Ashamed of Glenville project opponents
After attending the March 25 public forum on the proposed treetop obstacle course in West Glenville, I am almost ashamed to be a resident of Glenville. I was aware that there had been a few outbreaks of the NIMBY [Not in My Backyard] virus locally, but I hadn’t realized it had become a pandemic.
Michael and Olivia Cellini, the property owners, gave an excellent presentation on the proposed project and addressed every concern residents had expressed, including noise and traffic. As a business analyst, I can state that the way they presented their data was professional and proper.
Sadly, some of those present all but called the Cellinis liars to their faces. Telling someone, “Your figures are fallacious,” without offering any evidence is both rude and pointless.
County Route 53 (Johnson Road) is no different than County Route 43 (Ridge Road) where I live — crooked and steep. The worst estimates of traffic on Johnson Road when the business is open will be an extra six cars an hour for 10 hours, or an extra 60 cars per day — call it 170 cars per day instead of the average 108.
Ridge Road north of Church Road gets about 280 cars per day, and south of Church Road gets about 790. That doesn’t destroy the rural character — people still walk, jog, bicycle and roller-ski. The worst noise estimates are equivalent to a playground.
However, the nearest neighbor’s houses are 1,200 feet away — four football fields. Just figuring for the distance, the noise level at the nearest house would be between leaves rustling in the wind and a whisper. Allow for the trees, and that puts the noise between a pin dropping and rustling leaves.
Yes, the neighbors will be able to hear it — barely. No honest person could claim that those traffic and noise levels would interfere with their enjoyment of their property.
Armenian Genocide must be remembered
April 24 is the 100th Anniversary of The Armenian Genocide of 1915. It is a very somber day for those who survived and are here to tell about it.
For those survivors who are no longer with us, the memories of that horrific time will always be here until the Turkish government openly takes responsibility for the genocide.
As a youngster, the genocide was not spoken of often. When my grandmother and great-uncle did talk about it, there was pain and anger in the words they spoke. One could see the pain, suffering and hurt in their eyes on a daily basis. My family, the Torosians, were proud of being Armenian and they passed that love and passion on to the next generation.
Let us never forget what happened to the Armenian population at the hands of the Turkish government. Yes, it was 100 years ago. But such horrific atrocities against one group of people should never be forgotten. We must never forget what happened in 1915 to the Armenians.
This letter is dedicated to my grandparents, Dajad and Haignouche Torosian; my dad, Aram Torosian; and my great-uncle, Krikor Minasian. Without them, I would not be here to keep their story alive. As long as there are people willing to talk about what happened in 1915, the memory of those who were killed will never be forgotten.
Remember what Hitler said about the Jews: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”
To all Armenians and non-Armenians — keep alive the memory and spirit of those who are no longer here because of who they were and what they believed in.
A proud Armenian.
Northeast winter not reflective of world’s
Re March 25 letter, “Winter proof climate change is settled”: Mr. Vito Spinelli must have missed my Feb. 24 Opinion piece, “Writer discussing the weather, not climate.”
Mr. Spinelli, you need to look further than just out your window when you discuss global climate change. This past winter was the 19th warmest winter on record in the United States since 1895. Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Washington each had their warmest winter on record.
Even with all our snow, this was the 20th driest February in the lower 48 states since 1895 and the driest since 2009. It was cold on the East Coast, but this does not imply global climate change science is unsettled — the record shows quite the contrary. Look it up yourself: www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2015/2.
The writer is an assistant professor of Geology at Union College.
American pilots get more flight training
The Germanwings’ co-pilot who crashed his plane only had about 600 hours of flight experience [March 27 Gazette].
To even hope to become a pilot of a large commercial jetliner in the United States, you need an Airline Transport License, which normally requires 1,500 hours of flight time per the Federal Aviation Administration. And most large commercial airlines in the U.S. require 2,500 hours.
I am a pilot. When I was in training for a commercial license with Richmore Aviation, my various flight instructors were trying to get thousands of hours of experience before even thinking of applying with a large commercial carrier.
I recommend your readers fly on an American carrier wherever possible when overseas.
Richard J. Vale
Holder, Obama failed to lead in Ferguson
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the gunman who shot two officers in Ferguson was “a damn punk who was trying to sow discord in an area that was trying to get its act together.”
Had Mr. Holder had the same thoughts after the shooting of Michael Brown, much of the chaos created after Aug. 9 may not have taken place. Mr. Brown was apprehended by Officer Darren Wilson after committing a robbery, and he chose to attack the officer and try to take his weapon. Both the county grand jury and the Justice Department cleared Officer Wilson.
Had Mr. Holder and President Obama not embraced Mr. Brown’s family immediately after the incident and instead tried to calm the protesters before the facts were made evident, much of the chaos that followed may have been prevented. To add fuel to the fire, the White House chose to let activist Al Sharpton speak to the police on television, the radio and the media. He used inflammatory phrases like, “They are shooting our children,” which helped to add fuel to the protesters’ behavior.
Let us hope that the next president and attorney general give us the truthful and honest leadership that American badly needs.
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