'Swamp Fever' plagues some Uticans
While Americans and US President Donald J. Trump seek to “drain the swamp” of corruption, incompetence and collusion, Utica snakes who have long taken refuge in political office have cunningly devised a plan to “plug that drain.”
Snake proxies slither door to door carrying petitions calling for the “extension of term limits," thereby seeking “John Hancocks” from suckers willing to bite and Common Council members to infect.
Now you may think that this is “small-pond stuff” when compared to the “Washington Swamp," but make no mistake, snakes have permeated every level of government. Snakes get very protective of their "swamp nests."
Limiting snakes’ reign in the swamp can only be a good thing. Once bitten, the only cure for Swamp Fever is a healthy dose of truth and a massive shot of common sense. Where’s the CDC on this one? Perhaps that's why they insist on a hospital downtown?
Race relations needs better focus
On Aug. 28, Tom Morgan's message was one of asking readers to recognize the progress we have made in race relations and the opportunities afforded to minorities over the years.
On Wednesday, I then read an O-D article about the arrest of a man in the Charlottesville protests. This man was involved in the beating of a black man who was badly injured while protesting the gathering of white supremacy groups.
I have two questions. Did Morgan write his column before the Charlottesville incident? Or is Morgan only seeing an illusive progression? Sadly, we have not come as far as people would like to think. There is a tremor, a tenuous reverberation that runs beneath everything in this country that could erupt and devastate at any moment, Charlottesville being one recent example.
Morgan sees race relations through one lens, and that lens belongs to a white upper-middle-aged man in America. Things look good. I would ask him to borrow another lens for a moment, perhaps from the man who was beaten because he was protesting a group of people that because they are white, think they are superior and entitled to more rights and freedoms. He should take a peek through that lens. Would he still think race relations have improved so much? Maybe we, as a country, have just gotten better at hiding it, at covering it up, at telling ourselves that things have gotten better.
MARY BETH HARROD
Fight plan to cut EPA funding
The Observer-Dispatch continues to offer timely reporting on environmental challenges with its Sept. 3 article,”Toxic waste sites flooded; EPA not able to clean up.”
The devastating flooding in Houston raises troubling questions about the federal government’s ability to protect human health at a time of unprecedented rejection of funding for scientific research and denial of climate-change realities. The EPA’s Scott Pruitt speaks of prioritizing Super Fund sites while the Trump administration proposes a budget cut of 30 percent to this program and an overall 7 percent cut to the EPA.
Such hypocrisy is an insult to us all. Instead of an ideological blindness to climate change, we need more research and planning, not less. Instead of concessions to polluters and exploiters, we need evidence-based decision making for the sake of our future, our children’s future, and the planet’s future.
We need people to call Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Claudia Tenney. Tell them to fight the administration's plan to cut funding to the EPA.