Letters to the Editor for March 4
Fracking decision a big one, so state is wise to be taking its time
To frack or not to frack? That is the question.
In her Feb. 13 article, “Fracking rules facing further delay,” [AP reporter] Mary Esch effectively points out that state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah has not yet determined the total impacts to human health that fracking will cause the residents of New York.
Residents should be grateful that DEC [Department of Environmental Conservation] Commissioner Joe Martens and the Health Commissioner Shah are upholding their civic duties and not giving in to the pressure placed upon them by the coalition of landowners who are looking to make a quick buck at the cost of the health and viability of the drinking water, soil and wildlife.
Expediting this process due to pressure from these landowners would only lead to poor decision-making and inadequate regulations of high-volume hydraulic fracturing.
The decision to frack or not to frack cannot be taken lightly, and further scientific information is needed to determine the potential impacts of this invasive resource extraction.
There will be backlash if Democrats deny Erikson
One sure way to guarantee Mr. [Schenectady Councilman Carl] Erikson’s election is for the city Democratic Committee not to endorse him [Feb. 27 Gazette].
The majority of the citizens in this city are fed up with a small group of people dictating how things should be. Mr. Erikson was elected to do the people’s business — not the Democratic party’s bidding. That he has been an independent voice on an otherwise “rubber-stamp” council is refreshing.
I wish there were more politicians like Mr. Erikson and Mr. [Councilman Vince] Riggi; people who put constituents first and party second.
A.C. (Budd) Mazurek
Ballston board clueless on climate reality
Most towns are looking toward the future. They try to make local decisions based on what is good for the next generation and the ones to follow. But not in the town of Ballston.
First, our penny-wise, pound-foolish board voted to restrict solar energy installations for residents, making it harder for the average homeowner to save on energy costs. On Feb. 26, it denied man’s involvement in climate change, as well as climate change itself.
The Town Board voted to agree with those who think that the idea of climate change is a political ruse to control your property, passing a resolution with little discussion to oppose anything connected with Agenda 21 and global sustainability.
Only Supervisor Patti Southworth voted against the resolution, stating she would like to hear both sides of the Agenda 21 issue and noting that a grant the town applied for is funded by the same sustainability efforts the board voted against.
What I think is really strange is that the same people who claim to be protecting your liberty go to great lengths to deprive you of your vote.
Oscar’s ‘Boobs’ song was a fitting tribute
While some may have taken offense at the song, “We saw your boobs,” sung at the Academy Awards, I thought it was an outstanding tribute to the Republican presidential nominating process in 2012.