Grateful to Dakes and Stewart’s
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The generous matching gift challenge offered by Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family — and the generosity of donors who responded to that challenge — have given the One Church Street project a very Happy New Year!
We are renovating the former Johnstown YMCA building to be the new home of our free community meals program and our food pantry, which have been helping folks with food insecurity for 30 years.
In addition, our new food pharmacy will work with local healthcare providers to combat health problems associated with poor nutrition.
Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family offered to match up to $100,000 in donations made to One Church Street during December.
This provided the impetus for some outstanding giving. With that match, we raised a total of $372,546.90!
The individuals who donated are too numerous to name here, but we thank you sincerely and will recognize you by name in our new lobby.
We also received gifts from these local businesses and foundations: Adirondack Beverages, Ahoy New York Tours and Tastings, Brown’s Ford, C.T. Male Associates, DiSanto-Rose Dental, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association, Fage International, Johnstown Hospital Foundation, Josiah H. Danforth Memorial Fund, Main Motorcar, Perrella Charitable Foundation and, The Wesson Group.
Construction is ongoing, and we want to complete the work during 2023.
Thanks to this challenge, we have now passed $1.9 million raised toward our goal of $2.3 million.
The writer is chair of the One Church Street Steering Committee.
Trump responsible for his election loss
In his Jan. 13 letter (“We need an honest and objective press”) about Donald Trump, Mr. Rick Green stated: “Schiff, Nadler, Pelosi, the media, and others joined in the death by a thousand cuts. The narrative worked. He didn’t get re-elected.”
Donald Trump did not get re-elected because a majority of voters overwhelmingly chose another candidate. And why? Because of Trump’s own words and deeds; in short, his record.
Throughout his tenure, several large, well-funded, popular, and influential media outlets supported and promoted Donald Trump and espoused his MAGA “gospel” on a daily basis.
No, Mr. Green, the media did not cause the death of Donald Trump “by a thousand cuts.” It was Trump himself.
Explain many plumes in sky above Glenville
Has anyone been looking up lately, especially on clear “bluebird” days?
Recently in Glenville I noticed an excessive number of white plume “contrails” from aircraft flying more or less in parallel paths, mostly west to east, over our area.
There were so many contrails that it was difficult to count them all. Then the aircraft, flying at high altitudes, began a crossing pattern, going roughly south to north.
These white plumes eventually expand and turn into a white haze, which in many cases combines to form a weird white cloud cover. I have read that commercial aircraft don’t leave big contrails, so where are these aircraft coming from, and what are they dispensing in these long, large contrails?
Are these military aircraft? If so, what is their purpose and who is paying for all these flyovers? And what is contained in the plumes of white haze these aircraft are leaving in their wake?
Is this a government attempt to control the weather and climate? Has the material raining down on us been tested to determine if it is safe to breathe?
This has been happening more frequently recently, but since most people don’t look up into the sky much, it seems to be largely unnoticed. Or maybe, like the movie, the government doesn’t want us to look up.
Waite’s tribute to Banks was insightful
Andrew Waite’s tribute to novelist Russell Banks in the Jan. 14 Gazette (“Author Russell Banks a man of character and characters,”) is the best piece of its kind that I’ve come across as a decades long reader of our Capital Region’s newspapers.
It is worthy of reprint in any national publication of note.
The Daily Gazette is fortunate to have such a skilled and insightful writer on its staff.
I have not read any of Russell Banks’ novels, but I will be sure to do so now.
Local stop-smoking program is effective
As a professional working in the field of tobacco control, I appreciated your article (“Local resources look to aid in resolutions to quit smoking”) in the Jan. 8 Gazette about the daunting challenges many smokers face when trying to quit.
As referenced in your article, The Butt Stops Here (BSH) is a local smoking cessation program, one that has helped thousands of smokers achieve their goal of a smoke-free life.
The free, seven-week program combines group support and education.
While the program was originally developed for in-person participation, Ellis Medicine and St. Peter’s Health Partners – collaborators in the field of tobacco control —adapted the on-site program to a virtual platform to accommodate covid-related restrictions. In fact, many current participants say they actually prefer the ease and convenience of an online group.
Primary care providers are another valuable source of support and guidance.
Research shows that when clinicians discuss tobacco use and offer patients treatment and support, it increases the likelihood of success by 30%. Even brief discussions – lasting less than three minutes – are effective.
For more information on The Butt Stops Here program and a schedule of upcoming groups, visit sphp.com/quitsmoking.
The writer is manager, Community Health Programs with St. Peter’s Health Partners.
Cartoon was insulting to disabled people
In regard to your political cartoon (“Investigating Joe Biden”) in the Jan. 13 Gazette with the picture of a blindfolded man using a white cane, are you insinuating that if you are blind, you do not know what is going on? Excuse me but they do know what is going on, they can think, hear, and feel and unfortunately have to put up with this mean stereotype. The Daily Gazette owes an apology to every person with a disability.
Hochul must boost mental health staffing
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s State of the State address serves as a statement of the administration’s priorities for the upcoming year.
For those of us with boots on the ground in service to some of New York’s most vulnerable residents, it shows us the priorities of our leaders, and demonstrates the challenges we will face.
We see hope in regard to the proposed investments in mental health, childcare and housing; all initiatives that help combat the devastating effects of poverty.
Committing resources to some of the foundational issues that hold many New Yorkers back will help give every New Yorker the chance to fulfill their promise.
The governor’s $1 billion for mental health services offers added promise to deal with the critical unmet and hidden needs of our children, families, and adults as well as our communities.
Who fulfills the mental health promise?
An investment of $1 billion in our mental health system is an important step. But left unsaid is who’ll provide these life-changing services? Programs only work when they have a trained, experienced, stable workforce to implement and deliver them.
In a sector battered by an unprecedented workforce crisis, where is the support to attract people to the field, compensate them fairly, and encourage them to stay in jobs where they make a difference?
We eagerly anticipate the governor’s executive budget and hope to see real solutions to the workforce challenges. Including an 8.5% Human Services COLA would signify that this administration truly is committed to moving New York forward.
Trucks to Dunn dump violating traffic laws
During November, the city of Rensselaer submitted a report, Dunn C&D Landfill Impacts Assessment, to the state Department of Environmental Conservation prepared by the city’s engineer.
It contains photos of tractor trailers appearing to violate traffic laws enroute to the often smelly and noisy Waste Connections S.A. Dunn construction and demolition debris dump that borders the Rensselaer public school campus.
With Rensselaer’s hills and ravines, only two possible routes lead to the dump at the east end of Partition Street. Third Street is not used due to its length and narrowness. The other is through downtown on Broadway.
The report documents what I have seen many times: that 5-, 6-, and 7-axle tractor trailers enroute to the dump cannot travel along Broadway without violating traffic laws.
Every tractor trailer exiting the Dunn (Hudson River) Bridge ramp onto Broadway (near the Amtrak station) goes over the curb or into the right-turn-lane to turn left.
A few hundred meters to the north, every incoming tractor trailer crosses a long bridge over rail tracks and then makes a right turn onto Partition Street crossing into the other lane.
It is unacceptable that for eight years, every tractor trailer enroute to the dump has violated traffic laws.
The fact that this occurs is proof city streets cannot accommodate the trucks and is an excellent reason for the city and state to close the dump.
Need leaders to curb flow of deadly drugs
If an airplane carrying 250 people crashed every day, killing all on board, the outrage would be astronomical.
When 250 people die every day from drug overdoses, all we hear is crickets.
Drugs are killing many Americans at the very prime of their lives.
Fentanyl is a major culprit but not the only one. Heroin and cocaine kill as well.
It seems we spend more time and energy trying not to offend people by using the wrong pronouns. Last I checked, pronouns don’t kill people, but drugs do.
It’s time this country gets its head out of — wherever it is — and starts dealing with the flood of drugs before we destroy more of this generation from overdoses.
I studied management, and good management requires strong leadership. Strong leaders recognize serious problems, take firm positions, and make hard decisions.
Good management discovers the root causes of problems and then they take action. Blue ribbon committees and white papers do not turn ships around. Captains with navigational skills and good judgment steer ships out of dangerous waters.
We need leaders who can see through the fog and find ways to end the flow of deadly drugs into our country. Time is running out.
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