Categories: Letters to the Editor
Health infrastructure needs state support
In the mail I received an appeal from Nathan Littauer Hospital for donations to buy dialysis equipment and to build an annex. The cost — $1.5 million. Presently, such patients have to commute to Albany, 40 miles away.
In the news, we heard Gloversville School District voters approved a $37.8 million grant proposal for improvements. Not long ago, Johnstown voted to receive a similar Department of Education grant for about the same.
The taxpayers approved such expenditures because they pay only about 5 to 10 percent of the bill. Wouldn’t it be nice if hospitals could submit grant requests to the Health Department? If accepted, the hospital would only pay 10 percent of the costs. This all reminds me of the billions the Legislature lavishes on eduction instead of on health and infrastructure.
Einstein’s reputation doesn’t match reality
Mythology in science can misdirect funding. Nowhere is this greater than the mythology around Albert Einstein. Hidden from the public is that Einstein was sloppy as a mathematician in his youth (his 17-page doctoral thesis had to be massaged by Einstein’s apologists with over 30 revisions to correct the mess).
According to Ohanian, “Einstein’s Mistakes The Human Failings of Genius,” Freeman Dyson, a famous physicist, spent eight years dodging Einstein at Princeton because he didn’t want to have to tell Einstein that his equations for the unified field theory were “junk.”
Between these bookends of failure Einstein is alleged to have achieved levels of unparalleled intellect.
According to Ohanian, Einstein tried and failed to derive E=mc2, a known equation, seven times. Einstein referred to the cosmologic constant as his greatest failure, whereas modern scientists regard it as one of his greatest successes and call it dark energy.
Physicists have tried to portray Einstein’s largely plagiarized 1905 paper on special relativity as the greatest paper ever written in physics. According to Schlafly, “How Einstein Ruined Physics,” it wasn’t even the best paper written in physics in that month. Poincare, a famous French physicist, wrote a better paper on relativity that month.
Every time someone says, “You’re no Einstein!” you can put a dollar in the pocket of every physicist. The mythology around Einstein has gotten so extreme that several admirers have compared him to Jesus Christ and Moses.
Richard Moody Jr.
Term limits needed to prevent abuses
Sheldon Silver sticks it to the state taxpayer again.
After Sheldon Silver’s recent seven-count felony conviction in federal court, being removed from his state Assembly seat where he served 20 years as the speaker of the Assembly — one of the most powerful positions in state government — Silver has now applied for his state pension, which is $90,700 a year.
Remember, this is for working in a part-time position.
Silver is still eligible for this pension despite his felony convictions because a state constitutional amendment, which would have banned him and other elected state officials from receiving their pensions (if convicted of a felony), did not pass in the Democratic Assembly — which was under the leadership of Sheldon Silver.
For years Sheldon Silver has held up state budgets, making sure that his Manhattan district got a chunk of state money and that his friends got favorable legislation, all along making quick money from them for no work performed.
Let this be a lesson for the voting taxpayer. With no term limits in state office comes power that allows one person to limit legislation and control newly elected members.
If term limits are not passed, it’s up to the voter not to keeping voting the same people back into elected office, no matter what political party you support.
Kudos to Proctors for support of students
The city of Schenectady should be proud of Mr. Phillip Morris, CEO of Proctors.
He has arranged to have Schenectady and Albany students attend many shows at Proctors. What a wonderful opportunity for children who otherwise might not be able to attend these shows.
Thank you, Mr. Morris.