Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is down after a helmet-to-helmet hit...

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is down after a helmet-to-helmet hit during the Dallas Cowboys game Oct. 10 in Arlington, Texas.  Credit: Getty Images/Richard Rodriguez

National Guard as health care aides?

Gov. Kathy Hochul is considering mandating that unvaccinated state medical personnel be replaced by members of the National Guard. That is totally irresponsible and nonsensical.

Why are unvaccinated medical personnel losing their jobs at a time when, in my opinion, they are most needed? Where would the National Guard working in the medical profession come from — other hospitals and medical facilities? How does the governor propose to accomplish this?

This makes no sense.

Only 38% of National Guard personnel have been vaccinated and do not have to be vaccinated until June, but medical personnel working in New York hospitals must be vaccinated now or be terminated.

Although Hochul said no unvaccinated National Guardsmen would work in health care, she is offering an irrational plan. We had enough irrational decisions and false reports under former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. I had hoped things would get better, but it doesn’t look like they will .

— Richard Graves, Valley Stream

Media misleading about Powell death

Colin Powell had multiple myeloma, a cancer that compromised his immune system. He was 84 and being treated for Parkinson’s disease. He was responsible about getting vaccinated but had too many health strikes against him. Those are the lead statements that should be reported and broadcast — not that he was fully vaccinated and died of COVID-19 ["Powell dies of COVID-19 complications," News, Oct. 19].

It is infuriating that this occurs during the siege to get everyone in our country vaccinated for the aggregate good as well as for us as individuals. I am enraged and exasperated over how most of the media’s presentation is so misleading .

— Holly Gordon, Bay Shore

Players should sit if they take a hit

The NFL should change its policy on concussions to properly protect players ["DJ takes turn for the worse," Sports, Oct. 18]. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones staggered as he walked away from a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Cowboys on Oct. 10, and three days later, was being considered "possible" for the next game, in which he did play Oct. 17 against the Rams.

Although the league’s concussion protocol has multiple steps to pass, despite the final step of an approval from an independent neurologist, it’s still too risky. Anyone with a concussion should sit out the next game as a starting point. After that, go through the protocol and come back the following game if approved.

Too many players endure additional concussions shortly after returning from the first one or experience long-term effects. Every player and every brain is different, and the pressure to rush back a valuable quarterback or other star player for playoff positioning or financial or other reasons is short-sighted and dangerous.

— Matthew Roti, Massapequa

Off-site solar power cuts electric bills

The gradual rise in the Earth’s temperature has produced an increased number of wildfires, heat waves, droughts and severe storms. Carbon-based emissions from power plants are significant contributors to the greenhouse effect that results in this temperature increase.

As consumers of electricity from PSEG Long Island, which generates more than half of its power from fossil fuel sources (gas, oil, coal), we are indirectly contributing to global warming. Installing solar panels is not practical in many homes (in my condo unit it is not possible), but there is an alternative: community solar projects sponsored by New York State ["Community solar project online," News, Oct. 12].

Unlike traditional solar power, where an array is installed on one’s roof, solar panels are installed at an offsite location where clean energy feeds into PSEG’s power grid. Community solar project subscribers earn credits on their electric bills based on their portion of the solar energy generated by the project.

I am signed up for such a project and will be billed for that solar energy at a lower rate than PSEG’s, so besides helping save the environment, my electric bill will decrease. It will be a win for me and a win for the environment.

— Bill Domjan, Melville

Cleaner air a reward for hybrid owners

Isn’t cleaner air through no car emissions ["Give hybrid car owners a tax break," Letters, Sept. 20] a good enough trade-off ? If we’re in such desperate need of taxes that we should only drive cars that fill up at the pump, maybe we should all start smoking cigarettes again to increase the tax coffers.

— Linda Bohlsen, East Islip


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