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Many are denied health care rights


Access to health care is a deeply moral issue. As a pastor, I counsel people as they seek to make the right healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. So I can’t sit silently while the current administration implements immoral and dangerous regulations, including a “gag rule” that blocks health professionals in the Title X Family Planning Program from telling patients how they can safely and legally access the full range of options for their care.

Without these providers in the program, low-income individuals could have nowhere else to turn for care. Title X funding is critical to New York, where, in one recent year, Planned Parenthood served 52% of Title X patients. Thanks to New York policy makers, our in-state health providers are currently covered – hospitals, health centers and more. However, the future is uncertain.

Health care is a human right, regardless of where you live or your income level. As a person of faith, I want to ensure the health and well-being of everyone in our neighborhoods. I stand with faith leaders across the country in support of protecting preventive reproductive health care.

Brooke Newell, Queensbury

Things are not good for birds


Recently there have been several wildlife-related letters and columns on these pages. That seems to be a topic of interest lately. Not long ago I heard on television that bird numbers are down 30% in the country over the past few decades. And a couple days ago I heard on the radio that researchers were studying a ruffed grouse problem in the Adirondacks. We know from hunting and fishing that grouse—partridge – are way down from the past.

Years ago there were very few predators like fox, fisher, marten and coyotes in the Adirondacks largely due to habitat destruction and weak game laws. Today the situation is reversed and those same predators – except red fox – are common to numerous with the consequence that prey species have declined including whitetail deer which have taken a big hit form coyotes in the Adirondacks.

The Migratory Bird Act of 1918 was a great thing especially for waterfowl but the 1972 Amendment to that law has had consequences. Anyone who feeds birds has seen that in their yard. A while ago I read that this period could be called the Age of the Predator. That writer knew what he was talking about. We have predators these days – and then some.

Donald Wharton, South Glens Falls

Some thoughts about politics


A few random comments on the state of America today.

After all the bird-brained comments and actions of the four freshman Congresswomen, it would be more appropriate if they were called the squab.

I hereby dub Adam Schiff the poster boy for sleazy politicians. Boss Tweed was probably his childhood hero.

You would think that the leaders of the Democratic Party would realize by now that you can’t put on a dog and pony show with nothing but clowns and male donkeys.

The leaders of the Democrats have no worry about starving. The amount of egg on their faces will sustain them for quite a while.

If this were the 1930s, members of ANTIFA would be wearing brown shirts and idolize Hitler, Mussolini and Franco.

Why do Schiff, Nadler, Waters, et al, emulate Sen. McCarthy from back in the 1950s. Have they no shame?

Word association game: doctor–Hippocrates; Democrat-hypocrisy; Pelosi-hoity-toity; Schiff-histrionics; Intelligence Committee-hysterical.

Is it possible that the “journalists” at CNN, the Times, the Post and WSNBC all graduated magna cum laude from the Roland Hedley School of Journalism? Like ambulance chasing lawyers, a small number give the whole profession a bad name.

Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Schumer treat American voters like mushrooms. They keep us in the dark and feed us a lot of equine excrement.

Someone should inform Joe Biden that his Christmas dinner is ready early, his goose is cooked.

In 54 years of following politics and casting votes, I have never witnessed such a tawdry display of partisan politics, deceit, outright lies and spurious behavior like the Democrats have put on since the 2016 election. Their conduct is far worse than anything President Trump has done. If they had any honor at all they would resign.

Keith Southworth,

West Pawlet, Vt.


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