Provide more info about Spa City UDO
I have never written a letter to the editor before, but I am writing today because I am worried.
As a resident of Saratoga Springs, I have been trying to understand how a document called the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) will affect the future of our city.
I know this document is filled with important information that affects our quality of life, including the density of development, landscaping of streets, protection of our waterways/ wetlands and planned development in our greenbelt.
After having attended meetings and workshops, I still am unclear how the UDO will impact our vision of the “city in the country.”
But it does appear that our city is going to grow and “the country” is going to shrink. What can we do to change this outcome?
Because this document is complex and there appear to be gaps regarding important issues in public hearings thus far, I urge our City Council to try again to explain the impact of the UDO by showing a side-by-side comparison of the current zoning ordinances versus the proposed changes outlined in the UDO.
We have a great responsibility to protect “our city in the country.”
I urge all residents to get involved before it is too late.
The final draft of this document will be published on Sept. 14 and public hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 21, and Tuesday, Oct. 5.
It is important we get this right. The future of our city depends on it.
Ask why kids must always wear masks
I’ll start off by saying I believe masks work to some degree.
Parents all over the country have been pleading with school board members to unmask their children.
I have school-age grandchildren and agree with the parents who want this. This is how I would approach it.
I would contact Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office — she mandated mask wearing in schools — and the local politicians that represent you and your school district, who work for you and are paid by your tax dollars, asking them why you and your children can go into a restaurant with a mask on and as soon as you’re seated, you’re allowed to take the mask off.
Why can’t children, after they are seated at their desks, take their masks off? What’s the difference?
Put attention where it’s most needed
Millions of American citizens are manipulated by the Republican Party to focus the public discourse on female sexuality.
Jesus made reference to this form of tyranny when he called the scribes and Pharisees “blind guides who strain the gnat and swallow the camel.” [Matthew 23].
In a benevolent republic, the leaders inform and educate the populace.
In a corrupt republic, the leaders deceive and manipulate the populace. Our entire nation should be united in working to control climate change and promote economic justice.
Instead, our “blind guides” revive the ignorant motivations of the Salem Witch Trials in modern terms, proclaiming abortion law as the means to control free women who threaten the hierarchy of insecure men.
The cost of rejecting science and provoking infantile emotionalism is that the things that need to be done are left undone.
Even now, while the ice melts and the atmosphere heats, Americans are moving to those cities that are expected to experience extreme heat, flash floods and long-term drought.
The offense of exploiting ignorance as the means to control the people was described by Jesus as “blaspheming against the Holy Spirit,” and as a sin that is not forgivable.
This interpretation supports the viewpoint that Jesus taught science, and it is not a Creator God but rather Mother Nature who is unforgiving.
John M. Medeiros
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