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Letters to the Editor Saturday, April 10

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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.
Bob Nicolella
Scotia

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.
Norm Griffin
Mosherville

 

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.
Jeremy Douglas
West Charlton

 

 

 

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.
Linda Eckstein
Glens Falls

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
Scotia

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.
William Wilday
Schenectady

 

 

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6 Comments

LOUIS RESTIFO

Well, well and hmmm.🤔
It’s great how, for the most part, fine upstanding people the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby eventually fade away into obscurity.

The news appeal for Trump is certainly diminishing. Looking forward to it ramping up with news of his guilt in criminal activity. I believe it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing orange sweat.

Manhattan Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and his colleagues have been putting a vice like squeeze on part of the anatomy of Allen Weisselberg, the Trump organization’s long time CFO and the Trump family book keeper, as well as his son Barry Weisselberg, that when enough pressure is applied it would render them incapable of reproduction. This apparently is being done in attempts to get Allen Weisselberg to “flip” on Trump

“On Thursday, Barry Weisselberg’s ex-wife, Jennifer Weisselberg, provided documents and a laptop to Vance’s office in response to a grand jury subpoena requiring her to produce all of the records she possessed for her ex-husband’s bank accounts and credit cards plus his statements of net worth and tax filings.”

Barry Weisselberg, 45 years old, join the Trump organization when he was in his 20s. He was paid more than 200K in annual salary, 40K in yearly bonuses and was provided free company owned apartments for his family. He was paid by Trump’s company for his work as a manager of a cash-only skating rink. Imagine that.

Now, Barry Weisselberg is apparently stumbling around and “acknowledged making errors in explaining information about his finances.” Not to mention what’s going on with his father’s finance investigation.

But nothing to worry about regarding any illegal activity by Alan Weisselberg or his son Barry and how it may be a connect the dots to Trump. I know this to be true because how could there be anything corrupt or illegal connected to any of the squeaky clean, pure as freshly fallen snow Trump organizations?

I apologize for not being on topic with today’s letters.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Bob Nicolella – I agree with your letter, except the conclusion or answer to the problem. Fines for hitting the bridge won’t change behavior unless the fines are in the thousands. The solution is to eliminate trucks on Glenridge Rd. As you said, “Glenridge Road is not a commercial highway. We did not want this to be a major highway shortcut.”

I can’t help wonder if truck traffic was a consideration when they put the traffic circle in at Maple Ave? And if it was, was the roundabout supposed to be an impediment? The whole road seems like it was designed without truck traffic in mind and the whole plan wasn’t implemented.
Google Maps Streetview imagery from July 2019 doesn’t show any signage that would restrict weight on the road, which is maybe what they need.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Instead of all these states creating ways to suppress the vote, Congress should mandate that all states convert to all mail in ballots like the five states (red and blue) that have been doing it successfully for years. They get great participation and no fraud has ever been found. Give the states three to five years to convert to such a system, depending on the size of the state. What’s the magic with going and standing in line in rainy, cold and extremely hot weather? Of course this will require having the post offices fully staffed during election season. Replacing the current Postmaster General who sabotaged the mail system this past fall (to help Trump) would help greatly.

William Marincic

Ok Ray. I would agree to that under the conditions that the ballot must be requested and proof of the requester wether it be an ID or a utility bill, social service card, SS card or last four of their social security number to prove they requested it with 100% signature match. Also all voter rolls would have to be cleaned up of people who gave died or moved.

Ms. Eckstein is entirely correct in condemning waste incineration as a means to reduce our dependency on land fills. I have no issues with that and support the overall goals of the CLEAN Future Act.

I do take issue with the tone and attitude that somehow Mr. Tonko needs to be forced to show the error of his ways, and “admit his mistake”. Why do you leave out his spokesperson’s reply in the Altamont Enterprise (which I assume you read because you sent the very same letter to them):

“The CLEAN Future Act is at the start of a long legislative road that will include numerous hearings, conversations with stakeholders — including representatives from some of these groups and other local organizations — and likely more than a few amendments. Congressman Tonko’s goal as chair of the Environment & Climate Subcommittee is to pass legislation that can hit an ambitious and unprecedented target of building a 100 percent clean U.S. electricity system by 2035. ”

https://altamontenterprise.com/04072021/environmentalists-critique-waste-incineration-clean-future-act

It sounds to me like this is very much a work in progress. Do we really need to make Tonko “admit his mistake” as if you’re fighting him on it? I’m pretty sure he’s on the right side of the issue, yet you sound like you need to make him bow down and confess his sins. For a moment I had you pegged as a Stafanik supporter.

What I take issue with is a militant tone (as is so often expressed by the liberal/Progressives) against a politician who is one of the good guys, and a bill (HR1512) that’s clearly a work in progress.

Another letter here rightfully laments the public display of obscenities to make a political point; it is a disgusting display of ignorance and an affront to parents trying to raise young children in a civil world. The degree of offense of Ms. Eckstein’s letter (letter writing campaign, as it turns out) doesn’t approach displays of juvenile four-letter slogans along the roadway, but younger people do read the papers still and look to the grown-ups for guidance in addressing these challenging social issues.

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