Police station money was for fire companies

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Oct. 17 Gazette article, “$1.5 million grant to provide police station upgrades,” is incomplete. We fully support the Glenville police and do believe the town underfunds their department. However, this state money from the Municipal Facility Program of the State Dormitory Authority was originally awarded to the town of Glenville in 2005 for the volunteer fire departments.The money was intended to build a new fire training center at the old landfill located in Glenville. Since 2005, the money was never accessed or utilized, so the award amount has gradually decreased over the years, as the state has pulled from it and given to other projects. The Koetzle “two step” is to now pretend he’s doing something “good” for the town by helping the police department, when in fact he is really just taking from his own volunteer fire departments.Do yourself a favor and ask the hardworking volunteer firefighters of the town of Glenville where they believed this money was going. This money was originally intended for the fire departments and shouldn’t be transferred to our underfunded police department.Mr. Koetzle thinks the municipal building is “inadequate?” Well, we think he should stop giving himself a raise every year and put money in the budget to fix the building. Mr. Koetzle has robbed Peter to pay Paul, plain and simple, and the public has a right to know about it.Mike GodlewskiMike AragosaGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: 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 motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

VP Mike Pence doesn’t want peace for Koreas

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMartin Luther King Jr. was killed shortly after he made his famous speech declaring the United States the greatest purveyor of violence throughout the world. I recalled those words as Mike Pence sat resolutely unmoved while the rest of the audience cheered the peace efforts of North and South Korea walking out, under one flag, for the Winter Games.Vice President Pence sat pouting like a spoiled child with the dashed hopes of spilling the blood of 25 million people and the chance to display to the world our military might. After all, we just threw another $700 billion at our Department of War — “all dressed up with nowhere to go?” But he can rest assured that the extreme sanctions we have imposed will bring about the starvation of an estimated 60,000 North Korean children.Perhaps Flint, Mich., should have come up with the idea of building a nuclear weapon. They could have used it as a bargaining chip for clean drinking water.Deborah KrolFultonhamMore 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?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

License hikers to pay for rescues, trails

first_imgThe May 27 article [“Forest rangers: Searches highlight staffing needs”] by Stephen Williams documents the disturbing number of rescues our forest rangers and others are required to perform in both the Adirondack and Catskill parks. Most of these rescues are, as Mr. Williams notes, the result of poorly prepared hikers. These people are a hazard to themselves and to others. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In 1949 (I think), New York recognized the need to make hunting safer, and hunter education was required before a new hunter could purchase a hunting license. The program has been responsible for a significant reduction in injuries associated with hunting. The courses I teach are appropriately focused on firearms safety. But about one-third of the instruction deals with personal safety in the field. We teach compass- and map interpretation, some first aid, and stress-planning for the hunt by gathering weather reports and selecting appropriate clothing. We expect students to learn about where they plan to hunt and what to do if you become disoriented.I believe that people who walk into the forest in our great wilderness parks should be similarly trained, tested and licensed. I’m certain that mandatory orientation and survival training will significantly reduce the number of rescues the state Department of Environmental Conservation staff are required to perform. License fees could be earmarked for additional forest rangers, the hiker training program, and maintenance of trails and parking areas. Hikers, rock and ice climbers, birders, backcountry skiers and other non-motorized users have had a free ride for more than a century. I think it’s time for them to step up and pay their fair share.Art HenningsonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Fighting for his trophies

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Land Registry up for grabs

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Leeds council pulls plug on development company

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Call centre sale raises £14.1m for St Modwen

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Inner city

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Bats out of Pwllhai

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MoD triggers 200m sell-off

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