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What a web of disdain Weaver wove with column on solar panels

What a web of disdain Weaver wove with column on solar panels

What a web of disdain Weaver wove with column on solar panels McDonald paid for not listening to con

What a web of disdain Weaver wove with column on solar panels

Thank you for printing the thoughtful and well-researched Sept. 23 op-ed column [“Backward in Ballston”] by Daniel Weaver on the solar panels in our neighborhood. Why, he even looked at our neighborhood on Google Earth.

The recently passed town of Ballston ordinance on solar collector installations does not, however, prevent anyone from installing any solar unit. The ordinance simply requires the homeowner to obtain a zoning variance for solar towers taller than 10 feet and requires the zoning board to obtain comments from adjoining neighbors before issuing the variance.

Mr. Weaver’s column does heap much praise on the Seelye Estates West homeowners with the six tall solar panels for their wisdom in going solar, although these same homeowners might feel a bit less loved seeing their home described as the ugly vinyl-clad product of some first-year architecture student.

Perhaps Mr. Weaver forgot that these solar-savvy homeowners are also part of the neighborhood he treated with such arrogant disdain.

He’d like to bulldoze the entire neighborhood, really? Is that some sort of threat? Should we be afraid of the sounds of bulldozers in the night? We are pretty sure that after all our homes were laid flat, Mr. Weaver would have left standing the six tall solar panels that were the basis for his column. After all, these are sacred totems, more important than our homes, than our neighborhood, than our families.

Excuse us, we have to run now and take in our 18-foot pink flamingos, it’s starting to rain.

Jack Sweeney

Darryl Botsford

Burnt Hills

The writers are residents of Seelye Estates West.

McDonald paid for not listening to constituents

In response to Carl Strock’s Sept. 23 column, “Taking the hit for standing on principle,” Carl asks, “Did McDonald not thereby betray his constituents?” Followed by Roy’s “shove it” comment. The answer is yes.

Mr. Strock, [Sen.] Roy McDonald was not placed in office to vote his own opinion, conscience or feelings. He’s there to vote on our — the district he represents — views. When you press his office for information on the number of calls or emails he got against gay marriage vs. those in support, it was about 3-1 against. Yet Roy, in his infinite wisdom, listened to Mayor Michael Bloomberg to vote for same-sex marriage and load up his political campaign coffers with a nice payday from Mike.

To hell with the voters, it’s all about me and getting re-elected.

Well, Mr. Strock and Roy, we, the voters, don’t take kindly to you ignoring our wishes. So you, and the other GOP turncoats will be eliminated.

Political courage, Mr. Governor? Hardly. You forced same-sex marriage down our throats legislatively. Now we will show you a precursor to your next political bid — how you will be voted out as well, no matter how high your poll numbers may be.

Craig Foote

Rotterdam

Non-policing popular, but not the best policy

Well, I see that the village of Coeymans is debating the removal of its police department. The “objection” to that only seems to amount to: “But we know the community better.” Not a very strong argument, is it?

What about becoming self-supporting? By that I mean, do your job. Not that this non-active way of policing is limited to Coeymans. No, not at all. All police forces seem to be doing as little as possible, having to be told to enforce the law, such as Albany this year telling their police to enforce the noise ordinance against loud vehicles.

Why do they have to be told to do their duties? Why do police drive right by infractions without giving out tickets, yet, let there be a call about knives or guns and all the police force shows up and hangs around doing nothing for hours at a time? People parking in no-parking areas, parking on the wrong side of the road, stopping in the middle of the street, jaywalking, and on and on, ignored.

When my brother, Doug Groat (the subject of an article in the Smithsonian magazine for October), was on the Glenville police force, he took care for these infractions. He knew an important fact, take care for the small infractions and people will be less inclined to commit the larger ones.

If the police did take care of these things, the coffers would begin to be filled again and the city would be safer overall. Let’s see if police can be proactive and not commit infractions themselves, such as driving while on their cellphones, speeding on the roads for their own gain, and so on.

I know this is upsetting to some in the law enforcement community. It is not meant as such, but it needs to be said.

Barry Groat

Schenectady

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