Letters to the Editor for March 4

Monday, March 4, 2013
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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.

Melyssa Smith


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.

Stephen Stark


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.

John Haluska


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March 4, 2013
1:20 p.m.
wmarincic says...

John Haluska actually it is more fitting to Obama who has no experience and actually spent most of his life outside of the U.S. Liberals are clueless.

March 4, 2013
2:30 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

Obama spent from 1968 until 1971 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the rest of his life he spent in the United States.
You just can't make up facts and expect everyone to believe them.

March 4, 2013
6 p.m.
wmarincic says...

I'm sorry, I meant the lower 48 States which he came to in 1979. Regardless, Obama is more of a joke than Romney who Haluska is bashing, at least Romney has been a very successful "self made" businessman while Obama has spent his entire life living off the government one way or another. Those are facts you can't dispute. As I stated before, liberals are clueless.

March 4, 2013
6:49 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

I'm sorry Wmarincic, but your apology still doesn't cover the facts.
Obama lived in Hawaii or in Indonesia from 1961 to 1979... 18 years.
He then moved to your "lower 48 states" and has lived in Los Angles, NY city, Chicago and DC since... 34 years, or almost twice the time that he's lived in Hawaii and abroad.
You accuse liberals of being "CLUELESS" then you make a CLUELESS statement that Obama "actually spent most of his life outside of the U.S" which is false. It appears that your statement, then your redacted statement, which is also false, shows just who is "CLUELESS!

March 4, 2013
7:22 p.m.
ronzo says...

My humble suggestion about the fracking debate. How about allowing those who want fracking on their property be required to sign a legally binding document stating that they agree that the State of New York will not be financially responsible for any damage to their personal property as a result of fracking. That the State of NY and its taxpayers will not reimburse anyone who signs a fracking lease for any failure on the part of the fracking company. That any restoration to damage to natural resources within the boundaries of the Marcellus Shale Zone in the State of NY will be the personal responsibility of the residents of those counties who have a fracking contract, and the county governments that approve fracking. That the taxpayers of the rest of NY will not provide any financial assistance to migitage any damage, law suits or any other legal action as a result of fracking, and would not be responsible for restoration of natural resources.

If the people who are proponents of fracking would be willing to accept a risk at their ultimate financial and other responsibility, let them decide. As long as NY State government would not suffer from any financial damages that might result from the fracking and would not have to pay at taxpayers' expense any "clean up" of damage. Wouldn't something like that make it a locally controlled decision that would not affect the rest of the State?

Maybe if these requirements were included in the decision of yes or no, some people might think twice about their conviction. Would it be personally worth it to me to sign a contract with a fracking company if I would be liable for damage to my community and to the Marcellus Shale area?

If a person “owns” land, how far down into the earth does your property line go? 5 feet? 25 feet? 1 mile? 10 miles? To the center of the Earth? So where do mineral rights begin and end for a “property owner”? And how does that affect the fracking question?

March 5, 2013
6:37 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

SnowGrinch, are these all "Facts" you got from Dreams from my father? There are no unquestioned "facts" surrounding this President. The media has simply chosen to accept what he says because he's a liberal brethren. You do the same.

March 5, 2013
7:30 a.m.
wmarincic says...

snowgrinch, you become who and what you are in the first 18 years of life, even your liberal psychologists say that. Obama was a kid who grew up amongst self admitted communists and radical muslims in his most formidable years. His grandmother,mother, father and Frank Marshall were all communists to some extent and his adopted stepfather Lolo Soetoro was a radical muslim. Hawaii and Alaska for that matter are nothing like the lower 48 states. Have you been to either snowgrinch? I have.

March 5, 2013
9:04 a.m.
SnowGrinch says...

It is an undisputed "Fact" that Barack Hussein Obama has spent more than half his life living in the USA. That makes wmarincic's statement, that Obama "actually spent most of his life outside of the U.S." false.
Does your politics force you to abandon actual facts?

March 5, 2013
9:33 a.m.
SnowGrinch says...

If as you stated, "you become who and what you are in the first 18 years of life", no one would ever escape poverty, drug addiction or being shy, if that were there upbringing.
I know I certainly am not who I was at age 7 or at age 17 or even age 27. But Obama's upbringing isn't the subject of my comment.
Your statement that Obama "ACTUALLY SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE OUTSIDE OF THE U.S." is not true. You could 'man up' and acknowledge your error, but instead you decided to evade the truth and change the subject.
Yes, I've been to Alaska. No, I've not been to Hawaii, and YES, you still seem CLUELESS to actual facts and unable to acknowledge an error.
Possibly that character flaw is the result of your upbringing... your first 18 years of life must have been spent in a clueless environment.

March 5, 2013
10:09 a.m.
wmarincic says...

snowgrinch obviously when I said this """"I'm sorry, I meant the lower 48 States which he came to in 1979"""". it was not good enough for you. What would you like me to do to "man up"? I said most of his life rather than 40% of his life, golly gee, that was huge. You are using semantics to muddy the waters about where he spent his years and the communist and muslim anti American learning he received. Unless you believe radical muslims and communists are not anti American.

March 5, 2013
10:11 a.m.
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March 5, 2013
4:36 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

Smoked Pot? A drug dealer? Used Cocaine?
There is no need to bring George W Bush into this discussion. Of course if we did we could add multiple arrests, DWI's and AWOL from the military.
Wmarincic. You posted an obvious falsehood, then ran from your own words.
You boasted that you had lived in Alaska, AND Hawaii... which we assume gives you a better perspective of life there; "nothing like the lower 48 states", as you put it.
You seem to think that your time in those states gives you added insights into what it is like to grow up there... and I agree.
Just as our President, Barack Hussein Obama, who grew up in Hawaii and in Indonesia, being exposed to multiple cultures, multiple religions, multiple customs, and multiple political systems, gives him an advantage of his insights when leading our country.
Or is that different? Is your expertise living out of the "lower 48" an advantage, while Obama's time spent "out of the lower 48" somehow a disadvantage?
Good for me... shameful for Obama! Again, Clueless!

March 7, 2013
6:58 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Gazette, you really are going overboard. Snowgrinch, I never said I lived there, I worked in Alaska on a job for a little over two months and visirted Hawaii. You can't keep making up stories.

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