Praise for all on a successful election
Finally, after a long and difficult pre-election season, the election has taken place and it was historic. Despite challenges, including a record number of voters, new procedural changes, and a deadly pandemic, voters were able to utilize a safe and effective process in keeping with the principles of democracy.
The Schenectady County League of Women Voters salutes every individual who participated in the free, fair, and peaceful election of 2020.
Our county election officials deserve recognition and praise for implementing processes to protect voters and workers against the spread of the coronavirus. Countless hours were spent recruiting and training election workers, engineering a plan for managing early voting and increased turnout. Polling places were fully staffed and functioning well from early voting through Nov. 3.
We owe gratitude to the volunteers who served as poll workers and poll observers. They worked long, challenging hours in a true bipartisan effort. These election workers always play a key role in our democracy, but this was not an ordinary election. These people risked their health to give their fellow citizens an opportunity to vote.
Thanks, and congratulations go to every voter, from first-time voters to old stalwarts. You understood voting is not just our right; it is our power.
Under extraordinary circumstances the citizenry of Schenectady County demonstrated precisely what American pride and patriotism look like.
As we celebrate this election, let’s commit to moving forward together, strengthening and building our great democracy.
The writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.
Blaming Cuomo is not productive
After reading Kim Lake’s Nov. 17 letter in The Gazette (“Why would we trust Cuomo on covid?”) I thought about why shouldn’t we trust Gov. Cuomo.
Yes he’s the one that says to keep your mask on while walking around restaurants and bars, because I think that as we walk around those places, we lose perception when we are drinking and our drink is in our hand or when we enter the bathrooms.
I don’t drink, but I can imagine someone out late in a bar after 10 o’clock taking off their mask because we sometimes don’t use our God-given sense due to alcohol. No, he didn’t say we will not be able to have the vaccine. But the man called president of the United States said he would not let us have it because as a spoiled child, he is mad at the governor due to his restrictions as to where it is coming because it might not be safe.
And as for all those poor elderly in the nursing homes, my heart does go to their families. But how can that be the governor’s fault if the owners or managers of these homes at the time did not know who had or didn’t have the virus?
This pandemic is trying to all of us. But playing the blaming game will only make us more alienated from each other.
Signs are not the problem at bridge
The railroad bridge and the signage on Glenridge Road is not the problem.
I see the problem is with the trucking company and the driver for not knowing or checking the dimensions of their trucks, both under a full load or empty load.
If the numbers are posted for the drivers to know their height when approaching a bridge, that should tell them that they will or will not fit. Maybe the drivers think that there is some wiggle room in that sign and they take a chance.
With today’s GPS systems, the routes should be planned better in advance. Try getting a wide load permit from the DOT. It requires a detailed description of your vehicle, its load and route. They in turn can give you instructions as to where you can travel. A 10-foot, 11-inch bridge height does not equate to 12-feet-something. Do not blame the bridge or lack of signage. Blame human error. Hefty fines should send a message. Tying up traffic and responders to correct this problem is costly and time consuming.
Paul St. Onge
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