Opinion: All deaths matters, says Potsdam woman
To the Editor:
All deaths matter. The office of Coroner is an elected post with no requirements for holding the position save possession of a high school diploma. St Lawrence County has four coroners. What happens when a coroner certifies the cause and manner of death of your loved ones in contradiction to CDC guidelines for certifying such cause and such manner of death? Many things happen.One thing that happens is public health statistics become skewed with false information that adversely affect the formulation of strategies for preventing types of deaths such as those falsely ruled as suicide and those falsely ruled as lethal overdose of a specific type of medication.
Another thing that happens is actual homicides are ruled "suicide" (and sometimes "accidental") and people that commit the most egregious crime of all go undetected by so-called law enforcement and unprocessed by our so-called criminal justice system.
All of these entities are funded by our tax dollars. All of these entities have zero accountability if they do an egregiously incompetent job while collecting their comfortable, if not exorbitant salaries, funded by you and me, the taxpayers. Government agents with no performance reviews and no accountability, belying the public safety implicit in their job titles. This is a conservative's worse nightmare.
Happy Day of the Dead and Election season, readers of this letter. May you some long distant day rest in peace and truth, unlike so many in St Lawrence County and all across this nation.