Alco site work causes neighbors hardships

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Alco site work causes neighbors hardships

Regarding the work being done at the old Alco site on Front Street, the residents of this neighborhood have endured incessant pounding noises for weeks.

This usually beings at 8 a.m. (earlier on some days) and continues nonstop until 5 p.m. or later.

Also, for a long time the ground beneath our homes “shook” (similar to an earthquake) every 30 seconds for the entire day, along with the pounding noise.

This past Saturday (Sept. 12) was the last straw when the noise at the site was also evident. We have endured the assault on our ears and well-being long enough.

Elizabeth Volpicelli

Schenectady

Texting while driving kills, so ban phones?

I would like to respond to Gary Turnbull’s Aug. 17 letter [“How much evidence does Congress need?”]. I too would like to see something done, but regarding an item that is much more likely to cause injury or death than a gun. It’s the cellphone, and the distraction it causes by a person either texting or holding a phone to his or her ear.

According to the statistics I found on the Internet, around 3,000 deaths annually are caused by these practices. Just think about it: The most dangerous thing you’ll do today is drive your car, so why isn’t it bigger news when someone kills two or three people by using their cellphone? Don’t call it an accident when the person using the phone knows that it’s dangerous as well as illegal. Maybe registering cellphones would be a good idea.

If we really want to stop the killings, we have got to stop blaming the tools used in the crime. Take down the signs that tell the wackos that no one inside will be able to protect themselves. It’s a fact that mass shootings occur in “gun-free” zones. It’s also a fact that we live in one of the safest countries in the world, except for several Democrat-controlled large cities that also happen to have the strictest gun laws.

Lastly, thanks to Don Steciak for a great letter to the editor.

Donald Kingsley

Charlton

Do better job fixing Burdeck St. crossing

Re Sept. 5 letter, “Burdeck Street rail crossing needs repair”: Mr. Robert Bubniak’s comments regarding the railroad track crossing on Burdeck Street are more than kind.

I have driven over those tracks since 1952 and witnessed the repair/resurfacing of them many times. They are now in the worst condition I have ever experienced. One wonders who did the “repairs” and who is responsible for the road surface that crosses the tracks.

In the western part of the county, we have track crossings on Young’s Road, Gage Road in Delanson and many other areas; all are in much better condition than the heavily traveled Burdeck Street crossing.

Hopefully, the powers that be will be encouraged to have the job done right so that vehicles are not damaged and riders are not jostled about.

Susan Biggs

Quaker Street

Physician-assisted suicide is no answer

I’m opposed to legislation that allows physician-assisted suicide, and here is why I think you should be too.

Broadly speaking, it is immoral and unethical for a physician to assist any person with prematurely ending their life. It is an ethical imperative that physicians primum non nocere (first do no harm). It would also be immoral and unethical for any of us to ask a physician to assist in ending our life. Those who enter the medical field and work diligently to gain knowledge on how to treat our physical needs should not be put in a position to terminate rather than help to cure and heal our lives.

There are times when no medical treatment will lead to a cure, but there are always treatments that may provide comfort through the dying process. Any physician worth their salt will do their best to give treatments that help alleviate pain and suffering through the dying process rather than intentionally hastening the dying process. Hospice and palliative medicine are always a viable option at end of life.

If we open the door to physician-assisted suicide, there is sure to be the mistake of assisting someone who has much more life to live. This is not about taking away one’s right to choose. This is about ensuring that our public health is protected so that no one’s life is prematurely ended while in physical, psychological and spiritual distress.

For the last 15 years, I have served as a chaplain in health care. I can tell you with absolute certainty that the pain of loss will not be suppressed by physician-assisted suicide; grief and loss are a part of our human condition and cannot be pushed aside.

It’s clear to me that those who desire physician-assisted suicide legislation are supportive based on their own fear of death and dying. We need to encourage open discussion of death and dying in our families and communities of faith.

The dying process is a natural, spiritual time to know the love of family, friends and God. This important time of life will be lost if we legislate acceptance of intentionally hastening death.

Write to your legislator and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and ask them to oppose any legislation that will allow your doctor to assist with suicide.

Rev. Anthony W. Green

Albany

Insurance companies help encourage suits

I couldn’t agree more with Mary Ann Bruno’s opinion of Adam Rupeka in her Sept. 10 letter to the editor. I’m really getting sick and tired of “professional” victims who go looking for trouble, precipitate a response and then sue a municipality. They sue the municipality because it has deep pockets — the taxpayer’s pocket.

Having said this, there may be an underlying cause for settling the case out of court.

I had occasion to witness firsthand the process as an elected official in the town of Amsterdam when the town got sued over a zoning issue. Apparently, the insurance company was in the catbird’s seat, as it dictated the outcome. What it amounted to was that the town either settled or the insurance company would not participate in the litigation.

Further, they said the town would be on its own and they would not be responsible for any portion of the payment should the town not prevail. In this way, all you have to do is sue and you get an automatic payment and the plaintiff’s lawyer gets a third.

Everyone is sue-crazy these days and it is those unethical ones in the legal profession that are to blame. Even felons are suing, knowing there is a big payday waiting for them. It’s time that the citizens get involved in the process, because it is their money being spent.

Lou Mosher

Amsterdam

Obama has plenty of bad accomplishments

In a Sept. 9 letter, Bob Karandy gives praise to President Obama for turning the country around and mentions some of what he thinks are Obama’s accomplishments.

Since he didn’t have room in his letter to mention them all, I thought I’d help him out.

First, the number of people receiving food stamps is now about 45 million; that’s up 45 percent under Obama. Second, the level of poverty in the United States is up 1.5 percent under Obama. Third, home ownership, which is always a driver for the U.S. economy, is down 3.2 percent under Obama — almost a 20-year low. Fourth, Mr. Karandy mentioned the falling unemployment rate ,which is now 5.1 percent. I would ask Mr. Karandy what part of that lower number was caused by having the lowest workforce participation rate (62.6 percent) in 40 years?

If the workforce participation rate was what it was the year before Obama took over (66 percent), the unemployment rate would still be in double digits.

Lastly, President Obama can be proud of being the sitting president over an economy that has a record number of workers holding part-time jobs. The number of people working involuntarily at part-time jobs is now 50 percent higher than before the recession began. Could it be that has something to do with Obamacare and its 30-hour-or-more mandate being considered full-time work?

Businesses just cut people’s hours to avoid Obamacare. Like Mr. Kardany said, President Obama’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention them all.

Richard Baluch

Delanson

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