Affordable broadband helps all New Yorkers
Re March 17 AP article, “Lawmakers weigh in on ‘net neutrality’ ”: As a resident of a very rural area, I see firsthand how crippled families who do not have access to the Internet have become. While we have taken it upon ourselves to pay the extremely high cost of having satellite Internet, I know that many of my neighbors cannot afford this.
A classmate of my daughter has spent many nights at our home doing homework because we have access and she does not. I also think that because we have been able to provide this service to our daughter, she has excelled in school. Don’t get me wrong, I know it takes hard work and dedication. But she also needs resources, and the Internet has helped to provide those resources.
Affordable broadband for all of New York is important. Please help pass legislation that would mean every student in our state has the same access.
Obama hasn’t been good for the country
Re March 11 letter, “GOP, not Obama, to blame for problems,” by Diane Hombach: You are right that Bush put us in a war and didn’t wait until NATO got all the information. It is also true Bush left us in debt for $10 trillion when he left office.
But you must remember that Obama campaigned saying he could reduce the debt by half when he took over the office. That hasn’t happened. By the time he leaves office, at the rate he is going, we will be in debt for $21 trillion or more. As for Bush taking vacations, do you know where he went? It was his home in Texas or Camp David. Obama’s vacations cost us 10,000 times more than Bush spent.
I have been a Democrat all my life, but today I am ashamed to say I am a Democrat because of the thievery and lying of the ones we put in office. I did not vote for Obama. I voted for a hero of this country, John McCain. I don’t vote the party. I voted for the man and his values. It’s liberals like you who are ruining this country when you don’t vote for a hero who gave up his health for his country.
In World War II, it was people like me that fought to keep this country free, and liberals like Obama are ruining this country that I love. Remember, freedom is not free. Tell me, what has Obama done that is good for this country of ours? You give him credit for getting bin Laden, when that had been in the works for years. He doesn’t even pledge allegiance to our flag. This is the man you voted for — you and the others are sick.
He wants to give all the illegal aliens citizenship. They are criminals entering our country, and it is at great cost to the citizens of this country. You say it’s disgusting to take away health insurance from people. Low-income people are covered under Medicaid. Others didn’t want to spend the money for it. The stock market has hit an all-time high. During the Bush years, I paid $135 a share for GE stock, and they gave 3-for-1 shares. Today, you can by GE shares for $25.19 each. That is just one of my stocks that is losing money.
Tell me, Diane Hombach, what world do you live in?
Voters deserve the government they pick
Here we go again. The government wants all government employees to save emails for seven years.
If you believe this, better think again. It gives them a chance to get rid of the ones they don’t want the public to see, plus a chance to shred other ones. Just another slap in the face for the voters. Are we dumb or what?
Well in a way, the politicians think we are because we keep voting them back in. It’s about time we let them know we’re not going to take this lying down. How many laws did the politicians make that affect them? They serve two years and get salary and benefits for the rest of their lives at taxpayer expense.
Re March 2 Gazette article, “February brought record cold to the region”: A photo depicting a Coast Guard vessel chugging along a channel, cutting through the ice in the Hudson River by an ice breaker, could have been shot in either the Arctic or Antarctic.
The AP reporter interviewing Art Degaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, posed this question: “So what do we have to thank or blame for this frigid February?”
“We can’t point to anything specific. It’s just the way the jet stream bulged and set up. It’s random, like a deck of cards. Sometimes, you’re dealt a royal flush, sometimes you get nothing,” was his response.
Evasive at best, Degaetano knows the answer, as do all of us, including those living as far south as Texas. The bulge — last year’s polar vortex — is caused by sub-zero Arctic air barreling down from the north — the very same region we have been told for 30 years is melting.
As an example of computer modeling unreliability, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had predicted a “pretty average” winter. The NOAA, however, didn’t predict last winter’s extreme cold in last year’s weather forecast.
For as long as I can remember, the frost line averaged 3 feet below grade. It is now at 5 feet. Water pipes are bursting everywhere, including at a building at Union College, causing extensive damage. Ironically, this is the same institution where geology students are taught that manmade global warming is “settled science.”
Author P. J. O’Rourke’s response to it all is worth repeating: “Just a compendium of all the ecological frets and dreads that have been accumulating in our minds since the days when James Thurber’s grandmother worried about electricity leaking out of empty light sockets.”
Turn mall into multi-season destination
Could a concept mall like Destiny USA save the Rotterdam Mall? With the casino coming in, a family-oriented shopping/entertainment center like the one in Syracuse could do it.
Formerly the failing Carousel Mall, Destiny USA is wildly successful, intergrating shopping and dining with entertainment experiences that appeal to all ages and activity levels. In a region where families search for fun activities in inclement weather during summer and winter, an indoor activity center is a great recreational destination.
According to their publicity, Destiny USA is now New York state’s largest shopping center and the premier entertainment destination for the Syracuse area and surrounding region.
From the company’s website: “As you step into the massive third-level atrium, just above your head you’ll see people enjoying the Canyon Climb Adventure, the largest suspended ropes course in the world. Bring the kids to the WonderWorks amusement park for some mind-bending fun or adrenaline-pumping laser tag, play a round of virtual golf, or catch a 3D IMAX movie. Sample beers from around the globe or stop by Dave & Busters for a round of arcade games. With facilities that include a bowling alley, go-kart track and a comedy club that brings in nationally recognized comedians, we provide an unparalleled variety of entertainment and leisure activities to suit every taste. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly fun or a night out with friends, Destiny USA has something for you, open late every day of the week.”
A recent visit confirmed Destiny USA’s promise. It was very busy and filled with interesting venues, stores and engaged people. It is an option certainly worth exploring. A limited ad campaign urging people to shop locally at Rotterdam Mall will not cut it if there is nothing for them to buy when they get there.
Think of Don Weeks with a smile
Hats off to Mike Wright for his March 19 piece on Don Weeks. I couldn’t agree with him more. Don was a good friend, and I have had the privilege of being in his company on many occasions over the years — both on a personal level and on many of the WGY trips.
He was a true wit, a gentleman and I miss him already. As he said on his last day at WGY: “Just always think of me with a smile.”
RIP Uncle Don.
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