Amsterdam residents need to get behind planned riverwalk
Amsterdam residents need to get behind planned riverwalk
A new riverwalk has been proposed for Amsterdam, from the park downtown to Lock 11 along the Mohawk River. Our local papers have written editorials in support of this riverwalk. We have until Dec. 4 to send our comments to Rob von Hasseln, the community and economic development director at City Hall. I hope many people will do that.
These are the comments that I sent:
The riverwalk will help Amsterdam economically, aesthetically and intellectually. Modern people want to live near trails, where they can unplug from busy lives.
Walking is good for our physical and mental health. Walking is easy, fun and free. The trail will give us access to the waterfront property that has been blocked by the railroad. Canoeing, kayaking, boating and swimming in the cleaner Mohawk River will be encouraged by the trail.
The bridge at Lock 11 should be open to pedestrians so the river trail will complement and join with the Canalway Bike Trail and the new proposed “towpath” walking trail, from Amsterdam to the Schoharie Crossing Historic Site. A loop walk, crossing the new pedestrian bridge and the Lock 11 bridge and the river trail, will be very popular.
The river trail will also join with and complement the tour along the North Chuctanunda Creek. This is an approximately four-mile outdoor museum that chronicles the history of the industrial revolution in America that took place in Amsterdam. The Montgomery County Water Quality Coordinating Committee has a booklet that describes this tour along the North Chuctanunda Creek at www.visitmontgomerycountyny.com/brochures.
We will be joining a nationwide effort to bring trails within 15 minutes of everyone’s home or workplace. The town of Perinton, New York, a suburb of Rochester, has been named “Trail Town, USA.” The town’s people recognized the benefits of trails beyond recreation and health. Trails also promote non-motorized transportation, and add economic benefits and connections to other trails.
Immigration reform merits Gibson’s vote
I’m calling on Rep. Chris Gibson to pass a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States, and vote in favor of reform this year.
Rep. Gibson comes from an agricultural district in upstate New York. Immigrants keep our farms running and food on our tables. Millions of immigrants in our country want citizenship. But under our broken immigration laws, they have no way to earn it.
I hope Rep. Gibson will do the right thing and join the Republicans co-sponsoring HR 15, the new immigration bill. New York’s immigrants need it!
“Taxation without representation is tyranny.” Remember our immigrant friends, who are our neighbors, pay taxes and are entitled to eventual representation.
Vegetarian, for animals’ sake and your health’s
I was saddened to read in the Nov. 17 Post Star about the increased number of young women becoming involved in blood sports (hunting).
Pythagoras, the mathematician and philosopher, said that “as long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
Leonardo DaVinci, genius, inventor, artist and vegetarian, said that man will someday regard the killing of animals as we now regard the murder of men. The Bible says in Genesis that man and beast were meant to eat the herbs of the earth. Some believers have said that, oh, that is just for life in heaven.
One has just to look at the health effects that mean has on people to realize that we were never meant to kill and eat our fellow creatures.
Dr. Dean Ornish of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, has been the only one, with his vegetarian diet, to remove animal fat plaques from patients’s arteries without surgery.
Recently meat has been implicated in strokes. In a 10-year study of 35,000 Swedish women, it was found that women who consume a large portion of meat each day had a 42 percent higher incidence of strokes. Now scientists think that hemoglobin, the ingredient that gives red meat its high iron content, may pose a specific danger. They think your blood may become thicker and more viscous as the result of the so-called heme iron in red meat, thereby upping the chance of stroke.
Whether it is concern about your health, or concern about your fellow creatures, a vegetarian diet would benefit all.
Incredible effort saved Thanksgiving in Sch’dy
Eight weeks ago, when Concerned for the Hungry’s Thanksgiving food drive committee met, the 35th annual effort looked very bleak! There was barely $40,000 in the bank, and we were all faced with the reality that the previous year’s effort had cost the organization $85,000. We talked about having to scale back the baskets, not helping the food pantries and maybe even not including a frozen turkey!
We began reaching out to the community every way we could think of. The Gazette did a wonderful front-page article explaining our plight to the public! Chamber of Schenectady County President Chuck Steiner and I co-authored an e-mail to 2,700-plus Chamber members. We appealed to many of our longtime supporters. We contacted Schoharie Valley Farms and owner Richard Ball and the Schenectady Firefighters Union. We reached out to Walmart’s market division, as well as many other businesses and organizations. Then we held our breaths and prayed!
The response was incredible! Schoharie Valley Farms donated more produce than they had ever in the past and sold us potatoes and onions at discounted prices. The Schenectady Firefighters donated more turkeys. MVP made a sizable donation, in addition to the Golub Foundation, Warren Tire, Pioneer Bank, Mohawk Honda, Lyle’s Hoagies, Albany Broadcasting, Adirondack Broadcasting and many others who came on board to support the effort! Most importantly, Walmart sold us discounted turkeys, resulting in a savings of over $21,000.
Through the support of many new and longtime supporters, the 2013 effort was a huge success! Without their support, this effort would not have been possible, so I very humbly say thank you! We were able to serve nearly 2,800 families — almost 9,500 individuals, 48 percent of whom were children under 16! On behalf of all of them, Concerned for the Hungry says thank you again! This effort has proven that Schenectady truly is a caring community and a great place to live.
Andrew J. Gnoinski Jr.
The writer is Concerned for the Hungry’s Thanksgiving co-chair.
Change one ‘redskin,’ change ‘em all
In keeping with the sentiments regarding the name of the Washington Redskins football team, I feel the Department of Agriculture and Markets should change the name of “red skin potatoes.”
Too much of Sch’dy County in the dark
I work the 6 p.m.-to-10 p.m. shift and come home from work in the dark [Route 50 to Erie Boulevard to Nott Street].
I see many people walking or riding their bikes in the dark. There are no lights or sidewalks on the road. If I ever accidentally went past the white line, they could easily be killed.
For all the taxes we pay, Schenectady County should easily pay for [streetlights] — especially since we now have Walmart and Lowe’s as new stores.
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