Monthly Archives: October 2020

Wait for Mueller outcome for blame

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first_imgI would like to respond to Gerard Havasy’s letter of Feb. 21. I know both Mary Kuykendall [Feb. 14 letter] and Gerard Havasy from our days at GE. As far as I know, this is still a free country and we can express our opinions, even if others don’t agree. Referring to past administrations’ possible troubles when we have a present-day crisis of confidence in the current White House seems disingenuous to me. I suggest we hold off pointing the finger at past and present administrations until the Mueller investigation is complete. It’s interesting that Mr. Trump hasn’t implemented the Russian sanctions passed by Congress last year. Further, he still hasn’t come out and recognized the Russian meddling of our 2016 election, even when advised by his own intelligence agencies that it did and is still happening today.Douglas N. McFaddenNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Sewer project offers balance, protection

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Ballston residents will vote on the proposed Route 50 sewer extension on April 18. The vote is occurring while significant zoning changes and limits on expansion of town water infrastructure are also being considered. Like many upstate communities, the town of Ballston is seeking to balance responsible growth against preservation of its rural and agricultural character. The town has crafted a series of zoning reforms in consultation with an experienced municipal planner which, if implemented, will impose protective limits on future development.However, the town’s ability to target development and balance its tax base, both of which are stated goals in its Comprehensive Plan, will be limited without infrastructure development in key areas. Specifically, the town’s proposed Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program, which targets development in “receiving” areas where density bonuses are obtained from rural land in “sending” areas, can’t fulfill its potential without basic infrastructure to draw upon.Residents are right to be concerned about incurring additional costs, though these can be mitigated through applicable exemptions and state grants. In addition, user costs will decrease as well-suited developments connect to existing infrastructure in the future. Ballston leadership has taken a thoughtful approach to the proposed sewer districOn balance, it enables the town to achieve its long-term goals of channeling development while protecting important rural and agricultural land resources.Morgan RuthmanDelmarMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesAlbany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Trump could take a lesson from military

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Donald Trump was never trained to make his bed. In 1972, I involuntarily spent eight weeks in Fort Dix, New Jersey. At that time, I was a reluctant trainee in the art of war. We fired all kinds of fun weapons. We took long marches carrying our gear along the way. We wore heavy black combat boots and we were lucky if the drill instructors allowed us to take off our fatigue shirts. We sweated like pigs, some of us cried from the pressure, constant insults and sheer discomfort we were in.We sang fun songs as we marched, sweat and cried. The songs told us our girlfriend was cheating on us with Johnny. They were called cadence and were meant to help you march in time. The one I remember best went something like this: I want to be an airborne ranger, I want to live a life of danger, I want to go to Vietnam.You get the idea. It was indoctrination. Left, right, left, right, on and on.One of the first things we had to do perfectly was make our bed. It had to be so tight a quarter would bounce on it. Forty-five never learned to make his bed. He’s undisciplined, arrogant and a poor leader. He should have learned to make his bed.Paul SantoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnlast_img read more

Urbs in rure: the Berkshire set-up

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Top US surveying firms join up for e-alliance

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Plan to get opponents talking in place of strife

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Crest wins battle to develop DERA’s 130ha Surrey site

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Cambridgeshire retail

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£1.2bn Meadowhall bid

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Industrial: Tough times ahead

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