Make identity theft a smelly proposition
Referencing May 8 letter (“No need for shredder to destroy documents”), I have another solution to prevent identity theft from any received correspondence.
It’s quite simple: With a matte knife, I quickly cut away the small portion of the envelope and/or correspondence with my name, address, and USPS bar code and toss these bits into a container. The balance of the envelopes and documents are recycled.
When it’s time to put out the carts for trash pick-up, I add the identity scraps to the bag of dog waste and drop it in the garbage cart. Someone would have to be pretty desperate and intrepid to scour my trash.
Keillor column a nice addition to Gazette
Thank you so very much for the Garrison Keillor column [“It’s time for a national day of courtesy, reconciliation”] in the May 13 Gazette.
Of course, your other columns are as good. It is just that Keillor is always a breath of fresh air.
I can almost hear the hesitation in his speaking when he writes. That little hesitation adds much to the pleasure of hearing him talk.
I will not object if you feature other of his writings occasionally. Rather, I encourage you to do so.
George W. Thiessen
More thought needed on Malta ‘downtown’
As a 12-year resident of Malta, I read with interest the May 14 article [“Malta trying to draw shoppers ‘downtown’”] about Malta trying to draw shoppers “downtown."
As I understand it, Supervisor Vincent Delucia and the other town officials want to slow down traffic on Route 9 and get permission from the state Department of Transportation to allow on-street parking on Route 9 in the town of Malta. They believe this would encourage shopping in “downtown” Malta.
Supervisor DeLucia indicated businesses, especially those at Ellsworth Commons, were suffering because there was no on-street parking and mentioned Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa as examples of towns on a major highway, i.e. Route 50, that allow on-street parking.
Really? Few people would cite either Saratoga Springs or Ballston Spa as models of effective parking solutions. Saratoga Springs’ parking issues are well known and mostly spring from the fact that almost the only parking is on-street parking, which is woefully inadequate.
Further, citing Ellsworth Commons as an example in which the merchants would benefit from on-street parking also fails the common-sense test.
According to the article, customers of Ellsworth Commons merchants can’t find parking because all of the spaces in the parking lot are taken by the renters of the apartments above their shops. However, as residents of Malta know, Ellsworth Commons has a very large parking lot.
If all the spaces are taken up by renters, it would seem that the merchants should be looking to their landlord for a remedy, not to the town supervisors.
In taking a fresh look at the problem of establishing a viable downtown in Malta, you should recognize that currently there are virtually no merchants within a half mile of the area sometimes called “Malta Center,” i.e. near the traffic circle at the intersection of Routes 9 and 67, that do not have access to parking lots.
An updated model would require that any merchant that wants to do business in the Malta should have its own parking.
Such a requirement would not be particularly onerous to new or small businesses because Malta’s existing retail developments, all of which have off-street parking, always seem to have available storefronts and offices.
Should the demand for storefronts and/or offices explode, I’m sure that some enterprising developer will build a new retail complex with parking to accommodate that need. Or the merchant can put in its own parking lot as CAP COM, Family Medicine of Malta and Panera have recently done.
The remaining argument in favor of slowing down traffic is that it encourages walking in the downtown area. Really?
If you wanted to encourage walking in the “downtown” area, why did you replace the traffic lights with traffic circles? I can think of nothing less conducive to walking than a traffic circle.
Perhaps the town officials should be thinking of sidewalks, and overpasses or underpasses, to facilitate pedestrian or bicycle traffic in downtown.
I’d like to see Malta’s town officials do some additional thinking before modeling their new town after failed models.
Reader offers trivia on Aumiller’s history
Re April 10 article, “Aumiller’s Pharmacy: New owners, same independent service”: A month or so ago, I read with interest, the article about the new owners of Aumiller’s Pharmacy on central State Street in Schenectady.
I can provide some insight to the new owners that may be lost by now or remembered by only a few.
In August 1968, I was home on leave from U.S. Air Force and visited my father on the job he was working on at that time, which was Aumiller’s.
That year, Ring Construction (David Ring, I believe) of Waverly Place (Larry Ring in attendance) had the general contract to join two buildings together — the one that Aumiller’s occupied and the house next door.
As I recall, this was a little tricky because the floors were at slightly different elevations.
My father, Paul, had the contract to do the stone work on the front of the building. The name the quarry bestowed upon the stone is “Canadian Sunset.”
There’s a little Aumiller’s trivia for the ages.
Fischer will follow in Tedisco’s footsteps
As the endorsed Republican candidate in the Saratoga and Washington county-based 113th Assembly District, I was heartened by the knowledge that, if elected, I would be joining a talented local delegation in the Assembly led by the seasoned Jim Tedisco.
However, with the decision of Sen. Hugh Farley to retire, Jim has decided to seek the Senate seat currently represented by Farley.
Of the candidates who have expressed interest in seeking the neighboring 112th Assembly District seat currently represented by Assemblyman Tedisco, I believe Jim Fischer, a fellow small business owner and former candidate for Congress, would be the best of the best.
Jim Fischer fought a campaign based on time-tested conservative ideals that helped make America great, such as defending our constitutional liberties and increasing the job opportunities by embracing free markets.
In an Assembly dominated by downstate, big government liberals, Jim Fischer would be a fantastic partner to help champion the upstate priorities that the rest our Republican delegation fights so hard for.
I sincerely hope that as the various Republican committee members embark on the considerable task of choosing which candidate can best take the baton from Jim Tedisco, they will coalesce around another solid leader in Jim Fischer.