Letters to the Editor Saturday, Oct. 2

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What does $3.5 trillion appear like?

The Democrats now personal each homes and the presidency. Nobody can cease them. They need to spend an extra $3.5 trillion to the already bloated federal spending.
Let’s break $3.5 trillion down.
There are 144.3 million taxpayers in America. That’s $24,255 per taxpayer. That’s roughly $50,000 per working couple. That hurts pondering of it that means.
If we pooled all these 144 million taxpayer’s $24,255 piles of money into one pile that will be one monumental pile. That bought me pondering. What does $3,500,000,000,000 really appear like?
A greenback invoice is 0.010922 centimeters (0.0043 inches) thick. It will take about 233 payments stacked as much as make one inch.
Almost 2,800 payments to make a foot. So how excessive would $3.5 trillion be? Easy 0.010922 X 3,500,000,000,000 = 38,227,000,000 cm. There are 100,000 cm. per kilometer.
Due to this fact, our $3.5 trillion stack of cash can be 382,270 kilometers (237,531 miles) excessive.
How excessive is that? Effectively it seems that’s nearly an identical to the typical distance the moon is from Earth, which is about 384,000 kilometers. The moon will get as shut as 363,104 kilometers away. So they are surely spending to the moon. Actually, if we stacked up that pile of cash, the moon would knock it over because it handed by.
If we stacked payments finish to finish, $3.5 trillion can be 339 million miles lengthy. That will transcend Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and greater than twice so far as the solar.
That’s what $3,500,000,000,000 seems to be like.
Jerry Groom
Caroga Lake

Redistribute low-priority police duties

I’m writing concerning the police reform problems with immediately.
In regard to this, I’ve a confirmed thought that might assist with staffing points that departments have within the space.
I’ve proposed this prior to now to a neighborhood division and didn’t even obtain a response.
In different areas, primarily within the South, civilian staff are utilized as “public security” officers and so they reply to mundane calls, equivalent to property harm accidents, barking canine calls, easy report calls, visitors directing calls, and so on.
This takes the higher-trained police officer away from these calls and locations he or she on the calls the place police are wanted extra, equivalent to home disputes, private damage accidents, robberies in progress, and so on.
It additionally releases them from these “low-priority calls.”
These officers require much less coaching and wages; retired officers may even be utilized.
This might be value saving and will get these low-priority calls dealt with extra rapidly and preserve the cops doing the job they’re extra extremely educated for.
In my thoughts. that is one thing that needs to be regarded into.
However right here in New York, for some purpose, we’re very reluctant to alter the best way it has at all times been completed.
Dave Gallup



Dems should tackle immigration drawback

Democrats want to present a path to citizenship for people who both they or their dad and mom have damaged current immigration legal guidelines. I’ve doubts concerning the long-term viability of a rustic that choses to reward legislation breaking.
As a sensible matter, l counsel additional acts of prison conduct by noncitizens may be handled by exporting them to their nation of origin slightly than having the legislation abiding assuming the price of their incarceration.
Additionally, I’m glad Biden has seen match to avoid wasting us cash by not having them vaccinated, and coincidentally completely undermining efforts to have the remainder of the inhabitants vaccinated.
A easy answer to coping with those that want to bounce the road for authorized entry into the nation is for the Democrats to chew the bullet and construct Trump’s wall.
Fred Barney

Kiernan is greatest for finance commissioner

I urge you to evaluation the {qualifications} of JoAnne Kiernan, a candidate for the important place of commissioner of finance in Saratoga Springs.
JoAnne is a Licensed Public Accountant with intensive expertise and extraordinary expertise in all areas of finance, particularly creating budgets which can be sustainable for companies, establishments and associations with sound fiscal duty.
Moreover, she has been elected to the Saratoga Springs Metropolis Faculty District Board of Training a number of instances and served as its president.
No different candidate for this place has the expertise, {qualifications} and talent to carry out the mandatory duties required.
Please be part of me in voting for JoAnne Kiernan on Nov. 2 to be our subsequent commissioner of finance.
Jim Chatfield
Saratoga Springs

Niskayuna delivering clear gov’t

I need to deliver readability to current Niskayuna information tales and editorials. They’ve had an analogous theme: After years of efficient open governance, the city board wakened in the future and determined to be much less clear. That is inaccurate.
The pandemic has made city authorities extra clear.
Public conferences, lots of which required attendance to view, are actually all viewable dwell. Final 12 months’s price range course of is an ideal instance. All conferences had been broadcast.
The city supervisor just lately determined to renew digital city conferences. This was not a choice of the city board. At my request, they’re in particular person once more.
Our determination to trim 4% from the city price range was not a secret. It was mentioned in open assembly, which everybody may watch. The state comptroller’s letter (not report or audit) merely suggested extra discover – it was not “damning,” as was printed within the paper. Now we have held the road on taxes 12 months after 12 months.
The police chief choice course of included asking the general public for candidate questions, which we included within the interviews.
Irrespective of how a lot some folks need the gritty personnel particulars that could be included on the town investigations into HR points, we are able to by no means act in opposition to HR insurance policies or legislation to fulfill prurient curiosity.
This might have a chilling impact on staff who take part in these investigations and will needlessly embarrass or undermine hard-working employees.
All of us profit when authorities is open to the folks. And that’s simply what Niskayuna’s city authorities delivers.
John Della Ratta
The author is a Niskayuna City Board member.

City ought to oppose spot-zone change

Now we have lived within the city of Rotterdam on Eugene Drive for 28 years. Now we have raised our youngsters in Rotterdam and have at all times loved dwelling on this quiet neighborhood.
Now we have felt safe understanding the land round our residence was zoned “Single Household” in order that if there was ever any improvement, we had been assured it could be developed in a way constant to our neighborhood. This has all been put in jeopardy.
A developer has petitioned the city to alter the zoning of 2625 Curry Highway behind my residence for Single Household Residential to Multi-Household Residential to allow the development of an enormous house advanced. In July, the Rotterdam Planning Fee voted overwhelmingly 6-1 in opposition to the venture.
The fee famous of their opposition to the venture that the addition of a number of hundred extra vehicles on Curry Highway would create questions of safety for surrounding neighborhoods. Curry Highway is already at capability, peripheral neighborhoods are already used as different routes to keep away from the visitors jam on Curry Highway.
This venture would make a nasty state of affairs worse for the residents.
Regardless of the overwhelming opposition to the venture by the Rotterdam City Planning Fee, the Rotterdam City Board has superior the “spot zone” change and is most probably going to vote on this subject at its subsequent assembly in October.
We’re pleading with the City Board to respect the discovering of its personal Planning Fee and oppose the “spot zone “ change. Hold Rotterdam “A Good Place to Dwell.”
Steve Dunham

Efforts ought to have been on prevention

The U.S. FDA and CDC just lately expanded entry to Pfizer COVID-19 booster photographs however retained inadvisable eligibility restrictions. Boosters needs to be provided to all. The companies had been appropriately glad on one subject: mRNA vaccines are successfully limiting clinically extreme sickness.
Nevertheless, FDA and CDC dismissed two further points that point out the necessity for unrestricted boosters.
First, warning is required the place new SARS-CoV-2 variants are being chosen strongly to use private immunological weaknesses. Second, the virus could also be persistent after ‘treatment,’ even when contaminated folks had skilled solely delicate signs, or no signs.
Many viruses are persistent. After ‘treatment,’ they continue to be in ‘refugia.’ Should you had the virus, you would possibly by no means be absolutely rid of it. Certainly, many viruses can re-emerge opportunistically, when persons are weakened physiologically by malnutrition or with different diseases, or immunologically with growing old.
New publicity and exterior re-infection are pointless.
Such reactivation of long-dormant viruses might trigger critical sickness. Examples embody childhood chickenpox (Varicella zoster). The chickenpox might have been ‘cured,’ however the V. zoster virus might persist, and trigger shingles many many years later. Likewise, folks ‘cured’ of Ebola nonetheless might harbor the virus and provoke Ebola outbreaks years later.
That’s the reason public well being professionals apply the ‘precautionary precept’ to avert critical credible, despite the fact that unsure, penalties. FDA and CDC didn’t.
The companies’ overriding public well being concern ought to have been to forestall future SARS-CoV-2 infections, not tolerate them by assuming that they won’t impose main public well being and related financial burdens sooner or later.
Robert A. Michaels, PhD, CEP

Personhood begins at delivery, not conception

In his Sept. 18 letter (“Bearing kids is a unprecedented privilege”), Rick Savage states his perception that personhood begins at conception. I actually disagree.
Initially, we have now Date of Delivery, not Date of Conception. Till the twine is lower and the fetus can dwell by itself, the fetus is a part of the lady, not a person.
In the course of the summer time of 1957, after three years of med faculty, I labored at a 100-bed hospital in rural Maryland. I recall two uncommon occasions.
One was a lady holding the leg of her fetus on her abdomen once I lower the twine.
The opposite was a miscarriage. I lower the twine and threw the fetus into an ER sink earlier than admitting the lady. Once I returned to wash the ER, I seen motion.
I then spent the following six hours making an attempt to maintain the 29-ounce child alive. My supervisor was mad at me as a result of he needed to file each a delivery certificates and loss of life certificates.
Jack L. Underwood, M.D.

Uninterested in Niskayuna board’s blunders

I believed Peter Struzzi’s Sept. 4 letter (“Return integrity to Nisky authorities”) pretty identified that the 2021 Niskayuna City price range failed a state comptroller audit and that the unfavourable report was hidden from taxpayers. He highlighted the continual failure of our city board with respect to our city price range.
However I didn’t agree concerning the occasions surrounding the Blackface picture. I’ve seen nothing indicating that the previous comptroller was an “exemplary worker” who was wronged, as Mr. Struzzi wrote.
Based mostly on feedback from associates of mine who’re former staff of the city, it seems the city board and the previous comptroller, collectively, denied city staff entry to an unbiased human sources system and safety from office misconduct.
I even have issues about what occurred with Interim Police Chief Fran Wall. She was not handled pretty and what was completed to her is additional proof that the HR system remains to be not honest or unbiased.
I’m uninterested in studying concerning the blunders of this city board within the newspaper. They appear to be on this for their very own self-aggrandizement.
Let’s vote for brand spanking new board members that may communicate for us and their very own conscience, and never vote the best way the get together chair dictates.
Margaret Brennan

Oncology merger is a welcome change

I learn the article (“Heart expands most cancers remedy”) within the Sept. 22 Gazette concerning the Ellis Hospital and Roswell Park Medical Oncology collaboration.
Ellis Medication’s CEO acknowledged they ship some sufferers out of Schenectady to most cancers facilities together with New York and Boston. Some most cancers sufferers I’ve recognized traveled to Albany for continuation of remedy, too.
There are a lot of with out the means, time, capability or want to go away residence and journey, so for most cancers care and remedy, that is fantastic.
I can’t write this and never keep in mind that our neighborhood has different critical well being points. Some providers will probably be denied with the Ellis/St. Peters hospital merger and folks must journey if they’ve the means, time, capability or want to go away residence.
I’m left with a few questions: Was the collaboration a part of a St. Peters and Ellis hospital merger settlement?   Will Roswell Park Medical Oncology be restricted in affected person providers due to the St. Peters/Trinity Well being doctrine?
Suzanne Gold

Keep separation of church and state

So, are politicians now not adhering to the separation of church and state (which in all actuality is a metaphor and brought out of context, however that’s an entire different subject)? Gov. Kathleen Hochul just lately made the declare that “vaccines are from God” and if “you don’t get the vaccine, you’re not listening to God.”
She requested the parishioners of a church in Brooklyn to be her “apostles” and exit and persuade folks to get the vaccine.
I used to be floored once I learn it. She actually went there? Sure, she did.
I’m undecided who her “god” is, however her condemnation of these not vaccinated (some have pure immunity, let’s not neglect) was not simply appalling, it was ungodly!
Individuals have robust convictions. An individual shouldn’t be pressured to violate their conscience to maintain their job or take pleasure in their life.
If she’s going to inject God into her argument to get vaccinated, I dare her to choose up the Bible first.
Let’s additionally take into account 2 Corinthians 3:17: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and the place the Spirit of the Lord is, there may be freedom.”
God used Moses to free His folks from Pharaoh, who was a hard-hearted totalitarian tyrant. It appears that evidently she is the one not listening to God. She is the tyrant.
I didn’t assume it was attainable, however this governor is proving to be far worse than her predecessor. Is she even American?
Angela Capullo

Fishing canals isn’t as simple as marketed

I nearly choked on my espresso when studying the Sept. 28 Gazette article (“Historical past and recreation meet on the state Canal System”) how the Canal Convention talked about fishing as a part of its canal hoopla on the right way to make the canal a greater vacation spot.
Clearly not many of those of us fish or take pleasure in the great thing about the canal.
Lock 7 is now framed in by large brilliant orange obstacles and chains that might cease a battleship.
The prime fishing spots under the dam have been restricted and extra ceaselessly patrolled by the state Division of Environmental Conservation.
I’d like somebody to elucidate how these measures make my paddling and fishing extra satisfying.
John Kolwaite


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