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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, July 28

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, July 28

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Alter diet to turn back climate change

While pursuing my BSN at Siena College, I took a summer class called “Feeling Stressed? Try Nature,” which taught issues facing our planet such as climate change. 
Although I have heard comments such as “It doesn’t feel warmer,” 93% of heat trapped in our atmosphere from greenhouse gas emissions is absorbed by our oceans.
Ocean temperatures have been increasing since the 1990s causing coral bleaching. The future of once thriving ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef, over which 50% has died, is dependent on the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions.
The United States is the second greatest emitter of greenhouse gases. Changing over to alternative forms of clean energy is a lengthy process, and even if we could do so immediately, it would take 100 years for reversal of global warming.
Animal agriculture, especially that of cows, is responsible for 51% of human-caused climate change, 30% of the world’s water consumption, 91% of Brazilian Amazon deforestation and the leading cause of ocean dead zones.
Solutions like changing diet can make a difference to effect change now. I made the personal decision against consuming milk. Check out these documentaries on Netflix: “Before the Flood,” “Cowspiracy,” and “Chasing Coral.” If you can’t be convinced without scientific research, check out “Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector: Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption,” “The Impacts of Dietary Change on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Land Use, Water Use, and Health: A Systematic Review,” and “Global Warming and Recurrent Mass Bleaching of Corals.”
Sarah Dinius
Niskayuna 


Follow simple rule of safety on bike paths

This letter is concerning the ignorance of bike trail etiquette, specifically for pedestrians sharing the trails, with the same opinion as in Michael Werner’s July 19 letter.
Mr. Werner says “get a bicycle bell” for your bicycles instead of shouting “On your left.”
I would like to remind Mr. Werner that if he walked to the left side of the bike trail, facing oncoming bicycle riders (as one should on all roads), there would be no need for a verbal, bell, air-horn or klaxon type of warning at all.
At 50-75 yards away, the average person would only need to keep their eye doctor checkup current. 
We could all avoid the extra noise borne from a valid warning of approaching riders and the snide retorts of individuals that refuse to use some common sense and exercise personal responsibility.
“Walk Left, Ride/Drive Right”
James Herdman
Scotia


State going wrong way in Adirondacks

Much of the news the last few years regarding the Adirondack wilderness has been disappointing and bewildering.
The actions of the APA, DEC and governor make you wonder what wilderness will be left in a few years.
However, it was encouraging to see that The Appellate Division, Third Department, ruled recently that state tree-cutting to build a network of wide class II community connector snowmobile trails in the Adirondack Forest Preserve violated Article XIV, Section 1 of the State Constitution. The DEC and governor should be trying to uphold the wilderness protection provided by the state constitution, not trying to skirt their way around it.
In addition to the snowmobile trail issue last summer, they allowed ATV vehicles on Whiteface Mountain without notifying anyone. They rushed the Boreas Ponds classification to limit the input of public opinion. And they spent millions of dollars on the new Frontier Town Campground.
The money spent on the campground would have been better spent on hiring more rangers, rebuilding trails and improving the parking situation in the High Peaks area. These infrastructure needs should have been addressed before building the campground to bring more tourists into the area. Rangers should be on the trails and summits educating hikers, not writing parking tickets. 
I’m afraid the governor’s idea of wilderness is a paved road up Mt. Marcy, lined with nonconforming blue signs with a Taste of New York kiosk on top. I hope they remember to put in the septic system.
Chris Buckley
Burnt Hills
 

We need a president who upholds American ideals

I cannot believe the chanting done at the president’s political rally. 
I have tried to keep in mind that this is our president and we should stand by him, but I cannot after this latest episode. This president is causing such division in this country that I fear for our future for the next year.
He’s talking about American citizens. He’s singling out one who is the only one born outside of our country but went through the proper protocols to be a citizen. 
How can people back up this alarming rhetoric? The only thing it does is confirm that racism is alive and well in this country. How far have we come when a United States president belittles women that have so much love for this country they ran for election and won to support the people? 
I did not, purposely, say women of color. 
They are women, human beings, who should be recognized for the attributes they hold dear to make this country better.
Wake up America. Impeachment isn’t the answer. Voting is for 2020 to make sure we have a president that stands for the ideals of democracy and practices those ideals for we the people.
Vincent F. Carelli
Amsterdam


Thoroughbreds start their racing careers too young

Provoked by Sara Foss’ July 15 Gazette column, I’d like to put in my two cents. Cold-blooded saddle horses are usually 2 or 3 years old before they are “broke,” wear a saddle or carry a rider. Thoroughbred racehorses are considered 1 year old on January 1, regardless of the month they are born. At age 2, his training begins, including time on the racetrack. It just seems stressful on their young delicate legs and systems. But, of course, to wait one more year to train that racehorse would add a lot of expense to the industry and probably never happen.
Sally Austin
Ballston Lake


Film brings awareness to teen pregnancy challenges 

On July 13, Proctors held the premier showing of “Cradle.”  Prince Sprauve spent six years bringing this film together.
It’s a compelling film, based on true stories of teenage pregnancies in Schenectady. 
The film follows the real-life challenges and complicated relationships with family and friends that teenage pregnancy presents.
The audience was filled with several hundred people, many of whom were teenage mothers or products of a teenage mother. 
The making of the film was with the intent to bring the serious community problem of teenage pregnancy and the resulting impacts of domestic abuse and abandonment to the awareness of our community. 
The hope is to bring together school programs and community agencies to dialog about the issues and try to safeguard our youth from these difficult challenges.
At the end of the film, Prince Sprauve took the stage and repeatedly emphasized that tonight “is not about the limousine;”  it’s about bringing awareness and coming together as a community to help educate our youth avoid these situations.
The July 14 Gazette coverage was only that of a photo of the limousine and a cute headline play of Prince’s name. There was no accompanying article. There was so much story to be told and reported, including or highlighting impact responses from the audience members. It’s a shame The Gazette missed the point of the evening and the opportunity to expose the message of the film.
Hopefully, this film will reach greater audiences and promote dialog across our community.   
Carol Harrigan Lupo
Schenectady


Media must stop stirring up anti-police sentiment

The July 21 Daily Gazette Opinion headline read: “Eric Garner is proof that we need to reform laws on excessive force.”
No. We need a law that simply says don’t resist arrest; if you do, any harm that comes to you will be considered your own fault, by law.
In 1991, Rodney King established the value of resisting arrest, i.e., resist arrest, hurt by police, avoid going back to prison, become national hero, cover of Time magazine.
Mr. King died a pathetic, alcoholic-related death. Some national hero.
But the deceitful media coverage of King’s arrest led to rioting that killed 63 people and injured 2,373. Sixty-three people killed by dishonest media in a riot and how many since, including the very unfortunate Mr. Garner? 
Alvin Bragg, the agenda-driven author of this column, is hardly an unbiased writer, since he stated in the column that he “has provided legal advice to the family of Eric Garner.” He gives no hint as to why the police officers felt they needed to use any force at all in arresting Mr. Garner. Mr. Bragg is simply writing another biased article enflaming antagonism against police. 
Enflaming antagonism toward the police has been a focus of the PC media for 30 years and is causing huge damage to the fabric of our country. It needs to stop.
Clyde Maughan
Rotterdam

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