APA must step up to protect Adirondack Park
I thought the purpose of the Adirondack Park Agency was to protect and preserve our spectacular Adirondack Park.
According to The Gazette Nov. 5 article (“Big housing development proposed for a small Adirondack town,”) the APA is considering a large-scale housing development in the town of Jay, with its covered bridge, sparkling streams and wetlands. No!
Mary E. Siegel
Consider problems with going green
Joe Biden’s quick departure from Afghanistan, the problems at the southern border and the closing of the XL pipeline gives one the impression that Biden acts first, and thinks later.
At the height of the covid outbreak, we saw air and auto travel diminish by nearly 80%. I read no articles stating greenhouse gases or global warming were diminishing. However, we are quick to blame global warming on climate disasters. Who is monitoring the science?
Problems with going green: California went green too quickly and had customers shut off air conditioners during a high-demand heat wave. The EU placed windmills along the shoreline, only to find the amount of wind energy expected did not reach expectations, causing major power outages.
It’s nice to think of green energy, but the reality is, it is not a reliable or a predictable source of energy. No green power system should be without a fossil fuel backup. Natural-gas-powered GE turbines are a proven, reliable source under heavier loads. Why kill such a perfected system?
By allowing forests to flourish and using CO2 free, nuclear power plants, plus doing research on liquefaction storage to convert CO2 to O2, we can solve the CO2 problem. All we need is more precious time.
Republicans don’t need Trump to win
Republican candidates don’t need Trump to win. I think Glenn Youngkin’s election for governor of Virginia proves a few facts.
Youngkin distanced himself from Trump during his campaign and won. I think it would be wise for the Republican Party to follow his lead and run on the issues, rather than rehashing that the last election was rigged.
I really think the majority of Americans are tired of Trump and would not vote for him if he were to run. I am sure that the Republicans have qualified candidates that would run.
Find alternate spot for Liberty statue
The Statue of Liberty is majestic in New York Harbor; the 8-foot Miss Liberty in Schenectady is a poor reproduction. Her face looks like a doll’s, not a replica of the magnificent, imposing countenance of the original statue.
Liberty Park has been transformed into a place that symbolically and aesthetically represents what we want our beautiful city to be, welcoming diversity.
The statue, given by the Boy Scouts almost 75 years ago, is a wonderful part of our past, but it does not convey the strength and hope for millions of immigrants represented by the original statue.
Perhaps our Miss Liberty should be honored by being in or on the grounds of the Schenectady Historical Society rather than looking like an afterthought in the new Gateway Plaza.
Another possibility might be in our beautiful Central Park, a place where a great many local citizens, including recent and not so recent immigrants, enjoy all it has to offer.
Janet Olin Altschuller
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