Don’t give electric cars free electricity
The Liberty Street “EV” (electric vehicle) chargers have been heralded as a grand addition to the city of Schenectady.
Increasing the practicality of having a battery powered car surely increases the desirability and marketability of Schenectady to prospective new residents.
Parking for these spots is supposed to be the same as any other, further enhancing them.
However, one detail seemingly slips by, which is that the electricity for these chargers will be free.
With the city of Schenectady struggling financially in response to COVID-19, such that taxes are being raised and that federal assistance is desperately sought, is it really a wise idea to further increase the expenses?
Is it not reasonable to expect drivers of electric vehicles to pay for the electricity? Does the city of Schenectady pay for gas or diesel? Of course, it may be argued that the electricity ought to be free to further enhance the appeal of the city to electric car drivers. But unnecessary taxes from unnecessary expenses such as free electricity negate this.
Free electricity for EV drivers is not ideal for a cash-strapped city.
Adam P. D. Ostrander
Will Biden donate pay like Trump did?
I would like to know what charity Joe Biden is going to donate his salary to for the next four years. (Asking for a friend).
Medicaid decision will cost people lives
I am reminded of 1988 when I discontinued billing and seeing New York Medicaid patients because of what I felt was their unethical and uncooperative behavior toward me.
A survey has shown that 55% of psychiatrists do not participate with insurance companies. I am included in that 55%.
For the past 17 years, I have been treating Opioid Use Disorder, the No. 1 cause of death in those under age 50.
Some of my current patients are on New York Medicaid and my prescriptions for buprenorphine have been filled.
Now, for reasons unknown, they will cease to do so as of April because I am not a participant.
Other insurance companies will continue to do so, since I have a valid New York state license.
The change will threaten the lives of my New York Medicaid patients.
Only about 3% have the DEA waiver to prescribe this medication so finding someone to prescribe is almost impossible.
I would like to know the name of the person or persons who made this change so I can tell them what I think of them.
I would use the word “stupid” rather than ignorant. I will consider them responsible for any deaths which this causes across the state.
Jack L. Underwood, M.D.
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