first_imgHelp others live by donating blood“The things we do so that others may live” is the understated motto of the United States Air Force Pararescue Service, heroes among heroes.It also characterizes the selflessness of the men and women who donate blood products and register as organ donors. These personal gifts of life are the ultimate expression of individual commitment to the health and welfare of society.Rapid advances in medical science are subjecting the supply chain to stress which may jeopardize the ability to provide a time sensitive perishable product in a moment of urgency.The system is overly reliant upon a minority of Americans who voluntarily step up on a regular basis to keep supplies flowing. One never knows who will be in dire need now and where one donation will make the difference.There is still time to make a New Year’s resolution that is realistic and easy to sustain. I am a registered organ donor and recently topped off 21 gallons of blood. Like fellow donors, I do it without expecting recognition or reward. There are the incidental benefits of blood pressure monitoring and blood screening that may detect issues requiring further examination.In closing, I wish to thank current donors who know their decision is appreciated beyond words by grateful beneficiaries and their families. Please continue to encourage others to join in the effort to provide a second chance at life.Mark RahnScotia National Grid must hear all voicesI must communicate my displeasure, at the very least, regarding the National Grid tactic of trying to shut people up who disagree with its expansive plans. This has degenerated into a case of one of the biggest and most powerful companies in New York state basically attempting to push through its agenda for its E37/Albany Loop fracked gas pipeline proposal by any means it can.National Grid does not have the right to try and invalidate our filed E37/Albany Loop testimony with the state Public Service Commission (PSC) or that of several others who are in opposition to this project, while it is being properly vetted.Apparently, National Grid’s game plan at this point is to attempt to keep others who disagree with out of the formal deliberative process.Based on past experience, we know that they also prefer to limit full discussion by having only one public hearing and then expect to go on their monopolistic way.Those days are over. We are fed up with having environmental policy take place behind our backs simply because “we” don’t have the money and lawyers that they do.We out here will continue to fight this and other battles like it.We hope that the PSC will see fit to address the practice  of “bullying” by National Grid and set the record straight for all to see.Kenneth ScallonNassauMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right way Able-bodied people should have to workMr. Leon’s short and concise letter on Dec. 16 (“Nations like America take care of the poor”) was wrong. Wealthy, compassionate, civilized nations do not deprive those that cannot take care of themselves of food stamps.There is nothing wrong with expecting able-bodied people to work for their food. President Trump is requiring people that are not disabled, seniors or single parents to get a job. The people Mr. Leon is referring to are poor because they don’t work.We live in the greatest country on the face of the Earth. No other country is even a close second. What makes us great is anyone can get a job, especially now, if they want one. I, for one, am tired of paying for able-bodied people to stay home and wait for the check. We give people food, pay for their rent and subsidize their utilities when many are able to work. But the Democratic Party has made it too comfortable to live off the rest of us.One of the first things Obama did as president was remove the work requirement for welfare. He just perpetuated the problem.What makes us the greatest is not the “things” we give people; it’s the chance we give people to make something of themselves.Dave EdwardsHalfmooncenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDiscipline starts at home with parentingThe headline in the Jan. 12 Sunday Gazette reads “Parents voice school safety fears.” I had to wait 30 days to tell my answer to this ongoing problem, of which politicians and the superintendent will not talk about. That is, it starts at home.These kids needed and need strong discipline. They don’t have it or will not have it. So, if these so-called parents will not do it, then turn it over to teachers and principals — and no complaints about it. You expect schools now to raise your kids, feed them, clothe them and provide supplies.Well, let them do discipline. If you have to have police walking halls, so be it. You the people let it get to this. Now pay the piper and get with program. This is chaos, brought on by liberals and socialist Democrats in charge. Are you hearing me politicians?Al MarvellScotialast_img