Gillibrand should take in immigrantsI would gladly donate $100 toward the transportation costs of a busload of illegal immigrants, sprinkle in some MS13 gang members, and deliver them to the home of our very own foul-mouthed phony Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.She loves these people so much. It only seems right that she should fill her home with them.She has said that there is no such thing as illegal immigrants.She wants to give them our hard-earned Social Security money, free medical coverage, free education and the right to vote.P.T. Barnum one said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”He could have been talking about the donors to Gillibrand’s presidential campaign.Ray WeidmanLatham More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSt. Clare’s workers need pensions nowI was a St. Clare’s hospital employee for 38 years. It was always a Catholic hospital. Sister Senata and Sister Bonavita were present.Before the closure was announced, we knew there were problems.In the beginning, I thought Ellis would take care of us, since several of us nurses had some of our training at Ellis.I also thought New York state would help us, since the budget is so large and so much money is wasted. I have made phone calls to my local congresswoman with no success.February 1, March 1 and April 1 have all passed and needed money is lost.We need our retirement now.Carol A. Armitage, RNMiddle Grove Oppose changes to Medicare policiesAs an oncologist in the Capital District region, I have serious concerns with Medicare proposals that could put patient access to Medicare Part B drugs, like chemotherapy, at serious risk.For example, Medicare’s proposal to lower drug costs by establishing an International Pricing Index (IPI) model would ultimately not result in lower out-of-pocket patient costs.Instead, it would potentially limit patient access and disrupt important cancer therapies for our seniors.The IPI model inserts third-party vendors with no clinical expertise between cancer patients and their oncologists, which risks introducing an unnecessary barrier in the delivery of treatment for the New Yorkers who are diagnosed with cancer every year. While third-party vendors disrupt patient access, the mandatory nature of the model undermines initiatives already established that are voluntary, value-based care models that have yielded positive results for patients and payers on quality and cost.Recently I met with some New York lawmakers in Washington, including the offices of Sen. Charles Schumer and Reps. Paul Tonko and Yvette Clarke, to provide this underappreciated perspective on this issue based on the cancer patients I treat daily. For my patients, as well as the thousands of other cancer patients across New York, I urge our lawmakers to oppose Medicare policies that undermine critical access to important cancer therapies.We must work together to put a stop to Medicare’s dangerous experiment on senior care and continue to evolve value for our patients’ lives.Ira Zackon, MD Albany Papers are littering up streets, propertyWith Earth Day here, people are thinking about waste, littering, plastics pollution and other environmental issues.So, it is with interest that I find poor environmental behavior by our own Daily Gazette.Recently, on Salina, Nott and Gerling streets, I saw several dozen copies of the “Your Niskayuna” weekly section, each in its own blue plastic bag, littering front yards, driveways, sidewalks and the street (a few were on porches).Questions: Is every Northside house supposed to receive one of these? How many people want them? How are carriers delivering them? I find this indiscriminate delivery of a non-essential newspaper item objectionable. Perhaps The Gazette sees this as a way to increase readership, that people reading “Your Niskayuna” will want to read the rest of the paper. I would like see the statistics on that.On Saturday, April 27, the Northside of Schenectady is holding a Clean-Up Day, sponsored by Marty’s Hardware.I am curious to see how many blue bags will be fished out of street drains, extricated from hedges and picked up off sidewalks.The Gazette should rethink its policy on the mass distribution of weekly newspaper supplements and stop contributing to our litter problem.Margaret NovakSchenectadyEditor’s Note: Both the plastic bags and the newspapers are recyclable.
THE Guyana Cycling Federation’s (GCF) National Road Race and Individual Time Trial will pedal off on Saturday on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway beginning at 09:30hrs from Hararuni Creek and ending at Long Creek, a distance of eight miles.The event will begin with the individual time trial for each category of cyclists and continues the next day (Sunday)with the road race for juniors, juveniles, ladies and veterans.The junior and veteran cyclists will contest a distance of 70 miles and they will pedal off from outside the National Sports Commission’s (NSC) office on Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown, at 08:00hrs and the cyclists will proceed to Camp Wesleyana, Linden/Soesdyke Highway before returning to the place of origin for the finish.The juveniles and ladies will cover a distance of 53 miles after moving off from the NSC office and travelling to Bottle Neck, Timehri, before turning back to finish on Homestretch Avenue.One week later (Sunday June 25), the seniors will cover a distance of 103.4 miles, beginning at Homestretch Avenue, proceeding to Camp Sewayo, Linden/Soesdyke Highway and back to Homestretch Avenue for the finish.Up to press time, it has not been confirmed if defending champion, Geron Williams, will be a part of this year’s championships as he is currently in the United States training and competing along with most of Guyana’s top wheelsmen, including Raynauth Jeffrey, Andrew Hicks, jamal John, Scott savory and Orville Hinds.Transportation for cyclists and officials for Saturday’s time trial will be provided by the GCF and the bus will leave the NSC’s office on Homestretch Avenue at 08:00hrs on Saturday.The GCF has also indicated that juniors and veterans will be allowed to participate in the senior road race.