Keep tobacco products out of all pharmacies

first_imgYour March 29 editorial was highly critical of Albany County’s tobacco-free pharmacies bill. One of your criticisms was that Albany County sought only to ban tobacco products in pharmacies, while allowing the sale of other unhealthy products such as candy and sugary drinks.Smoking kills 600,000 Americans each year. Of the 580,000 people you mentioned who die of heart disease, it should be noted that one-third of these deaths are from smoking. While tobacco products kill when used as directed, candy and soda do not.Your statement that “many big grocery stores and department stores … all have pharmacies inside them” is in error. The majority of these don’t. You go on to point out that “the county isn’t seeking to ban them from selling tobacco.” Yes, the county Legislature is if the stores contain a pharmacy. I have to wonder if you actually read the bill.Selling a deadly product where people go to buy products to improve their health sends a message, especially to youths, that tobacco may not be hazardous to their health. Selling tobacco there is excellent free advertising for tobacco products. The picture of a wall of cigarette packs that accompanied your article may be even better free advertising. Tobacco companies are not allowed to post such a picture in your newspaper. So, why did you?Carol WatermanAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Mets deserve better placement in Sports

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The baseball season is in full swing now, and as I read the sports section, it just saddens me. Last I knew, the New York Mets were also a major league team, as are the New York Yankees. I realize the Mets are not as popular as the Yankees, and I have many friends that are Yankee fans. But the Mets actually posted a 9-1 record on April 10. In the April 11 sports section, that didn’t even make the front page. Really? When they went 10-1 on April 11, the April 12 article for that game didn’t even make the front page.I understand that local high school sports should probably get a shout-out. But I, as a proud Mets fan, felt that this milestone, which might be trivial to some but not to me, should have made the front page, not page 6. Thanks for listening.Trish HarringtonSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musiclast_img read more

Support Beals for Congress in Democratic primary

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As a resident of a neighboring county, I want to explain why I support Jeff Beals for Congress. People often say that Ulster County is far more liberal than the other counties in the 19th Congressional District. Probably true. But we all want the same things — good-paying jobs, solid education for our children, clean air and water, affordable health care and a secure future. That’s where Jeff comes in. He will fight for us — not corporations and lobbyists. Jeff, a teacher and former U.S. diplomat, understands firsthand that Washington has stopped working for people like you and me. Jeff is unwilling to compromise when it comes to our best interests. He stands for Medicare of All, lowering prescription drug costs, increasing Social Security, building our infrastructure and broadband while protecting our beautiful environment. He believes in funding public schools fairly, but not off the backs of hardworking people. He is not looking for big government, but good government. Jeff has a clear plan to lower taxes on the middle class while ensuring that billionaires pay their fair share. Jeff Beals gives us a clear choice come November — a candidate who works for us or a candidate who carries water for lobbyists. Jeff has my vote in the June 26 primary. I hope he has yours, too.Christine DinsmoreSaugertiesMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Planning: local authority reorganisation leads to joint approach

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Industrial facilities

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Europe’s poor relation

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Jafari-Fini tightens grip on Chesterton

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City of London office revival gathers pace

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PREMIUMJokowi urged to withdraw troops from Papua’s Nduga

first_imgActivists are calling on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to withdraw troops from the conflict-prone Nduga, Papua, and take a humanitarian approach instead.The Indonesian Military (TNI) has maintained a strong presence in the regency since December 2018, following the killing of more than 30 workers of state-owned company Istaka Karya in the regency by an armed group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM).The construction workers were assigned to build a 275-kilometer section of road to connect Wamena and Mamugu as part of President Jokowi’s flagship trans-Papua road project.The killings led to a protracted security crisis in Nduga, forcing civilians to hide in forests or to seek refuge in the neighboring regency of Wamena.As many as 139 refugees had died from starvation and illness caused by poor living conditions in the shelters, as reported by the Nduga … Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Facebook Google Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Jokowi Papua Nduga Nduga-massacre Nduga-refugeeslast_img read more

N95 masks are overkill against coronavirus, Health Ministry official suggests

first_imgAs people across the country rush to stock up on masks due to concerns over the novel coronavirus spread, the Health Ministry has suggested that using N95 masks to prevent infection might be overkill.“The N95 mask is not designed as a health mask. It is designed to be used within a laboratory,” said Achmad Yurianto, the secretary of the ministry’s Disease Control and Environmental Health Directorate General as quoted by Antara.N95-type masks tightly cover the nose and mouth and can filter 95 percent of dust particles from the air to keep them out of the wearer’s respiratory system. They are also more expensive than ordinary surgical masks and are believed to provide more protection from the virus. He added that people might find it hard to breathe if they wore N95 masks for 30 minutes in a room filled with clean air. Hence, an ordinary surgical mask used by doctors and nurses at the hospital should be enough to avoid a coronavirus infection.Read also: In anxious Jakarta, box of face masks worth more than gram of gold“As long as we use it correctly, a [surgical] mask is enough protection from the virus or bacteria,” Achmad said.Although Indonesia has yet to confirm any case of infection, people in Jakarta have rushed to buy N95 masks, driving prices up to Rp 1.3 million (US$94.61) for a box containing 20 masks. In early January, such a box would be sold for around Rp 200,000. Some sellers have also run out of the mask due to a significant increase in demand.He went on to say that the masks should be used mainly by sick people to prevent the spread of the virus while coughing. The mask also protects healthy people from being infected while in public places.The official reminded people to use the mask correctly by making sure it covered the nose and mouth. Most viruses and bacterial infections go through the mucosa in the nose and mouth; therefore, people should not touch their mouth or nose with dirty hands. (hol)Topics :last_img read more