(CIDRAP Business Source Weekly Briefing) – Next week the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy hosts the second national summit on business preparedness and pandemic influenza. I have the opportunity to address 300 or more business, government, and community leaders who will convene for the common purpose of better preparing the business world for the next pandemic. As we were planning the summit several months ago, I chose to title my talk, “The Fog of Pandemic Planning,” a takeoff on the concept of the fog of war. Let me explain why the title is even more appropriate now.The “fog of war” describes the level of ambiguity in situational awareness experienced by participants in military operations. The term captures the uncertainty regarding one’s own capability and the capability and intent of the adversary during battle. The conceptual similarities between the fog of war and the fog of pandemic preparedness are unmistakable:We really don’t understand our capability as a nation or international community to respond.We have only a very general sense of what the pandemic influenza virus is capable of doing in terms of human illness or the social, political, and economic collateral damage.We can’t predict with any certainty how the next pandemic virus will behave in humans and animals.Based on many discussions with business continuity planners and risk management officials around the country (and a few from outside the United States), I believe that the private sector is walking deeper and deeper into that fog of pandemic preparedness. While the private sector has been involved in pandemic preparedness planning (to varying degrees), sustaining the effort grows harder as more time passes from when those first urgent and sometimes dramatic warnings were issued to commence planning. The more time that passes, the more the fog thickens. I’m convinced that there are more doubters about the inevitability of the next pandemic than before. What they don’t realize is that, like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis, pandemics happen.Some organizations have tried to account for all eventualities with regard to their employees, supply chains, and even customers. Typically, the single biggest challenge relates to the ability to estimate the response of government, suppliers, providers of infrastructure support such as water and electricity, workers, and respective markets. With so many unknowns, one leading business continuity planner recently noted, “Planning for a pandemic is so different from anything we’ve done in business before that we’re writing the book as we go—and it won’t be finished until the virus is finished.”One way that companies are attempting to shore up preparedness is to require their suppliers to sign affidavits indicating they have a workable pandemic plan in place. In short, most of these affidavits are not worth the paper they are printed on, because their suppliers are in no better position to account and prepare for all aspects of the pandemic than are the companies demanding the affidavits. Furthermore, determining which preparedness activities need to be undertaken by any single company quickly becomes a Rubik’s cube of possibilities, given the interdependency of each company on outside suppliers, transportation, communications, utilities, and even government leadership and direction during a crisis.Another challenge for private sector preparedness was summarized in a September 2006 report by the Department of Homeland Security. This report stated, “Eighty-five percent of critical infrastructure resources reside in the private sector, which generally lacks individual and system-wide business continuity plans specifically for catastrophic health emergencies such as pandemic influenza. Many businesses have extensive contingency plans in response to threats from diverse natural and manmade disasters. While useful for their intended purpose, these plans may prove ineffective given they do not account for the extreme health impact assumptions and containment strategies projected for a severe pandemic influenza.”Despite the complexity, every organization must consider in its plan the combination of:The direct impact of influenza on the populationThe collateral damage from a potentially collapsing global just-in-time economyThe lack of comprehensive business continuity planningThe inability of governments around the world to provide exhaustive and immediate reliefEven if we can’t solve these issues, at least we can be honest about them and develop strategies that manage expectations in line with the potential realities. This is a tough message to deliver to those who want to enhance their organizations’ preparedness. But I believe it’s a fair and accurate assessment of our current state of pandemic preparedness—and particularly in the private sector.The key is that rigid pandemic planning is self-defeating, because we can’t predict every pandemic possibility. So we have to plan for resilience. We have to plan to cope with eventualities we never thought of and therefore couldn’t plan for.Our job now is to begin burning off that fog and keep pushing forward. I can only hope our summit provides some of the sunshine needed to do that.
In 2006 the number of WNV illnesses in the United States rose for the second year in a row, after a dramatic decline in 2004, suggesting that the virus will remain endemic, the CDC said in a Jun 8 MMWR report. “Our cities, towns, and Indian reservations are putting up a good fight against the Culex mosquito,” he said, adding that before 2002 few of the state’s communities had mosquito-control programs. “Now, nearly two thirds of our population lives in a community with some type of mosquito control program.” Jul 21, 2006, MMWR report on WNV activity from Jan 1Jul 18, 2006http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5528a4.htm Of the total cases reported so far this year, 34% (42) were West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND) (meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis). Another 58% (71) were West Nile fever, and 7% (9) were unspecified. The virus has caused three deaths. See also: Lyle Peterson, director of the CDC’s vector-borne infection division, said the high number of cases so far is a warning that individuals and communities should be extremely vigilant, according to a New York Times report today. South Dakota reported its first WNV death 2 days ago, according to a press release from the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDH). The death, which is not yet reflected in the CDC tally, occurred in a patient in the 80- to 89-year-old age-group in whom WNV encephalitis developed. Jun 8, 2007, MMWR wrap-up article on 2006 WNV seasonhttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5622a3.htm Jul 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) The number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases reported so far this season has dramatically outpaced the number reported at about this time last summer, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. Lon Kightlinger, PhD, South Dakota’s state epidemiologist, told CIDRAP News that the Culex tarsalis mosquito, an efficient vector for the disease, is abundant in South Dakota, even in severe drought years. Ninety percent of WNV cases typically occur in August and early September, so it’s difficult to say if the trend will continue, he told the Times. The focus of the WNND and West Nile fever cases appears to be in California and the Dakotas. CDC. West Nile virus updateUnited States, January 1July 24, 2007. MMWR Jul 27;56(29):740-1 [Full text] Jul 24 SDDH press releasehttp://www.state.sd.us/news/showDoc.aspx?i=8662 Despite the growth of control programs, personal precautionssuch as wearing insect repellent, staying indoors during mosquito active periods, and eliminating standing waterare still vital for preventing WNV illnesses, Kightlinger said. The CDC, in tomorrow’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), said 122 cases of WNV illness have been reported as of Jul 24. Last summer, the CDC had reported only 15 cases as of the middle of July.
Source / photo: Večernji.hr; New sheet; Brodportal Many parts are thematically exhibited in Croatia, and some of them are permanently set up in the Pavletić Theme Park in Malin, but also in national parks, picnic areas and town squares. The exhibition in Malin was opened by Dragutin Pasarić, journalist, writer and president of the Matica hrvatska branch, and a review of the artistic sculptures was given by Mladen Mitar, professor of art history and curator of the Moslavina Museum. An exhibition of sculptures made of vines and olive trees has been set up in the settlement of Malino, which is located near Slavonski Brod. This type of ecological sculptures is unique in the world, and they were made by the Pavletić brothers, the founders of the Arteco association, reports Večernji.hr Also, the exhibition at the First Sea site not far from Dunat on Krk has been open for almost two years. “Part of the sculptures of the more monumental nature is mostly dedicated to animals and mythological motifs, while the one related to somewhat smaller creations of mostly religious or sacral nature, which, especially in carpentry, has always been an important and ubiquitous motif in our nation.”, Said the president of Artec Zoran Pavletić for Novi list. “The association was founded with the aim of connecting ecology and art, but also with the desire to connect all parts of our country, through the project of a mobile sculpture park.” You can find more about the Arteco Association and the Pavletić Theme Park HERE. The Pavletić brothers have announced that they have more plans for the Theme Park, but do not want to reveal them yet.
Local renters have the opportunity to show their excellence in Europe by applying for the competition for the best family tourism accommodation Best European Holiday Home (BEHH) organized by the European Holiday Home Association (EHHA). Applications are open until September 30, and prizes for the best in eight categories of family accommodation will be awarded on November 8 in Barcelona. The title of the best beach holiday home (Best beach holiday home) went to Villa Palma from Naplovac on the island of Korcula, for the best eco holiday home (Best Green holiday home) was chosen Villa Milica from Sajini near Pula, and the award for best house for a holiday with pets (Best pet holiday home) went into the hands of Green Frame from Klarić near Vodnjan. We remind you that last year’s competition was held in 14 categories, and among the 112 finalists there were as many as 15 Croatian houses, three of which were awarded prizes for the best holiday homes. In the last two years, Croatian holiday homes have received as many as seven of these prestigious awards Martina Nimac-Kalcina, president of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, invites local renters to re-apply in as many numbers as possible. You can sign up HERE. “Thanks to last year’s success at the BEHH Awards, Croatia has built a country brand with the most beautiful villas and holiday homes. In the fierce competition, we have once again confirmed that we are not only a destination of crystal clear sea and beaches, but also top accommodation “, said Nimac-Kalcina, adding that for each registered facility this competition is a form of self-promotion and presentation to potential partners. “In case of winning the award, it is also a confirmation of the specialization of the facility according to certain categories of guests”, Says Nimac-Kalcina. This year’s awards for the best family tourism accommodation will be given in the categories of Best Accessible Holiday Home (holiday home that provides high quality facilities and opportunities for people with disabilities), Best Family Friendly Holiday Home (holiday home especially suitable for families with children), Best Green Holiday Home (eco holiday homes), Best Health and Wellness Holiday Home (health and wellness tourism houses), Best Holiday Home Beach House (beach houses), Best Holiday Home in European Capital (holiday homes in big cities ), Best Pet Holiday Home (pet holiday homes) and Best Unique Spot Holiday Home (best original holiday home). Each landlord can apply in a maximum of three categories
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVote yes on Proposal 3 on Election Day and help the small communities of the Adirondacks and Catskills. This is an amendment to Article 14 of the state constitution, the Forever Wild provision. Proposal 3 enjoys universal support from local governments and environmental groups because it helps the small communities of the Adirondack and Catskill parks. Residents of Schenectady and the Capital District depend upon the Catskills and Adirondacks for wild, wonderful outdoor experiences. Now, we’re depending on residents of the Capital District to vote yes on Proposal 3 to help give these communities a boost.Under Proposal 3, the state of New York will purchase 250 acres to add to the public 3-million-acre Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves, which will offset the creation of a 250-acre Health and Safety Land Account, which makes roadside Forest Preserve lands available for a limited set of municipal purposes like extending broadband service, creating bike paths, and highway safety projects.These lands will be transferred in small increments through a process administered by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which includes a public review and public hearings.Protect the Adirondacks urges Capital District residents to vote yes on Proposal 3.Peter BauerLake GeorgeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
They couldn’t be more different personally.Meadows, a three-term congressman from the western corner of his state, is affable and outgoing.Jordan, a former wrestling champion, is wound tight, always confrontational in shirt sleeves.Meadows played a leading role in driving Boehner into retirement.Today, Boehner’s successor, Speaker Paul Ryan, hears Freedom Caucus footsteps.Jordan habitually exploits the oversight and investigative powers of the House to pursue phony scandals.He’s been especially bellicose about the examination of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the case of the four Americans killed by terrorists in 2012 at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Congressional Republicans have held more hearings on Benghazi than on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when 2,996 people died.At an all-day hearing to badger Clinton on Oct. 22, 2015, she turned the tables.When a yelling Jordan recycled some conspiracy theory, an amused-looking Clinton shot back: “I wrote a whole chapter about this is my book, ‘Hard Choices.’I’d be glad to send it to you, Congressman.”He was even more intense in accusing the Internal Revenue Service of illegally targeting conservative political groups.He led an effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who wasn’t even at the agency when the alleged offenses took place.If he’d succeeded, it would have been the first impeachment of an executive branch appointee since the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant. It was all bogus. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe House Freedom Caucus styles itself as the principled champion of limited government and the rule of law.More often, its members are partisan gunslingers, attack dogs during President Barack Obama’s administration and lap dogs for President Donald Trump.That’s personified by the two leaders of this right-wing contingent of about three dozen House Republicans: Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina.If negotiations fail this week to head off a government shutdown, Jordan and Meadows will be in the spotlight.They enjoy throwing grenades. Former House Speaker John Boehner called his fellow Ohioan, Jordan, a “legislative terrorist.” The other takes inspiration from former Senator Jesse Helms, a 30-year North Carolina lawmaker until 2003 whose politics relied on stoking animosities and fear.Legislatively, the two camps voted similarly.But their messages and approach to politics were radically different, with one focused on hope and the other on resentment.Jordan and Meadows fall into the Helms camp.(Neither responded to calls or emails seeking comment for this column.)Their influence is mostly negative.A fellow Republican congressman, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, said the Freedom Caucus leaders can effectively undercut the House leadership but “just can’t get to yes.” The Freedom Caucus sometimes does act on principle, opposing expanded government and big spending programs.But Jordan and Meadows both supported the Republican budget resolution that is paving the way for massive deficits.Jordan and Meadows are the public face of the Freedom Caucus.If their aversion to compromise helps provoke a government shutdown, there’s a good chance that they’ll emerge as the face of all House Republicans.With the GOP facing a tough struggle to retain control of the House in the November midterm elections, that would be good news for Democrats.Albert R. Hunt, a Bloomberg View columnist was formerly executive editor of Bloomberg News.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? They’ll brush aside the Republican congressional leadership, but Trump could call them off.Both men have embraced Trump’s most extreme positions.They’ve demanded the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for insufficient ardor in Trump’s defense against the Justice Department probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.“Manufactured hysteria,” they’ve called it.The Freedom Caucus leaders are a byproduct of a divide in the American conservative movement that’s been widening for four decades.One side is embodied by Jack Kemp, who represented western New York in Congress during the 1970s and 1980s and served as U.S. housing secretary under President George H.W. Bush.His was a conservativism of openness, inclusion and the opportunity society. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General concluded that IRS mistakes were bureaucratic, not political; liberal groups were targeted too. As my Bloomberg View colleague Francis Wilkinson wrote in November, Koskinen left voluntarily on Nov. 9, 2017, with his impeccable integrity intact.Jordan has lacked the grace to apologize; he even criticized the National Academy of Public Administration for honoring Koskinen’s public service.Meadows has a history of bigoted remarks.He was an enthusiastic backer of the malevolent far-right fantasy that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S.He once suggested that somebody should send the Hawaii-born Democrat “back home to Kenya.”During a hearing on the Affordable Care Act, Meadows objected to mandating maternity coverage, noting, correctly, that it wasn’t something he could utilize.
However, you also say: “Many understandably find Peterson’s views reprehensible.” You note that one student claims “his thinly veiled racism, classism, misogyny and blatant trans phobia have no place at Skidmore College.”Neither your editor nor the student cites examples of Peterson’s “reprehensible” opinions. Both should read Peterson’s book “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.” Two of his rules are: “Tell the truth — or, at least don’t lie,” and “Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.” If our citizenry were to adhere to just these rules, our culture would be strengthened.Wouldn’t we all benefit from reasoned critiques of views with which we disagree instead of the current trend of trashing people? I realize that many politicians and much of our media resort to trashing rather than reasoning, but that can be changed by us.Richard EvansBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Your April 27 editorial, “Allow free speech on campus,” encourages Skidmore College to allow Jordan Peterson to speak on campus. I applaud your position.
May be time to end the Israel experimentSadly, Bruce Tractenberg, in his May 23 letter, and others of his ilk overlook the terrorist actions of Israel: shooting unarmed civilians, forced detentions, appropriation of property, assassination of politicians, destruction of infrastructure, the list of Israeli crimes goes on.But he does bring up a good point: Israel’s right to exist.Israel was created out of a collective European/American guilt over the Holocaust. It was the last gasp of colonial powers in an already largely post-colonial world.A nascent Israel then terrorized, rounded up, or otherwise routed the resisters and totally disenfranchised them of their property rights.The original terrorists in the Middle East? Jews. Doubt that? Look up the King David Hotel bombing or the Irgun policy. The reason Bruce Trachtenberg and other Zionists can get away with all of their wild claims about the inherent goodness of Israel and label any criticism as “anti-Semitic” is because of Americans’ lack of world knowledge.If someone came to the community where my family had lived for a thousand years, decided they liked it and stole it, forced us to live in tin shacks in a ghetto with limited access, limited building supplies, even limited calories (Israel has at times calculated and limited per capita caloric intake), I guess I’d probably be angry too.The so-called terrorism in the Middle East was entirely predictable, and it has been largely aided and abetted by the United States. But one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. It may be time to end the experiment called Israel, and return the land to those who had owned it for centuries.James Van DijkSaratoga SpringsCuomo should make declawing cats illegalI urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign into law the bill to make declawing of cats illegal in New York. New York stands for reason and compassion and should be the first in the nation to ban this cruel practice.It’s barbaric and inhumane to declaw a cat. People rationalize that it’s best for the cat. But anyone who genuinely loves and respects their feline friends would never declaw.As far as permitting this abusive practice to continue “as a last resort,” I say no. It’s too easy to bend the truth to suit an expedient owner. Animals should not be treated as disposable commodities.Stand up to the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and pass a law with teeth, claws and integrity. How a society treats its animal companions is telling.Rosemary Christoff DolanSchoharieNo U.S. interference in Venezuela’s affairsIn my May 2 letter, I stated incorrectly that the current president of Venezuela won “the 2018 election widely recognized worldwide as fairly conducted.” A leading candidate was blocked from participation and the election was highly flawed. I regret the error.Nevertheless I still believe the United States has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of Venezuela, topple the Venezuelan government or strangle the Venezuelan economy with devastating sanctions now in place.In late April, the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Economic and Policy Research published a report on the negative impacts of U.S. sanctions, which stated there “is no doubt that all of these sanctions since August 2017 have had severe impacts on human life and health.”The sanctions may have caused over 40,000 deaths in 2017-2018, and more than 300,000 people are at risk due to lack of access to medicines or treatment, including thousands who depend on antiretroviral treatments, dialysis treatments or who have cancer. The report said the sanctions “are a death sentence for tens of thousands of people who cannot leave the country to find medicines elsewhere.” Food imports declined from $11 billion in 2013 to $2.5 billion last year, intensifying hunger and malnutrition. The report said the sanctions imposed by the Trump Administration are illegal under the charter of the Organization of American States, international human rights law, and treaties signed by the United States.I favor a Venezuelan national referendum and fair elections without U.S. threats and sanctions. Tom EllisAlbany I always look forward to reading Sara Foss’ informative columns. But the one on June 4 was one that really hit home with me because of my experience one year ago with the palliative care system as stated in the Medicare Law.The New York Conference of Retired Americans in April passed a resolution addressing my issue about the present Medicare law on palliative care.I was the caregiver for my husband, who had Alzheimer’s and a blood disorder.Not wanting to discontinue his treatments, we opted for palliative care instead of hospice.When we wanted to go to our home in St. Lawrence County, where my husband could enjoy sitting on the deck overlooking the lake. Otherwise he was a prisoner in his own house. We were told we needed to be home-bound in Schenectady county to receive palliative care. Medicare states three reasons to leave your home: go to doctor appointments, go to church or to hair appointments.These restrictive and punitive Medicare rules need to be loosened or eliminated to be in accordance with the best practices for palliative care and provide the best care for each patient.It’s important to know the three reasons that are allowed for a patient to leave home while getting palliative care and to make changes for the quality of life of all.Mary PritchardSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNew Yorkers pay too much for educationIn the June 9 story about Johnston school budget issues, it’s implied the school board was somewhat irresponsible for keeping tax increases at reasonable levels.As noted, the levy increased by a total of 55 percent from 2003. Looking at additional statistics from the same time period, the Social Security Administration says the average salary has gone up close to 50 percent, while $100 then would be worth $138.88 today, less than a 34 percent increase. So salaries and the cost of living all fall in line with the Johnston increases (and the costs of the people actually paying the tax bills). So this seems very reasonable to me.The article pointed out Broadalbin’s 160 percent increase, which unless coupled with increased student enrollment is a prime example of extreme irresponsibility.And we hear so much talk about out-of-control college costs and increases. But when it comes to K-12, there is never enough money. Consider this, Burnt Hills spent $21,990 per K-12 student last year, according to the latest data. Compare to SUNY Geneseo, where full- time students pay $22,260 total, of which $13,214 covers room and board, items not covered at BHBL.People complain about the cost of college but in New York, it’s actually significantly cheaper than your local high school. Thank goodness for the tax cap.William FarmerBurnt HillsPalliative care rules need to be reformed Farm labor demands will hurt small farmsI see that farm workers are demanding overtime and the right to organize.I find this disingenuous, since the farmers that employ them are themselves working excessive hours and still operating at a loss, i.e. they aren’t paid anything.In chess, several moves are required for checkmate. On one hand, the federal government sets milk prices below the cost of production for most of the small and humane farms. They force agribusiness to go large and run crowded factory farms in order to make money and at the same time destroy any competition from local or family farms. Most farmers are independent to their own detriment and are mainly interested in farming, not politics. The checkmate move now comes from the labor required to run the farm.We are used to getting benefits at the expense of others. Some make the analogy that milk costs more than gasoline. However, l don’t need to buy 40 gallons of milk a week to survive. Most of us can afford to pay a fair price for milk and in so doing preserve family farms.Farm-family children are leaving the business. When their parents are driven out or quit, we are dead.As one said, “Unless you can raise your own meat and produce, don’t complain about farmers with your mouth full.”Bruce MartindaleCharltonNo, Trump is not a backer of Neo-NazisRegarding Michael Boehm’s June 6 letter, (Is this how you make America great again?), when has President Trump ever said there are good Neo-Nazis? The only instance that is mistakenly referred to are his comments having to do with the Charlottesville’s protest march of taking down Robert E. Lee’s statue. Yes, there were Neo-Nazis there, but there were also good, common folk protesting. So when President Trump said, “You also had people that were very fine people, on both sides,” he’s referring to the good, common folk. Trump specifically disavows the Neo-Nazis throughout the interview; the transcript can easily be found online. Mr. Boehm subtlety associates Trump as a Neo-Nazi, a point that can be further refuted. First, Trump was in Europe commemorating the D-Day invasion, which led to the defeat of the Nazis, something that a Nazi sympathizer would find difficult to participate in.Second, Trump is arguably the most pro-Jewish president we have ever had, having moved the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that no other president could muster the courage to do. MAGA.Mark BrockbankRotterdamNo driver’s licenses for illegal immigrantsHmmm, driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants to “make it easier for them to get to work” huh?Well, that’s a fantastic solution on how to aid and abet illegal immigrantion. Just tell me why? They can get into our country, get hired and pay no taxes, but when they can’t get to work, we just give them licenses? Have we gone mad? This is the biggest bunch of lunacy I have seen in a long time. I know, some of you feel righteously sympathetic to those who raise the rates of everything in our country for yourselves and others, and you feel the need to help these folks.Instead of licenses, let’s give them paperwork. Good ol’ immigration paperwork that they fill out, wait however long the legal process works, and let them become legal citizens. Anything short of that, you might as well give the country away.Does anyone else see the door opening for them to get other documents once they secure a New York state driver’s license? It’s just mind blowing that our governor is even considering this. Oh wait, it’s votes for him. Now I get it. Brian BaldwinBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
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