Will ALCO projects cause more flooding problems in Stockade?
Re Sept. 24 article, “Alco site eyed for TV and film studio”: Will the Gazette please do more to inform those living along the Mohawk waterfront about how development of the ALCO property could affect the flooding risk to their properties?
I have a home in the East Front Street neighborhood, which over the last 72 years experienced many floods without waters entering the first-floor apartment — except those brought on by Hurricane Lee and Tropical Storm Irene.
My home on River Street was, and remains, protected from flood waters by an earthen berm elevating an abandoned rail siding from the main rail line, where it leads to the trestle crossing the river into the ALCO property.
Interestingly, Irene’s flood waters were only about nine inches higher than the flood waters of 1996, yet the water level in my home was three feet higher and the flood waters gushed in down the street to my home.
The explanation for how these waters invaded my home is complex, but I believe those waters flooded in from the river through the ALCO property, Mohawk Avenue, Front Street and the back yards of properties along Front Street, and gushed out of these yards to flow down River Street.
The river’s flood waters were augmented by sewage overflowing from manholes for a sewage line running along Front Street — a persistent problem now for many years after heavy rain.
What I find online, and specifically from the Gazette, concerns me that development of the ALCO property could adversely affect properties in the East Front Street and Stockade neighborhood by raising the level of flood waters upstream of ALCO; failing to eliminate the existing pathways over which flood waters reach my, and other properties in my neighborhood, and usurping funding which could be used to correct the problem of the overflowing sewer line.
Chinese economy makes good case for regulation
In this age of 24-hour cable news and Internet, misinformation and distortions are the norm. An excellent example is the issue of climate change.
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists say that global warming is real and man-made. Apparently, there is a significant portion of the population that does not agree with 97 percent of the experts in the field. This exemplifies the power of the media to mold what people think.
The broader issue is how biased and deceptive reporting is changing the convictions of people under the guise of being fair and balanced?
The question is, if public opinion can be manipulated on climate change, how easy would it be to mold public opinion on the more complex issues of the economy? For example, there are many reasons why job growth is slow. Reactionary pundits concentrate on President Obama and the absence of free-market capitalism. The truth is that slow job growth is primarily the result of globalization, which has overwhelmingly favored Asian economies and started long before Obama.
In the post-industrial age, there has been no successful economy without significant intervention by the government. The Chinese economy has been the fastest-growing economy for the past decade. Modern-day China is an example of a highly controlled, highly regulated, highly protected economy. The whole economy is geared for export growth, which is controlled by the Chinese government.
Tear down that (Western Gateway Bridge) wall
The “Mohawk Wall,” which has been constructed on the rehabbed Western Gateway Bridge, should be removed.
We do not know who made the decision to build the solid, sight-obliterating concrete structure, but it was an unthinking mistake.
The Mohawk River is, and has been for over 300 years, probably the best asset that Schenectady and Scotia have to offer. It is the reason both communities exist. To take away the view of the river from thousands of daily travelers is hard to understand.
We need to show that we are proud of what we have — not hide our best.
William J. Purdy
No way should Sch’dy pay $82K for new assessor
The town of Rotterdam is looking for an experienced, certified assessor with a salary starting at about $70,000 [Sept. 17 Gazette].
Utica, which has been used in the past as a model of comparison with Schenectady, pays its assessor $52,000. So I am asking why someone who has no experience or certification in this position is being considered — nay, demanded — by the mayor for this job? This gentleman wants $82,000 a year. I am scratching my head in wonder.
By the way, I have 14 years experience in my job and haven’t had a raise in four years!
Michele E. Lupe