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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, Sept. 14

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Enforce the laws for mini bikes, dirt bikes

Can somebody explain to me why seasoned motorcycle and even scooter riders are required by law to wear a helmet and obey the traffic laws while the teenagers and adults currently terrorizing local motorists with mini bikes and dirt bikes are being given a free pass to do whatever they feel like on the road?
All spring and summer, I have witnessed them on both roads and sidewalks swerving in and out of traffic, blowing through stop signs and red lights and occasionally driving straight at oncoming cars.
Not a one is ever wearing a helmet or even observing the rules that even bicyclists adhere to.
Many times they ride double, making it more dangerous to themselves and others.
If anything is in their way on the road, they often just drive on the sidewalks. Not once have I seen anyone pulled over by a cop, so I have to assume that these actions are legal, even though many of the dirt bikes and mini bikes have license plates on them.
These aren’t random occurrences; they happen every day.
If this is against the law, why hasn’t local law enforcement cracked down on it? Or do we just have to wait until it gets too cold for them to ride and stay extra alert for our own safety?
John Angilletta
Scotia

Florida wind turbine will be beneficial

I’m writing this letter in support of a proposed wind turbine in the town of Florida.
The fact that just the one turbine that is proposed can produce 4.3 MW of energy and only use a very small amount of land can help save more of our farmland from solar arrays.
Solar is a great energy source but can take up large amounts of land, which is something residents do not want to happen.
By having this turbine, the county’s energy mix can diversify, because no current solar project in the county has battery storage. That means during the night, none of these sites are producing or storing energy, whereas wind can keep producing clean energy during the day or night as long as there’s wind, of course.
Also, the project would provide tax benefits and reduce energy bills to those who subscribe, which are all win-wins. The choice is up to the town residents ultimately, but to me the economic and environmental benefits are too much to pass up.
Jacob Reed
Amsterdam

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3 Comments

William Marincic

John Angilletta By the time a report is called in they are gone and they scatter when they see the police. They are usually teenagers and they swerve in and out of traffic when chased by police in the city so it is a danger to the kid and the public, I blame the parents. 

William Marincic

Jacob Reed so you believe the big lie, it will be 100 years be there is something better than nuclear power. I’m sure that CNN doesn’t tell you that if today the whole world ran on electricity the scientists said we would have power for 11 seconds. The scientists also said that with the advances by 2030 the world would have power for 17 minutes. Why don’t they talk about the billion years we could run on geothermal energy? I’ll tell you why it is because the politicians and these greenies can’t get rich selling the truth.

Apologies if this has been posted, but the pursuit of honesty in the public forum is neverending and Mr. Marincic’s less-than-honest comments always require a response. There is no shortage of bad actors in the renewable energy sector as there always is when there’s a “gold rush”, but that’s dwarfed by the massive fraud and greed the world has put up with from the fossil fuel industry for generations:
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Exxon, Chevron, Shell and BP among group of 24 who resisted calls to increase production but doled out shareholder dividends.
The largest oil and gas companies made a combined $174bn in profits in the first nine months of the year as gasoline prices climbed in the US, according to a new report. The bumper profit totals, provided exclusively to the Guardian, show that in the third quarter of 2021 alone, 24 top oil and gas companies made more than $74bn in net income. From January to September, the net income of the group, which includes Exxon, Chevron, Shell and BP, was $174bn.Exxon alone posted a net income of $6.75bn in the third quarter, its highest profit since 2017, and has seen its revenue jump by 60% on the same period last year. The company credited the rising cost of oil for bolstering these profits, as did BP, which made $3.3bn in third-quarter profit. “Rising commodity prices certainly helped,” Bernard Looney, chief executive of BP, told investors at the latest earnings report.
Gasoline prices have hit a seven-year high in the US due to the rising cost of oil, with Americans now paying about $3.40 for a gallon of fuel compared with around $2.10 a year ago.
 
The GuardianMon 6 Dec 2021 21.00

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