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Letters to the Editor for Monday, June 29

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Niskayuna intersection is dangerous

Something needs to be done about the dangerous intersection of Nott and Dean Streets in the Town of Niskayuna. Perhaps a stop sign or removal of trees? Accidents occur regularly at this intersection, with the most recent accident occurring on June 25 resulting in injuries to the two drivers, damage to the fire hydrant at the corner and two cars being towed away, airbags deployed. When asked about the need to address the dangerous intersection, a responding Niskayuna police officer agreed something needs to be done. A responding ambulance driver told neighbors that when he hears an accident call come in, he asks, “Corner of Nott and Dean?” He said of the numerous accidents that happen each year, two of them have involved serious injuries. That’s two too many.
As a concerned Schenectady County resident, taxpayer and neighbor of the intersection, I called the City Engineering Department and was advised that the city is aware of the dangerous intersection. The city has determined that trees on the southeast corner prevent drivers headed north on Dean Street from seeing traffic headed west on Nott Street. The city hopes to have the trees removed this summer. It can’t come fast enough for the citizens who will continue to be injured while the intersection remains in its current dangerous condition.
Nancy May-Skinner

Change the ‘C’ in NAACP to a ‘B’

We have lost Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben.
Let’s look at the NAACP.
Calling someone colored is not acceptable. That’s fine, that’s the way it should be. But how about the “C” in NAACP? It now reads “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.”
Change the “C” to “B” and it now would read NAABP, National Association for the Advancement of Black People.
I’m surprised that the Black leaders haven’t tackled this.
Alice Knizek

Ashamed that I’m an American

The “White” man came for religious freedom. He killed the “Red” man for his land. He brought the “Yellow” man to build a railroad. He brought the “Black” man to pick his cotton.
The “Red” man dwindled to a few tribes. The “Yellow” man was not respected, but he could cook wonderful dishes. The “Black” man worked hard and picked cotton. They thrived if you worked hard in America, you could become anyone you wanted to be.
But the Black man flourished. He beget many children and the slave master loved the additional “property” that could be bought and sold; the master became richer. Bodies were bought and sold, and it was legal.
Many “Blacks” helped America become great. They were not allowed to serve the nation alongside white troops. It was Black troops that built the AL-CAN highway when stationed in Alaska.
There were inventors, poets, botanists, scientists, mathematicians, authors and musicians.
They gave a legacy of music that was truly “American” and recognized and loved around the world. Jazz is played and loved worldwide. Black entertainers cover the whole spectrum — singers, dancers, actors, authors, song writers, and directors.
Am I proud to be an American? Not at this moment in time. I do love my country but I’m ashamed of what is happening.
Ethel M. Gibbon

Why I oppose the Equality Act

I received an email from my Congressman Paul Tonko yesterday. He reminded me that June was Pride month and suggested that I contact the U.S. Senate to urge passage of the Equality Act. Congressman Tonko voted for its passage last year and it was passed by the U.S. House.
I told Congressman Tonko that as a father of grown women and a grandfather of young women, I oppose the Equality Act and asked him to reconsider his position on it. I base my objections on what would result from its passage into law.
It would require women and girls to share bathrooms, locker rooms, showers and sleeping facilities with boys and men in schools, Y’s, gyms, workplaces and shelters.
It would require women and girls to compete against biological males in athletics; and it would interfere in parental decisions involving children suffering from gender dysphoria.
I closed by asking him to please respond to the points in my letter. I will be very interested in his point by point response.
Tom Minnick
Ballston Lake

Accept good people regardless of color

Growing up, my parents taught me that ALL LIVES MATTER and that we should be kind and accepting of ALL GOOD PEOPLE no matter what the color of their skin was. It’s my opinion that certain people and the media are only spreading racism by singling out one race over others.
Mary Jo Garofalo-Venditti

No to apartments in Stockade Inn

Schenectady’s Board of Zoning Appeals is rushing to grant a use variance to make the Stockade Inn a crowded apartment house. BZA has three votes and needs one more to do what it does so well: ignore facts, laws, and the public interest, to please a favored developer and Metroplex Chair Ray Gillen.
Courts agree: A use variance is “foredoomed” if, as here, the owner’s burden was “self-created,” because the zoning code didn’t permit the requested new use when the property was purchased. Sadly, little has changed at our scofflaw BZA since it said Jack McDonald could put a bagel shop at the Gillette House entryway to the Stockade, in 2010. BZA asked Jack for no written financial information and created the mythical category of “only partially-self-created.”
Now, developer favorite Red-burn wants the property. Ray Gillen is pushing hard. So is Jack McDonald, whose LLC took back a $575,000 mortgage when it sold the Stockade Inn in May 2019. Therefore, projections based on the temporary pandemic are acceptable. The owner listing the Inn for sale after 6 months, with a fire three weeks later, and the pandemic months away, are overlooked. Ditto for the quick sell-off of furniture and lack of effort to find a buyer to operate a beloved establishment enjoyed by Stockade residents of all ages.
By the way, the City’s Comprehensive Plan for the Stockade favors fewer apartments and more hospitality resources.
The owner’s “hardship” isn’t just self-created, it’s self-exacerbated. Follow the law, BZA. Say No.
David Giacalone
The writer is a Stockade resident and retired lawyer.

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