Support candidates who support seniors

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionEarlier this year, several neighbors and I along Helderberg Avenue had an opportunity to sell our homes and help create the Village at Whispering Pines, a unique community for our senior citizens.Many will say I speak from a self-interest. While true, as I would have made a small profit, I did so more for the prospect of being a part of something that Rotterdam needs — a senior community with memory care, assisted and independent living, one-family homes, townhouses, a golf course, as well as leisure activities.The senior citizens of Rotterdam deserve the right to receive care in their hometown, a town they built. If it wasn’t for them, Rotterdam would not be the place it is today.So, as you vote this year for our supervisor and Town Board, I ask you to consider re-electing Supervisor Steve Tommasone and electing Rachel Rappazzo and Stephen Signore for Town Board. Why? Because senior living is important to our neighbors and to them.Jim PalluttiRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Can U.S. overcome its own history?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe “America First” slogan has a history much longer than the tenure of the current administration. To infer where it will take us, one must look to the past, much as one might infer the destination of a missile or a meteor from its trajectory. “America First” was launched in the 1916 campaign of isolationist President Woodrow Wilson, embodying his desire to keep the United States out of World War I. In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan adopted it, embodying the Klan’s racism.The slogan was reborn in 1940 as the “America First Committee” of isolationist aviator and Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh, embodying his desire to keep the United States out of World War II. The America First Committee also embodied domestically Lindbergh’s own anti-Semitism. He said that the “greatest danger [of Jews] to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government.”The past is easier to “predict” than the future. Where is “America First” taking us? My best answer, besides “I don’t know,” is to avert destruction. Missiles can be intercepted and meteors diverted. Overcoming the momentum of projectiles, however, may be easier than overcoming the ominous momentum of history. A mighty effort will be required, including befriending people with whom we may disagree politically, if they are like-minded on existential issues for our democracy.Robert MichaelsNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: 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 censuslast_img read more

Don’t let drunken driving destroy lives

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Meanwhile back home, the ambulance workers, police and firefighters that were at the scene have to go through intense debriefing because of the severity of the crash.  Your moms and dads are devastated, along with your friends and family. Remember, it only takes a minute to make a bad decision. But in some cases for others, it’s a lifetime of pain and suffering. Please use common sense and avoid alcohol. And never, never drive a vehicle if you do. You have lifetime to enjoy.  Do it sensibly.Bill DikantCastletonThe writer is a DWI Victim advocate.More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine It all starts out with the girls in beautiful dresses, boys in handsome tuxes and a fun evening with all their friends, but it all comes to an end with the distress call to 9-1-1.The ambulance service arrives at the crash scene and sends a request to dispatch telling them they need two more ALS units at the scene. They have four serious and two critical injuries.This is what can happen when alcohol is involved and disaster hits.The anguish now starts here. The ambulance workers and firefighters know the kids; the police know the kids; and now the parents must be notified if they haven’t already and are now on the scene.Once in the hospital, we find that only the driver will recover completely and the others have massive injuries that will be with them forever. However, the driver will pay dearly.Now the blame starts. Who was driving? Why were they drinking? Why did you get in the car with them? Who is going to pay for this? Will we sue them?last_img read more

Flynn ready to step in over Faso

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Much has been made about the Democratic drive to unseat Rep. John Faso in the 19th Congressional District. There are seven players vying to be on the ballot in November. That’s a wealth of possibility. But how effective and electable would each one of them be? When you look for proposals to repair the damage done by Faso and his fellows, there is only one candidate who stands out: Brian Flynn. Instead of sound bites, Flynn goes into detail, point by point, not only about what needs to be changed in Washington, but how he suggests we go about doing so.Flynn doesn’t shy away from tough questions. Asked why his company outsourced jobs when he talks about bringing jobs to New York, Flynn’s answer was unambiguous: Railway infrastructure near his manufacturing plant was nonexistent and getting products to market was difficult. Outsourcing the transportation aspect of his company meant he could bring 150 more manufacturing jobs to the area. That’s an honest business assessment — and a good solution.Brian Flynn is a third-generation Greene County local. He’s no carpetbagger. Family and business are both here. What’s at stake in the 19th District affects him as much as it does us.For two years, we’ve had a politician in Washington who only answers to his Republican masters rather than advocating for constituents. It’s time we had a champion in Washington – and Brian Flynn is ready and able to step into the fray for us.JOELLYN KOPECKYWarnervilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Cuomo failing on energy promises

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On April 23, 1,500 protesters asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject fracked-gas infrastructure. Cynthia Nixon told reporters that the state must rescind permits for power plants, say no to “microgrids” run on gas, and stop approving pipelines. All 26 of Cuomo’s “ambitious” renewable projects add up to a paltry 100MW of power once capacity factors are applied. And he is intent on getting CPV and Cricket Valley (CVE) online.Look at NYSERDA’s NY Prize microgrid program: Omitting Syracuse, which has proposed an incinerator; omitting diesel for black-start use; leaving out battery power and applying the capacity factors for renewable components; the stage-two winners will be getting public money for grids that are powered 98 percent by gas and which will run 100 percent of the time. NYSERDA plans to promote a few thousand more of these. The turbines in NYSERDA’s microgrids are the same ones used in compressor stations: they generate carcinogenic volatile organic compounds; they add carbon-equivalent pollution through both methane leakage and combustion; and they’ll need pipes or trucks to feed them. We went to Albany with peer-reviewed research on the harms of fracking infrastructure. We waved the Paris Accord at the governor. But we aren’t lobbyists or representatives of midstream corporations, so maybe the state Department of Environmental Conservation and governor just can’t hear us. CVE and CPV will each add 10 to 15 percent to the state greenhouse-gas inventory, effectively voiding Cuomo’s promises to cut state emissions. New York — the entire planet — is headed over a cliff. Is it time to change drivers?Dennis HigginsOtegoMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

South Beds More positive outlook

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Broadgate sale speculation intensifies

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Art of gold

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Shock departure at Insignia …

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Workplace parking charges could depress rents

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