Driverless cars far safer than humans
I look forward to driverless cars. Teraflop computer speeds, (a trillion calculations per second,) 5G internet and other technologies make complex tasks like driving not only possible, but safer.
For those of you who feel a vehicle is safer with a human behind the wheel, let me dispel that notion. Humans can be distracted, sick, tired, angry, medicated, etc. They may have substances like alcohol, sedatives, prescription drugs or any manner of stimulants on board.
Drivers may have poor eyesight, poor judgment, slow reflexes, or they may just suffer from, dare I say it, just plain stupidity.
Driverless cars will make trillions of calculations per second about everything around them.
They will communicate with the road, with other vehicles and the environment. They will do this without fatigue, emotion or distraction.
Driverless cars will reduce accidents, injuries, and deaths dramatically.
As an associate in risk management, ARM, and an associate in loss control management, ALCM, I know a bit about risk, safety, and controlling losses.
People can drive safely, but distractions, like digital devices, music, eating and even talking can increase the odds of an accident significantly. A split second of distraction can cause accidents that change lives forever.
Until driverless cars become a reality (and they will), we should all drive like computers: 100% focus on the task, no distractions, no mind-altering substances, no emotions and full compliance with all traffic laws and signs.
Already read Times news in The Times
I feel compelled to add my voice to the growing chorus of your readers who wish you would use a news source other than the “New York Times Service,” although my reason may differ from many of the others.
I subscribe to the NYTimes.com (which I read during lunch) online and of the 10 pieces in the Oct. 27 paper, only two were news to me.
I enjoy reading your print edition each morning while I have breakfast, but I find myself turning page after page before I find news. I’m beginning to question if I’m getting my money’s worth.
I do have great interest in your local news and local sports coverage, so you may want to consider expanding that to keep me as a subscriber.
Supermarket covid rules misdirected
Some “genius” has come up with a new set of rules to control our action in markets.
We now have closed entrances and exits so people can only enter and exit at selected doors. I think that this violates fire and safety regulations in case of emergencies.
Second, all people who have wheelchairs, walkers, or have difficulty getting around now are forced to travel extra distances.
Third, we now have arrows and signs telling us which way we should go. This causes people to travel twice as far to accomplish their shopping. There is no logical reason to think that having everyone traveling in one direction will decrease anyone’s exposure to covid. People will still need to stop and look at the shelves to select what they want. Whether you are going in the same direction or the opposite the exposure is the same.
Someone needing only a few things will be forced to go up one aisle and then back down the aisle they want to be in to get what they need. This can easily double the distance they have to travel.
Fourth, the “social distancing” in the lines at registers causes traffic jams for shoppers who want to get by; this increases the exposure. Surely there must be a better solution.
Let’s unblock the aisles and let people just keep social distancing on their own. Let’s stop the nonsense.
Change gov’t form to meet changing needs
On Nov. 3, the city of Saratoga Springs has the opportunity to vote Yes for charter change: the opportunity to have a new form of government.
In contrast to The Gazette’s Oct. 20 editorial (“Bad timing for change in Spa gov’t”) citing opposition to a change in government due to the pandemic, this is the perfect time to embrace a long-needed change in governance for our city.
In the last eight months, businesses, schools and society have changed and reconfigured in ways none of us could have fathomed prior to the pandemic. This innovation is part of who we are as Americans, always seeking opportunity, and evolving. Change is an essential component of life and time. And it’s time for Saratoga Springs to change its form of government.
The new charter is what Saratoga Springs needs in order to have accountability, representation and transparency. The council-manager government will strengthen our democracy by allowing real representation at City Hall.
The future of our city is on the ballot this November. We need to update the form of our government to meet the ever-changing needs of the 21st century. Vote Yes to charter change.
The writer is co-chair of CommonSenseSaratoga.
Santabarbara sets example on service
I want to thank Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and Sheriff Jeff Smith for working together to organize an event that cleaned and sanitized police cars, fire trucks and ambulances in our community. These things make a difference.
There are so many out there that have never stopped working for our community since the start of COVID-19, and it’s important that we thank them and show appreciation for the important work they do.
It’s so refreshing to see someone like Angelo working with other elected officials, regardless of what political party they belong to. It seems he has that ability to bring people together to help one another. It’s something we need more of in Washington, D.C. Thank you, Assemblyman Santabarbara, for setting a good example for others to follow.
Dems a threat to our American way of life
Fellow citizens, I implore you to educate yourselves regarding what is arguably the most important election in modern history.
The Democratic Party and its thinly veiled agenda to transform our republic from the land of the free to a socialist state is a genuine threat to our very way of life.
They have perpetuated the spread of violence, denigrated law enforcement, intentionally spread fear and destroyed our economy all the while hiding who Joe Biden and Kamala Harris really are and what they represent.
The “man behind the curtain” is being thrust on us, when in fact he is a Trojan horse for the left’s radical agenda. Joe Biden is a career politician who has a history of plagiarism, racially and sexually inappropriate behavior, and has been on the wrong side of every issue from the controversial 1994 crime bill to opposing Obama’s decision to take out bin Laden.
He’s had a career full of influence peddling as evidenced by his son Hunter’s lucrative deals with Ukraine and China. Now he is little more than a figurehead to backdoor a Harris presidency.
It is eerily reminiscent of von Hindenburg and Hitler. Once you have the facts, the choice is obvious.
Santabarbara stands by essential workers
Our first responders, health care workers and police officers are the backbone of our community and, during this absolutely crazy year, they’ve been putting all of their efforts into keeping us safe. Right now, we need to support them more than ever. And with such an important election coming up, I have to say Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara does it best.
He’s been handing out masks and gloves, delivering food and washing emergency response vehicles. I’m happy to have an assemblyman who recognizes the heroic work of our first responders and health care workers and stands by our police officers at a time when they need it most.
Spa gov’t should be working for everyone
Ordinary citizens who need help from City Hall with a building permit, or have trouble getting answers to seemingly simple requests, will be voting yes this November on the proposed charter reform for Saratoga Springs.
We know that when city government tries to do something itself, for the community as a whole, it can’t get out of its own way, thanks to the unworkable structure of five separately elected officials constantly getting in each other’s way.
Putting the carousel in Congress Park took 14 years. The parking garage by the City Center took almost 20 years and still didn’t address task force recommendations. The much-needed east side emergency station is still not built after more than 20 years. These are all projects the city structure struggled with on land it owned or controlled. These projects were conceived to benefit the entire community. Years and years were wasted arguing, when all the community wanted, and deserved, was progress.
I will be supporting charter reform again this year, because it’s time City Hall worked for everyone.
Jennifer Leahy Kim
Ignore the attack ads in your mailboxes
Looks like attack ads are starting again and I’m already fed up with the dishonesty people are willing to attach their name to.
Don’t be fooled by the negative mail this year’s candidates are putting in our mailboxes. They’re after your vote and will say just about anything to get it.
The truth is, we have some wonderful people representing our little city of Amsterdam. I for one already know who I’m voting for, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. He’s certainly among the people I see out working in my community with results that speak for themselves and that we can see for ourselves.
Actions speak louder than words, as they say, and they certainly speak louder than the trash some of this year’s candidates are putting in our mailboxes.
Saratoga needs more representative gov’t
Saratoga Springs citizens have an opportunity this year to move the city forward by adopting an amended city charter which places professionalism and neighborhood representation over a government by- and for- the wealthy and well-connected. A City Council, made up of representatives from districts across the city, will be responsive to the people of the city.
The council members will hire a professional city manager, trained and experienced in running a city, to enact the policies and programs directed by the City Council. Most cities the size of Saratoga Springs have long-ago abandoned the city’s present form of government, structured around commissioners who not only serve as legislators, but also act as managers of departments for which they have no experience or training. This is inefficient and results in city commissioners being responsive to their political supporters, not to ordinary taxpayers.
It is time for Saratoga Springs to say Yes to its citizens and to vote Yes to change to a charter that values professional management and responsive government.
Ann C. Bullock
Biden, Harris often misstate the facts
Biden says he is a good Catholic. Then why does he support abortion?
Biden says he graduated in the top half of his law school class. No; it was close to the bottom.
Biden once said 200 million people died from covid. No, it was 200,000.
Biden said he served 180 years in the Senate. No, it was 47 years.
Biden said he was arrested many times – wrong again.
Kamala Harris said 18- to 24-year-olds are stupid and make bad decisions.
Biden/Harris campaign aides and supporters helped raise money to bail out protesters in Minneapolis.
Harris said protesting should continue after the election and should not stop.
Maybe President Trump should paint the streets of Washington and New York City denouncing white supremacy, since the reporters are incapable of understanding how many times he has said it. When will the Democrats denounce BLM and rioters and looters? Some of people that have been bailed out have raped and killed people.
Why is Biden afraid to answer questions about packing the Supreme Court?
We need a good person, not Tonko
In her Oct. 3 letter (“Back the blue and support Paul Tonko”) Karen MacWatters supports Tonko.
Paul Tonko stated in his March 7, 2018, letter (“Use proper language on immigration”) to The Daily Gazette that he does more to protect illegal Dreamers. He sat down with them and said they are good Americans. Tonko thinks more about illegal Dreamers than he does about disabled veterans that fought for this country. Don’t you support veterans that fought for this country? You vote for a person that doesn’t respect veterans that fought for us.
Vote for Liz Joy. Her husband is a veteran, and her son is in the service. She will help all. We need a good person in that office, Liz Joy is that person. Liz Joy for Congress. All veterans must stick together.
Get answers on health care from candidates
Healthcare in our country is one of the most important issues we are facing.
Working people are being held at gunpoint by the current healthcare system. If we lose our employment our healthcare is discontinued, or the cost becomes far greater than a person can afford.
Currently our protections for preexisting conditions are being attacked at the Supreme Court level by the current administration. The Republican Congress in 2017 attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Some things we can all agree on is that children should all be covered as should anyone with a life threatening illness. We also should agree that anyone with an ongoing medical condition should have affordable medical coverage.
As should any woman that is pregnant be assured of medical coverage. The cost of healthcare should not be a deterrent to anyone needing medical services.
I am sure that 90% of the public agrees with what I have stated here.
Yet our government continues to attack healthcare and health insurance companies continue to increase rates and deductibles which makes healthcare less affordable.
Even Medicare is under attack. We need our government leadership to respond to this issue in the strongest way. Please hold our leaders accountable for their positions on healthcare.
Insist that political candidates have a clear healthcare policy and speak to these issues on health care. Please hold our political leaders accountable.
Don’t assume what Cuomo will do next
Regarding Sara Foss’s Thinking it Through article (“Cuomo’s new book already feels out of date”) in the Sunday, Oct. 25 Gazette: I suppose she never wrote an article that was “out of date” as soon as she wrote it. This is in reference to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s book that she says is laying the groundwork for a future presidential run.
I suppose she is also in his head and knows his future plans. Please don’t assume to know things not in evidence. Thank you for your time and patience with me writing this.
Joy a strong woman who loves America
Congressman Paul Tonko has been living off the public for 40 years. He’s a career politician who takes constituents for granted. He feels entitled to his political career. Tonko’s also old, white and male. Yup, I’ve seen that before. Time for someone new.
It’s so refreshing to see a younger woman challenge Tonko. Liz Lemery-Joy has more energy and has real-life private sector experience. Joy is also a dedicated wife and mother. Coming from a military and medical family, she shows her love of country, service, and family values.
In contrast to Joy’s love of country and family, Tonko shows complete hatred for newborn babies. Tonko and congressional Democrats refuse to provide medical care for babies who survive abortion.
They would rather leave these babies to die. Refusing babies medical care is not only un-American, it’s subhuman.
It’s time to vote Tonko out of office. We’ve had enough of his hobnobbing with Washington elitists who hate our country. Join me in voting for a strong woman who loves our country. Vote Joy for the 20th congressional seat and bring some joy back to New York.
Lack of peace plan is not all Israel’s fault
In his Oct. 11 letter, (“Israel is not really interested in peace”), Tom Ellis asserts that the lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinians is solely due to Israel.
In this context, Mr. Ellis left out several critical items noted below.
Historically, both Jews and Arabs have legitimate claims to the land.
In an attempt to resolve this dilemma, the United Nations passed a resolution in 1947 to divide the territory into an Arab state and a Jewish state.
The Jewish side agreed to the resolution, but the Arab side did not and instead, attacked the Jewish side.
The Jewish forces prevailed, capturing Arab land during the conflict.
It is Israel’s policy that there must be a peace treaty before any land captured in battle will be returned.
Pursuant to this policy, Israel returned captured land when it signed peace treaties with Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994).
At the Camp David Summit of 2000, a comprehensive peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians was drafted. However, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat withdrew at the eleventh hour without explanation.
Following the death of Yasser Arafat in 2004, a schism developed between the Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, and currently both entities claim to represent the Palestinian people.
Hamas has never accepted Israel’s right to exist.
In summary, there have been opportunities for a Palestinian State which ultimately were rejected by the Arab side, not the Jewish side.
Moreover, Palestinian factions remain widely divided on their willingness to accept a Jewish state.
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