State must push energy efficiency
This is an open letter to Gov. Hochul and New York legislators:
I mentioned to my wife that the climate crisis is the number one issue for humanity. She corrected me, saying the number one issue is what it has always been — namely for all of us to be compassionate, considerate and caring. She’s right, of course, as always. With number one in place, all else will fall into place OK.
I write as your constituent urging you to include Part EEE of S.8008A in the state budget.
This legislation will help curb carbon emissions by enacting stronger appliance energy efficiency standards and building codes.
The proposed energy efficiency standards are estimated to save 17 million tons of CO2e, equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 3.5 million cars.
In 2019, New York passed the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), legislation that set aggressive emissions reduction goals. The plan is a bold vision – but it is meaningless without bold actions.
An alternate plan is to start building skyscraper apartments in upstate New York, because National Geographic predicts 80% of New York City will need to be abandoned during the lifetime of my grandchildren.
Lawrence A. (Lon) Penna
Writer ignored facts about U.S. and war
This a response to Art Henningson’s letter (“Conservatives don’t back foreign wars”) in the March 26 Gazette. His letter is full of errors and unfounded conclusions.
Right up front, the disastrous Iraq War in 2003 was started by a conservative President George Bush. This war killed thousands of Americans and cost $2.5 trillion. The justifications for this attack were all false. What did it accomplish? Trump probably was referring to this tragedy when he stated, “no more stupid wars.”
The real winner in this situation was Iran. We had taken their chief enemy out and now it became stronger and more belligerent. How this will play out is yet to be determined.
The letter I’m referring to also tries to blame Democrats for all the wars we fought in the last 100 years. This is how FOX wants to frame everything. Evil Democrats versus good Republicans.
All the wars we fought were rooted in problems that played out over decades. For example, the Vietnamese people had been fighting for their freedom since the end of World War I.
I can remember, as a young Republican, Nixon criticizing Kennedy for not being more aggressive in Vietnam. Kennedy had a mess on his hands.
Eisenhower and Nixon had escalated the conflict by sending “advisers” and weapons to a corrupt South Vietnam government in the 1950s. Saying Kennedy started the war ignores the facts.
Elect Zeldin to fix New York’s messes
New York has become an overtaxed cesspool of corruption and we need a drastic change. Congressman Lee Zeldin is running for governor of New York to make that change.
Lee is a well-rounded lifetime New Yorker and war veteran, who has served our country in military intelligence and New York state as an accomplished attorney, senator and congressman.
You can read more about him and his accomplishments at https://zeldin.house.gov/ If you have any questions, please go directly to the source and phone or email his office. They will be happy to get back to you with the correct answers.
It’s time to send a message to officials who abuse their power in office and use our taxpayer money as their own personal piggy bank.
We don’t need to vote our party, race or religion. We need to vote for the person who is going to fix this mess, hold officials accountable and do what is best for the citizens, state and city of New York.
Please New Yorkers, do your own research and vote wisely. Our future and our children’s future depend on it.
Schenectady Muni price hike too much
I’ve been thinking about the 50% membership hike at Schenectady Municipal Golf course for the 2022 season.
Being a committed member for a number of years, the 50% increase ($1,200 to $1,800) for non-resident seniors gave me a great sense of sticker shock.
Think about this: If your contractor raised his quote by 50% from one year to the next by 50% , you would likely look for another contractor. If your grocery store increased prices 50% from one year to the next, you would likely shop elsewhere.
Any increase of 50% for anything would likely prompt anyone to seriously question such.
Look, Schenectady Muni is a great course. The staff is tops, the course maintenance is superb.
The rate increase of 50% in one year is excessive. One might consider new memberships versus current memberships and adjust the increase accordingly.
Do I really expect this to get serious consideration? Not likely. It is a most unfortunate slap in the face to former members. Just my two cents.
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