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What you need to know for 10/18/2017

Not too late to save our planet from ravages wrought by developers

Not too late to save our planet from ravages wrought by developers

*Not too late to save our planet from ravages wrought by developers *Writer critical of abortion was

Not too late to save our planet from ravages wrought by developers

Denial of climate change being caused by humans rages as the ice caps melt, pollution levels increase and our planet becomes more stressed. Our stress will continue not only at the loss of our beautiful natural air freshener and spirit refresher we call trees, but as we are forced to get used to the proliferation of the concrete jungle of mazes becoming all too common.

Larry Lewis’ Aug. 1 comments, in my opinion. were the most sensible and logical I have read on this subject. I am not a scientist, just someone who has lived on this earth for well over a half a century and hope I have gained a bit of wisdom and common sense. I can’t help but mourn what I observe as our planet’s slow death at the mercy of man and commerce.

Plant more trees! How easy is that? Or stop cutting them all down! Just take a look around and you will see devastation of almost every forested area in the cities, on our highways, etc. Look at the acreage that used to be farms we all loved (Niskayuna’s Country Gardens, for example), and see what has happened. Has there been any effort at all to save any of the trees that sat on these plots and fed and nourished our bodies and our atmosphere? No!

It is so much easier to just clear away everything and start from scratch to build homes on top of each other, to make the most profit, and the only room left over is for small pom-pom shrubs.

Two or so years ago, a roundabout was placed at the intersection of Krumkill and Schoolhouse roads, in Bethlehem. That corner was a most exquisitely treed area — all former rolling farmland. When the bulldozers and highway team came in, there was vast destruction. Thousands of taxpayer dollars were spent to take down a natural barrier of 40-foot trees. The trees were replaced by a huge man-made retaining wall of concrete blocks.

That new roundabout keeps traffic flowing nicely, but for the price it cost taxpayers and the environment, I would gladly still be willing to halt at the old stop sign, with windows rolled down to take in a breath of fresh air as I waited my turn to go forward.

New neighbors on this stretch of rural land close to the city buy several acres, then proceed to clear them completely of all centuries-old natural vegetation. Fields of tall grasses, where one could hear the constant songs of nesting cardinals, are now silent. Now all you hear are the sounds from the Thruway.

Please, everyone, listen to Mr. Lewis’ plan and plant trees. Demand that the ones standing be respected. Include fruit trees for even more enjoyment, encourage hands-on between humans and the earth. This will go a long way to heal our wounded planet, and give our young people a healthy and enriching future. Speak up, and demand answers from those we elect to represent us.

Frances Bartholomew


Writer critical of abortion was insensitive to women

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a letter as offensive and misogynistic as Donald Vanderwarker’s regarding abortion [Aug. 26].

He makes a sweeping statement that a woman who makes the difficult decision to have an abortion is an “unfeeling female who also does not believe in the death penalty.” What an ignorant statement. Has he ever bothered to have a civil, open-minded discussion with anyone who has had to deal with this decision and its aftermath?

I also notice that he conveniently fails to mention the other half of the equation, namely the man who impregnated the woman and refuses to step up to the plate and take responsibility for raising or supporting the child. Would this be an “unfeeling male?”

Apparently Mr. Vanderwarker believes everything is the woman’s fault, and she should bear the entire burden. Has he ever offered to adopt a child from an unwanted pregnancy? Offered to support them financially? Offered access to counseling? If Mr. Vanderwarker is so concerned about a “decent society,” then perhaps he should start with himself and learn what compassion and empathy really are — and perhaps actually get out there and put in some sweat equity.

Nobody loves abortion, but many women, because of numerous reasons, feel that they have little or no choice, so before you go lumping all women into one unfeeling mass, try understanding what is involved in making that decision.

Jill Hogan


Bicyclists need to observe their rules of the road, tWriter critical of abortion was insensitive to womenoo

What a nice area in New York state we live in. We have lots of great roads to travel on, also some not-so-great roads. But it looks like the not-so-great roads are being repaired little by little, and that’s good.

We also have some roads that have bike paths on them; also some good and some not so good.

In our travels around the area, we find that the folks who ride bicycles do not always observe the laws of the road — they know who they are. So after reading this, will they please stop for stop signs like cars do? It’s the law. This idea of not stopping because you have to start up again is not right; there are too many close calls.

Please, for your sake, and the peace of mind for car drivers, stop. We want to share the road with our bike friends. Let’s all think of each other and enjoy our rides.

By the way, we walked Broadway in Saratoga recently; it was crowded with walkers. Some young folks on bikes rode down Broadway on their bikes. [I] did not know you can do this on the sidewalk, or can you? Enough said.

Sid Gordon


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