Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Thursday, March 11


Niskayuna also needs safer streets

Tom Carey’s guest column on the Safe Streets initiative in Schenectady (“Schenectady needs to make streets safer”) in the March 8 Daily Gazette raises the same issue for Niskayuna — especially how to deal with the traffic on Nott Street and Grand Boulevard.
These are speedways, with nothing to slow the speeding cars, except school buses and garbage trucks.
One can drive Nott Street all the way from McClellan Street to Balltown Road without encountering a single traffic light or even a four-way stop. The same with Grand Boulevard between McClellan and Van Antwerp Road.
If you drive 30 mph or slower on either Grand or Nott, you are likely to be tail-gated. If you are a pedestrian, be prepared to run for your life when crossing.
Dean Street, the busiest of the cross streets for both speedways, would be the logical intersection to slow things down, with traffic lights or four-way stop signs.
Roger Sheffer

Why didn’t Tedisco call on Trump to quit

State Sen. Jim Tedisco is requesting that Gov. Cuomo resign. I think that is not being fair, although I agree with him that the governor should resign.
I also thought that President Trump should have resigned on Jan. 7, but he did not. And unfortunately, Mr. Tedisco has never said a word about former President Trump’s immoral behavior and actions.
Now some liberal newspapers are also asking that Cuomo resign.
However, I want him to be aware that many major U.S. newspapers asked the same thing of former President Trump, to resign, when he was on trial for impeachment both the first and second time. But he refused, and his party also failed to do justice and decided to let him off the hook.
But now you expect Gov. Cuomo to listen to you? Why should he do so? You and most Republicans never listened to the American people before when it was President Trump’s time to leave his office for good for his many crimes and for acts of treason on Jan. 6.
I hope that you, and all the Republicans who support former President Trump, will have the courage to do what is right, just, and decent for our country, not what is politically convenient.
Ottavio LoPiccolo

Thanks to health heroes for sacrifices

After receiving my second dose of the vaccine I would like to send a thank you message to honor Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson for developing a vaccine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
I also would like to send a message to honor our frontline healthcare workers. I would like to say thank you to our heroes who are working hard to stop the spread.
Right now, our healthcare workers are battling the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 that’s spreading rapidly throughout our city, state, and nation.
They are putting themselves in the path of this virus throughout the capital region and all around the world.
With this unprecedented crisis ,our doctors, nurses, technicians, transporters, EMTs, pharmacists and everyone who supports patient care are rising to the occasion and caring for our most vulnerable populations.
I would truly like to thank you for the sacrifices you make every day and especially during this pandemic. Your dedication, commitment, and courage deserve my deepest gratitude and admiration.
Your service to patients is saving countless lives and making thousands of differences. Thank you so much for all your hard work and support during this difficult time.
Your humility, kindness, and strength are greatly appreciated. Thank you for being our nation’s light in the face of this adversity.
The world is a better place because of all of you, may God Bless each and every one of our amazing heroes.
Walter “Neal” Brazell


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Ottavio, thank you for pointing out the hypocrisy of Sen. Tedisco and the entire Republican Congressional Caucus when it comes to the actions of former president Donald Trump. Many New York Democrats are calling for Gov. Cuomo to resign. Many news outlets, including so-called ‘liberal’ media are calling for him to resign. It’s the right thing to do for the people of New York. But the blatant and utter of hypocrisy of Republicans to call on his resignation and impeachment, when the former president was accused of equal, including far more violent acts including rape and molestation, just shows that they will resort to any tactics to maintain or acquire power. They should all now be held to account and explain why they view President Trump’s actions differently than Governor Cuomo.


Matt, I agree for the most part. Re. Cuomo, there are two major investigations of numerous allegations underway. While I doubt he will survive both, I think we should all wait for the results before calling for his resignation or impeachment. Just think of all the people and politicians who would have to eat their words and jump to judgment prematurely.

Echoing both of you.
Not defending Cuomo, but how short-sighted are we to not recognize the real leadership he’s provided this past year, one of our worst years in history.

There must be investigation and what happens next, happens. Meantime we should acknowledge the tolls gone from the Thruway, the mandated law enforcement reviews and revisions in every NY jurisdiction, replacement of the Tappan Zee bridge, attention and action given to tourism in the Adirondacks, etc.

All this in the shadow of a former President and his adherents, and their foolish, anti-American behavior.

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