Senate is in serious need of reforms
Our forefathers did a wonderful job creating our form of government and our Constitution, but I take exception to the Senate.
I was taught it was to prevent with its equal representation a few large states from dominating the small ones and would be a more stable and scholarly group than the House of Representatives.
However, the large number of small-population states has skewed this thinking and now it’s more like the tail wagging the dog.
The top six (two tied for fifth) states in population have 41 percent of the U.S. population. These states have 12 senators. The 10 smallest states of approximately 1 million or less people are 7 percent of this total and are represented by 20 of the 100 senators.
One of these states has only one person elected to the House of Representatives.
Regardless of political affiliation, most should agree that the economy should be a key component to our nation’s welfare. State GNP is a good indicator for this point.
The top five states represent 40 percent of the U.S. GNP output. The top three are California, Texas and New York.
One problem in Congress is too many lifers. The House can cleanse itself much better than the Senate because senators are elected every six years, while representatives are elected every two. Pushing term limits would be great, but it’s a pipe dream. Eliminating seniority for chairpersons and speaker to one three-year term would be a start.
City Hall clock needs a good repairman
I occasionally spend an afternoon at the 151 Club on Lafayette in Schenectady. Like any good business that doesn’t want to discourage customers, there are no clocks. So we all rely on the City Hall tower clock. But, again and again, it’s not working.
I waited nearly two hours for happy hour to start, only to find that it had started two hours earlier. One time I ordered a round of drinks for some friends because the City Hall tower clock said we were well within happy hour pricing, only to find that it had ended two hours earlier. Is it really so difficult to find a reliable clock repairman?
Grateful for work of Spa City road crews
Saratoga Springs employs some of the most dedicated employees in the Capital Region. We recently had the road crew mill and pave a portion of Gilbert Road and mill and pave all of Conver Drive.
The process took less than a week and was handled professionally.
Thanks to Skip Scirocco, Joe O’Neill and Rachael Fragomeni and the entire road crew. You folks make living here in Saratoga Springs a real pleasure and contribute to keeping our area roads and surrounding parks and gardens some of the most desirable and valuable residential neighborhoods in upstate New York, and the Capital District in particular.
But you probably already know that. Thanks again
Pete and Jackie Schult
With tariffs in the news lately, I thought your readers would be interested in knowing the Constitution Party of New York’s stance on tariffs. This is just a small section of our platform on tariffs.
“Tariffs are not only a constitutional source of revenue, but, wisely administered, are an aid to preservation of the national economy.
“Since the adoption of the 1934 Trade Agreements Act, the United States government has engaged in a free trade policy which has destroyed or endangered important segments of our domestic agriculture and industry, undercut the wages of our working men and women, and totally destroyed or shipped abroad the jobs of hundreds of thousands of workers. This free trade policy is being used to foster socialism in America through welfare and subsidy programs.”
Visit the national website at constitutionparty.com/platform to learn more.
William D. Wilday
The writer is vice-chairman of the Constitution Party of New York.
Reducing temps will take a major effort
There are 264 million gasoline-powered vehicles that consume 140 billion gallons of gas each year that emit 1.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide.
Adding the amount of energy required to manufacture all that gasoline to the amount consumed adds up to 5236 billion kWh expended energy each year. This is twice the amount generated by fossil-fueled electric utility power plants.
The plan is to replace gasoline-powered vehicles with battery powered ones. At present, 4676 billion kWh is the energy supplied and consumed using gasoline.
This amount of energy needs to be generated by renewable energy sources. If solar is utilized, then the combined size of all solar power generation capability would need to be 2.5 billion kW.
The land area required would be only 0.2 percent of the total United States. At present, the cost of solar panels is $1/watt, so the cost of this massive amount of solar panels would be $2.5 trillion.
But the sun doesn’t shine all the time and cars will be charging their batteries at night. This difficulty will be met, as it is in California, by huge banks of battery storage units.
So there will be even more cost.
Also, our already limited electrical grid needs to be improved and expanded. And New York state will spend millions to build charging stations along major highways.
A massive effort on all fronts is required to reduce future global temperature increases.
Dr. Dale M. Brown
Mueller Report worth time it takes to read
I have read the full Mueller Report, and I recommend its full reading by others as well.
The report easily can be found, downloaded in PDF form and printed from the internet, by Googling the words “Mueller Report.”
It’s also available in book form. I recently obtained a copy published by The Washington Post; it’s a modestly priced paperback containing the report’s full text and footnotes, as well as useful supplementary materials.
Unless you are a speed-reader (which I am not), a complete reading of the report may require several days. It contains some legal jargon, but in general it’s written in plain English. I think the effort will be well worth your time.
Reading the report should give you more confidence when drawing your own conclusions about its contents and about any appropriate public or congressional response.
Nisky superintendent deal avoided public
I had sent a letter to the editor which read “ Congratulations to the winners of the recent Niskayuna school board election. From what I read in the news and hear in the local community “noise,” there are lots of issues that they and their colleagues will have to deal with.
There’s the never-ending increase in spending at a rate greater than inflation, spending per pupil at over 50 percent the national average ($19,000 range versus $12,000), the upcoming long-range plan and bond bill, transparency, diversity, communications, morale and disciplinary issues/procedures with regard to threats and fights.
With all these apparent issues, the Niskayuna school district seems to be changing, and not necessarily for the good.
However, the overreaching issue may be the leadership of the superintendent. With all these issues, it seems a critical evaluation of his performance needs to be taken before any consideration is given to the renewal of his contract.”
After Tuesday night’s board meeting, all I can say is shame on the current Niskayuna school board. At a minimum, the district should have held a separate meeting for community input, not an eleventh-hour addition to the board meeting.
Fear Trump might stumble us into war
President Trump has made a mess of our relationship with Iran by withdrawing from the nuclear deal.
By doing so he lost the ability to limit, for 10 years, Iran’s production of nuclear material, as well as the goodwill crucial to future deals of merit.
The president offered no alternative and later punished Iran by reimposing previously lifted sanctions, even though Iran was still abiding by the deal. Now Iran will soon resume the production of nuclear material.
The sanctions are indeed hurting Iran, but they have not been effective in changing its behavior or goals. Presently, both the United States and Iran have said they are not seeking war. Are you confused?
Let’s get real. Iran is a country with a national identity going back several thousand years. It is likely to resort to a guerrilla war if overwhelmed by a powerful invader. Furthermore, Iran is a large country area-wise, with a population of about 80 million.
My fear is that Trump will blunder into a long and costly war that will spread into a regional one and end in a stalemate after much death and destruction occurs.
Trump’s economy is hurting many people
One has to wonder what world Dave Edwards, in his May 24 letter, who wrote about Trump’s great economy came from.
Surely, he can’t be invested in the stock market or bonds. Our wonderful great economy has more people working for minimum-and below-wages than ever before.
I have a lot invested in the stock market, and the bonds I carry aren’t paying very much.
Banks are still giving very low interest on the accounts of millions of Americans, and the market has done nothing but go up and down due to Trump’s policies.
The trade war with China has done nothing more than cripple American companies abroad and farmers have lost millions. This being said, most of these farmers when asked say they will vote for Trump again.
Trump inherited an economy that was working fine and, like the rabbit and the turtle, the turtle was doing fine. Investments were giving, great performance. Trump’s tax relief was like that of King John who took from the poor and gave to the rich. He increased our deficit by almost $3 trillion, and there is no end in sight. Evidently, Mr. Edwards has his head in the sand, as our economy is worse than ever.
A quick check on the internet will show what is really happening, and hopefully Mr. Edwards will check our financial dilemma. I can weather the storm, but many can’t, as they are living day to day. I pray God help us.
Gary Philip Guido
Gateway to city best place for Lady Liberty
I just have to respond to the May 27 Gazette story regarding the Lady Liberty statue and where she may finally be placed.
Mary Wallinger, at one time, was quoted in The Gazette as saying “Lady Liberty did not fit in with the new design” for what is now called Gateway Plaza.
Worse yet, Mayor Gary McCarthy seems to imply that the statue is now a pawn between himself and citizen David Giacalone.
Let me point out that the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Gateway as: “An opening or a means of access or entry.” Coincidentally, the example it uses for a sentence is: “Hopefully, my college degree will be a gateway to high-paying job.” What better way to “incorporate SUNY Schenectady with downtown” than by returning Lady Liberty to her original place in Schenectady.