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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Nov. 28

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Nov. 28

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Don’t believe all you read about climate

This past September, a group of approximately 500 scientists and professionals, who did not bend to pressure from their employers to follow their “politically correct” view, signed a document called the “European Climate Declaration.”
This simple and understandable statement suggests that analysis of any public policy issue involving complex science should be approached from a well-reasoned and fact-based perspective.
Politicians and reporters working for major news outlets have little or no personal understanding of the actual scientific principles involved. They point to their preferred expert and declare that we should trust him or her without question, but they don’t know why.
This document made three important points. One: The world has warmed at less than half the originally predicted rate. This tells us that we are far from understanding climate change.
Two: Climate models have many shortcomings and are not remotely plausible as policy tools. (One major problem is that the person that creates the test model sets all of the test parameters, and they can be whatever they choose. This can skew the result to whatever its creator wants it to be.)
Three: There is no climate emergency. Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm.
Democrats pushing this are following an agenda used by virtually every dictator in modern history; create a crisis, then step in with a proposed solution. Why? Simple.
In order to gain public recognition and support, leading to their ultimate rise to absolute power. You better watch out.
James Homan
Glenville


Raise bridge, tracks to eliminate crashes

In the Nov. 22 Daily Gazette, the article “DOT to install more signs near railroad bridges,” makes note of the numerous signs warning truckers of the limited height of the Glenridge Road railroad bridge.
Yet despite the plethora of signs, the article points out the bridge has been hit 57 times and there have been approximately 90 near misses. DOT Commissioner Dominguez states that they will improve the signage, but notes that the primary cause is motorists ignoring the existing signs, further compounded by truckers not using commercial GPS systems.
I argue that the primary or root cause is the obvious. The bridge, which was recently replaced, is not designed to current highway construction standards for bridge height.
At the time of reconstruction, the railroad argued that to raise the bridge another 4 feet or so would require reconstruction of the tracks leading up to the bridge.
That certainly is true, but the project should have been done correctly the first time around.
It is time to rectify the problem correctly and raise the bridge and tracks and do the job right.
And while DOT and the town is at it, replace the Maple Avenue bridge for height and width for the same reason. We no longer are using horse and buggies.
Harry Darling
Burnt Hills

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