Comments by 1963
Posted on July 27 at 5:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Carl, the Tea Pots call this the Great American Experiment; they don't need an actual example of success! But the experiment is more medieval alchemy than science. Their attempt to turn pure selfishness into gold will sink like lead in an ocean filled with idealogical shipwrecks. Unfortunately, they may drown the rest of us in the process.
Posted on June 23 at 12:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Very entertaining column. Keep up the good work Mr. Strock.
Posted on May 7 at 9:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Torture is a throwback, championed by those who embrace primitive behavior that the rest of us have long rejected. The Inquisition comes to mind.
Torture is un-American. Period.
Posted on April 8 at 7:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I ride the bus down Rt. 5 from Niskayuna to Albany several times a week. The new BusPlus 905 is a far better ride than the former 55 that stopped at virtually every corner along the route. About ten minutes is shaved off the commute, and the many fewer stops and starts is better for reading (one of the true advantages of taking a bus).
The early morning and evening runs are pretty full, seemingly just enough seats for everyone. In the morning, I drive my car a mile or so and park in a handy lot near the bus stop on State and Balltown Rd. In the evening, I take the 8:54 at Lark back up towards Schenectady.
The cost per ride, if you buy a pass ahead of time (which most regular commuters do) is still $1.50. It's a far better way to travel than fighting traffic and parking with a car, and considering the price of gas (not to mention parking), it might even be cheaper, and it's cleaner, too. CDTA has done a good job with both its "iRide" on-line schedule and the new BusPlus.
Posted on March 7 at 7:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Mr. Birch, you are a class act. Sounds like its time for your kindness to be repaid (by peers and community members -- and maybe some generous Gazette readers?).
To Marcy Velte, the writer of this article, thank you for the wonderfully detailed story -- very well researched and thoughtfully written.
Posted on January 20 at 1:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)
News flash: we can discuss how to provide more mental health care coverage AND examine how the ugly rhetoric in this country may provoke some to act violently. One does not preclude the other -- we need to address both.
Posted on January 19 at 8:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Good information - thank you Mr. Strock. Makes me want to read the New Testament instead to know more about the context of verses that are so often quoted.
Posted on January 16 at 11:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Thank you Mr. Strock. Let's all stay on the high road by revealing the facts and exposing the lies.
Keep up the good work.
Posted on December 23 at 7:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The 358 route is "the only poor-performing line among those that restructured in Schenectady County in April," according to this article.
A public bus system SHOULD have some poor performing routes if they are to remain a legitimate public service. Just as some routes have an abundance of riders, some will have many fewer. The busiest routes should help support the lesser. I mean, I don't hear CDTA saying that they need to restrict the numbers on the busiest routes so folks don't have to stand. Nor should they, but let's be fair, the person on the less traveled route may need the bus just as much as a person on the busy route. The goal isn't to fill the buses, but to serve the people who need them.
Posted on October 23 at 8:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)
And in a setting that matched the music! Schenectady's Unitarian Church is a well preserved cerebral modernist building with a surprisingly lyrical sweep. It was designed by Edward Durell Stone, the architect of SUNY Albany (c'mon, no eye rolling!) and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. The central Whisper Dome provides a great sound stage for the music, but the church's balance of circles and right angles, its white embossed concrete block walls against the rich wood vertical doors, and the softening flow of floor to ceiling drapery, is a jazzy visual delight.