Letters to the Editor Thursday 25 August – The Daily Gazette


Be critical of new political commercials

If you’re a reader of the Daily Gazette who doesn’t watch TV, I can tell you that election season is upon us.
My cable stations are flooded with election ads during prime time, and I’ve made a few observations about it.
The two parties have quite different ideas about how to convince you how to vote. Let’s look at both.
The Democrats are all in bright colors like a Toyota ad and they are labeled as Democrats left and right. They represent the politics that the candidate considers important to him or her and, in most cases, mention their local roots.
The policies they highlight are usually related to the climate, public health, and the economy. Your opponent is hardly mentioned.
Republicans display violence and abuse, and they rarely mention their own party or, in some cases, their own candidate.
They just tell you who to vote against. They show all the Democrats in black and white, then switch to color for their own candidate, like in The Wizard of Oz.
The policies they talk about are about law and order, mostly about how we should be afraid of riots all the time because of the videos they show. But they offer no solutions other than handcuffs. And taxes, they hate taxes.
By far the most amusing shows the former president playing tennis in an unforgiving pose and mentions a certain politician who is a Trump kiss-ass. I’ll leave that to you to judge.
Paul Donahue

Children must receive HPV vaccinations

The Cancer Prevention in Action (CPiA) program has good news.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates among 13- to 17-year-olds in New York state have improved significantly, from 57% in 2019 to 68% in 2020.
While promising, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted preventive care for children, including the HPV vaccine.
Its a lot to do. The goal of the NYS Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan is for 80% of 13-17 year olds to be vaccinated against HPV.
Parents need to be educated to dispel the myths they hear about the HPV vaccine.
Strong referrals from healthcare providers are needed to encourage parents to vaccinate. Reminding parents to remind their children about HPV vaccination is crucial. Here’s why:
HPV is a virus and there is no treatment/cure for infection.
There are no symptoms to know you have the virus. The virus can cause many types of cancer.
The HPV vaccine prevents children from getting certain types of cancer as they get older. The virus can cause cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and mouth and throat cancers.
The younger the vaccine is given, the better it is at preventing cancer in boys and girls aged 9 and over.
CPiA works to increase HPV vaccination rates by educating our communities. The CPiA program works with the NYS Cancer Consortium and its HPV Coalition to implement strategies to improve HPV vaccination rates. To learn more about CPiA, visit www.takeactionagainstcancer.com or call 518-770-6815.
Kelsey Carpe
The author is the Coordinator for Health Education Advancement, Cancer Prevention in Action Program of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.

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