Wars are fought and won synergistically by a compounded submergence of focus that’s rooted in population diversity. Team effort is and will continue to be the common denominator for winning! Together, we are steadfast in standing toe-to-toe with COVID-19, but are overshadowed by a substantial percentage of people around the world who seem to care less. Not distancing or wearing masks and gloves or protesting against the grain with nonsense, ultimately compromises the health and safety of everyone. These actions show no congruence to teamwork and undermines wholehearted efforts of millions of healthcare workers and frontline business employees who are sacrificing their lives daily with a purpose for the betterment!
The preemptive doubt or questionable pursuit by political officials to ajar the gateways of COVID’s wrath by reopening the economy should have sufficed. The precious gift of life should always epitomize a leader’s decision-making while cautioning the imminence of probable acceptable death counts. Pressure from constituents and public rallies should not be the persuasive driver, but in the midst of an election year, even politicians are vulnerable in their stature. Many Americans died in a 48 hour period as COVID blew its nostrils through the first economical door opening! Where does the responsibility lie? Is it a default of poor premature governmental decision making or the actions of an hyperactive social frenzy that disregarded this monster virus?
The effervescent beauty of surviving in the land-of-the-free has always been grounded in an unspoken guide to an ambiance of TeamPeople! Clearly, the current monologues of social voice and marquee displays of discourse sheds a true picture of imperfect harmony. Moving forward, the inspiration for us is the trust and obedience factor towards social distancing becoming our stronghold, that will sound a trumpet for a call-to-arms against COVID, shouting; together we win, but divided we fail!
Today, heartbreaking and coincidentally your look back feature published a photo of me and my sons at the Locke field days on the tilt-a-whirl. Tomorrow you will publish the older boy's obituary. As media evolves it would be a tragedy to lose our local newspaper. The Citizen is there for us in good times and bad. They carry information to the community. They celebrate the lives of the locals, our triumphs, our tragedies. Local newspapers are the matrix bonding our communities together. Long may the local newspaper continue. Thanks to all of you who keep it going.
I am a part time resident. I hail from Northern Virginia, aka, NOVA.
Down there, people ignored the virus. NOVA had no virus issues until, ooops, it did. Suddenly thousands infected, hundreds dead, within a week. Like NY, VA was in lockdown. Unlike Central NY, people didn't take the virus seriously.
So. Keep on doing what you do. I see that people at the Wegman's stay 6 feet apart and wear masks. I see that and go, "thumbs up." I go jogging near my house, I give pedestrians wide berth, and we thank each other for being mutually respectful. Because of your actions, I feel safe here and I hope my actions make you feel OK. It is mutual.
This horrible virus is everywhere — in Auburn, in NYC, in Virginia, everywhere Only mutual kindness can keep it from spreading. From what I see, primarily as an outsider, Auburn is doing this right. Please don't let up. You can beat this.
In regards to Cuomo's reopening policy, it does not come as a surprise to me that Cuomo has no plans for reopening religious services since he is anti-religious, and so liberal.
I enjoyed going to St. Alphonsus, and have volunteered there, and I have always enjoyed going to Mass every Sunday, and helping out at the food bank every Thanksgiving. Cuomo has been very hostile to religion.
While we are at it, he is now talking about remote learning. I read this morning in the paper, and I share Joyce Suslovic's concern. If we can open businesses but not schools, it is very hypocritical. Children need more interaction that looking at a screen on a computer cannot fill.
I suspect Cuomo is abusing his authority, and throwing his weight around. I did not vote for him the last three elections, and will not vote for him in two years from now.
Isn't it incredible that the malignant, malicious "ranters" will never accept the fact that their tall, slender, lovely, loving, honorably, kindly and saintly Mrs. B. J. Clinton lost the 2016 presidential race?
These hate-driven and sad "lollies," muttering and cursing, hunker over their keyboards seething with the burning need to vomit forth their rage at people who possess conservative values. They will never recover from the fact that the rational, reasonable, working-class voters preferred to elect a person who is not afraid to fight for our country. After a while, their toxic words lose the intended impact due to incessant blatant rage and hatred that they excrete into our society. They soon become a cliche, known primarily for their bitterness.
Sadly, for them, their persistent and violent emotions will negatively affect their health and well-being. Trapped under such festering rage, the body will deteriorate from within. Can you imagine what it must be like to have to listen to and live with a person so riddled with negativity? Life is too precious to be at the mercy of a chronic hater. It can be likened to someone who drinks acid and expects the other person to suffer and die from it.
Presently, people are stressed and anxious. We do not need these raging little "cookies" to further alienate and divide our society.
No public services. No church fellowship. No playgrounds. No libraries. No spending time with relatives. No sports. No graduation parties. No human contact. Isn’t that too many “No's” for “the land of the free”? We think it is time to open up. Give the control back to the people. Would opening up the stores force people to go shopping in them? No, but it would allow some businesses to start earning money again. Instead of semi-quarantining everyone, we could be focusing on keeping the elderly and other vulnerable populations safe, while the rest of us develop herd immunity. The number of children and healthy adults who have died from COVID-19 is extremely small.
We need scientists to discuss the illness openly, without political motives. We don’t need scientists to decide when we can make money to take care of our families. Yes, we have a giant safety net in the United States to cover for emergencies. However, printing money and borrowing trillions more won't make up for the lost productivity (that provides food and goods for the world). Is the world wide lockdown really preventing more people from dying? Looking at Sweden’s example, it appears that a wide spread lockdown may not make a significant difference in the death rate and may even set back progress towards herd immunity. If people were able to view the facts (without the fear mongering commentary), don’t you think that maybe, just maybe, people could decide the appropriate risk level for themselves? I still can’t figure out why having a bunch of people flowing through Wal-Mart is safer than a few people in a local shop downtown. It appears that many of the efforts are simply to try to make us feel safe. We don’t suggest a revolt (at least not yet); we simply suggest freedom of choice!
In response to Joyce Hackett Smith-Moore’s letter blaming President Trump for anything coronavirus related all I can say is seriously! It’s amazing how easily you liberals forgive and forget your fellow liberals. Emperor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio were telling everyone the beginning of March keep going out, to eat keep riding the subways, it’s not a big deal. Trump was a racist for wanting to shut down travel from foreign countries, Emperor Cuomo was telling people around the world keep traveling to NYC, well how the hell did that work out for NY, where do you think it came from and now the rest of us suffer for it. March 8 another real genius, Dr. Fauci, said cloth masks do nothing for you particles can easily get through them, remember N95 N95 N95, anyone hear that anymore? The Emperor said you couldn’t go out without N95, they were the only mask to wear but now that he’s more than doubled his $6 billion deficit he’s saying a bandanna is OK. Eighty-thousand people died in 2018 from the flu, the CDC says around 400,000 worldwide die a year from the flu, do we shut the world economy down for that? Most people don’t even know those numbers. This year was on pace to be a record for flu deaths until coronavirus hit now, no one is dying from the flu or pneumonia because all of a sudden everything is blamed on coronavirus. But it is an election year! Remember that the people making these decisions that are crushing our economy are all collecting taxpayer-funded paychecks and will collect taxpayer-funded retirements while other people are draining there savings and retirement funds to try and survive! You talk about sheep, there’s an awful lot of sheep following the Emperor in NY because apparently people can’t make educated decisions for themselves, they need government to do that for them even if it bankrupts them in the process and many future generations to come. But when more people leave NY the Emperor will say it’s because of the weather of course. Since March 1 we’ve had more drug overdose deaths in Cayuga County than coronavirus deaths, does anyone care? Open up our damn economy! Seventeen percent of people who commit suicide do it for financial reasons; will anyone track those or even care? Should they be called corona deaths even well into the future?
Andrew Dennison is a Cayuga County legislator representing District 2.
Recently I had a medical issue (not COVID-19!) that racked up a huge bill and added to the expensive medicines I need to take. Fortunately I have good medical coverage that paid most of the expense. What do people do who don’t have coverage! Three years after the president promised us “great medical coverage” the nation as a whole is weaker, sicker and poorer. The administration has even gone to Court to take coverage away from people who do have it. The Republican “plan” seems to be more suffering and early death. Now Mr. Katko has endorsed this bumbling president for reelection! This cannot stand. I support Dana Balter for congress. Dana has a well-articulated plan for moving us forward toward a time when people who are sick can actually see a doctor. If you are like me and want us to finally make some progress on health care, you can vote for Dana on June 23 and again on Nov. 3.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could rally as a community to remember our veterans in a very special way? How wonderful would it be to see a flag placed on every veteran’s grave at St. Joseph's Cemetery? Although, this is a hefty goal, perhaps we could, as a community, make a difference and attempt it.
We can achieve this is two ways:
If you are someone who already brings a graveside flag to a loved one’s grave, then you can bring one or two extra flags with you and place them on a veteran’s grave that does not have one.
If you currently have not done this in the past, then this is a great opportunity to start! You can place one or two flags on any veteran’s grave that does not have one.
Let us all come together (while social distancing of course) for our veterans that have gone before us and show them, and our community, how much we appreciate them and their service and sacrifices for our freedom. This year and each year to come! Together we can make a difference.
Veteran graves can be identified by a plaque that is placed at the foot of their grave
Flags should be placed in a flag holder if one is present near the headstone. If a holder is not present, then place the flag in close proximity to their headstone or monument. If a grave does not have a holder or a head stone, then place the flag as close to their foot plaque as possible (these guidelines are at the request of St. Joseph’s Cemetery)
John Morabito Sr.
John Morabito Sr., 85, is a veteran and lifelong resident of Auburn.
During our "stay at home" and "social distancing" orders, I decided to go through some of Mom's "stuff"... items, letters, cards that she had saved over the years. I found this item which she had dated Jan. 24, 1967. Whatever worldly or domestic problems were prevalent at the time, Mom apparently found this item to be a solace. In reading the article titled "Sketches," by Ben Burroughs, I thought how appropriate it was for today:
"These Trying Hours"
These are the trying hours ... when all seems cold and dark ...
These are the times without laughter ... when I fall short of my mark ...
These are the days spent in losing ... what I have tried so hard to gain ...
Matters not what may happen ... everything seems so in vain ...
These are the hours void of friendship ... when I must go it alone ...
Even the love songs I cherish ... seem to have a sour tone ...
More than once in every lifetime ... times such as these will appear ...
Coming when we least expect them ... engulfing us in doubt and fear ...
Through contrite prayer I will weather ... the pressure of these trying hours ...
Until I find myself walking ... leisurely through peaceful bowers.
This great country and the world are in a coronavirus crisis. President Trump first dragged his feet and blamed the Democrats and Barack Obama. Then he blamed China. Then he said he didn't take responsibility for the crisis that we have. You are the president ... show leadership. It took the doctors, especially Dr. Fauci, to explain how serious this problem is, and other doctors, as well. I want to see the president help defeat this killing disease and get our country running again.
To all people, we are in this together, and together we all have to do our part. It is going to take time to get a vaccine for this virus. To all politicians, quit having partisan politics and work together and defeat this virus.
President Trump still wants to attack the press and Democrats at his virus press conferences. He calls them fake news, bad reporters, tells them that's enough, cuts them off. Trump doesn't want to answer tough questions, only cares about the stock market and his rich and famous friends and to get elected again. He said to take some disinfectant in your body ... that will kill you. How stupid and crazy is that? He even wanted to fire Dr. Fauci and others just because they disagree with him. The masks? Trump won't wear one, and neither did Vice President Pence at one point. They tell us we have to wear one. How stupid and arrogant is that? We got caught with our pants down.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shown leadership in the state of New York, without a doubt. Like him or dislike him, he has shut the state down because he had to. Governor Cuomo has press conferences and tells about the deaths and people infected, all updated information. Trump and Pence lie about it.
Governor Cuomo is right to listen to the doctors and be cautious about opening businesses. It is hard to do until we get a vaccine. This country has lost more than 80,000 people so far. The Democrats and Republicans did work together on two bills, money for people and businesses to just survive. To President Trump, thank you for signing those two bills. The thing now to do for President Trump and Vice President Pence is to quit worrying about getting elected, lead and wear your mask. Let's get back to having government of the people, by the people, for the people.