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Job security is important

To the Editor:

Let’s consider ourselves lucky for the protections that we have as civil servants protected by a collective bargaining contract and New York state laws.

On May 5, Rebekah Jones, a Geographic Information Systems manager for the Florida Department of Health, was fired from her position.  According to Florida Today, she was terminated because she was ordered to censor some data related to COVID-19, but refused to “manually change data to drum up support for the plan to reopen.”

I’m confident that a civil servant in New York cannot be terminated for refusing to falsify data.

Tampa, FL

Take better protections against virus

To the Editor:

Every PEF member and retiree should make a point of wearing a mask, staying 6 feet from others and wearing gloves.

Wherever I look from Clifton Park to Salem, New York, half the folks aren’t doing these things.

This virus stuff is still as deadly as ever.

We should have seen a harder wind down of cases by now.



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