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What you need to know for 01/19/2017

Fracking supporter selective when it comes to ‘science’

Fracking supporter selective when it comes to ‘science’

*Fracking supporter selective when it comes to ‘science’ *Don’t count on indy movies from Bow Tie *

Fracking supporter selective when it comes to ‘science’

Re Sept. 29 letter, “State’s latest delay over fracking is politically driven”: Sorry to see that Russ Wege (retired engineer) hasn’t changed his tune regarding hydrofracking. I (retired teacher) didn’t expect him to.

To Russ, those opposed to fracking are “not interested in science.” The science he apparently refers to must be only that which is favorable to the gas and oil industry. He has complete faith in the understaffed DEC [Department of Environmental Conservation] and their overworked energy engineers, even though the underfunded department is currently unable to fulfill its commitments.

He fails to acknowledge or chooses to ignore any evidence contrary to his opinion. The recently documented drilling-related problems in Wyoming, Pennsylvania and New York state are dismissed as “alleged and unproven problems with natural gas development.”

Yes, Mr. Wege, the state’s latest delay with fracking decision is politically driven. And thank God it is! Otherwise we’d be drilling and polluting a la Pennsylvania. Thousands of abandoned wells in New York state, some known and some unknown, would continue to be a festering threat to our drinking water. Leaking waste pits and storage tanks would continue to spew forth their toxic brew.

The “unknown but great taxpayer cost” he attributes to the delay in fracking is inconsequential compared to the environmental costs of a hasty decision. How much do we value clean air and water? How much do we value safe roads and other infrastructure? How much do we value the beauty of New York state’s natural surroundings? I know they are all important to me.

Charles Rielly

Rotterdam

Don’t count on indy movies from Bow Tie

So, Bow Tie Cinemas is going to open a movie theater in downtown Saratoga Springs [Oct. 3 Gazette].

I can understand the community would be excited about this, considering they haven’t had one since the 1970s. I also see that the company has stated they will offer independent films. I sure hope the city planners didn’t base their decision to build a theater on this flimsy promise.

When the Bow Tie came to Schenectady, the prospect of interesting, non-Hollywood movies being shown in our backyard was a cause for celebration. Five years later, I can count on one hand the number of independent movies that have played there.

This has been a huge disappointment for those of us who had hoped they could stop driving to the Spectrum in Albany in order to view thought-provoking, interesting, non-formulaic movies. I sure hope Saratoga fares better.

Christine Witkowski

Scotia

City/county reps sold out Schenectady on sales tax

Re Oct. 2 article, “County’s proposed budget includes tax hike of 7.49%”: First, I would like to ask, has Mr. [county legislative Majority Leader Gary] Hughes just recently moved here from another country? The city has raised taxes every year I have lived here. Please don’t try to snowball the taxpayers. We know exactly what is going on — and you as representatives of the city/county should be ashamed, and that includes the County Attorney Chris Gardner.

Financial analyst Jason Cuthbert lost his job because he came out and exposed what is going on with the sales taxes — how Mr. Gardner and Mayor Gary McCarthy made a deal, how the county keeps most of it rather than increasing the amount that goes to the city. Gardner and Mr. McCarthy should be held accountable for what they did to the financial analyst (whistleblower, anyone?).

You want the taxpayers (again) to pay for your mistakes and all you are doing is forcing more and more residents out of the city.

Mayor McCarthy keeps complaining that people don’t pay their back taxes or penalties. Really? Then hire an outside company that knows what it’s doing.

Carol D’Elisiis

Schenectady

11-year-old who died for siblings was a true hero

I read the story about the 11-year-old boy who was killed on Blue Barns Road [Oct. 3 Gazette]. I think he was destined to be a hero. He was probably made of the same substance that made up the character of our great war heroes.

All that young man could see was the danger to his brothers and sisters. It is no different than a soldier covering his brothers from gunfire or an incoming explosive device. There is something in the soul that make these great men — regardless of age. This story touched my heart.

Six years ago they were my next-door neighbors. Good people like this young man, as with many good things, go unnoticed. God blesses these small towns’ people, too, and I wonder over the years how many heroes have come from them.

Russell Zampella

North Port, Florida

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