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What you need to know for 08/17/2017

Mohawk-Hudson bike path isn’t just for bicycles, thank you

Mohawk-Hudson bike path isn’t just for bicycles, thank you

*Mohawk-Hudson bike path isn’t just for bicycles, thank you *Climate change skeptic should stick to

Mohawk-Hudson bike path isn’t just for bicycles, thank you

On Sept. 7, while walking my 7-month-old puppy on the Niskayuna bank path near Blatnick Park, we had a very disturbing confrontation with a bike rider.

We came across two women walking their dogs, trying to find the Niskayuna dog park, and as we were talking a biker, going extremely fast, nearly ran over the leashes as he tried to cut through our conversation. Then he stopped and yelled to us “this is not a dog path, this is a bike path.”

I find this terribly upsetting. Are we to assume, then, that children, strollers, walkers and anyone else who is not riding their bike, are not allowed on the bike path? We are Niskayuna residents. We own homes in the town and our children attend Niskayuna schools.

We frequent the bike path with our children, we take pictures, we picnic at the tables in Lions Park, we walk our dog and we exercise on the bike path.

This is not the first time we have encountered a rude biker. Is it because they feel the need to go much faster than possibly our 9-year-old child, or the pace of our dogs, that we don’t belong on the bike path? And what is the bike path intended for? In the mind of bikers, it is exclusively for bike riding.

Maybe the town should address this, maybe change the name to something more family-friendly. Maybe post notices at each bike path entrance, stating that this is a family-friendly environment and that all are welcome to use the bike path. Maybe post speed limits so while we are enjoying our walk, we do not have to worry about being run down by an arrogant bike rider who thinks he is trying out for the Tour de France.

Gina Robinson

Niskayuna

Climate change skeptic should stick to accounting

The author of the Sept. 7 letter, “Progressives trump up ‘climate change’ so they control us,.” is in dire need of a science lesson, as he has no understanding of the nature of science or the science of climate change.

Yes, our planet has gone through cycles of climate change, but those glacial and interglacial periods took thousands of years. They were due to the amount of solar radiation striking our planet.

The carbon dioxide [CO2] in our troposphere (part of atmosphere where weather occurs) has increased by over 30 percent since the Industrial Revolution. How do we know this? Ice cores contain gases and so provide a history of gases in our atmosphere.

If you plotted this increase, you would find a direct relationship between its growth and our use of fossil fuels. Furthermore, carbon dioxide comes in three flavors, or as scientists call them isotopes: Carbon-12, Carbon-13 and Carbon-14. The ratio of C-12 to C-13 has changed. Since plants use more C-12 than C-13, this change is attributed to the burning of fossil fuels.

Some may argue that carbon dioxide is not the main culprit in climate change. However, scientists have determined the energy being trapped in the atmosphere corresponds exactly to the wavelengths of energy captured by carbon dioxide. A detective would call that evidence the smoking gun!

The accountant who wrote had some other rhetorical questions. How did the dinosaurs die? The climate was getting pretty nasty for those giant beasts 66 million years ago when a 10-kilometer size asteroid struck in the Yucatan Peninsula and dramatically changed an already unfriendly climate.

The accountant then goes on to state Greenland’s present melting is part of Earth’s cyclic climate history. The present accelerated melting of glaciers is occurring at rates not related to Earth’s natural climate cycles because it is happening in less than 100 years.

Scientists are well aware of Earth’s cyclic climate. It is the rapid change the planet is undergoing that led them to investigate other causes. It is not a government plot. It is how science is done.

Joan Wagner

Saratoga Springs

Mayor’s casual approach to assessments is wrong

As a member of the Glenville Board of Assessment Review, I couldn’t help but add some information regarding Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy’s comments to endorse his choice for assessor [Sept. 17 Gazette].

An assessment is not arbitrary. The tax rolls must be completed by June 30 prior to the next tax period. Anyone wishing to [dispute] a current assessment must present a claim to the Board of Assessment Review on Grievance Day, which is held on the fourth Tuesday in May.

An assessor may adjust an assessment at that time if he/she has pertinent information, but the tax roll date remains the same. If, however, the assessor does not change the assessment, the claim is passed on to the Board of Assessment Review.

The Board of Assessment Review consists of a minimum of three members, appointed by the city or town, to review each claim and determine if a decrease is called for. Each claim is thoroughly discussed and must be agreed to by a majority. It is not an issue taken casually.

Virginia Graney

Glenville

Men also responsible for women’s pregnancies

I cannot believe that as a women, Nora Bennett’s Sept. 17 letter never mentions men!

She said, “the real choice in this dilemma is the one the woman makes before becoming pregnant.” Really? So zero responsibility from the other half — you know, the man?

Diane Hombach

Schenectady

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