Letters to the Editor

first_imgDonors, volunteers made a big differenceThe year 2018 was another year marked by record-breaking disasters across the United States, with millions of people turning to the American Red Cross for help in their darkest hours. Time and again, we called on our community for support, and you answered generously with gifts of time, money, and blood.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPost office must do more to stop thievesRe Dec. 7 article, “No holiday for the thief and the scammer”:  I’m so glad you wrote that article.  I’m somewhat disabled and can’t do much walking, so I shop QVC and HSN, which means my packages arrive in the mail.Last year, my post person (female) was wonderful. She always put my packages out of sight. This year, it’s a different story. My packages are left in plain sight of the street. Thankfully, I’ve been home every time and have gotten them.I’ve told the postmen, I have several, to put them where they won’t be seen. Some do, Some don’t. It’s like talking to a wall. I’ve spoken to the post office several times as well. They told me they will leave a note for the person delivering them. It didn’t help. One day when a package was left, to be seen again, I called the post office for three-and-a-half hours straight. No one answered. A recording said: “A supervisor was unavailable at this time.”UPS puts my packages where they won’t be seen and also knocks on my door. It only takes a few seconds to do this. The post office should have meetings once in a while and the subject should be brought up. I’m sure I’m not the only person this has happened to.The article mentioned what the people should do. May be the post office should read the article and then do their part. Hoping for improvements.Carol LeipSchenectadycenter_img Red Cross volunteers from the Capital Region played a critical role in responding to local and national disasters alike.From Hurricanes Florence and Michael, to the devastating California wildfires, to the tragic limousine accident in Schoharie, local volunteers were on the front lines offering comfort and hope in the face of heartbreak.Home fires were the emergency we responded to most frequently in 2018. More than 800 families across our region experienced home fires this year, at a rate of more than one fire a day. That’s why in addition to providing immediate assistance to families affected by fires, we visited nearly 2,500 homes and installed nearly 6,000 free smoke alarms to help end home fire tragedies in our community.As 2018 draws to a close, and I look back on another year of incredible work made possible by our generous donors and volunteers, I simply want to say thank you. The Red Cross delivers help and hope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and we couldn’t do it without you. Please visit redcross.org/eny to learn more about our work in 2018 and see how you can get more involved in 2019. Thank you, and happy holidays!Gary StriarAlbanyThe writer is the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Eastern NY Region.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more