Best site for Liberty is original location
I read The Gazette Oct. 29 editorial (“Compromise on statue’s location?”) with great concern.
When one reads the Gateway Plaza Implementation Plan and walks the current renovated site, in my humble opinion, the enlarging/opening up of the space in Liberty Park/Gateway Plaza and having made the area more “walkable” only reinforces the call of the Plan to return Lady Liberty to her rightful original location, it is the best and right thing to do. State Street may be wide but not unwalkable, I see SCCC students doing it all the time.
It became clear to me that when the mayor gave away the Lady Liberty Boy Scouts plaque, he intended to scrap our Lady.
This was mentioned in a prior Gazette article or editorial saying that a former Boy Scout agreed to take the plaque and save it.
I, however, do not recall the article date, author or name of the Scout. I’m sure a little searching will uncover the article.
There is no better site in Schenectady for our Lady Liberty — City Council, return our Lady Liberty to her proper and rightful location back in Liberty Park!
I am a former Scout who raised money for Lady Liberty and was at the dedication in 1950.
Lance R. Jackson
Find alternatives to leaf blowers
One of the things I do not love about the fall season is the sight and sound of gas powered leaf blowers.
In addition to the noise they create, they are so bad for the environment that some towns have banned their use.
Because they have a two-stroke motor, all of the emissions go directly into the air, including particulate matter. It’s hard to believe, but using a leaf blower for just 30 minutes is equivalent to driving 3,900 miles in a pickup truck.
But there are alternatives. the obvious one is to use an old fashioned rake. It’s great exercise for those who have the stamina and time. Or don’t rake at all — use a mulching lawn mower and allow the mulched leaves to fertilize the grass. If one absolutely has to use a leaf blower, electric and battery-operated versions are much better options.
Need help dealing with CPAP company
Pandemic news has obscured other significant news stories including the recall of millions of CPAP machines and respiratory medical devices by the manufacturer, Phillips Resperonics.
I’m one of over 25 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea who use a CPAP machine to get a restful and safe night of sleep.
The problem with over 4 million medical devices made by Phillips was only publicly identified by company press release in mid-June. I learned about my dangerous machine accidentally in July from an independent CPAP supplies dealer. In August, an undated letter from Phillips detailed the dangers of certain of their devices and promised to resolve the problem.
The company said it would either replace or repair the affected devices within one year. That leaves hundreds of thousands of users hung out to dry.
It’s been five months that users have struggled with sleep and/or the decision about continuing usage of their dangerous devices. Neither Medicare nor local private health insurance companies have been prominent in advocating for a speedy resolution.
Media outlets have made passing mention of the problem.
I have gone from being initially alarmed to being very angry. The only entities that seem to be active are a handful of law firms developing several class action lawsuits. I am tired of dealing with a serious health problem without any real assistance from the responsible parties. I am just plain tired; it happens when you have untreated sleep apnea!
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