Letters: Remembering Jeff Scalf

Johnson City Press • Apr 26, 2020 at 6:00 AM

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Remembering Jeff Scalf

Thank you for your story on Detective Jeff Scalf. Jeff was one of the first cops I walked a footpost with, patrolling the 44th Precinct, located in the South Bronx.

I just want your audience to know, he represented your city and your state with incredible honor, courage and commitment. He was an incredibly talented police officer, patrolling some of New York City’s most violent neighborhoods. He later was selected to join the Detective Bureau, where he earned the most coveted and recognized shield in policing, the NYPD Gold Detective Shield.

Throughout all that, and his new life in New York, he always remembered where he came from and spoke about it with pride. I want to personally thank his family, and his friends from Johnson City and his home state of Tennessee for helping make Jeff the man he was.

He will be missed, he lived a life of great impact, and we are all better people to have known him. God Bless Detective Jeff Scalf.

James V. Rooney
New York City

Reuse is part of conservation

Every day, I think about planet Earth and how wonderful this island of life is. Every one of us can do something to help protect this special place for generations to come.

Many of us are concerned about the rising concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere caused by the increasing number of human beings living here and by the burning of fossil fuels. The carbon in coal, oil, and natural gas has been slowly sequestered over millions of years. Humans have been releasing it at an alarming rate. At the same time, we are releasing much of Earth’s recently sequestered carbon by burning the green plants that remove carbon dioxide from the air naturally.

When I saw the giant sea turtle swimming ensnared in plastic on the cover of the “Parade” magazine in the Sunday edition of the Johnson City Press, I wanted to remind people that plastics are a good way to sequester carbon. Wood is another natural way to sequester carbon. The trick is to use these durable materials for many years without burning them. When they are eventually burned, the carbon is released to the atmosphere. Wood is nature’s plastic and can be used for thousands of years if properly protected. Human-made plastics can and should be used the same way.

The first step is to stop throwing plastics away. We need to think of all plastics together as valuable materials, like we do for aluminum. Plastics are easy to clean and recycle. Our recycling companies are already dealing with the wide variety of thermoplastics being recycled together. Let’s make lots of products from strong, durable, long-lasting plastics.

We must start seeing ourselves as human beings living together in harmony. World problems are our responsibility. If we work together, we can accomplish great things.

Johnson City

Why do Dems want mail-in vote?

Why is the left or Democrats against voter registration and voting in person? Could it be that when the time comes to vote that conservatives actually show up and vote?

Voter registration and actual voting requirements call for the voter to be of age, a legal citizen and in most places not a convicted felon along with proof of identity. That right there might cut out a lot of the Democrat vote. Maybe that is why they push for mail-in voting and door-to-door ballot collection and anything else to get by voting requirements. Also, they are trying to take advantage of the novel coronavirus to further their agenda.

Anyone can see where mail-in voting would be ripe for voter fraud. I believe there is still such a thing as absentee voting if you need to. To vote as an early voter in Tennessee, a registered voter may vote without giving a reason during the established early voting period. The early voting period typically begins 20 days before an election and ends five days before an election. There is that ugly word again, registered.