GOOD

Get rid of electronics, papers next week

Recycling is in everyone's best interest, not to mention what it does for Mother Earth.

Next Saturday, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority and state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, are partnering to host an electronics recycling event at the Oneida-Herkimer Recycling Center at 80 Leland Ave., Utica.

The free event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will allow the public to drop off electronics such as TVs, computers and other electronics.

In addition, Confidata will be on hand to shred up to three boxes, per car, of confidential documents. Meanwhile, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting unused or unwanted prescription medications (no sharps or needles).

For a full list of acceptable items, visit www.ohswa.org.

Make it an even better community event by bringing some canned goods and other food items that will be donated to the Rescue Missions in Rome and Utica. 

 

BAD

Lack of young child vaccinations disturbing

A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday.

An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended, state the report, which has health officials worried.

“This is pretty concerning. It’s something we need to understand better — and reduce,” said the CDC’s Dr. Amanda Cohn.

The report said that most young children — 70 percent — have had all their shots. The new estimate is based on finding that, in 2017, 1.3 percent of the children born in 2015 were completely unvaccinated. That’s up from the 0.9 percent seen in an earlier similar assessment of the kids born in 2011.

Young children are especially vulnerable to complications from vaccine-preventable diseases, some of which can be fatal.

The researchers didn’t ask why parents didn’t get their kids vaccinated. A significant minority of them did not have health insurance coverage, but a government program pays for vaccines for uninsured children.The the majority was insured.

What’s going on isn’t clear. One factor may be some parents’ misperceptions about the safety and importance of vaccines, some experts said. Nevertheless, it's a trend that can hopefully be turned around

A separate CDC study found that overall vaccination rates for older, kindergarten-age children continue to hold about steady, with close to 95 percent fully vaccinated.

 

UGLY

Fallout from limo crash hurting everyone

Last Saturday's horrific limousine crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people was ugly from the moment it happened.

But it's gotten even uglier as the investigation into what exactly caused the crash is being hampered by conjecture, turning the tragedy into a he said/she said argument that in the end won't bring back any of the precious lives lost.

There are many pieces to this horrible puzzle that must be put together. Blaming this one or that one for this and that before the investigation is complete is unfair to the families of the victims as well as the victims themselves.

This investigation will take time. Only then can it be determined why the limousine barreled through a busy intersection, careened through a parking lot and ploughed into a wooded area, killing all 18 people in the vehicle and two pedestrians.

That's what everyone wants.