Fine truckers who won’t read signs
Lately the vast uninformed have been giving comments on the underpass problem, which has and continues to occur on Glenridge Road in Glenville.
The main and only problem is drivers of trucks who cannot read the English language and see the many, many signs that say the actual height of the underpass bridge. Or the same drivers do not know the actual height of their vehicles.
For those who do not live in Glenville, or do, and cannot remember, when the road was going to be fixed, a survey was sent out to the local residents.
The bridge could have been made higher, the road could have been made lower, but the local residents did not want this.
The reason is that if either one of those two things happened, every truck from small vans to 18-wheelers would come off the Northway at Exit 9, come down west onto 146, cross over Glenridge Road under the underpass and make this a shortcut to hit the state Thruway. Or the reverse.
WE DID NOT WANT THIS. Glenridge Road is not a commercial highway. We did not want this to be a major highway shortcut. Therefore the bridge and road were built this way. This was not an error; it was built this way on purpose. So again, the only problem is drivers who can’t read and should be fined.
Don’t expose kids to vulgar political signs
Having lived in the same rural community for 30 years, we’ve enjoyed raising our four children here while also being employed by the local school district.
Recently, I have been dismayed at what citizens have chosen to display at three different locations. It’s a rather large banner that says “F*** Biden” and “F*** you for voting for him!” They are all displayed on busy highways where our school buses travel daily. Do we really need to be exposing the children to such vulgarity by some disgruntled voters? I thought that our community was better than this. It’s all so sad and should be remedied somehow by the powers that be.
Theater capacity report misleading
On the morning of April 2, I found the local news media reporting of guidance for reopening theaters completely misleading, and quite frankly bordering on irresponsible.
While operating at 33% capacity might sound reasonable to many people and suggest we’re making acceptable progress in returning to our pre-covid lives, the 100 attendee cap for indoor venues paints an entirely different picture.
For a venue like Proctors, which typically seats (forgive me Philip if I get this number wrong) 2,646 people, the capacity is actually limited to 3.7%. With similar capacity, the Palace Theater would be limited to 3.5%.
I’m sure those operations cannot even begin to dream of reopening on such limited revenues, and either the guidance or the reporting shouldn’t have suggested so.
Smaller venues such as The Linda or the Cohoes Music Hall may or may not be able to open based on one-third revenue, but the larger facilities certainly can’t, nor should we be led to believe the door has been opened for them to do so.
Trash incineration is not good for climate
Like millions of other Americans, I am concerned about climate change.
As someone living in the vicinity of a paper mill, cement plant, and trash incinerator, I am also concerned about air pollution.
I hope that you will agree that it would be a grave mistake to address climate change by increasing air pollution. Unfortunately, that is precisely what Congressman Paul Tonko’s CLEAN Future Act would do. His climate bill gives financial incentives for trash incineration, calling it “clean energy.”
But trash incineration is just the opposite; it is a very dirty and inefficient way to generate electricity.
In fact, incineration is many times more polluting than burning coal for dioxins, mercury, lead, sulfur dioxide, and many other dangerous pollutants. Certainly, no climate advocate would encourage more coal burning. Tonko should admit his mistake and take incineration out of his bill. Clean energy does not have a smokestack.
And I don’t want residents of any more communities to have to suffer from the harmful effects of living near a trash incinerator.
Restricting access to the polls is cheating
Bill Denison’s April 2 letter (“Republicans just want fair elections”) repeated the false ReTrumplican claim that mail-in voting is dangerous, can be fraudulent, and the hundreds of acts of voter suppression being passed by GOP state legislatures throughout the country and just to make voting “fair” and to prevent “cheating.”
Well, Mr. Denison, I’ll tell you what isn’t fair and is cheating.
Eliminating hundreds of polling places, especially from areas populated by people of color, is cheating.
Making it unlawful to provide water or food for voters waiting for hours in long lines because of the absence of nearby polling places is cheating.
Requiring driver’s licenses of people who can’t afford to own a car is cheating.
The truth is that voting by mail, the major way to vote in five states (including red ones), is as safe and, in some cases, safer than in-person voting. And there are many safeguards that prevent possible fraud.
For one thing, a person falsifying a ballot is open to a charge of fraud at both state and federal levels and can be punished by five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
The truth is that voter fraud is very rare, and there is a large body of independent studies and government reviews to prove it for anybody who actually wants the facts.
Just Google “safeguards against voter fraud.”
On the other hand, raising millions by claiming that he lost the election because of voter fraud — now, that’s cheating.
Linda C. Lewis
Stop spread of virus and fear: Stay home
There is a majority of Americans that get up in the morning, slap on a mask, step out of their private domain and into the public domain.
They work all day masked. Come home masked. Relax, have a nice dinner then go shopping, masked.
Then fear and anxiety kick in.
They come face to face with the maskless man!
There is a simple and common-sense way to end fear and anxiety as well as the spread of any virus or disease.
How can one do this?
Today’s technology enables us to have anything we need, want or desire sent right to our private domain. I cannot think of any major or minor grocery stores that do not deliver. They will deliver anything in their stores. This includes prescriptions and OTC meds, fresh meats, produce, deli items, dairy, seafood, and anything on their shelves. For the masked, no need to go out. Most have curbside pickup, too. No need to go out of the car.
The same goes for BJ’s, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot, and the list goes on and on.
All these products can be sent to your home. No need to go out.
If you are fortunate to work from home, you can have everything sent to the house. You would never need to leave the private domain. You may live the rest of your life there.
Fear, anxiety and stopping the spread are solved.
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