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Month: October 2020

Give paid time off for health exams

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion With increasing health promotion programs in the workplace, more companies are implementing health-and-wellness strategies to reduce health care costs. Escalating health care costs continue to remain an issue of concern for health professionals and employers.Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is held in March, and it’s a time to educate the community and employers on the importance of colorectal cancer screenings.Routine screenings, such as mammograms, Pap tests and colonoscopies can detect certain cancers early, when they are most treatable. In an effort to save lives and money, employers can offer paid time off for preventive cancer screenings and benefit from a healthier workplace. For example, employers who offer paid time off for cancer screenings pay less annually in health care claims than for that employee to be diagnosed with cancer. Illnesses and disease are preventable. So by providing your employees with paid time off for cancer screening, your company can lower heath care costs, reduce absenteeism, have higher productivity, increase morale and loyalty of your employees, and much more.This is a great time for employers to adopt a paid-time-off policy for cancer screenings. Government agencies, local businesses and other municipalities already offer four hours of paid time off to their employees. We can all be a part of a healthy nation, and this begins where we live and work every day.For more information on becoming part of a healthy workforce, call the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties at 518-841-3726.Suzanne HagadornAmsterdamThe writer is the Health Education & Promotion coordinator for Cancer Services Program.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 censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golflast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Jan. 16

first_imgTo combat climate change, back fuel fee Forest rangers used to be described as the “firemen” of DEC and were assigned to the Division of Lands and Forests. ECOs used to be described as the “policemen” of DEC in the Division of Law Enforcement, each with distinct duties. In 2006 the Rangers were given police status and they and ECOs were both assigned to the Office of Public Protection.Since then, ECO staffing has fallen from over 330 field officers to well under 300. It would seem that the stresses placed on the rangers is due to their added police duties and not their traditional search-and -rescue duties in the Adirondack and Catskill parks.It appears the DEC is trying to hide ECO manpower shortages by forcing an already-overworked ranger force into police work, which will certainly only exacerbate manpower shortages for search and rescue.James HaysAmsterdam New extra duties are stressing rangersA recent Gazette article noted the state forest rangers are “stressed” due to understaffing and being overworked by their search and rescue duties. If this is true, why are they having more duties placed on them? The DEC recently requested Civil Service reclassify their job as the same as DEC’s environmental conservation police officers (ECO). The DEC says this isn’t a merger of two separate divisions, but its human resources director states that in the upcoming joint academy, rangers will be trained in traditional ECO police duties, with no mention of training ECOs to do search and rescue. Bryan Swift’s Jan. 12 letter reminds us that climate change is the real crisis that our nation needs to focus on, rather than building a wall along our southern border. Perhaps it could serve double duty as a flood wall?  Communities all across the country are dealing with the devastating effects of climate change: prolonged drought, more frequent wild fires and stronger storms, to name just a few.Fortunately a bipartisan group of legislators has drafted a bill that would put a fee on fossil fuels, with the resulting dividend being equally divided among American citizens. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 7173 was introduced in the House this past fall and continues to gain supporters.The overwhelming scientific consensus is that we must act now to prevent even more catastrophic effects of a warming planet. We can all do our part by contacting our elected officials and requesting their support of this vital legislation.Nancy StuebnerDelansoncenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBlame is not required in all bad situationsWhile attending a funeral this weekend, we were reminded of the true meaning of humanity. In the midst of the funny and heartwarming remembrances, the family requested prayers for the distraught person who hit their uncle with the car. In the final prayer, the pastor prayed for peace and healing for this person. In this era where every circumstance seems to require that blame be assigned, I think we need to remember that there are times when things are truly accidents.Lois MillsNiskayuna Legal marijuana will displace black marketWe can thank Dr. Isele for pointing out some of the effects of marijuana usage in his Jan. 12 letter. However, whether or not marijuana should be used isn’t the issue. The current debate is about how marijuana is to be distributed in New York state. I don’t think there is any unsatisfied demand for it now. The black market has seen to that. The question, as I see it, is do we continue the black market with all its costs or move to a conventional approach?I do think there will be problems with a conventional market. It may lead to increased usage for a period of time. It will also take time for the black market to be displaced, but it will be. So which path should take?Nick MasucciSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Millennium hopes and fears of farmers

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Industrial Inward and onward

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Cold storage

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West Yorkshire industrial: In with the old

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Inner City

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End of an era for H&B HQ

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Outlook south-west: Mall is beautiful

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Offices: Reality bites

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