Solution to Colonie’s economic woes lies in The Crossings
I have been reading the newspaper over the last four to five weeks about the poor financial condition that Colonie is in. It is what it is — start correcting it.
As a resident of Colonie, one of my biggest grievances is The Crossings. Why wasn’t this facility ever put up to a vote? The Crossings cost taxpayers millions of dollars with no major input from residents.
Yes, it’s a gorgeous complex, but let’s be realistic. Do we need to tie up acres of prime commercial real estate for one picnic area adjacent to walkways?
Keep the beautiful entranceway, the pond with the ducks, the community center buildings and fantastic playground for the kids, but sell off the prime commercial acreage, which exists off Metro Park Road, to the developers in the area and relocate new walkways and sidewalk areas as part of the new plan.
By selling this prime property and generating new commercial tax revenue, the $18 million deficit could be slashed by a least one-third or more. Let’s use some common sense — put it up to voters in November.
Don’t write Clinton off because of her gender
It’s quite astonishing to me that in our “enlightened time,” we’re still afraid of electing a woman as president. For all our bluster about equality and the rights of individuals, we still fear giving a woman her due.
Hillary Clinton, more than any other candidate in both parties, has demonstrated her strength and conviction to move through the biases, snobbery and patronizing, and continue her campaign to be president.
True, she should be subjected to the same careful scrutiny as any male candidate, but scrutinize her record, her successes and failures as a senator — when she acted on her own and not as a part of her husband’s administration.
Hillary Clinton has been vilified for her rhetoric, criticized for her appearance and condemned as a stereotype, and in ways that no man in the current race for the White House has been subjected. When will a woman be allowed to be herself when she runs for public office? If she shows strength of purpose, she is criticized as being aggressive, if she shows compassion, she is accused of being weak; if she takes a stand on foreign policy, she is depicted as being “pushy.”
Politics is not a fair fight, but to use Hillary as a woman to demean her in the eyes of the American people raises questions about our belief in the Constitution. Are all of us really created equal?
Some say we are not ready for a woman president. Well, then, when will we be? 2012? Thirty years from now? How long will it take us to grow up and get beyond our narrow-mindedness and see the woman as she is? Hey, America, Hillary Clinton is not your mother or your ex-wife.
Barack Obama sells himself as an agent of change. Change? What greater change could we have than to elect a woman president? Since our country’s inception, we have been governed by men — isn’t it time for a woman to sit in the oval office and demonstrate what she can do for America, what she sees when she sees America? Enough already. Take a stand on the Constitution, let us see what a woman can do as president.
Government’s attitude: ‘Let them eat cake’
First it was the price of tortillas, a necessary staple for many of the poor in our hemisphere. Then it was dairy products, with the Gazette highlighting the effect on pizza prices of the higher cost of cheese (July 14, 2007).
Now, a wheat shortage, which further affects the price of pizza, is front-page news (Feb. 29 Gazette). It’s all because taxpayers are paying farmers to grow corn instead of other crops, and to sell the corn to make ethanol instead of food. Is this a morally acceptable way to address either climate change or dependence on foreign oil?
The addition of ethanol reduces fuel efficiency, but not the price of gasoline. Food costs more. The Gazette focuses on the price of pizza. When will you focus on the effect of higher food prices on over 12 million children in the United States, who live in households where people already skip meals or eat less to make ends meet? Or on the 10 percent of households in New York that suffer from hunger or risk of hunger?
Are any of the presidential candidates even talking about how, as a society, we seem to have decided it is acceptable to lower the standard of living of average Americans to enrich big agribusiness and ethanol manufacturers?
Strock left out one Joe McCarthy servant
So William F. Buckley Jr. is gone. Carl Strock lamented his passing [March 2 Gazette]. Strock can never forget that Buckley got his start as a supporter of Joe McCarthy. But does Strock remember seeing who was in the third seat in those “now infamous and ignominious witchhunts?” It was Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Carl, where is the guilt by association there?
Lori Drive gates make housing plan OK
On Mar. 10 at 7:30 p.m. the Niskayuna Planning Board will be voting on an amended Cerone/Paulsen 73-home subdivision plan off Lisha Kill Road that will call for permanent emergency gates to be placed on the end of Lori Drive. These gates would allow for emergency vehicle access and traffic patterns in the event that Lisha Kill Road is blocked, etc. However, these gates would not allow for vehicular traffic on an everyday basis.
This amendment and new plan has great merit. The developers created the plan, so they have given their approval. The county Public Works Department has given its approval and will allow the new plan to go through with the emergency gates. Many residents are happy with this plan as it will keep traffic to a minimum through our neighborhoods and safety to a maximum. This would be true for Lori Drive residents as well as our neighbors on Lisha Kill Road, and all these new neighbors who would be purchasing a home in the new subdivision.
Four years ago when the Lori Drive issue began, there were many different faces on our planning board. We ask that this new planning board vote for permanent emergency gates on Lori Drive.
Not ready for a baby? Don’t engage in sex
I’m thoroughly perplexed by the Feb. 28 letter, “Sometimes, abortion is the best of several undesirable options,” in which Sandra Natale lists a litany of services available from Planned Parenthood (counseling, prenatal care, birth control) and when all else fails, the option of abortion.
Ms. Natale contends that Planned Parenthood has prevented many more abortions than they have performed. She further contends, if I understand her correctly, that abortion is justifiable because society can’t guarantee complete protection for the child.
Ms. Natale closes her letter with the counsel, “If you’re against abortion, don’t have one.” Perhaps the counsel should have read: “Avoid all activities that may lead to an unwanted pregnancy.”
Raymond S. Kukfa
San Souci offered a slice of life in Scotia
The Feb. 22 full-page Gazette “thank you” [advertisement] from the retiring San Souci family was a happy, nostalgic trip.
Indeed, the Jabloskis, notably Fran and Joanne, have been a part of the Scotia-Glenville restaurant scene for 33 years!
But it should be the community that says “thanks” for — serving us your homemade menu, especially a pizza that is unequaled; being a friendly “Cheers-type” establishment (albeit Italian); extending an occasional helping hand and maintaining reasonable prices, without relying on government support or a “big chain” connection.
Your patrons say thank you and best wishes for our future — you will be missed.
Paul F. Hooker