Unloading Maplewood Manor is no way to solve its problems

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Unloading Maplewood Manor is no way to solve its problems

I live in Saratoga County. My mother currently lives in the Maplewood Manor nursing home in Ballston Spa. I wanted to write to let readers know what is going on with the nursing home.

The financial mess that our county supervisors say is under way there has been ongoing and ignored for the past 10 years. The only solution being presented to voters is the path to privatization, while other alternatives — including a voter referendum — have been ignored. Why wasn’t more done to avoid the situation we are in?

It has been reported that county supervisors have been discussing the sale of our nursing home with Fulton County, behind closed doors. This is a violation of the state’s Open Meetings Law.

I would ask readers to familiarize themselves with the state attorney general’s report of nursing home staffing levels, as well as the Fulton County evaluation of proposals from the sale of its nursing home. Have county supervisors read these reports and are they concerned about how these future staffing levels may affect the care and health of our seniors? Please encourage your town supervisor to read these reports.

Town supervisors assure us they will pick a suitable company and guarantee that the quality care for our seniors will not be affected. Ask yourself: Who would you rather have care for you, a registered care provider with 15-20 years experience who is invested in their job, or someone making little more than minimum wage who does not have the experience? I know who I would choose.

Once a private company takes over, the county will not have a say in what happens in our nursing home. Don’t our seniors deserve quality care? Isn’t it the job of our politicians to protect our communities and vulnerable citizens? I cannot understand why our elected supervisors do not grasp this fundamental responsibility.

I ask the Board of Supervisors to be respectful of our seniors and our citizens during open meetings. Yelling at citizens when they do not agree with you is not considered effective communication. Please communicate with the residents and families of Maplewood Manor regularly.

Tell your supervisor to try other solutions, and come to the next board meeting Nov. 20.

Dorothy Tyler

Saratoga Springs

Float Sandy’s survivors until the all-clear sounds

Re the housing crisis after Sandy: Use ships: troop ships, cruise ships, hospital ships.

Survivors should be cared for until they get back on their feet.

Larry Giammattei Sr.


Global warming not a political fallacy, it’s real

In a Nov. 2 letter, Darrell Roeters complained about the Oct. 20 Gazette Mini Page story, which said, “Maple syrup producers are worried that if the climate keeps getting warmer, sugar maples may no longer thrive in the United States.” Mr. Roeters asked “Why, after reading the nice article about sugar maples, does someone have to show their political agenda?”

The only one showing a political agenda is Mr. Roeters. The world’s climate is getting warmer. Did the Mini Page say this warming was due to human activity? I doubt it. Yet, Mr. Roeters felt the need to add that “per the Sans Model, global climate has large changes without human carbon dioxide emissions.”

Apparently he thinks we should not even utter the words “global warming” because ... well, I’m not sure why.

Jerry Jasinski


How Sch’dy taxpayers should ‘repay’ officials

Re Oct. 24 article, “City may ignore county tax bill”: I question not only the legality but the ethical responsibility of Schenectady’s governing bodies.

The mayor and City Council don’t feel they are bound by agreements. They do not pay the county taxes which are due, they do not pay on time their portion of loans for the public works building on Foster Avenue. I think it is about time taxpayers stop paying the mayor and council members their salaries.

Why should the taxpayer be bound by their agreements when our leaders do not feel they are? Let’s use their salary money to pay the city debts.

Thomas Kennedy


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November 10, 2012
8:02 a.m.
gina99 says...

Thomas Kennedy-You are right but the worst part is no one cares. Mayor McCarthy vetoes his own Democratic budget, refuses to pay any City School tax and County taxes. Until the GOP get off the mat, select a new City chairman and field electable candidates nothing can improve.

November 10, 2012
8:40 a.m.
tonijean613 says...

People should study liberal MA next door- High Quality schools, high quality public services, now health care for all- all at 50% the property taxes of NYS- WHY? lower salaries, no double dipping retires, and oh yeah- a really big one- NO COUNTY LEVEL GOVT- Why does NYS need County govt? Other than the Dept of Motor Vehicles, and Board of elections- which both should be State run anyway- what purpose does County govt have? Next- we need to reign in the police budget, and all their perks, pension padding, overtime and uneccessary expensive high tech equiptment (tasers, computers in cars, etc) which just disengages them from the community they are supposed to police.

November 10, 2012
6:30 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Hey tonijean, next time you need help call a crackhead.

November 11, 2012
8:22 a.m.
wmarincic says...

We can stop the overtime, lets hire more cops. And those tazers, well we can just shoot the guy with the knife and as for computers in cars, well we can hire dozens more dispatchers to run the DMV and Wants and Warrant info. Now the state that is a different story, Cuomo was going to mmake them work a 4 day week with barely and disruptions. That tells me we have at least 20% too many people working at these state jobs and you would not believe how much these civil servants make. 60,70,80k per year and usually married to another state worker. Oh its a family affair.

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