Letter  to the Editor

We should be thankful

Today on the 4th of July as I was feeling concerned and uncertain about the future of our country, a friend shared a picture of his parents posing with the Lincoln Memorial. They immigrated to America in the 1960’s searching for the dream promised in the ideas; freedom, and equality. They lived good lives, raised two children, now lawyers. They gave back more than we gave to them.

Don’t be tricked into believing the misinformation our NYS Congressional Reps are spewing. There is no crisis at the border. There may be refugees hoping for a better, safer life and a piece of the American Dream. No one desires to leave their home. Facing untenable living conditions and persecution for themselves and their children they are left with few choices.

Skewed numbers and distorted facts, no matter how many times repeated, don’t change the fact that America is a nation of immigrants searching for a better life.

We as a nation must be thankful for these brave people. They and their children will make us a better county, as my friends, their parents and others like them have. We should live the words engraved on the Statue of Liberty.

Regina Sbaraglia Kekis

Rome NY

 

The New York Health Act: Imagining a Better Health Care System

The Coronavirus pandemic has shown us many of the shortcomings of our current health care system.  When health insurance is connected to employment, people who lose their jobs lose their health insurance. New York State lost one million jobs during the pandemic–10 percent of its total workforce. Because many of these people were unable to find a new job immediately, they could not get appropriate health care during a very vulnerable time of their lives, in the middle of a horrible pandemic.

If we had a universal single-payer health care system, people who lost their jobs would still have financial difficulties, but they would at least be taken care of if they or their families had health issues.

When we get our health care through different insurance companies, our community health care becomes fragmented. Some of us get better care than others and we all are limited to whatever our insurance company offers or even go without any health care at all.  This profit-based system does not negotiate the prices of the health services and medicines we get. 

The New York Health Act provides a better, more efficient, and more affordable health care system that will provide all New Yorkers with the safest possible health care.  We all deserve this.

Nesecan Balkan

Clinton, NY 13323

Lockwood Law

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