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Letters to the Editor Sunday, Oct. 17


Solar project will benefit community

I am writing regarding the High River Energy Solar Project in the Town of Florida. I am a member of the DaBar Farm, LLC and believe this project will be very beneficial to the town and its community.
The project is poised to position Montgomery County as a leader in renewable energy and help New York meet its renewable energy goals. It will also secure the future of DaBar Farm.
My siblings and I inherited the property from our father over 12 years ago and it has been a battle to hold on to it and make ends meet.
By signing on with NextEra, we will be able to improve on the property and possibly do even greater things with it in the future. I can still envision my father going out all hours of the day or night, whether it was 90+ degrees or 10 below zero, to work the land and take care of the animals. This property has a deep meaning to all of us in one way or another.
The High River Energy Center solar project will benefit the community as a whole by providing numerous economic benefits, including the potential for millions of dollars in additional tax revenue, which may in fact lower taxes for local residents, in addition to the ability to enhance schools, roads and essential services.
With all that said, I wholeheartedly support the High River Energy Solar Project and hope you will, too.
Sandi Picciocca

Head Start’s ABCD  is meeting needs

October is Head Start Awareness Month. In celebration, I want to take a moment to spotlight Agri-Business Child Development (ABCD) efforts to meet our communities’ needs.
In 2020, I was named the National Head Start Association’s BOLD Prize winner for ABCD’s leadership through the challenges of 2020.
This recognition was for the work ABCD did to understand and address the unique needs of ABCD’s migrant and seasonal farmworker families.
ABCD operates 12 Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs across the state of New York, as well as a regular Head Start program in Seneca County and an Early Head Start program in Orange County.
Given the nature of ABCD families’ work in agriculture, we understood that parents would still need to work in person, which made reopening for in-person services a high priority. For the past year, ABCD’s focus has been on the physical isolation of families and staff, their basic needs such as food and sustenance, their mental health, as well as financial literacy needs, and technological awareness.
As a result of our experiences I have learned that with adversity comes opportunity; that promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion works best because people take ownership of the process and find their true value within the organization; and that trusting your team and engaging the vision of others opens many doors. Above all, I have learned that ABCD is truly blessed to have an array of community partners ready to support us.
Maggie Evans

Jeram will give 100% as Clifton Park judge

I am writing to express my support of Jennifer Jeram for Clifton Park town justice.
I am co-president of the Arongen Elementary PTA and have known Jen for five years. We met when our oldest children started kindergarten, and she also had a 2-year-old son and was pregnant with her daughter.
When I learned that she also worked full-time as a law clerk and volunteered for PTA, I was impressed with how she managed to juggle it all, while keeping a smile on her face and never seeming overwhelmed.
She gives every task 100% effort while maintaining an even hand, patience, and taking everything in stride. I look up to Jen as a mother, a professional, and a community member.
Jen’s credentials speak for themselves. She has extensive experience as an attorney, and her commitment to our community is clear from the various volunteer positions she holds. She is exactly who we need to be our next Clifton Park town justice – someone with experience plus a modern outlook and fresh ideas to keep Clifton Park moving forward. Please join me in voting Jennifer Jeram for Clifton Park Town Justice on Nov. 2.
Kara Tubbs
Clifton Park


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A white man was thrown under the bus because he ware a Black face to a Halloween party! I think that it would be helpful if people mastered to distinction between trying to give offence and taking offence when none was intended. Since intentions no longer matter I suggest that an organization establish a list of offensive behaviors.


You find race based public policies acceptable I do not. If you read some history of the western world you will find support for my point of view. Perhaps you might supply some support for your point of view.


“At least two dozen lawsuits have been filed around the U.S., many in recent weeks, by people seeking to force hospitals to give their COVID-stricken loved ones ivermectin, a drug for parasites that has been promoted by conservative commentators as a treatment despite a lack of conclusive evidence that it helps people with the virus.”

Beautiful! There are conservative commentators that are denouncing the vaccine but promote a horse dewormer for treatment of Covid-19

So all those people who have used Ivermectin to treat malaria, scabies, etc. (FDA website) were given horse dewormer and not told? Did it ever enter your mind that the formulas for animals and humans were different (as in meds you give a pet). Ever check out what other countries that use it to treat Covid are doing with it? I was curious and checked it out, maybe you should too.

Annie, that study does show possible benefits of Ivermectin vs. COVID.

The problem is:
1.) the vaccines and masking are much more effective at actually preventing the COVID infection.

2.) the noise and beligerence and absolutely atrocious behavior of you people who’ve followed the previous President’s lead, and scoffed and insulted and generally behaved in the most uncivilized ways, have made it very difficult for the general population to take anything you rant about seriously.

Did you never read “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”? And if you did, what did you learn from it?

You people? What atrocious behavior? Are you acusing me of being part of something hundreds of miles away with people I have never met doing something I had no knowledge of?
I was curious about the drug and looked it up. And my comment is not a rant, it’s fact. Uncivilized is you attacking me for stating a fact that you don’t like.

Reread the very first sentence I wrote, and consider going out and getting some fresh air.

And look no further than the Guilderland Board of Education’s last meeting to see what your cohorts are up to, “hundreds of miles away with people I have never met doing something I had no knowledge of”.

I simply stated a fact and you’ve called me uncivilized and accused me of atrocious behavior with my ‘cohorts’ for doing it. Not everything is politics. I’m for the vaccines and staying safe. I just wanted to see what the fuss was about. And you attacked me and deflected by bringing up events that had absolutely nothing to do with my statement. I realize you will probably respond to this too because bullies generally need to get the last word in but I’m done.

Regarding Sandi Picciocca’s letter in support of a very large solar farm including her agricultural farm and others in the Town of Florida.
Ms. Picciocca, I feel your family’s pain in making this decision. I’m the product of 11 generations of farmers in and around the Mohawk Valley, and in an earlier chapter of my life actually worked surveying and drafting maps of farmland being sold off, in those cases for residential subdivision. I’m also in the process now of more than tripling my own home solar capabilities, so can claim to be a solar energy fan.

To say this is beautiful land is such an understatement. It is the picture of the word “bucolic” and traveling those back roads, one can’t help have a sense of reverence for the centuries of labor, sweat, tears, love invested there. The thought that that will be so diminished, aesthetically, by development is a kind of tragedy.

But the reality and the alternatives are just as real. One can’t make a living on pretty land and the plight of small farming is well-documented. But subdivision into McMansions stamped from a template and sided by Home Depot, seems like a perverse option. Creation of a source of sustainable energy seems a far more appropriate, and noble option.

This project is huge: 90 MW and ~550 acres. That’s gonna leave a mark. But if it can also sustain the heritage of the Mohawk Valley (albeit, the White heritage) that’s not such a bad thing. Thanks for your letter. I’m sure there was heartache involved, as well as relief.

Just a point of clarification: My comment was specifically to address Ms. Picciocca’s statement and what her family probably went through in making their decision.
My comment should in no way be construed to approve of what went into the siting, or the intentions and tactics of NextEra Energy. The “Energy Sector” is deeply infested with greed regardless the technology, and solar is no exception.

My biggest concern about a project like this is what will happen to it when we develop new technologies making solar farms obsolete. I believe we’re closer to that happening than when these solar farms finally reach their end-of-life. Who’s going to clean it up? I’m pretty sure this NextEra group will try to walk away from it best they can.


ChuckD, Excellent point. Any solar siting should be bonded for removal or whatever after it’s life. Look at the mess left by fossil fuel extraction. Well is depleted, they walk away or declare bankruptcy all over place like Texas, Oklahoma the Dakotas.
We have that with phosphate mining here, uses a lot of water to process, then water is toxic, they store it in huge retention ponds above ground. Now they want to inject it into below ground in deep injection wells, BELOW the aquifer. What could go wrong with that in 10-20-50 years?

And if you were from the Pacific Northwest you’d likely understand why groups like Earth First came about. Imagine entire mountains in the Adirondacks stripped of trees by loggers who had promised to replant, but instead claimed some lame excuse, burned the remaining stumps and split. I’ve seen it firsthand.

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