Voice opposition to Ballston sewer plan

first_imgAre you aware our Town Board is seeking to build Phase 2 of the sewer district even before Phase 1 construction has started? Ever wonder why? The board is promoting commercial growth north on Route 50, They are once again ignoring the wishes of a majority of the residents who voted in two separate referendums to keep the rural characteristics of the town.For those in the planned sewer district, this will approximately double the town taxes for 30 years, not including the expense of hooking up and deactivating the old system, which will be mandatory. Please see the town website for neighborhoods in the proposed district. Be aware that only property owners in the district will be allowed to vote on April 18, but all residents will pay increased taxes when you consider there are two schools, the library and the Route 50 firehouse involved.There’s no pressing need for sewers at this time except to benefit commercial development along Route 50. Has no one considered the dire consequences of increased traffic on this major two-lane road? Two information forums are scheduled for 10 a.m. today (March 14) and 6 p.m. on March 20. Barbara ThurnauBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Reporter showed no respect for law

first_imgRe April 1 editorial, “Stand up against oppression of the press”: Oppression of the press? Or sour grapes for not following the rules? Daily News reporter Ken Lovett being arrested, cuffed and escorted out by two state police officers isn’t oppression. It’s called a violation of the law. In today’s society, people brush off laws that were established for a reason. They may be inconvenient, but they are for the safety of everyone. Ironically, the writer of the editorial admits it’s wrong but everybody does it, so what’s the harm? The sergeant-at-arms proceeded to do the job he was hired for and enforce the laws that he was in charge of. What makes this worse is a Republican senator uses his or hers political position to override the law. I believe that’s a crime as well. So the trickle-down affect is more people have less respect for the laws that have been passed through legislation and voted into law. Is it no wonder our society is in the shape it’s in? There’s no accountability for breaking the law, as some attorney or social justice warrior or judge or senator seeking re-election manipulates the laws to let the law-breaker free. This goes all the way up the chain to our federal government. It’s no wonder our country is in turmoil. It’s not anarchy, but it’s close. Let’s start holding each other accountable for our action, including politicians. God help us all, for we know not what we do.Robert SponableSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, April 16

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTime to fix broken state testing systemWe are once again in the thick of state testing stress and anxiety, as problems still persist with the state English Language Arts exams for children in grades three through eight.But this anxiety starts much earlier. Every year, I have students come into my third-grade classroom not excited about seeing friends and their new room, but asking if this is the year they will have to take the tests. There’s something wrong with that picture.Providing our students with a quality education is every educator’s goal. But these state tests do not further that mission.Instead, I’ve had students this year sit for three-and-a-half hours taking these tests; roughly the same length as the average time for taking the SATs. Some have broken down in tears because they are so frustrated. Others have fallen asleep because these tests take so long. However, since energy isn’t used at a constant rate, electricity must be generated at peak power demand, typically 175 percent of average demand, thus requiring 1,151,675 turbines nationwide.Regarding the acres needed for 1,151,675 turbines, a typical 2 MW turbine (height 399 feet, blades 143 feet) requires 100 acres of space. Thus, you would need 115,167,500 acres, or a 179,949 square-mile wind farm the size of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. That assumes no buildings or trees, just wall-to-wall turbines. And if the wind doesn’t blow at least 10 mph, or the blades ice up, there is no electricity.Wind turbines can never replace the 3.459 billion MWh of electricity generated by nuclear, natural gas, coal and oil plants, nor can wind or solar farms replace the fossil fuels needed to heat millions of residential, commercial and industrial structures, and power our transportation systems.   “Going green” only works if your “bright idea” is to destroy our economy and capitalism.Robert E. DufresneRensselaer Green New Deal not a real energy solutionThe “Green New Deal” to replace fossil fuels and nuclear power with “green energy” is irrational and impossible.Natural gas, coal, oil and nuclear power plants generate 82.8 percent of the 4.178 (3.459) billion MWh used yearly. Wind accounts for only 6.3 percent of our electricity and solar 1.9 percent.How many more wind turbines and acres of land would it take to replace 3.459 billion MWh of electricity?  A 2 MW turbine has a capacity of generating 17,520 MWh of electricity yearly, but typically generates only 30 percent of capacity or 5256 MWh. Dividing 3.459 billion MWh by 5256 MWh equals 658,100 more wind turbines.  More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Schools relying too much on technologyOur schools are utilizing technology too much, and it’s making our parenting job extremely difficult.Every child now has a Chromebook that they keep with them at all times. Most every assignment requires an internet connection to either read a reference to submit homework or even for test taking.The problem with this is that when regulating internet usage at home, we have no way of knowing if a child on a computer is actually doing work or simply goofing off. Chromebooks are wireless. With multiple children in the house, it’s impossible to monitor each one all the time to ensure they are using technology in a responsible way. With everything being done online, there’s nothing for us to review; no paper tests to see a grade, no homework assignments with marks in the margin that we can review.It makes it very difficult to see how our kids are doing before it’s too late.Excessive internet usage makes for anti-social behavior, and our children are becoming addicted to technology at a very young age. This isn’t good.center_img For some of my students who finished more quickly than their peers, there still are issues. These young children had to sit there for two hours waiting for others to finish because the state won’t let them do anything other than silently read a book.This system is beyond broken. It’s up to the state Education Department to fix it now so my students next fall can focus on loving learning, not worrying about next year’s exams.Natalie McKayBallston SpaThe writer is the president of the Schoharie Teachers Association. Pediatric homes need to boost staff levelsSome pediatric nursing homes that have severely disabled babies and young children do not have enough staff to take the babies or young children outside to get fresh air, give them bed baths or showers, or even to get them dressed and put them in their wheelchairs. These babies and young children usually do not live too long. These parents could be Republicans or Democrats. They just put them there, never to visit them again.To me, this is worse than an abortion.Concetta CannizzaroNiskayuna Gazette should add Wall Street JournalI don’t think there is any doubt that The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times are papers with a very liberal viewpoint, and The Gazette uses their news services.As Vince Alescio’s March 23 suggested, I too would welcome a more conservative newspaper such as The Wall Street Journal.Could The Gazette add The Wall Street Journal news service?Lou MosherAmsterdam I encourage school districts to stop putting everything online.Let kids read actual books and write essays with their hand. Can kids even do that anymore? Jeremy KergelGlenvillelast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Aug. 28

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump’s policies are proof he’s a racistIn Gerard Havasy’s Aug. 16 letter (“Not everyone who disagrees is a racist”), he asked, “Do you really think the president is a racist with mixed family members from other cultures?” Sadly, the answer is yes. And yes, a married man who loves his wife can be a sexist. Racism is not an either-or proposition. As historian and race scholar Ibram Kendi reminds us. “Racist ideas are ideas. Anyone can produce them or consume them. Anyone can believe both racist ideas and anti-racist ideas, that certain things are wrong with Black people and other things are equal.” In American history, racist ideas have been used to uphold racially discriminatory policies. And those policies have been, and are being, pursued not from ignorance or hate, not because someone or some group hates black or brown people, but because the policies serve someone’s self-interest — plantation owners seeking higher profits, preachers, scholars and journalists seeking to advance their careers or cultures and politicians seeking to gain and keep office and power. In a cynical pursuit of his self-interest, for public office and power, Donald Trump has offered racially discriminatory policies and traded in old racist ideas, some newly dressed. I say with no hesitation that our president’s rhetoric and policies are deeply, offensively and dangerously racist. Yes, he is a racist.Thomas ComparinSchenectadyHope Arctic Refuge can be protectedThe Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a unique and special place, home to the greatest variety of plants and animals in the entire circumpolar north.Right now, however, it’s under threat from destructive oil exploration and drilling. Across the flyways, millions of migratory birds from all 50 states nest in the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge. Our own communities are interconnected with the refuge, as birds like the tundra swan, black poll warbler, tree sparrow, semipalmated sandpiper and peregrine falcon spend part of the year in our home state and other parts of the year in the refuge.I’m deeply grateful that U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko, Anthony Brindisi, Max Rose and Nydia Velazquez recently supported restoring protections to the refuge from oil exploration and drilling. I’m hopeful that Congress will continue to act to protect this essential landscape for the wildlife that depends on it.Erin McGrathTroyFree TV stations should be easy to getI would like to let my opinion be known concerning the so-called free channels in support of Robert Dufek’s Aug. 17 letter (“Where are the free television channels?”).Cable TV is one of my biggest pet peeves. It irritates me to have to pay to enjoy watching television.You should not have to rescan in order to receive local stations or have to purchase a special antenna. Please someone, rectify this situation.Valerie SantoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Busy week for smaller stocks

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£100m float on cards for Rotch resi ground rents

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Centre of attention: Shell revamp in detail

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Labour isn’t working out how the land market works

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Frontier marks north-west debut with Manchester buy

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Wimbledon’s return

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