Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 15

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMayor should show city citizens respectGary McCarthy once said that being mayor of Schenectady is his dream job. Does that dream extend to the citizens? A mayor who is aware of the socio-economics of his city should know that the aftermath of a heavy snowstorm can present hardships to many of its residents.The mismanagement of last week’s storm certainly worsened many situations.Every day in our city, people walk, cycle, use walkers or wheelchairs out of necessity. Food and prescription medications can’t wait. Doctor appointments have to be kept. Rent needs to be paid on time. People need to get to work and school.All last week, roads had a dense, ice-covered snow-pack with ruts, bumps and pockets that are worse than potholes. Some still do. Such unsafe conditions made these things incredibly difficult for pedestrians and drivers alike. There is financial hardship in lost work and wages, damage to vehicles, and personal injuries.Is our mayor aware of how this all plays out, or is he oblivious to it?Mayor McCarthy likes to tout Smart-City technology, but he ignored the National Weather Service and UAlbany’s Mesonet technology. He blames the plow drivers for declining overtime, but should be asking himself why multiple drivers would do this during the holiday season?Every Schenectadian knows what it’s like to be disrespected by those who don’t live here. We also know what it’s like to be disrespected by our mayor. Mayor McCarthy, please fulfill your dream, and bring your citizens out of this nightmare.Lisa RussoSchenectadyForget blame; create a shoveling brigadeThe negative comments about inadequate snowplowing in the city of Schenectady are understandable; I drive a car and have barely avoided accidents on streets that look like ski slopes.And I’m also a pedestrian, unable to leap over the huge snowbanks that have made it difficult to cross Erie Boulevard and State Street before the walk light turns to “don’t walk.”But it’s not just the huge snowbanks. Sections of sidewalk along State Street have been badly neglected. The northside stretch between Erie Boulevard and Broadway is a hazard to all pedestrians, and especially to the disabled.On Dec. 5, I saw a blind gentleman with a white cane making his way along that icy stretch. Who would be responsible if such a pedestrian, or any pedestrian, were to fall and injure himself? Rather than assigning blame, how about forming a “snow-shovel brigade” of private citizens who will come out in force to clear the city sidewalks?Roger ShefferSchenectadyState needs to pass an aid-in-dying lawIn response to Wendell Neugebauer’s Dec. 6 letter (“Assisted suicide laws do more harm”), as a practicing physician I have come to accept the fact that every medical intervention and treatment has limitations.Even the most vigorous, compassionate treatments may end in a failure to cure or relieve suffering. A tiny, unfortunate minority of patients reaches this point. It’s for them, in their final six months of life, that we seek a dignified exit,  bringing an end to humiliating suffering.Death is non-negotiable. We all die. When a patient has an incurable, terminal disease, it’s the natural extension of our professional duties to continue easing suffering.Many persons prescribed the aid in dying medications never take them. Just having the prescription provides comfort.Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserves great credit for endorsing medical aid in dying, as an option for mentally capable, terminally ill adults.He sees this as a compassionate option for the sickest of the sick.Of note is a research article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which concluded that there are no substantial cost savings for choosing medical aid in dying over other end-of-life treatments.Further, there is not a shred evidence that societies move from voluntary aid in dying to state-mandated euthanasia.The safeguards of these laws remain unchanged since Oregon passed the nation’s first one 25 years ago: only mentally capable, terminally ill adults, who can self-ingest the medication are eligible.I urge Gov. Cuomo and our legislators to pass this law in 2020.David Pratt, MD, MPHRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img

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