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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, Nov. 17


Don’t bank on trees to rescue climate

Recent news has been dominated by the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. Rising temperatures are a serious threat. The reality is recognized. Drastic action is needed.
The major cause is increasing CO2 in the atmosphere. It results from the recent human activity of burning fossil fuels in the form of coal and oil and natural gas. More than half of the CO2 produced since the start of the Industrial Revolution remains in the atmosphere.
An increase from 310 ppm in 1959 to the present 415 ppm has been recorded on a volcano top in Hawaii. It is called the world’s most important graph. It was initiated by geologist Charles Keeling. It also shows a yearly sinusoidal variation due to seasonal growth and decay of vegetation.
A much-touted method for reversing atmospheric CO2 is to plant trees. This helps initially.
During the growing process the leaves extract CO2 from the air by solar activated photosynthesis.
The resulting wood of a tree is 50% carbon. However, when any vegetation dies or burns, most of the carbon returns to the atmosphere as CO2.
While trees can improve quality of life, they are ultimately carbon neutral. Any near-term benefit becomes a future liability.
Energy from solar and wind energy are positive alternatives.
Electricity-produced can power vehicles, heating, cooling and most other needs. Thus, valuable and limited land may be better used for solar panels and wind turbines rather than trees.
Frank Wicks
The writer is an emeritus engineering professor at Union College.

Beware lame-duck board in Niskayuna

Congratulations to our newly elected town officials, Jaime Puccioni, Jessica Brennan and Jason Moskowitz. Niskayuna residents clearly voted for change.
We have grown weary of the chaos, conflict and lack of transparency that is the signature of the current town board.
While positive change is coming with the newly elected members, we should be concerned with the actions of the now, lame-duck board.
This board continues to operate with complete lack of transparency. At the Nov. 4 special town board meeting, residents rang alarm bells regarding the town’s 2022 budget.
Unlike other local municipalities, the town board will not be using one-time federal ARPA monies to lower our taxes or replenish, hard-hit reserves.
In fact, they are not providing any information about how the federal funds (over $1 million) will be spent.
Additionally, this lame-duck board is thwarting the traditional six-month probationary period for high-level appointed officials. On the agenda for the next town board meeting on Nov. 18 is a resolution appointing a permanent police chief.
This permanent appointment is being made well before the six-month probationary period has run. When and at what meeting was this decision made to eliminate the traditional probationary period? This issue was not discussed at any Public Safety Committee meeting.
What else might this lame-duck board attempt to do on their way out? The voters have spoken.
Let us not allow these welcome departures to cast shadows that will remain any longer than is required.
Sunny Lee


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Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

LOUIS RESTIFO November 18, 2021
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I didn’t call you a racist.

ChuckD November 18, 2021
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The worry, says former Republican National Committee communications director Doug Heye, is that the party is heading to a place in which “we don’t have to accept elections and policy doesn’t matter, like penalizing people voting for an infrastructure bill.” (Not to mention the fact that Trump himself was gung ho in 2019 for a $2 trillion measure until he walked out because Democrats wouldn’t halt their investigations of him.) And the question, Heye adds, is “How do we get past this?”

ChuckD November 18, 2021
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So what constitutes a cult? Eichel listed several factors:

“Beware of any kind of pressure. That’s probably the single most important advice I can give anyone. Any kind of pressure to make a quick decision about becoming involved in any intensive kind of activity or organization.”

“Be wary of any leader who proclaims him or herself as having special powers or special insight. And, of course, divinity.”

“The group is closed, so in other words, although there may be outside followers, there’s usually an inner circle that follows the leader without question, and that maintains a tremendous amount of secrecy.”

“The group uses deceptive means, typically, to recruit new members, and then once recruited will subject its members to an organized program of thought reform, or what most people refer to as brainwashing.”

“Typically cults also exploit their members….mostly financially. Within the group, they’ll exploit members financially, psychologically, emotionally and, all too often, sexually.”

“A very important aspect of cult is the idea that if you leave the cult, horrible things will happen to you. This is important, and it’s important to realize. That people outside of a cult are potential members, so they’re not looked upon as negatively as people inside the cult who then leave the cult.”

William Marincic November 18, 2021
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The problem with your post Varoma is that it’s the Democrats that are the fascists. It’s the Democrats that tear down the statues. It’s the Democrats that stop free-speech. It’s the Democrats who loot and burn cities. And you can’t deny it.

William Aiken November 18, 2021
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..The same thing happened to Germany from 1937 to 1944

Comparisons to the Holocaust never go well and reflect poorly on those who try to use that horrific event to make a political point.

Florida2015 November 17, 2021
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November 17th, 2021
This has to be the single most absurd thing you keep posting. Re: William
I think your close with that statement. My guess give him a little more time and he will outdo himself sooner than later.
fredsmith, I didn’t post my name with Louis on the cycling post he did. So pay attention. Haven’t said that I agree with Louis on everything because he uses the truth and fact methods for his postings. Please don’t become part of Williams echo chamber, try some original content for your posts.

William Marincic November 17, 2021
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Lou finds racism everywhere yet I’m 12% Black but since I’m a Conservative I don’t count. That reminds me of Biden telling Charlemagne the God that you ain’t black if you don’t vote for him. Those that scream racism the most are use the the biggest racist themselves. Dorh protest too much.

fredsmith November 17, 2021
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Louis and Florida: The post regarding cycling and racism is nonsense. Is it saying that any activity that has more than 50% white participation is racist? Maybe some people just like some activities more than others. Some people like classical music and others like rap. Does that make either racist?

Florida2015 November 17, 2021
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Lets all see if we can give William credit for filling this space with what he considers debate with Himself. No one answer him and lets see how he does. Bet if no one answers him, he will take the other side and answer himself.

LOUIS RESTIFO November 17, 2021
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“Today in the context of increasing calls for racial justice, cycling — as a leisure activity and as a way to get around — appears to have a diversity problem. USA Cycling recently revealed that its membership was 86 percent White, 83 percent male and 50 percent middle-aged. Beginning in June 2020, Bicycling magazine gave space to Black cyclists who testified to the racially exclusionary nature of cycling. The magazine also revealed a study of police data showing that Black cyclists are stopped up to three times as often as Whites, and it reported on a recent case from Texas, in which a White man beat a Black cyclist while hurling slurs at him.”

“With the appointment of former NBA star Reggie Miller to Cycling USA’s Board of Directors and increasingly prominent activist groups such as Atlanta’s Civil Bikes, Black cyclists are leading the way in having cycling address its racial problems.”

“These problems are long-standing. From the beginning of the bicycle revolution in the 1890s, White Americans worked to stop Black men, women and children from riding bicycles. This was especially true in the South.”….

Another one of hundreds of of reasons, that boil down to one (racism) as to why there is a BLM movement. The “legitimate” organization is not saying that White or any other human’s lives don’t matter, what they’re saying is Black lives are EQUAL to ALL others and should be recognized as such by every aspect of humanity. Period.

If you don’t like the BLM movement stop being a racist and it will eventually just be a chapter in history.

William Marincic November 17, 2021
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Other than them being lefties targeting republicans like Lois Lerner did and now Meritt Garland is doing the same thing I guess nothing, right?

William Aiken November 17, 2021
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Trump colluded with Putin to steal the 2016 election
Jussie Smollett was mugged by MAGA supporters
Trump called Nazis fine people at Charlottesville press conference
Nick Sandman dissed a Native American Indian
Trump encouraged those inflected with Covid to drink bleach
Border agents whipped undocumented immigrants crossing the border
Andrew Cuomo was America’s greatest governor
Anyone who suggested the pandemic started in a Chinese laboratory was a racist.
Kyle Rittenhouse is a domestic terrorist

Besides these stories having been based on lies reported by the media, what else do they all have in common?

William Marincic November 17, 2021
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Yesterday I made the comment that most criminals are Democrats and had pushback by multiple lefties on the site. So just in case you missed it.

Only 9% are Republicans according to the Washington Examiner.