Honor Schenectady’s historic contributors
Re Feb. 10 article, “McCarthy’s drive for ‘smart’ streetlights gains traction”: Talk about light pollution. I would have thought the City Council would have come to its senses by now regarding “The Pylon.”
Eighty feet high with a 32-foot digital display? People will be able to see it from Syracuse.
And as far as naming the street: why not after Charles Steinmetz or Nobel Prize winner Ivar Giaever?
Let’s name it after someone who has actually done something for Schenectady.
Alternative thoughts to site’s road names
I have some suggestions to the City Council for street names at Mohawk Harbor that seem appropriate to the site. I hope they will take them under consideration.
My ideas for the three streets are: Losers Lane, Sucker Street, and Broke Boulevard.
And when the Rivers Casino follows the example of Atlantic City, they can call them "Road Closed."
Jim van Dyk
Cuevas’ contributions to city not unnoticed
Re Feb. 10 article, “Schenectady Planning Commission chairman’s removal is questionable”: Matthew Cuevas, chairman of Schenectady’s Planning Commission, is my neighbor. His house supplies the water needed to sustain the city garden located on the corner of Grand Boulevard and Nott Street. Without water, there would be no flowers to enjoy. Thank you, Matt.
Next to Matthew’s house lies a quarter-acre plot of ground that is city property. For many years, he has maintained that plot for the city. No city worker cuts the grass, plants flowers, etc. Mr. Cuevas does it all. Many thanks, Matt.
Matthew has also raised thousands of dollars for the nationally recognized Central Park Rose Garden, not to mention all the manual work he expends caring for the beautiful plants that make it such a showplace. Merci, Monsieur Cuevas.
He is also a groundskeeper for his beloved church, the former St. Luke’s on Union Street. Thanks, Matt.
To my knowledge, I have never seen a political sign on Mr. Cuevas’ own property until this past election, when a “Roger Hull for Mayor” sign was visible on his lawn. The community knows the outcome of that race.
Schenectady voters elected a modern-day Caligula for their mayor.
Mary B. McClaine
Pope’s criticism of Trump is hypocritical
Imagine if Donald Trump were to fly to Italy and deliver a speech in front of the 50-foot barrier surrounding Vatican City. It might go something like this:
Pope Francis: Tear down this wall. Take away the guns from your heavily armed Swiss Guard. Auction off your vast material treasures and give the proceeds to the poor. And open your borders to the thousands of Islamic terrorists who seek refuge there.
In other words, Pope Francis, clean up your holier-than-thou act before criticizing America.
PS: Save the hate mail, I’m Catholic.
Nation must respect a diversity of views
The Feb. 19 letter by William Thiel bemoaning the lack of respect displayed for the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and then claiming The Gazette choose to “play politics,” strikes me as an extremely sad commentary on our country’s political climate.
I would hope that Mr. Thiel, rather than concentrating on viewing the tragedy of Justice Scalia’s death through a partisan scope, would take inspiration from the strong friendship that existed between Justice Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In these two talented justices we have very opposite views, one liberal, one conservative, who had respect and admiration for the views and talents of the other.
And surprisingly, not too many years ago, political opponents often were good friends. I recall the friendly back-and-forth between Bob Dole and George Mitchell at a political convention. They had Senate leadership positions on opposite sides, but maintained a strong friendship.
Didn’t Tip O’Neil and Ronald Reagan have a strong friendship, too? Despite their opposing views on the role of government, they were “always friends after 6 p.m.”
We are stuck in an echo chamber when we can hear only views with which we agree. A diversity of views and ways to address issues makes our country strong.
Let’s embrace that diversity.
County wrong to get rid of public nurses
As someone who worked for Saratoga County for many years, I am very upset that the county has decided to get rid of the public health nurses who visit the sick and elderly in our county.
It was part of my job to work with these nurses and aides providing home care. The comfort we brought to these vulnerable people cannot be measured by dollars and cents.
Last year, I had two major operations. I received very good care in the hospital. But when I was discharged, I needed home visits from these nurses. Their knowledge and attention helped get me through some tough times. They were on call 24/7 and very willing to make a home visit if needed.
To give them no notice that the county was even thinking of closing this unit is terrible. Why is it possible that private firms can make a profit, but the county says it is losing money? Maybe it is the way the county is run.
The sick and the elderly will suffer and the nurses who have worked so hard for so many years will be out in the cold. Shame on you, Saratoga County.
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