Speak out against Whispering Pines

first_imgRe April 24 article, “Whispering Pines housing project hearing slated”: The town claims that the impact would be minimal in part because seven houses will be demolished to make room for 67 single-family units, 58 townhouse units, 119 independent-living apartments, 144 assisted-living units and 108 memory-care units. Seriously? Am I the only one that thinks this doesn’t add up? They also claim traffic to the Whispering Pines golf course would be reduced. Why? There will still be a 9-hole golf course. This doesn’t make sense to me, either. Also, who cares how much the project would pay in taxes? Our taxes never go down anyway. This doesn’t belong here. There’s already too much traffic in Rotterdam. I have encountered gridlock at 10 a.m. on a weekday. Rotterdam doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle all this high-volume development. I can’t make the May 11 public hearing, but I hope all my neighbors show up. We need to fight the zoning change or we will lose the character of our neighborhood. This area is already overdeveloped. Enough is enough.Diane AbbottRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Nov. 10

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMarines: Serving with honor for 244 yearsSince Nov. 10, 1775, millions of young men and women have earned the title, United States Marine.These young women and men have served with distinction throughout our history.Their exemplary performance, in war and peace, has earned the gratitude of our allies and the respect of our enemies.As President Reagan stated, “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. The Marines don’t have that problem.”So today, when you see a Marine (there are no former or ex-Marines), thank them for their service and wish them a memorable and happy 244th birthday.J.P. KirbySchenectadyThe writer is a retired SgtMaj USMC. Gov. Cuomo needs to take a lower profileThank goodness for Comrade Cuomo’s gift of gab. No, I’m not talking about Fredo “Chris.’’ I’m referring to his older brother, the governor of New York.He was almost as bad as Chuckie Schumer in getting airtime, and Chuckie was rightly feared by people that got caught between him and a TV camera. Now Cuomo is actually outdoing his mentor.Lately, just about anything that is happening in the state, Cuomo is involved in. Let’s give credit to the real people that give reports that are newsworthy: police chiefs, fire chiefs, heads or spokesmen of  departments like DPW, EnCon, etc.Better yet, restrict yourself to only putting out your message in New York City.They’re about the only people that believe you, trust you or want to hear your condescending, narcissistic voice taking credit for anything and everything you can.David G. DeMarcoHadleyTrump hasn’t earned the people’s respectSo baseball fans booed Donald Trump and chanted “Lock him up!” at the 2019 World Series. Boo Hoo.Many people condemned the reaction on the grounds that, love him or hate him, he’s still the president of the United States and Americans of all political stripes should show respect for the office, if not the man.Baloney.Donald Trump isn’t a king, though he probably wishes he were. This is the United States of America, a country that explicitly rejected a monarchy and all its trappings, even though George Washington was expected by many,, including no less a luminary than George III himself, to pick up the crown after the colonies won their independence.Moreover, when Washington was elected the first president of the United States, people didn’t know how to address him.Vice President John Adams favored “His highness, the president of the United States of America, and protector of their liberties.”Although Washington remained silent, eventually the accepted title became a plain “Mr. President,” reflecting the country’s democratic spirit.No, I don’t want to hear any more of this nonsense about disrespecting the office.No one can denigrate the office more than Trump.He lies as he breathes and insults his critics, including calling Republicans who don’t support him “scum.”He disregards the dignity of the office with vulgar speeches, uncouth tweets and gloats, while his adoring supporters chant “Lock her up!” at his rallies.He got his comeuppance.If you want to be respected, Mr. President, be respectable.  Fred ComoBurnt HillsPolitical vitriol is not the real NiskayunaMy husband and I have called Niskayuna home for almost 40 years. Never in our wildest dreams could we imagine a day when we would encounter the vitriol and insults that have, sadly, become an “accepted” part of our daughter’s courageous foray into politics.Each low is surpassed by another, perhaps none as egregious as the hurtful and false accusations hurled at the deputy town supervisor in the latest Schenectady Democratic Committee mailer. We have lived in a town we came to appreciate as a safe haven for those who loved their neighbors as themselves; where you wouldn’t dare slander another because it would be tantamount to slandering yourself.Yet the political apparatus has proven to be entirely different from the town itself: a machine fueled by an incessant desire for power, spewing fumes like ugly names, abject lies and the politics of destruction.This is not the town me, my husband and many of you recognize. Why? Because it isn’t us.Those who wish to sow this discord among us don’t represent us or our values. They serve only to serve themselves. That has never been Niskayuna and, in 2019, I’m confident it still isn’t.Anne Marie SyedNiskayunalast_img read more

Savills buys out Trigon to launch new PFI drive

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Making the break

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Power giant cooks up giant West End deal

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Housing giants see end to lull

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Call to the docks

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Eade on: Cleaning up at the shopping centre

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Not for wimps

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Keeping up allowances

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