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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 20

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 20

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Protect our lakes by rejecting big projects

As one who grew up in Fulton County in the days when going to Sherman’s in Caroga was the ultimate outing, it saddens me that today’s youngsters cannot have that pleasure.

But today’s young people would probably find the Sherman’s that thrilled us to be pretty dull.

The future of Sherman’s interests me and maybe to others who grew up in the area.

I commend The Gazette for the March 17 story on the current Sherman’s controversy.

It appears there are at least two proposals: one to make it into a music-and-arts center and the other to build a hotel and restaurant with resort housing.

A comment by Caroga town board member James Long struck me as essential.

Sherman’s present septic system is marginally adequate, and there’s no place to put one for a high-volume hotel and restaurant. 

That should rule out that option. Without adequate septic or sewage treatment, the lake water will ultimately become polluted, and the water will then flow out into Caroga Creek.

I recall a dry summer some years ago when the Johnstown city water supply became dangerously low, and so they tapped the Caroga Creek for extra water. 

I wonder if they still do. The possibility of endangering a public water supply, local reservoir or people’s wells raises the questions beyond just Caroga Lake.

The town officials and people of Caroga should be looking to reduce pollution in the lakes, not promote a development project that will ultimately increase it.
Lawrence King


Parking garage will hurt Spa businesses

There’s no doubt the existing High Rock parking area next to the Saratoga Springs City Hall has great potential for our city. 

But building an $11-plus-million multi-story parking structure there for the Saratoga Springs City Center seems like the worst option for the economy of our city.

When there’s a large event there today, visitors park for blocks around. They see and visit our wonderful city’s restaurants, shops, bars, hotels and museums. 

Just last month, Forbes Magazine called Saratoga Springs “The Jewel Of New York’s Hudson Valley.”

By not having to go outside, visitors to the City Center probably won’t experience our “jewel,” or spend money at our businesses.

After all, wasn’t the City Center built to boost our local economy? 

Perhaps it would be better for the city if we eliminated all parking near it.

Businesses in Saratoga Springs should be loudly protesting this parking structure. It virtually guarantees that City Center visitors will pass them by and that would be an economic shame.
Charlie Samuels
Saratoga Springs



Steck doesn’t care about innocent lives

Assemblyman Phil Steck’s opinion letter proves how pompous and disconnected politicians really are. 

No one cares about Steck’s fanciful story telling about his family ancestry.

Voters aren’t fooled by Steck’s legalese jargon intended to confuse and distract them from the truth. 

The truth is Phil Steck voted for a gross abortion expansion law that allows abortions through birth, denies medical care for babies who survive abortions, and removes legal protection for wanted pre-born babies under very narrow circumstances.

Steck admits the Reproductive Health Act allows abortions through birth due to “health” of the mother. “Health” defined as virtually anything. He doesn’t refute this fact; he simply states he agrees with that standard. Steck thinks this is OK. Well, it’s not OK with me and it’s not OK with most Americans. 

Phil Steck should get over himself. Voters see him for what he is; a self-important narcissist who cares more about his own political advancement than the lives of innocent babies.
Jennifer Richards
Burnt Hills


Coach’s career always will be remembered

With little fanfare a great high school basketball coach, Dick Suprunowicz, passed away a few weeks back. Mr. Suprunowicz coached Mont Pleasant High School basketball in the late 1950s and 1960s in Schenectady. Probably his greatest team was in 1961 with standout players such as Player of the Year Jerry Vinehout, Randy Cross, Bob Berube, Ralph DeRizzo, Roy Vacca, Paul Viscusi, Alex Perrymen and Ike Cooper. Toward the end of that year, they beat at the time a 47-game-undefeated Linton team, which easily was the most powerful basketball team in

New York state that year and a few years prior. It is sad to see that not even a word was mentioned in The Gazette sports section of this legendary coach and athlete. His distinguished career will always be remembered by many of us. God bless you.
David Larrabee


Government is being taken over by loons

Regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he does not deserve to be called governor.

Murderer is a better term, and so are the legislators who applauded him after Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Care Act. 

And no opposition from the rest of the ineffectual politicians. 

Whatever happened to decency and morality? You should all be voted out of politics.

And now Cuomo wants to drug the population with marijuana. And then we will have to worry about airplane pilots, bus drivers, truck drivers, etc. smoking pot before going to work. And whatever happened to the belief that marijuana is a gateway drug to harder drugs?

And to all the laid-back Republicans in Congress, how did they ever lose the House and the majority in the state Senate? Were they too busy making deals with the Democrats instead of standing by their convictions?

And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Charles Schumer, what have they done to prepare for the influx of illegal immigrants? 

Maybe they should demolish their “immoral” wall and give aid to these people who do not realize they are only wanted here by the Democrats for their votes.

It seems as though our government, federal and state, is governed by too many loons. God help us.
Shirley H. Guidarelli


Some questions that need to be answered

I’d like to comment briefly on several things if I may:

1. Do conservative “Christians” in Washington, D.C., know that sanctuary cities were mandated in the Old Testament law?

2. The economy: It’s supposed to be so great, but my groceries, gasoline, heating oil and other cost of living expenses keep going up and my income doesn’t.

3. The wonderful tax bill: My return was the same as last year. Although the standard deduction was larger, taking away the individual deductions made it break even with previously. I assume a family with more than two children would lose on that one.

4. The college admissions scandal: Evidently over 10 people have been charged, but the names repeated are those of the two actresses and a couple of the coaches. A bit biased. Also, how about athletes who get scouted. Are their scores ones to qualify them? We hear about tutors and money incentives. Double standard.

5. Jussie Smollet: What’s with Donald Trump weighing in on whether he should reimburse Chicago police? Why do taxpayers pay for rooms, security, policing, etc. when Trump stays at one of his hotels, which seems to be often. And his family coffers probably profit.

6. And lastly, I’d like to invite Joe Biden to put his hands on my shoulders and kiss the top of my head. I saw Meghan Markle in a national magazine photo rubbing noses with a dignitary in New Zealand. It’s evidently a custom there. Perhaps we’ve gone a wee bit overboard. 
Ethel Robinson


Seek humane ways to get rid of beavers

It was discouraging to hear of the decision by Friends of Woodlawn Preserve to trap the beaver out of the preserve, especially when there is available a well-proven and humane way to solve their problem.

How unusual it is that nature lovers have no interest in wildlife. In fact, they seek to destroy it.

Incidentally, the conibear trap is particularly cruel and banned in most industrialized countries.
Beryl Dickson


Feds should support substance-abuse care

An estimated 20.7 million Americans needed treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) in 2017, but only about 4 million received any treatment for SUD.

This current addiction treatment gap will never be closed with the current addiction workforce. To make a meaningful impact on the opioid overdose epidemic, it’s imperative that our country makes strategic investments to grow addiction specialists. Right now, Congress has an opportunity to fund two new programs that would strengthen the nation’s inadequate addiction treatment workforce.

First, Congress should appropriate $25 million in funding for the Loan Repayment Program for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Workforce, authorized in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. This would provide for a new and robust student loan repayment program to professionals who pursue full-time SUD treatment jobs in high-need geographic areas.

Second, Congress should appropriate $10 million in funding for the Mental and Substance Use Disorder Workforce Training Demonstration Program authorized in the 21st Century CURES Act. This would fund more training opportunities for medical providers who are willing to provide SUD treatment in underserved communities.

I urge our lawmakers to take the next step and appropriate federal funds for these programs.

Building a robust SUD treatment workforce is critical and should be part of any comprehensive federal response to the opioid overdose epidemic. Otherwise, far too many patients seeking treatment will continue to lack access to care and more lives will be lost.
Melissa Weimer


Lenny Bruce abhorred political correctness

Here are a few choice quotes from the one and only Leonard Alfred Schneider, aka Lenny Bruce. 

Remember him, folks?

“It’s the suppression of the word that gives it the power, the violence, the viciousness.” “The liberals can understand everything but the people who don’t understand them.”

“Every group, every system has a set of values and morals and when you get outside these, then the alarms ring. I was politically incorrect to 95 percent of the country; luckily my 5 percent had the bread to come see me.”

So, Union College President David Harris, just think how terribly boring, at the least, you and your political correctness would sound while going one on one with Lenny or someone like him today.
Michael Dziarnowski


Soldiers also looked over their shoulders
This is in regard to the April 14 Daily Gazette article about Steve Trimm.
He lamented “having to look over my shoulder all the time I was in Canada” where he took refuge from the draft in 1969. He was fearful of a man with a badge and a piece of paper.
In Vietnam, many thousands of brave young American men and women and our many Allies were in fear of enemy gunfire, booby traps, and rockets. Some difference.
Bob Briggs
Saratoga Springs
The writer is a USMC Vietnam veteran.



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