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Connect Veterans bike trail with Zim Smith, not Brookline Road

Connect Veterans bike trail with Zim Smith, not Brookline Road

• Connect Veterans bike trail with Zim Smith, not Brookline Road • Keep all climate chan

Connect Veterans bike trail with Zim Smith, not Brookline Road

As a bicyclist who has ridden the Zim Smith Trail a few times, the Veterans Bike Trail many times, and has braved the traffic on Eastline and Lake roads to get from one to the other, I was pleased to see in the Nov. 12 Daily Gazette that thought is being given to extending the Veterans path. But is going to Brookline Road really the way?

In the next-to-last paragraph in the story, a connection to the Zim Smith Trail is mentioned for the future; but maybe it should be now.

At Outlet Road, the bike path could cross the railroad tracks, as bikes must now to get to the parking lot; then the bike path could be located on a widened shoulder of Outlet Road to the Ballston Lake access parking lot, and from there, run north to the Zim Smith Trail.

This would roughly follow the Ballston Lake outlet through what appears to be an undeveloped swampy woodland skirting a wetland of little value for anything else, but would make it desirable for both a nature trail and bicycle trail. And hopefully Curtis Industries will be a good corporate citizen and allow the bike path through, or along the periphery of, their property.

The advantages of extending the bike path that way instead of to Brookline Road would be:

1) It would make the Veterans Trail part of a network of bike paths offering multiple destinations for bikers instead of being on an isolated byway.

2) The town would not have to build an expensive bridge over the Mourningkill [Creek].

3) Since the path will not have power lines buried under it that might have to be dug up for service or repair, the path could be paved. A large portion of possible trail users — such as skate boarders, in-line skaters, people with baby strollers with small wheels, etc. — are not able to use unpaved paths.

4) The town will no longer need to negotiate with the power company.

5) It will take bikers going from one trail to the other off Eastline and Lake roads, to the benefit of bikers and motorists.

6) The town wouldn’t need to build another parking lot on Brookline Road. The one on Underpass Road would serve both bike paths.

The town of Ballston set a commendable precedent building the Veterans Bike Trail and, at that time, it seemed desirable to extend it to the village of Ballston Spa. But now, with the newer Zim Smith Trail to Ballston a mile or so away, it seems more desirable to use the effort and money to connect with it instead of having two nearby but unconnected trails.

We should encourage the town to give it their thoughtful consideration before extending the old Veterans Trail to Brookline Road.

Lawrence H. King

Niskayuna

Keep all climate change stories on Page One

Kudos to The Daily Gazette for running the Nov. 25 story whose headline included the words “climate change” on the front page.

With New Yorkers and residents of other ocean states still reeling from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, it was refreshing to see those words — climate change — words that typically end up on the inside or last page of the first section.

The article that followed mentioned Gov. Cuomo’s tough talk about dealing with climate change, but, for now that’s all it is — talk. I’d like to give the governor the benefit of the doubt, but we have been snookered before (i.e. Obama who also promised to lead on climate).

If the American people only had access to the facts about global warming, maybe they’d awaken from their stupor and recognize this as the Leviathan that threatens humankind and dwarfs all other problems.

Barbara Trypaluk

Saratoga Springs

Red states, be careful what you wish for

In response to Bob Nicolella’s Nov. 27 letter (Good things that would happen with secession”), Mr. Nicolella says that red states, if left to their own devices, would see low crime rates and highly educated citizens enjoying intact families.

In fact, a comparison of red states vs. blue states shows that red states have much higher crime rates, both for violent and property crimes, greater rates of out-of-wedlock births, as well as the lowest levels of education attained. In addition, if you live in a red state you are much more likely to have no health insurance and are more likely to die in a fatal car accident, oddly enough.

Red states and blue states have different demographics — the former tend to be more rural and the latter more urban — so it is not surprising that they have different strengths and weaknesses. However, the idea of a red state utopia isn’t based on reality.

It’s also worth noting that, out of the 32 states that receive more money from the federal government than they contribute, 27 (84 percent) are red states; and of the 18 states that contribute more than they receive, 14 (78 percent) are blue.

So seceding red states might soon find themselves in a serious economic bind.

Patrice Kindl

Middleburgh

Secessionist talk has nothing to do with race

Regarding the Nov. 25 article, “Secessionist talk is a disturbing throwback,” by Starita Smith: Starita is a sociology professor with average ratings. She also appears, from her article, to be a racist, certainly anti-white.

I really don’t know what planet Starita has been living on. The white population is still 79 percent of the United States. Females are about 50 percent of the total population. Obama ran on a platform to tax the rich and keep all the entitlement programs growing.

Clearly this is not a racial issue, as Starita posits, but much more an issue of voting for handouts from the government and punishing achievement.

She finishes by saying Obama has based his entire career on the belief that we are all Americans; yet she clearly separates out European-Americans and relegates them to a lesser group.

David Buckbee

Rexford

U.S. has plenty of good workers for good jobs

Re the Nov. 23 guest editorial, “Immigration the big issue” [Rock Hill, S.C. Herald]: I take issue with the paragraph, “While unemployment is high now, as more and more baby boomers retire, the nation is likely to suffer a shortage of workers in key jobs. We will need more immigrant workers, not fewer.”

There seems to be an inference here that we do not have qualified workers here to fill key jobs.

I believe legal immigrants should be able to come here looking for work, but our qualified people should be given preference to key jobs.

Shirley H. Guidarelli

Schenectady

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