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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Oct. 28

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Oct. 28

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Many responsible for global warming

James Hansen testified about global warming to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources back in 1988.
We should have tried addressing this a long time ago.
Similar to many problems (including healthcare), many people are responsible for our problems rather than a few.
We should focus on the many who are responsible rather than the few.
Colin Yunick
Charlton


Conflict issues are  a legitimate concern

Scotia Mayor Tom Gifford’s Oct. 21 (“Ethical concerns were way overblown”) letter — regarding Kurt Semon’s letter questioning of Glenville Town Board candidate Andrew Kohout’s possible conflict of interest with being the Village DPW superintendent — missed the point on ethics. He then added an unnecessary low blow about Kurt’s profession as a teacher.  The closing remark was irrelevant and unprofessional.
As a fellow veteran, I can attest to Mr. Semon’s integrity both as a civic-minded citizen who freely volunteers his time as a town Planning and Zoning Commission member, and with other community organizations and projects.
Kurt’s bearing is always professional, thoughtful, fair and even-handed. He’s also a good Social Studies teacher who brings a unique perspective to the subject from his experiences. I cannot attest either way to the qualifications of the candidate, but in the end, the voters will decide.
Qualifications never outweigh ethics. Many highly qualified and good people can’t hold public offices because of ethical concerns. We have more than enough unchecked conflicts of interest on the federal and state levels and certainly don’t need it on the local level. If recusals need to be pre-planned for a candidate, he may not be the right fit to serve the town.
Kurt Bedore
Burnt Hills


Motorcyclists were delivering presents

In response to Clifford Meacham’s Oct. 23 letter (“Why shut down road for motorcycles”) sir, those noisy, smelly motorcycles were indeed on a noble cause.
Each of those riders was carrying at least one new, unwrapped Christmas toy for a child. Many of those riders were also carrying cash to be donated. I’m sorry you saw nothing in the newspaper about the event. It was, however, talked about in radio and news stations prior to the event.
I was not able to ride in it this year, sir, but I am proud to be part of the noisy, smelly riders.
Tammy Lawyer
Central Bridge


Reconsider library magazine policy

Public libraries have always been a friend to the community and provided services that enrich our lives. They have always reached out to the public to encourage children and adults to read and open up a world of knowledge that awaits them through books and magazines.
Over the years, our local libraries have made reading material accessible to all. One way they have done this is to set aside outdated magazines that can be picked up by volunteers and provided to patients in local hospitals and nursing homes.
I was saddened to hear that the Schenectady County Public Library is no longer willing or able to continue this valuable service.
Their new policy is to have organizations obtain a library card to check out magazines and then return these magazines to the library. This solution is not practical. When patients are discharged, they often have help packing up their rooms, including magazines on their nightstands. Some of these patients are in isolation and borrow magazines that cannot be returned. Many patients do not have access to iPads for downloading magazines and other materials. It is disheartening that our most vulnerable population does not have access to reading material  that will help make their day just a little bit better. It is my hope that SCPL will reconsider this policy.
Constance Clarke
Niskayuna


Jaquith will serve town with honor

I have had the privilege of serving with Rosemarie Perez-Jaquith on the Niskayuna Board of Education for many years, including under her leadership as president.
She has a proven track record and I have seen how well she manages complicated issues, forges consensus and works hard to understand all sides. She cares deeply and has dedicated herself to serving our community, from her legal training to her work with the Legislature and her volunteer service, including leading the Board of Education. Our board is a diverse group in many ways, and she always manages to appreciate and understand everybody’s perspectives. She is willing to listen, but does not hesitate to act when it is time to make a decision. She is a great example of the American Dream, will serve us with honor, and is exactly the kind of person I hope my children will emulate. I strongly support her candidacy and will be vigorously filling in the circle next to her name when I go to vote.
Howard R. Schlossberg
Niskayuna
 

Weber cares about Niskayuna seniors

Lisa Weber visits the Niskayuna Senior Center frequently and makes it a point to ask us for our interests and concerns. She is highly qualified to be the Niskayuna supervisor, having been active on the town board since 2016. Lisa Weber is committed to expanding and improving the senior programs.
Supervisor Yasmine Syed does not visit the Niskayuna Senior Center and has made no attempt to get to know our seniors. We feel neglected by Supervisor Syed. Therefore, I encourage all seniors to vote for Lisa Weber and the qualified candidates running with her.
Mary White
Niskayuna


Peggy King best for county Legislature

I have been involved with the political careers of Karen Johnson and Peggy King since their inception. From being the first and second women to serve on the Schenectady City Council to both representing District 1 on the Schenectady County Legislature, they have been an inspiration.
I knew Karen and her many qualities well and am confident that in this time in our county’s history that Margaret “Peggy” King is the ideal individual to carry on Karen’s legacy. Having been a member of the Schenectady County Legislature for 16 years, I have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be an effective legislator.
Please vote for Peggy King in the upcoming election for Schenectady County Legislature in District 1.  
B. Donald Ackerman
Schenectady

 

Sad to see family store close

My sisters and I were sad to learn that Plaine and Son is closing its brick-and-mortar store after so many years in business.

Our father, Hy Plaine, along with his brothers Lou and Joe, opened the original Plane Boys in 1945. The three brothers were all veterans of World War II. That first store was on lower State Street, adjacent to the historic Stockade area. Over the years, Plane Boys expanded to three locations, two in Schenectady and one in Colonie, and sold bicycles and automotive supplies to generations of families in the Tri-City area. We wish our cousin Les lots of success in his new venture.
Martha Plaine, Ottawa, Canada
Phyllis Plaine, Elmira
Lynn Plaine, Avon, Conn.

 

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