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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Sep. 7

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Need better choices for license plates

I’m writing in regard to the news that Gov. Cuomo wants us to change our license plates on our cars to a choice that seems to be his only.
I take offense that not only do we have to change plates, given only a few choices, and a slap in the face fee of $25 as well.
First off, don’t we pay enough taxes in this state already?
Shouldn’t our taxes be paying for this switcheroo? Also, if you want to shove these plates down our throats, shouldn’t we at least have better choices?
If we are to accept these changes and get stuck paying for them, why not have plates for certain areas of the state? For instance, for the western tier of the state, how about Niagara Falls? In the central tier, the Finger Lakes. The northern tier, the Adirondacks. The southern tier, the Catskills. The New York City tier, the Statue of Liberty. The Mario ‘M.’ Cuomo Bridge, or as it will always be affectionately referred to, the Tappan Zee Bridge, shouldn’t even be a choice. Get your head out of your behind, Andrew, and let the people decide what they’d like. We are paying your wages and you should be serving us.
Bill Myers
Johnstown


Nets are a bigger threat than straws

Each year millions of tons of plastic spill into our oceans. Currently, many people have resorted to using reusable straws instead of plastic straws. Many cities and California have gone so far as to ban and limit them.
However, how much of a difference is this change truly making?
In reality, this barely even scratches the surface of how major of a problem plastic pollution is. What should be a worry is the amount of lost, damaged and abandoned fishing nets that there are in the sea.
Nearly 50 percent of the plastic waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is fishing nets. These nets exhaust, suffocate, starve, amputate and kill countless marine animal lives.
But why has the world continued to only focus on plastic straws? This is because it has become a trend. Corporations are beginning to limit their use of plastic straws, which affects the consumer.
Many environmental groups have started “ban plastic straws” campaigns as well. These campaigns have taken over social media with countless montages of injured marine life struggling with plastic waste. But truly, the straws are not the biggest concern. They are just the symbol of what must be done in order to fix our pollution crisis. They have helped to make the general population more aware of the problem at hand.
Christopher Evans
Averill Park

 

Schroeter gave much to the community

Schenectady has lost an active community citizen with the death Aug. 20 of Helga Schroeter. Ms. Schroeter served on many community boards and gave generously to many community organizations.
But more than these contributions, she brought to those boards and organizations a reminder that social inequity needed to be talked about and addressed and that racial justice was very far from the ideal we liked to think.
She was passionate about voting rights and the need for every-day citizens learning about issues important to their communities and addressing leaders to act on their behalf. Schenectady and the greater community are poorer without the presence of a person like Helga Schroeter.
Joan Elliott
Schenectady


Grateful to the Ellis staff for father’s care

We now live in a society where we depend on recommendations.
There isn’t a restaurant, theme park or entertainment place visited unless the recommendations are read first. Well I feel the need to do the same, yet not for an entertainment venue. This time, it’s for a hospital and its staff.
Sadly, I recently lost my father. He passed away at Ellis Hospital.
But I’m writing today to inform all The Daily Gazette readers of the wonderful experience we had there. My dad spent many days on the sixth floor C Wing of the Neuroscience Unit. The staff, including the nurse practitioner, the physician’s assistants, the registered nurses and the patient care technicians were exemplary. They treated my father as if he were their own father. I know this, since I was with him every day from morning until evening.
I witnessed every shift and every staff member, and the care was extraordinary. Education is key to understanding the types of treatment he was receiving, and everything was explained to me concisely. Any questions I had were answered.
I would personally like to thank each of them for the kindness and compassion they showed to my dad and me during this trying time.
They all became family to me, and I cannot thank them enough.
Dorothy Mazzarella
Niskayuna


Golf fans lost out on PGA FedEx coverage

On Saturday, August 24, Mike MacAdam wrote three articles about the Travers, a race that was to be run with a purse of $1.25 million.
I could not find anything about the PGA FedEx golf tournament with 36 holes played with a purse of $46 million.
It would’ve been nice for the golf fans to see something about the tournament.
Lowell Montgomery
Mayfield


Headline didn’t reflect true content of story

I always took headlines for granted and never thought much about a definition of what a headline should be. Having given it some thought, I’d have to say that a headline should portray the most important essence of the story using the fewest words possible.  
I have to wonder who wrote the headline on the top of page D3 in the Aug. 25 Daily Gazette. If my definition of a headline is correct, someone thought that the race of the individuals involved was the most important essence of the story when they wrote, “White man found guilty of shooting black man.”
When I read the article below this headline, I saw absolutely no aspect where the race of the individuals involved was essential to the story: a verbal dispute escalated to physical conflict and then to deadly force. A jury found that deadly force was not justified.
That’s the essence of the story.
When it appears to me that the media seems to selectively amplify specific racial themes, I try to dismiss such thoughts as conspiratorial paranoia. The press couldn’t really want to fertilize racial tension, could they?
But it’s hard to dismiss the message when headline writers promote the race of the perpetrator and the race of the victim as the most essential aspect of a story.
Norman Perazzo
Glenville


Impressed by staff’s courtesy at Proctors

Last week, I was in the area to visit my grandparents, and one of the plans was to attend the 8 p.m. Friday show of Hamilton at Proctors.
Not only was the show absolutely delightful, but I was pleasantly surprised by how warmly my grandma and I were welcomed by the staff and volunteers there. Even though the building was teeming with people, we felt taken care of from beginning to end.
After walking in, the lovely Joanne stayed with my grandma (who depends heavily on her walker and is not accustomed to crowds) and I until the theatre doors opened and escorted us right to our seats.
During the intermission, a kind woman waiting in the line for the women’s restroom, allowed my grandma to step in front of her. Just as the show was ending, a gentleman brought my grandma’s walker right up to her, without us asking or even leaving our seats. The usher at the theater door after the show was friendly and accommodating, and as we approached the sets of doors leading outside the building, they were held open for the departing crowd by a team of young volunteers.
I came to be amazed by Hamilton, but in the end, was just as impressed by the very warm and welcoming people who work and volunteer there. Bravo, Proctors.
Until next time.
Kathleen O’Connor
New York City


When you see bad happen, take action

Has this happened to you? You are driving and you sense that the stand of trees you had seen along the highway is not as thick as it once was. Before you know it, the last row of trees goes and there is yet another crop of houses. This is how I feel about our country today.
We see tweets and hear words being said that bring our attention to that matter. When we look back to issues we care about, things have been changed. Less school aid. Cuts in veterans’ programs. Money for the Ukraine to battle against Russian tyranny reduced. More public parks opened to oil drillings. More tariffs on Chinese goods.
I know China steals ideas, but who is paying the costs of the tariffs? Just ask the parents who will buy new sneakers this school year after an additional 15 percent tariff on those necessities.
Less protection for our air and water, even in the wake of problems like Flint, Michigan’s, water or the Hudson River’s chemical pollution. I heard today about 84 reductions in EPA regulations. Scary.
My relatives in West Virginia say, coal mines can now dump the waste from drilling into valleys, often clogging the rivers, the local water supply, with mining waste.
What does that mean for us average Joes? We must follow our favorite issues and make noise when we see something bad happening.
Hungry school-aged kids? Mandated license plates? Changes in air and water regulations? What’s your issue? Do something.
Janice Walz
Scotia

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