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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 16

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 16

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Find a solution for Stockade flooding

Sara Foss’ Jan. 12 article (“State plan for Lock 7 dam a breakthrough”) caused a reaction in me. Having lived in and out of the Schenectady area since 1968, I’m amazed and disappointed nothing substantive has been done to alleviate the flooding problems in the Stockade and other affected areas.
My brain synapses exploded when I read, “The New York Power Authority … has said … there’s no evidence that altering the dam will reduce flooding,” followed by “… the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has said no modifications were necessary.”
I ask the “dam” experts, in the extreme case of removal of the entire structure, what would be the effect on water levels, flow, etc. for the conditions of concern?
Did flooding of the Stockade occur before the dam was built? What have been and will be the societal costs of not solving the problems? Would you live there?
I invite both authorities and government officials to meet with me at the miSci children’s water table (water flowing with pegs to hold plastic rectangles that can be positioned to divert/block water in different ways) to conclusively justify their assertions.
Any toddler can show the effect that installing and removing rectangle(s) has on the flow and depth of water. Any person who played “damming” rainwater in street gutters as a child can also explain.
While complete removal may have overriding potential adverse consequences, there are likely multiple potential options, between the “extreme” and “do nothing,” to solve this man-made problem. It’s time to fix it now.
Al Pirigyi
Burnt Hills


Rethink scope, price of Whiteface lodge

I have seen the ads about a $14 million ski lodge at Whiteface. I am at a loss. I do not understand this price tag. That sounds like a done deal,
I do not see how there was enough time for company bids. Gov. Andrew Cuomo described the lodge as a great improvement, but the description is exactly the same as the lodge lost to fire.
You must look at our resort, our community and the customer base of the mountain. We are not Vail and we do not want to be.
We want to serve New York families first, people who can drive to the mountain. Food prices at the mountain are already high. If you lease space for the snack bar, how much will a hotdog and soda be? And we only want a snack bar, not dining.
When we pay $100 to spend the day skiing, we do not give up a half hour or longer to “dine.” We grab a quick snack then head back out to ski; darkness comes early.
Please reach out to area builders and ask them what they would charge to rebuild mid-station bigger and better, but not best. We can have “good enough,” which can be as beautiful as the original.
Sue Martin
Saratoga Springs


Pensioners grateful for Rotterdam Elks

We are the St. Clare’s pensioners who have lost all or some of our pension with only a mere three weeks’ notice. To say that we are devastated is an understatement on most days. But we have had support from many sources, and I want to mention a local source.
The Rotterdam Elks did not hesitate at all to provide us with a meeting place that is centrally located and has adequate parking. I only had to ask once, and the board met and instantly said “yes” to us. The Elks are a group of people who have a mission to help their neighbor and we, the St Clare’s pensioners, are honored to have them as our friends.
They have made our very difficult days much easier now and we thank them all.
Mary Hartshorne
Ballston Lake
The writer is chairman of the St. Clare’s Pension Recovery Alliance (SCPRA).


Shocked by bill for use of Ellis space

I received a bill from Ellis Hospital for a doctor’s appointment at the hospital. I called the billing department listed on the bill and explained I had paid my co-pay at the time of my appointment.
I was told that since I utilized Ellis Hospital’s space, I was charged $30 for the privilege.
What? I called my doctor’s office and was told this was something new and they apologized for not telling me.
Marilyn Vitch
Rotterdam

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