Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Monday, Oct. 11


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.
Daniel Lindsay

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
Saratoga Springs

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.
Lesley Montenaro
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.
Gerard Kalemba

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.
Neil Nusbaum


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Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

ChuckD October 12, 2021
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The Governor of the state of Texas has today signed an executive order banning any form of vaccination mandate in any organization in his fair state.
If there was ever any doubt that the MAGA world has lost their collective minds, let this be some of the proof.

On average, more than 270 people in Texas died from COVID-19 every day in the last month

An average 55,085 vaccine doses were reported each day in the last month and 51.8% of Texans are fully vaccinated.
and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Doug Hampton October 11, 2021
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Exactly….I learned quickly….Just a terrible misinformed poster. Waste of time

Florida2015 October 11, 2021
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Raymond, Agree, but between Aiken and Fred you just can’t let it go by sometimes. How about we not respond till at lest next Monday 10/18? I’ll try.

Yakcracker October 11, 2021
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Why is the government telling us lies? Because it is what they are best at! If a politician is speaking, he or she is lying. Usually to enrich themselves and selected wealthy friends. It is a fact. It can’t even be argued. In relation to people not getting vaccinated, though, could it be that the government has lied so extensively and for so long people don’t trust anything they say? And they shouldn’t. Don’t believe a word the government or Fraudci says. Instead, ask your doctor – in fact get a second opinion too. You will most likely find them vaccinated and most likely they will suggest you (the royal ‘you’ of course) should also be vaccinated. I believe the Polio vaccine and the TB and Diphtheria vaccines were equally demonized in their day, but think of where we would be without them.

FRED BARNEY October 11, 2021
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The term indigenous people applies to no one! This group were immigrants from what used to be called Upper and Lower Canada. As to honoring this group one must understand this hunter and gathering culture had as much chance of surviving farming culture as it did in Europe – none.

Joseph Vendetti October 11, 2021
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Can we swap the 70 million or so US citizens that aren’t getting vaccinated for individuals from India, Africa & Latin America that would love to have that same opportunity

Florida2015 October 11, 2021
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In case any one doubts the effectiveness of vaccines, maybe they would like us to have a go around with this as it has reemerged in the Congo.

Joseph Vendetti October 11, 2021
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Mr. Nusbaum:

The vaccination rate (even before the mandate) for healthcare workers was close to 89%. After the mandate at Albany Med, St Peters and Ellis are over 96%.

So you are correct follow the health care workers experience and expertise and get vaccinated.