Letters to the Editor for Friday, Jan. 18

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first_imgConsider the effect of vapor on climateModels of climate change are little more than educated guesses. For one thing, models don’t even include the most common global warming gas, water vapor, which is far more common than CO2 or methane. The Republicans in Congress should declare Trump a “lame duck” president and work with Democrats to diminish his powers now, and not wait for the Mueller report.They should quickly pass laws (by two-thirds majority) that will limit the president’s executive powers, especially in regard to shutdowns and states of emergency. Sitting Republican senators and congressmen need to start rebuilding their party now.Louis BachScotia Trump is nation’s national emergencyThe only true national emergency this country is facing is the urgency of removing Trump from office.Louis Restifo Sr. SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine A population drop is on the horizonThis is in response to Doreen Harris’ Jan. 12 letter, “Include population in climate change fight.”  She states that “every individual should assess the “need” to reproduce” in order to fight climate change. The reduction in population began several years ago. The fertility rate (number of children per female) in the United States is below 1.7 and falling. Just recently, it dropped again. It requires a rate of 2.1 to replace the population we have; 2 to replace the husband and wife and 0.1 for early deaths. In Mexico, the rate has dropped from around 6 to just above 2. In most European countries, Italy, France, etc., the rate is well below that. It’s about 1.3 in Russia. In China, the rate is just above 1.1, even with a one-child-per-family policy, which has been changed,. But people there aren’t having more than one child due to numerous factors. In India, many sections also have a low fertility rate. It’s only in Africa that the rate is higher, but deaths are also higher. Projections are for the U.S. population to stop growing in 2040, level off, and then begin to drop in 2050. Without immigrants, we would see a quicker decline in population numbers. Be not stressed, Doreen, as the fight is being made.Arthur GlaudeRexfordcenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRepublicans must take back their partyFact: Trump has destroyed the Republican Party of Lincoln and Reagan, but it’s not too late. The reason modelers don’t include water vapor is because it’s too difficult to model. It varies from region to region and from season to season. But that’s no reason for not attempting to model it. We do know that warm air can hold more water vapor than cold air. So as the atmosphere warms, there is a synergistic effect, as warming begets more water vapor from the oceans, which enters the atmosphere and begets more warming.Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet is 50 percent higher than previously measured and is a major cause of concern. Lobes of the ice sheet may surge. Glaciers may advance, not at the rate of a few inches per day; they can surge up to 100 feet per day.The cause of these surges is unclear, but Greenland has conditions that seem ripe for surging. Water is flowing at the base of the glaciers, which decouples the glaciers from bedrock. And the leading base of the glaciers is being melted by seawater. Should Greenland completely de-glaciate by 2200, most coastal cities will be underwater. Venice will cease to exist and damage in the United States alone will be in the trillions of dollars.Richard Moody Jr.Middleburghlast_img read more

How the New Department of Health and Human Services Will Help People with Substance Use Disorder

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first_img Budget News,  Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced his plan to create a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in his 2017-2018 budget which would merge the Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS) in order to help provide more streamlined services to Pennsylvanians.One group of Pennsylvanians the creation of this new department will benefit are those suffering from substance use disorder. Currently, PDA, DDAP, DOH, and DHS have all been critical to battling the opioid and heroin epidemic. For example:DOH launched a prescription drug monitoring program and has been raising awareness of the naloxone standing orderDDAP has led the effort to increase the availability of naloxone and drug take back boxesDHS has created 45 centers of excellence to coordinate treatment for those suffering from substance use disordersPDA has led prescription drug take back efforts among the senior population encouraging proper use, storage, and disposal of unused prescription medicationsBy creating a single organization that is structurally better able to support and coordinate these efforts, individuals in desperate need of substance use disorder treatment will be able to access services through one agency with an integrated data and delivery system.It’s important to note that the creation will not result in a loss of services for those suffering from substance use disorder. In fact, just today Governor Wolf announced that his proposed 2017-2018 budget will include $10 million to provide live-saving Naloxone to first responders and law enforcement across the state to help save lives and get people into treatment.Governor Wolf is continuing to make battling the opioid and heroin crisis epidemic a top priority which is why there will continue to be a cabinet-level position in his administration that will be dedicated to battling this public health crisis.Additionally, the new HHS will serve as the single state authority for Medicaid, substance use, and mental health purposes enabling the commonwealth to maximize available federal dollars and offset state costs for staff and services.By streamlining services and getting rid of unnecessary red tape, Pennsylvania will be able to provide additional, high-quality services to those suffering from substance use disorder so we can stem the tide of the terrible disease of addiction.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Beth Melena, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 31, 2017 How the New Department of Health and Human Services Will Help People with Substance Use Disorderlast_img read more