We don’t need this brand of electricity

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Fred Pfieffer’s Jan. 25 letter and recent Gazette editorials calling for improved New York economic development policies,  we can do much better than importing additional river-wrecking electricity from Canada.  The provincial governments of Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) are literally destroying large rivers to sell electricity to New York and New England. The developers of the long delayed Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE), a 333-mile one-way south, one-billion-watt electricity corridor from Quebec to New York City, are quietly obtaining federal and state permits while changing parts of the route hoping the public doesn’t notice. CHPE cables would be buried and eventually abandoned under Lake Champlain and the Hudson, Harlem and East rivers, and along roads and railroad rights-of-way in parts of Clinton, Warren, Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany and Rockland counties.  Despite a minimum construction cost of $2 billion, CHPE would provide only a few hundred temporary construction jobs and a couple of dozen jobs if completed, while the state’s wealth would go to Canada to pay for imported power. CHPE isn’t needed to replace the Indian Point nuclear station electricity when it’s closed in a few years.  With CHPE, the installation of in-state employment-intensive renewable electricity, energy efficiency, and conservation, would likely be slowed because there might appear to be less need for it.   CHPE electricity is being falsely promoted as clean and renewable.This letter shouldn’t be interpreted as Canada bashing.  It’s about protecting rivers from needless destruction.Tom EllisAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Feb. 15

first_imgTake the liberal spin out of the newspaperI have been a Gazette subscriber for many years and lately I have seen a steady decline in the newsworthiness of The Gazette. Almost every byline is from The Washington Post or the New York Times. We all know that these papers are total liberal and anti-Trump. Has The Gazette no voice of its own? Even the Opinion page is almost totally liberal. What ever happened to non-biased news? Look at the cartoons on the op-ed page; all are anti Trump. The other day there was a cartoon dumping on a Democrat and I almost had a heart attack. Please consider telling the news again, not your liberal spin.John WhiteBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists I called the Stratton Hospital in Albany and was informed the actual requirements are different.The specifics are more detailed than space allowed in “Your Voice.” I urge Mr. Belardo to contact the hospital for accurate information and correct his allegation via another letter. I also urge The Gazette to research and de-escalate this allegation by publishing accurate information for the benefit of readers and the population in general.Albert Pirigyi, Sr.Burnt Hills 2. A building at least 12 stories high, with offices, apartments, rooftop restaurant that glows at night, covered parking and a decent supermarket, south of State Street, between Erie Boulevard and Washington Avenue. 3. More arcades. Proctors Arcade is great. The Wallace Building arcade is functional but uninspiring. 4. An enclosed public market, with permanent and temporary stalls for vendors.5. To relieve the monotony of the blank east wall of the Electric City Apartments, I suggest a three-dimensional, life-size representation of the old Nicholaus building, like a false front in a movie, no more than 10 feet deep.  It’s a shame that any reminders of “lost Schenectady” should exist only in books and old newspaper articles.6. A safe pedestrian route over or under Erie Boulevard.7. Pocket parks in multiple locations.8. A water park. When the GE site becomes available, make it into a water park; or a huge indoor winter park. Yes, it might become a haven for the homeless or for a wide range of people. Roger ShefferSchenectady Letter writer wrong about necessary IDsI thank Mr. Vincent Belardo for his service to the United States. Our veterans are a precious part of this country and deserve the best of care.In his Feb. 8 letter, Mr. Belardo comments about the requirements for obtaining a real ID license at the DMV. I’m not well enough informed to respond to those comments. That being said, he escalates his issue by stating, “Now, if I don’t get my real ID license, that means I can’t go to the VA hospital, because the VA hospital is a federal building.”center_img Why is there not more concern about debt?The interest on the national debt for the month of January 2019 is $27,810,825,237.43. Translated, that means that our interest payments alone are over $27 billion monthly and that doesn’t make a dent in the principal. The outstanding current public debt of $21,969,116,000,000 or $21 trillion. The annual current yearly interest payment on the debt is $364 billion. Why aren’t our legislators talking about this issue? Do they think that the creditors will just let this issue go on forever? All I hear from all of our politicians are new ways to spend our tax money, whether it be a Green New Deal, free college tuition, Medicare for all or other unfundable plans. Who will provide the leadership to address this issue that continues to be ignored? Our own state finances according to usdebtclock.org reveals that New York’s in-state revenue is currently $278 billion, but our spending is $343 billion. Who runs their household like this, let alone a state or a country? There’s plenty of blame to go around. David RakvicaBurnt Hills Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSch’dy can do more to be a destinationHere are eight attractions to make Schenectady an even better Amtrak destination:1. An art museum, downtown. We can’t be the Hyde, but perhaps we could borrow paintings that they don’t have the space to display. The Schenectady Downtown Museum of Art could distinguish itself by having a room dedicated to the exquisite art of L.F. Tantillo. last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, April 3

first_imgThe scope will likely defy definition and resolution. There is no indication a remedy has or can be found and justice served.The church in the Western world faces greater dissent, desertion and financial hardship as a consequence.The diminished power and influence of the church will seriously destabilize the worldwide balance of organized religion. Lesser Western denominations will be exposed to challenges kept in check by the church. Above all, a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the West is a very serious and distinct possibility.The selection of a new pope will be the come-to-Jesus moment for the Holy Roman Catholic Church and the world. Who will be deemed unblemished in the ascension to the papacy? Does this man exist within the church hierarchy? Will he be discovered and elevated to power in time to rally the church and preserve Western religions as we know them? Think long and hard. This isn’t about one people. It’s about all people.Mark RahnScotia We have the perfect place. It’s the Oswald D. Heck facility on Balltown Road near the Mohawk Commons. There’s plenty of off- street parking, plenty of housing units available, and it’s already a non-profit entity, so the town of Niskayuna shouldn’t be too upset with the YWCA moving there.If the YWCA already plans to invest $20 million to $50 million, why not put it to renovating an existing property that could use a face-lift and some new tenants? I’m pretty sure the state of New York would love to see this property reused in such a beneficial way.Daniel BradtNiskayuna Upon giving him my answers he grinned and handed me my ATM card and said that I left it in the machine he just happened to use after me.Although I might have slept better not knowing that bit of information until a later hour, I was certainly impressed that Officer Haynes returned my card to me as he did and that he did so promptly and with a smile. I’m grateful I live in a community with police officers who take their time to help citizens like me, even with the smaller matters of life.Brian MerriamSchenectady Grateful for police service with a smileYou can imagine my alarm when my doorbell was rung “aggressively” a week ago at 4 a.m. When I went downstairs to see what the emergency was, I saw a flashlight shining in from the front porch. My mind raced to understand what could be the cause. When I saw that the two men on my porch were both police officers, I immediately thought about the safety of my family and whether they came bearing some horrible news. I opened the door and asked what the cause of their visit was and was asked if I was Brian Merriam.I assured them I was, then the officer said, “This may sound like a strange question, but did you visit a bank last night?”I assured them I had, but knew I hadn’t brought a gun or done anything illegal to make my withdrawal. Still, he asked me to identify the name of the bank and its location. These people took care of the sick and indigent; the very people I’ve been brought up to believe that the church should help.Claiming we had nothing to do with it seems like a lie. Because of the church’s affiliation with the hospital, the hospital was given an exemption from federal reporting requirements. That seems like we had something to do with it.Pay these people. What our elected officials and the church appear to be doing is running the clock. The more pensioners that pass away, the lower the liability becomes. Don’t think that’s not a real thought. The church pays off a lot of other things that are garbage.As this drags on, the diocese is trying to raise $45 million for a capital campaign. I’m ashamed. Tell me I’m wrong.Jeffrey Kozlowski Amsterdam The closer civil government is to the people, the more responsible, responsive, and accountable it is likely to be. The Constitution, itself, in Articles I through VI, enumerates the powers which may be exercised by the federal government. Of particular importance is Article I, Section 8, which delineates the authority of Congress.The federal government was clearly established as a government of limited authority. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution specifically provides that: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”Over time, the limitations of federal government power imposed by the Constitution have been substantially eroded. Preservation of constitutional government requires a restoration of the balance of authority between the federal government and the states as provided in the Constitution itself and as intended and construed by those who framed and ratified that document.We pledge to be faithful to this constitutional requirement and to work methodically to restore to the states and to the people their rightful control over legislative, judicial, executive and regulatory functions that are not constitutionally delegated to the federal government.We stand opposed to any regionalization of governments, at any level, which results in removal of decision-making powers from the people or those directly elected by the people.William D. WildaySchenectadyThe writer is vice-chairman of the Constitution Party of New York. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionYWCA should move to O.D. Heck siteIt seems to me that the YWCA has out lived its use in the Schenectady Stockade and it’s time for it to move on to a better location for its housing of the Single Room Occupancy program providing women with emergency, temporary and permanent housing. It makes zero sense to keep this facility in a congested and restricted residential area that has historically poor parking and very limited access.The YWCA should sell that property for senior living apartments like the YMCA did and then move to a more centralized location. Constitution Party putting people firstWe at the Constitution Party of New York want government to be as close to the people as possible. Our national plank is as follows: Bring Government Back Home. Paper missed great Theatre Guild effortThe Gazette missed an incredible opportunity to promote community theatre in Schenectady. The Classic Theatre Guild presented a seven-performance run of Nikolai Gogol’s The Inspector General from March 12-24. Audiences were treated to an enjoyable evening of laughter and insight. The play is satirical and, although written about imperial Russia, contains many comical allusions to American politics in the 21st century. The directors, Phil Bruns and Jake Monsees, and the talented cast of local actors did an amazing job. It’s really unfortunate that a reporter wasn’t sent to review a performance and/or interview the players. Maybe you’ll be more vigilant in the future: the Classic Theatre Guild deserves better coverage in The Gazette.Beverly SkollSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Church must fund St. Clare’s pensionsThe fact that my church sits on $3.2 billion from the sale of Fidelis Health Care and will not help the St. Clare’s pensioners is a sin.  Catholic church must address challengesI’m not Catholic, and yet I’m acutely aware of the role of the Catholic church in world affairs. People of all faiths must acknowledge the potential fallout from the child sexual abuse crisis within the church. I wish to summarize the critical points as I understand them:George Will is correct: This is the gravest threat since the Protestant Reformation.It appears that child sexual abuse has been pervasive over generations, if not centuries.last_img read more

Dundee

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Investment: Blurring the boundaries

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WCM withdraws from UK move as top man leaves

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Driving force

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£6m to be spent on Clifton Down centre revamp

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High street shops pull in £10m for Prudential

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New office scheme for Cardiff Central

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