Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Thursday, July 15


Don’t rely on gov’t for Craig St. revival

The July 8 article concerning the “Craig St. Revitalization Strategy” (“Tonko calls Craig Street strategy a possible ‘model’,”) was illustrative of the dependency on government which is growing at alarming rate.
Why are the property owners and residents of Craig Street waiting for the city, the county, or worse, the state or federal government to “save them” through a so-called revitalization strategy?
Why can’t this be done by the residents and property owners to self-organize and self-fund their own revitalization?
It would certainly be more responsive and hugely more efficient.
What was missing from the grand standing and photo opportunity by the mayor and our dear congressman was a true explanation of the inherent mandates that will come with the “generosity” of state and federal funding.
By the time they get through with threading the needle associated with the onerous government mandates and social engineering, the project will be years in the making, hugely more expensive to pay for the bureaucratic process that comes with enforcing the mandates, and barely recognizable by the residents who provided the community input.
We’re constantly barraged with reliance on a ubiquitous state and federal government. I encourage all residents to become more self-reliant.
I say self-determine your future with direct, genuine community direction free from the shackles of our big brothers at the state and federal level.
Residents and property owners of Craig Street — you can do this.
You don’t need to be beholden to the government to improve your circumstances — this would be a real “model” for others to follow.
Jim Martin

Lamenting loss of rehearsals at SPAC

SPAC rehearsals no more.
One of summer’s delights is gone. Lovely mornings with the orchestra followed with lunch by the Victoria Pool, gone.
Afternoon sessions with the ballet that stretched into late afternoons. Perfect for retirees. No crowds, darkness or parking woes.
You did have to be a member of SPAC, but at any level and you could bring guests. I’m sure all blamed on the pandemic — and perhaps a little mismanagement?
Elizabeth Hanna

Thanks for putting on parade for grads

On behalf of all the parents and students who worked to ensure the Niskayuna High School Class of 2021 was able to celebrate their graduation, I want to thank the town of Niskayuna for a wonderful car parade that allowed the seniors to wrap up their high school careers in style.
For the second year, Niskayuna Councilwoman Denise Murphy McGraw worked with our PTO leadership and the Niskayuna Police Department to secure a safe route for our students to drive their cars and be cheered on by their family, friends, and neighbors.
Special thanks go to Deputy Police Chief Stevens and Officers Pardi and Relation for leading the parade and manning the route.
Thanks, too, to former Police Chief Wall for approving Councilwoman McGraw’s request for support.
Many residents remarked the parade is a new tradition our town should keep in future years.
I have to agree!
Maureen McGuinness
The writer is parent coordinator for Niskayuna Class of 2021.



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Mr. Martin, how do you propose that the residents and property owners “self-fund” their own revitalization? Are they not tax-paying citizens like everyone else that deserve equal consideration, just as I’m sure your neighborhood receives federal funds to pave the streets and sidewalks in your neighborhood? Are the residents of the neighborhood supposed to pool their money to make improvements to the streets that they don’t even own? Does this mean they should charge tolls to those outside the neighborhood who didn’t fund the improvements, so they can see a return on their investment? Your letter has questions and a lot of cynicism, but very little in the way of substance and solutions.


Matt why should national tax payer funds be used for projects that the locals only desire when they can use other peoples money? The ability to use other peoples money without their consent has a corrupting effect on civic virtue.


So you favor using other peoples money for your benefit. I hold the view that locals should pay for local projects. I see no good coming from using other people for personal gain.

Fred, please don’t drive through my neighborhood. My local taxes paid for the street to be paved, and since you don’t pay taxes in my town, you do not have permission to enter.


Matt those of us who drive pay gasoline taxes thus the roads are public property. Your requested is denied!

So you’re saying the federal government taxes people for buying gas and then distributes those taxes to fund road improvements all over the country that anyone can drive on??


“Don’t rely on gov’t for Craig St. revival”

Another typical Republican prospective; “I’ve got mine and I’m not the least bit concerned with the plight of those that have less than me regardless of how or why they’re in a position of needing assistant or in this case enhancement to their neighborhood
Beautiful, well built government subsidized low income housing buildings have been popping up on Albany St. in Hamilton Hill. It’s in the neighborhood of my business and I’m ok with that. I’m happy for the people who now have better more affordable housing. It’s a good thing.

I’m willing to bet Jim Martin would on board with a a government subsidized green space park near or in his neighborhood. I wonder how he would feel with low income housing near or in his neighborhood.


For those who think the Biden administration is operating open borders:

“US border authorities reportedly arrested or turned away 188,800 migrants from the US-Mexico border in June. That’s the highest monthly number in at least a decade, and brings the annual total of Customs and Border Protection encounters to more than 1 million. Overall, US border crossings have been on the upswing since May 2020 (when Trump was in office). The US is now running more than 30,000 radio ads a month in Central America to deter migration as part of a larger mission in the area to target the root causes of such influxes. On the home front, DACA beneficiaries are desperately trying to keep or renew work permits amid a backlog of applications that accumulated during the (Trump’s) coronavirus pandemic. In some cases, DACA workers are losing their jobs and health insurance despite applying for renewals on time.”


As for the root cause of immigration have you considered that some might consider the US as desirable place to live.

William Marincic

Ray, as usual, that’s a lie, Trump had a Remain in Mexico policy that took years to complete and President Dementia got rid of it.

Blurting out “that’s a lie” to a multipoint statement doesn’t give you much credibility. Does that matter to you?
I believe you and your beloved Trump have sacrificed any part you might have had in a debate on this, or any other US policy debate. Trump was rejected for more than any political reasons, sorry you can’t accept that.

Doctors without Borders, a group which does understand the meaning of compassion, issued the following on the cancellation of this misguided, inhumane policy:
“MPP (Migrant Protection Protocols) forced at least 60,000 asylum seekers back to Mexico to await their hearings since February 2019. These people had hoped to find safety and protection in the US after suffering violence, extortion, or kidnapping in their home countries or on their way through Mexico. Instead, they have waited for months—others for more than a year—in makeshift tent camps along the Rio Grande in dangerous border cities such as Matamoros, Reynosa, and Nuevo Laredo. They are living in flimsy tents, unable to practice social distancing or isolate when needed. They have limited access to water and sanitation or routine medical care.”

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