Princetown changing, but small-town spirit remains the same
Princetown, a relatively small town, has been called upon over time to experience some large changes, such as the major power lines that transect our town. There are currently plans for more lines to come from Canada, with a debate over whether they are to be above or below ground. Along with cell towers, power lines have raised issues of concern about detrimental long-term health effects.
Another change within our town, or immediately bordering it, is that we now have two interstate highways, I-90 and I-88, which intersect here at Exit 25A. This has caused a marked change in traffic patterns over local roads between Route 20, Route 7 and the Thruway. The replacement of the bridge over the Normanskill in the coming year can only compound this matter.
We also have an established water system that serves those living within the district. There are still areas within the town that have difficulty getting enough good water. With all the damage and destruction around us, we may forget what a precious commodity water is.
That oversight can perhaps be forgiven as we survey the damage done right here in our town: the flooding of the Normanskill, which caused an evacuation, and all its tributary streams and creeks, which washed out roads and culverts and damaged homes. Erosion also caused loss of property and fallen trees, which clogged streams and diverted their flow.
The Army Corps of Engineers, New York state and Schenectady County assessments of the situation will need evaluation.
This review of changes and current issues, with our comprehensive plan in mind, is a matter of much discussion, The comprehensive plan is a process where, every five years, conditions and changes that have occurred in the town over that period are reviewed and discussed at several levels. Then a plan is drawn up to address those issues.
This is a process that requires commitment and compromise. Here, Princetown is well blessed. Historically we have been served by a wellspring of folks who have performed such tasks and many others as volunteers, employees and, yes, even elected officials.
And so I urge all residents to watch the TV airing each Thursday of our Town Board. They are a hard-working group representing the political parties. Access the board minutes online, talk with your board members; they are open to your questions.
No one runs roughshod over us in Princetown. This may not be Utopia, but it is home!
Martha M. Proper
Save open space behind Glendale Nursing Home
Re Ray Collar’s Oct. 27 letter, ‘Why won’t Sch’dy County Dems protect land near Glendale?’ It is my understanding that the new Glendale Home will be built in front of the old one, leaving the open space behind it untouched. Therefore, I am frustrated that our Democratic legislators have twice voted against preserving this land.
I have been a Scout leader in Burnt Hills for many years and have often utilized the property to teach map and compass and other Scouting skills. I hope it is not the intent of these legislators to sell this property out from under the residents of Schenectady County, especially after our community has been lobbying them for the past year and a half to protect it from development.
With all the new building and expansion in Glenville, it is critical that we save small pockets of open space in our communities for future generations to enjoy. It is a shame that some of our elected county officials do not understand this.
Solutions to problems needed, not blame
I usually enjoy reading the Gazette, but recently your paper has embarked on a populist track which, if carried to extremes, becomes a useless charade.
I am particularly referring to the frequent, elaborate articles on the negative effects various processes and/or actions have on mankind and global health. While I am in no position to verify the validity of claims made in those articles, I do have experience in problem solving and do recognize the difference between cause and effect.
It is relatively easy to make claims such as 1) global warming will have a negative impact on our lives; 2) drilling for oil or gas will kill our waters and sea life; and 3) vehicle emissions poison the atmosphere and air we breathe.
I could go on and on, all the way down to the business and political arenas. One fact, however, remains indisputable, and this is that all those real, or imagined, problems are caused by people. We are the cause. Our scientists, economists and politicians ought to concentrate their efforts and come up with solutions and limit the application of expensive Band-Aids to our self-induced wounds. Most people realize that we are the main culprit.
It will take a long time and strong, honest leaders to implement proper action. Without strong leadership (world and United States), we shall never get out of this perpetual, useless blame mode we are currently operating in.
Leo W. Winn
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