Connect Veterans bike trail with Zim Smith, not Brookline Road

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Connect Veterans bike trail with Zim Smith, not Brookline Road

As a bicyclist who has ridden the Zim Smith Trail a few times, the Veterans Bike Trail many times, and has braved the traffic on Eastline and Lake roads to get from one to the other, I was pleased to see in the Nov. 12 Daily Gazette that thought is being given to extending the Veterans path. But is going to Brookline Road really the way?

In the next-to-last paragraph in the story, a connection to the Zim Smith Trail is mentioned for the future; but maybe it should be now.

At Outlet Road, the bike path could cross the railroad tracks, as bikes must now to get to the parking lot; then the bike path could be located on a widened shoulder of Outlet Road to the Ballston Lake access parking lot, and from there, run north to the Zim Smith Trail.

This would roughly follow the Ballston Lake outlet through what appears to be an undeveloped swampy woodland skirting a wetland of little value for anything else, but would make it desirable for both a nature trail and bicycle trail. And hopefully Curtis Industries will be a good corporate citizen and allow the bike path through, or along the periphery of, their property.

The advantages of extending the bike path that way instead of to Brookline Road would be:

1) It would make the Veterans Trail part of a network of bike paths offering multiple destinations for bikers instead of being on an isolated byway.

2) The town would not have to build an expensive bridge over the Mourningkill [Creek].

3) Since the path will not have power lines buried under it that might have to be dug up for service or repair, the path could be paved. A large portion of possible trail users — such as skate boarders, in-line skaters, people with baby strollers with small wheels, etc. — are not able to use unpaved paths.

4) The town will no longer need to negotiate with the power company.

5) It will take bikers going from one trail to the other off Eastline and Lake roads, to the benefit of bikers and motorists.

6) The town wouldn’t need to build another parking lot on Brookline Road. The one on Underpass Road would serve both bike paths.

The town of Ballston set a commendable precedent building the Veterans Bike Trail and, at that time, it seemed desirable to extend it to the village of Ballston Spa. But now, with the newer Zim Smith Trail to Ballston a mile or so away, it seems more desirable to use the effort and money to connect with it instead of having two nearby but unconnected trails.

We should encourage the town to give it their thoughtful consideration before extending the old Veterans Trail to Brookline Road.

Lawrence H. King


Keep all climate change stories on Page One

Kudos to The Daily Gazette for running the Nov. 25 story whose headline included the words “climate change” on the front page.

With New Yorkers and residents of other ocean states still reeling from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, it was refreshing to see those words — climate change — words that typically end up on the inside or last page of the first section.

The article that followed mentioned Gov. Cuomo’s tough talk about dealing with climate change, but, for now that’s all it is — talk. I’d like to give the governor the benefit of the doubt, but we have been snookered before (i.e. Obama who also promised to lead on climate).

If the American people only had access to the facts about global warming, maybe they’d awaken from their stupor and recognize this as the Leviathan that threatens humankind and dwarfs all other problems.

Barbara Trypaluk

Saratoga Springs

Red states, be careful what you wish for

In response to Bob Nicolella’s Nov. 27 letter (Good things that would happen with secession”), Mr. Nicolella says that red states, if left to their own devices, would see low crime rates and highly educated citizens enjoying intact families.

In fact, a comparison of red states vs. blue states shows that red states have much higher crime rates, both for violent and property crimes, greater rates of out-of-wedlock births, as well as the lowest levels of education attained. In addition, if you live in a red state you are much more likely to have no health insurance and are more likely to die in a fatal car accident, oddly enough.

Red states and blue states have different demographics — the former tend to be more rural and the latter more urban — so it is not surprising that they have different strengths and weaknesses. However, the idea of a red state utopia isn’t based on reality.

It’s also worth noting that, out of the 32 states that receive more money from the federal government than they contribute, 27 (84 percent) are red states; and of the 18 states that contribute more than they receive, 14 (78 percent) are blue.

So seceding red states might soon find themselves in a serious economic bind.

Patrice Kindl


Secessionist talk has nothing to do with race

Regarding the Nov. 25 article, “Secessionist talk is a disturbing throwback,” by Starita Smith: Starita is a sociology professor with average ratings. She also appears, from her article, to be a racist, certainly anti-white.

I really don’t know what planet Starita has been living on. The white population is still 79 percent of the United States. Females are about 50 percent of the total population. Obama ran on a platform to tax the rich and keep all the entitlement programs growing.

Clearly this is not a racial issue, as Starita posits, but much more an issue of voting for handouts from the government and punishing achievement.

She finishes by saying Obama has based his entire career on the belief that we are all Americans; yet she clearly separates out European-Americans and relegates them to a lesser group.

David Buckbee


U.S. has plenty of good workers for good jobs

Re the Nov. 23 guest editorial, “Immigration the big issue” [Rock Hill, S.C. Herald]: I take issue with the paragraph, “While unemployment is high now, as more and more baby boomers retire, the nation is likely to suffer a shortage of workers in key jobs. We will need more immigrant workers, not fewer.”

There seems to be an inference here that we do not have qualified workers here to fill key jobs.

I believe legal immigrants should be able to come here looking for work, but our qualified people should be given preference to key jobs.

Shirley H. Guidarelli


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November 29, 2012
8:28 a.m.
gina99 says...

Stop worrying Patrice Kindl. NYS will be the last State to leave Obamanation. The election results proved that once again. Apparently good intentions and no results are what the people here want. They understand the importance of high gas, property and sales taxes. And God forbid this State ever becomes energy self sufficient. Or worse exports it's own home grown energy. No wonder NYS is 50th in business and job creation. Go to a Red State for a career.

November 29, 2012
9:41 a.m.
SnowGrinch says...

In the 12 months between CNBC 2011 and 2012 Top States for Business reports, the economy has created 1.8 million jobs — by far the most since the 2006-2007 period.

New York State is #3 in Jobs!
1. Texas - 237,500 Net Job Creation
2. California - 211,500
3. New York - 135,000
4. New Jersey - 50,700
5. Florida - 50,300
A third of the new jobs has been concentrated in 10 states. Five states — Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Rhode Island and Wisconsin — have lost jobs in the 12 months.

November 29, 2012
11:38 a.m.
newyorker65 says...

To Gina99... we will gladly show you the door at the end of our great state of NY anytime you feel you want to leave!!... and we'll gladly slam it shut behind you! Love it or leave it!

November 29, 2012
12:12 p.m.
albright1 says...

Grinch....according to NYS Labor Dept. the workforce in NYS in Jan. 2009 was 9,671,708
and as of Oct. 2012 it was 9,586,296. 85,000 fewer jobs since Obama took office. There is also 242,000 more people on unemployment. If this is what you think is a success, you should re-evaluate your criteria. In the last 12 months, 80,000 more people are working but 48,000 more are on unemployment. The NYS unemployment rate has gone from 8.2 to 8.7%

November 29, 2012
1:37 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

MY response was to Ginna99 posting: "NYS is 50th in business and job creation".
CNBC lists NY State as 3rd in job creation in the last year. NY State Dept of Labor has a similar figure: (Private Sector Jobs, June 2011 - June 2012) an increases of 1.9%, +139,100 jobs.

November 29, 2012
2:49 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Anybody thant uses NBC for anything is a fool. How soon we forget the doctored Trayvon Martin tapes. NBC is the most liberal liars amongs liberal liars.

November 29, 2012
2:52 p.m.
albright1 says...

Grinch, from NYS Labor Dept website, during that period 9,959 more people were working and 89,407 more people were unemployed.

November 29, 2012
3:41 p.m.
janesjoys says...

Snowgrinch - it is a losing battle to try to agrue with some people. facts don't really matter. thanks to the Founders for the 1st Amendment.

November 29, 2012
4:25 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

You're right JanesJoy.
They reject facts, while hype is accepted as if it were fact.

From the NY State Dept of Labor, November 15, 2012:
New York State's economy added 5,900 private sector jobs in October, the State Department of Labor reported today. The job growth brings the total to 110,300 private sector jobs added to the state’s economy in 2012 "AND SETS ALL-TIME HIGH JOB COUNT FOR NEW YORK AT 7,340,100."

November 29, 2012
4:44 p.m.
albright1 says...

Grinch, the labor force grew by 89,000 people in NY in October. (Janesjoy, I'll simplify that for you, that means 89,000 more people are looking for work, mostly by becoming of the age that they are counted as people who should have a job) The private sector (Janesjoy, those are the people who pay taxes to support everyone who doesn't have a job or works for the government) created 5,900 jobs. So Grinch, we fell short by roughly 83,000 jobs. That is not a healthy jobs situation.

November 29, 2012
4:58 p.m.
albright1 says... should have noted what else the Labor Dept. stated in that press release. Unemployment declined to 830,600. Do you know what the unemployed number was a year ago?....782,460. Do you know what is was in October 2006 perhaps?.....416,000. This state is currently in a financial disaster. So much so that they have taken to releasing figures like 5,900 private sector jobs being created is good news.

November 29, 2012
5:10 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

It's funny to watch a misogynist at work. I can't remember when I've read a more condescending post in the comments section.
albright1 seems to think that you need things "explained" to you. :)

November 29, 2012
5:22 p.m.
Fritzdawg says...

gina99: "And God forbid this State ever becomes energy self sufficient."

I hate to burst your bubble, but the Niagra Power Project is helping light your house right now, and the last I heard, that is in New York State.
If you're referring to fracking, none of that gas is even going to be used in NYS, but rather is going to be exported for higher profits.
The spokespeople for the energy industries weren't lying when they said that fracking will neither raise, or reduce our energy bills.

Same thing goes for the Keystone pipeline. Every bit of the oil generated, is scheduled for export.

November 29, 2012
5:51 p.m.
albright1 says...

Fritz....not to burst your bubble but the Niagara Power Project has a rated generation capacity of 2400 MW. The total installed generation capacity in NYS is 39,500 MW.

November 29, 2012
7:05 p.m.
Fritzdawg says...

That's why I used the word "helping".
In any case, NYS, and the rest of the United States as well, will NEVER be energy independent, because it is not in the oil companies' best interests.

November 30, 2012
2:58 a.m.
janesjoys says...

Snowgrinch - does your headache yet from spinning?

November 30, 2012
7:22 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Don’t buy a house in a state where private sector workers are outnumbered by folks dependent on government.

Thinking about buying a house? Or a municipal bond? Be careful where you put your capital. Don’t put it in a state at high risk of a fiscal tailspin.

Eleven states make our list of danger spots for investors. They can look forward to a rising tax burden, deteriorating state finances and an exodus of employers. The list includes California, New York, Illinois and Ohio, along with some smaller states like New Mexico and Hawaii.

If your career takes you to Los Angeles or Chicago, don’t buy a house. Rent

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