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Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 17

first_imgVery thankful for care at Ellis HospitalThank you. Ellis Hospital. I was so sick recently that my family doctor told my wife, “Take him to the emergency room.” They wheeled me in about 1:30 p.m. and within 25 minutes I was checked in and in a room. After X-rays, blood work, vital signs, etc., we had a diagnosis — upper respiration inflammation and the flu. They moved me into another room in the ER while waiting for an isolation room. Once in the room, there was a whole team of nurses, doctors and technicians who went to work.I had an IV site in my arm with antibiotic injections, oxygen, nebulizer treatments, and a constant check of the vital signs and oxygen levels. They put a special patch on my back to help avoid bed sores. During the next two days, the staff was wonderful. The food was good and they gave me my normal amount of my regular vitamins. I also received periodic injections directly in my abdomen. In two days I had recovered enough to go on oral meds and go home. I cannot say enough good about all of the effort they put forth in caring for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ellis Hospital. You have a fabulous dedicated crew.Edward PerazzoScotia Vote no on losing neighborhood schoolElmer Avenue Elementary School is centrally located, enabling school children to walk to school instead of being bused.There are three clearly defined benefits the school children receive when walking compared to riding the school bus.The first benefit addresses the television commercial about bullying on the school bus. When you put 50 restless kids in a small confined space like a school bus, it becomes a breeding ground for bullying. Whereas 50 kids walking from different household locations expending energy, the problem of bullying evaporates and disappears.Secondly, school busing plays a major role in our nation’s child obesity problem because no calories are being burned off. Whereas by walking, the children would be burning calories, therefore improving their health.Thirdly, the neighborhood school allows the children to meet other neighborhood children, allowing healthy friendships to develop where they have friends to play with after school on the school playground or in their neighborhood. The burned-off energy should help the learning environment.The transportation reimbursement money New York state saves from Schenectady children walking instead of taking school buses should be pursued by the Schenectady school board to reduce class sizes or whatever the school board deems the children of Schenectady need. When the Schenectady children win, so does the Schenectady community. Therefore, vote no to turning another Schenectady elementary school into apartments.Leonard De MasiSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Do your part to help save Mother EarthWe recently celebrated another annual Earth Day. It’s hard to tell, year to year, whether the Earth is, in terms of environmental quality, getting better, getting worse or staying the same.There have been several recent developments reported in the news that may reflect on part of the answer.For instance, I’m in favor of recent proposals to ban plastic bags from grocery stores in favor of reusable bags or paper bags.This measure would improve environmental quality, not to mention the view. Banning the use of Styrofoam containers is also an idea worthy of support.Styrofoam contains styrene, a component of polystyrene or plastic. It gets into foods and beverages, especially when subject to heat, as in a microwave oven, and ends up inside our waterways, our soil and our bodies. Studies show that it can take 500 years or more for Styrofoam and plastic bags to decompose in our landfills.Earth Day is a good day to reflect on how we can each do our part to save a little piece of the Earth. It’s our responsibility to help our most important mother, Mother Nature. Recycle, ban plastic bags and Styrofoam. The good it will do to save the Earth and provide benefit to our health and the health of our progeny cannot be overrated.Gina SauterScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionKids need healthy outlets to thriveTwo or three decades ago, children used to play unsupervised in mixed groups. They were able to resolve disputes and overcome any problems because they wanted to keep playing.Many kids today are having trouble managing their behavior and emotions, because how much they are allowed to play has changed.They have more access to technology and social media, which has exploded. Also, they have no skills of household jobs or contributing to the family. All these activities can help build confidence as they grow up. Today, kids are being robbed of that.Childhood and parenting have changed to the point where far more children today struggle to manage their problems. It seems parents are struggling with difficult behavior from children, which is a challenge to keep them under control. We, as parents, have to be aware that our children are on the path of an increase of anxiety and substance addiction because they don’t have the other skills to do it in healthy ways.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdam Lanotte brings fiscal experience to NiskyI urge voters in the Niskayuna Central School District to join me in voting for Patricia Lanotte for Board of Education on May 21.Effective boards have members who bring a variety of skills and perspectives to the table. Having a school board member who understands large budgets and complex financial statements, and someone who can follow the money and understand audits, is vital for the effective and efficient use of our tax dollars.Pat has 25 years of experience in finance as an auditor, financial analyst and assistant controller. During her previous service on the school board, she helped guide our district through a financially difficult and tumultuous time. Her persistence in digging into the details of district budget practices and finances helped prevent the closure of a school and resulted in much greater financial transparency. As board president, Pat worked with the superintendent and fellow board members to present budgets with tax levy increases of zero in 2015 and 0.41 percent in 2016, while adding programs and teaching staff.Pat has made clear that her priorities are budgetary transparency, educational excellence, mental health services and school safety. As a parent, taxpayer and community member, I fully support these priorities and I believe that Patricia Lanotte has the skills and temperament to achieve these goals for our district. She will get my vote on May 21. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Niskayuna High School.Barbara BurgessNiskayunacenter_img Fear Trump’s actions in wake of full report When Robert Mueller testifies about the unredacted version of his report, how will Donald Trump create his next distraction? Start a war with Iran?John KostSchenectady Visiting restaurants could take a whileUt-oh. I just finished reading the entire special section, Dine 2019, that was with my April 25 edition of my home-delivered Gazette. I believe I counted 32 restaurants.It will now take me almost three years to experience all the delectable, mouthwatering and interesting locales described if I pick one a month for a dining-out experience. Or I may just have to give up cooking altogether to get the job done sooner. I found the insert to be most interesting and wonderfully written. My only criticism is not mentioning some of the other wonderful places I have already eaten in that are in Schenectady County.Margaret WienerDelanson More enforcement of speeding lawsDriving a car these days is no longer a pleasure. There are too many rude drivers in a rush that are fast and not safe drivers, as they cut in and out as they go down the road. These people are a danger to other drivers. It seems most of these drivers are younger drivers. In fact, it looks like it may be road rage that makes them drive like this. It looks like we need more law enforcement on the roads to slow these people down. Speed limits are almost a joke. If you go the speed limit, most cars pass you. It’s time to let drivers know that if they speed, they will pay the price of a big fine and points on their licenses.This lack of respect of the speed law has to be stopped once and for all. Let the big-time fines pay for more officers to be out on the roads.Sid GordonSaratoga Springslast_img

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