Seeking update on status of projects
After reading Mr. Remsnyder’s article (“SFD seeks to address staff shortage”) in the Dec. 5 Gazette, I am curious as to why the taxpayers have to foot $522,582 in funding when the city was awarded $10 million from the state back in May of 2021 through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
I am further puzzled as to why this project wasn’t on the list of the 13 projects approved for funding. I would think that one of the goals of any community development agency would be to obtain state funding in lieu of taxpayer contributions. I’m curious as to the status of the 13 previously approved projects as it has been well over a year since the money was granted.
Perhaps someone could shed a little light on this.
Are good guys with guns really safer?
In his Nov. 29 letter (“Complacency over guns is harmful,”) Art Henningson challenged guest essayist Nick Buttrick’s contention that America’s affinity for gun ownership is based primarily on a perceived need for self-protection, a perception that grew out of the South’s fear after the Civil War that White society was endangered by the newly freed slaves.
Henningson argues that the notion of gun ownership for self-protection existed long before then; from the earliest days of Jamestown, in fact, when the colonists faced an ever-present threat from hostile native tribes, a threat that continued as White settlers encroached upon western lands.
“Today,” he says, “the civilized frontier has moved downtown, with raids into the suburbs.
“The lesson of history is complacency can be fatal.”
Apparently, Mr. Henningson agrees with the NRA’s oft-repeated slogan, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Really – in what universe?
Ask the parents of the student victims shot in Parkland, Florida or Uvalde, Texas, where a veritable army of good guys with guns was on scene within minutes, if that slogan is true.
Or ask the girlfriend of a Vermont deputy sheriff about whether his handgun protected him – or her – in a gunfight that took place on Broadway in Saratoga Springs on Nov. 20.
My question for the majority of gun owners who cite protection as their primary reason for owning a gun is this:
What armed criminal is going to let you get the drop on him?
New Schenectady motto needs a spark
In my opinion, “New Schenectady” most certainly doesn’t cut it as a “new” nickname for Schenectady. With all due respect, Neil Golub should give it a rest.
I say leave well enough alone, but if a majority of city leaders wanted a new catchphrase, “The Electrified City” may be a viable choice.
Electrified; “Having a sudden sense of great excitement.”
Additionally there is relevance to Schenectady’s past.
Louis Restifo Sr.
Cancer program can help save many lives
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in New York state.
In 2019, there were over 118,000 new cases of cancer and nearly 34,000 New Yorkers died of the disease. The state Department of Health works to reduce the burden of cancer across the state through programs such as the Cancer Services Program (CSP).
The CSP offers free breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening to New Yorkers who have low incomes, are uninsured or are underinsured.
Cancer screening can save lives. It can find cancer early when treatment works best, and screening for cervical and colorectal cancer can also stop cancer from starting.
In the last year, the CSP served over 23,000 people across the State, providing screening and follow-up tests, referral to treatment, and client support through case management services.
At current funding levels, the statewide program reaches 18% of the estimated 140,000 eligible population of uninsured people across the state.
Local CSP programs work to reach those with the highest burden of cancer and improve health equity. Black and Hispanic populations, people living in rural settings, and those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community carry more of the cancer burden. Additional resources could increase New York State Cancer Services Programs’ ability to reach New Yorkers with greater cancer burden.
Your local program, the CSP of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties, needs your help. Please spread the word about these life-saving services. Encourage people who do not have health insurance to call 518-770-6816, to qualify for free cancer screening.
The writer is a program manager at Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.
Editorial missed key element of Spa action
The criminal justice system requires attention to detail by all concerned. Details make the difference between suspicion and guilt, hearsay and evidence, justice and chaos.
Unfortunately, the Gazette’s December 8 commentary about the Saratoga Springs bar closing issue contained a significant misstatement of the actions by the City Council to address bar closing times.
The article conflated two proposals, one of which was voted down, the other having been approved the previous week.
The measure that was voted down 3-2 would have amended the City Code to allow for any bar’s city-issued cabaret license to be revoked if a patron left the bar after 2 a.m. and then committed an offense under the Penal Law.
Same if anyone was injured in the bar with a weapon, or other circumstances.
Bars would still be able to stay open until 4 a.m., under Commissioner Jim Montagnino’s proposal. But if they did so, they would have added responsibility and accountability.
Imposing a blanket earlier closing time is something that can be done only by Saratoga County, which so far has refused. On Nov. 28, the City Council asked the County, yet again, to reconsider its position.
Anticipating the county’s rejection of that request, Commissioner Montagnino and Mayor Ron Kim advanced the license revocation solution, which is within the city’s control. No need to ask permission of the county or the state.
It merits the support of all elected officials in Saratoga Springs.
Biden’s poor record doesn’t merit support
Bill Denison was right on with his letter (“Liberal Gazette needs to stop gaslighting”) in the Dec. 3 paper on gaslighting. The “coastal elites” have the media in their pocket and are unaffected by any of the rising prices. Gaslighting is working. There is no question today that our president is not at his best cognitively. The real problem however is not the president, but all those who voted him in and worse yet, those who think he’s been doing a good job.
Take the following:
– Nearly 3,000,000 illegal immigrants invaded this country in the past two years through an open southern border and paying many $1,700/week.
– Inflation at record high.
– Debacle in Afghanistan exit.
– Stock market taking a huge hit. This is your 401k savings.
– Shut down of our energy sector and increased gas prices.
– Draining of the strategic petroleum reserve.
– Painting the illusion that EV cars are the future and wrecking our economy trying to get there.
– Job vacancies and people not willing to work.
– Promise of free tuition paid for by the middle class. (Students got fooled here.)
– FBI invasion of people with different political views.
Does this sound like a country that is doing well? Wake up folks!
It is time for us to reevaluate and change direction. Perhaps you can listen to Paul Harvey’s 1965 talk, “If I were the devil” and see if he didn’t get it right.
Political cartoon on guns crossed the line
Your newspaper and editorial board may have hit a new low in sensitivity and callousness with the political cartoon on your Dec. 5 editorial page.
The cartoon in question shows the kid from the “Christmas Story” movie sitting on Santa’s lap and asking for a real gun instead of the BB gun in the movie. His reasons were because of the “woke” Democrats.
Considering the extreme amount of violence in our country every day, this was inappropriate. Even worse, you completely disregarded the feelings of local families who just last week had their loved ones murdered by a youth who took it upon himself to kill his mother and her boyfriend with a rifle.
Did anyone on your editorial staff even stop to think how completely wrong it was to run this cartoon so soon after this tragedy? Was there no other political cartoon available for you to run that may have actually been funny instead of hurtful?
I believe that your editor owes the families and other readers a sincere apology for your complete lack of judgment and feeling. Right now I am very ashamed of your newspaper and reconsidering renewing my subscription of over 40 years.
It’s Christmas time. Try acting in the spirit of the season instead of trying to score political points.
Fountain for dogs a poor use of taxes
Residents of the city of Saratoga Springs have the next few days to vote online at http://pbstanford.org/2022-saratoga-ny (or with paper ballots at City Hall) for how our city will spend $100,000 of our city budget.
As part of the new Saratoga Springs Participatory Budget Process, residents can vote for several projects eligible for a share of $100,000.
One of the proposed city projects is a $19,000 water fountain for the dog park in Saratoga State Park.
This project should not be funded for these reasons:
1. City money should not be spent to fund state projects unless the city is willing to help maintain/manage the project for the long term.
2. The $19,000 project does not include payment for the water that will be consumed or mention who will pay for it.
3. $19,000 does not include who will fund the maintenance and management of the water fountain.
4. When using the state park, people are expected to supply their own water or visit one of the many springs. Dog owners should also be expected to supply water for their dogs.
Lastly, the most important reason to not consider this project is to allow for other projects that address a majority of our constituents need to be fully funded.
These include projects to promote self-sustaining food security, arts programs for underserved and marginalized youth, projects that sustain our environment, and projects that promote public recreational for all.
City residents please consider carefully how you want to spend our money.
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