No concern for local compressor stations?
New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voicing their opposition regarding a compressor station being planned in the Rensselaer County town of Nassau by the NED pipeline.
In their letter to FERC, they state some of the adverse effects that the facility would have on the surrounding area.
They also wrote that the introduction of a compressor station into this community will forever alter this quiet landscape. If the senators are sincere in their opposition and they truly believe the compressor station will have a negative impact to this area, I would like to know where is their concern for the other counties and towns that are having pipelines and compressor stations being forced upon them?
What about Schoharie and Delaware counties? What about the towns of Schoharie and Franklin? The last time I looked, they were still in New York. I presume you work for and represent all of New York as our senators. So why is it bad for some and not the others?
Grateful for return of keys in Ballston Spa
I waited until the election letters waned to write this.
I had been watching the Ballston Spa Halloween Parade near Kelly Park to photograph my granddaughter and her friends. When my wife and I got home, I discovered that my brown leather key case was not in my coat pocket.
Imagine my surprise when a village police patrolman came to my front door with the missing key case. He stated that they had been turned in, and with a little bit of detective work, they ended up at my house a few hours later.
My thanks to the person or persons who found them and to all who traced them to me. Ballston Spa’s motto of “A Village of Friends” certainly is true.
Edward A. Fernau
Show compassion for $15 minimum wage
We know from the gospels that while Jesus healed, worked with and preached to all sorts of folks, he was especially interested in standing with the poor, the widow and the orphan.
Now, about 2,000 years later, Christians could reasonably believe that Jesus is especially standing with the roughly 3 million workers in New York who make less than $15 an hour.
Today (Nov. 10), workers in the Capital Region, across New York, and around the globe will once again stand up to insist upon living wages and dignity at work as part of the Fight for 15 movement. The Fight for 15 began in New York City three years ago when fast food workers walked off the job calling for a $15 wage and a union. Since then, the movement has spread worldwide and changed the debate regarding the minimum wage and low-wage work.
Over the past year, after an increasing number of strikes and protests, fast food workers earned a stepped increase of wages to $15 an hour through the New York Wage Board. Following the lead of these brave women and men — who are risking their jobs and livelihoods to fight for a living wage — Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a push for a $15 minimum wage for all workers in New York. While we can celebrate these victories, the struggle is not over.
Meanwhile, despite lacking a viable alternative to address the hardships faced by low-wage workers and their families, opponents are organizing to stop the planned wage hike and prevent further increases.
Growing up as a lifelong Lutheran, I was always taught to take very seriously the simple yet profound words of Micah 6:8: “what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Christians, and indeed all people of faith, are often pretty good at parts two and three of this verse.
We walk humbly with God in worship and prayer, and offer acts of kindness through various charities, food pantries and related ministries.
Doing justice, however, means standing with people facing systematic oppression, and is often much more difficult but equally important.
Thus, I’m writing to urge all Christians, all people of faith, and all people of conscience to stand with the workers of New York today, as they continue the fight for a just, living wage. May God’s peace be with you.
Rev. Dustin Wright
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America