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first_imgThe parking lot that connects the station with State Street lacks style (probably not included in the budget). The sidewalk along Liberty Street where it goes under the railroad bridge is narrow and disgusting.(It’s too late now, but a tunnel from the city parking lot on the southwest corner of Liberty and Broadway would have been nice and made for a better connection with all the public buildings on that side of the tracks: City Hall, County Library, Post Office, and Union College).I have only one criticism of the interior of the station: At least one of those huge screens, instead of touting Schenectady’s glorious past, should be dedicated to showing, in real time, the progress of regional trains on the same map that one can already download from the Internet. Such a display, indeed, would be a local attraction.Roger ShefferSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionImprove access to new railroad stationThere has been talk about making Schenectady a destination worthy of its new Amtrak Station.It already is worthy; the connections have to be put in place, to the Mohawk Harbor, to the Stockade, even to the downtown which, though close by, lacks a dignified entrance to the beautiful new station. The sidewalk under the railroad bridge is often littered, slippery and full of cigarette smoke. Enjoyed the holiday display in NiskayunaI just wanted to thank the families on Lexington Parkway in Niskayuna for creating a scene that seemed straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Your luminaries cast a tranquil glow and looked so beautiful on Christmas Eve.Rosemary PodbielskiNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHit-and-run raises variety of questionsMy car was victim to a hit-and-run while it was parked on Front Street on May 23.I just heard from the appraiser that the car has been totaled. \I have a few issues with this scenario.One, there has been ongoing construction on my street for months and the roads are worse now than before. The workers are rude and there is no warning when a section of the street will be closed.Two, there is a stop sign on my corner adjacent to the Indian statue that no one obeys.Three, my car, which was parked and luckily, I was not in, had extensive damage causing it to be declared totaled, and the driver of the car drove away.Imagine how fast this driver had to be going on a residential street to cause this much damage to a parked car. I know I have to afford a new car, which I wasn’t planning on.My question is what is going to be done about the construction, the stop sign and the reckless driving on my street?Barry MakraSchenectadyIt’s time for men to test for colon cancerDo you see your mechanic more than your doctor? Do you do a great job maintaining your lawnmower, your snowblower and your car?Well now it’s time for a little self-maintenance.June is Men’s Health Month. What a perfect time to take control of your health by getting screened for colon cancer. Colon cancer (also called colorectal cancer) screening can find cancer early, when treatment may work better and, in some cases, can prevent colon cancer from beginning altogether.If you are 50 years old or older, you should be screened for colon cancer.Worried about the screening test? Getting screened is actually very simple. The FIT (fecal immunochemical test) is an easy-to-do screening kit that is done in the privacy of your own home.If you are 50-64 and do not have health insurance, you may be eligible for a free FIT kit through the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties.If you have insurance, talk to your health care provider about where to go for screening. Colon cancer screening is a covered benefit in most health plans.Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in New York state. Every year, almost 9,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer in the state and more than 3,000 people die from this disease.To learn more and to see if you are eligible for a free screening, please call 518-841-3726 for more information.Lesley MontenaroAmsterdamThe writer is the health education and promotion coordinator for the Cancer Services Program. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCode waters down conduct educationRe: the July 26 article, “Schenectady schools unveil revamped student code of conduct, plans to translate to multiple languages,” the code says adults’ responses can trigger negative behavior. However “… adults should avoid communicating that they are personally offended”?And you shouldn’t say the student has made “a bad choice”? C’mon now. The “Code” seems to suggest pussyfooting around undesirable behaviors, and any half smart kid will quickly figure out how to abuse the system. I thought we’re there to educate, not only academic subjects, but by suggestion and example of how to become good citizens. I agree that discipline and suspensions are a problem, unevenly meted out in the student population.But I don’t think a bowed head and a slap on the wrist will solve problems. Mary SiegelSchenectadyChurch has money to help St. Clare’sRegarding an article in the Friday, July 19 Gazette I am shocked to learn of the Crystal Cathedral in Southern California. It is the seventh largest Roman Catholic Church diocese in the United States. It hosted it first Mass on July 17, following a $77 million renovation by the Diocese of Orange. I find it ironic and disgraceful that the Catholic religion cannot assist with the pensions of the St. Clare’s retirees. It seems to me that there is always money for “renovations” everywhere, including Albany and elsewhere, but nothing to help these people. Fraud comes to mind. Coni TrackiAmsterdamWalkers often don’t hear bells or shoutsIn regard to Michael Werner’s July 19 letter “Rather than shout, get a bicycle bell,” I’m an avid bike rider and walker on our area bike-walking paths.I agree that bikes should be equipped and use bells, but also use voice commands or alerts as recommended by Parks and Trails-New York.The problem that Mr. Werner doesn’t make note of is the majority of folks walking on the path are either plugged into their smart phones to listen to music or are chatting on their phones rather than listening to the sounds of nature and, of course, that bike bell that he referenced.I say ‘hi’ to most folks I pass, and they usually provide no response because they can’t hear me or a bell. It’s also recommended for bikers to pass walkers slowly for the reasons above. The bike path is not a racing strip.Harry DarlingBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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