Do part to reduce trash to landfills

first_imgI would like to respond to Ken Kimball’s Nov. 19 letter [“Offer solutions to Colonie landfill issue”].Local landfills are, indeed, close to being full. There are many problems and many solutions that our governments will have to deal with. In the meantime, I would challenge Mr. Kimball and all people to do what they can to help.I recently took a wonderful course through Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County, to become a Master Composter and Recycler.I thought I was doing a great job already, but I learned how much more I can do. So check out your local services (including Cornell Cooperative Extension) and see what you can recycle in your area.Reduce your garbage by composting and buying items with less packaging or packaging that can be recycled. Bring your own container to a restaurant for your leftovers, take reusable bags to the grocery store, and write letters to companies to encourage them to have eco-friendly packaging and practices. These practices won’t solve the problem, but they are a good start.By reducing your waste, the landfills will last a little longer and more permanent solutions can be found.Maggie BrownSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Anderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Unsafe hunting not related to NRA

first_imgHer death is tragic, avoidable, disturbing and is most assuredly not “providence.” Even if she had she been a deer, the alleged hunter still should have been charged with a crime, as he was hunting after hours — a practice that’s most assuredly not safe and most definitely doesn’t warrant a request for donations to the NRA.And while the shooter may have the Second Amendment right to own a gun, that doesn’t mean that the right to own a gun comes before the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” — as we all know the Declaration of Independence certainly predates the Constitution and its amendments.All hunters have a duty of care to ensure they’re only shooting at what they see — be it deer, turkey, moose, etc. The bulk of hunters, including those that I know and am even related to, know this and do this.Writing off the incomprehensible actions of an unsafe hunter by equivocating it to “providence” and suggesting NRA donations is, frankly, reprehensible. Stacey ShinskeGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn response to the Dec. 10 letter by George Milner, “Give money to NRA to keep guns legal,” I would like to say this — Rosemary Billquist. That was the woman who was shot and killed by the alleged hunter, Thomas Jadlowski, who has since been charged with manslaughter and hunting after hours.I say alleged hunter, as I’ve seen no news reports showing that he’s a properly trained and licensed New York state hunter. If he was, he would have remembered this from the New York Hunter Education manual: “Ultimately, the mission of hunter education programs is to develop safe, ethical, and responsible hunters and to ensure the continuation of the hunting tradition.”last_img read more

Many contributed to wreath-laying

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDec. 16 was historic, in that for the first time in the Wreaths Across America program, all 11,000-plus veterans’ graves at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery were able to receive a wreath – due largely to the generosity of communitywide support for this annual event. The Daily Gazette was generous in reporting on this program. However, I wish to clarify some of the information contained in The Gazette’s reporting of the Wreaths Across America event. Your article seemed to suggest that the Dec. 16 ceremonies were primarily a Patriot Guard Rider-led function and operation. While the Patriot Guard Riders are justifiably proud of our efforts and the significant support we lent to the successful result of this year, the Wreaths Across America program at the cemetery is operated and managed by the New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (Capital District) under the direction of Lt. Col. Anita Martin and her staff.The Civil Air Patrol has worked tirelessly to develop and nurture additional wreath sponsors and fund-raising organizations. Lt. Col. Martin and her cadets of the Civil Air Patrol also conduct the opening ceremonies before the actual wreath-laying by volunteers takes place. Also, the encouragement and support of Cemetery Director Scott Lamb was vitally important to the ultimate success we all enjoyed this past weekend.I thought it important to clarify your reporting so as not to diminish the fine work and efforts of the many other fine organizations who also made significant contributions to this historic Wreaths Across America day at the Gerald B.H. Saratoga National Cemetery.Bill SchaafTroyThe writer is state captain of the Patriot Guard Riders.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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 motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Don’t buy into scare tactics on sewer vote

first_imgIn response to Robert R. Young’s April 14 letter, I would suggest this is just another use of scare tactics by the proponents of the Route 50 sewer project. If anyone along our little stream is sending “poo” down to the Alplaus Kill, I’m pretty sure it’s not John Q. Little. It’s more like commercial properties that run down Route 50. And if the state wants to start investigating our little community for pollutants, that’s where they should start looking, not conscientious homeowners on the surrounding streets.I would also like to add this though: The property taxes on our property are less than the proposed $926 levy. So, I don’t know about anyone else around here, but we are looking at over 100 percent more in property taxes. That is just not acceptable to me. Vote “no” on April 18.Dianne MatarazzoBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Oct. 12

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLimousine driver was a victim, too There was a ceremony for the limo crash victims this past weekend in Schoharie. It’s a very thoughtful thing to do.I’m writing because one name was left off: Scott Lisinicchia. His apparent sin was to be the limo driver. I’ve known both Scott and his twin brother Keith since they played Little League baseball for me as 10-year-olds. They also played freshman baseball and bowled four years for me at Ballston Spa High School. They were also in my math class. They were great kids.Scott’s mistake was driving a limo that didn’t belong on the road. This opinion was also expressed by Congressman Paul Tonko.I can’t fault a guy for trying to make some extra money to pay his bills. The limo went through stop sign and went towards the SUV. With a pending accident, you’re going to do one of two things: either hit the brakes or try to turn to avoid the other car. There were no skid marks made, which makes me think he didn’t or couldn’t brake.If he then turned the limo, it would have rolled over at that speed but that didn’t happen.My thought is both the brakes and power steering failed, which could have cause such an accident. When I asked someone who examines accidents for an insurance company, he said my thoughts were reasonable. Please don’t ever forget the loved ones lost. But try to remember one more victim. He didn’t put that limo on the road.Pete PidgeonScotiaToughen penalties for welfare fraudThe recent article about a New Jersey woman pleading guilty to stealing more than $35,000 in welfare benefits really hit a nerve with me. The Inspector General stated that this egregious abuse of social services for personal gain is now bringing real consequences. What consequences? She was ordered to pay restitution, a fine and perform community service.A slap on the hand like this would encourage welfare fraud instead of deterring it.Ed PeticolasSaratoga SpringsMax Spritzer will be good for JohnstownI recently had the pleasure of hearing Max Spritzer, candidate for 4th Ward councilperson in the city of Johnstown, speak on why he is running for that office. After listening to him, I have come to the conclusion that Max is just what our city needs to lead us forward into the future.He has energy, enthusiasm, is well qualified and has a vision of what the future should be for our city. Although I do not live in the 4th Ward, I fully support Max and urge all residents of that ward to get informed on what Max has to offer them and our city before making their choice on Nov. 5.I’m sure after doing that, they will find that the clear choice is to cast their vote for a man with a vision for the future.Gary S. LocatelliJohnstownTrump followers can follow him to RussiaI hope that all of President Trump’s followers follow him to Russia when he is deported.He can sit by the right hand side of his Putin and rule with an iron fist, as he would prefer to do here in our country. And his followers will be right where they belong. Lefty Liberal.Ed CareyMalta More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Solar and wind technology have become popular and can be a significant part of an overall solution to decreasing carbon emissions.The problem is that both are uncontrollable and intermittent. At night, no solar power is generated. Clouds will dramatically decrease the power generated. The wind comes and goes. Fossil-fueled plants must compensate for these variations in power output.One source of dependable and non-polluting electrical power is nuclear power. Many people are afraid of nuclear power. The Russian catastrophe was a result gross incompetence and was the result of an “experiment” they were conducting at the time. The Japanese catastrophe was a result of a 20-foot sea wall not stopping a 30-foot tsunami. Also, the backup generators and pumps were on the ground and unprotected from the ocean water.The fossil fuel industry wields a great deal of political power. It promotes fossil fuel plants as well as minimizes the science of global warming and leads the attack on the nuclear power industry. As a result of this influence, some politicians not only have turned their backs on nuclear power, but the science of global warming as well. This is no way to run a country. The increasing frequency of extreme weather events is only the beginning. If we let emotions and politics drive what we do, we will condemn our children to a dark future.Effective solutions to mitigate global warming will require unbiased knowledgeable experts.John DworakRotterdamThe Electoral College protects rural votersDemocrats have no respect for the U.S. Constitution, as evidenced by their push to scrap the Electoral College because, in 2016, Trump beat Hillary even though losing the popular vote. Is this unfair? Consider the following.Clinton won by approximately 2.9 million votes. In the five counties of New York City, she received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. They comprise 319 square miles out of the 3,797,000 square miles in the United States. Of 3,141 counties in the United States, Trump won 3,084. Of 62 counties in New York, he won 46.It’s insanely ludicrous to suppose that the population of 319 square miles should dictate a national election. The same for 57 out of 3,141 counties. Large, densely populated urban areas do not speak for the rest of the country. The founders knew this and carefully worded the Constitution to safeguard against such disparity.The Electoral College prevents areas with massive populations from exclusively deciding who leads the rest of the country. It gives voice to the sparsely populated areas in Middle America and helps them be heard as well as the elitist densely populated areas.New York is a perfect example of this. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, much to the detriment of upstate, wins the election every cycle because he captures large population centers, while the majority of the state overwhelmingly rejects him. The Electoral College is the only means to prevent this sort of one-sided control by a small regional area over the rest of this vast nation.James HomanGlenville More school districts should support vetsIt’s been almost six years since state Real Property Tax Law was amended to allow school districts to grant veterans and more importantly, Gold Star parents, a school tax property exemption.Mohonasen, Niskayuna and Scotia-Glenville, along with many other local school districts, have already adopted the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption. This has given veterans a modest reduction in their school taxes, but more importantly, recognized and honored veterans for their sacrifices and contributions to both our community and the nation.Over the years, many of our sons and daughters have proudly served our nation in uniform.  Our returning veterans and their families have played a vital part and contribute so much to our community.We are clearly a veteran-friendly community, and it’s time for the Schenectady city school board, the Duanesburg school board and the Schalmont school board to recognize veterans for their contributions and sacrifices.With Veterans Day approaching, what better way could these school boards honor our veterans than to provide a school tax break?The 900 members of Lt. Vibert O. Fryer Chapter 88 of the Disabled American Veterans and our Auxiliary stand with these veterans and ask that you join us by letting your school board know that you support veterans.Robert J. SerottaNiskayunaThe writer is commander of DAV Chapter 88.Walter J. SchlegelColonieThe writer is adjutant of DAV Chapter 88.Trump isn’t in Irish politician’s leagueTo compare President Trump with the great Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell is sinful and ridiculous. It shows a lack of understanding of Irish history. Not only was Parnell a master politician, but an Irish patriot. He was an officer in the Wiclow Militia, something Mr. Trump is sorely lacking (military service), Parnell also was imprisoned in the infamous Kilmainham Goal (jail) in 1819 for his support of Irish tenant farmers (something that Trump never experienced).Working from Kilmainham, he accomplished the so called Kilmainham Treaty, supporting 100,000 Irish tenant farmers’ fight for fair rent. There may be some remote similarities between Trump and Parnell in terms of their political styles, but the argument made here is preposterous.Stephen M. DownsVoorheesvilleAmedore shows true colors with projectThe Oct. 9 article regarding Sen, George Amedore’s record on green legislation makes me smile.A year or so ago, the Amedore organization purchased a heavily wooded parcel on Consaul Road in Colonie. The first thing they did was clear-cut the entire parcel of mature trees. Currently 18 homes, starting at $400,000 each, are being erected so close to one other that from Consaul Road, they appear almost touching. In a triumph of marketing, the name of this development is Sable Woods.Ted ThompsonSchenectady Natural resources are still affected by PCBsRuss Wege’s Oct. 6 guest column (“Further dredging of PCBs won’t solve the problem”) acknowledges that GE tragically contaminated the Hudson River with PCBs. Wege concludes correctly that further dredging is probably inappropriate, as it cannot collect dredge-dispersed PCBs. Yet, he fails to suggest action to address the massive natural resource damage that has occurred.Contrary to Wege, GE never used the best dredging technology. GE conducted a year-long advertising campaign pledging to use the best technology: hydraulic (suction) dredging. However, GE instead used clamshells, which are great for navigational dredging, but not for environmental dredging.As we predicted in peer-reviewed articles, clamshells were bound to fail for PCB removal. Unsurprisingly, PCBs in targeted upstream hotspots have been carried downstream and spread widely. If any hotspots remain to be dredged, hydraulic technology is needed.Wege is right that you can’t remove PCBs from fish flesh. The (valid) idea, however, was to remove it from sediments that contaminate air, water and biota. That would have protected the air that people breathe and the fish and birds that they may eat.Now just one potentially effective PCB removal option remains.As Wege states: “In time, natural processes will prevail.”  Don’t hold your breath: natural attenuation will require generations for satisfactory completion.Dr. Robert A. Michaels, PhD, CEPSchenectadyDr. Uriel M. Oko, PhD, PEGlenmontTrump backers should question loyaltiesTrump supporters are, undoubtedly, patriots. But many of the president’s most loyal followers unthinkingly buy into the mantra that the “Dems have been trying to get rid of President Trump for three years.” That talking point explains everything to them. Their man is innocent no matter what.Forget the findings of that old-fashioned conservative Republican Robert Mueller, who uncovered eight cases of possible obstruction of justice on the part of our president. Even today, after the president publicly admitted to trading weapons for political dirt with the Ukraine, the mantra continues.Blindly loyal backers of President Trump need to ask the obvious questions: Do innocent people hide the facts? Would an innocent person ignore subpoenas, bury official documents and refuse to allow public servants to testify under oath? In short, does an innocent person obstruct and stonewall legal investigations? Of course not. If you agree, then the next question is also obvious. Are you loyal to the president or are you a real patriot whose loyalty is to the U.S. Constitution?Bill ScheuermanScotiaBuy locally produced milk, dairy productsOctober is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food and farms. As a fourth-generation dairy farmer from Pattersonville, I’m proud to provide my community with wholesome, nourishing milk.In fact, milk products from our farm serve students in schools that use any Cabot or McCadam products.Milk, one of the few foods produced locally and available every single day of the year, makes its journey from farm to school (and store) within 48 hours. Packed with nutrients, including calcium, protein, and vitamins A and D, high-quality milk starts on the farm with the care we give our animals including a balanced diet and clean, comfortable living conditions.Dairy farmers have a long-standing commitment to student health and academic success from nutrition education in schools to supporting the expansion of school breakfast programs and access to free summer meals. We want kids to be nourished so they can grow, play, learn and succeed.You can support the dairy farmers in your community by choosing real, local dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt when you go to the grocery store. Remember, your milk comes from a good place, responsibly produced by farmers who care about their cows, their land, and their communities.Visit AmericanDairy.com to learn more about milk’s nutrition as well as life on a dairy farm. Thank you for your support.Terri PhillipsPattersonvilleListen to experts on climate change fight Kelly has achieved a lot during her tenureSaratoga Springs elections are fast approaching. Mayor Meg Kelly has many achievements to her credit. She’s brought civil discussion to the council table and to external relations as well. She’s led the council toward the conclusion of several projects that have been in the planning stages for far too long, including the soon-to-be-constructed parking garage, which will enhance the ability of our City Center to attract larger conferences, thereby benefiting the downtown business district. A fire station for the East Side is nearing a decision. She implemented the city’s disaster plan after the fire that damaged City Hall. The renovations taking place will make City Hall more modern and efficient, but also complete some long-deferred maintenance.She’s shown the leadership ability to move City Hall operations to alternate sites that ensured necessary functions never missed a beat.Now that’s close to a miracle.All of these successes are a result of Meg Kelly’s ability to work with others, find compromises when necessary, and then do the hard work of tying up the loose ends so projects can move forward. Meg has done that, and made it look easy.Please vote to return Meg Kelly to office.A.C. RileySaratoga SpringsThe writer is the former mayor of Saratoga Springs.Village residents serve the town well Responding to W. Thomas Bird’s divisive, ill-informed letter from Oct. 6, it’s important to know that all Town Council candidates are Glenville residents.It is entirely appropriate for village residents to run for Town Council and should be encouraged. Village residents pay town taxes, which have been increasing every year as village residents are saddled with expenses like town parks and the supervisor’s ever-increasing salary, for which they have little use.Town residents outside the village do not pay village taxes or receive village services, and therefore, appropriately, are ineligible to vote in village elections. Retiring Town Councilman John Pytlovany, distinguished former village police chief, lived in the village for most of his tenure on the Town Council, and his residency was never questioned.Meanwhile, his knowledge of policing has been an asset to the town for years. Likewise, Andrew Kohout’s knowledge and experience of public works operations will be an asset for the town.On the ballot are two candidates, Eric Buskirk and Andrew Kohout, Glenville residents who have served their community for many years.They are both young, talented, family-oriented people with an interest and abilities that the residents of Glenville (and Scotia) deserve on the Town Council.Cathryn Bern-SmithGlenvilleThe writer is chair of the Glenville Democratic Committee.last_img read more

Davidson and Ritblat in £200m Asda bid

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Covent Garden retail: Paradise lost

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Sentinel kicks off Liverpool resurgence

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Death of the glass box

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Hope in hell

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