The last thing Malta, Round Lake need is more roundabouts
In the Malta and Round Lake areas, everyone is driving around in circles. The 13 roundabouts already here are overkill for this area. One can become dizzy before reaching a sensible stretch of roads.
The Malta Town Board’s latest whim is how to quickly ram down two more of these monstrosities on the residents of Round Lake Road.
A Feb. 7 Daily Gazette article states that the town has contracted for [a study to determine if] not one, but two traffic signals [should be installed] at the Raylinsky Road and Chango Drive intersections. The article also states that a number of local residents have objected to the idea of roundabouts at those spots.
What happened to the idea that people [should] have a chance to vote on expenditures like these?
Several years ago, one of the board members running for a seat stopped at our apartment to ask if we had any concerns about Malta. I complained about the roundabouts, especially the one at Routes 9 and 67. I said, “If you are coming up Route 9 approaching the roundabout between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., it is nearly impossible to enter the roundabout because of the steady stream of vehicles driven by workers coming off the Northway.” His answer was to jump right into the roundabout. How is that?
One thing I would love to see is for a group of the Town Board members to try to use a pedestrian crosswalk at that time of day. I have yet to see anyone attempting to use a crosswalk at one of the roundabouts, yet that is what they propose for the new ones on Round Lake Road.
Forget the roundabouts and the studies, and save taxpayers a lot of money! Most people I speak to, hate them.
Plenty of consolidating could take place at state
In the March 16 headlines, Gov. Cuomo is quoted as saying: “If you are a school district, or a city, or a town or a county, and you are looking for a fundamental financial reform, consolidation is one of the obvious ones.”
I suggest the governor use that thinking on our state government. We should merge DOT [Department of Transportation] with DMV [Department of Motor Vehicles] and the Thruway Authority; Civil Service should be part of Labor; OASAS [Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services] should be part of DOH [Department of Health]; state police with Department of Corrections and Criminal Justice with Parole.
Why do the people at the bottom have to tighten their belts? The cost cutting should start at the top.
No good reason to oppose Keystone Pipeline plan
Opponents of the Keystone Pipeline choose to ignore several irrefutable facts to the potential detriment of our nation’s economic health.
First and foremost: Canada has made clear its intention to proceed with tar sands development, whether or not the United States approves construction of the pipeline. If need be, Canada will utilize an alternate route to the West Coast and export their crude to, in all likelihood, China, our main trade competitor. Consequently, carbon emissions will not be reduced one iota if we fail to act.
Furthermore, putting aside the potential for thousands of construction jobs, as well as the opportunity to lessen our dependence on Middle East oil, it’s a statistical fact that transporting crude oil via pipeline is much safer for the environment than doing so via tanker ships [crossing] thousands of ocean miles.
To pretend otherwise is illogical.
Learning English should be prerequisite for voting
Re March 11 letter, “If Hispanics want vote, they can learn English”: Shirley Guidarelli is spot on.
If you cannot read English, you have no business voting. This is all socialist Democrat baloney that started with LBJ and his Great Society.
No other country in the world goes to the lengths we do to assist people with the language barrier. Voting is another matter. How can you make an informed choice [about] who to vote for if you cannot read or understand English?
I’m sure the socialist Democrats would be happy telling them to vote only [on their line].
Cartoon with exploding senator in poor taste
What are we supposed to make of the March 12 [editorial] cartoon showing an exploding U.S. senator [Rand Paul]?
I [can] think of several interpretations, none of them clearly favored over another, and I don’t like the way any of them are delivered. I object to the cartoon.
What concept were you trying to convey?
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