Mudslide shows Schenectady must heed warnings

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe mudslide on Nott Terrace was a preventable occurrence. After the mudslide that destroyed the gas station, Catherine Greene, the owner of the house on Barney Street at the time, was interested to know if her property was at risk. She was advised of how to stabilize the property that included the hill that just collapsed. It was more than she could afford. When she approached the city for possible assistance, she was told there was nothing to worry about. The city continued to put up to 12-foot snowbanks in front of the house, despite a collapsing street. The city has had 20 years to avoid this mudslide. What other threats are being neglected in the city? Although Catherine is now passed away, residents and community leaders should still be listened to about needs in their communities.Mark TownsendLaconia, New HampshireThe writer is a former resident and worked with Catherine Greene in the Vale Community Organization. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

Lystek truck traffic would be a danger

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSince December, it has been consistently reported that the facility proposed for the town of Glen by the Canadian sewage waste-to-fertilizer company Lystek would result in the addition of 10 to 20 trucks per day to our community’s local traffic.I have lived just west of the Riverside Drive/Route 5S intersection for 40-plus years, and “only” 10 to 20 trucks a day has me concerned for the safety on that intersection.One concern is the potential for more accidents. Heavily loaded trucks heading to the facility in the Glen Canal View Business Park will make an uphill turn very slowly onto a 55 mph state highway, Route 5S. Cars coming from the east can’t see the trucks until they crest the top of the hill. At that point, they are traveling the speed limit, which would make it very difficult to avoid an accident.Another major concern is that these trucks will be hauling untreated sewage sludge – which by Lystek’s own documentation can contain significant pathogens, contaminants and heavy metals that would then be reduced or diluted to “lower than the legal limits.” Also, per Lystek’s own documentation, a number of these trucks use only simple tarps to cover the “material.”Conservatively, “10 trucks a day, five days a week” calculates to 5,200 passes annually (there and back) – half of them being trucks loaded with sewage sludge. If you use their full estimates of 20 trucks per day, at 365 days, it becomes 14,600 truck passes. Keeping count, that’s 2,600 to 7,300 sewage sludge-filled trucks arriving and departing the Business Park each year. That’s a different picture from “only” 10 to 20 trucks!George Galeazza FultonvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familylast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Nov. 12

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOur present system works for AmericaWhile some letters disparaging Trump were difficult to accept, I agree with comments about his childish tweets and his insults towards people opposing him that make him unpresidential.For those angry over Hillary’s loss, this may help:When Bill Clinton left office, their net worth was less than $16 million. When Hillary left as Secretary of State, their net worth grew to more than $48 million.One could assume if Hillary was elected president, their net worth would have skyrocketed.Trump’s salary is $1 per year.For those wanting Fox News off the air while CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and NBC are all anti-Trump, we have only Fox, as pro-Trump.One-sided news sounds like China.The 2020 elections have the three top Democrats running for office all wanting to change our present system, which creates millionaires and billionaires, to a system that makes the rich evil and people dependent on the government.These supposed acts of kindness are a Trojan horse towards socialism. Be careful when you replace a few job creating entrepreneurs with many people waiting in line for free government handouts.When Trump is re-elected in 2020, he will continue his work on job creation, lifting all boats, both rich and poor.As always, God bless America and God bless, our present form of government.Vince AlescioClifton ParkRussian history is a reflection of todayCertain items in this parody of Rep. Adam Schiff quoted from the book “The Gulag Archipelago” by Solzhenitsyn might remind the reader of current events.Please read on.“The Petrograd Church trial June 9 – July 5, 1922. The only witnesses heard were those of the prosecution. Defense witnesses were not permitted to testify. (oh, how familiar it all is) They were in a big hurry to produce a Criminal Code in time for the trial of the SR’s, the Socialist Revolutionaries.“Trial of the SR’s was June 8 – August 7, 1922. But since then, and after many, many trials, the whole thing makes one want to vomit.“But keep them in prison and hadn’t it already been 3 years? Wasn’t it necessary to try them? And what should they be charged with?“This period had not been sufficiently investigated in the pre-trial examination our prosecutor complained.”These words quoted from the book are true accounts of the happenings in 1922 when a Russian bishop in the Russian Orthodox Church was on trial in Russia.Anyone interested in learning more can look up Benjamin of Petrograd from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia on the computer.Walter K. JanczakSloansvilleWe’re all entitled to express opinionsIn her Oct. 30 letter, Diane Sanders Hombach’s referral to a letter from Wendell Neugebauer on Oct. 21 saying “until a baby can come out of a man’s body, an opinion on abortion shouldn’t come out of his mouth.”Following that logic, none of us should have or be able to express an opinion regarding space travel, leaving that discussion to the relatively few who have actually traveled into space.Also, since I don’t drink alcohol and I have never had a driver’s license, I guess I’m not entitled to an opinion, nor can I speak about drunk drivers or driving.Our opinions are what we opine about, think about, and talk about. They do not necessarily have to come from our own experiences.The original point to the letter is that “a baby would be coming out of a body.” That being said, it’s a separate entity from that body.The argument from pro-abortion/pro-choice people is that it’s a woman’s body; her choice doesn’t hold up. The baby is coming out as its own separate being.Kudos to Geraldine Havasy’s Nov. 5 letter (“Even women don’t have a right to kill babies”) for a similar sentiment.Susan HoverSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Crowning glory as Aberdeen set for biggest pre-let in years

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Glasgow’s kiss of life

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Slough & Windsor offices: Starting off small

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Change in the Bank

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London cooling

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Regus changes tack with LandSec deal

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Hill climbing

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