Patriot Flight a great experience for vets

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I recently returned from the Patriot Flight to Washington, D.C., honoring veterans.The one-day trip, by bus and plane, spent with fellow veterans, was seamless. Guardians were available for those in need. It was a memorable day, to say the least, touring the monuments in Washington with those who fought for our great country. Great thanks to those who made the mission possible at no cost to the veterans in attendance.If you are a veteran or know someone who is, check the Capital District Patriot Flight Inc on Facebook or patriotflight.org for the next flight. It’s a great way to celebrate America.Phil A. RodriguezCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: 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

Take action to bring end to climate change

first_imgClimate change/global warming is the most important issue we face today. If we don’t do something to mitigate it, all our other issues will be moot, because we will be in the process of going extinct, along with the rest of God’s creation. Almost 100 percent of our scientists believe that this is so. The ones who express doubt are the ones on the payroll of fossil fuel companies.This is what climate change scientist Kevin Anderson has to say: “If our developing nations’ emissions peak in 2030, and decline at 3 percent per year thereafter, and if our developed nations’ emissions peak in 2015 (which they have not), and decline at 3 percent thereafter, we have a 50:50 chance of limiting global warming to 4 degrees C.”  This is equivalent to about 9 degrees F.  This could be happening as early as the 2060s.What will happen?  Seas will rise, droughts and fires will increase, as will hurricanes and floods. Species will be lost. As for humans, we will be stressed for water and food, forced to move by rising sea levels, stressed by heat waves and disease. People will have to migrate to survive, causing wars, chaos and social and economic breakdown. Do you have children and grandchildren?  Do you want to see them go through this? I don’t. Please, conserve fossil fuels, give up eating beef, encourage your congressmen to take the subsidies off fossil fuels and beef, and ask them to encourage clean, renewable energy.Jahnn Swanker-GibsonJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Upset over plowing on Eastern Parkway

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI live on upper Eastern Parkway, a boulevard in Schenectady, although the city refers to them as “island streets.” Up until this year, the plows would come through and plow along the curb next to the sidewalk, then make their turn and come back and plow along the curb next to the “island” in the center, thereby putting the majority of the snow on the island and clearing the street for parking.Apparently, someone made the brilliant decision to only plow half the street and leave piles of snow in front of the sidewalk curbs. Three plows have gone by our house within an hour. Not one plow cleared the parking side of the street. All three of the people who live in this house are disabled in one way or another and incapable of shoveling snow off the street to allow for parking — especially heavy, wet snow from the storm last week.I called the mayor’s office and spoke with Linda, who referred me to Colleen, who was unavailable. I left a message with my phone number to ask for a return call. By 3:45 p.m., the day of the storm, I hadn’t received a return phone call, so I once again called the mayor’s office and spoke with Linda, who said she would take everything down and send an e-mail to the proper department.Within a half hour of our conversation, a plow went past the house. It didn’t plow the snow away from the curb in front of the house. Would someone please explain just what the problem is? There are no cars in front of the houses on Eastern Parkway (headed east) from Dean Street to Palmer and Ashmore avenues, as we all double park our cars in driveways to allow for street plowing. So, why aren’t you plowing the parking side of the street?Barbara KerrSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musiclast_img read more

Letters to the Editor

first_imgPaper again shows bias against TrumpI see your editor is at it again. What‘s the bold headline on the Opinion page? “Surprise! Trump Foundation is a Sham.”Well, now we know for sure Trump is just a scamster.To be fair, I expected to see directly below this headline another one just as bold: “Surprise! Clinton Foundation is a Sham.” Whenever I talk about my project, I am always proud to say a fellow Niskayuna resident first presented information about the solar pollinator garden legislation to my town government.Building off my troop’s previous pollinator garden project completed with Highway Department leaders two years earlier at the request of another resident, Niskayuna master gardener Kathy Harter provided the spark I needed to undertake this endeavor. Finally, I want to thank my hometown newspaper. The Gazette’s coverage of my efforts — and the new Gold Award Girl Scout scholarship I am launching — helps further my goal of increasing awareness of Girl Scouting at the highest levels. Caroline McGrawNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionShutdown does a disservice to citizensThis government shutdown is dereliction of duty on the part of Congress and the president. Their job is to provide the governmental services that our taxes pay for. I think a group of citizens should sue in federal court to get our services back. You just don’t shut down a government. That’s like shutting off the car engine while you’re going down the highway.Art HombachSchenectady Many helped with Girl Scout projectRecently, I was one of 10 girls in the country named National Gold Award Girl Scout for my efforts to combat food insecurity by increasing pollinator populations through planting gardens at solar arrays; securing state funding for research; and successfully advocating for long stalled legislation. Since no accomplishment this big could be achieved alone, I did not want the year to end without publicly thanking everyone who supported me.From my troop leader since kindergarten, Liz Yanoff, and council mentor Allison Marinucci, to the middle school girls who planted seeds with me, I am very grateful for the Niskayuna Scouting community. Former Supervisor Joe Landry cultivated the idea for the solar gardens, much the same way he always helped Boy Scouts exploring Eagle Scout projects. Assemblyman Phil Steck guided me through the legislative process.  Imagine my surprise when I didn’t see it. Could your editor be so one-sided? Apparently so. It’s one thing to print every letter you get, representing the opinions of the populace.But when you choose which editorial articles to pull from the thousands available that day, and invariably pick anti-Trump ones, that says a lot about your views and your fairness.Let me help; your views are liberal, and your fairness doesn’t exist. Hillary’s foundation dealt with hundreds of millions of dollars, including massive ‘donations’ from nefarious origins, with the Clinton’s themselves being the largest charity receiving payouts. I’d appreciate it if you would make some attempt, even a small one, to print a balanced set of viewpoints.If you can’t find conservative ones, let me know.Bill DenisonBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: 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 motoristslast_img read more

Planning

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US housebuilder makes historic entry into UK

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Preston offices: Small is beautiful

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Planning: preparation is rife as Scotland exercises new powers

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Merseyside offices

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Upton scuppered in CNC takeover bid

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