article 1, Bill of Rights).
Discussion of our constitutional rights within the state Unified Court’s System’s Community Dispute Resolution Center program can enhance our constitutional democracy to prevent any “unreasonable” police interventions.
Mediation services about conflict resolution, fear and distrust among residents and government employees can establish reasonable government/police intervention services to protect adults and children from violent criminals and secure community needs.
The mediation process by residents and government employees can secure reasonable best management policies for police intervention and government services to protect adults and children against unreasonable fear and distrust.
Michael McGlynn
Watervliet

Find ways to bridge citizen-police gap

The issues raised by the confrontation between Yugeshwar Gaindarpersaud and Officer Brian Pommer will hopefully lead to communitywide discussions on what can be learned in these kinds of incidents.
It seems clear that Officer Pommer had reason to speak to Mr. Gaindarpersaud and that Mr. Gaindarpersaud was uncooperative.
On the other hand, as The Gazette reported in the July 9 article (“Cop’s body camera footage released”), Professor Gilbertson of Centralia, Wash., who works on use-of-force policies, said other options were available that might have defused rather than inflamed the situation.
In the 80s and 90s, the Social Justice committee, a group of concerned clergy and groups, witnessed similar events and worked with the police and community.
With widespread agreement, the discussions led among other things to use of study circles to have facilitated discussions using the model developed by the Pomfret Foundation, whose mission was to engage citizens in critical issues.
More recently the Capital District has seen the use of restorative circles to both understand the concerns of all sides and to seek common ground.
Many people in Schenectady have used or been trained in either model.
A broad-based community discussion of all parties and interested people might come up with responses which will protect both individual rights and public safety.
Jim Murphy, Faye Tischler
Scotia

State’s covid testing system is broken

I received a COVID test on July 1 at a local Urgent Care Center affiliated with Ellis Hospital.
I was being seen for diarrhea and fever, which could have been from my breast cancer chemotherapy or COVID.
After three different phone calls, on July 7, Ellis Hospital laboratory department stated, “The test is not completed yet because the laboratories are too busy processing tests from down south.”
This is a really broken system when a symptomatic patient, currently undergoing chemotherapy, cannot get a test result after seven days.
Does anyone know about these backlogs?
The statistics the New York state government presents every day can’t be very accurate.
Laura Perrault
Halfmoon

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