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Dems’ talk of doing away with Bennett just like bad old times

Dems’ talk of doing away with Bennett just like bad old times

*Dems’ talk of doing away with Bennett just like bad old times *Sandy’s message: burning coal is not

Dems’ talk of doing away with Bennett just like bad old times

Kudos to Kathleen Moore, whose article, “Democrats mull axing Bennett,” on the morning after Hurricane Sandy missed us, told of the real storm that hit our city on Oct. 30.

Imagine the majority of the Schenectady City Council members secretly contemplating the ouster of the most progressive influence on the Schenectady Police Department in years — [Public Safety Commissioner] Wayne Bennett!

I’m a big supporter of our police and fireman, but when one of them is being a bad citizen, the citizens have a right to know. Whether it’s really about cost savings on a tight budget (“penny wise” to “no savings”) or about the majority members courting the powerful PBA, the very idea is wrong.

It’s taken a long time to improve the image of the department. Not having Bennett preside over public misconduct hearings having to do with illegal activities [would be] a return to the bad old days. It appears that this is the culture the council majority misses. Concessions for votes. Secret political meetings on public time.

I don’t know if it’s ignorance, arrogance or both, but I’ll be voting against all council incumbents this time around.

Thanks again, Kathleen! It was front-page news, but at least I found it, on Page B7!

Dan Cole

Schenectady

Sandy’s message: burning coal is not the answer

Global warming had dropped off the radar [before] Hurricane Sandy. Global warming skeptics will argue for coincidence, but it was no coincidence that the Gulf Stream was some six degrees warmer than normal. Is this a harbinger of things to come?

You will note how actively the coal industry is pushing coal with repetitive ads promoting “clean” coal; they don’t mention global warming in those. What is the solution to our energy dependence? Let’s drill for oil, mine coal and frack for gas. Never mind that burning 100 years’ of natural gas is the same as burning 50 years’ worth of coal — hardly a stellar sales pitch when you realize that all available carbon-based fuels will be experiencing increased consumption for decades.

Opponents of President Obama criticize his administration’s support for solar giant Solyndra; what the Romney campaign ignores is that the Chinese were “dumping” state-sponsored solar panels into the American market. In a $1.5 billion anti-trust lawsuit Solyndra states, “The lawsuit . . . alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy among Suntech, Trina, Yingli, their suppliers, banks and the Chinese government to destroy Solyndra and the U.S. solar industry by flooding the market with cheap photovoltaic cells.”

Would a President Romney support Solyndra’s fight against the Chinese?

Richard Moody Jr.

Schoharie

A lot of red tape to opt out of yard waste fee

With regard to the need to go through the notarization process to opt out of the Niskayuna yard waste fee, I believe [Supervisor] Joe Landry is being disingenuous when he states the reason for it is to ensure that it is the residents themselves who are opting out [Oct. 30 Gazette].

Does he really believe that anyone would go around filing forms to deny the service to a neighbor? And if someone did, wouldn’t it become apparent right away to whoever was duped?

The real reason is, as Town Board member Jonathan McKinney stated, it makes “it harder for residents to opt out.” If Landry was really interested in making things easier for residents to opt out, he should at least mention that Town Hall is full of notaries, so people could save a trip to a bank and/or a stamp by doing everything there.

Also, why is a notarized signature needed every year when the form is filed for the same property as the previous year?

William Wray

Niskayuna

Don’t attempt to mix science with politics

In a Nov. 2 letter, Darrell Roeters questions why someone has “to show their political agenda” in the Oct. 20 Mini Page article about sugar maples.

The [article’s] comment was, “if the climate keeps getting warmer, sugar maples may no longer thrive.” I fail to see a political agenda there. I see a comment from an industry group on the fragile balance of the plants we rely on for food and the environment they grow in.

The writer refers to “the Sans Model,” and the fact that global climate has large changes without human carbon dioxide emissions. I don’t know what the “Sans Model” is but I can’t argue with that comment either.

But I thank the writer for bringing to light the fact that food sources, such as sugar maples, are in enough of a struggle without our carbon dioxide emissions.

If everyone, including the writer, kept this discussion in the scientific arena and out the political arena, we would all be better off.

Rick Lavigne

Delanson

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