Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 13

first_imgUpset that letter to Congress returnedAs the son of a former postal worker, and just as a citizen, I’m appalled by what I received in my mail on April 8.There was a letter I had mailed two weeks ago, returned to sender stamped ‘undeliverable as addressed.’ The letter was addressed by someone with better handwriting than mine, clearly indicating a named member of Congress “US House of Representatives, Washington, DC”.No, there was no ZIP code, but I am amazed no one in the Postal Service was capable of getting this delivered. Back in the days when humans sortied mail, rather than stupid machines, this would have been deliverable.I don’t know if this is a scam to sell more stamps, or a further indication of the incompetence of the ‘privatized’ service, but it is totally unacceptable.And when I called what they laughably call the “customer service” number, I was told, after the usual voicemail delay, that the waiting time to talk to a human being was 36 to 54 minutes. That’s pretty unacceptable, too.Steve NovakGlenville Lawmakers need to look into abortion law I saw the large essay Assemblyman Phil Steck wrote to The Daily Gazette on Feb. 17 regarding abortion.I felt sorry for his display of defensiveness and your ignorance regarding this serious matter. What does the word, “abortion” mean? To stop, to end. To end the pregnancy by killing the unborn baby.Surely you and/or your family members have seen ultrasounds of the unborn baby during pregnancy. There’s no denying that what’s inside the woman kicks, has a heartbeat and every other feature of a baby human.Sadly, many people don’t express their opinions about abortion, and it makes it seem like all women are for it, which we are not.Legislators — targeted by Planned Parenthood’s pressure and PACs, wanting votes and fearing to stand up for justice — vote for the unconscionable act of late term abortion, and even the neglect of a full-term child who is born in spite of abortion efforts. Plus, the tissue can be sold. Imagine, making money off killing babies, and then again by selling their “pound of flesh.”What have we become? Is this, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo likes to believe, progressive policy? Or is it a return to barbarism and child sacrifice as in ancient days? Is it a disrespect for children that child labor laws sought to remedy? Please look into these issues and get back to me, a voter.Theresa PettograssoPattersonville State, church must help out pensionersCould someone please explain to me why the burden for the care of New York’s poor has fallen on pensioners of St. Clare’s Hospital? At the direction of the Catholic Church, the hospital’s mission was to care for those who could not afford to pay for their healthcare services. The cost of this mission was great, and the hospital experienced great financial difficulties.Because of this, the pension belonging to those who cared for these people was not funded.Isn’t it the role of the government to care for its citizens, to make sure that they have the basics when they are in financial stress? Now those healthcare workers who cared for some of New York state’s poorest, at the direction of the Catholic Church, are faced with their own financial difficulties.They have lost a portion of or all of their pension benefit that they worked so hard for. They have pleaded with both the state and the church to help. But they have been ignored, tossed aside to fend for themselves in their retirement.Those who can help, but choose not to, should be ashamed of themselves.Ironically, the church will have its hand out looking for donations from the very people it refuses to help, and the state will be digging into those same pockets for tax dollars to spend on someone else.Bob BradleyClifton Park Clearing up errors in Repair Cafe articleI was glad to see Repair Cafe featured so prominently in the April 7 Gazette.But please let me correct some misinformation from the article. The Clifton Park cafe will indeed be the third to open in the capital region. But there is only one Repair Cafe in Schenectady, not two as the article stated.Repair Cafe Schenectady was the first cafe in the capital district. We opened in April 2018 and have now completed a very successful first year.Saratoga Springs also has a cafe which opened later in 2018.Also, Ms. Standaert was incorrect in stating that there is no place to donate a broken bicycle in this area. How about Schenectady’s own Electric City Bike Rescue www.electriccitybikerescue.org?The article was correct in stating that a main goal of Repair Cafe is to reduce the number of items going into landfills, but we also take pride in our teaching component.If you bring a broken item to a cafe, you will learn something about how it works and how to take care of it, and even how to repair it yourself. Visit Repair Cafe Schenectady on Facebook and plan to come to our next event July 27 at the Schenectady County Public Library downtown.Repair Cafe Schenectady was founded by Dave West and is supported by Schenectady County Public Library and the Friends of SCPL. Repair Cafe is an international movement, begun in the Netherlands in 2009.Faith DonovanNiskayuna Harris owes apology for speech commentFreedom of speech, the right to express opinions without government restraint, is a democratic ideal held sacredly as the First Amendment in our Bill of Rights. To read Union College President Harris proclamation otherwise is discouraging. As an alum, it’s embarrassing to see this published in both The Daily Gazette on March 30 and a national periodical (Inside Higher Ed – March 25, 2019). No matter the intent, an apology should be considered. And perhaps a lesson (or two) in public communications. R.J. ProssnerAnnapolis, Md.The writer is a graduate of Union College, Class of 2002 Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBeaver deceivers a better control optionI’m pleading to officials not to trap beavers at the Woodlawn Preserve.A beaver deceiver isn’t a cost-prohibitive measure; it’s just the opposite.Creating a void by using cruel conibear traps will cause an endless need, as more beavers move into the territory.A beaver deceiver will be done once and allow a more live-and-let-live approach. Please use this and share the space in which we are all meant to be in.Laura BrownScotiacenter_img Need accurate map for Alplaus borderAs a business owner, I supported Alplaus residents’ opposition to a high-density housing development in the southwest of the hamlet 2016-2017. I share their desire to preserve land conservation and to maintain the character of Alplaus in the areas of development, traffic and law enforcement. As the owner of 801-901 Maritime Drive (MINOR Improvements PT, Burnt Hills Rowing, and Shen Crew), I’m concerned that the property I purchased in 2016 is no longer considered to be in Alplaus, according to the town of Glenville. Closing Mohawk Avenue last year effectively created a physical barrier, reflecting the amended map. I have been unable to discover by which authority the map was changed.In response to Alplaus residents’ objection to the map change at the public hearing on October 4, 2017, the Comprehensive Plan (page 235) states “The Town Board consented to this request and modified the Hamlet of Alplaus map accordingly.”  If this is simply a clerical oversight or a “snafu in the software” at Glenville town offices, it should be amended to reflect accurate information.However, I’m concerned by the article’s statement that the Comprehensive Plan “…doesn’t consider the riverfront lands to be a part of the hamlet.”An accurate map of Alplaus is the first step to a productive working relationship between Alplaus and the town of Glenville. Please support our efforts to set the record straight.Karen Dake, PT, PCSAlplaus YWCA needs help to enhance its programsYWCA NorthEastern NY has been serving our community since 1888. While our services haven’t looked the same throughout those 131 years, they have always focused on helping women and children evolving to meet changing needs in our community.Today we offer comprehensive domestic violence support services, accredited early learning and safe, affordable housing for low-income/homeless women, serving nearly 7,000 people each year. We now look to enhance our programs and services to meet the ever-expanding need. We don’t know if it’s possible, hence the feasibility study and meetings with neighbors to hear concerns. We strive to be good neighbors while also allowing all who utilize YWCA NENY to do so in a safe, convenient, quality setting.Located in the Stockade since 1930, much of our history is linked to our beautiful but aging building and those who have walked its halls.  The Stockade is a special place, conveniently located for all we serve. We’re a non-profit that relies on grants, government funding and private donations, which are not increasing at the same rate as the need, some actually decreasing while expenses rise.The $20-million-plus project investment won’t come from YWCA’s small coffers, but from funding secured through partnerships with companies, developers and grant sources.Doing so will move us forward on steady footing, helping us serve our community even better. We are cautiously optimistic about what the future will bring, and knowing we can rely on you, our community, to move forward with us. Kim SicilianoSchenectadyThe writer is the executive director of YWCA NorthEastern NY. Buy organic to help out Mother NatureDon’t forget Mother Nature. When I moved here in 2010, there were beautiful peonies in the backyard.They weren’t appreciated, so they were all mowed down. Someone had planted two azalea bushes; it’s too cold here for them. They won’t bloom. I had to dig up all the peonies. The bud has to be really close to the surface. What a job. Now they bloom beautifully.Don’t forget the bees. Pesticides kill the bees. Think.You see, we must be careful. We are slowly killing ourselves. Do you get it?Monsanto and DuPont make a lot of poisons. Roundup is made by Monsanto. Drug companies are no better. What are we doing to ourselves?Buy organic if you can. Grow your own vegetables. Have a victory garden. We all need one. Don’t mow your lawn too short. Don’t rake it. Grass needs some shade.Corn is probably one of the worst vegetables you can eat. Atrizine was used way back in the 70s to kill all the weeds and grubs. Think. Buy organic and learn what you’re eating.Eunice KilmerJohnstown Strengthen laws for assaults on policeThe time has come to change the laws on when someone makes an attempt to injure a law enforcement officer in any manner. These brave people put their lives on the line to protect us.These people are our homeland military. They try to keep us safe at all times.No more slap on the wrist if someone goes after a law enforcement officer for anything. A trial yes. If found guilty, the minimum of one year in jail and upward. If death takes place, the penalty is death for the person, of course, after a trial.We all should be happy to have these people on our side to keep us safe. Thank you to all law enforcement for keeping us and our homeland as safe as you can. It’s not easy.Sid GordonSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

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Cannabis – the case against legalisation.

first_imgAndy Cook – CEO – Centre for Social Justice UK, 8 Dec 2018Family First Comment: “Today the Centre for Social Justice pushes back against the increasing narrative of legalisation with a new report outlining why we are against this. The research in this report shows that legalisation would mean more than a million new users under 25, a sharp uptick in frequency of existing users, and hundreds of thousands of people gripped by addiction. The report shows that legalisation would greatly increase use, that arguments around a regulated market are at best a hope, and that the idea of it ending criminal networks are a pipe dream.”Yep! #SayNopeToDopewww.VoteNo.nzWhen I co-founded the charity TwentyTwenty, its focus was on supporting disadvantaged 16–21-year-olds who were not in education, employment or training. These were kids with learning difficulties, crumbling home environments, disabilities, personal trauma, caring responsibilities, you name it. It was a difficult job. But when those kids turned up stoned, it was an impossible job.The debate around cannabis use and legalisation is often debated in theory. At TwentyTwenty we lived it every single day and saw the enormous harm it could do, both in the disruption to the daily slog and the long term damage to kids’ brains.Today the CSJ pushes back against the increasing narrative of legalisation with a new report outlining why we are against this. The research in this report shows that legalisation would mean more than a million new users under 25, a sharp uptick in frequency of existing users, and hundreds of thousands of people gripped by addiction.The report shows that legalisation would greatly increase use, that arguments around a regulated market are at best a hope, and that the idea of it ending criminal networks are a pipe dream.The expectation that drug dealers will simply see the error in their ways and become estate agents is neither based in reality nor in the evidence slowly emerging from other countries, where criminals have simply diversified.Instead we must refocus the cannabis debate on educating about the harms and investing in treatment. Our recommendation of a drug awareness day, akin to the existing speed awareness course, would serve as a meaningful alternative to imposing a fine or issuing a caution. While for some cannabis users, it may never become an addiction, it would offer the chance for early intervention in those for whom it is a problem and simultaneously raise much needed funds for the struggling addiction treatment sector. The reality is that when the CSJ voices its opposition to cannabis legalisation among the power brokers and high thinkers of Westminster, we are seen as an outlier.But when you meet the people whose lives have been devastated by it, when you spend time in the UK’s addiction clinics and Pupil Referral Units, the prisons and police cells, it’s hard to reach any other conclusion than any increased use is a risk too great to take.READ THE FULL REPORT https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/core/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CSJJ6711-Cannabis-Report-181207-WEB.pdflast_img read more