Letters to the Editor for Friday, Dec. 13


first_imgWhen this past storm hit us, I went out no less than nine times to clear my property and my neighbor’s properties. When I arrived home on Thursday night, after working an 11-hour day, I found that once again the plows had gone through. At the end of my driveway was a large boulder of snow/ice (one piece about 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide) that the trucks had plowed there and left there. This was not able to be removed by a snowblower because it would have clearly damaged the machine. I sent an email to the mayor’s office requesting that they rectify the situation and asked for a call or an email telling me how they planned to fix it. Surprise, surprise, I never heard from anyone.So when I came home on Friday, I had to use an ax to chop it down. And thanks to a great neighbor, who used his snowblower to help me. Of course. this would not have been necessary if the job had been done correctly in the first place. The city’s response to this snowstorm was horrible. We pay extremely high taxes, and to have such a poor response is ridiculous. For the city not to respond to an email that was written in a very nice tone is unacceptable. What gives, Mr. Mayor?Lynn LaBargeSchenectadyTime for update to polarizing societyIronic, isn’t it? It’s nearly 2020. Nationally and globally, we are in a state of blossoming, and yet we are clinging to old systems, with no meaningful updates. Even my phone updates daily.We should be forming a council to consider starting again. Then, just maybe, democracy could grow stronger in its flexibility.If we continue to polarize, we will surely hemorrhage. There is ample evidence.Without difference, this whole world would be boring. Everyone is a beautiful expression of the whole, which in turn, is you. And we should all be spending more time reinforcing and harnessing that, in my humble opinion.Noah J. StisserEsperanceFree will is to blame for many injusticesThe Dec. 1 letter from Anthony Santos (“I see why evangelicals are drawn to Trump”) was disturbing. In a few paragraphs, he manages to vilify evangelists, the president and even God. He claims that the evangelistic mistaken belief in a good God is what makes it possible for them to accept President Trump as a viable leader. He contends that there is not a good God because a good God would not allow all the horrible evil and injustice that exists in the world.Apparently Mr. Santos is not familiar with the doctrine of free will even as he expresses his own. One of the greatest and very underappreciated gifts from the Creator to mankind is free will.Unfortunately it is also the source of mankind’s evil and injustice.Jim NorrisClifton ParkGrateful for care at Ellis for stroke scareOn Nov. 11, I had an incident at home while taking my morning medications. Suddenly I was unable to swallow; water and pills exited quickly.My husband quickly gave me a baby aspirin and we sped to Ellis Hospital (which is only 10 minutes from our home), where we were met by the Emergency Room nurse. I was taken into a room and quickly attended to. Everything happened quickly and efficiently. I was admitted to the C Wing 6th floor under the excellent care of Dr. Konstantin Timofeev in the Neuroscience Center. Fortunately, I did not have a stroke. I was treated with medications, observed overnight and released the next evening. I recovered well and am now back to normal. The staff said I did the right thing by seeking medical care immediately.I would like to thank the entire nursing staff, my night nurse Claudette, day nurse, Jade, and student nurse Victoria (who graduates in May) and all the nurses for their excellent care. They checked on me constantly. I received the best care from them. I am very fortunate  that we live near such an excellent hospital with an excellent, caring staff. Thank you all.Mary CaterRotterdam Socialist ideals are helping AmericansThis is in response to Michael Sheedy’s Nov. 9 letter (“Stalin policies similar to Democrats’ plans.”)His comparisons to articles 120 and 121 of the Soviet Constitution are enlightening.The right to maintenance in old age or disability (Social Security?) ensured by the development of social insurance of workers and employees.Free medical insurance (ACA or Medicare expansion?).The right to education, compulsory at the elementary level and free at higher levels by a system of state stipends?I assume that Mr. Sheedy thinks that all of these things are evil socialist ideas and ideals — most of which we have currently here in the United States.Do so-called conservatives of his ilk really think that Social Security, disability, unemployment, compulsory education, and free or at least affordable medical care are bad ideas based on socialist concepts? Really? Then “Go Bernie.”Mark RuddimanSchenectadyCity’s snow removal issues are not newI feel sorry for the Schenectady residents and businesses that are dealing with snow plowing and removal in the city.Sad to say, it hasn’t changed from when we moved to our first house from Rotterdam to Harrison Avenue in Bellevue in 1967.Our first deep snow that winter was about 12-14 inches. After hand-shoveling a large shared driveway, I couldn’t get out because the road wasn’t cleared that day. Early on day two, the street still wasn’t plowed, and our oil furnace clogged and quit.I called Burmaster for help. The repair man just made it to our house only because he had a heavy truck with new snow tires.I called our city councilman at the time, Jim Devine. He downplayed the situation and explained that this was a normal circumstance. Coming from Rotterdam, I knew this was not the norm.After three years, we moved back to west Rotterdam.This past snowfall, our roads were cleared by 6:45 the first morning. Then they were continually addressed until the next day.The plow operators from the Rotterdam Highway Department did a great job in our neighborhood.I realize that snow removal in a development is not comparable to the city. The point is that the city response to snowstorms hasn’t changed in 50 years. Really?Bob LullSchenectadyAllow New Yorkers to die with dignityNew York state has been considering a Death with Dignity Law for several years.It is time for our elected officials to allow this option for New Yorkers who wish to have it. It would provide peace of mind and comfort to many people.The law would be there for those who want it.Those states that now have laws permitting physician aid in dying (PAD) offer terminally ill people a compassionate alternative. At this time, nine states and the District of Columbia permit physician aid in dying.That means that about 20% of Americans could avail themselves of PAD, if they wished. There have been no instances of abuse, and extensive safeguards are in place which guarantee the integrity of the process.Aid-in-dying laws are based on the idea that terminally ill people should have the right to make end-of-life decisions, to determine how much suffering and pain they endure, and to access the enormous psychological comfort that comes from having control over their death.Death with dignity laws allow mentally competent adults with a terminal illness or confirmed diagnosis of less than six months to live to request a prescription that will grant them a peaceful death.As a member of Final Exit Network, and as a supporter of Compassion and Choices, I have long worked to educate New Yorkers about end-of-life options.Control over one’s body is a basic right.No one should suffer a prolonged and agonizing death.Eleanor AronsteinSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCity’s response to storm was horriblecenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. 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