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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Sep. 21

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Sep. 21

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Find ways to replace plastic for produce

Beginning in March 2020, all single-use plastic bags for grocery and retail shopping will be banned in New York. Many of us are already carrying reusable bags and we feel great about our effort until we enter the produce section of the grocery store, where the opportunity to use single-use plastic is everywhere. Thankfully, with some planning, we can avoid using plastic here, too.
The first step is to commit to buying produce that is not packaged in plastic. The second step is to avoid using the plastic bags so readily available on rolls at every turn. This will take some planning because you need extra recycle bags for the produce. Whether you choose to make your own homemade recycled produce bags or purchase cotton bags or recycled mesh PET plastic bags online or in local stores, there are ways to make this work. Some produce bags resemble the larger grocery bag; some are mid-sized mesh bags; and there are some bags that are smaller for things like green beans or Brussel sprouts.
As you begin to sort through various vendors online, keep in mind that when all things are equal, it’s best to buy products from companies closer to your home. And finally, we need to encourage produce managers to expand the loose vegetables offered. So be sure to be sure to thank them when you are shopping.
Cynde Schwartz
Niskayuna

 

Expand service at Schenectady station

Now that Schenectady has a new train station and double tracks to Albany, it’s time for better service.
The Albany-Rensselaer station is blessed with 13 round trips daily to New York City, from early in the morning until late in the evening, making it convenient to go to New York City for the day and return the same day.
Schenectady only has six round trips per day to New York City and the earliest departure is 9:41 a.m., with the latest return leaving New York City at 3:40 p.m.
It’s impossible to do a day trip from Schenectady to New York City without having to drive to the Albany-Rensselaer station.
It would be a shot in the arm to Schenectady and surrounding communities if more of the trains that now begin and end in Albany would serve Schenectady.
With the upstate and downstate economies so closely linked, more frequent train service to downstate population centers would add economic opportunities to the Schenectady area.
The new double tracking has removed any physical reason why that is not possible. There should at least be a daily early morning southbound train and evening northbound train that serves Schenectady.
William Nechamen
Schenectady

 

Climate hoax a threat to our sustainability

We all have a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment.
It is up to be fruitful, multiply and replenish our earth. Therefore we must be mindful of the balance of conservation and development, use and preservation.
We truly support realistic efforts to preserve the environment and reduce pollution.
We do reject the idea of man-made global warming, which has been refuted by many scientists and common sense. The globalists are using the global warming threat to gain more control via worldwide sustainable development.
The federal government has many thousands of acres of land that must be returned to the people and be useful for preservation, conservation and development.
We oppose any attempt to designate private or public property as United Nations World Heritage sites or Biosphere reserves.
We call for an end to United States participation in UN programs such as UNESCO, Man and the Biosphere, and the UN Council on Sustainable Development.
We oppose environmental treaties and conventions such as the Biodiversity Treaty, the Convention on Climate Control, and Agenda 21, which destroy our sovereignty and right to private property.
William D. Wilday
Schenectady
The writer is chairman of the Constitution Party of New York.

 

We’re losing sight of our morality, worth

This year’s passage of fetal heart-beat bills in six states and the near-total ban on abortion in Alabama contrasts starkly with abortion protections championed in New York and Virginia.
Proponents reason that a woman typically will not know she is pregnant until after the fetus’ heart begins pulsating around the sixth week of pregnancy and that the unintended child will place an undue burden on society.
The first argument attempts to normalize a licentiousness that society idolizes, which entails pressuring women to engage in a promiscuity beneath their dignity.
Reports of adolescent girls’ struggles with body image and mental health are rampant.
With many adult women deferring to the hook up culture, the idea of child rearing among men and women gets dismissed as an added expense.
Though the #MeToo Movement could have been a harbinger of a more meaningful sexuality, it belly-flopped as a means for college girls to claim victimhood over exaggerated offenses and a weapon to undermine conservative officials via uncorroborated claims.
Neither of these inspire feminine strength. The second argument exemplifies the “spiritual desertification” and “throwaway culture” that Popes Benedict and Francis warned against, whereby people are stripped of their spiritual depths and reduced to mere function and benefit.
This provides pretense for discarding those deemed socially inferior. With morality replaced by economic or aesthetic rewards, we lose sight of our own inherent worth even from our first heartbeat.
Stephen Dansereau
Albany

 

Final scores, payout matter most in golf

I agree with Lowell Montgomery’s Sep. 7 letter (“Golf fans lost out on PGA FedEx coverage”) concerning coverage of the FedEx Championship.
The 30 golfers were competing of course for the title, but more importantly the $46 million purse.
Obviously, the sports reporter does not follow golf. The most important part of the results is not the individual daily scores, but the final score and the individual payouts.
There was no mention of the payouts in your reporting.
How about some real reporting?
William Thiel
Guilderland

 

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