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Elected officials’ vision of Malta differs from residents

Elected officials’ vision of Malta differs from residents

*Elected officials’ vision of Malta differs from residents *Candidate Yepsen has the skills a mayor

Elected officials’ vision of Malta differs from residents

Round Lake Road is owned by Saratoga County and they’ve done a good job maintaining it. The elected officials of Malta felt it should be studied. Their concern seemed to be providing the quickest access to the Northway without delay.

What the elected officials seem to have lost in the studies and data is that Exit 11 is a thriving hamlet with residences, senior housing, an elementary school and thriving business which include locally owned shops, banks, dentist, restaurant, Stewart’s, drugstore and a brand-new grocery store.

These businesses have invested a lot of money based on the support of the local residents that shop there. There are people who come from other areas to shop at these businesses. Why would the town want to create a barrier to their success? Why would they want to jeopardize the safe walk to schools that has been already approved by ratifying a non-stop stream of traffic east to west? Why when signalized intersections and turn lanes provide better level of service are they penalized relative to roundabouts for providing pedestrian control of traffic to allow crossing with a light?

Why does the town want to take over maintenance of the road when the county has said they will not accept the roundabouts? Why does the town want to spend more taxpayers money and take more land from property owners when signalized intersections and turn lanes are just as good and were acknowledged as the planned upgrade in the master plan?

Is there a conflict of interest to have engineers preconceive an expensive Cadillac solution in the study and then award the same firm construction engineering contracts.

Attending every meeting, workshop and public hearing was exhausting. Overwhelmingly those in attendance opposed the need for roundabouts and favored signalized intersections with turn lanes. There was a petition of almost 300 citizen signatures submitted to the Town Board that were opposed to the roundabouts.

At the League of Women Voters candidate forum, Councilman John Hartzell acknowledged the strong opposition to the roundabouts and stated that he will wait to make a decision until all data is evaluated.

Candidates who don’t blindly accept the engineers study, who take the time to question how some of the data was implemented to provide results, and who consider the neighbors of Exit 11 and residents that shop, work and live in Malta are the candidates that will benefit from my vote.

Murray Eitzmann

Ballston Lake

Candidate Yepsen has the skills a mayor needs

I proudly support Joanne Yepsen, candidate for mayor in Saratoga Springs. Through my 12 years as former director of the city’s Heritage Area Program and Visitor Center, I developed a good understanding of City Hall and how our government functions. My job also entailed working with many politicians. Thus, it is with complete confidence that I can say that Joanne is a refreshing breath of fresh air.

For eight years as our elected representative to the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, she has demonstrated strong leadership, fairness and deep commitment to our city. She is comfortable reaching across party lines to achieve results. She believes in openness and accessibility, and is willing to listen to the public.

Her support comes from many quarters, evidence that she garners respect and is a unifier. Saratoga Springs cannot afford to continue petty partisanship.

We now have an opportunity to set a new tone in City Hall, bringing candor and balance to the forefront — where every citizen’s voice is as important as the next person’s.

Holly Schwarz-Lawton

Saratoga Springs

Sutton vs. Yepsen: Experience is unmistakable

It seems to me that voters in Saratoga Springs have a clear choice when it comes to voting for mayor this year. There is a big difference between actually doing the work and sitting in the minority of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors and complaining.

Shauna Sutton has done the work and knows her way around City Hall to get the job done. Her opponent sashays in to City Council meetings to talk up accomplishments of the Board of Supervisors, a board upon which she has little, if any, impact.

It’s easy to see why Shauna Sutton deserves to be our next mayor.

Michael V. Martin

Saratoga Springs

Yespen has proven to be best candidate for mayor

As a mediator, I’m looking forward to a collaborative and open government. As a homeowner, I am looking for a mayor who can build a results-oriented team. I have found her — Joanne Yepsen.

I’m continually impressed by her attention to this city and county and her focus on our best interests, as proven by her committed eight years as county supervisor.

I bought my home 14 years ago because of my love of horse racing and because of Saratoga’s welcome. This city has always felt safe and welcoming. Yet, as I walk Saratoga’s streets today I see the rapid development.

Growing up during the growth of California’s Silicon Valley, I watched my favorite childhood secrets lost under concrete. As Tech Valley advances, I fear the same losses. Collaborative planning can create a more positive outcome.

With Joanne’s nonpartisan cooperative planning and her dedication to healthy development, we will be able to maintain our quality culture while maturing. Example: Joanne’s support of our historic race tracks, truly the country’s finest racing, which contribute to Saratoga’s strong economy. Joanne’s experience, non-naive intelligence and willingness to collaborate with an intelligent and experienced team will embrace and shepherd appropriate and prosperous growth.

Aren’t we all proud to show off our city to friends and family? I am. I trust Joanne to put our best interests first — our interests are her interests. She lives here. She raised her children here. She will be here with us into the future

Please vote for Joanne Yepsen for mayor of Saratoga Springs.

Niki Lee Rowe

Saratoga Springs

‘Individual responsibility’ isn’t something the GOP practices

The latest display of government dysfunction by design provided this writer an opportunity to connect the dots. and the finished product wasn’t a pretty picture.

Since the Republicans took control of the House, they used the legislative process without success 42 times and at a cost of over $50 million to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — i.e. Obamacare.

In June 2012 the Supreme Court decided that the ACA was the law of the land and in November 2012 the presidential candidate who pledged, if elected, he would repeal Obamacare lost the election.

Failing to get their way legally the political right then threatened to shut down the government and in effect deliberately subvert the economy and inflict more suffering on a society still in a state of recession recovery, unless Obamacare was “delayed” for one year.

The political party that holds “individual responsibility” in high esteem then resorted to blaming the president for not negotiating with the self-proclaimed hostage takers.

In the end the Republican House shut down the government and threatened to default on our national debt. In the process they exposed their blatant disregard for a legislative process which served us well for nearly 250 years, displayed an absence of any respect for the rule of law, and with sheer contempt ignored the will of the people as expressed in the 2012 election.

This same political party which also claims a monopoly on “fiscal responsibility” cost our economy $24 billion to put a right-wing ideology above country and destroy our standing in the world in the process.

China now wants to “de-Americanize” the global economy. The EU [European Union] has doubts about our political stability and the Philippine press recently suggested that America has a problem accepting a man of color as president. Given that the Affordable Care Act was initially a Republican idea that Republicans now adamantly oppose, perhaps the Philippine press is onto something.

It’s time for the Republican Party to put country before party and speak out against those among them whose words and deeds divide us as a people, disgrace us on the world stage, and destroy this republic from within.

To achieve a political goal through intimidation meets the definition of extortion as well as terrorism. But the act of shutting down the government, adversely affecting the our economy and threatening the stability of the global economy were examples of a right-wing American extremism that aid and abets our enemies, which compels this writer to dare call it treason.

After connecting the dots, the big picture is to quote Pogo: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” How we address that reality today will determine what we will be tomorrow.

John Pagoda



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