Letters to the Editor for July 6
Lack of enforcement on Sacandaga Lake a recipe for disaster
I am adding my voice to those who have begun to speak up about the dangerous situation developing on the Great Sacandaga Lake.
For many years I have enjoyed all types of boating on this lake. However, this is the fist year I have been concerned for my own safety and that of others who sail, drift, or tow a float with passengers.
Boat speed and noise have become excessive. “Rules of the road” and courtesy are mostly ignored. There is nothing more disconcerting than drifting along and seeing a boat coming straight at you at ocean-appropriate speed. This has already happened to me numerous times in the past month.
The Great Sacandaga has always been a family-friendly lake. Other waterways in our area have established and enforce speed limits and monitor for reckless behavior. The Great Sacandaga and those who enjoy it deserve the same. We should not be the place where anything goes, where any behaviors are acceptable. We need action and help to establish and enforce boat speed and noise limits and the “rules of the road.”
As responsible citizens, it behooves us to press our government agencies to provide the regulation and oversight needed to protect our wonderful resource and those who use it in good faith. Otherwise, disaster is sure to strike and the victims will most likely be the innocent.
Condition of Central Park not as bad as letter depicted
I decided to take a critical look at Central Park, in view of Patricia Rush’s June 24 letter.
I drove or walked by picnic areas, ballparks, parking lots, Casino, bathrooms, playgrounds, etc. On July 2, following a busy weekend, the litter was gone, trash cans empty and lawns mowed. A credit to the ground crew and the people who use the park.
The dog park and Horticultural Center areas are exceptions. We learned of funding cuts to the center, which explains its sad condition. I do not know who moved the benches, nor do I know who should be maintaining them, but they are being enjoyed by the dog owners. The bags hanging on the fence are clean. We have a container for the waste.
The dog park, being next to the Rose Garden, should reflect the park’s beauty. Our 12309 Neighborhood Association has chosen to renovate it. We contacted the city, submitted the proposal and are waiting for permission to move forward. We intend to raise funds once we receive the green light.
Your help is needed to move this project forward; maybe a fresh look for the dog park can be completed by next summer.
The writer is a member of 12309 Neighborhood Association and chairperson of the dog park renovations.
Mayor Bloomberg speaks out of both sides of his mouth
This is regarding the June 25 Associated Press article on the New York gay parade attended by the governor and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The parade was a celebration by gays marking one year of legalized same-six marriage in New York.
What caught my attention were two remarks attributed to Mayor Bloomberg. The first was: “New York is a place where you can do whatever you want to do.” The second was a message he said he had for the rest of America: “The government should get out of your life.”
Take heart, drinkers of soda pop, it sounds like the mayor has changed his mind about folks’ ability to make their own choices.
However, I could be wrong: Aren’t politicians of the mayor’s ilk usually better able to make our decisions for us? After all, they know what’s best for us — don’t they?
Food stamps need more $$, but also more restrictions
Your July 1 editorial [“More bang for food stamp buck possible”] was right on!
Yes, support for food stamps should be increased, and with more restrictions to use them only for nutritionally healthy food. That will also combat the obesity problem. Healthy food is much more expensive than junk food, but junk food fills you up faster, but doesn’t last as long.
As a volunteer at the SICM [Schenectady Inner City Ministry] food pantry, I see many people who are there because their food stamps haven’t kicked in yet that month, or because they’ve used them all up or because they get only a very small amount, hardly enough for one bag of groceries.
Whatever, they need help, and SICM is there for them. However, more money for food stamps from the federal government would certainly help.
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