High River project will help the region
I would like to go on record voicing my support for the High River Energy Center.
I believe that this project will be an asset to our community.
A partnership with NextEra Energy Resources has and will continue to support our communities by providing clean renewable energy, through conservation of our environment and rural setting, creating jobs and new revenue.
The High River Energy project allows for migration paths for large animals such as whitetail deer, moose, bear and coyotes.
In the planning there are also allowances for vegetative screening, which would provide additional homes and habitats for native wildlife.
A solar array project can help retain our agricultural setting and heritage.
This project will provide jobs both during the construction phase and when at capacity. Construction is expected to create 180 jobs.
While three to four full-time positions will be created over the lifetime of the project.
The High River Energy project will also support the local farms involved which provide employment for over forty people.
Solar projects allow farmers to keep their land while diversifying their income.
The High River Energy Project is set to pay over $11 million into our communities. The town of Florida alone is projected to receive over $4 million throughout the life of the project.
The remaining money would be distributed to Montgomery County and the Amsterdam school district.
Please consider all the ways that this proposed project could help our communities thrive.
If you want change, then get involved
On Oct. 23, a threat was made online towards two Schenectady middle schools.
The all-clear was given on Oct. 24, with the district and police saying it was just a “prank.”
Facebook comments exploded with the usual vitriol and distrust (earned in my opinion) of it being a prank and how the situation was handled.
Sadly, most of these people commenting on Facebook are also the ones that never attend a school board meeting or are not of the 1.3% of eligible voters in Schenectady who voted during the last school board elections.
I completely understand peoples’ anger and frustration.
What I do not understand is their lack of desire to do anything about it.
If you want to effect change, then you must become involved.
Register to vote, show up at board meetings, not just when there is a controversy but at least a few times a year as well.
Research candidates, the League of Women Voters normally has a meet-the-candidate night, sadly the attendance is usually in the low 40s at best.
Then once you find a candidate you believe in, help them get elected, canvass, phone text-bank for them.
But don’t just sit and do nothing but complain and then question why nothing changes and why nothing improves.
If you wish to know why it doesn’t, then simply look in the mirror.
Edward J. Smith Jr.
High prices caused by myriad factors
There have been a few letter writers to The Gazette that are saying price increases are due solely to our current leadership in government and their supposed left leaning.
I doubt this is the case. One does not need to be an economist to see it is supply and demand that are driving our economy.
Recently at my deer-hunting camp, two guests were talking about a unique and hard-to-get type of rifle. When one guest said they had this rifle, the other guest said, ‘I’ll buy it from you.’
The guest with the rifle said, “OK, but since you told me it is very hard to obtain, I’ll sell it to you for three times its cost.”
This is exactly what is happening in our economy.
When the demand is high and the supply is low, the cost goes up. There is nothing mysterious about it.
And it has less to do with politics, but more about consumer consumption, the pandemic, the hurricane that devastated the refineries in Louisiana and Texas, and the supply chain that moves it all: ships, trucks, roads, and bridges.
Our government can help through policies and legislation, which is ongoing.
It’s the terrible name calling and labeling by the few that is disappointing and does nothing to support our country.
John Van Patten
Don’t forget there are many caring people
Every day I read about people who are complaining about something or see articles about crime and unrest. It is too easy to realize that most people are good, caring Americans.
Recently my wife, who has Alzheimer’s, went out the front door without me seeing her and went for a walk.
A few minutes later, I received a call from a good Samaritan who said that she was with my wife and that she had fallen down and was hurt.
I went immediately to the site she told me and found my wife on the ground with a blanket on her and three Samaritans helping her.
One had gotten the blanket from his vehicle. One had his emergency medical kit out and was tending her scrapes and the third was wiping her forehead and calming her down till I got there.
Three people saw someone in need and stopped to help. I’m sure it happens often, but we get too consumed by the strife we see.
I can’t thank these kind people enough. Let’s all learn a lesson here, that there are people who need help and if we don’t help them, who will?
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