Littering, poor roads need to be addressed
Trash at Central Park, in our city streets, and physical deterioration of our neighborhood has been a constant problem.
The Schenectady City Council and the county have abandoned many neighborhoods, especially the older ones and others like mine.
I live between McClellan Street and Rosa Road, on Kingston Avenue, across from Zoller Elementary School.
In this area, Lancaster and Gerling streets are still in deplorable condition.
The streets are full of potholes and the water drainage is non-existent.
In fact, during the winter, Lancaster Street becomes an ice rink.
When it rains, potholes become a serious threat to drivers, and the area between Lancaster and the Sheridan Plaza Apartments and shopping center gets flooded.
Rosa Road and this shopping area is also a dumping ground.
You see trash in the parking area and along Gerling Street.
The city and county must do more to fix these two scourges: the trash and roads.
They should do the following: Deploy more trash and recycling bins throughout the city where needed most.
Mandate all business and public places (schools, libraries, hospitals, prisons) recycle and keep their area clean.
Those who do not should be fined and those who do recycle and produce little and/or no waste should be rewarded with recognition, tax breaks, etc.
Post no-littering/pollution signs and give fines for those who break the law by polluting and/or littering our city, highways and public places.
Put screens/netting on curbside sewer rainwater discharge holes to catch/trap all plastic trash.
Ottavio Lo Piccolo
Congress: Target insurance industry
In 2003, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
It’s been a long journey since, but I’ve got a good treatment regimen going and I’m happy to report that my neurologist is pleased with my progress. But I’m worried about my husband, Henry.
Two years ago, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I know the disease well, as my father suffered from it. It’s difficult to be a full-time caregiver when I have my own health issues. We’ve been looking for aides to help, but they are scarce in Schenectady.
I love my husband and do everything possible to keep him healthy and comfortable. But our insurance is constantly creating problems for both of us.
I can’t afford everything that my doctor prescribes. I feel like I’m constantly filling out paperwork and trying to find work-arounds for my out-of-pocket costs.
This is why I was confused when I read about H.R.3. It seems that politicians are looking to regulate the very industry that is helping to end the pandemic.
How does that make any sense? H.R.3 would place price-setting measures on medication, making it harder for patients to access treatments.
I’ll be the first person to say that we don’t need to make it harder to get treatment.
Instead, Congress should look at the insurance industry.
These are the companies that need to step up and stop forcing patients like my husband and me to foot the bill.
Pamela Leffingwell LaBrake
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