Thanks to police for parking resolution
I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the Rotterdam Police Department with their handling of an on- street parking situation during Pop Warner games in our area of the town.
After being advised to reach out to them, I was contacted by Sgt. Derek Reilly, who understood our concerns and took the time to explain how this evolved and that he and the RPD were working on a plan to help alleviate the problem.
After doing a little research, it became clear to me that the parties involved in the disappearance of available parking have no regard to the impact this has had on the surrounding residents, which seems to be a common occurrence these days in the town.
The proposal that’s been submitted to the town is not a solution but more of a compromise that the tax-paying homeowners will have to live with.
At least it should keep one side of the street open for traffic and, more importantly, for emergency vehicles. Other than the RPD, no one was willing to step up.
Again thanks again to Chief Brown, Lt. Collins, and especially Sgt. Reilly for the work that he put into this.
West is ready to lead as Spa mayor
On Nov. 2, I will be casting my ballot for Heidi Owen West for mayor of Saratoga Springs, and I think your readers should too.
My reasons for supporting Heidi are simple.
First, I value private sector experience in a politician. Heidi runs three successful, mainstay, businesses on Broadway.
Balancing a budget (including paying your taxes), managing payroll and understanding the impact of government action on small business make Heidi uniquely qualified to take on the role of mayor.
Second, Heidi is not registered to a political party. In these times, this is especially rare, but Saratoga Springs has the opportunity to put politics aside and vote a natural leader into office.
Even the local Democratic Party sought to endorse Heidi when searching for a candidate to run on their line.
Third, Heidi listens to the community.
Whether through her numerous volunteer roles in the community, to her customers, neighbors or employees, Heidi is a true advocate for our city, our residents, and our visitors.
In sum, Heidi has the experience and dedication to lead our city into the future as we rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. She has my vote, and I think she should have yours, too.
Michael A. Brandi
October is month to screen for cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as the educator for the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties, I would like to urge your readers to get their mammograms. Regular cancer screenings can help find cancer early when treatment may be easier.
Some women may have lost their jobs and their health insurance because of the pandemic. So how can these women get cancer screening? This is where the CSP of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties can help.
The CSP offers free breast cancer screenings to uninsured women ages 40 and over.
The program also offers free cervical cancer screening to women ages 40 and older, and free colon cancer screenings to uninsured men and women ages 50 and over
If any follow-up tests are needed, the CSP will provide those tests too. If breast, cervical, or colon cancer is found, our program will help enroll people who are eligible in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program for full Medicaid coverage during treatment.
Call the CSP at 518-770-6816 to find out if you’re eligible for the program or to get more information.
The writer is health education promotion coordinator of the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady Counties.
Rowback has finger on pulse of G’ville
Mr. William Rowback seems to have the pulse of what is happening within the Gloversville area.
With the Fulton County YMCA going belly up soon, the kids will all love swimming in an updated Gloversville pool.
John Newell Jr.
Not easy to make parks inclusionary
In reference to the Oct. 6 Gazette editorial (“Invest more in inclusive playgrounds”) about playground safety, there has been national safety standards for everything imaginable in playgrounds. In the early 90s, I worked in park maintenance and was sent to a class on new national standards that were being introduced for playground safety. We didn’t have money in the budget to replace equipment or bring the playground into compliance with the standards.
In a lot of ways, old playgrounds cannot be made compliant because of area constraints.
Take for example, swings. Landing material for swings extend out from front and back, the length of the chain plus 8 feet. So for a swing with an eight-foot chain you need landing material space of 32 feet. Also all play equipment had to be at least eight feet from any other play equipment. That’s just one example. A lot of equipment was removed without replacement leading to complaints about that.
The cost of new playgrounds that meet all the standards can easily run close to a million dollars. Just the landing material for a small wheelchair accessible playground with four-inch thick rubber matting can run in the hundreds of thousands. Then add to the initial cost the cost of maintaining it in safe condition and you can see why these things get put on the back burner. I hope I’ve shed some light on the subject.
Healthcare workers know best on covid
I am writing concerning the shortage of healthcare workers at hospitals, etc.
Obviously most of you believe that everyone should have been vaccinated for all the different deadly viruses that are ‘said’ to be affecting the whole world.
Ask yourself this; if these viruses are so deadly, why are so many healthcare workers not getting vaccinated until they’re threatened with their jobs?
It’s because of their jobs that they know more about this so-called threat to the human race than we do. Those who are refusing vaccines also believe the vaccines are not as safe as the government is trying to make you believe. Your nurses, et al, know more of the truth about this subject than the government-controlled media is telling you. Stop believing everything you hear or read. Think for yourself.
Personally, I am not a healthcare worker, but can think for myself without the media’s help. Professionally, before I retired, I was an elevator constructor, doing both installations and service for 37 years.
Why is the government telling us lies? We may never know.
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