Schn’dy needs to change its priorities
Last night, July 4th, in Schenectady, 20 feet from my front porch, professional-grade fireworks presented by bleedin’ amateurs, watched by a mob of 50+ people, from 9-10:30 p.m.
Tons of cars with doors open and music blasting, eating, dancing, general partying on a normally quiet street.
No, I am not afraid, and I don’t have pets to worry about. And the performers even cleaned up most of their messes — of course not the stuff that landed on my roof, or on our cars or in the gardens in front and back. But the street looked almost passable the next morning.
Several phone calls to the ever-protective (though it’s not quite clear protective of what) Schenectady Police Department met with zero results.
Compare this lack of response to being parked on the wrong side of the street, where you get a ticket within five minutes of leaving your car. Priorities for sure!
Once again, brazenness wins the day, and where exactly do my tax dollars go? Is all of it needed to prop up downtown, or can we please start allocating some of my hard-earned money to keep me and mine safe and improve ALL neighborhoods.
Grateful for help of Glenville officer
Thank you to Glenville’s finest, Officer Meredith Kaiser, for going above and beyond the call of duty on June 14 when a car took down a tree and chain link fence and came to rest a distance from the road.
She stayed to the bitter end when the car finally was towed out and on its way. Thank you sincerely.
Get lead, all toxins out of environment
I agree with The Gazette’s June 29 editorial (“Tougher lead standards welcome”) endorsing legislation awaiting Gov. Cuomo’s signature that would lower the threshold for action on lead contamination from 15 to 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood, increase lead testing in schools, and provide state funds for school districts to make repairs and upgrades to achieve the enhanced standard. A standard of one microgram per deciliter would be even better.
Lead poisoning is one of the scourges of civilization. No exposure is considered safe. Lead exposure makes us less intelligent than we would otherwise be and causes many health problems.
The state government operated a filthy trash incinerator in downtown Albany for 12 years until malfunctions increased awareness and forced closure in 1994. Lead emissions were high and poisoned nearby residents, including children.
In Hudson Falls, a 30-year-old solid waste and who-knows-what-else incinerator operates on the Hudson River bank in a residential neighborhood. Mercury, lead and many other poisons are emitted. I defy anyone to stand under the belching smokestack and say it is safe. At times, emissions blow toward Glens Falls or Lake George.
Although the state government has long had a solid waste hierarchy with incineration and landfilling at the bottom, there is little progress in implementing healthy alternatives. Minimizing waste generation and perpetually reducing our economy’s toxicity, should be priorities. Reuse, composting, repair, and recycling can provide many good jobs.
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