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Hidden costs drive up prices at SPAC

Hidden costs drive up prices at SPAC

*Hidden costs drive up prices at SPAC *Don't hide nuclear reactor; market it *Cleaner drains would h

Hidden costs drive up prices at SPAC

Having anticipated attending the Moody Blues concert on Aug. 4, I arrived at the SPAC box office at noon that day to purchase two tickets at the (lowest) advertised price in the Sunday [Aug. 2] Daily Gazette of $39.50 each, only to find the price to be $50.50 each and no lawn seating. The more expensive tickets were comparably higher.

Then it was explained to me about the "fees" -- $6 extra for Live Nation and $5 additional on the day of sale. Instead of two tickets for the advertised price of $79, they were $101, almost 30 percent higher than advertised!

Coincidentally, that very morning I had read a letter to the editor in The Gazette "SPAC should treat patrons like NYRA," which complained, among other things, about customer service and ticket prices.

Call it what you want, deceptive advertising, or bait and switch, but I call it a rip-off. Thanks, SPAC.

Steve Betts

Burnt Hills

Don’t hide nuclear reactor; market it

The Aug. 2 page-one story about the RPI reactor at Mohawk Harbor presents an issue that does not need to be an issue; rather, it could be an attraction if presented to the right market.

Many nuclear-related professionals live in this area, including, but not limited, to Knolls Atomic Lab retirees, Navy veterans, and some RPI faculty. Most would have no problem living next door to a nuclear reactor, especially one as small as RPI's, and some would think that a neighborhood reactor would be neat.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not grant permits lightly and the fact that the current license is only three years old should be a marketing plus. I gather from previous Gazette stories that the condos and apartments amount to several dozen residential units planned for Mohawk Harbor. I think that a half-dozen or so nuclear retirees and veterans would seriously consider living there, enough to give it safety credibility for the other residents.

Covering it with a lighthouse is a neat idea, but I suggest that Galesi make no further attempt to hide the reactor; rather, I suggest incorporating a small museum showcasing advances in nuclear science and medicine and the research that comes out of RPI's work.

Rather than fearing it, taking pride in it would work toward marketing the "Tech Valley" aspect of the New York capital area.

Tom Florey


The writer worked as a civilian nuclear engineer for the Navy, and then as a nuclear engineer at GE-MAO.

Cleaner drains would help prevent flooding

I am just writing about the quick flooding of streets due to heavy rains in Albany and various other places. I just happen to notice that many of these drains for the street are dirty and clogged up. If you need pictures, I can show you trees and flowers growing out of some.

An example is on I-90 eastbound alongside the wall that separates the two lanes before the Everett Road exit. A beautiful 4-foot tall sunflower is growing. On the bridges heading into the Empire State Plaza, small trees are growing out of some there. In front of the state Department of Motor Vehicles on Swan Street, those drains are dirty, too.

How is it, I can't grow trees in my yard, but they will grow anyplace else? We should have the best drainage system in New York. This happens every time if rains heavily.

If the state needs to hire people to do general clean-up work for basic maintenance like this, I am sure they would have no problem finding someone. Maybe an apprenticeship helping out the Department of Public Works would be a good start if there are too many.

Now is the time before more rain falls and then the snow.

Michael Sargalis


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