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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Feb. 20

first_imgWhether or not you attend the event, you can take action to protect youth from being exposed to smoking on the big screen by signing this petition: www.change.org/p/mpaa-nato-r-rate-smoking-to-make-kid-rated-movies-smokefreeYasmin Torres SchenectadyThe writer is an 11th-grade student at Niskayuna High School and a member of Schenectady County Reality Check (www.realitycheckofny.com). Why bring politics into halftime show?I’m an avid reader of The Daily Gazette and cannot help but comment on Jack Osterlitz’s Feb. 13 letter on the halftime show of the Super Bowl. Why is it today you cannot criticize something without blaming the Democrats or Republicans? His comparison to the halftime show and the Democrats is appalling. I know it’s your opinion, Mr. Osterlitz, but you took the actual criticism away from the show and put it on the Democrats. Why? I find that both parties find any way possible to criticize each other. Whatever happened to working together? Since this is the opinion page, this is just my opinion.  Peggy McHale Ballston Spa Trump needs to be held in check, againTrump fulfills a key campaign promise – to build a wall – misdirecting billions of federal dollars completely around Congress  for an imaginary emergency.Time to get out the lawyers. Again. To keep the “chief” in check. Again and again. Thank you for your time and attention.Jon LemelinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinecenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSmoking in movies sends bad messageThe Oscars are airing on Feb. 24, host-less but not without more than its share of smoking featured in its nominated films. In fact, the youth-rated films nominated for an Oscar this year contain twice as much tobacco as youth-rated films in 2018. Why does that matter?According to the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, movies with smoking will recruit 6 million American kids to smoke in this generation and cause 2 million smoking-related deaths. Rating these movies R would cut these deaths in half and save 1 million lives. As a member of a teen program called Reality Check, which empowers youth to become leaders in the movement against tobacco use and the tobacco industry, I want to bring attention to the fact that smoking in youth-rated films has caused underage kids to start smoking. During the week leading up to the Oscars, I’ll be volunteering at free smoke-free movie event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today (Feb. 20) at the Schenectady County Library to help raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use and the impact of tobacco imagery shown in films. The event will feature the Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time, which contains no smoking imagery, and will include trivia games, giveaway prizes, and pizza for families that attend. last_img

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