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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Aug. 16

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Aug. 16

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Invest in upgrades to state Thruway

As I write this letter my daughter and granddaughter are stranded on the obsolete New York State Thruway. She set out from Hague N.Y., to Princeton, N.J., in her electric car, a distance of about 273 miles. With her car being fully charged, that could be accomplished with one charge of about an hour’s time at the halfway point.

The two ChargePoint charging stations at Ulster and Modena rest areas both were nonfunctional. The help-number operators were of no use, as they said the stations were down (duh!). My daughter called her car’s roadside assistance and was told that the Thruway was a restricted road and they could not help. After several hours and four customer service agents, she was informed that only the Thruway Authority can tow her to a charging station.

The Thruway Authority should be disbanded. That highway is the most dangerous in the state. Two lanes for most of its length causing massive traffic jams going south every Sunday. Cars passing in the right lane out of frustration as trucks are in the left lane trying to pass but are unable to. Tolls that were supposed to have been dropped years ago still being collected. And to whose benefit?

Gov. Cuomo, you say you are a green governor and have banned fracking and promote an environment for people and businesses to flock to. Fix the Thruway. Make it three lanes north and south along its entire length. Install and maintain fast electric-charging stations at all rest stops on the Thruway.

As of now, my daughter is still stranded waiting for a tow to a charging station that works. She left at 11:30 a.m. and it is now 5:30 p.m. with no end in sight.

Shame on you Gov. Cuomo and shame on ChargePoint and the New York Thruway.
Harold Haber
Niskayuna
 

Nott St. renovation work is long overdue

I’m writing in response to the planned renovation of Nott Street between Clifton Park Road and Balltown Road. I’m sharing my opinion as someone who runs, walks, cycles and drives through this stretch of road and uses all the businesses in this complex on a regular basis.

This project is long overdue. My preference is Proposal No.

2. It’s designed based on modern-day best practices and traffic engineering, and it’s ADA-compliant. The shift in Nott Street will slow traffic. The curb will prevent traffic from running over pedestrians and prevent drivers from backing directly into Nott Street traffic. Yes, the project will be inconvenient in the short-term, but doing nothing and relying on paint to solve these problems is short-sighted and foolish.
Amanda Brazee
Niskayuna
 

Not everyone who disagrees is a racist

The term “racist” is getting worn thin by overuse and calling anyone who disagrees with the left a racist.

Does anyone know a racist? Can one define it? How many members of Congress do you think are really racist? Do you really think the president is a racist with mixed family members from other cultures?

I personally do not know anyone who is a racist, and I was raised in Virginia in the 1950s.

Some did not like people of color, but no one fit the description of a right-wing white supremacist racist.

The left and the mainstream media have been calling anyone who disagrees with them a racist. Do you agree with that? I do know that many of my circle of friends and acquaintances who vote differently than I do cannot seem to enter into a dialogue over major issues. But I don’t believe any see me as a racist, although I have been called other names.
Gerard F. Havasy
Clifton Park

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