Traffic signal could avert bridge crashes
In the summer of 1960, I came upon the accident in which a station wagon and a dump truck tried to go through the underpass on Glenridge Road at the same time. The station wagon ended up in the Alplaus Creek.
Because of that accident, they made the underpass one-way with red lights in both directions and Hetcheltown Road became one-way away from Glenridge Road.
For 50 years, cars and trucks passed under those tracks with few, if any, incidents of trucks hitting the bridge.
Why? First, the narrow opening gave every driver pause. Second, truck drivers would likely have to stop at the red light and wait. The drivers would have had enough time to think about what was right in front of them.
Now, drivers need not slow down. They need hardly pay attention. They might be texting.
How about installing a traffic light in both directions that is always green (or perhaps flashing yellow) until a too tall truck trips a light beam and turns it red?
Horns and strobe lights might help.
Trucks heading east could turn left onto Hetcheltown Road. Trucks heading west would need a turnaround spot before the creek.
This situation is largely solvable. It is just a matter of spending money.
Who are real traitors among Republicans
Regarding James Maxfield’s Feb. 24 letter (“Republicans need to get rid of traitors.”): Hooray for Rep. Pelosi! Hooray for Sen. Schumer! They are infinitely smarter than you are and worth every cent the taxpayers are paying them, and then some.
YOU are the traitor who must be gotten rid of.
And for the record, every White person in this hemisphere, myself included, is an illegal alien.
Joyce M. Cockerham
State must fund workforce initiative
After proudly serving his country in the U.S. Navy, Jamal Taylor of Albany came home to a stark reality: the only jobs for which he was qualified were entry-level positions that barely supported his family.
Success stories like Jamal’s are not uncommon at AlbanyCanCode, a nonprofit that is shifting the mindset about who can work in technology. With more than 200 graduates, we are passionate about providing life-changing education and training, made possible by funding we receive from sources such as New York State’s Workforce Development Initiative.
In order to sustain and expand our efforts, it is imperative for the state Legislature to continue to fully fund this $175 million initiative in the upcoming state budget.
WDI is the only state funding stream dedicated to providing skills training to support low-income and marginalized communities. Now, as the state seeks to reverse the economic devastation caused by the pandemic, this funding has never been more critical.
Programs funded through WDI, like AlbanyCanCode, deliver a dual benefit. They give underserved individuals access to the training they need to obtain well-paying jobs, while also expanding the pipeline of skilled professionals available to support our business sector. Both are worthy outcomes that improve lives and lift our communities.
The writer is founder and CEO of AlbanyCanCode.
Thanks for shining spotlight on Proctors
Thank you for the delightful read on March 14 with “Remembering when Proctors was rescued.” Schenectady has such rich history. Proctors is certainly a jewel we should all treasure.
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