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COVID vaccinations, sexual assaults, reusable packaging and more

Doctors, nurses, and staff of Catholic Health's Mercy

Doctors, nurses, and staff of Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital ere presented with service medals on Aug. 19 in recognition of their hard work and sacrifice during the COVID-19 pandemic in Rockville Centre. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Who are the heroes, and who are the goats?

For most of this horrific pandemic, frontline workers — mainly doctors, nurses, teachers, emergency medical services workers, et al. — were always praised as heroes for doing their jobs, above and beyond. They even got a parade! We’ve also heard throughout this pandemic how COVID-19 has prevented many women from working.

Now, though, it seems like elected and unelected officials have no problem firing these people after 20 months of being considered heroes. This is being done despite lack of any statistics on how many EMS workers, nurses or doctors infected patients, or how many teachers infected little Johnny, or how many teachers and grandparents little Johnny has infected. What is going on here?

The weekly average of positive cases has gone down. As this slide continues, what happens if COVID diminishes more in the near future? Was firing these heroes worth it? Who, then, will be the real goats?

— Anthony Perri, Baldwin

It’s really hard to see parents acting the way they are about children wearing masks in school. Has anyone asked the children how they feel? For the most part, they seem to be happy to be in school with their peers, seeing their teachers and having lunch together and learning in a classroom environment. Children are resilient, and our teachers are doing a wonderful job. Bless them all.

So, parents, if the teachers get the vaccination, the children wearing masks are that much more protected. Seeing little children in the hospital is not a happy image.

Please try to be civil for your children’s sake and safety. These students are our future and we can’t let them grow up with anger, such as what we’ve seen from their parents on TV and in the paper.

"Children learn what they live." Let them see patience and understanding, not violence and anger.

— Camille Morselli, Islip Terrace

I am once again appalled reading the "unruly" behavior news at school board meetings [" ‘Unruly’ crowds disrupting some school meetings," News, Oct. 3]. The unvaxed and unmasked are putting their children and others at risk. They are getting fired. They are paying more for medical insurance. It’s about time they get their heads out of the sand. Isn’t there a law that protects the health and welfare of children, parent or not? They should be arrested or fined until they comply. To me, unvaxed and unmasked in the schools is worse than putting kids on a bus with a drunken bus driver.

— Dennis Peterson, Huntington

I am by no means a very religious person, but I strongly believe that all the people who will not get the vaccine because of religious beliefs are going against their church’s beliefs. I think these people should read the Ten Commandments. One main thing it says is "Thou shall not kill." Don’t anti-vaxxers realize that if they don’t get the vaccine, get COVID-19 and pass it to someone else, that could lead to that person’s death? Maybe they think only some church rules apply to them.

— Fred Snyder, Farmingville

How often did critics of former President Donald Trump label him as an authoritarian? Yet these same critics have no issue with President Joe Biden issuing vaccine mandates? I can’t think of one issue where Trump imposed strict adherence on the American people to government authority over personal freedom. Have we transitioned from an authoritarian regime to a democratic one, or vice versa? The hypocrisy of the left is shown again.

— Andrew Ross, King’s Park

I know how to get Suffolk and Nassau county cops to get vaccinated ["Cops should get COVID vaccine," Editorial, Oct. 5]. Give them $3,000, as we taxpayers had to pay them to wear body cameras. I know the oversized clout of the police unions would go for that.

— Andrew Schwartz, Commack

Men in Congress must address assaults

The accusation from a cadet in the class of 2022 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy that she was raped at sea, that she knows of 10 other cadets at the Kings Point institution who were raped at sea and that dozens of others have recently been sexually harassed, assaulted or degraded at school is beyond outrageous ["Cadet says she was raped," News, Oct. 5].

Promises to protect service academy cadets from assaults and sexual harassment have become mostly empty promises, often with the responsible civilians unscathed or the student aggressors left to graduate with the entire cost of their education paid for by taxpayers.

What have our members of Congress been doing, year after year, as sexual assaults continue to run rampant at our service academies? Where is the oversight?

And, yes, the men in Congress, especially, need to step up — or step out of office and let the women step in and take effective and lasting action.

— John Minogue, Manhasset

Feature missing people of color, too

I agree with the honest, self-searching  sentiments of William F.B. O’Reilly in his essay "Black victims of crime should matter, too" [Opinion, Sept. 29]. However, I’m more than a bit uncomfortable with the news media usually giving front-page coverage to crimes involving white people and less exposure to people of color.

Why not have a regular news feature of unsolved crimes concerning missing Black, Native American and Hispanic people, among others? If we raise awareness, maybe some of these crimes will get solved.

— Susan Kozodoy Silkowitz, Lynbrook

Reduce package sizes to avoid waste

The article on reusable packaging is timely ["Reusable packaging," LI Business, Sept. 27]. I applaud the Loop company and the big companies supporting this endeavor. This should help protect the environment and create jobs.

Another area in which we could reduce waste is product packaging. Who hasn’t opened a box or plastic container only to find that product occupies half or a third of the container.

From cookies to medicines to beauty products, manufacturers use a larger container to make consumers think they are getting a large quantity, regardless of theof the net weight or fluid ounces specified on the container. This only creates waste that adds to our landfills.— María Luisa Candelore, Sayville

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