Let public know how cyclists protect selves
I was saddened in late January to read of the death of John Cummings of Schenectady after he was run down from behind by a motorist [Jan. 27 Gazette].
As a frequent bike rider myself, two questions and two suggestions arise from that news.
Since the news accounts that I read or heard spoke of massive head trauma, I think the public deserves to know if Mr. Cummings was wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the accident.
Since Mr. Cummings was hit from behind by a car, I think the public deserves to know if he was using a bright, flashing taillight on his bike at the time of the accident whether or not he was wearing a very brightly colored “safety” shirt or jersey.
The three safety measures mentioned are readily available both locally and online. They are also relatively cheap, but are not always used by bicyclists in this area.
I think The Gazette could perform a valuable public service that just might save a few lives in the future if it would make reporting of these questions standard operating procedure by your reporters covering future bicycle-auto accidents.
For the same reasons, I suggest that all official bodies that report such accidents, such as police forces, make that same reporting standard operating procedure when in the future they make reports to the public about bicycle-auto accidents.
David C. Furman
Enforce E-Verify to help nation’s workers
Adolescents and poor Americans lacking job skills are crowded out of the job market by millions of undocumented immigrant laborers.
Enforce E-verify. It would impact the American job market by reversing illegal immigration flow. Full implementation would include ubiquitous scrutiny, exposing all violating employers, and 100 percent enforcement using punishing fines and/or incarceration.
The poor and our youth would be able to enter an improved job market and begin to learn the job skills that lead to more responsible and better paying jobs. The present situation makes chances for unskilled citizen entries into the unskilled job market difficult, if not impossible.
Exacerbating problems for unskilled employment opportunities are the effects of mandated minimum wages. Illegal workers seldom receive prevailing wages and compete unfairly with higher paid Americans.
Businesses usually hire at a loss until job duties are fully mastered. A beginning wage more commensurate with abilities and worth to an employer are essential to restore the apprenticeship ideals presently abandoned due to current labor laws.
My 1940s job experiences: Age 9 raising chickens and selling eggs, working summers on my uncles’ farm for room and board at 13, then getting my first paying job as a movie usher for 35 cents an hour (after getting working papers) would be impossible under both present labor laws and undocumented immigrant competition. A heavy hand is holding back our ambitious youth.
Enforcing E-verify, perhaps expanded to validate welfare eligibility, would induce self-emigration of the undocumented and visa overstays. Diminished border traffic will enable enhanced enforcement against the entry of terrorists, smugglers and the deported criminals. Prison populations will shrink.
Enforced E-verify reduces crime and border enforcement expense, while expanding American citizen’s job opportunities that in turn expand our tax roles while cutting welfare cost.
E-verify is a vote-winning issue many Americans will endorse.
Wallace J. Hughes
Spend tax money on only essential needs
As a taxpayer in the Scotia-Glenville school district, I would like to ask fellow voters to vote no on the land purchase.
The school doesn’t have any real plans (for the obviously overpriced land or it would have sold through the Realtor). But they feel they may need it for something.
Well, if you can get close to $1 million to buy something unneeded, why not put it to use for repairs or buses or computers — things that are needed — and stop wasting tax money.
If you need it that bad, start cutting the budget to allow for this without raising taxes.
Think about it.