Child abuse must never be overlooked

I am a baby boomer who believes that children today are not taught how to properly respect elders and persons in authority.

Having said that in light of recent events there is an exception to that thought. If a child or young person is abused in any way, either physically (sexually) or emotionally (bullying), the child should report that immediately to a parent, teacher, counselor, clergy person, trusted friend or any person of authority. The more the better.

This is true whether the abuse is done at the hands of another child or an adult. If the abuser is an adult he or she should immediately be thoroughly investigated (innocent until proven guilty) and if found to be at fault immediately be removed from society by any legal means available. There is absolutely no sports team or club or group worth being involved with in any way if it means losing the innocence of childhood.

Parents, if the abuser is a friend or relative, please put your child first. There is no friendship or family relationship worth saving over and above the welfare of the child for whose well-being you are responsible. As we are seeing, the pain never goes away. The few years spent on a team or in a family or friendship relationship is not worth a lifetime of emotional scarring. We owe it to our children to be there for them and listen carefully to them and watch for signs of abuse and act on their behalf. Childhood is such a short period of time but what happens during that time does affect what kind of adult that child becomes and how they live the rest of their life.

Joseph C. McCarthy, Frankfort

 

Will new hospital solve our problems?

A Feb. 4 O-D article was right on about nursing care in local hospitals.

How about doctor staffing? Three times family members have been transferred to out-of-area hospitals for lack of a surgeon, an allergist, an an oral surgeon. All had been in the emergency room and hospital at least two days.

Will the new facility have a better physician staff? The "yellow pages" list many local specialists in the above areas. Will they be available for in house care, or will we still be going to other hospitals for problems they are not equipped to handle?

These issues need to be addressed and solutions provided on how to improve our current health care system locally.

Will a new hospital fix this?

Rita Liadka, Clinton

 

Trump needs to address climate change

As expected, in his State of the Union address, Trump made no mention of a condition that is affecting people all over the world, a condition that will even make homes and entire islands disappear — climate change.

We cannot wish it away, nor can we deny that climate change exists. Well, try as some people might, it will not matter eventually. Sooner or later (if it’s not too late), a lot of somebodies will have to deal with it and pay for it. Some already are.

Many nations and states are stepping up to the plate though, including New York state.

The game is already started. Thanks for addressing the issue, Gov. Cuomo. Shouldn’t our president also join the game? And I hope it be won’t too late.

Sharon Humphries-Brooks, Clinton

 

Leaders for life a scary thought

At the Constitutional Convention, where our founding fathers debated the structure of our democracy, Alexander Hamilton very unwisely suggested a president and senate chosen for life. The thought of a duo such as Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell in office as long as their lifespans is frightening.

George Washington declined the offer preferred to him to retain the title of monarch, expressing the hope that those who succeeded him would remember they would be only temporarily imbued with the powers of the presidency.

Thomas Jefferson gave us the Declaration of Independence with the lofty ideal that all men are created equal. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, whom the vile leaders of the confederate states declared they owned under command of the Christian God.

Theodore Roosevelt used government to rein in the rich for abusing their fortunate status and referred to them as the "malefactors of wealth" Franklin D. Roosevelt, who I consider the greatest of our presidents, instituted lasting economic reforms to enable the nation to recover from its worst economic crisis and then led us a successful prosecutor of World War II.

We can look back at these and other presidents and applaud their conduct and accomplishments. Donald Trump, 45th in line, is all wrapped up in himself and how great he is. No doubt he addresses the mirror each night, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the greatest of all?"

Richard Borawski, New Hartford

 

Brindisi will do anything to retain power

Desperate times call for desperate measures as Assemblyman Brindisi bets it all on damage control and his mastery of snowing the people.

His blizzard of trifold-colored flyers read like a Chinese menu announcing a grand opening. They only serve to evidence the price he’s willing to pay to retain his power. He’s hoping that you’ll bite.

Peg Roberts

Utica