Glens Falls Hospital does good work
Over three years ago, we moved to Warrensburg, and I have read articles in the news that have been negative and detrimental relative to Glens Falls Hospital. Therefore, since I was recently a patient there, I felt obligated to write something positive on behalf of the hospital and especially its staff.
My son had suggested that a second opinion be obtained before having a pacemaker put in there; however, for years doctors have been unable to pinpoint why I was passing out on many occasions. My confidence was with Dr. Judkins, and through monitoring my heart, he determined the problem. Since having the pacemaker put in, I feel like a new, younger and more energetic version of myself. From the moment I walked through the doors, I was greeted and directed to the registration desk where I was treated with respect and dignity.
I can’t thank and praise Dr. Judkins and the associates in the operating room enough for the excellent care received as I always felt that I was their No. 1 priority. They are a professional and fantastic team! The nursing staff and associates of the 4th floor were exceptionally attentive to my comfort and needs.
Hence, from registration, surgery and recovery, which took place in a well-maintained room, I could not have asked for a better experience and trust that before writing a negative article, one would take the time to interview several people first.
Article opened eyes on Trump reality
Ken Tingley really hit the nail on the head Sunday, not once, but twice! You helped me, just a little, to understand how otherwise intelligent people can be Trump backers. To me, it seems like these intelligent people are saying it’s okay to lie nearly every time you open your mouth, destroy our environment, have total disregard for human life, line the pockets of the rich.
He hates Democrats, the press, people of other colors or nations (except maybe his wife), former presidents, yet loves a murderous dictator and a leader that violated our election system, but they think that’s OK?
As I see it, he hasn’t kept one single promise that he made prior to his election, either. You did an excellent job of summing up the situation. I didn’t realize that he had taken away the protection for stockholders that Obama had put in place after the last disaster until you mentioned it, but I sure found out the hard way Monday, when they dropped drastically because of his trade threats with China!
Two things I would add that scare me — the national debt and the fact that nothing has been done about the Russian election problem; but I think we know why that is!
Let Trump backers disprove anything in your articles! Keep up the good work!
Carol Bromley, South Glens Falls
Stefanik must act on gun legislation
In the wake of the latest three mass shootings in recent weeks in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, I implore my Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to use her voice and the power of her position to be a leader in Congress and vote to pass legislation (H.R. 1296) the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. In response to my calls this week to her office concerning gun violence, I received a letter from the congresswoman which, in part, says “Gun violence is a mental health issue, and it is vital that our mental health care system provides necessary services to keep Americans safe.” This opinion puts her at odds with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the American Psychiatric Association, which works to dispel the myth that gun violence and mental health are closely linked. The overwhelming majority of people in this country who have mental illnesses do not commit mass shootings. To use mental illness as a scapegoat for inability to take legislative action on gun violence is reprehensible. Congresswoman Stefanik, as my representative, I respectfully ask you to pass H.R. 1296 quickly and without hesitation.
Climate fight needs new alternatives
There is a lot we can do to address climate change before paying billions for solar and wind farms (which also have negative environmental impacts).
Zoning plans often encourage sprawl and discourage density. This results in more roads, more cars, longer transmission lines and more fossil fuel consumed. It also results in land use changes from forest to development.
Zoning laws that encourage density make strong city centers, more walking, more biking and less automobile use. Multi-unit buildings are more efficient than large single-family homes in terms of heating and cooling. House lots less than an acre in size compared to larger lots result in less forest land conversion.
Managing forests results in products made from wood. Solid wood products consume exponentially less electricity and fossil fuel than the manufacture of similar products made from steel, plastic or cement. Wood products are “atmospheric carbon storage devices”; they hold their carbon for long periods of time.
Decomposing wood eventually returns carbon to the atmosphere without producing heat or electricity. Thus, burning wood to produce heat and electricity results in no net gain in emissions and keeps an equivalent amount of oil in the ground. Managing forests can also reduce forest fires, which release substantial amounts of carbon to the atmosphere.
New York’s new climate laws focus on carbon emissions to the atmosphere. The trouble with this is they ignore other tactics that are far less expensive and do not require new technology or government subsidies to implement. Why focus only on emissions and new technologies? You get more votes if you don’t recommend changes in the way we all live. Betty Little was right to oppose this costly and open-ended legislation.
Roger Dziengeleski, Glens Falls
What won’t Trump supporters believeEditor:
I wonder if Trump supporters can tell when he’s lying, or if they care. When Trump tells them that illegal aliens who are murderers, rapists, carrying disease and drugs are invading our southern border or that we have to separate children from their parents in order to stop the invasion, do they believe him? When Trump told them that the American carnage stops with him and he is the one who can return the country to its former greatness, do they believe him? When Trump says he will drain the swamp, hire only the best people, make Mexico pay for the wall, that he’s under audit by the IRS, that bone spurs prevented him from service in Vietnam, that he will be too busy working for them to play golf, that there were some very fine people carrying the Nazi flag chanting “Jews will not replace us” or that our own intelligence agencies cannot be trusted and he sees no reason not to believe and trust Putin, do his followers believe him?
I believe Trump’s political enablers do so because they want to be re-elected. I don’t understand why his supporters so proudly rant and chant “lock her up,” “send them back,” “shoot them” and applaud his “fake news” finger-pointing. Maybe he reinforces what they themselves believe, so they don’t care if he’s lying. Or maybe their stock portfolio is doing so well, they’ll be able to afford a gold-plated toilet soon. Maybe they think Trump really cares about them. I don’t know.
I believe Trump has no core values. Without his political hacks and followers, he is nothing more than a malignant old fool with yellow hair, but with them propping him on his throne, he is making this country so much less than it should be.
Legislation will hurt next generations
In 2015, Representative Elise Stefanik voted in favor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA), a cowardly bill that became law and turned the Treaty Clause of the Constitution (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2) on its head.
Recently, Congress passed a two-year budget bill that President Trump unfortunately signed into law, which will fund the federal government through 2021. This new law suspends the debt ceiling and all spending caps, so the federal deficit will now exceed $1 trillion for the next two years. Stefanik voted to approve this nauseating piece-of-crap legislation (H.R. 3877) which makes the American taxpayer just that much more of a slave to a debt that cannot be repaid within one and probably not within two generations, thus stealing from our children and grandchildren because they will get stuck with the bill. This debt will eventually have to be repaid, and the longer it takes to bring it under control and pay it down, the more likely the end result will be kinds of extreme suffering starting with economic collapse and privation. (Witness the fates of the Weimar Republic of Germany and the formerly affluent nation of Venezuela.)
As evidenced by her voting record, Stefanik is neither a fiscal conservative nor a constitutional conservative. Freedom Works, a conservative watchdog group, has given Stefanik a failing grade. Obviously Stefanik is unwilling and unable to affect the changes that are needed to bring the fiscal spending addict that Congress has become under control. Her vote for INARA was bad. Her support for the Budget Bill was worse.
It’s time for someone to challenge Stefanik in a primary. If that challenger is a fiscal/constitutional conservative, then that’s the person I will support.
Charles Heimerdinger, Hadley
Making “greatness,” creating turmoil
Yes, Trump has made America great again. I can see it every time I turn on the news or pick up a newspaper. People being killed for nothing everywhere. I guess it must be a thrill to take a gun and just mow people down because you feel like it. He will get his wall, even though we should be building bridges, not walls. People being held as prisoners in camps that are nothing but concentration camps, people departing their jobs like seats on a sinking ship in his government. Yes, Mr. Trump, you and your admirers will give you four more years to be finishing your destruction in making America great again. So tweet and Twitter to your heart’s content and blame everyone else for the troubles in our poor country, because we all know you are as pure as the snowflakes that fall from Heaven. “America, America God shed his grace on thee,” but the evil has given us the biggest black eye there is. May we all survive all the evil that is around us. Amen. And bless all the fallen.
Stefanik misleads on reality of protest
Rep. Elise Stefanik’s statement criticizing Post-Star coverage by pointing to socialists organizing the protest on Aug. 8 in their effort to lobby her help to end the policies of detention and family separation of asylum seekers is misleading, and to me, and to all who attended, insulting. Her statement fails to acknowledge the presence of Saratoga Peace Alliance, Saratoga Immigration Coalition, Temple Sinai in Saratoga and members from numerous watchdog groups demanding political accountability.
I am a Democrat and a capitalist. I attended the protest with Americans who see the inhumanity of the president’s policy. For people of conscience from all parties and religious denominations, it is our moral imperative, whether Democrat, Republican, Democratic Socialist or Independent, to speak up when our government is guilty of human rights abuses. The fact that Elise Stefanik justifies such policy — the conditions in detention centers and the separation of children from their parents — makes her complicit, and I say, un-American. That she points to one political party as anathema to invalidate the protest is wrong, and that she has adopted the new Republican mantra that socialists pose a danger to our democracy is insulting to anyone’s right to speak out. Has Stefanik seen the detention centers? Has she seen the children ripped from their parents? Or is she turning her back pretending she doesn’t see because she’s afraid of the president’s ire?
What Stefanik’s Trump supporters don’t understand is by obstructing my entry into Stefanik’s office using physical intimidation, drowning out our singing of ”America” with ear-splitting siren noise blasting through bullhorns to silence us, their accusation, “You hate our country,” and talking about “starting brushfires” at rallies is thug-like behavior reminiscent of pre-World War II Brownshirts stomping out dissenters on the streets of Germany. Is that where we’re headed?