Reporters must try NY regional cuisine
I enjoyed your twin articles in the March 26 Gazette (“Newbies experience Jumpin’ Jack’s”) about opening day at the iconic local eatery.
Both of your new reporters write very well and demonstrate their own unique styles.
I must comment on Shenandoah Briere’s statement that she is from central New York and has never gone to a burger stand.
This is really terrible! She has missed the best burgers and hots in the world!
Central and western New Yorkers take their regional favorites very seriously.
My husband and I are from that region and still drive back to buy hot dogs and revisit our favorite “Charbroil Burger” joints.
This area has a wide selection of fabulous hot dog brands and types including the “white hot” or porker.
I prefer Zweigle’s but folks from Syracuse often prefer Hoffman’s.
Charbroiling is an artform in preparing big juicy burgers with a rich meaty flavor, and this is a staple of Central and Western New York fast food.
The real disappointment was Shenandoah’s failure to mention frozen custard.
How can someone from this region not rave about the rich creamy and lush taste of frozen custard over the pale, insipid air-whipped substitute served in the Capital Region?
Please Shenandoah, take Brian and go back to Syracuse or better yet Rochester, for frozen custard from Abbott’s and burgers and hots from Don & Bob’s.
Grateful for support of Greek heritage
March 25 was a momentous day for Greek Americans and Greeks around the world.
It marked 200 years since the Greek uprising against the Ottoman Empire after 400 years of enslavement and tyranny.
Cities across the globe commemorated this milestone by lighting their iconic landmarks in blue and white as a nod to Greece’s innumerable contributions to Western civilization.
We are proud to share that the Capital Region joined in this celebration with local landmarks such as the Alfred E. Smith building in Albany, State Education Building, the Hedley Building in Troy, and City Hall, Amtrak and other buildings in Schenectady all being lit up in blue.
As Americans of Greek heritage and alumni of Union College, we are beyond grateful for the support and enthusiasm we received from local officials and private businesses. Thank you to Sen. Daphne Jordan, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden and Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski, First Columbia President Kevin Bette, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Metroplex Chair Ray Gillen and Galesi Group CEO David Buicko, who graciously worked with us with very short notice.
In this time of strife and political divisiveness, we are struck by how a celebration of our unique cultural heritage, rather than divide us, instead, underscored the interconnection and solidarity of the citizens of our area.
Thank you, Capital District, for putting your best foot forward and proving that cultural diversity is a strength that can transcend civil discord.
We are honored to call this area home.
Nia C. Cholakis ‘84
Despina Nicholas Brosnihan ‘86
Infrastructure plan invests in the future
The Biden Administration wisely is promoting a farsighted infrastructure bill, costing trillions of dollars.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg described it as “generational.” The bill deserves bipartisan and unanimous support, in the context of the adage “penny-wise, dollar-foolish.”
Many examples illustrate that inaction may cost (a lot) more than action. In 2018 Trump shortsightedly disbanded pandemic response teams in the National Security Council’s Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense in 36 countries including China.
That money-saving measure was not cost-effective, to say the least.
Likewise, Japan protected its Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant from a devastating 2011 tsunami, but bean counters blocked protection of the reactor’s emergency diesel electricity generators.
New Orleans took shortcuts in protecting its levees, but Hurricane Katrina in 2005 breached over 50 of them, flooding the city. Boeing took shortcuts in designing the 737 Max, but in 2019 and 2020 catastrophic crashes produced ruinous groundings.
Now the world is suffering from shortcuts at the Suez Canal, failing to deepen its full channel width since opening in 1869.
Deepening would have prevented grounding of the Evergreen Marine container ship in a windstorm.
About 400 ships were forced to wait to cross the blocked canal, freezing $10 billion of daily commerce until the ship was freed.
Some might excuse inaction in Egypt by asking who could have anticipated such winds? Some might deny that climate change might amplify hurricanes in New Orleans.
Some might deny that governments should regulate airline manufacture stringently. I support passage of the infrastructure initiative, and prevention of the I-wish-I-could-take-back-that-decision pandemic.
Robert A. Michaels, PhD, CEP
Glenville bridge plan must address flow
The Gazette front page story on March 26 (“Crash bars at bridge planned by summer”) describes a method to protect the railroad bridge from frequent truck hits at the low clearance underpass on Glenridge Road.
However, it will not solve traffic flow problems. Suggestions have included high fines and prison for the often-overworked and underpaid drivers, alarms based on laser sensors, rerouting and turnarounds.
The existing problem is an unintended consequence of recent improvements by the state Department of Transportation.
The underpass had been a single lane with red and green lights alternating traffic flow. The clearance of 10 feet and 11 inches was sometimes not enough. I recall driving a U-Haul truck while my coworker got out to observe. We got through, but not with much margin.
The single lane underpass was expanded for two-way traffic, but the road was not lowered to increase the clearance. The result has been more and bigger trucks traveling at highway speeds and the resulting epidemic of high impact hits and road closures.
If we have it, a truck brought it.
The goal should be to make Glenville Road truck safe and efficient.
This can be done by grading on the west side of the tunnel. The east side approach is an 80 feet long steel bridge over Alplaus Creek.
Road lowering can be achieved by shortening the bridge pier next to the tunnel.
No need to rehash old owner’s legal issues
It’s nice that you have so much coverage of the new ice cream and bakery shop (“Ice cream stand has new owners, name”) as printed in the March 29 Gazette.
However, is there really a need to rehash the legal issues of the former owner in most of the article? It accomplishes nothing and takes away from the good news about the new business.
Long-term effects of vaccines unknown
I take issue with the March 28 editorial (“For all our sakes, get vaccinated against coronavirus”) and I agree, in part, with Sara Foss’s column (“Are vaccine passports a good idea?”) in the same paper.
Your vaccine editorial suggests everyone should get the experimental vaccines because they’re safe and effective.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
There’s barely three months of safety data collected as part of a 2-to-3-year Phase 3 safety trial. N
Normally that full trial would be completed before the vaccines were released to the public.
That’s in addition to a normal 5-to-15 year vaccine development phase. There’s also zero data on possible side-effects years down the road. The animal-testing phase was completely skipped.
As far as effectiveness, no trial data is collected on reduced virus transmission at all. Only data on the slight improvement of one symptom, either cough or fever. No vaccine immunity has been proven whatsoever in any trial so far. Nor can it be proven from the collected data.
All of these facts are easily verifiable. The people are entitled to these facts.
Sara Foss’s column made the admirable point that vaccine passports haven’t been shown to be legal. Before we give up our rights, the legality of these passports must be tried in court. They will be struck down.
Lastly, Cuomo should resign for his decision to put sick people back in nursing homes, for his cover-up of the 15,000 deaths caused by his decision, and for his endless fear-mongering for the past year-plus about a virus that has a 99.79% survivability rate, like yearly flu.
Cartoon showed a biased point of view
I am very offended by the political cartoon on The Gazette’s March 29 Opinion page. This cartoon implies that anyone who is for the Second Amendment, or who thinks that identification should be presented to vote, is a mass murderer and approves of shooting kids.
What’s up with that? Ignorance is ruining our country.
Don’t legalize pot, just decriminalize it
Perhaps it would have been better to decriminalize rather than legalize marijuana.
Decriminalization would eliminate obstacles to researching legitimate medical applications for marijuana.
There are several instances in which marijuana may be an effective therapeutic agent. It has been shown to relieve nausea associated with chemotherapy.
It may also be a muscle relaxant and help patients with muscle spasticity. Medical applications of marijuana are valid fields for further research.
However, legalization of marijuana and promoting it as a recreational option is not wise.
Marijuana impairs cognitive function. If marijuana is smoked, then there is the issue of lung damage. Do we really want to encourage more smoking?
Marijuana legalization brings with it the risk of abuse/addiction. Ask yourself if you would want your dentist to have “relaxed with a joint” before taking care of you or your plumber to have “unwound from a nasty job” before tackling your backed up toilet?
As a society, are we creating a new problem by legalizing marijuana?
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