Biden responsible for bad economy
Mr. Blair asked an interesting question regarding our economy in his Jan. 18 letter (“What caused big change in economy.”) What happened to it? The answer is quite simple … Biden.
In the last quarter of President Trump’s administration, the last quarter of 2020, the inflation rate was still under 2%, the GDP was growing over 4%. Just like Biden has done with everything President Trump did, he did the exact opposite of what worked.
People were paid to stay home on top of the unemployment they were paid. Some genius in the Democratic Party thought this was good; it would force wages up.
Instead, as businesses began to open they couldn’t get people to come back to work. The Democrats managed to turn us into France. All the extra money people had without working caused shortages, which drove up prices.
On top of this, Biden shut down the oil/gas industry, causing the price of gasoline to rise, again. Inflation. The products that were manufactured couldn’t get to market, creating supply chain problems.
Biden, actually Obama, I believe, is responsible for our country’s economic problems.
Anything that President Trump did that made our country stronger has been reversed by the Democrats. Look at the once-secure border.
Board didn’t need to grant variance
The good news is that my friend got a variance for the repair of his 60-year-old fence; the bad news is that no variance was necessary.
Neither the Niskayuna ZBA nor the town attorney applied that part of the town law that specifically says that repair of a continuing nonconforming use shall be permitted.
The chairman actually said that we weren’t there to argue the law, but only to give facts.
The fact is every board of appeals is to consider the law, the whole law, not just the part it likes, and apply the facts to it. And the chair should not cut off an answer because it’s not what he wants to hear. The board should be objective.
The current zoning law says that the ornamental side of a fence must face out, with the non-ornamental side facing the property owner.
The fence in question was 60 years old, erected long before the zoning law; a large part, but not all, of the fence was in disrepair and falling down. That large part of the fence was replaced, with the ornamental side facing the property owner’s side, just as it had originally been erected.
This was the repair of a continuing non-conforming use, exempt from the permit or variance process.
Thanks to ZBA Board Member Mr. Hoke who moved approval, Mr. Ltaif who seconded, and the four other members of the board who voted for it. The fence is legal. And, of course, it always was.
Hon. Bruce S. Trachtenberg, fJTC
Book offers peace of mind for our time
We are all aware of the many anxieties upon us such as the pandemic, wars, hunger, etc. We look for ways to cope, and it’s difficult to find real peace.
I am fortunate that I found my peace of mind and more in a book that directed me to delve deeper into God’s Word, entitled, “The Lord is My Shepherd,” by Robert J. Morgan.
Mr. Morgan takes the entire 23rd Psalm and breaks it down verse by verse and sentence by sentence.
The reader will be treated to many stories and examples of how people relied on the Good Shepherd who was only too happy to accommodate them.
I have never read anything more inspirational. I never realized how the 23rd Psalm could reach me so personally.
Many of you who are reading this may already be familiar with this psalm, but I guarantee you’ll learn things about it from this book you’d never have considered. The stark realities of the Good Shepherd and his flock are amazing.
The Schenectady County Library carries this book. It’s also available on Amazon and I’m sure any bookstore will order it for you.
It only requires a little time to read for a long lasting reward, so I’d highly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book.
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